• 01/13/2014 - 22:53

    The history and ideas of Scientology - through the observations of an SF fan who saw its start, and some obserations of my own.

  • 01/13/2014 - 22:08

    I try for a fresh look, trying to engage with all sides - something I hope will be of interest to everyone overwhelmed and bewildered by the Israel debate.

  • 08/17/2014 - 19:04

    I've long had a fascination with this controversial document. Why did it so grab people's attention, and why has that persisted to the current day? Here's my views, derived from a radio debate that I almost participated in.

  • 09/27/2014 - 21:07

    I'm comfortable with Zoe's law 2, a law which proposes to recognise injury to an unborn foetus. I don't think that this law would affect the law around abortions the way has been claimed.

  • 05/03/2015 - 08:18

    Trying to get a handle on the diversity of reactions, ideas, the fair and the unfair, the complexity, around Islam.

  • 09/21/2015 - 10:32

    Back in 2008, I had an on-line debate with Greg Clarke who was the then-director of the Centre for Public Christianity. The subject was just how much influence the teachings of Jesus have on moral ideas generally, at least in our Western tradition. I've reproduced it here. I've not included comments from others which also appeared on the original blog, given that this is a copy of the original material, which I don't think appears elsewhere on the web. Anyway, here's the original exchange ...

  • 03/16/2019 - 21:21

    A look at votes in NSW on secular issues, and the influence of the religious lobby, and a gesture ...

    We have had recent votes on two secular issues, which I thought I'd review for my web page. These were the vote on the 11th May 2017 on the "Abortion Law Reform (Miscellaneous Acts Amendment) Bill 2016" and on the 16th November 2017 on the "Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017".