Entries by Hugh Harris

Scientology’s personality test said I have “no real reason to live”

As published in The Daily Telegraph – Scientology’s personality test said I have no reason to live -13/01/17 and Rationalist Society website ————————————————   Stepping inside Scientology’s Castlereagh Street headquarters in Sydney, with its images of erupting volcanoes and Star-Trek-style video pods, I feel like I’d been transported back into the realm of 1960’s science-fiction. […]

In Defence of Santa: Why he’s just as likely to exist as Jesus

In Defence of Santa – The AIM Network 24/12/2016 ————————————   By now, the elves are wrapping the toys. The reindeers are running test flights. Santa is busy double-checking Xmas lists, and plotting the logistics of the world’s greatest overnight delivery. But a new UK board game, Santa vs Jesus, has blighted the festive season […]

Want to stop nativism listen to the tribe

From the Rationalist Journal December 2016 ——————————————————————————————   On August 8 2016, over 100 mourners gathered at the Quetta Civil Hospital in Pakistan following the shooting death of the president of the Balochistan Bar Association, Bilal Anwar Kasi. Nearby, an unknown member of the Taliban affiliated group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), was strapping eight kilograms of explosives […]

The Child is Father of the Man

As published in the Rationalist Society of Australia Journal, September, 2016 ——————————————————————————————–   What should we tell a child about the world? How do we distinguish between knowledge and beliefs? Answering this question requires us to reach deep down into ourselves and grasp for the forgotten struts that hold one’s view of the world together. […]

Great Offense at Gay Marriage

A response to a letter to the RSA expressing Great Offense at Gay Marriage that is #SSM #samesame. Published by the Rationalist Society of Australia website – 21 November 2017 From time to time we get unsolicited letters relating to one or other of our campaigns or policy stances. This one queries why the minority of LGBTI […]

The danger of being swamped by confident idiots

 The danger of being swamped by confident idiots – The AIM Network 8 November 2016 ——————————————————————————————————————————————-   Five years ago, who’d have thought Donald Trump would be the leader of the free world? Truth may be stranger than fiction, but if there’s any lesson here, it’s that too many people prefer fiction to the truth. […]

The Open Secret of Religious Instruction in State schools

The Open Secret of Religious Instruction in State schools – ONLINE opinion 19 October 2016 #RE #SRE #Baird —————————————————————————————————————– It’s long been an open secret that educators and politicians turn a blind eye to proselytising in faith classes. In spite of numerous media reports highlighting proselytising in the Connect series of special religious instruction (SRE) […]

Review Signals the Beginning of the End for Bible Classes

  Review Signals the Beginning of the End for Bible Classes – AIM Network 28 September 2016   The recent Queensland government review of the “Connect” Religious Instruction (RI) materials bring to light several reasons why, ultimately, faith-based classes will cease in school hours in the Sunshine state. Also, given Connect’s lessons are widely used, the New […]

Legislating 18C Unbinds the Coalition from the SSM Plebiscite

This entry has previously been published as: Trying to Silence Unwelcome Views Only Perpetuates Them – The Huffington Post Australia 6 September 2016  ———————————————————————————— The Coalition went to the last election promising not to put before parliament a vote on Same Sex Marriage, nor changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. And so, if the […]