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Religion is irrational, but so is atheism - opinion - 28 March 2011 - New Scientist - 0 views

  • Many scholars, including philosopher Charles Taylor in A Secular Age, have documented the emergence of a new vision of western societies in the wake of the Protestant Reformation and the growth of modern nation states. Societies were no longer seen by most of their citizens as kingdoms under God but as societies of mutual benefit in which citizens use their rational minds to cooperate and improve their lives. When religions stood in the way of this by denying individual liberty and pleasure and by asserting that the purpose of life should be transcendent rather than earthly well-being, religions themselves became anti-social and even immoral.
    Why are some people religious and others atheists? Do we really know what we mean by atheism? Here is a very paradoxical clue
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MEPs back new Tobin tax - The Irish Times - Tue, Mar 08, 2011 - 0 views

    The European Parliament has given its overwhelming support to a tax on financial transactions which, it said, could lead to banks paying as much as €200 billion a year in reparations for damage they have caused to the European economy.
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