What an amazing photo, thought I would reblog it and share it with some people who may not have seen it. If only it were bigger?

What an amazing photo, thought I would reblog it and share it with some people who may not have seen it. If only it were bigger?

The Catholic Church in Scotland is wrong on same-sex marriage and here’s why

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It doesn’t surprise me that various senior figures in the Scottish Catholic Church have come out against same-sex marriage just as the consultation on the topic in the Scottish Parliament begins (which is progress in itself as Westminster have delayed their consultation). Here are some choice quotes from the respective BBC Scotland news website article:

So it’s nice to know the Catholic Church is on our side, innit! What makes the Scottish Catholic Church’s statements so idiotic is that Nicola Sturgeon herself has reaffirmed in the Parliament that no church will be ‘forced’ to conduct same-sex ceremonies, it would be a opt-in process and rightly so. This leads me to question why the Catholic Church would care if some 5% of the population now has the potential to get married over a second-rate civil partnership, if they would never conduct these ceremonies and no one ever expected them too. All their comments amount to is an affirmation that senior members of the Scottish Catholic Church are deeply old fashioned and bigoted in their world views in an era where a substantial majority of the the Scottish population favours ‘equal’ marriage, all that is going to happen is that the Scottish Catholic Church will fall further and further behind in the wake of declining attendance numbers on a Sunday and general apathy towards organised religion in Scotland. 

The 9/11 decade?

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A coincidence that my first post on this blog is also the day of the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks? Yes, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to avoid writing about it. I also hope this doesn’t set the tone for the rest of my posts on this blog, because I’m not alarmist or sensationalist…honestly!

I’ve had numerous blogs on various subjects over the years, all of them ‘small potatoes’ (mostly on film and sometimes on politics), this by no means makes me an expert on blogging and I don’t pretend to be an expert on what I intend the direction of this particular blog will take. Before I get into this post I feel the need to introduce myself and give any potential readers who have stumbled across this blog somehow some information as to who I am and what I like to write about. I won’t give my real name but I will say this: I’m going into my final year studying for the LLB (a Law degree to those unfamiliar with the degree title), I’m Scottish and I’m generally left leaning and have voted both Liberal Democrat and Labour in the past, although I’m currently a member of Labour. I am, however, inactive most of the time in politics and prefer to take a backseat and comment on current affairs from the comfort of my laptop with a cup of tea in tow. Does that mean I’m ill-fitted to pass judgement? Certainly not but I’ll let you be the judge of that. Nor will everything on this blog relate to politics, I’m not that boring and I like various other subjects such as film and music and telly!

So, to the ‘nitty gritty’. I’m not anti-American and I’m certainly not a radical leftist (sometimes) but I’ve generally been of the opinion, having read a great number of opinion articles on the subject, that the response to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre complex in New York have had a detrimental effect on the rest of the world’s perception of the United States and sometimes its allies such as the UK/France/other NATO affiliated states and rightly so. I recently watched the Question Time special on this topic and I was left feeling pretty dissatisfied, along with my dad who I was watching it with while I was home for a few days. He correctly told me he felt there was no attempt to deal with such questions as whether certain western states have added fuel to the fire of international terrorism in the wake of 9/11 by supplying so-called ‘rogue’ states with weapons. Still, Question Time is only an hour long and most of the time it feels like a mere mud slinging contest towards politicians…but I still watch it most of the time regardless. Nevertheless, the QT special left a bitter taste in my mouth and has led to me thinking about the answer to some questions such as how we have got into the mess we’re currently in internationally and whether the world is any safer than it was 10 years ago when these atrocities were committed by Al-Qaeda (leaving aside any suggestions of an ‘inside job’ by the US government). 

It is my opinion that the world is most certainly not safer than it was 10 years ago, but this is mostly because of the US and NATO’s warmongering tactics towards ‘terrorist’ states and a complete disregard for any form of bringing those responsible for the 9/11 attacks to ‘justice’ in the traditional court sense, rather than the blood seeking sense most of the public seems to desire. However, I do not intend to go into the interesting area of International Criminal law here, that is another blog post for another day! This post is merely a starting point, a very serious starting point and I have only very skimmed the surface in this area out of the fear I will bore anyone reading it and to stimulate some form of debate perhaps?

Anyway, RIP the innocent deceased of the 9/11 attacks, let’s hope such a tragedy on such a scale will not be repeated but sadly I feel it could.

tumblrbot: WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST HUMAN MEMORY?

You know what, I really have no idea! I have some disparate memories of when I was around 4 years old, going to nursery and of the house I lived in when I was that age until the age of 6 but nothing in particular and I have no idea if any of these disparate memories are earlier than the other. Boring answer, eh?