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The World After Corona>>>

Brian McClinton was on Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sequence on 3rd May, talking about the consequences of the corona crisis. The other two in the discussion were Katy Radford, who is project manager of the Institute for Conflict Research and vice chair of the Arts Council (she often speaks as a representative of the Jewish community) and Tina Beattie, who is a Catholic theologian. You can access it here on BBC Radio Ulster Sounds. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000hv5t

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Beethoven 250
The 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth is later this year (he was baptised on 17th December 1770  – he was probably born the day before).
Read about:
Beethoven's Best
Beethoven's Symphonies

 
Is Trump a Christian?
Has Donald Trump really read the Bible? He does not appear to be at all Christian and certainly not humanist. Why, then, did 80% of white evangelical Christians vote for him? Read more>>>

 

 

Trump and the
Middle East

Whose Jerusalem?>>>

The Trump 'Deal' for Palestine>>>


The Myth of Grammar Schools

The Abortion Debate


Andy Barr:  
The Rich are Coining It

Eamon Murphy:
TTIP: Post-Democracy 

Andy Barr: 
Axe the British Monarchy
Brian McClinton:
Radio Ulster should be less downmarket
Andy Barr: 
Does Islamic Fundamentalism threaten Peace?

Martin O'Reilly:
Is It Moral for Humans to Use and Kill Animals? 

Stephen Hawking, 1942-2018

An inspiration to us all

BREXIT: A THREAT TO LIBERAL HUMANISM

Liberal Humanism has been the dominant ideology of Europe since 1945. Brexit has dealt it a savage blow.
Read more>>>

SON OF SAUL

One of the best films of 2016 and indeed the decade. A bleak film, yes, but it offers a crack of light in an abyss of darkness. It is nothing less than a cinematic tour de force Read more>>>

I, DANIEL BLAKE
Another of 2016's best films:   a man has a heart attack and is pronounced unfit for work by his doctor and then descends into the misery of the government’s Social Services.
Shelley Leggett's Review

CHRISTIAN DECLINE
Study reveals that people of no religion (48.5%) outnumber Christians (43.8%) in England and Wales. Although Northern Ireland is more religious, the trend is in the same direction.
Decline will be beneficial

Thurs:10th Oct: Wave and the Legacy:

Alan McBride, speaker, centre, and some of the audience at the above meeting
SUMMER CONFERENCE 2019

The 2019 Summer Conference, organised by the Irish Freethinkers and Humanists and the Humanist Association of Ireland, was held on 7th and 8th September in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
The theme was Humanism and the New Ireland

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HEADING OH, OH, HEAVENWARDS

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Thursday 14th February
Speaker Brian Pelan, centre front, who talked inter alia about the View magazine,
http://viewdigital.org
and some of the audience (photo: Bertie McCullough)

 

  IFH DECEMBER MEETING: TROUBLE SONGS 

Speaker Stuart Bailie gave a fascinating talk on 13th December about his new book ‘Trouble Songs: Music and Conflict in Northern Ireland’Trouble Songs involves over 60 interviews and conversations with the likes of Bono, Christy Moore, the Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers, Orbital, Kevin Rowland, Terri Hooley, the Rubberbandits, Dolores O’Riordan and the Miami Showband survivors. It’s an account of how music has been a persuader, agitator and peacemaker.