Religion isn’t nice. It kills

Polly Toynbee: “The final answer is no. A letter (apparently) from the BBC governors has finally refused the modest request of the National Secular Society, the British Humanist Association and 100 other signatories (I was one), that non-religious thinkers should contribute to Thought for the Day on Radio 4’s Today programme. No, the governors have decided that creationist fruitcakes have “thoughts” of more depth and resonance than moral philosophers who lack the requisite superstition. Maybe the competition would be too daunting. Woolly homilies from carefully selected moderate pulpits might sound a little weak when challenged by hard thought. Nor might their emotions stand comparison with poets or secular writers. Benjamin Zephaniah versus the Bishop of the Day? No contest.” Guardian UK [thanks, Richard]