Tag Archives: paganism

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Let’s just say that the Scottish Parliament building (aka ‘Holyrood’) does not inspire universal affection among Scots. I’ve encountered one local tour guide who invited anyone who was interested to lob an RPG into it while he carefully looked in the opposite direction, for example, while a fellow lawyer suggested that it looked like someone […]

We’re on the radio…

This week, we published Lorenzo’s cracker of a guest post on the slow demise of the Euro, and someone at ‘Aunty’ ABC must have noticed, because he’s been interviewed on the strength of it. The show in question is called ‘Counterpoint‘, and airs on Monday October 17th. The show itself starts at 16:05; Lorenzo’s segment […]

Hatches, matches and despatches

Once I am sure there’s nothing going on I step inside, letting the door thud shut. Another church: matting, seats, and stone, And little books; sprawlings of flowers, cut For Sunday, brownish now; some brass and stuff Up at the holy end; the small neat organ; And a tense, musty, unignorable silence, Brewed God knows […]

Enforcing filial piety via legislation

(from Wikimedia Commons) According to Confucian ideals, filial piety is the ultimate value. Hence, it permeates many Asian societies. There is notionally no need for the state to provide for care for the elderly, because the children will look after their parents in their old age. The rather creepy statue above depicts Japanese man Ryochi […]

Tapu

I don’t normally go around pimping other people’s stuff independent of our Saturday chit-chat threads, but this short essay on the difference between respecting beliefs you don’t share and giving those beliefs force of law is so good it deserves a wider audience. It had its genesis in this advisory from Te Papa (the National […]

By Toutatis! Druidry recognised as religion deserving of charitable status

People sometimes ask me what I teach in Trusts law. Among other things, I teach about charities and the requirements for establishing that a charitable trust has an allowed “charitable purpose”. One of the four charitable purposes under the common law is advancement of religion. Generally, the common law assumes that some religion is better […]

A world without monotheism

I originally posted this comment to the Richard Dawkins forum (which gets rather bitter and nasty over time). I’m writing a novel based around the issue now, but the question originally came from one of my students. ——————————— This topic came up when I googled the question ‘what would civilisation look like without monotheism? I […]

‘These are the days of miracle and wonder’

A few thoughts occasioned by our fighting over abortion and law, abortion and terror, abortion and Christianity, abortion and rights. They are scattered thoughts, alas. These debates do not bring out the best in us. As I wrote it I was listening to War of the Worlds. Go figure. 1. When my parents married, my […]