Alasdair Stephen

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Alasdair Stephen was the Scottish National Party Parliamentary candidate for Ross, Skye and Lochaber in the 2010 general election.

Skeptical Voter Questionnaire Responses

1. Do you support the use of NHS money to provide unproven health products such as homeopathy?

'Unproven', yes. Mumbo jumbo, no.

2. Should schools be allowed to teach creationism as an equivalent theory to evolution?

Not 'equivalent' but it should be allowed to be taught in RE or philosophy classes.

3. Do you believe that religious belief should be legally protected from ridicule?

No

4. Should an independent government adviser whose views in their area of expertise conflict with government policy be able to express those views publicly?

Yes

5. Should religious courts such as Sharia and Beth Din be recognised as alternative systems within UK law?

Parish churches no longer administer justice so I don't see why Sharia and Beth Din should within Scottish legal system. No objection to a small role within communities as long as it does not conflict with Scottish law.

6. Do you agree that testing on animals (within strict criteria) is a necessary part of the development of medicines?

Yes

7. Should policy-makers trust scientific evidence even when it appears counter-intuitive?

No, they should be sceptical. They should give clear reasons if they ignore it though and ready to accept the criticism.

8. Do you think that abortion time limits should always be determined by the current scientific and medical consensus?

Is there a scientific and medical consensus? When does the foetus become conscious or become a living human? I think the politicians should decide on the conscience having appraised all the evidence and listened to all the arguments carefully.

9. Should religious leaders be entitled to vote in the House of Lords?

No and there should be no House of Lords.

10. Do you support the reform of English and Welsh libel law to allow a stronger 'public interest' defence?

Need to hear more of the arguments.

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