Skeptical Voter Questionnaire Response
1. Do you support the use of NHS money to provide unproven health products such as homeopathy?
2. Should schools be allowed to teach creationism as an equivalent theory to evolution?
3. Do you believe that religious belief should be legally protected from ridicule?
4. Should an independent government adviser whose views in their area of expertise conflict with government policy be able to express those views publicly?
5. Should religious courts such as Sharia and Beth Din be recognised as alternative systems within UK law?
6. Do you agree that testing on animals (within strict criteria) is a necessary part of the development of medicines?
7. Should policy-makers trust scientific evidence even when it appears counter-intuitive?
DEPENDS ON THE RIGOURS OF THE SCIIENTIFIC ie YES provided the evidence is beyond any doubt whatsoever.
8. Do you think that abortion time limits should always be determined by the current scientific and medical consensus?
ONLY IF SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE CAN DEMONSTRATE BEYOND DOUBT THAT LIFE DOES NOT EXIST AT THE POINT OF CONCEPTION
9. Should religious leaders be entitled to vote in the House of Lords?
10. Do you support the reform of English and Welsh libel law to allow a stronger 'public interest' defence?
LIKE MOST OF THE QUESTIONS ABOVE, THIS QUESTION IS UNSCIENTIFIC (and, forgive for saying, STUPID). It is akin to asking "do I support strengthening the blasphemy to prevent the outbreak of communal killings. To answer your question, you need to define the 'public interest'. In general, I fully support the need for decision-making to take full account of evidence, proof, intuition, anticipation and personal experience in a balanced and rationally weighted context. Scientific knowledge is never (and can never be) complete and definitive. If ever it did become so, then it should be the sole determining consideration. Irrational secularism is just as "barmy" as irrantional religionism."
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Thank you for giving me the opportunity to convey my views
On his website, Murphy writes:
- Of course the climate is changing – always has, always will – and we cannot stop it. We can only (and must) adapt to it. The extent to which man contributes to it is a moot point. I support anti-pollution measures but I am against Green Taxes. They favour the rich and add to the living costs of the poor.