Skeptical Voter Questionnaire Response 2010
[1. Do you support the use of NHS money to provide unproven health products such as homeopathy?]
1) No, but homeopathy treatment should be available to those who wish to pay for it themselves.
[2. Should schools be allowed to teach creationism as an equivalent theory to evolution?]
2) Schools should inform pupils that the theory of creationism exists as an alternative to the evolutionist theory, and inform them that a majority in the scientific community accept the latter . However they should point out that a 6 day creation and a 15 billion year creation are not necessarily incompatible if one chooses to take into account the time dilation which results from Einsteins theory of relativity. They should also teach that the human intellect does have limitations and that our experience of the natural world is very confined, so we should not be over reliant on our present understanding of how the universe is ordered.
[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?]
5) At present, private associations are allowed to have their own rules for members of their particular clubs, subject to them being compatible with natural justice. However, I do not think this can apply to Islam because it is not a free association, there being severe consequences for those who chose to leave the club. If on the other hand a religous group has rules which comply with natural justice, and its members may freely leave without suffering any sanctions, then they can have their rules in addition to, but not instead of, the laws of the state. Therefore I am of the opinion that Sharia and Beth Din should have no place in UK law . If people want to live under such law they have the option of living in countries where they currently apply, and not seek to impose it within our society.
[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?]
7) Not necessarily.
[8. Do you think that abortion time limits should always be determined by the current scientific and medical consensus?]
8) No. Killing children is not a scientific issue. Science has nothing to tell us regarding abortion. It has always been wrong and it will always remain wrong.
[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?]