Skeptical Voter Questionnaire Response
1. Do you support the use of NHS money to provide unproven health products such as homeopathy?
No - and I don't support the use of NHS money for a lot of things, including abortion, euthanasia, IVF, genger change surgery, 'sex education' (which perpetuates the very problems it claims to address), unnecessary bureacracy and non-jobs etc.
2. Should schools be allowed to teach creationism as an equivalent theory to evolution?
Of course schools should be allowed to teach creationism as 'an equivalent theory to evolution'. Preferably they would teach it as the truth though! I would ban the teaching of evolution nonsense to children; teaching kids that tripe is counter-educational and it is a subtle form of child abuse to so corrupt children's thinking. God created the universe and everything in it - including humans - and that's what kids should be taught, unless we want to carry on raising corrupted, dehumanised kids who are confused as to their human identity and purpose. We all know what evolution theory is about at heart (and it's certainly not science): it's about trying to get rid of the God of the Bible and thus dispense with Biblical moral rights and wrongs - and that's why evolution theory is so incredibly destructive when lots of people fall for it.
3. Do you believe that religious belief should be legally protected from ridicule?
No. Having said that, this question is really bigger than just the issue of satire isn't it? Religious belief should not be legally protected from ridicule, but religious believers (and indeed everybody) should be able to live according to conscience, for example the pro-life pharmacist who refuses to supply the morning-after abortifacient pill.
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 (and he or she should of course be prepared to accept the consequences).
5. Should religious courts such as Sharia and Beth Din be recognised as alternative systems within UK law?
I see no problem with Beth Din (I suspect the questioner is deliberately trying to confuse the issue - which is really the significant and well justified concerns relating to the threat of islam to the UK - out of a general anti-religious motive). Sharia should absolutely not be tolerated in the UK under any circumstances.
6. Do you agree that testing on animals (within strict criteria) is a necessary part of the development of medicines?
Animal-testing ought always to be kept to a minimum but in instances where there is no better ethical alternative I am not opposed to animal testing.
7. Should policy-makers trust scientific evidence even when it appears counter-intuitive?
Policy-makers should make policy on a range of considerations - not just the scientific. Policy-makers weigh up science, public opinion, moral issues, pragmatism, cost and so on; science is important but it is not the 'be all and end all' of human life or of political decision-making.
8. Do you think that abortion time limits should always be determined by the current scientific and medical consensus?
I'm Pro-Life. Abortion ought to be banned outright. Science has nothing to do with it; abortion is murder and it ought to be illegal again, as it once was, and the sooner the better.
9. Should religious leaders be entitled to vote in the House of Lords?
I've no problem with the current entitlement of the Bishops to vote in the House of Lords; Christian influence is a force for good in the life of the British nation.
10. Do you support the reform of English and Welsh libel law to allow a stronger 'public interest' defence?