Skeptical Voter Questionnaire Reponse 2010
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?
A. No, because it's not an equivalent theory.
3. Do you believe that religious belief should be legally protected from ridicule?
A. No, though I support laws against inciting hatred on religious grounds.
4. Should an independent government adviser whose views in their area of expertise conflict with government policy be able to express those views publicly?
A. Yes, but if the differences are serious or persistent resignation is the best option.
5. Should religious courts such as Sharia and Beth Din be recognised as alternative systems within UK law?
A. Provided they remain within UK law I wouldn't necessarily object.
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?
A. Intuition tells us the earth is flat and the sun goes round it. Evidence is not proof, so policy makers should rigorously test evidence and consider counter-evidence before making decisions based on it.
8. Do you think that abortion time limits should always be determined by the current scientific and medical consensus?
A. The views of religious organisations and the general public should also be taken into account.
9. Should religious leaders be entitled to vote in the House of Lords?
A. No - unless they subject themselves successfully to the rigours of the electoral process.
10. Do you support the reform of English and Welsh libel law to allow a stronger 'public interest' defence?
A. Yes. I'm no legal expert but the evidence seems to show that current legal laws do not protect reasonable freedom of expression.