Monday, 10 February 2014

South Bank or South Park?

As a registered Minister (see my Certificate of Ordination, number 202-104, at the bottom of this post) of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (CoFSM) I must express my outrage, and a very deep feeling of having been offended by the London South Bank University (LSBU) having removed the poster depicted below and the stall of the South Bank Atheist Society (SBAS, guys, you should have a proper link not just an F-book one!).

The apparent reason ultimately (after it turned out that Adam's dick is, in fact, OK) given was that, being based on "religious" art, the image above offends. I couldn't ascertain whom in particular this image is supposed to (have) offend(ed). What I also couldn't ascertain was why the Michelangelo's image is necessarily "religious" art -- as if that matters. Because it lives in a chapel? Maybe, but you'll have to agree not necessarily. Because Michelangelo was himself religious? How do you know? For all historical evidence I, for one, can't be sure. And then, even if he was, why would everything created by his hand be necessarily "religious" in nature? Not to mention he probably had helpers, at least some of whom could have been non-religious -- or worse of a "wrong" faith. 

Anyway, not having been able to ascertain the validity of the LSBU's claims I can only go on what I know to be true, namely: a) the removal of the poster above violates the right to free speech and freedom of expression of members of the SBAS, b) the removal of said poster with the excuse given by LSBU offends my religious (not just "religious") feelings as a member -- and Minister -- of the CoFSM (see certificate below).

From the clash between the (obviously wrongful!) claims of the LSBU and the (obviously!) rightful claims of offence to my (and any of the other adherent's to the belief in FSM, and members' of CoFSM) religion and person stated above, the only conclusion I can come to is that it seems that in modern Britain -- or at least at LSBU -- there exists religions, and consequently, people of higher and lower status, and with more and less rights in the society. There are no points for guessing which group the believers in CoFSM fall into.

In the hope that we are after all, and despite the attempts of some individuals at LSBU, a free society where all belief systems -- and especially those which promote freedom and equality for all, regardless of their belief system such as the CoFSM -- are treated with equal respect, I hereby demand that LSBU officials issue an immediate and unqualified apology to all members of SBAS, as well as to all members and the believers in the CoFSM, and to consequently allow members of SBAS to freely display their material alongside all other student societies, religious or not.

Thank you, and may the FSM be with you at all times (and not just when you eat pasta).

HT British Humanist Association (BHA).

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Long Time No C

The last time I posted here was more or less at the start of my serving out the notice period, having been fired from here because these guys bought my department - but only partially (they subsequently fired the whole of their equivalent department - which I think is even meaner).

What followed was a period of unemployment which was made infinitely less stressful than one might expect by the opportunity to spend a lot of time with our gorgeous little daughter, something I will likely not have another opportunity to do for a long, long time - if ever.

So, hurrah and huzzah!

But wait! There's more...

These guys decided that I haven't killed off all my brain cells playing management/coordination game, and that I can still be gainfully employed as a software developer. Huzzah! indeed.

So, I have now dusted off my trusty old (but not as old as in the photo above) K&R and brushed up on my static and  volatile - not to mention pointer voodoo, and am expected to make the world a better place by making sure your Bluetooth devices play nicely with each other (amongst other things).

All this, of course, involves quite a bit of upset to our little family, but we shall emerge victorious.

Stay tooned...