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Catholic school ‘urged pupils as young as 11 to sign anti-gay marriage petition’


A student at St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls in Carshalton voiced concerns to that pupils from 11 to 18 years of age had been “encouraged” to sign the anti-equality pledge by the school’s headmistress.


“She said things about gay marriage and civil partnerships being unnatural. It was just a really out-dated, misjudged and heavily biased presentation.”

The saving grace in this story is, of course, that the older pupils are fighting back against the headmistress’s outrageous actions.

In my naive younger days I used to think that the religious indoctrination of children at school was fine because, essentially, it was just trying to get people to be good. And, hey, when I was old enough to think for myself I saw what a load of old rot the superstitious stuff was without needing to chuck away the nicer bits. Religion as a kind of benign nonsense, if you like. I don’t religion is benign any more, though. Not by a long shot.

Living with a lion

Retronaut has an amazing set of photos of a family living with a lion. My particular fave is this one:

File under ‘About bloody time’


Sandwiched between the candy-coloured slabs of Central St Giles and the new Tottenham Court Road mega-station, it’s of little surprise that the area at the base of Centre Point has been earmarked for redevelopment. The property owner Almacantar, which bought the site last year, has now unveiled its proposals.