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Majority of Conservative and Ukip voters back gay marriage – poll

When the same question was asked in 1975, support for gay marriage stood at just 16 per cent, with 53 per cent against.

But opinion in the subject varies between generations. While 88 per cent of 18 to 34 year-olds think gays and lesbians should be able to marry, only a minority 43 per cent of those aged over 65 agree.

Along political lines, support for gay marriage is strongest among Labour and Liberal Democrat supporters, with three-quarters in favour.

But the poll shows clear majorities of Conservative and Ukip voters backing the change, which came into force in England and Wales on March 29.

The poll also pointed to a sea change in attitudes to homosexuality in general within 40 years.

The number of Britons who think same-sex couples should be able to live together openly has more than doubled since 1975, with 89 per cent now agreeing, including 96 per cent of people aged 18 to 34 and 77 per cent of those over 65.

When the same question was asked in 1975, only 40 per cent of British people agreed with the statement homosexual couples should be able to live together openly. At that time 28 per cent disagreed and 31 per cent said they did not know.

Simon Atkinson, assistant chief executive of Ipsos MORI, said: It is very unusual, even over a period of 40 years, to see such a sea change in public attitudes.

People in Britain are clearly behind the recent legislation on gay marriage a rare example of Parliament and public opinion being very much in tune with each other.

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Boston Marathon shows the unique healing power of sports

The Boston Marathon was Monday, one year after two bombs exploded at last years race. The event marked yet another tragedy in the United States, which seems to happen more often. However, in the face of such tragedy, the community rallied.

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Dissenters voice doubt over John Paul II sainthood

Pope John Paul is slated to be declared a saint on Sunday, but some disagree with the declaration of his sainthood

JOHN PAUL II. A picture made available on April 7, 2014 shows a portrait of Pope John Paul II during the final preparations for the opening of The Holy Father John Paul II Family Home Museum in Wadowice, near Cracow, Poland, 05 April 2014. Jacek Bednarczyk/EPA

VATICAN CITY A much-loved pope will be declared a saint on Sunday but not everyone in the Catholic Church agrees.

John Paul II also alienated many left-wing Catholics and has been blamed for hushing up child sex crimes.

“Not all the people of God agree about canonisation,” the International Movement We Are Church said in a statement ahead of the canonisation ceremony in St Peter’s for John Paul II and his Italian predecessor John XXIII.

The group accused the late pope of “spiritual authoritarianism” and of putting too much emphasis on “hierarchical control” two traits it said left little room for victims and investigations of abuses.

“Pope John Paul II was a pope of great contradiction. His tragedy lies in the discrepancy between his commitment to reform and dialogue in the world and his return to authoritarianism,” it said.

The pontiff credited with helping to bring down Communism in Eastern Europe was accused of backing right-wing dictators in Latin America including Augusto Pinochet in Chile during the Cold War.

At the same time, the Vatican cracked down on the Liberation Theology movement of pro-social justice clergymen which it saw as being too Marxist.

Bishops accused of being leftists were replaced by ultra-conservatives and dissident priests were banned from teaching, while more conservative Latin American movements were given favourable treatment.

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Palestinians' Abbas warns against failure of talks

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned Tuesday that if peace talks with Israel fail he may dismantle the Palestinian Authority and hand over responsibility for 2.5 million of his people to Israel.

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Liberal vs Conservative Views Which Side are You On?

I was raised a conservative and held conservative views for quite a while. However, I also have a rebellious side that always wants to break away from restrictive rules and societal norms, and seek freedom. Over time that side of me won and I now have more liberal views mostly on social issues.

As a conservative I was very uptight about things and sometimes got upset when I saw people behave in ways that were not acceptable to society. Now I’m very open minded, relaxed, tolerant, patient, and fun loving.

I’m all about enjoying life. I tend to disregard societal taboos and rules which serve no purpose other than to impose the views and beliefs of the majority. So I’m a social liberal and live a carefree lifestyle that would fit into the term Bohemian although I’m not much of an artist. I believe you should be able to do anything you like as long as you don’t hurt others or yourself. However, as you should realize, that takes a lot of personal responsibility.

Just to give a couple of examples; to me it’s cool to dress like a hippie, go barefoot, wear a nose ring, etc. but what about doing drugs or having multiple sexual partners? Before engaging in any of those, you should ask the question: will your behavior harm yourself or other people? And you should think long term too.

Note: all the above are MY views based on MY experiences. Yours may be different and that’s fine. No one can always agree on everything and that’s cool!

Again, this is not all about politics, so when I use the terms liberal and conservative I’m not necessarily referring to the political parties (i.e. Democratic and Republican). Having said that, some of the contents are political. Hey, it’s good to have diversity, right? :)

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Speaking French with a Jewish accent

The French media is wild for Vincent Elbaz, and it’s easy to see why. The Jewish actor, who bears no relation to Alber Elbaz of Lanvin fame, is tall and has a hearty shock of brown hair. He is oddly handsome, with small, dark eyes, an aquiline nose and high, wide cheekbones

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Curious about Palestine, Israeli visitors return – NBC40.net

By KARIN LAUB Associated Press

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – This bustling center of Palestinian life is just a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem, but for Israelis it might as well be on the other side of the world.

Since a major round of Israeli-Palestinian fighting more than a decade ago, Israelis have been kept out of Palestinian cities by the Israeli military and their own fears. But after several years of relative calm, a few have begun trickling back in tours led by Palestinian guides and guarded by plainclothes Palestinian security agents.

On Wednesday, about two dozen visitors, Israelis and a few foreigners, visited the mausoleum of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and a shrine to national poet Mahmoud Darwish – though hopes of talking to local residents went unfulfilled.

The trip fell in the week of the Jewish holiday of Passover, and those observing religious tradition unwrapped matza, or unleavened bread, during lunch at a local restaurant, as Arabic music played in the background.

The tour also came as another U.S. attempt to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal appeared doomed.

Gershon Baskin, an organizer, said such trips are needed, nonetheless, to foster understanding after years of enforced separation that deepened the divide between the two peoples. “There will never be peace in this land unless the people living on the land talk to each other and … drop these walls of fear, animosity and hatred,” he said.

While some Palestinians, especially shopkeepers, would welcome large numbers of Israeli visitors to their towns, others dismiss the possibility of normalizing relations while the Israeli military occupation continues.

“Normalization is the attempt to deceptively project something abnormal as if it were normal,” said Omar Barghouti, co-founder of a Palestinian-led movement of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), aimed at ending occupation and what it considers other violations of international law.

“Ethical co-existence can only come as a result of ending oppression and injustice,” Barghouti said in an emailed comment. “Israelis who support comprehensive Palestinian rights under international law and ‘co-resist’ oppression are welcome.”

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'Liberal' news organisation 'The Hindu' forbids employees to carry non-vegetarian food on its canteen premises

For a while now, liberals in India have been taking the higher moral ground when it comes to discourses on values of equality, justice and liberty, damning any and every one who fails to meet their righteous standards.

And while popular belief associates fundamentalism with right wing idealists, lately the trends have reversed. Only yesterday, writer Joe D’cruz’s publisher refused to release his book owing to his ‘Pro-Modi’ views, that, ironically, they believe to be ‘fascist’.

Taking a similar high road, is the Chennai-based news organisation The Hindu known for its fire brand journalism and the left liberal views they judge others by. Often, through their elaborate writing and lengthy editorials, they have condemned those who do not abide by their progressive standards.

However, when it came to applying the same values within their organisation, the prolific news house fell short. In an alleged advisory issued to their employees, The Hindu has forbidden his employees from bringing non-vegetarian food in their canteen.

A copy of this supposed notice, that has gone viral across social media, informs that the said rule is, in fact, not a new addition, rather an already existing ‘rule’. It unabashedly explains the reason, stating, All are aware non-veg food is not permitted in our Canteen premises as it causes discomfort to the majority of the employees who are vegetarian.

Needless to say, the online community reacted very strongly to this:

People also expressed anguish in a Reddit thread. Banning is not inclusive. It display arrogance. If they wanted to find a workaround, they could have created separate time or place for the two sections, shared user ashwinmudigonda.

Malarvizhi Jayanth, an insider who is believed to have initiated this debate online, narrates, in her blog, The normal-food eaters cant eat their food in the canteen, because the smell of their non-Brahmin food is offensive to the nostrils of their twice-born colleagues. They cant eat inside the reporting sections room, without remarks along the lines of Which walking, swimming, flying thing are you eating today? Some twice-born colleagues would ask this same question practically every time one unfortunate normal-food eater opened her tiffin box in office.

Despite the online backlash that could be potentially damaging to their image, The Hindu has so far not provided any statement giving credence or denying the much deliberated notice.

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Jonah Goldberg The left's arrogant groupthink

“IF ALL YOU have is a hammer,” the old saying goes, “everything looks like a nail.” Left unsaid is the fact that the real problem isn’t the possession of a hammer, but the certitude that all you need is the hammer. In other words, it’s a failure of the imagination which is a kind of arrogance that’s really to blame. “I’ve got my hammer, and that’s all I need. Besides, have you ever seen a problem that didn’t look like a nail?”

This is a version of what academics call “confirmation bias” the tendency to accept only the facts that buttress your closely held views. It’s a hot topic these days. Ezra Klein, a young liberal writer, has launched a news website, Vox.com, that purports to be the vanguard of something called “explanatory journalism” (which is something of a redundancy, like culinary cooking or belligerent war). In his inaugural essay, Klein argues that conservatives and liberals alike are prone to confirmation bias, which he is here to fix.

This is a very old idea. Legendary journalist and one-time progressive intellectual Walter Lippmann argued the same sort of thing nearly a century ago. Like many progressives, Lippmann was an often deeply ideological advocate of purging competing ideologies from public life. We needed “disinterested” servants who were free of the partisan or ideological bias.

The problem, as we discovered, was that disinterested public servants were deeply interested in their jobs and expanding the power of the state. The government was their hammer and we the people were the nails.

That went for newspapers, too. Lippmann wrote that “good reporting requires the exercise of the highest of scientific virtues.” Klein’s effort seems like a newer version of the same thing. It has slideshow presentations telling the reader, for instance, “Everything you need to know about the Internet” (Al Gore sort of did invent it after all). Even his introductory essay, “How politics makes us stupid,” focused heavily on what he finds to be conservative examples of confirmation bias, but Mr. Klein couldn’t muster much of an effort to find examples of liberal confirmation bias.

At least he concedes it exists. Even that much of a concession New York Times columnist Paul Krugman cannot abide. He insists conservatives are more prone to confirmation bias because he and all the liberals he knows are so much more open-minded than conservatives.

Of course, President Obama has the same mind-set. He often talks about how he’s not an ideologue but a pragmatist, and how he’s a essentially a disinterested public servant pushing no agenda other than what all the experts agree is the best policy on health care, the environment, the economy, etc. He likes to say how he’s open to new ideas from everywhere, but the new ideas he takes seriously just happen to come from the left and always involve more government. It’s not that he’s liberal, he’s just right. Or as Krugman once put it, “the facts have a liberal bias.”

Such arrogant groupthink not only leads to bad policies, but it reinforces a mass psychology that simply takes it for granted that liberals have sole access to the Truth. It’s like having God on your side without having to believe in God.

This attitude isn’t reserved for small technocratic squabbles. Sometimes government takes an active role, as when the Obama administration unilaterally decides that religious exemptions to Obamacare are illegitimate, at least for a bunch of nuns or companies such as Hobby Lobby.

Other times, the truth-is-liberal crowd thinks it’s OK to use government to punish the un-liberal philistines. No agency is supposed to be more disinterested than the IRS, but it appears that Lois Lerner considered neutrality to be something reserved for her ideological tribe.

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Occupy Cardiff: Rodney Berman lies exposed

The FoI request obtained by Kevin Brennan on our behalf (All available further down this page)shows the Council delaying response far beyond the legal 21 days from Kevin Brennan’s letter on 9thDec., claiming it wasn’t received till 20 Dec., doing nothing till 30 Dec., though assembled by 31 January, not approving it for Kevin Brennan till 17 Feb. heavy redactions of names to conceal leading Councilllors and police involvement in the action prior planning to stop an Occupycardiff camp wherever it started on public land. There was no mention of protecting the castle walls from damage the story invented by Rodney Berman for the Council meeting

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