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Written by Birmingham UK Com

The recent scathing remarks by High Court Judge Richard Mawrey overrepparttar disgraceful actions ofrepparttar 105749 six Labour councillors from Birmingham is somethingrepparttar 105750 city could well do without. The Judge went as far as to say thatrepparttar 105751 recent electoral fraud would disgrace even a banana republic.

It transpires thatrepparttar 105752 vote rigging was part of an organised campaign to steal, forge and/or alter thousands of postal votes to ensure that Labour did not suffer from another backlash against it overrepparttar 105753 Iraq war. The six candidates involved wonrepparttar 105754 Bordesley Green and Aston elections through riggingrepparttar 105755 vote. The councillors involved are Mohammed Islam, Muhammad Agzal, Mohammed Kazi, Ayaz Khan, Shafaq Ahmed and Shah Jahan.

The councillors have been sacked fromrepparttar 105756 Labour Party and ordered to payrepparttar 105757 costs ofrepparttar 105758 trial. A criminal trial may take place afterrepparttar 105759 General Election. Judge Mawrey has decided not to burdenrepparttar 105760 people of Birmingham withrepparttar 105761 court costs and has ordered thatrepparttar 105762 shamed councillors footrepparttar 105763 estimated £500,000 legal bill.

Incredibly there are no systems in place to prevent fraud. Signatures of voters are not checked against applications. Anyone who manages to get hold of a blank form can return it with a vote. The police are powerless to do much about it and whilst they have received large numbers of complaints about rigged voting incidents they have either been powerless to act or have lackedrepparttar 105764 time and inclination.

Why Christian and atheist libertarians get along

Written by Kenn Gividen

I’mrepparttar most religious guy inrepparttar 105748 Libertarian Party. At least that’s what my friend, Charlie, decided. I don’t know if his bit of insight was meant to be a compliment or a mere observation. Either way, I suppose there are others more deserving.

For his part, Charlie is a declared atheist. And, therein lays a dilemma for some libertarians. How can I — a certified, card-carrying Bible thumper — stand shoulder to shoulder with a guy who’s never thumped a Bible in his life?

In spite of ourselves

One may assume there is a détente in whichrepparttar 105749 discussion of religion is avoided like a trip torepparttar 105750 dentist. One would be wrong. I find few things more intellectually stimulating than a lively spat with a well-informed atheist — particularly when feeble attempts are made to defendrepparttar 105751 untenable; eg, evolution.

Or, one may assume there is a level of irreconcilable toleration. Not so. Some ofrepparttar 105752 best Christians I know are atheists. By that, I mean, atheists usually surpass Christians in areas such as morality, decency and human kindness. I don’t tolerate these people. I like them. I enjoy their company. I’d rather hang out with a crowd of honest atheists than a church full of back-stabbing Baptists any day ofrepparttar 105753 week, including Sunday.

So why do libertarian Christians and atheists get along?

Exclusion doesn’t work

The answer can be found inrepparttar 105754 word, “inclusion.” Think about it.

When Protestants control a government – say Northern Ireland, for example – Catholics and other non-Protestants have a tough way to go. And when Catholics take charge – as in Ireland – Protestants find themselves onrepparttar 105755 outside looking in.

Come to think of it, when any religious group takes control, all others face dire consequences. Considerrepparttar 105756 history of England. Bloody Mary had at least 275 Protestants burned atrepparttar 105757 stake (includingrepparttar 105758 Archbishop of Canterbury) during her brief five-year term as Queen of England. A century later, Protestant Elizabeth I was executing Catholics. For their part, Muslims have a history of killing both Protestants and Catholics, not to mention Jews.

Life, some think, would be simpler — if not safer — if no religious sect controlled government. Let’s put atheists in charge, they say. That would end sectarian bloodletting.

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