Tuesday, 5 October 2010

New Humanist needs you – to nominate this year's enemies of reason

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As many of you will be aware, each year since 2007 New Humanist has handed out the Bad Faith Award, which recognises the individual (or organisation) making the year's most outstanding contribution to irrationalism and superstition. The list of past winners is an ignominious one – in 2007 US Christian conservative Dinesh D'Souza took the award, in 2008 it went to the peerless Sarah Palin, while last year we passed over all pretenders and handed it straight to God's representative on Earth, Pope Benedict XVI.

We're currently producing the November issue of the magazine, in which we'll be announcing the shortlisted nominees for the 2010 award, after which a poll will open on this blog to determine the winner. But first, we need your help – who do you think should be nominated for the 2010 Bad Faith Award? Over the course of the year we've been including a "Bad Faith Nominee" quote in the news pages of each issue, which means that thus far there are nominations for Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, for attributing earthquakes to "women who do not dress modestly", our heir to the throne Prince Charles for suggesting that the world is suffering from an "inner crisis of the soul", and now-twice-nominated Stephen Green for his contribution to Channel 4's 4Thought.tv, in which he seemed to suggest that in 30 years society will have been "taken over" by "Islam and the gays".

But that is by no means a definitive list. We need you to tell us who you would like to see receive Bad Faith Award. Who (or what - we'll consider organisations too) has made the most egregious contribution to the enduring prevalence of unreason in 2010? Simply submit your nomination by leaving a comment on this post. Think creatively - I'm sure lots of you will want to nominate the Pope but, while we'd give some thought to awarding it to the same person as last year, it'd be good to think beyond the obvious choices.

To get you started, I'm going to nominate former Tory MP and current Strictly Come Dancing star Ann Widdecombe on account of her enthusiastic support for Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, the ludicrous creationist zoo near Bristol.

Happy nominating! Oh, and remember to include your reasons, with a link if possible.
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