Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Bad Faith Awards 2012: who will you nominate?

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As sure as summer gives way to autumn, a very special time of year comes around once more as we ask the readers of New Humanist to put forward their nominees for our Bad Faith Award – the gold standard prize for enemies of reason, the glittering accolade against which all other awards for services to irrationalism must be measured.

The Bad Faith Award celebrates its sixth birthday this year, but as we enter the nomination process it's tough to predict whether anything can top what happened in 2011, when the Conservative MP Nadine Dorries took home the prize with a stunning 53 per cent of the vote.

Having discovered that she was nominated for the Bad Faith Award on account of her vocal anti-choice position, Dorries became the first person to actively campaign for victory, taking to her blog and a local Bedfordshire newspaper to suggest that humanists believe in killing babies "up until the point where the child had the ability to reason, understand and justify life", and describe New Humanist as "an anti-faith, anti-religious cult" which holds "extreme views dressed up as acceptable in an online glossy magazine".

Will any of the 2012 nominees be able to better Dorries' perfomance? Well, the first challenge is to establish who those nominees will be, and that's where you come in. We want you to tell who us who you think has made the year's contribution to unreason. How you wish to define such a contribution is up to you – whether it's a cleric displaying intolerance in the name of their faith, a politician slating secularism, or a quack pushing a cure that flies in the face of scientific evidence, they're all eligible for consideration.

All you need to do is leave a comment on this post, email editor@newhumanist.org.uk or tweet @NewHumanist, telling who you want to nominate. Where possible, provide a supporting web link.

Once all the nominations are in, we'll devise a shortlist and open a poll at the end of October. The winner will be announced in the January issue of New Humanist.
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