“I got quite annoyed after the Haiti earthquake. A baby was taken from the wreckage and people said it was a miracle. It would have been a miracle had God stopped the earthquake. More wonderful was that a load of evolved monkeys got together to save the life of a child that wasn’t theirs.”— Terry Pratchett
'I was quite stunned one day when, after much thought and reflection my Mom said that looking back on her life the happiest couples she knew were the ones where the men were 10 - 15 years older than their wives”
"While the secular state is, by definition, anathema to religious fundamentalists, it should appeal to the great majority of believers of all faiths. It should give secularists reasons for hope, as well as for restraint. In the current offensive against the secular state, secularists should stick to their guns, but not blaze them in all directions, for religion has a legitimate place in the secular state"
The Red Cross Movement is not a political or religious organisation. This neutrality means that we can reach and offer unconditional help to people in need whoever and wherever they are.
Often we work in countries where other organisations cannot or will not work. We cross front lines in times of war to help conflict victims and visit prisoners of war on both sides. We can only do this life-saving work if we are understood to be a completely neutral, independent organisation. Put simply, our neutrality saves lives.
We can’t let down people in need by compromising our neutrality. That is why we do not align ourselves with any particular political cause or religious creed anywhere in the world.
And that is why we do not sell or display religious items, of any faith, in our shops. For many of us, Christmas is a holy time – and we respect that. However, as an organisation, the Red Cross cannot be seen to be religious or political because to do so might jeopardise the access we have to people in need.
Since we first prowled the savannahs of Africa, human beings have displayed a few overpowering and ineradicable impulses—for food, for sex, and for drugs. Every human society has hunted for its short cuts to an altered state: The hunger for a chemical high, low, or pleasingly new shuffle sideways is universal.
Compared with a group of control adolescents born to heterosexual parents with similar educational and financial backgrounds, the children of lesbian couples scored better on academic and social tests and lower on measures of rule-breaking and aggression.
'Africans would rather have the biggest piece of a small pie than a smaller piece of a big pie. Sounding almost exasperated, Clinton indicated that Africa’s arguments for the redress of economic imbalances left by colonialism were beginning to wear a little thin — at least in Washington. "For goodness sakes, this is the 21st century. We’ve got to get over what happened 50, 100, 200 years ago and let’s make money for everybody"’