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Website ponders secular Cambridge
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Are the church and state separate in Cambridge?

The debate over whether the state and church should ever cross paths is set to hot up in Cambridge.

Graham Davis, a member of the National Secular Society, has set up a website specifically for Cambridge.

Davis, talking about the Cambridge Secular Society website, told BBC Cambridgeshire: "It is a website with a forum that anyone can join.

"We hope that it will be a group of like-minded people who meet regularly to discuss their views."

The National Secular Society was founded in 1886 and says its aim is to "defend scientific rationalism, freedom of speech and Human Rights, standing for equality for all regardless of religious conviction or non-belief."

"Get rid of it"

Davis has launched the Cambridge website to give fellow secularists the opportunity to debate their views. He says the group's aims are unbiased, despite wanting to eliminate religion.

"I think it's objective to have a go at religion," he said. "Religion has many, many flaws. There obviously is a place for it and I obviously can't do anything about it.

"I would like to get rid of it all together but that's obviously not going to happen for generations, if not centuries.

"I think that probably at some stage in the future we'll think 'wasn't religion bizarre'. So I think in the future there won't be any religion. But for the time being we do have to live with it."

So what is Davis hoping to achieve with the new website?

"This really depends on the members themselves," he said. "We've just facilitated it."

"We hope that we can exploit the large number of students in and around the city and get them involved."

It would seem the society is not looking to occupy any middle ground. Davis is hoping to balance the affect he believes religion has on society.

"If you're interested in secularism you're interested in trying to push back religion. Religion is always trying to get its own way and get undue influence."

What do you think? Does Cambridge need to be a secular society? Send your thoughts to cambridgeshire@bbc.co.uk




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