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2012 – Free Derry documents the rise and fall of an autonomous, nationalist, Irish Catholic area of Northern Ireland from 1969-1972.  The region “broke away” from the UK in response to lingering British colonialism.  Protestants gerrymandered political districts, the British army and police used excessive violence against Catholics, and Catholics faced discrimination in employment and access to public services.  Through interviews, photographs, and murals, Free Derry tells a little known story of the fight for equal rights for Catholics in Derry.

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Free Derry (Irish: SaorDhoire) was a self-declared autonomous nationalist area of Derry, Northern Ireland, between 1969 and 1972. Its name was taken from a sign painted on a gable wall in the Bogside in January 1969 which read, “You are now entering Free Derry”. The area, which included the Bogside and Creggan neighbourhoods, was secured by community activists for the first time on 5 January 1969 following an incursion into the Bogside by members of the police force, the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC). Residents built barricades and carried clubs and similar arms to prevent the RUC from entering. After six days the residents took down the barricades and police patrols resumed, but tensions remained high over the following months.

Violence reached a peak on 12 August 1969, culminating in the Battle of the Bogside—a three day pitched battle between residents and police. On 14 August units of the British Army were deployed at the edge of the Bogside and the police were withdrawn. The Derry Citizens Defence Association (DCDA) declared their intention to hold the area against both the police and the army until their demands were met. The army made no attempt to enter the area. The situation continued until October 1969 when, following publication of the Hunt Report, military police were allowed in.

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) began to re-arm and recruit after August 1969. In January 1970 it split into the Official IRA and the Provisional IRA. Both were supported by the people of the Free Derry area. Meanwhile, relations between the British Army and the nationalist community, which were initially good, deteriorated. In July 1971 there was a surge of recruitment into the IRA after two young men were shot and killed by British troops. The government introduced internment on 9 August 1971, and in response, barricades went up once more in the Bogside and Creggan. This time, Free Derry was a no-go area, defended by armed members of both the Official and Provisional IRA. From within the area they mounted gun attacks on the army, and the Provisionals began a bombing campaign in the city centre. As before, unarmed ‘auxiliaries’ manned the barricades, and crime was dealt with by a voluntary body known as the Free Derry Police.

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Why I Am No Longer a Creationist (Full Version)

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From the filmmaker: There are many well-meaning creationists who have just been misinformed. It takes a good deal of time to come to a thorough understanding of a major scientific theory; and many just don’t have the luxury of investing enough. They often become the unwitting victims of a few charlatans, and of their own confirmation bias.

It is the evangelical creationist leaders who are the main targets of my criticism. These men either should know better; or they are deliberately lying. Some, like Ray Comfort while on Pat Robertson’s show, are obviously lying. Ken Ham sabotages the minds of children with stupid questions like “Were you there?” and other “suicide of the mind” statements. Eric Hovind teaches people to ignore evidence and just mindlessly parrot “you wouldn’t have science/logic/reason if it weren’t for [insert personal god-belief or holy book here].” – or some such crap like that.

It is these and other creationist leaders who I reserve my strongest language for. The only thing I would say to the rest is – look at the evidence.

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10 comments to Why I Am No Longer a Creationist (Full Version)

  • Ben G.

    None of this was helpful. “Were you there?” is a rather logical question to ask; considering you weren’t. I’m tired of bias.

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  • Phil

    How does one explain the sophistication of design readily apparent in the universe, from the galactic to the molecular? If you think that all this, even the very eyes you’re reading this with, occurred randomly, or by chance, then you have much greater faith than any theist…

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  • Bonnie

    Who cares? Be whatever! That’s your business!

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  • Captain Sensible

    Bear with me here: quantum physics shows us how time and space are an illusion i.e. there is no ‘here’ or ‘there’. There is no ‘me’ or ‘you’ either because that would require time and space.

    Therefore, there is no ‘god’. We are god, the universe is god. Whatever it is you think you’re praying to is just an aspect of yourself, of everything else.

    But that’s ok, I know religious people won’t be persuaded by that argument, or indeed any other for that matter. To them I just say this: one of the symptoms of delusion is a complete inability to accept an other point of view.

    Go to a mental care hospital and see for yourself.

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  • furbaby

    I believe evolutionism to be just as much a religious dogma as evolutionists believe creationism to be. No scientist was there to witness either one happening. Neither one can be tested in a laboratory. This takes BOTH out of the realm of science.
    I resent the idea that only fundamentalist Protestant Christians believe in Creation.
    I also resent the idea that evolutionism is “scientific” when nothing is further from the truth. It’s about time evolutionism be recognized for what it is: religious dogma.

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  • Randi

    Captain Sensible wrote:
    “To them I just say this: one of the symptoms of delusion is a complete inability to accept an other point of view. ”

    Sounds like a perfect description of yourself!

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  • The classic clash of a Christian between truth and honesty. Make your choice Christian.

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  • Captain Sensible

    Randi wrote: “Sounds like a perfect description of yourself!”

    I was very religious. Bought up in a Christian family, sung in the church choir. All of that.

    Then I studied science and stopped believing in fairy stories.

    In other words, I have already changed my mind in the face of evidence. Can you claim to do the same? Would you even consider it? I doubt that very much.

    I will say again: one thing I have noticed about religious people is their complete inability to consider another point of view.

    Oh, they’ll ‘listen’ and may even admit that the other person has a point. But as for changing their beliefs? No chance!

    They call it ‘faith’, I call it wilful ignorance.

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  • Randi

    “I will say again: one thing I have noticed about religious people is their complete inability to consider another point of view.”

    And I will say again: Sounds like a perfect description of YOURSELF.

    The fact is, you contradict yourself. You claim you were once such an oh-so-religious Christian, then you changed your mind, thus invalidating your own premise (the falsely so-called inability of Christians to consider and adopt other point of view).

    “Oh, they’ll ‘listen’ and may even admit that the other person has a point. But as for changing their beliefs? No chance!”

    Do you require Hindus to change their beliefs to suit you? Muslims? Jews? Then why on earth do you demand that Christians change their beliefs to suit you? Why should they? I’m sure there are far more evolutionists who become creationists than the other way around, but those who remain evolutionists are every bit as dogmatic and pigheaded about their beliefs as any Protestant Fundamentalist Christian!

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