Meghan Markle, Justin Welby & The Use And Abuse Of Baptism.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury has announced that he is going to baptise (and confirm) Meghan Markle at a private ceremony in a private chapel at Kensington Palace, very soon.

Ms Markle has let it be known that she is becoming an Anglican out of respect for her future grandmother-in-law, and her position as Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Continue reading “Meghan Markle, Justin Welby & The Use And Abuse Of Baptism.”

Welby’s Will-To-Power:   Pride & Ego- Sanity & Sanctity, in the Saga of George Bell.

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The facts are on the whole well known. Lord Carlile, having been forbidden by his terms of reference to judge the innocence or guilt of poor Bishop Bell, did allow himself to tell the world that Bell would never have been found guilty in a court of law.

Peter Hitchens was almost apoplectic with surprise and frustration at Welby’s intransgence.

Continue reading “Welby’s Will-To-Power:   Pride & Ego- Sanity & Sanctity, in the Saga of George Bell.”

‘Operation Opra’: Secular self-righteousness – a mixture of morality, hypocrisy and revenge.

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There was something magnificent about Oprah Winfrey at the Golden Globe awards.

 

She commanded the whole room, perhaps as she stood there with the cameras on her, she commanded the whole media-connected world; by turn chat show host, enraged mother figure, avenging angel, future president even. She combined a range of roles all at once that dominated the stage she stood on, and the imaginations she had burst in on. Continue reading “‘Operation Opra’: Secular self-righteousness – a mixture of morality, hypocrisy and revenge.”

What if Islamophobia were to become a hate crime? © Gavin Ashenden

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I had never heard of the Armenian genocide until I met Greg. He was an Armenian living in Toronto, and we were both part of a chamber group of musicians playing concerts to ‘lifers’ in Canadian jails. He told me how the determination of the Muslim Turks to eradicate all Armenian Christians had continued decades after the genocide. A Muslim threw a grenade into his family kitchen when he was 4. His mother screamed, overturned the kitchen table and dragged him behind it. It shielded them from the shrapnel. They survived. They left the Middle East for Canada. Continue reading “What if Islamophobia were to become a hate crime? © Gavin Ashenden”

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