The new ‘hate-laws’ require us to determine if Islam is a religion of peace; the judiciary is muddled; a comparison with Jesus helps.

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I first met Charles Haddon-Cave when I was 15. I had walked into a kettle I had left to boil on the floor, and the boiling water had burnt all the skin off around my ankle, so I was sent to the Sanatorium until it grew back. He had something infectious. We chatted a bit to while away the time, and got to know each other. Neither of us knew much about Islam at the time; or indeed Christianity. Subsequently we both ended up studying law at university, and he went on to become a judge. Continue reading “The new ‘hate-laws’ require us to determine if Islam is a religion of peace; the judiciary is muddled; a comparison with Jesus helps.”

When the Archbishop of Canterbury misses the mark- New Years’ message and the theology of ‘nice’.

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“Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive.” Continue reading “When the Archbishop of Canterbury misses the mark- New Years’ message and the theology of ‘nice’.”

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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