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Chillingworth supports gay marriage consultation   (13.10.11)

David Chillingworth, head of Scotland's episcopal church, has come out in support of the government's consultation on legalising gay marriage. He writes

I believe that the church must and should be an unequivocal supporter of marriage and family life. But Jesus did not call the church into being as a citadel of orthodoxy. He was constantly criticised because he spent time with people who didn’t fit the conventional patterns and were deemed unacceptable by others. He told stories about nets and fishing, about lost sheep and banquets where the guests were to be gathered from the highways and byways.

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More on Uganda   (12.10.11)

Child sacrifice rife in Uganda. Will church leaders again fail to say anything? Are the human rights of children also "unafrican"?

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Fox hits the bottle   (12.10.11)

No, not that Fox. It's Kate Fox, with a sensible article about alcohol consumption. *Rubs eyes*

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Ebagum persecution   (12.10.11)

It's not really surprising that a meeting with Robert Mugabe as naive and futile as the one Rowan Williams recently attended should have been hijacked by slander against gay people. Williams was right when he said "The issue of homosexuality is a distracting tactic aimed at covering up the real issues." Real issues indeed -- of state-sponsored murder of opposition politicians, government thuggery, illegitimate rule, and religious persecution.

All the more disappointing then, that Williams did not have a better response prepared than "The church does not allow same sex unions and the allegations are entirely fictitious." The allegation from the distractors was that the Anglican Church is not as homophobic as it used to be, against which Williams reassures everyone that, don't worry, we're still plenty homophobic. And he's not wrong.

If this misguided visit has achieved anything, it should at least have reminded Christians in the democratic world what religious persecution really is, and how the democratic passing of laws allowing gay marriage and adoption are not quite the same thing as being turfed out of your church buildings and beaten up. Don't try telling Mario Conti that, though.

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RIP Steve Jobs 1955-2011   (6.10.11)

From an address Jobs made to Stanford University students:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

More Sentamu cowardice   (5.10.11)

Remember John Sentamu, that Archbishop dude who refused for several months to comment on the murder of David Kato in Sentamu's native Uganda, and who issued only a few weasel words under duress when questioned about the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill, and who was one of only a few bishops who refused to sign the eminently uncontroversial Cambridge Accord? Turns out he also has form from the Damilola Taylor murder inquiry of 2000.

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