I’ve managed to find a bit of time over the last week to trawl the internet looking for interesting tidbits to read. I’ve found a few, but there’s no overarching theme this time round, although looking over them they do… Read More ›
Month: May 2012
It’s going to take more than money to reduce child poverty
It appears that child poverty reports are like buses. You wait a while for one to come out and then two arrive on the same day. Yesterday UNICEF released their wide-ranging Report Card 10 which sets out the latest international comparison data for… Read More ›
Secrecy and corruption cost Africa £3,000 a second
Tearfund’s latest Policy Blog post entitled ‘Anti-corruption campaigning, a simple truth?‘ includes this illustration that they have had commissioned to highlight the steps needed to “unearth the truth” on the corrupt exploitation of natural resources and strengthen transparency laws internationally. It’s being featured… Read More ›
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the benefits of celebrating community
If you take a look at the Old Testament you’ll see that the Jewish calendar was full of festivals each celebrating and aspect of God’s faithfulness to their nation. Probably the ones we’re most familiar with are Passover and Pentecost…. Read More ›
Azerbaijan and Syria: this weekend’s faces of human rights abuse
I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of the Eurovision Song contest, mainly because I struggle to cope with the high level of cheese content, but being a dutiful European I sat through three quarters of it… Read More ›
Blogging – at what point do we overstep the mark?
Following on from yesterday’s post about Christian Concern I’ve had some harsh words spoken to me from a couple of places. On the other hand I’ve also had several more agreeing with me and the point I was trying to… Read More ›
To Christian Concern: Thank you for highlighting injustice but please drop the spin
Yesterday was a busy day for Christian Concern. Lesley Pilkington the Christian psychotherapist who was struck off by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) after she was tricked into providing ‘gay cure’ counselling for a fake client who was secretly an undercover… Read More ›
Please excuse this rant, but I’ve had enough
It’s very rare that I get angry, but at the moment I’m really not overly happy. On Thursday last week the Guardian published an article by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, setting out his views on same-sex marriage…. Read More ›
Why are we scared of being radical?
Yesterday the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) published its report card on the Coalition Government’s performance over the last 12 months to mark the second anniversary since they came to power. I have a huge amount of respect for the… Read More ›
Recommended website of the week: Broken Cameras and Gustav Klimt
Sometimes I find a post on a blog or an article on an online newspaper that I read and think, “I’d love to have written that myself!” Danny Webster is the Parliamentary Officer for the Evangelical Alliance, which in theory means… Read More ›
Will world leaders deliver at Rio+20?
If I asked you what Rio+20 was, would you know? It sounds like it should be a brand of beachwear for larger ladies, but in fact it is the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development taking place in Rio, Brazil on… Read More ›
Parents need all the support they can get
I very clearly remember walking in through the front door of our home having returned from the hospital with our newborn daughter thinking, “What do we do now?” Having spent months preparing for the moment, it still came as a… Read More ›
Ten of the best!
According to WordPress I have now posted 100 articles on this site since I started at the end of November last year. For those of us who like to use arbitrary numbers as an excuse to celebrate, this seems like a good… Read More ›
Feel free to insult me!
Every now and then an issue comes along that unites groups who will normally have nothing to do with each other or worse. It would be a rather big understatement to say that the National Secular Society and the Christian… Read More ›
Why Internet Service Providers are putting profits before children’s welfare
There’s been a steady trickle of news on the subject of children’s access to pornography on the internet ever since the Report from the Independent Parliamentary Inquiry into Online Child Protection was published last month. This parliamentary report headed up by… Read More ›
Campaigns Hub update: Support Barnabas Fund and Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s campaigns
If you’ve taken a look at this site’s Campaigns Hub and signed petitions or sent emails then I’d like to personally thank you. It is such a valuable use of a few minutes of your time and can bring about… Read More ›
Westminster Faith Debate: What Limits to Religious Freedom?
Regular contributor to this site Graham Goldsmith attended last month’s penultimate Westminster Faith Debate hosted by Christian think tank, Theos in association with the Religion and Society Research Programme. The title of the debate was, ‘What Limits to Religious Freedom?’ … Read More ›
What’s your prayer this Christian Aid Week?
Christian Aid is a praying organisation, and this Christian Aid Week churches and individuals are being asked to stand together in prayer for the world’s poorest communities. To find out how to get involved, go to http://www.caweek.org/pray.
Advertising Standards Authority investigate “homophobic and offensive” traditional marriage ads
I have a big problem with the way the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) operates in some areas. Previously they have told the Evangelical Alliance and Bath Healing on the Streets that they cannot hand out flyers with the wording “We… Read More ›