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Christian Aid: Climate Change is already happening

by Richard on September 25, 2013

Christian Aid is urging governments to heed the warnings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which publishes its new report on the state of the world’s climate on Friday.
The report, only the fifth since the body was formed in 1988 and the first since 2007, is expected to say that scientists are now [...]


To fly or not to fly

by Richard on May 29, 2011

A guest post by Elizabeth, lifted from a comment on the Open Mike thread.
I’d like to take the opportunity to get some wiser brains than mine thinking on a bit of a dilemma I’m experiencing.
I regard myself as a person of faith, and I regard faith as something you should live in every aspect of [...]


“Imagine a world”: a hymn

by Kim on May 8, 2011

Imagine a world where our leaders aren’t liars,
distorting reporting and spinning the news;
where all whistle-blowers and brave Jeremiahs
are lauded, applauded and never abused.
Imagine a world where believers aren’t fighting
and shedding our blood in the name of their gods;
where faith is is delightful, enlightening, inviting,
and never deployed for crusades and jihads.
Imagine a world where the [...]


Joining the dots

by Kim on April 5, 2011

Elderly women
Disabled elderly women
Muslim disabled elderly women
Lesbian Muslim disabled elderly women
Black lesbian Muslim disabled elderly women
Poor black lesbian Muslim disabled elderly women
I stand to be corrected on the exact order of descent. But my point is that there are always links in the stitches of oppression, and that, ultimately, liberation is a seamless garment. [...]


I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted [...]


Cornel West speaking the truth to power

by Richard on March 31, 2011

A remarkable interview — really stirring stuff.
With thanks to Memoria Dei

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Justice for Palestine & Israel: a response

by Richard on November 5, 2010

The Leeds Messianic Fellowship have offered a response to the Justice for Palestine & Israel report (pdf). I confess that I haven’t had chance to read it properly yet, so I’ll offer no comment just now, except to welcome the civil terms in which the response is presented.


‘Benefit fraud’ fraud

by Richard on October 21, 2010

Zoe Williams: This talk of ‘benefit cheats’ is not only stigmatising, it is slanderous, too
So imagine you did two hours a week cash-in-hand work over the 16 hours you’re allowed: and over three months, your fraud amounted to £1,000, since you shouldn’t have been on jobseeker’s allowance at all. That’s what politicians should be asking [...]


RIP Justice

by Richard on October 21, 2010

Dave Perry


Faith facing the cuts

by Richard on October 20, 2010

Great post from Dave Perry
In his resolute solidarity with the poor and marginalised, the Carpenter from the North shamed the political class of his day and showed how great was the deficit of faith of many of his religious contemporaries. God’s justice and mercy always set his direction and he was never deflected by soft [...]


Standing with the vulnerable

by Richard on October 19, 2010

We will judge spending cuts on how they affect the most vulnerable, says Methodist president
Addressing a rally organised by the Trade Union Congress today, Revd Alison Tomlin, President of the Methodist Conference, raised concerns that spending cuts will hit the poor hardest.
Speaking on the eve of the comprehensive spending review at Methodist Central Hall Westminster, [...]


Ama Sumani: plea for return

by Richard on January 12, 2008

Ghana’s High Commissioner in London has appealed to Britain to bring Ama Sumani back from Ghana.
Ama Sumani was taken from a Cardiff hospital on Wednesday where she has been receiving dialysis after cancer damaged her kidneys.
Ms Sumani, 39, whose visa has expired, says she cannot afford care in Ghana.
High Commissioner Annan Cato urged the government [...]


Ama Sumani refused care

by Richard on January 11, 2008

Ama Sumani, the terminally ill Ghanaian woman who was removed from her hospital ward in Cardiff and returned to Ghana by British immigration officials, has been refused treatment in Accra.
A hospital official in Ghana said Mrs Sumani had been accompanied by British immigration officials who had offered to pay for the first three months’ [...]


The case of Ama Sumani, the dying Ghanaian woman deported (strictly: “removed”) from Britain today is as tragic as anything I’ve seen in the news recently.
Of course, the immigration officials are “right”. She had overstayed her visa and had in any case broken its terms. There is no question about the legalities if the BBC [...]