A year since the Charlie Hebdo attack

Today is a year since the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris and the murder of some of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, as well as related attacks on a kosher supermarket. A year down the line it seems to me impossible to conclude anything but that the attack was a roaring success and that the terrorists have, by any metric you choose, won. I’m not going to really say anything which other people haven’t already said better, but the claim of “Je Suis Charlie” was weak from the start with few people or publications actually prepared to show … Continue reading

Not really news and God willing never will be

In amongst all the news stories about the floods, the papers are reporting some really quite sterling work being done to help those affected by the floods by many members of the community and all sorts of different groups. People are pulling together so much, that people helping each other isn’t really news – which is a good thing. The news consists of things that are unusual and noteworthy, and when people helping each other out in times of need becomes major news then it’s a sad day for all of us. Exceptional acts of bravery, generosity or even just … Continue reading

Scriptural illiteracy

I know it’s nit picking, and I don’t disagree with the sentiment behind it, but the current internet fad for memes relating the Christmas story to the refugee crisis is really starting to get on my wick. If you want to make a point about people of a religion not following the spirit of that religion it might just possibly be a good idea to make sure you’ve read the scripture that you’re basing your oh so clever meme on. So this whole, the Christmas story is about refugee’s thing, well it’s nonsense. The manger part of the nativity story … Continue reading