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Charles Moore on ‘Relatively Less Important’ Areas of the UK

Today, on the day of Lady Thatcher’s funeral, former Daily Telegraph editor Charles Moore spoke to Radio 5 Live’s Nicky Campbell. His comments about “relatively less important” parts of the country caused some controversy. Here’s a video of the entire interview, followed by a transcript of the relevant portion (4:44 onwards), for context: There are certainly […]

Marriage Is Big Enough for All of Us

Some say that allowing same-sex marriage redefines marriage for everyone. It will make the definition of marriage hazy, consequently undermining a crucial social and cultural institution. (I use that weasel word “some” quite deliberately: “Traditionalists” sounds like an insult; “opponents of same-sex marriage” makes them sound “anti”; “Christian” and “conservative” wouldn’t reflect the diversity of […]

ASA Persecuting ‘His Grace’ over Marriage Ad?

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” — Not Voltaire Friday afternoon saw a bit of muttering on Twitter over the plight of Archbishop Cranmer, the pseudonymous Christian blogger claiming persecution for carrying a Coalition 4 Marriage advertisement on his website. According to Cranmer, the Advertising […]

Feeling Pain for North Carolina’s Gays & Lesbians

North Carolina’s Amendment One was a constitutional bill so anti-gay that even David Blankenhorn, the defence’s sole expert witness in the Proposition 8 trial, disavowed it. And yet, yesterday, voters in the state passed it by a majority of 60% to 40%, robbing gay families of all legal protections afforded to heterosexual married couples. Unlike California’s […]

Daily Mail ‘Honour Violence’ Headline Smears Young British Muslims

The Mail Online has backtracked on a headline claiming that “two thirds of young British Muslims” support “honour violence.” The information was false. The “two thirds” figure actually related to those who believed in the concept of “izzat,” the concept of “honour” in certain Asian societies. In fact, 18 percent, or less than one fifth, of […]

Uganda, Invisible Children & the Lord’s Resistance Army: Getting the Full Story

A 30-minute video released Monday has already received 37 million views on YouTube alone. That’s as I type this; tens of thousands, perhaps millions more will have seen Kony 2012 by the time this is published. The short film aims to increase awareness of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a guerilla group that began in Uganda and […]

Lent 2012: A Charity a Day

Giving up chocolate. What’s the point? My relationship with chocolate is only ever on-again-off-again anyway. I’ve never given up anything for Lent, as the point of it has never really hit me. I suppose you could correlate, in some vague way, the feeling of oh-my-God-I-can’t-wait-till-Lent-is-over-so-I-can-eat-a-Mars-bar-again with the feeling of O-Lord-when-will-you-save-your-people? But it’s never meant much […]