Way,way back when, the Kaiser Chiefs managed to launch themselves to stardom with a little tune called “I predict a riot”. It was a little bit of a smash hit, with people singing it left right and centre…
Maybe we should have seen this coming
I came home from a great evening out last night, to see images of my university city burning.
To be honest I’m not sure exactly whats gone wrong, but I do know that something isn’t going right.
This guys speech seems to sum it up for me, and all credit to him:
“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and avoid, and darkness was on the face of the deep.”
With those words begins the best-selling book in history, the Holy Bible. Sacred to millions – a basis for faith.
But what if God were removed from it altogether? The Good Book is one philosopher’s attempt to write a secular bible – laid out in the same way but drawing on thousands of years of non-religious writing from the likes of Homer, Aristotle, Baudelaire, and Darwin.
Even someone as well-connected as George Pitcher, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s secretary for public affairs, speaking in a personal capacity, said: “We welcome it. God, as I understand God, is big enough to take insults, ridicule, being ignored – anything of that nature. So we must push the limits of our faith.”
But he continued: “Taking God out of the Bible? It’s rather like alcohol-free lager. You ask yourself: what’s the point?”
Bit of a shame that AC Grayling misses the point a little.
Simple idea time. Instead of “Russell Howards Good News”, we going to have “Church Sofa Good News”, and update this with reports of Good news we hear from Japan.
Please dont think we’re trying to take anything away from the huge scale of rubbish that is the current events that are happening in Japan, but we thought it would be nice just to have a little corner of the internet were we tried to focus on the good news coming out of that area.
If you haven’t noticed. Twitter was all a bit of a storm over the weekend, with Christians either having a moan about a new book from Rob Bell, or having a moan about people having a moan about Rob Bell… To the point he started trending on Twitter. Seriously… people thought he had died!
While all this was going on, a few people started muttering about soup kitchens being banned in Westminster.
Thats a joke right? In the age of “Big Society” and people looking after each other… instead of the government being involved… you would think that soup kitchens would be encouraged.
The Daily Mail seems to confirm this isn’t a joke…
Now why cant we all get angry over this instead?
(On a side note. Lets wait for Robs’ book to be released before we all go nuts…)
It seems that the following status is starting to do its rounds on Facebook:
A15 YEAR OLD SCHOOL GIRL HAS BEEN ARRESTED AFTER BEING FILMED BURNING THE KORAN? CATHERINE HESELTINE,CEO OF THE MUSLIM PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE UK, SAID “BURNING THE KORAN WAS OFFENSIVE TO FOLLOWERS”! BUT IT IS OK FOR MUSLIMS TO BURN THE POPPIES AND HOLD UP BANNERS SAYING …”KILL …”BRITISH SOLDIERS”… HOW IS THIS IS RIGHT? I WONDER… HOW MANY OF YOU WILL HAVE THE BALLS TO POST THIS AS YOUR STATUS?
Its worth delving into this a little bit. Note how people aren’t being encouraged to say why the girl was arrested. Just a little digging shows that the girl was arrested for inciting religious hatred. I’m sure that covers burning Holy Books.
Burning a Poppy while offensive to many, it is not racist and not considered illegal.
Lets chill a moment people, and think about things before we react and encourage others to react as well.