Balancing individual rights with societal rights and the common good

Individual rights are trumping societal rights.  The tail is wagging the dog. Since the Nuremberg trials for Nazi atrocities in WWII, individual rights have risen up the agenda, but now the pendulum has swung too far to the detriment of societal rights. We cannot each have bus routes and bus stops outside our home.  Individual …

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Redefining racism and antisemitism

The current antisemitism furore in the Labour Party is about redefining antisemitism and what people misappropriately call racism. We live in an era that is redefining the most basic terms, redefining marriage and gender by self-declaration, supported by the Prime Minister Theresa May. It is a feature of current society that words are defined and …

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Why did God create viruses?

Older people will remember the accusation, when they were young, against the existence of God – Why did God create viruses?  It was intended to be a rhetorical question.  Viruses are bad, full stop, so there is no good God.  These shrill voices have been mute for some time, but why? The development of gene …

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Why we need Israeli technology

Water out of thin air in the desert.  Food where you need it.  These are being solved by Israel. Three Israeli companies have developed technologies that will help the world.  By 2025, the United Nations has predicted that two thirds of the world's population will have difficulty finding clean drinking water. The solution is at …

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Revisiting the 1967 Abortion Act

The 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act made the BBC revisit the debate about abortion in The Moral Maze.  Confusion, obfuscation and biblical illiteracy are still the order of the day. The debate proceeded along the usual lines to little effect, so it is worth recording here a list of the topics which are …

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Conception is not fertilisation

When does human life begin? by Dr John R Ling, June 2011, The Christian Institute.  45 pp booklet. The blurb states: “When does human life begin? It is a fundamental and decisive question because your answer reveals your understanding of the nature and status of the human embryo. It also shapes your stance on the …

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