Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Britain faces long-term nuclear threat and must plan for it, says Reid

Looks like the peace movement in Britain needs to be gearing up again for arguments on deterrance. John Reid has been signalling that Trident will need to be decommisioned in the next four years or so. "Promising a full debate, he said: 'It is not only a good thing that there will be such a discussion, it is an inevitable thing. We are not going to have a secret Chevaline-like decision taken by some of the cabinet which then proceeds without any public discussion or debate. Even if that was desirable, and it is not, it is not possible. It is a matter of political practicality. In the course of the next four years this decision will take place. It will inevitably be more public than such decisions in the past.'"
Guardian Unlimited Politics | Special Reports | Britain faces long-term nuclear threat and must plan for it, says Reid:

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Pat Robertson loses the (gospel) plot

I know this is old news but I wanted to both register my disgust that a Christian leader could get the gospel so wrong and also draw attention to this Jim Wallis article, in which he says; "Robertson called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. ... It's clear Robertson must not have first asked himself 'What would Jesus do?' ... He gets his religion elsewhere, from the twisted ideologies of an American brand of right-wing fundamentalism that has always been more nationalist than Christian. Apparently, Robertson didn't even remember what the Ten Commandments say, though he has championed their display on the walls of every American courthouse. That irritating one about 'Thou shalt not kill' seems to rule out the killing of foreign leaders. But this week, simply putting biblical ethics aside, Robertson virtually issued an American religious fatwah for the murder of a foreign leader - on national television no less. That may be a first."

Until now I have tended to say that the big difference between Christian faith and Islam is that the former has a hard time justifying the use of violence from it's founders words and actions, while the latter has a hard time bracketing them out. However, Mr Robertson has knocked my confidence in the perspicuity of the gospels in this respect...