Simon Barrow's blog

Hate speech and free speech

Jack Straw has decided to introduce legislation which will prohibit the incitement of homophobic hatred. It is well-intentioned, but will this legislation work? Is it necessary?

Evangelicals thinking again about sexuality

This week an initiative called 'Would Jesus discriminate?' will give evangelical Christians who question the anti-gay 'party line' a chance to make their voices heard.

CPT UK walk to mark Afghan war anniversary

Christian Peacemaker Teams UK, the London Catholic Worker, the Oxford Catholic Worker and Voices UK are organising a peace walk through London on Sunday 7 October 2007 to mark the sixth anniversary of the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.

How sanctions can be made effective

International solidarity and support for the Burmese democracy movement is growing, as evidenced in the imposition of new economic sanctions against the military regime. But what happens next?

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Stay in touch on Burma

The situation is changing all the time. We are seeking to keep up with the breaking news - both headline, and behind-the-scenes.

Methodists don't want presidential ad lib at SMU

Andrew J. Weaver: Why Southern Methodist University shouldn't host the Bush library, contrasting the moral and religious legacy of Wesley with the intended figurehead for an SMU endowment.

Hillary Clinton and the 'religious vote' in the US

Gordon Brown's recent speech to the Labour Party conference raised questions about the meaning, provenance and role of religious rhetoric in mainstream politics. This is an even hotter issue in the USA.

Updates on Burma

There is more information coming in all the time.

How faith can be positive for politics

"You cannot generalise about the role of religion in politics...