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Bisexual Visibility Day - and why it matters

Bisexual Visibility Day - and why it matters

Today (23 September) is Bivisibility Day. The existence of bisexuality raises issues that are relevant to people of all sexual orientations. In some ways, it challenges modern approaches to sexuality as much as traditional ones.

I'm 'Not Ashamed' either - but I won't be wearing the badge

I'm 'Not Ashamed' either - but I won't be wearing the badge

Christian Concern For Our Nation (CCFON) launched a new campaign yesterday (21 September) entitled “Not Ashamed”. It aims to encourage Christians to “stand up for Jesus Christ in public life”.

I am not ashamed to be a Christian active in public life, but I will not be wearing one of the “Not Ashamed” badges. This is because the campaign aims to encourage only a certain sort of Christian to engage in particular forms of public life.

I should have been arresting Tony Blair today

I should have been arresting Tony Blair today

In my diary for today – Wednesday 8 September – I had written, “Arrest Tony Blair”. Along with several others, I had planned to join the queue at Blair's book signing in London. On reaching the front of the queue, each of us would have attempted a citizen's arrest for crimes against peace.

Hague and homophobia

Hague and homophobia

Whatever the truth behind today's story about the Foreign Secretary and his special adviser, the way it has been reported is clear evidence that casual homophobia is alive and well in the British media.

Blair, BAE and misleading memoirs

Blair, BAE and misleading memoirs

I thought that Tony Blair had lost the ability to shock me. But within a few seconds of picking up his newly published memoirs today, I realised I was mistaken.

Disagreement at Greenbelt

Disagreement at Greenbelt

The programme of the Greenbelt Christian festival this weekend declares that disagreement is “essential to discovery”. This is an inspiring sentiment to hear in Christian circles, all the more so when it appears to be said with sincerity.

Take a minute to support Bangladeshi garment workers

Take a minute to support Bangladeshi garment workers

Two Bangladeshi garment workers have been arrested after campaigning for improvements in working conditions. Kalpona Akter and Babul Ahkter have worked with countless workers in their own country and ethical fashion promoters in Britain.

The Magnificat, and other revolutionary sentiments

The Magnificat, and other revolutionary sentiments

For centuries, the tendency of Christian churches to uphold the political and economic order has been threatened by the socially radical nature of Jesus' teachings and much of the Bible. Nothing makes this more obvious than the Magnificat.

Stop the legal loan sharks

Stop the legal loan sharks

In the wake of the economic crisis, we've all been encouraged to be more realistic about debt. It's a message that will be of little use to those who are forced into the hands of loan sharks by desperation, poverty and the refusal of banks to give them credit. And for all the government's words about financial responsibility, they're letting the loan sharks get away with it.

Life, hope and the horrors of Hiroshima

Life, hope and the horrors of Hiroshima

Visiting the Hiroshima and Nagasaki exhibition currently on display in central London is an emotionally charged experience.