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Mark Thomas to speak at CAAT National Gathering

Mark Thomas to speak at CAAT National Gathering

I'm delighted to hear that the activist comedian Mark Thomas has agreed to speak at the National Gathering of the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), which will take place in London on 6 November.

The plank in BP's eye

In addition to losing their reputation and mindbogglingly large sums of money, BP also seem to have lost any ability to appreciate irony.

Being honest about sexual ethics

It's easy to get the impression that, when it comes to questions of sexuality, Christians are split into two embittered factions who fight each other with no hope of dialogue or progress.

An Orwellian assault on free expression

The review of “counter-terrorism” legislation announced by the coalition government seems to be more comprehensive than I'd feared. Control orders, pre-charge detention and stop-and-search will all be on the agenda. It's a welcome announcement from a government about which I've so far found very little to welcome.

A field day for the right-wing press

As the old joke goes, the way to confuse Daily Mail readers is to tell them that asylum-seekers are the natural enemies of homosexuals. This wouldn't have worked last week, when the Supreme Court ruled in favour of two gay asylum-seekers, giving the right-wing media the opportunity to go into full scaremongering mode, firing off prejudiced comments about two groups handily combined into one.

Pride was a spiritual experience

Pride was a spiritual experience

Yesterday's Pride festival in London was one of the deepest spiritual experiences I've had for some time. Prayer, protest, witness and celebration are often at their most meaningful in unfamiliar contexts.

Benefit cuts and cheap headlines

Around the time that Norman Tebbit made his famous comments about unemployed people getting on their bikes, my father was doing just that.

Divorced bishops and the teachings of Jesus

Divorced bishops and the teachings of Jesus

The Church of England is reported to be about to propose a change in its rules that will allow priests who are divorced to become bishops. Journalists looking for negative reactions to this news have not found them hard to find.

Cameron's cuts: We're not all in this together

David Cameron has said the government's massive cuts will be delivered in a way that “strengthens and unites the country”. His words remind me of his colleague's George Osborne's claim that, when it comes to tackling the economic situation, “we're all in this together”.

An Education Secretary with a warped view of history

An Education Secretary with a warped view of history

In the many comments made about Michael Gove's appointment as Education Secretary, one area that has generally been overlooked is his unhealthy attitude to history teaching.