Symon Hill's blog

Challenging the arms trade on its home turf

Challenging the arms trade on its home turf

This evening, I’ll be speaking about the arms trade on the edge of Farnborough – the home town of the multinational arms company BAE Systems.

British Baptists take a step forward on sexuality - but need to go a lot further

British Baptists take a step forward on sexuality - but need to go a lot further

Ministers in the Baptist Union of Great Britain who bless same-sex partnerships will no longer be disciplined for doing so if they have the support of their local church. I think this is brilliant news.

White Feather Diaries: remembering those who resisted the First World War

White Feather Diaries: remembering those who resisted the First World War

Yesterday saw the formal launch of the White Feather Diaries, a social media project exploring the lives of British pacifists during the first world war. The project's run by Quakers in Britain, who hired me as a writer and an editor for the project. I'm really pleased to be working on this project. Yesterday we announced the names of the five individuals whose writings will form the basis of the project, when it goes online in the summer.

Arrested for quoting Churchill?

If you believe the Daily Mail, then a European election candidate has been arrested “for quoting Winston Churchill”.

UKIP takes "out of context" defence to breaking point

UKIP takes "out of context" defence to breaking point

People who defend themselves by saying “My words were taken out of context” sometimes have a good point. It is possible to misrepresent someone, either deliberately or accidentally, by quoting their words out of context. However, a UKIP candidate in Portsmouth has stretched this defence to breaking point. He has also attempted some creative redefinitions of common English words.

David Cameron talks about faith, Easter, churches and poverty

David Cameron talks about faith, Easter, churches and poverty

David Cameron has spoken this week of his Christian faith and has gone on to make claims at Easter about a 'Christian country'. His sincerity has been widely questioned on Twitter, but it's not for me to judge him. God can see into Cameron's heart but I can't. However, the Prime Minister and I have very different understandings of Christianity.

Archbishop Welby, homophobia and the lives that are at risk

Archbishop Welby, homophobia and the lives that are at risk

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has declared that acceptance of same-sex marriage could lead to Christians being killed in South Sudan, Nigeria, Pakistan and elsewhere.

In his comments, Welby made some valid points. But the conclusions he drew from them seem to me to be severely mistaken.

Farage still scaremongering about same-sex marriage

Farage still scaremongering about same-sex marriage

During his recent debates with Nick Clegg, UKIP leader Nigel Farage found time to make a baseless prediction about same-sex marriage and religion.

Opponents of equal marriage resort to repugnant tactics

Opponents of equal marriage resort to repugnant tactics

It must be unusual to find that somebody objects so much to your wedding that he has travelled half way around the world to do a series of media interviews criticising it. All the more so if you don't know him and possibly have never heard of him.

The faith of Tony Benn

The faith of Tony Benn

When my radio alarm clock woke me yesterday morning, I was unsurprised but deeply saddened to hear of the death of Tony Benn.