Symon Hill's blog

Can capitalism be made good?

Can capitalism be made good?

The ethics of capitalism is this year's topic for the annual Bishop of Salisbury's Debate, which will take place this evening (Wednesday 19 September) in Marlborough. I've been asked to be one of the speakers.

Jesus, Judaism and same-sex marriage: A response to James Baaden

Jesus, Judaism and same-sex marriage: A response to James Baaden

Rabbi James Baaden has written a very challenging and helpful blog post in response to a recent article I wrote same-sex marriage. James challenges aspects of my approach to the issue, particularly as they concern Judaism and the Hebrew Bible.

Sex, money and church attacks on government

This week, several UK churches have been objecting to government attempts to redefine things.

The anti-monarchy, anti-cuts protest

The anti-monarchy, anti-cuts protest

I'm about to leave for the rebpublican protest against the monarchy and the royal jubilee. For me, this is not only a demonstration for democracy, important though that it. It is also an anti-cuts demonstration.

Pacifism in rural Hertfordshire

Pacifism in rural Hertfordshire

Rural Hertfordshire is not known as a hotbed of radicalism. I was surprised - but pleased - to be asked to give a talk about pacifism in the village of Ayot St Lawrence this week.

Cameron tries to blackmail the Greeks

Cameron tries to blackmail the Greeks

David Cameron and Kenneth Clarke yesterday (21 May) tried to blackmail the people of Greece. Along with other European politicians, they have threatened the Greeks with all sorts of dire consequences if they elect a left-wing government.

Speaking about the Occupy movement on Sunday

Speaking about the Occupy movement on Sunday

There's more than three months to go until the Greenbelt Festival gets underway, but a pre-Greenbelt event will take place this Sunday in London. I'm really pleased to be one of ten speakers who will talk for 8-10 minutes each on an aspect of the theme of Greenbelt 2012, ?Paradise: Lost & Found.

Warsi was right to link UKIP with the BNP

Warsi was right to link UKIP with the BNP

Sayeeda Warsi, co-chair of the Conservative Party, was last night (3 May 2012) brave enough to note a link between the BNP and UKIP. She pointed out that UKIP candidates are standing in areas where the BNP had previously stood, implying that they can draw on the same sort of support.

Fantasy and reality at BAE's AGM

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of the BAE Systems Annual General Meeting. Shareholders were today (2 May) welcomed into the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, to be greeted by plush carpets, free coffee and glamorous posters featuring BAE staff saying how great it is to work for one of the world’s largest arms dealers (they don’t quite put it quite like that).

Christians should speak out against anti-gay bus adverts

Christians should speak out against anti-gay bus adverts

Once again, groups that attempt to 'cure' people of same-sex attraction have made the headlines. The Core Issues Trust (whose only 'core issue' is an obsession with opposing same-sex relationships) and Anglican Mainstream (who are not at all mainstream) have co-sponsored bus adverts for London, promoting the idea of being “ex-gay”.