The recent acquittal of four London-based activists for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) raises profound issues for traders in products which originate from illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, says Simon Natas, a lawyer involved in the case.
Neither fundamentalism nor functionalism offer a way forward for the churches today in terms of their public witness and political engagement, says Simon Barrow. The different stances taken by church bodies in the 2010 general election suggest important lessons for the future.
Prophets are not good at making laws because they are too busy searching out injustice – thank God. Such people are not leaders or governors. On the other hand, law-makers are pragmatic and a bit dull. Graeme Smith contends that the Labour Party is, and should be, in the business of electing a leader not a prophet.
Looking a gift horse in the mouth is generally thought graceless and discourteous. But when the donor is a multi-millionaire ex-Prime Minister who took his country into a war of dubious legality and certain immorality, and the recipient is a charitable project for injured service personnel, the convention may justifiably be set aside.