The UK government may limit free speech for law-abiding members of minority communities in order to defend British values such as free speech and respect for minorities, home secretary Theresa May has threatened.
In his latest podcast for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Ekklesia associate and regional adviser/expert Dr Harry Hagopian looks at the on-going fight to contain and repel IS/ISIS and the pressure on the borders of Iraq, Syria and Turkey. He also updates on moves to bring stability to Libya.
'Timor mortis conturbat me' – the fear of death disturbs me. These words, from the liturgy of the Roman Catholic church, first became a literary device in medieval times, bracketing human follies and fears within the ambit of our common mortality.
In 2008, the banks collapsed, and everything changed. The then Labour government, anxious to avoid economic meltdown paid billions to bail them out whilst starting on a programme of public sector cuts that would only increase under the Coalition.
The Chancellor’s Conference speech contained a statement about disabled people and benefits which was misleading, but went largely unchallenged by the mainstream media. Mr Osborne promised a two year freeze on working age benefits if the Conservatives are re-elected but made a point of saying, "disability benefits will be excluded". Is that true?
On 12 October 2014, Ekklesia's new chief operating officer, Virginia Moffatt, is taking part in the Oxford half marathon. In so doing she will be raising money for our work on welfare and inclusion, reconciliation, re-imagining remembrance, alternatives to austerity and more.
One sign of the impact of militarism is the number of progressively minded people who express a belief in peace but support war once it is proposed. This is rather like being teetotal until you're offered a drink.