Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Silence of Lost Worlds and the Fate of the Middle East’s Christians

Crossposted at Slugger O’Toole… Monasteries are very quiet places indeed. Garrulous as I am beyond the normal Irish capacity for such things, I am not someone obviously identifiable as a great lover of silence. At the Community of the Resurrection, … Continue reading

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A First Commandment Issue?

Crossposted at… During a recent social media discussion on homosexuality ensuing from Steve Chalke’s recent – and potentially game-changing – announcement of his support for marriage equality, I was confronted by one conservative member of the Presbyterian Church telling … Continue reading

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A Return to Force Majeure as a Criterion on Parading?

Cross-posted at Slugger O’Toole… The current parades-related legislation is cumbersome and deeply irritating to many in Northern Ireland. Every procession with the sole exception of the Salvation Army must go through the process of filling out an 11/1 form and … Continue reading

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Leadership That’s Working?

Crossposted at Slugger O’Toole… 48, 48, and 48 – those are the nightmare numbers for Unionism. Not necessarily for the Union, but for Unionism the political ideology as we have understood it for the past century or so. In the … Continue reading

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The politics of The Karate Kid…

The Karate Kid is an evil pinko Hollywood propaganda film (and I mean that in a good way). Daniel, son of a Noo Joisey single-mum transplanted to blue-collar Reseda, falls in love with a rich girl whose family sneers at … Continue reading

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