Standing firm is the price of civilisation. Are we still ready to pay it?

Jan 18, 2015 by

By James Delingpole, Spectator: Reading some reactions to events in Paris, I’m no longer certain that western values would survive another long war. Reading Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, as I have recently, you cannot help but be struck by what a perfectly idyllic place rural England must have been (at least for a young man of independent means) in the run-up to the first world war. Sassoon wrote it, of course, in middle age after he’d served his time in the trenches. But none of his wartime...

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Just how important is Magna Carta 800 years on?

Jan 1, 2015 by

by Nick Higham, BBC: This year people in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and plenty of other nations will mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. The document will be lauded for establishing one vital principle. A new book about Magna Carta is published today which claims to offer new insights into one of the most famous documents in British history. This year marks the 800th anniversary of the charter’s first signing on 15 June 1215 at Runnymede on the banks of the Thames...

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The New Totalitarianism, “hate crime,” and same-sex “marriage”

Dec 29, 2014 by

By studiobrien: Lost is our old simplicity of times;the world abounds with lawsand teems with crimes. This anonymous aphorism, published in the Pennsylvania Gazette in 1775, rings even more true of our times. Proliferating crime is endemic to contemporary democracies, it seems, and the Western world is awash in so many laws that one hardly dares guess what will next be made illegal. Strangest of all is that so much of the new legalism is directed not at criminal activity but at the moral...

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EA Scotland responds to supreme court ruling on Glasgow midwives

Dec 20, 2014 by

National director of Evangelical Alliance Scotland, Fred Drummond said: “Part of living in a tolerant society is that rights of conscience should be respected, whether or not these views fit the fashion of the day. This court case is not about the rights or wrongs of the abortion law, nor is it about service provision as no individual would have been denied any services by another member of staff organising a rota. Rather, it is about the ability to exercise choice for those who in good...

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Gay marriage and the death of freedom

Dec 9, 2014 by

By Brendan O’Neill, Spectator: Rather than striking a blow for individual liberties, the dogma of gay marriage is stifling them. Has there ever been a sweeter-sounding, more goosebump-inducing phrase than ‘Freedom to marry’? Everyone likes freedom (even illiberal politicians pay lip service to liberty), and who doesn’t love a good wedding? Marry these two things together (pun intended) and you end up with an endorphin-releasing buzzphrase that will make anyone grin wildly. So it has been...

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Gay marriage and the death of freedom

Dec 5, 2014 by

By Brendan O’Neill, Spectator: Rather than striking a blow for individual liberties, the dogma of gay marriage is stifling them. Has there ever been a sweeter-sounding, more goosebump-inducing phrase than ‘Freedom to marry’? Everyone likes freedom (even illiberal politicians pay lip service to liberty), and who doesn’t love a good wedding? Marry these two things together (pun intended) and you end up with an endorphin-releasing buzzphrase that will make anyone grin wildly. So it has been...

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