Twitter’s dangerous approach to ‘hate speech’

Dec 13, 2018 by

by Meghan Murphy, UnHerd: A little over two weeks ago, I was permanently suspended from Twitter. My crime? ‘Misgendering’ – I referred to an individual who claims to identify as a “transwoman” (but who goes by a male, as well as a female, name) as “him”. Apparently, using male pronouns to describe a male violates Twitter’s rules against “hateful conduct.” But unless stating facts is hate speech, I had not said anything “hateful”. By deeming my comments ‘hateful conduct’, Twitter is allowing a...

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The hell of Yemen and the ambitions of Iran

Dec 4, 2018 by

by Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack, TCW: WE all know of Yemen, but we don’t know about it. The magnitude of the suffering in what David Beasley, executive director of the UN World Food Program, describes as ‘the world’s worst humanitarian crisis since the UN came into existence’ is so great that we cannot see beyond the pain. The suffering of Yemen provides its own blinkers to our understanding of what lies behind the horror. More than 4million children are in danger of death through starvation,...

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Is an armistice needed for divided nations and churches?

Nov 10, 2018 by

by Colin Blakely, Christian Today: This weekend churches up and down the country will mark the centenary of the Armistice that brought peace after the Great War. However, that peace was to be sadly short-lived as the 20th century proved to be one of the bloodiest in history. Two decades later war was to break out again, leading to the demise of fascism in 1945. This was then followed four decades later by the fall of the Berlin Wall, with which we arguably saw the demise of Communism. What...

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We will remember them

Nov 7, 2018 by

from The Church of England: Over the next week, churches across England and Europe will be marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.  Watch video here.

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Wilfred Owen 100 years on: poet gave voice to a generation of doomed youth

Nov 5, 2018 by

by Wim Van Mierlo, MercatorNet: For many people, most of what they know about the futility, sacrifice and tragedy of World War I, they learned through reading the poetry of Wilfred Owen. But what they may not be aware of is how close the Armistice was when Owen was killed at the age of 25. On November 4 1918, the 2nd Manchester Regiment received orders to cross the Sambre and Oise Canal near the village of Ors to capture German positions at the opposite side. But as the troops attempted to...

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Instead of hate crime and thought crime, try Christianity as a way of changing human nature.

Oct 26, 2018 by

by Gavin Ashenden: The bullet holes in the wall stirred a memory. They had left the building in front of me pock marked and scarred. I was in Croatia last week for a conference of European Anglican bishops and memories of the Serbo-Croatian conflict of 1991-94 littered the towns.  It wasn’t clear if they had left the buildings with the scars of the war as a tribute to the suffering, or if they just didn’t have enough money to repair them. One of the places where I had been asked to speak was a...

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