It sounds cuddly but Boris Johnson is stepping into a moral quagmire

May 16, 2021 by

by Henry Mance, Mailonline: […]  Last week, the Government pledged to pass a new law recognising ‘animal sentience’, a move celebrated by welfare groups. Sentience simply means that animals can feel things, including pain. It’s not a new principle. Charles Darwin wrote 150 years ago that other animals ‘manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness and misery’. Britain’s recent welfare laws, which protect dogs, cats and so on, already effectively...

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Ordained former Post Office boss steps back from priestly duties after Horizon scandal

Apr 28, 2021 by

from Christian Today: The former chief executive of the Post Office, who is also an ordained minister in the Church of England, has stepped back from priestly duties after 39 subpostmasters were cleared of fraud in a historic ruling on Friday. The Rev Paula Vennells was ordained in the Church of England in 2006 and is an associate minister in Bromham, Oakley and Stagsden, Bedfordshire. She has also stood down from her roles with Morrisons and Dunelm after the Court of Appeal’s ruling...

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The real reason women now feel unsafe

Mar 17, 2021 by

by Melanie Phillips: […]  Now there are calls for the government to add misogyny to the roster of “hate crimes”. Oh, for goodness’ sake! Why not add misandry and misanthropy too, and make a clean sweep of prejudice against women, men and the entire human race?! As with all hate crimes, the subjective nature of “hate” means that such legislation serves potentially to criminalise all criticism or mere dislike. The power vested by “hate crimes” in police and prosecutors to harass people —...

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The Sussexes take morality through the looking glass

Mar 13, 2021 by

by Melanie Phillips: Millions now regard venality, disloyalty and spite as evidence of moral worth. […]  The cultural crisis was illuminated last week by the mutually exploitative encounter between Oprah Winfrey and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Many people (including US President Joe Biden) hailed what they saw as the bravery of the Duchess, the former Meghan Markle, in talking about her mental health issues. They thus appeared to see nothing wrong with her trashing her in-laws and...

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Online Conversation | Hope and Healing for a Hurting Culture, with Jonathan Haidt and Peter Wehner

Feb 26, 2021 by

from Trinity Forum: On February 19th we were delighted to welcome social psychologist and bestselling author, Jonathan Haidt, along with widely published speechwriter and author, Peter Wehner. Wehner is a New York Times columnist, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and Trinity Forum Senior Fellow with a deep interest in healing our divided nation. Haidt has done extensive research examining the intuitive foundations of morality, and how morality varies across cultures. His books address...

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How should I behave? What the Catechism teaches about my obligation to God.

Feb 12, 2021 by

by Martin Davie: In last week’s post in my new series on the teaching of the Prayer Book Catechism I looked at what the Catechism teaches about the issue of identity. In this week’s post I shall go on to look at what the Catechism teaches about the issue of obligations. An obligation is something that we have a moral or legal duty to do and we are all familiar with the fact that we have obligations to numerous individuals and groups, such as our families and friends, our employers, those in...

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