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by Calvin Smith
September 20, 2009 The following paper was delivered at the Concordis International consultation The British Churches and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, held at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, on 19 September 2009. :"(I am grateful to my colleague Stephen M. Vantassel for reading through and commenting on the final version of this paper.)":Read more ...
 
his,  week the,  Daily Mail here and here and the Daily Telegraph here report how Edinburgh Social Services rejected an application by a couple to adopt their own grandchildren because, at 46 and 59, they were deemed too old. Instead Social Services chose to have the children, who have been with foster carers for two years, adopted by complete strangers. It is awful enough the state has the power to block adoptions by immediate family members and home them with complete strangers,  (how on earth did we stand by and let it happen?), but this story gets worse, much much,  worse. In fact, it is tragic.Read more ...
 
Posted in Doc Blog at 10:04 am by Calvin L. Smith
 
15 February 2010
An Anglican priest who recently attended a Palestine conference organised by the Federation of Islamic Student Societies today blogs of his participation in the conference. Revd Stephen Sizer also refers to the Jerusalem Declaration, a document he helped draft and which he says "repudiates Christian Zionism as a deviant heresy".
 
Posted in Doc Blog at 12:14 am
by Calvin Smith Here"s a good one. On Thursday the Daily Telegraph reports on how academics from the University and College Union oppose government requests to watch out for Islamic fundamentalism on campus and report extreme behaviour to the authorities. According to the Daily Telegraph, ‚  Sally Hunt, joint general secretary of the lecturers" union, stated: "Delegates have made it clear that they will oppose Government attempts to restrict academic freedom or free speech on campus" . All very noble, to be sure. Read more ...
 
August 7, 2014 In the last few weeks major media outlets have, between them, broadcast thousands upon thousands of hours of footage of the Gaza conflict. Yet coverage of the Syrian civil war, a far more bloody and destructive conflict, has been far less forthcoming. This would appear to be somewhat disproportionate given how last week roughly the same number of people  (1,700)  were killed in Syria as throughout the entire four-week Gaza war.Read more ...