The Queen greets Darth Vader 
Saturday, 3 November, 2007, 02:44 AM
Please, somebody tell me this is just playfull journalistic editing. Surely the Guards didn't really play Darth Vader's theme to greet the king of Saudi Arabia?

http://www.weaselzippers.net/blog/2007/ ... lah-v.html

This had me in hysterics. Every time I watch it he looks more and more like the guy from Star Wars, with the big black cloak and a covered head, who wants to spread his message of mysticism and control throughout the world. Whereas in reality he's a bloke in a big black cloak and covered... er.

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Reverend Canon Doctor Alan Billings  
Friday, 2 November, 2007, 07:58 AM
Rating 4 out of 5 (Highly platitudinous)

Happy All Souls' Day everyone! Isn't it just great to be a Christian and to know that there's life after death. The devastating logic which leads to this conclusion is inescapable. IF the invisible magic friend went to all the trouble of creatng us then it's highly unlikely he's going to just snuff us out after four score years and ten, isn't it? This is why it's important to stop whining about your dead loved ones. Ancestor worship is idolatry, and a wicked, wicked sin that you'll burn in hell for. As a Reverend Canon Doctor and Director of the Centre for Ethics and Religion, Lancaster University, let me just assure you that this is what religion is all about: wishful thinking to help you ignore reality and get back to being a useful, productive member of the community, instead of some broken hearted, lovelorn mess. Pull your socks up and get on with your lives.

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Reverend Rosemary Lain-Priestley 
Thursday, 1 November, 2007, 08:02 AM
Rating 3 out of 5 (Fairly platitudinous)

David Miliband has decided not to meet his Saudi Arabian counterpart. This probably has nothing to do with the Saudi human rights record, which makes China look positively liberal. We all have to balance duty against personal life. Sometimes Jesus said to forget duty and listen to him, but sometimes he said the opposite, which I think helps a great deal. Faith is about having an integrated, holistic, spiritual, and various other meaningless adjectives, approach to these things. I should stress that the invisible magic friend does not, I repeat not, wish you to sacrifice your son to him. So at least that's one dilemma cleared up.

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Reverend Joel Edwards, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance 
Wednesday, 31 October, 2007, 08:11 AM
Rating 4 out of 5 (Highly platitudinous)

Immigration is big on the political agenda at the moment. On the one hand we have to welcome people from other countries and be kind to them. However, when I hear people on the bus talking all foreign, I find myself wondering why they don't speak a sensible language, like English. Those of you who are not Christians will be ruled by such prejudices. Fortunately, as a Christian, I am able to see all men as brothers, and even all women as brothers. You won't find Christians, with our inherent moral superiority, clinging to silly tribal loyalties. That's why, when my church announced that two Nigerians in the congregation had just become British citizens, everyone erupted in applause. They had decided to stop being foreigners and become proper British people!

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Dr Indarjit Singh - Director of the Network of Sikh organisations 
Tuesday, 30 October, 2007, 07:56 AM
Rating 4 out of 5 (Highly platitudinous)

Happy birthday to the Today programme! We talk a lot about the NHS on this programme. It's worrying that GPs are now out to maximise profit rather than help patients. We see a lot of people trying to maximise profits. The so-called entertainment industry is a case in point. They keep producing things that most people want to see rather than things that I like and which would be much better. Sports companies keep trying to make money as well. Sikhs don't do this. You won't see Sikhs trying to maximise money out of their businesses. We give all our money away to help the poor and the needy, just like the gurus did. When people stop trying to maximise profit by providing goods and services that people want to buy, the world will be a much better place.

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John Bell of the Iona Community 
Monday, 29 October, 2007, 08:06 AM
Rating 3 out of 5 (Fairly platitudinous)

I haven't been looking for dinosaurs on an archaelogical dig (Ed - Good, you wouldn't find any). To find out what happened to the dinosaurs, we naturally turn for an expert opinion to a theologian. Rubem Alves says the dinosaurs died because they were too strong and too successful. This seems quite sensible to me and clearly points to the same thing happening with the USA. The USA has problems with Cuba, Iraq, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Russia, China, Afghanistan, Venezuela... It has the stupidest president ever and a spiralling national debt. So I can't help wonder when the USA's tremendous success will cause it to stop being top nation, and will it go quietly? My invisible magic friend became a weak and vulnerable man as an example to the USA and since they nearly all believe in him, I'm sure the Americans will ride into the sunset in a dignified and humble way.

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Rev. Rob Marshall - Anglican Priest  
Saturday, 27 October, 2007, 09:15 AM
Rating 3 out of 5 (Fairly platitudinous)

With all the hectic activity of being a modern priest, it's sometimes easy to forget that part of each day is light and part is dark. We do things during the light bit and think about doing things during the dark bit. Furthermore, the amount of light and dark varies through the seasons in a profoundly spiritual way. This was something that the Celts noticed when nobody else did. My invisible magic friend is there during the light bits and during the dark bits.

Don't forget to put your clocks back tomorrow morning.

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Reverend Canon Doctor Alan Billings 
Friday, 26 October, 2007, 07:58 AM
Rating 0 out of 5 (Not platitudinous)

The Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks, says in his new book that Britain is falling apart. Anyone standing in a class full of teenagers might be tempted to agree. But once those teenagers become parents, moral relativism soon goes out of the window. They want their children to be honest, generous, loving and considerate, because that's the way society hangs together.

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Right Awful Anne Atkins - Novelist and Columnist 
Thursday, 25 October, 2007, 08:06 AM
Rating 3 out of 5 (Fairly platitudinous)

We all have to protect our children. We stop them from doing things that will ruin their lives: smoking, drinking, becoming politicians. But we also have to give them the freedom to grow up and take responsibility for themselves. You can't see where I'm going with this, can you? That's because I have come up with a thoroughly unique and original analogy regarding our relationship with the invisible magic friend. He gives us laws because he loves us, and he allows us to break them because he loves us enough to let us go. Isn't that just amazing! I bet you never heard god described as a heavenly father before. He invented little challengs for us, like malaria, earthquakes and tsunamis because he loves us. It's not all because we live in a world of natural law that is indifferent to the aspirations of humanity. What a fantastic invisible magic friend he really is!

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Reverend Joel Edwards, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance 
Wednesday, 24 October, 2007, 08:19 AM
Rating 4 out of 5 (Highly platitudinous)

We so rarely talk about abortion on TFTD, I think it's about time we raised the issue. Now it's very easy to paint Christians, particularly evangelical Christians, as being right wing, conservative, reactionary die-hards. I want to make it clear that I'm different. Just because I'm pro-life, does not mean I'm anti-choice. You won't find me blowing up abortion clinics for example. Nor will you find me threatening the lives of pregnancy advisory service employees. I think this is extremely moderate and responsible of me, given the circumstances.

I personally have never been a woman, so far be it from me to try and tell women how they should use their reproductive organs. It's not my business to lecture women on when they should become pregnant. However, I do think that we, collectively, as a society, should consider how many babies we ruthlessly and despicably murder every year. The world only has 6 billion people in it at the moment. Everywhere, including Britain is just desperately short of babies. That's why it's so terribly important that every bunch of human cells that ever acquires a complete genome should be allowed to be born, fed, educated and allowed to live a long, happy, and productive life. My invisible magic friend agrees. As he said to Joshua "Go kill everybody in Canaan so that you can have some more breeding room."

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