Revealed: Government kept emails secret showing that they knew the impact redefining marriage would have in schools

Hear what is taught in schools in Canada about happy threesome marriages.

The government wants to reduce marriage to just another lifestyle choice – like fashion or joining a club. They want minority groups to define it for themselves. But the problem with introducing free market thinking to marriage is that it is changed from a unique social institution that is primarily about children to just another contractual agreement between consenting adults. The government has no right and no mandate to privatise marriage.

#redefiningmarriage Threesome marriage already legal in Holland and Brazil. Canada now promoting threesomes in school

I have been saying once marriage is not longer the property of history, culture and community but the property of government to define and redefine it will end up including polygamy and temporary marriages.

It seems the evidence from practice in other countries tells me I am not scaremongering, but spot on.

Let faxes butter-curl on dusty shelves. Let junkmail build its castles in the hush…

I have been enjoying the poetry of Ros Barber recently. And this poem is such a delight. It is like the sign of rest as I come to prayer. It is called: How to Leave the World that Worships Should.

The title is open to being misunderstood but it means those that worship would needs (or should) to be done.

 
 

Let faxes butter-curl on dusty shelves.
Let junkmail build its castles in the hush
of other people’s halls. Let deadlines burst
and flash like glorious fireworks somewhere else.
As hours go softly by, let others curse
the roads where distant drivers queue like sheep.
Let e-mails fly like panicked, tiny birds.
Let phones, unanswered, ring themselves to sleep.

Above, the sky unrolls its telegram,
immense and wordless, simply understood:
you’ve made your mark like birdtracks in the sand –
now make the air in your lungs your livelihood.
See how each wave arrives at last to heave
itself upon the beach and vanish. Breathe.

I have a book token to use so am going to get her book: The Marlow Papers. Sounds great!

No I didn’t weep at #LesMis @cityscreenyork but it was a marvellous film and @russellcrowe was great

I had already seen the London stage show of Les Miserables so I had an idea of what to expect. It exceeded all expectations.

At a stage performance the singers have to bellow out the songs to be heard at the back of the theatre. But in this film they were able to sing with gentle passion that drew the audience close.

The scenes of poverty and suffering are the ones, I assume, that move other people early on in the film. I did consider afterwards why I did not feel as others claimed to have felt. I don’t think it is because I am hard hearted. I think I have come to my conclusion why I didn’t weep.

The film presents the viewer with facts of life; injustice, cruelty, poverty, etc. I think some people will be horrified to have to face such realities but I am not. I have been alongside many people, in many places, over the years in my role as a Christian pastor so I already knew such things exist. I have been in homes where the smell was overpowering and the dirt and grime thick. I have been with people as they have wept in hopeless despair. I have admitted I do not have an answer as I have listened to accounts of injustice and loss. Yet I am still convinced of the truth that those who trust in Jesus live forever. I have heard it said that this life is not a dress rehearsal, it is the real thing. I disagree, this life really is merely the dress rehearsal, and the best is yet to come. That is one of the messages of this film.

I already knew some of the great themes of the film. Jesus spoke of the person who could not give forgiveness (in The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant – Matthew 18) and described him as being tortured. We see how one man is raised by the power of being forgiven and giving forgiveness, while we see another character fall from a height because he can not give forgiveness nor can he comprehend what Christians understand to be summed up in the word ‘grace’.

I had heard a comment that Russel Crowe’s singing was not very good. I do not expect him to read this, but if he does, I say he was excellent in it. He is an actor who was singing and not a singer who was acting. The scene where he sings, walking on the edge of a great drop, declaring his belief that he is as an angel of God’s judgement, was wonderful. The passion of his conviction was believable and terrible. As the man who could not comprehend grace, his portrayal was heart wrenching. The more so because I have known people as uncomprehending over the years, including my own father who recently died.

I noticed some of the ways the imagery of the cross was repeated. I wonder though how much of the richness of the film, including the imagery of the cross, would go over the heads of those less informed about the claims of Christ and the life he offers.

Government know they are “powerless” to stop school teachers getting sacked if they refuse to endorse same-sex marriage

The Daily Telegraph carries a front-page report today saying that the Government is “powerless” to stop primary school teachers getting sacked if they refuse to endorse same-sex marriage. It quotes a senior source at the Department for Education admitting that the UK is not “in control” and that European judges have the final say. This could bring hospital chaplains other officials into danger of sacking too.

Many have been saying that teachers were under threat but the Government kept denying it. Yesterday I heard Maria Miller on the radio talking this down.

Now we know the Government too realises the dangers to school teachers, though the are playing it down. I think it is underhand and sneaky that they have not been more upfront about this.

This unpopular and divisive policy which will have a widespread impact.

What I want to know is whether they have other intended consequences in mind that they are keeping secret. There are some cultures that would like polygamy to be legalised in Britain, along with “temporary marriage”. Is this part of the reason the Government are pushing this through?

I particularly find the “temporary marriage” distasteful as it seems to be to be a way to exploit women. It legalises sexual activity within that culture until the man decides to move on. The woman, being no longer a virgin, then has poor prospects within that culture of entering into a proper marriage, being a life-long union with mutual love and respect.

See my previous post on this: Looks like the UK Government is cooking the books over their gay marriage ‘consultation’

John Steinbeck: There are several kinds of love.

Great quote. I saw it on the brainpickings.org web site on their literary jukebox page.

There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.

John Steinbeck in Steinbeck: A Life in Letters

“I think the [charity] Commission are committed to the suppression of religion”

So said Peter bone MP introducing his ten minute rule bill on the Charities Act yesterday.

Results of The National Church And Social Action Survey 2012 have just been released and is relevant to this as it gives us a great picture of what is happening through churches in the UK currently.

  • Hours spent by volunteers in UK Churches on local social action initiatives have increased by 36% in two years to 98M hours.
  • In spite of the current economic problems, funds given by UK Church members that were spent on social action initiatives have increased by 19% in two years to £342M.
  • There has been a rapid diversification of social actions by churches – the average number of social action initiatives undertaken by a Church has risen from 5.7 to 8.2.
  • Please note these figures only cover Church initiatives. It does not include voluntary work by Christians in the community that is not initiated by a Church e.g. work by local charities.
  • Staff hours are calculated as 55M hours in support of social action initiatives. This is equivalent to roughly 1 hour of staff time to 2 hours of volunteer effort.
  • Total financial contribution to social initiatives is probably above £2.5bn per annum when costed.

See Jubilee Plus for more info.