Fear or hope – how to spot a conspiracy theory

How do you spot a conspiracy theory/theorist? I’ve been thinking about this over the past few day as I’ve done a bit of digging into the anatomy of conspiracy theories.  You will have seen on my YouTube videos and my articles here that my view is there is primarily one conspiracy theory, a spine runningContinue reading “Fear or hope – how to spot a conspiracy theory”

Invisible racism is still racism -including anti-semitism

My maternal Grandpa was from Belfast.  There would be very little to give that away among his children and grandchildren though. Obviously my uncles and cousins carry the Magee surname but none of us have a Northern Irish accent and there are no other characteristics to give away our origins. Meanwhile my Great Grandfather wasContinue reading “Invisible racism is still racism -including anti-semitism”

The deeper infection that has contaminated our political system

Let me just remind you again of the EHRC charge sheet against the Labour Party “The Party is responsible for three breaches of the Equality Act (2010) relating to: political interference in antisemitism complaints failure to provide adequate training to those handling antisemitism complaints harassment”[1] I want to ask you to consider the unprecedented seriousnessContinue reading “The deeper infection that has contaminated our political system”

Complicity and saying sorry

In my article about the EHCR report on anti-Semitism I started to raise the issue of complicity. There is a level at which we all as a society (perhaps with one or two exceptions) have to recognise a level of complicity in the way that this toxic evil was allowed to get to the heartContinue reading “Complicity and saying sorry”

Why we still have an anti-Semitism problem

It would be easy to sit back now and say “well that’s it, anti-Semitism is dealt with.” After all, it was a small problem affecting a few extremists in the Labour Party for a short period in their history.  I am not convinced. I think the problem runs deeper and here are a few reasonsContinue reading “Why we still have an anti-Semitism problem”

The shameful case of anti-Semitism in British politics

The EHRC report on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party has now been published.[1] The headline summary is that: “The Party is responsible for three breaches of the Equality Act (2010) relating to: political interference in antisemitism complaints failure to provide adequate training to those handling antisemitism complaints harassment”[2] Before I go on with further commentContinue reading “The shameful case of anti-Semitism in British politics”

When a community has a blind spot

I want to pick up on a brilliant question that was raised by one of our church family on the Zoom discussion last Sunday. We had listened to James preach on Matthew 7:1-6 and then one of the members asked “is it possible for these verses to talk about a whole community, church or institution?”Continue reading “When a community has a blind spot”

If we are going to see racial justice we will need to escape the monster/angel narrative

It did not take long did it.  Fairly soon after George Floyd’s murder and the outpouring of grief, anger and protest, the stories were circulating. Floyd was high on meth, Floyd was a serial, violent criminal so why was he being celebrated as a martyr. Of course those stories started with the socially required statementsContinue reading “If we are going to see racial justice we will need to escape the monster/angel narrative”