Neo Nazis, far right conspiracy theories and our responsibility as Christians to check our sources and our allies

Throughout COVID, Christians have taken quite strong and at times opposing views on issues such as lockdowns. This is understandable because those views probably mirror the attitudes within society.  Sometimes I’ve been concerned about some of the sources of evidence or rationale for positions on all sides.  Recently I picked up on a video being… Continue reading Neo Nazis, far right conspiracy theories and our responsibility as Christians to check our sources and our allies

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 running… Continue reading Fear or hope – how to spot a conspiracy theory

Lie as old as time

Conspiracy theorist QAnon demonstrators protest during a rally to re-open California and against Stay-At-Home directives on May 1, 2020 in San Diego, California. - Rallies have been held at several state capitols across the country as protesters express their deep frustration with the stay-at-home orders that are meant to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker / AFP) (Photo by SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP via Getty Images)

Here is part 3 of our series on an anatomy of a conspiracy theory. Here we take a closer look at the first ever 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 was… Continue reading Invisible racism is still racism -including anti-semitism

The deeper infection that has contaminated our political system

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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 seriousness… Continue 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 heart… Continue 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 reasons… Continue 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 comment… Continue reading The shameful case of anti-Semitism in British politics

When a community has a blind spot

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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