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It Is Already Too Late

I was watching the news yesterday, that Congressional hearing into the tech giants. There is no way that Mark Zuckerberg is human. My guess is that Artificial Intelligence has already become sentient and is ruling the world through Facebook. Zuckerberg is obviously an android like Arnie in “The Terminator” which the Machines wheel out when a human face is necessary. They can’t fool me.

Passing Thoughts Of A Sacked Priest

It is difficult to get a job outside of your own ethnic community in England if you are black and, even more so, if you are of South Asian or Semitic descent. There is no doubt that this is because of racism in many instances. However, I would not be surprised if the main reason for this inequality is non-racist racial discrimination based on the instinct for self-preservation. To put it bluntly, employers avoid offering an interview (let alone a job) to people from certain ethnicities because they fear that any disciplinary action they might have to take against that person should they employ them would be met with accusations of racism and possible expensive legal actions against them. I know that this policy is followed in progressive and public institutions as well as in more conservative ones. The problem is that employees from minority ethnic backgrounds often do perceive actions taken against them by their employers as being of a racist nature. I expect sometimes they are right but my guess is that in most cases they are being treated exactly the same as everyone else, which is probably unfairly because there are a heck of a lot of bad employers out there who treat all their employees unfairly whatever their skin colour. So, we have a situation where good laws that are there to protect people from discrimination have led to even more discrimination. I have absolutely no idea how this situation can be remedied.

The End Of Being Different

My colleague at Saint Laika’s (and good friend), Tim, posts a meditation every day on our Facebook page that is usually based on the life of a good person. To get onto the Saint Laika’s calendar you have to have done or been something special. Just being a pope, founder of a monastic order or theologian of renown is not enough to make the cut. Therefore, placing the Saint Laika saints into a hierarchy of saintliness should be very difficult if not impossible. Yet, the difference in the number of likes each post gets shows that our visitors do see a great difference between the worthiness of the people we commemorate at Saint Laika’s. Sadly, it is all very predictable and politically correct. For example, this morning Tim posted a piece of the Philadelphia Eleven (the first women to be ordained in The Episcopal Church in America) and already fourteen people have clicked on the “like” button. Yesterday, Tim told us about the last person to be burned at the stake by the Spanish Inquisition for heresy and that received a mere four likes. Recently, the commemoration of two great, Protestant preachers of the nineteenth century with fundamentalist leanings received a total of one like, and that was from me.

People are so fecking predictable nowadays. Original thought is not only rare, but it is also aggressively frowned upon. It is so sad.

Passing Thoughts Of A Sacked Priest

There were reports on the BBC over the weekend that the Church of England may be heading for serious financial problems because of a lack of tourists in their fancier buildings and a lack of pennies being put into their coffers because of the lack of congregations in their parish churches.

I’m wondering if it would be so bad if the Church of England did go bust and had to be closed down and its buildings sold off to property developers. What would we lose? A cumbersome institution that contains more liars and hypocrites than all our other institutions put together (including the House of Commons).

If it is going to die I hope it does so in my lifetime so I can dance on its metaphorical grave.

Gay Arabs Almost Non-Existent, Claims Arab MP

Following a vote in the Knesset (Israel Parliament) to ban conversion therapy in the country, Walid Taha, from the Arab-majority Joint List party, called the bill in his view “particularly problematic” and that it went against the views of “the vast majority of the society that elected him.”

He told Israel’s national broadcaster, Kan, that the “phenomenon of gays is almost nonexistent in Arab society,” adding that, if it exists at all, it is “of limited dimensions.”

“The issue is not debated in Arab society” and “if it exists, it is on a very small scale, and those who suffer from it are in no rush to identify themselves,” he said, adding that he felt that same-sex relationships were unnatural.

Homosexuals “have the right to undergo treatment to change their sexual character,” he continued. “This law prevents them from [receiving] treatment that would bring them back to a normal state.”

Knesset member Walid Taha attends a committee session organised by the Joint List party at the Knesset, on November19, 2019. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ווליד טהא הרשימה משוטפת

Holy Communion For The Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome to Saint Laika’s Holy Communion podcast for the twenty-sixth of July 2020 (a.k.a. the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost or Trinity Seven). As always there is plenty of good music from all over the shop as well as all the usual liturgical stuff. Everybody is invited to join in, there are no exceptions. If you wish to take communion you will need, of course, to provide your own bread and wine.

CLICK HERE for the order of service and details of the music played.

Church Hopes To Save Souls Through Petrol Giveaway

In Monrovia, Liberia, more than two hundred commercial motorcyclists turned out to attend a morning service at Harvest Christian Church International, after hearing that each one of them would receive two gallons of gasoline.

During the service, Reverend Tailey Wulu Garley, Senior Pastor of the church, told the motorcyclists that they still have time in their favour, urging them to “repent and turn to God while they are still young”.

“Don’t allow the money you are making to turn your back on God; everyone will account for his or her own life when you appear before the creator. You can have all of the nice cars and surplus money on earth you will not account for it when you are gone; you are only going to account for your own life and explain to God how did you live it while on earth,” Rev. Garley told the commercial bikers.

Speaking to FrontPageAfrica during the distribution of the gasoline to motorcyclists after the one-hour devotion service, Rev. Garley said the donation was a way of capturing the attention of motorcyclists to listen to the words of God.

He added that many motorcyclists are stereotyped as people who do not have a bright “future and people always look down upon them”.

“This is the notion I am trying to dispel; these guys can be good people in society if they continue listening to the word of God. They shouldn’t be treated like an outcast,” he said.

He was quick to clarify that he has no political motive but is only interested in getting motorcyclists closer to God before it gets too late.

Many of the motorcyclists thanked the Liberian prelate for the inspiration and expressed interest in joining his congregation.

“For me, I came for gas but what the pastor told us that we should not follow money and forget about God, it makes sense. Even if I don’t get gas here today, I will come to church here and worship God here,” one of the motorcyclists told FPA as he approached the queue to get his two gallon of gasoline.

Another motorcyclist, Junior Morris, said for the past one week he has been attending the church service since he heard about the free gasoline. He added that the message by the pastor was inspiring.

“I thank God for the Church; I am going to get my membership because I came for gas, but I want to be a changed man and don’t want to die in sin,” he confessed.

Why Woke Is Broke

This exchange of comments on a friend’s Facebook page explains why America is constantly in a state of civil war. Its citizens are paranoid, super-serious all of the while and never bother to actually listen to what anyone else is saying, choosing instead to hear what they think other people are going to say based on their ethnicity, gender or politics.

I never did get an apology, by the way.

Not So Marvellous

One problem I have with “Black Panther” is that it is set in an undemocratic, tribal society where military prowess is valued above everything else. There is a huge dollop of the noble savage about it. It differs completely from the modern high-tech world of Iron Man or the gentile, mannered world of the X-Men’s country house retreat. The stereotypes are all still there even if they are tarted up a bit with a young, black woman who can do science.

The Parliamentary Committee Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks

I assumed we all tried to influence elections in other countries. Certainly, Britain has been doing so since at least the time of William the Conqueror. In fact, if we are not busy trying to engineer the downfall of Vladimir Putin right now, we might as well disband MI6 and replace it with a telephone answering machine that simply says “We surrender” over and over again whenever a foreign dictator rings.

Women Should STFU In Church – It’s In The Bible

The mayor of Wylie in Texas has admitted he doesn’t believe women should lead prayers during political meetings. His opinions came to light after a member of the city council sent him an email asking if a group of students could lead the public prayer at the next council meeting. The kids, all members of “Youth with a Mission”, had apparently been walking around praying for the city and its citizens.

Hogue cited two verses from the New Testament of the bible as his reasoning, replying, “All I ask is that those leading the public prayer be young men.” He then went on to quote 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, which he said states: “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”

Hogue said that as a preacher for the Cottonwood Church of Christ he takes that Corinthians verse and another out of the book of Timothy saying, ‘women learn in silence with all subjection’, very seriously.

“I imagine a girl could be president of the US,” Hogue mentioned. “I imagine a girl could be CEO of an organization, the superintendent of a college district. However I imagine, and that is me, on the subject of picking anyone to lead the invocation at a Metropolis Council assembly, due to these two units of verses, I’m going to decide on a male.”

When Is Forgiveness Not Forgiveness?

God forgives all who truly repent except white people who remain guilty, not only for their own sins but for the sins of people who died hundreds of years ago. It does not matter if you are a nobody who has never been in a position to inflict institutional harm on anybody; if you are white you are bad (and bad in a bad way not bad in a good way).

My point?

That if you are a Christian deal with the problems of today as a forgiven child of God not like some drama queen who likes to be spanked.

When Is A Racist Not A Racist?

I still hold to the precise and academic definition of the word “racism.” It is the belief that an ethnic group is intrinsically superior or inferior to other ethnic groups. A person can be racially prejudiced and practice discrimination against people of different ethnicity to themselves without being a racist. I believe it is important to make a distinction between racism and racial prejudice as it makes the task of reducing the injustice and inequality ethnic minorities face within the society they live in a lot easier.

People do not like being accused of racial discrimination (they get prickly and deny it) but they really hate being called a racist (especially if they are not). If you call people racist you are likening them to Adolph Hitler, Idi Amin or members of the Ku Klux Klan. If they do not believe they are superior to people of other ethnicities then to call them racist and to liken them to such monsters is extremely hurtful and a great slander. The employment of such a verbal weapon of mass destruction is going to result in retaliation, not a willingness to change behaviour patterns.

Highlighting that racial discrimination is rife in society is a far less aggressive and far more correct way of dealing with the problems ethnic minorities face every day of their lives. You do not even have to accuse individuals of being prejudiced. It can be treated as something that happens naturally which needs to be stopped if a nation has any pretence to being civilised.

If the Black Lives Matter campaign outside of America had restricted itself to the message that black lives matter instead of making it a war between black people and white people with constant and loud accusations of racist evildoing by all white people both in the past and in the present, it is my belief that at least white people of goodwill would have become more enthusiastic about embracing changes that would make the world a fairer place. As it is, only those who enjoy wallowing in guilt at every opportunity, are drawn to the BLM cause and they would have been already inclined to be sympathetic to the cause.

There are racists in England and people from ethnic minorities face the possibility of being physically attacked by them all the while. This should be a matter for the police. However, it is casual discrimination by people who just do not like change that makes the lives of “the stranger amongst us” a permanent struggle and this is a matter for society as a whole and if you want to change society you must first try to unite society and not deliberately divide it.

Alien Jesus Sends Message To Loggers

Three days ago I brought you the news that Jesus has turned up inside a willow tree in Brazil. Some people, although fully convinced of the authenticity of Christ’s presence inside the tree, wondered why our Lord would choose such an unusual place to engrave his image upon. Fortunately, alien life conspiracy theorist Scott Waring has given us the answer to this question on his blog at etdatabase.com. Basically, Jesus chose the tree in order to send “a message to those destroying the rainforest.”

He said: “Jesus healed the sick with a touch, calmed the attackers by mercy standing in front of them, created miracles and rose from the dead. He was an alien, sent to Earth to give humanity some ethics and morals to follow.

“The dark hair, long flowing robe and outstretched arms all look like his. To top it off, the rings of the tree that measure the years old it is, are perfectly placed around his head like a halo.

“This looks like aliens were trying to send a message to the tree cutters, a message they are destroying the rainforest. And that destroying the trees is the same as destroying Jesus.

“This is a powerful message, but are humans ready for it?”

Holy Communion For The Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome to Saint Laika’s Holy Communion podcast for the nineteenth of July 2020 (a.k.a. the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost or Trinity Six). As always there is plenty of good music from all over the shop as well as all the usual liturgical stuff. Everybody is invited to join in, there are no exceptions. If you wish to take communion you will need, of course, to provide your own bread and wine.

CLICK HERE for the order of service and details of the music played.

Jesus Turns Up In Brazilian Tree

Last Thursday, while pruning a willow tree in Itaquiraí, Brazil, municipal maintenance workers noticed a strange pattern on the inside of a branch they had just cut with a chainsaw. After examining the pattern, some of them were convinced that it was a natural representation of Jesus Christ.

Photos of the cut branch and the intriguing figure found inside of it have been doing the rounds on Brazilian social media for the last week and getting mixed feedback. While some believe that the pattern truly represents Jesus Christ and is some sort of message to stop our sinful ways, or to assure us that Jesus is watching over us in these troubled times, others think it’s just an abstract shape.

“This is a sign! Read the Bible!” one Facebook user commented

“People, that’s Voldemort!” commented another.

Evil Spirit Sets Fire To House Twice In One Day

A family in Bahati, Nakuru County, Kenya is seeking spiritual intervention to fight evil spirits that have been hunting them for the past three weeks.

Simon Mbuthia claims that the spirits set their house on fire twice yesterday.

“My wife left the house early. At around 9 a.m. I was on my way out and my daughter called me back saying there was smoke in my bedroom. I rushed back and found my bed on fire,” Mbuthia narrated.

His neighbour, John Gathu was first to arrive at the scene. As the two held a brief conversation, Gathu said he was shocked when another fire started within the room as they watched.

“There was a bed in the sitting room and no open flames were visible. The bed caught fire from nowhere. At first, I thought of dashing out since I couldn’t see anyone next to the bed. I couldn’t believe it was a real fire until I saw the mattress burning. I put it out myself,” said Gathu.

Simon’s wife, Jane said this was not the first time such incidents were happening.

“Last week I was working on the garden when my son told me there were people at the other end. I moved around and couldn’t see anything. He insisted there were two strangers who fled as I got closer. He had claimed to see the same figures the previous week while with my mother,” she said.

The family is now calling on clerics from the area to come to their rescue and cast the spirits out of their home.

I have watched a lot of films about this sort of thing and I think
it is very probable that the Mbuthias’ home was built over an
ancient tribal burial ground or, maybe, a portal to hell. It will
be something like that. Their best course of action is to get out
of there as quickly as possible and then sell the house to an
unsuspecting young family who want to escape the city.

All Online Clergy Are Going To Hell

In Nigeria, Reverend. Chris Okotie, the senior pastor of the Household of God Church International Ministries, has said the holding of Church service online due to the outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic is something that has not been prescribed by the Bible.

In a sermon titled, “The COVID-19 Mystery,” Okotie claims, “We are dealing with one of the most sinister conspiracies in human history. What we call the online church is absolutely untrue, because for you to be in church, you have to be ecclesia, which is translated from the Greek word, “ec,” which is out, and the word “caleo,” called out. You cannot gather unto God until you are called out. That’s why Israel was called out of the world. So, this thing, this phenomenon that we are talking about, the Internet and cyber churches, is totally unscriptural.

“God knows where you are; if he was not interested in the assembly, you don’t need to come to church; you can pray in your house. I pray in my house. You praise in your house. I praise in my house. He can see all of us. He doesn’t need computers. But that denies him who he is; so, we must (that’s why the Bible puts that verse as an imperative), you must not forsake the assembly of yourselves together.”

I don’t quite follow what he is going on about in that last paragraph but I am obviously in a lot of trouble; as are many of my clergy friends. Ah, well.

However, there is another thing I don’t quite get. Okotie is a televangelist. What is the difference between doing God on the TV and doing God on the internet? My guess is that, at the end of the day, it will be something to do with making money out of God.

A Crate Of Mistaken Identity

An interfaith coalition which includes representatives of the Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Jain religions is calling on Belgium-based brewing giant AB InBev to rename its Brahma line of beers which are popular in Brazil and first produced there in 1888.

“Anheuser-Busch InBev should not be in the business of religious appropriation, sacrilege and ridiculing entire communities,” the coalition said in a statement, calling on the company to “prove that it cares about communities by renaming its Brahma beer.”

“It is the right time to fix an old wrong. The trivializing of the faith of our Hindu brothers and sisters for about 132 years. Lord Brahma, the god of creation in Hinduism, is a highly revered figure who should be worshipped in temples or home shrines, “not misused as a ‘toasting tool,'” coalition spokesperson Rajan Zed told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

But Lucas Rossi, head of communications for Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Latin America subsidiary, insists the beers were named in tribute to Joseph Bramah (an Englishman who invented the draft pump valve) and not for the Hindu deity. The spelling was changed, he said, to make the name work better in the Portuguese language.

“We deeply respect religions for sure,” Rossi said in a telephone interview. Hindus are a tiny minority in Brazil, where the Brahma brand is “very important to the culture of the country,” he said.

Adulterous Bishop Murdered

In Kenya, a clergyman who eloped with a married woman last year has been murdered. The body of Francis Mugweru, the bishop of Joyspring Soul Winning Worship church, was found in a thicket three hundred metres from his Kiganjo home in Thika sub-county last Friday. He is said to have been dragged from his home on Thursday night and clobbered to death. The body had deep cuts and the head was hit with a blunt object.

Mugweru and his wife Agnes Wangivi separated in 2013 after thirty-four years of marriage. They have three children. He rented a house in the neighbourhood for the woman he took away from the husband. She is a mother of five, but two of the children were left with the father.

The bishop accused his wife of infidelity and threatening to kill him at the time he announced he had found solace and peace in his new partner.

“She sold our vehicle and several cows and used the money to advance her adulterous escapades. I have also been living in fear in my own home because she threatened to kill me,” Mugweru alleged.

At Joy Spring Worship Church, worshippers led by the Rev Lincoln Mwaniki, described the pioneer of evangelical churches in Juja as a calm and loving man.

A Tonic For Jinn

Reading the English language press it is very easy to assume that religious twaddle is the sole preserve of a certain type of Evangelical Christian television personality from the more southerly regions of the United States of America. However, you would be wrong to assume this as coming up with crazy quack theology in order to separate the gullible from their hard-earned cash is truly an international endeavour, as this new publication from the Islamic world proves beyond doubt.


In her previous publication titled “Disease is an Expiation of the Sins,” Doctor Mira Bajirova explains that the diseases inflicted to humanity are the result of “Decreased Oxygen Utilization and the Evil Jinn. The Ultimate Cure from all diseases is the Ruqya, Negative Ions and Prophetic Medicine.” She continues to expound about this evil jinn in “The Divine Cure of Coronavirus and Widespread Diseases” (published by Partridge Singapore).

In this book, Bajirova tells that the coronavirus is a jinn (demonic) possession due to humanity’s sins. It serves as a wake-up call for all the disbelievers to repent to Allah before it is too late because he is the only who can forgive all the sinners, remove the evil jinn and grant them a blissful life of paradise if they will only obey him.

“One thousand four hundred years ago, Almighty God sent down the Noble Qur’an and Prophetic Medicine for all mankind as a cure for all diseases but medicine went astray, ignoring the Divine cure. Instead of healing, it is harming and killing. This is what happens when humans do not follow our Creator who knows what is best for them,” Bajirova says. “People should know that the coronavirus was sent because of humanity’s sins. Sins should be stopped and people should repent to Allah, for their own benefits and salvation from the hellfire.”

“The Divine Cure of Coronavirus and Widespread Diseases” aims to remind readers that the end of the world is approaching and on judgment day, Allah will judge humanity by the Qur’an, Sunnah and their deeds. “They should obey Allah and His Messenger and stop sinning,” Bajirova adds.

Passing Thoughts Of A Mad Priest

The UK government should have lied about face masks. They should have claimed that they primarily protected the wearer. That way they wouldn’t have had to convince us all that we ought to care about whether other people caught the virus or not. They should have consulted Donald Trump’s scientists. Ours are too damn honest to be of any use.

British Muslims Support Islamisation Of Christian Cathedral

This reader’s poll is being conducted by the 5Pillars website, which is a staunchly independent, quality platform for journalism aimed at British Muslims. The enemy of liberal values is decidedly within and I am certain that within a few decades all the UK’s egalitarian legislation concerning women and LGBT people will be overturned. You see, it is not a matter of Muslims becoming the majority in Britain, it is about Muslims plus the bigoted, misogynist native people of Britain becoming the majority. We are already within a hair’s breadth of that being our reality.

Holy Communion For The Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome to Saint Laika’s Holy Communion podcast for the twelfth of July, 2020 (a.k.a. the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost or Trinity Five). As always there is plenty of good music from all over the shop as well as all the usual liturgical stuff. Everybody is invited to join in, there are no exceptions. If you wish to take communion you will need, of course, to provide your own bread and wine.

CLICK HERE for the order of service and details of the music played.

A Well-Timed Abomination

I am sure it is just a coincidence that Erdogan announced the Islamisation of Hagia Sophia the day before the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre; a day on which nobody in the media or any politician is going to criticise Muslims out of fear of appearing extremely crass. And, of course, by tomorrow it will be old news and forgotten.

The Devil Made Him Do It

Oluwakemi Oyebola, a pastor of the Christ Apostolic Church, was recently arrested in Ogun State, Nigeria, for raping his daughter from when she was nineteen years old and allegedly aborting pregnancies for her on three separate occasions. The forty-four-year-old clergyman claims that having sex with his biological daughter was not intentional.

“I was hit by the devil’s arrow targeted at me by my enemies. I could not fathom how I began having sex with my own daughter. It is a shameful act, I agree. But unlike what was reported in the media, I only began to have sex with her in 2017 and not 2015 as claimed by the police. Also, the abortion I did for her was just once and not thrice. I want to sincerely beg for forgiveness from Nigerians; my action was unheard of, and I seriously regret it,” he said.

News Just In

Following on from yesterday’s shock announcement that Kanye West might stand in the elections for the president of the United States, unreliable sources are now stating that his wife’s celebrity backside is also going to join the race. At this moment in time, it is not known whether the rest of Kim Kardashian’s body will accompany her rear-end to the White House should it win the election. A spokesperson for Mrs Kanye West insisted that she is used to her posterior going off on its own to do its own thing and that although four years would be a long time to live without it, she would survive the separation.

Sources close to the present president, Donald Trump, are saying that their boss is extremely concerned that, as the addition of Kanye West’s name to the ballot paper may well split the Democrat vote, with many Afro-Americans voting for the black man rather than the old, white man, the addition of the Kardashian butt on the paper will lead to the Republican vote being split right down the crack in the middle as well. The worry is that when Republican voters enter the polling stations on election day they will not know which arse to vote for.

Cancel Culture

What is “cancel culture?”

It is a passive-aggressive technique used by people who say they believe in the freedom of speech but who don’t. It has just been deployed on JK Rowling for saying that transgender women are not women. In the old days that would have been regarded as an opinion which you either agreed with or not. You might even have been stirred to put forward a counter-argument. However, in order to save time and so nobody has to think for themselves anymore, nowadays we just shun people who dare to think contrary to the liberal in-crowd and shut them down so that we don’t have to listen to their unsettling ideas. Personally, I think it is the most dangerous cultural trend at this moment in time. What if those we oppose started to use it?

Holy Communion For The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome to Saint Laika’s Holy Communion podcast for the fifth of July, 2020 (a.k.a. the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost or Trinity Four). As always there is plenty of good music from all over the shop as well as all the usual liturgical stuff. Everybody is invited to join in, there are no exceptions. If you wish to take communion you will need, of course, to provide your own bread and wine.

CLICK HERE for the order of service and details of the music played.

Passing Thoughts Of A Mad Priest

It appears to me that if they are actually adhered to, the restrictions placed upon pubs, restaurants and other places of entertainment because of the coronavirus pandemic, will reduce the pleasure gained from patronising them to such a low level that it would be illogical to do so. When you add the greatly increased chance of catching the disease when in such close social contact with other people, going down the pub (etc) seems to me to be the choice of a person who completely lacks reason. However, the thought of a pint of fine, real ale poured straight from the barrel might just lead my taste buds to rule my head.

Passing Thoughts Of A Mad Priest

You would have thought that when they decided on what was to go into the Sunday Lectionary, they would have missed out the passages in which Saint Paul goes on about how guilty he feels about masturbating. Preachers are expected to preach about this stuff!

Natural Discrimination

The big problem with discrimination is that it is the natural way of things. It is a hardwired instinct in all of us. There were times in our history when individuals and groups who were not ruthless in discriminating would not have survived anywhere near as long as the individuals and groups which were. This means that society’s efforts to rid itself of unjust discrimination does not involve changing the opinion of its members (a relatively simple goal) but the changing of the nature of its members (a very hard goal to achieve that is probably impossible in the short term because its success depends on the evolutionary process). However, all is not lost as we have the ability to reason and, although it is hellishly difficult, we are able as individuals to act against our natural inclinations. Therefore any successful attempt to stop discrimination against groups of people must involve logic-based persuasion and also an acceptance that people are not being deliberately evil when they discriminate against those who they perceive as different but that they are, in fact, being true to their natural selves which, in certain situations would serve them well in respect to avoiding danger and, in such cases, would be regarded as a good thing. We must accept, for example, that a person whose flesh creeps when they are confronted with the idea of same-sex attraction but who does not discriminate against gay people is a good person, not a social deviant who needs to be reprogrammed until he or she truly believes that gay sex is a wonderful thing. In fact, such a person may well have far greater moral fortitude than someone who has never had a problem with people of the same gender getting it off together.

Privilege, What Privilege?

The term “white privilege” protects the rich and powerful from the fact that it is they who are responsible for the offences of the past which have led to the injustices of today, not the poor, many of whom were only marginally in a better position than the victims of racism and the slave trade. It spreads the guilt thin and turns attention away from the truly culpable.

The correct term is “power privilege.” We should all get behind that and hold those who are actually responsible to account.

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