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Quantum 142 – Prince Philip, DMX, Shirley Williams; Martyn Iles, Bill Maher; Mike Jagger, Bluey and Paranoid

This weeks Quantum (apologies for being a day later) looks at the death of Prince This weeks Quantum (apologies for being a day later) looks at the death of Prince Philip, the reaction to it and his ‘faith’;  the deaths of DMX and Shirley Williams;  Rumours of wars in Taiwan, Ukraine, Iran and Afghanistan; Martyn Iles on the ABC; Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’;  good English no longer required at some English universities; BLM founders hypocrisy;  Prayers against white people;  Transgender prisoners in California; Bluey is not a ‘dog of colour’; Bill Maher on film trigger warnings;  Bidens misuse of the English language; Mike Jagger on Covid lockdown; Boris Johnson lying about Covid;  before finishing with a great DMX song. .   There is so much amazing, good, bad , mad and sad in this weeks….enjoy…

Archbishop Setanu on Prince Philip 

Patrick Harvies non tribute tribute/

The death of Shirley Williams 

Wars and Rumours of Wars

Is Russia preparing to attack Ukraine?

Martin Iles  on Q and A 

Mad World –

English not necessary at English universities  ! 

Patrisse Khan-Cullors, 37, also eyed property in the Bahamas at an ultra-exclusive resort where Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods both have homes, The Post has learned. Luxury apartments and townhouses at the beachfront Albany resort outside Nassau are priced between $5 million and $20 million, according to a local agent.

The self-described Marxist last month purchased a $1.4 million home on a secluded road a short drive from Malibu in Los Angeles, according to a report. The 2,370-square-foot property features “soaring ceilings, skylights and plenty of windows” with canyon views. The Topanga Canyon homestead, which includes two houses on a quarter-acre, is just one of three homes Khan-Cullors owns in the Los Angeles area, public records show.

The book, A Rhythm of Prayer: A Collection of Meditations for Renewal, was edited by Sarah Bessey and published in February and is available at major sellers such as Target, Barnes & Noble and Amazon. The passage in the book by Chanequa Walker-Barnes, “Prayer of a Weary Black Woman,” seeks spiritual guidance to stop “caring” about white people who inevitably perpetuate racism.

“Dear God, Please help me to hate white people,” Walker-Barnes writes. “Or at least to want to hate them. At least, I want to stop caring about them, individually and collectively. I want to stop caring about their misguided, racist souls, to stop believing that they can be better, that they can stop being racist.”

She goes on in the prayer to say she wants help to hate moderate, “nice” white people who disguise their racism by acting pleasantly toward Black people but who do not take an action to combat white supremacy.

“My prayer is that you would help me to hate the other white people – you know, the nice ones,” Walker-Barnes writes.


Play all of this –

Beverley Wang –  “Where are the disabled, queer, poor, gender diverse, dogs of colour and single-parent dog families in Bluey’s Brisbane?”

This is a great song to finish…


Catch up on last weeks here – Quantum 141 – Starmer, Churches, Tik Tok, Propaganda, in Christ Alone, Restore and so much more

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  1. Haha – I can just imagine prince Philip giving a preacher a “roasting”. I’ve been inclined to do so myself at times whether that be because I have been either causing trouble or being prophetic! Yes – Patrick Harvey was “ugly” in the way that he brought his politics into it with “equality” and didn’t put that aside for the sake of his Prince Philips remembrance. Better with this kind of equality “there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:28).

    And in that there is “privilege” for everyone.

    1. The Gal 3 : 28 quote was, surely , a guide to post – mortem, stratospheric social arrangements , rather than a vain hope of Divine Intervention in temporal human conduct ?

      1. Thanks for your question Alastair.

        I hear your view about Gal 3:28 being about “post mortem” rather than “divine intervention in… human conduct”. It certainly was the kind of thing preached in churches in England at a time of the French revolution. But I suspect where the church neglected to address poverty then, it was more likely to be out of a fear of a similar uprising rather than an application of a biblical principle.

        I think this verse entirely consistent wiht the human right of holding it to be self evident that all are born equal with dignity and should relate to each other accordingly according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the golden rule of treating others the way you would like to be treated.

        So I don’t see the dichotomy here that you do. And if we are to treat each other equally and with dignity, doesn’t the mere fact of opening up a newspaper wiht everything that’s going on with the world show that there is a need for divine intervention for this to be achieved?

  2. The item you mentioned about academic institutions refusing to mark students down for poor spelling/grammar may seem like a small thing, but for me it’s a perfect example of one of the major reasons people embrace postmodernism and relativism: to avoid having to admit when they’re wrong. I knew a guy at school who, when told he’d spelled a word wrong, rather than accept correction, would say “Well, that’s how I spell it.”

    The idea that reality will somehow reshape itself according to our desires and what would make us feel good seems incredibly destructive to human society and wellbeing. It’s a perfect example of humanism’s ultimate goal: to replace God with us.

  3. “Mike Jagger on Covid lockdown…”

    Haven’t often seen the lead singer of the Stones referred to as “Mike.” David pronounces it “Mick,” but maybe it should be spelled, “Mic” for the main guy at the microphone!!

  4. As every Scotsman knows , Food – Racism originated in Paisley with the golliwog – adorned label of James Robertson’s splendid jams and marmalades.

    Dundee’s similar Keillor – made comestibles were, happily, free of that unforgiveable taint.

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