The Best a Man Can Be?

Are you old enough to remember this ad? It’s now been changed into this video which was on all news bulletins yesterday and has been subject to a considerable amount of negative reaction (as well as those who love it). When I heard about it I was prepared to hate it and get outraged….but in many ways I thought it was excellent.   There is a … Continue reading The Best a Man Can Be?

How these 3 academics inspired a powerful Emperor’s Clothes moment for our culture

This article was first published on the Premier Christianity Website.  You can get the original and comment here – It is such a brilliant story – I love what these three have done…make sure you watch the six minute video! How these 3 academics inspired a powerful Emperor’s Clothes moment for our culture By: David Robertson | 9th October 2018 This impressive hoax contains an important lesson for … Continue reading How these 3 academics inspired a powerful Emperor’s Clothes moment for our culture

Why Oprah’s Golden Globes speech stands for the hope, hypocrisy and hubris of Hollywood

This article first appeared on Christian Today – here  It was a brilliant sermon. Passionate, clear, articulate, historical, personal, short and with strong application. Oprah was on fine form at the Golden Globes this week. And her speech has rightly been getting a lot of traction and praise. It was a superb performance, but more than that, I think she meant it. And there was … Continue reading Why Oprah’s Golden Globes speech stands for the hope, hypocrisy and hubris of Hollywood

LED 20 – Refugees in Scotland; Saving the Jews; Anti-Nazis in Dundee; Banning Franklin Graham; Another Brexit Bus; Feminism; Bermuda and SSM; A Christmas Carol

Welcome to the final Light Engaging Darkness for this year… Refugees Welcome in Scotland  Amidst all the bad news stories I am glad to see this one – it makes me proud of my country. Scotland agreed to take 2,000 of the 20,000 Syrian refugees coming to the UK within five years. Todays came news that we did it in two and are preparing to … Continue reading LED 20 – Refugees in Scotland; Saving the Jews; Anti-Nazis in Dundee; Banning Franklin Graham; Another Brexit Bus; Feminism; Bermuda and SSM; A Christmas Carol

Playboy, Hugh Hefner and his thousand Demonic Offspring

I have started a new role as a consulting editor with Christian Today – much to my surprise!  This basically means I will be writing short columns each week….here is the first of them Playboy, Hugh Hefner and his thousand demonic offspring The basic text is below (click the link above for the full works!): For some the death of Hugh Hefner is the death of … Continue reading Playboy, Hugh Hefner and his thousand Demonic Offspring

What Price Free Speech?

What Price Free Speech?

The superb film Suffragette certainly makes you think. It also made me thankful for our democracy and our freedom of speech. In one hundred years you could argue that we have come a long way – especially in the emancipation of women.   However there are disturbing signs that the democracy and free speech we so take for granted are under threat.

Germaine Greer, once the young fiery feminist author of The Female Eunuch, has found herself at the centre of a free speech storm in the University of Cardiff. Greer, now 76, has been faced with demands for her to be banned from speaking at the University because of her ‘problematic and hateful’ views.   Rachel Melhuish, the Women’s Office at Cardiff University Students Union has labeled Greer as extremely transphobic. Greer had opined; “I just don’t think surgery turns a man into a woman. A perfectly permissible view. I mean, an un-man is not necessarily a woman. A great many male to female transgender people do not look, sound or behave like a woman”. This does not seem an unreasonable, unsafe or ugly example of hate speech. But according to Ms. Melhuish “while debate in a university should be encouraged, hosting a speaker with such problematic and hateful views towards marginalised and vulnerable groups is dangerous. Allowing Greer a platform endorses her views and by extension, the transmisogyny which she continues to perpetuate.”
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‘Suffragette’ – Why all Christians should be Feminists

Want to go and see a film about women campaigning for the vote in early Edwardian England? Well, I didn’t – but I was wrong. Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette is an excellent film starring Carey Mulligan as Maud, a young mother who works in an East London laundry in 1912. The narrative of the suffragette movement is told through her fictional personal story. It is a … Continue reading ‘Suffragette’ – Why all Christians should be Feminists

Absolute Abortion – Letter in Scotsman

Nice to be back into the fray today – two articles in the press and this letter in the Scotsman….the battle continues! http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/letters/absolute-abortion-1-3670441 Tiffany Jenkins (Perspective, 24 January) is being consistent when she argues that women have the right to abort a baby if she is the wrong sex. But her consistency is based upon two false and dangerous doctrines. The first is that the … Continue reading Absolute Abortion – Letter in Scotsman

Equality and Christian Secularism – Talk Given at Solas Day – 22nd November 2014

This is my talk from the Out of the Silent Church Conference – Solas Day 22nd November 2014 given at St Peters Church in Dundee. There are some additions and changes. The full talk will soon be available online or on DVD. It was a great day…..I believe this is a really important subject and would value your input and responses. If you think it … Continue reading Equality and Christian Secularism – Talk Given at Solas Day – 22nd November 2014