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The Word on the Week
July 9, 2008

The way we are

The Bible authorises three groups for the promotion of human existence. They are the Nation the Church and the Family. All three are under attack. The Nation because we fear being subsumed into the EC. The Church because we want to live as we please. The Family because the marriage bond is thought to curtail […]

July 1, 2008

Mugabe’s last lap

There is something incongruous in seeing President Mugabe with a Bible in his hand. The same hand that is stained with the blood of his own people whose only crime was to exercise their democratic right and vote for the opposition. Not that the Bible doesn’t highlight many bloody examples of rulers who like Mugabe […]

June 16, 2008

Longevity

Actuarial statistics tell us that life expectancy is currently increasing at the rate of 5 hours per day! A new born child who would have had 70 years to look forward to is now looking at an 84 year life span. Not only are we living longer but we can increasingly control just how much […]

June 9, 2008

Hijab rears its head

Just when integration of schoolchildren was beginning to break through the familiar Church divisions to produce homogenous school communities the Muslin female headgear reappears. Some naively say its simply an article of clothing and should be ignored. Others see it an the emblem of a more strident brand of Islam that is to be feared. […]

June 3, 2008

Politics of hunger

Of all the hellish devices that can be inflicted upon a population the subjection by starvation must surely be the worst. The sight of well fed leaders strutting on the world stage with their posse of attendants while their policies cause starvation and death at home can only be described as obscene. This word was […]

May 26, 2008

Disappearing Democracy

It seemed such a good idea after two world wars fought mainly on European soil that the States of Europe should get together. But peace comes at a price and anyone working out the maths could see the day coming when, with a population of less that 1% of the whole, this Republic’s voice would […]

May 19, 2008

Israel at 60

Or should it be Israel at 4,000? Last week’s celebration of the founding of the State of Israel reminds us of the promise God made to Abraham to leave his father’s country and go to a land I will show you; Genesis Chapter 12. This “promised land” presented Abraham with some problems from the start […]

May 12, 2008

Madness in Myanmar

It must be the most callous disregard for its citizens witnessed this century for the military government of Burma to give a higher priority to their referendum than to the supply of aid to its people suffering from Cyclone Nargis. Not since Nero fiddled while Rome burned has there been such a studied indifference to […]

May 5, 2008

Flowers and Thorns

In Ireland we are sometimes blessed with a Spring morning which is idyllic! The scents and sounds are stimulating and there is a real sense of it being good to be alive. The grass, after a cold April, now bursts into that vivid luscious green that has the cattle lying down to ruminate after only […]

April 28, 2008

Familyside

We are all too familiar with the horrors of suicide but now another phenomenon has hit the Irish scene where a family dies together. The tragedy is compounded by the thought that they may not have been of one mind and the setting fire to the house, as occurred this weekend, may not successfully conceal […]

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