April 10th, 2007


This strikes me as deeply disturbing

'The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the conservative evangelical Bishop of Rochester, continued his contrarian stance by praising the Iranian president's better understanding of moral and spiritual values than the British government. He said Mahmoud Ahmadinejad contrasted favourably with British "free-floating" attitudes.

He told the Sunday Times: "I saw on the one hand what Iran was doing and what the president said had much to do with the moral and spiritual tradition of that country ... what struck me was that if there were any values on the British side they were free-floating and not anchored in a spiritual and moral tradition.

"Unless we reroot ourselves ... we won't know what we stand for and will not be able to confront other people, countries and ideological movements who are very clear where they stand."'

So, which particular bit of Ahmadinejad's moral and spiritual values is the Bishop so keen on?

The execution of homosexuals, saying that women should be in the home and not having careers, sponsoring mass murder or piracy on the high seas?

Just asking.

One of the many sensible things said by Jesus of Nazareth is that, when you are tempted to think of people as prophets and preachers, look at the consequences of what they say. 'By their fruits shall ye know them'.

The Bishop of Rochester has been part of the anti-gay wing of the Church of England and I note with interest that he is gung-ho for the President of Iran simply because he has morals, and is not concerned about where those morals lead.

As I always say, the trouble with the religious not hating each other is that sooner or later they realize that they can forget about the irreconcilable bits of their theologies and concentrate on hating queers.

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I started looking at old LJ entries to find out what I said about the war at its beginning and found myself caught up in the following few months - Te's visit and Baz Luhrman's Boheme and other such jolly things. I kept reading too far, and found Andy Popper's death, and among the notes of condolence was one from Selena, whose death was not that far off then, just a year or so, and I remembered that that is a pain that is going to go on giving, because I will always always miss my shiny smart friends, and she is one of the ones I miss most.

And then I found this, and remembered that one of the things about our friends is that they make us be smarter and better than we are.

Selena's interview questions with my answers
Meanwhile Kitsune's smart interview
1. If you ever meet the Christian God, what will your first three actions
be and why?
Bow my head in respectful acknowledgement of what Homer Simpson called 'my favourite fictional character, make a large pot of cofee and pull up two chairs so that I could ask him all the really important questions.

2. What, for you, is love?
Love is that sense of the infinite diversity of the universe and the possibility of joy caught up in a fragile changable person, and so with that sense of possible time-expiry that makes it precious. Love is having that sense depend on being sensitive to every transaction that goes on between you and another person, and thus being aware of all your faults and having to try to be better. Love is only partly to do with sex - I can love people passionately and know that sex is not an option, or should not be even if it is, and sometimes that makes it even more important to make things work, because we do not have sex to use as a bribe or comforter. Love is one of the best moments in life, and it comes and goes like the weather.

3. Who in your life has had the biggest influence on you?
My important lovers - the dead one, who taught me a lot about sophistication; the one I am with, who taught me about my imperfections; the one I see a lot, who taught me about guilt and inevitability when I left them and about the possibility of forgiveness and the way friendship can survive love's death; the one I never see, who taught me that sex is fun and that I am not only my intellect and wit. My mentors - Liz and Lorna and Francis and John and JD.
My friends - all of them. And then there are the bad influences - Edward Heath whose actions threw me out of my first good job; Margaret Thatcher who wrecked all our hopes; Tony Blair who betrayed us.

4. Have you ever been entrusted with secrets that you'll take to the grave, and if you, have you ever been tempted to share them anyway, and why?
I take secrets seriously, but there is always a clause where sharing them is the right thing to do. I have never revealed an important secret frivolously or maliciously and have kept secrets for people who had become enemies in the fact of immense provocation.

5. When did you first realise you could be sexy?
Mostly I don't think I am - it happens when people tell me I am, or when they jump me. Most of the time I rely on wit and smarts and charm. People really do have to make the first move.


My thanks to wild_irises who was around at the right moment to calm me down when I gently freaked on AIM.