One of many good things about The Bible is the fact that it does not pander to the whims of young people. It is true that The Bible recognises youth as a time of life associated with energy and enthusiasm, but it also recognises a link between youth and immaturity.
You can probably guess where this is leading. One of the big news stories right now is the fact that a schoolboy called Rory Weal has made a speech at the Labour Party conference. His speech was contemptuous of the Conservative-led government, and nationalists can allow themselves the rare indulgence of agreeing with Melanie Phillips.
Rory Weal is a young lad who cannot afford to go to school, although it seems that he can afford to travel to Liverpool for the conference, and that’s no mean journey given that he lives in Kent.
The prominent Jewish writer Sir Alfred Sherman once remarked that what we call public services could perhaps be more properly described as public disservices. This was a challenge to conventional thinking which should be considered by anyone who aspires to a career in politics.
The deal is this: we pay taxes to the government, and the government spends that money on the things it wants us (or them, or someone else) to have. These things, whatever they may be, are defined collectively as services. Whether or not we should regard MPs’ expenses as a public service is not clear, and also I am not sure whether or not we should regard foreign aid as a public service. If we overlook the fact that foreign aid often ends up being spent by people who do not need it, such as by African tyrants with houses in Paris, then it is hard to see how the people of this country benefit from it.
The Bible condemns hypocrisy. In fact the words hypocrite and hypocrisy occur fourteen times in Matthew’s Gospel alone. Sadly though, the message does not always get through to our enemies.
Take the Stalinist trade unions for example. It has just been announced that Britain’s first free school for Muslims has been approved. Free schools are state-funded schools which are exempt from the national curriculum and also free from local authority interference. They are not permitted to be exclusive – except regarding gender - but may select up to fifty percent of pupils on such grounds as religious affiliation.
The newspapers may be stuffed full of 9/11 stories today, but at least there was only a passing mention of it at church today. I was at work on 11 September 2001, and I remember a woman saying that a bomb had gone off at the world trade centre, and that an aeroplane had crashed. Watching the news that evening, it became obvious to me that her account had been wrong – or so I thought.
The news reports were dominated by the collapse of the twin towers, and I don’t remember any mention of the damage to the rest of the world trade centre. Have you read the papers today? Has a single one of them explained how two aeroplanes flying into two of seven towers can caused ALL SEVEN towers to either collapse or be severely damaged? Has any British politician addressed that question? Has the BBC?
The difference appears to be that the latter offence was committed during the riots, and David Cameron has made it clear that he wants to come down hard on the rioters. All must be jailed. In fact the only instances I am aware of non-custodial sentences are those handed down to an eleven year old boy and to a young woman who reported herself to the police for looting.
Dr Seuss is fondly remembered nowadays as the author of classic books for children such as The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. What is less well known is that he once wrote the script for a Frank Capra film.
This is no entertaining film for children however. It is perhaps the most racially defamatory film ever made.
Don’t believe me? Watch it and decide for yourself.