Category Archives: Religion

Dying like Jesus

As a preacher lay dying he thought he’d like to die like Jesus. He sent for his accountant and lawyer. When they came he held out his hands and motioned them to sit on either side of his bed. The … Continue reading

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The Bear and the Hunter

A hunter was confronted by a huge bear. All of his attempts to shoot the bear were unsuccessful. Then he turned and ran and ran and ran and ran until he came to the edge of a steep cliff. Seeing … Continue reading

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Film Review: One Night In Miami (AmazonPrime) (2020)

On 25th February 1964* Cassius Clay met three friends in a hotel room. He’d just become World Champion and was immediately recognised as an all time ‘Great’. Sam Cooke was a superstar singer and black businessman. Jim Brown was a … Continue reading

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The Gaza Strip and Israel, 2014

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned the blockade of the Gaza Strip, describing the territory as a “prison camp”.1 Israel controls Gaza’s territorial waters and maintains exclusive control in the air space…[It] controls the entire ….border including the Erez … Continue reading

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Israel’s Disastrous ‘Six Day War’ 1967

Background Pre-1948 Jewish immigration into Palestine provoked inter-communal violence. Britain, the colonial power, resisted calls for mass immigration. They ignored the Holocaust. Britain was focused entirely on maintaining peace in the territory. Jewish terrorists created an impossible situation and Britain … Continue reading

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Why didn’t Oliver Cromwell Order the Assassination of Charles the First?

Political assassination is the murder of a significant figure by an organised conspiracy in pursuit of political ends.1 There were two English civil wars as well as Scottish and Irish rebellions in the 1640s. The second civil war, 1646-8, left … Continue reading

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A Jewish Mother’s critique of the Pope

Very nice. But he could occasionally open his mouth and say something nice about Israel. It wouldn’t kill him.

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The perils of St Peter’s judgement

Three guys die and once they got to the Pearly Gates they were met by St. Peter. “How many times did you cheat on your wife?” He said to Joe who was at the front of the queue. “None. I … Continue reading

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Using Torture properly (?) a lesson for the USA

Empirical evidence on contemporary torture is sparse. The archives of the Spanish Inquisition* provide a detailed historical source of quantitative and qualitative information about interrogational torture. The inquisition tortured brutally and systematically, willing to torment all who it deemed as … Continue reading

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A very brisk Mother Superior in a French convent

[Her] account includes being told by the [Mother] Superior that if a doctor advised a surgical operation, “your Superiors will decide whether your life is of sufficient value to the community to justify the expense. If it is not, you … Continue reading

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