His name has been hanging around on the fringes of the child abuse row for several weeks, but Sir Cyril Smith has finally become the latest public figure to be hauled into the story, after police were urged to reveal details of investigations into allegations that the former Liberal MP mistreated boys at a hostel [...]
Student: “Those blowing themselves up and committing atrocities are using religion as an excuse for what they are doing.”
Me: “But you can find justification for all sorts of atrocities against non-believers, apostates and others in the Holy texts.”
Student: “How dare you say that! That is deeply offensive. Lots of us have faith and don’t go around doing the things you say that religious people do.”
Big Brother is not exactly a stranger to blazing rows between housemates; in fact, one could be forgiven for thinking that they positively encourage as much bile and hatred as possible between contestants.
A predominant focus in the recent case of the sex gang found guilty of abusing teenagers in Manchester was on “Asian men” preying on “vulnerable white girls”. Yet last month, the alarming statistic from the NSPCC that a child is subjected to a sex crime every twenty minutes in the UK went shockingly under-reported, in one tabloid relegated to a tiny box on page twelve, as if it wasn’t even worthy of being considered news.
According to reports, thousands of people gathered at the “Protest the Pope” march on Saturday in London in opposition to Pope’s four day state visit to Britain. The Independent’s Johann Hari spoke at the rally. Here is a video of his speech.
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