Reblog: This Must Not Stand

I have not really known what to say about the referendum result, but this post from blog The Left Hand of Ehud comes close.

The Left Hand of Ehud: Matt's Bible Blog

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Look, this isn’t about Politics-with-a-capital-P: there was a referendum, small majority voted to leave the EU, we have to manage what happens next. That’s just how democracy works. And markets will eventually stabilise, deals will be reached and things will come together like a lucky drunk fumbling his way round a jigsaw.

But this is a Bible blog, and so it’s at least partly about politics-with-a-small-p, because how we think about God will mould have we think about people and society and laws and how we live together. And the church can’t help but find itself in the middle of that messiness, because the church is made up of people that form communities, and right now there are scared people out there.

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Apparently instances of racial abuse have risen 57% since last Friday. Regardless of the rights and wrongs of Brexit, it seems like a spectre has been unleashed, or…

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To Brexit or Not?

Please vote if you are in the UK and on the electoral roll. Today’s may be the most important vote of your life. Make a difference. Get yourself down to the polling station. It takes seconds.

The right to vote was hard-won. Some people gave their lives for this right. Others suffered in prison. Please don’t throw away what they did.

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The Least of These: Let’s not turn away vulnerable child refugees

From the UK government petitions website:

The government should accept the call to give sanctuary to child refugees who are alone and at risk in Europe.

95,000 child refugees are on their own in Europe as a result of the refugee crisis. They are sleeping rough and in makeshift camps, desperately vulnerable to abuse and to trafficking into modern slavery. 

We rightly look back with pride at the leadership our nation showed in rescuing 10,000 children from Europe through the Kindertransport. 

Britain must not turn its back on refugees today.

Click the link below to sign the petition:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/128833

 

Thank you.

Please go out and vote – who else can speak your truth but you?

Please vote! Democracy is our chance to work together.

Jack Monroe

Have you lost your polling card? Me too. I have two children under five, so I’ll find it in a few months stuffed down the back of the sofa with wobbly portraits of me scrawled across it in blue felt tip, or pictures of spiders and imaginative beasties. I can barely tell the difference. The good news is, if you’re registered to vote, you don’t actually need it, spiders and beasties or no.

It’s a curiously British thing, a card dropping through your door with a footnote on it saying it’s surplus to its own requirement, but I suspect it serves as a reminder that there is an election coming up, for those not permanently embroiled in the inner scandal and machinations of the Houses of Parliament. To vote without your polling card, simply find your nearest polling station (link here), turn up, and state your name and address. If…

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Letter to my MP

Dear **** MP,

Today you will vote in parliament regarding whether the UK should join the air strikes against the terrible phenomenon that calls itself Islamic State. Not since WWII have we witnessed such barbaric ideological extremism threatening to spread across an already unstable region.

I do not know whether it is right for the UK to join with others against Islamic State, or whether we should refrain from getting involved in yet another war, where British troops inevitably become perpetrators of violence against innocent victims. It is a terrible decision to have to make. I write to tell you that I will pray for you and all other MPs today to make the right decision.

Yours sincerely…

Please consider contacting your local MP.