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Sensational resignation

15 February 2013


From Mrs Joan Ashcroft
Sir, - I am extremely saddened that Canon Giles Fraser's weekly column has ended ( Comment, 8 February). I hope that he will continue to write and speak for people like me to read and listen.

I always look forward to reading it, and find I am instructed, challenged, made to think, and sometimes to laugh. I am now 82, and pretty well retired from being a Reader: so please, in the time left to me to read your paper, continue to publish views that are thoughtful, controversial, occasionally angry, but grounded in faith.

I would like to extend my thanks and good wishes to him and his family.

18 Richmond Court
Ashton Keynes, Swindon SN6 6PP

From Dr Ieuan Lloyd
Sir, - I regret the end of Canon Giles Fraser's column in the Church Times. He has often brought us up suddenly to think again about something we have held fast. It is very refreshing to have this done to one from time to time. But to adopt this posture constantly does run the risk of not being able to distinguish when an opposing view is held from reason or from prejudice. His contribution to the BBC programme Sunday (10 February) on same-sex marriages is one such example.

It seems that he regards anyone, including the new Archbishop of Canterbury, who is against same-sex marriages as being necessarily homophobic: that is, that there could not be in principle a respectable argument against them. But this a priori view would itself be a typical example of prejudice which one would use in a logic class. I know of arguments against same-sex marriages by atheists which, even if I disagree with them, I can still allow as being reasonable, as in the case, say, of euthanasia.

A colleague of mine recently told me that he finds increasingly that some people who disagree with his views respond to them by saying that his views offend them rather than that they disagree with his arguments. I hope Canon Fraser has not become one of them.

16 St Oswalds Close
Upper Tything
Worcester WR1 1HR

From Mr Michael Watts
Sir, - Three cheers! Canon Giles Fraser has "hung up" his pen. My blood pressure will be overjoyed.

Raven Gill, Parkhead
Renwick, Penrith CA10 1JQ

Mindfulness and the Art of Managing Anger: Meditations on clearing the red mist, by Mike Fisher

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