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Quotes of the week

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08 April 2022

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Trans people are the most likely to be offered and put through “conversion practices”. In the government’s 2018 LGBT survey, trans people were shown to be nearly twice as likely as lesbian and gay people to be offered and to undergo these interventions. It is deeply ironic that on the one day that the international community seeks to support and celebrate trans people, Trans Visibility Day, the prime minister decided instead to exclude them from the urgent protections they need

Jayne Ozanne, The Guardian, 1 April


But fundamentally, Christianity isn’t much interested in morality, it’s interested in love. At its core, it’s about how to love the intrinsically unlovable. As a mother might love her unlovable child. As God might love us. Allowing Andrew to support her as she walked into the place where she made vows to support the Christian faith might just be one of the most obviously religious things the Queen has done. And when Christianity gets enacted at this level, we should expect to be scorned for it, not applauded

Giles Fraser, UnHerd, 31 March


Do we still need religion? If we follow the Bible’s definition — to look out for needy people and to have integrity (James 1:27) — then yes, we definitely need it

Robert Chamberlain, Letters, The Guardian, 1 April


Tommy Shelby: Is there forgiveness in your heart for Arthur Shelby?

Linda Shelby: No, but there may be forgiveness from God

Peaky Blinders, BBC1, 27 March


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