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Quotes of the week

16 February 2024


Who other than God can decide who has genuinely accepted Christ in their hearts and who has not?

Tim Farron MP, The Times, 9 February


It’s worth remembering that Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights includes the right to change one’s faith. That is a universal right, to which the UK is committed internationally. We need to be domestically, too

Philip Mounstephen, Bishop of Winchester, X/Twitter, 8 February


I am fed up with the Government blaming other people for their mistakes, as if it’s the Archbishop of Canterbury dishing out visas and overseeing the [immigration] system. This has happened time and time again with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Church of England. We don’t do this to other faith leaders. The Conservatives accuse him of virtue-signalling — well, he’s the Archbishop of Canterbury, it’s literally his job to signal virtue. But don’t blame the Church for the failings of this Government and the failure of our immigration system. It’s a disgrace

Wes Streeting MP, Shadow Health Secretary, Question Time, BBC1, 8 February


Someone has to do it. If we make a parliamentary career so intolerable, only the most highly motivated and thick-skinned will want to do it, so zealots and stegosauruses will represent us

Richard Coles on the criticism faced by MPs, The Sunday Times, 11 February


You showed us how to listen to our hearts

Farewell message from the pupils of St Matthew’s C of E Primary School, Ponders End, Enfield, to the Revd Stephen Brown on his retirement, 4 February


No one argues that there are not multiple factors in this conflict [in Nigeria], but it is simply inaccurate (and wrong) to airbrush the religious component out of it. We need a properly nuanced approach that takes the evidence seriously

Philip Mounstephen, Bishop of Winchester, X/Twitter, 9 February


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