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Looking through the news, found some interesting links to articles I felt like sharing today. Hope you find some of them interesting also 🙂

The question
Is there a spiritual response to the riots?The question: Many believe a reformation of society is needed if rioting is to be made less likely. But how is this to be achieved? Most of the more thoughtful responses to the riots have pointed out that they don’t have one cause, and that a reformation of the whole of society is needed if they are to be avoided.

The response
The riots: an opportunity to build trust Austen Ivereigh: Tariq Jahan could calm a city because his faith gave him a wider view. His mosque sits outside a cycle of social disintegration. The spiritual response to the riots was given by Tariq Jahan after he learned that his 20-year-old son had been killed defending Birmingham mosques from rioters. Logic and emotion determined that Haroon’s death should trigger rage and vengeance; there were already Asians getting ready to hit back at black people – it’s the logic of crowds – when Tariq pleaded for calm, saying it wasn’t a race issue, and reminding people of their common humanity.

Andrew Brown’s blog
Rogues and knaves: insulting clergy is a historic pastime | Andrew Brown

22 Aug 2011, 19:00 BST: Andrew Brown: A book about ordinary
people’s belief in the 16th and 17th centuries shows
modern rejection of Christianity is nothing new
189 comments

Why I am not a Catholic | Andrew Brown
20 Aug 2011, 12:00 BST
808 comments

The pope draws 1.5 million young people to Madrid – but that’s not news? | Andrew Brown
18 Aug 2011, 14:10 BST
505 comments

UK riots: You can’t have the broom army without the ‘feral animals’ brigade | Andrew Brown
14 Aug 2011, 16:35 BST
165 comments
Editors’ picks

The Vatican: how to solve a problem like Berlusconi

Massimo Franco: It may want to distance itself from the controversial leader, but the Vatican’s lack of alternative and inner splits will make it hard
132 comments
Was Jesus judgmental?

Face to faith: Nick Jowett: Perhaps Christ was a more normal human being than people have been willing to believe
581 comments

Fighting the defamation of Muslim Americans
Wajahat Ali: For the first time, the fear-mongering and hate-preaching of US Islamophobes – and their funding – have been exposed
196 comments

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