Comments: opinion

Canon Alan billings raises some very interesting points in his article on social cohesion.

Mind you, we do have to be careful, in the wake of the savage and brutal attacks in Paris for example, of a line of argument that proceeds completely along the lines of " they hate our freedoms". Certainly ISIL does. However, long standing western intervention in the middle east, including the failed Anglo-American Invasion of Iraq (Messrs Blair, Bush/Cheney) and the air war over Libya, are among the geo-politcal vectors of the current crisis.

Notwithstanding, social integration and the prevention of radicalization are crucial. I've attached a link from Globe and Mail on the same subject. The author looks at the neighborhoods in Europe that are home to some some of the home grown terrorism.

From the article caption:

"Perpetrators of recent Western terror attacks have largely hailed from a small number of struggling European neighbourhoods. International expert and Globe columnist Doug Saunders has spent the last year researching approaches to building better communities. Here’s how we can avert extremism before it starts"

Read the entire article here.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/saunders-avert-extremism-before-it-start-by-building-betterneighbourhoods/article27403775/

Posted by Rod Gillis at Saturday, 21 November 2015 at 4:05pm GMT

I agree with Alan Billings that social cohesion can defeat terror. Churches can show a way on this issue. By working together, in a respectful and constructive manner, differences within denominations and the wider church generally can be overcome. We (the church) cannot expect secular society to take us seriously, when disagreements and discord threaten our internal security. First, our own house in order. Then, we will have credence.

Posted by Pam at Saturday, 21 November 2015 at 9:33pm GMT

Good to see the Church of England newspaper actually featuring a gay-friendly coprrespondent - Jane Ozanne - in a well-reasoned admission of her own complicity in the Church's wrong-footed attitude to wards gays in the Church. Unexpected but welcome!

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 22 November 2015 at 11:40pm GMT
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