I think I should have realised years ago that turkeys are wild animals in the USA. Unlike here in the UK, they don’t ¬†just live in a Bernard Matthews enclave, spending the whole year dreaming of Christmas. The first hint that I got about this alternative turkey lifestyle was on a trip to the supermarket. In a modest branch of Walmart (only twice the size of my local Asda) I found myself in the hunting section. The “entry level” hunting aisle was dedicated to turkey shooting. Clearly turkey shooting is a mild hunting activity. Only extreme sportsmen go in for…

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Tim Farron, as leader of the Liberal Democrats and a Christian, was asked if he thought gay sex is a sin. He said no – eventually. He was wrong. What he should have said was this. “I find the idea abhorrent. God will judge us.” What did you say??!!?? I hope by now you are wondering where I am going with this. Because if you follow me on Twitter you will know I have a habit of retweeting Nathan Hamm, Glennon Doyle and anyone else who champions Christian love and inclusion for the LGBTQ community. (Go follow them now!) So…

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While watching the news last week my teenage daughter made a comment about Donald Trump having his finger on the nuclear button. It hit me that if this was on her mind then she must be feeling quite pre-occupied with the state of the world and she’s picked up on the thread of fear running through the news commentary.   Teaching each next generation When I was 12 we had a year-long topic in humanities about the nuclear holocaust. We learned about how people suffer and die in a nuclear blast, about radiation poisoning, about nuclear bunkers, the four-minute warning…

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  This Friday 20th January¬†is the inauguration of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. Unlike his predecessors he did not give any press conferences for at least six months last year and instead communicated using Twitter. It doesn’t look like he’s going to stop tweeting any time soon. As a social media platform, Twitter is vast but it has essentially stopped growing. There has been talk of it being up for sale, and even talk of the end coming and closure. Advertising revenues were low, new users were few. Donald Trump has given it such…

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