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They're not all mental you know

Posted by Tim on Wednesday, March 09, 2005 | View Comments (14)

One of the things that bothers me about Christianity is the preaching - the "spreading of the word" - particularly as this is often aimed at innocent young minds. There is however a difference between preaching and trying to force your views on others. For this reason the Iona Community should be praised for publicly disassociating themselves from organisations such as Christian Voice. From a letter to the Guardian:
"In a democracy which values free speech, there will always be speech that is offensive, and all of us will be offended at times. But that does not give us the right to bully and threaten, and the faith of most Christians is far more robust than Christian Voice's appears to be. To watch Jerry Springer: The Opera, either in the theatre or on TV, is a free choice. We suggest that Christian Voice would be more faithful to the Jesus it purports to represent if it engaged compassionately in the kind of loving care for real, suffering people that the Maggie Centres exemplify than it is by its attention-seeking and temper tantrums."

The complete letter can be read here.