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  • LETTER: THE CHURCH CANNOT REMAIN SILENT ON HOMOSEXUAL LOVE
    Saturday, 11 March 1995

    Sir: Your editorial (9 March) is quite right that the Christian church has no theology of sexuality, but misses the reason why. Orthodox Christians have a profound and wonderful theology of heterosexuality. From the Bible's opening chapter to its clo...

  • LETTER: THE CHURCH CANNOT REMAIN SILENT ON HOMOSEXUAL LOVE
    Saturday, 11 March 1995

    Sir: Seen together, Cardinal Hume's statement on homosexual love and Bishop Rawcliffe's public declaration of his own homosexuality show a marked shift in the long-standing debate within mainstream churches of this contentious subject. Your well-cons...

  • Stop the generals invading the bedroom
    Saturday, 11 March 1995

    The Ministry of Defence maintains that "homosexuality is incompatible with military service", and continues to sack up to 100 men and women a year directly because they are lesbian or gay. These men and women are subjected to extensive investigations...

  • LETTER: A natural born killer? Not Abigail
    Saturday, 11 March 1995

    Sir: Carolyn Hart ("Children are obscene but not heard", 8 March) gives a sympathetic account of the obstacle course that authors of children's books must traverse in these post-Whitehouse politically correct days, but there is one hassle she does no...

  • LETTER: Starting point for ending bad habit
    Saturday, 11 March 1995

    Sir: Smoking is a minority activity. Even if Brian Appleyard's assumptions are right ("The anti-smoking fundamentalists", 8 March) , that many people are casual smokers, it still means 50 per cent of people never smoke, and wish to avoid smokey atmos...

  • LETTER: Touching base at mother's breast
    Saturday, 11 March 1995

    Sir: I have quite often seen, in Africa, a small child run up to its mother, who had been suckling a baby, to have a swig. Not a meal - just a kind of affirmation of their relationship and also, surely, for the child, a reassurance that it had not be...

  • LETTER: Animus against Oxbridge
    Saturday, 11 March 1995

    Sir: Nicholas Faith allows his animus against Oxbridge ("Dear Oxford dons", 9 March) to cloud his ratiocinative faculties. First, he complains that the state pays more to educate undergraduates at Oxford and Cambridge, and dismisses the answer that w...

  • Scholar with a foot in the real world
    Saturday, 11 March 1995

    Cardinal Martini politely turns aside such suggestions when they are put to him and concentrates on the task in hand. Teaching, in a foreign language, to a cathedral full of English Catholicism's most distinguished figures is a comparatively easy tas...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Hard choices: but who decides?
    Saturday, 11 March 1995

    From this point of view, yesterday's courtroom wrangling between the girl's parents and Cambridgeshire Health Authority looks obscene. It was, however, a glimpse of the real world in which armies will not disband, nor taxpayers scrimp and save in the...

  • LETTER: Feminist in all but name
    Saturday, 11 March 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee is right to point out that there is variety within the women's movement ("A day but not an era for women", 8 March). What she refers to as "alternative crankiness" is merely hundreds of thousands of individual women celebrating Int...

  • LETTER: The Church cannot remain silent on homosexual love
    Saturday, 11 March 1995

    Sir: While you may applaud Bishop Derek Rawcliffe's self-disclosure of being homosexual as brave, there will be others, such as myself, who regard his comments as disloyal and divisive. I suppose Derek Rawcliffe, as a retired bishop, is answerable to...

  • More to come from the `auld country'
    Saturday, 11 March 1995

    Ever since he became party leader, Scotland has provided Mr Blair with his sternest challenges. At the Blackpool party conference last year, Jim Mearns, the Glasgow Maryhill delegate, set the tone for Scottish opposition to the leadership's Clause IV...

  • Better the street than Fat Pat
    Saturday, 11 March 1995

    The good news is that I've discovered two new entries for Mr Rod Ellis's anthology, 101 Things Streetwise People Do. A streetwise girl has a friend who isn't much, as in: "Where's Reena, the mad alsatian?" "With my friend. She isn't much, my friend."...

  • LETTER: Racial scapegoats
    Saturday, 11 March 1995

    Sir: Charles Murray makes a confused and old argument about the links between race and IQ ("How I would tackle the new rabble", 9 March). He makes assumptions that black people have lower intelligence, and are breeding faster than whites. This is not...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 11 March 1995

    Although I was not guilty of the crime of which I was accused, the resulting media coverage makes me wonder if I shall ever be innocent again - Craig Charles, actor acquitted of rape charge Ministers are not elected and appointed for their chastity -...

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