Rare Common Sense: January 2003 Archives

January 16, 2003

Baring Witness

A group of Californian women, aged between 22 and 83, plan a series of protests in which they will spell out peace slogans using their naked bodies. Organiser Donna Sheehan said that the attention-grabbing demonstration came from frustration that pacifist opinions are being ignored in the general clamour for war. Women in the buff bash Bush's naked hostility - IOL, 15th January 2003.

January 10, 2003

Muslim foils synagogue attack

A Muslim employee at a New York petrol station is being hailed as a hero after he stopped an arson attack on the synagogue opposite his workplace.

Syed Ali, 35, was working at the Amoco station on Ocean Ave. in Sheepshead Bay at about 4 a.m. when he sold $2 worth of fuel to the alleged would-be arsonist.
The Pakistani immigrant said he watched in disbelief as Sead Jakup, 22, took the canister across the street and began dousing the Young Israel of Kings Bay synagogue.
Ali quickly called 911, and cops arrived before Jakup, a Bosnian Muslim, could set the temple ablaze.

The incident is being investiagated as a hate crime, though relatives of the would-be arsonist say that he is mentally disturbed: It's not about religion , he just flipped.

January 7, 2003

One I missed

There was an interesting leader in the Guardian on Christmas Eve. It seems that some Anglicans are a little upset that the new Archbishop of Canterbury might be a teensy, weensy bit left wing, including Ruth Lea, head of policy for the Institute of Directors, who moaned: I get the impression he wants to be a politician, and a lot of his politics will be anathema to many people in the Church of England. I see a lot of this as a political tract of a leftwing cleric, which I don't think shows an in-depth analysis. The leader writer responded:

Dr Williams's condition may well be incurable. The trouble appears to be that he has spent so much of his life with his nose buried in subversive literature. Among his favourite reading, it is said, are books which assert the following deeply undesirable principles: that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven; and that money is the root of all evil. There is even a much-lauded central character who overturns the tables of the money-changers in the Temple, not a practice to earn approval in Pall Mall. Such teachings consistently fail to underline the essential truth - that what some petty, envious people take to be greed is really incentivisation.

For richer, for poorer - The Guardian, 24th December 2002 (via The Sideshow).

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