Thursday, November 09, 2006

More stupid Christians

This time it's Ekklesia, who think wearing a red poppy 'stifles debate':
"The director of Ekklesia, Jonathan Bartley, says people should be able to choose between red or white ones.

He told the BBC: "The red poppy suggests the idea that our soldiers died for freedom but that's not a value-free position.
[...]
Mr Bartley, writing in an edition of the Anglican newspaper The Church Times, said that the red poppy implied redemption can come through war."
Pass the machine gun. You'll struggle to find a historian, or anyone else for that matter, who doesn't think WWI was a tragic waste of human life. We wear a red poppy to remember them, a commemoration - not because we believe in the 'redemptive power of war' or anything. And the next line floored me:
"He wrote that the Christian story implies redemption through non-violent sacrifice, and therefore the white poppy is more Christian than the red type."
Sorry but the Crucifixion was central to the 'Christian story' last time I looked. Tad violent as far as sacrifices go, no? Where do we get all these dim clerics from?

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