Friday, July 29, 2005

The Flip Flop Question

Recently a group of university students were photographed meeting president Bush of the USA. There has been some controversy about the fact that some of these girls were wearing flip flops to the occasion. I am an ultraconservative with opinions on all subjects so I cannot hold my peace. Here are my thoughts on the subject:

1. I utterly resent the culture of slackness and excessive informality.
2. However, though I am radically conservative, I have a modernist streak. Old-fashioned values sometimes have to change.
3. I think the fact that feet can be exposed and are no longer taboo is a positive change. Eventually the foot wil be de-eroticised by exposure. It is healthy to wear sandals and open shoes.
4. Though high heels are considered smarter, they are bad for the feet and spine and suggest a too aggressive female sexuality. They draw greater attention to the shape of the leg, which is indecent. Flat shoes suggest greater modesty and humility.
5. Some will disagree, but I think flip flops look scruffy with trousers. Worn with a skirt they may present a very pleasent outfit altogether.
6. There is a major fashion problem in that men can rarely look smart in flip flops and sandals. This is not very fair on men who want to wear such footwear (I do not wear sandals. They simply do not fit the shape of my feet).

Hence, on the balance, I do not think that the choice of flip flops was appalling.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Hijab and Christian Headcovering

About a couple of years ago, I considered the possibility that the increase in Muslims in Britain and the frequency of women wearing hijab might lead more Christian women in this country to consider the possibility that it might be God's will for them to wear a headcovering in obediance to 1 Corinthians 11. However, there seem to be no signs of this occurring. You seldom see Christian women wearing scarves or veils in Churches. I think that perhaps the increase in Islam in Britain has actually had the opposite effect. Christian women see the cultural importance of the headcovering to Muslims and perhaps conclude that the headcovering must have had great cultural importance in Paul's day, hence it has no spiritual significance, they conclude. This seems a rather tragic situation.

Friday, July 08, 2005

George Galloway in Parliament after bomb attacks in London

You do not very often hear me sympathising with George Galloway. However, I felt a little sympathy for him in Parliament yesterday. Many MPs made speeches echoing sympathy for the victims of the London bomb attack and condemning terrorism, a rare mood of agreement. Galloway had the insolence to offer a contrary feeling, condeemning terrorism but comparing it to the violence in Iraq and laying the blame on the British government for going to war in Iraq. Galloway shocked his fellow MPs by his commnets and was criticised by other MPs. I cannot say I agree with Galloway, however, I do tend to feel fustration at too much consensus. It was refreshing to hear a contrary and controversial view on the tragedy. We may not like what Galloway has to say, but it is his job to represent that viewpoint in British public life.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Bomb Attacks in London

So, the terrorists have finally hit London. I am surprised it has not happened sooner. However, a friend of mine, who preaches with me on the street, used to say when preaching the Gospel to passers-by- 'Be sure that the bombs will fall in Britain. Britain will not escape the terrorists.' I used to feel like asking him how he was os certain. Well, he was right. The terrorists, whoever they are, have hit London. Somebody at work described it as 'probably the Turban Brigade'. That seems likely.

Yet how can our nation escape God's judgement? When such disasters strike, can we be sure that it is not God's judgemnt upon Britian? For Britain is a country that slaughters thousands of unborn children every year through its NHS. Britain is a country that tolerates homosexuality and witchcraft. Will God spare this nation? It is only out of God's mercy that worse has not yet happened.

This tragic event speaks of the works of Islam, if it is the 'Turban Brigade' who has done this wicked thing. Britian is a country that is very tolerant of Islam. We are told continually that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance. Yet here, in thsi awful event, we see what is probably the work of Islam, a religion of hate, anger, vengaence and pride. If we turn a blind eye to the fruit of Islam, we will reap the consequences.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Tori Amos

I actually like Tori Amos. I own three of her albums. Tori Amos generally appeals to people who are Feminist, female and liberal-left. I am anti-Feminist, male and a right-wing fundamentalist. So why do I like Tori Amos. Well, most of her music is superb. With regard to her values, Tori Amos is comforting because of her predictablity. You know she is inclined to Feminism and a bit New Age. Listening to Tori Amos brings back fond memories of being an undergraguate theology student, reading lots of books on Feminist theories, trying to oppose their corrupt logic. You can always rely on Feminism to stick around and say things that are profound, but ultimately rather silly. And Tori Amos, fortunately tends to stick to the personal, avoiding irritating political themes.

With regard to her last album, 'The Beekeeper', I thought it was good, but a lot of the songs sounded very similar. She must be running out of tunes.