Reverend Carolyn writes...
Since Christmas I have been feeling bombarded
with stories of discrimination of one sort or another. I am reminded how fragile each of us can be, even those who don't
usually allow their vulnerability to show. Our calm appearance can give way to hurt when that something that gets under our
skin suddenly turns up.
we saw in France how passionately they hold on to freedom of expression. And not just the French, but others worldwide. The
idea of totalitarian rule conjures up such horror that a cry went up to allow freedom to offend others, so that the human
spirit can remain able to express itself fully without fear of reprisal. Certainly the violence against journalists and Jewish
people was barbaric.
surely there must be a balance. Surely we do not have to return to a dictatorship to hold back from causing others the deep
hurt of religious satire. Surely freedom of expression can be exercised without inflaming the anguish of others? Surely it's
important to go gently into this New Year, supporting one another where we can, disagreeing where we have to, yet remembering
the ties that bind us. It is often still possible to get on with those who we think behave badly. All parents practise this
daily and God knows, none of us has a monopoly of truth and goodness.
With love and prayers,