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Tubbs

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Originally posted by mr cheesy:
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Originally posted by Tubbs:
High profile cases get publicity. Sympathetic reporting adds to the narrative that Christians are persecuted for doing every day, Christian stuff like praying or wearing a crucifix. This helps with fund-raising.

I don't think this is really about fund-raising. Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre have very small budgets and the lawyers work pro bono.

It's not a project to make or raise money, it's simply a crusade. An effort to get the message out.

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It also helps is that people get bored with news stories so when verdict comes in - and they lose - there's less noise.

I always feel sorry for the poor saps who get involved with them. A good lawyer should, IMO, tell a client whether or not they have a reasonable case. Looking at some of the employment cases, it’s been obvious from the first story they were likely to lose.

Tubbs

I'd be very surprised if any of the clients ever were given the impression that they had a chance of winning.

The large “Donate” button on every page of the website must be a coincidence then. Every page.

You’re right, this is a crusade. If they win a case, it proves that Christians’ are being persecuted. If they don’t, it’s because the law is unfair and discriminatory. They totally have an agenda.

But I think you're wrong about the potential impression they give clients.

All the accounts of cases suggest that the client is completely blameless. Just innocently going about their Christian business. Inconvenient facts are glossed over. Such as the claimant ignoring requests to stop the behaviour after complaints from other staff / clients.

Everything suggests that the cases have a reasonable chance of success. (Just donate so they can fight on!)

I don’t believe they say anything different to clients. Even when it's glaringly obvious there is little chance of success.

For example:

Nurse sacked for occasionally offering to pray with patients was asked to stop after eight patients complained and didn't. One cancer sufferer claimed she told him he’d have a better chance of survival if he prayed.

Christian suspended for giving a Christian book to a Muslim college was disciplined for misusing her authority over a junior member of her staff and ignored warnings about the negative impact her spiritual life was having on her work.

Tubbs

(Fixed URL. Goddammit Tubbs...)

[ 13. September 2017, 11:58: Message edited by: Tubbs ]

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Tubbs

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Thank you. [Hot and Hormonal]

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Originally posted by Tubbs:
The large “Donate” button on every page of the website must be a coincidence then. Every page.

I don't think this disproves what I've said: namely that the funds they raise are relatively small, their costs are limited and they're not a wealthy organisation with palatal offices. The purpose of taking on cases is not to raise funds - and they make limited efforts to raise money.

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You’re right, this is a crusade. If they win a case, it proves that Christians’ are being persecuted. If they don’t, it’s because the law is unfair and discriminatory. They totally have an agenda.
Right, but as I was making the case above, the agenda is not about anything other than signalling to a particular constituency.

Winning or losing is less relevant that being seen in the national media standing up for biblical values.

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But I think you're wrong about the potential impression they give clients.

All the accounts of cases suggest that the client is completely blameless. Just innocently going about their Christian business. Inconvenient facts are glossed over. Such as the claimant ignoring requests to stop the behaviour after complaints from other staff / clients.

Everything suggests that the cases have a reasonable chance of success. (Just donate so they can fight on!)

I don’t believe they say anything different to clients. Even when it's glaringly obvious there is little chance of success.


OK, well that's not the impression I get. But you're going to have to read between the lines to get to what I think because I'm not prepared to spell it out here.

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Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
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Originally posted by Adeodatus:
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Originally posted by Huia:
Maybe the real reason the boy was upset was because he wanted to wear a dress too. [Devil]

Huia

I wouldn't be surprised. Many's the time I've strolled through Marks', envious of the clothing choices women have. Men's clothes are so dull, and...

... and I'm saying this in public, aren't I? [Hot and Hormonal]

Hey, I'm as straight as a Roman Road but totally agree.
Blimey, what are you two like. The two biggest complaints I hear from women are a) high heels and b) inadequate pockets. If I had to dress like that I'd start thinking that Valerie Solanas was onto something.

And I speak as a man who begins wedding rehearsals with the line - you're a modern woman and I am an Anglo-Catholic clergyman so I can say with confidence that I have more experience of wearing a long white dress than you do.

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Half a million quid a year. Make of that what you will.

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Tubbs

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Half a million quid a year. Make of that what you will.

Interesting definition of small ... [Big Grin]

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Originally posted by Doc Tor:
Half a million quid a year. Make of that what you will.

Interesting definition of small ... [Big Grin]
That's quite impressive. They see more money than my Grade 1 listed church does which has had the roof fixed at the governments expense and added an extension in the last couple of years and by several orders of magnitude to the PTA, whose accounts I am currently trying to sort out. I bet they are not in the same league as, say, the RSPCA or the British Legion, but half a million is a tidy sum of money for bringing frivolous lawsuits against the government.

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Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
Often RSV ime.

I'm not sure anybody over here still uses the RSV. Maybe the United Methodists.

Spotted last week in the pews of our Lutheran congregation.

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It's the stupidity of such people that amazes me. The father said that trans kids weren't bullied or rejected, which of course, is what he is doing. They said that other parents should be consulted - why? They said that boys wearing skirts is not Biblical - really? So kilts are from Satan?

Why is there so much stupidity in the world? Has Satan poisoned them?

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Logical, joined-up thinking is not to be expected from 'we-as-Christians' types, IME.

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They said that boys wearing skirts is not Biblical - really?

Jesus always seems to wear a skirt as here

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Doc Tor
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Originally posted by Helen-Eva:
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Originally posted by quetzalcoatl:
They said that boys wearing skirts is not Biblical - really?

Jesus always seems to wear a skirt as here
(this link auto-plays god-awful Christian music from the off - my ears are bleeding, so yours don't have to - DT HH)

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Holy Crap. That is really, really bad. [Projectile]

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From that bl**dy link:

'The friendliest little place on the
web for Christian Music, Worship CD's and Instrumentals. We make it easy to enjoy our Praise Music, just Click and Listen!'

DO NOT DO IT!

You. Have. Been. Warned.

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Originally posted by quetzalcoatl:
It's the stupidity of such people that amazes me. The father said that trans kids weren't bullied or rejected, which of course, is what he is doing. They said that other parents should be consulted - why? They said that boys wearing skirts is not Biblical - really? So kilts are from Satan?

Why is there so much stupidity in the world? Has Satan poisoned them?

My father always said to be wary of men wearing skirts - they played the bagpipes. Hard to disagree with that.

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Holy Crap. That is really, really bad. [Projectile]

Really sorry - I had my computer on mute and didn't realise!

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Originally posted by jbohn:
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Originally posted by mousethief:
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Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
Often RSV ime.

I'm not sure anybody over here still uses the RSV. Maybe the United Methodists.

Spotted last week in the pews of our Lutheran congregation.
Go to.

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mr cheesy--

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Originally posted by mr cheesy:
This isn't entirely related, but this weeks episode of This American Life gave a thoughtful angle on a difficult issue. It's about a programme where a group of black students were recruited and placed in white majority schools with the deliberate intention to challenge racist attitudes.

Another one that deals with some similar issues is "550: Three Miles".

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There’s a program that brings together kids from two schools. One school is public and in the country’s poorest congressional district. The other is private and costs $43,000/year. They are three miles apart. The hope is that kids connect, but some of the public school kids just can’t get over the divide. We hear what happens when you get to see the other side and it looks a lot better.
It's been a couple of years since I heard it. But IIRC some of it is wrenching. The African-American kids had a rough time. But it's a really good episode.

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Originally posted by mousethief:
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Originally posted by jbohn:
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Originally posted by mousethief:
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Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
Often RSV ime.

I'm not sure anybody over here still uses the RSV. Maybe the United Methodists.

Spotted last week in the pews of our Lutheran congregation.
Go to.
Er...? (Not quite sure what you meant there...)

In any case, I was not quite correct - they use the New Revised Standard Version.

[ 18. September 2017, 15:01: Message edited by: jbohn ]

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Obviously there are no Muslim boys at the school as they can wear BOTH concurrently!!!!

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Back when dinosaurs ruled the earth and I was a teenager, we regularly cross- dressed in school for things like Spirit Week -- the male athletes would come to school in drag, somewhere between Mismatched Sock Day and School Colors Day. I'm sure that kind of thing could never happen now without some triggered Christians losing their minds.

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...or possibly fluidly gendered people who might see it as cultural appropriation.

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