Friday, 27 May 2005

Has the Kirk thought this through properly?

The Church of Scotland is considering commercialising its website, perhaps going as far as:
even carrying adverts.
Not that any old ads are acceptable:
However, adverts for alcohol, gambling and tobacco would not be welcome.

Neither would ones for loans or anything which, the report states, might be "ethically questionable".

Fair enough: it's their site and they can choose whom to allow to use it, although it does seem rather strange to ban adverts for loans considering that a large proportion of Kirk members probably work in Edinburgh's vast financial services industry.

I couldn't help recalling some earlier news from the Kirk:

Churches across Scotland are to sound a wake-up call to the leaders of the G8 countries at the Gleneagles summit.

The Kirk is demanding action over climate change from the world's most powerful leaders - a key theme of Britain's G8 presidency.

Again, it's their organisation and they're free to run it however they like, but this time I'm wondering whether any of the Church authorities are even aware that there's considerable controversy over whether global warming is caused by human activities, whether it is, on balance, harmful, and whether the sort of expenditures demanded by the green lobby would benefit mankind far more if spent in other ways. In short, what I'm asking is whether the Kirk would welcome adverts on its website from this gentleman, and if not, why not?

1 comment:

David Farrer said...

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The Kirk is getting a hard time for recognising the G8 in Scotland. 
At the same time, pleas are being made to the Catholic church to promote the same G8. 
This seems an argument against denominational education in Scotland, more than anything else.

29 May 2005, 22:22:21 GMT+01:00
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A man for A' that
I'm wondering whether any of the Church authorities are even aware that there's considerable controversy over whether global warming 
Very unlikely as the Scottish Kirk are a total bunch of socialist suckers, "Kirk mon o' independent mind"? "Damn few and they're a' deid". 
What is also laughable is the absurd idea that any of the G8 leaders would give a rat’s turd what any of those puffed up cretins think. 
I mean ruddy hell, Scotland gets to host the G8 summit and suddenly all these fucking fools emerge out the woodwork with delusions of grandeur. What a weird little nation we are.

28 May 2005, 11:03:03 GMT+01:00
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Sandy P
You will note no more global warming, now it's "climate change." 
So, global warming's a bust.

27 May 2005, 22:16:04 GMT+01:00
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The prioritisation of the G8 is an example of how politicised the church has become. Instead of teaching the Gospel, churches now speak of inclusiveness and social justice - which rooted in a left wing political agenda. It is also quite a meaningless agenda. Because many of the arguments tabled by the left are completely false. 
It is also one of the reasons why the national church is getting such dreadful attendances. People can give to charities outwith the church. People can work for charitable organisations outwith the church. So the church has, in effect, become little more than a second-chamber charitable organisation. Rather than a place of worship.

27 May 2005, 19:43:07 GMT+01:00