Brian Draper, in Southampton, Associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity

Lockdown is being eased. This, like everything else, reminds me of Jesus (who created everything except the virus).

6 thoughts on “Brian Draper, in Southampton, Associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity

  1. “Aren’t pandemics and lockdowns during which 50,000 people have died of a virus in the country where you live brilliant?! All thanks to the IMF! We should all feel so blessed and grateful, like me”

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  2. Exactly. Brian Draper tells us we should look back on the events of each day, as if nobody had ever thought of doing that before, and thanking the IMF for all its blessings.

    So let’s look at the balance sheet. On the one hand, we have increased neighbourliness and community spirit, clearer skies, quieter roads, birdsong and the rest of the natural (evolved, not created) world. On the other, we have 50,000 dead, the public finances trashed, sport and the performing arts on their knees, and an incompetent and self-serving Government overseeing it all. On a personal level, I can’t embrace or even visit my children or cuddle my grandchildren, I can’t sing in my choir or do my volunteer’s stint in the local library, and I can’t go to the pub for a pint and on to watch Harlequins afterwards.

    Thank you, Jesus.

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  3. They’d be daft to do so now but I’m sure that in the near-ish future, ‘respectable’ religionists* will overtly praise their IMF for sending this pandemic, for taking it away and for the contemplation time it’s allowed during lockdown.
    For TFTD, my money’s on AAA but they’re mostly a desperate bunch so any of them might blurt some spirit-driven insulting tosh.
    * I’m sure the crazies are already thanking any number of IMFs for their justice, judgement, whatever.

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  4. “I’m sure the crazies are already thanking any number of IMFs for their justice, judgement, whatever.”

    Actually that raises an interesting point. A few years ago Carlisle was flooded and the local bish declared that it was a punishment from God for a lack of gay bashing. His remarks were met with universal derision. On this occasion, the Covid virus has not to my knowledge been attributed to divine retribution for the evil sin du jour. Considering what a witless fool the current ABofC is, we might consider this to be a sign of progress.

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    1. I don’t think the current Arch of Cant is a witless fool. A Bachelor of Arts degree in history and law from Trinity Cambridge discredits the claim that he is a fool. And holding down an executive position in the Oil Industry would suggest he is not witless either.

      Gullible yes. Misguided yes. Witless fool, no.

      He is only one of the billons who have fallen under the sinister spell of theism which I consider to be a pernicious, persistent and dangerous pandemic that transports even clever people deep into the realms of delusion and, in many cases, desperate willful disregard of facts and rationality.

      If religion was not so horribly divisive and destructive it would be funny.
      Case in point … Trump’s recent suck up to Christians in the USA of disqualifying Trans folk from Heathcare provision. Effing disgraceful.

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