Person in black carrying ISIS flagIt is a while since we had to consciously brace ourselves for the worst before watching the evening news.

We, who live in areas which are free from conflict and lawless anarchy, are not used to feeling the grip of that cold ‘something’ which is the fear of real and immediate danger. Perhaps we should be used to terrorism by now. It has become the norm in many countries.

Downs syndrome babyRichard Dawkins has achieved another piece of self-publicity. A woman said she would face a real ethical dilemma if she became pregnant with a baby with Down’s syndrome. He replied ‘Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice’.

Naturally there was an outcry, and Dawkins published one of those non-apologies that we often get from public figures these days.