Blogged by Jonathan Clatworthy
There's a superb blog post by Bernadette Meaden on the Ekklesia website. Responding to the first suicide attributed to the Bedroom Tax, it draws attention to the increasing desperation of the poorest in British society at a time when the richest are getting richer at a phenomenal rate. Why, Bernadette asks, has this situation not caused more public concern? She answers:
Research has shown that many people, shockingly, regard benefit claimants as being less than fully human. This process, known as 'infrahumanisation' means that people in receipt of benefits are thought not to feel the full range of human emotions as say, a 'hard working taxpayer' would.
Unconsciously, the research indicates, people think that those being hurt 'aren't real, full people'.
This explains a lot. Writing this in Liverpool, I cannot help feeling shocked that so much suffering should be imposed on so many people who are in no way to blame for their country's overall economic situation and cannot get paid employment...
There are still places available for the Modern Church annual conference at High Leigh from 15-18 July 2013. Chaired by Margaret Barker the conference will explore themes reflecting the title "The Earth is the Lord's: Renewing the Covenant of Creation".
In the April 2013 editions:
- Adrian Thatcher introduces Honest to God papers by Steven Shakespeare, Michael Brierley, Ann Loades, Jane Shaw, Samuel Wells and Natalie Watson.
- Books reviewed (28)
- Editorial: Endings and Beginnings
- Modern Church and Liberal Theology
- Drop, drop, slow (crocodile) tears: thoughts on Holocaust Memorial Day
- Book review: Real Scientists, Real Faith edited by Prof R J Berry
- Honest to God in Cambridge