Friday Links

1) Marina Hyde on David Cameron and Jesus.

“What would your response to Jesus be,” this person asked Cameron, “on his instruction to us to sell all our possessions and give the proceeds to the poor?”

Well. I imagine this member of the public will soon be extraordinarily rendered to some Lynton Crosby-managed black site. Still, what a way to go.

As for Cameron’s response, I don’t need to tell you he declined to reply: “Jesus was a troublesome fundamentalist who barely appeared to have a job and appears to have naively placed pandering to the benefits class above economic growth on his list of priorities. I’d have told him to do one.”

2) Giles Fraser on unhappiness and medication.

…unhappiness is often a perfectly proper response to the state of the world. If you have a shit job or a shit home life, being unhappy is hardly inappropriate. At best, many of the drugs we are popping only deal with the symptoms of all this, not the causes. At worst, they pathologise deviations for normalcy, thus helping to police the established values of consumer capitalism, and reinforcing the very unhappiness that they purport to cure.

3) French cheese, how it is made. I’m an equal opportunity cheese lover but I love comté. I blame Christelle for this, she’s from Franche-Comté and it’s the ‘local’ cheese. I especially love it in Christelle’s Dad’s french onion soup!

But although there has been a rise in artisan production and quality products in the UK, Britons are still apparently in love with cheeses of alpine origin. “Alpine cheese is definitely a strong trend, with comté, reblochon and beaufort all selling well,” says Wallace. “Our customers love the stories behind each cheese, and more unusual variations of milk and traditional methods of production are certainly becoming more fashionable.”

4) I’ve been thinking about Church a bit recently and how much I miss it, then I remember why I don’t go to Mass any more.

Somehow we have lost our way, forgotten the teachings of Jesus, and evolved into a very powerful and privileged clerical culture. It saddens me that so many of my fellow priests see women as a threat to their power. As men, we claim that we, and we alone, can interpret the Holy Scriptures and know the will of God. We profess that men and women are created in the image and likeness of God, but as men we have created God in our own image. And this God is very small, very male, and sees women as the lesser of men.


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