Thursday, 1 September 2011

From here to there

Some things seem easy to figure out. Our local daily paper, "The Press and Journal", has been leading for a number of days recently with articles about the controversy surrounding the proposed bypass of the City of Aberdeen. A small group of protesters have tried to block this initiative at every turn. The most recent episode in this saga had a local businessman put round a petition expressing the exasperation of around 2000 local citizens with this group. Nevertheless, they continue with their objection. The fact that Aberdeen needs a bypass is a no-brainer. Of course it will adversely affect some, but it is adversely affecting a lot more at the moment. Moving out from the local, another headline has been about the proposed merger of the police forces from regional forces to one national Scottish force. The chief constables are against it, the government is for it. It's easy to figure out that the politicians reckon it will save money. What is more difficult to establish is will it be better, or worse for policing in Scotland. One intuitively thinks, worse. Moving on to Glasgow, and Celtic Football Club, where there is astonishment expressed at the "Not Proven" verdict handed out by the jury on the charge of "religiously aggravated attack" on the manager, Neil Lennon. Having seen the incident captured on CCTV and read the evidence of those involved, one wonders what the jury knew that the average newspaper reader doesn't. I am inclined to think that for a whole jury to decide this, there must either have been complicating circumstances, or all the jury members belonged to some sectarian club or other. Finally, going global, there was a debate on the radio concerning Guantanamo Bay, and the US Army's notorious prison camp there. Barack Obama promised to close it down. He hasn't yet. On the face of it an easy decision to reach. In the backrooms, what arguments have persuaded him to stall?
Some things are easy to figure. Others seem easy, but turn out to have unforseen problems, and others we just know are difficult, like separating the investment functions of the banks from the saving and lending functions, now, or later.
Some people look at the Christian Faith, give the world's  rampant exhibition of distress, tragedy and plain evil a cursory glance, and reckon it's a no-brainer that God doesn't exist. 

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