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  1. Comment on Peter Robinson on NI’s amended welfare reform package
    on 4 April 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Marty can’t do anything without Jerry. Simple as that. Marty can take all the umbrage he likes but Jerry’s the negative influence here.

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  2. Comment on Paisley’s religious legacy
    on 29 January 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Thanks for the thoughtful article, Turgon. I appreciate your objectivity and magnanimity.

    I think that Dr Paisley’s and Mrs Paisley’s comments to Eamonn Mallie (who successfully brought out the worst in them by playing to the very human weakness of the need of vindication) were a PR disaster for the Paisley family, but your comments have brought some balance in reminding us of the positive influence that Ian Paisley has had, particularly in evangelical circles in NI.

    Over the past twenty centuries many attempts have been made to extinguish biblical Christianity, but it will never happen. Christ has promised that He will complete His church, and nothing will stop Him. The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God, and, sooner or later, he will come to recognise his folly.

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  3. Comment on Paisley’s legacy: “when reason and emotion collide, emotion invariably wins”
    on 23 January 2014 at 9:27 pm

    She was 14 years old and [Ian Paisley] prayed with her. This, from the firebrand evangelical whose literal theology will have told him that Mary was a lost soul.

    This comment reveals the extremely shallow understanding that many have of Ian Paisley and, indeed, evangelical Christians. Evangelical Christians do not shun people because those people do not view God the same way that they do. Rather, they want people to come to a clear understanding of the love of God as it is shown through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for sinners – Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim, atheist, animist and Jew alike.

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  4. Comment on UK Prime Minister: “Let me reassure the right hon. Gentleman that there is absolutely no question of an imposed solution.”
    on 22 January 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Gilmore’s comment has been entirely counterproductive and maybe even harmful to the process. If he didn’t mean what everyone has interpreted his words to mean, maybe he should clarify what he actually did mean. As they stand, his words have not been helpful.

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  5. Comment on Paisley: Genesis to Revelation (New Testament) – betrayal, hurt and a lack of grace and forgiveness
    on 21 January 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I can’t see this unfortunate episode for the Paisleys doing any harm to the DUP. The party has become quite a broad church compared to the early days.

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  6. Comment on That #Selfie: Do our elite really ‘get’ the new grammar of digital democracy?
    on 12 December 2013 at 10:47 am

    With life expectancy in sub-Saharan Africa hovering somewhere around 54, for Mandela to live to the ripe old age of 95 is something for South Africans to celebrate. Maybe it was all that good exercise he had during his prison years.

    Not sure why, and at the risk of being called a racist, it’s ironic life expectancy has actually dropped in South Africa since the end of White rule.

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  7. Comment on Mandela Memorial Service Live…
    on 10 December 2013 at 11:06 pm

    I have read Mandela’s autobiography and I really enjoyed Invictus and I think he was a good man – at least in the end, which maybe stemmed a little from his Methodist education ;) – and his attitude after leaving prison spared SA a nightmare. De Klerk, of course, should get some credit for seizing the moment, but Mandela was key.

    I find it kind of funny though that everyone, including Obama and Cameron, is talking about how forgiving Mandela was for being jailed when he, in fact, was convicted in a fair trial. Another funny thing is, if he had been convicted in the UK or US for the same crime he would probably have been executed. The South African authorities, in reality, were quite lenient with him.

    Greenflag, I doubt there are any ‘innocent’ detainees left in Gitmo.

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  8. Comment on Mandela Memorial Service Live…
    on 10 December 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I find it really strange that everyone seems to think Mandela was harshly treated because he was tried, convicted and jailed for crimes that he actually did commit, yet Obama has kept people locked up for years without even a hint of a trial, and he gets to speak at Mandela’s funeral.

    Am I missing something here?

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  9. Comment on Northern Ireland: Guinea pig for America’s Dirty Wars
    on 5 December 2013 at 10:59 am

    ‘direct orders from the White House’

    Is this Nobel Peace prize winner Barack Obama’s White House you are talking about, Ryan?

    He must be such a disappointment to you. Even worse than Bush, wouldn’t you say?

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