Here – a little late this week – is what I said on Sunday
Deut. 18.15-20; Rev. 12.1-5a; Mark 1.21-28
I’ve never been a great one for joining protest marches and rallies though, over the years, I have been on the odd one or two. But I’ve always been glad that I live in a country where we have the right to protest. One of the cornerstones of our democracy is the right to protest about things over which we feel strongly and the right to speak out against those in authority when we believe they are wrong. We believe that in a democratic society people have the right to speak out about issues that they disagree with, and the right to do that by gathering in public.
Sometimes those protests might be on a small scale – as when a number of us from the local community protested over the closure of the Marie Curie Hospice in 2009. Sometimes, of course, they can be on a bigger scale, such as the protest against student fees last November, which marched through the streets of London to meet up with the protest against corporate greed in the City of London – the notorious camp outside St Paul’s cathedral. Continue reading