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11 July 2008


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Peace testimony
I write to raise awareness of a commitment to the terms of our Peace Testimony
  • In April ten people of whom at least two are Quakers demonstrated outside Rolls Royce in Derby
  • This establishment produces the radioactive fuel rods for the nuclear submarines, including Trident
  • Two of us were locked onto the gate while the others were locked into tubes in concrete blocks
  • We were arrested and charged with aggravated trespass (obstructing a lawful activity)
  • We are due to appear for trial at Derby Magistrates Court on 20 October provisionally for five days, and will be pleading not guilty on the grounds that the activity we were obstructing was preparing for war crimes and therefore not lawful
  • It would be good to feel that we had the support of Friends in witness


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    simon gray, 10 July
    Where Ralph Hill states - in an attempt which I accept is a genuine move to show loving concern - that he only hates the sin of homosexuality whilst still loving homosexuals, that he doesn't hate homosexuals themselves but just hates what they do, he misses the point fundamentally.

    People with enhanced sexualities - people who are gay, bisexual, polyamorous, transgendered, or whatever - simply reject the notion that they are any more 'sinful' than anybody else; enhanced sexuality rejects the notion that one's sexuality itself is a sin.

    It is plainly *not* loving to say to somebody 'I love you but I hate your relationship', just as it is *not* loving to say 'I love you but I hate what you do to please your partner(s)'.

    Describing enhanced sexuality as sinful might not be physically violent in the same way as smashing a bottle in the face of a man simply because he has been seen kissing another man, but it's certainly spiritually violent; the implication is there that Ralph and others consider that people of enhanced sexuality to be separated from God & doomed to eternal torment in the fiery pit whilst he himself will sit at the right hand of God listening to harp music. Such a view of people based simply on who they love still has no place in a civilised society.


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