In a gushing example of what TD Clare Daly described as sycophantic behaviour ... subservient tugging of the forelock as your feudal overlord pays you a visit', the Minister for Finance and the Minister for the Disappeared show unbridled enthusiasm for the leader of world capitalism, President Barack Obama, during his recent visit to Belfast.
A group of Chinese delivery men make a crucial intervention to save a child falling from a fourth floor apartment. Imagine had the men been in a religious order, the poor child would have had to defy the laws of gravity - or rapidly sprout wings - to avoid falling into their clutches. A paradox for sure but thank god for no divine intervention?
The power to be offended
Long one of my favourite cartoons, the following image illustrates all too clearly how warped and self righteous religious faith can be. It also suggests how assuming the persona of the victim can be a subterfuge that is utilised as a power strategem.