Michael Jackson, Muslims, sperm, euthanasia and love in truth
The defeat of Lord Falconer’s plan to make it legal to assist a person to die is laudable and worthy of comment. But the news that scientists have created sperm not-quite-ex-nihilo is highly significant, and no less worthy of analysis as we move closer in this age of androgyny towards the abolition of man. And yet the manner of Michael Jackson’s funeral (which gave Cranmer his highest ever number of visitors in one day) raises so many religio-political issues, not least the BBC’s coverage of the event which was, in the end, as Christian in its expression as America gets – with Baptist pastors, gospel choirs, Bible readings and exhortations of Jesus, with not one mention of Allah, Mohammed or so much as one ayat from the Qur’an. And speaking of Allah, there is much to say on the ethnic unrest in China’s Muslim-dominated Xinjiang region. And then there is Caritas in Veritate – a religio-political document of immense significance, purposely timed to coincide with the beginning of the G8 meeting in Rome.
To what should Cranmer turn his attention today?