1812 history

The Ghost of Thomas Paine haunts the Church of England

When Richard Dawkins recently claimed that Christians were “not really Christian at all”, he wasn’t breaking new ground. Over 200 years ago, Thomas Paine, that oft-quoted American patriot, wrote a pamphlet that said basically the same thing.


Who should play former President Richard Milhous Nixon?

My generation knows the 37th President of the USA through two sound bytes. In the pro Nixon camp, Dr. Spock famously advised us that “Only Nixon could go to China.”  The Anti-Nixonites however, use Richard’s own words against him: “I am not a crook.”