Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Sunday Times suggests Jeffrey John is threatening to take legal action against the Church of England for discrimination.  John is a gay clergyman in a celibate relationship who has allegedly been blocked from promotional to the bishopric.

I am straight and as a Christian struggle with some gay rights but in this case I hope he does bring a case and succeeds.  It is right for the church to demand moral conduct according to its teachings.  It is thoroughly wrong both morally and legally to discriminate against someone because of how they were born. Should black bishops not be allowed?  John is celibate.

And yes, the same argument applies to women bishops. If John wins then presumably women bishops and lady Imams are inevitable.  At last religious institutions could be forced to stop discrimination. That's not secularism as some would claim but actually a flowering of greater spirituality.

For all religious people I hope John does mount a legal attack and is successful. It would take religion in this country to the next level.

I shall pray for his success not for gay rights but because it advances religious life.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, January 14, 2012

I really hate what Google has done with search.  If I search for the Valley of the Kings of KV64 I looking for something I don't already know, for news.  It's bad enough for Valley of the Kings and even worse for KV64 because my News from the Valley of the Kings is the top blog on the subject and I have written much of the material about KV64.

Google's new personalised search algorithm makes matters worse.  It shrinks the world.  So as well as News from the Valley of the Kings, half of the images shown are photographs I took and the front pages adds my review of Nick Reeves' Complete Valley of the Kings on Egyptological.  Far from helping me to find new material it shrinks my world, not just down to things I already know, but down to things I have written.  You'd have to be extremely narcissistic to like a search that works like that.

Fortunately it only works if you are logged in so I work with two browsers and only log in to Google on one of them, the other I use for searching.  I can see the advantage of geo-searches.  If I type in Sutton cinema, I like the fact search shows me the programme.  That is useful.  But not search which makes me the apparent centre of the World Wide Web.

It's irritating because there is news of a discovery in the Valley of the Kings expected in the next few days.  I was scanning for it.  I don't know yet whether it is relatively minor or the discovery to rival Carter's discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun many of us believe will be made one day.  We will have to wait and see, although I suspect somewhere in between the two.  I'm desperately busy for the next three days so I am also hoping it doesn't break until the middle of next week.


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