THE INFLUENCE OF QUAKER PERSECUTION ON PAINE Sybil Oldfield
Partly from his father, who was a Quaker, Paine was deeply influenced by the historical tradition of Quaker protest against social injustice, corruption, poverty and class-dominance. As a result, he opposed slavery, supported both the American and French Revolutions, and advocated, for Britain, the abolition of the hereditary principle of monarchy and aristocracy, and a just redistribution of wealth through graduated income tax. Abstract by Tom Rubens.
RELIGION, IDENTITY AND PSYCHIC DETACHMENT: EXPLORING SOME CONSEQUENCES Rumy Hasan
A multi-angled examination of the reasons why there is, in British society, quite widespread antipathy toward Muslims–and not just on the part of far-right groups. It is argued that the main way of overcoming this antipathy is to increase integration of Muslim communities into mainstream society. Abstract by Tom Rubens.
SOUTH PLACE, SCANDAL AND – THE TITANIC? Jennifer R. Jeynes
There is a myth that, as the Titanic went down in April 1912, the ship’s orchestra was playing the hymn ‘Nearer, My God, To Thee.’ The hymn was composed by the Flowers sisters, Eliza and Sarah, in the early 19th century. Both were regular attenders at the South Place Chapel. Scandal one attached to Eliza’s name because she set up home with the Chapel’s Minister, William Johnson Fox, after he had separated from his wife.
GALA FUNDRAISING CONCERT Simon Callaghan
Information is provided about the programme for the above concert, to be held on May 6th. There will be music by Vivaldi, Messager and Sant-Saens, and an acting performance by Timothy West.
VIEWPOINT: Barbara Smoker
HAITI – BUSINESS AS USUAL? Graham Bell
A finely researched and powerfully detailed account of how Haiti has suffered from imperialist oppression since the 15th century, but especially since the 18th–chiefly at the hands of France and the U.S. French influence extended throughout the 19th century, and that of the U.S. began in the early 20th. A hopeful period began in the 1980s, with the first election of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, but the U.S. imposed neoliberal policies on him, and eventually succeeded in exiling him in 2004. Then corrupt, American-sponsored leadership returned, working in favour of the U.S. and of local elites. The situation can only change if and when the socio-economic system inHaiti becomes fairer and more egalitarian.
ETHICAL SOCIETY EVENTS