Mission Week backlash

first_imgOxford students have complained of excessive promotion by members of the Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union, as part of ‘Mission Week’.A student at Exeter College described a “constant stream” of religious literature posted to students, and told Cherwell that he suspected his atheism and involvement with the LGBT may have had a role to play in his targeting. “I had a seventh copy of the gospels of St. John forced upon me today,” he explained, and added, “The misdirected resources of Mission Week have had no impact on me.”Robbie Strachan, President of the OICCU, stressed the inclusivity of the society, encouraging students of any denomination or faith to attend lunch-time talks and events running throughout fourth week at the town hall. He told Cherwell “’This is Jesus’ is a week of events for every single student in the university to engage with the real Jesus. That means that meetings are open for all students to attend, irrespective of their personal convictions.”He added, “We’d encourage people to come and see what all the fuss is about.”In response to OICCU’s campaign tactics some students have produced rival posters and fliers with varying degrees of gravity. One particularly contentious poster listed several different gods with the “This is…” tag and featured quotes from prominent atheists claiming that organised religion is synonymous with “misogyny, genocide and homophobia.”  The more light-hearted responses to the CU campaign include a list of cheeses entitled “This is cheesus” which was distributed in all University College toilets, and a series of labels found around St Hugh’s with declarations such as “this is kitchen” and “this is lamp.”Regent’s Park College, a PPH affiliated with the Christian Baptist Ministry, reportedly had a ‘This is Jesus’ poster graffitied to read, ‘This is SPARTA’ in their JCR. Other parodies featured on Facebook show that students have gone so far as to create ‘This is Penis’ parodies of the poster complete with a silhouetted phallus. Second year PPEist Ben Deaner, creator of the ‘This is Penis’ meme told Cherwell of his motives, claiming, ‘As an atheist I have not yet ‘found God’ and as such you can imagine my excitement upon finding a poster labeled ‘This is Jesus’. After some enthusiastic shouting about how I had at last encountered my Lord and Savior I was politely informed that the object was in fact a poster and that the message was some kind of metaphor. In my disappointment and anger I created the ‘This is Penis’ poster.’Not all are offended by the efforts of OICCU however with one anonymous student claiming, ‘I like that they’re making the effort to reach out to us, even if it can be a little over-enthusiastic at times. They mean well and I find the appeal of free lunches and toasties on demand pretty convincing in return for a half hour of pleasant talk.’A first year student at New College commented, “Although I understand that the Christian Union is well meaning, the indiscriminate dissemination of ‘This is Jesus’ books seems to be nothing other than an explicit attempt to convert non-believers. I – and almost all others to whom I have spoken – have reacted against this, as it seems inappropriate in a diverse society in which we should all be entitled to our own views and beliefs.“As someone who is Jewish and is open about this, I find really quite offensive the insinuation in the quotation attached to the book that “the truth will set you free,” implying that as a non-Christian I am somehow in chains, not emancipated, and destined for hell. Once again, I realise that there is no malicious intent behind the actions of the CU, and in general most people appreciate the philanthropic works of the Union, but I felt this was somewhat misguided.”Second year Alexander Lynchehaun remarked, “Christians are annoying at the best of times, but this week has been something else.”last_img read more

Cricket News Virat Kohli’s India side have golden chance to break Australia jinx despite overseas woes

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: When India’s overseas tours cycle began in January 2018, there was plenty of optimism. India had a dominant home season from October 2016 till December 2017 where they swept aside oppositions. New Zealand, England, Bangladesh, Australia, Sri Lanka both home and away were dismantled clinically. A batting core and a bowling unit were firmly in place for overseas conquests. The disappointments of 2011, in which they were whitewashed 4-0 in England and Australia and in 2014, where they lost 1-0 to South Africa, New Zealand, 2-0 to Australia and 3-1 to England would be consigned to history and forgotten.Read More | Shastri questions India’s ‘poor travellers’ tag ahead of series Alas, that has not been the case. India are reliving part 2 of the ‘Tigers at home, Lambs abroad’ saga with a 1-2 series loss to South Africa and a 1-4 loss to England in Tests. The series defeat in England will hurt especially, considering that top batsmen like Joe Root and Alastair Cook were not in form and the bowling relied on James Anderson, who was recovering from a shoulder injury and Stuart Broad, who had struggled for consistency. With those two defeats behind, India now face Australia Down Under.Read More | ‘Sensible decisions key for Indian team’s success in Australia’The Land of Oz, where India have won just five Tests in 71 years of touring the country. A country where the crowd behaves like the 12th man of the national team.  Only South Africa and England have ever won series in the country in the last 25 years. Despite all these odds and with India’s overseas woes, this tour is the golden chance for Kohli’s India to break their overseas rut.India’s bowling the X-factorIn the upcoming tour, the dynamics have changed favourably towards India. In the current squad, most of the batsmen have played on the previous tour. Kohli hit four centuries and scored 692 runs at an average of 86, Ajinkya Rahane hit a glorious century in Melbourne while Murali Vijay chipped in with fifties and a hundred in Adelaide and Brisbane. KL Rahul also hit a century in Sydney. In the previous tour, all Indian batsmen had a good average and with the gained experience of four years, they will be keen to make an impact.Read More | India in Australia: From Nappies, Monkeygate – List of sledgesIt is the bowling unit that makes a big difference this time. The squad has Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. The pace and spin departments are covered brilliantly. Bumrah’s style of bowling is tailor-made for Australian conditions while Bhuvneshwar has the capability to swing the ball, both in the air and off the deck. Umesh or Shami can get the ball to reverse swing while Kuldeep’s chinaman could confound Australia, who don’t play spin well. In addition, Ashwin and Jadeja’s relentless pressure and accuracy can stifle Australia.Read More | Johnson taunts Kohli, says he looks forward to no feisty send-offsIn past series, Australia always held the upper hand because their bowlers softened the opposition and the batsmen would grind them further for the kill. In this case, the tables have turned.Avoiding collapses boosts situationIn South Africa and England, the common factor that hurt India was batting collapses. In Cape Town, they were reduced to 92/7 and 82/7 in both innings which hurt them immensely. In Centurion, in the second innings, they stumbled to 82/7 and the end result was they lost the series. In England, the collapses were even more alarming.Read More | Jasprit Bumrah will be X-factor for India in Australia: Damien FlemingIn Edgbaston, chasing 194, they crumbled to 78/5 and their last four wickets fell for 22 runs. In Southampton, chasing 245, they lost seven wickets for 41 runs as yet another series slipped by their grasp. Even in Australia 2014, collapses have hurt India. In Adelaide 2014, Kohli’s 115 and 141 was undone because in both innings, India had collapses of 77/6 and 73/8. In Brisbane, the tail contributed just 23 runs for the last four wickets while in the second innings, five wickets fell for 41 runs as the middle order fell to Mitchell Johnson.Read More | Tendulkar’s arrival, Rahul Dravid’s epic and Virat Kohli’s heartbreakIn the press conference before the team departed for Australia, Kohli stressed on the need for batsmen from top to bottom to bat together and bat without fear. If India’s batsmen step up and compliment the bowling that has taken 20 wickets away consistently, this series is India’s.With just two Test wins and three ODI wins in 2018, Australia are ripe for the picking. It is a great chance for India because their opponents are low on confidence, their star players are not there, and their major weapon of ‘mental disintegration’ has been blunted. A chance to win a series against a team confronted with so many problems in their home turf cannot get much better than this. last_img read more

Wales Announce Line-Up for Irish Match

first_imgRob Evans, Scott Baldwin and Samson Lee are in the front row with Luke Charteris and Alun Wyn Jones in the second row.Captain Sam Warburton leads the side from blindside with Justin Tipuric at openside and Taulupe Faletau at number eight. In the back-line Tom James makes his first appearance since 2010 with George North on the other wing and Gareth Anscombe at full back.  Jonathan Davies returns to the side from injury for the first time since last year’s Six Nations and he is named alongside Jamie Roberts in midfield.Dan Biggar and Gareth Davies are the half-backs.last_img