Oxford 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.”
July 15, 2002 Letters July 15, 2002 Letters LettersManners Count Did I miss something? In a June 15 letter the writer suggests that all lawyers could benefit from a seminar on manners. Certainly, it’s hard to argue with that. What perplexes me is how from this general proposition on lawyers and manners the writer then sees his way clear to bash prosecutors. He suggests prosecutors are robbing people of their “integrity and dignity” by “threatening” them with a trial. If in fact these prosecutors are “threatening” the accused, then I submit more than a manners refresher is in order. However, if these prosecutors are merely pointing out that a jury trial is the alternative to a rejected plea offer, there is no legitimate complaint. No prosecutor ever wants an innocent person to plead guilty to anything. And with all due respect to what the accused’s family “knows” he did not do, it would be the shoddy prosecutor indeed who made prosecutorial decisions based on the opinions of the accused and his family. As a prosecutor I don’t make the decision to charge a case based on what the police or victims “know,” but rather on what I can prove with admissible evidence. Likewise, I don’t make the decision to drop a case based on what the accused’s family and friends “know.” The latter is as inappropriate as the former. Furthermore, like every prosecutor, I would love to listen to the accused prior to trial, rather than hear his “story” for the first time from the witness stand — and after he has had the benefit of hearing all of the evidence. Francis J. Allman, Jr. Quincy Lawyers and Guns Lawyers should be able to store guns at courthouses. That’s why a group is being formed (The Lawyer’s Second Amendment Association) to provide gun lockers for lawyers at courthouses. Utah already has a law that requires courthouses to provide gun lockers, and the LSAA thinks Utah has a good idea that should be adopted everywhere. State and/or federal laws would probably have to change to permit lawyers to store guns in gun lockers. As a Libertarian candidate for the state legislature, I intend to introduce Utah’s statute in Florida. I am also contacting Congress members and state legislators locally and nationwide to adopt laws similar to Utah’s to allow gun lockers at government buildings. Many states already enable lawyers to carry concealed firearms, and many lawyers have the right to carry concealed firearms, and gun lockers will help achieve the purpose of CCF laws. Utah Republican Rep. John Swallow, who sponsored the Utah law requiring gun lockers, said it was intended as a protection. He said it’s more dangerous for people to leave guns in cars or hide them behind bushes. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said judges must obey the Utah law. “If they don’t, I’ll seek input from the legislature and the governor before I take any action, which could include a lawsuit,” he said. The recent past has caused government to treat lawyers as enemies. The public perceives lawyers as passively abandoning Fourth and Second amendment rights and allowing assembly-line searches and gun prohibition. We are helping to restore trust between public officials and the general population. And we want to improve the public’s perception of lawyers as supporting freedom, not destroying it. Ellis Rexwood Curry IV Tampa
By Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – The Premier League has cancelled its contract with Chinese broadcasters PPLive Sports International after just one season, the league said in a statement yesterday.The broadcasters, part of retail group Suning, paid around $700 million for three years of English Premier League (EPL) streaming rights from the 2019-20 season.“The Premier League confirms that it has today terminated its agreements for Premier League coverage in China with its licensee in that territory. The Premier League will not be commenting further on the matter at this stage,” the league said in a statement.The Daily Mail had reported last month that the Chinese broadcasters had withheld payments due to the league in March.In a statement posted on their official company Weibo account, PPLive Sports International said that it had held negotiations over the price of the rights with the league.“COVID-19 has brought many challenges, and it’s especially obvious during broadcasting rights negotiations,” the statement said.“After rounds of meetings, PPLive Sports and the Premier League have a disagreement on the price of broadcasting rights. We regret we couldn’t have an agreement with the Premier League.“The direction of PPLive Sports’ strategic development will not change. Broadcasting rights strategy adjustment is based on objective reality and strategic thinking. PPLive Sports will continue to dedicate itself to providing high quality services to fans, copyright holders and partners.”The deal with PPLive Sports International was struck during the peak of Chinese interest in international football and marked a huge increase in revenue on the previous deal.Beijing-based Super Sports Media was the previous rights holder in China with local media reports suggesting they paid more than 1 billion yuan ($145.13M) for a six-year deal until the end of the 2018/19 season.The ending of the PPLive Sports International deal is a further loss of income for Premier League clubs following the coronavirus outbreak, which forced a stoppage in play lasting several months. The League resumed games in June and July without fans.