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Dear Editor

Earlier this month, at Westminster Abbey, there was a Service of Thanksgiving for the politician and diplomat Lord ‘Paddy’ Ashdown who died last year.

In the Epilogue of his last book – “Nein! Standing Up To Hitler 1935-1944” – Lord Ashdown concludes:

“There are also, as Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Bishop Bell argued, moral questions to be addressed here”

Later next month, in Chichester Cathedral*, some of those questions will be addressed at the Coburg Conference which “will focus on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s and George Bell’s work, and what it can teach us in the light of today’s political situation”.

 

Yours sincerely

Richard W. Symonds

The Bell Society

 

* October 10th to 14th. Venue: 4 Canon Lane (formerly George Bell House), Chichester Cathedral

March 7 2019 – “Lay down my quill? Never!” – West Sussex Gazette – Letters – Sandra Saer

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West Sussex Gazette – March 6 2019 – Letter “Lay down my quill? Never!” – Sandra Saer

November 8 2017 – “Guard against hysteria” – West Sussex Gazette Letters – Richard W. Symonds – The Bell Society

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“Guard against hysteria” – West Sussex Gazette – Letters – Richard W. Symonds – The Bell Society

 

Dear Editor

I have now become deeply uncomfortable when the word “allegations” is read – especially in relation to “inappropriate behaviour” of a sexual nature (“Weinstein allegations look like start of a shift in the way we treat others forever”, WSG, Nov 1).

It’s not just Chomsky’s warning which brings discomfort when front page news is dominated by allegations about people’s sex lives: “Reach for your pocket and see whose pulling out your wallet”.

It’s the frenzied hysteria – a kind of ‘paedomania’ – which can grip the public’s imagination. Allegations can get out of control – a ‘storm’ is created in which injustices emerge and lives and reputations of innocent people are destroyed. 

We need to be so careful when ‘pointing fingers’ at the alleged guilty. Three are pointing back.

Yours sincerely

Richard W. Symonds

The Bell Society