Church

Anglican Bishop David Russell Dies

Bishop David Russell, was an anti-apartheid activist and the retired Anglican bishop of Grahamstown.

Here’s the state broadcaster, the SABC.

Tributes are pouring in for the late former Anglican Bishop of Grahamstown, Reverend David Russel.

Russel died at the age of 75 in Cape Town following a long battle with cancer.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, has described Russel as an outstanding stalwart, who exposed the inequities of forced removals in the Eastern Cape and Cape Town.

Tutu says Russell was a great trainer of Bishops and that all his students later became heads of diocese.

Russel leaves behind his wife Dorothea and two sons, Thabo and Sipho.

The Mail & Guardian has more.

Anti-apartheid campaigner and retired bishop David Russell has died of cancer aged 75. He fought against forced removals and for same-sex marriage…

 

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Are We Ignoring the Lessons Of Auschwitz?

Walking among the starvation cells and gas chambers where more than a million souls perished, it is hard to explain to my 12-year-old son how the free world allowed this happen. Why did the world’s democracies not stop the Nazi movement in its infancy — before it indoctrinated millions with its hateful ideology, took control of a great power, built its military might, invaded foreign lands and constructed death camps like the one here at Auschwitz?
The depressing answer is: for the same reason that the world’s democracies have done almost nothing to stop the rise of the Islamic State.
It is difficult to describe the feeling of spending a day at Auschwitz and then watching the images emanating from the Middle East, where the Islamic State is carrying out acts of unspeakable barbarism — beheading unbelievers; sticking decapitated heads on posts; burying women and children alive; randomly shooting pedestrians and motorists; even crucifying — yes, crucifying — its opponents.

The entire article can be read here.