From religious roots, the birth of social conscience

Originally Published in the National Post: Saturday, March 24, 2007

Two centuries ago tomorrow, the British Parliament passed An Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade. It was the most important single moment in the worldwide abolition of slavery, as the imperial power, not shy about using the Royal Navy to impose its newly abolitionist values on a recalcitrant world, began to stamp out slavery throughout the empire.

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Jerusalem’s worthy stewards

Originally Published in the National Post: Thursday, March 22, 2007

If I forget you Jerusalem, let my right hand wither!

So singeth the psalmist, reminding ancient Israel to be mindful of the Holy City. Few warnings in history have been so well heeded, for almost nobody – Jew, Christian, Muslim – has forgotten about Jerusalem. And as for the right hand withering, more often it has been made into a powerful fist in the cause of controlling the Holy City.

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