The Fellowship of Life
What a highly commendable stance by Bishop McMahon of Nottingham in
backing the League Against Cruel Sports' campaign against Sunday
Leaving aside the bogus conservation image which shooting enthusiasts
tend to portray, it is a pastime which in itself comprises one of the
most gruesome and cowardly bloodsports still in existence.
The cynical disclaimer of foxhunters who 'rarely see a kill' is at
least a credible description of their experience in the field. Those who
shoot birds for pleasure have no such excuse for their behaviour. They
are fully aware of the disgusting violence which instantly ensues from
their selfish and often inept actions.
Such callous activity can hardly be construed as a Christian source
of 'sport' but instead inflicts pointless suffering on the Sabbath; or
any other day of the week!
Let us hope that the Bishop of Nottingham's noble, if maverick
stance, will save not only birds from gunshot but the reputation of the
Church from an institutional and anthropocentric apathy towards
See article: Bishops speak out against Sunday shooting
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