March 30, 2020
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Out of Tune

Essex Randhir Singh Bains: Trevor Philips worries about the lack of Muslim integration in British culture. Does he think that Sikhs and Hindus are more in tune with British culture? If so, he could not be more wrong. Lack of cultural integration afflicts not just Muslims but Sikhs and Hindus too. Some Sikh temples in the UK, for example, have recently placed a ban on solemnising inter-faith marriages, although no such religious ban exists in Sikhism.

The Times

Clarity of Pause

Montreal Mark Lee: A good guide is Lewis Thomas’s “Notes on Punc­tuation”, which says: “The semicolon tells you that there is still some question about the preceding full sentence; something needs to be added; it reminds you sometimes of the Greek usage. It is almost always a greater pleasure to come across a semicolon than a period. The period tells you that that is that; if you didn’t get all the meaning you wanted or expected, anyway you got all the writer intended to parcel out and now you have to move along. But with a semicolon there you get a pleasant little feeling of expectancy; there is more to come; to read on; it will get clearer.”

The Economist

Conservatism Galore

London Simon Davie: An opinion poll reveals that half of British Muslims want gay sex banned and 39 per cent think that wives should obey their husbands. I don’t remember it being much different among other religions in Britain 70 years ago.

The Daily Telegraph

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