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(God moves in mysterious ways…) Welcome back Madeleine Bunting… October 20, 2006

Posted by WorldbyStorm in The Left.
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Interesting news this very day…

Demos, latterly and for a very short while the home of Madeleine Bunting of the Guardian (already discussed here) as Director has seen a parting of the ways as recorded here.

Perhaps the most entertaining quote from the press release is that “it has emerged that her vision for Demos is incompatible with that of the trustees, she has decided to focus on her interests as a writer and a thinker at this point in her career”.

Er…yeah, incompatible is one way of putting it. Her absolute fascination with religion (and particularly Islam) had struck me for years, and while not necessarily the reason for her resignation surely was not news to Demos when she was appointed. In fact I found it almost impossible to understand how someone with a worldview like hers would wind up as Director a secular think tank. It’s not that I in any sense am antagonistic to religion or religious belief, or that I believe those of faith have no place in such organisations, just that the emphasis in her writings seemed to lean upon a view of religion which is overly rosy and a vision of the role of religion in modern society which frankly I think is terrifying.

In any event her current career trajectory should be an inspiration to us all (and perhaps indicative of the generosity of the Guardian as an employer). Apparently her old job of associate editor at the Guardian remains and she has decided to take it up once more, in addition to a contract with Granta on the countryside.

But fear not, despite all those responsibilities we won’t be lacking in hearing more about her thoughts on various matters including the centrality of faith to contemporary society because as the press release notes “She will resume her regular column in the Guardian”.

God is great, isn’t (s)he?

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