I thought I was reading an evangelical website focussed on the Christian faith, until I saw the comments left by readers, which were even more maniacal, unbalanced and hateful than even the standard rabid responses to articles in the Daily Mail.

The rush to judgement, unwillingness to verify facts, hostility to the other, resistance to forgive, fervour to attack and pervasive hubris, in which conceit and self-righteousness trumps all — this all came as a shock to me, having clearly spent too much time with Methodists and Anglicans who believe in creating a better world for all.

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