Props to Stephen Lingwood (Reignite) for standing out in the cold in Birmingham (not the one in Alabama) opposing the blasphemy laws and promoting Unitarianism. That’s a kind of “awareness” service — something for which I normally have little patience — that proves its worth in chapped lips and personal contact. The fact that the one person he welcomed to a Unitarian church didn’t know it was in Birmingham (but had been since the Great Ejection) says a lot about the presumption that old institutions have about their meaningfulness in the communities that surround them.
But better still, we now know this bloggers full name, which city he lives, and what he looks like with a wooly cap on. (Kinda got a Henry Rollins thing going.) This adds a great measure of credibility over being a disembodied voice in a disembodied medium. Of course, I can be a little dense about such things. I had been reading the name of his blog Reign-ite — thinking there might have been some Fifth Monarchy/Diggers/Levellers connotation — until I realized it should be Re-ignite.
I do still wonder what he sounds like, as my inner monolog chatters on. So until you challenge me Stephen, I’ve assigned a young Ozzy Osbourne as your voiceover.