It should be no surprise to us that Christmas is interpreted as harmful by progressive SJWs. Whether in its celebration of the birth of the Saviour, or in its recreation as a secular commercialised extravaganza, Christmas is seen as a creation of the oppressive white patriarchy.

One year it was the 75-year-old standard Baby It’s Cold Outside which came under fire from the cancel culture because of its ‘predatory’ subtext which supposedly celebrated toxic masculinity and date rape. As a result of manufactured outrage, the song was pulled from the playlists of several radio stations.

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This year the target is the practice of decorating homes with Christmas lights. Sometimes this is quite low-key: a Christmas tree in the window and a wreath on the door. It can escalate all the way to a full-on riotous display: the house outlined in coloured bulbs, a brightly lit Santa romping on the roof, locomotives chugging around the front garden between LED reindeer and flashing neon signs demanding ‘SANTA STOP HERE’.

Continue reading “LIGHTS OUT AT CHRISTMAS”


Secular progressivism has colonised Christianity, and the resulting progressive faith has become the acceptable religion of middle-class niceness. Their desire is for a Jesus who fits in with their pre-conceived notions of what is right and proper, not the Jesus of the Bible.

Jesus spoke to those who were broken and hurting with understanding and compassion. He lashed with His tongue, and knotted cords, those who perverted the Bible and paraded their religiosity. Jesus was not a ‘nice’ man and Christianity is not a ‘nice’ religion. Continue reading “A DIFFERENT RELIGION”


In the British sit com Dad’s Army Private Fraser, the gloomy Scottish undertaker, has a catch phrase, ‘We’re doomed’.

‘We’re doomed I tell ye. We’re all doomed’

It is easy to despair and think that we are doomed and that progressives have taken over the Western world.

Our media is painfully politically correct and relentlessly pushes a progressive agenda. If politicians utter a word out of line they are quickly brought to heel by a braying Twitter mob. When students demand safe spaces and trigger warnings and university authorities hasten to appease them it’s apparent our universities have become havens of progressivism.

Does this mean that progressivism has won the day? Not necessarily. If you succeed in shutting down public debate it could mean that you have won. It could also mean that you are well on the way to losing. Continue reading “ARE WE DOOMED?”


Never heard of Allen J Frantzen? Don’t worry, unless you are into Anglo Saxon literature there is little likelihood of you stumbling across the professor. Yet, within the world of medieval studies he was, until January of this year, a highly respected figure. To most of us books with titles such as Food, Eating and Identity in Early Medieval England don’t make the pulse quicken, but amongst medievalists Frantzen was an important academic. In 2013 he won the Medieval Academy of America’s Teaching Excellence Award.


Then he made a mistake. After nearly 40 years in academia Frantzen retired from Loyola University in 2014. Since then he has devoted his time to writing projects, including his blog. His blog postings consist mostly of photographs of Frantzen at home with his partner George, recipes they have made and gardens visited, with a sideline on their cats. One would think that he was a fully paid up member of the progressive intellectual elite. Then he wrote a post How to fight your way out of the feminist fog.

Continue reading “SILENCE THE HERETIC”


How we think shapes what we think and what we think shapes what we do. The profound cultural changes which have occurred in the West are to a significant extent shaped by the gradual emergence of post-modern deconstruction as the predominant way of thinking being taught and practiced throughout education and the media. In this video we explore the effects of deconstruction.

The very idea of truth in itself has been rejected, leaving only language power plays which are supposedly the tools of oppression. Free speech is shut down, marriage and the family are seen as oppresive structures, individual responsibility is denigrated and the Christian faith which built Western civilisation is shoved into a corner of the public square as an excentric private hobby. Until we become aware of the weapons being used against traditional cultural virtues and practices we will never be able to counter them.


At one time only Soviet dictators demanded the constant rewriting of history to suit their political ends. History was constantly ‘brought up to date’, photographs airbrushed to remove offending images and statues removed from places of prominence. Unfortunately these practices have all resurfaced as today’s progressives demand history be reshaped to protect their feelings.

It’s not just in the USA that students demand the renaming of buildings and the removal of statues, we have it in the UK also. Some Oxford students are demanding that ‘Rhodes Must Fall’, any acknowledgement of Cecil Rhodes must be removed from the university.

Cecil Rhodes who began with few advantages left Britain seeking to make a living in the diamond mines of southern Africa. He succeeded, big time, and instead of buying vast estates, he established the Rhodes Scholarship at Oriel College, Oxford, in order for others, as poor as he was when he went down to the mines, to get a helping hand in life.

Rhodes left Oriel College, Oxford University more than £50 million in today’s money to establish scholarships with the stipulation: “No student should be qualified or disqualified for election to a scholarship on account of his race or religious opinion.”

Amongst those helped by Rhodes is one Ntokozo Qwabe, a Rhodes Scholar, and now a leading protester demanding the removal of any acknowledgement of Rhodes from university premises. In fairness he doesn’t want a complete ban, he wants the scholarship fund to continue. The money is all right, just not the donor.

The ‘Rhodes Must Go’ students have partially succeeded as the supine college authorities have already removed a plaque acknowledging Rhodes and have agreed to enter into consultations with the protesters about removing a statue of Rhodes.

As today’s video demonstrates tantrums arising from appropriation of historical grievance are commonplace and don’t bode well for the future.


It is not only in politics and the media that progressives have become the establishment. It is true also of the mainstream church.

What do you do with a minister who confidently proclaims at Christmas that the Incarnation is a ‘fairy tale’ and it is embarrassing to preach on it every year? If you are in the Church of Scotland you do the same as you do with minsters who deny the Virgin Birth, the Atonement, the bodily Resurrection of Christ and His return – you do nothing. And so the revisionists grow ever bolder.

Effectively the Church of Scotland, like many other mainstream Christian denominations, is devoid of doctrinal standards. They may exist on paper, but certainly not in practice.

The YouTube video below touches on the successful attempts by progressive Christians to turn once theologically confident denominations into pale reflections of society, with an added veneer of Christian language and symbols.

It seems likely that the Church of Scotland at its General Assembly in May 2016 will vote to allow the ordination of ministers in same-sex-marriages. Which raises the question: How much of Christianity, both in theology and in practice, can a church jettison and still remain a church?


Generation Y (those born after 1981) are sometimes known as ‘generation fear’. Lily Allen’s songs often express what others of her generation are feeling. One of her most popular songs is called ‘The Fear’. She sings:

I don’t know what’s right and what’s real anymore …
I’m being taken over by the fear.’

Once it was different. As long ago as 1968 students were prepared to confront the world. Then we were committed, idealistic and yes, misguided. But we were confident enough to take on all-comers. Students in France confronted the tear gas, water cannon and batons of the riot police, the CRS, and nearly brought down the government of de Gaulle.

Here in the UK we were, thankfully, less successful, but just as committed. I have vivid memories of an anti-apartheid demo against a Springboks tour, resulting in an encounter with the Lothian and Borders Police which was not altogether amicable.

Today’s students, however, instead of taking on all comers in pursuit of their ideals cry out for protection. With great feeling, they describe the anguish of being called by the ‘wrong’ pronoun, or the trauma of a professor using a ‘legal name’ instead of a ‘preferred name.’ They are such tender hothouse plants that they describe being ‘unsafe’ if, despite their sex, they can’t use the bathroom they want to use, or if they get ‘stares’. Oh, the horror of it all.

The height of absurdity was perhaps reached in England when Oxford students prevented Brendan O’Neill from taking part in a debate on abortion because they claimed that allowing someone ‘without a uterus’ to discuss abortion would harm their ‘mental safety’. This in what is consistently ranked amongst the top ten universities in the world.

The infantile inhabitants of our universities give every appearance of being terrified that someone will disagree with them or say something which they find upsetting. They even demand ‘safe spaces,’ havens where they will be free from the intrusion of ideas other than their own. South Park brilliantly exposes the pathetic nature of those who demand that the world wraps them in cotton wool.

The latest childish tantrum is the recent petition from students at Cardiff University which demanded that Germaine Greer be banned from speaking.

The veteran feminist had been due to speak at the University on Women & Power: The Lessons of the 20th Century. Rachael Melhuish, women’s officer at Cardiff University students union, like a prudish Victorian gentlewoman, had a fit of the vapours, alleging that Greer has ‘demonstrated misogynistic views towards trans women, including continually misgendering trans women and denying the existence of transphobia altogether’.

Melhuish took the time honoured ‘courageous’ action of starting an internet petition against Greer appearing: ‘Hosting a speaker with such problematic and hateful views towards marginalised and vulnerable groups is dangerous.’ Hundreds of Cardiff students dutifully lined up behind the idea that Greer’s views are ‘dangerous’, ‘discriminatory’, and cause ‘hatred and violence’.

It’s remarkable how supposedly educated students casually use the language of violence to describe and denounce the expression of an idea. Greer wasn’t planning to turn up with a machine gun and force transgender women to wear jock straps and get drunk at the rugby club; she just wanted to be free to present her ideas to an audience of thinking people. Big mistake at today’s universities.

Thankfully Greer refused to be bullied by the frightened children and maintains her position. Her view of transgender surgery, expressed in somewhat more robust terms on a radio programme, is that: ‘Just because you lop off your penis and then wear a dress doesn’t make you a ******* woman… I’ve asked my doctor to give me long ears and liver spots and I’m going to wear a brown coat but that won’t turn me into a ******* cocker spaniel.’

She hits the most important aspect of the furore when she highlights the difference between words and actions, ‘What they are saying is that because I don’t think surgery will turn a man into a woman I should not be allowed to speak anywhere… I’m not saying that people should not be allowed to go through that [sex change] procedure. What I’m saying is that it doesn’t make them a woman. It happens to be an opinion. It’s not a prohibition.’

Truly the revolution eats its children. Now that the homosexual cause has triumphed the social revolution moves on to the next cause. The new poster children for social chaos are the transgendered and anyone holding an opinion contrary to progressive orthodoxy must be silenced. Greer, once a major force in progressive thought, just doesn’t get with the programme, she obstinately refuses to give up the right to think for herself.

Given the minute number of troubled people who self-identify as ‘trans’, changing the social structure in order to enforce radicalism is far more exclusive than it is inclusive. It privileges the demands of a minute minority of confused people at the expense of the considered views of tens of millions.

But that is the whole point. The transgendered are merely the latest ’cause’ to be employed in undermining society. Once the transgendered have triumphed the circus will move on to the next emotive ’cause’.

It is, of course, convenient that the likely targets of the inevitable discrimination complaints are those Christians and other cultural conservatives the Progressive loves to hate.

Return of The Prodigal

At last, after much enquiry, planning, and not a little work Grain has returned in an upgraded version. This includes video material. As you can see from this video it has been uphill work, especially from one who has never owned a camera before.

In this video we outline just why progressives are such a relentless bunch: never satisfied, as soon as one demand is met they move on to the next. This is why even what appear on the surface as sometimes meaningless fights are still worth the struggle if we are to slow or halt their inexorable march.

Hopefully there will be other innovations as we go along.