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Found poem

from a headline in The Sun, 18/04/2003

I sat the kids down and said, look, I could lose my job
over this. I want you to understand, it’s serious.
No, don’t try to stop me. I’ve taken this decision
because, well, I think it’s the right thing to do. I’ve thought
a lot. I am prepared to make the sacrifice.

As you know, I don’t talk very much about my religion.
It's always been there and, well, it goes deep, but I
don’t force it, I hope, down others’ throats. It’s just that
when a man – or, indeed, woman – is at a crossroads
in life, you fall back on first principles, and if
the whole world is against you, but you know
in your heart, you’re doing the right thing, that gives you
the courage to keep on.

                                        I am prepared
to go so far as to say that those who are
opposed to me (as you know, there are quite a lot of them!)
are, in some sense, sincere in their beliefs.
It’s just that they’re, well, wrong. And all those who
aren’t with me, are against me. I hope that’s
quite clear. So, hey, let’s go. Let’s start a war.

Merryn Williams