I have just heard Melanie's sermon for last Sunday which I gather caused some discussion about whether it was too political. For myself I thought it was a splendid sermon and highlighted the conflict between Jesus teaching and practical politics. Of course, one must have the rule of law and and this must be enforced with punishments. But, as Melanie says, we must distinguish between justice and revenge. Justice requires an investigation of the causes of the riots, rather than an instant reaction following our own prejudices. And then we must try and ensure that they do not happen again. The society we want to see is the kingdom of God and to bring that about we must behave as God's subjects and that includes doing politics from a Christian point of view.