How has the church in every age, when in authority, defended itself? Always by a statute against blasphemy, against argument, against free speech. And there never was such a statute that did not stain the book that it was in and that did not certify to the savagery of the men who passed it.
Unsurprisingly, in these more eco-aware times, interest in ‘ethical diamonds’ is also growing. Two organisations, Amnesty International and Global Witness, have worked over the past few years to help the jewellery industry : it’s a real victory for human rights that it’s now illegal to trade in conflict diamonds, and any government trading in diamonds must certify that shipments of uncut diamonds are conflict-free.