Europe’s rejection of Christianity has led to rise of aggressive Islam

Nov 26, 2014 by

Hilary White in LifeSite News 26th November, 2014 NORCIA, Italy – The “relativistic” thought that arose after Europe rejected its own Christian roots has created a cultural weakness that has allowed the resurgence of aggressive Islam, a coalition of “Ratzingerian” thinkers, activists, and politicians heard this weekend. At their annual meeting in the ancient Umbrian town of Norcia, the conference warned that the West is squeezed between a radical “post-human” secularist ideology on one side,...

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Tremendous News For Muslims

Nov 26, 2014 by

By Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch: We all know about the Islamic State and its reign of terror, and of how all over the world people are being killed, tortured and enslaved in the name of the political ideology of Islam. And with creeping sharia also in the West, we are under no illusions that we most certainly are in a very real war. But behind all this is of course a spiritual war, and there are some other very important things that we need to be aware of. Indeed, there is some tremendous...

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How the Church Can Respond to the Gay Agenda

Nov 26, 2014 by

By Anne Paulk, Charisma News: If one topic in our culture could be described as the “perfect storm,” I would have to say it is homosexuality. Social battle lines are forming around us as we grapple with homosexual marriage or civil unions, gay ordinations and homosexual theology. How did we reach the point at which gay marriage is not simply on the horizon but happening all around us? And how should we respond as Christians in order to make a lasting difference in the lives of...

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Do not worship false gods, even if they are the flag of St George

Nov 26, 2014 by

By Julian Mann, Conservative Woman: It may be heretical to say it following the furore over former shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry’s pictorial tweet of a house in Strood festooned with St George’s flags, but the practice is open to question from a Christian perspective. Or to be precise from a Protestant Christian perspective, for Protestantism emphasises the priority of the Word of God and minimises the role of visual symbols. For example, Article 22 of the Church of England’s 39...

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Canon Andrew White ordered home with $57m bounty on his head

Nov 26, 2014 by

From Cranmer: “It’s the end for Iraqi Christians,” writes Josh Glancy in The Sunday Times, as he recounts the appalling horrors, heartbreaks and sheer despair of Iraq’s Christians, many thousands of whom are homeless, destitute and traumatised, and many hundreds of whom have had their hands held and tears wiped away by Canon Andrew White, the acclaimed ‘Vicar of Baghdad’, who, sadly, ministers in Baghdad no longer. He has been ordered home by the Archbishop of Canterbury. When there’s a $57m...

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Church decline: what hope for the future?

Nov 25, 2014 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. The recently published statistics on church numbers show a decline in average attendance across the country. Nearly a quarter of all churches are shrinking in number. While there is encouraging growth reported (31,000 new members), particularly in urban areas, there has been an overall loss of 72,000, which means that overall there are 41,000 fewer people in church than the previous year. Thousands of rural congregations are struggling, each one with an...

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Pope criticises human rights legislation in speech to European Parliament

Nov 25, 2014 by

By A B Sanderson, Breitbart: Pope Francis has warned MEPs that Human Rights legislation could lead to further conflict and violence. Addressing MEPs in Strasbourg this morning (Tuesday) the pontiff said that the concept of duty was “equally essential” to the concept of rights, a fact which he viewed as no longer linked. And he sought to remind members that it is impossible to have “rights” without “responsibilities”. Abandoning this view, he added, is...

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Are US-style culture wars coming to Britain?

Nov 25, 2014 by

By Alex Wickham, Breitbart: Forever, it seems, Britain has been a divided nation. At least that is what the last two centuries of political discourse in this country tell us, before you accuse me of going all Karl Marx. One of my earliest political memories is reading ‘Sybil’, the Conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli’s novel analysing inequality in nineteenth century Britain. Then, Disraeli wrote, we were “Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy, who are as...

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By caving in to religious misogyny, ‘anti-racist’ liberals reveal their inner racist

Nov 25, 2014 by

By Nick Cohen, Spectator: Even by the low standards of English lawyers, the men and women who run the Law Society have behaved like shameless hypocrites. Instead of confining themselves to offering professional advice, they set themselves up as Islamic theologians. In a practice note on Sharia-compliant wills, the Law Society advised the 125,000 solicitors in England and Wales to urge Muslim clients to discriminate against women, non-Muslims, adopted and ‘illegitimate’ children. ‘Male heirs...

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The Oxford students who trivialise free speech take reckless risks with our liberty

Nov 25, 2014 by

By Rebecca Coulson, Conservative Home: I wanted to write about freedom of speech, but I was worried that someone could disagree with what I said, or claim that I wasn’t the right person to say it. I wanted to write about freedom of speech, but I suspected that someone might hack into my article to censor and change it. I wanted to write about freedom of speech, but I knew that if I did, someone would drag me from my home, then torture and kill me. Several days after another nineteen people’s...

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Massive pro-life march in Madrid demands Spanish government rescind permissive abortion law

Nov 25, 2014 by

by Thaddeus Baklinski, LifeSite: Madrid was mobbed with pro-life activists this weekend, demanding that the government live up to its promise to enact legislation protecting the unborn. A huge pro-life demonstration, attended by 1,400,000 according to the organizers and 60,000 according to police sources, took place in Madrid on Saturday to demand that the government live up to its election promise to reverse the previous Zapatero government’s law allowing abortion-on-demand. Thousands of...

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Australian Liberals set to decide on gay marriage conscience vote

Nov 25, 2014 by

By Patricia Karvelas, The Australian: THE Coalition partyroom will be forced to consider changing its position on gay marriage and allow a conscience vote after Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm introduces a bill putting the issue squarely on the national agenda. The bill to be introduced tomorrow means the Liberal party room will soon decide whether to allow their members a conscience vote, fulfilling an election promise of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s to leave it up to the...

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‘Parties treat gay marriage opponents as morally inferior’

Nov 25, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: David Cameron’s ‘casual imposition’ of gay marriage “insulted settled beliefs”, and “wounded him politically”, a former editor of The Daily Telegraph has said. Writing for the paper, Charles Moore commented that the main political parties treat opponents of same-sex marriage as “moral inferiors”. He criticised the assumption in parts of the Western world that those who disagree with redefining marriage are “bigots” and should be “virtually disqualified from public...

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Identities Crisis: Sex, Gender and ‘Sexual Orientation’

Nov 24, 2014 by

From gentlemind: Sexual identity: John is Joan’s husband, but he can be nothing without first being somebody – and nobody can be somebody without being male or female. A diamond facet can be what it is only because of the diamond first being a diamond. The facets of John’s identity, such as tall, kind, and hungry, are possible only because he has a sex – a foundational essence upon which facets can be built. When John identifies as male, he does nothing more than recognise his own...

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Britain ‘sleepwalking into losing religious freedoms’ says Christian leader

Nov 24, 2014 by

By Mark Woods, Christian Today: The chief executive of CARE has warned that Britain is in danger of “sleepwalking into losing religious freedoms”. In a speech entitled “Can society be Christian?”, Nola Leach told listeners at the Out of the Silent Church conference in Dundee: “Only 50 years ago liberals supported an ‘alternative culture’, but today they abhor any alternative to their credo. Once a dominant force in Western culture, religion is demoted...

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