Church of England parishes consider first step to break away over sexuality

Aug 29, 2016 by

John Bingham, Telegraph [followed by a number of other articles and statements in response to this story]: A group of parishes is preparing what could be the first step towards a formal split in the Church of England over issues such as homosexuality, with the creation of a new “shadow synod” vowing to uphold traditional teaching. Representatives of almost a dozen congregations in the Home Counties are due to gather in a church hall in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, later this week for the first...

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Western Self-Hatred Makes Jihad Possible

Aug 30, 2016 by

by William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine: It’s often said that we are engaged in an ideological struggle with radical Islam—a clash of civilizations. But what exactly does that mean? Ideological warfare is, in its most basic sense, a war of ideas. Of course, it’s not advisable to engage in pitched intellectual warfare with every group with which you disagree. As Jefferson said, “it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my...

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Here’s why the ‘burkini ban’ is important, even though French secularists are bungling it so badly

Aug 30, 2016 by

by Jeanne Smits, LifeSite: After weeks of bickering in political circles and in the media, the French Council of State — the country’s highest administrative court — issued a summary ruling that suspended one of approximately 30 municipal bans against the “burkini” garments worn by Muslim women on French beaches. […]  Observers from foreign countries who saw shocking pictures of tear-gas armed police asking a Muslim woman to uncover her arms on a beach in the South of France will surely...

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An Anglican ‘Narrative’

Aug 29, 2016 by

by Hal G P Colebatch, The American Spectator: Even Chamberlain never spoke in terms of “interfaith relations.” Celebrated British columnist Michael Wharton (“Peter Simple”of the Daily Telegraph) once wrote to the effect that the Anglican Church seemed determined to drag itself down to a level so far beneath contempt that there was no expression to adequately describe it. Readers may contemplate the following story — I mean “narrative” — and decide for themselves whether or not he was...

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Stonewall’s Abby Crawford responds to that controversial Metro article

Aug 29, 2016 by

by Abby Crawford, Diva Magazine There has been a lot of focus on bisexuality in the news recently. One article published earlier this week asked the question “Would you date a bisexual man?” before presenting the reader with an argument ‘for’ and ‘against’. Some people, myself included, asked a counter question of the news site responsible for publishing the article – would they ask the same question about someone from another minority background?...

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Faith schools are beacons of intellectual rigour

Aug 29, 2016 by

by Marc Sidwell, Telegraph: Another year’s GCSE and A-level results, another bumper crop for… grammars? academies? Yes, absolutely. But there’s a third group of state schools that outperform the average that gets far less positive attention: the nation’s faith schools. For this year’s results, the Telegraph’s ranking of top-performing comprehensives shows a strong showing from faith schools of many kinds: among the top few dozen entries are two King David Highs, a St John the Baptist RC Comp,...

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The Salisbury dean was wrong to bless a gay pride festival

Aug 29, 2016 by

by Julian Mann, The Conservative Woman: The decision by the Dean of Salisbury Cathedral, the Very Revd June Osborne, to bless the city’s gay pride parade this summer highlights the crisis of spiritual accountability in the Church of England. Accountability is crucial in authentic Christian ministry. Public Christian ministers must be held to account if they speak or act against the received biblical teaching of the Church or if they demonstrate a pattern of failure to uphold biblical teaching...

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We Can Defeat Islamist Terror — But Not On Our Own

Aug 29, 2016 by

by Michael Nazir-Ali, Standpoint Magazine: It is not an exaggeration to say that terrorists are waging a global war in which all of us are caught up. It is not just Baghdad, Tunis or Karachi where there are major atrocities but New York, London, Paris and Brussels as well. Nor are we facing only organised militants, who may be recognisable, but “sleeper cells” in European and American cities, “lone wolves” radicalised online and terrorists disguised as refugees. How is this highly...

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How a jailer found salvation

Aug 28, 2016 by

by Julian Mann, TCW: Imagine the jailer before he believed in the Lord Jesus. He looked a bit weedy in the picture story but in real life he would have looked pretty frightening – you had to be tough to be in charge of jail in those days so he would have been a big muscly man with some mean tattoos. He worshipped the Greek and Roman gods, many gods, made-up gods who were always fighting each other – he didn’t worship the one true God, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who made the...

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Reasoned Analysis vs. Blah, Blah, Sneer, and Blah

Aug 28, 2016 by

by Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine: That is the argument today on the question of homosexuality and transgenderism. On the one side there is reasoned argument, science, social science, analysis. On the other, nothing much more than mockery, slander, laughter, and dismissal. Sure, there are studies on the other side, many of them shoddy and ideological, and others that actually back up our own claims. But, for the most part, the LGBTs believe they have reached a point in the debate when they do...

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