Evangelical ‘shoebox’ scheme faces legal challenge in American schools

Nov 25, 2016 by

from National Secular Society: The American Humanist Association has filed a lawsuit in Colorado to challenge ‘Operation Christmas Child’, an evangelical charity scheme, being promoted by public schools. Samaritan’s Purse, which organises Operation Christmas Child, is run by Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham. In 2015 Graham backed Donald Trump’s proposal to bar Muslims from entering the United States. The scheme supports “the advancement of the...

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MPs praise the work of Christian groups in benefiting society

Nov 17, 2016 by

from Christian Concern: A debate was held today in the House of Commons to discuss the “contribution of faith organisations to the voluntary sector in local communities”. The debate was an opportunity to raise awareness of the many ways in which Christian and other faith groups positively benefit society across a wide range of social initiatives. During the debate, Conservative MP Fiona Bruce highlighted the huge involvement of Christian organisations in all aspects of society,...

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Is aid being misused to fund terrorism?

Aug 18, 2016 by

Many media outlets carried a story on 2nd August that the director of World Vision’s programme of relief and development in Gaza had been arrested by the Israeli security services, and accused of channelling millions of dollars of aid to Hamas for military purposes. The key elements are summarised here: World Vision’s Gaza manager charged with supporting Hamas militants, by Mark Woods, Christian Today. World Vision’s senior leadership appeared to know nothing about the allegations...

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Investigate Extremist Christians!

Aug 3, 2016 by

by David Robertson, TheWeeFlea: I suppose it was to be expected. After the crushing defeat for the Scottish government at the United Kingdom Supreme Court over their Named Person scheme, we not only had the spin which sought to turn it into victory, but then, sadly, the intimidation and mockery which has become so much part of the current Scottish political scene. Whilst there are Christians who support the named person scheme, and others who do not really know, and whilst there were secular...

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Christian charity funding cut over opposition to homosexual relationships

Jul 20, 2016 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today: A Dutch Christian charity had its government funding withdrawn after pressure from MPs over its opposition to active homosexual relationships. The charity has insisted it will carry on its objectives despite the funding cut. Government minister Jet Bussemaker said Hart van Homo’s would not receive further government money after the Netherlands’ ruling Party for Freedom and Democracy argued the charity, which encourages celibacy for gay Christians,...

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Christian groups lead the way in charitable action in England and Wales, says new report

Jun 18, 2016 by

by Florence Taylor, Christian Today: Almost a quarter of all charitable giving in England and Wales is received by faith-based charities, according to a new report released today by think tank New Philanthropy Capital (NPC). Almost half of all overseas aid and human rights charities are religious in nature, with 49 per cent of aid charities and 45 per cent of human rights charities citing a religious foundation. The new report, entitled Faith Matters: Understanding the size, income and focus...

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