Give to refugee causes – but here’s how to avoid being conned

Sep 7, 2015 by

by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: The images of suffering refugees and migrants have prompted millions of people to donate to appeals and charities tohelp. Now a government agency has issued advice warning people to take care that the people asking for money are legitimate. The Charity Commission warns in a note published online that any suspicions about collectors or online appeals should be reported to the Action Fraud police who investigate fraud and cyber crime. Don’t be pressurised to give to a collection immediately, the commission said. “If in any doubt, donate directly to the charity.” The commission advised: “The news is currently dominated by the plight of thousands of men, women and children attempting to travel across Europe, and finding themselves in desperate need.” Many registered charities with experience in the field are offering humanitarian aid and support. These can be found atthe commission website. Read here See also our...

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Helping the needy at Christmas – does charity begin at home?

Dec 9, 2014 by

by Andrew Symes. Christmas is a time of giving, when we remember the most vulnerable, those really suffering, those going through terrible trauma around the world. Children are especially at risk. Our hearts go out to young people in West Africa – the horror and incomprehension of watching parents and carers dying from Ebola is unimaginable, but also the lives of a whole generation have now been massively disrupted by the school closures and restrictions of normal community activities. Or Syria – once again news reports warn of a serious crisis this Christmas, as refugee camps are overflowing and there are serious shortages of resources such as food, clothing and blankets. These crises always create debate about the best ways to help. But meanwhile Christians in relatively affluent and conflict-free countries are responding in their millions with generous giving and prayer. Churches in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are...

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BBC Children in Need funds homosexual propaganda aimed at youth

Nov 15, 2014 by

by John Smeaton, SPUC: BBC Children in Need is a charity of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to raise money for the support of children, including disabled children. Its main fundraising vehicle is an annual telethon, which this year (2014) is being held this evening (14 November). The BBC Children in Need website reveals that in the last three years it made grants to sexual health centres and homosexual youth projects. In SPUC’s experience, such centres and projects often support and/or facilitate legal abortion, abortifacient birth control and/or damaging forms of sex education. For example, BBC Children in Need has given funds to the Terrence Higgins Trust, which has endorsed a right to choose abortion, promoted morning-after pills, produced pro-euthanasia advance directives (‘living wills’) and produced highly-explicit sex education material. [John Smeaton, 12 November 2011] Also, BBC Children In Need has previously given grants to charities funding abortion and family planning services...

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Christian charities need Christian truth

Sep 17, 2014 by

By Rebecca Oas, PhD, Turtle Bay & Beyond: The UK-based organization Christian Aid released a briefing paper dated September 2014 detailing its position on the post-2015 development agenda currently under discussion at the UN. Under their “Gender Justice” recommendations, Christian Aid calls for: “Mainstreaming of gender into other areas including health, education, natural-resource management, energy access, peacebuilding, accountable governance and access to justice. This should include specific targets on maternal mortality and on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).” The term “sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)” is highly controversial language that has never been formally defined and is being promoted as a way to promote abortion and homosexuality.  No country that does not support abortion and homosexuality in the UN context supports the term SRHR. This isn’t the first time Christian Aid has promoted it, either.  Last year, another report they published on the post-2015 development agenda included this: “The...

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Religion ‘makes people more generous’

Jun 9, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: It preaches help for the poor and loving thy neighbour but now a new study has provided evidence that religion can make people more generous in their everyday lives. Research commissioned by the BBC found that people who profess a religious belief are significantly more likely to give to charity than non-believers. Sikhs and Jews emerged as the most likely to share their worldly goods with a good cause, just ahead of Christians, Hindus and Muslims. The study, carried out for the BBC’s network of local radio stations, included polling by ComRes of a sample of more than 3,000 people of all faiths and none. It found that levels of generosity across the British public are strikingly high, but highest among those with a religious faith. Read here...

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It is time to make UK Overseas Aid contingent on religious liberty

May 31, 2014 by

From Cranmer: His Grace raised the appalling plight of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim a fortnight ago, and it is heartening to see that The Times and the Prime Minister have caught up with it. […]  The thing is, HM Government (ie UK taxpayers) are giving aid money to Sudan. According to the YouTube news report above, it appears that we don’t donate directly, but we do give. His Grace is of the view that a government which is bold enough to make overseas aid contingent on a nation’s promotion of gay rights ought equally to ensure that the aid budget is used to promote religious liberty. If we are truly pursuing equality in international development, why do we penalise those regimes which hang gay teenagers but permit those who behead Christians to continue with impunity? Are Islamic blasphemy laws any less repressive than anti-gay laws? Why are we subsidising the torture and systematic slaughter of our brothers...

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