Bishop Nazir Ali on Government Panel on Community Engagement

Oct 22, 2015 by

Bishop Michael Nazir Ali spoke after the first meeting of the Community Engagement Panel held at 10 Downing Street on Tuesday October 13 to a full Committee Room in Westminster Hall the same evening. His topic was “Extremism, then and now, global and local and what we can do about it.” He was positive about being appointed to this 20 member panel which includes the Home Secretary as he urged hospitality and engagement as a better response to tolerance which he disavowed. ‘ Tolerance ’ had led to the failed policy of multiculturalism and the emergence of ghettoes. It is better to require people to learn English than spend public money printing leaflets in seventeen languages. It was, he said, for Muslims to decide the terms on which they would live here with freedom of belief. The question will then have to be faced whether sharia should become part...

read more

Rowan Williams: celebrity culture as damaging to future generations as pollution

Oct 13, 2015 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: Britain’s shallow, celebrity-obsessed culture could leave as toxic a legacy for future generations as the pollution of the planet, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Williams of Oystermouth has warned. Today’s children are growing up in a culture with few if any real “heroes”, he said, while ideas of “nobility” and even “honour” are quietly disappearing. The result could be as damaging to the nation’s “moral and imaginative ecology” as the destruction of the environment, he argued. Britain is in danger of become a more “boring” and “mean-minded” place as a result, he added. His comments came in a book of short essays on the legacy of the Victorian social reformer Octavia Hill, whose achievements include helping found the National Trust, to mark the 150th anniversary of the housing association she established. Read...

read more

Newbigin, Lewis, Paganism and the Mission of the Church.

Oct 12, 2015 by

By Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch.   […] the church also has a very public role to play in being salt and light: “The church today cannot without guilt absolve itself from the responsibility, where it sees the possibility, of seeking to shape the public life of nations and the global ordering of industry and commerce in the light of the Christian faith. Even where the church is a tiny minority with no political power, it has the duty to address the governing authority of the civil community with the word of God.” … And this from his [Newbigin’s] 1989 volume, The Gospel in a Pluralist Society: “Christian affirmation in this country cannot mean simply the affirmation of a way of personal salvation for the individual. It must mean this, and no less than this. To call men and women into discipleship of Jesus Christ is and must always be central in...

read more

African Bishops Denounce “Filthy Campaigns” and “New Slavery” Before UN Summit

Sep 26, 2015 by

By Steffano Gennarini JD, C-Fam: African Bishops denounced “agents of the civilization of death” in a powerful message prepared this summer ahead of today’s adoption of a new UN development scheme by world leaders. In a “Common Declaration of the Bishops of Africa and Madagascar” published during negotiations on the development goals, the Bishops urge African leaders and their global development partners to “love and serve Africa in truth!” – and criticize the “moral decadence” of developed countries. The Bishops accuse the global development establishment of “buying” African politicians and officials to further their “selfish and perverse interests,” and urge Africans to ”not give in to the triple seduction of pleasure, money, and power!” They specifically mention initiatives to eliminate protections for children in the womb, to indoctrinate children from an early age, the promotion of homosexuality as normal, and campaigns to reduce Africa’s population by massive funding of...

read more

The Church must challenge the State’s fuzzy ‘British Values’

Sep 23, 2015 by

From Archbishop Cranmer: Fundamental British values have been defined by the Government as: “the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” According to Andrew Gilligan’s piece in the Telegraph on Home Office plans for the mandatory registration of all faith leaders, extremism is defined by the Government as: “the vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.” So, in a nutshell, extremism includes vocal opposition to respecting Mohammed. Yes, that’s the inflammatory nugget of ‘religious hatred’. It would be just as easy to say that Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, being a vocal supporter of IRA bombs and bullets, is, by this definition, an extremist, but slightly less interesting from a theological point of view. How does the Government propose to...

read more

Public Morality and the Lure of Profit

Sep 21, 2015 by

by David L Tubbs, Public Discourse: The liberal campaign to redefine marriage is not over. Attempts to secure constitutional rights to polygamy and polyamory are on the way. Conservatives must pursue a new strategy to thwart private corporations from undermining public morality if we hope to prevent further changes to the institution of marriage and protect other vital elements of public morality. Even after the economic slowdown of the last eight years, the high standard of living in the United States remains the envy of much of the world. That standard of living depends upon the spirit of entrepreneurship, a broad commitment to free markets, and a vast number of business corporations. But what happens when corporations make money by undermining crucial elements of public morality in the United States? We have substantial evidence that more and more corporations are doing just that. What Is “Public Morality”? Public morality...

read more