Archbishop Welby, what will you do about it?

Sep 28, 2015 by

By Canon Phil Ashey, AAC: I’m not fond of litigation.  I take our witness to the world very seriously, and the damage to that witness from Christians suing each other is serious. And even though my former profession as a criminal prosecutor put me in the position of litigating daily in the courts, I would much prefer followers of Jesus Christ being able to follow I Corinthians 6 and work out their disagreements within the Church, through church or secular sponsored arbitration services and negotiated settlements. I cannot, however, let the injustice pass that occurred in the oral arguments before the South Carolina Supreme Court, between the Diocese of South Carolina (Bishop Mark Lawrence) and The Episcopal Church (TEC.) There must have been quite a few people watching the live stream—because there apparently wasn’t any room for me to access it when I tried. But attorney Alan Haley (aka...

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Belfast Pastor Faces Prison for “Grossly Offending” Islam

Jun 28, 2015 by

By Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute: An evangelical Christian pastor in Northern Ireland is being prosecuted for making “grossly offensive” remarks about Islam. James McConnell, 78, is facing up to six months in prison for delivering a sermon in which he described Islam as “heathen” and “satanic.” The message was streamed live on the Internet, and a Muslim group called the police to complain. According to Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service (PPS), McConnell violated the 2003 Communications Act by “sending, or causing to be sent, by means of a public electronic communications network, a message or other matter that was grossly offensive.” Observers say that McConnell’s prosecution is one of a growing number of examples in which British authorities — who routinely ignore incendiary speech by Muslim extremists — are using hate speech laws to silence Christians. McConnell, who turned down an offer to avoid a trial, says the issue...

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Urgent prayer and action for Robert Green

Jan 3, 2015 by

Dear Friends,Robert Green, a tireless children’s welfare campaigner and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee has been charged by the Scottish authorities with the alleged violation of a non-harassment order and his trial date has been set for 21st January 2015. Robert Green has been arrested at least 3 times during the course of his attempts to get the sexual abuse allegations of Hollie Greig properly and thoroughly investigated by the police in Aberdeen.Hollie named at least 22 alleged abusers who allegedly prey on children but to date the police have only ever interviewed 2 of these suspects at most.Hollie also named 7 alleged victims of the abusers none of whom have ever been interviewed by the police.As before I am urging that supporters like you write to Scottish Ministers in support of Robert Green and encourage others to do likewise.But since Robert was released on bail earlier this year there have been some changes to various Ministerial positions.The 3 key people to...

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Christian campaigning group VfJUK calls for investigation of Scottish child abuse ring, and immediate release of campaigner, Robert Green

Apr 14, 2014 by

From Voice for Justice UK On February 12, 2014, child rights’ campaigner, Robert Green, was arrested by Grampian Police at his home in Warrington and taken to Scotland. He is currently held at Her Majesty’s Prison Perth. He was not informed of any charge till five days after arrest, when it was alleged he had broken a non-harassment order. Grampian Police do not have jurisdiction in Warrington, but some years ago Robert Green had taken up the case of Hollie Greig, a Down’s Syndrome sufferer who made allegations of serious and repeated sexual abuse while a child living in Aberdeen. As chief perpetrators, Hollie named her father and brother, but she alleged the involvement of a far wider ring, including a senior police officer, a judge, and a range of highly influential and prominent Scottish professionals. She went on to name seven other children who, she said, had also...

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Family courts: Six months in prison for a woman who was careful to do the 'right' thing

Apr 2, 2014 by

By Christopher Booker, Telegraph The latest instalment of a curious story speaks volumes about the murky workings of Britain's child-care system Two years ago, I reported the curious case of a mother threatened with prison because social workers discovered that her 17-year-old son had been chatting on Facebook with his younger teenage sisters. The sisters were very unhappily in foster care, not for anything done to them at home, but for their own safety, because they had been physically threatened by a gang on the estate where they lived. Even though the mother had not broken an order forbidding her to contact them herself, Judge Rundell refused to accept that she had not encouraged her son to do so. He gave her a six-month suspended prison sentence; also, astonishingly, banning her from entering the entire county where her daughters are kept. The girls recently published on Facebook that the...

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Law and ordure

Jan 29, 2013 by

By Alexander Boot Having admitted at his trial to the rape of a 13-year-old girl, Adil Rashid, 18, was facing four to seven years in prison. Yet Judge Michael Stokes suspended the sentence, for reasons that make one doubt not just his sanity but also that of our whole society. In fact, this case could provide a valuable diagnostic tool in any psychiatric examination. However, lacking medical qualifications, I’ll have to approach the stated reasons behind such lenience from other angles. Reason One: Since Rashid had gone to an Islamic faith school, he didn’t know that having sex with female children was wrong. Now, Rashid was born, bred and educated in Birmingham, not in Dar-es-Salaam. Even if his environment could indeed ‘be described as a closed community’, as his defence attorney claimed, surely he must have ventured outside his school enough times to make such ignorance unlikely? But even...

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