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 of Christians being singled out for persecution in Britain must be confronted, and that he intends to turn his case into a milestone trial “in defense of freedom of speech and freedom of religion.” Read here...

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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 address our letters to are:1. Scotland’s First Minister, Ms. Nicola Sturgeon MSP2. Scotland’s Justice Secretary, Mr. Michael Matheson MSPand also to:3. Scotland’s Lord Advocate, Mr. Frank Mulholland QCNote that it is the Lord Advocate and his office who are handling the prosecution against Robert Green and it is he who gave the go ahead for Robert to be prosecuted.Please see below suggested letters to all the above 3 people, which also includes their contact details.*Do share* this information with trusted contacts of yours whom youbelieve will be willing to help.*Please do PRAY* that the charge and prosecution against Robert Green will be completely and permanently dropped very soon and that he will not be imprisoned again.On January 13 there will be a court hearing to examine Robert’s bail conditions which are currently very restrictive.*Please pray* that all the restrictions on Robert’s freedom will be lifted very soon.*Pray also* that there will soon be a proper and thorough police investigation into all of Hollie Greig’s allegations and that all those in the group which abused Hollie will be brought to justice and given appropriate prison sentences.best wishes,Wilfred Wong[1] http://www.freerobertgreen.co.uk/bail-no-change/http://vfjuk.org.uk/uncategorized/108/   Suggested Letter to Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP Letters to Scotland’s First Minister can be E-Mailed to: firstminister@scotland.gsi.gov.uk  OR you can post it to the postal address given below. The First Minister Ms. Nicola Sturgeon MSP St. Andrew’s House Regent Road Edinburgh EH1 3DG Scotland Dear Ms. Sturgeon, Robert Green, a 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. I am deeply concerned by the intense harassment which the Scottish authorities have subjected Robert Green to. Mr. Green was arrested for at least the third time by Aberdeen Police on 13 February 2014 . After just over 3 months in prison Mr. Green was finally released on bail despite ardent attempts by your government to keep him imprisoned for an even longer period of time, even though his imprisonment had caused Mr. Green’s health to seriously deteriorate. There is extensive public suspicion that the Scottish authorities are determined...

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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 been subjected to ritual abuse at hands of the same ring. Despite medical evidence at the time confirming Hollie had suffered sexual interference, treatment for venereal disease at the age of 9, and the reports of two independent clinical psychologists stating that Hollie had been sexually abused, the Grampian police dismissed her as a fantasist. It is reported that they interviewed only two of the named 22 suspects, and refused to interview any of the named victims. Not only that, but legal steps were taken to suppress all mention of the case in the media. Hollie was subsequently awarded £13,500 compensation by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for sexual abuse. Robert Green demanded an investigation, calling for justice for Hollie. He has already suffered imprisonment for this, but at the time of his current arrest had not been in Aberdeen for over a year. Since arrest he has been diagnosed with a serious heart condition and has now been imprisoned without trial for 60 days. In recent months the country has been left reeling by the sex abuse scandals surrounding Jimmy Savile and Liberal MP Cyril Smith. VfJUK does not know whether Hollie Greig’s allegations are true or not, but previous failures by the police to investigate have resulted in major injustice for victims. Read...

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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 younger one had been sexually abused by an adult. When her complaints about this were not heeded, her sister was bullied by other inmates of the home for standing up for her (a video shows her being dragged against barbed wire, leaving horrible marks on her back). The girls became so desperate that they ran away, to the flat where their brother now lives. When he rang to tell his mother what had happened, she immediately rang the police, who agreed to inform the social workers. But next day, imagining the girls had left, she went to her son’s flat, to find the police and social workers only just arriving. Her daughters were crying that they didn’t want to be taken back. The son recorded the police telling her to go in to “give them a cuddle”. The social workers were recorded telling her that, if she left, “no further action will be taken”, which she did. Yet next day she was told she would be summoned for breaking the court order. Read...

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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 assuming for the sake of argument that he was indeed unaware of the difference between a child and a woman, or between a woman and a lollipop, as his lawyer also suggested, since when is that an extenuating circumstance? Certainly not since the Roman jurists first enunciated in no uncertain terms that ignorantia juris non excusat (ignorance of the law is no excuse). Had Judge Stokes sent Rashid down for the full seven years, he would have therefore asserted a legal principle that operates in the law of every civilised country. More important, he would have sent an important message ‘to encourage the others’, in Voltaire’s phrase. Read...

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Pro-life activist beaten, arrested, and accused of bomb plot by police while handing out pro-life flyers at local town fair...

Aug 25, 2011 by

From Mass Resistance The open hostility and even vitriol by police against pro-family and pro-life citizens in the public square has reached a frightening new level. We're now seeing pro-life activists innocently passing out flyers considered to be dangerous terrorists by police departments.   On August 11, Peter D'Attilio was merely handing out 2-inch-wide pro-life bookmark flyers at a local fair in Franklin, Massachusetts when he was arrested, handcuffed, and beaten by police while his hands were cuffed behind his back.   The police then accused him of conspiring to plant bombs at the event, telling him that pro-life people "are known for that kind of thing." They ransacked his truck with "bomb-sniffing dogs" while he was being held in a cell at the police station. He was charged with resisting arrest and disturbing the peace and now faces 2½ years in jail and hundreds of dollars in fines. He strongly denies all of the charges.   Read here...

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