Nigel Farage: Not un-Christian to stop treatment of foreign-born HIV patients

Apr 6, 2015 by

By Patrick Sawer, Telegraph: Nigel Farage has said his comments about ‘HIV tourists’ are perfectly compatible with a religious outlook, claiming that it is “a sensible Christian thing to look after your family and your own community first”. The UKIP leader spoke out on the topic of Christianity over the Easter weekend, after his criticism of foreign-born HIV patients receiving treatment under the NHS during the party leaders’ election debate was condemned as intolerant, xenophobic and lacking...

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Should the church be a radical voice in politics?

Apr 6, 2015 by

By Julian Coman, Guardian: The Church of England is having a lively election campaign, attacking our divisive political culture and calling for a fresh vision for Britain. The Tories told the bishops to stop meddling, but the episode highlights the church’s ability to talk straight on subjects politicians shy away from. “Then he said to them: ‘Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’” Matthew 22:21 There is no record of a Jeremy...

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Gove sheds crocodile tears over the persecution of Christians at home and abroad

Apr 5, 2015 by

By Alistair Thompson, The Conservative Woman: Unlike Pontius Pilate, ministers can’t wash their hands of the persecution of Christians. I like Michael Gove. He is an intelligent and principled man. His reforms to our nation’s schools, promoting academic rigour and returning to synthetic phonics, are sensible and popular with parents. So I was pleased to hear that he had written a piece for this week’s Spectator defending Christians in our country. I was less pleased at his utter lack of...

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David Cameron’s curiously sanitised Christianity

Apr 2, 2015 by

By Isabel Hardman, Spectator: David Cameron has written a rather interesting piece for Premier Christianity magazine on his faith and the meaning of Easter. I use the word ‘interesting’ advisedly and in the sense that an aged relative might deploy it when regarding some new fangled Christmas present that has a touch screen. The final two paragraphs are particularly interesting: ‘So I end my argument with this: I hope everyone can share in the belief of trying to lift people up rather than...

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Election campaign secret No 1. Don’t mention what’s left of the family

Apr 2, 2015 by

By Kathy Gyngell, The Conservative Woman: Among the perils of a spring clean is discovering filing boxes of  press cuttings and articles you do not even remember saving in the first place. Some you wish you’d junked at the time.  Others provide pause for thought. So it was with an article by Brian Appleyard (always one of my favourite writers) published by The Sunday Times on 22nd September 1991 that came unexpectedly to light. Only nuclear families can defuse the social A-bomb, Appleyard...

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In defence of Christianity

Apr 2, 2015 by

By Michael Gove, Spectator: Jeremy Paxman was on great form last week, reminding us that when it comes to being rude to prime ministers he has no peers. Jeremy’s rudeness is, of course, magnificently bipartisan. However elegant the sneer he displayed when asking David Cameron about Stephen Green, it was as nothing compared to the pointed disdain with which he once asked Tony Blair about his faith. Was it true, Jeremy inquired, that he had prayed together with his fellow Christian George W....

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