Impact of the LGBT Agenda on Religious Freedom in US Foreign Policy

Jul 25, 2014 by

Selected quotations from a debate in the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs. Subcommittee Hearing: The Troubling Case of Meriam Ibrahim, Wednesday 23 July 2014. Transcript by Mike Gascoigne. The complete archive video is available here.  Note: The video elapsed time is exaggerated because of a test frame at the beginning that lasts for 1:05:30. The meeting was initially chaired by Chris Smith, Republican representative for New  Jersey, then he handed over to Mark Meadows,...

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Britain must lead war on religious intolerance, say peers

Jul 25, 2014 by

From BBC News: The world is experiencing a “global crisis” of repression of religious freedom and Britain should lead a “diplomatic war” on opposing religious extremism, peers have urged the government. The threat of violence was used to compel people to “echo religious norms” in 39% of the worlds countries, up from 18% in 2007, Conservative peer Baroness Berridge told peers. Speaking in a debate on Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,...

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Statement by His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United K...

Jul 25, 2014 by

As the widespread violence and aggression facing Christians and minority groups in Mosul, Iraq, intensifies, it is increasingly evident that the fundamental right and freedom to practice one’s Faith and belief is, and continues to be, grossly violated. We are currently witnessing an unacceptable widespread implementation of extremist religious ideology that threatens the lives of all Iraqis who do not fit within its ever-narrowing perspective. While this situation stands to eradicate centuries...

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Without freedom of religion and belief, what freedom is there?

Jul 25, 2014 by

From Cranmer: Lord Alton of Liverpool initiated a debate in the House of Lords on 24th July concerning international compliance with Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights concerning freedom of belief. Here is his opening address: My Lords, I begin by thanking all noble Lords who will participate in this balloted debate, which draws attention to Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Right. Article 18 states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience...

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The Muslim who gave up his life for Mosul’s Christians

Jul 25, 2014 by

From Vatican Insider: He refused to keep silent about the violence agaist Mosul’s Christians  who are forced to choose between converting to the Muslim faith, paying thejizyah (the Islamic tax for non-Muslims) or fleeing. Professor Mahmoud Al ‘Asali, a law professor who lectures on pedagogy at the University of Mosul, had the courage to make a stand against this brutal duress which he believes go against the Muslim commandments. But he paid for this gesture with his life: he was killed by ISIS...

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Benefit halted after eucharist request refused

Jul 25, 2014 by

By Gavin Drake, Church Times: IT HAS been celebrated in churches for more than 350 years; but a court has now ruled that attendance at a Book of Common Prayer (BCP) service of holy communion “could not be regarded as an established custom and practice” of the Church of England. The ruling came in unsuccessful challenges to the First Tier and Upper Tier Tribunals against a decision by Jobcentre staff to stop unemployed benefit to a theology student. His error was to go to a...

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