Medical dilemma of ‘three-parent babies’

Aug 26, 2014 by

By Steve Connor, Independent: A private fertility clinic in the United States has launched an investigation into the health of 17 teenagers who were born as a result of a controversial IVF technique that produced the world’s first “three-parent” embryos more than 15 years ago, The Independent can reveal. The technique – which the US government halted in 2002 – involved mixing the eggs of two women so that the resulting IVF babies inherited genetic material from three individuals in a similar...

read more

Dominic Grieve: ‘British Christians forced to hide belief’

Aug 26, 2014 by

by Steven Swinford, Telegraph: Britain is at risk of being “sanitised” of faith because an “aggressive form of secularism” in workplaces and public bodies is forcing Christians to hide their beliefs, a former attorney general has warned. Dominic Grieve said he found it “quite extraordinary” that people were being sacked or disciplined for expressing their beliefs at work. He described Christianity as a “powerful force for good” in modern Britain and warned that Christians should not be...

read more

An open letter to Richard Dawkins

Aug 25, 2014 by

By J D Flynn, First Things: Dear Dr. Dawkins, Earlier this week, on Twitter, you drew attention to a troubling fact unknown to most people. You pointed out that in the United States and Europe, most children conceived with Down syndrome are aborted. You’re right. Some experts put the number as high as 90 percent. Others suggest that only 65 percent, or 70 percent, or 80 percent of children with Down syndrome are aborted. The actual number is probably very difficult to determine. You have a...

read more

Person spec for a Conservative Evangelical Bishop

Aug 25, 2014 by

By Julian Mann, Cranmer’s Curate: With the Archbishops of Canterbury and York reportedly determined to see a conservative evangelical suffragan bishop appointed ‘within a matter of months’ (Anglican Update,September’s Evangelicals Now), here is a suggested person specification for the Dioceses Commission: He should be publicly committed to the Reform Covenant. He should be passionately committed to serving the local church, having been at least ten years in one post as...

read more

Why I, as a Christian, believe we must banish evil British jihadis from these shores

Aug 25, 2014 by

By Lord Carey, Mailonline: The menacing advance of the Islamic State in Iraq should not prejudice Western people against Muslim people and the Islamic faith. I once served as an  airman in Egypt and Iraq and can vouch for the kindness and goodness of many Muslim  people. Indeed, more than three million have made their home in Britain, and by far the majority want to get on and make good and peaceful homes among us. But there is a darker side. Radical Islam is on the rise and imperilling our...

read more

Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘Mental Disorder;’ Sex Change ‘Biologically Impossi...

Aug 25, 2014 by

by Michal W Chapman, CNS News: Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospitaland its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder. Dr. McHugh, the author of six books and at least 125 peer-reviewed medical articles, made his...

read more

Revealed: the Pope’s war with the Vatican

Aug 25, 2014 by

By Damian Thompson, Spectator: Francis is firmly set on dealing with the Curia bureaucrats who did for Benedict XVI. If you want to understand how Pope Francis is planning to change the Catholic church, then don’t waste time searching for clues in the charming, self-effacing press conference he gave on the plane back from South Korea on Monday. It’s easy to be misled by the Pope’s shoulder-shrugging interviews and impromptu phone calls. On his return flight from Rio last year, he said, ‘If a...

read more

In failing to stop the Islamic State, U.S. ignores the lessons of Auschwitz

Aug 25, 2014 by

By Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post: OSWIECIM, Poland. Walking among the starvation cells and gas chambers where more than a million souls perished, it is hard to explain to my 12-year-old son how the free world allowed this happen. Why did the world’s democracies not stop the Nazi movement in its infancy — before it indoctrinated millions with its hateful ideology, took control of a great power, built its military might, invaded foreign lands and constructed death camps like the one here at...

read more

Diocese of South Carolina comes under oversight of Global South Primates.

Aug 23, 2014 by

Author: Global South My dear Brothers and Sisters, Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ! The Global South of the Anglican Communion welcomes the unanimous request of The Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence, XIV Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, and the Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina to “accept the offer of the newly created Global South Primatial Oversight Council for pastoral oversight of our ministry as a diocese during the temporary period of our discernment of our final...

read more

Gafcon in talks with New Zealand parish

Aug 23, 2014 by

Author: George Conger The Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans is in talks to offer alternative episcopal oversight to a breakaway New Zealand congregation, The Church of England Newspaper has learned. The Rev. Michael Hewat, the former vicar of West Hamilton Anglican Church in Dinsdale, New Zealand reports that “following communications from FCA-affiliated leaders from 3 overseas provinces, our Vestry decided on [8 Aug 2014] to make exploration of a relationship with FCA its priority...

read more

PERSECUTION: Mal Fletcher speaks to Dr Michael Nazir-Ali

Aug 22, 2014 by

In this interview, Mal Fletcher speaks with Bishop Dr Michael Nazir-Ali about the historical, political and religious origins of militant extremism, especially in the Middle East, and what might be done about the problem of persecution – and for the persecuted.   The interview can be viewed here.     Bishop Dr Michael Nazir-Ali is an Anglican bishop, author, media commentator and passionate advocate for persecuted people around the world. He is the former bishop of Rochester...

read more

South Sudanese church leaders: ‘The West has forgotten us’

Aug 21, 2014 by

South Sudanese church leaders: ‘The West has forgotten us’ Christian Today Published 20 August 2014  |   Carey Lodge Church leaders in South Sudan said yesterday that the world has turned its back on the war-torn nation and little is being done to help the millions in desperate need of humanitarian aid. Representatives from the Africa Inland Church, Episcopal Church of Sudan, Presbyterian Church of East Africa and the Pentecostal Church in South Sudan met in London yesterday to...

read more

Holiday

Aug 21, 2014 by

Posting on AM will be lighter than usual for the next few days due to holidays.   Normal service will be resumed, God willing, early next week.  

read more

As long as Obama spouts the fallacy that the Islamic State “speaks for no religion”, we ...

Aug 21, 2014 by

From Cranmer: It would appear that the barbaric Islamist who decapitated US journalist James Foley was a dude named John, probably from East London, who took a brief sojourn in Syria with his mates Mustafa and Aqueel in order to wage a bit of moderate Jihad against their smoking and drinking Ummah. But, you know Jihad: once bitten, never shy, never afraid, never wavering, and never averse to a bit of summary decapitation in the name of Mohammed for the glory of Allah, most gracious, most...

read more

Revisiting “The Silent Extermination of Iraq’s ‘Christian Dogs’”

Aug 21, 2014 by

by Raymond Ibrahim: Nearly three-and-a-half years ago, before the “Arab Spring” and the plight of Christians became much of a topic, I wrote a FrontPage article titled “The Silent Extermination of Iraq’s ‘Christian Dogs.’”  Revisiting it is useful, as it highlights some important points.  The article follows below in italics, with new observations interspersed in regular font: Last week [April, 2011] an Iraqi Muslim scholar issued a fatwa that, among other barbarities, asserts that “it is...

read more