Electroshock Therapy for Gays in Church Basements? Pastoral Counselors and Christian Psychologists React to ‘Conversion Therapy’ Claims

Dec 2, 2016 by

by Brandon Showalter, Christian Post: Christian psychologists and pastoral counselors are decrying the fear mongering over “gay conversion therapy,” with tales of “electroshock” use in church basements, arguing that the state is trying to control legitimate therapy. Several cities including Pittsburgh and Buffalo are currently considering outlawing so-called “conversion therapy” for gays amid assertions that Vice President-elect Mike Pence supports the...

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UK visas: YES to radical Islamists, NO to Christian archbishops

Dec 2, 2016 by

From Barnabas Fund: It is hard to imagine a more incongruous headline – just as the world’s attention focuses on the liberation of Mosul, the UK government has refused to grant a visa to the Archbishop of Mosul to attend the consecration of the UK’s first Syriac Orthodox cathedral, a church whose flock includes many refugees fleeing persecution from Islamists in Iraq and Syria. Last week saw great celebrations as St Thomas Cathedral in London was consecrated by the worldwide head of the Syriac...

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CI News: 2 December 2016

Dec 2, 2016 by

from The Christian Institute: Featured stories Prime Minister: ‘Christians should be able to share their faith at work’ Equality Watchdog set to slam PC groups which suppress Christianity Family breakdown fears as lawyers call for no fault divorce 300,000 signatures for NI pro-life...

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Beyond the politics of anger

Dec 2, 2016 by

by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, MercatorNet: This is not politics as usual. The American Presidential election, the Brexit vote and the rise of extremism in the politics of the West are warnings of something larger, and the sooner we realise it, the better. What we are witnessing is the birth of a new politics of anger. It is potentially very dangerous indeed. No civilisation lasts forever. The first sign of breakdown is that people stop trusting the ruling elite. They are seen as having failed...

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The Tyranny of the Progressives – Another Step Backwards

Dec 2, 2016 by

by David Robertson, theweeflea: You may have missed it but yesterday was a significant day in the British Parliament.  It almost passed me bye, but in the providence of God I happened to be watching the UK parliament channel (as one does) and saw the seeds of the coming disaster being sown. Bigger than Brexit, more dangerous than Same Sex Marriage, this story has gone largely unheralded and unannounced, except in a few in-house LGBT activist groups and the reliably liberal Huffington Post. The...

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No Pain, No Gaines

Dec 2, 2016 by

by Tony Perkins, Family Research Council: Bullying Christians may be a favorite strategy of the Left — but it’s not necessarily an effective one. Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s popular show “Fixer Upper” may be sending that message without ever opening their mouths! In what can only be described as a politically-motivated witch hunt, BuzzFeed posted a non-story about how the fan-favorites attend a church where it’s apparently news that the pastor preaches...

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Civil Rights, Religious Accommodation, and the Challenges of Diversity

Dec 2, 2016 by

by Steven Smith Public Discourse: In many ways, so-called progressives are comparable to lunch-counter segregationists, and proponents of religious exemptions are the heirs of civil rights activists. Over the past several years, bakers, florists, photographers, and marriage counselors who are religiously opposed to same-sex marriage have taken part in highly publicized court cases. Thus far, courts have declined to accommodate the religious objectors, leading some to perceive an alarming...

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Archbishop Of Canterbury: British Values Are Based On ‘Threat And Fear’

Dec 2, 2016 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today The Archbishop of Canterbury has criticised the government’s ‘British values’ as he said neither democracy nor the rule of law answers problems of division and hatred in the UK. Justin Welby led a debate in the House of Lords on Friday discussing “shared values underpinning our national life”. He said the Home Office definition of “fundamental British values” is based on a “revisionist secularism notion of our...

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UN General Assembly Rejects Controversial Sex Ed Programming, Launches Anti-Bullying Campaign

Dec 2, 2016 by

by Stefano Gennarini JD, C-Fam: A three-year campaign to have the General Assembly endorse “comprehensive sexuality education” programming fizzled out during negotiations this year. Sponsors of the annual General Assembly resolution on the “Rights of the Child” did not include “comprehensive sexuality education” in the draft resolution that is being considered for adoption, resulting in a kind of ceasefire on one of the most heated UN battles on social issues. European and World Health...

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Faith school push will not ‘help results’

Dec 2, 2016 by

by Hannah Richardson, BBC: Plans to allow new faith schools to increase the share of pupils they take on religious grounds in England will not improve standards, a report says. The Education Policy Institute research also finds the move is unlikely to boost social mobility. The proposal is part of a range of measures, including opening new grammar schools, aimed at boosting the number of places in high performing schools. The government said faith schools were some of the best and most...

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