Why the state can’t make you happy

Jul 30, 2014 by

by Peter Franklin, Conservative Home: If the moral basis of liberalism can be summed up in a single sentence, then this from Jeremy Bentham surely does the job: “it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong.” Happiness, though, is a notoriously difficult thing to define let alone quantify, which is why progressive governments resort to financial proxies. From time to time, liberal thinkers wonder if a more direct approach can be taken – much to the...

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Mosul Crisis

Jul 30, 2014 by

From Aid to the Church in Need: Imagine having your house daubed with a Cross or a big ‘C’ for Christian, knowing that your house was about to be targeted and taken. This is what happened in Mosul – and the Arabic letter ‘N’ equating to Nazarene was daubed on Christian properties by the jihadist ISIS forces. Now a city which had up to 60,000 Christians ten years ago has no Christians – they have had to flee, after being told to convert or face the sword. Just last Sunday another one thousand...

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France ready to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians

Jul 30, 2014 by

By Carey Lodge, Christian Today: France announced on Monday that it will offer asylum to those forced to flee Iraq as the Islamic State (IS) continues to tighten its grip across the country. Referring to the thousands of Christians and other religious minorities persecuted by extremist Sunnis, the Foreign and Interior ministers, Laurent Fabius and Bernard Cazeneuve, said in a statement that France is “outraged by these abuses that it condemns with the utmost firmness.” “We...

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The silence is deafening

Jul 29, 2014 by

Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf took to the House floor July 29 to speak out for Christians and other religious minorities who are being systematically targeted for extinction in Iraq. It is the fifth time in the past week that he has addressed the subject. Following is the text of his remarks:I want to read the following piece that was posted on NBCNews.com yesterday. The headline was: “Has last Christian left Iraqi city of Mosul after 2,000 years?” Here is how it began: “Samer Kamil Yacub...

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Why is drug use higher in the gay community?

Jul 29, 2014 by

By Monty Moncreiff, Pink News: Last week the Home Office released the latest official figures on drug use in England & Wales. For the first time in five years they have been analysed by sexual orientation, giving us a rare comparison at how use differs for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. The headline figure in the Crime Survey for England & Wales is that drug use in the past year amongst gay and bisexual men is three times higher (33%) than use amongst heterosexual men (11.1%). For...

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Is the gay bullying plague in schools a myth?

Jul 29, 2014 by

By David van Gend, MercatorNet: An Australian doctor questions “safe school” and”gay-straight alliance” programs. An open letter to the Australian Education Minister. The Hon Christopher Pyne   Minister for Education    Dear Mr Pyne, I trust you, or your advisors, will give serious consideration to the medical evidence below and reconsider your decision to fund the so-called Safe Schools programme throughout Australia. The political justification for ‘Safe Schools’...

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A Message from Bishop Lawrence at the Close of the Trial

Jul 29, 2014 by

Dear Friends in Christ,“… suffering produces endurance and endurance produces hope and hope does not disappoint us for the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit….” Romans 5:3-4.Having spent much of the last three weeks at the Dorchester Courthouse in St. George, South Carolina it is rather serendipitous to be sending this from a Starbucks in St. George, Utah (a gateway to Zion National Park).  Allison and I will be traveling during the next few weeks in Utah, Nevada...

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In Iraq, ancient Christianity lies in ruins. But who cares?

Jul 29, 2014 by

By Damian Thompson, Spectator: The Mar Behnam monastery outside Mosul, seized by ISIS just over a week ago, bears an inscription in the Turkic language of the Mongols who invaded Iraq in the 13th century. It asks for ‘the peace of Mar [Saint] Behnam to come down and rest on the Khan, his elders and his wives’. Why should Mongols revere Behnam, a convert to Christianity who was martyred by the region’s Zoroastrian ruler in the fourth century? The answer is that the Church of East to which...

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Anglican Unscripted Episode 110

Jul 29, 2014 by

Story Index 00:00 Kevin and George discuss this week on AU 02:30 Jeff Walton reports on trouble in the Diocese of VA 07:40 Allan Haley gives the low down on Legal Victories in Illinois and South...

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The Times admits an error

Jul 29, 2014 by

By Chris Sugden: Under a photograph in Philip Collins’ article in the Times of July 25  which commented on the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games is the caption: ” John Barrowman’s protest kiss would have risked a death sentence in Uganda.” On Tuesday July 29 the Times has printed the following correction on page 23: ‘The picture caption (Opinion, July 25), “John Barrowman’s protest kiss would have risked a death sentence in Uganda”, should have read, “John...

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