Locked up: Finsbury Park Mosque detains journalist after tricky questions

Aug 29, 2014 by

By Ben Flanagan, Al Arabiya News, London: London’s Finsbury Park Mosque is still struggling to shake off its association with “hate preacher” Abu Hamza – yet it does not seem to be doing itself many favors in the public-relations stakes. Abu Hamza al-Masri’s sermons attracted the likes of 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and failed shoe bomber Richard Reid, earning the mosque the reputation as a “suicide factory” and “Al-Qaeda camp in the heart of London.” The dark days of Abu Hamza are...

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Message from Bishop David Anderson

Aug 29, 2014 by

When the battles first began to shape up over the definition of marriage, I was invited to the Manhattan Declaration meeting in New York City, and became an initial signatory. Little did we appreciate at the time how the liberal and biased court system would later betray the foundational understandings of our nation and overturn what both tradition and law have identified as the logical, religious and biological basis for marriage: a union of a man and a woman for the purpose of mutual support...

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Peter Hitchens: Atheism Led Me to God

Aug 29, 2014 by

John Cleary talks with Peter Hitchens, the journalist and author of the book The Rage Against God. Peter is also the brother of atheist polemicist Christopher. Unlike his brother, Peter gains a genuine sense of hope for the world from his religious faith. Buy Hitchens’ book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Rage-Agains… This is part of the “Ex-Atheists Who Converted to Christianity” playlist:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…...

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Victory for the Family: Pro-LGBT Ordinance Defeated in Louisiana

Aug 29, 2014 by

by Thomas Drake, TFP: A hush of expectation took over the room. The Baton Rouge Metro Council was now going to vote on whether to include “sexual-orientation” and something called “gender-identity” on the list of non-discriminatory city ordinances. Months of a well-oiled and well-financed PR offensive by the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender) lobby to pressure the city councilors of Louisiana’s Capital City to give privileged status to a chosen immoral behavior, was now at stake....

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The two faces of Islam

Aug 29, 2014 by

By Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, Barnabas Fund: Last month I was in Damascus. I had the great privilege of meeting Dr Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun, the Grand Mufti ofSyria. He is a man of peace who pleads repeatedly for equal and harmonious relations between Muslims, Christians and followers of all religions as members of one human family. Because of this stance, he has endured great abuse and criticism from some of his fellow Muslims and was targeted for assassination by the Saudis. Knowing that he would...

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News Bulletin, 29 August 2014

Aug 29, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: Featured stories: Lib Dem plans to force sex ed on 7-yr-olds are ‘dangerous’ US clinic follows up GM babies’ health for first time Parents slam survey linked to Scots Named Person scheme Doctors oppose assisted suicide says new poll “Jesus set me free from addiction” – singer songwriter Also in the news Latest news stories News...

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World Congress of Families: protesters vow to shut down Australian conference

Aug 29, 2014 by

By Gay Alcorn, Guardian: Group says thousands will blockade ‘hate’ event that is set to be opened by social services minister Kevin Andrews. Protesters against Saturday’s World Congress of Families conference inMelbourne have said thousands of people will try to shut down the meeting, blockading the entrance and attempting to prevent people from attending. A group calling itself the Coalition to Beat Back the Far Right said the congress, which advocates for the “natural family” of a married...

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Judge rules polygamy ban violates religious freedom

Aug 29, 2014 by

By Carey Lodge, Christian Today: A US judge has ruled that a section of the law banning polygamy violates religious freedom, which could lead to the practice being decriminalised. Kody Brown – a member of a fundamentalist Mormon group who, along with his family, features in reality TV show ‘Sister Wives’ – filed a lawsuit against the state in 2011 after he was forced to fee Utah under threat of being charged with bigamy. Polygamous marriage is illegal in all 50 states in the US,...

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What you can tell about a country’s future by looking at its gender balance

Aug 29, 2014 by

By Prabir Bhattacharya, MercatorNet: The human sex ratio, which is usually defined in terms of the number of males per 100 females, varies greatly between countries and regions. The biological norm is for the sex ratio at birth to be about 105 more or less everywhere – meaning just over 51% of births are boys and just under 49% are girls. But with equal care and feeding, females die less quickly. It is therefore not surprising that the sex ratio of the population as a whole in the West and in...

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You can’t deport me… I am gay

Aug 29, 2014 by

By Neil Sears, Mailonline: Jamaican thug’s plea moments before being put on a plane stops him being kicked out. A violent father-of-two escaped deportation moments before being put on a plane to Jamaica – by suddenly declaring he was homosexual. Alvin Brissett, 55, was ordered to be sent back to his Jamaican homeland after building up a long criminal record including thefts, drug possession, and assaults. Yet at the last moment, while he was in handcuffs in a van at Gatwick airport, he...

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Valuing All God’s Children: Not What It Says On The Tin!

Aug 28, 2014 by

By Lisa Severine Nolland, PhD: A recent document on homophobic bullying and church schools has been produced and endorsed by the Church of England Archbishops’ Council Education Division and the prestigious National Society. Entitled Valuing All God’s Children [VAGC, Eastertide 2014], it aims to ensure schools are ‘safe’ places for all youngsters, and does so through foregrounding the evils of homophobia, and offering a decalogue of far reaching recommendations to the nation’s 5,500 church...

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Rotherham – a call to mission

Aug 28, 2014 by

by Andrew Symes. The Rotherham scandal issues a challenge to secularism, policies of multiculturalism, and the Church – but it provides an opportunity for a new commitment to build missional Christian communities in the forgotten areas of our nation. I listened this morning to the phone-in about the Rotherham scandal on Five Live. Although the Jay Report clearly names the main problem: men from an enclosed and un-integrated community preying on working class white girls who they regarded...

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C-Fam Statement to UN: Protect the Family

Aug 28, 2014 by

By Stefano Gennarini, J.D. NEW YORK, August 29 (C-Fam) After decades of shunning the family, something may be about to change in the halls of the UN. John Paul II once declared, “the future of humanity passes through the family.” The Universal Declaration of Human Rights says the family is the “natural and fundamental unit of society.” But at the UN you would be hard pressed to find any evidence of this. The family is rarely addressed at the UN. The only time the family gets attention is when...

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Shining Christ’s Light whether in Rotherham or Richmond

Aug 28, 2014 by

By Julian Mann, Cranmer’s Curate: In communities where girls are at risk from exploitation by criminal gangs of Muslim men and where they are not, churches and church schools must urgently and purposefully teach the young people in their care to ‘live as children of light’ (Ephesians 5v8 – NIV). The Apostle Paul’s teaching in Ephesians chapters 5 and 6 is desperately needed in all human societies and cultures. Without it all of us, whatever age we are or social...

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Why I think we’ll win

Aug 28, 2014 by

by Brian Brown, NOM: Although it has been a mild summer, things are heating up in the fight to defend marriage. In just a few months, we will be facing a potential turning point in the political arena, as NOM will be working with many other groups to retake the United States Senate and hold politicians accountable to you, the voters, for their policy positions related to the institution of marriage. And a few short months after that, NOM will be leading the charge to make a national statement...

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