‘More than 10′ politicians on list held by police investigating Westminster ‘paedo...

Jul 5, 2014 by

By Gordon Rayner and David Barrett, Telegraph: More than 10 current and former politicians are on a list of alleged child abusers held by police investigating claims of a Westminster paedophile ring. MPs or peers from all three main political parties are on the list, which includes former ministers and household names. Several, including Cyril Smith and Sir Peter Morrison, are no longer alive, but others are still active in Parliament. The existence of the list was disclosed by Peter McKelvie,...

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Ryan Anderson debates gay marriage with Piers Morgan

Jul 5, 2014 by

Another chance to watch this video from last May in which Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation holds his ground against a hostile Piers Morgan and liberal studio audience.  Note how sycophantic Morgan is towards his lesbian guest, American business woman Suze Orman, who had the temerity to call Ryan Anderson ‘ignorant’.

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News Bulletin, 4 July 2014

Jul 4, 2014 by

Cameron celebrates gay marriage in new video Senior doctor: Medics should help patients kill themselves Assisted suicide: BMA restates opposition to law change Named Person plans like ‘a sledgehammer to crack a nut’ Religious liberty victory against ‘Obamacare’...

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Swing voters say they will now back women bishops

Jul 4, 2014 by

by Madeleine Davies, Church Times: THE pivotal votes of a small num­ber of members of the General Synod who helped to defeat the women-bishops Measure in Novem­ber 2012 have swung to the Yes camp. The earlier Measure was lost by six votes in the House of Laity. Instrumental to the defeat were a handful of members who, despite being in favour of the consecration of women as bishops, voted against the Measure, prompted by a concern that it did not offer enough provision for those who were...

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Two important judgments on ‘religious freedom’ – and why I object to both of them

Jul 4, 2014 by

By J C von Krempach, JD, Turtle Bay & Beyond: In the last week judges in the US and Europe have issued two very important judgment on religious freedom. One is the US Supreme Court’s judgment in the “Hobby Lobby” case, which upheld the right of a Christian company to not pay, as part of the so-called “Obamacare” health insurance system, for his employees’ contraceptive drugs which he deemed to be abortifacient, and thus not in line with his religious convictions. According to this...

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Censorship is being outsouced to the mob

Jul 4, 2014 by

by Brendan O’Neill, Spiked: Two recent cases Down Under show how dangerous Twittermobs can be. One of the curious things about the twenty-first-century West is that it feels deeply censorious even though, historically speaking, there isn’t a huge amount of state censorship. Yes, many Western societies have anti-‘hate speech’ laws, debate-choking defamation statutes, and a host of methods for regulating the raucous press, all of which limit how daring or just downright offensive we can...

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What about the current dirty men at the BBC?

Jul 4, 2014 by

By Charles Moore, Telegraph: ‘A culture changes by example and a licentious old man being found guilty will help do that,’ says a leader in the Times. Perhaps, but I would be much more impressed if it were a licentious younger man. We can all moralise away in retrospect about what the BBC and others allowed Rolf Harris CBE or Sir James Savile to get away with. It is easy to attack them when they are old or dead. You still very rarely hear of sex charges against current performers. I would not...

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Church, State, and Human Trafficking

Jul 4, 2014 by

By John Goerke, Public Discourse: For the common good, we must remember the ways in which church and state can mutually benefit each other—and watch for the ways in which the state threatens that relationship. Each person living within both the state and the church is faced with daily questions that test his or her loyalty. The state and the church can be complementary, provided that they stay within their respective spheres. The church cannot and should not dictate all the intricacies of...

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No change in ACNA relations with Canterbury expected

Jul 4, 2014 by

By George Conger, Anglican Ink: There is likely to be no change in the cool, cordial but noncommittal stance taken by the Archbishop of Canterbury towards the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) intimated the Bishop of Chester in an address to delegates to the 2014 ACNA Assembly today. Speaking to the 900 delegates and bishops attending the evening plenary session of the Assembly on 25 June 2014, the Rt. Rev. Peter Forster spoke of his warm personal regard for outgoing Archbishop Robert...

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Forward in Faith North America statement on the election of Bishop Foley Beach as Archbishop of ACNA

Jul 4, 2014 by

We give thanks to God for the election of the Rt. Rev. Dr. Foley Beach as Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America. We look forward to working with Archbishop-elect Beach who is committed to mission and the spread of the Gospel of Christ. We hope it is encouraging to the members of Forward in Faith that Archbishop-elect shares our position on Holy Orders. We regret that Archbishop-elect Beach will not be able to be present at our Assembly this year, but hope to have him present at a...

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The biblical texts on same-sex unions

Jul 4, 2014 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: My Grove booklet on the key biblical texts on same-sex unions is now out. You can order it from the Grove website, either as a printed booklet or as PDF. I cover the debates around Gen 1 and 2, Gen 19, Judges 19,Leviticus 18 and 20 , Jesus and the gospels, Acts 15, Romans 1, 1 Cor 6 and 1 Tim 1. For each of these, I set out what I see as the ‘traditionalist’ and ‘revisionist’ readings of these texts (though these and any other terms are always problematic) and then...

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170,000 British women are victims of female genital mutilation

Jul 3, 2014 by

By Andre Walker, Breitbart: An estimated 170,000 British women are victims of female genital mutilation (FGM), and 65,000 girls are at risk, according to the House of Common’s powerful Home Affairs Select committee. The committee believes prosecutors should “send a message” that Britain takes the crime seriously. The Mirror reports that MPs heard evidence that girls under the age of eight were being subjected to FGM. Despite the practice being a crime since 1985, there have been no...

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Trojan Horse: schools erect a straw man

Jul 3, 2014 by

By Andrew Gilligan, Telegraph: One of the oldest tactics by wrongdoers and their allies is to ignore the actual allegations made against them and instead misrepresent the charges as ones they can truthfully deny. With grinding obviousness, that’s precisely what the “Trojan Horse” schools in Birmingham are doing now. In a letter published in (where else) the Guardian, a group of the schools’ supporters announce the launch of the “Putting Birmingham Schoolkids First” campaign to “challenge the...

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Will Hobby Lobby Decision Influence Obama’s LGBT Executive Order?

Jul 3, 2014 by

By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post: President Barack Obama may have new pressure on him to consider religious liberty issues regarding his pending executive order barring LGBT employment discrimination. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, many believe a renewed demand for religious exemption consideration now exists. On Monday, the highest court in the land ruled 5 to 4 that a closely held business such as a family-owned one could be exempted from...

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Bishop of Sheffield orders Welby Facilitated Conversations on Sexual Immorality in Communion/CofE

Jul 3, 2014 by

From Titusonenine: The Pilling Report, published in November 2013, recommended that the church’s internal dialogue on the subject of human sexuality might best be addressed through a process of conversations across the church and involving others in the Anglican Communion. This recommendation was endorsed by the College of Bishops in January. The outlines of the process were agreed by the House of Bishops in May. ….. Under the direction of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Director for...

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