ACNA Assembly Daily Digest by Andrew Symes

Jun 27, 2014 by

Day 4: Archbishop Elect Foley Beach prioritises Word ministry.The final morning of the ACNA Assembly ( Saturday June 28) started half an hour earlier than usual, at 8am. Unlike most of the delegates who have been staying on site, I have been accommodated in a delightful guest house run by Benedictine nuns ten miles from the conference venue, and dependent on lifts to get in and out. Because other members of my party had either left early or were busy packing, I was not able to get in for the...

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British Jihadists and the UK Surveillance State

Jun 27, 2014 by

By Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute: “The whole area of intercept needs to be looked at. We have got a real debate, and it is a genuine debate in a democracy, between the libertarians who say the state must not get too powerful and pretty much the rest of us who say the state must protect itself.” — Liam Fox, Former British Secretary of Defense In his testimony, Farr defends the practice because Britain has for “many years faced a serious threat from terrorism,”...

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March for Marriage 2014 Highlights

Jun 27, 2014 by

We’re here to stand for something that many of us thought we would never have to come to a march to stand for.  We’re here gathering for something so simple – that mothers and fathers are different and unique and special.  That husbands and wives have important roles to play in the rearing of their children.  That marriage is by its very nature something – and that thing that it is is the union of one man and one woman. (Brian Brown, NOM President) Watch highlights from...

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ACNA Assembly Day 2

Jun 27, 2014 by

By Andrew Symes: I need to begin with a correction, and redirection. For the latter, you’ll get all the detail of the conference from the ACNA website, courtesy of the busy team of reporters. The real numbers of ACNA The correction concerns the number of congregations in this new movement. The figure I mentioned yesterday was not correct. Here is the true assessment from Archbishop Robert Duncan: “We sowed in tears.  We reap in joy. 983 congregations of the Anglican Church in North America...

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Marriage Redefined

Jun 27, 2014 by

From CAAP: For some, the failure of marriage is the goal. Recently, I read a very disturbing article in the Chicago Tribune. The columnist was actually celebrating what she defined as “dysfunctional” heterosexual relationships! She began by citing the new A&E Network program called Married at First Sight, which pairs up three couples who agree to “marry” upon meeting for the first time. She went on to gleefully describe her pleasure in seeing the hypocrisy and failure of these allegedly...

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Archbishop Welby sends Greetings to ACNA Annual Assembly

Jun 27, 2014 by

by David Virtue, VOL: The head of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Justin Welby sent his “most warm fraternal greetings” to some 900 bishops, priests, delegates and attendees at the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) Assembly, but said little else that would ruffle the feathers of the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church to whom he owes primary allegiance in the US. He said he would keep the gathering in his prayers this week.The archbishop’s words were met with a cool reception...

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Date set for option to convert civil unions to gay marriages

Jun 27, 2014 by

From BBC News Gay people who are currently in civil partnerships will be able to convert their relationships to marriages from 10 December, the government has said. Writing in Pink News, Equalities Minister Sajid Javid said people had been “clamouring” for the move since gay marriage became possible in March. Since first announcing its support for gay marriage, the government has always said it planned to bring in the move. But Labour questioned why it was still six months from...

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Legalize Polygamy!

Jun 27, 2014 by

By Jillian Keenan, Slate: Recently, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council reintroduced a tired refrain: Legalized gay marriage could lead to other legal forms of marriage disaster, such as polygamy. Rick Santorum, Bill O’Reilly, and other social conservatives have made similar claims. It’s hardly a new prediction—we’ve been hearing it for years. Gay marriage is a slippery slope! A gateway drug! If we legalize it, then what’s next? Legalized polygamy? We can only hope. Yes, really. While...

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Sky Fall: Gender Ideology Comes to the Schoolhouse

Jun 26, 2014 by

by Adam J. MacLeod and Andrew Beckwith, Public Discourse: Since redefining marriage requires us to deny sexual differences, even school children now have to conform to that principle at the risk of punishment. In our discussions with advocates of redefining marriage, we often hear that defenders of marriage and sexual difference are overreacting to cultural and legal changes. “You run around yelling that the sky is falling,” we’re told. “We’ve had same-sex marriage for a decade now in...

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USAID sends $146 million more to overseas abortion groups

Jun 26, 2014 by

By Lisa Correnti, Turtle Bay & Beyond: The funding stream to abortion clinics continues with the US government awarding $146 million to two of the largest international abortion groups — International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) andMarie Stopes International (MSI). The target — low income women and girls in sub-Sahara Africa and southeast Asia. The Obama administration’s prioritization of population reduction programs continues with yet another increase to family...

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We don’t have a ‘right to die’. We need to stop thinking of everything in terms of...

Jun 26, 2014 by

By Kate Maltby, Telegraph It’s hard not to feel for Paul Lamb, paralysed in a car crash, whoyesterday lost a court battle to win the right to a doctor-assisted death. Outside the court, Lamb (a lively and engaging fellow, sharp and engaged with his court case) told the media of the pain caused by his disability: “I haven’t committed a crime, I don’t deserve to be punished like this”. Of course Lamb doesn’t deserve it. The problem is, however, that most of us don’t deserve the suffering we...

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Joyce DiDonato and Julie Bindel on Women Behaving Badly

Jun 26, 2014 by

BBC Radio 4- Start the Week: The political activist Julie Bindel has been behaving badly since she came out as a lesbian in the 1970s. She looks at what it means to be gay in 2014 and whether the genuine gains that have been achieved in the last forty years have castrated a once-radical social movement. ‘The aim is to abolish the institution of marriage and have civil partnerships for all… to subvert marriage’  (19:40-21:00) ‘There is no ‘gay gene’… no evidence...

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Debunking the Myths – Ireland

Jun 26, 2014 by

 Prof Robert Gagnon and Church of Ireland Bishop Michael Burrows (in whose diocese, and with his permission, one of his Deans entered a civil partnership in 2011) converse, along with members of Changing Attitude Ireland and others.

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Gender Benders

Jun 26, 2014 by

In view of the post below, we are re-posting this item from the April 2004 edition of New Directions, by Fr Robbie Low: The scene is a delightful country church on a Saturday afternoon in late spring. The guests are assembled, the dapper groom is at the altar rail. The bride, a large and heavily made-up wench, has joined him. The Preface has been read and the vicar inquires confidently, ‘Therefore if any man can show any just cause, etc, etc.’ A little old lady stands up and interrupts. ‘I...

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Denmark OKs legal gender change on demand

Jun 26, 2014 by

By Hilary White, LifeSite News: Europe’s largest homosexual activist organization, ILGA Europe, has praised Denmark’s Parliament for allowing citizens to change their sex on identification documents on request. Last week, Danish parliamentarians passed a measure allowing a legal sex change without, as previously required, a diagnosis of gender identity disorder and sterilization. The new law will take effect September 1 and will allow any citizen over the age of 18 to legally change their...

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