Well, stone the crows (or Muslim women, as the case may be)

Jul 21, 2014 by

By Alexander Boot: It was all perfectly legal, in strict compliance with time-honoured legal principles. A Sharia court in a Syrian province under jihadist control charged a young woman with adultery a few days ago. The case was tried according to the due process of Islamic law, and the defendant was found guilty. Since her crime carried a mandatory death sentence, she was taken out to the market square and publicly stoned to death. Justice was served. Now I happen to have in front of me the...

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Has The Church ‘Locally Adapted’ Become A Bridge Too Far?

Jul 21, 2014 by

By Fr. Dale Matson: St. Gregory The Great sent the monk Augustine to the British Isles as a missionary in 597. Augustine became the first Archbishop of Canterbury. Gregory was eager but cautious in introducing the Gospel to England and thus he included the leeway allowing Augustine to ‘locally adapt” church customs in England. “Gregory showed great wisdom and insight in his management of the mission. He and Augustine kept close contact with each other; they worked as a team. Through their...

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Direct News from Christians in Mosul

Jul 21, 2014 by

From Cranmer: From Canon Andrew White, Vicar of Baghdad:  Direct News from the Christians in Mosul Nineveh Tonight. For Iraqi Christian Fadi and his young family it is a lonely wait to see whether they will be executed soon. Their Christian neighbours and friends have already fled the city of Mosul in Iraq’s north, which last month fell into the hands of Sunni jihadists led by the Islamic State group, which espouses an extreme form of Islam. Along with the rest of the city’s...

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Petition: Establish a national inquiry into allegations of organised child abuse

Jul 21, 2014 by

By Tom Watson MP: SIGN PETITION HERE For the past two years I’ve been working with a cross party group of MPs, survivors and experts looking into allegations of child abuse which may have involved senior Westminster and Whitehall figures in the 1970s and 80s. This week it has emerged that files detailing the allegations have gone missing. Many survivors of child abuse believe they have been let down by system of child protection in the UK. Thousands had nowhere to turn. Nobody listened...

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Sunday Worship

Jul 20, 2014 by

WORSHIP1. The bells of St. Chad’s Church in Shrewsbury, Shropshire – BBC Radio 4http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b049xfjn2. Sung Eucharist from Truro Cathedral last weekhttps://soundcloud.com/truro-cathedral/sets/sunday-13th-july-2013-truro-sung-eucharist3. Sunday Holy Communion livestreamed from St Helena’s Church, Beaufort, South Carolina at 10:15 am Eastern Time, 3:15 pm London Timehttp://www.sthelenas1712.org/4. Sunday Hour – BBC Radio...

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Letter to Reform members following the York General Synod

Jul 20, 2014 by

from Rod Thomas: Dear Member of Reform You will have been saddened, but probably not surprised, by the General Synod’s vote last Monday on women bishops. This was the logical outcome of the decision in 1993 to enable women to be ordained to the presbyterate in the Church of England. That decision prompted the formation of Reform and since then we have actively sought to urge the Church to reform herself under the authority of the Word of God. Over the last 10 years we have worked hard both to...

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A window into the Lords debate on assisted dying

Jul 20, 2014 by

By Henry Hill, Conservative Home: Today’s press is full of coverage of yesterday’s debut of the assisted dying debate in the House of Lords. A flavour of the coverage can be found in our newslinks from this morning, and the Guardian live-blogged a lot of it here. The full transcript of the entire debate is now available on the Hansard site. It was by all accounts an extremely good debate, with plenty of thoughtful and well-reasoned contributions on both sides and from all parties. This,...

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Iraqi Christians flee after Isis issue Mosul ultimatum

Jul 19, 2014 by

From BBC News: Iraqi Christians are fleeing Mosul after Islamist militants threatened to kill them unless they converted to Islam or paid a “protection tax”. A statement issued by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) was read out at the city’s mosques. It called on Christians to comply by midday on Saturday or face death if they did not leave the northern city. Isis has control of large parts of Syria and Iraq and said last month it was creating an Islamic...

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What women bishops mean for Christian Unity

Jul 19, 2014 by

By Ephraim Radner, First Things: On July 14, 2014, the General Synod of the Church of England voted to permit women to be consecrated as bishops in their church. It followed a long, and sometimes bitter debate, and a vote in 2012 that barely fell short of the required two-thirds majority among lay representatives. Part of the decision—debated as to its enforceability—guarantees parochial opponents access to male priests and bishops. For some, the decision was too late in coming. For others,...

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The Persecuted Church: Barriers to Concern

Jul 19, 2014 by

Talk presented at a Fringe Meeting at the July (York) Synod by Dr Russell Blacker, Consultant Psychiatrist. In early July a conference was held in Truro on the subject of the “Persecution of the Church – How can we Help ?” Over 200 people attended, representing every denomination. Whilst making the arrangements we became aware of two phenomena: the first was that many – otherwise well-informed – people had no idea about the persecution of Christians or its extent....

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EU legal official says France cannot bar gays from giving blood

Jul 19, 2014 by

by M E Synon, Breitbart: A top legal official at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said French authorities may not exclude blood donations from gay sexually-active men. Paolo Mengozzi, an Advocate General at the court, published an opinion on Thursday which followed a challenge by a homosexual, Geoffrey Léger, to a French law which permanently excludes men who have had, or have, sexual relations with other men from giving blood. A lower court had asked the ECJ whether this permanent...

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Women Bishops: Statement by Forward in Faith North America

Jul 19, 2014 by

In the light of recent events within the Church of England, and reports regarding Forward in Faith (U.K.), the officers of Forward in Faith North America (FiFNA) hereby issues the following statement. First, it is with deep sorrow that FiFNA acknowledges the vote by the General Synod of the Church of England to proceed with the “consecration” of women to the episcopate. This action heightens the level of difficulty for Anglicans during this period of reception, by placing more barriers before...

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The Government’s in Your Bedroom, but This Time It’s Okay

Jul 19, 2014 by

By Mark Regnerus, National Review Online: There is good news in Tuesday’s release from the CDC’s National Health Information Survey. No, it’s not the revelation that the gay and lesbian population may be slightly smaller — 1.6 percent — than many scholars have believed; population-based surveys tend to fluctuate. The results of the report make sense to me, and since others have already described them, I will refrain from repeating them at length here. The good news is that the survey’s...

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Traditional Marriage Group Calls for Boycott of JP Morgan Chase Over LGBT Survey

Jul 19, 2014 by

by Michael Gryboski, Christian Post: A group advocating for marriage being legally recognized as only being between one man and one woman has called for a boycott of JP Morgan Chase. National Organization for Marriage announced its boycott of the financial company earlier this week due to a survey the company did of employees that many believe was meant to punish employees who disagree with pro-LGBT positions. Joseph Grabowski, director of communications for NOM, told The Christian Post that...

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Are you a “LGBT ally?”

Jul 19, 2014 by

By Bishop David Anderson, AAC: Most all of us have read the Book of Revelation in the New Testament, and at times wondered if something mentioned there would happen in our lifetimes. Regretfully, one of the more frightening things predicted is now underway, and it has the most serious consequences for you and me as professed followers of Jesus Christ. In Revelation 13:16-18, John writes that there will come a time when the mark of 666 will be required to be on our right hand or our forehead,...

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