Christians must speak truth to power – whatever the consequences

Aug 19, 2019 by

by Ben Kwashi, Christian Today: There are times when the people of God must speak truth to power. Whatever the consequences. Someone must call for change. If not us, who? I had an early baptism of fire in 1985 when the Commission for Education decided to build a mosque right next to an Anglican church – St Michael’s in Zaria. They had already begun to bring tipper trucks to the site. I wrote to the Minister to say that if they allowed the mosque to be built, there would be chaos. They...

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Government ‘Islamophobia’ advisor wants Islamic blasphemy law

Aug 7, 2019 by

by Tim Dieppe, Christian Concern. Last month, the government appointed Imam Qari Asim to lead a process for establishing a definition of Islamophobia. The government had previously announced that, while it would not be accepting the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims proposed definition of Islamophobia, it would instead appoint two advisers to propose an alternative definition. The government says that the appointment of a second adviser will follow in due course… …Asim...

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Met Police payout after Southgate preacher’s wrongful arrest

Jul 28, 2019 by

from BBC News: A Christian street preacher who had his Bible confiscated as he was handcuffed by police has been awarded £2,500 for wrongful arrest. Footage of the arrest of Oluwole Ilesanmi pleading with police to not “take my Bible away”, has been viewed online almost three million times. He was detained outside Southgate Tube station in February after a 999 call claimed he had been Islamophobic. The Met said it had a right to investigate a potential hate crime. In a video posted...

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How the Israel Folau case is dividing Australia – and the Church

Jul 13, 2019 by

by Natasha Marsh, Catholic Herald: Not a day passes in Australia without hearing the latest in the saga of Israel Folau, the sporting superstar sacked by Rugby Australia (RA) on April 11 after he posted a biblical warning to “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers” and others on the social media site Instagram. In a drama that has stretched from his first transgression in 2017, when he publicly opposed same-sex marriage, right through to this year’s federal election, Australia has watched as “Izzy”...

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Australia needs to recognise conscience rights, not just religious rights

Jul 12, 2019 by

by David Van Gend, MercatorNet: Two problems with Scott Morrison’s proposed Religious Discrimination Bill. First, what does it mean for those who make a stand on conscientious, not religious, grounds? Why should our laws protect religious dissenters but not agnostic dissenters? Second, does it effectively address the actual threats facing religious people? These are not threats to the freedom to worship but the freedom to speak one’s truth in the public square (not so, Izzy?) or educate one’s...

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LGBT campaigner wins right to criticise LGBT

Jul 12, 2019 by

from Christian Concern: Christian Concern Communications Officer Rebekah Moffett comments on Peter Tatchell’s defence of Felix Ngole. Peter Tatchell, a well-known and prominent LGBT campaigner, has come out in support of student social worker Felix Ngole’s right to free speech. Christian beliefs Felix recently won his case against Sheffield University, after the university dismissed him from his social work course for his comments on Facebook stating that homosexuality is a sin. In a BBC radio...

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