Christians in Afghanistan facing ‘new phase’ of crisis, have lost contact with US ministries

Sep 16, 2021 by

By Leah MarieAnn Klett, Christian Post: Christian ministries have lost contact with numerous partners in Afghanistan as the embattled country enters a “new phase” of the crisis sparked by the Taliban takeover, the head of a U.S.-based ministry has said. William Stark, International Christian Concern’s regional manager for South Asia, told The Christian Post that when the Taliban took control of much of Afghanistan following the drawing down of U.S. troops in August, many ministries working...

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Africa minister slammed over comments on spiralling insecurity in Nigeria

Sep 15, 2021 by

by Julian Mann, Christian Today: The Government’s Minister for Africa has been criticised after claiming to be “unaware of substantiated evidence that extremist Islamist ideology is a driver of intercommunal attacks” in Nigeria. James Duddridge MP made the comment in a letter shared by Lord Alton of Liverpool. In a post on his website, the Crossbench Peer branded the minister’s statement “a bizarre admission”. Lord Alton reported: “In a letter, the...

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University clears don of being anti-Islam but then cancels his course anyway after students launched ‘vicious and militant’ campaign

Sep 12, 2021 by

by Jake Ryan, Mail on Sunday: A professor has hit out at cancel culture after his lectures were axed following a ‘vicious, militant’ campaign by students who branded him Islamophobic. University chiefs rejected complaints that human rights expert Steven Greer had expressed ‘bigoted views’ after a five-month investigation – but have still pulled his module from their syllabus. He accused senior academics of ‘capitulating’ to the threats of students who had...

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Govt calls Islamophobia definition ‘not fit for purpose’

Sep 11, 2021 by

by Paul Huxley, Christian Concern: Speaking for the government, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Eddie Hughes has rejected the APPG definition of Islamophobia, describing it as “not fit for purpose”. The speaking time at the Westminster Hall debate, held on 9 September, was dominated by MPs from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims, which is behind the proposed definition. All MPs recognised the hostility Muslims can face...

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9/11 anniversary: Queen tells Biden the victims are in her prayers

Sep 11, 2021 by

By Katie Wright & Marie Jackson, BBC News: The Queen has sent a message to US President Biden marking 20 years since the 11 September attacks, saying her thoughts and prayers were with the victims, survivors and their families. In her message, she also paid tribute to the resilience of the communities who joined together to rebuild. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the terrorists had failed to “shake our belief in freedom and democracy”. A total of 2,977 people died in the...

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Train conductor sacked for referring to ‘alcohol-free caliphate’ on Facebook

Sep 6, 2021 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: Jeremy Sleath had worked for West Midlands Trains for 17 years. He was a Senior Conductor who had served his employer faithfully and admirably. He was sacked in September 2020, at the end of the national Covid-19 lockdown, for writing on his personal Facebook account: “Thank F*** our pubs open up today. We cannot let our way of life become like some sort of Muslim alcohol-free caliphate just to beat Covid19.” There was a time when one might have sacked for using the...

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