As French Senate Tightens Church Controls, Christians Protest Without Fear

Apr 15, 2021 by

by Kami Rice, Christianity Today: French Protestants strongly disagree with new separatism law, but don’t adopt a victim mentality in defending their view of laïcité and religious freedom as they live in “Babylon not Jerusalem.” On Monday night, the French Senate passed an anti-terrorism law that has greatly concerned church leaders. Now called the “Law to Uphold Republican Principles and the Fight Against Separatism,” the bill—approved by a 208–109 vote, with 27 abstentions—intends to combat...

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Churches draw up religious studies syllabus for Christian students as part of Pakistan’s new national curriculum

Apr 7, 2021 by

from Barnabas Fund: Churches in Muslim-majority Pakistan are drawing up a programme of Christian religious studies for inclusion in the government’s new single national curriculum. The syllabus is designed to be taught to Christian students as an alternative to the compulsory subject of Islamiat (Islamic studies). Although Islamiat has been and will remain compulsory in all schools under the new National Education Policy (NEP) due to be introduced in August, for many years Christian students...

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Civil Liberties Who is the prophet in the battle of Batley Grammar?

Apr 1, 2021 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: It is a curious headline in the Times. ‘Prophet’ is upper case, so the assumption is that all who see it will know to whom it refers. The word isn’t in inverted commas, so this person’s prophethood is asserted without equivocation. And yet it appears to qualify ‘teacher’, and one wonders whether the ‘Prophet teacher’ is not indeed speaking prophetically into the nation at this time. Why didn’t the headline-writer mention Mohammed? Why not refer to the ‘Mohammed cartoon’...

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We must stop capitulating to this intolerance

Mar 29, 2021 by

by Tom Slater, spiked: A group of religious conservatives has managed to shut down a school for two days running, exact a grovelling apology from its headteacher, and have a teacher suspended. The teacher’s name has been circulated online, both by protesters and a local religious charity, forcing him into police protection. All this because the teacher showed his pupils images in a lesson that the protesters deem to be offensive. We might expect the great and good of liberal Britain to be...

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Over 800 grooming gang offenders in Greater Manchester alone

Mar 29, 2021 by

from Christian Concern: Head of Public Policy, Tim Dieppe, comments on the news that Greater Manchester Police have a new unit dedicated to focusing on grooming gangs. Greater Manchester Police announced last week that it has launched a dedicated child sexual exploitation (CSE) unit consisting of 54 police officers and staff. The new unit will commit resources and skills to “investigating large scale and complex CSE investigations.” I assume that this is badly worded and that it will not...

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Fear, intimidation and the ‘blasphemy’ at Batley Grammar

Mar 27, 2021 by

by Frederick Edward, The Conservative Woman: SOMETIMES I wonder about an alternate universe. It’s one in which our politicians had not blindly followed a naïve and society-fracturing policy of enforced ‘diversity’ and ‘multiculturalism’. It is hard now to imagine living in a country not riven by racial and religious tensions. BLM had their turn last year, forcing us into the patently absurd situation where saying ‘white lives matter’ was enough to earn you the title of ‘racist’. Then again,...

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