500,000 grooming gang victims

Aug 4, 2020 by

from Christian Concern: Tim Dieppe comments on a recent video that revealed there could be as many as 500,000 survivors of grooming gangs over the last 40 years. Free speech video podcast, Triggernometry, posted an explosive 80 minute interview with grooming gang survivor Dr Ella Hill (pseudonym) earlier this month. Dr Hill, who is now a GP, is eloquent and measured in what she says. In the video her face is blurred out because she still feels threatened and vulnerable. 500,000 victims in 40...

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Erdoğan leads first prayers at Hagia Sophia museum reverted to mosque

Jul 27, 2020 by

Turkish president recites Qur’an at monument as Greece declares day of mourning, By Bethan McKernan, Guardian: Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has led worshippers in the first prayers in Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia since his controversial declaration that the monument, which over the centuries has served as a cathedral, mosque and museum, would be turned back into a Muslim house of worship. The Turkish leader and an entourage of senior ministers arrived for the service in the...

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Now it’s Islamophobic to use the word ‘jihadis’

Jul 20, 2020 by

from spiked: The police are considering dropping the terms ‘Islamist terrorism’ and ‘jihadis’ when describing attacks committed by, er, Islamist terrorists or jihadists, reports The Times this morning. Apparently, these words are problematic because they can stir up ‘Islamophobia’. The National Association of Muslim Police asked for a change in terminology because, it says, those terms currently used ‘do not help community relations and public confidence’. Some of the alternatives suggested...

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A Tale of Two Buildings – the Hagia Sophia and the Free Church Manse

Jul 20, 2020 by

by David Robertson, Christian Today: In a significant and shocking moment for Muslim-Christian relations, Turkey’s President Erdogan has announced that the Hagia Sophia, the beautiful and grand former cathedral, is to be turned into a mosque – again. The first church on the site was founded in AD 360, with the present building dating back to the sixth century, and was the centre of the Eastern Orthodox Church for over 1,100 years – until Mehmed II conquered Constantinople in 1453. From then...

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Reclaim Hagia Sophia

Jul 18, 2020 by

by Declan Leary, Crisis Magazine: The world’s most famous church goes up in flames. Some look on in shock and anguish. Some are quietly cheered to watch it go, some not so quietly. Some are too busy to notice—there is a great deal else going on these days. As the fire licks the building’s crest, the terrified, the hopeful, and the previously distracted all look on and wonder: will the church survive? It is a familiar scene. But it is not Paris in 2019. It is Constantinople, 532. The outcome...

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There is no justification for turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque

Jul 16, 2020 by

by Michael Nazir-Ali, Spectator: Turkey is jeopardising freedom of worship. It is official: Hagia Sophia, for a thousand years the world’s largest cathedral, and since 1934 a museum, is to be turned back into a mosque. Ever since I heard of the possibility, I have been praying it would not be so because of the impact it will have on Muslim-Christian relations in Turkey, the Middle East and beyond. A suitably purged and compliant judiciary, however, has bowed to the wishes of the authoritarian...

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