Islamic extremism in Brixton Prison: the curious case of the banned chaplain

Jan 18, 2021 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: It will come as no surprise to learn that the prisoner population in the UK is suffering immensely during the Covid lockdown. As if they weren’t cut off and isolated sufficiently before the virus, many now find themselves locked up in their tiny cells for 23.5 hours a day. They have a bed, a desk, a chair, a toilet, and a mind-numbing stream of daytime TV for intellectual stimulation. No wonder a fifth of male prisoners have attempted suicide, and prisoners are 3.7 times...

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Christian prison chaplain who revealed his Bible meetings were hijacked by Islamic extremists is taking legal action after being punished for whistleblowing

Jan 10, 2021 by

by Ian Gallagher, Mail on Sunday: A Christian prison chaplain who revealed his Bible meetings were hijacked by Islamic extremists is taking legal action after being punished for whistleblowing. Pastor Paul Song was banned indefinitely from working in London jails after exposing the influence of Muslim gangs at HMP Brixton in The Mail on Sunday. Lawyers will seek a judicial review of the decision at the High Court hearing on Tuesday. They will claim it, among other things, breached his right to...

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Calls for release of Christian journalist jailed for reporting on Wuhan Covid-19 outbreak

Jan 2, 2021 by

from Christian Today: A Christian independent journalist has been jailed in China for reporting early on about the outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan. Zhang Zhan was sentenced to four years on Monday for covering the emergence of the virus in the Chinese city that went on to become a global pandemic. The charge against her was “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”. According to The Christian Post, the 37-year-old saw reporting on the outbreak as God’s will. “I warned...

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Why are we placing high-risk trans sex offenders in women’s prisons?

May 11, 2020 by

by Julie Bindel, UnHerd: Female prisoners are some of the most vulnerable and disenfranchised women on the planet. Most have suffered some type of male violence and end up in prison as a result of chaotic behaviour and substance abuse, which stems from childhood sexual abuse and neglect. Disproportionate numbers have been through the care system. The women’s estate is the poor relative of the men’s, with far fewer resources. Why was the first dedicated wing set up to contain high-risk sex...

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Transgender inmates have carried out seven sex attacks on women in jail

May 10, 2020 by

by Martin Beckford, Mailonline: Despite the risks, male-born trans convicts are still allowed to move into women’s prisons. Transgender prisoners have carried out seven sex attacks on women in jail, it can be revealed today. Official figures show for the first time the true scale of offending by criminals who were born male but were allowed to move into female jails after changing gender. Yet despite the risks, prison governors are still allowing trans inmates to move into the jails....

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What Belmarsh taught me about lockdown

Apr 17, 2020 by

by Jonathan Aitken, UnHerd: Lockdown can be hard. We are not used to being confined and forbidden to socialise. After more than three weeks of it, and with at least three more to come, the strains are showing in us all. But I know that this sort of isolation can offer a way to a new happiness if you are able to prepare, schedule, self-discipline, train, innovate and surrender. The process is challenging before it becomes satisfying. Yet, in time, the discoveries of an isolationist journey can...

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