May 19

Ashers Bakery guilty of ‘discriminating’

The Politically-motivated cake was baked by another firm.

The Politically-motivated cake was baked by another firm.

A judge in Belfast has found that a bakery discriminated against a homosexual by refusing to bake a cake with a slogan supporting same-sex marriage.

Ashers Baking Company, which is owned and run by the McArthur family, who are Christians, declined an order from a gay rights activist asking for a cake featuring the Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie with a slogan saying ‘Support Gay Marriage’.

Marriage between people of the same sex is illegal in Northern Ireland.  In April 2014 the Stormont Assembly rejected a Sinn Fein motion to change the definition of marriage for the third time in eighteen months.  In April 2015 the Assembly rejected yet another Sinn Fein motion for ‘gay marriage’.

Gareth Lee

Gareth Lee

Despite that, the judge found Ashers Bakery had discriminated against one Gareth Lee on the grounds of sexual orientation as well as his political beliefs.

The cake was baked and iced by another firm.  Cllr Andrew Muir (Alliance Party) cut the cake in an event held by ‘QueerSpace’ last year.

Damages of £500 have already been agreed between the law firms representing Ashers and Mr Lee.

The case was brought by Northern Ireland’s Equality Commission.

Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuiness tweeted: “Asher’s bakery judgement a good result for equality, gay people have for far too long been discriminated against. We and the law on their side.”

But unionist politicians disagreed.

DUP MLA Paul Givan, who has proposed that lawmakers in the Northern Ireland Assembly introduce a “conscience clause” as a result of the Ashers case, said many Christians would view the ruling as “an attack” on their religious convictions.

Jim Allister MLA condemned the ruling.

Jim Allister MLA has condemned the ruling along with Democratic Unionist Party politicians.

“What we cannot have is a hierarchy of rights, and today there’s a clear hierarchy being established that gay rights are more important than the rights of people to hold religious beliefs,” Mr Givan added.

His party colleague David McIlveen tweeted: “Utterly sickened that a Christian owned business has been hauled over the coals for refusing to promote something that is not legal in NI.”

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister said it was “a dark day for justice and religious freedom in Northern Ireland”.

Speaking outside Belfast County Court ahead of the ruling, Ashers general manager Daniel McArthur said: “We happily serve everyone but we cannot promote a cause that goes against what the Bible says about marriage.

“We have tried to be guided in our actions by our Christian beliefs.”

Christian campaigners will be looking not just to the Stormont Assembly but also to the UK Government to ensure business peoples’ Christian conscience is supported.

See 11th July 2014: Ashers Baking ‘Discriminated’

 

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May 12

N.T. Wright on Same-Sex Marriage

May 02

Green Party could legalise ‘three-way marriages’

Natalie Bennett launching the GreenParty's 'LGBTIQ' manifesto in Soho with Peter Tatchell (l)

Natalie Bennett launching the GreenParty’s ‘LGBTIQ’ manifesto in Soho with Peter Tatchell (l)

The leader of the Green Party has said she would be open to discussing the possibility of legalising three-way ‘marriages’.

Natalie Bennett made her comments at the launch of her Party’s ‘LGBTIQ’ manifesto (That’s ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual, transggender, intersex and queer’ apparently) in Soho, London.

Ms Bennett said she was “open to further discussion and consultation” on the issue after being asked whether the Greens would support group civil partnerships and marriages by a Pink News reader who said he was living with two boyfriends in a stable long-term relationship.

She said: “At present, we do not have a policy on civil partnerships involving more than two people.”  But since Green Party policy is made up by its members, all that could change overnight.

The Green Party is easily at the libertarian end of the spectrum on social issues, but fanatically authoritarian on anything the affects climate change, the environment, or animals.  One of its policies is to ban rabbit hutches.

Ms Bennett was accompanied in Soho by fellow Australian and homosexual activist Peter Tatchell, a Green Party supporter.

 

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Apr 30

Holy Sexuality Conference Cancelled

After over 40,000 people signed a petition, the Holy Sexuality Conference in London was cancelled.

The Holy Sexuality Conference in London was cancelled after 40,000 dissenters signed a petition calling for its cancellation.

The “Holy Sexuality” Conference in London was cancelled after 40,000 people signed a petition calling for its abandonment.

Dubbed the “Gay Cure Summit” by GayStarNews, the 5-day conference was to be held from 21-25 April and aimed at helping people who struggle with unwanted same-sex attraction. According to the advert:

“This conference will be invaluable for those who are struggling with their sexuality or for those who wish to find out more about issues surrounding sexuality and same sex attraction to reach out to others.”

The three people supposed to speak at the event were Americans Mike Carducci, Wayne Blakely, and Danielle Harrison. These speakers explained that they found “redemption, victory, healing and freedom from their [homosexual] lifestyle.”

The conference was organized by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, a Christian organization that believes homosexuality is a sin and breaks God’s Commandment.

Kirsten Lundquist, the communications and media director of South England Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, was disappointed by the decision to cancel the conference, saying:

“Seventh-day Adventists are a people of peace who believe in hope and dialogue. However, it appeared that rather than drawing people together the conference had the potential to divide. The Adventist Church recognises that the individuals invited to speak at the Holy Sexuality Conference have compelling life stories to share but equally appreciate that there are those who take a different point of view.”

The entire statement can be found in this article.

However, many people took offense at the goal of the conference, saying that promoting the idea of curing homosexuality is “dangerous.” The UK Council for Psychotherapy even described “conversion theory” as abuse.

The conference was also denounced by political figures. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

“If anything needs curing, it is the outdated belief that being gay is wrong or something to be ashamed of. Sexuality is not an illness but an inherent part of who you are.”

In an article on Change.org, human rights activist Omar Kuddus called for the Government to refuse visas to people who seek to cure people of gay desires. Kuddus started the petition to cancel the Holy Sexuality conference, and he believes the Government should protect gay people from those who want to cure them.

“We are disappointed that in a society that values freedom of speech and divergence of opinion that there are those whose wish it is to silence individuals who hold a different point of view to their own.”

That same week, a similar event called The Transformation Potential Conference took place in Westminster. It was held by Core Issues, a Christian ministry organization. Although more than 13,000 people signed a petition to cancel it, nevertheless the talks were held on 14 April.

Ukip candidate Alan Craig, former leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance, was set to speak at this conference. However, organizers asked him to step aside so the issues discussed at the seminar would not be “associated with any one political party.”

Omar Kuddus also fought for the cancellation of this conference, believing these events are harmful to those who attend them. In a statement to the Evening Standard, Kuddos said:

“You don’t expect two gay cure conferences to take place in London at all, especially in the same week. I find it diabolical someone representing the group is allowed to preach hate in England. At the end of the day that is what conversion therapy is – sexuality is not a choice.”

The irony in this is that the very people who claim Christians want to “silence” gay people are the very ones who cancel conferences and want to refuse visas to people coming to speak at these events. They are the ones trying to silence differing opinions, embodying a tactic that prohibits free speech and cancels conferences.

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Apr 30

Aisling Hubert Loses Case

Aisling Hubert prosecuted two doctors who aborted babies based on their gender.

Aisling Hubert prosecuted two doctors who aborted babies based on their gender.

Pro-life activist Aisling Hubert has lost her case against Dr Prabha Sivaraman and must now pay the £25,000 bill to cover the abortionist’s legal fees.

A Christian and anti-abortion campaigner, Ms Hubert carried a private prosecution against Dr Sivaraman for performing an abortion based on the foetus’ gender.

But last month Dr Sivaraman asked the CPS to step in and examine the evidence again to assess whether the case was still in the public interest. In early April the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) dropped the suit due to “insufficient evidence.”

Judge Martin Steiger QC, presiding at the Manchester Crown Court, ruled that Ms Hubert must pay the £25,000 cost of Dr Sivaraman’s legal fees.

In 2013, Dr Prabha Sivaraman faced trial after a sting operation by the Daily Telegraph revealed her agreeing to perform an abortion based on the child’s gender. However, the CPS abandoned the case, deeming it unworthy of public interest.

In addition to performing sex-selective abortions, Dr Sivaraman had appeared in court on a report that she was involved in a conspiracy to use poison as a way to carry out an abortion. This fell under the Offences Against the Person Act, but was disregarded after Aisling Hubert’s case against her was dropped.

Ms Hubert, a 21-year-old Brighton resident, took up the case after the CPS let it go the first time. She also led a prosecution against Dr Palaniappan Rajmohan, who was featured in the Daily Telegraph report alongside Dr Sivaraman. The CPS intervened and also shut down this case because of a lack in public interest.

Christian Legal Centre, which campaigns on issues such as abortion and bioethics, backed Hubert’s prosecution.

Sex-selective abortions are still illegal in Britain according to the 1967 Abortion Act. To read more about “gendercide” (aborting a child based on its sex, usually a girl) and Aisling Hubert’s case, read our previous article here.

 

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Apr 25

‘Naz and Matt’ gay campaigner ‘selfish and deluded’.

Hampstead Heath, near West Hampstead, is used by homosexual men to make anonymous sexual contacts.

Hampstead Heath, a stone’s throw from West Hampstead, where Dr Nazeem Mahmood lived.

A homosexual campaigner is today concluding a walk from London to Birmingham.

Matthew Ogston has walked from West Hampstead in London to Handsworth in Birmingham, finishing today, to publicise his new charity ‘Naz and Matt’ campaigning against what he calls ‘gay conversion therapy’ and for parents to accept their children’s homosexuality against their religious principles.

Mr Ogston was the homosexual boyfriend of one Dr Mahmood, a specialist in cosmetic procedures, who fell from the balcony of his penthouse in West Hampstead on 30th July 2014.

An inquest heard that Dr Mahmood took his own life just two days after confiding in his Muslim mother for the first time about his sexuality.

The court was told she suggested he saw a psychiatrist to find a ‘cure’ when he revealed his sexuality.

My view is that Ogston is selfish and deluded.

Matthew Ogston. Credit: Birmingham Mail

Matthew Ogston

Any death is a tragedy, and Dr Mahmood’s is no exception. Suicide is the biggest cause of death for young men in Britain today. Given that, to blame Dr Mahmood’s suicide on his mother’s failure to embrace her son’s perverted lifestyle is far too convenient. There could have been any number of reasons aggregating in his mind.

Matthew Ogston is deluded, claiming to hear Dr Mahmood’s voice from “beyond the grave” telling him specifically to set up a campaigning charity.

He is also selfish, showing no sensitivity to Dr Mahmood’s family, who will rightly feel great shame over their son’s suicide and emotional problems and must be dismayed that his death is now being dragged through the mud in public as a political football.

It is undeniable that men and women have walked away from homosexual attractions through the power of the Christian Gospel. Whether Islam is any help in such a process is open to debate, but the Christian faith offers enormous support to those seeking to reach their emotional potential. No-one has to “stay gay”.

Sandwell Valley is next-door to Handsworth, Alan Ogston's destination.

Sandwell Valley is next-door to Handsworth, Matthew Ogston’s destination.

Mr Ogston is quoted as saying: “Being gay is loving someone, it’s not a disease, there’s nothing to be cured, it’s about love nothing else should matter.”  A father and son or two brothers normally express their love without feeling the need to interfere with each other.  No, ‘being gay’ is not just ‘about love’, it’s about emotional disorder, sexual abuse and perverting God’s created order.

By a strange coincidence, West Hampstead  is just a stone’s throw from one homosexual cruising area, and Handsworth borders onto another.  Most homosexual male couples engage in activities outside their primary relationship, for reasons which need not detain us at this moment.  Just saying …

 

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Apr 25

No to the West Ham mega mosque

If built, the West Ham mega mosque would be the largest place of worship in Europe, accommodating between 10,000 and 40,000 worshipers, and the size of Battersea Power Station according to its architect.

The fundamentalist group behind it, Tablighi Jamaat, are associated with convicted and dead Islamic terrorists. So why did the Government not dismiss its appeal against a refusal to grant the scheme planning permission last month when they had the chance?

In this video, we expose the shocking reason why, and ask you to make the ‘mega mosque’ an election issue. If you have never seen the ‘mega mosque’ site, this is a good opportunity to take a look.

Come and join us for prayer at the site on Saturday 2nd May 2015 from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Nearest Station: Abbey Road DLR, SatNav E15 3ND. We meet where Canning Road crosses the Greenway.

Isaiah 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. (KJV)

 

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Apr 22

Juncker Blocks EU Referendum

Negotiations regarding Britain's status in the EU will not take place while Juncker is in office.

Negotiations regarding Britain’s status in the EU will not take place while Juncker is in office.

Jean-Claude Juncker blocked EU referendum with Britain, saying that re-negotiations regarding Britain’s treaty with the EU will not happen while he is still president of the EU.

In January of this year David Cameron promised to hold a referendum to amend Britain and the European Union’s relationship. Any changes, if they come, will not be until the end of 2019.

Although Cameron promised a referendum on the UK’s membership, he wanted to stay in the EU if the negotiations went favorable. His goal was to change the relationship between the Britain and the EU.

If re-elected, Cameron will be forced to hold a referendum on EU membership without the option of reclaiming any power from Brussels. In this situation it will be more likely that Britain would leave the EU.

An official told the Times:

“No treaty change proposals are envisaged until after November 2019, the end of Mr Juncker’s mandate as president of the commission.”

In this case negotiations would not begin until 2020.

This incident comes after the Prime Minister very publicly tried to prevent Mr Juncker from becoming President of the European Commission and vowed that he would “reclaim powers from Brussels.”

The 2015 Conservative party election manifesto, which Mr Cameron spear-headed, states that Britain would “want national parliaments to be able to work together to block unwanted European legislation. And we want an end to our commitment to ‘ever closer union’ as enshrined in the treaty to which every country has to sign up.'”

In order to avoid a Labour Government supported by the Scottish National Party, Mr Cameron also told members of the United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip) that they would need to vote conservative.

Nigel Farage, leader of Ukip, branded the Conservative manifesto a “work of fiction” as the treaty is change is non-negotiable by the Conservative part. He said:

“I challenge David Cameron to tell the British people this simple truth rather than dupe, delude and deceive them.”

European leaders in Brussels have already made clear that if Mr Cameron returns to Downing Street they will not accept any treaty changes before next year. Any amendments to the treaty would not be overhauled until 2025, and even that will require unanimous vote of all EU countries.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said that this statement from Brussels is nothing new. He also told the Times: “It was said there would be no changes after the Lisbon Treaty, but that was proved wrong. These latest claims will be proved wrong too.

“Commission President Juncker himself has said that answering the ‘British question’ is one of his key priorities.”

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