Jan 28

Gendercide Could Be on its Way Out of UK

Gendercide--aborting a baby because of its gender--primarily targets girl babies.

Gendercide–aborting a baby because of its gender–primarily targets girl babies.

Gendercide–choosing abortion because of the baby’s gender–could be on its way out of the UK within the next few months after MP’s upheld a parliamentary motion to fast-track a new law last week.

The amendment, which prohibits abortion based on the baby’s gender, was signed by more than 70 MP’s. If passed, the amendment will be added to the Government’s Serious Crime Bill by May 2015.

The proposed law would mean that doctors who commit gendercide can be prosecuted.

Conservative member Fiona Bruce is one of the main supporters of the amendment. She related in The Daily Telegraph that the Government has shown a lack of interest in this issue, claiming that the coalition Government “persistently denied” that sex selective abortions were happening in the UK. Referring to the statistical analysis that the Government used to back up its claims, Bruce said:

“The Government statistics do not reflect the reality. And the reality is that sex-selective abortion is happening in the UK.

“We know this partly because UK women are coming forward in increasing numbers to tell their stories, and partly due to the existence of authoritative, peer-reviewed research which has found evidence of sex imbalances in birth ratios in some UK populations—most notably a paper authored by Dr Sylvie Dubuc of the University of Oxford which dug deep into the data and found strong circumstantial evidence that sex-selective abortions were common in certain communities.”

The head of Jeena International, which works with women who have been forced into sex selective abortions, said that “saying that there is no evidence is tantamount to saying that the women we work with are lying and that my organisation is making things up.”

Despite her disappointment with the Government, Bruce believes, as with issues like FGM and forced marriages, the issue of sex-selective abortions will also be addressed by the Government.

At the end of her letter to the Telegraph, Bruce asserted:

“The time has come to face up to the truth. Sex-selective abortion is a reality in the UK.
We can no longer ignore it. I do not pretend that my amendment can solve the problem of son-preference all on its own, but I know that it is a big step in the right direction. It is my hope that my colleagues in the Commons will agree that urgent action needs to be taken and vote in favour of my amendment when the time comes.”

And although we in the pro-life movement know it’s nowhere near enough to stop gender-based abortions—because every unborn child is equally valuable, regardless of the reason for abortion—we can also be confident that saving a few babies from death is the goal of the U.K. amendment.

“It’s a goal we can wholeheartedly support.”

Conservative MP Fiona Bruce has pushed for laws to end gendercide in  the UK.

Conservative MP Fiona Bruce has pushed for laws to end gendercide in the UK.

Opponents of the Bill claim it is a way to make abortion less available to women.

Mary Glindon, the Labour MP for North Tyneside, said: “If opposing the abortion of baby girls—often under coercion—makes me anti-choice, then I will wear the label with pride.”

Jasvinder Sanghera, founder and Karma Nirvana, and a spokeswoman for the campaign website stopgendercide.org, added: “Sex-selective abortion is a reality in the UK.

“This is widely known in diaspora communities and beyond.

“The Government has a responsibility both to women suffering under cultural pressures and to their baby girls.”

Controversy erupted last year when a 2012 undercover investigation by The Daily Telegraph revealed that girls were being aborted simply for being girls. Two UK doctors were committing gendercide based on a recording of the doctor agreeing to do this at the parents’ request.

After the Telegraph’s revealing investigation, Aisling Hubert, backed by the Christian Legal Centre, launched her campaign for action.

Dr Palaniappan Rajmohan received a summons from Birmingham magistrates allowing the case on Monday.
He is accused, along with Dr Prabhan Sivaraman, of a conspiracy to use poison to procure abortions. This act goes against the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

Despite the nature of this case, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was asked by Sivaraman’s lawyers to take over and drop the case.

The CPS concluded in 2013 that there was enough evidence to convict Dr Sivaraman, but they decided not to prosecute because it was “not in the public interest.”

Hubert began her private prosecution because of the CPS’ unwillingness to prosecute. She is “pleased that the case will now go to the Crown Court.” She emphasized that the case must continue, if only for the sake of the baby girls whose lives are in danger.

Dr Sivaraman will appear before the Manchester Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing on 6 February. Dr Rajmohan is due to appear for the same type of hearing at Birmingham Crown Court on 21 May.

Both doctors are banned from performing abortions while their eligibility to practice is investigated by the General Medical Council.

In November 2014, MP’s backed a Bill introduced by Fiona Bruce to make gender selective abortion illegal in one of the most overwhelming majorities ever seen in the Commons.

Unfortunately, the vote has no legal force. It was simply clarifying that the practice of gendercide is unacceptable. This was in response to The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), the UK’s largest abortion provider, who “maintains that gender abortion is not illegal under the 1967 Abortion Act and that the law is ‘silent’ on the subject.”

However, this Parliamentary move would make sex selective abortion illegal because it would add a clause to the Serious Crime Bill and eliminate any uncertainty over the legality of the practice.

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Jan 27

Plans for LGBT School in Britain

If approved, a gay-friendly school could open in Manchester within the next three years.

If approved, a gay-friendly school could open in Manchester within the next three years.

Plans to open the first LGBT school in Britain were revealed last week.

The school, which would open in Manchester, is designed for students age 13 and up who are bullied or otherwise struggling in mainstream schools.

If approved, the school could open its doors within the next three years. From the plans outlined so far, the school would have the capacity for 40 full-time students and 20 part-time students, with part-time students attending the mainstream school if they wish.

The Department for Communities and Local Government, which is looking into an alternative education for LGBT students, donated £63,000 for a “feasibility study.” This study will assess demand for the institution and help purchase the community centre from the Manchester City Council.

A Manchester City Council spokeswoman said:

“We supported LGBT Youth NW in their bid for funding to look at the feasibility of expanding their premises and developing the work they do,” she said.

“One of their development ambitions is around how they might make additional educational support available to LGBT young people. We’ve had an initial discussion with them about that but there are no current plans that we’re aware of to open a LGBT school in the city.”

Critics have lambasted the idea as lawful segregation that would inhibit tolerance efforts, not help them.
Tom Loughton, Tory MP and former education minister, said:

“We need to do a lot more to combat homophobic bullying and to create a more tolerant society.
“But I cannot see how segregating a group of young people identified by their sexuality can aid better engagement and understanding.

“The way to achieve more integration, understanding and empathy is not by segregating members of one group, and this would seem to me to be a step backwards from achieving tolerance.”

Paul Nuttall, educational spokesman and UKIP deputy leader stated: ‘This idea does nothing but foster division.

“At a time that successive governments have closed all but a few special schools, why this sudden exception, if not for reasons of political correctness?

“Integration is the key to understanding, and it is utterly bizarre to be taking a step that highlights differences and adds nothing of value to a child’s education.”

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: “There is simply no way that we will approve a free school specifically for LGBT young people.

“Pupils regardless of their sexuality should be educated in mainstream schools which should be equipped to tackle any bullying that should occur.”

Director for the LGBT Youth North West, Amelia Lee, said this school is “not about making a little, safe enclave away from the real world.”

She argued that right now the education system “sets up 5%-10% of pupils to fail” because the structure does not take the needs of LGBT students into account.

In addition, Lee said that the school would be “LGBT inclusive, but not exclusive.”

Writing in the Gay Star News, Elly Barnes argued that “education is key to eradicating all forms of discrimination including those of different gender and sexual diversities.”

The Founder and CEO of “Educate to Celebrate” believes that creating an LGBT-friendly school in Manchester will help, but it is not the long-term answer.

“Making ALL schools LGBT-friendly is the solution. Giving all teachers, staff and parents the confidence, training and resources to change ingrained attitudes amd make positive institutional change; this is the way forward to achieving social justice in the education system.”

“The key is to make LGBT-Friendly schools though delivering training to all staff, updating policies, creating resources for an LGBT-Inclusive curriculum, increasing visibility in the environment and engaging the community in events.”

Sally Carr, Founder and Operational Director of LGBT Youth NW told Christian Today that because the school is open to all students, not just LGBT students, the criticism of creating a gay “ghetto” is misplaced.

“Much like you would expect Christian schools to be absent of prejudice towards Christianity, this would be a school free from homophobia, transphobia and biphobia. These things have no place in modern British society.”

Carr also believes that Christians can help prevent gay children from being bullied in UK schools.

“I think Christians, particularly straight Christians, need to listen more than we speak,” she said. “There’s a need to listen to young LGBT people, and if they say that the current system is not working we need to take that seriously. We need to change the system so that future LGBT people are able to live and find God and find that God loves them, both at work and at play and at church.

“That has to be our highest priority, keeping young people from giving up on life and giving up on God.”

David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, agreed that LGBT students in mainstream schools could use extra support. He said that “the Church of England has made its position very clear that we strongly oppose homophobic bullying in schools.

“We are committed to eliminating homophobic bullying in all Church of England Schools and we produce national resources and guidance for teachers to use.

“However we recognise that other schools are not there yet.

“If pupils are being bullied because of their sexual orientation I would support alternative provision for them within the council’s service.”

Rev Sally Hitchiner, who founded Diverse Church, a support network that allows LGBT Christians to connect, believes this proposed school could help struggling LGBT students.

“I think it’s a tragedy that it’s needed,” she said, “but for students involved it might be a lifeline. Far too many LGBT students face misunderstanding and isolation to the point that some of take their own lives.

“However, I think the highest priority has to be enabling every school in the country to be a supportive and safe place for all of its people.”

Amelia Lee will wait until after the general election to move forward with an application to the school. If approved, students would be able to start in about three years.The grant received from the Department for Communities and Local Government said the grant was not to set up the school, but only to help purchase the community centre from the Manchester City Council.

The plans for this school are based on the Harvey Milk School in New York, which is designed for, but not exclusive to, LGBT students. It is named after Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to a public office in America.

Lee secured a meeting with Department of Education officials after visiting the Harvey Milk School last year.

While it is true that as Christians we are to love and minister to one another, there is a difference between loving someone and turning a blind eye to their sin. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:9: “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.” Another name for “abusers of themselves with mankind is homosexuality. The Bible clearly teaches that people who practice these sins will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But if they repent of this sin, He will be faithful and just to forgive them their sin and cleanse them from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

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Jan 16

“Brexit” on the Horizon?

Without EU reforms, a Brexit might well be imminent.

Without EU reforms, a Brexit might well be imminent.

A so-called “Brexit” might be on the horizon, according to Jacques Delors, former President of the European Commission.

On 13 January, Delors publicly acknowledged that Britain might be on its way out of the European Union.

Along with two other politicians, Pascal Lamy and Antonio Vitorino, Delors wrote in an article for Euractiv emphasizing the necessary changes the EU will have to make if Britain is to remain a member.

Delors, a founder of the modern EU, called for unity among European nations while affirming that no country should have to remain in the EU against its wishes.

“We must unite further in order to promote this common will, along with our interests and our values, in an increasingly less Eurocentric world through the adoption of more consistent trade and external aid policies, through the creation of a genuine energy union, and through the patient bolstering of our common foreign and defence policy, because strength lies in numbers.

“This Union naturally needs the United Kingdom—but only as long a majority of its citizens still wish to be a part of it, because the Union is by no means a prison.”

In response to this article, Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive of Eurosceptic campaign group Business for Britain, said: “It’s nice to see that even the modern architects of the EU now realise that the EU needs to change if the UK is to remain a member.

“But these EU grandees still fail to grasp why so many Europeans are deeply unhappy with the EU, by yet again arguing for more integrating, more Brussels and a greater focus on propping up the Euro.”

Mr Delors is not the only person who advocates a “Brexit” (shorthand for British exit).

David Davis, Conservative former Shadow Home Secretary, said earlier this week that David Cameron needed to persuade German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the UK leaving the EU is not just “sabre-rattling.”

Speaking in an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme Davis said:

What [David Cameron’s] got to do is to persuade [Merkel] that the prospect of us leaving is real. It’s not just sabre-rattling. Germans go in for sabre-rattling an awful lot at the moment. They’re virtually threatening Greece with exit from the euro. They don’t mean it, but they’re talking it up.

“There should be no mutual misunderstanding about this. Cameron doesn’t want us to leave … but [he] may well face the prospect where the people tell [him] to leave.

Davis McAllister, the German MEP for Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party, was interviewed at the same time as Davis. According to McAllister, the meeting was not primarily about British concerns with the EU. However, he indicated that Germany wanted the UK to remain in the EU while acknowledging that reform needed to happen.

“Germans are ready to talk to London about British demands in a fair and reasonable manner. But we’re very clear that we are the UK’s partner in Europe and we are interested that the United Kingdom stays in the European Union,” he said.

“No reasonable politician can ignore the fact that over the next five years we will have to find solutions for the political concerns of the United Kingdom. We have to because we want to keep the United Kingdom within the European Union.

“I, and many others, will work for a fair deal with Britain, but it must be a deal that accepts the specificities of the United Kingdom in the EU on the one hand, while allowing the member states of the EU to integrate further.”

Discussing the consequences of a “Brexit” for Ireland, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Ireland will support changes in the EU if it means that Britain will remain a member.

Mr Kenny, speaking at a foreign affairs council in Dublin, said on 12 January that Britain and Ireland’s “shared EU membership has played an immensely important role in strengthening relations between our two islands, not least in creating the environment for business links to flourish and as a force for peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.”

At the same time, Mr Kenny indicated that Ireland would be “candid if we are presented with proposals that we do not see as achievable or desirable.”

Kenny also raised concerns about the effects of a potential UK exit on Ireland:

“The Government’s position is clear and unequivocal: we want the UK to remain in the EU.

“This is clearly in our national interest, and in the wider European interest,” he said.

In another article, one UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson stated:

“There is a widespread—and growing—recognition that the EU can’t continue as it is. There are many voices around Europe saying that this requires treaty change.

“But we don’t need to wait: many of the reforms we seek on trade, on regulation and on deepening the single market, can be made right now.”

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Jan 10

Kessab Churches Destroyed by Syrian Rebels

Graffiti was plastered on church walls by rebels in Kessab.

Graffiti was plastered on church walls by rebels in Kessab.

Christian churches were destroyed by Syrian rebels in the town of Kessab.

Ruth Sherlock reports in the Telegraph how the Holy Trinity Armenian Evangelical church was destroyed—its library, pews, altar, and graveyard burned and vandalized by Syrian rebels.

Before the assault on Kessab, rebel fighters were instructed to act like “moderate Muslims” and “natural allies of the West.”

Syrian rebels tried to reassure Kessab residents in March 2014 that they were not intolerant of Christians and other minority religions. They claimed that they were “non-sectarian protectors” of the city.

Rebels from Syria and the Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham snapped pictures of themselves guarding churches and conversing civilly with locals. Approximately 30 elderly Armenians were driven in buses to Turkey, where they received a warm reception that was covered by state television.

However, the destruction of the churches disproves the above picture of good intentions. As soon as the television cameras turned away, the rebels turned on the people they were supposedly protecting and began burning and desecrating churches.

Sherlock, who works as a Middle East journalist for the Telegraph stated:

The perpetrators had shown both purpose and glee in their destruction of Christian sites in the ancient Armenian town. Statues were riddled with bullets and Islamist slogans were scrawled across the walls of homes and shops.

Father Miron Avedissian, priest of the Armenian Apostolic Church related his story:

“They took photographs to show they were looking after the churches, and then set them alight…It all still happened in the first day.”

“There is no God but Allah” is now plastered on walls, doors, and shop fronts of Kessab’s streets. Father Avedissian’s church suffered the same fate. The crosses outside the church were peppered with bullet holes, and the interior was blackened by fire.

Nothing remained of the nearby Holy Trinity Armenian Evangelical Church but a charred shell. Graffiti covered the church’s walls, naming the rebel groups who participated in the vandalism.

One resident, Zavinar Sargdegian, witnessed one of the churches being set on fire by rebels. She said:

“I was at home with my husband when they raided the house…they broke down the front door. They pushed us on to the street. We were on our knees and they put a gun to our heads. From the road I saw the Angelic Church burning. Fire was coming out of the doors and windows.”

After Kessab was captured on 24 March 2014 by Muslim and Syrian rebels there was controversy surrounding how much damage was actually done. Some reports claim that much of the reports were propaganda.

But some facts are not debated. With the help of Turkey, rebels did overrun the Kessab, and its 2,500 Armenian Christian inhabitants were forced to flee for their lives. Numerous photographs show the destruction of churches and other buildings.

Rebels, by nature, are not moderate. Nor are they protectors of innocent people.

Please continue to pray for peace and protection for our fellow Christians in Syria.

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Jan 08

Stanley Weiss on the Growth of Islam in Britain

islam-uk-flagIn an article for The World Post, Stanley Weiss has revealed the extent of Great Britain’s Islamization.

Weiss’s concerns echo warnings issued by Christian Voice (which you can read about here and here and here and here and here), Weiss warns of the social and political effect of Western nations capitulating to radical Islam.

Weiss begins his article by comparing the crusades in the Middle Ages with the actions of Muslim extremists today. From 1096-1291 A.D., Christianity would most likely have been deemed a violent religion by the general public if people had the internet to publicize the deeds of Christians. But comparative violence is happening now as a result of radical Islam. Killings perpetrated by Muslims are plastered all over the internet, causing a sense of fear among people in Britain. This publicity makes it hard for Muslims to maintain that Islam is a peaceful religion.

Interestingly, Weiss believes that violence is not the most effective way that Islam is growing in Britain.

The experience of England shows that Islam’s most effective tools for establishing new footholds in Western cities might just be a passport and a marital bed. As improbable as it would have seemed 25 years ago — and as xenophobic and paranoid as it undoubtedly sounds to every Westerner who rolls their eyes at the phrase, “the Islamisation of Europe” — the fact is that migration patterns and high birthrates have combined to turn Islam into Europe’s fastest-growing religion.”

Why does this increase in Britain’s Muslim population have people worried, given that Britain officially prizes the principles of multiculturalism and diversity?

Weiss suggests three reasons:

  1. A wide cultural gap. Instead of becoming part of British culture, Muslims are creating their own subculture that is often in conflict with British law.
  2. Muslim extremism is hitting Britons where they are vulnerable, such as their schools (heard of the Trojan Horse Plot?) or population (citizens who openly support terrorist groups like ISIS).
  3. British law has allowed this anti-British subculture to flourish without offering an attractive alternative.

The author seems to downplay the general fear that Britain has of Muslims, but ends the article ominously asking what the next 25 years of jihad will look like.

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Dec 29

Osborne Reforms Could Increase Divorce Among Elderly

silver splittersFamily law firms are preparing for a massive increase in divorce among pensioners following George Osborne’s Pension reforms.

Lawyers warn that the overhaul of pension regulation, which is set to come into effect in April, will add to the divorce boom the nation is already experiencing among couples who are near retirement age.

The reason for the concern lies in the fact that the changes introduced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer allow men to cash in their pension rather than be tied into an annuity.

The access to fresh cash could act as a catalyst to older women seeking new lives for themselves.  Women in a long-standing marriage could expect the couple’s entire wealth to be split 50/50.

Nicola Harries, a partner in family law Stevens & Bolton, was quoted in The Telegraph saying, “We are tending to see that the vast majority of divorces that are initiated in this age-group are started by the woman. The children have flown the nest and the husband is potentially retiring in the near future, I think very often there is a recognition that they have been living very different lives…. I think a lot of the ladies are thinking ‘I’m having much more fun going out with my other friends than I would be with my husband, is this is a situation I want to be stuck with?”

The trend in what is known as ‘silver splitters’ was documented by the International Longevity Centre in the United Kingdom (ILC-UK) earlier in the year. The Thinktank found that

“While divorce has been going down among the young and middle-aged, among the over-60s it has shot up by 85 per cent since 2000. It means that at the current rate, by 2037 one in ten of all divorced people will be over 60….The Office for National Statistics has said that the number of divorced older people has trebled in two decades. There are now more than 700,000 divorced over-65s, more than the number who have never married.”

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Dec 17

Why is Marriott so ‘gay-friendly’?

Bill Mariott: happy to go against his Mormon beliefs so long as it makes money.

Bill Mariott: happy to go against his Mormon beliefs so long as it makes money.

As a hotel chain founded and headed by Mormons, you would think Marriott Hotels would be a bastion of heterosexual, family-friendly orthodoxy.

But not a bit of it.  Whatever makes money is the guiding principle for CEO Bill Marriott, even if it means going against his Mormon beliefs:

“Our church is very much opposed to alcohol and we’re probably one of the biggest sales engines of liquor in the United States”, Bill Marriott told Business Week.  “I don’t drink. We serve a lot of liquor. You’re in business. You’ve got to make money,” he said. “We have to appeal to the masses out there, no matter what their beliefs are.”

It took until 2011 for Marriott to rid their rooms of on-demand pornography channels.  The porn in Marriott’s rooms was an embarrassment for Mitt Romney when he ran for president of the United States in 2008.  But the decision to take pay-for filth off the menu ended up not being one of morality or propriety, but money.

The chain attributed the move to the hotels’ inability to compete with adult entertainment on guests’ devices—a claim supported by hospitality market research showing a dip in revenue for in-room pornography.

J Willard Marriott, the firm's founder.

J Willard Marriott, the firm’s founder.

But perhaps the strangest move of all has been Marriott’s aligning of themselves as a ‘gay friendly’ establishment.

It seems to have started when Marriott refused to donate to the campaign run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in favour of Proposition 8, the Californian measure to strike down ‘gay marriage’.

Diane Brady of Business Week says: ‘As a result, when his church actively campaigned against same-sex marriage in California, neither Marriott nor the hotel chain donated any money to the cause. Instead, he stepped into the drama by publicly reinforcing his company’s commitment to gay rights through domestic partners benefits and services aimed at gay couples’.

Then, in 2012, a Marriott hotel in Chicago hosted the “International Mr. Leather Competition,” a leather fetish pageant.  Some effort apparently went into prising the event, and its estimated 16,000 participants, away from the Hyatt Towers venue down the street.

As SunTimes put it, ‘To understand International Mr. Leather better, consider the way Chicago DJ Ron Geronimo described to Gopride.com the scene at the gatherin’s 2011 Black and Blue Ball: “Hot and sweaty sex . . . meets the best cheesecake in the world . . . meets hairy muscle daddy groove . . . meets rawhide leather.”’  Yuk.

In 2012, Marriott started offering discounts to homosexual guests in the US, according to Blaze, and a similar deal appears to have crossed the pond, with ‘Pride Packages‘ on a special ‘gay-friendly’ Marriott page offering a ‘promotional code’ for the ‘Out and About’ product.  Families with children need not apply.

Finally, on 2nd June this year, 2014, Marriott launched their #LoveTravels venture, complete with a pro-gay propaganda video, shamelessly targeting the homosexual traveller.  qz.com asks:

Marriott's flagship hotel in London; on the South Bank, Marriott County Hall Hotel

Marriott’s flagship hotel in London; on the South Bank, Marriott County Hall Hotel

‘Why is Bill Marriott so careful to separate faith and business when it comes to LGBT consumers? In a nutshell, $202 billion.

That’s how big the global LGBT travel market is predicted to be this year (2014 – ed), up from $181 billion in 2013, according to industry analysts Out Now Global—with LGBT spending comprising 13% of all global travel spending. That 11% rise is more than double (pdf) the increase in world travel spending overall, which is expected to rise 4% to 5% this year. The number of US 18- to 34-year-olds self-identifying as LGBT has risen by more than 60% since 2007, and … gay men spend 11% more on “nonessential purchases” than their heterosexual counterparts.’

Whether it’s out of the need not to support the heresy of Mormonism, or of making it clear that ‘gay friendly’ is not good business, or just not enriching a greedy man with no principles, it seems like Marriott Hotels are a venue Christians need to avoid.


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Dec 16

Briton guilty of child abuse in Kenya

Simon Harris

Simon Harris

A British former public school teacher has been found guilty of sexually abusing street children in Kenya.

Simon Harris was found guilty of seven charges of indecent and sexual assault on the youngsters in Gilgil in Kenya’s Rift Valley.

He was also convicted at Birmingham Crown Court of four counts of possessing indecent images of children.

The offences were committed while Harris was running a gap year charity he set up in the East African country in the 1990s.

Under Section 72 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, British citizens can be tried for sexual offences committed abroad against children under 16 if it is also an offence in that country. This is the first time the relevant section has been applied to a case in Africa.

Prosecuting, Kevin Hegarty QC said Harris lured street boys to his home, known locally as “The Green House”, by offering them food and shelter.

Street children like these boys in Nakuru, also in Kenya's Rift Valley, are vulnerable to predators

Street children, like these boys in Nakuru, also in Kenya’s Rift Valley, are vulnerable to predators like Simon Harris

He told the jury: “A few years ago there was uproar in Kenya and big displacement of people, and many families were broken up and children abandoned. Many of the children made their way to a town called Gilgil.

“In Gilgil the children were living chaotic and desperate lives.

“It’s upon those children that the defendant preyed to encourage them with food, money to come to his house.

“He would drive to Gilgil in his white Land Rover and pick up boys who lived on the street in appalling conditions.”

They would stay at Simon Harris’s house for a few days, he said and “he might take a fancy to a particular one and they’d end up in his bed.”

Giving evidence via satellite link to Birmingham Crown Court, one boy described being attacked by Mr Harris, from Leominster in Herefordshire.

The victim, who was nine at the time, described to the court Mr Harris “doing bad manners” to him.

Giving evidence through an interpreter, the boy told the jury that he had been told to lie on the bed.  He then described how the former public school housemaster had removed his vest and shorts before subjecting him to a painful ordeal that lasted about 10 minutes.

Before the trial, Harris admitted six offences of indecent assault against three boys aged between 13 and 14 when he was a teacher at Shebbear College, Devon, in the 1980s.

This may be the only case which has come to light, because of the extra-territorial nature of our Sexual Offences Act, but it illustrates that predatory homosexuals from Europe and America are a real danger to African children and why African nations need to have strong measures in place to discourage them.

Dec 04

Religious Privileges in Scotland Under Audit

Religious privileges in Scotland will be examined to create a more equal society.

Religious privileges in Scotland will be examined to create a more equal society.

Religious privileges in Scotland are under audit as part of a new research study at the University of Glasgow.

This 10-month project, funded by the Humanist Society Scotland (HSS), will audit Scots law to find out how much special provision is given to religion and religious organizations.

The HSS wants to use this project to encourage talks with Scottish Government to change laws that “reduce religious privilege and make the country more equal.”

If some laws are deemed to be too favorable to Christians they will be modified or disposed of, which could potentially inhibit Christians from practicing their faith in Scotland.

No such project has been launched in over 100 years. Some of the cases might go all the way back to the 16th and 17th centuries, although many of these cases are more recent.

This project’s development is located at the Humanist Studies Hub at the University of Glasgow and is led by Professors Callum Brown (History, School of Humanities) and Jane Mair (School of Law). Dr Thomas Green is research assistant.

Researchers working on this project will do so in an attempt to see how religion influences the different aspects of Scottish law, such as in the areas of marriage, education, and equality laws that grant religious exemptions. These findings will provide a firm foundation for the place of religious freedoms when making new laws.

Included in the project will be a “detailed study of contemporary and historical legal sources.” A report of these findings will be published in the summer of 2015.

Mr Brown told the Scotland Herald that “research could range from prohibition on a Sunday through to any restrictions in employment law.

“We’re interested in religious privilege, which is by and large now being eroded by human rights legislation from the EU, Westminster and Holyrood. Recent legislation has specifically sought to create an equality between those who have a religious belief and those who do not.”

Dr Green will carry out research in cases where the law was influenced by religion. One example would be Church of Scotland clerics having positions on education boards. According to Dr Brown, Prof Green’s report will be rooted in his findings on different aspects of the law, such as education, human rights, and marriage.

Professor Mair, talking about this project, said that contemporary legal systems historically were viewed as secular institutions. She says it is only recently that “driven by a combination of different and quite separate forces religion has re-emerged in law as a complex and highly contested concept.”

She believes some of this rise in interest might be attributed to “the protection of religious thought and belief through human rights and equality legislation; by the strong sound of religious voices in public debate and political consultation and by the visible presence of migrant communities who wish to live according to their own religion.”

Mair, an expert on discrimination in employment and family law, said that these issues are becoming increasingly tested in courts. She adds that “judges are being faced with very difficult decisions: what is religion, how should it be defined and how…should it be distinguished from other forms of belief; to what extent should religious employees be permitted to wear the symbols of their belief at work; should civil courts take account of religious arbitration in resolving family disputes and how should religious beliefs be measured against the belief in equality?”

Douglas Mclellan, HSS Chief Executive, said that:

“I am delighted that this opportunity has arisen. The HSS is investing £40,000 in this project to provide an exceptional level of research into the privileges enjoyed by religion in Scots law. The HSS believes that for Scotland to progress as a fair and equal nation, it needs to be a nation with no special laws, practises or exemptions for religions or religious organisations. We are supporting this project to demonstrate where religion currently has privileges which will then allow us to work with the Scottish Government and MSPs in the Scottish Parliament to take opportunities to amend legislation and reduce religious privilege.”

Prof Brown said: “This is a most important research undertaking. No complete guide to religion in Scots law has been compiled since the Victorian period, and there have been so many changes in church, religion and the law since then that there is a need to provide a one-stop resource for lawyers, Humanists, church people, journalists and academics. We are delighted with the funding HSS is providing, and hope this will expand into a wider relationship between the University and Humanist organisations.”

Reverend David Robertson, the soon-to-be Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland, called this project “anti-Christian propaganda, dressed up as research.”

Commenting further, Rev Robertson said that “the Humanist Society, whose membership could fit into a phone box, has paid £40,000 to a humanist to investigate religion.

“I could have saved them the money because I can tell you now this particular investigation will say religion is privileged. Frankly it’s laughable.

“Personally I’d like to see a study of the privileged status of humanists and why they think their principles should be the only ones allowed in Scotland.”

However, the Church of Scotland also responded, saying it “works for and welcomes moves to make Scotland a more equal society.”

Church and Society Convener at the Kirk, Reverend Sally Foster-Fulton, had a slightly different take on the issue:
“One of the greatest strengths is our diversity and Scotland is not a blank-slate, but is composed of a number of institutions and groups, from within politics, business and civil society that make up its DNA.

“As one of these groups, religious organisations play an important role within society through our civic engagement, our work and advocacy for the poor and marginalised, and our contribution to the cultural heritage of Scotland, all of which should be reflected within Scottish law.

“Playing our part is not about privilege, but about service. Moreover, if we truly wish to make Scotland a more equal society then money and time might be better spent tackling issues such as child poverty, financial inequality and ending the need for food banks.”

Responding to these comments, Douglas McLellan said: “We find the (Free Church) comments insulting to the academics involved. This is high-quality research.”

A spokesperson for the University of Glasgow, responding to Robertson’s comments, said they welcomed this legitimate area of research.

National Secular Society’s spokesperson for Scotland, Alastair McBay, said: “The study of privilege is well-respected and covered in countless university courses across Scotland. To object to such an academic study simply because the form of privilege under investigation is religious reflects a desperate desire to keep such privileges beyond question.”

Additionally, the professors want to research laws that are still effective today. Dr Green said this approach is “a commentary on where we think law is heading. These kinds of surveys used to be produced by ecclesiastical lawyers. We’re producing one for the 21st century.”

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Nov 20


Muslims get angry quickly.

Muslims get angry very quickly.

By Robin Phillips

Egypt was plunged into instability following the removal of President Muhammad Mubarak after a series of “Arab Spring” protests in early 2011. As a secular president, Mubarak had been a key ally of the United States in keeping Muslim extremism at bay and protecting the ancient Christian population throughout Egypt.


The American-supported uprisings culminated in the establishment of a new democratically elected government in June 2012. The new president, President Mohamed Morsi, took power amid hopes of reform and freedom. However, he quickly began to abandon democracy and leading the country towards Sharia law. He was the Chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood and was accused of concentrating power in their hands. In November 2012, President Morsi passed an interim constitutional declaration granting unlimited power to himself, and also a new constitution that had strong Islamist leanings.

Coptic Christians protesting

Coptic Christians protesting

President Morsi’s power was undermined in the beginning of 2013. The army deployed troops and suspended the constitution, leading to a state of emergency in August. At this time the persecution of Christians peaked as many radical Muslims sought revenge for the removal of their beloved Morsi, using the chaos as an opportunity to unleash terror against believers. Thirty-eight churches were burned and many more were damaged. Christians were even murdered on the streets in broad daylight while the police did little or nothing to stop it.

In one typical event, radical Muslims broke into a Christian school in Bani Suef, looting the establishment and replacing the cross on the gate with an al-Qaeda flag. Female Christian workers who tried to escape were sexually assaulted.

In February this year Arabic media reported the murder of a Syrian Christian family who were living in Alexandria. The attackers stabbed to death a 44-year-old man, his 35-year-old wife, their six-year-old son and the wife’s brother.

THe Egyptian flag bears the eagle of Saladin

The Egyptian flag bears the eagle of Saladin

In another incident, reported by CNS news in April this year, a young Coptic Christian woman, Mary Sameh George, was killed while driving through the Cairo suburb of Ain Shams to deliver medicine to an elderly woman. After Muslim bystanders spotted a cross hanging in her car, they dragged Mary out of her vehicle and proceeded to maul and beat her, before finally stabbing her to death.


During this time the kidnapping of Christian girls reached crisis proportions. There have been over 550 cases of kidnapping reported in the past 3 years. Some of the kidnappings lead to ransom requests, but others appear to be for the express purpose of forcing Christian girls into conversion to Islam and/or forced marriage.

The Egyptian Association of Victims of Abduction and Forced Disappearance says many Christian girls and women are being kidnapped by Muslim men and forced to convert and marry their captors.

An Egyptian Christian woman mourns her daughter.

An Egyptian Christian woman mourns her daughter.

Their report said: “The victims are often subjected to violence and rape. The problem dates back to before the revolution but has increased dramatically since. Pre-2011, five or six girls would go missing each month, but this figure has increased nearly three-fold. The revolution and subsequent security breakdown emboldened Islamic extremists, who previously had been kept on a tight leash by strongman president Hosni Mubarak. The electoral success of the Muslim Brotherhood in the wake of the Arab Spring gave them further confidence.”

Pressing Christian girls into Muslim marriages is a way to systematically reduce the population of the Coptic community. These kidnappings have been largely unreported and demonstrate that, despite reduction in public persecution, Christians in Egypt remain in great danger. The Egyptian police have largely turned a blind eye to this problem, which means that Christian families in Egypt live in continual fear.

In June this year, Fox News reported on one such kidnapping case:

Fifteen-year-old Amira Hafez Wahim slipped out of the Christian church in Luxor, Egypt, where she had attended services with her mother in February, promising to dash to a nearby store and return quickly.

Five months later, she has not been seen since, although her parents immediately suspected a 28-year-old Muslim man named Yasser Mahmoud, who had tried to kidnap her before, had succeeded this time. When her father went to the Civil Status Authority for a copy of her birth certificate, his fears were confirmed. Her name had been changed and she was now listed as Muslim. She had been told that ‘apostatising’ is punishable by death.


Egypt's President Sisi

Egypt’s President Sisi

Egypt was run by martial law until June 2014 when President Sisi, former head of the Egyptian army, was sworn into office. President Sisi has cracked down on supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and brought relative stability to the area. President Sisi has even allotted government funds to enable the rebuilding of the churches that were burned.

But as recently as 4th September the Christian Post reported:

‘Not only are the churches, monasteries, and institutions of Egypt’s Christians under attack by the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters – nearly 100 now have been torched, destroyed, ransacked, etc. – but Christians themselves are under attack all throughout Egypt, with practically zero coverage in Western media.
‘Days ago, for example, Copts held a funeral for Wahid Jacob, a young Christian deacon who used to serve in St. John the Baptist Church, part of the Qusiya diocese in Asyut, Egypt. He was kidnapped on August 21 by “unknown persons” who demanded an exorbitant ransom from his impoverished family – 1,200,000 Egyptian pounds (equivalent to $171,000 USD). Because his family could not raise the sum, he was executed-his body dumped in a field where it was later found. The priest who conducted his funeral service said that the youth’s body bore signs of severe torture.’

READ: Ex 15:1-3; Psalm 10:1-18, 44:22-26, 62:1-8, 116:15; Prov 24:11-12; Lam 1:12; Matt 10:23; Luke 21:12; Rev 12:11

PRAY: The international media covered the abduction of 300 Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped by the Muslim terrorist group Boko Haram. By contrast, the Christian girls kidnapped in Egypt have been ignored. Pray that these atrocities could receive increased publicity and that governments would bring pressure on President Sisi to act. Even more, pray for the girls who have been kidnapped, that they would stay strong in their Christian faith and be released.

Also pray that the increased social stability under Sisi would continue and that he would make good on his promises to help rebuild the churches destroyed by Muslims in the revolution. Many people throughout Egypt are suffering from hunger. Pray that poor Christians would be taken care of and that other Christians would be a witness by helping the poor.

WRITE: To your MP at House of Commons, LONDON, SW1A 0AA. Ask what Her Majesty’s Government are doing to support Christians in Egypt. Ask your MP to ask the Foreign Secretary what representations they have made to the Egyptian Government over the hundreds of Christian girls abducted by Muslims and what has been the response.

WITNESS: Outside the Egyptian Embassy, 26 South Street W1K 1DW, on Friday 21st November from 2pm to 4pm. South Street is off Park Lane (by the Dorchester Hotel) and is equidistant from Hyde Park Corner and Marble Arch Tubes.

The Ambassador is His Excellency Mr Ashraf Elkholy.

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