Blogroll: Christian Concern

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Free speech being stifled on social media

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 15:50
Can we trust social media platforms like Facebook and Google? Paul Huxley (Christian Concern) looks at the internet giants’ concerning recent record on free speech.

Can we trust social media platforms like Facebook and Google? Paul Huxley (Christian Concern) looks at the internet giants’ concerning recent record on free speech. 

On 14th June 2018, Robert A. J. Gagnon received a 24-hour ban from posting or commenting on Facebook.

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Mob shuts down hustings event

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 14:58
This week police allowed a mob of ‘anti-fascist’ demonstrators to shut down the only parliamentary hustings event for the by-election in Lewisham East. Tim Dieppe discusses what happened and the way in which democracy was undermined by the protestors. The mob had no respect for free speech and were extremely intolerant of those they disagree with. Tim argues that if we continue to abandon Christianity as a nation, mob rule or tyranny will result.

This week police allowed a mob of ‘anti-fascist’ demonstrators to shut down the only parliamentary hustings event for the by-election in Lewisham East. Tim Dieppe discusses what happened and the way in which democracy was undermined by the protestors. The mob had no respect for free speech and were extremely intolerant of those they disagree with. Tim argues that if we continue to abandon Christianity as a nation, mob rule or tyranny will result.

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Paul Diamond, barrister: The Rise and Fall of Family Life

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 14:20
Paul Diamond comments on recent statements made by Lord Justice Munby indicating the lack of societal consensus on what an ideal nuclear family life looks like.

"In contemporary Britain the family takes an almost infinite variety of forms. Many marry according to the rites of non-Christian faiths. People live together as couples, married or not, and with partners who may not always be of the other sex. Children live in households where their parents may be married or unmarried. They may be brought up by a single parent, by two parents or even by three parents. Their parents may or may not be their natural parents. They may be children of parents with very different religious, ethnic or national backgrounds.

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Proposed conversion therapy bans: a 'violation of human rights'

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 12:26
This week, Voices of the Silenced streamed a live panel discussion on the controversial law being considered in the Republic of Ireland and California that would ban same-sex ‘conversion’ therapies.

This week, Voices of the Silenced streamed a live panel discussion on the controversial law being considered in the Republic of Ireland and California that would ban same-sex ‘conversion’ therapies.

The ban would impose fines or prison sentences on any person performing any sort of therapy which sought to help people with unwanted same-sex attraction move away from their lifestyles or feelings.

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Has the Hong Kong Court of Appeal truly upheld biblical, traditional marriage?

Fri, 08/06/2018 - 15:19
Dr Carys Moseley looks at a recent judgment in Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal and asks whether it genuinely supports the biblical view of one man, one woman marriage.

Dr Carys Moseley looks at a recent judgment in Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal and asks whether it genuinely supports the biblical view of one man, one woman marriage. 

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EU Parliament called to take action on Christian persecution ‘on their doorstep’

Fri, 08/06/2018 - 10:06
An event at the European Parliament this week sought to bring to light the lack of religious freedom in Europe, particularly for Christians. The speakers are hoping that the EU Parliament will take notice of what is happening and do something about it.

An event at the European Parliament this week sought to bring to light the lack of religious freedom in Europe, particularly for Christians. The speakers are hoping that the EU Parliament will take notice of what is happening and do something about it.

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Emergency debate on abortion could see laws liberalised further

Thu, 07/06/2018 - 14:58
A recent debate on abortion law in the House of Commons was billed as an opportunity to discuss how to bring Northern Irish law in line with the rest of the UK, but the proposed changes the OAPA could lead to abortion up to full term being decriminalised.

MPs on Tuesday (June 5th) debated whether or not Westminster should step in to change the abortion laws in Northern Ireland as well as England and Wales, which could see abortion on demand decriminalised up to birth.

Trojan horse

In an emergency debate in which Stella Creasy (Lab), proposed repealing sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Persons Act (OAPA) 1861, pro-life MP’s made accusations that the debate was acting as a trojan horse.

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US Christian baker wins Supreme Court case

Thu, 07/06/2018 - 14:49
In a major religious liberty victory in the US this week, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favour of a Christian baker who declined to create a cake for a same-sex ‘marriage’.

In a major religious liberty victory in the US this week, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favour of a Christian baker who declined to create a cake for a same-sex ‘marriage’.

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Urgent: Ask your MP to oppose abortion liberalisation today

Tue, 05/06/2018 - 10:19
A pro-abortion MP has secured an emergency debate in the House of Commons today, at which she is expected to push for liberalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland, and across the rest of the UK.

A pro-abortion MP has secured an emergency debate at 12.30pm in the House of Commons today, at which she is expected to push for liberalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland, and across the rest of the UK.

Stella Creasy MP only secured the debate yesterday (4th June) but already has support from several MPs from different parties. She is expected to call for a vote, if she feels that there is support for her proposals. 

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Book Review: “Letting Love Win: How I Left Islam and Found God”

Fri, 01/06/2018 - 13:19
Tim Dieppe shares his thoughts on the story of Mohammed Fyaz’s life from troubled Muslim youth to follower of Jesus.

“Letting Love Win: How I Left Islam and Found God”, Mohammed Fyaz, Authentic Media, 2016

Tim Dieppe shares his thoughts on the story of Mohammed Fyaz’s life from troubled Muslim youth to follower of Jesus.

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Protect free speech in schools

Fri, 01/06/2018 - 11:12
The government is consulting on draft guidance for independent schools which threatens to prevent teachers from saying that they disagree with same-sex ‘marriage’.

Deadline Tuesday 5 June 2018.

The government is consulting on draft guidance for Independent Schools which threatens to prevent teachers from saying that they disagree with same-sex ‘marriage’.

The draft guidance says (in paragraph 20):

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Government challenged to act on Sharia law

Thu, 31/05/2018 - 14:12
The government was challenged last week to “make it a priority to respond urgently” to the findings of the independent review of the application of sharia law in England and Wales, published in February.

The government was challenged last week to “make it a priority to respond urgently” to the findings of the independent review of the application of Sharia law in England and Wales, published in February.


Discriminatory practices

The review stated that “no one disputed that sharia councils engage in practices which are discriminatory to women.”

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Can culture be reclaimed for Christ?

Thu, 24/05/2018 - 15:39
Roger Kiska reflects on an example of how God used a man of a humble background to effect massive cultural change and how we can be used to do the same.

Roger Kiska reflects on an example of how God used a man of a humble background to effect massive cultural change and how we can be used to do the same. 

I recently had the honour of presenting at the European People’s Party Enlarged Group Bureau Meeting in Riga, Latvia. The European People’s Party is the majority political group in the European Parliament consisting of Conservatives and Christian Democrats. It holds both the presidency of the European Parliament and the European Commission.

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CofE Campaigns to retain Civil Partnerships

Fri, 18/05/2018 - 16:43
The Church of England has sprung into action to respond to a government proposal that shakes the foundations of church doctrine. Well, not quite! The normally slow to act and cautious CofE has swiftly taken action to lobby ministers and provide a statement to the press as soon as it became known that the government is considering scrapping civil partnerships. Tim Dieppe comments on the reasons behind this response.

Tim Dieppe comments on the CofE's campaign to retain Civil Partnerships

The Church of England has sprung into action to respond to a government proposal that shakes the foundations of church doctrine. Well, not quite! The normally slow to act and cautious CofE has swiftly taken action to lobby ministers and provide a statement to the press as soon as it became known that the government is considering scrapping civil partnerships.

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One more week to ‘Save the 8th’

Fri, 18/05/2018 - 11:22
With the Irish referendum on abortion only a week away, Regan King takes a look at where things are at in the campaign to save the 8th Amendment and consequently protect mothers and pre-born babies.

With the Irish referendum on abortion only a week away, Regan King takes a look at where things are at in the campaign to save the 8th Amendment and consequently protect mothers and pre-born babies. 

On 25 May, Irish voters will flock to local polling stations to cast their vote on whether to keep Ireland’s pro-life laws. Embodied in the Irish Constitution’s 8th Amendment, presented in 1982:

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Iraqi Doctor cleared of sexual misconduct due to ‘different cultural background’

Fri, 18/05/2018 - 10:49
An Iraqi doctor who practices as a GP in Berkshire was cleared of sexual misconduct at a Medical Tribunal Hearing this week where his ‘inappropriate’ behaviour was put down to his ‘different cultural background’. Dr Aladadi will return to work after a four-month suspension. Tim Dieppe argues that someone’s cultural background should not be used to excuse their behaviour. Moral laws have a transcendent source in the Lord God of the Bible who is the moral law giver.

An Iraqi doctor who practices as a GP in Berkshire was cleared of sexual misconduct at a Medical Tribunal Hearing this week where his ‘inappropriate’ behaviour was put down to his ‘different cultural background’. Dr Alasadi will return to work after a four-month suspension. Tim Dieppe argues that someone’s cultural background should not be used to excuse their behaviour. Moral laws have a transcendent source in the Lord God of the Bible who is the moral law giver.

Pestering

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BBC Newsnight: is the UK pro-life movement gaining momentum?

Fri, 11/05/2018 - 16:25
Paul Huxley reviews a segment in BBC’s Newsnight that covers the pro-life movement in the UK as well as attempts to restrict activity outside abortion centres.

Paul Huxley reviews a segment in BBC’s Newsnight that covers the pro-life movement in the UK as well as attempts to restrict activity outside abortion centres.

BBC Newsnight’s May 10 edition, broadcast a report on pro-life campaigns in the UK, focusing on the issue of buffer zones around abortion centres. You can watch the video on the BBC iPlayer website for the next 29 days.

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Lord Pearson heckled for reference to ‘good Muslims’

Thu, 10/05/2018 - 17:12
Last week, Lord Pearson referred to ‘good Muslims’ in the House of Lords, by which he meant Muslims who adhere to the teachings of Islam. This came after an oral question to the government asking what assessment they have made about the rapidly increasing Muslim population and the increasing influence of sharia law in England. Lord Pearson was heckled in the normally restrained House of Lords for what he said. Tim Dieppe comments on the debate.

Last week, Lord Pearson referred to ‘good Muslims’ in the House of Lords, by which he meant Muslims who adhere to the teachings of Islam. This came after an oral question to the government asking what assessment they have made about the rapidly increasing Muslim population and the increasing influence of sharia law in England. Lord Pearson was heckled in the normally restrained House of Lords for what he said. Tim Dieppe comments on the debate.
 

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LifeFest 2018 - Keep Marching

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 14:50
LifeFest 2018 and March for Life was held on Saturday, May 5. Regan King went along and shares some of his experiences and thoughts on the event and the issues which were addressed. 'Every life deserves love'

LifeFest 2018 and March for Life was held on Saturday, May 5. Regan King went along and shares some of his experiences and thoughts on the event and the issues which were addressed.

On Saturday, May 5, 2018 up to 4,500 people gathered in central London to participate in LifeFest 2018 and March for Life UK.

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'The New Normal' challenges LGBT agenda

Fri, 04/05/2018 - 15:54
On Wednesday Wilberforce Publications launched a new book, The New Normal, with a well-attended event at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. The book critiques several attacks on the Christian view of sex and sexuality –particularly the transgender agenda. It features contributions from multiple authors with different areas of expertise, and had its origins in Christian Concern’s 2016 conference The New Normal.

On Wednesday 2nd May, Wilberforce Publications launched a new book, The New Normal, with a well-attended event at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. The book critiques several attacks on the Christian view of sex and sexuality –particularly the transgender agenda.

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