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CHRISTIAN CONCERN

BREAKING NEWS: Christian guesthouse owners accused of "discrimination" seek justice in Europe rather than UK

Jeff and Sue Green

Two Christian guesthouse owners who have been accused of discriminating against same-sex couples by offering double rooms to married people only, are taking their case directly to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Jeff and Sue Green from Wales say they believe they have no prospect of success in the British courts to allow them to conduct their business in line with their Christian conscience. This follows a recent Supreme Court ruling against Christian bed and breakfast owners, Peter and Hazelmary Bull who were found to have discriminated unlawfully against a same-sex couple by refusing to give them a double room in accordance with their 'married couples only' policy.

The UK Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) wrote to the Greens, challenging them over a similar policy to provide double rooms to married couples only and warning them it was unlawful to discriminate on grounds of “'sexual orientation”.

The Greens have since changed their policy to offer single bed accommodation only and the EHRC has now dropped the case.

However, the couple are seeking a hearing at the European Court because of the serious, long-term implications for Christians in the public sphere. They are being supported by the Christian Legal Centre (CLC).

Jeff Green, who is Mayor of Llandrindod Wells, said, "It seems that recent UK equality legislation is being used to undermine Christian faith and values. We believe that the rights outlined in the European Convention on Human Rights are an illusion in the UK, so we have to go to Europe because we don’t have a fighting chance in the UK courts.”

Comment from Andrea

Andrea Williams, Director of the Christian Legal Centre comments,

"The European Convention on Human Rights provides very strong protection for freedom of thought, conscience and religion. It is sad that we have to go to Strasbourg to argue for that freedom to be applied in practice because the British courts have refused to do so. However, it is important that we do. Continuing to expose the incoherency and unfairness of the 'equality' agenda is vital to safeguarding the freedom to live for Jesus and tell the good news about Him.

"We cannot simply take those freedoms for granted which is why we are so grateful for your partnership in standing with us as we support Jeff and Sue."
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US Christian broadcasters have urged church leaders in Britain to take a courageous stand in the face of legislative changes such as same-sex ‘marriage’.

Speaking at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, representatives of some of America’s biggest Christian organisations talked to Christian Concern about the challenge of upholding Biblical authority on issues surrounding marriage and sexual ethics.

Watch an interview with the broadcasters here > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlVlz07dMjI&feature=youtu.be


'Largest liberalisation of abortion practice since 1967 Abortion Act' under David Cameron
 
Significant liberalisation of abortion practice has effectively been 'smuggled in' by David Cameron's Conservative-led Coalition government. 

Interim guidelines issued to private abortion providers in 2012 suggested that there is no obligation for doctors to see women considering abortion when making an assessment.

The changes, which effectively allow for 'nurse-led' abortion, were introduced without public consultation or parliamentary debate. 

Read further commentary from Dr Peter Saunders here > http://pjsaunders.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/david-cameron-presides-over-largest.html


Doctors should examine mothers face-to-face before approving abortions, say vast majority of women 

A new poll has found that nine out of 10 women believe that medical practitioners should always examine a woman face-to-face before approving a request for an abortion.

The poll of more than 2,000 people by ComRes found that 89 per cent agree that “a woman requesting an abortion should always be seen in person by a qualified doctor”.

Read more >
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/abortion/women-want-doctors-to-examine-mothers-face-to-face-before-approving-abortions


Strategic influence in the future of the Church of England

Annual Parochial Church Meetings will be taking place across England in the next few weeks during which churches will elect lay representatives to their Deanery synods. These lay representatives will next year vote in elections for the 2015 – 2020 General Synod, the governing body of the Church of England. 
 
Those elected to Deanery Synod in the next few weeks will therefore have both local and national influence in the direction of the Church of England in the years to come.
 
For those who are members of a Church of England congregation…
Please act and pray to ensure that those elected in your parish will stand for Biblical truth – please consider standing for election and please vote. Talk to your church minister or PCC secretary for more information – but please do so soon!

44 babies saved already ...

At least 44 babies have been saved so far as a result of this year's 40 Days for Life campaign which started globally just over one week ago.

Please join us in praising God for the lives saved!  

There's still time for you to participate in the campaign which is running from 5th March to 13th April in seven different locations in the UK .

Click on you're nearest location to find out how you can get involved:
To find your local city campaign see http://www.goodcounselnet.co.uk/40-Days-for-Life.html

MEPs reject anti-family and pro-abortion report
Thank you to all those who signed the petition against the report on 'equality between men and women' put to the European Parliament by Inês Cristina Zuber of the Portuguese Communist group. 

The report, which promoted same-sex 'marriage' and abortion was rejected in a vote by MEPs on Tuesday (11 March) by 399 to 230.

The Spanish pro-family group, Profesionales por la Ética, which promoted the citizens campaign said: "We congratulate the Members of Parliament who supported freedom with their vote and thank those of you who collaborated in the campaign."

Read more > http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/european-parliament-rejects-anti-human-dignity-report

Please urge UN not to spend UK taxes on abortion

At Christian Concern, we are supporting the European campaign to collect signatures for a petition calling on the UK’s Representative at the United Nations not to agree to the spending of British taxpayers’ money to provide abortion services in developing countries.

Sir Mark Lyall Grant is expected to take part in private negotiations over the next few weeks to discuss how the UN will spend billions in aid.  He will reportedly argue that priority should be given to spending on “sexual and reproduction health” services over other needs such as clean water, nutrition, medication and education services.

CitizenGo’s petition urges the UN not to endorse “narrowly focussed, controversial health policies that include abortion” but to embrace a “positive and comprehensive vision of health that does justice to both mothers and children”. 

They have already reached over 55,000 signatures and are aiming to get a total of 100,000 signatures. You can help them to reach their target by signing the petition now > 

Click here to sign the petition > http://www.citizengo.org/en/4673-keep-abortion-out-un-development-goals?sid=NDI1NDc2MjkyNDI0NDYy


UK Government to allow free vote on assisted suicide Bill 


Lord Falconer
  The Government says that it will allow MPs and peers a free vote on a Bill to introduce assisted suicide for terminally ill patients in England and Wales, the Telegraph reports.

The Bill, put forward by Labour peer Lord Falconer, proposes to allow doctors to prescribe drugs to help "mentally competent" adults to end their lives if they are judged to have less than six months to live.

A free vote will allow both Houses to vote on the legislation according to their conscience as opposed to being required to follow party lines.  On a conscience vote in 2009, Peers defeated an earlier attempt by Lord Falconer to weaken the law on assisted suicide by 194 votes to 141.

Read more >http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/end-of-life/uk-government-to-allow-free-vote-on-assisted-suicide-bill

Meanwhile, in an opinion piece for the Daily Telegraph, Lord Tebbitt describes why he believes Lord Falconer's Bill will "set us on a slippery slope to involuntary euthanasia."  Read it here >  http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/normantebbit/100263018/first-abortion-now-suicide-were-on-a-slippery-slope/

Christian disability activist questions Belgian child euthanasia policy
 
A Christian broadcaster who actively campaigns on disability issues has challenged Belgian lawmakers to explain their decision to extend euthanasia to children, while denying minors access to alcohol, tobacco and pornography.

Joni Eareckson Tada, who is quadriplegic, says, “How can it be right that they will allow children access to three grams of phenobarbitone to end their lives.”  

Speaking during the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, she told Christian Concern why she was strongly opposed to new legislation.

Watch Joni’s interview here > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gujI8-7aeI&feature=youtu.be

Muslim fanatics' "Trojan" plot to rule schools
Extremist Anwar
Al Awlaki was promoted
in school assemblies
  A plot by Islamic extremists to take control of a group of non-faith schools in Birmingham by “jihad” has been exposed, leading to investigations by the police, the city council and the Department of Education.

A letter written by an anonymous extremist was leaked to the Birmingham Mail describing the plot named “Operation Trojan”, and outlining a step-by-step guide on how to infiltrate school staff with extremist Muslims.  The strategy was to force through plans to turn the schools into academies which are not subject to council rules and eventually to impose extremist Islamic control.

Read more >http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/islam/muslim-fanatics-trojan-plot-to-rule-schools

Lib Dem Justice Minister says Christian weddings should be stripped of legal status

  The Liberal Democrat Justice Minister, Simon Hughes, says that the traditional Christian wedding ceremony should no longer have legal status in England and Wales.

Speaking at the Liberal Democrat spring conference, Mr Hughes said that couples who wish to have a Church wedding should have two separate ceremonies before their marriage is recognised by the State.  

Andrea Williams of Christian Concern said: “Whatever the intention of this proposal, the effect at this moment would be further marginalisation of the true meaning of marriage in our society.

"The churches need to stand firm and present God’s beautiful pattern of marriage to society – speaking of it, modelling it and inviting people to enter into it – not allowing it to become just another option amongst many others.”

Read more >http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/social/justice-minister-says-christian-weddings-should-be-stripped-of-legal-status

Christian father confronts Tatchell over child-sex views


Watch an interview with
Alan Craig (2m 27s) >
 
The Christian campaigner, Allan Craig, has confronted Peter Tatchell, over what he called his “depraved” views on the sexualisation of children. 

Mr Craig displayed a poster with the slogan, “Protect your children from Tatchell’s poison” as the homosexual activist supported an LGBT demonstration outside the Nigerian High Commission in London. 

He and supporters handed out leaflets documenting Peter Tatchell’s writings and sayings including the activist’s views published in the Guardian newspaper,  that “not all sex involving children is unwanted, abusive and harmful”. 

Watch an interview with Alan Craig here >http://vimeo.com/88717452?utm_source=email&utm_medium=clip-transcode_complete-finished-20120100&utm_campaign=7701&email_id=Y2xpcF90cmFuc2NvZGVkfGI2MDgwZmM3MjAyODMyY2Y2YTVlZmM2MmMxN2MwN2Y0NTM1fDI0MzMxMTkxfDEzOTQ1MDUxMjF8NzcwMQ%3D%3D

You can read Alan Craig’s leaflet about Peter Tatchell's views here >
http://www.christianconcern.com/sites/default/files/docs/Fathers%20Against%20Child%20Sexualisation.pdf

Write to school about homosexual propaganda


Stonewall adverts appearing
on London buses and tubes
with the slogan "One is gay.
If that bothers people, our work 
continues."
 
The homosexual activist group, Stonewall, is sending a free film pack to primary schools to encourage children to “champion” homosexual lifestyles and same-sex parent families. 

Stonewall is attempting to justify its campaign to persuade primary schools to use its propaganda in lessons by saying that the pack is intended to counteract bullying of children who live in same-sex families, or who may declare themselves as homosexual.

Please write to the Chairman of the Board of Governors and the Head Teacher at your local primary schools, to urge them not to permit Stonewall’s Different Families campaign to promote homosexual lifestyles as normal.  The package provides four films of different homosexual scenarios supported by lesson plans aimed at Key Stage 2 Personal, Health and Social Education curriculums (PHSE). 

Please write to the Bishop of Oxford, The Rt Rev John Pritchard, and ask if he is happy to have this Stonewall material which champions homosexual lifestyles in Church of England schools, and if so why.  

You can email him at bishopoxon@oxford.anglican.org.

You may want to make the following points in your letter:
Offer praise for the job that the school does in educating your children.
Stonewall only addresses LGBT issues whereas Ofsted’s 2012 report, ‘No place for bullying’, found most bullying in schools involved appearance and only a small percentage related to perceived sexual orientation.
On the basis of Ofsted’s report, it is clear that the main motivation for Stonewall’s offer of free school resources is to indoctrinate children with their philosophy of promoting homosexual lifestyles.
Stonewall’s campaign is based on an assumption that people are 'born gay' whereas research efforts have failed to demonstrate any biological or genetic cause of homosexual orientation. Many youngsters who self-identify as gay in their teens shed the label and identity later on.    
Children’s lack of psychological and cognitive maturity makes them vulnerable to ideological and sexual manipulation. 
Jesus was very clear about sexual morality: he was against all forms of sex outside heterosexual marriage, and that included homosexuality.
Stonewall has a history of inhibiting freedom of speech by smearing those who disagree with its views as bullies and ‘homophobes’. 

Pressure to explore pornography in school lessons

New 'guidance' from permissive sex education campaigners about how schools should address issues surrounding pornography should be deeply disturbing to parents, argues the Director of the Family Education Trust.

In an opinion piece for the Daily Telegraph, Norman Wells discusses new advice launched by Brook, the Sex Education Forum and the PSHE Association to supplement the government's own sex and relationships education guidance.

One teaching resource recommended by the groups, entitled ‘Porn vs Reality’, advises young people: "Sex is great. And porn can be great. It’s the idea that porn sex is like real sex which is the problem. But if you can separate the fantasy from the reality you’re much more likely to enjoy both.”  

Another "useful resource" advises teachers that "pornography is hugely diverse – it’s not necessarily 'all bad'", and that children simply need assistance in "interpreting" it.

Read more >http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/education/what-would-pornography-lessons-look-like-in-practice

If you have a child at school, please write to the governors and headteacher to:
Express your serious concerns about the nature of the proposed new guidance
Enquire whether the school plans to address the issue of pornography in lessons, and if so, how?
Seek assurance that should the topic be raised in class, teachers will lead the discussion based on a moral framework which emphasises the dangers of exposure to pornography and discourages the viewing of graphic content

 The Christian Legal Centre is looking for a solicitor to join its small but busy team.
 
Many of our cases reach national headlines and break new legal ground. You will have the opportunity to work on these cases alongside some of the best minds in Christian freedom and human rights law.
 
The ideal candidate will:
Be a mature disciple of Jesus Christ
Be passionate about the central place of Jesus Christ in our nation’s public life
Possess a high level of proficiency in preparing legal documents
Have an eye for detail
Be able to meet tight deadlines
Work efficiently under pressure
Not be afraid of taking responsibility
Relish the challenge of responding quickly and dealing with novel and complex legal arguments
Have an understanding of the relationship between Law and public attitudes
Be prepared to ‘go the extra mile’ when the need arises
If this opportunity excites you, please get in touch using the email address below. Please include your CV and a covering letter explaining why you are a suitable candidate for the job.
 
Email: recruitment@christianconcern.com 
 
Salary commensurate with experience.
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The Church must affirm Biblical authority
Dr Joseph Boot 
on Biblical authority (1m 44s) >
 
Dr Boot on faithful shepherding
(1m 8s) > The basis of the Christian faith collapses when the authority of the Bible is denied, warns the theologian and author, Rev Dr Joseph Boot, who delivered a series of lectures at the offices of Christian Concern this week.

Dr Boot was commenting on the Church of England's new "pastoral guidance" permitting churches to offer special prayers to newly 'married' same-sex couples.   He highlighed that the provision of such prayers would be regarded by many believers as well as the wider community, as the church approving of same-sex ‘marriage’ and therefore a contradiction of orthodox Biblical teaching.

He added that the denial of Biblical authority resulted in morality and truth being reduced to an issue of social construction.

Watch Dr Boot speak on the issue here > http://vimeo.com/88383070


As a leading Christian apologist with a weekly broadcast on radio in Canada, Dr Boot has also been urging church leaders – from archbishops to pastors – to fulfil their pastoral role as faithful shepherds who must defend the flock from those opposed to their faith.  He warns that when pastors are unfaithful shepherds the Church moves into a steep decline.

Watch his commentary here >http://vimeo.com/88383071

Vicar to defy prohibition on same-sex 'marriages' for clergy
Rev Andrew Cain
  A vicar of two parishes in London has publicly announced his decision to disregard provisions of the Church of England's new "pastoral guidance" prohibiting clergy from entering into a same-sex 'marriage'.

Rev Andrew Cain, the Vicar of St Mary with All Souls in Kilburn and St James in West Hampstead, said that there was "no doubt" that his 'marriage' with partner Stephen Foreshew would go ahead, adding that he would not be "frightened" into cancelling the wedding by the CofE's decision.

Whilst maintaining that clergy cannot enter into a same-sex 'marriage', the Church of England's pastoral guidance permits churches to offer special prayers to newly 'married' same-sex couples.  The CofE has also accepted the recommendation of the House of Bishops' Pilling Report to embark on a two year process of "facilitated conversations" on the issue of human sexuality.

Andrea Williams of Christian Concern said: "This is a direct challenge to the Church and an affront to the Gospel.  By not saying anything and not rocking the boat, the Church is actually being ungodly.  It is cowardly and deeply dishonouring to Christ.  We need to save people from their sin and point them away from sin which is leading them to hell.  That is the compassionate thing to do."

Please contact the Bishop of London, Rt Rev and Rt Hon Richard Chartres, and ask him what action he will take by writing to him at bishop@londin.clara.co.uk.

You may wish to use the following points:
Tolerating Jezebel (allowing the teaching of sexual immorality) is a very grave sin (Rev 2:18-29)
If we do not rebuke we have people’s blood on our hands (Ezk 3)
We must not hold back from speaking his word (Je 48; Lk 17)
We must speak out about those who claim to be Christians and yet teach or practise immorality (Lk 17; 2 Tim 2; 4 )
Read more (Telegraph) > http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/10668411/First-priest-to-defy-Church-ban-on-gay-marriage-for-clergy.html

Christian parents can break the adoption backlog 
Andrea Williams on BBC Radio
Somerset (4m 7s) > http://www.christianconcern.com/media/bbc-radio-somerset-andrea-williams-comments-on-adoption-by-same-sex-parents
Andrea on BBC Radio Leeds
(7m 11s) >http://www.christianconcern.com/media/bbc-radio-leeds-andrea-williams-discusses-fostering-and-adoption-by-same-sex-couples
 
 
Andrea on BBC Radio Cumbria
(5m 29s) >  Andrea Williams, CEO of Christian Concern, has called for a concerted campaign led by the churches to offer Christian homes to the 6000+ children seeking adoption in the UK every year.

“6,000 children is not a big number.  Churches up and down the land should be able to solve this problem by the end of the year if they put their minds to it.

"We have more than 12-million married couples in households across the UK , many of whom have experience of raising children and who can offer homes to the youngsters needing adoption.  This is a challenge we can meet and the church is uniquely placed to achieve it. The reality is that each child waiting for a permanent home has a statistical chance of finding a mum and dad from 2,000 families.

“Our churches are a vast social network and the British Association of Adoption needs to partner with church organisations and campaign directly to congregations which can offer loving homes to needy children.”

Andrea was speaking in the light of a survey marking Fostering and Adoption Week, promoted by an LGBT charity, which found many homosexual people believed their lifestyle barred them from adopting children.

She was invited to comment on the survey’s finding by eight BBC radio stations and took the opportunity to appeal for a church-led adoption campaign. 

Read more > http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/christian-parents-can-break-the-adoption-backlog
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BREAKING NEWS: Judge “not satisfied” Boris Johnson told “full story” about ban on Christian bus advert  


The two bus adverts. Top: the
proposed Core Issues advert.
Bottom: the Stonewall advert. A High Court Judge has ordered the Mayor of London to provide full, unedited copies of emails and other documents sent to and from his office “in order to get to the bottom” of his decision to ban a Christian charity’s bus advertisement.

During the 2012 London Mayoral Election, Boris Johnson banned adverts by Core Issues Trust (CIT), a charity which supports men and women dealing with unwanted same-sex attraction.  At the time of the ban, the Mayor was about to address an election meeting organised by the homosexual lobby group, Stonewall.

The proposed adverts by CIT, which read “Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get over it!" were a response to bus slogans by Stonewall reading, “Some People Are Gay. Get Over It”, which the Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) had sanctioned.  

Last month, the Master of the Rolls, Sir John Dyson, ruled that the High Court must re-investigate the ban after new email evidence was revealed following a Freedom of Information request by CIT.

One significant email from Mr Johnson’s Director of Communications, Guto Harri, stated: “Boris has just instructed TfL to pull the adverts”.  This and other evidence had not been disclosed at the original High Court hearing, when the Judge, Mrs Justice Lang, upheld the ban on CIT's adverts.

At this week’s hearing, Mrs Justice Lang reviewed the new email evidence and said, “I am still not satisfied that the full story is being told.”
Disclosure order for all documents

In her directions, the Judge added that “in order to get to the bottom of this” she was making an order for disclosure by Boris Johnson and TfL of all relevant documents relating to his decision to pull CIT's adverts.  The order includes emails, memos, internal notes, reports and any other relevant documents sent to or from the Mayor or any person in the Mayor’s office within the Greater London Authority.

The Judge also asked Boris Johnson, Guto Harri and Sir Peter Hardy, Commissioner for TfL, to provide witness statements, adding that she will decide on the basis of the Mayor’s statement whether to call him to court to give evidence under oath. 

Paul Diamond, Standing Counsel to the Christian Legal Centre, who is representing the charity, has also been granted the opportunity to apply for permission to cross-examine the Mayor and his colleagues once the witness statements have been submitted.
 
Comment from Andrea

Andrea Williams, CEO of the Christian Legal Centre, said: “This is an important vindication of the rule of law.  TfL has made it hard for us to get to this point; it has been hostile and obstructive and has certainly not been a model of transparency. TfL's pursuit of costs against Core Issues Trust is oppressive - the public purse chasing down a small Christian charity. 

“TfL's continued promotion of Stonewall campaigns on its transport system is highly provocative and shows disregard for the Court's judgment.”
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CHRISTIAN WEEKLY NEWS
700 years of law to be rewritten following same-sex 'marriage' legislation

This week, MPs approved sweeping changes to legislation dating back as far as 1285AD to avoid unintended consequences of the Marriage (Same Sex) Couples Act 2013.

A committee of MPs voted in favour of a draft order outlining amendments to 36 Acts going back to 1859 and an additional 67 pieces of legislation dating back 729 years.

Under the proposals, references to mother, father, husband and wife will be amended, whilst a number of other laws, including the 1351 Treason Act, will be excluded from the new legislation.  This means that while it will remain high treason to have sexual relations with the wife of a future King, this will not be the case where adultery is committed with a King’s same-sex ‘spouse’.

The order makes clear that a man who ‘marries’ a King of Britain cannot not be referred to as Queen, and the same-sex partner of a future Prince of Wales cannot be entitled Princess of Wales.

Andrea Williams of Christian Concern said: “This is the land of make-believe and  we are operating in the realms of the absurd.

"We are twisting language to fit a collective deception that undermines the truth about what marriage is." 

Read more 
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/sexual-orientation/700-years-of-law-to-be-rewritten-following-same-sex-marriage-legisla


UK Government issues draft regulations on 3-parent babies


 

Dr Peter Saunders of
Christian Medical Fellowship The Department of Health has issued new draft regulations setting out proposals to permit the use of a controversial IVF technique that will result in the creation of children with three parents.

Currently, the technique - known as “mitochondria replacement therapy” - can only be used for research purposes, and involves transferring both parents’ DNA into a donor egg.  

If adopted, the proposals will make Britain the first country in the world to create children with three, instead of two genetic parents. 

Read more (Telegraph) 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/sarah-knapton/10665553/Three-parent-babies-could-be-born-in-Britain-next-year.html

Earlier this week, the US Food and Drug Administration expressed concerns that the technique could result in gene manipulation, and that there was not enough preclinical data on how the procedure could be performed safely. 

Read more (USA Today) 
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/26/three-parent-dna-embryo/5837783/

In his blog, Dr Peter Saunders of the Christian Medical Fellowship has provided a helpful analysis of why the proposed technique is unnecessary, unethical and unsafe.  You can read the full post here 
http://pjsaunders.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/three-parent-embryos-for-mitochondrial.html

Legally binding 'pre-nuptial' agreements proposed by Law Commission

In a landmark report published this week, the Law Commission has advised the UK Government to give pre-nuptial agreements legal force in divorce settlements in England and Wales.

It has called for the government to introduce standard formulas to enable couples to resolve disputes over financial settlements, and decide how assets would be split in the event that their relationship breaks down.

The proposed system, outlined in a draft bill, is similar to that in Canada where prior to their marriage, couples can use online ‘divorce calculators’ to work out how to manage their finances with limited involvement from a legal advisor.

Commenting on the move, Andrea Williams of Christian Concern said:

“This is all about trying to rectify the consequences of allowing for no fault divorce back in 1973 with the Matrimonial Causes Act. Forty years later we are living out the devastating results in homes and courtrooms across the land.

“Have we not learned that when we make divorce easier we rob marriage of its meaning  and purpose?  No fault divorce has led to a catastrophic rise in the number of family break ups. Pre nuptial agreements will have the same effect."

Read more 
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/family/legally-binding-pre-nuptial-agreements-proposed-by-law-commission

Ade Omooba on "Big Questions" - This Sunday


Ade Omooba
Co-Founder of Christian Concern Co-Founder of Christian Concern, Ade Omooba, will be a guest speaker on the "Big Questions" programme on BBC One this Sunday (2nd March) at 10am. 

He will discuss the Law Commission's proposals to make prenuptial agreements legally binding in England and Wales, and partake in a debate on whether children should be taught about the Bible in the classroom.

You can watch the programme after its initial showing on 
BBC iplayer here
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007zpll

Challenge expulsion of Christian counsellor over therapy to change same-sex attraction 


Lesley Pilkington 
 

Dr Mike Davidson 
Pressure from the government body that regulates counsellors and therapists has led the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) to expel a long-serving member and to deny an accreditation pathway to a Christian charity which supports people with unwanted same-sex attraction..
 
The Christian Legal Centre (CLC) is representing counsellor, Lesley Pilkington, and the Director of the Core Issues Trust, Dr. Mike Davidson, who are challenging the action taken by the ACC.
 
Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of CLC says: It appears that the ACC has succumbed to pressure from the State. This is highly disturbing."
 
To support the two counsellors by writing to the Chairman of the Association of Christian Counsellors, please click here 
http://www.christianconcern.com/act-now-christian-counsellor-expelled-from-association-of-christian-counsellors

RCGP maintains opposition to assisted suicide

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has announced that it will maintain its opposition to a change in the law on assisted suicide following a comprehensive consultation on the issue with its members.

More than seventy per cent of doctors who responded to the five-month consultation said they believe that the RCGP should continue to oppose the provision of assisted suicide in the UK. 

Dr Maureen Baker, Chair of the RCGP, said: “This was one of the most comprehensive consultations the College has ever undertaken and the quality of the responses on this extremely important issue has been very high. GPs will continue, as they have always done, to provide excellent care to patients in the final days and hours of their lives.”

Welcoming the decision, Andrea Williams of Christian Concern said:  “It is crucial for the medical profession to remain involved in the debate on assisted suicide to prevent the law from being swayed and influenced by a small, but vociferous lobby.

“The RCGP’s consultation exercise shows that the overwhelming majority of doctors in the UK do not support a change in the law and recognise that the provision of assisted suicide would place public safety at risk and undermine the crucial relationship of trust between doctors and patients.

Read more 
http://christianconcern.com/our-concerns/end-of-life/rcgp-maintains-opposition-to-assisted-suicide

Dr Peter Saunders responds to TV survey on assisted suicide


Dr Peter Saunders on Channel 5 
News (2m 41s) >
  Dr Peter Saunders of Care Not Killing has responded to a Channel 5 survey which claims that two in three people believe that the law on assisted suicide should be changed to allow people with Dementia to end their lives prematurely.

Speaking on Channel 5 News, Dr Saunders, who has treated many patients with dementia, said:  "Our worth as human beings does not depend on our mental capacity. Every single human being is incredibly precious, and worthy of the utmost empathy and respect and support and love.

"We should be putting our resources in good research, care and treatment for these most vulnerable of people - not opening the doors to assisted suicide or euthanasia.

Watch the full interview here > (Dr Saunders begins to speak at 0.58 secs)
Dr Peter Saunders responds to TV survey on assisted suicide


Dr Peter Saunders on Channel 5 
News (2m 41s) >
  Dr Peter Saunders of Care Not Killing has responded to a Channel 5 survey which claims that two in three people believe that the law on assisted suicide should be changed to allow people with Dementia to end their lives prematurely.

Speaking on Channel 5 News, Dr Saunders, who has treated many patients with dementia, said:  "Our worth as human beings does not depend on our mental capacity. Every single human being is incredibly precious, and worthy of the utmost empathy and respect and support and love.

"We should be putting our resources in good research, care and treatment for these most vulnerable of people - not opening the doors to assisted suicide or euthanasia.

Watch the full interview here > (Dr Saunders begins to speak at 0.58 secs)
Dr Peter Saunders responds to TV survey on assisted suicide


Dr Peter Saunders on Channel 5 
News (2m 41s) >
  Dr Peter Saunders of Care Not Killing has responded to a Channel 5 survey which claims that two in three people believe that the law on assisted suicide should be changed to allow people with Dementia to end their lives prematurely.

Speaking on Channel 5 News, Dr Saunders, who has treated many patients with dementia, said:  "Our worth as human beings does not depend on our mental capacity. Every single human being is incredibly precious, and worthy of the utmost empathy and respect and support and love.

"We should be putting our resources in good research, care and treatment for these most vulnerable of people - not opening the doors to assisted suicide or euthanasia.

Watch the full interview here > (Dr Saunders begins to speak at 0.58 secs)
Dr Peter Saunders responds to TV survey on assisted suicide


Dr Peter Saunders on Channel 5 
News (2m 41s) >
  Dr Peter Saunders of Care Not Killing has responded to a Channel 5 survey which claims that two in three people believe that the law on assisted suicide should be changed to allow people with Dementia to end their lives prematurely.

Speaking on Channel 5 News, Dr Saunders, who has treated many patients with dementia, said:  "Our worth as human beings does not depend on our mental capacity. Every single human being is incredibly precious, and worthy of the utmost empathy and respect and support and love.

"We should be putting our resources in good research, care and treatment for these most vulnerable of people - not opening the doors to assisted suicide or euthanasia.

Watch the full interview here > (Dr Saunders begins to speak at 0.58 secs)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXVjTUkRTmA#t=84
Meanwhile the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has promised a “revolution in dementia care” to transform the UK into a “global leader” in tackling the disease.  Read more here (Telegraph) 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/nhs/10666591/Jeremy-Hunt-promises-revolution-in-care-for-dementia-sufferers.html

Investigation launched after UK medics accused of child euthanasia


Health Secretary
Jeremy Hunt
  Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has ordered an urgent investigation into claims that doctors in the UK have illegally ended the lives of sick children through the administration of a lethal overdose.

The accusations were made by retired GP and assisted suicide campaigner, Michael Irwin,  who has admitted to helping a number of people to die at the Dignitas suicide clinic in Zurich.

Responding to the claims, Dr Peter Saunders of Care Not Killing said:  "There may be nothing in this. But if a doctor has intentionally taken the life of a child in the UK, then that is murder because euthanasia is illegal under British law."

Read more (Mirror) 
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/double-effect-sick-kids-secretly-3147133

Please urge UN not to spend UK taxes on abortion

At Christian Concern, we are supporting the European campaign to collect signatures for a petition calling on the UK’s Representative at the United Nations not to agree to the spending of British taxpayers’ money to provide abortion services in developing countries.

Sir Mark Lyall Grant is expected to take part in private negotiations over the next few weeks to discuss how the UN will spend billions in aid.  He will reportedly argue that priority should be given to spending on “sexual and reproduction health” services over other needs such as clean water, nutrition, medication and education services.

CitizenGo’s petition urges the UN not to endorse “narrowly focussed, controversial health policies that include abortion” but to embrace a “positive and comprehensive vision of health that does justice to both mothers and children”. 

They have already reached over 55,000 signatures and are aiming to get a total of 100,000 signatures. You can help them to reach their target by signing the petition now > 

Click here to sign the petition 
http://www.citizengo.org/en/4673-keep-abortion-out-un-development-goals?sid=NDI1NDc2MjkyNDI0NDYy

Bolivian court upholds legislation criminalising abortion

Bolivia's highest court has upheld laws defining abortion as a criminal offence, recognising explicitly the "right of life from the moment of conception".  

However, it removed the legal requirement for women to obtain judicial authorisation before having an abortion in the case of rape, making it easier for women to accesss the procedure in these circumstances. 

Read more (Life Site News) 
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/02/17/bolivia-says-no-to-abortion-law-recognizes-right-to-life-from-conception/

Labour's unsavoury slice of PIE


Harriet Harman
Labour Party Deputy Leader
  Harriet Harman, Deputy leader of the Labour Party, has refused to apologise for working for a civil liberties group which was affiliated with the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange known as PIE. 

It follows more than a week of media pressure led by the Daily Mail which has urged Miss Harman to explain and apologise for her links with PIE which campaigned in the 1970s for the rights of adults to have sex with four-year-olds.

Read more 
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/social/labours-unsavoury-slice-of-pie

Chalke doesn't see the Bible as Jesus sees it 

 
Steve Chalke

Michael Ovey
  The call for a global debate on biblical authority in recent articles written by Steve Chalke has prompted several critical analyses from theologians and Christian writers.

The Principal of Oak Hill College, London – Michael Ovey – says that since Jesus is the revelation of God, He must provide the primary lens for faithful reading of the Bible.  He finds however that what Steve Chalke says about the Bible is not in line with what he says about Jesus. 

“The risk is if we decouple Jesus from what the Bible says about him, then when we talk about Jesus, really all we are talking about is our own personal abstraction and ideal of what Jesus should have been,” he said.

Read more 
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/social/chalke-doesn%E2%80%99t-see-the-bible-as-jesus-sees-it

Islamic militants kill 29 students in Nigerian state college

Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist terror group which seeks to eradicate Christianity and install Sharia law in the country, has killed at least 29 students after attacking a state college in northeastern Nigeria.

The attack comes shortly after the group, whose name means "Western education is sinful", raided the Izghe village in northern Nigeria, brutally murdering at least 106 Christian residents. 

Read more (BBC) 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-26338041

Federal judge overturns Texas marriage amendment


Greg Abbott
Texas Attorney General 
  A federal judge has ruled that an amendment to the Texas Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman is "unconstitutional" and has "no legitimate governmental purpose".

The Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott, has vowed to challenge the ruling, highlighting that "the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled over and over again that states have the authority to define and regulate marriage".

Read more (CNN) 
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/26/politics/texas-same-sex/

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A liturgy for battered Britain in weather crisis
Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali
  With torrential rain, gale-force winds and widespread flooding expected to continue this weekend, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali has composed a formal and informal liturgy for churches.

Congregations are invited to consider using the liturgies as they focus on those who have suffered great hardship and fear during the current extreme weather which has battered Britain.
Click here to see the full texts >
http://www.christianconcern.com/special-prayers-for-weather-crisis

CofE needs courage to stand up for the Gospel
At the end of the three-day General Synod this week, influential blogger, Archbishop Cranmer, said that the future of Gospel proclamation through the Church of England depends on having the "spiritual courage" to defy opinions from contemporary society.
In the wake of the Synod’s decision to fast-track approval for the ordination of women bishops, he proposes a set of “conceptual tools” to help opponents resist what he calls “politically-correct pressure to comply with this unbiblical innovation”.
Read the full blog here > 
http://cranmercurate.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/spiritual-tool-kit-for-resisting.html

Following the debate, the Good Book Company, which represents Anglican evangelicals, challenged the argument that women bishops are an answer to criticism that the Church of England is "out-of-date, old-fashioned and bigoted".
It asks: "Since when did non-Christians’ view of Christians shape what Christians do?  If Jesus had been governed by what was popular, and by what worked pragmatically, He would never have told the truth about who He was."
Read the full article here (Good Book Company website) >
http://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/blog/news/2014/02/12/women-bishops-and-an-empty-jesus

Andrea Williams of Christian Concern, who is also a member of the General Synod, submitted two written questions to the Synod.  You can read her questions and the responses she received here >
http://www.christianconcern.com/questions-to-the-general-synod

Belgium extends euthanasia to children of all ages
King Philippe of Belgium

A Bill to allow children of all ages to access euthanasia has been passed by the Belgian House of Representatives in a vote of 86 to 44.
The Bill, which must be signed into law by King Philippe, will allow children who are regarded as ‘terminally ill’ and in great pain to ask doctors to end their lives through the administration of a lethal injection.
 
The move has been strongly opposed, with 38 Belgian paediatricians agreeing that the Bill is unnecessary since "palliative care teams for children are perfectly capable of achieving pain relief, both in hospital and at home.”

Read more >
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/end-of-life/belgium-extends-euthanasia-to-children-of-all-ages

Please sign petition to the King of Belgium - 60 seconds of your time 
CitizenGo, which continues to campaign against the move, has raised in excess of 35,000 signatures for a petition appealing to King Philippe of the Belgians not to sign the Bill into law.  They are seeking more signatures to reach a total of 50,000 before submitting the petition to the King.  
Click here to sign the petition now > http://www.citizengo.org/en/4158-not-sign-legalisation-child-euthanasia?tc=gm&tcid=1872014

Majority of pregnancy counselling clinics give "good advice"on risks of abortion 

Dr Peter Saunders of Christian Medical Fellowship
 Daily Telegraph interview
with Andrea Williams
(1m 12s) > A Daily Telegraph investigation claiming that independent clinics are providing women with the wrong advice about the health risks of abortion, has been criticised for ignoring the “very good” advice offered by the majority of clinics.

Dr. Peter Saunders of the Christian Medical Fellowship said: “The Daily Telegraph news report highlights cases of poor practice (a grand total of two!), and ignores all counselling or centres where there is very good independent advice and counselling offered, ie. the overwhelming majority.”
He emphasised that crisis pregnancy counselling must always be professional and evidence-based, adding, “counselling clinics must provide women with unbiased information so that they can make fully informed decisions about their options.”
Read more > http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/abortion/majority-of-pregnancy-counselling-clinics-give-good-advice-on-risks-of-abortio
In an interview with the Telegraph following the investigation, Andrea Williams said: "Pro-life Crisis Pregnancy Centres up and down the country rate the giving of information and the care given to the women who come through their doors as a very important and sensitive matter.”
Watch the full interview here (Telegraph website) >
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-health/10629440/Pro-life-Crisis-Pregnancy-Centres-give-very-best-information-possible.html

Challenge to tough new abortion laws in Spain defeated
An opposition challenge to new Spanish laws that will criminalise abortion, except in the case of rape or where there is a serious physical or mental health risk to the mother, has been defeated in parliament in a vote of 183 to 151.
The new Bill, brought forward by Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, will repeal legislation introduced by the Socialist Government in 2010 which created a "right" to abortion, and enabled women to have an abortion for any reason up to the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.  
Read more (BBC) >http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26151422
Andrea Williams of Christian Concern commented: "This result demonstrates a cultural shift across Europe on the issue of abortion.  The humanity of the unborn child is being recognised increasingly and we must press on until it is fully recognised in law in every European country."
New guidelines to be issued on sex-selective abortions
Health Minister Lord Howe
 
  Christian Concern has welcomed the announcement by Health Minister, Lord Howe, that new guidelines will be issued to providers making it "abundantly clear" that abortions on the basis of  gender are illegal. 

He made the statement in response to a question from Baroness Knight of Collingtree, who urged the Government to take action following recent reports that the practice of sex-selective abortions was widespread in the UK.
Read more (Telegraph) >http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10634242/Abortion-clinics-warned-over-gender-selection.html

Council of Europe called to consider issue of late-term abortions
This week, the Committee of Members of the Council of Europe considered the issue of late term abortions following reports that a number of European counties were failing to protect babies who are born alive and survive the abortion process.
The UK was targeted in particular following the revelation that each year, 60 foetuses survive after a late abortion for several minutes, and sometimes for several hours.  It was found that they are left to die or killed by medical staff even though some would be viable with medical assistance.
The meeting was held in response to a written question asking what steps the Committee of Ministers would take “in order to guarantee that foetuses who survive abortions are not deprived from the medical treatment that they are entitled to -as human persons born alive- according to the European Convention on Human Rights.”
The Committee of Ministers is expected to provide a written response to the question in the coming weeks. 
Read more >http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/council-of-europe-called-on-issue-of-late-abortions
Court win for 73-year-old street preacher pinned down by 6 police officers

Oxford Magistrates Court
  A former teacher, who was ordered by a police officer to stop preaching outside Banbury Magistrates Court House, has had the charges of assault and breach of the peace against him dismissed by Oxford Magistrates Court.

Bill Edwards, aged 73, was grabbed by six officers and taken to the ground and arrested after he refused to stop preaching outside the Court House following complaints that his preaching was "offensive".
Andrea Williams, CEO of the Christian Legal Centre which supported Bill throughout the case, said:  “It is alarming that an elderly individual could be treated by authorities in this way simply for preaching in public. 
“This is one of many instances where we have seen the police use heavy-handed tactics against lawful street preaching.  It raises serious questions about their understanding of the way in which the law should be interpreted and applied in this area, and is indicative of the growing trend to remove Christian preachers off the streets.”
Read more >http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/religious-freedom/court-win-for-73-year-old-street-preacher-pinned-down-by-6-police-off
Girl Guide group wins fight to keep "God" in promise
A Girl Guides unit, which was threatened with expulsion for refusing to remove "God" from its promise, have won its battle to remain in the Guiding Association.
Last year, the 37th Newcastle Guide Unit, which meets at Jesmond Parish Church, was told by Girl Guiding UK that its membership would be withdrawn if it refuse to adopt the new secular oath.
But the threat of expulsion has now been lifted and discussions are underway with the group about a new way forward.
Read more > http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/social/girl-guide-group-wins-fight-to-keep-god-in-promise
Tatchell's views on child sexualisation challenged in House of Common
Watch an interview with

Alan Craig (1m 26s) >http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg8H30c8t2g&feature=youtu.be
 
  This week, the founder of  ‘Fathers Against Child Sexualisation’ challenged a meeting in the House of Commons to justify allowing the homosexual activist, Peter Tatchell, to be the sole speaker on LGBT issues raised by the Sochi Winter Sports in Russia.

Alan Craig, a former Christian Choice candidate in the London Mayor elections, told the event organisers - the Henry Jackson Society, a think tank which promotes democracy - that an opposing speaker should have been given a platform to challenge Peter Tatchell’s published views on the sexualisation of children.
The fathers’ group founder was ordered to stop speaking several times as he said Mr. Tatchell’s views posed a threat to children.  However he persisted and also distributed a leaflet among the audience, documenting Mr. Tatchell’s writings and quotations, advocating adult-child sexual relations.
After being told he must leave the meeting or be ejected, Mr. Craig told Christian Concern why he had made his protest in an interview, which you can watch here > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg8H30c8t2g&feature=youtu.be
Read the leafltet by "Fathers Against Child Sexualisation" here >
http://www.christianconcern.com/sites/default/files/docs/Fathers%20Against%20Child%20Sexualisation.pdf

Nick Clegg hoists rainbow flag in Whitehall

Rainbow flag raised in 
Whitehall, Central London
  A rainbow flag symbolising the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trangender community has been raised in Whitehall to coincide with London's gay pride event this weekend.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said he was "absolutely delighted" with the move, after calling on churches and other religious premises to be permitted to conduct same-sex weddings. 
Read more (Telegraph) >http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/nick-clegg/9380396/Clegg-hoists-gay-pride-rainbow-flag-over-Whitehall.html

Russia prohibits adoption by countries with same-sex 'marriage' laws
Russian Prime Minister
Dmitry Medvedev
Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, has signed a decree prohibiting Russian children from being adopted by citizens in countries where same-sex 'marriage' has been introduced.

The amendments to the Russian adoption law include a prohibition on adoptions by "those in a same-sex union recognized as a marriage and registered in accordance with the law of states in which such marriage is allowed, and also citizens of such states who are not married."
Read more (Telegraph) >http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/10635821/Russia-bans-adoptions-from-countries-that-allow-gay-marriage.html

Federal benefits for same-sex couples to be extended to all US States 
US Attorney General
Eric Holder
  The US Attorney General has announced that homosexual couples will be given the same federal benefits as heterosexual married couples, even in States where same-sex ‘marriage’ has not been introduced.

In a recent speech in New York, Attorney General, Eric Holder, said that for the first time a memorandum will formally instruct “all Justice Department employees to give lawful same-sex marriages full and equal recognition to the greatest extent possible under the law".
Read more >http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/sexual-orientation/federal-benefits-for-same-sex-couples-to-be-extended-to-all-us-state

Federal judge overturns Virginia Marriage Amendment 
A federal judge has ruled that the Virginia Marriage Amendment, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman, is "unconstitutional" and violates the principle that "all men are created equal.” 

Judge Arenda Wright Allen overturned the Amendment, passed in 2006 by 57 per cent of voters, and ruled that Virginia must also recognise same sex 'marriages' conducted in other US States.
Read more (CBS) >http://wtvr.com/2014/02/13/judge-rules-virginias-ban-on-same-sex-marriage-unconstitutional/
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BREAKING NEWS: Court win for 73-year-old street preacher pinned down by 6 police officers

Oxford Magistrates Court
  A former teacher, who was ordered by a female PC to stop preaching outside Banbury Magistrates Court House, has had the charges of assault and breach of the peace against him dismissed by Oxford Magistrates Court.
 
The officer approached Bill Edwards, aged 73, when he was preaching outside the Courthouse, and asked him to move on as some people inside the building found his preaching “offensive”.  However, he refused after which the PC told him that he would be arrested.  Bill followed her into the police station a short distance away, where he was grabbed by 6 officers and taken to the ground and arrested. 
 
Yesterday (11th February) the District Judge at Oxford Magistrates Court told Bill that he had no case to answer, and expressed doubt that the officer had acted in the execution of her duty.
 
An application for a restraint order to prevent Bill from preaching outside Banbury Court House was refused, and he was given an order for costs to cover his travel expenses.  Bill was supported throughout the case by the Christian Legal Centre, and was represented in court by allied solicitor to the CLC, Michael Phillips.
Help us keep supporting Christians like Bill 

This is one of the many instances we have seen in recent times of heavy handed tactics by the police against lawful peaceful street preaching.   The Christian Legal Centre recently supported street preacher Tony Miano, who appeared before Dundee Sheriff’s Court after being arrested for preaching on sexual sin in Scotland.   In a free society, people should be able to share the gospel in the way they think best without being penalised.
 
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ACT NOW: Don't let abortion be further liberalised through the back door
Dr Peter Saunders speaks to
the Telegraph about the proposals (2m 4s) >

The Department of Health has launched a public consultation seeking views on its proposals to introduce wide-ranging changes that will fundamentally liberalise the way in which the 1967 Abortion Act is interpreted and implemented by independent sector abortion providers.

It has updated the range of procedures (known as the “Required Standard Operating Procedures” (RSOPs)) that private abortion providers, such as the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), must follow in order to be authorised to perform pregnancy terminations by the Secretary of State.
The proposed RSOPs will allow doctors to authorise abortions without examining, in person, women who are seeking an abortion.  They will also permit non-doctors (such as nurses) to perform terminations by administering abortion-inducing drugs provided that a doctor ‘decides upon, initiates and takes responsibility throughout the process”.
As such, the proposals significantly undermine the protections built into the 1967 Abortion Act, which specifically states that an abortion is illegal unless two doctors agree ‘in good faith’ that one of the grounds for an abortion under the Act have been met.  
Consultation: Simple to respond...

Please take a few minutes of your time to express your opposition to the proposals by completing this online survey >  
 
The deadline is Monday (3rd February), so there is very little time to respond.  If you are unable to reply in detail, please notify the Department of Health of your concerns by responding briefly to Question 1.  In addition to the points above, you could add that:


  • The 1967 Abortion Act deliberately provides for the close involvement of doctors in both authorising and conducting an abortion because of the seriousness of the procedure.  Removing doctors from the process of abortion and face to face contact with women will place their health at risk and is contrary to the spirit and letter of the 1967 Act.

  • There is already widespread abuse of the 1967 Act, with reports of doctors permitting abortions for social reasons, performing sex-selective abortions and pre-signing abortion forms.  The Department of Health should prevent further abuse by demanding strict compliance to the 1967 Act by medical practitioners, rather than allowing further liberalisation through the back door.

  • The Abortion Act expressly requires two doctors to certify that in their opinion, formed in good faith, a request for an abortion meets at least one of the grounds set out in the Act.  A doctor can only reach this opinion in ‘good faith’ if he examines the patient in person.

  • Abortion is a medical procedure that carries serious long-term physical and mental health risks to the mother.  As such, it must be performed by a registered medical practitioner (and not a non-doctor) as required by the 1967 Act.

  • Of the two doctors who approve an abortion, the Department of Health should require at least one to have specialist training in the field of mental health.

  • Given the serious risk to the mental health of the mother, it should be a mandatory requirement for all women to attend both pre and post abortive counselling. 

  • Counsellors should not be employed by the organisation offering abortion services as this would present a clear conflict of interest. 


Complete the online survey > 
http://consultations.dh.gov.uk/abortion-clinics/approval-of-independent-sector-places-for-the-term/consult_view

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View the updated Required Standard Operating Procedures 
Dr Peter Saunders of the Christian Medical Fellowship has discussed the proposals in an interview with the Telegraph.  
Watch it here 
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Annual March for Life - Paris
The 9th annual International March for Life in Paris ( Le Marche Pour le Respect de la Vie)to be held on Sunday, January 19, aims to unite all organisations from EU member countries who resist the widespread use of abortion to deal with unwanted pregnancies.
Read more (Life Site News) 
Christian Concern campaigns against the increasing incidence of abortion in the belief that every unborn child should have its right to life protected.
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'Speak up for Jesus', Lord Carey urges Christians
"We Don't Do God"
by Lord Carey

"Christians in the Firing Line"
by Dr Richard Scott Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, has urged Christians in the UK to be more public about their faith in Jesus Christ. Writing in the Telegraph, he also highlighted the reluctance of Western governments to acknowledge the suffering endured by Christians in many parts of the world and called upon the UK Government to take action.    

His encouragement to Christians came in the closing paragraphs of his article: 
"Closer to home, I admit I am worried about the future of faith in the West. Many Christians I meet say there is a pressure on them to be silent about their faith. Though there can be no question of a comparison with the powerlessness and weakness of the Church in the Middle East, there is an increasing timidity on the part of churchgoers in the West – about even admitting that they have a faith in the workplace.
"Just a week ago, an American, learning that I was going to write this Christmas message, said teasingly: “I hope you will mention the name of Jesus!” Well, that is what Christmas is all about and I cannot but speak his name."
Read more (Telegraph)
Lord Carey has spoken about the marginalisation of Christians in the UK in his book "We Don't Do God".  You can buy the book on Amazon here 
Earlier this year we launched Wilberforce Publications to provide Christians with resources which will equip them to stand for Christ in an increasingly hostile society.
One of the two titles published was 'Christians in the Firing Line' by Dr Richard Scott, a Christian Legal Centre client. In this book, Richard gives an overview of his own case and that of other Christian Legal Centre clients. 
The book is available from Christian bookshops and online booksellers, including Amazon 
Christ: "The reason for the season"
Listen to Ade Omooba discuss

the essence of Christmas on 
Voice of Russia (3m 40s) > Co-founder of Christian Concern, Ade Omooba, has spoken of the hope of Christ Jesus during a recent discussion on Voice of Russia. The debate centred on the real meaning of Christmas with the radio station asking whether Britain has lost sight of the purpose of the festival, focusing instead on eating, drinking and shopping. 

During the discussion, Ade explained: 
"Christ is the reason for the season. In the shops, in Christmas cards, even in the Christmas decorations – in all aspects of this celebration, Christ must be the centre to it.”
Listen to the full interview here 

Gospel truth transforms lives

A N Wilson, the author and newspaper columnist, who rediscovered his Christian faith five years ago has highlighted the transforming power of the gospel, in a Christmas article. Writing in The Telegraph, the prominent former atheist said: 
"The Gospel would still be true even if no one believed it. The hopeful thing is that, where it is tried – where it is imperfectly and hesitantly followed – as it was in Northern Ireland during the peace process, as it is in many a Salvation Army hostel this Christmas, as it flickers in countless unseen Christian lives, it works. And its palpable and remarkable power to transform human life takes us to the position of believing that something very wonderful indeed began with the birth of Christ into the world."
Read more (Telegraph)  

Controversy over Marks & Spencer policy on religious accommodation


Listen to Paul Diamond comment
on the case on BBC Radio 4
(2m 20s) > Paul Diamond, Standing Counsel to the Christian Legal Centre, took part in a debate just before Christmas on BBC Radio 4's Today programme about the controversy surrounding Marks & Spencer's policy on accommodation on religious belief and practice.

Click here to listen to the interview 
Debate on "radicalisation of black men"
Listen to Pastor Ade Omooba
on BBC London (9m 5s) > Ade Omooba was one of the key speakers in an hour-long broadcast discussing the "radicalisation of black men" on the Dotun Adebayo show on BBC London, following the conviction of two men for the murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich.

Click here to listen to his contribution 
Questions raised over UK's relationship with European Court of Human Rights
Lord Judge, the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling, have raised concerns about the UK's relationship with the European Court of Human Rights.
Speaking on Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Grayling said: 'I think that what we've got to is a situation where the European Court of Human Rights has lost its legitimacy in the UK by doing things that frankly, the people of this country and their elected representatives do not want." Lord Judge told the Today programme, "... it means that legislation can be made by judges on all sorts of societal issues - binding legislation - and if that's the position there is a very serious problem with sovereignty."
Mr Grayling is reported to be planning to publish legislation to redefine the UK's relationship with the European Court before this year's European elections.
However, Andrea Williams has urged caution:
"Undoubtedly there are areas of the Court's behaviour that need attention. The Court has taken an increasingly 'activist' stance, not least in promoting a homosexual rights agenda, causing significant challenges for Christian freedoms. However, at the same time, the Court has shown a better understanding of Christian belief and a greater commitment to protecting Christian freedoms than we have seen in the UK Courts in recent years. 
"The European Court's judgment in the cases of Shirley Chaplin, Gary McFarlane and others have already had a positive effect in the UK in tackling the crippling approach to Christian freedoms adopted by our domestic courts over the past decade. 
"The UK's relationship with the European Court is likely to become a major political issue as the 2015 election approaches. The track record of the Court is mixed and reform is probably needed but let's not forget that without recent decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, Christians, as well as many others, would effectively enjoy fewer protections than they do today."
Read more (Lord Judge) 
Read more (Chris Grayling)  
Russia bans abortion adverts
A law banning advertisements promoting abortion has been signed into law by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Virginia based Population Research Institute (PRI) has reported that some members of the Russian State assembly are also considering whether to ban the procedure altogether.
“This is an amazing turnabout in a country which has long been known for its tragically high abortion rate,” said President of the PRI, Steven W. Mosher.
Read more 
Ireland extends abortion to women threatening suicide
A controversial law permitting abortion on the grounds of mental health has come into effect in the Republic of Ireland.
The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act will allow terminations to “eliminate the risk of self-destruction,” where the mother threatens to commit suicide if she is denied the procedure.
Andrea Williams of Christian Concern said: "However, the law is unnecessary and unwanted by the people of Ireland.
"The law in Ireland already permits doctors to terminate a pregnancy in circumstances where there is no other choice because of the threat to the mother’s life.
"There are real fears that the further weakening of the law will  pave the way for abortion ‘on-demand’ in the country."
The head of St. Patrick's University Hospital, Ireland's leading psychiatric hospital, said that there is “no evidence either in literature or from the work of St. Patrick's University Hospital that indicates that termination of pregnancy is an effective treatment for any mental health disorder or difficulty.”
Last year, Professor David Fergusson of the University of Otago in New Zealand published a research paper also pointing to the lack of evidence to support the view that abortion reduces mental health consequences for women. In fact, as Dr Peter Saunders explains here his findings show that women who have an abortion are at an increased risk of mental health problems.
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China softens 'one-child' policy
China's chief legislative body has passed a resolution relaxing aspects of the country's notorious 'one child' rule.
The policy, introduced in 1979, prevented parents in urban areas from having more than one child. It has been blamed for the high incidence of abortion and even of infanticide in the country with female babies disproportionately affected, given the traditional preference for male children. China now faces a gender-imbalance with demographers claiming that by 2020, the country will have 24 million 'leftover men'.
Following the resolution, couples will be permitted to have two children if either parent is themselves an only child. 
Read more (BBC) 
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We do this in the courts, in Government and in the media.
By doing so, we aim to put the hope of Christ at the heart of our nation.
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Marriage cannot be defined by man
December 13th, 2013 | Family, Social
The Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, who has rushed through the Royal Assent for the Same Sex Marriage Bill, claims this historic departure from centuries of tradition is merely “another step in the evolution of marriage”.

New Bill condemns vulnerable to unwanted gay lifestyles
December 13th, 2013 | Religious Freedom, Sexual Orientation
A proposal to prohibit therapy for people with unwanted same-sex attraction was comprehensively criticised on BBC television and radio by spokesmen for Christian Concern and a Christian charity which represents ex and post-gay people who do not want to conform to a gay lifestyle.

Ancient Scriptures threatened by PC police
December 13th, 2013 | Religious Freedom, Sexual Orientation
The second most senior judge in England and Wales has been told that ancient Biblical scriptures, which played a major role in forming the nation’s morals, are in danger of becoming unacceptable in a country which has a reputation for free speech.

Supreme Court to hear crucial end of life cases
December 13th, 2013 | End of life
Britain’s most senior judges will hear a crucial case next week which seeks to weaken the law on euthanasia and assisted suicide in the UK.

"Euthanasia safeguards won’t work", says Belgian Professor
December 12th, 2013 | End of life
The Dean of the Faculty of Law at a Belgian University has warned that laws permitting euthanasia cannot be introduced without endangering the lives and safety of patients, and that safeguards and controls introduced in any such legislation will not work.

Court of Appeal to hear banned bus ads case
December 10th, 2013 | Religious Freedom, Sexual Orientation
Today (10 December) the Court of Appeal will hear the case of Christian charity Core Issues Trust vs Transport for London. It concerns the banning of Advertisements that were due to run on London buses in April 2012.

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BREAKING CASE NEWS
Court recognises Sunday as Christian rest day
The Court of Appeal has today (5th December) upheld protection of Sundays as a day of worship and rest for Christians.  In a landmark judgment, the Court of Appeal dismissed earlier findings that Sunday observance was ‘not a core component of the Christian faith’.   
The ruling comes in the case of children’s worker, Celestina Mba.
Celestina Mba explains
why she took her case to
the Court of Appeal 


Andrew Marsh explains the
significance of the judgment
for Christians 
The Court of Appeal issued a judgment today in the case of children's worker, Celestina Mba. Importantly, it gives legal recognition to the fact that Sunday is a day of worship and rest for many Christians and so is, in principle, worthy of protection. 
 
Positive development 
This is a very positive step because the Court dismissed earlier rulings in the case that claimed that Sunday 'is not a core component of the Christian faith'. 
 
These tribunals had suggested that, since not all Christians observe Sunday as a day of rest, it’s not a ‘core component’ of Christianity (with the implication that it therefore enjoys little protection). 


The Court of Appeal has rightly said that it was an ‘error of law’ to apply such a test. The Court held that beliefs about Sunday were in principle protected.
 
This is a significant step forward. It reduces an otherwise huge hurdle in cases such as Celestina's. It means that there are greater protections, in principle, for those Christians who hold that Sunday is special. It should also help to secure greater protections for other Christian beliefs and behaviour.  
 
Sadly, however, even though the significance of Sunday has been recognised in this way, the Appeal Court didn’t order a new hearing to apply the correct test to the facts of the case. This means that Celestina’s dismissal was upheld. We are considering next steps. 


Nonetheless we are encouraged by much in this judgment. 


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Same sex ‘blessings’ and the Church of England
This week the Church of England published the report of the House of Bishops Working Group on Human Sexuality, also known as the Pilling Report.


This was an opportunity for the CofE to clearly re-state a biblical position on homosexuality but did not. The report has left the door open for the ‘blessing’ of ‘faithful same sex relationships’.
You can read the report here 


Response
Andrea Williams responded to the report by saying:


“The Pilling Report does not recommend any change to the Church’s official teaching and we welcome that. However, that conclusion is largely undermined by the proposal that local clergy should be able to consider blessing same sex partnerships. This double speak is as destructive as it is deceitful. It promotes yet greater division and acrimony within the Church of England rather than offering the courageous leadership that was required.


“… The most compassionate thing for the Church of England to do is to follow Christ … speak clearly about marriage as the union of one man and one woman and the only proper place for sexual expression, for the good of all.”


Read the full version of Andrea’s statement here 


Notably, the Bishop of Birkenhead made a dissenting statement as part of the report. He said that he couldn’t sign the report because he believes that the Bible’s teaching about homosexual practice is not ambiguous. (Go to p.119 of the report to read his statement.)


What you can do
Even if you don't go to a CofE church, please get in touch with Anglican Church leaders about the Pilling Report. This will have an impact on all denominations. See below for suggestions on whom to contact and what points to make.


Please contact the Bishop of Birkenhead, Keith Sinclair (bpbirkenhead@chester.anglican.org) and:
Commend him for not signing the report;
Commend him for his dissenting opinion and for distancing himself from the suggestion that the biblical witness concerning homosexual behaviour is unclear or ambiguous;
Encourage him to keep speaking clearly about God's design for human sexual relationships.
Please contact your Diocesan bishop* and tell them:
The report is a denial of Scripture. It isn’t consistent with the teaching of the Bible or the historic teaching of the CofE;
There is no need for “consultative listening”: the Bible is clear that homosexual acts are sinful and that the only proper place for sexual expression is within marriage between a man and a woman.
(*You can find out the bishop of each diocese here. If you don't know which diocese you're in, go to the Church of England website, type in your post code in the search box on the right hand side and the name of your diocese will appear under the name of your parish on the right hand side.)
Please contact the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby(contact@lambethpalace.org.uk) and the Archbishop of York John Sentamu (office@archbishopofyork.org) and tell them:
The report is a denial of Scripture. It isn’t consistent with the teaching of the Bible or the historic teaching of the CofE;
There is no need for “consultative listening”: the Bible is clear that homosexual acts are sinful and that the only proper place for sexual expression is within marriage between a man and a woman.
If you attend an Anglican church:
Please also ask your vicar to contact the diocesan bishop and the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.
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BREAKING CASE NEWS: Street preacher win
Street preacher Dominic Muir
 
The London Borough of Wandsworth has decided to drop charges against street preacher Dominic Muir for preaching in Battersea Park in August.
 
This is great news for everyone who believes in the freedom to preach the Gospel in public.
 
No prosecution
 
Dominic set up a public address system in the park on 11 August to speak to passers by. He read from the Bible and handed out Christian tracts.
 
But a Police Officer said that he would be prosecuted because he didn’t have permission to preach there. The council alleged that Dominic had breached little used byelaws which ban street preaching in certain parts of the borough.
 
We were able to help Dominic and attend the first hearing in September at Richmond upon Thames Magistrates Court. He entered a not guilty plea and the matter was adjourned for trial.
 
Thankfully, the council has just informed Dominic that they won’t be pursuing their prosecution.
 
Thank you
 
We know from Romans 10 that people can’t be saved without hearing the Gospel, and they won’t hear the Gospel unless someone preaches it to them. That’s why the freedom to preach the Gospel in public places is so important.
 
We were only able to help Dominic because we had the resources. And we only had the resources because of donations from supporters like you.
 
Could you give a one-off donation to ensure we still have enough resources the next time a street preacher needs our help? http://www.christianconcern.com/donate
 

Thank you for your support. Your giving is one of the main ways God uses to sustain our work of defending Gospel freedoms in the UK.
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Dr Myles Munroe endorses Christian Concern
Christian Concern (1m 1s) > This week we had the chance to speak briefly with Dr Myles Munroe, president and founder of Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI).
Dr Munroe is the author or coauthor of over 100 books and travels throughout the world as a speaker addressing government leaders, businesses, schools/universities and church congregations. 
During our time with him, he gave an endorsement of our work which you can WATCH HERE
The Abortion Debate
Two of the most prominent figures in the abortion debate went head to head last night in London over the issue of whether it is right to use graphic abortion imagery outside UK abortion clinics.
 
Ann Furedi, CEO of the UK's largest private abortion provider, BPAS, and Gregg Cunningham, Executive Director of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR), took part in a two hour debate. Brendan O'Neill, editor of Spiked Online, chaired the debate.
 
The motion debated was: “This House believes that it is morally wrong for groups to approach women and display abortion imagery outside facilities which provide abortion services.”
 
At the end of the debate a vote was taken where 23 attendees thought that it was morally wrong to show pictures of abortion outside clinics and 117 thought that it was not.
 Andrea Minichiello Williams, commented:
 “This was an important debate to have. These pictures show the reality of abortion and this reality is disturbing. It’s a reality that needs to be exposed.
 
“The audience vote shows that many people agree. It’s not morally wrong to display pictures of abortion to those who will be directly affected by it.


"Some of the things that Ann Furedi came out with during the debate were truly shocking. To say that the value of the unborn child is relative depending on whether the woman wants to carry on with her pregnancy is chilling.


"BPAS attempts to sanitise abortion. But these pictures show the brutal reality of the 'service' Ms Furedi is providing behind closed doors." READ MORE
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/abortion/debate-on-use-of-graphic-abortion-pictures
40 Days for Life
Watch an interview with Robert
Colquhoun, UK Campaign
Director of 40 Days for Life
(2mins 50secs) >
  The 40 Days for Life campaign runs from 25th September to 3rd November in 7 different locations (Twickenham, London, Birmingham, Leamington Spa, Leeds, Manchester and Milton Keynes).
Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbCZphZXndU&feature=youtu.be
Watch an interview with Robert Colquhoun, UK campaign director, on location at one of the vigils in Stratford 
Press The Newham Recorder published an article about the vigil in Stratford this week 
About
The campaign is a cross-denominational, faith-based effort made up of three key components:
Prayer and fasting: Inviting people of faith throughout our city to join together for 40 days of fervent prayer and fasting for an end to abortion
Peaceful vigil: Standing for life through a 40-day peaceful, prayerful, public witness outside local abortion clinics. To find your local city campaign see http://www.goodcounselnet.co.uk/40-Days-for-Life.html


Community outreach: Taking a positive, upbeat pro-life message to every corner of our city through media efforts, church presentations, door-to-door advocacy, and public visibility
40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign which generates measurable life-saving results. So far, 40 Days for Life campaigns have been conducted in 501 communities in 19 nations. More than 7,500 children have been reported as saved from abortion. Local abortion numbers have dropped – by as much as 28%. Post-abortive women (and men) are finding healing and forgiveness. In each city, hundreds -- more than 1,000 in some cases -- are getting involved with local life-saving ministry efforts for the first time.
National Day of Prayer about Abortion
Please join the National Day of Prayer about Abortion on 27 October organised by Christian pro-life group Image.
The event calls on Christians across the country to pray with their church groups, friends and family to mark the 46th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act.
FIND OUT MORE http://www.imagenet.org.uk/day_of_prayer.html
DOWNLOAD PRAYER GUIDE [url=http://www.imagenet.org.uk/full prayer guide.pdf]http://www.imagenet.org.uk/full%20prayer%20guide.pdf[/url]
National Day of Prayer in London
Image will be holding its very first Image London Day of Prayer about Abortion in Wimbledon in partnership with Options Pregnancy Resource Centre on 26 October.  
 This day is a day for men and women with a heart and compassion to seek God on specific prayer points for the many women who have experienced abortion.
Date: 26 October 2013
Time: Registration 8.45-9.30am, event from 9.30am-3pm
Venue: Elim Pentecostal Church, 59 High Path Wimbledon, London SW19 2JY
[url=http://www.christianconcern.com/sites/default/files/images/DayofPrayerRegistrationForm.pdf read this flyer]REGISTER HERE[/url]
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'One of Us' is an EU citizens' initiative seeking to stop funding of activities which destroy human embryos.


We were all embryos once, so please sign the petition if you haven't already!
It only takes a few moments and there's only 4 weeks left before it closes.


The UK has only achieved 25% of the target number of signatures. Please sign today and spread the word!
Visit the One of Us UK website to sign and find out more > http://www.oneofus.org.uk/


Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly opposes three-parent IVF
The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Group has signed a Written Declaration opposing proposals to introduce a controversial IVF technique that will result in the creation of children with three parents.


Earlier this year, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority advised the Government to permit the use of the technique, which involves transferring both parents’ DNA into a donor egg.


34 members of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Group signed the declaration affirming that the technique was a eugenic practice that was "incompatible with international law and human dignity".  Among other international texts, it cited Article 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights which states:


"An intervention seeking to modify the human genome may only be undertaken for preventive, diagnostic or therapeutic purposes and only if its aim is not to introduce any modification in the genome of any descendants."
Read the full declaration here

Last month, researchers at the University of Sheffield, the University of Sussex and Monash University in Australia raised concerns about the side effects of the technique, saying that it could affect fertility, learning and behaviour. Read more (BBC) 
You can also share this short video with your church. 
Christian Weekly News programme
In this week's Christian Weekly News programme:
Dr Jonathan Oloyede reflects on the wave of prayer taking place across the UK a year after the National Day of Prayer in Wembley Stadium
an exclusive interview with Peter Jones from TruthXchange about bringing values to a secular society
we speak to author of UCB's Word For You Today, Bob Gass

Only 1.1 per cent of Britons identify themselves as homosexual
 and a further 0.4 per cent as bisexual, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics.
The figures show that there was no increase in the number of people who identified themselves as gay or lesbian in 2012 compared to the previous year.
Andrea Williams of Christian Concern said: “These latest figures show how much the Government has pandered to such a small minority.
 
“Marriage has been redefined for everyone, even though just 1.5% of Britons identify as homosexual or bisexual.
 “‘Equality’ legislation is changing the work culture for everyone. Anyone with traditional views on sexual ethics is silenced or disciplined if they speak up.
 “These rapid and drastic changes are down to a very wealthy and influential homosexual lobby and a Government that yields to their every request. The ONS figures should serve as a wake-up call to stop appeasing such a small minority at the expense of others.”

PM expresses regret over same sex 'marriage' at private meeting
David Cameron has admitted that he regrets forcing same sex ‘marriage’ legislation through Parliament in a private meeting with senior Conservative constituency officials at the Conservative Party conference.
 The Prime Minister allegedly said that the legislation was the “biggest political mistake of his premiership” because of the unhappiness it had caused within the parliamentary and voluntary party.
 
He added that whilst he was supportive of same sex ‘marriage’, he had under-estimated the degree of opposition he would face over the proposals from his own party members and the Church.
Find out more  
Scottish Health Secretary comments on same sex 'marriage' bill
Scotland's health secretary Alex Neil has claimed that civil registrars will not be forced to conduct same sex 'marriages' should a controversial bill to redefine marriage be passed into law.
He made the comments whilst taking questions from the Equal Opportunities Committee which is scrutinising legislation to introduce same sex 'marriage' in Scotland.
 Responding to the comments, Andrea Williams of Christian Concern said: “Alex Neil cannot offer any guarantees that registrars will not be required to conduct same sex weddings. The reality says something very different.
 “There have already been cases of civil registrars who have lost their jobs for refusing to officiate at same sex civil partnership ceremonies. In each case accommodations could have been made for other staff to step in, but conscience was not respected.
 “With this harsh reality in mind, Mr Neil’s comments should be taken with a rather large pinch of salt.”


Last month, the Scottish Government announced that it will fast-track its bill through Parliament over the next six months, with the aim of introducing the legislation by March 2014.


Belgian killed by euthanasia after sex change operation
A Belgian woman has ended her life under the country’s euthanasia laws following a sex change operation in the first case of its kind.
 Nathan Verhelst, 44 (born Nancy), requested the procedure after complaining that a sex change operation had turned her into a “monster”.   
She is thought to have been given a lethal injection by cancer specialist Dr Wim Distelmans - the same doctor who controversially euthanized two deaf twin brothers, Marc and Eddy Verbessem (45) after they expressed fears that they would turn blind as a result of a genetic disorder. 
The incident is likely to re-ignite the debate about euthanasia in Belgium after statistics showed a 25 per cent increase in euthanasia cases in 2012 compared to the previous year.
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/end-of-life/belgian-killed-by-euthanasia-after-sex-change-operation
Debunking the Myth of Overpopulation 
The Population Research Institute has published an article to equip members of the public to counter the arguments of those who believe that the world is "overpopulated".
 The article, entitled Debunking the Myth of Over Population says:
"We are contacted all the time by people asking for how they can refute the arguments of those who believe that the world is overpopulated. So we have decided to create a short primer called “How to Debunk the Myth of Overpopulation in Three Easy Steps.”
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50 MPs call for review of CPS decision on sex selection abortions 
50 MPs have written a joint letter to the Attorney General supporting calls for an urgent review of the decision by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) not to prosecute doctors involved in illegal sex selection abortions.
 
The group, which includes MPs from both sides of the abortion debate, said that they were “united in concern” over the CPS’s decision which they deemed “unconstitutional” and a “step back in the fight for gender equality”.

“The decision by the CPS could lead to the conclusion that gender-specific abortion is merely a matter of professional misconduct rather than illegal,” the letter said.

“This is clearly unconstitutional as it is for Parliament to legislate to change the law, and it has occurred without recourse to Parliament. Safeguards in the 1967 Abortion Act need to be properly applied and enforced. Doctors are not above the law and the General Medical Council cannot be a substitute for the courts.”

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BPAS Chief Executive: Women have the right to sex selective abortions 
Ann Furedi
Radio 4 Woman's Hour: Sex
Selection abortion debate
(33m 28s - 42m 46s) > This week Ann Furedi, Chief Executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), attracted strong criticism after stating that women are free under the law to have an abortion on the basis of their child's sex.

Speaking to the online magazine Spiked, she said: "The woman gives her reasons, the doctor decides on the grounds as set out in the law ... there is no legal requirement to deny a woman an abortion if she has a sex preference, providing that the legal grounds are still met.

"The law is silent on the matter of gender selection, just as it is silent on rape."

Read more (Telegraph) >
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10316715/Women-are-legally-free-to-abort-a-baby-because-of-its-sex-says-abortion-charity-head.html

Challenging the comments in a debate on BBC Radio 4, journalist Yasmin Alibhai Brown said that sex selection abortion is not a 'choice' since many women were pressured into aborting female babies by their family members.
"The woman, if she was independently making the choice as a mother, would not choose to get rid of her baby for the reason that the feotus is female. There are people around her saying there are consequences," she said. 

Listen to the full debate on BBC iPlayer (33m 28s - 42m 46s) >
 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01gybqt
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Post  Admin on Fri 20 Sep 2013, 5:54 pm

BREAKING CASE NEWS: Another street preacher arrested
Rev Josh Williamson
A Christian street preacher was arrested in Scotland yesterday (18 SEP) whilst addressing a crowd on a high street in Perth.

This is now the third arrest of a Christian street preacher since July. Tony Miano was arrested in London in July and Robbie Hughes was arrested in Basildon earlier this month.

“Breach of the peace”

Rev Josh Williamson, the pastor of Craigie Reformed Baptist Church in Perth, regularly takes to the streets to hand out leaflets, talk to passers-by and do open-air preaching.

But yesterday a police officer told him to stop preaching because he was breaking the law.

The officer insisted that he was not allowed to preach and told Josh that he would be arrested if he continued. When Josh said that he would not comply because he was not breaking the law, the officer placed him under arrest for breach of the peace.

Josh was taken to Perth police station, interviewed and released with a caution.

A second man, who spoke up in defence of Rev Williamson’s right to preach, was also arrested at the scene.

Injustice

Andrea Minichiello Williams, CEO of Christian Legal Centre, said:

“This is the third arrest in as many months. These street preachers are not breaking any laws and are perfectly within their rights. The police are overreaching their authority and misapplying the law. Their actions show an increasing hostility towards Christianity.

“Freedom of speech is a precious freedom that we must uphold. This injustice must be tackled to halt the chilling effect already felt by many Christians. The threat to freedom of speech is a concern for wider society, not just for Christians.

“It’s evident that police all over the UK need clear guidance on this matter. Three wrong arrests in three months just shows the level of ignorance that currently exists. It’s up to police chiefs to take a lead and issue guidelines so that this stops happening.”

We can only be there for preachers like Josh with your support. If you’d like to make a donation towards our work, please go to: http://www.christianconcern.com/donate
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Post  Admin on Sat 07 Sep 2013, 2:08 am

YET ANOTHER STREET PREACHER ARRESTED
You might have received a letter from me recently in which I highlighted the recent arrests of Christian street preachers.
Well, I'm sorry to say that it's happened again! 
Yesterday evangelist Rob Hughes was preaching on a high street in Basildon when he was arrested by police for a statement he didn't even make.
A bystander made a false accusation against him to the police and they arrested him on the basis of this false accusation. 
He was taken to Basildon police station and held there for seven and a half hours before being released at around 11.30pm last night.
We were in contact with him as the arrest was taking place and were able to send a solicitor to help him in the police interview process.
Rob said:
"I am so grateful that the Christian Legal Centre was able to react quickly and effectively in my situation."

After his experience, Rob commented that it seems Christian street preachers face a situation where they are "presumed guilty until found to be innocent."

This is happening alarmingly often now. Rob's experience shows why it's so important that we at the Christian Legal Centre keep giving legal support to Christians like him who simply want to share the good news of Jesus.
http://www.christianconcern.com/donate
And please pray for street preachers up and down the country, that God would use them to bring many people into the Kingdom.

In fact, we are also handling another case of a street preacher who was arrested in London earlier this week. We cannot say anymore at this stage for legal reasons but please pray for a just outcome.

In Christ

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Post  Admin on Thu 18 Jul 2013, 8:17 pm

CHRISTIAN CONCERNS
Is this a sign of things to come?
Watch a short interview with
Alan Craig, who explains what
happened with the billboard
(2m 37s) >http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCvnXNOJPEs&feature=c4-overview&list=UUqnbu3dpuqx7O3KRgZQarnA
Whilst gay campaigners celebrated outside Parliament on Monday evening, a truck carrying a billboard which read "Equal Marriage: Thank You" drove past several times.

But a truck carrying a pro-children billboard, also due to be there in Westminster on the same day, was nowhere to be seen.
This is the billboard design, making the point that children do best with a mum and dad:
So, what happened?

Alan Craig, campaign director for GayMarriageNoThanks, explains:

"While the van was travelling around [on Sunday], at one stage the billboard was pulled off one side by some bystanders who shouted obsceneties...

"The Adtrailers company phoned us up and said they couldn't run the advert the next day. They had received violent threats, they had received threatening emails. They said they couldn't afford to drive the advert around Parliament Square and Westminster again. They were concerned about the safety of their own staff.

"Our campaign was derailed by criminal verbal threats of violence to the staff of Adtrailers."

This kind of opposition is only likely to get worse with the passage of the same sex marriage Bill.

Will you help resource us so that we can defend people's freedom of speech; So that people can express Christian views about marriage and family without fear of facing abuse?

Your gifts and partnership keep this work going. 

It's easy to give online. Just click below:
http://www.christianconcern.com/donate
Thank you for your support as we speak for Jesus Christ in public life.
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Queen gives Royal Assent to same sex marriage Bill

Within both Houses of Parliament yesterday, it's been announced that HM The Queen has given royal assent to the same sex marriage Bill. This was a formality after the Bill completed its passage through Parliament.

Royal Assent was the final step to the Bill becoming law. It is now the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. The first same sex weddings are likely to take place sometime in 2014.

This is a very sad moment for our nation, and cause for lament. It marks a very clear departure from God's good pattern for human flourishing.

As God's people we should also repent for where we have failed to stand for and believe in God's truth.

But we know that there is hope both for us and for our nation in the Gospel. That's why we will continue to speak of Jesus Christ in public life and encourage you to do the same.

There are a few simple actions you can take now to continue this witness.

1. Write

Prime Minister David Cameron, by pushing this Bill, has put HM the Queen in a compromising position.

In the Coronation Oath, Her Majesty promised to "maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel".

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali commented to the Daily Mail last month: "...while she is faithful to the vows she has taken, in this country she has to act on the advice of her ministers.
 
"That puts the onus on the Prime Minister not to put the Queen into a position where she may have to go against the sovereign promises she has made. We hope that she is not put in that position."

By putting the same sex marriage Bill before her, Mr Cameron has forced Her Majesty into such a position.

Please contact the Prime Minister by email or letter to ask: Why did you put Her Majesty in a compromising position with the same sex marriage Bill?

Email: Click here https://email.number10.gov.uk/Contact.aspx
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Post  Admin on Sat 13 Jul 2013, 3:38 pm

Christian Concerns UK
Prayer Rally 15th July: CANCELLED

We're sorry to inform you that after much consideration we have decided to cancel the prayer gathering we had organised for Monday (15th July), as it now appears there will not be a vote at the third reading of the same sex marriage bill on Monday and what happens on that day in the House of Lords will be a mere formality. We have therefore decided not to gather on Monday but to conserve energy for a future occasion.
 
We are resolute in our determination to keep standing for real marriage. We will never give up speaking about God's good pattern for his creation.
 
We're obviously disappointed but take comfort from Jesus' words: "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
 
Please keep praying for our politicians, our church and for our nation, and thank you for standing with us.
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Post  Admin on Thu 04 Jul 2013, 9:10 pm

Breaking Case News from the Christian Legal Centre
Street preacher arrested for "homophobic" language
Tony Miano from USA
 Watch footage of the arrest and events leading up to it 
(Police arrive at 25m 37s and Tony is arrested at 38m 11s) 
The Christian Legal Centre is supporting a man who was arrested on Monday (1st July) for using "homophobic" speech whilst preaching on a London high street.


Tony Miano was preaching from 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 on sexual immorality and the need to abstain from it.


Mr Miano was arrested and taken to the local police station where he was photographed, fingerprinted and had a DNA sample taken. He was taken to a cell with a toilet but no toilet paper.


[b style="color: rgb(65, 69, 112); font-family: Arial, 'Times New Roman', Georgia; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: bold;"]Read the full story[/b] 
Mr Miano commented: “It surprised me that here in the country that produced the Magna Carta that an otherwise law abiding person could lose his freedom because one person was offended by the content of my speech.”
Although a US citizen, he plans to send a letter to every member of both Houses of Parliament, expressing his concerns about diminishing free speech in the UK and his fears that the proposed legislation redefining marriage will lead to an increasing number of cases like his.


[b style="color: rgb(65, 69, 112); font-family: Arial, 'Times New Roman', Georgia; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: bold;"]Click here to see a video of the arrest and events leading up to it[/b] (Police arrive at 25m 37s and Tony is arrested at 38m 11s).

[url=http://www.christianconcern.com/ sites/default/files/docs/2013_07_04_miano_police_interview.pdf][b style="color: rgb(65, 69, 112); font-family: Arial, 'Times New Roman', Georgia; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: bold;"]Click here to read a transcript of the police interview[/b][/url]
Help us keep supporting Christians like Tony
Thankfully, we were able to respond immediately and provide Tony with a solicitor.
With the passage of the same sex marriage Bill these kinds of incidents will only become more common. That's why there is such a need for the Christian Legal Centre. We are here ready to help anyone who finds themselves challenged for their Christian faith.
Would you be able to make a donation today so that we can keep supporting people like Tony?
 [b style="color: rgb(65, 69, 112); font-size: 12pt; font-weight: bold;"]http://www.christianconcern.com/donate[/b]

 
Our funds are critically low at the moment and we particularly need regular donations. On our donate page you can give one off gifts or set up a standing order.
We are in this together. The transcript of the police interview shows that it's people's Christian faith itself which is now being questioned.
You can stand against the rising tide of intolerance by making a donation to the Christian Legal Centre.
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BREAKING NEWS: Christian Concern and Law Society reach agreement 
Thank you for praying about our mediation with the Law Society on Wednesday.

Christian Concern and the Law Society have agreed upon the following joint statement:


  • Christian Concern and the Law Society are pleased to announce that agreement has been reached in relation to the cancellation of the conference on marriage dated 23 May 2012.
  • Both parties uphold the right and freedoms of other members of society based on the principles of a democratic society and debate, which respects the dignity and rights and freedoms of others.
  • To this end, the Law Society has announced it will organise a full debate on the issue of same sex marriage in which a number of eminent speakers will attend, including a speaker from Christian Concern.
  • Both parties respect the fact that views exist in society of those who believe that marriage is between a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, and those who believe that marriage should be between two adults regardless of their gender.
  • The Law Society, without endorsing the views of Christian Concern, acknowledges that those views, which Christian Concern bases on Biblical principles, are sincerely held and that Christian Concern is entitled to hold and express those views.
  • The Law Society welcomes bookings from Christian Concern in the future. 

We're thankful that we can use the premises and we're looking forward to the debate on marriage (we'll announce details in due course).
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Post  Admin on Thu 06 Jun 2013, 12:37 am

Awake and Arise, O Church!
Watch Andrea's message of
thanks and reaction to the
Lords vote (1m 18s) >
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im-BLLVColE


BBC Six O'Clock News report,
featuring footage of the prayer
rally (2m 38s) >
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nilDcb3rPGs&list=UUqnbu3dpuqx7O3KRgZQarnA&index=1


"Standing tall" for marriage at
the prayer rally
It was great to see so many
come and join us outside Parliament

You've probably heard by now that the House of Lords voted last night to allow the same sex marriage Bill to pass. It will now go to committee stage, where Peers will examine the Bill and suggest amendments, before it is voted on again at the Bill's Third Reading.

I'd like to thank all of you who have been so faithful in prayer over the last few days, especially to all who came and joined us outside Parliament. The atmosphere was fantastic: respectful, colourful and joyful, with a sense of trusting the Lord for the outcome. It was great to see our "bride and groom" on the Six O'Clock News last night!

Thank you too for writing letters, sending emails and making phone calls in the run up to the vote.

We have taken action on this issue because this is the way of Jesus - to act with compassion. Some may try to portray us as "bigots" but we stand for marriage because we believe that God's ways are best for individuals and for nations.

So thank you for all that you've done. We couldn't have done anymore.

I'm not going to sugar-coat this situation; we were hoping for far more votes against the Bill than we got. It's a sad result.

But it's important to note that there are many Peers, whilst very uncomfortable with the content of this Bill, who felt unable to vote it down at this early stage. If you add these to the number who did vote against the Bill, this makes up a sizable group who will argue for amendments to be made at the committee stage. The Bill is not yet law and there is still some way to go before it is.

The Bill could still fail. We've nothing to lose and everything to play for, so it's important we keep up the pressure. Please keep praying as the Bill progresses.

I believe we're at a stage now when we have to work out what's next for us as Christians who believe passionately in the truth of God's Word. The Lords vote shows that Parliament is largely no longer with us on social issues. Likewise, the courts have not ruled in our favour when it comes to issues of Christian conscience.

So it's time to rethink ways in which we can engage the public with the truth of Jesus Christ. Our society faces many problems. We have been given the answer in Jesus Christ. We are simply jars of clay which contain the treasure of the gospel. It's time for the Church to rise up and share this treasure with the nation!

Let's not lose heart. We're told in Psalm 146 not to put our trust in princes. The last few days have demonstrated why. Our trust is in the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

Let's not be cowed by the changes going on around us. Let's continue to be visible and vocal for our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you once again for standing with us.
In Christ
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Post  Admin on Wed 29 May 2013, 8:28 pm

BREAKING NEWS: Grand Chamber rejects Christians' cases
Nurse Shirley Chaplin
Watch a video of Shirley
http://www.christianconcern.com/europeancases

Relationships Counsellor
Gary McFarlane
Find out more http://www.christianconcern.com/europeancases

The Grand Chamber of the Council of Europe announced today that it has rejected the request for referral from three UK Christians, including Christian Legal Centre clients Shirley Chaplin and Gary McFarlane.

Thank you for all your prayers and generous gifts towards the appeal.

None of this has been in vain. A lot has been achieved along the way.

Positives...

The European Court decided that decisions of the UK Courts were within the 'margin of appreciation' (discretion) that it allows to national Courts - but in so doing it challenged many of the principles adopted by UK Courts and asserted by the British government.
So for example, the UK Government had made the remarkable assertion that the cross was not a generally recognised Christian symbol. It also suggested that since wearing the cross is not compulsory for Christians, it is not a protected freedom. The European Court ruled that, in principle, wearing the cross is an expression of Christian faith and so is a freedom to be protected!
Again, the UK Courts had held that beliefs about marriage as between a man and a woman was not a core component of Christian belief and so not protected. The European Court said that these beliefs were part of Gary and Lillian's Christian identity and so were in principle protected!
The British Government suggested that because the individuals were free to resign and find other jobs, there had been no infringement of their freedom of religion - in other words, 'your freedom to resign secures your freedom of religion'. The European Court ruled that 'freedom to resign and find another job' is not sufficient to guarantee religious freedom.
These are significant breakthroughs and will be a great help in contending for Christian freedoms in the UK Courts in the future.

Click here for a document setting out in more detail the significance of the European Court's judgment in the cases of Shirley Chaplin and Gary McFarlane.
http://gallery.mailchimp.com/bed173cc9adfcad1
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More positives...
Last month the Council of Europe passed a resolution calling on all member states to respect conscience and accommodate religious beliefs in the public sphere. The situation facing UK Christians, including the cases of Shirley Chaplin and Gary McFarlane, was recorded in the report that was prepared for the debate that took place before the vote. This shows how the cases have influenced Council of Europe opinion and consequent policy.
This month, a member of the EU Delegation to the International Organisations in Vienna wrote:
"We are concerned about rising anti-Christian intolerance and violence... a trend which often remains unnoticed."

These cases have played a part in highlighting the increasing frequency of low-level discrimination against Christians.

What now?

We will continue to stand up for God's truth and support Christians who face legal challenge for manifesting their faith, just as Gary and Shirley did.

If you or someone you know is facing such a situation, please do get in touch with us.

With the possibility of the Government's Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill passing into law, we need to continue to stand firm for God's truth. We expect more of these kinds of cases and we are ready to keep speaking of Jesus Christ in public life.

Thank you once again for all your prayers and support during progression of Shirley and Gary's cases.
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May 28, 2013

“How many ignored warnings does it take?”

Douglas Murray of the London-based Henry Jackson society wrote an excellent column last week for The Wall Street Journal (see below).

The subtitle states, “Britain has been in denial about the Islamist threat.”

So true. It’s very disturbing that this same denial permeates the thinking of far too many of America’s political, academic, media, counterterrorism and law enforcement leadership.

An Associated Press story over the weekend, referring to President Obama’s national security speech late last week, began this way:

“Some call it wishful thinking, but President Barack Obama has all but declared an end to the global war on terror.”

The reason Obama has done so is because he sees only al Qaida and its affiliates as a threat. Doing so misses the point.

The point is the “war on terror” is not confined to one organization and is not limited by geography, but is defined by those who subscribe to jihadist ideology. Denial won’t change this fact.

Our federal government continues to lead us down the very same path that has failed so miserably in Great Britain and much of Europe.




The London Terror Attack Was More Than 'Unforgivable'

Britain has been in denial about the Islamist threat. Time to face it down.

DOUGLAS MURRAY


London


How many ignored warnings does it take? That is one question that should hang over Britain after the horror of the daytime murder of a British soldier on the streets of south London. On Wednesday afternoon, Drummer Lee Rigby was killed in Woolwich by two men wielding large knives and shouting "Allahu akbar"—God is great.

Islamists have been saying for years they would do this. They have planned to do it. And now they have done it.

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WSJ Europe editorial writer Ray Zhong on the alleged terror attack in London Wednesday, and what it says about the wider war on terrorism. Photo: Getty Images
The attack itself is not surprising. What is surprising is that British society remains so utterly unwilling not just to deal with this threat, but even to admit its existence. Politicians have called the Woolwich killing "unforgivable" and "barbarous." But expressions of anger should not really be enough.

Attempts to attack military targets in Britain go back to before the millennium and even before, it is important to note, the war on terror. In 1998 Amer Mirza, a member of the now-banned extremist group al Muhajiroun, attempted to petrol-bomb British army barracks. In 2007, a cell of Muslim men was found guilty of plotting to kidnap and behead a British soldier in Birmingham. The plan had been to take the soldier to a lock-up garage and cut off his head "like a pig." They wanted to film this act on camera and send it around the world to cause maximum terror.

In 2009, al Muhajiroun protested at a homecoming parade in Luton for British troops returning from Afghanistan. Carrying banners saying "go to hell," "butchers" and "terrorists," the group was protected by British police officers from an increasingly irate crowd of locals. The resulting outrage toward the police gave rise to the deeply troubling English Defence League, a street protest movement that often turns violent.



National News/Zuma Press

Police in Woolwich, south London, after Wednesday's attack.
Now comes the attack in Woolwich, which the perpetrators—as with the earlier cell—wished to be observed and even filmed. Reports suggest that they invited people to capture their actions on video. The perpetrators gave interviews, machetes in hand, to bystanders with cameras. This horrific scene is something that will stick in the memory.

But it should also have been foreseen. Instead we entered the stage of denial. For there is already, in the reaction to events, more than a hint of what I have previously termed "Toulouse syndrome." The term is named after the attacks last year carried out by a jihadist called Mohammed Merah, who killed three French soldiers in a rampage that concluded with the murders of four French Jews at a school in Toulouse.

In the early stages of the attacks, when little was known, there was significant speculation that the culprit was a far-right extremist. At that stage everybody knew what they were going to say. But once the culprit turned out to be an Islamist, the gaze nearly fell away completely. "Nothing to see here, please move on" was the order of the day.

"Toulouse syndrome" also touched Boston last month. After the bombing at the marathon, media and politicians waited, hoping—some even said as much—that the attackers would be tea-party types. Then everybody would know what to say. But when it turned out to be Islamists?

So it is with the Woolwich killing, which British officials have lined up to denounce. Yes it is sickening. Of course it is barbaric. But what of it? Even all these years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2011, our societies remain unfit for purpose in facing up to—and facing down—Islamic extremism.

Too many still seek refuge in ignorance and denial that was so memorably displayed by U.S. officials after the Fort Hood shooting in 2009. A man who was a member of the American armed forces, Maj. Nidal Hasan, gunned down his colleagues while shouting "Allahu akbar." On that occasion the American government, like the French government before it and the British government this week, decided to focus on everything about the attack other than what really mattered: the motive. Fort Hood was put down to a case of workplace violence.

There will be many angles to the events in London that must be addressed in the coming days, and we can hope many will receive the appropriate level of public attention. Among them will be one particularly unpleasant irony.

Most of the extremists who have repeatedly expressed their hatred of British soldiers are themselves supported by the British state. A prominent hate-preacher—Anjem Choudary, a leader of the disbanded al Muhajiroun—was even caught on video earlier this year extolling Britain's "jihad-seekers' allowance." As he explained to his followers, "The normal situation, really, is to take money from the kafir"—a slur for non-Muslims. "Allahu akbar. We take the money."

After the video showed up online, a BBC reporter asked Mr. Choudary to clarify how much he's taking—the press has long reported a sum of £25,000 ($37,770) per year. "It's irrelevant," Mr. Choudary replied.

This would not be the first time a country has paid both sides in a conflict. But if the reported figure is anywhere near accurate, it would surely be the first time in human history that a society has paid its opponents better than it pays its own. A British soldier can expect to start in the army on a salary of around £16,000 ($24,172).

The events in south London must cause a re-evaluation by British society of the insanity we have been permitting. The question is not how sad we feel. The only question should be what we do about it.

Mr. Murray is associate director of the Henry Jackson Society, a London-based think tank.



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