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The media only shows religious extremism, says Catholic broadcaster
Sat 02 Jan 2016
By Hannah Tooley
Practicing Roman Catholic and BBC broadcaster, Adrian Chiles, has voiced concern that the media only sees religion in terms of fanaticism and does not reflect ordinary worshipers. 
Adrian Chiles said that: "Jesus said, 'The meek will inherit the earth.'
"Well, they might do but they get no press coverage along the way at all, they're completely forgotten."
He added: "And I'm not just talking about Christians, I'm all about [all religions]."
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Vatican is a "sacred monster" says PR accused of leaks
Sat 02 Jan 2016
By Hannah Tooley
A woman arrested as part of the Vatican leaks scandal has called the Vatican a "sacred monster" that is untouchable. 
Francesca Chaouqui was a Vatican public relations expert until her arrest two months ago.
She has been charged with leaking confidential documents, a crime under Vatican law, and faces up to eight years behind bars.
She denies the charges. 
The 33-year-old, as well as two others, are alleged to have stolen documents and leaked them to two journalists, Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi (pictured) also face charges.
The pair wrote two books respectively which hold allegations of financial misconduct among a number of other acts.
Speaking to The Guardian Francesa Chaouqui said that she is innocent and that she is willing to go to the Vatican jail if found guilty.
She said: "I took an oath of loyalty to that state, and that means accepting their rules, even if they are wrong.
"The Pope is not just head of state, he is the head of my religion, he is God on Earth.
"If they find me guilty, I must go."
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Well known photo montage artist Peter Kennard has unveiled a new piece for the New Year that reflects the world's greed and political strife.
The art work, named Peace on Earth, shows what seems to be the Virgin Mary praying, however her halo has been replaced with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarment symobol (CND) and her face with the planet Earth.
Speaking to The Guardian he said that: "I wanted to make an image that makes people think - and isn't too horrific for them to put on their wall."
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Bethel Church: Heaven on Earth?
California’s most prominent charismatic church, led by Bill Johnson, divides opinion. Andy Peck finds out why some believe Bethel is seeing heaven come to earth, and others claim that it’s a deception
When God touches a church in revival, those who visit can find themselves caught up in it. My visit to Bethel for a Kingdom Culture conference a few years ago was taken partly as a journalist keen to chronicle revival around the world, but also as a Christian keen to encounter God.

I sensed the thousands in attendance were hungry too. The worship band led like a group who knew they were not merely singing praise but offering invitation for God to come in his manifest presence. And there was evidence that he did. Some broke out into uncontrollable laughter, some shed tears and others were convulsed by shrieks and groans.
It’s a church that quite frankly messes with you
When the senior pastor, Bill Johnson, spoke, it was with the assurance that God had good things for us. He speaks without notes, and jokes that he only has one sermon but it’s 500 hours long. His talks are always based on scriptural concepts but their direction is open – like a surfer waiting to see which wave he needs to ride – and liberally dosed with examples of how God works today.

He concluded each talk with a session where he received words of knowledge indicating what God was doing that night. Illnesses included blood disorders, lupus, digestive issues, whiplash, a bruised kidney, and testimonies were given of healing or partial healing to knees, ankles, necks and backs. It was electric.
MESSY CHURCH
Since that visit, the stream of people heading to Bethel has become a river, with tributaries flowing from throughout the world; notably North America, parts of Europe (including the UK) and Australia. Bethel’s music has also spread far and wide, as the songs of worship leaders on their Jesus Culture and Bethel Music labels have been picked up by church worship bands around the world.


There were 2,100 at Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry this year (900 from overseas, 200 of whom were from the UK) learning how to become revivalists, and many more who visit for shorter conferences and events. Of the 7,000 who are part of the church, some 2,500 are students or connected to the school. But Bethel is only partly a ‘come and see’ church. It’s also a ‘go and do’ church. It’s a church that quite frankly messes with you: your theology, your way of doing church and your view of your walk with Jesus. It’s not always comfortable.


Bill and Beni Johnson
This challenge comes from Johnson, who has been immersed in this ‘revival’ since 1996 when he arrived as pastor with a mandate to preach and seek revival. He believes every believer should live a supernatural life too. It’s in the same vein as John Wimber’s message from the mid-80s, but also in step with contemporary ‘revivalists’ such as John Arnott, Randy Clark and Heidi Baker. Johnson’s message is articulated in his books and sermons that he’s invited to give throughout the world. In some circles Bethel has become a shining symbol of what God can do and is doing, and in others an example of why ‘the charismatic movement’ has departed far from gospel orthodoxy.

So what kind of challenge is Bethel giving to the wider Church, and what should we make of it?
THE KIND OF GOD WE WORSHIP
Bethel’s core message includes the belief that because God is a loving Father, he wants to meet with his people. If Jesus healed all who came to him, why wouldn’t he continue to do so, through his presence in his people? If things aren’t happening, it’s due to no lack on his part. Johnson says every spirit filled believer can carry ‘revival’ to others. These beliefs are born by experience.

Pam Spinozi, who has been writing down the miracles at Bethel for the last nine years, says, ‘It’s not possible to say how many miracles... we hear about. Everything from a torn rotator cuff being healed to metal disappearing from someone’s body. I have folders of specific diseases: cancer, MS, Parkinson’s, for example.
‘I also keep a folder of creative miracles like when someone gets a new kidney; folders of provision testimonies and family reconciliation. I am happy to say I have a resurrections folder, too. God is doing very exciting things!’
But the church is also honest about when healing doesn’t occur. Johnson’s own father, and former pastor of Bethel, died in 2004 following Church-wide prayer for his healing, and key elders have died too. Johnson’s son Eric, who serves on the senior leadership team, is 85- 90% deaf in both ears. However, they refuse to allow this to dissuade them from seeking God for healing.
BETHEL'S FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Bethel’s leadership are not keen on denominationalism. They prefer to unite based on values, led by the spirit.

Bethel was part of the General Council of the Assemblies of God until January 2006 when the church membership voted to withdraw their affiliation. Today Bethel has relational partnerships with other apostolic leaders as part of what is known as The Revival Alliance.
As well as Bill and Benni Johnson, the team includes: Che and Sue Ahn of Harvest Ministries; John and Carol Arnott of Catch the Fire; Randy and DeAnne Clark of Global Awakening; Heidi and Rolland Baker of Iris Ministries and Georgian and Winnie Banov of Global Celebration.
This means Bethel primarily links with other movements birthed or connected with the outpouring of the Toronto Blessing (also known as The Father’s Blessing) in January 1994.  
UNUSUAL MANIFESTATIONS
If healings and miracles are something Bethel has come to expect, there have also been a number of unexpected phenomena that have attracted attention, and led many to write the church off as an esoteric fad. Firstly there were the accounts of bird feathers appearing in services, then gold dust in the air and on people’s hands.

Founder of the School of Supernatural Ministry, Kris Vallotton, wrote of the events: ‘I don’t think we have taken more ridicule for anything than [the] gold dust and feathers. It all began one day while someone was preaching, and these tiny white feathers started falling from the ceiling in the sanctuary…No birds, feathers, or nests were discovered anywhere in the signs of ductwork or the ceiling. It also started to happen in people’s homes. It always happens when we are talking about the things of God. The phenomena tends to come and go.’
Then there’s the so-called ‘glory cloud’: a sparkling gold cloud that seemed to appear at the side of the stage during several worship services and which was even captured on amateur video.
British-born Carrie Lloyd, one of the Revival Group pastors at the school, says, ‘We haven’t actually had a glory cloud for about 18 months. I first saw it in my first year, on a Friday night service. I started walking to it as I could see some tiny particles that were platinum-coloured moving in a figure of eight, from the ground upwards. Stepping into the cloud was a very different story. As soon as I went into it I was on my knees in repentance, apologising for my previous scepticism. When part of my body was in the cloud, it felt something different from the part that wasn’t. It was a feeling of complete glory and being overwhelmed by God’s goodness and kindness.’

A 'fire tunnel' at Bethel
Johnson has reminded critics that God often does something that could give ‘offence’ to onlookers. Some of the manifestations in other recent ‘revivals’ in Toronto, Brownsville and Pensacola included phenomena that were written off by sceptics. They say that being ‘slain in the spirit’, uncontrollable laughter and having teeth filled with gold fillings are all evidence of a movement it’s wise to stay well clear of. Yet, historians of revivals would say that God often confounds onlookers when he is at work. As Johnson himself has said: ‘You can’t invite God into your house and not expect to have something outside of the box happen.’

UNUSUAL MIRACLES AND METHODS
Bethel has developed a range of unusual ways of bringing people inside and outside the Church into connection with God.

Fire tunnels
Two rows of Christians form a tunnel by linking raised arms. As the congregation walk through the tunnel, the Christians pray for God to bless those who walk and in many cases they are overcome with God’s presence and barely able to walk, or laugh uncontrollably. ‘Fire tunnels’ are often used at the end of conferences and events.

Treasure hunting
Introduced by Kevin Dedmon, ‘treasure hunting’ is a method of supernatural evangelism which takes prophetic and healing prayer out of the church and onto the streets. Teams will ask God for prophetic words about people they will meet later that day. These might be to do with appearance, location, ailments, names or particular words. When encountering people who fit the description, treasure hunters ask if they might be ‘God’s treasure’, perhaps showing the words written down, and offer to pray for them, for healing or any other need.

Life Resurrection teams
These teams pray in the local hospital for people who have died to be restored to life. In one hospital, patients are asked if they want the Life Resurrection team to pray for them in the event that they die. 

SERVING THE CITY
If you are reading this with increasing incredulity, Bethel may also complicate your idea of how you can best connect with your community. Speaking of how Bethel have engaged with Redding’s population of 90,000, Valotton says, ‘The Lord spoke to us about people in our city who are Romans 13 people, they are civic leaders who are called “ministers of God” [by Paul]. We went to our city manager and sat down with him and said, “We have a heart to see our city prosper. We believe that God divinely put you in this position. The first thing we want to do is to start giving 10% of our outreach tithe to the city.”’

The manager started suggesting ways to use the money that might please the church, but Vallotton made it clear that wasn’t their intention.
The impossible has become a possibility  
‘The principle is that we lay the money at our leaders’ feet and trust you to disperse the money as you see fit. We ask that you keep this private and just that we meet annually to discuss what may be needed and take special offerings for particular projects.’

Charlie Harper, head of Projects at Bethel, has spoken of the tension that was initially created by the church’s activity: ‘The Civic Centre was due to shut and so we came up with a solution to make it work. Some groups were upset, believing that this “cult” was going to take over their centre, and so for a while there were protests with placards! But over time most have been won around. We managed to double the bookings in the first year and our students have been able to work each week on beautifying the city, amounting to thousands of hours of volunteer labour.’
Vallotton has travelled internationally to share the approach that they have taken, including addressing MPs at the House of Commons. He believes Bethel’s model could be spread across the nations.
CONTINUOUS REVIVAL
When it comes to Bethel’s use and understanding of the term ‘revival’, again the church has a slightly different take. Delighted by God’s sovereign works, they aim to develop ‘revivalists’ who know who they are in God and are able to see him touch all who they meet, wherever they are and whatever they are doing. Typical of this would be the occasion that evangelist Chad Dedmon saw a woman healed in Walmart which so excited the cashier it led to the surprising announcement over the store tannoy – ‘God is healing people in aisle 3!’


Kris Vallotton prays for worshippers
Johnson has looked at historic revivals that have typically lasted a relatively short time, and asks, ‘Why couldn’t we be the first church to see the revival we are part of stretch across the generations, so that our ceiling becomes the next generation’s floor?’

So, predictably, Johnson is even messing with the standard idea of revival. Is this the outworking of the often-anticipated revival when many churches were touched by a new outpouring emanating from Toronto 20 years ago?
MESSED UP?
Predictably, such a church has had a fair degree of criticism. Many have questions about whether the miracles and manifestations should have such a prominent place in church life. They argue that this can undermine the gospel, and be counterproductive in our evangelism. Some have a problem with any suggestion that apostolic and prophetic ministries are still at work today.

Other criticism tends to centre on two areas of theology. The first is Johnson’s view that Jesus, though fully God, served as a man full of the spirit and so performed miracles through the spirit. As such he serves as an example for us today who, as spirit-filled believers, can do similar things. They argue that this undermines the deity of Jesus (though Johnson strongly denies this).
The second concerns Bethel’s theology of suffering. Calvinists in particular have a problem with Johnson’s belief that we can never conclude that God has sent suffering to us. Johnson believes that God’s will is always to heal, whereas Calvinist doctrine holds that God wills and uses suffering for his greater glory.
There are also those who write off Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry as ‘Hogwarts for Christians’. If you can train people to do miracles, how can the miracles be from God? They claim that Bethel and churches like it have drifted into heresy, chasing signs and wonders.
So how do we tell if this is God at work or not? My questions regarding any church like Bethel have always been: Does this fit with what scripture leads us to expect? And does it give the kinds of fruit that the gospel demands? As far as I can see, the answer to both of these questions is ‘yes’.
The sick are healed, demons are cast out and people are honouring one another above themselves. The lost are finding Christ and a new generation of young people are excited about a God who loves them. Signs, wonders and miracles that many thought impossible now suddenly seem possible. There is much about Bethel that still puzzles me, and messes with my theology. But that sounds rather like the kind of things that Jesus would be doing, doesn’t it?
About the Author
Andy Peck
Andy Peck is a tutor at CWR, a Christian training charity, who presents The Leadership File on Sundays, a show aimed at Christians leading in church, charity and the commercial world.
When God touches a church in revival, those who visit can find themselves caught up in it. My visit to Bethel for a Kingdom Culture conference a few years ago was taken partly as a journalist keen to chronicle revival around the world, but also as a Christian keen to encounter God.

I sensed the thousands in attendance were hungry too. The worship band led like a group who knew they were not merely singing praise but offering invitation for God to come in his manifest presence. And there was evidence that he did. Some broke out into uncontrollable laughter, some shed tears and others were convulsed by shrieks and groans.
It’s a church that quite frankly messes with you
When the senior pastor, Bill Johnson, spoke, it was with the assurance that God had good things for us. He speaks without notes, and jokes that he only has one sermon but it’s 500 hours long. His talks are always based on scriptural concepts but their direction is open – like a surfer waiting to see which wave he needs to ride – and liberally dosed with examples of how God works today.

He concluded each talk with a session where he received words of knowledge indicating what God was doing that night. Illnesses included blood disorders, lupus, digestive issues, whiplash, a bruised kidney, and testimonies were given of healing or partial healing to knees, ankles, necks and backs. It was electric.
MESSY CHURCH
Since that visit, the stream of people heading to Bethel has become a river, with tributaries flowing from throughout the world; notably North America, parts of Europe (including the UK) and Australia. Bethel’s music has also spread far and wide, as the songs of worship leaders on their Jesus Culture and Bethel Music labels have been picked up by church worship bands around the world.


There were 2,100 at Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry this year (900 from overseas, 200 of whom were from the UK) learning how to become revivalists, and many more who visit for shorter conferences and events. Of the 7,000 who are part of the church, some 2,500 are students or connected to the school. But Bethel is only partly a ‘come and see’ church. It’s also a ‘go and do’ church. It’s a church that quite frankly messes with you: your theology, your way of doing church and your view of your walk with Jesus. It’s not always comfortable.


Bill and Beni Johnson
This challenge comes from Johnson, who has been immersed in this ‘revival’ since 1996 when he arrived as pastor with a mandate to preach and seek revival. He believes every believer should live a supernatural life too. It’s in the same vein as John Wimber’s message from the mid-80s, but also in step with contemporary ‘revivalists’ such as John Arnott, Randy Clark and Heidi Baker. Johnson’s message is articulated in his books and sermons that he’s invited to give throughout the world. In some circles Bethel has become a shining symbol of what God can do and is doing, and in others an example of why ‘the charismatic movement’ has departed far from gospel orthodoxy.

So what kind of challenge is Bethel giving to the wider Church, and what should we make of it?
THE KIND OF GOD WE WORSHIP
Bethel’s core message includes the belief that because God is a loving Father, he wants to meet with his people. If Jesus healed all who came to him, why wouldn’t he continue to do so, through his presence in his people? If things aren’t happening, it’s due to no lack on his part. Johnson says every spirit filled believer can carry ‘revival’ to others. These beliefs are born by experience.

Pam Spinozi, who has been writing down the miracles at Bethel for the last nine years, says, ‘It’s not possible to say how many miracles... we hear about. Everything from a torn rotator cuff being healed to metal disappearing from someone’s body. I have folders of specific diseases: cancer, MS, Parkinson’s, for example.
‘I also keep a folder of creative miracles like when someone gets a new kidney; folders of provision testimonies and family reconciliation. I am happy to say I have a resurrections folder, too. God is doing very exciting things!’
But the church is also honest about when healing doesn’t occur. Johnson’s own father, and former pastor of Bethel, died in 2004 following Church-wide prayer for his healing, and key elders have died too. Johnson’s son Eric, who serves on the senior leadership team, is 85- 90% deaf in both ears. However, they refuse to allow this to dissuade them from seeking God for healing.
BETHEL'S FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Bethel’s leadership are not keen on denominationalism. They prefer to unite based on values, led by the spirit.

Bethel was part of the General Council of the Assemblies of God until January 2006 when the church membership voted to withdraw their affiliation. Today Bethel has relational partnerships with other apostolic leaders as part of what is known as The Revival Alliance.
As well as Bill and Benni Johnson, the team includes: Che and Sue Ahn of Harvest Ministries; John and Carol Arnott of Catch the Fire; Randy and DeAnne Clark of Global Awakening; Heidi and Rolland Baker of Iris Ministries and Georgian and Winnie Banov of Global Celebration.
This means Bethel primarily links with other movements birthed or connected with the outpouring of the Toronto Blessing (also known as The Father’s Blessing) in January 1994.  
UNUSUAL MANIFESTATIONS
If healings and miracles are something Bethel has come to expect, there have also been a number of unexpected phenomena that have attracted attention, and led many to write the church off as an esoteric fad. Firstly there were the accounts of bird feathers appearing in services, then gold dust in the air and on people’s hands.

Founder of the School of Supernatural Ministry, Kris Vallotton, wrote of the events: ‘I don’t think we have taken more ridicule for anything than [the] gold dust and feathers. It all began one day while someone was preaching, and these tiny white feathers started falling from the ceiling in the sanctuary…No birds, feathers, or nests were discovered anywhere in the signs of ductwork or the ceiling. It also started to happen in people’s homes. It always happens when we are talking about the things of God. The phenomena tends to come and go.’
Then there’s the so-called ‘glory cloud’: a sparkling gold cloud that seemed to appear at the side of the stage during several worship services and which was even captured on amateur video.
British-born Carrie Lloyd, one of the Revival Group pastors at the school, says, ‘We haven’t actually had a glory cloud for about 18 months. I first saw it in my first year, on a Friday night service. I started walking to it as I could see some tiny particles that were platinum-coloured moving in a figure of eight, from the ground upwards. Stepping into the cloud was a very different story. As soon as I went into it I was on my knees in repentance, apologising for my previous scepticism. When part of my body was in the cloud, it felt something different from the part that wasn’t. It was a feeling of complete glory and being overwhelmed by God’s goodness and kindness.’

A 'fire tunnel' at Bethel
Johnson has reminded critics that God often does something that could give ‘offence’ to onlookers. Some of the manifestations in other recent ‘revivals’ in Toronto, Brownsville and Pensacola included phenomena that were written off by sceptics. They say that being ‘slain in the spirit’, uncontrollable laughter and having teeth filled with gold fillings are all evidence of a movement it’s wise to stay well clear of. Yet, historians of revivals would say that God often confounds onlookers when he is at work. As Johnson himself has said: ‘You can’t invite God into your house and not expect to have something outside of the box happen.’

UNUSUAL MIRACLES AND METHODS
Bethel has developed a range of unusual ways of bringing people inside and outside the Church into connection with God.

Fire tunnels
Two rows of Christians form a tunnel by linking raised arms. As the congregation walk through the tunnel, the Christians pray for God to bless those who walk and in many cases they are overcome with God’s presence and barely able to walk, or laugh uncontrollably. ‘Fire tunnels’ are often used at the end of conferences and events.

Treasure hunting
Introduced by Kevin Dedmon, ‘treasure hunting’ is a method of supernatural evangelism which takes prophetic and healing prayer out of the church and onto the streets. Teams will ask God for prophetic words about people they will meet later that day. These might be to do with appearance, location, ailments, names or particular words. When encountering people who fit the description, treasure hunters ask if they might be ‘God’s treasure’, perhaps showing the words written down, and offer to pray for them, for healing or any other need.

Life Resurrection teams
These teams pray in the local hospital for people who have died to be restored to life. In one hospital, patients are asked if they want the Life Resurrection team to pray for them in the event that they die. 

SERVING THE CITY
If you are reading this with increasing incredulity, Bethel may also complicate your idea of how you can best connect with your community. Speaking of how Bethel have engaged with Redding’s population of 90,000, Valotton says, ‘The Lord spoke to us about people in our city who are Romans 13 people, they are civic leaders who are called “ministers of God” [by Paul]. We went to our city manager and sat down with him and said, “We have a heart to see our city prosper. We believe that God divinely put you in this position. The first thing we want to do is to start giving 10% of our outreach tithe to the city.”’

The manager started suggesting ways to use the money that might please the church, but Vallotton made it clear that wasn’t their intention.
The impossible has become a possibility  
‘The principle is that we lay the money at our leaders’ feet and trust you to disperse the money as you see fit. We ask that you keep this private and just that we meet annually to discuss what may be needed and take special offerings for particular projects.’

Charlie Harper, head of Projects at Bethel, has spoken of the tension that was initially created by the church’s activity: ‘The Civic Centre was due to shut and so we came up with a solution to make it work. Some groups were upset, believing that this “cult” was going to take over their centre, and so for a while there were protests with placards! But over time most have been won around. We managed to double the bookings in the first year and our students have been able to work each week on beautifying the city, amounting to thousands of hours of volunteer labour.’
Vallotton has travelled internationally to share the approach that they have taken, including addressing MPs at the House of Commons. He believes Bethel’s model could be spread across the nations.
CONTINUOUS REVIVAL
When it comes to Bethel’s use and understanding of the term ‘revival’, again the church has a slightly different take. Delighted by God’s sovereign works, they aim to develop ‘revivalists’ who know who they are in God and are able to see him touch all who they meet, wherever they are and whatever they are doing. Typical of this would be the occasion that evangelist Chad Dedmon saw a woman healed in Walmart which so excited the cashier it led to the surprising announcement over the store tannoy – ‘God is healing people in aisle 3!’


Kris Vallotton prays for worshippers
Johnson has looked at historic revivals that have typically lasted a relatively short time, and asks, ‘Why couldn’t we be the first church to see the revival we are part of stretch across the generations, so that our ceiling becomes the next generation’s floor?’

So, predictably, Johnson is even messing with the standard idea of revival. Is this the outworking of the often-anticipated revival when many churches were touched by a new outpouring emanating from Toronto 20 years ago?
MESSED UP?
Predictably, such a church has had a fair degree of criticism. Many have questions about whether the miracles and manifestations should have such a prominent place in church life. They argue that this can undermine the gospel, and be counterproductive in our evangelism. Some have a problem with any suggestion that apostolic and prophetic ministries are still at work today.

Other criticism tends to centre on two areas of theology. The first is Johnson’s view that Jesus, though fully God, served as a man full of the spirit and so performed miracles through the spirit. As such he serves as an example for us today who, as spirit-filled believers, can do similar things. They argue that this undermines the deity of Jesus (though Johnson strongly denies this).
The second concerns Bethel’s theology of suffering. Calvinists in particular have a problem with Johnson’s belief that we can never conclude that God has sent suffering to us. Johnson believes that God’s will is always to heal, whereas Calvinist doctrine holds that God wills and uses suffering for his greater glory.
There are also those who write off Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry as ‘Hogwarts for Christians’. If you can train people to do miracles, how can the miracles be from God? They claim that Bethel and churches like it have drifted into heresy, chasing signs and wonders.
So how do we tell if this is God at work or not? My questions regarding any church like Bethel have always been: Does this fit with what scripture leads us to expect? And does it give the kinds of fruit that the gospel demands? As far as I can see, the answer to both of these questions is ‘yes’.
The sick are healed, demons are cast out and people are honouring one another above themselves. The lost are finding Christ and a new generation of young people are excited about a God who loves them. Signs, wonders and miracles that many thought impossible now suddenly seem possible. There is much about Bethel that still puzzles me, and messes with my theology. But that sounds rather like the kind of things that Jesus would be doing, doesn’t it?
About the Author
Andy Peck
Andy Peck is a tutor at CWR, a Christian training charity, who presents The Leadership File on Sundays, a show aimed at Christians leading in church, charity and the commercial world.
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Wyoming School District Overturns Ban on Student Prayer in Cafeteria   Dec 20, 2015 08:35 am
WHEATLAND, Wyo. -- A school district in Wyoming has overturned its ban on student prayer in cafeterias during the lunch period after a nationally-recognized religious liberties group intervened in the matter. According to reports, in October, several students at Glendo High School gathered in the back of the cafeteria during their lunch time and stood in a circle...
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Statewide Bible Reading Marathon Planned in Kentucky   Dec 20, 2015 08:35 am
  Bible Acts Credit Billy Alexander-compressedPhoto Credit: Billy Alexander FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A statewide Bible reading marathon is planned for Jan. 1 throughout Kentucky. The marathon was organized by Mark Harrell, pastor of Victory Christian Fellowship in Somerset and founder of the Kentucky Pastor's Prayer Focus. "These end times are troubled times. We must expect them to be so, for the word tells...
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Kentucky Governor Accommodates Kim Davis’ Request to Remove Her Name From ‘Gay Marriage’ Licenses   Dec 24, 2015 08:40 am
  Davis-compressedFRANKFORT, Ky. -- The new governor of Kentucky has issued an executive order that accommodates county clerk Kim Davis' request that her name be removed from the "marriage" licenses that her office is issuing to homosexuals. The current license "creates a substantial burden on the freedom of religion of some county clerks and employees of their offices because the...
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Vatican Announces ‘Mother Teresa’ to Be Sainted After Being Credited With ‘Miracles’ After Death   Dec 19, 2015 07:22 pm
  Teresa Credit Manfredo FerrariPhoto Credit: Manfredo Ferrari ROME -- Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, also known as "Mother Teresa," will be sainted next year as she is being credited with the purported healing of two people through what Roman Catholics believe is her intercession after her death, the Vatican announced on Friday. Jorge Bergoglio, also known as "Pope Francis," approved a decree on...
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Atheists Appeal Ruling After Court Finds Teen Not ‘Harmed’ By Ten Commandments Monument   Dec 22, 2015 07:57 am
  Ten Commandments Monument-compressedPhoto Credit: FFRF NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. -- A prominent group of professing atheists has appealed a court ruling finding that a Pennsylvania teenager did not and her mother did not have standing to challenge the presence of a Ten Commandments monument because the teen hadn't had been near the display enough to claim that it harmed her. As previously reported,...
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Texas Museum to Demonstrate ‘the Magnificent Harmony Between Science and the Bible’   Dec 21, 2015 08:14 am
  ICR museumDALLAS – A Texas-based creation science organization has unveiled plans to build a state-of-the-art museum that will teach youth and adults alike the biblical account of the history of creation. The Institute for Creation Research (ICR) is a Christian group headquartered in Dallas that conducts scientific research and educates people on the Bible’s teachings...
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Billy Graham’s Muslims Are ‘Saved’ Remarks Revived After Son Franklin Opposes ‘Same God’ Professor
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Billy_Franklin_Graham-compressedRemarks from Billy Graham asserting that Muslims and those of other religions who “turn to the only light they have” without consciously trusting Christ are saved—despite clear warning in Scripture—have come back to light after his son Franklin Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), expressed disagreement with a Wheaton professor who contends that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
As previously reported, associate professor Larycia Hawkins posted to Facebook two photos of herself wearing a hijab earlier this month, and stated in a lengthy explanation that she plans to wear it everywhere she goes during the Advent—including at the professedly Christian college and to church.
“I stand in human solidarity with my Muslim neighbor because we are formed of the same primordial clay, descendants of the same cradle of humankind—a cave in Sterkfontein, South Africa that I had the privilege to descend into to plumb the depths of our common humanity in 2014,” Hawkins wrote.
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She said that not only does she have a common ancestry with Muslims, but that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
“I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” Hawkins asserted. “And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”
In light of controversy over the matter, the professor was suspended by university officials and placed under review. Some Wheaton students protested her suspension, calling for Hawkins to be reinstated.
Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, who graduated from Wheaton in 1943, expressed dismay over Hawkins’ actions and statements in a social media post on Wednesday.
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“Can you believe this Wheaton College professor who says she’s going to wear a hijab for the holidays this year to show solidarity with Islam? Shame on her!” he wrote.
Graham Screenshot“She said that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. Well she is absolutely wrong—she obviously doesn’t know her Bible and she doesn’t know Islam,” Graham continued. “The God of the Bible has a Son named Jesus Christ. The god of Islam doesn’t have a son, and even the thought of that would be sacrilegious to Muslims. The God of the Bible sent His Son to earth to die in our place and save us from our sins.”
Graham’s remarks come in contrast to those made by his father in 1997 while being interviewed on Robert Schuller’s “Hour of Power.” During the segment, Graham stated that Muslims and those of other religions may be saved without hearing of Christ or reading the Scriptures in realizing that they “need something,” although not pinpointing what it is.
“I think that everybody that loves Christ or knows Christ—whether they’re conscious of it or not, they’re members of the Body of Christ,” Billy Graham said. “And that’s what God is doing today. He’s calling people out of the world for His name.”
“Whether they come from the Muslim world, or the Buddhist world, or the Christian world, or the non-believing world, they are members of the Body of Christ because they’ve been called by God,” Graham continued. “They may not even know the name of Jesus, but they know in their heart that they need something that they don’t have, and they turn to the only light that they have.”
“And I think that they are saved, and that they’re going to be with us in Heaven,” he declared.
Schuller then sought clarification on Graham’s remarks.
“What I hear you saying that it’s possible for Jesus Christ to come into human hearts and soul and life, even if they’ve been born in darkness and have never had exposure to the Bible. Is that a correct interpretation of what you’re saying?” he asked.
“Yes, it is, because I believe that,” Graham replied. “I’ve met people in various parts of the world in tribal situations, that they have never seen a Bible or heard about a Bible, and never heard of Jesus, but they’ve believed in their hearts that there was a God, and they’ve tried to live a life that was quite apart from the surrounding community in which they lived.”
In 2005, when asked by talk show host Larry King if Muslims and others will go to Heaven even though they don’t believe in Christ, Graham replied, “That’s in God’s hands. I can’t be the judge.”
“How do you feel when you see a lot of these strong Christian leaders go on television and say, ‘You are condemned. You will live in Hell if you do not accept Jesus Christ,’ and they are forceful and judgmental?” King asked.
“Well, they have a right to say that, and they are true to a certain extent, but I don’t — that’s not my calling,” Graham replied. “My calling is to preach the love of God and the forgiveness of God and the fact that He does forgive us. … [Y]ou can get off on all kinds of different side trends, and in my earlier ministry, I did the same, but as I got older, I guess I became more mellow and more forgiving and more loving.”
Efforts to obtain comment from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as to whether Graham still holds to the belief have been unsuccessful, and Franklin Graham has likewise not addressed concerns over the matter. However, in the past, representatives have reportedly pointed to an article published in Decision Magazine in the 1960s, which outlined Graham’s viewpoint on the issue.
Franklin Graham raised concern in 2012 for removing language from the association’s website referring to Mormonism as a cult

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Remarks from Billy Graham asserting that Muslims and those of other religions who "turn to the only light they have" without consciously trusting Christ are saved---despite clear warning in Scripture--have come back to light after his son Franklin Graham, the head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, expressed disagreement with a Wheaton professor this past week who contends that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Read more: http://christiannews.net/2015/12/20/b...
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[url=http://www.premier.org.uk/News/UK/Former-Miss-Ireland-unashamed-she-was-healed-by-God?utm_source=Premier Christian]Former Miss Ireland unashamed she was healed by God[/url]
Fri 11 Dec 2015
By Marcus Jones
A former Miss Ireland has spoken of her divine healing after being angered by the treatment of a schoolboy who claimed God had taken away his cancer.

Rachelle Liggett said: "I remember seeing posts on Facebook of people, who reacted in frustration, anger and embarrassment. As if suggesting: 'how could God have a place in today's world, our world'?"
"My silence felt like denial of knowing God."
In October, Donaghadee teenager Joshua Martin spoke publicly about his faith that God was going heal him.
Miss Ligett told the Belfast Telegraph how she had been diagnosed with an acute form of leukaemia at the age of ten.
"I was then sent to the haematology ward of the Children's Hospital in Belfast, where I was to live for the next few months.
"However, when I was diagnosed my skin colour fluctuated between yellow and white. I was five stone in weight with no body fat and no appetite for food or water. My condition was very severe."
Miss Ligett is adamant that God was responsible for her recovery.
"During prayer, when the hand of a Christian faith healer was laid on my head, I could feel my fingertips and legs and toes tingle with pins and needles.
"I believe this was the cancer exiting my body. After this, everything in my life changed.
"My appetite returned and I started to put on weight. The doctors never again found a cancerous cell in my body."
After missing two years of school she went on to defy expectations and then achieve a first class honours degree in 2014.
In between, she won the Miss Ireland contest in 2011.
"Just this year I was voted Portadown's Person To Be Proud Of for 2015 in my home town, which I am extremely appreciative of."
Miss Ligett admitted that the negative comments made about Joshua Martin on social media "...made me immediately want to scream out in joy and say to these people that I was also cured from cancer through prayer!
"I wanted to tell them that miracles do happen; that it is all true.
"It is clear to me now that it is the will of God that Joshua and I are both here today, that we did not die, but lived to declare the works of the Lord.
"I love the Lord and I am certainly not afraid of what reaction my story brings, because He is my strength and my protector and goes before me in all things."rmer Miss Ireland unashamed she was healed by God
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Sorry Whoopi, Hitler was no Christian
Dec 2015
Whoopi Goldberg recently argued that Hitler was a Christian. Professor of History Richard Weikart sets the record straight

Whatever one thinks about the controversy over Syrian refugees and ISIS, Whoopi Goldberg’s recent comments on national television trying to convince us that Christian refugees are just as scary as Muslims disseminates an idea that circulates widely on the internet, i.e., that Hitler was a Christian.
She stated, 'There have been a lot of horrifying—there have been a lot of monster Christians.  Hitler was a Christian.' When her interlocutors balked at this, she then defended her position by saying, 'He didn’t like the Catholics, remember? So he thought of himself as a Christian person.' Goldberg apparently doesn’t understand that Catholicism is a branch of Christianity, or that Hitler—despite his opposition to Catholicism—was officially a Catholic.
If Goldberg were the only one confused about Hitler’s relationship to Christianity, we could ignore it. However, she was expressing a view that circulates widely, especially in atheist circles. Leading atheist intellectuals, such as Richard Dawkins, have insisted that Hitler was a sincere Christian. Their evidence? He said so himself in some of his speeches in the 1920s. In one famous quote circulating on dozens of atheist websites, Hitler stated (on April 12, 1922), 'My Christian feeling directs me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter...As a Christian I do not have the duty to allow the wool to be pulled over my eyes, but I have the duty to be a fighter for the truth and for what is right...As a Christian I also have a duty toward my own people (Volk).'
Hitler purposely lied about his religious convictions
Strangely, those trumpeting this quotation as proof that Hitler was indeed a Christian display the attitude: Hitler said it, I believe it, and that settles it. Never does it seem to cross their minds that Hitler might be - gasp  -lying for political advantage. They are as convinced of Hitler’s veracity as the naïve British Prime Minister Chamberlain was when he arrived back from the Munich Conference waving a sheet of paper with Hitler’s signature on it and proclaiming: 'peace for our time.' In short, they gullibly swallow Hitler’s propaganda (and they blithely ignore a plethora of Hitler’s anti-Christian remarks).

Fortunately, my forthcoming book, Hitler’s Religion: The Twisted Beliefs That Drove the Third Reich (2016) will definitively lay to rest the canard that Hitler was a Christian. By examining in painstaking detail Hitler’s writings, speeches, private conversations, and the testimony of his colleagues, I demonstrate that Hitler’s worldview was far more anti-Christian than Christian. For one thing, there is powerful evidence that Hitler purposely lied about his religious convictions. For instance, when Hitler was in Landsberg Prison, his right-hand man, Rudolf Hess, wrote in a confidential letter that Hitler told him that, as painful as it was for him, 'for reasons of political expediency he [Hitler] had to play the hypocrite toward his church.'
Hitler clearly did not believe in Jesus’s resurrection, claiming that Jesus’s life ended in failure, since he was martyred by the Jews.
Secondly, Hitler often made anti-Christian remarks to his private entourage, and even occasionally slipped in some anti-Christian comments in his public writings and speeches. Hitler not only abhorred the Old Testament of the Christian Bible as Jewish, but he rejected most of the New Testament, especially the epistles of Paul, whom he considered a sneaky Jewish rabbi who smuggled Jewish ideas into Christianity. To be sure, Hitler did esteem Jesus highly, because he thought Jesus was an Aryan antisemitic fighter fathered by a Roman solider (thus not the Son of God born of a virgin). His favorite Bible story, as he told it, was when Jesus wielded a whip to drive those money-grubbing Jews out of the temple. Hitler clearly did not believe in Jesus’s resurrection, claiming that Jesus’s life ended in failure, since he was martyred by the Jews.

Almost from the beginning of his political career to the end, Hitler portrayed Christianity as a tool of the Jews that supplanted the Greco-Roman culture that he loved. He continually complained that Christianity was still imbued with a Jewish spirit. He remonstrated against Christian morality, especially its exaltation of humility and compassion for the sick and weak.
On the other hand, Hitler held in the highest esteem anti-Christian philosophers, such as Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. Hitler even donated his own personal funds to the Nietzsche Archive to promote the ideas of this God-is-dead philosopher. Hitler also expressed admiration for the religious views of Frederick the Great, who was a patron of such Enlightenment luminaries as the deist Voltaire and the atheist La Mettrie.
In sum, Hitler remained officially a Catholic throughout his life, and he esteemed Jesus highly. However, he denied that Jesus was God and ridiculed Christian doctrines, rejected the Christian holy book, and hated Christian moral standards. In one diatribe in 1941 he stated, 'Christianity is the most insane thing that a human brain in its delusion has ever brought forth, a mockery of everything divine.'
Richard Weikart is professor of history at California State University, Stanislaus, and author of Hitler’s Religion: The Twisted Beliefs That Drove the Third Reich (forthcoming in 2016).
This article was first published on Townhall.com
 
5 places that shouldn’t be closed to Donald Trump
By: Jonty Langley | Dec 2015
Republican Presidential hopeful and Biff Tannen lookalike, Donald Trump, may have gone too far this time.

The billionaire reality-TV-host-turned-political-sketch-writer’s-dream recently caused more anger than usual with his suggestion that the US should ban Muslims from entering its borders.
Now, the natural reaction to this sort of stupid, unenforceable, borderline fascist nonsense is to close our own borders to the threat of a Trump invasion. Some 357,000 or so people have suggested that by signing a petition to the UK Parliament to ban Trump from entering the UK. But we’re Christians. You wouldn’t catch us trying to block, ban or bully things or people we don’t agree with. It’s just not our way.
So, in the spirit of being nice and repaying evil with good, let’s not pull up the drawbridges. Let’s welcome the politician with the Flock of Seagulls hairdo, even as we reject his politics of fear and hate.
Here are some suggestions of places that should open their hearts and their doors to Donald J Trump:
1. Our borders
Donald Trump clearly has some odd ideas about Britain. He recently told a journalist that 'We have places in London and other places that are so radicalised that the police are afraid for their own lives.' An assertion so ludicrous it prompted not-exactly-left-leaning Mayor of London Boris Johnson to debunk the ridiculous idea and say that: 'the only reason I wouldn’t go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.'
So let’s not ban him. Let’s welcome him. Since he seems incapable of seeing it in his own country, let’s show him in the UK a country where the vast majority of us don’t fear our Muslim neighbours, but laugh with them. Let’s show him the former British soldier who lost a leg fighting in Afghanistan who brilliantly denounces islamophobia. Let’s show him how a Muslim charity got 60 volunteers to distribute supplies and moral support to victims of flooding in Cumbria. Let’s let him in, give him a decent curry and over a pint in a pub full of different ethnicities and national origins, explain to him what his name means in our slang.
2. Our Borders
I know. It shut down as a chain of book stores in 2009, but the principle holds true: be it in Borders or Blackwell’s, or Smiths or Waterstones, Mr Trump could do with reading a few more books. He could start in the history section, reading about where it ends when you try to gain power by playing on people’s prejudices against a race or religion. But, then, judging by what his ex wife says, maybe he won’t be that shocked.
3. Mexico’s borders
Trump has said some lovely things about Mexicans coming over to America. Like that he was sure some of them were not rapists or criminals. That 'some of them, I assume, are good people.'
'Why Mr Trump,' Mexicans and people of Mexican extraction across America must have said, blushing, 'you flatter us.' It’s time for Mexico to repay that kindness. Open your doors, Mexico! Welcome him in! But don’t waste his time with all that touristy stuff or the thriving culture or business districts, the vast majority of hospitable, hard-working, law-abiding, faith-filled, boring people. No, no, no. Look at his hair. Trump is an original. He’s basically a Hipster. Give him something less mainstream. Introduce him to some of your entrepreneurs in the pharmaceutical industry.
4. Hair salons
Seriously, guys. Open. Your. Doors. This man needs you.
5. The Church
Okay, those last two were mean. Sorry. We’re Christians. We should love people, even if they are inciting racial and religious hate at every opportunity, just to get a bump in the polls. Even when they spread lies that induce fear and division, just to gain power. But that doesn’t mean we should support them. And while a disturbing number of American Christians do, many don’t.
Russell Moore is something of a big deal in the not-terribly-liberal Southern Baptist Convention in the United States and has come out very publicly against Evangelicals supporting Trump, as well as arguing against Trump’s foolproof ‘closing the borders to people who admit they’re Muslims’ proposed security measures from a Baptist standpoint. So perhaps Donald Trump could do with some time in the Church. Not the liberal, progressive, namby-pamby Church – he’d hate that. But a hardcore, Bible-believing, no-nonsense, you’re-fired, not so much with the compromising, Baptist church.
We could pray for him. We could tell him about the Middle Eastern guy we worship, who started life as a refugee. We could mention the stuff about loving enemies, welcoming outsiders, driving out fear with love. We could forgive him and accept his foibles, let him know that Jesus accepts him, too.
But let’s not confuse that grace and acceptance with the idea that this man is fit to be the leader of the most powerful nation on earth. That would be a very, very bad thing. 
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Are we witnessing the end of Christian Britain?
David Robertson responds to a controversial new report about faith in public life.
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A two-year interfaith commission has come up with a report that is bound to cause a little bit of controversy. 
The 150-page report actually makes for fascinating reading and I will need to take some time to go over it again – to get all the nuances. But the main hits which will be picked up by the media, include the following:
Britain is no longer a Christian country
Faith schools are socially divisive and selection on the basis of faith should be cut back
Anglican bishops in the House of Lords should be cut back and replaced with those of other faiths and other denominations. The report states; The pluralist character of modern society should be reflected in national forums such as the House of Lords, so that they include a wider range of worldviews and religious traditions, and of Christian denominations other than the Church of England, as recommended by the Royal Commission on the Reform of the House of Lords.
The Coronation service should include those of other faiths
Religious radicals should be allowed to speak in University courts
Thought for the Day on the BBC should include non-religious messages
School assemblies should be replaced by ‘time for reflection’
There should be a national ‘consultation’ to draw up a kind of 21st Century Magna Carta to determine what British values are
Where a religious organisation is best placed to deliver a social good, it should not be disadvantaged when applying for funding to do so, so long as its services are not aimed at seeking converts
The C of E are not happy. Nicky Morgan the education secretary is not happy. The National Secular Society are not happy. Lots of people will be unhappy – for different reasons.

Whilst there are actually parts of the report that are helpful and suggestions that make sense, I would offer the following critique.
Inter-faith control
An inter-faith group comes up with a report that recommends more inter-faith control. What a surprise!
Any of us who have served on these kinds of committees and groups know exactly what is to be expected. It is a Disneyesque view of human society and religion which tells us that we are all basically the same, we all get along and its only the few odd bods and ‘bad guys’ who prevent us living in total harmony.
The inter faith model only works in the minds of those who essentially regard all religions as the same, all human beings as basically good and who think that if only they can get to implement their particular version of utopia then it will happen.
Is Britain a Christian country?
It is true that in one sense Britain is no longer a Christian country. The fact that the majority of people do not attend church (did they ever?), the increase in other religions (particularly Islam – which seems a major focus of the report) and the ever-increasing demands of secular humanism are indicators that much of Christian Britain has disappeared.
However there is another sense in which Britain very much remains a Christian country. That is our foundation on which we are built, it is our historical heritage and maybe, before we give up on that that, we need to know what we are selling our heritage for. 
The secularist nirvana and the interfaith paradise are as yet untested pipe dreams
The secularist nirvana and the interfaith paradise are as yet untested pipe dreams, fed to us by those already in positions of power and establishment. For those of us who believe that Christianity is the source and therefore the best guarantee of our Western liberal democracy, it is profoundly dangerous to remove the foundations and walls, without knowing what we are going to replace them with.

Useless religion
The report in effect suggests replacing the Christian foundations of our society with a vague inter faith potage that is dominated by the values and principles of secular humanism. For example the report states that people are 'free to express their beliefs and practise a religion, providing they do not constrict the rights and freedoms of others'. 
This sounds good until you ask the question who determines the rights and freedoms of others? What about someone’s freedom to be racist? Or someone’s freedom to marry whoever they want? Or the freedom to engage in sexual perversity? Or make oneself rich at the expense of others?
The danger is that we end up creating a secular state where the State acts as God, and where the powerful, rich elites determine the ‘rights and freedoms' of others according to their own fashions and fancies. Religion that is reduced to the level of a knitting group or a golf club may be harmless, but it is also fundamentally useless.
A seat at the table
Overall I would suggest that Christians especially need to be very careful before going along with this report. Some of us may be offered a seat at the table, but that’s no use if we don’t get a say in the menu! For example in the section on religious worship in schools the report states 'In this connection we applaud the joint initiative in Scotland between the Humanist Society Scotland and the Church of Scotland to work together for an inclusive ‘time for refection’.' Again it sounds nice, but at best it is waffle and at worst it is Orwellian distortion of the English language. An ‘inclusive’ time for reflection is nothing of the sort. It only includes those who buy into the humanist agenda (including the humanists in the church) and excludes any one who dares to disagree with that agenda. 
The danger is that we end up creating a secular state where the State acts as God
Britain’s liberal democracy and its values of freedom, equality and tolerance are based upon Christianity. This report is indicative of a well-meaning inter-faith movement that is in danger of becoming a Trojan Horse for the new ‘Human Rights’ religion of the metro-elites. It is the poor, the marginalised and the ordinary people of this country who will suffer most if we allow our country to be taken over and destroyed by this untried, untested new faith. I prefer to stick with Jesus and his Word. 

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http://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Sorry-Whoopi-Hitler-was-no-Christian?utm_source=Premier%20Christian%20Media&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=6559665_Christianity%2011%2F12%2F15&utm_content=Hit&dm_i=16DQ,3WLGX,619BHX,E2TM3,1
Sorry Whoopi, Hitler was no Christian
Dec 2015
Whoopi Goldberg recently argued that Hitler was a Christian. Professor of History Richard Weikart sets the record straight

Whatever one thinks about the controversy over Syrian refugees and ISIS, Whoopi Goldberg’s recent comments on national television trying to convince us that Christian refugees are just as scary as Muslims disseminates an idea that circulates widely on the internet, i.e., that Hitler was a Christian.

She stated, 'There have been a lot of horrifying—there have been a lot of monster Christians.  Hitler was a Christian.' When her interlocutors balked at this, she then defended her position by saying, 'He didn’t like the Catholics, remember? So he thought of himself as a Christian person.' Goldberg apparently doesn’t understand that Catholicism is a branch of Christianity, or that Hitler—despite his opposition to Catholicism—was officially a Catholic.

If Goldberg were the only one confused about Hitler’s relationship to Christianity, we could ignore it. However, she was expressing a view that circulates widely, especially in atheist circles. Leading atheist intellectuals, such as Richard Dawkins, have insisted that Hitler was a sincere Christian. Their evidence? He said so himself in some of his speeches in the 1920s. In one famous quote circulating on dozens of atheist websites, Hitler stated (on April 12, 1922), 'My Christian feeling directs me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter...As a Christian I do not have the duty to allow the wool to be pulled over my eyes, but I have the duty to be a fighter for the truth and for what is right...As a Christian I also have a duty toward my own people (Volk).'

Hitler purposely lied about his religious convictions
Strangely, those trumpeting this quotation as proof that Hitler was indeed a Christian display the attitude: Hitler said it, I believe it, and that settles it. Never does it seem to cross their minds that Hitler might be - gasp  -lying for political advantage. They are as convinced of Hitler’s veracity as the naïve British Prime Minister Chamberlain was when he arrived back from the Munich Conference waving a sheet of paper with Hitler’s signature on it and proclaiming: 'peace for our time.' In short, they gullibly swallow Hitler’s propaganda (and they blithely ignore a plethora of Hitler’s anti-Christian remarks).

Fortunately, my forthcoming book, Hitler’s Religion: The Twisted Beliefs That Drove the Third Reich (2016) will definitively lay to rest the canard that Hitler was a Christian. By examining in painstaking detail Hitler’s writings, speeches, private conversations, and the testimony of his colleagues, I demonstrate that Hitler’s worldview was far more anti-Christian than Christian. For one thing, there is powerful evidence that Hitler purposely lied about his religious convictions. For instance, when Hitler was in Landsberg Prison, his right-hand man, Rudolf Hess, wrote in a confidential letter that Hitler told him that, as painful as it was for him, 'for reasons of political expediency he [Hitler] had to play the hypocrite toward his church.'

Hitler clearly did not believe in Jesus’s resurrection, claiming that Jesus’s life ended in failure, since he was martyred by the Jews.
Secondly, Hitler often made anti-Christian remarks to his private entourage, and even occasionally slipped in some anti-Christian comments in his public writings and speeches. Hitler not only abhorred the Old Testament of the Christian Bible as Jewish, but he rejected most of the New Testament, especially the epistles of Paul, whom he considered a sneaky Jewish rabbi who smuggled Jewish ideas into Christianity. To be sure, Hitler did esteem Jesus highly, because he thought Jesus was an Aryan antisemitic fighter fathered by a Roman solider (thus not the Son of God born of a virgin). His favorite Bible story, as he told it, was when Jesus wielded a whip to drive those money-grubbing Jews out of the temple. Hitler clearly did not believe in Jesus’s resurrection, claiming that Jesus’s life ended in failure, since he was martyred by the Jews.

Almost from the beginning of his political career to the end, Hitler portrayed Christianity as a tool of the Jews that supplanted the Greco-Roman culture that he loved. He continually complained that Christianity was still imbued with a Jewish spirit. He remonstrated against Christian morality, especially its exaltation of humility and compassion for the sick and weak.

On the other hand, Hitler held in the highest esteem anti-Christian philosophers, such as Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. Hitler even donated his own personal funds to the Nietzsche Archive to promote the ideas of this God-is-dead philosopher. Hitler also expressed admiration for the religious views of Frederick the Great, who was a patron of such Enlightenment luminaries as the deist Voltaire and the atheist La Mettrie.

In sum, Hitler remained officially a Catholic throughout his life, and he esteemed Jesus highly. However, he denied that Jesus was God and ridiculed Christian doctrines, rejected the Christian holy book, and hated Christian moral standards. In one diatribe in 1941 he stated, 'Christianity is the most insane thing that a human brain in its delusion has ever brought forth, a mockery of everything divine.'

Richard Weikart is professor of history at California State University, Stanislaus, and author of Hitler’s Religion: The Twisted Beliefs That Drove the Third Reich (forthcoming in 2016).

This article was first published on Townhall.com

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5 places that shouldn’t be closed to Donald Trump
By: Jonty Langley | Dec 2015
Republican Presidential hopeful and Biff Tannen lookalike, Donald Trump, may have gone too far this time.

The billionaire reality-TV-host-turned-political-sketch-writer’s-dream recently caused more anger than usual with his suggestion that the US should ban Muslims from entering its borders.

Now, the natural reaction to this sort of stupid, unenforceable, borderline fascist nonsense is to close our own borders to the threat of a Trump invasion. Some 357,000 or so people have suggested that by signing a petition to the UK Parliament to ban Trump from entering the UK. But we’re Christians. You wouldn’t catch us trying to block, ban or bully things or people we don’t agree with. It’s just not our way.

So, in the spirit of being nice and repaying evil with good, let’s not pull up the drawbridges. Let’s welcome the politician with the Flock of Seagulls hairdo, even as we reject his politics of fear and hate.

Here are some suggestions of places that should open their hearts and their doors to Donald J Trump:

1. Our borders

Donald Trump clearly has some odd ideas about Britain. He recently told a journalist that 'We have places in London and other places that are so radicalised that the police are afraid for their own lives.' An assertion so ludicrous it prompted not-exactly-left-leaning Mayor of London Boris Johnson to debunk the ridiculous idea and say that: 'the only reason I wouldn’t go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.'

So let’s not ban him. Let’s welcome him. Since he seems incapable of seeing it in his own country, let’s show him in the UK a country where the vast majority of us don’t fear our Muslim neighbours, but laugh with them. Let’s show him the former British soldier who lost a leg fighting in Afghanistan who brilliantly denounces islamophobia. Let’s show him how a Muslim charity got 60 volunteers to distribute supplies and moral support to victims of flooding in Cumbria. Let’s let him in, give him a decent curry and over a pint in a pub full of different ethnicities and national origins, explain to him what his name means in our slang.

2. Our Borders

I know. It shut down as a chain of book stores in 2009, but the principle holds true: be it in Borders or Blackwell’s, or Smiths or Waterstones, Mr Trump could do with reading a few more books. He could start in the history section, reading about where it ends when you try to gain power by playing on people’s prejudices against a race or religion. But, then, judging by what his ex wife says, maybe he won’t be that shocked.

3. Mexico’s borders

Trump has said some lovely things about Mexicans coming over to America. Like that he was sure some of them were not rapists or criminals. That 'some of them, I assume, are good people.'

'Why Mr Trump,' Mexicans and people of Mexican extraction across America must have said, blushing, 'you flatter us.' It’s time for Mexico to repay that kindness. Open your doors, Mexico! Welcome him in! But don’t waste his time with all that touristy stuff or the thriving culture or business districts, the vast majority of hospitable, hard-working, law-abiding, faith-filled, boring people. No, no, no. Look at his hair. Trump is an original. He’s basically a Hipster. Give him something less mainstream. Introduce him to some of your entrepreneurs in the pharmaceutical industry.

4. Hair salons

Seriously, guys. Open. Your. Doors. This man needs you.

5. The Church

Okay, those last two were mean. Sorry. We’re Christians. We should love people, even if they are inciting racial and religious hate at every opportunity, just to get a bump in the polls. Even when they spread lies that induce fear and division, just to gain power. But that doesn’t mean we should support them. And while a disturbing number of American Christians do, many don’t.

Russell Moore is something of a big deal in the not-terribly-liberal Southern Baptist Convention in the United States and has come out very publicly against Evangelicals supporting Trump, as well as arguing against Trump’s foolproof ‘closing the borders to people who admit they’re Muslims’ proposed security measures from a Baptist standpoint. So perhaps Donald Trump could do with some time in the Church. Not the liberal, progressive, namby-pamby Church – he’d hate that. But a hardcore, Bible-believing, no-nonsense, you’re-fired, not so much with the compromising, Baptist church.

We could pray for him. We could tell him about the Middle Eastern guy we worship, who started life as a refugee. We could mention the stuff about loving enemies, welcoming outsiders, driving out fear with love. We could forgive him and accept his foibles, let him know that Jesus accepts him, too.

But let’s not confuse that grace and acceptance with the idea that this man is fit to be the leader of the most powerful nation on earth. That would be a very, very bad thing. 

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Are we witnessing the end of Christian Britain?
David Robertson responds to a controversial new report about faith in public life.
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A two-year interfaith commission has come up with a report that is bound to cause a little bit of controversy. 

The 150-page report actually makes for fascinating reading and I will need to take some time to go over it again – to get all the nuances. But the main hits which will be picked up by the media, include the following:

Britain is no longer a Christian country
Faith schools are socially divisive and selection on the basis of faith should be cut back
Anglican bishops in the House of Lords should be cut back and replaced with those of other faiths and other denominations. The report states; The pluralist character of modern society should be reflected in national forums such as the House of Lords, so that they include a wider range of worldviews and religious traditions, and of Christian denominations other than the Church of England, as recommended by the Royal Commission on the Reform of the House of Lords.
The Coronation service should include those of other faiths
Religious radicals should be allowed to speak in University courts
Thought for the Day on the BBC should include non-religious messages
School assemblies should be replaced by ‘time for reflection’
There should be a national ‘consultation’ to draw up a kind of 21st Century Magna Carta to determine what British values are
Where a religious organisation is best placed to deliver a social good, it should not be disadvantaged when applying for funding to do so, so long as its services are not aimed at seeking converts
The C of E are not happy. Nicky Morgan the education secretary is not happy. The National Secular Society are not happy. Lots of people will be unhappy – for different reasons.

Whilst there are actually parts of the report that are helpful and suggestions that make sense, I would offer the following critique.

Inter-faith control

An inter-faith group comes up with a report that recommends more inter-faith control. What a surprise!

Any of us who have served on these kinds of committees and groups know exactly what is to be expected. It is a Disneyesque view of human society and religion which tells us that we are all basically the same, we all get along and its only the few odd bods and ‘bad guys’ who prevent us living in total harmony.

The inter faith model only works in the minds of those who essentially regard all religions as the same, all human beings as basically good and who think that if only they can get to implement their particular version of utopia then it will happen.

Is Britain a Christian country?

It is true that in one sense Britain is no longer a Christian country. The fact that the majority of people do not attend church (did they ever?), the increase in other religions (particularly Islam – which seems a major focus of the report) and the ever-increasing demands of secular humanism are indicators that much of Christian Britain has disappeared.

However there is another sense in which Britain very much remains a Christian country. That is our foundation on which we are built, it is our historical heritage and maybe, before we give up on that that, we need to know what we are selling our heritage for. 

The secularist nirvana and the interfaith paradise are as yet untested pipe dreams
The secularist nirvana and the interfaith paradise are as yet untested pipe dreams, fed to us by those already in positions of power and establishment. For those of us who believe that Christianity is the source and therefore the best guarantee of our Western liberal democracy, it is profoundly dangerous to remove the foundations and walls, without knowing what we are going to replace them with.

Useless religion

The report in effect suggests replacing the Christian foundations of our society with a vague inter faith potage that is dominated by the values and principles of secular humanism. For example the report states that people are 'free to express their beliefs and practise a religion, providing they do not constrict the rights and freedoms of others'. 

This sounds good until you ask the question who determines the rights and freedoms of others? What about someone’s freedom to be racist? Or someone’s freedom to marry whoever they want? Or the freedom to engage in sexual perversity? Or make oneself rich at the expense of others?

The danger is that we end up creating a secular state where the State acts as God, and where the powerful, rich elites determine the ‘rights and freedoms' of others according to their own fashions and fancies. Religion that is reduced to the level of a knitting group or a golf club may be harmless, but it is also fundamentally useless.

A seat at the table

Overall I would suggest that Christians especially need to be very careful before going along with this report. Some of us may be offered a seat at the table, but that’s no use if we don’t get a say in the menu! For example in the section on religious worship in schools the report states 'In this connection we applaud the joint initiative in Scotland between the Humanist Society Scotland and the Church of Scotland to work together for an inclusive ‘time for refection’.' Again it sounds nice, but at best it is waffle and at worst it is Orwellian distortion of the English language. An ‘inclusive’ time for reflection is nothing of the sort. It only includes those who buy into the humanist agenda (including the humanists in the church) and excludes any one who dares to disagree with that agenda. 

The danger is that we end up creating a secular state where the State acts as God
Britain’s liberal democracy and its values of freedom, equality and tolerance are based upon Christianity. This report is indicative of a well-meaning inter-faith movement that is in danger of becoming a Trojan Horse for the new ‘Human Rights’ religion of the metro-elites. It is the poor, the marginalised and the ordinary people of this country who will suffer most if we allow our country to be taken over and destroyed by this untried, untested new faith. I prefer to stick with Jesus and his Word. 

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Evangelical Alliance warns of "state regulation" of the Church over extremism proposals
Thu 10 Dec 2015
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The Evangelical Alliance has expressed concerns over what it calls the potential "state regulation" of the UK church through the government's counter-extremism proposals.

It's speaking as a consultation over the government's Counter Extremist Strategy continues, where Christians and others can submit evidence and have their say.

Under the current recommendations Ofsted inspectors would regularly visit children's places of education outside of schools to ensure they aren't being radicalised, if the children attend those places for more than six hours a week.

The EA has said that church activities including youth clubs, Bible studies, Sunday schools and festivals could be included in the out-of-school activities monitored by Ofsted, and that this could become the state monitoring and interfering in what the Church does.

Simon McCrossan, Head of Public Policy at the EA, told Premier: "The proposals are potentially so wide that they would capture the registration, inspection and regulation of large swathes of church life.

"Whether it is intentional or not by the government... this could amount to the indirect state regulation of private religious practice, and that's not a feature we're used to in a free, liberal democracy.

"They [Ofsted] do of course reserve the right to identify unsuitable teachers and undesirable teaching. Well of course that raises the question 'how does one decide what that is?' And there's a real concern that historical, biblical doctrine might be interpreted as incongruous with ideas such as British values.

"The government has to secure and recognise our fundamental freedoms within their strategy to deal with extremism. We don't want to see the withdrawal of great supplementary education that Christians of all denominations do in some of the most vulnerable and challenging contexts."

Premier has contacted the Department of Education for a comment and is waiting for a response.

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Church accuses cinema chain of hypocrisy after Lord's Prayer ban
Church accuses cinema chain of hypocrisy after Lord's Prayer ban
Thu 10 Dec 2015
By Hannah Tooley
The Church of England has accused a number of cinema chains of hypocrisy for showing a short Hindu film despite it banning an advert about the Lord's Prayer on religious grounds. 

Odeon, Cineworld and Vue cinemas are showing the short film, Sanjay's Super Team, which shows Hindu Gods acting as superheroes to protect a young boy.

In November, the same cinema chains refused to show an advert for the Lord's Prayer saying it could be offensive to people of other faiths and no faith at all.

The advert had been due to be shown before the new Star Wars film.

After initially agreeing the advert would be approved by Digital Cinema Media, it was then banned.

The Church said that every "advertisement conveys a message".


Revd Arun Arora, director of communications for the Archbishops' Council said: "I haven't seen the film but as someone who grew up watching Hindi films and brought up on Bollywood I have no problem whatsoever with Sanjay and certainly have no objection to the cinemas showing this film.

"But the fact that they are doing so demonstrates the incoherence of their on the hoof policy making.

"Every film and advertisement conveys a message.

"And this one seems to convey an obviously pro-religion, in this case pro-Hinduism one.

"There is an unfortunate combination of double standards and hypocrisy on display in this decision making process which needs addressing urgently.

"As Rowan Williams wrote recently, 'Advertising our Christian history is not intruding dangerous propaganda into a neutral and benign space. It is competing with existing propaganda, existing philosophies and ideologies.'

"All we ask is the opportunity to be heard. We remain hopeful that the cinemas will demonstrate the necessary strength of leadership, change their minds and show the justpray.uk film."

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Franklin Graham agrees with Trump: Ban Muslims from America
World famous Christian evangelist Franklin Graham has said he agrees with Donald Trump that all Muslims should be banned from entering America.
"Muslim immigration into the United States should be stopped until we can properly vet them or until the war with Islam is over," he said.

Mr Trump, who is standing to be the Republican candidate for the US Presidential Elections, provoked widespread anger and ridicule after demanding a block on Muslims entering the US and claiming parts of London were "so radicalised" that police were "afraid for their own lives".
 He made the call for a "total and complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the US in the wake of last week's terror attack in San Bernardino, California, where a Muslim couple believed to have been radicalised shot 14 dead at a health centre.
On his Facebook page Franklin Graham said he had agreed with the proposal "for some time".
He quoted an unverified poll which he claimed said 29% of Muslim under 45 believed violence against America is justified in order to make Sharia the law of the land.
Mr Graham said that was "frightening".

He added: "Our politicians are not listening to the truth-my prayer is that God will open their eyes.
"This affects our security and the future of our nation."
Meanwhile more than 390,000 people have backed a call for Donald Trump to be banned from the UK after his comments.
Thousands rushed to sign a petition on the Parliament website as British politicians lined up to condemn the remarks.
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Cathedral interfaith worker calls for ban on Donald Trump
Wed 09 Dec 2015
By Aaron James
A Muslim interfaith worker at Blackburn Cathedral has said Donald Trump should be banned from coming into Britain after he called for all Muslims to be banned from entering America.

Republican presidential candidate Mr Trump made the call after a Muslim couple murdered 14 people at a centre for disabled people in southern California earlier this month.
He said he would impose the ban "while we figure out what the hell is going on" in terms of world terrorism.
A petition calling for Mr Trump, who describes himself as a Christian, to be banned from entering the UK has now reached 163,000 signatures.
Anjum Anwar, Dialogue Development Officer for the Diocese of Blackburn, told Premier's News Hour: "Banning doesn't always work, but in this case... we have to ban him simply because members of my community may see our government's previous actions as double standards.
"We have in the past done the same thing to other people and we have to start using the same yardstick.
"If that [a call to ban all Muslims] was said about another community, how would they feel? He's demonising the whole 1.5 billion Muslims and I think he needs to look at history, and the contribution that Muslims have made in the United States.
Using the Syria conflict as an example, she also said: "I mean if we look at some of the killings, atrocious, terrible, terrible, disgusting stuff... they have been discussing how they feel treated unjustly.
"So I'm not convinced that they are killing in the name of religion, they're more likely people of a particular faith who are taking action.
"We can't accept violence, we have never accepted violence in the name of any religion."
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Next two weeks "make or break time" for flood victims, says Bishop of Penrith
The Bishop of Penrith has said the next fortnight is a "make or break time" for flood victims in northwest England.
Tue 08 Dec 2015
By Aaron James
The Bishop of Penrith has said the next fortnight is a "make or break time" for flood victims in northwest England.

Rt Revd Robert Freeman was speaking as recovery efforts continue there and in Northern Ireland after the severe rain from Storm Desmond.

Two people are confirmed to have died in the floods, one of them being 70-year-old Ivan Vaughan in Co Monaghan, Northern Ireland, and an unnamed pensioner found in the River Kent in Cumbria.

At the beginning of Tuesday more than 42,000 homes had no power, however this has gone down to around 2,000.

The government has promised an investigation into why previously installed flood defences failed to protect tens of thousands of people, and reimburse every person affected.

Bishop Robert told Premier's News Hour: "It is a long term thing, but actually this next week or two is really going to be the make or break time as people try and do a clear up and then try and put right some of the stuff that's been destroyed from their houses.

"We are there in those local communities to offer support and help practically.

"That could be being a distribution centre for mops and buckets or it could just be a safe place where people can come for a hot drink because they haven't got any electricity.

"We're a trusted organisation and we exist to serve and care for those around us, so I think in many ways the church is in a unique and special place for this.

"Only a handful [of churches] have actually been flooded out. Others though have been impacted by the water... So actually I think we've been relatively well protected."

Meanwhile, a Christian farmer and Methodist lay preacher near Carlisle has also hit the headlines during the floods. Gordon Tweedie lost 45 pregnant cows in the extreme waters; 41 of them have now been rescued completely unharmed.

Mr Tweedie told Premier's News Hour: "We had a call from the man at the golf course which is down beyond Carlisle, probably twenty miles from us, and he said: 'I've got a heffer of yours here. She's eating away there beautifully and we can't believe she's come so far and survived the experience.

"We were just gobsmacked that such a miracle had happened. The state the river was in, it was beyond hope we felt that anything could survive that experience.

"We were very grateful of course and gave grateful thanks to God... We felt he had worked a miracle for us."
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Three Iranian Christians released from prison
It's reported that three Christian prisoners in Iran have been released.
Three Iranian Christians released from prison
Wed 09 Dec 2015
By Marcus Jones
It's reported that three Christian prisoners in Iran have been released.

Mehdi Ameruni, Seyed Bijan Farokhpour Haghigi and Eskander Rezai were arrested at a prayer meeting back in 2012 as part of what's been described as a campaign of intimidation by Iranian authorities against Christians and other religious minorities.

They were charged with "action against national security" and "propaganda against the order of the system" and consequently given sentences of between 1 and 3 years in 2014.

According to the charity Middle East Concern, they've been granted temporary leave from prison. However, they have been led to believe that they will not be summoned to return to prison.

Two other men, Mohammad (Vahid) Roghangir and Massoud Rezai, were arrested at the same time but remain in prison.

Middle East Concern has issued a call for prayer for the situation.

It's calling on Christians to pray that "Mehdi, Seyed and Eskander will quickly recover from their imprisonment, and that they and their families will be strengthened in the Lord and adapt to normal family life.

"That those who remain in prison, including Mohammad and Massoud, will be comforted and released soon.

"That all prisoners in Iran will be treated with respect and dignity as beings created in the image of God and all officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him."

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Catholic mafia procession under investigation in Italy
Sat 05 Dec 2015
By Hannah Tooley
Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into a Catholic procession that paid tribute to the mafia, in southern Italy.
It is thought that the procession paid tribute to a convicted mafia boss and a band played The Godfather theme tune.
The controversial ceremony took place as the town honoured Santa Barbara, its patron saint.
Plain clothes police officers observed the procession in Paterno, a town home to the 'Ndrangheta mafia.
The gang is accused of making millions from cocaine trafficking, as well as prostitution and other crimes.
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The Daily Telegraph has also suggested that there has occasionally been an ambiguous relationship between organised crime and the Catholic Church.
Locals carrying two statues of a saint paused outside the family home of Salvatore Assinnata, a convited mob boss, who resides in prison.
The two men performed 'salutes' dipping the statues as The Godfather music played.
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Catholic victim who fled to escape extremism in Iran, named as California shooting victim
One of the 14 people killed in the California mass shootings has been named a Catholic woman who left Iran to escape extremism in the region.
Sat 05 Dec 2015
By Hannah Tooley
One of the 14 people killed in the California mass shootings has been named a Catholic woman who left Iran to escape extremism in the region.
Bennetta Bet-Badal left for the United States aged 18.
The 46-year-old was killed during a mass shooting outside a social services centre on Wednesday.
The attack is being treated as an act of terrorism - but the FBI said there was no indication the husband and wife were part of a larger plot or members of an Islamist cell.
If the investigation confirms the massacre was inspired by Islamic extremism, it would be the deadliest such terrorist attack on US soil since 09/11 in 2001.
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200 churches attacked every day worldwide, says European Parliament
Research by the European Parliament has found 200 churches or Christian places of worship are attacked every day across the world.
The figures were revealed at a special gathering at European Parliament in Brussels aiming to tackle the persecution of Christians.
Member of European Parliament (MEPs) attending the conference on Tuesday included the President and Vice-President of the European Parliament, as well as Christian leaders and victims of persecution.
"The Persecution of Christians in the World: A call for Action" saw the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK, Bishop Angaelos, and the President of the Council of European Churches, Rt Revd Christopher Hill, both make speeches.
The plight of victims was also heard, with Eritrean gospel singer Helen Berhane telling the story of how she was arrested and imprisoned in a lorry shipping container after refusing to renounce her faith in Jesus.
Ms Berhane was rescued with the help of Amnesty International and now lives in Europe.
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Archbishop of Wales says no moral case to bomb Syria
The Archbishop of Wales is urging politicians to oppose UK air strikes against the so-called Islamic State in Syria.
Tue 01 Dec 2015
By Hannah Tooley
The Archbishop of Wales is urging politicians to oppose UK air strikes against the so-called Islamic State in Syria. 

Dr Barry Morgan was speaking as David Cameron urges MPs from all parties to back his call for military action against Islamic State in the country.

The prime minister says a motion which will be voted on on Wednesday is part of a "broader strategy" for the country.

However, the Archbishop, Dr Barry Morgan, argues there is no moral case for bombing Syria and warns such action would put civilians at considerable risk and drive more recruits to IS. He fears our involvement in Syria will make matters worse, as it did in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya: "It is obvious therefore that even on a just war argument, a clear moral case for bombing Syria cannot be advanced."

He wrote that: Over recent days and weeks, the question of whether the UK should bomb Syria has been widely debated.

"It is not just a matter for politicians because over the centuries, Christians and theologians have discussed the theory of the just war.

"One thing is certain - it can never be argued, from a Christian viewpoint that going to war can ever be a good act, since of necessity it involves one in evil. It may however sometimes be the right and necessary thing to do which is why the just war theory has been formulated.

"Applied to Syria, as to any war, there are a number of criteria to be considered:

1. Is the cause just?
2. Is it being undertaken as a last resort when all other methods have failed?
3. Are the means employed just?
4. Is there a reasonable chance of success?
5. Are the results likely to be better than if the war had not been fought?

"There is no doubt that the supporters of the so called Islamic State pose a grave threat and it can be argued that since there is United Nations support, the cause is just.

"Its aims are to secure international peace, security and freedom.

"It is not at all certain however that bombing Syria will succeed in stopping the terror being perpetrated. Indeed it might incite IS to more violence and at the same time win more recruits to its ranks against the West.

"In Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, our involvement in war has made matters worse. The same could be true of Syria and there is no guarantee of rooting out IS.

"The risk to innocent civilians is also considerable since the combatants have by now merged into large centres of population.

"It is obvious therefore that even on a just war argument, a clear moral case for bombing Syria cannot be advanced."

Commons Leader Chris Grayling has outlined the Government's plans for the crucial vote but faced fierce criticism over the amount of time being allocated for MPs to have their say.

All of tomorrow's planned business, including Prime Minister's Questions, is due to be scrapped to make way for a full day of debate.

But the Speaker said he would be willing to go even further.

Mr Bercow said: "There is no secret about the numbers of people putting in to speak and of course as colleagues will know, the Leader of the House and I speak regularly, and the Government Chief Whip and I speak regularly, as is true of the shadow leader and the opposition chief whip.

"Of course I am happy to keep them informed and any member who asks me how many people have put in to speak.

"Needless to say, the shadow leader said that the Leader of the House was a servant of the House, I am a servant of the House.

"I intend to be in the chair tomorrow very fully to chair the debate.

"I would be happy, if the House willed it, to sit up all night in the chair to hear colleagues."
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Synod votes to back "military force" to create safe route for refugees
The Church of England has voted to back a motion on the refugee crisis which the Archbishop of Canterbury warned meant it must back military action to give refugees a safe route.
Wed 25 Nov 2015
By Antony Bushfield
The Church of England has voted to back a motion on the refugee crisis which the Archbishop of Canterbury warned meant it must back military action to give refugees a safe route.

General Synod members backed a proposal by the Bishop of Durham, Rt Revd Paul Butler, which calls upon the government to work with international partners to establish safe routes for refugees.
Before a vote on the issue Justin Welby warned it meant support for military action and that the Church must put its money where it puts its mouth.
Archbishop Justin said: "I think we need to recognise though... the motion essentially commits us to supporting the use of armed forces overseas.

"The reality of working in those areas to create safe ways of routes to places of safety must include some kind of forceful response.
"It is almost impossible to see how it could be done otherwise."
Bishop Paul accepted that but stressed the backing for military action only applied to providing a safe route for refugees.
He said it was "likely that some [military action] will be needed" to provide routes to places of safety for asylum seekers.
The motion also urges diocese to work closely with local authorities to provide resources for the resettlement of refugees who arrive in the UK.
A bid by Very Revd Andrew Nunn to remove the word 'welcome' and replace it with 'acknowledge' in a paragraph which speaks about the government's promise to take 20,000 refugees between now and 2020, was rejected by Synod.
Part of the motion also suggested the government should ensure vulnerable Christians facing persecution for their faith should have this taken into account when officials decide who should be offered asylum.
Proposing the motion, Bishop Paul said: "The compassion which compels us to help the refugee will be blind to differences of creed as to colour or any other characteristic.
"For all that, it is right that we uphold the right of our fellow Christians to fair treatment.
"Whether or not they are in refugee camps, easy or hard to find, they must suffer no discrimination as UNHCR seeks out those in greatest need of resettlement.
"Those whose suffering is exacerbated by religiously motivated persecution deserve to have that factor given full weight in the calculation of need."
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Justin Welby: Don't approach Synod as a place of suspicion and conflict
The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned members of the General Synod not to approach the meeting as a place of 'suspicion and conflict'.
Tue 24 Nov 2015
By Antony Bushfield
The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned members of the General Synod not to approach the meeting as a place of 'suspicion and conflict'.

Most Revd Justin Welby used his presidential address to tell members he had two main fears for the Synod.
"If I might begin with the worst," he said, "one of my fears is that we approach this Synod as a place of suspicion and conflict."
He added: "To use Pope Francis' phrase, we cannot come together in a 'hermeneutic of conspiracy'.
"Many of you will remember the performance of Kenneth Williams in 'carry on cleo', in which as he faces his murderes, he cries out 'infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me'."
The archbishop said the system of Synod suggested one side must win and the other lose.
This was not the case, he said: "If any lose, we all lose. If any win, we all win".
But he said the Church must not be ashamed that it has its "arguments in public".
"It is healthy and good," he said.
He told members there was still an interest in what the Church does despite those who "assert the lack of relevance of the Church of England".
Archbishop Justin cited the Church's discussions on sexuality as a successful way Christians were able to discuss a controversial issue in a respectful way but he accepted the next five years of Synod offered 'enormous challenges to the future of the Church'.
The events in Paris, in which 130 people died in an Islamic State terror attack, meant the Church could not turn in on itself: "We will not likely ever be forgiven if this Synod turns inwards," Archbishop Justin said.
The attacks did not mean a "war against Islam" he stressed, adding that Christianity too had extremists.
"The task is to overwhelm extremism not by other extremes but with hope and love," he said.

The Archbishop ended his address by telling members he hoped they could look back in five years time as "people who have built together, who have listened and heard, and although not agreed, have done our best to be faithful to Jesus Christ".
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Cinema's refusal to show The Lord's Prayer has "chilling effect" on free speech
The Church of England has blasted the decision of the country's top cinema chains to reject an advert featuring The Lord's Prayer.
New website JustPray.uk, which is run by the Church, had wanted to show a 60 second advert of The Lord's Prayer before films across England.

Odeon, Cineworld and Vue, which control 80% of cinema screens around the country, have refused to show the advert because they believe it "carries the risk of upsetting, or offending, audiences".

The Church had produced an advert promoting the new website to be shown in cinemas from December 18 2015 as part of the ad reel before Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

It's branded the decision "plain silly" and says it has a "chilling effect" on free speech and is considering taking legal action under the Equality Act which bans commercial organisations from refusing services on religious grounds.

The Bishop of Chelmsford told Premier the Church had been told the advert would be fine and was even offered a discount on the fee.

"The cinemas really at the last minute for some reason best known to themselves got cold feet," said Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell.
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Woman Wins Appeal to Wear Colander on Head in DMV Photo as Part of ‘Religion’ to Mock Christians   
Nov 15, 2015 09:26 am
  Miller-compressedLOWELL, Mass. -- A Massachusetts woman has won her appeal to wear a colander on her head for her driver’s license photo as part of a satirical religion that is meant to mock Christianity and its beliefs. Lindsay Miller of Lowell, who identifies as a member of the "Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster" or "Pastafarianism," sought to wear the strainer for the...
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‘Eagles of Death Metal’ Was Playing ‘Kiss the Devil’ at Moment Terrorists Stormed Theater
Nov 17, 2015 08:27 am
  Photo Credit: Vantage NewsPhoto Credit: Vantage News PARIS -- The California-based band Eagles of Death Metal was playing their song "Kiss the Devil" at the moment that three terrorists stormed a Paris theater Friday and began opening fire, reports state. "Who'll love the devil? Who'll sing his song?" the song's lyrics ask. "Who will kiss the devil on his tongue?" Photos of the...

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‘The Heavens Declare:’ Discovery of ‘Baffling’ Features on Pluto’s Surface Defies Evolutionary Models   Nov 16, 2015 07:59 am
  Pluto-compressedNATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – A NASA spacecraft has discovered what appear to be ice-spewing volcanoes on the surface of Pluto, puzzling scientists who believed the distant world was old, dead, and dormant. Last week, scientists at an American Astronomical Society meeting in National Harbor, Maryland, announced new findings from NASA’s “New Horizons” spacecraft,...
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Breaking: France Drops ‘Twenty Bombs’ on Key ISIS Targets   Nov 15, 2015 06:45 pm
  French Armed Forces pd-compressedRAQQA, Syria -- French fighter jets dropped 20 bombs on key ISIS targets in Raqqa, Syria on Sunday in retribution for the deadly massacre in Paris on Friday that killed over 130. The airstrike, carried out in conjunction with the U.S. from the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, struck an ISIS command center, a jihadist training center and an ammunition...
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llinois Teen Charged with Murder After Throwing Newborn Baby Out Eight-Story Window   Nov 15, 2015 11:58 am
  Uddin-compressedCHICAGO -- An Illinois teen is facing a murder charge after being accused of throwing her newborn baby out of her apartment window---located on the eighth floor of the building. Mubashra Uddin, 19, was denied bail Saturday after being arraigned in Cook County Bond Court on a first degree murder charge. Police believe that Uddin gave birth Wednesday night and then...
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Indiana Pastor’s Wife Who Died After Home Invasion Attack Was Pregnant with Girl   Nov 17, 2015 09:32 am
  Blackburn-compressed  INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana pastor's wife who died last week after being declared brain dead when she was shot in the head during a home invasion was pregnant with a girl, the church revealed this weekend. "During a home invasion on November 10, 2015, Amanda suffered a gunshot wound and was left critically injured," Resonate Church Indianapolis wrote on a...
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New ISIS Video Threatens to ‘Strike America at its Center in Washington’   Nov 17, 2015 08:26 am
  ISIS-compressed (1)A new video released by the barbaric Islamic group ISIS, which identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is threatening to "strike America at its center in Washington" after taking credit for the French massacre that killed over 130 last week. The video begins with news footage of Friday's attack in Paris, and addresses what it calls the "crusader...
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California Parent Concerned After Teacher Has Students Sing Islamic-Themed ‘Fight Song’   Nov 20, 2015 11:53 am
  Song-compressedHUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. -- A parent of a student at a middle school in California is expressing concern after a Seventh Grade teacher recently had the class sing about Islam. The unnamed teacher at Springview Middle School in Huntington Beach changed the lyrics to the popular secular tune "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten and made the song into one about Muslims....
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Community Pushes Back as Atheist Activist Group Seeks Removal of Cross from Texas Park   Nov 19, 2015 08:01 am
  Cross-compressedPORT NECHES, Texas -- Residents in a Texas city are pushing back after a prominent professing atheist group recently sent a letter demanding the removal of a cross monument from a public park. The cross at issue, a 10-foot cement monument, sits in Riverfront Park in Port Neches, and has done so for the past 45 years. But the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion..
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UK Mother Who Refused Abortion Following Cancer Diagnosis Gives Birth to Twins   Nov 16, 2015 07:56 am
  Havana Harlow-compressedPhoto: Caters News Agency MANCHESTER, England -- A woman in the United Kingdom who refused her doctor's advice to abort after she was diagnosed with cancer while pregnant has given birth to healthy twins. Holley Tierney, 25, was 23 weeks pregnant when she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Doctors originally thought she only had a pulled muscle, but...
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Christian convert attacked in Bradford
 
Christian Legal Centre client Nissar Hussain has been violently attacked outside his home in Bradford. Nissar, who has helped to promote Christian Concern's Safe Haven initiative, was beaten with a pickaxe handle by two men while on the way to his car. Nissar and his wife converted to Christianity in 1996 and have since experienced intimidation and violence from the Muslim community. Please pray for Nissar, who is in hospital with a broken hand and kneecap. 

Nissar, a hospital nurse, has been attacked and threatened ever since his family converted from Islam to Christianity in 1996.
When he first went to the police for protection after a threat by Muslims to burn down his house if he did not return to Islam, he was told to “stop being a crusader and move”.
Threats
Members of the local Pakistani community where Nissar and his wife, Qubra, live, have vandalised their home, set fire to their car and subjected the family to verbal abuse and even death threats.

On one occasion the couple and their five children, all aged under 10, were woken in the night to find an unoccupied house next door on fire. On another occasion a young man threatened Nissar directly, saying if he did not return to Islam, his house would be burned down.
Ten years after his conversion to Christianity, Nissar and his family moved to another part of the city to escape the barrage of abuse.
“They told me categorically had I been in an Islamic country, like Pakistan or the Middle East, that they would actually be the first to chop off my head. They called me a ‘Christian Jew dog’.
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Supported by the Christian Legal Centre, street preacher Mike Overd is to appeal his conviction for a public order offence. In March, a judge said that Mike was wrong to reference Leviticus 20, but could have used Leviticus 18 instead! "This is an important case. The judge cannot decide which parts of the Bible can and can't be preached," Andrea commented. Please pray for Mike and the Christian Legal Centre team as they prepare for the appeal hearing on 11 December. 
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"Broken families will never forget the 13th of November" says Paris priest
A priest in Paris says the families of victims of the Paris attacks are "broken" as a result of these acts of terror.
Sat 14 Nov 2015
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A priest in Paris says the families of victims of the Paris attacks are "broken" as a result of these acts of terror.

Father Aiden Troy, of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in central Paris, was speaking after Islamic State claimed responsibilty for the six coordinated terror attacks in the French capital.
Father Aiden told Premier that: "I've got so much admiration for the police, the fire service, the emergency services who last night you can imagine going into a theatre will a few hundred hostages being held."
He told Premier that: "Even this morning... there are families still trying to find out what happened in a restaurant, what happened at the Stad du France - and that is the sad part of it, the dead are with God in rest, but there are so many broken families this morning who will never forget the 13th of November."
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Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury say prayers after more than 140 dead in Paris attacks
 Prayers as death toll rises in Paris attacks
Prayers are being said all over the world for Paris, following a series of attacks on the French capital on Friday evening.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks that began on Friday evening, more than 128 people are feared dead.

Eight extremists have been killed, including seven in suicide bombings.

200 people are thought to be injured.
A manhunt is under way for accomplices of gunmen as French president Francois Hollande pledged to wage a "merciless" fight against terrorism.

David Cameron will chair a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee on Saturday morning. 
Pope Francis has condemned the killings in Paris as "mad terrorist violence" and has called for a response to counter the spread of "homicidal hatred".

A spokesman for the Vatican said it condemns the attacks "in the most radical way".

Prince Charles has added his voice to the prayers.

The Prince of Wales is sending a message of support to President Francois Hollande expressing his support for Parisians who have endured a night of devastating terrorist attacks.

A Clarence House spokeswoman said: "Their Royal Highnesses are carrying on with engagements in Albany and Perth today."

Charles turns 67 today. 

A state of emergency has been declared after two suicide attacks and a bombing near the Stade de France stadium, shootings at restaurants and a massacre inside a popular music venue in what is the worst violence to hit France since the Second World War.

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Officers stormed the Bataclan concert hall where hostages were being held but attackers, wearing suicide belts, blew themselves up, leaving more than 100 people dead.

The national football side was playing a friendly match against Germany at the Stade de France when two suicide attacks and a bombing took place nearby.

President Hollande had been at the stadium but was evacuated.

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Tens of thousands of people fell silent at the stadium on Friday night in tribute to those killed and injured.

The first attack is thought to have begun around 10pm French time.

A prayer has been released on Godspace to grieve with those in the French capital:

"Lord we grieve with the people of Paris.

We grieve,

for the lives lost in senseless violence.

Our tears are shed

for those who have been wounded.

Our hearts ache

for those who are consumed by hate.

Lord have mercy,

Christ have mercy,

Lord have mercy.

Lord give wisdom,

to those who must make decisions.

Lord give your strength,

to those who seek to protect.

Lord give guidance,

to those who must respond.

Lord have mercy,

Christ have mercy,

Lord have mercy."

Six locations in Paris were targeted in these series of attacks. 

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Confessions of a former Satanist
To conclude series one of the Street Evangelism blog, we're featuring a special edition testimony of a former Satanist named Danny Mcilhiney. At the age of 15, Danny was a committed atheist and was already very heavily involved with with the occult, satanism and communism. Find out how his life was turned around after a chance meeting on his local high street.
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I was brought up in a family that was very firmly atheist. My family made it clear from a young age that belief in a supreme being was the folly of the idiot or those on the lower echelons of society. We were intellectual and therefore did not hold to any belief other than those based in 'science'. My family were however, Jewish by race and so we did partake in some Jewish holidays and festivals, yet it was enforced that these were nearly cultural exercises and nothing more. My grandmother was a Jewish communist and so I was also instilled with socialist principles from a very young age. In fact at a young age I can remember going on Anti-War marches and even telling teachers that I was communist, laughing at those who subscribed to the Christian faith.  
Despite this, since I can remember, I had a keen interest in politics, philosophy and religion. I can remember forcing my parents to take me to synagogue at around age nine, not for religious purposes, but again for a sense of heritage. On my tenth birthday I asked for a Kippah (a Jewish head covering), so as to have my own.
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Sir Cliff Richard voluntarily interviewed by police
Fri 06 Nov 2015
By Hannah Tooley
Sir Cliff Richard has been interviewed by police after voluntarily meeting officers, according to a spokesperson for the star.
He was interviewed under caution last year by detectives investigating a claim of a sex crime involving a young boy in the 1980s - he was not arrested or charged.

The 75-year-old singer said in a statement that the claims against him were ''absurd and untrue'' and he had ''never, in my life, assaulted anyone''.
 A spokesperson for the Christian entertainer said the singer spoke to officers this week: "Sir Cliff Richard voluntarily met with and was interviewed by members of South Yorkshire Police.

"He was not arrested or charged, nor has he ever been
"He co-operated fully with officers and answered the questions put to him.
"Other than restating that the allegations are completely false and that he will continue to co-operate fully with the police, it would not be appropriate for Sir Cliff to say anything further at this time."
Earlier in 2015 South Yorkshire Police chief constable David Crompton said that the investigation into the entertainer had ''increased significantly in size'' and involved ''more than one allegation''.
Mr Crompton commented that the ''expanding nature'' of the investigation meant he could not give a final date when the investigation would be concluded.
He said the force was in regular contact with Sir Cliff's lawyers in a letter to Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee.
However Sir Cliff's lawyers have criticised the committee for publishing the letter, says its disclosure had caused him a ''further round of unnecessary and extremely damaging media coverage''.
The publication of the letter in February came after an independent report into an agreement between South Yorkshire Police and the BBC which led to a raid on the singer's home being broadcast live around the world.
The inquiry found that the deal ''certainly interfered with his privacy and may well have caused unnecessary distress," and former chief constable Andy Trotter said police should never have a made a deal with the broadcaster.
It has been reported that a Metropolitan Police investigation into the leak to the BBC had been unable to find the source.
The Christian entertainer converted to faith in 1964 and has created chart-topping singles across five separate decades. 




Thousands of homes built in refugee camp for Christian victims of Boko Haram
Fri 06 Nov 2015
By Antony Bushfield
Christians who have fled Nigerian terror group Boko Haram are being offered a temporary house at a new refugee camp in the country.
The new site will feature 2,500 properties and is being built in Nigeria's north-eastern city of Maiduguri.
The camp - another sign that few expect the conflict to end soon - will house refugees occupying public schools, allowing classes to resume, hopefully next month, officials said.
Hundreds of thousands of children have not been to school for more than 18 months in Maiduguri and elsewhere in north-east Nigeria, where authorities closed all schools as they were targeted by the Islamic insurgents.
Boko Haram is a nickname meaning "Western education is sinful".
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Plane crash will have wider effects in Egypt, warns Christian Lord
Fri 06 Nov 2015
By Hannah Tooley
A Christian Lord has warned that the impact of Saturday's plane crash could have more than a negative effect on Egypt's tourism industry.
British and American officials say that it was possible that a bomb on board a flight on Saturday brought down the Russian Airbus A321-200.
It crashed 23 minutes after take-off from the Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, killing all 224 people on board.
Lord Alton of Liverpool, Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Egypt told Premier that if the county's second largest industry is damaged then: "Funds are not going into Egypt, then the more likely those people will be susceptible to the enticements of terrorist organisations like ISIS, who exploit grievance, poverty and destitution.
"So these things all play into one another.
"And although I personally believe that the Egyptian president is trying to make real progress on things like human rights and political freedoms, which are the essential foundations for long term stability, he also has to build up long-term hope in the country otherwise these people will fall into the hands of ISIS."
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Christian children 'more selfish'
Fri 06 Nov 2015
By Premier Journalist
Children raised in Christian or Muslim homes are more selfish than those brought up athiest or agnostic, a study claims.

The research, published in the journal Current Biology, also suggests the effect is worse the more often they go to church or mosque.
The study is based on an exercise carried out by more than 1,100 children aged 5-12 around the world.
In it, they were given stickers and asked how many of them they would wish to share with an anonymous person in their school.
The lead author of the study, Dr Jean Decety from the University of Chicago, said it was carried out to test the common view that those with a religious upbringing were 'better' people.
"This view is so deeply embedded that individuals who are not religious can be considered morally suspect, especially in the US."
Dr Decety also has a theory about why children from Christian and Muslim backgrounds appeared less likely to want to share.
It is based on what is known as 'moral licensing'.
"Moral licensing is using something 'good' to justify something 'bad', often without even realising it.
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Presidential candidate Ben Carson: Pyramids built by Bible's Joseph
Fri 06 Nov 2015
By Antony Bushfield
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is standing by his belief that Egypt's great pyramids were built by the biblical figure Joseph to store grain.
But experts say it is accepted science that they were tombs for pharaohs.
Mr Carson is a retired surgeon who has unexpectedly risen to the top of the Republican primary race in some polls.
Video posted online on Wednesday by Buzzfeed News shows Mr Carson explaining his theory 17 years ago at a Michigan college affiliated with his Seventh-day Adventist Church.
In the video, Mr Carson says: "My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids in order to store grain."

He was referring to the Old Testament story of Joseph predicting famine and advising the pharaoh to store surplus food.
Mr Carson said that is more likely than the accepted archaeological conclusion that the massive structures were built as tombs for pharaohs.
At a book signing on Thursday in Florida, Mr Carson stood by his statement.
"Some people believe in the Bible like I do and don't find that to be silly at all, and believe that God created the Earth and don't find that to be silly at all," Mr Carson said.
"The secular progressives try to ridicule it every time it comes up and they're welcome to do that."
Calling the grain theory his "personal belief", Mr Carson said, "I happen to believe a lot of things that you might not believe because I believe in the Bible."
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Christian MP expects Russian "retribution" if plane bomb confirmed
Thu 05 Nov 2015
By Marcus Jones
A Christian MP's told Premier we can expect to see "retribution" from Russia if it's proved a bomb was behind last week's plane crash in Egypt.

Sir Gerald Howarth, who's also the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Egypt has been speaking as all UK flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh remain grounded as a precaution - leaving thousands of people stranded in the resort.
Last week a plane belonging to a Russian owned airline went down with all 224 people on board killed.
Metrojet bosses said the disaster could not have been caused by human or technical error and was the result of an "impact".
Some have suggested that an Islamic State affiliate may be responsible.
Speaking about the decision to stop UK flights, David Cameron said: "We cannot be certain that the Russian airliner was brought down by a terrorist bomb but because it's a strong possibility it is right to act."
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RT Kendall: How I was saved from liberalism
By: RT Kendall | Nov 2015
RT Kendall writes about the moment that changed his ministry for good

On October 31st 1955 I had the greatest spiritual experience of my life. Driving in my car from Palmer, Tennessee (where I was pastor) to Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville (where I was a student) I had what I might call a 'Damascus Road' experience. As I drove there appeared the Lord Jesus Christ at my right – interceding for me to the Father. I never felt so loved. But I could not tell what Jesus was saying, only that he was putting His whole authority on the line with the Father in my behalf. I burst into tears as I drove – on old U. S. 41 between Monteagle and Manchester, Tennessee.
Two Scriptures had come to my mind as I was praying: 1 Peter 5:7 ('Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you') and Matthew 11:30 ('My yoke is easy, and my burden is light'). Before the vision of Jesus appeared I was laboring in prayer, asking the Lord to enable me to cast all my care upon Him so I could say that my yoke was 'easy'. I had felt a deep burden on me to pray. Normally I would play the radio all the way on a trip from Palmer to Nashville but that morning I wanted only to pray.
The next thing I remember – over an hour later – was hearing Jesus say clearly to the Father, 'he wants it'. The Father replied, 'he can have it'. In that very moment there came a peace into my heart – with warmth – that is impossible to explain. It was not merely the absence of anxiety but the presence of rest in my soul. A moment later I saw the face of Jesus looking at me. This lasted for less than a minute. Then I was at Trevecca and went to my first class at 8:00 am.
What happened to me that day? What was 'it'? I heard Jesus say, 'he wants it' and the reply came back, 'he can have it?' Over the last sixty years I have asked what was – what is – 'it'?
I have come up with several answers: peace – that’s for sure. The 'it' was peace. I immediately connected it at the time to the 'rest' described in Hebrews 4:9-10. The 'it' was certainly 'full assurance' (Gr. plerophoria) of my salvation. I knew beyond any doubt that I was eternally saved. The 'it' was the earnest of my inheritance. It was surely the baptism of the Holy Spirit (although I did not speak in tongues at that time). When I get to Heaven I will inquire further what 'it' is!
The person of Jesus was so real to me
The calm peaceful presence in my heart transformed me. Things did not bother me. What people said about me had minimal effect on me. I did not get easily upset. The person of Jesus was so real to me.

A month later I had my first vision. Among other things, it indicated I would have a wide ministry but outside my old denomination. Three months later as I was driving from Kentucky into the Tennessee border I felt a well inside that wanted to come out; the only way to let it out was to utter unintelligible sounds. I did it. I kept this to myself; speaking in tongues is more offensive to Nazarenes than Calvinism. I told only two or three people over the following twenty years, one of whom was Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. He affirmed to me that what happened was real.
But there was more. My theology changed immediately after that experience of October 31, 1955. I knew I could not lose my salvation. Before the day was over I was acutely aware of the sovereignty of God. This led me to believe in predestination. For a while I wondered if I was the first since the Apostle Paul to experience anything like this!
The Bible began to speak to me as it never had
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I attended an online church, here’s what happened
Nov 2015
Everyday Church, a London based UK church has launched an experimental ‘online congregation’. Could this be the future? Sam Hailes logged on to see what church in the digital age might look like

The countdown video begins, the music is turned up loud and I’m getting ready to worship God. But I’m not in London’s latest megachurch. I’m sitting in the comfort of my own home, on the sofa. Church has gone digital, and the ramifications are significant: It’s now possible to attend church in your underpants.
Everyday Church (which has ‘real life’ congregations in Wimbledon, Kingston and Southfields) launched its online-only congregation in September. Participants visit everyday.online at 4.30pm or 6pm on a Sunday, and join in with the service.
What happens during the service?
Unlike some churches who livestream their services, Everyday have chosen to pre-record all their content. The online church pastor welcomes you to the church through a pre-recorded video message. Everyday church’s worship band then play songs – again you’re watching a pre-recorded video. And then a sermon is given, which needless to say, is pre-recorded.
Is anything live?
The chatroom is live and open throughout the service. You can talk to other people in real time about what you’re watching (like real life church, you can talk during the sermon). Hosts are on hand to type a warm welcome to you and answer any questions you have.
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Canon Jeremy Pemberton loses tribunal claim the Church discriminated against him for being in gay marriage
Canon Jeremy Pemberton, who claimed he was discriminated against by the Church of England after he was refused a job for being in a gay marriage, has lost his tribunal.
Premier can reveal Nottingham Employment Tribunal has dismissed all claims made by the vicar.
It ruled that "the constitutional convention means that the State cannot impose same sex marriage upon the Church".
Canon Pemberton has told Premier his lawyers were preparing grounds for appeal.
He married Laurence Cunnington last April but had his right to officiate removed by the then acting Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham Richard Inwood following the wedding.
The clergyman then had a job offer as a chaplain for Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust withdrawn, which he claims was caused by the Church of England discriminating against him because of his sexual orientation.
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A Christian charity has welcomed the Medical Tribunal Service's decision to ban a doctor who admitted offering an abortion because the baby was a girl.
CARE's speaking after the Service banned Dr Palaniappan Rajmohan for three months, after he was caught on secret camera saying "it's like female infanticide, isn't it?" and offering to put the mother's age as the reason for the abortion, rather than the baby's gender.
Dr Rajmohan was working in the private Calthorpe Clinic in Birmingham when the film was made.
The Medical Tribunal Service said during the hearing: "You must have realised at the time that your actions would be considered as dishonest by the ordinary standards of reasonable and honest members of the medical profession.
"The panel has determined it is in the public interest to suspend your registration with immediate effect in order to maintain public confidence in the profession."
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Government has no plans to ban or restrict 'gay cure' therapy
The Government has told Premier it has "no current plans to ban or restrict" therapies that claim to help gay people become straight. A spokesperson said whilst the Government was "strongly opposed" to the treatment, it did not believe a ban or restriction was the right answer.
On Tuesday, Conservative MP Mike Freer secured a debate in Westminster Hall to call for "gay conversion therapies" to be outlawed.
The debate came after Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said the treatment, given to gay people to help them get rid of same sex attraction, should be banned.
Premier has been told the Government believes a ban would be "complex" because it would prevent lesbians, gay men and bisexual people from seeking counselling or therapy because they are distressed about an aspect of their sexuality.
The Department of Health acknowledged that supporting people through aspects of their lives that are difficult or challenging is a large part of what therapists do.
A spokesperson said: "We do not believe that being lesbian, gay or bisexual is an illness to be treated or cured.
"We strongly oppose so-called gay to straight 'conversion' therapy and continue to welcome and support the work of the counselling and therapy bodies to eradicate this practice."
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(CN) -- A Texas teen says that her teacher told students this week that they must deny God in their reading class or fail the assignment.
Jordan Wooley, a seventh grade student at West Memorial Junior High School in Katy, spoke before the school board Monday night to tell her story.
Texas Teen Says Teacher Told Students to Deny God in Assignment or Fail
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Massachusetts 'United Church of Christ' Hosts Blasphemous 'Drag Gospel Festival'
(CN) -- A United Church of Christ congregation in Massachusetts recently hosted what it called a “Drag Gospel Festival” in support of the homosexual and transgender members in its assembly.
The First Church of Somerville (FCS) hosted the event October 16-18 both during its Friday night drag show and Sunday morning worship service.
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Muslim Men, Children Cut and Whip Their Bodies Bloody for Muhammad's Grandson
(CN) -- A number of Shiite Muslim men and children around the world are in the midst of observing a 10-day Islamic festival in remembrance of Muhammad’s grandson—an event that involves cutting ones head with knives or spears or self-flagellating themselves with chains.
Online photos captured the bloodiness of the Muslim traditions surrounding the Day of Ashura, which marks the death of Husyn ibn Ali approximately 1,300 years ago. He was the son of Fatimah, Muhammad’s daughter, and was beheaded during the Battle of Karbala in 680 A.D.
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Pastor Delivers Ten Commandments on Horseback to Oklahoma Capital in Protest of Monument Removal
(CN) -- Nearly a dozen Texas Christians rode 100 miles to Oklahoma City this week to deliver a tablet engraved with the Ten Commandments after a Decalogue display was removed from the grounds of the capitol building earlier this month.
“We’re riding for the law of God today,” John Riggs, pastor of the Texoma Cowboy Church in Wichita Falls, told those gathered. “We fully believe that this country was founded upon the principles of God’s word. It breaks our hearts to see where this country is headed and to see the removal of the law of God from our land, from our buildings.”
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Preacher to appeal 'censorship of Bible'
Supported by the Christian Legal Centre, street preacher Mike Overd is to appeal his conviction for a public order offence. In March, a judge said that Mike was wrong to reference Leviticus 20, but could have used Leviticus 18 instead! "This is an important case. The judge cannot decide which parts of the Bible can and can't be preached," Andrea commented. Please pray for Mike and the Christian Legal Centre team as they prepare for the appeal hearing on 11 December.
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Islam
Government blocks London 'mega-mosque' 
The Government has blocked controversial plans to build a mega-mosque in east London. Radical Islamic sect Tablighi Jamaat has been campaigning for 16 years to build the huge mosque but ministers have upheld Newham council's decision in 2012 to reject the plan. MegaMosqueNoThanks campaigner, Alan Craig, welcomed the decision, saying that it was a "very divisive" project. "This is a great victory after a long campaign," Andrea Williams added.
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Freedom
Law should 'protect not limit' free speech

Philosopher Roger Scruton has criticised legislation based on the notion of "stirring up hatred." In a BBC article, he says that the government should not "criminalise opinions that give offence but protect those who express them", saying that free speech is essential to tackling tensions in society. "The orthodox liberal view is that homosexuality is innate and guiltless ... Deviate in the smallest matter from the orthodoxy, and you will be accused of homophobia", he notes.
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Extremism plans 'could worsen problem'
Former cabinet minister Vince Cable has warned that the government's counter-extremism measures risk increasing terrorist recruitment by forcing "extreme" views underground, where they are more difficlut to combat. In a speech at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, he also warned that the government's approach threatens freedom of speech. During questions, he said: "The danger is that we say ‘Ok well we've banned that lot, therefore we will ban this lot.’" 
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Chief Constable criticises extremism plans
The recently retired Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police has voiced concern over the government's counter-extremism plans. Days before retiring, Sir Peter Fahy warned that the proposals could “backfire”, saying that "the efforts to control extremism and limit protest by those caught by too wide a definition may undermine the very rights and British values you seek to protect.” Sir Peter's concerns were this week echoed by his successor Ian Hopkins.
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Andrea Williams recognised for family work
Andrea Williams' work in advocating the rightful place of the family has been recognised by a global coalition of pro-family organisations. Andrea was presented with the Familia Et Veritas Award at the ninth World Congress of Families, which took place in the US this week. Andrea commented: "This award recognises the important work done by Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre, and I am grateful to all who make that possible."

Huge rise in child 'transgender' referrals
The number of children seeking medical treatment for 'gender confusion' has risen five-fold in five years, according to an NHS clinic. The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust is the only clinic in the UK that provides such treatment. It says referrals have risen from 139 in 2010 to 697 in 2014. One doctor at the clinic has previously said that children as young as nine should be given puberty-blocking drugs. This week. Andrew Marsh discussed the issue on Sky News and Premier radio.
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Stamp out 'gay cures', says Nicky Morgan
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has said that so-called 'gay cures' have "no place" in Britain and should be stamped out. She added that the prime minister had pledged to tackle "non-violent extremism that encourages intolerance and hatred towards LGBT people." Andrea Williams responded: "If what Nicky Morgan has in mind is optional counselling offered to those who want to move away from unwanted same-sex attraction, why should that be banned?" 
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