Posts from 2014

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Government stepping back from the issue of religious freedom

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An incoming Labour government would appoint a Global Envoy for Religious Freedom, says Douglas Alexander. You don’t need to be a practising Christian to understand the enduring power of the Christmas story. The idea that hope emerges in unexpected places, amongst powerless people, is what gives the Nativity narrative its magical quality. Yet as Mary [...]

Syrian Christians: ‘Help us to stay – stop arming terrorists’

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Outgoing artillery shook St Elias church as the priest reached the end of the Lord’s Prayer. The small congregation kept their eyes on the pulpit, kneeling when required and trying to ignore the regular thuds that rattled the stained glass windows above them. Home to one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, the [...]

Let’s Not Apologise For Christmas

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British society must not shy away from its own beliefs or traditions such as saying “Happy Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays”, former Cabinet Minister Liam Fox has said. In an online video message Dr Fox said Christmas is “a time of hope and renewal, a central part of our religious belief”. He explained that was why [...]

300,000 Bibles for Iran’s growing Christians

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Thousands of copies of the Bible are to be taken into the Islamic Republic of Iran over the next three years. The move follows a new translation of the Bible into Farsi, a process which has taken two decades. Despite facing persecution, the Christian community in Iran is thought to be the fastest growing in the [...]

Why is the World Silent as Christians are Persecuted?

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As violent persecution against Christians around the world intensifies, Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, in a recent op-ed bluntly asks, “Why is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa?” “In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths [...]

The Middle East War on Christians

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This week, as Jews celebrate the Passover holiday, they are commemorating the Bible’s Exodus story describing a series of plagues inflicted on ancient Egypt that freed the Israelites, allowing them to make their way to the Holy Land. But over the past century, another exodus, driven by a plague of persecution, has swept across the [...]

How evangelical Christians are embracing social action

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The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby told the Guardian this week ”there is a certain toxicity about the brand” of Christianity. It is a concern most keenly felt among evangelical Christians. One senior source at the Evangelical Alliance, an umbrella organisation representing about a million British Christians, says part of their job is to “detoxify the brand.” [...]

Growth of Christianity is ‘excessive’, says Chinese official

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A communist official in China has condemned the rapid growth of Christianity in the region as “excessive”, but has denied allegations of increased persecution. Officially an atheist state, the right to freedom of religious belief is guaranteed under Article 36 of the Chinese Constitution but protections are limited to those who worship within state-sanctioned bodies. [...]

Parents raise one-year-old son as ‘boy and girl’

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A couple is attempting to raise their one-year-old son as a boy and a girl in order to avoid ‘gender stereotyping’. Max Price is dressed in both male and female clothes and is encouraged to play with a range of toys including dolls, which he pretends to breast feed on occasions. His parents told the [...]