An insomniac Scots Calvinist looks at the Church and the world and wonders where it all went wrong
Now retired but once upon a time a parish minister in Glasgow, before that the South West and initially the Black Isle. Been a prison chaplain and lecturer. Still am constantly bemused by the weird world around me.
China’s determination to eradicate religion by ‘protecting’ children from Christian influences goes to extraordianry lengths.
Hong Kong’s Christians should note that Chinese President Xi Jinping is personally determined to re-assert the ruling Communist Party, its ideology and its history at the core of education. In order to promote Chinese patriotism, any ideas the party considers Western are to be purged from school textbooks.
In September 2018 Reuters reported that in a push to combat Western influence in China’s schools, the education ministry had launched a ‘comprehensive’ inspection of textbooks.
A significant part of this drive is the determination to eradicate Christianity from the education system. Under this policy no child under 18 may attend religious services or any other religious event. No child under 18 may receive religious education of any kind from anyone. Continue reading “CHINA’S COMMUNISTS CENSOR CRUSOE”→
Credit where it is due: Muslim extremists are nothing if not creative. ISIS have used the internet as an effective recruiting and propaganda tool. To most of us their productions are in the ‘horror’ category, but they struck a chord with young impressionable Western-born Muslims who were persuaded to reject liberal Western values of free speech and individual rights in favour of head chopping, flogging and burkas.
ISIS have used fake news to target Egyptian Christians. In December 2017, a social media account named the ‘Sons of Jesus Movement’ claimed responsibility for the November bombing and shooting at a Sufi Muslim mosque in the Sinai, which killed more than 300 people.
Totalitarianism employs many tools, propaganda, indoctrination, censorship, gulags, but they all boil down to a single weapon – fear. Fear of the power of the state to do whatever it wishes and to crush any opposition. This fear sits in the mind of any would-be rebel and acts as a brake on any impulse to overt non-conformity.
This is why religion has been a principal target of totalitarians throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Those with a religious conviction have something greater in their lives than the state. The persecution of Christians by Stalin and Hitler alike was an inevitable outworking of their similar political outlook.
Today in China, the communist state is determined to control religion. The persecution of Christians, Muslims and others is testimony to their resistance to communist ideological control. China has an estimated 1.5million prisoners of conscience, men, women and children who do that most dangerous thing: they think differently. These prisoners include House Church Christians, Tibetan Buddhists, Uyghur Muslims and Falun Gong practitioners. Continue reading “OPPONENTS ORGANS A CASH CROP”→
Despite the seemingly inexorable push of progressive policies and attitudes in society, recent court cases on both sides of the Atlantic demonstrate it is possible to take on that main driver of progressive ideology, the educational establishment, and win.
Oberlin is a small Ohio town with a well-known liberal arts college. Fees at the college cost $56,000 per year for tuition alone. It also has Gibson’s, a small family-run bakery serving the community for five generations since 1885. It is reported that shoplifting at Gibson’s had become part of the culture at the college.
The legal case of Gibson’s Bakery versus Oberlin College began the day after Donald Trump’s election in November 2016. Jonathan Aladin an underage black student at the college attempted to buy a bottle of wine with a fake ID. The store clerk, Allyn Gibson, noticed Aladin had two further bottles of wine hidden in his coat.
Gibson chased Aladin outside and tackled him, getting into a physical tussle with the student and two of his friends, Endia Lawrence and Cecelia Whettstone, who are also black. Gibson was injured and the three students were arrested. The bakery prosecuted the African-Americanstudents.
Crowdfunding is a mechanism to raise money online for a multitude of causes.
Alex Salmond used it to raise more than £100,000 in three days to fund a judicial review of the Scottish government’s handling of sexual harassment allegations. Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, is amongst many civic leaders to use it to pay for libraries, swimming pools and other social infrastructure projects.
Lorenzo Maggiore looked to raise $15,000 for his Bug-A-Salt miniature shotgun which uses salt for ammo to kill annoying insects. He raised $577,636.
Zack Brown sought $10 for his Potato Salad project. Despite the vagueness of the project, ‘Basically I’m just making potato salad. I haven’t decided what kind yet’, he managed to raise $55,492.
Despite extensive coverage of the continuing protests in Hong Kong against a Beijing-backed extradition Bill, there was one aspect of the demonstration underplayed by the British media. It has emerged that as upwards of 2 million protesters marched, a Christian worship song filled the streets of Hong Kong.
The search is over. We can reveal the winner of the Christian Useful Idiot Award. This goes to the most off-the-wall, bat-guano-crazy, mad-as-a-box-of-frogs apologist for Islam.
Just how far down the rabbit hole do you have to go before you admit you are living in a bizarre Wonderland? Not far at all: you need only to take a trip across the North Sea to Sweden.
Long noted for its liberal social attitudes, Sweden has welcomed immigrants from Muslim countries for several decades now. Their multicultural enrichment with little attempt at integration has resulted in increased social tensions.