A Christian preacher has a stall at the corner of George Square in Glasgow. This is brave, or perhaps foolhardy, because it’s the occasion of a Gay Pride rally. He must have expected some hostility. In the video I watched from the safety of home, he remains admirably calm and pleasantly-mannered as he is berated by a young man who seems to think that no Christian has a right to be there. Showing a sadly typical lack of insight, this woke warrior accuses the preacher of bigotry and intolerance.
Confidence in the Gospel truth is no insurance against the ‘Red Guards’ of progressive ideology. The exchange between Pride-goer and pastor was not on fair terms. Should the latter have said anything that the former perceived as offensive, the police would have taken the side of the LGBT fanatic. Indeed, police officers on duty at Pride rallies openly support the cause.
Q. What kind of victim fails to qualify for Western concern?
A. A Christian one.
In April last year, a 14-year-old Pakistani Christian girl, Maira Shahbaz, was kidnapped at gunpoint by Nakash Tariq and accomplices as she made her way home in Faisalabad. She was forced to deny her faith and convert to Islam in order to be married to her already-married Muslim kidnapper.
In a recent statement, Maira described her kidnapping: ‘Nakash and two other men took me to an unknown place at gunpoint, where Nakash repeatedly raped me. He also videotaped me naked and threatened that he would kill me and my family and also upload the video on social media if I told anyone what he had done to me.’
French cathedrals being destroyed by fire hit the headlines. It would be difficult to ignore the destruction of Notre-Dame in Paris or the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul in Nantes; the flames make good television if nothing else. However, the continual destruction and serious vandalism of churches throughout France on a daily basis goes unremarked.
Statistics suggest that there are nearly three attacks a day on French churches. As well as arson, statues are decapitated, crosses pulled down and sanctuaries used as public toilets.The French Interior Ministry recorded 996 anti-Christian acts in 2019, an average of 2.7 per day.
The true figure is probably higher, as it is thought that officials do not count the many fires of undetermined cause at churches across the country. Church buildings which have stood for centuries and survived revolutions and wars seem to be bursting into flames for no discernible reason in the early 21st century.
THE exhaustive 104-page Annual Report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) published last week details violations of the right to freedom of religion or belief in 29 countries. These are by no means the only countries to which religious persecution is confined – simply the worst in a long list of nations.
USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan, US government commission which monitors the implementation, worldwide, of the right to freedom of religion or belief, following international law standards and makes policy recommendations to the US President, the Secretary of State, and Congress.
Too often it seems like one step forward and two steps back. It is gratifying to see the report note that Sudan and Uzbekistan had made positive, although tentative, steps regarding religious freedom. Unfortunately, even these hesitant steps have not been reflected elsewhere. Continue reading “PERSECUTION CONTINUES”→
The leader of an organisation in a Western European country is being investigated by the national police for the crime of ‘agitation against an ethnic group’. The maximum punishment for this crime is two years imprisonment.
This is no backwoods bunch of bigots led by someone in a white hood brandishing a burning cross. The church is the Evangelical Lutheran Mission diocese of Finland, and the leader is Rev Dr Juhana Pohjola, Dean of the church.
Accused of incitement to hatred against a group, Dr Pohjola was summoned last week to the Helsinki Police Department for a preliminary investigation. The ‘ethnic group’ against whom he is accused of ‘agitation against’ are homosexuals. Continue reading “ATTEMPT TO ELIMINATE THE WORD OF GOD”→
The media give the impression that the big danger of political violence in Germany comes from the right with marches and demonstrations by Pegida and the rise of the AfD. Marches and voting success, however, are less dangerous to democracy than firebomb attacks by the left on Christian individuals and organisations.
In an assault on press freedom, German pro-life journalist Gunnar Schupelius’s car was destroyed in an arson attack on December 31 for which the ‘Feminist Autonomous Cell’ (‘Feministische Autonome Zelle’ FAZ) claimed responsibility.
It would be difficult to make a case for Boris Johnson being a fine upstanding example of Christian manhood. Yet the prime minister’s Christmas address was refreshingly clear with its emphasis on the birth of Christ and in his support for persecuted Christians:
‘I want us to remember those Christians around the world who are facing persecution. For them, Christmas Day will be marked in private, in secret, perhaps even in a prison cell.
‘As Prime Minister, that’s something I want to change. We stand with Christians everywhere, in solidarity, and will defend your right to practise your faith.’
Considering the worldwide persecution Christians face today, saving persecuted Christian communities from extinction is not an effort one country can take on alone. Nevertheless, whilst international bodies turn a blind eye, one government is determined not to wait for everyone else to act: Hungary is stepping out alone.
The American fast food chain Chick-fil-A quietly opened a restaurant three weeks ago in the Cairngorms resort of Aviemore, in the Scottish Highlands.
A spokesperson for Macdonald Hotels, which owns the resort, told the Strathspey and Badenoch Herald: ‘A Chick-fil-A location has opened at our Macdonald Aviemore Resort. Chick-fil-A has already proved very popular with our guests.’
S.Truett Cathy, a devout Baptist, opened the first Chick-fil-A in Atlanta in 1967, and the chain has remained in his family’s hands ever since. Today their more than 2,300 locations across the USA are all closed on Sundays.
In a 2012 interview with the Baptist Press, Cathy was quoted as saying that he believes in the ‘biblical definition of the family unit’. The Cathy family have also compounded their offence by funding groups like the Salvation Army who have campaigned against same-sex marriage.
Now the third largest fast food chain in the USA, the company’s business model remains unique among its competitors – it’s a family-owned company explicitly guided by Christian values.
The initial reaction amongst Aviemore customers was positive. One guest on Twitter said the American food chain ‘lives up to expectations’ on 16 October, with others sharing positive reviews on TripAdvisor.
But the freedom to eat a well-produced chicken sandwich at the outlet of your choice is anathema to the LGBTQ etc zealots and their supporters in the media. As soon as the news spread the hate began.
On Tuesday’s 6.30 evening news, BBC1 Scotland’s premier news slot, the BBC lived up to its reputation of being totally committed to the LGBTQ etc programme. The lengthy news item included three interviews, all with LGBTQ etc campaigners determined to close down Chick-fil-A. It concluded with extremist MSP Patrick Harvie, co-leader of the Scottish Greens, describing Chick-fil-A as ‘toxic’.
The BBC broadcast no dissenting voice; no interview with a satisfied customer, no response from someone glad to get a job in a region with scarce employment opportunities, no defence of the company from the public, no mention of an assault on freedom of expression and association. Our state-funded, supposedly impartial broadcaster, continued with its agenda of cultural bias.
Interviewed in the pro-independence newspaper The National, Patrick Harvie called for Holyrood parliamentarians to boycott not just Chick-fil-A but the entire Macdonald Hotels chain to force it to reverse the decision to allow Chick-fil-A to open in Aviemore.
Harvie, the first openly bisexual man to be elected an MSP, argues that as well as being ‘a major name in the Scottish hospitality sector’, the Macdonald Hotel chain has close ties with the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
He said: ‘MSPs as well as visiting delegations from other countries often use their hotel on Holyrood Road, and many organisations hold briefing events there when the space inside Parliament is full. So we have a special responsibility to challenge them to drop their association with this toxic US company which funds campaigns to undermine LGBT+ people’s safety and human rights.
‘I cancelled the reservations I had there as soon as I heard about this partnership. I’d urge my colleagues to do the same until Macdonald end their commercial relationship with these sponsors of prejudice and hatred.’
To uphold, in a private capacity, the biblical view of sexual ethics is, in the opinion of a Scottish parliamentarian and co-leader of an influential party, sufficient evidence that your business must be crushed and driven out of the country. Even those associated with you in a purely commercial capacity have to be punished and compelled into line. This is the tolerance of the progressive.
No homosexual has ever been refused service in a Chick-fil-A restaurant, nor has a homosexual ever been refused employment, there are no posters decrying same sex marriage in their outlets and it is acknowledged that as employers Chick-fil-A care for their customers and staff. Nevertheless, they are ‘toxic’ and ‘sponsor prejudice and hatred’.
Chick-fil-A has previous experience of British media attack over the opening of a restaurant in The Oracle shopping centre in Reading. Pressure was brought to bear on the shopping centre to close the restaurant.
Such was the intolerance of the proponents of ‘diversity’ who set out to crush diverse voices disagreeing with them that the centre buckled and announced it would not renew the six-month lease. It remains to be seen whether Macdonald Hotels are willing to stand up to intolerance.
In the USA there have been concentrated attacks on Chick-fil-A: organised boycotts, state legislatures passing motions condemning Chick-fil-A, universities banning them from campus, homosexual ‘Kiss-ins’ organised in their restaurants. The pressure on the company has been relentless. But it has not always gone the way of the intolerant; there has been resistance.
The City Council of San Antonio, Texas, decided to remove a proposed Chick-fil-A location from its airport’s concession agreement. In response the Texas state legislature passed the ‘Save Chick-fil-A’ Bill. The Bill forbids government entities from taking ‘adverse actions’ against businesses because of those businesses’ ‘religious beliefs and moral convictions, including beliefs and convictions regarding marriage’.
The American public have responded to calls for a boycott by choosing Chick-fil-A instead of their usual restaurant. Business Insider reported that since the backlash exploded against Chick-fil-A in 2012, the company has more than doubled its annual sales and opened nearly 700 new locations.
In Chick-fil-A the intolerant progressive mob have bitten off more than they can chew.
It doesn’t matter what your church allegiance is, or even if you have none; most people think that the Missionaries of Charity, the religious order founded by Mother Teresa, is a good thing.
The order, with 4,500 nuns, is dedicated to ‘wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor’. The nuns care for refugees, former prostitutes, the mentally ill, sick and abandoned children, lepers, those with Aids, the aged, the convalescent. They run schools staffed by volunteers to educate street children. They run soup kitchens to feed the destitute. All this is provided free of charge and open to anyone regardless of religion, race or caste. Continue reading “NUN PUNISHED FOR SYMBOLIC REASONS”→