The United Nations has recently decided that 22nd August is to become ‘International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.’

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United Nations General Assembly

This should be welcomed in a world in which religious persecution is on the rise. Everyone has the right to believe whatever they wish to believe and to live out their faith as long as their actions do not harm others.

Unfortunately, it is very doubtful that the UN resolution will make any difference to the spread of religious persecution. International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief is liable to join the list of meaningless ‘Days’ created just so the proposers can feel good. Continue reading “GESTURES WON’T STOP RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION”



Clarity pays. It can be difficult at times, even cause problems, and there is always the temptation to fudge in order to keep everyone happy. In the end it is fudge that is fatal.

Just ask Theresa May. She tried to compromise in order to keep as many on board as she could, and only made divisions deeper. What is true in politics is just as true in the church.

The law is clear. Organisations with a distinct religious ethos can be exempted from some employment discrimination provisions in the Equality Act 2010. This covers churches, missionary societies and charities. Continue reading “SCRIPTURE UNION MAINTAINS STANCE ON SCRIPTURE”


Progressive Christians assure us that ‘the church is killing itself’, that it is ‘haemorrhaging members and money at an alarming rate’, and that this is all down to the fact that the church refuses completely to accept LGBTQ people who continue in a LGBTQ lifestyle.

Their advice is to be realistic, stop accepting the truth of Scripture, and admit that Christianity for the last two millennia has got it horribly wrong on homosexuality. So says Rev Oliver Thomas, a retired Baptist minister writing in USA Today. This comes after the United Methodist Church in the USA has edged closer to a split over the issue of same-sex marriage and LGBTQ pastors.See the source image

Their cry is that reason and experience should be our guides in formulating church policy, especially in sexual morality. They argue that this is the only way to make contact with the millennial generation which has been brought up in an atmosphere not just of tolerance but of celebration of homosexuality. Reject homosexual practice and you reject the growing generation. Continue reading “CONSERVATIVE CHURCHES GROW”


THE avant garde artistic world prides itself on its willingness to speak truth to power, to take a stand against censorship and to defy the stifling hand of orthodoxy. Unfortunately, its courage evaporates when confronted by Islam.

In a sharia-compliant move, a cutting-edge gallery has draped grey sheets over two paintings by the artist known as SKU, featuring an Islamic declaration of faith with images of naked women and the American flag, after complaints by Muslim visitors

Charles Saatchi

This was not an example of artistic cowardice – perish the thought. The Saatchi Gallery in London was showing compassion and sensitivity. They claimed they respected ‘the sincerity of the complaints made against these works’.

The visitors who complained called for the paintings to be removed to protect their religious sensibilities. The artist proposed a ‘compromise’ – the paintings should not be taken down but instead covered with sheets. This was to redefine ‘compromise’ as ‘grovelling surrender’. Continue reading “ARTISTIC COWARDICE IN THE FACE OF ISLAM”


The Bishop of Truro has issued an interim report commissioned by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on the suffering of Christians abroad. It makes grim reading. In some countries, the ‘level and nature’ of persecution is approaching ‘the international definition of genocide’.

Religious persecution affects all communities. Our media splurges on the dreadful plight of Uighur Muslims in China and Rohingya Muslims in Burma. However, ‘the inconvenient truth’ which the report finds is ‘that the overwhelming majority (80 per cent) of persecuted religious believers are Christians’.

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This is especially true of the Middle East from where there has been an exodus of Christians in the past two decades. The report shows that a century ago Christians comprised 20 per cent of the population of the Middle East and North Africa, but today the proportion has dropped to less than 4 per cent, or roughly 15million people. The population of Palestinian Christians has fallen from 15 per cent to 2 per cent, and continues to fall. Continue reading “WHY DOESN’T THE UK PROTECT PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS?”


The Football Association has decreed that any future cup-winning celebrations will be marked by the ritual spraying of all and sundry with a vigorously shaken bottle of – fake champagne, apple juice, fizzy water or any other carbonated beverage, as long as it is not alcoholic.See the source image

English football’s governing body has a long-held tradition of placing a case of bubbly in the winning dressing room on Cup Final day. No longer. In future the victorious team will be given a case of alcohol-free champagne substitute.

Why? In case players whose religious beliefs prohibit the use of alcohol may be offended. ‘This is to ensure that we are as inclusive as possible to players and communities who may be prohibited from alcohol, as well as any players who are under 18.’ The Football Association had received no complaints from organisations or individuals. Continue reading “APPEASEMENT DOESN’T WORK”


What happens when a political party is facing its biggest crisis in living memory, with extinction a real possibility? Do they get down to work and face the crisis, devise a coherent plan to limit the fallout and rebuild? Not if they are the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.

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Theresa May – Prime Minister

Will Britain’s Conservative Party survive in recognisable form? They face an existential crisis due to their lamentable handling of the Brexit negotiations and their incompetent attempts to remove Theresa May as leader. Repeated rejections of her proposal concerning the most important policy of our lifetime and a party in utter disarray mean the future doesn’t look good for Conservatives throughout the UK. When the dust has settled, it is questionable if they will see a return to government in the short to medium term future.