Draconian Equalities Bill has it’s wings clipped

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Harriet Harman and our wonderful government was intent on introducing amendments to the Equalities Bill which could have led churched into legal difficulties with employing people whose public and personal conduct was inconsistent with the beliefs of the church. The government claimed that wasn’t the case but the awful wording of the bill would have given a green light to those opposed to the church to cause untold damage. However the House of Lords has stepped in and for all intents and purposes has knocked the amendments on the head.

Now I’m no fan of the House of Lords per se and think we need a democratically elected second chamber, but thank God for them at this time.

This government speaks with a forked tongue on matters of faith. They go on about ‘inclusivity’ and ‘diversity’ but when it comes to the Christian faith then their real intentions show through. They have already run the Catholic adoption agencies out of town and were hoping to socially engineer the institution of the church with this bill, to remake it in the image of ‘New Labour‘.

And may God bless those who have been brave enough to put their head above the parapet to show their displeasure with this bill. They have risked having vile unfounded accusations made against them by those who hate the church and all it has given to our society.

  • John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, added: “Where are the examples of actual abuses that have caused difficulties? Where are the court rulings that have shown that the law is defective? If it ain’t broke, why fix it? The truth is that there are none because the status quo has been working perfectly satisfactorily.”
  • Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the Conservatives’ shadow minister for Community Cohesion, hailed the vote as a “victory for common sense”. She said: “We delivered a blow against the governments attempt to narrow the definition of ‘employment’ for the purposes of religion.”
  • Lady Butler-Sloss, one of Britain’s longest serving senior judges, told peers the Bill would restrict “the rights of religious groups to work with those of the same views and same religious convictions and it will, if passed, create the confusion it seeks to avoid.”
  • Labour peer Lord Davies added: “My support for my Government is second only to my Christian view. My view is that the standards and morals of the Christian church makes this country a much better place and I shall always oppose any measures that seek to marginalise the Christian Church.”

But of course if it’s religion in the public sphere then you can guarantee the fundamentalists will be waiting in the wings with their sharpened daggers.

Keith Porteous Wood, executive director of the National Secular Society, said: “The Government has faced a humiliating defeat at the hands of religious agitation in the Lords. The National Secular Society will once more complain to the European Commission. It is now quite likely the Government will be prosecuted in the European Court of Justice.”

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If Loving God Was A Crime

An oldie but goodie, Big Tent Revival at their best! Shame I couldn’t source the original video. 😦

But how apt the words are for today’s world.

If loving God was a crime, I’d be an outlaw.
I would join the fight.
They could not shut me down. I would stand tall.
What I know is right.
Would you stand with me, for the world to see,
when all is on the line?
Would you be ashamed, of Jesus name?
If loving God was a crime.
The school room I hear, teaches choices,
to kids who cannot pray.
And the unborn I fear, they have no voice,
in politics today.
Would you stand with me, for the world to see,
when all is on the line?
Would you be ashamed of Jesus name?
If loving God was a crime.
Take a look around.
What will tomorrow hold?
It’s time to stand our ground.
We must be bold, we must be bold.
If loving God was a crime, I’d be an outlaw.
I would join the fight.
Will you stand with me, for the world to see,
when all is on the line?
Will you be ashamed, of Jesus name,
when loving God is a crime?
When loving God is a crime…
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Reward for failure, Fred Goodwin and RNJM

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It seems that Fred ‘the shred’ Goodwin has found himself a new job. Apparently he’s been taken on by RNJM as a consultant.

Fred Goodwin was, of course the banker who ran up a £28 billion debt at RBS in 2008, the biggest loss in UK corporate history.

If I was a shareholder at RNJM I would be worried, very worried.

Still, this is Britain, where failure commands rewards.

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Stephen Baldwin on Celebrity Big Brother

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I have spent years resolutely not viewing Channel 4’s Big Brother. But this years has grabbed my attention. I think I was attracted to the possible train wreck of Stephen Baldwin meeting George O’Dowd (Boy George). Even though George was refused leave to enter the Big Brother House by the Probation Service I decided to throw caution to the wind and have a shufty at the program. Plus I saw The Usual Suspects a week before BB started.

Of all the inmates I find Stephen Baldwin the most interesting character. A born-again Christian, just like me but without the British reservation. He’s been on a number of reality shows in the States so his ‘play’ should be interesting.

He’s certainly not shy about his faith and has even led Alex Reid to a relationship with Jesus Christ. Fantastic!

I shall continue to watch while it remains interesting and gets up the nose of the born-again atheists.

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God’s Batallions – A Review

Just finished this book. You can read my short review below as posted on http://www.goodreads.com

God's Batallions: A History of the Crusades as the First Western War on Muslim Terror and Aggression God’s Batallions: A History of the Crusades as the First Western War on Muslim Terror and Aggression by Rodney Stark

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It’s such a joy to find a book that doesn’t seek to downplay or denigrate the Christian history of the West and the Middle East. Stark takes us into the reasons of the Crusades by relating the attacks and massacres of Christian pilgrims to the Holy Places. The Crusades and their so-called barbarity are put into the context of the time and the practice of war and diplomacy.

The relationship between the Latin church, the Orthodox church, the Western Kingdoms, the Byzantine empire and the Islamic world is wonderfully told. Enough information to enlighten but not too much to create a turgid narrative. The diplomacy, negotiation and intrigue involved in the preparation and continuation of the Crusades is fascinating to read.

The summing up also looks at how the historical accuracy of the Crusading period has been manipulated and used by West and East to fit their own desired version of history.

It’s only January but for me this will be the book of the year.

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Here’s some I missed

More persecution of the Christian

  •  On December 23, a bomb was detonated near the Syrian Orthodox church of St. Thomas in Mosul, Iraq.
  • On the same day, a bomb exploded in the same city outside the Chaldean church of St. George, killing three people.
  • Fifty people barred the doors of the Tafat Church in northern Algeria to stop a Christmas service. According to the Algerian newspaper El Watan, the Muslims threatened to kill the pastor.
  • On Christmas Eve, armed people attacked worshipers at a church in Kalar Kahar, Pakistan, injuring 65 Christian women and children. Local police were called but refused to help.
  • On December 17, about a thousand people attacked the nearly-completed church of St. Albert, which was being readied for Christmas Mass, in Bekasi Regency, near Jakarta, Indonesia. The people carried tanks of kerosene with which they set the church afire.

In each of those situation the ‘people’ were in fact adherents to another ‘religion’.

H/T John C Wright

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What hope for the Church of England as a Christian Institution?

Blessing phones, pdas and laptops. Ixplora

A VICAR has launched a bizarre bid to attract city workers to his church by offering to BLESS their mobile phones and laptops.The Rev David Parrott issued his first blessing over a heap of high-tech laptops and smart phones on the altar of London’s 17th Century St Lawrence Jewry church today.

Perhaps I’m being cynical but this does sound to me like the encroachment of trendyism into the church. Surely this disrespects the whole concept of christian worship?

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