The Eponymous Flower: Graz Professor Demands Death Penalty for Pope

The Eponymous Flower: Graz Professor Demands Death Penalty for Pope: Graz (kath.net) Richard Parncutt, professor of Systematic Musicology at the University of Graz, recently called for the death of Pope Bene…

What an intolerant bigot! A hate crime, surely?

Authored by Chris Hall

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Gloomy Sunday

Christians have no right to refuse to work on Sundays, rules judge.

Since when did the Judiciary deem themselves fit and proper to define theological matters? The presumptuousness of it!

Mr Justice Langstaff, a High Court judge says that Christians have no right to decline working on Sunday as it is not a “core component” of their beliefs. Apparently this was because some Christians were prepared to work Sundays.

Since Apostolic times Christians have gathered together one day a week to worship, break bread, offer the Eucharist and confess their sins. St Justin and Tertullian both mention the importance of Sundays. From thenceforth on there have been numerous Councils and ecclesiastical bodies.

Germany has had Sunday rest enshrined in its basic law as a day of rest and “spiritual elevation and indeed Sixteen of the EU’s 27 members have already provided legal protection for Sunday as a work-free day. This is where unions and churches have worked together to ensure that people, workers and families get the rest and protection that they need.

Aside from my own inclination to having Sunday as a day of rest why do I think that the Judge is wrong? It’s because of his reliance upon ‘The fact that some Christians were prepared to work on Sundays meant it was not protected.’

There we have a Judge at odds with earlier precedents on religious matters, and it always seems that Christians are treated differently. Consider the case of Sarika Singh, it’s as plain as the nose of my face that not all Sikhs wear the 5 items yet a Judge makes law as though all do. Yet as soon as an Orthodox Christian wearing a cross or Sunday working comes into the frame we get hit with ‘well not all Christians do that’.

Authored by Chris Hall

More Christian Presenters needed on Children’s TV

The BBC have been told to put more Christian presenters on children’s TV to ‘familiarise’ youngsters with different denominations. The study said Christian presenters would ‘validate’ the feelings of Christian children.  It said this was important for young people in their ‘ formative years’.

BBC children’s programmes should include more Catholic, Orthodox and Pentecostal Christians, a report of the corporation recommends. A panel of nine experts said youngsters should be introduced to the diversity of Christian denominations in their early years. While there has been a gradual increased in the representation of these people, they remain ‘still relatively invisible’ in the media, they said.

Demonstrating positive experiences and outcomes will stop Christian children feeling isolated, it said, particularly in rural areas. The report commissioned by the broadcaster, which drew on audience surveys and nine ‘faith experts’, concluded that all genres of programming should regularly feature diverse denominations, with news and drama currently the biggest problem areas.

For dramas and soaps, she recommended bolder storylines featuring Christian characters, while documentaries were deemed to need more Catholic presenters and portrayal of the Orthodox in history. As for comedy, the report concluded that the ‘biggest risk’ was Anglicans being the focus of a joke. This was judged as only truly acceptable when the comedians themselves were Anglican.

Acting director general Tim Davie, chair of the BBC Working Group which commissioned the review, said: ‘The BBC has a fundamental obligation to serve all its audiences. In fact, it’s one of the BBC’s public purposes to reflect the diversity of UK life, especially when 55% of the UK describe themselves as Christian according to the recent census.

Of course the above is a parody of this news item.

But it does make me ask the question as to why someone feels it’s important to have different Christian denominations as Children’s TV presenters? I mean, how do you know if they are Christian, and even if they are what denomination? Are we expected to keep an eye out for how they make the sign of the cross, or whether they genuflect or bow their head?

It’s madness, or as someone else has said:

I don’t want gay presenters, I don’t want straight presenters, I don’t want northern presenters, I don’t want southern presenters, I don’t want black, white, male female, able bodied or disabled presenters. I want competent presenters which seems less and less likely from an increasingly incompetent organisation.

Happy Birthday Charlie!

My boy is six years old today.

When we first saw him with his litter he was the lightest in colour and was the broadest in the beam. How little were we to know how much joy he would bring to our lives and that of our family.

Lord may we have many more years with Charlie.

Authored by Chris Hall

Violating Secularism

1929 issue showing Jesus being dumped from a w...

Seems the happy band that make up the assorted temporal League of Militant Atheists are running scared of those Godly people again. So incensed are the zealots by the prayers and supplications of the Institut Civitas that they’re thinking of applying to the courts to legally disband them and force them underground.

No, it’s not China or some time-warped Soviet satellite that everyone’s forgotten about, it’s the bastion of secularism, France.

“Secularism is not about simple tolerance. It’s not about ‘anything goes.’ It is a set of values that we have to share,” Minister of Education Vincent Peillon told the French press recently

We who believe often forget about the strength of the Lord. Others are only too aware and are seriously worried. And it shows.

Authored by Chris Hall