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Post  Admin on Sun 15 Jun 2014, 4:28 pm

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Cameron pledges lessons on Magna Carta as he seeks to push British values

PM says people shouldn’t be “bashful about Britishness"

David Cameron has pledged to teach all school children about Magna Carta as he claims the country needs to be “more muscular” in promoting British values.
Mr Cameron said a “worrying” message of tolerance towards non-British values has led to division and allowed extremism in the UK.
The Prime Minister’s comments follow the controversy of the Trojan Horse schools scandal, in which the Islamist influence found at some institutions in Birmingham led to Education Secretary Michael Gove telling teachers that they must “actively promote British values”.
Mr Cameron said he wanted to use the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, a year from today, as an opportunity for every child to learn about “the foundation of all our laws and principles”.
Writing in the Mail on Sunday today, Mr Cameron claimed that “in recent years, we have been in danger of sending out a worrying message: that if you don’t want to believe in democracy, that’s fine; that if equality isn’t your bag, don’t worry about it; that if you’re completely intolerant of others, we will still tolerate you.
“This has not just let to division it has also allowed extremism – of both the violent and non-violent kind – to flourish. We need to be far more muscular in promoting British values and the institutions that uphold them.”
Magna Carta, which was signed by King John in 1215, is “a great document in our history,” Mr Cameron said, adding: “It is what my favourite book, ‘Our Island Story’, describes as the ‘foundation of all our laws and liberties’. In sealing it, King John had to accept his subjects were citizens – for the first time giving them rights, protections and security."
The Prime Minister said that a “genuinely liberal country” believes in certain values, actively promotes them and “says to its citizens: this is what defines us as a society”.
He said the UK’s “belief in freedom, tolerance of others, accepting personal and social responsibility, respecting and upholding the rule of law” are as “British as the Union Flag, football and fish and chips”.
“We should not be squeamish about our achievements, or bashful about our Britishness,” he said.
Downing Street will launch the celebratory activity for the anniversary of Magna Carta at an event tomorrow, while the next 12 months will see dedicated lessons in schools teaching children about the charter, with specialist television programming and celebratory events planned.
Historian David Starkey, who is making a BBC2 series about Magna Carta to run next year, praised the plan to highlight the importance of the charter in schools. He said: “Every child, especially Muslim children, should be taught about Magna Carta.
“The reason people have become immigrants in Britain is precisely because they value life here. What are intrinsic to that life are the social, economic and political freedoms that go back to Magna Carta,” he told The Sunday Times.

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Saving 40% less power of Electricity per year. We need more of these. Green energy way to go!
UK’s Largest Water Company Utilizes Israeli Tech
Posted by: Aryeh Savir  June 6, 2014 , 8:21 am
“Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well.” (Proverbs 5:15)

Mapal’s Floating Fine Bubble Aeration system uses 40 percent less power and can save 308 MWh of electricity per year. (Photo: Mapal)

United Utilities, the UK‘s largest listed water company supplying around 7 million homes in the North West of England, is the latest water utility to discover the merits of floating fine bubble aeration technology, developed and marketed by Israel’s Mapal Green Energy.

Announcing the installation of Mapal Green Energy’s Floating Fine Bubble Aeration (FFBA) system at its Horwich sludge plant, United Utilities said that it is upgrading its current installation with new equipment which is expected to be significantly more energy efficient.

The current plant comprises two biological reactors with a capacity of 3900 liters/hr. The existing installation of fixed mechanical aerators will be replaced with 16 floating fine bubble units. Surface aeration plats treat sewage using air and a biological floc composed of bacteria and protozoa.
Initial forecasts suggests that Mapal’s FFBA system is expected to deliver the same or improved process performance at up to 40% less power than is currently consumed, saving a possible 308 MWh of electricity per year.

Dale Walker, Senior Area Engineering Manager, United Utilities commented: “The system will provide a number of benefits in addition to attractive power savings and may provide a financially viable lower cost solution compared to traditional FBDA installations for small to medium sized surface aeration plants. The system can be retrofitted to existing plants and installed without requiring major shutdowns of the existing plant. The equipment is also readily accessible for maintenance purposes.”

The UU project team has worked closely with Mapal Green Energy’s engineers over the last few months to finalize the design and secure funding. The system is due to go live in August – the water firm will work with Mapal to maximize the benefits from the new plant.

Horwich will be the largest FFBA installation in the UK. Mapal said the FFBA units have been extensively tested. The supplier is confident the technology will deliver important energy savings and easier maintenance – the installation has no moving parts in the wastewater processing tank.
With over 35 installations worldwide, Mapal’s floating fine bubble aeration (FFBA) system has proven itself to meet and improve stringent sewage quality parameters including the reduction of organic components and Ammonia, and has achieved major cost savings, as well as delivered proven performance.


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Post  Admin on Fri 06 Jun 2014, 10:25 am

UK Home Secretary Theresa May on Muslim Trojan Horse school plot: “Is it true that the Department for Education was warned in 2010? If so, why did nobody act?”
    Home Secretary Theresa May is shocked, shocked to discover that the Department for Education was warned in 2010 of the Islamic takeover plot of British school districts, and yet no one acted. May is clearly channeling Captain Renault in the film classic Casablanca, when he declares, “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” (after collecting his winnings, of course).

Theresa May caved to these same Islamic supremacists when they demanded that Robert Spencer and I be banned from speaking in the UK. A reckless and craven act of dhimmitude, which we are challenging with what appears to be good result. The trojan horse plot has been implemented for years without interruption because of the cowardice of British authorities like May.UK Home Secretary Theresa May on Muslim 
Trojan Horse school plot: “Is it true that the Department for Education was warned in 2010? If so, why did nobody act?” (thanks to Robert Spencer)
Is Theresa May serious? She wants to know why nobody acted on Islamic supremacist attempts to take over British schools even when these plots became known? Nobody acted because of people like…Theresa May. Everyone was afraid to act because they were afraid that if they did, they would be labeled “Islamophobic” by a British political class that demonizes and even bans from the country those who speak out against jihad terror. When Britain collapses into civil war or capitulates totally to Sharia, the blame will be squarely on the shoulders of Theresa May and her allies and comrades.“Home Secretary Theresa May at war with Michael Gove as she sends him open letter calling for tougher rules to deal with Islamic extremism in schools after Trojan Horse plot,” by Richard Spillett, Daily Mail, June 4, 2014:Home Secretary 

Theresa May has launched a thinly-veiled attack on Education Secretary Michael Gove over his handling of the Trojan Horse schools scandal.In a letter to her cabinet colleague, Mrs May called for tougher rules to tackle Islamic extremism in schools and asked why action was not taken sooner.A total of 21 schools in Birmingham have been inspected since allegations that Muslim hardliners were attempting to seize control of school boards in the city.After police, Ofsted and Department of Education launched investigations, a letter emerged in which Mrs May appeared to question Mr Gove’s response.

She wrote: ‘Is it true that Birmingham City Council was warned about these allegations in 2008? Is it true that the Department for Education was warned in 2010? If so, why did nobody act?‘I am aware that several investigations are still ongoing and those investigations are yet to conclude. But it is clear to me that we will need to take clear action to improve the quality of staffing and governance if we are to prevent extremism in schools.’A government task force on tackling extremism last year recommended a voluntary code of conduct to prevent children being exposed to ‘intolerant or extremist views’ in religious schools.But Mrs May said the Birmingham allegations showed the potential need for a mandatory code and urged Mr Gove to include that option in his plans.Mrs May wrote: ‘[Since] December there have been serious allegations of extremism in some Birmingham schools and accusations about the inability of local and central government to tackle the problem effectively.
‘In this context, I am not convinced that a voluntary code is sufficient and I believe it would be sensible to include the option of developing a mandatory code in your consultation document.’Mrs May said the Birmingham allegations ‘raise serious questions about the quality of school governance and oversight arrangements in the maintained sector, not just the supplementary schools that would be signatories to this code of practice’.Mrs May and Mr Gove moved to damp down speculation over a row within the Cabinet today, issuing a joint statement.
WHAT IS THE TROJAN HORSE PLOT?The so-called Trojan Horse plot first came to light earlier this year.
Department for Education inspectors were ordered into Park View School in Birmingham along with its sister schools, Golden Hillock and Nansen, after a letter dubbed ‘Trojan Horse’ was uncovered.

It is alleged girls at the school were forced to sit at the back of the classroom and non-Muslim pupils forced to ‘teach themselves’.The letter, which some have claimed is fake, prompted separate investigations by both the Department for Education (DfE) and Ofsted in to the school and several others in the area.The DfE has also appointed its own education commissioner, the former head of the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism unit Peter Clarke for the investigation.

The National Association of Head Teachers said it had ‘serious concerns’ about attempts to ‘alter the character’ of at least six schools – warning the ‘plot’ was spreading across the country.It said: ‘The Department for Education and the Home Office take the problems in Birmingham schools and all issues relating to extremism very seriously.‘Michael Gove and Theresa May are working together to ensure we get to the bottom of what has happened in Birmingham and take the necessary steps to fix it.’And a source close to the 

Education Secretary said: ‘Michael Gove thinks Theresa May is a superb Home Secretary.‘We will continue to work well with the Home Office and other Government departments to combat extremism in all its forms.’Of the 21 schools inspected over the alleged Trojan Horse plot by hardline Muslims to seize control of classrooms, three have so far been given a clean bill of health by Ofsted.Ninestiles School, an Academy in Acocks Green, Small Heath School, and Washwood Heath Academy are the first to publish the results of their inspections, after Mr Gove sent Ofsted in.
Park View school has been the focus of the most damning allegations after whistleblowing teachers claimed the school was in the hands of a group of extremists who infiltrated the governing body.But Park View trust, which runs the school and three others in the city, has denied any wrong-doing.Trust chairman Tahir Alam, who was accused of being part of the plot, has called the allegations ‘a witch-hunt’.The school said leaked Ofsted findings were causing ‘unwarranted and unnecessary concern’ for children and parents.

It came as 20 educationalists said the snap inspections called after the claims had ‘tarnished’ Ofsted’s reputation.
In a letter to the Guardian, a group of experts including Sir Tim Brighouse, a former chief education officer, said: ‘First-hand accounts of the Ofsted inspections that have emerged are disturbing.‘They suggest that inspectors were poorly prepared and had an agenda that calls into question Ofsted’s claim to be objective and professional in its appraisal of standards in schools serving predominately Muslim pupils.‘It is beyond belief that schools which were judged less than a year ago to be outstanding are now widely reported as “inadequate”, despite having the same curriculum, the same students, the same leadership team and the same governing body.’ - See more at:

UK: Wife and Doting Mother Beheaded by Muslim Husband in West London Home

    Doting mother and dutiful wife — not dutiful enough, apparently.
Friends and neighbors today spoke of their shock that such a thing could happen to such a “happy and lovely couple.”merton-avenueTahira Ahmed case: Wife ‘found decapitated after row’A mother of two found dead at her home in west London had been decapitated, the Old Bailey has heard.Tahira Ahmed, 38, was discovered by police on 27 May in the living room of her house in Merton Avenue, Northolt after neighbours heard an argument.A post-mortem examination found both her arms had been broken. It also found she had been stabbed and decapitated.Ms Ahmed’s husband, Naveed Ahmed, 41, has been charged with her murder and was remanded in custody.He will next appear on 18 August.During the hearing, the court was told the couple had lived together for 14 years - See more at:


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Post  Admin on Tue 03 Jun 2014, 9:41 pm

Irish Pastor Under ‘Hate Crime’ Investigation For Sunday Sermon Against Islam
June 03, 2014 | Garrett Haley
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A 75-year-old Irish preacher was subjected to a police probe after he condemned Islam in a sermon and was accused of ‘hate mongering.’

James McConnell, pastor of the Whitewell Metropolitan Church in North Belfast, Ireland, discussed the religion of Islam during an evening sermon on Sunday, May 18th. During the sermon, McConnell denounced Islam and said the contrast between it and Christianity is stark.
“The God we worship and serve this evening is not Allah,” he proclaimed, according to a video of his sermon. “The Muslim god—Allah—is a heathen deity. Allah is a cruel deity. Allah is a demon deity.”
McConnell then criticized the “foolish” British government for attempting to appease Muslims financially, saying Islam is “a doctrine spawned in hell.” He also noted that Christians around the world are persecuted for their faith by the “fanatical worshipers” of Allah.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, McConnell’s remarks were inspired by the current plight of Meriam Ibrahim—a professing Orthodox Christian woman in Sudan. As previously reported, Ibrahim was sentenced to hang after she was convicted of apostasy for refusing to deny her faith and convert to Islam.
Following McConnell’s May 18th sermon, the Police Service of Northern Ireland investigated the preacher for allegations of hate crime. Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness described the preacher’s comments as “hate mongering” and said the anti-Muslim statements “must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.”
“Coming in the wake of recent spate of disgraceful racist attacks against families in parts of Belfast and elsewhere, such inflammatory comments only serve to fuel hatred,” McGuinness added, according to the Daily Mirror. “It is essential that there is a full and thorough investigation of these comments and their potential to generate further racist attacks.”
After McConnell’s sermon was publicized, numerous people denounced his message through social media and online comment threads. Furthemore, the Whitewell Metropolitan Church’s website was attacked by hackers and—as of late this week—was unavailable.
“There are currently attempts to hack and compromise our church website,” the church’s Facebook page explains. “The website is temporarily unavailable. Please be patient as we investigate further.”
In the midst of the attacks from non-Christians, many others have rallied to support McConell. Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson said he has personally visited Whitewell Metropolitan Church several times and was thoroughly impressed by McConnell’s preaching.
“There isn’t an ounce of hatred in his bones,” Robinson stated in a newspaper interview. “This is someone who preaches the gospel.”
Later, Robinson clarified his comment in a statement:
“I strongly believe that Pastor James McConnell has the right to freedom of speech,” he explained. “I will defend his right just as I defend the right of others to express views with which I disagree. People have the right to express their differing views and indeed the essence of democracy is the ability to do so in a way that is free from fear and intimidation.”
Others have supported McConnell through social media.
“What Pastor McConnell said is simply the correct Christian standpoint, accurately reflecting the Biblical evaluation of good and evil,” one commenter noted.
“Sometimes the cold truth is what is needed,” another wrote. “If it does not exalt the name of Jesus then it is spawned in hell. Continue to stand for the gospel and shame on any man of God who turns on another for speaking truth.”


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Post  Admin on Tue 27 May 2014, 11:55 am

Prince Charles set to court controversy again with comments on reforming capitalism
Prince Charles prompted a diplomatic spat with Russia last week when he compared Vladimir Putin to Hitler
ADAM SHERWIN  Author Biography   Monday 26 May 2014
The Prince of Wales is to speak at a major conference about reforming capitalism just days after the heir to the throne was warned not to speak out on matters of public controversy.

Prince Charles prompted a diplomatic spat with Russia last week when he compared Vladimir Putin to Hitler during a visit to Canada.
However the Prince will not be deflected from commenting on public affairs. Clarence House confirmed that he is address a conference staged by the Inclusive Capitalism Initiative at London’s Mansion House and Guildhall tomorrow (Tuesday).
The Prince is due to deliver the opening remarks at the conference, which will discuss measures to combat “worldwide increases in income inequality” as well as “historically high and persistent unemployment and short-term approaches to managing and owning companies.”
The agenda echoes Ed Miliband’s call for a “responsible capitalism” which would tackle issues such as excessive executive pay alongside reforms to create sustained growth and reduce inequality.
The conference seeks “practical ways to renew capitalism to make it an engine of economic opportunity and shared prosperity through the adoption of inclusive business practices.”
The event also asks how capitalism can generate “more jobs or better pay for workers”. The Prince’s speech will be followed with an address Michael Sommer, President of the German Confederation of Trade Unions and the International Trade Union Confederation.
His speech is titled: “The German model – how labour, management and capital can work together to increase the benefits of capitalism.”
Clarence House believes the conference is an appropriate forum for the Prince to speak. A spokesman said: “The Prince of Wales will attend the Conference on Inclusive Capitalism on Tuesday, as part of his standard engagement programme, at the invitation of the conference hosts The Lord Mayor of London and Lady de Rothschild. HRH will deliver the opening address, contributing to the discussion on ways to develop an inclusive, sustainable and resilient society."
The Prince can claim that he is in good company at the high-level event. Keynote speakers include Bill Clinton, Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England and Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund.
A statement of its values on the Initiative’s website says: “Inclusive Capitalism is concerned with fixing the elevator of the economist Larry Katz’s famous analogy that portrays the American economy as an apartment block in which the penthouses have increased in size, the middle apartments are more and more squeezed, the basement is flooded, but what “gets people down the most” is that the elevator is broken.”
Financial backers of the conference include Len Blavatnik, the Ukraine-born oligarch, estimated to be the second-richest man in Britain, whose interests extend from oil and gas to the Warner Music group, home of Coldplay and Kylie Minogue.

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Post  Admin on Thu 22 May 2014, 5:09 pm

Decapitation, Morality Squads and "Five-Star Jihad"
A Month of Islam in Britain: April 2014
by Soeren Kern
May 20, 2014 at 5:00 am

The number of so-called taxi-rapes has snowballed to such an extent that a British judge recently issued a warning that no woman can expect to be safe while travelling in a cab.
Ibrahim Munir, an exiled senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood now living in Britain, when asked if violence would be an option, replied, "Any possibility."
"Do I have to change my religion to get the best [banking] deal?" — Lloyds Bank customer, quoted in The Daily Telegraph.
Islam and Islam-related issues were omnipresent in Britain during the month of April 2014, and can be categorized into three broad themes: 1) The British government's growing concern over Islamic extremism and the domestic security implications of British jihadists in Syria; 2) The continuing spread of Islamic Sharia law in all aspects of British daily life; and 3) Ongoing questions of Muslim integration into British society.
1. Islamic Extremism and Syria-Related Threats
British Prime Minister David Cameron announced a "thorough probe" of the Muslim Brotherhood's activities in Britain. At a press conference, he said:
"We want to challenge the extremist narrative that some Islamist organisations have put out. What I think is important about the Muslim Brotherhood is that we understand what this organization is, what it stands for, what its beliefs are in terms of the path of extremism and violent extremism, what its connections are with other groups, what its presence is here in the UK."
The review will be headed by Sir John Jenkins, the British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. This has led some analysts to surmise that the oil-rich nation—which sees the Muslim Brotherhood as a threat to its own stability—is pressuring Cameron to ban the group from British soil. (Cameron's announcement also came just weeks after Britain finalized a deal for the sale of 72 Eurofighter Typhoon strike jets to Saudi Arabia.) Jenkins has been asked to compile a report on the movement's "philosophy and values and alleged connections with extremism and violence."
The Muslim Brotherhood was banned from Egypt and many members expelled following the coup d'état there in July 2013. The group recently opened a new headquarters above an unused kebab shop in Cricklewood, northwest London.
The most senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood living in exile in Britain, Ibrahim Munir, denied claims that the group was moving its British operations from London to the Austrian city of Graz. The Daily Mail, a British newspaper, reported on April 12 that the Muslim Brotherhood was preparing to move its headquarters to Austria in an "apparent attempt to avoid an inquiry into its activities set up by the Prime Minister."

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Post  Admin on Mon 19 May 2014, 10:46 pm

Israel, UK Unite on Cyber-Defense
Posted by: Ahuva Balofsky  May 19, 2014 , 12:31 pm
“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9)

Israel and the UK are collaborating on improving their cyber-defense capabilities. (Photo: Chris Roberts/ Wiki Commons)

Following a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Britain’s Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance (OCSIA) and the Israeli government in 2013, the two countries have now signed a Letter of Intent to jointly fund cyber research.

A call went out last month from Israel’s National Cyber Bureau (INCB) and Ministry of Science, Technology and Space (MOST), and the UK’s Cabinet Office (CO) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for research proposals in the field of cyber security.  Thursday, Dr. Eviatar Matania, head of INCB, and his British counterpart, James Quinault, Head of OCSIA, signed the Letter of Intent in London.

“Britain is one of the most advanced countries in the world on cyber defense, and we place great importance on promoting and strengthening cooperation with our UK partners,” said Dr. Matania. “We believe that mutual sharing of knowledge will strengthen both countries.”

A press release issued by Israel’s Economics Minister said the fund “will enable Israeli and British researchers to strengthen collaboration and conduct joint projects which will place them at the forefront of global scientific research.”

The fund, which is set at  £1.2 million (over $2 million), will be channeled into research in six key areas: identity management, governance: regulating cyber security, privacy assurance and perceptions, mobile and cloud security, human aspects of security or usable security and cryptography.  These areas were chosen by academics as the fields in which cooperation would be most beneficial.  The goal is to encourage UK and Israeli academics to work together more effectively.

Israel takes a special interest in cyber security, as its sites and servers are disproportionately targeted by hackers worldwide.  Although many of those attacks were thwarted, Israel’s Head of Military Intelligence, Major General Aviv Kohavi, sees the cyber threat as growing and dynamic, one whose impact is not yet fully understood.

Speaking in January at  the seventh annual Security Challenges of the 21st Century conference at Tel Aviv’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Kohavi said, “There are 170,00 rockets and missiles directed at Israel. There are increased threats from the cyber realm along with great additional potential for intelligence in cyber capabilities.”

Israel has not taken the offensive lying down, however, and has created an elite team of its own hackers, under the auspices of the country’s intelligence agency, the Shin Bet.  Last month they successfully launched a counter-offensive against the hacker collective Anonymous, identifying sixteen members, photographing them using their own webcams, and revealing their personal online information.  The information was published via Facebook, along with the message, “Anonymous, next time do not mess with us.”

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Post  Admin on Fri 16 May 2014, 2:31 pm
Hundreds of UK tourists to be evacuated from Kenya following Islamic terror warnings
Pamela Geller
When is AP going to use the word “Islamic” and jihad? These silly fobs will be the death of us all.

“UK travel company evacuating hundreds of tourists from Kenya following terror warnings,”
Associated Press,  May 15, 2014

LONDON – A British travel agency says it is evacuating hundreds of tourists from Kenya after Britain’s Foreign Office warned people to leave because of terrorist threats.
Package holiday operator Thomson says it is flying all its customers on holiday in Kenya back to the U.K. Thursday and Friday following updated travel advice from the government. The Foreign Office on Tuesday said all but essential travel to Mombasa island and the surrounding coastal area should be avoided, and that visitors already there should leave.
Thomson said it has about 400 customers in Kenya, including those in Mombasa and on safari.
The company is also cancelling all flights to Mombasa until the end of October.
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Post  Admin on Fri 14 Feb 2014, 10:34 am

Disasters Emergency Committee and Oxfam rule out aid for flood victims as UK too rich
BRITAIN’S Disasters Emergency Committee today ruled out any involvement or help with the UK flooding tragedy, saying its remit was purely for “poorer countries overseas”.
It said it would not be broadcasting one of its appeals for donations to families and communities gripped by the crisis in the South and South West because its charitable objectives barred any action.

Only the Red Cross of its 14 members have offered to help, while another Oxfam said Britain was too rich to justify its aid.
Calls have grown for the DEC to intervene in the way it so famously did for foreign earthquake victims, but a spokesman said its hands were tied.
The DEC, which spent £32million last year, is an umbrella group made up of 14 UK charities which help provide clean water, humanitarian aid and medical care.
But only one of its members, the Red Cross, has pitched in to help those hit by the extreme weather the country has experienced. 
FloodThose stricken by float are rescued by boat [PA]
The charity has set up rest centres and delivered aid to flood hit areas of Britain, but fellow DEC members have said they will not be offering any help to those devastated by the crisis.
Instead they will have to rely on Government cash and insurance payouts.
In a statement, the DEC said: "Storms and flooding in the UK this winter have had a serious impact on a number of communities, causing enormous distress for those whose lives and livelihoods have been affected.  
“DEC member British Red Cross has been extremely active in responding to the UK floods up and down the country, alongside the UK authorities which also have significant resources and capacity in this area.
“Most DEC member charities are experts at providing the kind of developmental and humanitarian assistance needed in the world’s poorest countries.  
HaiyanOxfam has been helping victims of overseas disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan [REUTERS]
“This is why the DEC’s remit is to launch appeals only following a major disaster in poorer countries rather than in developed nations such as the UK."
The DEC specialises in broadcasting television appeals and co-ordinating the UK response to overseas disasters.
The DEC spokesman added: "We are specifically to help in the world's poorest countries and getting involved in developed countries such as the UK isn't part of our charitable objective. 
“The exception to that is the Red Cross, who have the relevant expertise to help in situations such as this, where the needs tend to be quite different." 
Other charities that belong to the DEC include Oxfam, CARE International and Christian Aid.
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My Note for your interest:- Each of the above links take you to more links of news and photos of flooded areas.
HaiyanThe DEC said it was focused on helping those in the world's poorest countries [REUTERS]
A spokesperson for Oxfam said: “We wouldn't respond to an emergency in the UK. 
“It's the sixth richest country in the world and the government has said there is enough money to cope. 
"We only intervene in countries were there is no infrastructure or resources and people would die if we didn't go there."
The Red Cross, meanwhile, has been helping with rest centres, evacuations, emergency supplies and providing vehicles in Somerset, and the Thames Valley, where it helped rescue three elderly victims in Wraysbury yesterday.
The charity’s staff and volunteers have also been working in Kent and Sussex, London, and Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

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Post  Admin on Sun 09 Feb 2014, 1:17 am

Call to prayer for nation in storm and flood 
Bishop Michael
Storms hit the South West of
England An urgent call to prayer in Churches and homes across Britain has been made by Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali ahead of extreme weather warnings for the coming weekend.
“I am calling on our churches and Christian people to pray for our nation at this time of crisis and to ask God for protection for those most exposed to danger and destruction from severe flooding, torrential rain and high winds which have left great devastation in their wake, particularly in the west of England, Wales and coastal areas of the United Kingdom,” says the Bishop.
He asks for prayer in particular for:
Those bereaved, injured and turned out of their homes
People whose businesses have been damaged
Those whose job it is to protect the vulnerable – the army, police, fire service, ambulance crews, utility workers and public authorities 
“We must ask God for protection from the menace of further storms forecast for this weekend;  for protection from disease for people in the front line of devastating weather conditions; and for protection for our livestock, crops and the environment in general.  We must ask God to forgive us if we have in any way mistreated or neglected the land, the waterways, the environment generally and the common good," he said.
The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for the flood-stricken south-west of England, for London, the south-east and Wales, predicting torrential rain and winds of up to 80mph tonight (Friday 7 February)and tomorrow, which could cause another wave of power cuts and topple trees as well as causing inland and coastal flooding.
Bishop Michael urges churches to make the casualties of extreme weather the focus of their prayers this weekend.

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Lord Carey warns Church of England not to "dance to the world's agenda"
The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, has warned that the Church of England risks a break-up if it attempts to follow political fashions on issues such as same-sex 'marriage'.
Speaking at Chester Cathedral, Lord Carey said that the Church should not allow itself to fracture under the burden of "dancing to the world’s agenda", adding that the apathy shown by the Government to Christians was sometimes "worse than persecution".
The warning comes as the College of Bishops prepares to meet on Monday (27th January) to discuss the proposals of the Pilling Report to allow the CofE to informally bless same-sex relationships.  
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Urge the Bishops to stand up for marriage

Sir Joseph Pilling  This weekend provides an opportunity to contact the Bishops expressing opposition to the proposals in the Pilling Report which recommends recognition of same-sex relationships by the Church of England.

The College of Bishops meets on Monday (27th January) to give serious consideration to the Pilling Report's proposals.
The Report suggests that while the CofE should not change its official teaching on marriage and sexuality, it should enter into a period of “facilitated conversions” to allow local clergy to offer informal blessings of same sex partnerships, using unauthorised liturgies. 
However, to allow informal blessings of same-sex relationships, while claiming that the church’s teaching has not changed, would, in practice and in fact, change the church’s traditional teaching. 
Please write to the Bishops before Monday, urging them to affirm the Bible’s clear teaching on marriage and sexuality and to give courageous leadership which is faithful to Scripture.
Concerns about the Pilling recommendations which you may wish to make are:
The report as a whole appeals to the secular world-view by seeking to accommodate same-sex relationships.
The liberal view of Scripture adopted by the Report is hugely concerning as it wrongly claims that Scripture does not offer conclusive teaching on the issue of homosexual practice.
Despite claiming that Scripture and theology are unclear on the rightness of homosexual practice, the report urges the church to go ahead and bless such practice, as long as the relationships are ‘permanent, faithful and stable’.
The Bible offers clear teaching on how humans are best able to flourish and we appeal to our Bishops to reinforce the commitment to biblical teaching.
Permitting church services to bless same sex unions using unofficial liturgies would be a direct denial of the authority and teachings of the Bible, and would result in serious division, distress and acrimony within the Church.
Allowing clergy to offer an informal blessing, and claiming that this does not change traditional Anglican teaching, is a confusing distinction and appears contradictory to the wide Christian community and beyond.
True pastoral care in the case of those experiencing same-sex attraction is to help them live Christianly and it is wrong to separate teaching and practice.
Please also ask the Bishops to support the strong dissent to the Report issued by the Bishop of Birkenhead, which you can read here >

Click here to read the full text of the Pilling Report >
For contact details of the Bishops please click here 
Please sign petition asking MEPs to vote against pro-gay agenda
On February 3rd, the European Parliament will vote on a crucial report by Austrian MEP Ulrike Lunacek known as the “EU Roadmap against homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.” 
The report calls on EU Member States that have not redefined marriage to recognise same sex 'marriages' that have been contracted in other states.  
Furthermore, under the guise of fighting hate speech and hate crime, it requires Member States to offer the LGBT community unrestricted freedom of speech, whilst offering no similar protections for those who do not fall within this category. As such, the proposals would effectively silence those who express any opposition to homosexual practice.  
Please sign the petition by Citizen Go, calling on Members of the European Parliament to reject the proposals put forward by Lunacek Report.   
Having already attained 12,700 signatures, Citizen Go is aiming to get a total of 20,000 signatures in the next week.  You can help them to achieve their target by signing the petition now.  
All responses will go to MEP coalition leaders, and it is reported that the proposals have already attracted negative publicity for the European Parliament.
Click here to sign the petition and find out more 

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Further Action: Opportunity under Canon Law to challenge Wells Cathedral showing blasphemous film

Thank you to those who have expressed their dismay at the decision by the Dean of Wells Cathedral to permit the screening of the Martin Scorsese film, ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’, this coming Saturday.

If you are an Anglican member of the diocese of Bath and Wells please consider challenging the decision by pointing out that Canon Law prohibits the House of God being used to show profane material.
If, however, you are a concerned Christian outside the Anglican church, please also make your views known.
The Cathedral plans to show the film on Saturday (7.30pm, 25 January) as part of the Bath Film Festival, so action is required quickly.
Please contact the Bishop’s office, the Chancellor of the Diocese and Lambeth Palace (see contact details below) to say that the decision to show the film is challengeable under Canon Law and quote the following articles of the law:
Canon F15 (Of Churches not to be profaned) 
1.    The churchwardens and their assistants shall not suffer the church or chapel to be profaned by any meeting therein for temporal objects inconsistent with the sanctity of the place...
Canon F 16 (Of plays, concerts, and exhibitions of films and pictures in churches) 
1.    When any church or chapel is to be used for a play, concert, or exhibition of films or pictures, the minister shall take care that the words, music and pictures are such as befit the House of God, are consonant with sound doctrine, and make for the edifying of the people.

In addition you can also indicate to the Bishop’s Office that a complaint may be made against the Dean of Wells Cathedral, the Very Revd John Clarke, under the Clergy Discipline Measure, for "conduct unbecoming a clerk in holy orders" because of actions permitting profane material such as this film to be shown.
Contact details:
The Bishop's Office:  Please note that although the See is vacant at present the diocesan website suggests making contact by either: writing to the Bishops' Office, The Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset BA5 2PD, phoning 01749 672341 or emailing the Bishop of Taunton:

 The Chancellor of the Diocese: The Worshipful Timothy Briden at 
Lambeth Palace: Revd Dr Malcolm Brown, Director of Mission and Public Affairs at

A number of supporters have contacted us to say the response from the Cathedral to their complaints about the film, has been wholly unsatisfactory. Read the statement from the Dean’s office here:
“The Dean of Wells thanks you for your message of concern. Please find below a statement from the Cathedral.

The cathedral considers bookings from a range of organisations for the use of its space and late last year the Chapter agreed to let the Bath Film Festival use the cathedral to screen the ‘Last Temptation of Christ’ on Saturday 25th January 2014.  The screening is being arranged as a companion event to the Bath Film Festival’s recent showing of the silent film THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC in another of the West Country’s most magnificent places of worship: Bath Abbey.
The film is an adaptation of the novel by the well-known Cretan author Nikos Kazantzakis. In the past the film has caused some controversy. However, it raised important theological questions about the nature of temptation and vocation, and in particular the temptations that Jesus faced.   The climax of the film is the realisation by Jesus that the desire to escape the cross and have a 'normal' married life is a temptation from Satan.
Much has changed in public perceptions of faith over the last 25 years. In this more sceptical age the church should not hide from controversy and part of the task of the cathedral is to promote an intelligent faith that is capable of attracting men and women to follow in the way of Jesus in the twenty first century. 
With this in mind we are organising a discussion before the screening which will look at the theology behind the book and film and which will also consider what is not said by the film. On the evening, in my welcome and introduction, I will also suggest that the film offers, inevitably, a partial view of who Jesus was. It is not designed to be a biography. My hope therefore is that an audience who do not normally think about Jesus will spend time thinking about his significance for us today. 
Equally, on the day after the screening I will be giving a talk on ‘Jesus’ as part of a series in the cathedral called ‘What can we believe today?’. This will provide another chance to invite people to deepen their questioning about faith, both for those who wish to think about faith and theology afresh, and for those who are in the process of exploring their approach to God. This particular session will run in the Education Room of Wells Cathedral on Sunday 26th January from 4.30pm.”
From: Mandy Staple - Secretary to the Dean & Chapter”

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The Islamization Of Britain In 2013    
The Muslim population of Britain topped 3.3 million by the end of 2013 to become around 5.2% of the overall population of 63 million, according to figures extrapolated from a recent study on the growth of the Muslim population in Europe.

At the same time, opinion surveys consistently show that voters in Britain view Islam and the question of Muslim immigration as a top-ranked public concern. The British public, it seems, is increasingly worried about the establishment of a parallel Muslim society there.
But government efforts to push back against the Islamization of Britain have been halting and half-hearted.
What follows is a chronological review of some of the main stories involving the rise of Islam in Britain during 2013.
In January, Muslim gangs were filmed loitering on streets in London and demanding that passersby conform to Islamic Sharia law. In a series of videos, the self-proclaimed vigilantes—who call themselves Muslim London Patrol—are seen abusing non-Muslim pedestrians and repeatedly shouting "this is a Muslim area."
One video records the men shouting: "Allah is the greatest! Islam is here, whether you like it or not. We are here! We are here! What we need is Islam! What we need is Sharia!"
The video continues: "We are the Muslim Patrol. We are in north London, we are in south London, in east London and west London. We command good and forbid evil. Islam is here in London. [Prime Minister] David Cameron, Mr. Police Officer, whether you like it or not, we will command good and forbid evil. You will never get us. You can go to hell! This is not a Christian country. To hell with Christianity. Isa [Jesus] was a messenger of Allah. Muslim Patrol will never die. Allah is great! Allah is great! We are coming!"
In a January 23 interview with the online newspaper International Business Times, Anjem Choudary, a radical preacher who has long called for Sharia law to be implemented in Britain and other European countries, defended the gang, saying: "This is a wake-up call for society to ask, 'where are we headed?' There is a clash between Islam and liberal democracy in hotspot areas of London."
Choudary has previously led a campaign, known as the Islamic Emirates Project, to turn twelve British cities—including what he calls "Londonistan"—into independent Islamic states. The so-called Islamic Emirates would function as autonomous enclaves, ruled by Sharia law and governed entirely outside British jurisprudence.
In February, Choudary was filmed urging his followers to quit their jobs and claim unemployment benefits so they have more time to plan holy war against non-Muslims.
Excerpts of the speech, published by the London-based newspaper The Sun on February 17, drew renewed attention to the growing problem of Muslims in Britain and elsewhere who are exploiting European welfare systems.
In the video, Choudary is recorded as saying that Muslims are justified in taking money from non-Muslims, whom he mocks for working in nine-to-five jobs their whole lives. He says: "You find people are busy working the whole of their life. They wake up at 7 o'clock. They go to work at 9 o'clock. They work for eight, nine hours a day. They come home at 7 o'clock, watch EastEnders [a British soap opera], sleep, and they do that for 40 years of their life. That is called slavery. ... What kind of life is that? That is the life of the kuffar [a non-Muslim]."
Choudary urges fellow Muslims to learn from revered figures in Islamic history who only worked one or two days a year. "The rest of the year they were busy with jihad [holy war] and things like that," he says. "People will say, 'Ah, but you are not working.' But the normal situation is for you to take money from the kuffar. So we take Jihad Seeker's Allowance."
Also in February, a judge in London acquitted two brothers from Pakistan who swapped houses in an effort to defraud British taxpayers out of £315,000 ($520,000). The Pakistani couples, who have 11 children between them, submitted bogus tenancy agreements for 16 years so that the women could pretend to be tenants and claim housing benefits.
Judge Neil Sanders ruled: "The two men dishonestly represented through their wives to the London Borough of Redbridge that this was a genuine rental arrangement." Nevertheless, Sanders allowed the men to walk free. "You have both worked hard in terms of making a life for yourselves and in many ways the greatest punishment is the loss of your good name," Sanders said.
In March, the London-based newspaper The Independent reported that at least 100 British Muslims are currently active as jihadists fighting in Syria, which has replaced Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia as the main destination for militant Islamists seeking to obtain immediate combat experience with little or no official scrutiny.
Also in March, St. John's Episcopal Church in Aberdeen, Scotland, became the first church in the United Kingdom to share its premises with Muslim worshippers. Church officials now welcome hundreds of Muslims praying five times a day in their building because the nearby mosque is filled to overcapacity and Muslim worshippers are forced to pray outside.
According to the rector of St. John's, Isaac Poobalan, "Praying is never wrong. My job is to encourage people to pray. The mosque was so full at times, there would be people outside in the wind and rain praying. I knew I couldn't just let this happen, because I would be abandoning what the Bible teaches us about how we should treat our neighbors."
The bishop of Aberdeen, Robert Gillies, says that by handing over sections of the church to the mosque, the church has accomplished "something of global significance on a local scale."
In April, a documentary secretly filmed inside several of the 85 Islamic Sharia Law courts operating in Britain exposed the systematic discrimination that many women are suffering at the hands of Muslim jurists.
The documentary, Secrets of Britain's Sharia Courts, was filmed by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and was first aired on BBC Panorama, a long-running current affairs program, on April 8.
The undercover investigation proves what has long been suspected: namely, that Sharia courts, which operate in mosques and houses across Britain, routinely issue rulings on domestic and marital issues according to Islamic Sharia law that are at odds with British law. Although Sharia rulings are not legally binding, those subject to the rulings often feel obliged to obey them as a matter of religious belief, or because of pressure from family and community members to do so.
The documentary contends that the Sharia courts, run by Muslim judges known as qadi, are putting women at risk of violence from abusive husbands by pressuring them to stay in abusive marriages.
The documentary was partially filmed at the Leyton Sharia Council, which openly states on its website that it is preparing for the full recognition of Islamic Sharia law in Britain.
Also in April, British authorities promised to redouble their fight against the spiraling problem of female genital mutilation (FGM) after a weekly primetime television show broadcast by the BBC forced the previously "taboo" subject into mainstream debate.
BBC One's Casualty, a popular emergency medical drama series, became the first mainstream drama on British television to feature a story about FGM. Scriptwriters on the series worked with FGM pressure groups and young girls to produce the two-part drama, which aired on April 6 and 13.
Britain has the highest levels of FGM in Europe. According to a government-funded study published in 2007, at least 66,000 women and girls in Britain have had the procedure performed on them, and more than 20,000 girls under the age of 15 are currently at risk.
These figures, however, may be only the tip of the iceberg. A 2011 Department of Health policy paper warns that "it is possible that, due to population growth and immigration from practicing countries…FGM is significantly more prevalent than these figures suggest."
On April 29, Scotland Yard [London Police] appealed for information to identify the perpetrators of FGM amid growing indications that girls in the capital are being "cut."
But the government's commitment to fighting FGM remains to be seen. A major reason for Britain's dismal record at bringing perpetrators to justice is tolerance of FGM due to political correctness and concerns over "cultural sensitivity," according to many analysts.
Although the mainstream media in Britain and elsewhere routinely take pains to avoid any insinuation that FGM has anything to do with Islam, doctrinally, historically, geographically and juridically, the practice is intrinsically linked to Islam. Critics of FGM say there is a reluctance to tackle the problem because doing so is perceived as attacking Islam.
In May, new census data published by the British government showed that Islam is set to become the dominant religion in Britain within the next generation.
The report, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on May 16, shows that although Christianity is still the main religion in Britain—over 50% of the population describe themselves as such—nearly half of all Christians in Britain are over the age of 50, and, for the first time ever, fewer than half under the age of 25 describe themselves as Christian.
By contrast, the number of people under 25 who describe themselves as Muslim has doubled over the past ten years: one in ten under the age of 25 are Muslim, up from one in 20 in 2001.
If current trends continue—a Muslim population boom, combined with an aging Christian demographic and the increasing secularization of British natives—Islam is set to overtake Christianity in Britain within the next 20 years, according to demographers.
Also in May, a BBC documentary called "Married for a Minute" reported that an increasing number of Muslims in Britain are reviving the Islamic practice of temporary marriage.
Temporary marriage—a euphemism for religiously sanctioned prostitution—is an Islamic custom that unites a man and an unmarried woman as "husband and wife" for a limited period of time (sometimes for less than half an hour).
The proliferation of temporary marriages—combined with the spike in polygamous marriages— shows how Muslims in Britain are using Islamic Sharia law with impunity to establish parallel forms of "marriage" that are otherwise illegal for non-Muslims in the country.
Because of the informal nature of temporary marriage, there are no official statistics to show how many of these unions there are in Britain. But Islamic scholars interviewed by the BBC say the practice is widespread, and anecdotal evidence suggests it is especially popular among the younger generation of Muslims in England and Wales.
In June, the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales (aka the Old Bailey) sentenced seven members of a Muslim child grooming gang based in Oxford to at least 95 years in prison for raping, torturing and trafficking British girls as young as 11.
The high-profile trial, which ended on June 27, was the latest in a rapidly growing list of grooming cases that are forcing politically correct Britons to confront the previously taboo subject of endemic sexual abuse of children by predatory Muslim paedophile gangs.
The 18-week trial drew unwelcome attention to the sordid reality that police, social workers, teachers, neighbors, politicians and the media have for decades downplayed the severity of the crimes perpetrated against British children because they were afraid of being accused of "Islamophobia" or racism.
According to government estimates that are believed to be "just the tip of the iceberg," at least 2,500 British children have so far been confirmed to be victims of grooming gangs, and another 20,000 children are at risk of sexual exploitation. At least 27 police forces are currently investigating 54 alleged child grooming gangs across England and Wales.
Also in June, a Muslim cab driver named Mohamed Hacene-Chaouch was jailed for seven years and three months after being found guilty of raping a female passenger in his unlicensed taxi. Hacene-Chaouch—an Algerian married father of five—assaulted the woman after she got lost in Soho, central London.
The case drew public attention to a wave of sex crimes involving predatory Muslim taxi drivers who are raping female passengers. The number of so-called taxi rapes is snowballing to such an extent that a British judge has issued a warning that no woman can expect to be safe while traveling in a cab.
Reliable statistics on taxi rapes nationwide are difficult to obtain, and Freedom of Information requests seeking accurate data on cab-related sexual assaults are routinely denied (here and here).
However, a much acclaimed report produced by the London Metropolitan Police Service estimates that on average there are a total of 1,125 sexual assaults, including rapes, each year involving taxi drivers just in London; this works out to approximately 22 sexual assaults against women by taxi drivers each week in the capital city of England alone.
Meanwhile, Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller—two well-known counter-jihad activists who are opposed to the spread of Sharia law in the West—were banned from Britain under the so-called Unacceptable Behavior policy, following a personal intervention from Home Secretary Theresa May.
In a letter posted on the Internet, May writes: "The Home Secretary will seek to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good. We condemn all those whose behaviors and views run counter to our shared values and will not stand for extremism in any form."
It later emerged that the main reason why Spencer and Geller were banned from Britain was because of their strong support for Israel.
At the same time, the British government had no problems with allowing the Saudi Sheikh Adel al-Kalbani—who says all Jews and Christians should be removed from the Arabian Peninsula—to embark upon a speaking tour of Britain.
Britain also allowed into the country another Saudi hate preacher, Mohammed al-Arefe, who has said: "Devotion to jihad for the sake of Allah, and the desire to shed blood, to smash skulls, and to sever limbs for the sake of Allah and in defense of His religion, is, undoubtedly, an honor for the believer. Allah said that if a man fights the infidels, the infidels will be unable to prepare to fight."
In July, a House of Commons research report entitled "Prison Population Statistics" showed that the number of Muslim inmates in England and Wales jumped to 11,248 in 2012, up from 3,681 in 1997. It was the first time that the number of Muslim convicts in British prisons has surpassed the 11,000 mark. Stated another way, the number of Muslims in British prisons has jumped by more than 200% over the past 15 years.
The rate of increase of Muslim inmates in British prisons is eight times faster than that of the overall prison population, and the numbers show a clear overrepresentation of Muslim convicts: Muslims, who make up roughly 5% of the British population as a whole, now make up 13% of the British prison population (compared to just 6% in 1997).
The growth in the number of Muslim inmates has fueled fears that British prisons are becoming hotbeds for Islamic radicalization.
Although most of the Muslims in British prisons are immigrants from Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, an increasing number of Muslim inmates are converts to Islam.
Writing in the July 2013 issue of the prisoner's magazine, Inside Time, a "long serving prisoner" at the Long Lartin Prison in Worcestershire has this to say: "We are able to cook our own food here but if we attempt to cook pork in the communal kitchen it is deemed dangerous, even a threat to your life. The kitchen is usually occupied by 90% Muslims and we have been told if we cook pork we will be stabbed. There have been incidents here where people have been targeted and pressured and bullied into converting to Islam."
He adds: "I am writing to inform people of these radical extremists views in this prison where I see no official steps being taken to combat them. Young Muslim men are being radicalized in here and one day they may commit acts of terrorism in this country. There seems to be nothing being done here to stop it and people are scared to speak out. I hope we get some feedback from this; it needs to be sorted out."
In August, an Islamic television channel based in Birmingham was hit with a hefty fine after a Muslim hate preacher told viewers—live on air—that it was the duty of all Muslims to murder anyone who shows disrespect for the Prophet Mohammed.
Noor TV, a Satellite Television Channel that broadcasts programs about Islam throughout Europe, was fined £85,000 ($115,000) by the British broadcasting regulator known as Ofcom for inciting people to commit murder.
Ofcom said the fine imposed on August 21 was so large due to "the serious nature of the breaches of the Broadcasting Code." It said young Muslims watching Noor TV could become "radicalized" and take "violent and criminal action as a result of watching videos of Muslims with extreme views."
In a separate case, Ofcom ordered DM Digital Television to pay a fine of £85,000 ($115,000) after it broadcast a speech by an Islamic scholar who said Muslims had "a duty to kill" anyone who insulted the Prophet Mohammed.
The Manchester-based channel—which claims it has a worldwide audience of 30 million—describes itself as bringing "Asian and English cultures closer" by integrating its people, the cultural diversity, communities and the economy.
In its ruling, Ofcom cited a program called Rehmatul Lil Alameen [Mercy unto the Worlds] which featured a live lecture it said was "likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime or to lead to disorder."
Ofcom stated that some of the comments on the program could be seen as "a generic call to all Muslims encouraging or inciting them to criminal action or disorder, by unambiguously stating that they had a duty to kill anyone who criticizes or insults the Prophet Mohammed and apostates."
In September, the Birmingham Metropolitan College reversed a ban on Islamic veils after furious Muslim students complained of discrimination, and launched an online petition drive that gathered more than 8,000 signatures in just two days.
The college backed away from its ban on September 12, just hours before a mass demonstration by hundreds of Muslim students threatened to disrupt the normal functioning of the college.
The controversy began on September 9, the first day of the autumn term, when the college announced that students and employees would be ordered to remove any face coverings so that individuals are "easily identifiable at all times."
The college's ban on face-covering niqabs or the body-covering burqas—as well as caps, hoodies and other types of head covering—was billed as a security measure.
Tory MP for Kettering Philip Hollobone told the British newspaper The Independent that the college's reversal was a shameful disgrace and argued for the urgent need for legislation to ban the niqab in all public spaces.
"People are frightened of standing up and speaking out in this discussion because of political correctness and the intolerant reaction from Muslim groups who jump up and down with fury whenever anyone says that it makes sense for people to go around with their faces perfectly visible to everyone else, which is the way human beings were created in the first place," Hollobone said.
Hollobone presented a bill in the British Parliament on September 6 that would make it illegal to wear clothing obscuring the face in public; the bill will be considered on February 28, 2014.
In a live debate entitled "Should Britain Ban the Veil?" and aired on BBC Radio 5 on September 6, Hollobone said, "Society can't function if people go around with facial coverings. If we all covered our faces the world would be a very different place. Imagine Parliament where everyone had their face covered. It makes it very difficult for the police to identify troublemakers. I am sad that legislation may be necessary to address this problem. It's basic common sense to most people. It would ultimately lead to the breakdown of our society."
Hollobone denied that his proposal amounted to an attack on Islam: "We have to be quite clear—the burka isn't religious clothing. It's a choice."
Also in September, a taxpayer-funded Muslim school in England inflamed public anger after it emerged that the institution was operating according to Islamic Sharia law.
Islamic fundamentalists running the Al-Madinah School in Derby, an industrial city in central England, had ordered all female teachers—including those who are not Muslim—to cover their heads and shoulders with a hijab, an Islamic scarf.
In addition to the strict dress code, pupils were banned from singing songs, playing musical instruments, or reading fairy tales, activities deemed to be "un-Islamic," according to non-Muslim staff members at the school.
Critics say the school—which originally marketed itself as an "inter-faith" school in order to qualify for taxpayer monies—promised that at least 50% of its students would be non-Muslim. But after it obtained £1.4 million (€1.7 million; $2.25 million) in government financing, the administrators of Al-Madinah were accused of switching gears by operating the school according to Islamic law, apparently to ensure that the school will eventually be 100% Muslim.
Also in September, the British Department of Education revealed that it is recruiting former agents of the British secret service (MI5) to investigate the alleged infiltration of British schools by Islamic extremists.
The agents will form part of a new counter-extremism unit, established to investigate schools in which radical activity has been suspected. Speaking to the Sunday Times on September 29, Education Secretary Michael Gove said some schools are being "taken over" by Muslim hardliners in the hope of radicalizing pupils and staff. He also said he was determined to "weed out" schools whose practices do not conform to British values.
A survey published by the BBC on September 25 revealed that more than a quarter of young British people distrust Muslims and feel Britain would be better off if there were fewer of them in the country. Of the 1,000 young people questioned in the survey conducted by ComRes, a leading market research agency, 27% of 18-to-24-year-olds said they did not trust Muslims, while 28% said Britain would be better off with fewer Muslims. It also emerged that 60% thought the British public had a negative image of Muslims, and 44% said Muslims do not have the same values as the rest of the population.
A separate survey published by Lord Ashcroft Polls on September 1, showed that six in ten Britons thought immigration had produced more disadvantages than advantages for their country; only 17% thought the pros outweighed the cons. The biggest concerns were about migrants claiming benefits or using public services without having contributed in return.
In London, a judge on September 16 ordered a Muslim defendant to take off her full-face veil to give evidence in court. But—in a case that made legal history—he said the woman could retain the veil for all other parts of her trial.
Judge Peter Murphy said the court should recognize "freedom of religious expression," but that allowing her to retain the niqab during her evidence, as she wanted, would "drive a coach and horses through justice administered in England and Wales for centuries." Murphy said he hoped that "Parliament or a higher court will provide a definite answer to the issue soon" to avoid "judicial anarchy."
Also in September, the British Ministry of Justice confirmed that a total of 186 Muslim inmates at three different prisons are suing the British government, claiming their human rights were violated after tests confirmed that halal food being served to them contained pork meat.
The legal cases are being brought by the prisoners under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which affords the right to the freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
In October, more than a dozen Muslim clerics at some of the biggest mosques in Britain were caught on camera agreeing to marry off girls as young as 14.
Undercover reporters filming a documentary about the prevalence of forced and underage marriage in Britain for the television program ITV Exposure secretly recorded 18 Muslim imams agreeing to perform an Islamic marriage, known as a nikah, between a 14-year-old girl and an older man.
Although the legal age for marriage in Britain is 16, according to Sharia law girls can marry once they reach puberty. The imams who agreed to marry the girl openly mocked the legitimacy of British law, reflecting the rise of a parallel Islamic legal system in Britain.
One of the Muslim clerics who agreed to perform the underage marriage is Mohammed Shahid Akhtar, the imam of the Central Jamia Masjid Ghamkol Sharif Mosque in Birmingham, the second-largest mosque in Britain with a capacity of more than 5,000 worshippers.
On being informed that the girl did not want to get married, Akhtar replied: "She's 14. By Sharia, grace of Allah, she's legal to get married. Obviously Islam has made it easy for us. There is nothing against that. We're doing it because it's okay through Islam."
The documentary also shows Akhtar expressing his contempt for British marriage laws: "You've got the kuffars [non-believers], the law, the English people that ... you know, you can't get married twice but, by the grace of Allah, we can get married four times."
Meanwhile, British taxpayers were left to pay a legal bill of £350,000 (€410,000; $566,000) after Muslim parents went to court to win the right to shave the pubic hair of their disabled daughter.
The mother and father of the young woman, who is referred to as "ED" in court documents, said their daughter's pubic hair should be removed according to Islamic tradition. But their local council, which has cared for the disabled woman since 2008, questioned whether she had the mental capacity to consent to her hair being removed.
After more than two years of legal fights, the Muslim couple abruptly dropped the case on October 22, after a "cultural expert" concluded that "whilst there was a duty to remove pubic hair, both for religious and cultural reasons, there is an exemption for those incapacitated such as ED."
The local authority involved had incurred costs of £138,000, the couple of £82,000 and the official attorney, appearing for ED, of £130,000, with taxpayers footing the entire bill.
"This is an astonishing sum of money," a judge at London's High Court, Justice Roderic Wood, told the Daily Telegraph newspaper. "I thus remain utterly baffled by the course this litigation has taken, and perplexed by this lack of clarity in their case. Obtaining a 10-day slot of a High Court Judge's time is not easy, for there are many competing cases of equal if not greater urgency than this one."
In lead up a final hearing, which had been scheduled for late October, "a great morass" of evidence was prepared, including 740 pages of witness statements, 300 pages of expert evidence as well as other documents, the judge said.
Also in October, the London Stock Exchange said it would be launching a new Islamic bond index in an effort to establish the City of London as one of the world's leading centers of Islamic finance.
Britain also plans to become the first non-Muslim country to issue sovereign Islamic bonds, known as sukuk, beginning as early as 2014.
British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the plans during a keynote speech at the ninth World Islamic Economic Forum, which was held in London from October 29-31, the first time the event has ever been held outside the Muslim world.
"Already London is the biggest center for Islamic finance outside the Islamic world," Cameron told the audience of more than 1,800 international political and business leaders from over 115 countries.
"And today our ambition is to go further still. Because I don't just want London to be a great capital of Islamic finance in the Western world, I want London to stand alongside Dubai and Kuala Lumpur as one of the great capitals of Islamic finance anywhere in the world."
The plans are all part of the British government's strategy to acquire as big a slice as possible of the fast-growing global market of Islamic finance, which operates according to Islamic Sharia law and is growing 50% faster than the conventional banking sector.
In Scotland, meanwhile, the largest-ever immunization program was halted on October 2 after Muslim parents complained that the so-called Fluenz vaccine contained pork gelatin. The roll-out of the flu vaccine in Glasgow was postponed after parents at Glendale Primary in Pollokshields—which has a large number of Muslim pupils who cannot consume pig products for religious reasons—became aware of the ingredients and complained.
The National Health Service of Greater Glasgow and Clyde, an area that contains the overwhelming majority of the Muslims in Scotland, said that 100 Islamic scholars had agreed that pork gelatin was permissible within a vaccine, but it had postponed the vaccinations anyway "following concerns raised by a small number of parents."
A similar vaccination program in Leicestershire, England, was halted in September after the same flu vaccine was deemed to be "insensitive" to Muslims.
In November it emerged that Choukri Ellekhlifi, a British man who was killed fighting alongside al Qaeda-linked extremists in Syria, funded his trip by mugging people in an affluent area of London.
Ellekhlifi threatened victims with a Taser-style high-voltage stun gun and forced them to hand over valuables including designer watches and mobile phones.
He lived in London until a year ago when he skipped bail and travelled to Syria to join a group of Islamic extremists waging war on the Assad regime. He was one of three British men killed as their group attacked pro-government forces near the city of Aleppo on August 11. The trio were part of a group of ten British jihadists who joined up with 20 other Britons to fight with the Al-Nusra Front, allied to Al-Qaeda.
Separately, Ifthekar Jaman, a 23-year-old jihadist from Southsea, Hampshire, told Richard Watson—the host of the BBC's flagship daily news and current affairs program called Newsnight—that he traveled to Syria to fight with the Al-Qaida-linked ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant). Jaman said he supported the principle of jihad before he left Britain. He told the BBC:
I was already a jihadi [while in the UK] I understood I was on the jihadi path. Where it all began? It began from the book [the Koran]. And I read this and in there you see what jihad is about. I used to be scared of the word jihad. I once went to my sister when I was young I said to her, I saw it in the book and it said fighting. 
And my sister said to me jihad means what you have in your heart, what you did in your heart. This is what I was taught. It wasn't taught to me that Islam is peace and there's no fighting. It is peace but it requires fighting. The duty of a Muslim is to love jihad. One of the sayings of the prophet peace be upon him whoever does not go jihad or doesn't even talk about it dies with the characteristic of hypocrisy. I am actually a Muslim following the way I should be.
Also in November, the head of MI5 (British domestic intelligence), Andrew Parker, told the British Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee that there are thousands of people living in Britain today who support al Qaida; and the head of MI6 (British foreign intelligence), Sir John Sawers, warned that the threat of terrorist attacks against Britain is increasing. Parker said that British intelligence had foiled 34 terrorist plots since the July 7 London bombings in 2005.
In December, two Islamists, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, were found guilty of the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby outside the Woolwich Barracks in southeast London on May 22, 2013. The crime shocked the country and has drawn nationwide attention to the rise of radical Islam in Britain.
Adebolajo, 28, and Adebowale, 22, were each accused of attacking the 25-year-old Rigby by running him over from behind with a car and then attempting to decapitate his motionless body with a meat cleaver and kitchen knives.
Both men were born in Britain and raised as Christians before converting to Islam as teenagers.
During the trial, Adebolajo said there was an ongoing "war between the Muslims and the British people" and that he was a "soldier of Allah."
Assistant London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, the most senior counter-terrorism officer in Britain, told the newspaper The Telegraph that British soldiers are at risk from "thousands" of lone-wolf terrorists who hold to a "perverted ideology" like the home-grown fanatics who murdered Rigby. She said the threat could never be eliminated.
Meanwhile, three Muslim men were sentenced at the Old Bailey on December 6 for confronting and abusing non-Muslims in London in January 2013. The three—who called themselves the Muslim Patrol—confronted, physically assaulted, and verbally abused members of the public whose behavior was in violation of Sharia law. They then posted the videos of their actions on YouTube.
Also in December, Marks & Spencer, the biggest clothing retailer in Britain, backed down after facing a boycott from thousands of angry customers who were furious at the store's decision to allow Muslim staff to refuse to serve customers buying alcohol or pork products during the Christmas shopping season.
The policy was revealed after customers trying to buy pork or alcohol from a Muslim cashier at an M&S store in central London were told that because of her religion, they would have to use another checkout lane.
Critics of M&S's policy of accommodation said it was just another example of how British law and practice is giving way to Islamic Sharia law and practice.


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Post  Admin on Mon 09 Dec 2013, 11:23 pm

Tomorrow's Bus Ads Case - Why It Matters
The proposed Core Issues
advert allowed by TfL (below).
Tomorrow the Court of Appeal will hear the case of Christian charity Core Issues Trust vs Transport for London. It concerns the banning of Advertisements that were due to run on London buses in April 2012.

This case has big implications for freedom of speech and for important issues affecting gospel witness in our nation. We’ve sent you this email to highlight why the case is so important and ask you to pray.

In April 2012, Transport for London (TfL) banned posters issued by Christian charity Core Issues Trust intended for display on London buses. Part of the case revolves around the role of London Mayor, Boris Johnson, whose re-election campaign was in full swing at the time. It is important to note that:
The adverts didn't appear out of the blue. They were created in response to the adverts of homosexual campaign group Stonewall, which TfL did allow to be put on London buses. Stonewall’s ads read: “Some people are gay. Get over it!”. The Core Issues ads read: “Not gay! Ex-gay, post-gay and proud. Get over it!” and were presented in the same style as the Stonewall Ads to make clear that they were a response.
The adverts highlighted that there are people in society who do not want to embrace a 'gay identity' despite having feelings of same sex attraction in the present and / or past. Some media outlets mistakenly reported that the posters were advertising ‘gay cure’ therapy.

Why we’ve taken this case on

We’ve provided Core Issues Trust with help and advice since the time that its adverts were banned by TfL. We’ve done this because we consider this case to be extremely important for four main reasons.

1. Freedom of speech
When it comes to public debate, there should be a level playing field. Different viewpoints should be allowed. If Stonewall’s message can be displayed on buses, why shouldn’t Core Issues Trust’s be allowed? The adverts highlighted a group that is rarely allowed a voice in mainstream debate since the existence of that group is 'inconvenient' for certain other agendas.
A society’s commitment to freedom of speech is often tested at the point where some people find a viewpoint contentious or uncomfortable. This case is a test of our society’s commitment to free speech.
2. Legitimacy of resisting 'gay identity'
It suits some groups in society to reinforce the suggestion that sexual attraction is fixed at birth and can’t be changed. But the truth about human sexuality is not as simplistic or uniform as some groups make out.
Real people will suffer unnecessary hurt and struggle if the debate is one-sided and their voices are silenced. Those rejecting a ‘gay identity’ in spite of experiencing same-sex attraction need to be recognised and respected rather than being pressured to ‘conform’.
3. The wellbeing of society
If the debate remains one-sided, wrong decisions will continue to be made about the shape of family, which will affect future generations.
4. Gospel witness and freedom
The notion that ‘sexual identity’ is unchanging and unchallengeable is becoming a big obstacle to speaking, hearing and responding to the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is important to respond to this pressure so that people have the opportunity to hear of the life-giving news of Jesus Christ.

Please pray
As is often the case, we face opponents with far greater resources than we have. Yet, we are not perturbed by this apparent mismatch because we’re convinced that God can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine. Please pray that He would show us favour and grant us success tomorrow for His glory.

Finally, we would like to thank you for your support. We cannot take on an important case like this without it.

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Post  Admin on Sat 24 Aug 2013, 9:18 pm

Christian Girl Guide leaders risk expulsion for refusing to drop God from promise
Listen to Bishop Michael
Nazir-Ali take part in a
discussion on Girl Guides
and God on 5Live (9m 36s)  Christian Girl Guide and Brownie leaders in North Yorkshire risk being expelled from the movement after publicly refusing to remove God from their promise.
The organisation announced earlier this year that the traditional pledge was to be changed, removing references to “God” and “country”. The change is one of the biggest in the movement’s 103 year history.

But a group of Christian leaders from Harrogate, North Yorkshire, have announced their plan to continue using the traditional pledge at the groups which meet in their church.

The local Harrogate leaders say in a joint letter “The spiritual aspect is recognised in Girlguiding and ‘God’ has been part of the promise since it was founded.

“The divine is fundamental to everything it stands for. No one need join Girlguiding, so removing the reference to God in the interests of inclusivity removes much of what we stand for.”
Andrea Minichiello Williams, CEO of Christian Concern, was also supportive of the group, saying: “For many women, like those in Harrogate, their desire to serve in the Guides comes from their belief in God. They should be free to express that in the form of the original promise. Whether or not they’re allowed to will show how diverse and tolerant the new Guiding establishment really is.

“These women should be commended for standing up to the forced secularisation of the Guiding movement.”

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Post  Admin on Mon 22 Jul 2013, 11:21 pm
Elaine -
We did it!

You may have seen in the news today that the Prime Minister has announced a number of measures aimed at tackling internet pornography. One of which is that they will be amending existing extreme pornography legislation to close the rape pornography loophole.

This means the government will be implementing the changes you helped campaign for, making the possession of pornography that depicts simulated rape a criminal offence in England and Wales.

This is a huge success for all of us involved in the campaign, which only went public in June with over 72,000 people signing the petition - including you - in just over one month! 

Given that the government’s position in April was that they would explicitly not be amending the law, your support has made all the difference in making this change possible.

Together with law professors from the University of Durham, we will help ensure amendment is properly drafted but as it stands reforming the extreme pornography law in this way marks a significant step forward. 

Though there has been debate in the media about some of the other measures to combat pornography announced today, primarily about default opt-in settings, there is widespread support for the change to extreme pornography legislation.

Practically, the change will help to prevent rapists from using this kind of material to strategise and legitimise their crimes. More broadly, the amendment represents an important shift in priorities away from consensual activity to challenging the eroticisation of violence against women and girls.

Together we have made a difference.

From all of us at the campaign, thank you,

Rape Crisis South London

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Post  Admin on Mon 15 Jul 2013, 8:13 pm

July 15, 2013

Sharia courts in Britain:
A hidden camera report

Dear Elaine,

This stunning, disturbing, eye-opening hidden camera investigative report is a MUST SEE!

Go inside a sharia court in Britain and ask yourself: Do we want this in the United States???

Hamas-connected CAIR claims that American Laws for American Courts (ALAC) legislation is “anti-Muslim.”

When you watch this must see video below, you’ll see how dishonest that CAIR claim is. That’s because the Muslim women abused by the sharia court system in Britain would be protected under ALAC.

 BRITAIN NEWS AND ALERT's - Page 28 20130715_video


ACT for America is an issues advocacy organization dedicated to effectively organizing and mobilizing the most powerful grassroots citizen action network in America, a grassroots network committed to informed and coordinated civic action that will lead to public policies that promote America’s national security and the defense of American democratic values against the assault of radical Islam. We are only as strong as our supporters, and your volunteer and financial support is essential to our success. Thank you for helping us make America safer and more secure.

The news items, blogs, educational materials and other information in our emails and on our website are only intended to provide information, news and commentary on events and issues related to the threat of radical Islam. Much of this information is based upon media sources, such as the AP wire services, newspapers, magazines, books, online news blog and news services, and radio and television, which we deem to be reliable. However, we have undertaken no independent investigation to verify the accuracy of the information reported by these media sources. We therefore disclaim all liability for false or inaccurate information from these media sources. We also disclaim all liability for the third-party information that may be accessed through the material referenced in our emails or posted on our website.

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Post  Admin on Mon 15 Jul 2013, 8:04 pm

July 15, 2013

Sharia courts in Britain:
A hidden camera report

Dear Elaine,

This stunning, disturbing, eye-opening hidden camera investigative report is a MUST SEE!

Go inside a sharia court in Britain and ask yourself: Do we want this in the United States???

Hamas-connected CAIR claims that American Laws for American Courts (ALAC) legislation is “anti-Muslim.”

When you watch this must see video below, you’ll see how dishonest that CAIR claim is. That’s because the Muslim women abused by the sharia court system in Britain would be protected under ALAC.

July 15, 2013

Sharia courts in Britain:
A hidden camera report

Dear Elaine,

This stunning, disturbing, eye-opening hidden camera investigative report is a MUST SEE!

Go inside a sharia court in Britain and ask yourself: Do we want this in the United States???

Hamas-connected CAIR claims that American Laws for American Courts (ALAC) legislation is “anti-Muslim.”

When you watch this must see video below, you’ll see how dishonest that CAIR claim is. That’s because the Muslim women abused by the sharia court system in Britain would be protected under ALAC.

 BRITAIN NEWS AND ALERT's - Page 28 20130715_video

ACT for America is an issues advocacy organization dedicated to effectively organizing and mobilizing the most powerful grassroots citizen action network in America, a grassroots network committed to informed and coordinated civic action that will lead to public policies that promote America’s national security and the defense of American democratic values against the assault of radical Islam. We are only as strong as our supporters, and your volunteer and financial support is essential to our success. Thank you for helping us make America safer and more secure.

The news items, blogs, educational materials and other information in our emails and on our website are only intended to provide information, news and commentary on events and issues related to the threat of radical Islam. Much of this information is based upon media sources, such as the AP wire services, newspapers, magazines, books, online news blog and news services, and radio and television, which we deem to be reliable. However, we have undertaken no independent investigation to verify the accuracy of the information reported by these media sources. We therefore disclaim all liability for false or inaccurate information from these media sources. We also disclaim all liability for the third-party information that may be accessed through the material referenced in our emails or posted on our website.

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Post  Admin on Sun 02 Jun 2013, 7:21 pm

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Change of Time for Prayer Gatherings
Download an updated A4 pdf
poster for the prayer gatherings
outside Parliament >

Play this short video in your
church this Sunday to inform
people about the two events >

Download an A4 pdf poster
for the event at Buckingham
Palace >

PLEASE NOTE - Due to a change of date for the House of Lords vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, the times and dates of the prayer gatherings are now:

Monday 3rd June: 12.00-14.00 (as Peers prepare to debate the Bill)

Tuesday 4th June 17.00 -19.00 (as Peers prepare to vote on the Bill)

The Government has delayed the vote until the next day (Tuesday) because it didn't want a vote on the first day back after recess. The media are saying that it's possible the Bill could be defeated on Tuesday.

So PLEASE NOTE that the gathering on Monday 3rd June from 17.00-19.00 has been CANCELLED.

Click here to download an amended poster with the correct time and dates.

Come and stand for marriage!
Next Tuesday 4th June the House of Lords will vote on the Government's Marriage
Same Sex Couples) Bill. There's a real chance that the Bill can be defeated at this stage.

Download an updated A4 pdf
poster for the prayer gatherings
outside Parliament >

Play this short video in your
church this Sunday to inform
people about the two events >
Download an A4 pdf poster
for the event at Buckingham
Palace >
Please come and join us for three special events as we approach this important day. The media are saying that it's possible the Bill could be defeated on Tuesday.

The Government has delayed the vote until the next day (Tuesday) so PLEASE NOTE that the gathering on Monday 3rd June from 17.00-19.00 has been CANCELLED.

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Post  Admin on Thu 30 May 2013, 9:02 pm

ACTION ALERT: Please Call the Bishops
Archbishop of Canterbury,
Justin Welby
In Britain we are very privileged to have church leaders who are able to have a say in Parliament. Twenty six Church of England Bishops have seats in the House of Lords with this great responsibility to speak God's truth at the heart of our Parliamentary system. There has never been a more important time to stand for God's truth than on Monday.

With the vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill taking place on Monday (3rd June), it's vital that these men take the opportunity to stand and speak for God's design for marriage.

Sadly, we've heard that some bishops are not even planning to be there on Monday. This is very concerning, given that every vote counts - we need as many peers as possible to vote against the Bill.

Please call the Bishops who have seats in the House of Lords, urging them to attend the debate, speak against the Bill and vote against it. Please do this even if you are not a member of the Church of England.

Here are a few points you can make when you call:
Bishops have a unique opportunity and responsibility to explain God's teaching and provide Christian leadership.
Urge them to stand for biblically defined marriage by voting against this Bill.
There has been significant erosion of the institution of Marriage in recent years which has brought considerable pain to adults, children and communities. We must prevent any further erosion.
The nature of marriage needs to be clearly articulated, especially the intrinsic aspects of complementarity between men and women and the bearing and care of children.
This is likely to be the most important vote they will make during their time in the House of Lords.
When you call, ask to speak to the Bishop's office (or Archbishop's office, as appropriate).
PLEASE be polite and courteous when you call, as well as firm.

We have also included email addresses should you prefer to send an email.

Bishopric Name Telephone Number Email Address
Archbishop of Canterbury
The Most Rev and Rt Hon Justin Welby 020 7898 1200
Archbishop of York
The Most Rev and Rt Hon John Sentamu 01904 707021
Bishop of London
The Rt Rev and Rt Hon Richard Chartres 020 7932 1100
Bishop of Winchester
The Rt Rev Timothy Dakin 01962 854050

Bishop of Bath and Wells
The Rt Rev Peter Price 01749 672341

Bishop of Birmingham
The Rt Rev David Urquhart 0121 464 9168

Bishop of Bristol
The Rt Rev Michael Hill 01454 777728
Bishop of Chester
The Rt Rev Peter Forster 01244 681973

Bishop of Coventry
The Rt Rev Christopher Cocksworth 024 7667 2244

Bishop of Derby
The Rt Rev Dr Alastair Redfern 01332 840132

Bishop of Exeter
The Rt Rev Michael Langrish 01392 272362

Bishop of Gloucester
The Rt Rev Michael Perham 01452 410022 (ext. 270)
Bishop of Guildford
The Rt Rev Christopher Hill 01483 590500
Bishop of Hereford
The Rt Rev Anthony Priddis 01432 271355
Bishop of Leicester
The Rt Rev Timothy Stevens 011 6270 8985

Bishop of Lichfield
The Rt Rev Jonathan Gledhill 01543 306002

Bishop of Liverpool
The Rt Rev James Jones 0151 421 0831

Bishop of Newcastle
The Rt Rev Martin Wharton 0191 285 2220

Bishop of Norwich
The Rt Rev Graham Jones 01603 629001

Bishop of Oxford
The Rt Rev John Pritchard 01865 208222

Bishop of Ripon and Leeds
The Rt Rev John Packer 0113 224 2789

Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
The Rt Rev Nigel Stock 01473 298500

Bishop of Truro
The Rt Rev Timothy Thornton 01872 274 351

Bishop of Wakefield
The Rt Rev Stephen Platten 01924 255349

Bishop of Worcester
The Rt Rev Dr John Inge 01905 20537

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Post  Admin on Tue 05 Feb 2013, 6:06 pm

Prayer Alert: Same sex marriage Bill being debated in Parliament NOW
The second reading of the Government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill takes place in Parliament this afternoon from 12.45pm, with the vote due to take place at 7pm.

Please take some time to pray now for the debate in Parliament this afternoon and the vote this evening.

This is a momentous day for our nation. At stake is God's design for marriage being preserved in our nations laws. This design is for the flourishing of individuals and of society.

Pray in particular for:

•MPs speaking against the Bill
•Undecided MPs - that they will be convinced by the arguments against redefining marriage
•A debate in which the unique nature and beauty of marriage between a man and a woman is clearly presented
Thank you to all those who have contacted their MPs and urged them to vote against the Bill.

Please also get involved in the debates on facebook (BBC, ITV, Sky) and twitter, and call in to radio programmes which are discussing the same sex marriage Bill.

Whatever happens, we trust that the Lord's purposes will be advanced in our nation.

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Post  Admin on Thu 17 Jan 2013, 12:25 pm

European Court Judgment:
Big Steps Forward But Further To Go
As you will probably have seen and heard, the European Court of Human Rights published its judgment on Tuesday in the cases of four UK Christians, including Shirley Chaplin and Gary McFarlane.

Thank you for all your prayers and for getting involved in the discussion surrounding the judgment. Please help us to continue to stand for freedom.

Steps Forward
The Court held that Nadia Eweida's 'freedom of thought, conscience and religion' had been infringed by British Airways' decision to prevent her from wearing her cross visibly.

In the other cases, the European Court decided that decisions of the UK Courts were within the 'margin of appreciation' (discretion) that it allows to national Courts - but in so doing it challenged many of the principles adopted by UK Courts and asserted by the British government.

•So for example, the UK Government had made the remarkable assertion that the cross was not a generally recognised Christian symbol. It also suggested that since wearing the cross is not compulsory for Christians, it is not a protected freedom. The European Court ruled that, in principle, wearing the cross is an expression of Christian faith and so is a freedom to be protected!
•Again, the UK Courts had held that beliefs about marriage as between a man and a woman was not a core component of Christian belief and so not protected. The European Court said that these beliefs were part of Gary and Lillian's Christian identity and so were in principle protected!
•The British Government suggested that because the individuals were free to resign and find other jobs, there had been no infringement of their freedom of religion - in other words, 'your freedom to resign secures your freedom of religion'. The European Court ruled that 'freedom to resign and find another job' is not sufficient to guarantee religious freedom.
These are significant breakthroughs and will be a great help in contending for Christian freedoms in the UK Courts in the future.

Further to Go
However, it was very disappointing that in Shirley, Lillian and Gary's case, the Court ruled that, although their religious freedom had been infringed, the circumstances had justified that interference.

In Shirley's case, 'Health and Safety' was given as the justification. The European Court said that it was not in a position to examine the application of the Health and Safety policy. It had to assume that it was justified, as the UK Courts had suggested. However, no credible Health and Safety risk was ever demonstrated by the hospital.

In the case of Lillian and Gary, the European Court said that it was necessary to restrict their freedom in order to protect the freedom of others.

However, in both cases, it would have been possible to accommodate Gary and Lillian's conscience, without there being any danger of anyone being denied a service. This important point will continue to be made.

Please join us in giving thanks:
•Important legal points established that will help protect Christian freedoms in the future
•Enormous media interest in the cases providing opportunity to explain to the world how Shirley and Gary have been treated
•Extensive (including international) media reporting of the challenge to Christian freedoms in the UK
•Many opportunities to talk publicly about Jesus
Go to our media page for a selection of reports and videos

Please pray for wisdom as we consider next steps. The judgment can be appealed to the Grand Chamber of the Court and we are currently considering this option.

Please help us to continue to stand for Christian freedoms.

Andrea's Comment
Reflecting on Tuesday's judgment Andrea writes:

"I am not disheartened by these cases. In fact quite the opposite. Our domestic courts were beginning to develop impossible tests on what constitutes manifestation of Christian faith. They did not even accept the cross as a Christian symbol or the belief in sexual purity as a conscience issue for Christians. The European Court of Human Rights has turned this jurisprudence on its head. The European Court has stated categorically that such beliefs flow from Christian faith and are worthy of protection.

"What we had hoped would happen was that the European Court would develop a test of ‘reasonable accommodation’. Had it done so, I think it would have been a lot more reasonable than anything we’re currently experiencing in our domestic courts. Instead, the European Court said there was a ‘wide margin of appreciation’ (meaning discretion) for employers to exercise the balancing act between competing rights. If Relate had accommodated Gary, Islington Council had accommodated Lillian and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital accommodated Shirley, the European Court would also have seen no reason to interfere.

"This means that at the Christian Legal Centre we will now go into our domestic courts on our current cases with fantastic legal argument on our side. In the UK these judgments have opened up numerous new legal arguments in our favour. We believe this is real legal success. I want to thank Paul Diamond, Standing Counsel to the Christian Legal Centre, who has been making these arguments for Christian freedoms for over a decade.

"The tide is turning. And we will not give up until justice is done for every one of our clients.

"It is time for Christians to find their voice; their faith. To not be ashamed of Jesus; to make their faith public."

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Post  Admin on Thu 20 Dec 2012, 10:33 pm

BREAKING NEWS: Council refuses licence for lap dance club
In the early hours of this morning (20 December) Lambeth Council threw out an application for lap dancing to take place at a venue located in a residential area of Brixton, London.

Thank you for praying for last night’s hearing. We praise God that He has granted another victory!

The venue has been offering sexual entertainment for the last few years but applied for a fresh licence under the new licensing regime. This regime provides more powers to councils to decide whether sex establishments are suitable in a particular area.

During the time that it has been open, several complaints have been made about noise emanating from the premises. At last night’s hearing one resident explained that seeing customers enter and leave the club, and seeing girls employed by the club standing outside the entrance on their breaks, made returning to her home an uncomfortable experience.

The Christian Legal Centre supported a local resident who voiced the concerns of many others that such a venue was inappropriate in the area and that the application should therefore be refused. The Council received many letters of objection and a petition voicing the concerns of the local community.

Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said:

"We're delighted that Lambeth Council has refused to grant a licence to this venue, which has already been a blight on the local community for a number of years.

"If you wish to resist a sex establishment application, please contact the Christian Legal Centre. We will support you. After achieving many victories this year, we are confident that more successes are possible".

You can download a guide to resisting sex establishments here >

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Post  Admin on Sat 28 Apr 2012, 8:24 pm

Britain: Muslim 'Cultural Sensitivity' Runs Amok
The largest university in London plans to impose a ban on the sale of alcohol on campus to accommodate the "cultural sensitivity" of its Muslim students.

London Metropolitan University's Vice Chancellor, Malcolm Gillies, says it would be unwise to "cling" to a "nostalgic" view where the vast majority wants alcohol to be available. Instead, he says that he believes the university should take account of diverging views, namely those of Muslims, who now comprise 20% of the university's 30,000 students.

"Many of our students do come from backgrounds where they actually look on drinking as a negative. We therefore need to rethink how we cater for that 21st-century balance," Gillies declared in an interview. "What we don't want is the tyranny of a majority view," he added.

Gillies' proposals to re-engineer social life on campus have, not surprisingly, generated a mostly negative response from students, many of whom say a ban on alcohol smacks of politically correct pandering run amok.

Muslims, too, are unhappy with Gillies. Far from thanking him for his multicultural activism, Muslims say they are "offended" by his "generalizing about their beliefs."

To be sure, London Metropolitan University is not the first institution in Britain to bend over backwards to avoid "offending" Muslims. In fact, hardly a day goes by in which Britons are not surrendering some aspect of their culture and traditions -- not to mention their rights of free speech and free expression -- in order to make Britain safe for Islam.

British schools increasingly are dropping the Jewish Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, according to a report entitled Teaching Emotive and Controversial History, which was commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills. British teachers are also reluctant to discuss the medieval Crusades – in which Christians fought Muslim armies for control of Jerusalem -- because lessons often contradict what is taught in local mosques.

British social welfare offices have banned novelty pig calendars and toys lest they offend Muslims. Workers in the benefits department at Dudley Council, West Midlands, for example, were told to remove or cover up all pig-related items, including toys, porcelain figures, calendars and even a tissue box featuring Winnie the Pooh and Piglet.

In West Yorkshire, the Park Road Junior Infant and Nursery School in Batley has banned stories featuring pigs, including "The Three Little Pigs," in case they offend Muslim children.

In Nottingham, the Greenwood Primary School cancelled a Christmas nativity play because it interfered with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. In Scarborough, the Yorkshire Coast College removed the words Christmas and Easter from their calendar not to offend Muslims. In Scotland, the Tayside Police Department apologized for featuring a German shepherd puppy as part of a campaign to publicize its new non-emergency telephone number. The postcards are potentially offensive to the city's 3,000-strong Muslim community: Islamic legal tradition says that dogs are impure.

The British Girl Scout Association has designed new uniforms especially for Muslims students, who had "issues" with the existing range of clothing.

In Sheffield, a five-year-old girl had her passport form rejected when an official said the bare shoulders on her photograph could offend Muslims.

Muslim doctors and nurses in Britain are now allowed to opt out of strict hygiene rules introduced by the National Health Service to restrict the spread of hospital superbugs. The change was made after female Muslims objected to being required to expose their arm below the elbow under guidance introduced to reduce the number of patients who were falling ill, and even dying, from bacteria.

Meanwhile, in South Yorkshire, an elderly woman in a nursing home died after she suffered a fall and was left lying on the floor bleeding because the Muslim nurse, Abdul Bhutto, said he had to finish his prayers before he could help the woman.

In Oldham, a breastfeeding mother was evicted from a waiting room in city hall (aka a "multicultural" building) to avoid offending Muslims. British law allows nursing mothers to breastfeed in public.

In Glasgow, a Christian radio show host was fired after a debate between a Muslim and a Christian on whether Jesus is "the way, the truth and the life." In Birmingham, two Christians were told by police "you can't preach here, this is a Muslim area." In Cheshire, two students at the Alsager High School were punished by their teacher for refusing to pray to Allah as part of their religious education class. Also in Cheshire, a 14-year-old Roman Catholic girl who attends Ellesmere Port Catholic High School was branded a truant by teachers for refusing to dress like a Muslim and visit a mosque.

In Liverpool, a Christian couple was forced to sell their hotel after a female Muslim guest accused the pair of insulting her during a debate about Islam. In London, Rory Bremner, a political comedian, said that every time he writes a sketch about Islam, he fears that he is signing his own death warrant. Also in London, Scotland Yard says that Muslims who launch a shoe at another person are not committing a crime because the practice is Islamic symbolism.

In Kent, police have been banned from asking for a person's "Christian" name, in case this request offends Muslims. The Kent Police Department's 62-page 'Faith and Culture Resource' guide tells officers to use "personal and family name" instead of "Christian" name.

In East London, all elected members of Tower Hamlets town council were told not to eat during daylight hours in town hall meetings during the Muslim month of Ramadan. Special arrangements were also made to disrupt council meetings to allow for Muslim prayer. Meanwhile, the council renamed a staff Christmas party as a "festive meal."

In Leicester, a gang of Somali Muslim women who assaulted and nearly killed a non-Muslim passer-by in the city center walked free after a politically correct judge decided that as Muslims, the women were "not used to being drunk."

Elsewhere in Britain, a foster mother was struck off the social services register for allowing a Muslim girl in her care to convert to Christianity. Officials insist the woman, who has looked after more than 80 children in the past ten years, failed in her duty to preserve the girl's religion and should have tried to stop the baptism. They ruled that the girl, 17, should stay away from church for six months.

In London, the Harrow Council provoked a storm of protest after announcing plans to offer Islamic halal-only menus in the borough's 52 state primary schools. Parents are outraged that meat prepared according to Islamic Sharia law is being pushed on non-Muslim children. Meanwhile, most of the in-flight meals on British Airways could soon be halal. The airline also says Muslim staff may wear veils, but Christian employees may not wear crosses.

In West Yorkshire, an electrician working for a housing association in Wakefield was told he would be fired for placing a small palm cross on the dashboard of his van. His employer said the cross could be offensive to Muslims: "Wakefield and District Housing has a stance of neutrality. We now have different faiths, new emerging cultures. We have to be respectful of all views and beliefs."

In London, a Christian employee at Heathrow Airport was fired for exposing a campaign of systematic harassment by fundamentalist Muslims.

In Leicester, furious Muslims demanded that Walkers, a British snack food manufacturer owned by PepsiCo, demanded that the company change its packaging labels after it emerged that certain varieties of its potato chips contain small amounts of trace alcohol to extract certain flavors.

Across Britain, Muslim bus and taxi drivers are telling blind passengers that they cannot bring their "unclean" dogs on board. The problem of prohibiting guide dogs on religious grounds has become so widespread that the matter was recently raised in the House of Lords.

In Reading, one pensioner, a cancer sufferer, was repeatedly confronted by drivers and asked to get off the bus because of his guide dog. He also faced hostility at a hospital and in a supermarket over the animal. In Nottingham, a Muslim taxi driver refused to carry a blind man because he was accompanied by his guide dog. The taxi driver was later fined £300 ($470).

In Stafford, a Muslim taxi driver refused to carry an elderly blind couple from a grocery store because they were accompanied by their seeing-eye dog. In Tunbridge Wells, Kent, a blind man was turned away from an Indian restaurant because the owner said it was against his Muslim beliefs to allow dogs into his establishment.

In London, a bus driver prevented a woman from boarding a bus with her dog because there was a Muslim lady on the bus who "might be upset by the dog." As the woman attempted to complain, the doors closed and the bus drove away. When a second bus arrived, she again tried to embark, but was stopped again, this time because the driver said he was Muslim.

In Britain, police sniffer dogs trained to spot terrorists at train stations may no longer come into contact with Muslim passengers, following complaints that it was offensive to their religion. Sniffer dogs used by police to search mosques and Muslim homes are now being fitted with leather bootees to cover their paws so they do not cause offense.

In British prisons, radical Muslim gangs are imposing Sharia law on non-Muslim inmates, who have been forced to stop playing Western music, take down pictures of women from their cells and stop eating sausage. The gangs are also targeting non-Muslim inmates for forced conversions to Islam.

In Leeds, more than 200 Muslim inmates at a high security prison are set to launch a multi-million pound claim for compensation after they were offered ham sandwiches during the month of Ramadan. They say their human rights were breached when they were offered the meat, which is forbidden by Islam. At the same time, Muslim sex offenders serving time in British prisons are asking to be exempt from a prison treatment program because the idea that "criminals should not have to talk about their offenses" is a "legitimate Islamic position."

Meanwhile, Muslim prisoners in Britain are being given fresh clothes and bedding after sniffer dogs search their cells. The inmates say their bedclothes and prison uniforms must be changed according to Islamic law if they have come anywhere near dog saliva. Government rules mean prison wardens must hand out replacement sets after random drug searches to avoid religious discrimination claims. The dogs have also been banned from touching copies of the Islamic holy book the Koran and other religious items. Prisoners now receive special bags to protect the articles.

At the same time, the British government has spent thousands of pounds of taxpayer money to rebuild prison toilets so that Muslim inmates do not have to use them while facing Mecca. Islam prohibits Muslims from facing or turning their backs on the Kiblah -- the direction of prayer -- when they visit the lavatory. After pressure from Muslim, who claimed they had to sit sideways on prison WCs, the Home Office agreed to turn the existing toilets 90 degrees.

Muslims attending the 2012 Olympic Games in London will be relieved to learn that toilet facilities at London's Olympic Park are being built so they will not have to face Mecca while sitting on the loo.

Nevertheless, the 2012 London Olympics have been plunged into controversy by the discovery that the Games will clash with Ramadan. In 2012, Ramadan will take place from July 21 to August 20, while the Olympics run from July 27 to August 12. Muslims have asked for the games to be rescheduled.

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