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  • Tony Blair Wanted to End Speech With: "God Bless Britain"

    05/15/2012 12:04:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5/14/12 | Tim Ross
    Tony Blair has disclosed that he once wanted to end an address to the nation with the words “God bless Britain”. However, the former Prime Minister said his suggestion provoked such strong concern from civil servants that he was forced to drop the idea. Mr Blair said he had intended to echo the traditional closing remark of Presidents in the United States, who typically sign-off television broadcasts by saying, “God Bless America”. For much of his time in office, Mr Blair was accused of adopting a “presidential” style of leadership, and became close to former American presidents Bill Clinton and...
  • The End of The Traditional Church Wedding? [UK]

    12/04/2011 7:00:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Cranmer ^ | 12/4/11 | Rev. Julian Mann
    This is guest post by Rev'd Julian Mann:If the Church of England is to avoid substantial numbers of its clergy being prosecuted under the Equality Act, it could have to stop registering marriages when Parliament legislates for same-sex marriage. That is the clear implication from the commendably candid briefing the Church House Legal Office has just given General Synod members. The advice is clear that Anglican parish churches are no more required under the Equality Act to register civil partnerships than gentlemen’s outfitters are required to sell women’s clothes. But 'if Parliament were in due course to legislate for same...
  • One-month-old baby with every rib broken fighting for its life

    12/03/2011 11:30:43 AM PST · by UKrepublican · 47 replies
    A man and a woman have been arrested after one-month-old baby was allegedly raped and battered. The tiny child had a heart attack brought on by his injuries and is fighting for his life. He was rushed to Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, Kent, on Thursday at 7am, but was transferred to London's King's College Hospital after having a cardiac arrest there.
  • MPs warn Royal Navy's carriers will be costly, late, and of limited use ( UK )

    11/29/2011 12:12:03 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 28 November 2011 | Richard Norton-Taylor
    The aircraft carriers being built for the Royal Navy will be less useful, take longer to finish, and likely cost more than claimed, a parliamentary watchdog warns. The first, HMS Queen Elizabeth, will be mothballed immediately it is launched in 2016, according to the existing plan. However, the second, HMS Prince of Wales, is not now expected to be fully operational until 2031. Moreover, it will only be able to stay at sea for up to 200 days a year, significantly fewer than envisaged, says the Commons public accounts committee. The MPs' report, out on Tuesday, makes clear the quick...
  • Christian worker loses her job after being 'targeted' by Islamic extremists

    11/28/2011 2:18:38 AM PST · by DetroitRight · 19 replies
    U.K. Telegraph ^ | Sunday, November 27, 2011 | Jonathan Wynne-Jones
    Nohad Halawi, who worked at Heathrow Airport, is suing her former employers for unfair dismissal, claiming that she and other Christian staff at the airport were victims of systematic harassment because of their religion. She claims that she was told that she would go to Hell for her religion, that Jews were responsible for the September 11th terror attacks, and that a friend was reduced to tears having been bullied for wearing a cross. Mrs Halawi, who came to Britain from Lebanon in 1977, worked in the duty-free section as a perfume saleswoman of the airport for 13 years but...
  • Perv lags getting paid to do rehab (UK pedophiles paid wages in prison to attend treatment classes)

    11/26/2011 5:46:31 AM PST · by Stoat · 6 replies
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | November 26, 2011 | John Kay
    EXCLUSIVE    Perv lags getting paid to do rehab Fury at paedo jail ‘bribes’   Courses ... inmates can even pick up the cash by not attending the sessions   JAILED paedophiles are being PAID to take courses inside to stop them offending. Under prison rules, sick inmates who attend "offender behaviour programmes" get wages the same as if they have a job in jail. They can even pick up the cash by NOT attending the sessions — if they show they were willing to go but there were no spaces available. Last night Lyn Costello, of campaigning group Mothers Against...
  • Islamophobia group relaunched

    11/26/2011 9:10:41 AM PST · by bayouranger · 30 replies
    theJC.com ^ | 11-24-11 | Martin Bright,
    A parliamentary group to tackle Islamophobia has been re-launched at Westminster, with the support of MPs from across the political divide. The group originally sparked controversy after it was revealed that an anti-Zionist organisation was to act as its secretariat. The newly reformed All-Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia was set up last week and will begin work immediately on an inquiry into the extent of anti-Muslim prejudice in Britain today. The APPG will be co-chaired by Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes; Khalid Mahmood, Labour MP for Perry Barr, Birmingham; and Stuart Andrew, Conservative MP for Pudsey, Leeds. MPs voted...
  • Poll: Most under 35 never heard of King James Bible

    11/27/2010 7:12:53 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 214 replies · 1+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Nov. 26, 2010 | Bob Unrah
    A new poll taken for the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible reveals that a majority of those under 35 in the United Kingdom don't even know about the work, which has been described as a significant part of the estimated 100 million Bible sales annually, making it the best best-seller, ever. "Yet this is a work which was far more influential than Shakespeare in the development and spread of English," a spokesman for the King James Bible Trust told the Christian Institute in a recent report. The Christian Institute's report said the translation, which will...
  • BBC's Robert Peston accused of homophobia after 'Queer Street' Twitter blog

    11/15/2011 3:21:49 PM PST · by presidio9 · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15th November 2011
    The BBC's Business Editor Robert Peston has dismissed homophobia claims against him as 'bonkers', after he used the term 'Queer Street'. Mr Peston used the term on his blog to describe the European financial crisis. He also posted a link to the blog on his Twitter account, where he has 95,000 followers. In praising the UK's handling of the situation, he wrote: 'The Debt Management Office, has taken a reassuringly long-term approach to managing the UK government's debts - and without its prudence, we might all be in Queer Street or Skid Row by now.' However, Mr Peston was criticised...
  • Confronting The Gaystapo [UK]

    11/11/2011 4:23:31 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 8 replies
    alansangle.com ^ | October 28th, 2011 | Alan Craig
    Having forcibly – and understandably – rectified the Versailles-type injustices and humiliations foisted on the homosexual community, the UK’s victorious Gaystapo are now on a roll. Their gay-rights storm troopers take no prisoners as they annex our wider culture, and hotel owners (here) and (here), registrars (here), magistrates (here), doctors (here), counsellors (here) and (here), foster parents (here), grandparents (here), adoption agencies (here) and traditional street preachers (here) and (here) find themselves crushed under the pink jack-boot. Thanks especially to the green light from a permissive New Labour government, the gay Wehrmacht is on its long march through the institutions...
  • ‘Let them cut off aid:’ African countries revolt against UK threat to cut aid over homosexuality

    11/08/2011 5:16:56 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 11-8-11 | Peter Baklinski
    The president of Ghana is leading the charge as several African countries are making their stand against Britain’s threat that they either legalize homosexual acts or be excluded from financial aid. “I, as president of this nation will never initiate or support any attempts to legalize homosexuality in Ghana,” said President John Evans Atta Mills in an official statement to the UK government under Prime Minister David Cameron last Wednesday. Ghanaian President John Evans Atta Mills At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia at the end of October, which Prime Minister Cameron attended, the issue of homosexuality...
  • Cameron threat to withhold UK aid to anti-gay nations

    10/30/2011 3:08:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 30 October 2011
    David Cameron has threatened to withhold UK aid from countries that do not reform legislation banning homosexuality. The UK prime minister said he raised the issue with some of the states involved at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia. (snip) Mr Cameron said he had spoken with "a number of African countries" and that more pressure had been applied by Foreign Secretary William Hague, who deputised for him during parts of the summit. Some 41 nations within the 54-member Commonwealth have laws banning homosexuality. Many of these laws are a legacy of British Empire laws. The discussion...
  • Commonwealth realms agree to new succession rules

    10/28/2011 5:24:42 AM PDT · by Clive · 6 replies
    Sun Media via Toronto Sun ^ | 2011-10-28 | David Akin,
    PERTH, Australia - The Conservative government has agreed to put new legislation before Parliament to give Canada's consent to change the 300-year-old rules of British succession that, among other things, favour male heirs to the throne over female ones. Canada is one of 16 of Queen Elizabeth II's realms that met here Friday and agreed to changes proposed by UK Prime Minister David Cameron to update the laws of succession set out in the 1601 Acts of Settlement. "Put simply, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a little girl, that girl would one day be our queen," Cameron...
  • Gay Couples To Be Allowed Civil Ceremonies In Church [Sanctifying A Perversion!]

    11/01/2011 7:31:09 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | November 01, 2011 | Andrew Porter, and Martin Beckford
    Gay Couples To Be Allowed Civil Ceremonies In Church Homosexual couples will be able to take part in civil partnerships in church and other places of worship from next month, it will be announced. It is estimated that about 1,500 civil partnerships a year would take place in religious settings once the ban is lifted. By Andrew Porter, and Martin Beckford 01 Nov 2011 Lynne Featherstone, the equalities minister, will say that the ban on the ceremonies in religious surroundings will be lifted on Dec 5. The move has been championed by David Cameron but is likely to be opposed...
  • Europe to destroy traditional family and sexual identity

    Traditional words 'father' and 'mother' will be replaced with official terms Parent 1 and Parent 2 in Britain. The terms will be used in official documents. The authorities decided to make such a "politically correct" move to accommodate same-sex couples. Experts are sure, though, that the matter is not about the requirements of certain social groups. The decision is another step towards the destruction of traditional families. The words 'father' and 'mother' will be removed from British passport applications before December 2011. This became an achievement of Stonewall group, which defends the rights of sex minorities. The US State Department...
  • 1 in 6 Cellphones in Britain Contaminated With 'Fecal Matter'

    10/19/2011 11:21:51 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 59 replies
    gma.yahoo.com ^ | Oct. 14, 2011
    FRIDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- One in six cellphones in Britain may be contaminated with fecal matter that can spread E. coli, likely because so many people don't wash their hands properly after using the toilet, a new study contends. The findings also suggest that many people lie about their hygiene habits, according to the researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary, University of London. The study authors went to 12 cities and collected 390 samples from the cellphones and hands of volunteers, who were also asked about their hand-washing habits. Ninety-five percent...
  • Why do young women drink themselves to oblivion every night across Britain?

    10/10/2011 9:08:08 AM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 162 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 11-09-10 | Laura Powell
    Midnight on St Mary Street in Cardiff and everything is exactly as expected. Half a dozen young women slump in a gutter, men urinate outside a health-food shop and, as hordes stagger between nightclubs, someone lifts up a blow-up doll with a sex toy protruding out of it. The street smells of urine and lager, police struggle to break up a fight outside the Walkabout bar and a paramedic bundles a comatose girl on to a wheelchair. But it's a quiet night for 20-year-old Naomi Jenkins. She has 'only' drunk three shots of peach schnapps, cider and three shots of...
  • British pro-family lawyer tells Americans: Fight back NOW while you still can.

    09/28/2011 5:32:36 PM PDT · by massmike · 33 replies
    massresistance.com ^ | 09/28/2011 | n/a
    Britain's most prominent pro-family lawyer told activists they had better fight now or it will be too late. His message was blunt: "You've got to stop this now in America while you still can." Diamond compared today's U.S. society to Britain's in 1997. "We thought it was stable; we'd had centuries of religious tolerance," he said. Then in 1997 came a huge change in the political culture. "Human rights, equality, and non-discrimination" became buzz words backed by law, and began to be forcefully enforced against Christians by the courts. Now 14 years later, a British couple cannot be foster parents...
  • Video: Police Ban Bible from Christian Café [UK]

    09/26/2011 10:48:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Police in Lancashire have told the owner of a Christian café to stop displaying Bible texts on a video screen, because it breaches public order laws. Officers attended the Salt & Light Coffee House on Layton Road, Blackpool, on Monday 19 September, following a complaint about “insulting” and “homophobic” material. The café’s owner, Mr Jamie Murray, says the officers did not specify which Bible texts had caused the offence. BreachHe says the officers told him that displaying offensive or insulting words is a breach of Section 5 of the Public Order Act, and told him to stop displaying the Bible....
  • Video: Police ban Bible from Christian café

    09/25/2011 5:13:33 PM PDT · by massmike · 51 replies
    christian.org.uk ^ | 09/25/2011 | n/a
    Police in Lancashire have told the owner of a Christian café to stop displaying Bible texts on a video screen, because it breaches public order laws. Officers attended the Salt & Light Coffee House on Layton Road, Blackpool, on Monday 19 September, following a complaint about “insulting” and “homophobic” material. The café’s owner, Mr Jamie Murray, says the officers did not specify which Bible texts had caused the offence. He says the officers told him that displaying offensive or insulting words is a breach of Section 5 of the Public Order Act, and told him to stop displaying the Bible....
  • Moderate Muslims Rally Against Extremism in London

    09/24/2011 1:58:35 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/9/11
    Thousands of Muslims gathered in London on Saturday at a rally "to fight extremism and promote a moderate, inclusive version of Islam." The event's organizers, Minhaj-ul-Quran International, said prior to the event that some 12,000 Muslims are expected at Wembley Arena. The group's founder, Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, told journalists that killing innocents is forbidden in Islam and Muslims must integrate into the societies in which they are living.
  • UK government promises to legalize same-sex ‘marriage’ before 2015

    09/19/2011 8:30:36 AM PDT · by massmike · 21 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 09/16/2011 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    Britain’s coalition government is aiming to legalize same-sex “marriage” before the next federal election in 2015, announced Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone on Saturday. The move comes after the “personal intervention” of Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, reports the U.K.’s Daily Mail. Same-sex couples in Britain have been able to access comparable benefits to married couples since 2005 when the country legalized same-sex “civil partnerships.” The government’s latest effort would focus strictly on changing the perennial definition of marriage. Mike Judge, head of communications for The Christian Institute, warned that the change will have vast implications for British society, particularly in...
  • 'Sex-free' passports for transgenders (UK)

    09/19/2011 2:13:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 19 Sep 2011 | Martin Evans
    The Home Office is considering changing British passports to allow transgender people to opt out of identifying themselves as male or female. The proposed moves follows pressure from the Liberal Democrats who claim it is necessary to avoid problems encountered by people who are undergoing sex change operations. Currently everybody with a passport must identify themselves as male or female on the document. But the Home Office has begun a consultation on changing the system to allow a category for the small minority of people who are unable to tick either box. Supporters claim it will avoid problems at passport...
  • Why I let my son live as a girl: Mother of boy who returned to school in a skirt bravely...

    09/17/2011 6:51:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 97 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 17th September 2011 | Helen Weathers
    Ten-year-old Livvy James loves her new school uniform, particularly the smart, grey skirt with two pleats and pockets decorated with hearts. ‘Walking to school on my first day back, I was nervous and excited, but most of all I just felt like shouting ‘‘Yeay!’’ ’ says Livvy, who wore her shoulder-length blonde hair that day in a swishy pony-tail. ‘I was so excited that I didn’t care what people thought about me. Even if people looked at me or were saying nasty things, I didn’t care. I felt happy because I could be me and didn’t have to pretend any...
  • Should Gays Be Allowed To Donate Blood?

    09/13/2011 6:07:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    It's an issue that has been discussed - and continues to be discussed. Last Friday, the UK decided to lift the ban on prohibiting gays from donating blood. From Times Of India: UK Lifts Ban, Says Gays Can Donate BloodLONDON: Britain said Thursday it was lifting a ban on gay men giving blood providing they have had not had sexual intercourse within a year. A lifetime ban on blood donation by gay men was introduced in Britain in the 1980s as a response to the spread of AIDS and HIV.But a review by a panel of leading experts and patient...
  • Postal workers refuse to deliver Bible recordings because the CDs are ‘offensive’ (UK)

    09/10/2011 2:22:05 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 9/9/11 | Staff
    Postal workers refused to deliver CDs of Bible readings after deciding they were ‘offensive material’. Several churches had paid for discs with recordings of St Mark’s Gospel to be produced to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. They were due to be delivered to all households on the Channel Island of Jersey, but church leaders were stunned when they were told postal workers would not handle the 45,000 CDs.
  • British MP urges government to force churches into same-sex unions

    09/09/2011 6:32:36 AM PDT · by massmike · 24 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 09/09/2011 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    A member of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s government is calling for a ban on marriages at Christian churches if they refuse to also perform same-sex unions. “As long as religious groups can refuse to preside over ceremonies for same-sex couples, there will be inequality,” wrote Mike Weatherley, the Conservative MP for Hove and Portslade, in an August 21 letter to Cameron. While Weatherley’s proposal is currently a “minority view,” it “could quickly become a main stream point of view,” warned Neil Addison, national director of the U.K.‘s Thomas More Legal Centre. The U.K.‘s 2004 Civil Partnership Act, which legalized...
  • Tory MP Calls for Churches to be Banned From Holding Marriages if They Refuse Gay Couples [UK]

    09/06/2011 6:43:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 53 replies
    Pink News ^ | 9/2/11 | Jessica Geen
    Mike Weatherley, the Conservative MP for Hove, has called for churches to be banned from holding marriages if they refuse to perform civil partnerships for gay couples. He says that the idea will bring more equality for gay couples. In a letter (see below) to prime minister David Cameron, Mr Weatherley wrote: “As long as religious groups can refuse to preside over ceremonies for same-sex couples there will be inequality. “Such behaviour is not be tolerated in other areas, such as adoption, after all. “Until we untangle unions and religion in this country we will struggle to find a fair...
  • Savage and the fall of the U.K.

    08/15/2011 3:39:11 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 4 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 8-14-11 | Joseph Farah
    It's been more than two years since Britain banned entry to American talk-radio phenom Michael Savage, along with a short list of terrorists, neo-Nazis murderers and other vile scum. It was in May 2009 that the British government released a list of 16 persona non grata – banned so as to protect the country from provocateurs of violence. Today we should ask London how that deal is working out for them. It would seem apparent, however, that Britain has made less-than-perfect choices about whom to allow into the country and whom to keep out. Let me put it another way:...
  • Cameron: Riot-hit UK must reverse `moral collapse' [Uh, you're too late Dave]

    08/15/2011 1:59:03 PM PDT · by upchuck · 20 replies
    Ass Press ^ | August 15, 2011 | DAVID STRINGER and SHAWN POGATCHNIK
    Britain must confront a culture of laziness, irresponsibility and selfishness that fueled four days of riots which left five people dead, thousands facing criminal charges and hundreds of millions in damages, Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged Monday. As rival political leaders staked out their response to England's unrest, Cameron pledged to deliver a raft of new policies by October aimed at reversing the "slow-motion moral collapse" which he blames for fostering the disorder. "This has been a wake-up call for our country. Social problems that have been festering for decades have exploded in our face," Cameron told an audience at...
  • London Riots Put Spotlight on Troubled, Unemployed Youths in Britain [Liberal 'Logic' Alert]

    08/09/2011 7:30:15 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 37 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 9, 2011 | LANDON THOMAS Jr. and RAVI SOMAIYA
    LONDON — “I came here to get my penny’s worth,” said a man who gave his name as Louis James, 19, a slightly built participant in the widening riots that have shaken London to its core. With a touch of guilt on Tuesday, Mr. James showed off what he described as a $195 designer sweater that he said he looted in Camden Town, a gentrified area of north London. ... In many ways, Mr. James’s circumstances are typical. He lives in a government-subsidized apartment in northern London and receives $125 in jobless benefits every two weeks, even though he says...
  • Ayatollah of the RAF: claims Nazi gas chambers were British propaganda, criticises Libya air strikes

    08/08/2011 9:18:32 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | August 07, 2011 | Ian Gallagher
    The head of studies at the Royal Air Force pilot training college is a convert to Islam who has criticised Nato air strikes on Libya in a Muslim magazine. Dr Joel Hayward is dean of the college at Cranwell, the RAF’s equivalent of Sandhurst, and has taught many of the pilots spearheading the military operation against Colonel Gaddafi. But, to the dismay of defence chiefs, he has cast doubt on the widely held belief that the Nato actions averted the mass killing of civilians in Benghazi. He also warned against the RAF becoming ‘the air corps of a rebel army’....
  • Church in Wales inquiry after rector burns Bible pages (thought parts of KJV were hateful)

    07/22/2011 3:32:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/22/11
    The Church in Wales says it is investigating after a Gwynedd rector burnt some pages from the Bible. The Reverend Geraint ap Iorwerth of St Peter ad Vincula Church, Pennal, also cut up pages from the King James Bible to create an artwork. Unveiling it at a church event, he said it revealed a "cruel and vile God". The Bishop of Bangor said: "Destroying parts of the Bible we don't like is disrespectful and will offend many people." Mr ap Iorwerth told BBC Wales he had burnt scraps of cut up the passages at the public event because he had...
  • England’s Saints Have Been Written Out of History

    06/23/2011 11:51:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/23/11 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    Our isle was once a land of saints, but now there is a trend to consign all religious people to the dustbin of historyToday, under the old dispensation, which may yet return, would have been Corpus Christi, and at least in the Cathedral town of Arundel, it still is, and thousands of people will be rushing down to West Sussex to see the magnificent carpet of flowers and to take part in the solemn Mass and procession at 5.30pm. I, sadly, cannot be with them, and for those in that position, I offer some consolation in a reflection of today’s...
  • Christians ‘more militant’ and homophobic than Muslims: UK Equalities Chief (barf alert)

    06/21/2011 7:14:31 AM PDT · by fabrizio · 31 replies
    LONDON, June 20, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Despite Britain being an officially Christian country with a majority Christian population and a Christian heritage reaching back to the 7th century AD, the UK’s equalities chief has said that Christians need to “integrate” better into Britain’s “modern liberal democracy.” Compared to Muslims, he said, Christians are “more militant” and have a harder time blending in. “There are a lot of Christian activist voices who appear bent on stressing the kind of persecution that I don’t think really exists in this country,” said Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)....
  • England Reaffirms Ban on Radio Host Michael Savage

    05/25/2011 3:28:40 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 32 replies
    jonathanturley.org ^ | 5-25-11 | Jonathon Turley
    We have been following the ban imposed on conservative radio host Michael Savage by England — barring him from entry into the country. England now appears to have reaffirmed the decision and accuses Savage of promising to retract some of his statements and failing to do so. While I strongly disagree with many of Savage’s statements, I view the ban as part of a disturbing trend limiting free speech in the West and particularly in England. In the communication below, Treasury Solicitor Michael Atkins tells counsel for Savage that he previously assured the government that Savage would repudiate some of...
  • Will They Sentence Our Priests to Prison? [UK]

    02/15/2011 9:56:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Linen on the Hedgerows ^ | 2/14/11 | Richard Collins
    There was a very sound priest active in the 80s whose name now escapes me (but I have his article from Catholic Order packed up somewhere) who stated that he firmly believed that we would see Catholic martyrs within the next 25-30 years. He meant, of course, in Europe and possibly, the USA rather than the world at large where killings of Christians has accelerated to over 270 each day during the last decade (see Joyful Papist). Can we really expect, now that the 30 years is up, to see Catholic martyrs in the prison system in Britain once more?...
  • Muslim husbands with more than one wife to get extra benefits as ministers recognise polygamy

    01/13/2011 9:28:17 AM PST · by La Lydia · 41 replies · 2+ views
    London Evening Standard ^ | January 13, 2011
    Husbands living in a "harem" with multiple wives have been cleared to claim state benefits for all their different partners. A Muslim man with four spouses - which is permitted under Islamic law - could receive £10,000 a year in income support alone. He could also be entitled to more generous housing and council tax benefit, to reflect the fact his household needs a bigger property. Ministers have decided that, even though bigamy is a crime in Britain, polygamous marriages can be recognised formally by the state - provided they took place overseas, in countries where they are legal. The...
  • Death threats against UK columnist for opposing homosexualist agenda

    02/02/2011 4:05:30 PM PST · by wagglebee · 11 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/2/11 | Hilary White
    LONDON, February 2, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A prominent conservative UK columnist has said she received death threats after she criticized plans to insert homosexual materials into all subjects in the curriculum in Britain’s schools. Writing in the Daily Mail this week, Melanie Phillips said that she had been expecting a reaction, “which would amply bear out the truth of what I had written.” “The response, however, exceeded even my expectations.”For the last week, she said, “I have been subjected to an extraordinarily vicious outpouring of hate and incitement to violence” through emails, the internet and in mainstream media.“If the gay...
  • British journalist defends ‘gay brainwashing’ Daily Mail article that caused Twitter uproar

    01/25/2011 7:46:35 AM PST · by scottjewell · 13 replies
    Pink News UK ^ | 1-25-11 | Pink News staff
    Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips has defended an article which suggested that gay people were becoming the “new McCarthyites”. Her column, published yesterday, implied that homosexuality would become “mandatory” and accused gay activists of trying to “brainwash” children. The article was written in response to plans to make lessons more inclusive of LGBT people and became a trending topic on Twitter. Ms Phillips told PinkNews.co.uk that she would always defend gay people against “true prejudice” but maintained that the gay rights lobby intends to destroy “normal sexual behaviour”. In an email, she wrote: “I’m sorry if what I wrote has...
  • Bed and Breakfast owners fined for turning away gay couple (in UK)

    01/18/2011 1:37:31 PM PST · by NYer · 33 replies
    LifeSite ^ | January 18, 2010 | HILARY WHITE
    Peter and Hazelmary Bull with supporters. January 15, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - It is illegal in Britain for guesthouse keepers to refuse to allow two homosexual men to share a bed in their homes, according to a ruling by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in a test case sponsored by the country’s leading homosexualist lobby group. Peter and Hazelmary Bull, devout Christians who own a guesthouse in a popular holiday resort in Cornwall, were ordered by the EHRC to pay a fine of £1,800 each to Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy, two men who had booked a room in...
  • Tony Blair: Gordon Brown tried to blackmail me

    08/31/2010 5:25:15 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/31/2010 | Robert Winnett and Henry Samuel
    Tony Blair uses his new book to expose Gordon Brown as a manipulative figure who lost a winnable election by abandoning the principles of New Labour. The former prime minister’s memoir discloses that a “maddening” Mr Brown effectively blackmailed him while he was in No 10. He suspects the then chancellor of orchestrating the investigation into the cash-for-honours scandal. Gordon Brown and Tony Blair at a Labour Party rally The pressure on Mr Blair to step aside became so great that he admits he may have become reliant on alcohol as he faced coup attempts from Mr Brown’s supporters. He...
  • What isn't wrong with Sharia law? (Is the left getting worried?)

    07/05/2010 11:41:12 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 47 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 7/5/2010 | Maryam Namazie
    The recent global day against the imminent stoning of Sakine Mohammadi-Ashtiani in Iran for adultery is an example of the outrage sparked by the brutality associated with sharia law's penal code. What of its civil code though – which the Muslim Council of Britain's Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra describes as "small aspects" that concern "marriage, divorce, inheritance, custody of children"? According to human rights campaigner Gita Sahgal, "there is active support for sharia laws precisely because it is limited to denying women rights in the family. No hands are being cut off, so there can't be a problem …" Now a...
  • David Cameron Updates Christ

    06/16/2010 3:07:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies · 410+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | 6/15/2010 | Dr Jeff Mirus
    “If our Lord Jesus was around today,” says the youngest British prime minister in the last 200 years, “he would very much be backing a strong agenda on equality and equal rights, and not judging people on their sexuality.” Thus does David Cameron justify his support of civil partnerships for gays, an unusual position for a Tory.Cameron has done the creative service of rendering Christianity’s founder politically correct just in time for his new administration. The task of projecting the teachings of Christ concerning sexual behavior into the 21st century clearly required certain changes. Consider these updates to some key...
  • David Cameron appoints Catholic Tory grandee Lord Patten to ensure Pope's visit...

    06/09/2010 9:31:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies · 27+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/9/2010 | Steve Doughty
    David Cameron today moved to rescue the Pope's visit to Britain by putting a Catholic Tory grandee in charge. Lord Patten of Barnes, former party chairman and Hong Kong governor, is to take over responsibility for the Government's handling of the increasingly sensitive autumn Papal trip. Pope Benedict's tour has been clouded by controversy since it was first made public, in defiance of protocol, by Gordon Brown last year. In Labour's dying days in power the visit itself was thrown into jeopardy after the leak of a Foreign Office memo in which officials overseeing the visit suggested that the Pope...
  • UK Gay Rights Campaigner Poised To Confront Pope

    06/08/2010 6:31:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies · 53+ views
    Cath News ^ | 6/8/10
    A UK TV station's commissioning of Peter Tatchell - a gay rights campaigner and critic of the Vatican - to make a documentary about the Pope which will air around the time of the pontiff's UK visit is drawing criticism. Mr Tatchell is one of the founders of a group called Protest the Pope that criticises the Pope's record on homosexuality, contraception and child abuse and says that he "is an unsuitable guest of the UK government", said a report on Telegraph.co.uk. British broadcaster Channel 4 said the 60-minute program will examine the impact that the Pope's pronouncements have had...
  • When the mask of tolerance slips

    05/11/2010 1:30:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies · 309+ views
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | 5/11/2010 | George Weigel
    The contempt in which the Catholic Church and its convictions are held by the ruling classes of 21st century Europe is hardly a secret. For reasons of political expedience, however, European governments feel compelled to put the best face on such Catholic mega-events as papal visits. Yet every once in a while the mask of tolerance slips and the contempt can be seen for what it is.The mask slipped at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in late April. The Pope is scheduled to visit the United Kingdom in September; the centerpiece of his pilgrimage is the beatification of...
  • Boots lab technicians hoarded photos of customers' naked children for 12 years

    03/16/2010 9:48:05 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies · 1,191+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17th March 2010 | Colin Fernandez and Arthur Martin
    Two Boots photo lab technicians who copied hundreds of pictures of naked or semi-naked schoolgirls from customers' orders escaped jail yesterday. Thomas Befroy and Alan Hermon hoarded the pictures of girls between the ages of 12 and 17 in a hidden compartment in the lab. Their collection of more than 1,000 photos, built up over 12 years using a machine in the store, included snaps of teenage girls on holiday or in their bedrooms dressing up before a night out with friends. The pair were only caught when a phone engineer discovered their stash in eight carrier bags and two...
  • Don’t mock my lentils: vegans to get discrimination rights

    03/07/2010 6:37:00 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 36 replies · 98+ views
    timesonline.co.uk ^ | March 7, 2010 | Marie Woolf
    VEGANS and teetotallers are to be given the same protection against discrimination as religious groups, under legislation championed by Harriet Harman, the equalities minister. Members of cults and “new religions” such as Scientology, whose supporters include the film stars Tom Cruise and John Travolta, would also be offered protection, as would atheists. A code of practice explaining the legal implications of the equality bill states that religions need not be mainstream or well known for their adherents to gain protection. “A belief need not include faith or worship of a god or gods, but must affect how a person lives...
  • Gay Church Blessings and a Crisis of Faith

    03/06/2010 3:04:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies · 213+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/6/10 | Damian Thompson
    As clergymen are warned they could be sued if they refuse to carry out homosexual "marriages" in church, what will the Equality Bill mean for religious doctrine?Eighty years ago a Scottish shepherd's boy won a place at St Andrew's University. A graduate of Divinity, John Ebenezer Brown went on to become a minister in Kirkcaldy, Fife. He was much loved by his flock – not least because he never let himself get angry. "I keep thinking of my father and how he never raised his voice," said the Prime Minister, in an interview with this newspaper a week ago. Even...