Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

A few good links

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

A few links I found interesting for one reason or another:

Epiphenom – The rising tide of religious protectionism in the West

Dear Atos: Undercover Nun is praying for your immortal soul

Archdruid Eileen – Nothing to do with Us

Cranmer – EU joins with Islamic states to declare ‘the importance of respecting all prophets’

MentalHealthCop – One Vision

God and Politics – And the winner is?

The Wall Street Journal – Are We Really Getting Smarter?

Vatican Outsider – Africa: Christians outnumber Muslims

Harry’s Place – The EDL and interfaith dialogue

ConservativeHome – Andrew Lilico: Islam and Mohammed should not be protected from mockery

A few good links with bonus image

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

A few links I found interesting for one reason or another, with bonus image.

Parchment and Pen – Preaching morality vs preaching Christ

The blog of Kevin – Re-discovering the human

NHS Choices – Half of medical reporting ‘is subject to spin’

ThreadsUK – Is the religious right wrong

Self-harm is associated with poor physical health, according to new Lancet cohort study

Ekklesia – Shocking number dying on probation says new report

Cross reflected in a mirror

81% say religion should be separated from British politico-economic life

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

From BRIN

The majority of Britons are keen to keep religion apart from politics, according to a study published on 13 September 2012. 81% affirmed that religious practice is a private matter, which should be separated from British politico-economic life; 76% agreed that religious leaders should not influence how people vote in elections; 71% disagreed that religious leaders should have influence over the decisions of Government; 66% disagreed that politicians who did not share respondents’ own religious beliefs should not run for public office; and 65% disagreed that Britain would be a better place if more religious leaders held public office. Fewer than one in ten took the opposite stance on all these measures, with the remainder neutral or undecided, albeit as many as 16% wanted Christianity to play a greater role in British politics.

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European Court of Justice rules people persecuted for their faith have right to apply for asylum in Europe.

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Interesting:

In what could prove a landmark ruling for oppressed Christians, the European Court of Justice has ruled that people who are persecuted in their native countries due to their religion have the right to apply for asylum in Europe.

Confirming the ruling of a German court, the European Court of Justice – the highest court within the EU – decided that if a person’s right to public worship was ‘gravely infringed’ – they should be granted asylum.

Furthermore, the Court ruled that being limited to private prayer was not a legitimate alternative to the inherent right of public worship – rejecting the notion that religious minorities should limit their profile in the public sphere.

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Following the court ruling, Lord Alton told the Institute of the potential consequences: For too long European nations have continued with a policy of apathy towards the persecution of Christian minorities in distant lands.  However, with the possibility of religious communities now fleeing to Europe for asylum, Western governments may finally be spurred into tackling the root cause.

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UPDATE: God and Politics has blogged on this and has further details.

Are the English Defence League (EDL) attempting to co-opt Christianity?

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Long time readers will remember on the run-up to the general election the BNP made a concerted effort to co-opt British Christianity to further their political agenda.

The result of this was an online campaign to wrest the Christian card from their grasp and inform as many Christians as possible of the incompatibility of the BNP with Christianity. This was successful; albeit; there was some sympathy within the Christianity community relating to the BNP’s stance on the growth of Islam within this country.

The BNP failed miserably in those elections.

It’s with this in mind that I note with interest Richard Bartholomew’s recent blog post highlighting Kevin Carroll’s – vice-chair of the English Defence League and British Freedom – use of Christian issues (persecution narrative) at a recent anti-Islam conference in the US.

I encourage you to hop over and read that blog post as well as an additional post today looking at Christian Concern’s attitude towards the EDL.

A few good links

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

A few links I found interesting for one reason or another:

Independent (Patrick Cockburn) Neglect of the mentally ill is the great scandal of our times. Are we prepared to pay for the solution?

iBenedictines – Does Blogging Help or Hinder Online Debate?

MentalHealthCop- Suicide Prevention

Vic the Vicar – Creepy Christians and the Media

Leaving Fundamentalism – Former ACE employee turns whistleblower

Cranmer – Fascist Green Party expels Christian councillor over gay marriage

Guardian (Nick Cohen) – Our children go hungry for want of Tory compassion

Fr Z – “From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge—a Church that has lost much.”

Elder of Ziyon – Muslims freak over “Judaizing” Christian concert south of Temple Mount

A few good links

Friday, September 7th, 2012

A few links I found interesting for one reason or another:

Connexions – A Tory Jesus

Mind and Soul – Faith and Recovery from Pychosis and Clinical Depression

Heresy Corner – Warsi’s new job

Copybot – Ad agency laughs at people on benefits

Mind Hacks – Stopped clocks and dead phones

Christian.co.uk – Brethren Church denied Charitable status

Edward Feser – Brain hacking and mind reading

Quote of the Day

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

The main features of China’s economic development are GDP growth, resource exploitation, environmental pollution, conflicts of interest, and some people making incredible fortunes. Those who are wealthy suddenly find themselves facing a huge deficit in spirit and belief as they come to the realization that “money is not omnipotent”and happiness is not entirely endowed by wealth. Material abundance cannot solve the problem of spiritual poverty. Many wealthy people even make the complaint that “I am so poor that I have nothing but money.”People are beginning to realize that money is not the only purpose for living.”Getting rich may be necessary, but what they really desire is a meaningful life on the basis of wealth.

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Cabinet reshuffle: Chris Grayling appointed Justice Secretary causes controversy

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Twitter is all of a flutter as news breaks that Chris Grayling has been appointed as Justice Secretary.

Apparently he is the first non-lawyer as Lord Chancellor since Archbishop of York under Queen Mary in 1558.

Aside from this, folks such as Symon Hill of Ekklesia have Tweeted in response:

The appointment of Chris Grayling as Justice Secretary is an insult to gay and bisexual people. He defended homophobes in secret recording.

This secret recording relates to comments he made suggesting that B&B owners should have the right to turn away gay couples. Here’s the offending remarks:

“I personally always took the view that, if you look at the case of should a Christian hotel owner have the right to exclude a gay couple from a hotel, I took the view that if it’s a question of somebody who’s doing a B&B in their own home, that individual should have the right to decide who does and who doesn’t come into their own home. If they are running a hotel on the High Street, I really don’t think that it is right in this day and age that a gay couple should walk into a hotel and be turned away because they are a gay couple, and I think that is where the dividing line comes.”

As you can imagine these comments caused outrage at the time and that outrage is being resurrected as a result of Grayling’s appointment.

The Secret History of Pussy Riot – A Counterbalance to Western Fawning

Friday, August 24th, 2012

After all the Western media fawning over Pussy Riots – and let me be clear this is a VERY tame translation of their name – and the subsequent Russian Orthodox Church bashing; a topic which much to my surprise, everybody suddenly became something of an pseudo-expert, we finally have a sensible counterbalance written by Israel Shamir in CounterPunch:

Universally admired, Pussy Riot (or PR for short) have been promoted as superstars. But what are they? A rock or punk group they are not.  A British journalist marvelled: they produce no music, no song, no painting, nada, rien, nothing. How can they be described as “artists”? This was a severe test for their supporters, but they passed it with flying honours: that famous lover-of-art, the US State Department, paid for their first ever single being produced by The Guardian out of some images and sounds.

We are able to stomach obscenity and blasphemy; I am a great admirer of Notre Dame de Fleurs by Jean Genet, who combined both. However, the PR never wrote, composed or painted anything of value at all. Chris Randolph defended them in Counterpunch by comparing them with “the controversial Yegor Letov”. What a misleading comparison! Letov wrote poetry, full of obscenity but it still was poetry, while the PR have nothing but Public Relations.

Hell-bent on publicity, but artistically challenged, three young women from Russia decided – well, it sounds like a limerick. They stole a frozen chicken from a supermarket and used it as dildo; they filmed the act, called it “art” and placed it on the web. (It is still there) Their other artistic achievements were an orgy in a museum and a crude presentation of an erect prick.

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