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The Christian Institute: A doctor who supports abortion says he disagrees with the recent ruling affecting two Roman Catholic midwives who have a conscientious objection to abortion.
The Christian Institute: A Bill about councils’ “freedom to pray” has received support from the Government and the Labour Party.
The Christian Institute: Politicians fail to speak out against attacks on Christians around the world because of a “misplaced sense of political correctness”, a leading Labour MP has warned.
The Christian Institute: A Peer has resigned from the British Medical Association’s medical ethics committee because it supports extending Britain’s abortion law to Northern Ireland.
The Christian Institute: Most parents are not using internet safety controls to protect their children from being exposed to inappropriate content online, a survey has found.
The Christian Institute: Ed Miliband has apologised to Christians who feel marginalised in society and expressed his belief that churches should not have to carry out same-sex marriages.
The Christian Institute: A Christian printer from Northern Ireland who came under fire for refusing to print a gay magazine is backing proposals for a conscience clause in the Province.
The Christian Institute: Regulations for controversial techniques to create three and four-parent babies have been published.
The Christian Institute: The UK’s highest court has overturned a decision affecting the case of two Roman Catholic midwives who had previously won the right to avoid supervising staff involved in abortions.
The Christian Institute: An end-of-life care expert has welcomed the rejection of assisted suicide in the Welsh Assembly.
Cross Map (Morning Star News): Police on Wednesday (Dec. 17) arrested 16 Christians, including four women, as they celebrated Christmas in Navipur, Pipraich, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, Liris Thomas of Alliance Defending Freedom-India (ADF-India) told Morning Star News.
Beyond ‘The Interview’: UN votes to send North Korea to Intl Criminal Court for forced abortion, other atrocities
Life Site News: The United Nations General Assembly voted today to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court for “crimes against humanity,” which include the crime of widespread forced abortion.
Law and Religion UK: “It is the Government’s view … that in order to make a decision on whether to take forward the specific proposal to permit legally valid marriage ceremonies for those with non-religious beliefs, it is necessary to carefully consider the legal and technical requirements concerning marriage ceremonies and registration and the range of relevant equality issues. To this end the Government will ask the Law Commission if it will begin as soon as possible a broader review of the law concerning marriage ceremonies.” So in brief, the answer is “Er, not just yet”.
Mirror of Justice: That’s the title of this report, though I would welcome more information from readers who may have it. The Supreme Court is that of the United Kingdom, and the case involves the issue of accommodation for objection to performing abortions on the basis of religious conscience.
The Christian Institute: A judge has today heard further evidence in the case against the controversial Named Person scheme.
The Christian Institute: A former abortion clinic employee has written about her dramatic shift in mindset that means she now believes abortion “kills a living, growing member of the human family”.
Christian News Network: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered the arrest of two Muslim clerics for inciting a mob who killed a couple last month after being falsely accused of desecrating the Koran. Five police officials who failed to protect the couple have also been required to face disciplinary action.
Christian News Network: Three Iranian pastors who were sentenced to six years in prison for committing “action against national security” and “creating a network to overthrow the system”—charges believed to be used as a catchall against anyone deemed a threat to the government —have now been acquitted of their crimes.
ISIS executes 150 women and girls, some pregnant, for refusing to become sex slaves and marry jihadists
The Christian Post: Terror group ISIS has reportedly killed over 150 women and girls, some of them believed to be pregnant, for refusing to become sex slaves and marry jihadists.
Human Life International: The facility in which these surgeries took place was far from sterile. It was an abandoned hospital in rural India with broken windows and animal feces on the floor. The doctor and staff assisting in the operations did not change gloves or sterilize medical equipment between patients.
The New York Times (AP): Prime Minister Enda Kenny says the legalization of same-sex marriage will be put to a public referendum in May.
UK’s highest court rules two Catholic midwives can not object to being involved in abortions in landmark case
Daily Mail: Two Catholic midwives who refused to take any part in abortions because it would ‘violate their conscience’ cannot object to helping with terminations, the UK’s highest court ruled today.
Life News: In a horrible defeat for conscience rights for medical professionals, a British court today ruled that a pair of midwives who didn’t want to be involved in assisting abortions must do so.
The Christian Institute: Plans in Scotland to allow doctors to harvest organs without prior consent are “ethically unacceptable”, the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics has said.
The Christian Institute: A controversial psychiatrist has admitted to helping seven people go to the Dignitas clinic for an assisted suicide.
The Christian Institute: In spite of a huge weight of persecution and state oppression, the number of Christians in China is growing year on year.
Pakistan Supreme Court orders arrest of Muslim clerics who incited mob to kill Christian couple with pregnant wife
The Christian Post: Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of two Muslim clerics for inciting a violent mob of hundreds of Muslims to brutally beat, torture, burn and murder a married Christian couple in the Punjab Province in early November.
Russell Moore on Vatican trip: World’s religious leaders optimistic about their fight against the sexual revolution
The Christian Post: Leaders from most of the world’s major religious groups who gathered at the Vatican last month for a conference on marriage left optimistic that they can win their fight against the forces of the sexual revolution emanating from the West, Dr. Russell Moore said.
One News Now: An international ministry says it has been quite a year across Africa, most infamously when the Muslim terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 270 girls, most of them Christians.
Christian News Network: Members of the Pakistani Islamic Taliban opened fire on a military school on Tuesday, killing over 140 people—mostly children.
Christian News Network: An American pastor imprisoned in Iran remains strong in faith despite suffering from internal injuries resulting from beatings behind bars, according to an update from his wife and the legal organization that is fighting for his release.
The Christian Post: About 100 Syrian soldiers and at least 80 Islamic militant fighters lost their lives in a major battle over the past two days, resulting in the insurgents capturing the Wadi al-Deif military base.
Christian News Network: Recent reports state that officials in the Islamic country of Saudi Arabia have passed a law that may impose the death penalty on Bible smugglers and any others distributing religious materials that are not of the Muslim religion.
Iran court clears three Christians of convictions in appeal hearing; watchdog groups encouraged by ruling
The Christian Post: Three Iranian Christian leaders have seen their convictions overturned following an appeals hearing, in what persecution watchdog groups are hailing as an encouraging victory. Pastor Matthias Haghnejad and Deacon Silas Rabbani have been granted their freedom after their six-year sentences were overturned, but pastor Benhram Irani is still serving six years for previous convictions.
The Christian Institute: Close to two-thirds of the nation’s best performing primary schools have a religious ethos, according to the latest league table results.
One News Now: Just this month, Hindu radicals intensified a so-called “purification campaign” to make remote areas of Uttar Pradesh a Christian-free zone.
Christianity Today: The lyrics to a popular yet much maligned Africa advocacy song are now a bit more defensible, given that Ebola has led Sierra Leone to ban Christmas celebrations.
First Things: The Egyptian university, Al-Azhar, the world’s oldest and most prestigious seat of Sunni Muslim scholarship, refused to brand the militant ISIS as infidel, affirming that “we cannot infidelize a Muslim regardless of his sins.”
The New York Times: In many parts of Europe, he would now be in jail. But here in Denmark’s second biggest city, the young man, a 21-year-old of Turkish descent who spent 13 months in Syria fighting in the name of Islam, passes his days playing soccer, working out at the gym and waiting anxiously to see if he has secured a place to study engineering at a well-regarded local university.
The Christian Institute: David Cameron should work to win back people who support marriage between one man and one woman, the Grassroots Conservatives group has said.
The Christian Institute: A third of children aged between ten and 13 do not know that Christmas marks the birth of Jesus Christ, a survey of 2,000 families has found.
The Christian Institute: A human rights quango is threatening legal action against Northern Ireland’s abortion law, in a move described as “ill-timed and unnecessary” by the Department of Justice.
The Christian Institute: A Bill outlawing the purchase of sex has been passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly, making the Province the first part of the UK to bring in such legislation.
The Christian Institute: A proposal in favour of legalising assisted suicide has been defeated in the Welsh Assembly, after only twelve Assembly Members (AMs) voted in favour.
The Christian Institute: Large numbers of Muslim women are in polygamous relationships that deny them basic legal rights, according to an alarming new report.
The Christian Institute: British society must not shy away from its own beliefs or traditions such as saying “Happy Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays”, former Cabinet Minister Liam Fox has said.
The Christian Institute: The Department for Education (DfE) has accepted some key arguments from The Christian Institute in its guidance documents relating to controversial regulations for schools.
The Christian Institute: Parents are being marginalised by Scottish sex education guidance that encourages teachers to speak to a child’s named person about any wellbeing concerns, campaigners say.
Christian News Network (Morning Star News): For Jummai Sunday, 63, Thursday (Dec. 11) began like any other for the Christian widow. After a morning devotional, she visited sick or bereaved families, and then returned home to gather items for sale at her market spot near the bus terminal area in Jos, Nigeria.
Christian News Network: Three more cases of blasphemy accusations have emerged in Pakistan, even after a Christian couple’s beating to death and burning in a brick kiln after allegations of blasphemy horrified the world, including the metropolitan elite in the country.
The Christian Institute: Parents who were told their son should be aborted because he was a “non-viable foetus” have celebrated his first birthday.
Life Site News: A school in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has pulled a religious studies worksheet that contained scriptural teaching on immoral behavior after the father of one student complained. The school says they used the worksheet to help students “consider a variety of attitudes.”
Fox News: Four Christian children were beheaded by ISIS militants in Iraq for refusing to denounce Jesus and convert to Islam, according to the leader of the Anglican church in Baghdad.
Reuters: The capital of China’s far western Xinjiang has banned the wearing of Islamic veils in public, the regional government said on Thursday, in a move experts worry could spark more unrest in the troubled region.
Aleteia: In Communist China, “Merry Christmas!” banners are conspicuously displayed along the shopping streets. “A serious challenge” according to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences who sees “a new advance of Christianization.”
Lawyers representing the Anglican Church in Sudan and 12 tenants in one of the church’s properties in Omdurman, Khartoum State, lodged a constitutional appeal on 8 December after The Ministry of Justice issued a one-week eviction notice following a dispute over ownership of the property.
Pastors Behnam Irani, Matthias Haghnejad and Deacon Silas Rabbani attended a second court session today as part of their appeal against six-year sentences on trumped-up political charges, which had been handed down in October.
The Christian Institute: The British Army would be better served by secular chaplains, a former battalion commander has claimed.
The Christian Institute: A consultation on introducing a ‘conscience clause’ in Northern Ireland has been launched today, in a move welcomed by The Christian Institute.
Christian News Network: A number of Australians are calling for the Bible to banned in two popular retail outlets after they became upset that a controversial video game will not be on the shelves anytime soon.
The Christian Institute: Doctors said Jacob Shaw would not live beyond his first birthday – but defying expectations, he has just turned three.
The Christian Institute: A heterosexual couple have started legal proceedings in a bid to force the Government to introduce civil partnerships for opposite-sex couples.
The Christian Institute: An unlikely coalition of student groups has defeated a motion which would have made Cardiff University students’ union officially pro-abortion.
The Christian Post: The Christian convert who made history by becoming the first person in Egypt’s history to attempt to legally change his religious affiliation on his government identification from Islam to Christianity, has “vowed to starve himself to death” in response to his “illegal” imprisonment, his attorney said.
The Christian Post: The Assyrian Democratic Movement has announced the formation of the Nineveh Plain Protection Units, a militia largely comprised of Christian volunteers created to defend civilians from ISIS. The NPU also hopes to recapture land that was taken over by the terrorist organization.
The Christian Post: Terror group ISIS reportedly killed at least 30 soldiers on Friday on its way to capture the last remaining military air base in Syria. The major battle took place at al-Jafra village near the military airport, where 37 ISIS fighters were also killed.
Christian News Network: A woman in the United Kingdom is thanking God for the life of her child and that she did not go through with her plan to obtain an abortion due to the care of a number of Christians who urged her to trust the Lord in her situation.
The Christian Institute: The Roman Catholic Church has reluctantly cut its ties with the largest specialist adoption agency in Northern Ireland, following a court ruling in favour of same-sex couple adoption in the Province.
Aleteia: Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, while appearing at the Chamber of Deputies, expressed his intention to establish a “liberation process for Nineveh” to expel ISIS groups from its stronghold in Mosul and other regions that it currently occupies.
Live Action News: Abortion activists in the UK are calling for laws to prohibit abortion protesters from being too close to clinics. But one woman, who herself was headed to abort her daughter, is praising pro-life activists and crediting them with saving her daughter’s life.
The Christian Institute: Pro-lifers have said that calls to introduce ‘buffer zones’ preventing them from protesting outside abortion clinics would restrict free speech.
The Christian Institute: Pupils are not being taught the true meaning of Christmas because teachers fear “offending” different faiths, a BBC presenter has said.