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  • Do you know the children's game called 'Rock, Paper, Scissors'?

    It's simple enough: two children bump both fists together three times in quick succession and then each shouts 'rock', 'paper' or 'scissors'. At the same time, they make a shape with one of their hands: a clenched fist for rock, flat hand for paper, and v-shape with two fingers for scissors. Rock beats scissors (because it crushes them); paper trumps rock (since it can wrap around it); scissors win against paper (as they cut it).

    I was reminded of this game after I read the letter from Justin Welby rebuking conservative Anglicans for their plans to appoint a 'missionary bishop'. Their move followed the Scottish Episcopal Church's abandonment of the teaching that marriage is between a man and a woman. And the game came to mind because on this whole issue of sexuality, which confronts the entire Anglican Communion, the Archbishop could be said to have three choices.

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  • Christians are being urged to pray after last week's deadly Grenfell Tower fire, as left wing protestors plan to hold a 'day of rage' on Wednesday.

    A day of prayer and fasting has been organised by London City Mission and the Message Trust after the disaster last Wednesday, which left at least 79 people dead.

    Graham Miller, Chief Executive of London City Mission said: "We grieve for those who were caught up in this latest attack, who've been injured or lost a loved one, and we pray for peace and reconciliation, and for good news and hope to spread across London."

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  • Doctors could back the complete decriminalisation of abortion in Britain next week.

    On Tuesday 27 October the British Medical Association annual representative meeting in Bournemouth will vote on a motion seeking to end all legal restrictions on abortion.

    Currently, abortion remains illegal in Britain under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. Under this law both mothers attempting to abort themselves, or any other person (including doctors) seeking to help them, are potentially liable to life imprisonment.

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  • The Labour Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow made the comments Monday evening during an appearance on Sky News. Ms. Ali referred specifically to the English Defence League and the far right group Britain First saying that demonstrations from both groups should be banned in London.

    Ali said that the government needed to "redouble their efforts" when it came to tackling extremism.

    "We have seen over the years many marches here in the East End and around the country by organisations like the English Defence League and more recently by British [Britain] First," she said.

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  • The Senate will vote next week on legislation that is expected to repeal Obamacare and defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

    The House has already approved the reconciliation bill to accomplish both of those tasks and the Senate has been working for months trying to iron out language that will please both Liberal Republicans as well as conservatives. Liberal Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska support abortion and have been a thorn in the side of Republican leaders attempting to put this bill together because they oppose defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion company.

    Meanwhile pro-life Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has been a holdout on the bill as well because he believes it doesn't go far enough and repealing every aspect of Obamacare.

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  • The Church often seems keen to skate over or even deny what it really believes, in an effort to be taken seriously. Do we have something to learn from recent political events?

    Tim Farron, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, has been seen by most people as a decent chap, intelligent, compassionate, giving a difficult job his best shot. During the election campaign, he wanted to talk about politics, and to suggest distinctive new approaches to government. But he was constantly dogged by attacks on his Christian faith. Journalists had dug up comments he had made years earlier, and kept pressing him on these issues, not satisfied when he tried to turn the criticisms aside by referring to his voting record in the Commons and his proven commitment to liberalism generally. He denied that being gay is a sin, and tried to turn the conversation away from his theological views; when pressed more specifically on whether gay sex and abortion is sinful he finally was forced to say "no".

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  • The (by now, thanks to a long series of ideoligy-driven judicial miscarriages) deservedly infamous European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has delivered yet another outrageously silly judgment. In the case of Bayev and others v.Russia it has decided that a Russian Law that was enacted to protect minors agaist the propaganda and recruitment tactics of sodomites failed to serve a legitimate aim and therefore violated the freedom of expression of the applicants, three "LGBT Rights activists".

    Of course, nobody doubts that freedom of expression is a fundamental right that all should enjoy, even people openly exhibiting their unhealthy and disgusting sexual behaviours as if they were something to be proud of. But equally no one denies that that right has inherent limits, and that the protection of public morals, as well as the right of children not to be exposed to filth, is one of those limits. The case at hand thus concerned no fundamental issuess, but really only raises the question of finding the right balance.

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  • America is known as the land of the free and the home of the brave, but to Christians it is also increasingly becoming a land of the politically correct and a country where honor students can't mention God in their graduation speeches.

    This was recently exemplified by Moriah Bridges, a graduating student at Beaver High School in Pennsylvania, who was asked to deliver an address on behalf of the students during their commencement on June 2.

    Bridges wanted to thank God for the immense blessings He has given to the students, their parents, the teachers and administrators of the school. But before she could utter a word, school officials gagged her, with principal Steven Wellendorf telling her that thanking God in the form of a prayer at a public school event--even one led by a student--is not allowed by law, Fox News reported.

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  • A date has been set for the consecration of a new bishop who will serve disaffected Anglicans throughout the UK and across Europe.

    The service will be held next Friday morning by GAFCON at Edman Chapel on the campus of Wheaton College, near Chicago.

    The group of conservative Anglicans created the post in reaction to a move by the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) last June towards allowing same-sex marriage. The Church officially approved the step earlier this month.

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  • Piers Morgan has accused Tommy Robinson, the former English Defence League leader, of "sounding like a bigoted lunatic".

    He was interviewing Robinson on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday morning in the wake of the of the Finsbury Park attack.

    As Robinson held up a copy of the Koran, Morgan told him: "Show some damn respect for people's religious beliefs."

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