Christian pro-lifers condemn secret ballot over relaxing abortion laws

Christian pro-lifers condemn secret ballot over relaxing abortion laws

An abortion protestorReuters Christian pro-life campaigners have hit out at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) for denying members a chance to vote in a secret ballot on relacing abortion laws. The RCOG today held a secret vote to relax abortion law, but instead of allowing all 6,000 doctors in the college to vote, just 33 members of the body’s General Council took part in the ballot. If the council members vote in favour of the motion, which has not been published yet, pro-lifers are warning that the college will have effectively backed the decriminalisation of abortion and would then be able to lobby the Government for a change in the law. The decriminalisation of abortion could allow for abortion for any reason – including *** selective abortion, up until 28 weeks and possibly up until birth, according to Christian Action Research and Education...Read more
‘Heal our land’, Christians pray as violence flares in Cameroon

‘Heal our land’, Christians pray as violence flares in Cameroon

There are riots in Cameroon, following a bomb blast in the northwest of the country. The governor in the region has imposed a 24-hour curfew. This follows a bomb attack in Bamenda city on Thursday. According to local media, the blast injured three police officers. Anti-government demonstrators block a road in Bamenda, Cameroon, in protests last year.Reuters Cameroon is divided between Anglophone and Francophone regions. Some Anglophones are calling for secession. There have been protests over moves to impose the French language in schools and in the courts. Journalists have been jailed on terrorism charges. The African Biblical Leadership Initiative, which is being held in the Cameroon capital, called for prayer to calm the situation. Delegates to the conference were told of ‘streets littered with protesters’. They were led in prayer by Babila Foncham of the Presbyterian...Read more
Kingsman: The Golden Circle review – sin, but not very original

Kingsman: The Golden Circle review – sin, but not very original

If you gave a teenage boy at the peak of hormonal disruption a film crew and a $100 million budget, he’d make a Kingsman movie. Not the original perhaps, which exploded onto the scene in 2014 and seriously super-charged a flagging genre. But a rehash of video-game action sequences, headshots, and dirty-jokes… that’s more fitting for a pubescent lad with anger issues than a serious director like Matthew Vaughan. Sadly, as you may have guessed, the above is a pretty fair description of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the second instalment of the British, and now transatlantic, spy franchise. Where the first film – while hugely problematic for viewers with any sort of strong moral code – was dazzlingly different from anything that had gone before it, the sequel simply offers more of the same, and absolutely nothing more. That might be acceptable if...Read more
US prison inmate sues her facility for ‘sponsoring’ Christianity in alleged breach of First Amendment

US prison inmate sues her facility for ‘sponsoring’ Christianity in alleged breach of First Amendment

Goole Maps A prison inmate in Kansas is suing her facility claiming it has violated the First Amendment by promoting Christianity to the prison population. Shari Webber-Dunn has served 23 years as an inmate at the Topeka Correctional Facility (TCF) in Topeka, Kansas. She is a member of the American Humanist Association (AHA) which has among its aims ‘advancing and preserving separation of church and state’. She is also registered with TCF as a practising Thelemite – the belief system developed by the controversial English occultist Aleister Crowley. The lawsuit  filed by her and the American Humanist Association says: ‘This action arises out of and challenges Defendants’ policy, custom, and practice of sponsoring the Christian religion at the Topeka Correctional Facility – a state-run institution – by displaying religious messages, images,...Read more
Russian Pentecostal pastor seeks political asylum in Germany

Russian Pentecostal pastor seeks political asylum in Germany

An priest conducts a blessing in Russia. Christians can hold authorised gatherings, and the country is largely Orthodox.Reuters An evangelical Christian pastor from Russia has described how he has fled his homeland to seek political asylum in Germany because he says he fears being imprisoned as a terrorist. Alexey Kolyasnikov, from Sochi, speaking to DW, said: ‘Why Germany? The Protestant Church here is strong.’ He added: ‘It is very dangerous to return to Russia. There, I will be declared a terrorist and put behind bars.’ Kolyasnikov is now living as a refugee in a shelter in Leverkusen in Germany, along with his wife and three daughters. He fled in July this year, three years after he and his congregation of Pentecostal Christians met as usual for worship in a café and agents from Russia’s Federal Security Service turned up and accused him of...Read more

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