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UK Christian Charity Loses Right to Control Hiring Practices

Posted in England with tags , , , , , on May 27, 2008 by Mike

In yet another sign of the apocalypse, the Christian Post is reporting that a British Christian charity that helps those with learning disabilities lost in a ruling by an employee tribunal the right to control its own hiring practices.

In a weekend ruling by the Tribunal of Abergele, North West Wales, the tribunal said that Prospects, a well-known charitable organization, could not require new or existing employees to sign and agree to a “religious ethos” or statement of faith in salvation through Jesus Christ.

Although the statement of faith did not require any standard of behavior in its employees other than to “work within both the Christian ethos and the policies of Prospects,” the tribunal ruled the charity’s statement of faith illegal because of its use of public funding.

The suit against the charity organization was brought after two former employees, Mark Sheridan and Louise Hender, protested the group’s alleged practice of preferential hiring and promotions towards Christian employees.

In a statement, The British Humanist Association (BHA), which helped finance the lawsuit, praised the ruling as a “landmark” decision.

“A clear message has been sent out by this decision: that blanket discrimination in employment policies and practices on grounds of religion or belief is simply unacceptable, and that an instruction to discriminate against someone on the basis of that person’s religion or belief will be unlawful,” said BHA Chief Executive Hanne Stinson.

Obviously, BHA doesn’t get it. The effect of this ruling will be to essentially shut down any charities who are religiously-based and receive government funding. Okay, maybe BHA does get it. This effect is exactly what they are aiming for–get any evidence of religion in society to disappear and make the government’s role even greater in everyone’s lives. The ironic thing is that Humanism is a religion. It meets pretty much anyone’s definition of a religion.

Jesus in the Fetal Position

Posted in England with tags , , , , , on March 17, 2008 by Mike

The BBC is airing its take on the Easter story. Part of that portrayal is having Jesus being crucified in the fetal position. The BBC says that it has found new historical evidence for this portrayal. Gary Davis at Associated Content has a great column on what the reaction of Christians should be.

This is far from the first time that Jesus Christ and Christianity have been attacked through the use of demeaning portrayals. Jesus has been shown to be a homosexual without conscience, a lover to Mary Magdalene, as well as a Chocolate Jesus, and virtually any negative image you can think of; why?

Why does Jesus Christ bring out such hatred? Jesus Christ brings out hatred from men for two reasons; first, He leaves no room in the Bible for any misunderstanding; He says that He is the one and only God. That means, by definition, He calls every other religion false; there is no room in the Christian Doctrine for any discussion or compromise. People like to say, in criticism of Christians, “They think they have all the answers”.

It gets worse for mankind. Jesus says in the Bible that there is no man or woman worthy of Heaven or, of even being called “good” without being covered by His Blood. What that comment does is call everyone a sinner and essentially says that even “good people” aren’t really “good”. It is not surprising then that Jesus Christ is hated and that people take great pleasure in trying to take away His Godly Character.

Anglican Bishop Urges Conference to Tackle Homosexuality

Posted in England with tags , , , , on January 8, 2008 by Mike

We need to keep our fellow believers in Christ in our prayers as the Anglican church prepares to hold its Lambeth Conference, an event that occurs every ten years. According to The Christian Post, the Rt. Rev. Nigel McCulloch, the bishop of Manchester, is urging the conference to hold a public debate on homosexuality.

The Lambeth Conference, which is only convened once every ten years, has been embroiled in controversy with consistent rumors that many bishops will boycott the event in protest at the Anglican church body’s apparent loosening stance on homosexuality.

Despite the threat of schism within the worldwide Anglican Communion over the issue, there are no plans for a public debate on the matter at the landmark conference, and much of the conference will be taking place privately.

The bishop of Manchester criticized fellow bishops who are threatening to boycott the meeting in protest over the presence of leaders from The Episcopal Church at the conference. The Episcopal Church, the U.S. arm of Anglicanism, has been one of the most liberal branches in the communion, and in 2003 ordained the first openly gay bishop in Anglican Church history.

The spiritual head of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams, has spoken of his hope to maintain unity within the communion, and how the Lambeth Conference is a vital event to cement this. However, many boycotting bishops are now planning an alternative gathering in Jerusalem just a few weeks before the Lambeth Conference takes place in England.

I’m sorry–okay, I’m really not–but I think the boycotting bishops should only attend the conference if the intent is to make it the Anglican Church’s position to condemn the practice of homosexuality and to publicly censure the Episcopal Church in America for ordaining its first openly gay bishop 5 years ago. There can be no compromise on this issue. Sin is sin. And once a church openly and blatantly condones sin, it has lost all spiritual authority.

Baby Marco

Posted in England with tags , , , , , , , on December 28, 2007 by Mike

Baby Marco and his parentsThe Daily Mail , a paper in the UK, has this heartwarming story of a couple who, after being told by doctors they should abort their baby at week 20 due to serious conditions, decided that even one hour with their baby would be better than not giving him a chance to live.

His parents Julie Crampin, 36, and Antony Lara rejected advice to have the pregnancy terminated, and Marco was born with a range of serious conditions, including water on the brain, a hole in the heart and pyloric stenosis – a narrowing of the outlet of the stomach.

But the couple from Gloucester are delighted with their son and say he is making good progress.

Mr Lara, a 40-year-old hairdresser, said: “There was never a moment when we were in any doubt that we wanted him, even if he only lived for a day.

“Just to have had him alive for a few hours would have been better than not giving him the chance of life.”

Marco’s problems were revealed when his mother had a scan at 20 weeks.

Mr Lara said: “He was diagnosed as severely disabled. The chances of having him were minimal.

“We were told he could either be seriously disabled or die at birth, so we had big decisions to make.

“We were given the option of a termination, but we both became determined to have him.”

The couple managed to find hope in daily updates from doctors which, although still desperate, showed Marco to be a fighter.

Read the entire story. It will cheer you up for the entire day. And click on the photo to see it full-size.