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Tunisia Massacre and SSM

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Christian Concern compares Tunisia massacre to same-sex marriage
Nick Duffy 13th July 2015, 12:18 PM

A guest column carried by religious pressure group Christian Concern compares same-sex marriage to the massacre of British tourists in Tunisia.
The group, which works to oppose UK equality laws but failed to stop the passage of same-sex marriage, posted a guest article from “cultural apologist and church leader” Dr Joe Boot.
The column says there are many reason for Christians to ‘despair’ – citing the murder of innocent Christians in Nigeria, the massacre of 38 people in Tunisia, and the US Supreme Court bringing same-sex marriage to all 50 states.
It says: “Given the events of recent days, with Boko Haram slitting the throats of Christians in Nigeria, Islamic jihadists murdering dozens of Britons as they sat with their children by the sea in Tunisia, and as the Humpty Dumpty logic of the US Supreme Court led to a decision legalising same-sex ‘marriage’ in America – an act far more destructive of truth and liberty than a terrorist bomb – it would be easy to be utterly despondent as a Christian.
“However, the truth of the gospel means we must not – indeed, cannot – give in to fear, doubt or despair.”
38 people were murdered by a gunman in Tunisia, including 30 British holidaymakers.
Dr Boot claims that the Tunisian murders were driven by the fundamental beliefs of Islam, labelling the Prophet Mohammed a “violent and bloodthirsty warlord”, before drawing a direct comparison to the Supreme Court ruling.
He claims that “the US Supreme Court’s decision expresses, in a different way, a similar usurpation of sovereignty”, and accuses the justices of “waging [a] ‘legal’ war against Christ” in a similar way to radical Islamists.
The column continues: “In both Islamic militancy and activist Western courts, we are witnessing war on the living God by means and application of illegitimate law and the usurpation of sovereignty.”
Andrea Williams of Christian Concern is regularly given a platform to make media appearances, despite her group’s increasingly anti-gay stance.
The UK Independence Part’s ‘Christian’ manifesto was released earlier this year on a Christian Concern-run website – but was not circulated it via the official UKIP website or to the press.

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Discrimination – of a different type

Following a public consultation, the British Government yesterday announced that it would leave in place civil partnerships for gay couples, but would not extend them to straight couples.

Following a public consultation, the British Government yesterday announced that it would leave in place civil partnerships for gay couples, but would not extend them to straight couples.

Christian Concern and Christian Legal Centre responded to the consultation to claim that straight couples would be discouraged from marrying, and that it would lead to instability in families.

“The introduction of heterosexual civil partnerships will inevitably discourage some opposite sex couples from marrying, and result in greater instability within families, by offering a parallel institution that provides all the legal rights and privileges of marriage without the need for lifelong commitment.”

 

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(from the Independent). Christian (un)Concern

World, meet Andrea Minichiello Williams: the bafflingly misguided founder of UK group Christian Concern, who told conservative crowds in Jamaica that Tom Daley came out because his father died
Why? To persuade the Caribbean country not to repeal its rampantly homophobic laws on gay sex.

Speaking at a conference organised by the Coalition for a Healthy Society in Kingston to lobby against a possible repeal last week, Williams claimed Daley was “loved by all the girls and had girlfriends” until he tragically lost his father to cancer.

“And he’s just come out on YouTube that he’s in a relationship with a man, that man is 39, a leading gay activist in the States,” she continued, referencing rumours surrounding Daley’s reported romantic relationship with screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

She was joined by the equally absurd Peter LaBarbera, founder of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality: a group which, incidentally, deals very little with truth at all.

Agreeing with LaBarbera that same-sex attraction is not something people are born with, Williams went on to tell the crowd that homosexuality, like Daley’s, can be “caused” by “the lack of the father”, and “sometimes a level of abuse”.

Tom Daley: ‘It was love at first sight’ with Dustin Lance Black

She urged Jamaica to turn down aid from countries in Europe and the US, too, in order to stand firm against any possible repeal of homosexuality laws. At the moment, same sex activity is illegal in Jamaica for both men and women. Those found guilty can face up to 10 years in prison.

“Might it be that Jamaica says to the United States of America, says to Europe, ‘Enough! You cannot come in and attack our families. We will not accept aid or promotion tied to an agenda that is against God and destroys our families… If you win here, you will have an impact in the Caribbean and an impact across the globe.”

Hammering home his pal Williams’ point while taking a sly jibe at the US and the UK at the same time, LaBarbera continued: “Homosexuals are made, they’re not born.

“The dirty little secret that the media and homosexual activists are desperate — desperate — to squelch is that people are coming out of homosexuality every day. This is the work of God, this is the work of Jesus.”

But it didn’t stop there. After banging on about “gay conversion therapy” for a bit, Williams then claimed there was a link between homosexuality and paedophilia – a subject LaBarbera is currently busy turning into a book.

“Once you strip away all this stuff, what you get is no age consent … Nobody ever enforces that law anymore,” she said. “We already have a strong man-boy movement that’s moving in Europe.”

So, residents of the United Kingdom – prepare for her imminent re-arrival. Williams heads back to the UK just next week to host a series of ‘Gay Conversion Conferences’ in London and Belfast. She’ll sit on a panel with Dr Michael Davidson, the founder of Core Issues Trust.

The conference will debate: “Homosexual orientation and practice – what did Jesus say? Straight, gay, bisexual – what about ex-gay and post-gay? ‘Don’t want to be gay anymore? Sorry we’re not allowed to help you!’ Is that ethical?”

The first event is taking place at Ballynahinch Baptist Church County Down, Northern Ireland on 4 January. However the location of the London conference on 9 January has so far only been listed as Westminster.

Tom Daley himself is yet to comment on her claims. But something tells us he’ll be far from impressed by her diagnosis.

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Allegiance to God

Girl Guides ‘should not be allowed to use church premises’

Girl Guide groups who do not pledge allegiance to God should be turfed out of the church halls they meet in, religious leaders and Christian groups have warned.

The wording of the Brownies and Girl Guide promise are to be changed Photo: ALAMY

By Victoria Ward  –   23 Aug 2013

It would be “hypocritical” of the 103-year-old movement to expect to use church premises after abandoning its core beliefs, Rev Paul Williamson of St George’s Church in Feltham, Middlesex, said.

“If the Guide promise does not mention God, I cannot see why they should be on Church premises,” he added.

“The Girl Guide Association does not realise what it’s done. It has not thought through the consequences and has made itself look ridiculous.”

The organisation has been plunged into an atheist row after announcing that it is to scrap the traditional oath, replacing references to “God” and “country” with a pledge to “be true to myself” and serve the “community”.

A group in Harrogate this week became the first to openly defy the movement by vowing that it would be “sticking with the previous Promise”.

Rev Brian Hunt, minister of the church where Harrogate Guides have met for around 50 years, supported their stance, indicating that the unit could not possibly expect to use the facilities otherwise.

“My church allows the Guides to use my premises for free,” he said.

“And we do that because they’ve always tried to look after the whole person – body, mind and soul – and we encourage that. I don’t think, in fairness, that Girl Guides can expect churches to provide premises for free when they don’t believe in God.”

The Harrogate leaders risk being expelled from the movement if they don’t comply with the new rules, due to come into force on September 1, but have insisted they will encourage all girls and leaders in their groups to continue to use the original promise.

Hundreds of Girl Guide groups up and down the country meet in church halls or on church premises, which they are often allowed to use for free or for a token amount. In return, some groups are asked to get involved with church life and take part in occasional church parades.

Rev Williamson, a former Scout leader, warned that most Guide groups did not have the funds or the ability to run their own buildings and that local schools or councils would charge far more for the hire of their facilities.

“It seems to me the Girl Guides are being doctrinaire, feminist and anti-church,” he said. “How can they expect, as a reputable charity organisation, to go on using church premises whilst telling young girls that that cannot promise their duty to God?”

A spokesman for Christian Concern said the removal of any reference to God from the oath was a “slap in the face” to the churches that provide premises as well as the movement’s many Christian members and leaders.

“It’s understandable that some church leaders won’t be happy providing premises if the Guides are so insistent on keeping God out of the movement,” he said.

“It puts the movement at odds with Christian belief as well as its original Christian ethos.”

The Evangelical Alliance agreed, suggesting that the decision to remove the reference to God could backfire.

“Many churches must now be reconsidering whether they want to give their resources, free time and free use of their buildings to an organisation that wants to cleanse itself of God, especially when there is an alternative in the Girls Brigade that is rooted in the Christian faith,” a spokesman said.

A Girlguiding spokeswoman insisted that the decision to change the oath was based on research that found it should “unify all girls of all backgrounds and all circumstances”.

She said: “Updating the Promise does not alter our continuing commitment to offer all girls a safe space where they can explore and develop their beliefs.

“We remain hugely appreciative of all the support churches give to guiding and hope they will continue to do so. If they do not feel able to we will work with local volunteers to ensure a suitable alternative venue is found.”

Stephen Evans, campaigns manager at the National Secular Society, said: “There is something deeply unpleasant and unchristian about the threat to deny girl guides access to church buildings, particularly when the new promise is as inclusive of Christians as it is of those of those of other faiths or none”.

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