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CUP - Christians Under Persecution - are asking us to contact our federal politicians to encourage them to take a strong stand on issues of religious persecution around the world. Hand-written letters are BEST! Signing the petition is NOT enough! But it is a good start...
With the G20 next week, and Australia having a seat on the UN Security Council, now is the time for Australia to make a stand and speak up about alleviating religious persecution.
Please take ACTION - write letters and sign a petition - and SHARE with your friends!
VISIT the CUP Facebook page for ALL the details...
1. Rotherham: A Quintessentially Liberal Scandal
Over the past few years we have become aware of various court cases from the UK, involving the ‘grooming’ of young women by gangs of Muslim youths and the resulting sexual abuse of the girls.
This insightful report by Mike McNally, a journalist based in Bath, England, highlights the background and events of the ‘Rotherham grooming scandal’.
Mike compares the abuse of the Rotherham girls with the abuse of girls in Nigeria by Boko Haram. Whilst there was widespread condemnation of Boko Haram, little has been heard about the abuse of girls in the UK.
Mike continues, “In the last few days we’ve learned that something of only a slightly lesser order of magnitude happened not in Africa but in Rotherham, a former steel and mill town in the north of England. The abuse continued for 16 years, and the perpetrators were not some elusive and heavily armed terrorist group who threatened to kill their victims at the first sign of a rescue attempt, but ordinary members of the local Muslim community.
"Ending the girls’ ordeal should have been a relatively simple and risk-free matter. But not only did the authorities fail to stop the abuse and prosecute the offenders, they didn’t even try. They ignored pleas for help from the young victims and their families, and covered up their failure to act; and for good measure they arrested some of the victims and their families when they sought help.
"Other than the starkly different locations and the fact that Boko Haram is a recognized terrorist group, the notable difference between the two episodes is that the Nigerian schoolgirls were black, and the Rotherham abuse victims were white. . .”
Article: Rotherham: A Quintessentially Liberal Scandal, Mike McNally, PJ Tatler, 30/8/2014.
Subtitle: “Modern liberalism forces us to fight Islamist evil with one hand tied behind our backs, if we're permitted to fight it at all.”
2. A Message to President Obama from a former Muslim
In this EXCELLENT video message, former Muslim (and son of an imam) Brother Rachid addresses President Obama about ISIL and Islam; “he explains to him how ISIL is imitating the prophet Muhammad in every detail they do. ISIL represents Islam.”
Just yesterday we head UK Prime Minister David Cameron insisting that ISIL/Islamic State militants “are not Muslim, they are monsters”. He said that “Islam is a religion of peace” and said ISIL does not represent Islam.
Last week President Obama said something similar: “Now let's make two things clear: ISIL is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL's victims have been Muslim. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple.”
In this 8 minute video, Rachid gives us the OTHER side of the story…
VIDEO: A Message to President Obama from a former Muslim, 2/9/2014.
Article about the video – click here.
Article: David Cameron Insists ISIS Militants 'Are Monsters, Not Muslims' Following Beheading of British Aid Worker, Christian Post, 15/9/2014.
Bio and ministry of Brother Rachid - click here
3. Mark Durie - Complexity, Truth and the Islamic State: a Response to John Azumah and Colin Chapman
A few weeks ago, we sent out an article by Mark Durie about dhimmitude, where he was critical of the approach taken by some in the West. Two of them, Colin Chapman and John Azumah, have responded.
In this article, Mark responds to them… it is a detailed article, but it provides a very good overview of how the West has responded to the problem. As Mark says, “Because of this illiteracy Western leaders have had great difficulty grasping the implications of the global Islamic revival, especially its impact upon religious minorities.”
4. Ukraine and Russia - three articles
Recently we mentioned the current conflict in Ukraine and Russia. At present a cease-fire has been agreed to, but the West has continued to impose sanctions on Russia because of the fighting by 'rebels' in eastern Ukraine that they attribute to Russia.
The mainstream media and Western nations have inferred that Russia is responsible for the unrest – they supported the rebels in the Ukranian capital against the elected government - and the ruling government was banished.
Here are three enlightening articles giving a very different side to the reports you read in the mainstream media:
a) Briefing on Ukraine by Elizabeth Kendal
Elizabeth gives the background of the current conflict in this insightful report.
She points out that Ukraine only became independent of Russia in 1991, and writes, “When Ukraine held elections in 2010, opinion polls predicted that Viktor Yanukovych would win -- and he did, convincingly. In the parliamentary elections of 2012, Yanukovych's Party of Regions won 185 of 450 seats, 84 seats clear of its next rival. As party leader, Mykola Azarov became Prime Minister. None of this was surprising. What was surprising was the rise of the Ukrainian ultra-nationalists and neo-Nazis. Svoboda, formerly known as the Social National Party of Ukraine, won 37 seats in the parliament (almost 10 percent of the vote), having won none in the previous election. These groups are vehemently anti-Semitic and anti-Russian...”
Article: RLPB 274 – Ukraine - Praying for a breakthrough, 20 August 2014.
An interesting article by John Laughland, the Director of Studies at the Institute of Democracy and Cooperation in Paris, www.idc-europe.org
It was written in February 2014 – with the ‘distance’ of several months, we know what has actually happened there!
Article: Ukraine: It’s not about Europe vs Russia, John Laughland, Spectator Blog, 19/2/2014.
A detailed essay that explains the background of what is actually happening in Ukraine and Russia.The author, JOHN J. MEARSHEIMER, is R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago.
His conclusion: “The United States and its European allies now face a choice on Ukraine. They can continue their current policy, which will exacerbate hostilities with Russia and devastate Ukraine in the process -- a scenario in which everyone would come out a loser. Or they can switch gears and work to create a prosperous but neutral Ukraine, one that does not threaten Russia and allows the West to repair its relations with Moscow. With that approach, all sides would win.”
Article: Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault - The Liberal Delusions That Provoked Putin, Foreign Affairs Journal, Sept/Oct 2014.
5. ‘Dereliction of duty by pastors' - Dave Daubenmire responds…
We recently sent an article by Dave on the dereliction of duty by pastors… Dave responds to the emails he received….
Article: A greater level of responsibility, 4/9/2014.
1. Living with the enemy – SBS program on same-sex ‘marriage’
SBS is currently running a series called ‘Living with the Enemy’ where they ‘match’ two lots of people with opposing views.
SBS program page and episode outlines – click here.
Of course, the first issue to be dealt with this week was homosexual ‘marriage’. Anglican minister David Ould - a conservative -was opposed by homosexual couple Gregory Storer and Michael Barnett who are “homosexual activists, atheists and engaged to be married”.
Episode 1: Same-sex ‘marriage’
In summary, the story involved the homosexual couple living at the minister’s home for 5 days and then the minister living at the homosexual couple’s home for the next five days – all condensed to 50 minutes of highly edited screen time!
In the first week the homosexual couple attended his church where he preached on marriage being between a man and a woman. At one point, one of the homosexual men said, “There is no sin, because there is no god."
During the second week, the three men flew to New Zealand, where the couple were ‘married’. After returning to Australia, the minister agreed to take part, with them, in Melbourne’s ‘Pride March’.
One of our readers commented, “Altogether, a fairly sad spectacle!”
Eternity newspaper noted that David Ould was 'brave' but asked, 'Was he foolhardy?' - for their review of the show click here.
Eternity also interviewed David Ould about WHY he decided to participate... it makes very interesting reading, as David highlights some of the discussions and challenges - but he notes that the two homosexuals didn't want to engage on the big questions. He said, "That was my great desire, to actually have conversations like 'What is your new definition of marriage? Articulate it for me. Tell me why it has the boundaries that it does.’ And on stuff like that, sadly, I actually didn’t get substantive engagement."
This comment by David about the portrayal by the MEDIA was insightful:
"The mainstream media have a narrative that’s in their head that they’re already telling before they’ve even listened to you. There was one article describing me as a ‘fundamentalist, anti-gay minister’ living with two gay guys. They could have written, accurately, ‘fundamentalist, anti-religion activists meeting with Anglican minister’. It would have been equally true, in one sense, and yet the media chooses to portray it in a certain way."
Click here for the interview with David Ould (before the program aired).
Click here for an article about David Ould's work with the marginalised.
Read Cameron’s review of the episode… Living with the Enemy: Bigotry Wrapped Up in Sugar, Cameron Spink, Resistance Thinking, 3/9/2014.
From David Ould...
David has written a number of articles on the experience and posted links on his website to a wide range of media reports about the program. He also posts the AUDIO of the sermon he gave on marriage.
Explore more - http://davidould.net/?page_id=6959
Home page of David's website - http://davidould.net/
2. Islam – Speech by Geert Wilders to the Dutch parliament
Geert Wilders is one MP who is prepared to speak out on the subject of Islam. Last week he gave a passionate speech to the Netherlands parliament…
He began by reminding the Speaker that he has been consistently saying the same thing for the past ten years and two days… about Islam.
He concludes: “The voters demand that, after ten years and two days of slumber, measures are finally taken.”
He then makes a few suggestions… the first one is “Recognize that Islam is the problem. Start the de-Islamization of the Netherlands. Less Islam.”
He then goes on to talk about extremist Islamic mosques and ideologies.
Geert concludes, “Madam Speaker, war has been declared against us. We have to strike back hard. Away with these people! Enough is enough!”
Read Geert’s speech…
Geert Wilders: "War Has Been Declared against Us", Gatestone Institute, 4/9/2014.
3. The dereliction of duty by pastors
Coach Dave Daubenmire, who runs Pass the Salt Ministries in the USA, has written a challenging article – asking where are the pastors (and churches) in the battle against the non-Christian ideologies of our time and the so-called ‘controversial issues’…
Although he writes about America, we might well ask the same thing here in Australia.
Dave writes, “Churches have become impotent because the pulpits have turned soft” and then names some pastors...
Dave writes, “If you haven't already done so, please take the time to read Pastor Chuck Baldwin's recent commentary regarding George Barna's survey that reveals the fact that 90% of America's pastors are purposefully keeping the people in the dark. (And this one that just came out today). They are concerned with hurting the growth of “their church” by talking about “controversial” issues.
Who was it that classified marriage, abortion, un-holy wars, tyrannical government, government thievery, unrighteous taxation, dishonest courts, drug legalization, deviant sexual behavior, indoctrination of children, and public filth as ”controversial” issues? The church used to be the “wave machine” on all of these issues, but alas: The salt has lost his savor.” (Now that sounds familiar to us here at SALT Shakers!)
He goes on, “Although I’m sure you’re familiar with them, I believe that the words of Charles Finney are worth repeating:
“If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discernment, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in Christianity, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible.” . . .
Read the article: AMERICA'S PASTORS AND DERELICTION OF DUTY, Dave Daubenmire, News with Views, 28/8/2014.
4. The Breakdown of Family and the Degradation of Society
An article by Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh, who runs the blog Romanian Conservative and criticises communism and ‘crony capitalism’ – instead she supports ‘free enterprise capitalism’. She lives in the USA.
This article discusses the breakdown of family and the ‘Demographic suicide of the west’, where western nations are having less then the 2.1 children per woman that is the break-even point for replacing population. She also discusses the rise in ‘non-marital births’, a problem across western nations.
Article: The Breakdown of Family and the Degradation of Society, Dr Ileana Paugh, 10/8/2014.