“You will not have safety, even in your dreams, until you accept Islam”

“We tell Christians everywhere that the Islamic State will spread, God willing. It will reach you even if you are in fortresses.” — ISIS cleric Abu Malik Anas Al-Nashwan in a video portraying the murder of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya, 15 beheaded and 30 shot.

“You will not have safety, even in your dreams, until you accept Islam,” declares a masked figure, speaking English with an American accent and pointing a revolver at the camera. “To the nation of the cross: We are back again.”

Al-Nashwan presents Christians with two options if they do they do not accept Islam. “Those who embrace Islam or jizya will be safe,” he says. An Islamic provision that subjugates Christians living in areas under Islamic rule, the payment of a jizya head tax allows them to live in the land and practise their religion, but always in the knowledge that they owe their very lives to those who rule over them.

If, however, Christians refuse to accept the dhimmi status offered to them through the jizya, they “will have nothing from us but the edge of the sword,” says Al-Nashwan. “The men will be killed, the women and children enslaved, and the money seized. That is Allah and the prophet’s judgment.”

Read more from the New York Times and Barnabas Fund.

 

David Cameron’s Misunderstandings

“Easter is all about remembering the importance of change, responsibility, and doing the right thing for the good of our children.” – David Cameron, Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, writing in Christianity Magazine.

No, Mr Cameron, that is not what Easter is all about. Easter is about the suffering, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God and Saviour of the world.

“Just because some people have disagreed with our policies, does not mean those policies are missing in moral content.”

No, Mr Cameron, some people (many people) disagreed with your policy on same-sex ‘marriage’ because it was totally devoid of moral content being opposed to the teaching of the Bible. In enacting the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, you, your party and those who voted for this legislation declared that you knew better than God, who instituted marriage between persons of the opposite sex only.

For this reason I cannot vote for a Conservative candidate at the forthcoming general election. Yes, same-sex ‘marriage’ is established; it is past history. But if you can oppose God on one issue, you can oppose Him on another. You have demonstrated that you cannot be trusted to uphold the values I hold dear — the supremacy and rule of God and the authority of His word, the Bible — so until you repent I cannot support you.

“As Prime Minister, I’m in no doubt about the matter: the values of the Christian faith are the values on which our nation was built.”

Yes, Mr Cameron, and it was your responsibility as Prime Minister to adhere to those values. You have failed to do so and  I have no hope that you would do any better if you were elected for a further term.

@HolyVote

In his post launching the @HolyVote campaign Archbishop Cranmer writes:

Christians are suspended for offering to pray with colleagues; disciplined for refusing to carry out an abortion; sacked for refusing to counsel same-sex couples; bankrupted for refusing hospitality to the unmarried; closed down for refusing same-sex adoption; and criminalised for refusing to bake a political cake advocating gay marriage. Anything that violates the inviolable ideology of absolute equality leads to harassment, humiliation or prosecution. You can even lose your job now if you are deemed guilty of a ‘hate crime’ for holding certain ethical beliefs, or of ‘hate speech’ if you dare to articulate a moral worldview (beliefs and views which are, incidentally, the official position of the Established Church and its Supreme Governor).

He continues:

@HolyVote is a campaign with one objective. It may become more, but for the moment it is focused on one. If Christian voters are to be heeded, we need to become a social-media movement, and if that movement is to be energised and effectual, it must be unified around a single cause. And there is no better or more worthwhile cause at the moment than the freedom to believe and to worship in spirit and in truth – to manifest Christ in every aspect of our lives, with integrity. If we are to live in a pluralist, liberal society, there must be the reasonable accommodation of difference.

Follow @HolyVote on Twitter here.

Whose ‘British Values’, Mrs Morgan?

In a speech at the thinktank Politeia, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education, affirmed that British schools should be promoting fundamental British values. She said, “That is why I will always vigorously defend the requirement on schools to promote British values – and why I am convinced that it is right that Ofsted are now taking steps to make sure that this is happening in the schools they inspect.”

Mrs Morgan continued: “So I’m unapologetic in saying that no school should be exempt from promoting fundamental British values, just as no school should be exempt from promoting rigorous academic standards.”

I deduce from Mrs Morgan’s speech that she approves of the interpretation of ‘British values’ by the Ofsted inspectors who asked 10-year old girls at Grindon Hall Christian School, in Sunderland, whether they knew what lesbians “did” and if any of their friends felt trapped in the “wrong body”, and those who were said to have adopted an “aggressive” questioning technique with 11 to 13-year-olds at The Durham Free School, asking such questions as “Have you had ‘The Talk’?” and “How have you learned how to make a baby?”

Facing the education select committee, Chief Inspector of Schools Sir Michael Wilshaw rejected a claim that a girl was even asked by an Ofsted inspector if she was a virgin. He asserted that inspectors had observed bullying,  poor behaviour and declining standards in both Grindon Hall Christian School and The Durham Free School.

That does not excuse the intrusive and inappropriate questioning cited above, the apparent agenda of political correctness or the perceived anti-Christian bias of the inspectors.

In her speech to Politeia, Mrs Morgan said, “The very reason that fundamental British values are successful in tackling extremist ideology is because they help to open young people’s minds, making them into citizens who respect difference, who welcome disagreement and who challenge intolerance.’

I suggest it is high time Mrs Morgan challenged Ofsted’s intolerance to Christian values and a Christian worldview. After all, are not such values those on which true ‘British values’ are founded?

Ofsted’s Anti-Faith-School Agenda

In a further disturbing inspection of a Christian School (see ‘Christian School Must Actively Promote Other Faiths – Ofsted‘) Ofsted inspectors asked 10-year-old children if they knew what lesbians “did” and if any of their friends felt trapped in the “wrong body” (The Telegraph, 13 January 2015).

According to The Christian Institute,

One student wrote that an inspector “seemed to have the view that since we are a Christian school we don’t respect other religions and views”.

Another added: “It felt like she wanted a certain answer from us and wouldn’t be satisfied until she got that answer.”

A third indicated that the inspector was “manipulating the conversation to make us say something to discredit the manner of teaching in school”.

The principal of Grindon Hall School, Chris Gray, has written a formal complaint to Ofsted accusing their inspection team of adopting a “hostile” stance against the school’s Christian ethos.

When will Education minister Nicky Morgan admit that her “British values” rules are being used aggressively by Ofsted to pursue an anti-faith-school agenda and rein in her inspectors who are disturbing children and angering parents with their intrusive and inappropriate questioning?