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The Paralympic Games should make us re think Abortion Laws

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The beauty and legacy left by the Olympic and most especially Paralympic games has moved a couple of people to rightly ask if we could all re think abortion laws.

James Parker, who [was] serving as a chaplain at the Paralympic Games, contrasted existing abortion laws – which permit abortion if the baby is likely to be seriously handicapped – with advertising for the Paralympic Games praising the abilities of Paralympians. …Read More!

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Ah, but who came up with the Islamic Christmas Carols?

This Christmas as other Christians  sing O Holy Night, it seems to be a grim night in the Anglican camp. Archbishop Cranmer is bemoaning a new subtle root of inclusiveness that is creeping into the camp. Apparently new forms of Christmas carols are making the Royal Holloway College bend over backwards in all forms of theological twists and knots:

[These] ‘inclusive’ Christmas carols services – you know, the sort that bend over backwards to be all things to all people in order that by any means possible none may be offended. In fact, it is these sort of gospel-lite and theology-free services which are largely responsible for people not finding Christ – even at Christmas.

Royal Holloway College, in the University of London, held its Christmas carol service in its own College Chapel, presided over jointly by the College’s Chaplain – an Anglican vicar, the Rev’d Cate Irvine, and a Roman Catholic chaplain from the local church, Fr Vladimir Nikiforov.

And what did the assembled festive throng hear? The prophecy of of Isaiah? ‘For unto us a child is born…’? The Gospel of Luke? ‘There went out a decree from Caesar Augustus…’? A reading from Micah, perhaps? ‘But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be Ruler in Israel’?

No, none of the above. Instead, they got the Qur’an …Read More!