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All News from October 2008

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October 2008
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News – Suicide in S. Korea

Suicide in S. Korea South Korea has one of the highest suicide rates in the developed world, a statistic considered by many South Koreans as a national disgrace. Reasons for the high rate are said to include the nation's rapid social change and growing economic divisions in the country.      Government officials are particularly concerned…

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October 2008
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Indian Christians attacked

Indian Christians attacked Thousands of Indian Christians in the Indian state of Orissa have been attacked and forced from their homes in the past few weeks. Reports suggest over sixty people have been killed, including four church leaders, and women have been raped. Scores of church buildings have been demolished and hundreds of homes destroyed. Christians…

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October 2008
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News – Pull the other one

Pull the other one Birmingham Cathedral is proposing to open wine bars in the city in the hope that selling alcohol could help churches to reach out to the wider community. A cathedral spokesperson said it was looking at 'alternative ways' of engaging with people who do not normally go to the cathedral.     The Cathedral…

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October 2008
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News – Juvenile executions

Juvenile executions  International human rights organisations have condemned the execution of juvenile offenders in Iran. Six executions have taken place so far in 2008 for crimes committed while the offender was under 18 years of age.     Behnam Zare was convicted of murder after killing another young man in a street fight three years ago.…

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October 2008
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News – Offensive statue

Offensive statue On Tuesday 2 September at Gateshead Magistrates' Court, lawyers for Emily Mapfuwa, supported by the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), commenced a case against the Baltic Flour Mill Visual Arts Trust known as the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art following the exhibition of an obscene statue.      The statue, which was displayed between September…

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News – Cumnock Baptist Church

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October 2008
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News – Cumnock Baptist Church

Cumnock Baptist Church It was with great pleasure and a sense of anticipation that we welcomed Rev. Alastair McLachlan to the pastorate of Cumnock Baptist Church in Scotland on Saturday 30 August.      The church was full to capacity and it was heartening to have so many friends from local churches, as well as those…

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October 2008
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News – Turning a blind eye

Turning a blind eye  Calls have been made for radical changes to policing and the UK's legal system following research showing that British people are the least likely in Europe to be 'have-a-go heroes' and get involved if they witness a crime. The public policy group Reform says that Britons have become 'passive bystanders'…

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October 2008
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News – ‘Back to the basket…!’

'Back to the basket...!' Teaching creationism in schools, as an alternative view to the theory of evolution, has been raised as a serious option by Professor Michael Reiss, Director of Education at the Royal Society, one of the UK's leading scientific organisations.      Speaking at the British Association's Festival of Science in Liverpool, Professor Reiss…

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October 2008
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News – Child cruelty

Child cruelty  A Shia Muslim man was convicted of child cruelty after he forced two boys to flog themselves during a religious ritual in Manchester. The man told the boys, aged 13 and 15, to beat themselves with a zanjeer zani, a wooden-handled whip with five curved blades.     The implement is used during a…

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October 2008
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News – Prostitution

Prostitution Efforts to curtail trafficking in women and children would be helped if paying for sex was made illegal, say researchers. Willingness to pay for such services fuels the demand for young women and children, who may be smuggled into the country to work in the sex industry.     The Poppy Project investigation, using newspaper adverts…

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October 2008
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News – Iraq wants refugees back

Iraq wants refugees back Iraqi security forces in Baghdad are evicting squatters from houses abandoned by people who fled sectarian violence following the US-led invasion in 2003. The government is trying to re-establish mixed neighbourhoods and entice refugees, among them almost 400,000 from the Christian community, to return home.     More than two million people are…

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News – New Tribes Mission

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October 2008
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News – New Tribes Mission

New Tribes Mission   In the Manjui tribe of Paraguay one of the believers is learning the meaning of sacrifice.   A Manjui Christian lady came to NTM missionaries Jamie and Char Hunt and told them her story. 'There is something I want to tell you. I finally found my goat. My aunt stole…

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October 2008
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News – Dead Sea Scrolls go online

Dead Sea Scrolls go online The Israeli authorities are taking digital photographs of the Dead Sea scrolls, the earliest known copies of the Hebrew Bible, and planning to put them online for public view. The project will take more than two years to complete, said the Israel Antiquities Authority, which looks after the 2000-year-old documents.    …

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October 2008
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News – Censorship by fear

Censorship by fear  Plans by Random House in the USA to publish a new novel about the Prophet Muhammad and his child bride have been shelved for fear of offending Muslims. The Jewel of Medina, by Sherry Jones, provides an imaginary insight into the life of A'isha sometimes referred to as Muhammad's favourite wife,…

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October 2008
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News – Charles Wesley’s diaries

Charles Wesley's diaries  Coded sections of Charles Wesley's 270-year-old diary have been deciphered by an Anglican priest and professor at Liverpool Hope University. The Rev. Professor Kenneth Newport was the first to crack the cipher and spent nine years transcribing the 1000-page, hand-written manuscript held at John Rylands Library in Manchester.      The previously…

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October 2008
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News – Hamas leader’s son converted

Hamas leader's son converted Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of Hamas leader Hassan Yousef, has become a Christian, according to sources in the USA. Brought up as a Muslim, Mr Yousef said his decision to abandon his Muslim faith and denounce his father's organisation has exposed his family to persecution in his home town of Ramallah…

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October 2008
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News – Consumer pressure

Consumer pressure A children's book by Jacqueline Wilson is to be altered after parents complained it was inappropriate. Publisher Random House says it received three complaints about a vulgar term used in My Sister Jodie, which is aimed at children aged 10 and over.      Dame Jacqueline, creator of Tracy Beaker and former Children's Laureate,…

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October 2008
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Horror in Angola

Horror in Angola   Muslim extremists recently attacked the Christian community in the town of Andulo. In a horrific incident, the school-age daughter of a deacon at one of the churches was decapitated. Forty believers were assaulted or tortured, and one of them needed 20 stitches in his head. The mob burned three church…

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News – Cromer outreach

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October 2008
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News – Cromer outreach

Cromer outreach Cromer Baptist Church held its annual witness during the town's carnival from 19-21August, and once again an encouraging number of Christians from near and far took part.     The prayer meetings were well attended. They began with devotions from Psalms 78 and 108, and Luke 24. The last of these focused on the heart…

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October 2008
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News – Eric Liddell’s abiding witness

Eric Liddell's abiding witness UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown met with Running the Race author John Keddie in Team GB Athletes' lodge, at the Beijing Olympic Games. John Keddie was there to launch the Chinese translation of Running the Race.      Gordon Brown said he had 'read the book with appreciation and long admired the…

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October 2008
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News – Gay priest as bishop?

Gay priest as bishop?  Dr Jeffery John, the present the Dean of St Albans, has been revealed as a possible candidate for the position of Bishop of Bangor, following the death of Bishop Tony Crockett. If appointed Dr John, 55, will become Britain's first openly gay diocesan bishop.      Archbishop Rowan Williams forced Dr…

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October 2008
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Evangelical Times

Evangelical Times ET has this summer appointed a new management board. The committee will be responsible for overseeing the ongoing ministry and editorial direction of all Evangelical Times products - including its monthly newspaper, web site, quarterly international edition and Perspectives booklet series.     The board consists of Roger Fay (chairman), Paul Garner, John Lodge, Philip…

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October 2008
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News – Catholic abuse

Catholic abuse A priest who sexually abused boys at a Manchester Catholic school in the 1970s and 1980s has admitted 27 assaults on children aged between eight and 16. Father William Green took physical education classes at St Bede's College in Alexandra Park, Manchester, when the assaults happened.      A spokesman for the Catholic Church…

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News – Emmaus Christian School, Trowbridge

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October 2008
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News – Emmaus Christian School, Trowbridge

Emmaus Christian School, Trowbridge This year Emmaus Christian School near Trowbridge in Wiltshire celebrated its 10th birthday. The end-of-year service was an opportunity to thank God for all his provision and goodness. The hall was packed with pupils, staff, parents and friends for a moving and memorable evening.      The school choir sang 'Great indeed…

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October 2008
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News – Chinese crackdown feared

Chinese crackdown feared The Beijing Olympics have won international praise, but Christians fear pressure could again mount as the world's eyes turn away from scrutinising the country's human rights practices. Several high-profile Christians have had run-ins with Chinese officials during the games - and they are now bracing themselves for a 'new crackdown' planned for…

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October 2008
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News – We already knew it!

We already knew it! Widespread anti-Christian bias in the media means that groups like The Christian Institute face an 'uphill struggle' for fair coverage, says a Sky News journalist. Journalists select the information they wish to report based on a largely anti-Christian ideology, says David Blevins, a former Washington correspondent for Sky News.     Mr Blevins…

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