Costa Coffee and Royal Mail celebrate ‘gay pride’

Costa Coffee has announced it is “proud to be supporting” LGBT events, as it launched a new range of multi-coloured coffee cups.

Announcing the move, Costa Coffee’s Managing Director for UK & Ireland Jason Cotta called it “a fun way to celebrate” ‘gay pride.’

The Royal Mail has also introduced a new ‘rainbow truck’ in Northern Ireland to show its support for ‘gay pride.’

‘Equality’

Costa Coffee, one of the largest coffee chains in the world, made the announcement via Twitter.

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We’re proud to be supporting with our rainbow cups. They will available in 8 main locations in support of GLOW (GLBTQ+ Out at Whitbread), championing equality and inclusion in the workplace for LGBTQ+ employees.

The cups will be available at eight locations around the UK including London, Brighton, and Edinburgh.

Royal Mail and Primark

The Royal Mail said: “We are delighted to support LGBT colleagues and bring the rainbow truck to Northern Ireland to help us deliver the mail in a unique way.”

In Northern Ireland, marriage continues to be defined as between one man and one woman.

Last month, Primark announced its partnership with homosexual lobby group Stonewall by launching a merchandise range featuring “Pride‐ready goodies”.

The high street chain said that 20 per cent of sales from the new products will be donated “directly to the charity itself”.

YouTube admits mistake and reinstates pro-life channel

YouTube has apologised to a pro-life organisation for suspending its channel over content.

The suspension was placed on Heartbeat International’s Abortion Pill Reversal channel last month, after it had posted four videos showing how a baby can still be saved if the mother has taken an abortion pill.

But after an appeal, the censorship has been ended.

Successful appeal

Jor-El Godsey, President of Heartbeat International, said: “We commend YouTube for acknowledging their mistake and promptly resolving it.”

“No woman should ever be censored for sharing her testimony simply because she chose life – even at the last minute. Nor should vital life-saving information be censored from the public”, she added.

The successful appeal was launched with the support of pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List.

Censorship

Mallory Quigley, Vice President of Communications for SBA List, said censorship of pro-life views is becoming increasingly common.

“Big social media companies have a track record of arbitrarily banning content from pro-life groups who then have to jump through hoops to have it reinstated, while organisations like Planned Parenthood are allowed to promote abortion on demand.”

“Social media is a great equalizer for pro-lifers standing up to the well-funded abortion lobby and its massive PR machine.

“We will continue to assert our rights and fight the censorship of pro-life views”, she added.

Bomb making

One of the videos that the Abortion Pill Reversal channel had posted featured a doctor explaining the process from a medical perspective, while three others showed mothers recounting their experiences of having ‘reversed’ their abortion.

YouTube had explained that it “doesn’t allow content that encourages or promotes violent or dangerous acts that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death”.

Other videos such as “instructional bomb making, choking games, hard drug use, or other acts where serious injury may result” fall into this category.

 

Spain Fines Christian Television Station 6,000 Euro for ‘Homophobic Content’

Evangelical Focus)  The National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC, in Spanish) has fined Revelation TV 6,000 Euro.

The media group has its headquarters in the UK, defines itself as a Christian ministry, and broadcasts in Spain through satellite since 2012. According to the CNMC, the fine comes after an individual complained to the state agency about one of the programs in September 2017.

Comments on one of Revelation TV’s shows that day “could be considered as threatening to the dignity of the homosexual and transgender group, although there was no manifest incitation to hate against these groups by the channel that owns the program,” the official CNMC statement says.

The comments defined as “homophobic” happened in the morning show Rmornings, in which news of the day is commented on by the regular talk-show guests or the special guests, Gordon Pettie, Director of Revelation TV, told Spanish news website Protestante Digital.

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What Young Adults in 100 Countries Think of Religion

What Young Adults in 100 Countries Think of Religion

Despite concerns about secularization, the world’s population may not be losing its religion quite so fast.

Like in the US, young adults around the globe are generally less devout than their elders, especially in Western Europe and Latin America; however, in other regions, many countries have resisted that trend, welcoming new generations of just-as-eager Christians and Muslim believers, according to a Pew Research Center report released today.

Of the 106 countries in the report, more than half (58 nations) show little or no age gap in religious commitment. In the rest (46 nations), adults under 40 were significantly less likely than their elders to consider religion very important.

Particularly religious countries with higher population growth tend to maintain religious belief and commitment between young and old generations. Pew found that over the past decade these highly religious countries outpaced their less religious counterparts due to high fertility rates and disproportionately young populations, factors often tied to their level of development.

Biggest age gaps

Worldwide, 90 percent of adults over the age of 40 affiliate with a religious tradition, compared to 85 percent of those under 40, Pew reported.

“Although the age gap in religious commitment is larger in some nations than in others, it occurs in many different economic and social contexts,” the researchers wrote, “in developing countries as well as advanced industrial economies, in Muslim-majority nations as well as predominantly Christian states, and in societies that are, overall, highly religious as well as those that are comparatively secular.”

In North America and Western Europe, where secularization has accelerated the most, the difference in religious affiliation between today’s young adults and their elders is pretty stark—two to five times wider than the global age gap.

Canada has the biggest generational religious divide in the world. The difference between Canadian young adults and their elders who affiliate with a particular religion is 28 percentage points.

Other top countries for gaps in religious affiliation include Denmark (26 percentage points), South Korea (24 percentage points), Australia (23 percentage points), and Norway and Sweden (both 20 percentage points).

Though adults in the United States are about twice as likely (53%) as those in Canada (27%) to describe religion as very important in their lives, the US isn’t much further down the list. Its age gap in religious affiliation is 17 percentage points.

More faithful youth

While the Americas and much of Europe showcase the religious contrast between young and old, the Middle East and Africa see little, if any, difference in affiliation across age groups. They’re also the regions where religious commitment is strongest in the first place.

Two majority Christian countries represent the biggest exceptions to the religious age gap seen around the globe. In Ghana, a relatively stable country in West Africa, and Georgia, a former Soviet republic, today’s young people are more likely than older generations to say religion is “very important” in their lives, the report stated.

For example, 91 percent of Ghanaians under 40, compared to 85 percent of older Ghanaians, named religion is very important in their lives.

In three other African nations—Liberia, Rwanda, and Chad—and the Orthodox Christian state of Armenia, young adults claim their religious affiliation, attend services, and commit to daily prayer at higher rates than their parents and grandparents. Liberia, Rwanda, and Armenia are mostly Christian, while Chad is majority-Muslim, with a significant Christian minority of over 40 percent.

Ghana and Chad are the only two countries where young adults are more likely than their elders to identify with their religion.

Liberia and Chad are the only ones where they pray more often, by 12 percent and 6 percent, respectively. (Meanwhile, adults under 40 are around a quarter less likely to pray than their elders in countries such as Japan, Poland, Slovakia, and Portugal.)

Pew suggests one explanation for these handful of countries where young adults are not only as faithful as their elders, but more so: violent conflict.

“The few countries where young adults are more religious than their elders all have something in common: a recent history of violent conflicts leading to civilian deaths,” the report noted. “… it may be that conditions in these places were at least somewhat more stable when older adults were coming of age, and the existential insecurity experienced by younger adults explains why they are more religious.”

Beliefs and behaviors

Countries with Christian majorities and those with Muslim majorities tend toward different kinds of religious gaps between young and old.

In predominantly Christian countries, it’s whether they consider religion a priority; the greatest generational discrepancies emerge over the question of religion’s importance in their lives. In predominantly Muslim countries, it’s a question of mosque attendance. Even in countries where religiosity remains steady across age groups, young people still tend to be less likely to pray daily.

Christian-majority countries face the biggest decrease in religiosity among youths, with about half reporting that religion is less important to younger Christian adults. Muslim-majority countries face a similar dilemma, though not as severe, with about a quarter showing a similar drop in religious commitment among young people.

Especially in the West, these trends may point to a more secular generation of young people, but some analysts hold that people tend to become more religious as they get older.

Religion and development

As noted, the countries with the greatest percentage of people who say religion is “very important” in their lives—mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Central America—are also among the fastest-growing countries in the world.

The Pew report points out a negative correlation between religious commitment and various development factors, such as levels of education, gross domestic product (GDP), and income equality.

That is, countries with widespread education and high wages are typically less religious by traditional measures. Less developed countries—with relatively poorer education and less wealthy populations—generally have more religious populations.

There is, however, one serious outlier in this trend: the United States.

“Of 102 countries, the US is the only one with both above-average GDP per capita and above-average frequency of daily prayer,” stated the Pew researchers. Other measures of religious commitment are considerably higher in the United States than in other developed nations.

Christianity Today has reported on earlier Pew Research examining Americans’ efforts to pass their faith along to their children amid a secularizing culture as well as how Christian and Muslim birth rates will alter the global religious landscape in the coming decades.

Surveys Show ‘Sharp Differences’ between Jews in US and Israel

In January 2016, Mollie Shichman, a liberal Jew from Fairfax, Va., celebrated the Israeli government’s decision to create the first-ever government-funded pluralistic prayer space at the southern end of the Western Wall.

“To me, being egalitarian is extremely important,” Shichman, a college student, said of the proposed mixed-gender prayer space.

But excitement turned to disappointment when, in June 2017, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu backtracked on the plan due to pressure from ultra-Orthodox lawmakers.

In Israel this week (June 10-13) to attend the American Jewish Committee’s Global Forum, Shichman, who wears a kippah (yarmulke), a head covering traditionally worn by Jewish men, recalled being “accosted” by an Orthodox woman at the Western Wall for what the woman considered Shichman’s “immodest” clothing at the Western Wall plaza, a plaza behind the men’s and women’s prayer sections that isn’t used for prayer.

“I was at the far end of the plaza and took off my skirt” after visiting the Western Wall. “I had my shorts on underneath, but she called me a ‘goy,’” Shichman said of the Hebrew word for non-Jew, which the woman hurled as an insult.

“It was very hurtful to me. I’m just as much of a Jew as she is,” Shichman said.

While most Israeli Jews recognize the Jewishness of their American counterparts, the majority do not share the Americans’ dreams to make Israel a more religiously pluralistic country.

Lack of full equality for non-Orthodox Jews in Israel “over time may weaken American Jewish support for Israel,” said Harriet Schleifer, chair of AJC’s Board of Governors.

Two parallel AJC surveys released Sunday revealed “sharp differences of opinion” between Jews in Israel and the U.S., and between religious and liberal Jews in both countries.

“Significantly, for both communities, the main factor predicting how people will respond is how they identify religiously,” said AJC CEO David Harris in a statement.

“The more religiously observant they are on the denominational spectrum, their Jewish identity and attachment to Israel is stronger; skepticism about prospects for peace with the Palestinians higher; and support for religious pluralism in Israel weaker.”

Religious pluralism is a cornerstone for Jews in the U.S., where some 85 percent of the Jewish population defines itself as non-Orthodox or religiously unaffiliated, according to a 2016 survey by the Pew Research Center.

In Israel, where there is no separation between religion and state and where Orthodox Judaism is the only official, government-funded religious authority, 30 percent of Israeli Jews said that non-Orthodox Judaism “strengthens Jewish life in the diaspora but is irrelevant in Israel,” according to the AJC surveys.

A mere 26 percent of Israeli Jews thought the growth of the non-Orthodox streams in Israel can improve the country’s quality of life, compared with 43 percent of American Jews.

In another noteworthy gap, a strong majority of American Jews (73 percent) favored providing a space near the Western Wall for mixed-gender prayer, while 42 percent of Israeli Jews favored it and 48 percent opposed it.

A whopping 80 percent of American Jews vs. 49 percent of Israeli Jews want to end the ultra-Orthodox chief rabbinate’s monopoly on weddings, divorces and conversions.

Steven M. Cohen, a sociologist whose work focuses on the American Jewish community,  attributes the “widening gaps” between the world’s two largest Jewish communities to both ethnic and cultural differences.

“They come from very different cultures,” Cohen said. Whereas most American Jews are descended from Jews from Eastern Europe, at least half of Israeli Jews trace their roots directly to the Middle East and North Africa, among other places. They tend to be more religiously conservative.

Cohen said Israelis are highly innovative and pluralistic when it comes to politics, but not religion.

Israeli society has more than a dozen political parties that compete for parliamentary seats, but it continues to allow only the Orthodox establishment to decide on religious matters.

In the U.S., where religion and state are separate, the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox streams are on equal footing.

American Jews “place a much greater premium on universalism and softening group boundaries,” Cohen said. That’s one of the reasons many Jews feel comfortable marrying someone of a different faith.

The high rate of American Jewish intermarriage is a concern to many Orthodox Jews both in the U.S. and Israel.

In his speech before the AJC this week, Naftali Bennett, Israel’s minister of diaspora affairs, said the assimilation and potential “loss of millions” of American Jews into mainstream American society fill him with fear because eventually they might not consider themselves part of the Jewish people.

“If there’s one thing that keeps me up at night, it’s not Iran but the future of the Jews in America, and we have to fix this together,” said Bennett, the Orthodox son of American immigrants to Israel.

Jewish continuity and unity were central themes of the AJC’s closing ceremony, which took place in an archaeological park at the southern end of the Western Wall.

Standing next to an Israeli flag and an American flag, Dan Shapiro, an Orthodox Jew and former U.S. ambassador to Israel, cited Korach, the Torah portion Jews will read this Sabbath morning.

Recalling how Korach tried to wrest control of the Israelites from Moses as they made their way from Sinai to Canaan, Shapiro said the biblical villain tried to divide the people.

“Disunity can lead to tragedy,” Shapiro said, referring to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E., an event the Jewish sages attributed to hatred within the Jewish community.

“Let us reinvigorate our relationship,” he said. “Let us embrace our diversity. Let us express our unconditional love for all our people.”

Christians Arrested at Wedding Site on ‘Forcible Conversion’ Charge in India, Relatives Say

Location of Simdega District in Jharkhand state, eastern India. (Wikipedia)

HYDERABADIndia (Morning Star News) – Two weeks ago a Christian couple in eastern India was about to get married, not knowing the bride’s father had filed a false complaint of forcible conversion against them, relatives said.

As they were preparing for the wedding on May 28, police in Jharkhand state arrived at the site of the ceremony and arrested the bride and groom, along with pastor Sudarshan Manjhi, who was to officiate, and a Christian woman invited to attend, they said.

In his complaint, the bride’s father, Somaru Manjhi, alleged that Christians beat him and threatened to kill him if he did not convert to Christianity, allegations which his 18-year-old daughter, Tripti, said were false.

Bolba police in Simdega District registered a First Information Report on May 30, charging the Christians with forcible conversion under Jharkhand state’s new anti-conversion act.

“My father was drugged with alcohol that day, and the Sarna tribals, including the village president, abetted him to submit the false complaint in the police station pending the wedding so there won’t be a Christian wedding in the village,” Tripti told Morning Star News.

“He [Somaru Manjhi] is now repentant for what he has done, but it is too late.”

Everybody in her family of six (four children) put their faith in Christ except her father, she said. Her sister, Sumanti Kumari, the bride, was baptized in 2012 and could never think of marrying a non-Christian in the Sarna tradition, Tripti said.

Though her father wanted Sumanti Kumari to marry a tribal Sarna, she refused, and the rest of the family supported her, Tripti said. Her marriage to 28-year-old Rupesh Manjhi was decided after discussions with elders in the family and church in the presence of Pastor Manjhi, she said.

The pastor’s wife, Biyari Devi, told Morning Star News that the wedding was decided according to the bride and groom’s wishes.

“They both come from Sarna families but have accepted Christ, and it is obvious that they would want a holy matrimony,” Devi said. “Somaru Manjhi is my uncle also in relation. He has always been against Christ and the church since the house church was established in 2008. But he never became violent or aggressive with us until the question was about his daughter’s marriage.”

Rupesh Manjhi, the groom, was ostracized by his family after he came to Christ, Devi told Morning Star News.

Tripti said her family has been pleading with her father to drop the charges.

“We have been pleading with my father to testify in the court that he was instigated by the Sarnas, and that the allegations are false,” she said. “My younger brother and I keep asking him, ‘How can you go against your own daughter? She is in jail because of you. Why are you doing this?’”

Her father responded that he had filed the complaint on the command of the village president and elders, and that he would ask them for help to free only his daughter, Tripti said. Completely in their control, he had only signed the complaint they wrote, she said.

“They have used him to falsely frame the pastor and the couple,” Tripti told Morning Star News.

An attorney representing the Christians told Morning Star News that a family dispute has turned into a nonbailable offense by the “draconian” anti-conversion act.

“The fact that an irrelevant law has been pulled in needlessly in a family dispute that could have simply arisen from difference of opinions between the members is unfortunate and must be condemned,” the attorney said on the condition of anonymity. “It is very unfortunate police registered the FIR without enquiring or verifying into the matter under a law that contains harsh provisions.”

A bail petition was rejected by the chief judicial magistrate. The attorney said a decision on another bail petition before the district sessions judge is awaited.

“They are just a young couple who wanted to be married, and two other people, the pastor and a female believer who were present at the venue, also have been arrested,” the attorney said.

Section 4 of the Jharkhand’s anti-conversion law, ironically titled a “Freedom of Religion Act,” punishes a person guilty of forcible conversion of a minor, woman or a person belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes by imprisonment of four years and fine up to 100,000 rupees (US$1,480).

In 2017, six Christians from a Simdega village were falsely charged with hurting religious beliefsafter the villagers attacked them for praying for a sick woman.

11 Christians Arrested

In neighboring West Singhbum District, 11 Christians in Mohanpur have been charged with forcible conversion, including a politician who ran in state Legislative Assembly elections in 2014.

Indrajeet Samad, 53, leader of Adivasi Ho Samaj Mahasabha Prakhand Samiti, a movement launched by indigenous tribes, submitted a complaint to Mohanpur police against the Christians, sources said.

Samad alleged that the Christians who visit his village often entice tribal people with money in order to convert them to Christianity. The May 12 complaint, translated from Hindi, accuses Christians Ajay Champiya, as well as Suman Champiya and his family, of being influenced by Christianity and conducting prayers at their residence with the 11 Christians.

He also claimed that the Christians threatened his group, alleging that they warned that if Samad’s party resisted their conversion efforts, they would have Maoists kill him and his colleagues.

“These are false allegations,” one of the accused told Morning Star News. “Eleven are booked in one case, and there is no connection between us. I belong to CNI [Church of North India], others are Pentecostal or Baptist.”

In 2016, villagers ostracized Suman Champiya’s family after they were baptized, and they have been under pressure since then, said a source who requested anonymity.

On April 9, Ajay Champiya and his wife, Suman Champiya, filed a complaint with Mohanpur police that villagers had ostracized them for more than two years, and that Samad and his colleagues had made it difficult for Christians to live in the village.

“They told us that they work for [Hindu extremist group] RSS, and that all the Christians should be put to death,” the Christians said in the complaint. “Inderjeet Samad passed an order that the Christians water supply must be disconnected, and that they should not be allowed to excrete in fields.”

Mohanpur police refused to register a First Information Report (FIR) based on the two-page complaint, filing an FIR only after tribal leader Samad filed a complaint. Only Samad’s complaint made its way into the FIR. Police charged the Christians with criminal intimidation and Section 4 of the anti-conversion act.

“We moved a petition before the district’s sessions judge with the help of a Christian attorney and are waiting for anticipatory bail,” another accused Christian told Morning Star News.

An attorney representing the Christians said the complaint randomly accuses them of saying certain people have come to know Christ.

“The accusations do not seem specific to any particular person, and the Christian family in question were converted 10 years ago,” the attorney told Morning Star News. “Eleven individuals who have no connection with each other are booked under the draconian act merely because they identify themselves as Christians.”

Samad is a front-runner as the Hindu extremist Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate for the Legislative Assembly from Mohanpur in elections to be held in 2020, said another source.

Religious freedom advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom-India has recorded 76 incidents of violence against Christians in India in the first four months of 2018, a rate of 20 per month, as recorded on its United Christian Forum helpline (1-800-208-4545).

ADF-India’s records show 15 Christians have been booked under Section 4 of Jharkhand’s anti-conversion act since it became a law in February 2018.

According to the 2011 Jharkhand Religion Census, only 4.3 percent of the state’s population practices Christianity.

The hostile tone of the National Democratic Alliance government, led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, against non-Hindus, has emboldened Hindu extremists in several parts of the country to attack Christians since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took power in May 2014, religious rights advocates say.

India ranked 11th on Christian support organization Open Doors’ 2018 World Watch List of countries where Christians experience the most persecution.

Two Christians Ambushed, Killed in Central Nigeria

Peace Joseph, 6, slain in attack in Miango, Nigeria on March 8. (Morning Star News)

JOSNigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen on Sunday (June 10) killed two Christians and seriously wounded another in central Nigeria as they made their way home from a church service, local sources said.

Ibrahim Weyi, 45, and Larry More, 53, were said to be hacked to death when herdsmen ambushed them at 7:40 p.m. as the Christians were going home on a motorcycle from an evening worship service in Plateau state’s Kwall village, in the Bassa area, Patience Moses told Morning Star News.

A third Christian, 23-year-old Samuel Weyi, was wounded in the attack, the local resident said. All three belong to the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Kwall, another resident, Lawerence Zango, told Morning  Star News. Weyi is receiving treatment at an Intensive Care Unit of a hospital in Jos, he said.

“Fulani herdsmen have continued to kill innocent Christians in our villages, yet the Nigerian government has not taken proactive measures to end the onslaught,” Zango said.

A spokesman for the Plateau State Command, Mathias Tyopev, confirmed the attack and told Morning Star News that an investigation is underway.

Herdsmen attacks on Christian communities in the Bassa area intensified late last year and have continued in spite of the presence of military personnel, sources said. Since February, 11 Christians have lost their lives in the area at the hands of Muslim Fulani herdsmen, including the two killed on Sunday, said the Rev. Sunday Zibeh, pastor of the ECWA church in Nzharuvo, Miango.

“In these cases, the victims were either ambushed and killed by the herdsmen or attacked in their homes at night,” Pastor Zibeh told Morning Star News. “The sad reality is that the Nigerian government headed by President Muhammadu Buhari, himself a Muslim and a Fulani man, has not acted in any way to end these attacks.”

He gave the names of those killed as Adam Sunday, 38; Jatau Akus, 39; Chohu Awarhai and Marcus Mali, 22, all of Jebbu-Miango village. They were ambushed and killed by the herdsmen on April 18.

“The four victims were construction workers working on site when they were attacked,” he said.

In March two other Christians, 17-year-old Lumumbah Chayi and Joseph Alli, 23, were killed in Jebbu-Miango and Rotsu villages, he said.

“Joseph was attacked and beheaded at about 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 in Rotsu village, while Chayi, a high school student, was murdered on Monday, March 12, at about 7 p.m. by the Fulani herdsmen in Kwall village,” he said.

In February three other Christians were killed and two injured in an ambush by herdsmen near Zanwra village, Pastor Zibeh said. John Esije was 32; Monday Nzwe was 38; and Saku Giyeri was 41. The wounded survivors are Sunday Bala, 33, and, Gudu Gara, 25, he said, adding that all the victims were members of ECWA church.

Zango, a church youth leader in Miango, which is part of the Bassa Local Government Area, told Morning Star News that since the beginning of 2017, 99 Christians in the Miango area have been killed in attacks on at least 26 villages, with another 44 Christians injured and 863 houses razed.

Among them were three children of an ECWA church member in Nzharuvo village, Miango. Joseph Gah Nze said Muslim Fulani herdsmen broke into his house on at 10 p.m. on March 8 and killed his three children – 12-year-old twins Christopher and Emmanuel, and 6-year Peace Joseph – and 18-year-old nephew Henry Audu.

In addition, Zango said more than 23,000 Christians have been displaced from their Miango area homes, thousands of dollars of farm produce have been destroyed and 15 motorbikes and a bus have been burned. At least 24 irrigation water pumps have been destroyed, he added.

The Irigwe Development Association, an umbrella community organization for Irigwe ethnic peoples, who are predominantly Christian, in April decried the incessant killings. Sunday Abdu, president of the association, said at a press conference in Jos on April 24 that between Jan. 25 and March 12, more than 70 Christians were killed by armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen.

“The Irigwe nation feels compelled to once more raise the alarm over the continuous loss of lives from attacks on innocent villages,” Abdu said. “You are aware that we buried 25 people on the day we had set out to bury four out of the five that were killed on the night of the president’s visit to the state, this is in addition to the ones we have buried from series of attacks since January, not to mention the number of homes we have lost from such attacks and the destruction of farmlands which has ensured a looming hunger.”

Christians make up 51.3 percent of Nigeria’s population, while Muslims living primarily in the north and middle belt account for 45 percent.

Nigeria ranked 14th on Open Doors’ 2018 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution.

Mum wants to be officially known as ‘father’

A young child may become the first person in England and Wales without a “mother” listed on their birth certificate, if a woman now living as a man wins a legal case.

The unnamed transsexual gave birth to the child, but according to the law is now a man.

Lawyers claim human rights are being breached by requiring women who give birth to register as “mother” rather than “father”.

Government action

The High Court says the case is the first of its kind and heard preliminary arguments on Thursday.

Mr Justice Francis said ministers may have to act if the court rules the current system is flawed.

Barrister Hannah Markham QC explained that her transsexual client believes the current law interferes with the right to a private and family life.

Autumn trial

But Sarah Hannett, speaking for the Registrar General, said the law forbade her client from registering people who give birth as anything other than “mother”.

The judge said media outlets could not report the young child’s sex or age, or give any geographical information.

A decision is expected following a trial in the autumn.

Teacher Fighting for Job After Refusing District’s Demands to Call Students by ‘Transgender’ Names

A teacher is fighting for his job after he says the district forced him to resign over its so-called transgender student policy.

John Kluge, the former orchestra teacher at Brownsburg High School in Indiana, said the school district’s requirement that teachers call transgender students by their preferred names, rather than those given at birth, goes against his religious beliefs. The requirement, Kluge said, violates his First Amendment rights.

“I’m being compelled to encourage students in what I believe is something that’s a dangerous lifestyle,” he said. “I’m fine to teach students with other beliefs, but the fact that teachers are being compelled to speak a certain way is the scary thing.”

95% of UK’s PC Islamic ‘deradicalization’ programs fail

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A government report revealed that the United Kingdom government’s “deradicalization” initiatives have a failure rate of greater than 95 percent – which is blamed on their politically correct delivery because instructors are too scared to use a “religious extremist” context and resort to discussing “Islamophobia,” instead of Islamic terrorism.

“More than 95 percent of deradicalization programs are ineffective, according to a study commissioned by the Home Office that raises questions about the government’s Prevent program,” the UK daily The Times divulged. “The study revealed failures in the approach to deradicalization in schools, youth centers, sports clubs and English-language classes.”

Geared for failure

Only a miniscule fraction of the programs were assessed to do what they intended because timid teachers repeatedly resort to using “unoffensive” rhetoric. Yet one program that was deemed effective did its job because its instructor defied politically correct conventions and hit difficult issues head-on, while the other successful program addressed Islamic terrorism directly by going straight to Islam’s holy texts.

“The Behavioral Insights Team (BIT) – the so-called nudge unit formerly part of the Cabinet Office – examined 33 deradicalization programs across the country designed to safeguard vulnerable people from far-right and religious extremist threats,” The Times’ Fiona Hamilton reported. “The Times understands that most were funded by or fell under the label of Prevent, [and] the study found that only two programs were effective, [while] some projects were counterproductive. Some participants said that they restricted their freedom of speech.”

It was discovered that instructors’ reticence to directly tackle the topic – and their personal fear to address it – was the main obstacle impeding their ability to get the message across to students.

“However, in another case in a school, researchers concluded it was ineffective because it was too restricted and treated groups of Muslim and non-Muslim students as the same – despite the obvious relevance of Islam,” Breitbart News London reported. “The study also found that those delivering the work often shied away from sensitive topics and would often refuse to engage entirely when they were mentioned.”

Britons have been terrified by militant Muslims for so long that many instructors refuse to even mention the word “Islam” or talk about it in the context of terrorism.

“Some teachers were too afraid to even mention matters of race, religion and radical Islam with students and sought to avoid politically correct accusations of discrimination, so key topics were sidestepped completely,” Breitbart London’s Liam Deacon explained. “Other schemes placed too much emphasis on hurt feelings, offence and so-called ‘Islamophobia,’ which had the counterproductive result of convincing Muslim participants to turn on the principle of free speech after being painted as victims, the authors say.”

U.K. Security Minister Ben Wallace appeared to be fearful about BIT’s report exposing the government’s PC approach to tackling Islamic terrorism at the roots in the island nation.

“I am interested by the results of the BIT evaluation, but they do not show the full picture,” Wallace announced, according to Breitbart London. “Their findings will help improve future interventions.”

The push behind the UK government’s political correctness

One of the forces driving the politically incorrect and ineffective instruction implemented by government counterterrorism programs comes at the hands of Islamic organizations – many of which are suspected of having ties to Islamic terrorism.

“In recent years, a massive anti-Prevent campaign pushed by Islamists, Muslim groups, leftist teachers’ unions and senior Labour politicians has claimed it unfairly targets Muslims and is even ‘racist,’” Deacon noted. “Britain’s most prominent Muslim lawyer has claimed such groups are hindering the fight against terror by ‘undermining’ authorities and spreading misinformation about Prevent.”

Another reason for Prevent’s ineffectiveness has to do with the fact that they are targeting the far right instead of dealing with the growing problem of the increased militancy among Muslims in Britain.

“However, police have reacted by publicizing cases where they target so-called ‘far right’ extremists, and 50 percent of the Prevent caseload in some regions is now taken up with the ‘far right,’” Deacon added. “Those targeted alongside potential terrorists included people who oppose the full-face Islamic veil and school children supporting UKIP and making jokes about transgenderism.”

Instead of deterring terrorist cells from popping up in UK communities, it appears as if the government is inviting and endorsing such developments.

“UK Government Plans to ‘Bribe’ Returning Islamic State Fighters with Houses and Jobs,” Breitbart London tweeted last October.

And England’s problems with militant Muslims continues to escalate as the government focuses on the “far right,” instead of overtly militantly minded Muslims.

“70 Percent Rise in ‘Right Wing’ Referrals to Govt Anti-Extremism Program in South-West England,” Breitbart London tweeted in March.

UK gov’t more than just PC

Evidence indicating the pro-Muslim leaning of the UK government was showcased two years ago when British parents and community members were outraged after the local school called the police to report a student for looking up a conservative UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) website in class.

“A schoolboy was hauled out of class and interrogated by detectives after politically correct teachers reported him to the police for visiting the UKIP website,” the UK daily, the Express reported in February 2016. “Teenager Joe Taylor was flagged up for political extremism by the deputy head after he used a school computer to click on the party’s website.”

He was merely visiting the site to look up statistics on immigration pertaining to a class activity, but the teacher apparently would have preferred him to get his information from a left-leaning politically correct website.

“The 15-year-old went online earlier this week to research immigration following a classroom discussion on the subject, logging on with his school username,” the Express’ Nick Gutteridge explained. “But he was stunned when teachers subsequently reported him to the police, claiming he had raised welfare concerns by visiting ‘politically incorrect websites.’”

Subsequently, the student was escorted out of class as if he had just been an apprehended suicide bomber jihadist strapped with live explosives.

“Amazingly, he was referred to a specialist team, whose usual brief is preventing vulnerable youngsters from being groomed and indoctrinated by Islamic State (ISIS) jihadis,” Gutteridge continued. “The youngster – who attends Wildern School in Hedge End, Southampton – was then hauled out of class on Wednesday morning so that he could be quizzed by an officer from Hampshire police.”

The student’s father, Mick Taylor, was outraged that his son was treated as a criminal for visiting a right-leaning website that disagrees with campus politics – school political leanings that embrace Islam and loathe a conservative Judeo-Christian worldview.

“During the interrogation the detective reportedly accused the youngster of being a UKIP ‘activist’ and said it was ‘not right’ that he had visited the party’s website,” Gutteridge recounted. “UKIP said the revelations were ‘astonishing’ and provided further evidence of a ‘pervasive left-wing culture’ amongst public sector workers.”

It was also discovered that politics was the motivation behind the police visit, especially with the school’s and police department’s overt opposition to the conservative British political party.

“The party’s candidate for Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) also raised concerns that teachers and officers may be carrying out an ‘anti-UKIP campaign’ to influence young people,” Gutteridge added.

The boy’s father, Mick Taylor was dismayed at the news that the police had interrogated his son – as if her were a convicted criminal.

“On Monday, I received a phone call and they said he’s been looking at some politically incorrect material at school,” the father explained, according to the British daily. “My first reaction was to ask them if it was porn, but they said no – it was the UKIP website. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. We went into reception with the police officer and their first question to my son was, ‘Why are you a political activist for UKIP?’ I asked why are you worried about the UKIP website, and they said, ‘Well, we don’t think it’s right.'”

The concerned dad stressed that he discusses politics with his son on a number of issues – including immigration – on a regular basis and emphasized that he and his son are free to have their own worldview … even if it disagrees with the school’s and local police department’s.

“I was furious that they flagged him for looking at the UKIP website – I think it’s outrageous, really,” the dad, who is a UKIP voter, said. “They tried to call him a political activist for UKIP and they asked him, ‘Why do you believe that’s the way forward?’ I’m a UKIP supporter and I said, ‘What’s wrong with that?’ They really quizzed him over UKIP. They are almost like the thought police. It’s shocking, really. They were trying to quiz him on all this stuff, whether he’d gone to Luton [a political event]. They said, ‘We have to do it, you could be being groomed by the EDL.’ I just find it in this day and age that you’re being monitored, so are we in a free society? That’s what it comes down to. The main thing I’m very angry about is people are being monitored in school. I can understand if it’s ISIS, but when someone’s just looking at the UKIP website, it’s absolutely ridiculous.”

UKIP Education Spokeswoman Louise Bours agreed with the concerned parent over the matter.

“It is absolutely outrageous that a school is trying to censor its students in this way,” Bours proclaimed at the time, according to the Express. “Teachers are supposed to promote learning and understanding, not narrow their pupils’ worldview and stifle debate. I find it astonishing beyond belief that officers saw fit to interview a child who was simply trying to complete his homework, and I am deeply disturbed that both the police and this school appear to consider UKIP an extremist organization. UKIP is Britain’s third largest political party and was backed by 4 million voters at the last General Election. This is just another shocking example of the pervasive left-wing culture which has infected large parts of Britain’s public service.”

UKIP’s Hampshire PCC candidate Roy Swales also blasted the local school and police department for their handling of the situation.

“This is a worrying incident,” Swales insisted following the incident. “I can only assume that the police and some educators are engaged in an anti-UKIP campaign to prevent young people looking at our party. As a candidate for Police Commissioner, I am troubled that the police may be covertly attempting to influence the election …”