Oxford students vote against Christian group’s residential camp

Oxford University

(Editors Note- We pioneered a Apostolic Church in Oxford England in 1977 Today that church still exists. On my recent trip to minister in the UK I was able to visit with and pray for the new Pastor there and his wife. PLEASE PRAY FOR THE CHURCH THERE) 

Oxford University students have voted against allowing a Christian group’s residential camp to take place at one of their colleges over concerns that it is a threat to the ‘mental safety’ of students.

Christian Concern had sought to hold its four-day Wilberforce Academy at Lady Margaret Hall next summer but the plans have been resoundingly voted down by the Junior Common Room (JCR) committee.

The students voted 81 to 8 against the residential camp, with two abstentions, although a final decision will be made by the college’s governing body next week.

The Oxford Student newspaper reports that in the debate prior to the vote, members of the JCR recognised Christian Concern ‘as a real threat to the physical and mental safety of students’.

One student reportedly said: ‘We’re inviting them into our home and we can’t invite people who stand against our values.’

The students’ objections were weighed against the college’s obligations under freedom of speech laws, with the Oxford Student reporting that the college’s adopted position is to protect free speech as the ‘lifeblood of a university’.

‘Recognising the vital importance of free expression for the life of the mind, a university may make rules concerning the conduct of debate but should never prevent speech that is lawful,’ it reportedly states.

‘Inevitably, this will mean that members of the University/College are confronted with views that some find unsettling, extreme or offensive.’

Christian Concern lobbies for traditional marriage and the protection of Christian freedoms, with its legal wing, the Christian Legal Centre, having been involved in numerous high-profile cases, including most recently that of NHS nurse Sarah Kuteh, who lost her job for sharing her faith with patients and offering prayer.

According to its website, the Wilberforce Academy aims to equip students and young professionals ‘for servant-hearted, Christ-centred leadership in public life, having been equipped with a robust biblical framework that guides their thinking, prayers and activity in addressing the issues facing our society’.


Police Shoot at Arab Driver Fleeing on Sidewalk

Police Shoot at Arab Driver Fleeing on Sidewalk
An Arab man was documented Thursday during an attempt to escape from police as he drove on the sidewalk and almost trampled the pedestrians who were walking there.

A sapper, a police officer and a traffic patrolman who had been chasing him are seen in the video as they shoot five bullets at the fleeing criminal to try to stop him.

According to police, the motorist drove illegally along the shoulder of the east-west Highway 5 just north of Tel Aviv—to bypass the heavy traffic—and suddenly ran into a police sapper who was on his way to work and ordered him to stop his car. When the man refused and continued driving, the police sapper began to chase him, all the way to the Coca-Cola junction at the entrance to the city of Bnei Brak.

The fleeing driver turned into the Haredi city in an attempt to escape, but was eventually spotted and caught by police.

According to official sources, the rate of involvement of the Arab population in Israel in road accidents far exceeds their representation in the population, both in the degree of involvement and in the severity of the damage. Young Arab drivers are twice as likely to be involved in serious road accidents as compared to the total population. (Source: Yedioth Aharonoth)


IDF Searches for Missing Jordanian Children Swept Away in Flash Flood Near Dead Sea

Israel Defense Force search-and-rescue teams were deployed Thursday night to assist in the rescue of a Jordanian school bus near the eastern shore of the Dead Sea after it was swept away Thursday in a flash flood resulting from heavy rains in the southern region.

At least 18 people died in the tragedy, including many Jordanian school children and teachers, according to an updated report at 10:00 pm local time.

At least 34 others were rescued, however, in the massive operation that involved hundreds of Jordanian military troops and police helicopters as well as a number of Israeli search-and-rescue helicopters and specialized teams, sent in response to a request from the Jordanian government.

The children and their teachers were riding in the school bus on a field trip when the tragedy occurred, according to Ynet, which quoted two civil defense sources.

“At this time the soldiers are wrapping up rescue operation and will continue to search for those who are still missing to the best of their ability as the weather conditions permit in the area of the flood zone,” said the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

Volunteer teams of the Etzion and Megillot rescue units were also sent to help locate those who are still missing.