“There is no logic here. Europe is undermining its security by undermining Israel … “So stop attacking Israel. Start supporting Israel. Don’t undermine the one Western country that defends European values and European interests and prevents another mass migration to Europe.” -Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

(Hungary)—[Times of Israel] Unaware that his remarks were also being transmitted to reporters outside, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the European Union in unusually harsh terms on Wednesday for its treatment of Israel, urging the leaders of four Central European countries to use their influence in the organization to ease its conditions for advancing bilateral ties.(Photo: Israeli PM Netanyahu and the heads of state from Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland, in Budapest/Haim Tzach/GPO/via Times of Israel)

“I think Europe has to decide if it wants to live and thrive or if it wants to shrivel and disappear,” he said in a closed-door meeting whose content was accidentally broadcast to journalists outside the room. “I am not very politically correct. I know that’s a shock to some of you. It’s a joke. But the truth is the truth—both about Europe’s security and Europe’s economic future. Both of these concerns mandate a different policy towards Israel.”

During the meeting, Netanyahu also urged the leaders of Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland to close their borders to refugees from Africa and the Arab world, and praised the administration of US President Donald Trump for its “stronger” position on Iran and Syria.

Robot security guard ‘commits suicide’ by drowning itself in public fountain

A robot security guard has “committed suicide” by drowning itself a public fountain after just a few days on the job.

The Knightscope K5 robot, which bears a striking resemblance to a Dalek, had been brought in to patrol the area outside the Georgetown Waterfront shopping centre and office complex in Washington DC.

 It was found face-down in the fountain on Monday afternoon, after apparently tumbling down some steps into the water.

The K5 robot stands about 5 feet tall, weighs 300lbs (over 21 stone), and has a maximum speed of 18 miles per hour – although it usually moves at 1 to 3 miles per hour.

Knightscope claims the security robot is better than a human guard, because it never gets bored of its job.

It is equipped with a range of sensors – including a 360-degree camera, thermal imaging sensors, a laser range finder and radar – which are supposed to enable it to move around autonomously.

(Image: Knightscope, Inc./Youtube)

It is designed to prevent crime by detecting abnormal noises and temperature changes, scanning car number plates and checking them against a police database, and using facial recognition technology to spot known criminals.

If it detects any security threats, it can squeak, whistle and make other loud noises intended to scare off criminals, as well as alerting the local authorities.

In a statement to the Washington Post, Knightscope described the fountain incident was “an isolated event”, and promised to deliver a new robot this week for free.

Of course, that hasn’t stopped scores of observers sharing pictures of the drowned robot on social media, and casting their own aspersions about why it decided to end its life.

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It’s ok security robot. It’s a stressful job, we’ve all been there.

Our D.C. office building got a security robot. It drowned itself.

We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots.

This is not the first controversy involving the Knightscope K5 robot.

Earlier this year, police in California arrested a man after he drunkenly attacked one of the robotsand knocked it over outside Knightscope’s own headquarters in Silicon Valley.

The assailant, 41-year-old engineer Jason Sylvain, said that he wanted to “test” the security robot. He was arrested for prowling and public intoxication.

Schoolgirl, 16, who ran off to join Isis ‘is captured in ruins of Mosul’

Schoolgirl, 16, who ran off to join Isis 'is captured in ruins of Mosul'

A German teenager who ran away to join Isis is believed to have been captured in the ruins of Mosul, Iraq.

Identified only as Linda Wenzel, the 16-year-old was found in a tunnel with other women, some of whom were wearing suicide vests and had automatic weapons.

It is believed that she may have been working for Daesh’s police force in the city.

Among those detained were women from Russia, Turkey, Canada and Chechnya – all were seized during a military operation last Thursday.

Wenzel was originally from Pulsnitz, near Dresden, and fled to Syria after falling love with a Muslim man who lived there.

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She was radicalised in Germany where she changed her name to Mariam

Her friends said before fleeing Germany she had learned Arabic and took the Koran to school. She is also believed to have been unhappy at home.

She flew from Frankfurt and entered the country via Turkey where she fell in with Daesh offshoot groups.

She told her family she was going to stay with friends, instead going to the bank to withdraw money from her parents’ account after forging a letter to pretend to be her mother.

She was then smuggled into Iraq under her new name, Mariam, and sometimes posted pictures of herself in a headscarf.

Authorities in Germany, who listed her as a potential terror suspect after her disappearance, confirmed they are examining the photos of her captured in newly liberated Mosul to determine it is actually her.


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She was caught in a tunnel system with other women, some of whom were wearing suicide vests

She was among 20 Islamic State followers seized after the city fell following a ten month battle which left 25,000 Jihadists dead and Iraq’s second largest city a sea of devastation.

Newspaper Die Welt, citing security sources, said the captive girl is definitely the missing schoolgirl from Germany.

‘There are new findings in the criminal investigation that are being tested,’ said chief prosecutor Lorenz Haase. ‘When she is clearly identified, the investigation will be resumed.’

Schoolgirl, 16, who ran off to join Isis 'is captured in ruins of Mosul'
Linde Wenzel fled Germany by posing as her mother, Catherine after falling in love with a Muslim man
Schoolgirl, 16, who ran off to join Isis 'is captured in ruins of Mosul'
Pictures are being examined to confirm that she is the German schoolgirl

Wenzel was unhappy at home and turned to Islam.

She soon began engaging with Isis followers in the Middle East in Internet chat rooms and was under the observation of German intelligence officials suspected of plotting a serious crime against the state when she fled abroad.

She was caught in a tunnel system in Mosul with other women, some of whom wore suicide vests and had automatic weapons. Media reports said they worked for the Islamic State police force in the city.

Among those detained were also women from Russia, Turkey, Canada and Chechnya. All were seized during military mopping-up operations last Thursday.

Linda’s mother said at the time she vanished; ‘She got a proper brainwashing I hope we can get her back.’

Public U.K. donations funding Islamic terrorism

Islam in England

Great sums of money through public donations are being raised by militant Islamic organizations in the United Kingdom, according to a report released by the British government.

U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd revealed that the jihadist groups are taking in funds to fuel their terrorist activities within the island nation and abroad.

“In some cases, these organizations receive hundreds of thousands of pounds a year,” Rudd announced in a statement obtained by the U.K. daily, The Times. “This is the main source of their income. Those giving may not know or support the organizations’ full agenda.”

It was indicated by Rudd that some of the British Muslim donors were quite possibly scammed by the Islamic terrorist groups, which acted as though they were legitimate charitable organizations.

“[The government will work] to encourage people to understand the full aims of the organizations that they give to,” Rudd continued.

Saudi-based terrorism?

A tweet posted by Breitbart’s London office noted that Saudi Arabia is the likely recipient of the contributions.

“It is thought the report focused on Saudi Arabia” Breitbart London posted on Twitter on June 17.

The conservative British news outlet suggested that government officials could be covering things up to protect their Middle Eastern ally.

“The report has generated significant interest, with much speculation that the Government is refusing to publish the report – in case it implicates Saudi Arabia as a key exporter of extremism,” Breitbart News’ Jack Montgomery noted.

Of the mentioned foreign funding sources for Islamic terrorism in the U.K., the Henry Jackson Society (HJS) – a conservative think-tank – notified in an independent report that the Wahhabi theocracy is one of the main groups suspected.

“While entities from across the Gulf and Iran have been guilty of advancing extremism, those in Saudi Arabia are undoubtedly at the top of the list,” the author of the HJS report, Tom Wilson divulged. “[Research] indicates that some Saudi individuals and foundations have been apparently heavily involved in exporting an illiberal, bigoted Wahhabi ideology.”

The directives disseminated – courtesy of donation funds – could very likely be fueling future Islamic terrorist attacks.

“The kingdom’s 60-year campaign to export Wahhabism – a strict interpretation of Islam – has led to support for mosques and Islamic institutions that appear to have links to extremism, the [HJS] organization said,” U.K.’s News.Sky.com reported. “It found there have been ‘numerous’ cases of Britons who have joined jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria, whose radicalization is thought to be linked to foreign-funded institutions and preachers.”

Exporting jihad

Wilson emphasized that overseas financing for jihad in Britain predominantly derives from governments and state-backed foundations along the Persian Gulf, including Iran.

“There is a clear and growing link between foreign funding of Islamist extremism and the violent terrorism we have witnessed across the U.K. and Europe,” Wilson impressed. “The key now is to get ahead of the issue and find out the full extent of what has been going on. A public inquiry would go some way to informing the debate.”

The presumed government coverup recently shot across social media waves.

“Downing Street Accused of Burying Terror Report to Protect Saudi Arabia,” Breitbart London tweeted on July 4.

The HJS report showed that directives to implement militant Islamic practices taught in Muslims’ holy book, the Quran, were being financed through the solicited funds.

“[Foreign funds were being used to educate Muslims in] deeply conservative forms of Islam and [provide] highly socially conservative literature and preachers to U.K. Islamic institutions,” the government report explained.

Despite the disturbing information that could be used in the interest of national security, Rudd is still determined to withhold the full report.

“Having taken advice, I have decided against publishing the classified report produced during the review in full,” the British home secretary stressed. “This is because of the volume of personal information it contains and for national security reasons. We will be inviting privy counsellors from opposition parties to the Home Office to have access.”

A similar government coverup to protect the Saudis was witnessed two years ago under different British leadership – former British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Cameron Pulls Publication Of Muslim Brotherhood Report after Saudi Pressure,” Breitbart London tweeted on March 17, 2015.

In fact, it was the exact same British political party that was protecting Saudis – above its own citizens.

“This is not the first time the Tories have been accused of covering up Saudi involvement in extremism,” Montgomery recounted. “In 2015, former Prime Minister David Cameron was accused of burying the Jenkins Report, which exposed connections between British front organizations for the Muslim Brotherhood and terror networks in the Middle East – under pressure from the Saudi regime.”

Will anyone step up?

There have been different indications as to whether or not anything will be done to ramp up the protection of British citizens from Islamic militants, as the island nation continues to be besieged in the name of jihad.

“Prime Minister Theresa May – who visited Saudi Arabia earlier this year – has faced accusations she is ‘kowtowing’ to the kingdom by ‘suppressing’ a report into the funding of extremist groups in the U.K.,” News.Sky.com Political Reporter Alan McGuinness informed. “An inquiry was ordered by her predecessor, David Cameron, in 2015, but reports have suggested the findings may never be published because of the sensitivity of the information regarding Saudi Arabia.”

Another politician from one of Britain’s more Right-leaning parties, Labour Party MP Dan Jarvis, insisted that something must be done in light of the new revelation.

“[The report] sheds light on what are extremely worrying links between Saudi Arabia and the funding of extremism here in the U.K.” Jarvis asserted, according to News.Sky.com, as he called upon the British government to fully release the inquiry’s report.

In an attempt to assure British citizens that their security is a prime concern, a government spokesman sent out a message it British authorities are doing what they can to deter future Islamic terrorist attacks.

“Defeating the evil ideology of Islamist extremism is one of the greatest challenges of our time,” the spokesman announced, according to News.Sky.com “The Commission for Counter-Extremism, which the PM announced earlier this year, will have a key role to play in this fight. We are determined to cut off the funding, which fuels the evils of extremism and terrorism, and will work closely with international partners to tackle this shared global threat, including at the upcoming G-20 summit.”

Sheer denial

Countering the claims made by the government and independent reports on the matter, the Saudi embassy insisted that the Islamic kingdom of Saudi Arabia has nothing to do with supporting jihadist groups.

“[The kingdom] has not and does not support or fund any group that has direct or indirect links to any terrorist organization,” the Saudi embassy expressed in a statement, according to News.Sky.com. “Accusations that blame the Kingdom for radicalizing a small number of individuals are baseless and lack credible evidence. Terrorist ideology knows no nationality, language or borders.”

The statement argued that Saudis are on the side of the British when it comes to fighting jihad.

“All charitable donations to educational and religious establishments by the Saudi state are made to registered charities in the U.K.,” the Saudi embassy continued in its statement. “Saudi charities are prohibited from transferring money abroad and cannot operate abroad, except through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre or the Saudi Red Crescent, which is a semi-government entity. Saudi Arabia has been at the forefront of fighting the spread of extremism and terrorism at home and abroad.”

Cuban Pastor Sentenced to One Year of Heavy Labor and House Arrest for Homeschooling Children

 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on July 7, Pastor Ramon Rigal, leader of Iglesia de Dios en Cristo, was sentenced to one year of heavy labor and house arrest for choosing to homeschool his children. Rigal has openly stated that his decision to homeschool was largely attributed to his Christian faith.

The Obama administration argued that normal relations with Cuba would lead to improved conditions for Cubans. But things have not gotten better for homeschoolers.

Cuban pastor Ramón Rigal and his wife Adya were arrested on February 21 for homeschooling their children. Both are scheduled to stand trial.

Diario de Cuba reported that, originally, Guantanamo courts had sentenced Rigal to one year of imprisonment. After appealing, this most recent adjudication led to a modified reduction of the punishment. Rigal confirmed that his legal counsel proved that he did not commit any serious criminal act. Rigal commented on the outcome, “I saw a bit more justice during the trial. We had good representation. Our lawyer demonstrated in every circumstance that we had not broken any criminal law.” Despite a strong legal showing, Rigal would still be penalized with the one-year sentence mentioned above.

Pastor Mario F. Barroso, a religious freedom activist from the Patmos Institute, as well as a close friend of Rigal, clarified to ICC, “Correctional labor is a form of forced physical punishment, where the state typically chooses the locations and the working conditions. People sentenced to this penalty are assigned to a ranch or a farm of some sort, and believe me it’s not light work.

Rigal’s case has garnered some international attention in previous months. In February, Rigal was arrested because of his actions. This led to protests outside of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC in May. Protesters specifically picketed with signs that read, “Free the Rigals,” but organizers and participants were also focusing on the larger problem of Cuba’s repression and stronghold on education. Cuban law does not permit homeschooling, founded on the claim that it “promotes capitalist values” and thereby conflicts with the regime’s inculcation of socialism.

Rafael Cardona, ICC’s Latin America Correspondent, stated, “It is very concerning and disheartening when a Christian pastor faces harsh punishment simply for deciding to homeschool his children. It is even more egregious when a tough punishment is still issued despite having adequate legal defense and proving that no criminal laws were violated. In Pastor Rigal’s case, we have to be aware that he made multiple attempts to inform the state about the curricula and content of the education, including any religious elements. Nevertheless, the Cuban authorities still proceeded with a sentence that does not seem to fit the offense. Unfortunately, these kinds of repressive measures taken against people of Christian faith happen commonly in Cuba. We will continue to pray for Pastor Rigal and his family.

Iranian Military Agent Caught Trying to Enter U.S.

Editor’s Note-Having border’s is similar to having doors on your home and a lock. Lock’s do not always keep burglar’s out but they keep honest people honest.

Member of Iranian fighting force tied to IRGC turned away in Boston

Protestors rally at a demonstration against the new ban on immigration issued by President Trump at Logan International Airport in Boston

An Iranian citizen identified as a senior member of the country’s Basij military force was caught trying to enter the United States posing as a cancer researcher, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation who told the Washington Free Beacon that the Trump administration should begin investigating how the individual was granted a U.S. visa in the first place.

Seyed Mohsen Dehnavi, who has been identified as a member of Iran’s highly vetted volunteer Basij force, was turned away from entering the United States at Boston’s Logan Airport.

Sources familiar with the situation said that Dehnavi is billing himself as a medical researcher and was to assume residency at a Boston-based hospital. He was detained earlier this week at Logan Airport along with his family and later sent back to Iran.

A Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) official familiar with the situation told the Free Beacon that Dehnavi was “deemed inadmissible to the U.S. based on information discovered during the CBP inspection.”

Dehnavi’s rejection was unrelated to the Trump administration’s executive order on immigration from Muslim nations, according to official, who said that those trying to enter the United States must prove their eligibility.

“In order to demonstrate that they are admissible, the applicant must overcome ALL grounds of inadmissibility including health-related grounds, criminality, security reasons, public charge, labor certification, illegal entrants and immigration violations, documentation requirements, and miscellaneous grounds,” the official said, adding that Dehnavi was denied entry and sent back to Iran Tuesday evening.

While some media outlets have portrayed the situation as U.S. officials preventing an Iranian doctor from performing legitimate work, Iranian sources familiar with Dehnavi’s past said that he has close ties to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its Basij fighting force.

“Here are the facts: Mr. Dehnavi is a high-ranking member of IRGC’s Basij, has been involved in the IRGC’s military research programs, has played a key role in oppressing dissidents, and Iran’s Supreme Leader has given him his own keffiyeh as a gift,” Saeed Ghasseminejad, a prominent Iranian dissident and regional expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies told the Free Beacon.

Other media outlets have independently identified Dehnavi as a top Basij member who was involved in efforts to suppress dissident and reformist voices in Iran.

The situation highlights growing efforts by Iran to penetrate the United States with supporters of the hardline regime. Iran was one of several Muslim majority nations included in the Trump administration’s controversial immigration pause due to its global efforts to spread terrorism and its radical ideology.

“He is a well-known figure and a simple Google search would have shown his identity. Why has this not been done?” Ghasseminejad, who has been closely tracking the situation, asked in an interview. “Who in the U.S. facilitated Dehnavi’s travel? Did they know they were helping the IRGC to send a high-ranking member to the United States?”

Photos posted on Twitter purporting to show Dehnavi’s passport and U.S. visa approval have raised further questions about who is responsible for vetting these individuals.

Ghasseminejad asked, “How many people like Dehanvi have entered the U.S. over the last few years and are living in the U.S. as the IRGC-connected sleeper cells? In 99 percent of the cases, it is very easy to vet Iranians who want to come to the United States. However, it seems in many cases the vetting process is slow, inefficient and weak. It leaves many pro-U.S. Iranians behind the door and permits anti-American Islamists to enter the country.”

Dissident voices such as Ghasseminejad said that sympathetic portrayal of Dahnavi’s situation in outlets such as the U.S.-funded Radio Farda and Voice of America highlight the Iranian regime’s grip over these outlets.

Members of pro-Iran organizations such as the National Iranian American Council (NIAC)—which has long been accused as serving as a lobbying shop for Tehran in D.C.— condemned Dahnavi’s detainment.

Former secretary of state John Kerry, a chief architect of the landmark Iran nuclear deal, also slammed the move in a tweet: “Tragic. A doctor comes to the US to save lives and this happens. This is not who we are.”

Regime opponents such as Ghasseminejad said that all of these individuals and groups are attempting to shift the narrative in order to portray Iran in a sympathetic light, despite the doctor’s ties to one of Iran’s most repressive and violent domestic organizations.

“Why do NIAC, Trita Parsi, and John Kerry criticize the U.S. government for not permitting a member of a terrorist organization to enter the country?” Ghasseminejad asked. “To embarrass the U.S. government, the U.S.-funded Radio Farda and VOA rushed to portray this member of the terrorist group IRGC as an innocent researcher who has been mistreated by the U.S. government.”

Ghasseminejad called on the Trump administration to formally investigate these taxpayer-funded media outlets for pushing “pro-Tehran propaganda.”

Amir Etemadi, another Iranian dissident and Chair of the Iranian Liberal Students & Graduates, described Dehnavi as a “well known member of the Basij military organization in Iran.”

“You didn’t need to be an intelligence officer to find out who Dehnavi was,” Etemadi said. “The question is how he could get clearance from the US intelligence agencies, and how the State Department issued visa for him. I think the Trump administration should run an investigation into the case.”

Dehnavi “wasn’t the first Basij/IRGC member who has received the US visa in recent years,” he added.

New Hawaii State Law to Force Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers to Advertise Free Abortions

ro-life pregnancy centers in Hawaii will be forced to advertise free abortions beginning next Wednesday by state law.

Democratic Gov. David Ige allowed the mandatory disclaimer bill to become law on Tuesday night, the Daily Signal reported. The new law is similar to one passed in California in 2015 that is being challenged in court.

Hawaii has five pro-life pregnancy centers in the state, and under the new law, they will be required to post a sign and give a notification to all clients saying that the state offers free abortions and provide a link to a state website. According to the Daily Signal, the signs must include the following wording:

This clinic does not provide abortion services or abortion referrals. Only ultrasounds performed by qualified healthcare professionals and read by licensed clinicians should be considered medically accurate.

Hawaii has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services including all FDA-approved methods of contraception, prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women.

To apply for medical insurance coverage that will cover the full range of family planning and prenatal care services, apply on-line at mybenefits.hawaii.gov.

All of the pregnancy centers are funded and operated by Christians who have formed the organizations to provide alternatives to abortion.

Hawaii’s new law will force the centers to pay $500 for their first violation and $1,000 for each subsequent violation.

Jor-El Godsey, president of Heartbeat International, a network that includes three of the centers in Hawaii, released a statement condemning the new law.

“Hawaii’s pregnancy help organizations are delivering caring, compassionate help for women and families at absolutely zero cost to the state’s taxpayers,” Godsey said. “No woman should ever feel so alone or trapped that she feels abortion is her only option, but this is exactly the situation laws like these create.”

Belle Plaine Allows Satanic Monument In City Park

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A small Minnesota town is getting a lot of attention for a Satanic monument coming to their veterans park.

The monument going up for The Satanic Temple — which features an upturned helmet atop a black cube — will soon be at the site of the Veterans Memorial Park in Belle Plaine.

It is being built by a group of Satanists out of Massachusetts, and it will be the first Satanic monument on public property in United States history.

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Belle Plaine Veterans Memorial Park (credit: CBS)

The city is allowing the monument to be built after a religious freedom group threatened to sue over another statue, which features a soldier praying over a grave marked with a cross.

City officials say the memorial, which is not inside the park yet, is finished, but they are still working out a date for when it will go in.

It has to be put in a small area called “The Free Speech Zone.” It is an area designated to 10 or fewer memorials, as long as they honor veterans.

“They said they were putting it up and I did not like it,” said resident Donna Karnitz.

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The monument created by The Satanic Temple (credit: CBS)

City Councilmember Cary Coop says he voted against the designated free speech area.

“I don’t think there’s too many Satanists around here, but it’s free speech,” Coop said.

He says they anticipated other groups coming in.

“We were warned against creating this free speech zone, and it will be probably be just as well that we didn’t have one, that people could use private property to say whatever they want,” Coop said.

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The monument that originally started the fervor at Veterans Memorial Park (credit: CBS)

Karnitz, whose husband is a veteran of the Vietnam War, says she finds the new Satanic monument offensive.

“It was approved a while back already, and it has not come here,” she said. “I am hoping and praying that it doesn’t come into the park here [laughs]!”

Karnitz is not alone. There is a protest planned at the park on Saturday during the city’s popular BBQ Days festival.

Despite its name, the Satanic Temple says it does not promote a belief in a personal Satan and that that “religion can, and should, be divorced from superstition.”

Church of England Synod Urges UK Ban on ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’

Leaders of the Church of England want to urge the government to ban the practice of conversion therapy, which seeks to help those who want to change their same-sex attraction. They called the therapy unethical and potentially harmful.

“Conversion therapy is harmful, dangerous and just doesn’t work,” said Jayne Ozanne, who represents laity in the Diocese of Oxford, while moving the motion at the Church of England’s General Synod during its ongoing annual July sessions in York. “People may be able to alter their behaviour but they can never alter their innate desire.”

The denomination’s national assembly voted to endorse a Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy signed by The Royal College of Psychiatrists and others condemning the practice.

“This debate is actually quite simple. Do we trust our medical health professions and academics (including many sincere godly Christians) to know what they are talking about?” Ozanne asked. “Should we listen to the voices of those we and others have unwittingly harmed? Should we learn from our mistakes, and seek to protect future generations from the sort of damage that was done to me and so many others?”

Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu, said, “The sooner the practice of so-called conversion therapy is banned, I can sleep at night.”

The Bishop of Liverpool, Paul Bayes, said, “We must distinguish between an ascetic and a therapeutic approach. In the Church we are certainly called to help one another to conform their lives to Jesus Christ and to live lives of holiness, but we do not need to engage people in healing therapy if they are not sick.”

Some synod members expressed concern that the motion would limit the church’s ability to offer pastoral care and prayer for people struggling with issues of sexual desire and orientation, according to The Guardian.

In the United States, 10 states have banned the therapy for minors.

Proponents of the therapy, also called Sexual Orientation Change Efforts, or SOCE, argue they are being misrepresented, patients and doctors should make these decisions, and SOCE has been proven to help people.

In a previous statement to The Christian Post, Christopher Doyle, an ex-gay therapist who uses SOCE with his patients, said, “No child should be denied the right to get the therapy that fits their values, and no parent or family should be told they must accept that their child is gay or transgender if they believe their son or daughter has underlying trauma that may be causing these unwanted feelings.”

A background paper accompanying the Church of England motion reads, “The practice of conversion therapy has no place in the modern world. It is unethical and harmful and not supported by evidence. Conversion Therapy is the term for therapy that assumes certain sexual orientations or gender identities are inferior to others, and seeks to change or suppress them on that basis. Sexual orientations and gender identities are not mental health disorders, although exclusion, stigma and prejudice may precipitate mental health issues for any person subjected to these abuses. Anyone accessing therapeutic help should be able to do so without fear of judgement or the threat of being pressured to change a fundamental aspect of who they are.”

A report, based on an analysis of the British Social Attitudes Survey and the European Social Survey and published in May, revealed that Anglicanism in Britain is beginning to see an upward trend due to a resurgence in patriotism and pride in Christianity. It said the proportion of those who say they are Church of England worshipers has risen from a low of 16.3 percent in 2009 to 17.1 percent in 2015.

However, an extensive survey in England, also published in May, revealed that only a minority of young people believe Jesus Christ was both a real person who lived on Earth and God in human form.

Only 54 percent of those interviewed described Jesus as a “real person who actually lived,” with 27 percent calling Him a “mythical or fictional character,” and 19 percent saying they don’t know. Of those who believe Jesus is real, only 30 percent said He was “God in human form.” The most popular selection was that He was a “prophet/religious leader but not God,” at 40 percent, while another 18 percent called Him a “normal human being.”

Most people associated positive words toward Jesus, however. Christ was most often described as “peaceful,” “spiritual,” “loving,” “wise,” and “leader,” by the total sample


 Bit by bit, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage Committee is erasing the Judeo-Christian origins of the Middle East. (Photo: Cave of the Patriarchs/credit: Utilisateur:Djampa/via Wikimedia Commons)

“It is disappointing and embarrassing to see time and again how UNESCO denies history and warps reality in order to serve, consciously, the interests of those who wish to destroy the Jewish state and wipe it off the map. Israel will not cooperate with UNESCO until the organization ceases to be a political goring tool instead of a professional organization.” -Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett

The latest attack came Friday morning, when the committee voted 12-3, with six abstentions, to declare Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs as an “endangered Palestinian heritage site.” The vote was sought from the Palestinian Authority through several of the committee’s many Muslim-majority members.

Also known as the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the cave is identified in the Bible as the burial site of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and Jacob and Leah. Some Orthodox Jews also consider it the burial place of Adam and Eve.

But, to Muslims, it is referred to as Ibrahimi Mosque, or the Sanctuary of Abraham. It is located in Hebron’s Old City in the Judean Mountains. That area is considered “occupied” Palestinian lands by the UN after it was won by Israel during the Six Day War.

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon blasted the decision:

“UNESCO’s attempt to sever the ties between Israel and Hebron is shameful and offensive. This is an ugly display of discrimination and an act of aggression against the Jewish people. No UN agency can disassociate our people from the burial grounds of our patriarchs and matriarchs.”

Ironically, despite declaring it a Palestinian heritage site, the World Heritage Committee’s inscription recognizes its importance to Christians and Jews, as well:

The use of a local limestone shaped the construction of the old town of Hebron / Al-Khalil during the Mamluk period between 1250 and 1517. The center of interest of the town was the site of Al mosque-Ibrahim / the tomb of the Patriarchs whose buildings are in a compound built in the 1st century AD to protect the tombs of the patriarch Abraham / Ibrahim and his family. This place became a site of pilgrimage for the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The town was sited at the crossroads of trade routes for caravans travelling between southern Palestine, Sinai, Eastern Jordan, and the north of the Arabian Peninsula. Although the subsequent Ottoman Period (1517-1917) heralded an extension of the town to the surrounding areas and brought numerous architectural additions, particularly the raising of the roof level of houses to provide more upper stories, the overall Mamluk morphology of the town is seen to have persisted with its hierarchy of areas, quarters based on ethnic, religious or professional groupings, and houses with groups of rooms organized according to a tree-shaped system.

The cave is beneath what was originally a Jewish structure built during the reign of King Herod roughly 2,000 years ago. Following the Muslim conquest of Israel, Saladin converted the structure into a mosque. It is the oldest continuously used intact prayer site in the world.