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.

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 …”

MUSLIM CONQUEST THROUGH IMMIGRATION AND RESETTLEMENT JIHAD

Americans are shocked by ongoing news reports chronicling growing chaos in Europe, where massive Muslim migration is wreaking havoc on the continent – including horrendous acts of mass terrorism, an epidemic of rape and sexual assault against European women, and large, jihadist-rich enclaves where even police are hesitant to enter.

Yet, few realize that America is heading down the same suicidal path.

As veteran investigative journalist Leo Hohmann documents in Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad, an international network of mostly Muslim Brotherhood-linked activists has been building its ranks within the United States for more than three decades, aided by a U.S. immigration system seemingly obsessed with welcoming as many unassimilable migrants with anti-Western values as possible. As a result, largely secret plans for major population changes in hundreds of U.S. cities and towns are already being implemented.

This transformation is taking place not only in gateway cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, but in such all-American towns as Twin Falls, Idaho, and St. Cloud, Minnesota, where tensions brought on by the importation of hostile cultures are already causing shock waves.

As Stealth Invasion reveals, the Muslim Brotherhood has a well-defined strategy for conquering America, not necessarily with violent jihadist attacks – although we should expect those to increase – but through more subtle means collectively called “civilization jihad.”

According to the Brotherhood’s own documents seized by the FBI, “civilization jihad” involves infiltrating and conquering Western democracies from within. The goal is to partner with leftist and anarchist groups (such as “Black Lives Matter”) to tear at the fabric of Western civilization and the Judeo-Christian values that undergird it. Their intent is to use liberal immigration laws to create “settlements” for Islam in America, which in turn become enclaves of non-assimilated Muslims who can easily become “radicalized” by a preacher at a local mosque, or by watching a Youtube video posted by an imam in Pakistan.

Very simply, civilization jihad calls for changing a nation by changing its people and its values – gradually, over time.

Meanwhile, the world is undergoing a historic shift of populations – out of the Middle East and Africa, and into Europe, Canada and the United States. The fact that the majority of those coming to America as part of this new immigration wave bring a hostile value system based on sharia law, and have little interest in assimilating into American culture, seems of no concern to our leaders in the White House and Congress.

Indeed, refugee resettlement and expanded visa programs have enjoyed the full support of both major parties. Instead of learning the lessons of 9/11 and tightening up America’s immigration system, our leaders have expanded it wildly and recklessly.

The book Stealth Invasion connects the dots between the problems of growing violence and unrest that have plagued Europe and what is now unfolding across America. The terror attacks on Chattanooga, Orlando, San Bernardino, St. Cloud, Minnesota, and the Chelsea area of Manhattan were all carried out by Muslim immigrants, or, in the case of San Bernardino and Orlando, by sons of Muslim immigrants. A surprising number of foiled attacks have also been plotted since 9/11 by Muslim refugees and immigrants.

Stealth Invasion blows the lid off a corrupt, fraudulent program that has been secretly dumping Third World refugees, many of them radical, on American cities for three decades. Readers will meet the people and groups behind this shadowy resettlement network, which starts at the United Nations and includes the White House, the U.S. State Department, some surprising church groups, and corporate honchos involved in everything from investment banking and meatpacking, to Florida vacations and yogurt manufacturing.

Americans have been kept largely in the dark about the radical plans to permanently transform their nation. Until now.

In Stealth Invasion, Leo Hohmann reveals how Congress has turned a blind eye to the program since President Jimmy Carter signed into law the Refugee Act of 1980, allowing the United Nations – not American officials – to select the refugees sent to our cities. As a result, those selected are increasingly coming from hotbeds of Sunni radicalism like Syria, Iraq, and Somalia while a growing population of persecuted Christians are left behind.

The government uses a network of private agencies, most with churchy names tied to Lutherans, Catholics, Episcopalians, Jews and even evangelicals, to do the resettlement work, but the public is shut out of the process from beginning to end. No public hearings, no public notices in the local newspaper asking for their input.

Stealth Invasion uncovers how various cities have become refugee hot spots and examines grassroots uprisings where citizens have challenged this secret cabal and won. Armed with knowledge of the government’s methods for dealing with local resettlement backlash, Hohmann provides details on how concerned Americans can most effectively respond.

The great “melting pot” that once typified the success of America’s immigration system no longer seems to be working. The old shared values of God, country, family, and freedom that used to hold the country together are breaking down.

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U.S. Warns Iran After It Moves To Step Up Uranium-Enrichment Capacity

The Iranian nuclear center at Natanz is shown in March 2015.

The United States warned that Washington will not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons after Iran announced plans to increase its uranium-enrichment capacity.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued the warning on Twitter late on June 6, saying, “We’re watching reports that #Iran plans to increase its enrichment capacity. We won’t allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon.”

Pompeo added that “Iran is aware of our resolve.”

Pompeo’s statement came after Iran said a facility to build advanced centrifuges will be completed in a month at its Natanz nuclear center as part of its plans to increase its uranium-enrichment capacity, under orders from Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, if a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world power collapses.

“After the supreme leader’s order, we prepared this center within 48 hours. We hope the facility to be completed in a month,” Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, said on June 6 in an interview broadcast on state television.

Khamenei and other hard-liners in Iran have questioned whether Iran should continue honoring the nuclear deal after U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision last month to withdraw from it and reimpose U.S. sanctions on Iran.

In making the move to step up its nuclear enrichment capacity, Iran told the IAEA, the UN’s nuclear watchdog, that it was staying within the provisions of the accord.

The nuclear deal was designed to set strict limits on Iran’s uranium enrichment and other nuclear activities in return for the lifting of international sanctions.

The other signatories to the accord — Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany — have said they remain committed to the deal so long as Iran is honoring the agreement.

Feminist group: ‘Transsexual activists are silencing us’

Women are speaking out after Twitter blocked them for “speaking the truth” about transsexualism.

The social networking giant has censored tweets which state what the women say are “basic, incontrovertible biological facts”, claiming the content goes against its “hateful conduct” policy.

Fair Play for Women has now written an open letter to Martha Lane Fox, a peer who also sits on the board of Twitter, asking her to help stop their views being silenced.

Violent threats

The letter speaks out against a “concerted attack on women’s free speech”.

“The words we use to describe ourselves, our bodies, our biology and our experiences as women are becoming unsayable”, the group wrote.

“Online, women are threatened with violence for saying things that should not be controversial, but have become so.

“For saying that males cannot become females. For saying that women do not have penises. For saying that women’s spaces such as refuges should be safe havens for women only.”

‘Dangerous dogma’

Fair Play For Women describes itself as “a group of ordinary women who are concerned that in the rush to reform transgender laws that women’s voices will not be listened to”.

The campaigners aim to speak out “against the dangerous dogma of trans ideology”.

They say: “Women must not be shamed or silenced for speaking the reality.”

Bullies

The letter asks Baroness Lane-Fox to use her influence at Twitter to “stand up for women when we are being deprived of a platform from which to speak the truth”.

“Stop allowing bullying men to police our language, threaten us and abuse us. Stop silencing women for speaking the truth.”

Lady Lane-Fox is yet to respond.

Transsexual opposition

Two weeks ago, the Government announced it will launch a consultation on removing safeguards in the Gender Recognition Act in the coming weeks.

The proposed changes are likely to include making it easier to change legal sex by allowing people to ‘self-identify’ their gender.

While the Government continues to push liberalisation, some transsexual people are against changing the law.

In a letter to the Guardian, 17 transsexuals said they were “deeply concerned” about the proposals.

Recent School Shootings Have Led to Increase In Homeschooling

Recent School Shootings Have Led to Increase In Homeschooling

The Texas Home School Coalition has seen an increase in interest in home schooling following the recent school shootings.

Texas Home School Coalition says it has been busy for months with inquiries after this year’s shootings in Parkland, Florida and Santa Fe, Texas.

“When the Parkland shooting happened, our phone calls and emails exploded,” said coalition president Tim Lambert. “In the last couple of months, our numbers have doubled. We’re dealing with probably between 1,200 and 1,400 calls and emails per month, and prior to that it was 600 to 700.”

Parents say they are also concerned about the environment of schools.

“One of the things we’ve seen definitely an uptick in the last five years is the aspect of violence. It’s the bullying. That is off the charts,” said Christopher Chin, president of Homeschool Louisiana.

“I think what happens with these school shootings is they’re the straws that broke the camel’s back,” Chin said. “I don’t think it’s the major decision-maker, but it’s in the back of parents’ minds.”

Brian D. Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute in Salem, Oregon, says there are three main reasons why parents choose homeschooling: to provide religious instruction or different values, dissatisfaction with the school’s curriculum, and worries about the school environment.

“Most parents homeschool for more than one reason,” he said. “But when we ask families why do they homeschool, near the top nowadays is concern about the environment of schools, and that includes safety, pressure to get into drugs, pressure to get into sexual activity. It includes all of that.”

However, not everyone agrees that homeschooling is the answer.

“Even though it seems we may be protecting them, we may be sheltering them instead of teaching them to work and find a solution for the issues and not necessarily running away from them, because these things are going to happen,” said Takisha Coats Durm, lead virtual school teacher for the Madison County School System in Huntsville, Alabama.

The U.S. Department of Education estimates there were 1.69 million homeschool students in the spring 2016, but states don’t track those numbers.

Ray says that number is spring 2016 was 2.3 million.

“My bottom-line summary is that it’s been growing at an estimated 2 to 8 percent per year, and that’s compounded,” he said.

When your DNA research pokes holes in Darwin

Evolutionary tree

Researchers are announcing they have made a game-changing discovery in evolutionary biology and it could bring science one step closer to biblical truth.

According to the researchers, an American and a Swiss scientist, their study of DNA suggests that 100,000 animals first appeared at roughly the same time – not gradually over millions of year.

Likely realizing how that damages the evolutionary model, one of the scientists publicly stated they were hesitant to release their findings.

Secular scientists hesitate to release research that aligns with the Bible primarily because …

“There’s a great danger to the evolutionary model in this study in ways they don’t quite realize yet,” comments Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson, a research biologist for Answers in Genesis.

Jeanson, who holds a PhD in cell development from Harvard, tells OneNewsNow that it’s true the researchers concluded that animals and humans arrived on earth at roughly the same time. The same study, he says, also found there is no cross-over species.

A robin may evolve into a better robin, for example, but it didn’t become a lizard.

The researchers aren’t admitting that Genesis 1:1 is true, of course, and the May 28 story headline describes “new facets of evolution” in a study published in a journal entitled Human Evolution.

But the story describes the “startling result” that nine out of 10 species on earth today, including humans, “came into being” 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.

That date line may not win over so-called “Young Earth” adherrents, who use Genesis to date the earth to about 10,000 years old, but the researchers said the findings left them baffled due to evolutionary models dating back millions of years.

Another researcher quoted in the story surmised that, perhaps, many animal species suddenly died out from an “environmental trauma” such as a virus or an ice age. But the story pointed out that the theory of a mass extinction from an asteroid strike is 65.5 million years ago, still leaving a lengthy gap.

“The conclusion is very surprising,” one of the researchers said, “and I fought against it as hard as I could.”

Abe Hamilton, general counsel for the American Family Association, tells OneNewsNow that the study shows Christians don’t have to “check their brains at the door” when they trust scripture, including the Genesis account of creation.

Take urgent action on sharia law, UK Govt told

A crossbench Peer has called on the Government to “respond urgently” to a review on sharia councils by legislating to protect vulnerable women.

Baroness Cox, a patron of The Christian Institute, joined with other members of the House of Lords to call for action to back up the verbal assurances already given by the Government.

Earlier this year the Home Secretary said sharia councils – which critics say discriminate against women – would not be given state backing, following the review.

Greater urgency

In the House of Lords on Thursday, Peers questioned whether ministers were moving forward with sufficient pace on the issue.

Lord Elton, a Conservative, said the problem of sharia councils “seems to me bigger and more urgent than Her Majesty’s Government are giving it credit for”.

Crossbencher Baroness Flather accused Whitehall of not taking the issue seriously.

And Lady Cox, who opened the debate, asked whether the Government “will make it a priority to respond urgently with appropriate legislation”.

Serious

Responding for the Government, Baroness Manzoor stressed that officials were working towards a solution.

She restated that the Government does “take this issue very seriously” and that “UK law has primacy and sharia law does not”.

Following the debate, Lady Cox told The Christian Institute she was “cautiously optimistic” about the response.

But she urged ministers to “proceed as quickly as possible to alleviate the tragic predicament of many Muslim women”.

Unequal treatment

In the review on sharia, it was found that the councils are almost exclusively used by women – 90 per cent of the time for divorce.

Concerning practices included women being treated unequally, “inappropriate” questioning and some council members having a poor grasp of English.

The Christian Institute welcomed the Home Secretary’s assertion that the councils would not receive official sanctioning.

“Muslims have the same legal rights as everyone else in this country. They shouldn’t be denied those rights by some kind of UK-sanctioned system of sharia courts”, Deputy Director Simon Calvert said.

‘Oldest Manuscript’ of Gospel of Mark Discovered

‘Oldest Manuscript’ of Gospel of Mark Discovered

An ancient and much-debated fragment of the Gospel of Mark has been dated to the late second to early third century A.D., making it the oldest fragment of Mark ever found.

The Egypt Exploration Society made the announcement about the fragment – known as P.Oxy LXXXIII 5345 – on its website May 24.

“After rigorous comparison with other objectively dated texts, the hand of this papyrus is now assigned to the late second to early third century AD,” the society said.

The society added that “the two sides of the papyrus each preserve brief traces of a passage” from Mark. It was found around 1903 along with many other ancient documents, the society said.

It is the same fragment that helped set off a debate in 2012 when news leaked that the fragment could date to the first century, which would have made it the oldest fragment of the New Testament ever found and would have placed it within the lifetime of some of the biblical characters.

Still, its dating to the late 100s or early 200s is significant, experts say.

“Much talked about old fragment of the Gospel of Mark has finally been published as P.Oxy. 5345 by @TheEES, which dates it to late second or early third century. If so, then it’s the oldest manuscript of Mark thus far identified and published,” professor Craig Evans wrote on Twitter. Evans is the John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins at Houston Baptist University.

Peter Gurry, assistant professor at Phoenix Seminary, agreed.

“It’s not first century after all. Still, it’s the earliest dated copy of Mark’s Gospel which is exciting!” Gurry wrote on Twitter.

The earliest-known fragment of the New Testament dates to about 125 A.D. and is from John’s Gospel, Baptist Press reported.