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Wednesday
May272015

Kenyan massacre targets Christians  

Eliud Wabukala: ‘The very worst evil can do is not the last word….’

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(Staff)  IN THE EARLY hours of Maundy Thursday, April 2nd, four armed terrorists went systematically through the dormitories at Garissa University, in northeastern Kenya, separating Christians from Muslims and killing the Christians. Some students had their throats slit. Others were shot; a few were reported to have been beheaded. Female students were tricked out of hiding by the gunmen’s assurance that the Koran forbids the killing of women.

At the end of the 12-hour siege 142 students lay dead, along with six policemen and soldiers, plus all the attackers. Eighty people were injured.

Al-Shabab, a Somali terrorist group allied with al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility

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Wednesday
May272015

Martyrs of Ethiopia

Grant LeMarquand:  ‘Their names are known to God.’

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Martyrs of Ethiopia

(Staff)  On Apr. 19th, ISIS released a video showing the execution of 28 Ethiopian and Eritrean Christians at two different locations in Libya. One group of captives in orange boiler suits was beheaded on an eastern beach by masked Islamic militants in camouflage. A second group in black boiler suits was shot in the head by their executioners in a southern desert. The 29-minute propaganda video refers to the victims as “worshippers of the cross belonging to the hostile Ethiopian church.”

The footage also depicts the destruction of churches in Syria and Iraq and condemns the doctrine of the Trinity as apostasy. Prior to the executions

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Wednesday
May272015

700 Women and children freed from Boko Haram 

(Staff)  IN LATE APRIL and early May the Nigerian military rescued nearly 700 women and children in an offensive against the Islamist group, Boko Haram. Some of the women had been in captivity for 11 months. None of those freed are from the group of more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group a year ago in a mass abduction.

The freed captives had been held in nine separate camps

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Friday
May012015

Syrian Christians abducted 

 (Staff) BY LATE February the number of Christian Assyrians abducted by ISIS in northeastern Syria rose to 220, as militants rounded up more hostages from a chain of thirty villages along the Kabur Rover. Thousands fled to safer grounds but the fate of the hostages remains unclear.

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Friday
May012015

FGM temporarily banned

 (Staff) IN AN EFFORT to stop the continued spread of Ebola, the government of Sierra Leone has placed a temporary ban on female genital mutilation (FGM). While more than 9,500 people have died from Ebola in West Africa, more than 3.5 million women and girls in Sierra Leone have undergone FGM. So while the decision to ban it is a positive byproduct of Ebola – a silver lining of sorts – it’s only a temporary one, motivated not by the aim to protect females from FGM, but to protect the country from Ebola.

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Friday
May012015

Recent study supports Dutch ethicist who changed his mind

 

 A RECENT STUDY has found that over one third of Dutch doctors will consider euthanizing a person who is either mentally ill, living with dementia or simply “tired of living.” The report was published Feb. 18th in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

 

An earlier study in the Lancet in 2010 found that 23% of the assisted deaths in the Netherlands were not reported and 310 assisted deaths were done without request.

 

These studies only reinforce the reasons for a Dutch ethicist’s u-turn on the issue of euthanasia.

 

Last July, Theo Boer, who was a member of a euthanasia review committee for nine years, addressed the British House of Lords on why he had changed his mind and now opposes euthanasia. Speaking in a personal capacity he explained how the Netherlands’ law has expanded its reasons for euthanasia and how the number of euthanasia deaths are constantly increasing making euthanasia “a right” rather than an exception.

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Friday
May012015

Archbishop of Canterbury opposes assisted dying

 (Staff) LORD FALCONER’S Assisted Dying Bill is set for its second reading in the British House of Lords on July 18th. The Bill would allow doctors to prescribe terminally ill patients a lethal dose of drugs. Two doctors would have to agree the person was likely to have less than six months to live, was of sound mind and had a clear intention to die.

 

Last July the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, joined the leaders of all the major faiths in Britain in issuing an unprecedented attack on Lord Falconer’s Bill, condemning it as a “grave error” which would change British society forever.

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Friday
May012015

Belgium’s euthanasia law to be challenged at European Court

Senior lawyer for ADF, Roger Kiska, commented: “People suffering from depression need compassion and love, not a prescription for death. The state has a duty to put the necessary safeguards in place so that suffering patients receive adequate care from doctors and an opportunity to consult with family members.”

 

Mortier, 37, had never paid much attention to the discussion about euthanasia. “I was like just about anyone else here in Belgium: I didn’t care at all,” he said. “If people want to die, it’s probably their choice. It didn’t concern me.”

 

But his mother’s death has transformed the university lecturer into a strong critic of the country’s euthanasia law. “This is suicide with the approval of society,” he said.

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Friday
May012015

Egyptian Christians beheaded in Libya

 (Staff) BISHOP Mouneer Anis, Primate of Egypt, North Africa and the Middle East, offered specific prayer requests in response to the barbaric February murders of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians, kidnapped while working in Libya. He wrote:

 

"...these 21 were specifically chosen for their Christian faith. The video of their beheading expressed the Islamic State’s intention to increasingly target the Copts of Egypt... Please join me in praying for peace in Libya, Egypt and the entire Middle East. Please pray the international community will act in wisdom, correctly and efficiently, and support Egypt in its war on terror. Please pray the churches of Egypt will comfort their sons and daughters, encouraging them to resist fear and hatred. And please pray for the perpetrators of this terrible crime, that God would be merciful to them and change their hearts... Please pray for us, that we may live lives worthy of his Name, and hold to the testimony exhibited by the brave Egyptians in Libya."

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Monday
Apr062015

Refugee math 

(Staff)  ON AVERAGE, Canada resettles one out of 10 refugees globally, through private and government-assisted sponsorships. 

In 1979-80 Canadian churches helped sponsor a massive influx of 60,000 Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian refugees, known as the “boat people,” most of whom had no family in Canada.

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