ONE of the Queen’s Chaplains has resigned amid a row over a passage of the Koran read out at a Glasgow cathedral which denies Jesus is the son of God.
…”After a conversation instigated by officials at Buckingham Palace, I decided the most honourable course of action was to resign,” Reverend Ashenden wrote.
“I have held the position for the last nine years. But over the last few years people who objected to my defending the Christian faith in public wrote to both Lambeth Palace and Buckingham Palace to try to get the association ended.
“When I was confronted with these attempts to silence or defenestrate me, my reaction was to ask ‘in what way is a priest defending the faith on behalf of a monarch who was Defender of the Faith, incongruous or improper?’
I’ve always lived in London. I grew up near Baker Street and went to school in Camden. Even when I was at college in Kent, I lived in Islington and commuted. Five years ago I moved to Belsize Park and I’ve been here, the nicest place I’ve lived, ever since. I didn’t mean to stay — I was going to see the world, but my father died and my mother said she needed me to be close. She said it with a tremor in her voice, so I stayed.
London is in my heart and in my blood, but the wind has changed, like it did for Mary Poppins, and I think it’s going to blow me out of the city, all the way to Tel Aviv.
British Union flags fly in front of the Big Ben clocktower of The Houses of Parliament in central London, Britain February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Jihadists returning to the UK from fighting in Syria are among hundreds of Islamic State supporters posing the greatest terror threat to the country for years, a watchdog has warned.
David Anderson QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terror Legislation, said the danger was worse than at any time since he took the post in 2011.
Then, there had been a sense of being ‘over the worst’ after a crackdown on Muslim fanatics in the wake of the July 7 attacks in 2005, which killed 52 and injured hundreds. Al Qaeda was also reeling after military action in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
Kelvin Holdsworth – The Church of England’s most stupid Reverend.
CofE clergyman is bombarded with hate messages after allowing a passage from the Koran denying Jesus was God’s son to be read in his cathedral
“…Rev Dr Gavin Ashenden – Chaplain to the Queen – wrote on the website Archbishop Cranmer: ‘Kelvin Holdsworth’s lack of awareness, and his carelessness with the sanctity of worship [is] a betrayal of those Christians throughout the world whose churches have been forcibly torn down and desecrated by an Islam that energetically repudiates the claims of Christian revelation.’
A BRITISH former soldier who was prevented from joining the war against ISIS in Iraq has hit out at the government over the handling of his case.
Robert Clarke was stopped by police as he boarded a flight from Heathrow to Jordan in September last year. He was allegedly planning to meet up with Kurdish fighters who would take him to the front line with ISIS.
Last week, Mr Clarke was sentenced to 50 hours unpaid work under the Terrorism Act.
After his story went public, the 23-year-old says he was subjected to death threats from the terror group’s sympathisers and could be “safer in Iraq”.
Scotland. The “victim” is his stepfather. The Metro article is so badly written that I had trouble figuring out who was related how to whom, given that they are both referred to as “McAndrew” throughout the piece. I’m also not sure whether this horrific crime was committed on Facebook or Messenger, not that it matters.
(The) stepson Dean of Dundee [his name isn’t actually “Dean of Dundee”, which sounds kind of Medieval. He’s just Dean McAndrew, and he lives in Dundee. A couple of commas would have helped clarify this. – Ed] admitted using a public communications network to send grossly offensive or indecent, obscene or menacing messages with racially and religiously offensive content on December 6, and threatened him with violence. [This seems to mean that he was threatened with violence in court. – Ed.]
Depute fiscal (sic?) Jill Drummond said: ‘Mr McAndrew (Sr) is in the process of converting his religion to Islam. He has completed paperwork to change his name.
…‘At 6.49pm on December 6 (Jr) messaged witness McAndrew (Sr) “go and eat some bacon”.’
Ms Drummond also said McAndrew described the man as ‘black’ and used an obscenity.
…Sheriff Murray told him: ‘I’m going to defer sentence on you for a report from the criminal justice social work department.
‘You will have to co-operate with them in its preparation. I hear you’re a first offender but that does not stop me from thinking this is serious, from the charge and what I’ve just heard.’ (I’m just glad there’s no actual crime in Scotland so they can concentrate on this sort of thing. – Ed)
Soooo… is the stepfather black? Is it an insult to call him black if he isn’t? If he is? Is the son black? If so, is it racist for a black guy to call another black guy black? To call a white guy black, if they’re both white, or… oh, scr*w it.h/t