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August 28 2014 By dvirtue Archbishop of York calls on British government to show leadership as Iraq crisis worsens

"Internationally the Government must take a lead in its role on the UN Security Council to support calls from the United Nation's own committees for the creation of a "safe zone" in Iraq, enforced by UN peacekeepers, to protect the country's minorities. As a member of the Security Council the Government has voice and a chance to act. It is essential that they not only take the opportunity to do so but show leadership by encouraging others nation states to do the same.

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August 25 2014 By dvirtue Person Spec for a Conservative Evangelical Church of England Bishop

He should be combat-fit for spiritual battle, having been threatened with the Clergy Discipline Measure at least once by a revisionist in a senior position in his current diocese for taking a stand for biblical truth and/or for the priority of evangelism.

He should have received at least one poisoned-pen letter from a member of his congregation or parish because of his biblical faithfulness in teaching and action.

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August 19 2014 By dvirtue Islamic extremism and the hypocrisy of the Church of England

For decades, the Anglican and Catholic Churches have ignored the growth of the domestic Islamic extremism that has seen British Muslims travel to Syria and Iraq to fight for Isis. They have warned us (rightly) against Islamophobia without considering the possibility that many Muslims hate the Churches with unwavering intensity. Archbishop Rowan Williams supported the extension of Sharia in this country.

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August 14 2014 By dvirtue UK: If Stonewall gets to the heart of Government, why not Christian Concern?

As someone educated in the 1970s, when ‘creativity’ and self-expression were allowed to trump disciplined and structured learning, I noticed as a young journalist in the 1980s that older colleagues had been considerably better educated than I was.

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August 08 2014 By dvirtue Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali: “Designer babies are a disaster for society”

What if the process of pregnancy and birth ‘interferes’ with the desired outcomes? Will such babies then be rejected?

Research shows that children are best brought up in families where a mum and dad are present. The role of fathers in the nurture of their children is unique and cannot be replaced by other so-called ‘male role-models’ or, indeed, an extra ‘mother’.

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August 08 2014 By dvirtue STATEMENT FROM THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY ON IRAQ

“The international community must document human rights abuses being committed in northern Iraq so that future prosecutions can take place. It is important and necessary for the international community to challenge the culture of impunity which has allowed these atrocities to take place.

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August 05 2014 By dvirtue 'Islam is reviving British values', says former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams

Dr Williams was one of several speakers at the event organised by the Islamic Society of Britain, which saw thousands of people gather for four days of talks, debates, music, worship and bazaars.

The now Master of Magdalene College in Cambridge praised both Christianity and Islam for working towards community cohesion and promoting a sense of duty.

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August 01 2014 By dvirtue UK: One in 200 churchgoers in same-sex relationships

A survey conducted by Christian Research for Christian Today found that 0.6 per cent of churchgoers are in a civil partnership, slightly more than the number cohabiting.

Although statistically small, given the size of the survey, the number is high considering the widespread hostility to homosexual relationships among the leadership of many Christian churches. The Church of England and Catholic churches believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.

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July 18 2014 By dvirtue REFORM Leader writes to members in response to York General Synod on Women Bishops Passage

Similarly, men and women are equal in God’s eyes (Galatians 3:28) yet have different roles in family life. In our relationships, we model what is true of our loving God.

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July 18 2014 By dvirtue Archbishop of Canterbury still ‘not convinced’ by arguments for same-sex marriage

“Pastorally, you meet people, sit across the room with them, talk to them… and your heart goes out to them.”

When asked whether he believes the church’s current position is unstable, he repeated: “We’re in the middle of a prolonged period of disagreement and conversation, and therefore by definition it is unstable.”

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