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Are the Media stirring up hatred of Muslims?
On Saturday morning 7th July 2012, I had a telephone call from, and short conversation with, Simon Derby, asking me if I would be happy to go on air for the BBC 1 Sunday Morning Live Show, the following morning, to discuss their question of whether the media were stirring-up hatred of Muslims. Knowing what these kinds of shows are like, I was more than happy to oblige. Apparently I had been especially asked for, by name, as one who seemed to know what he was talking about; I was somewhat surprised and gratified by that, especially coming as it did from the BBC!
You never have much time to prepare for things like this and when you do get on such shows, in this case by telephone-link rather than in person, you must never hog the show and you only get a short time to put your case. You cannot afford to get side-tracked by irrelevant issues or unimportant details. My job was to wait on the end of a telephone; listen attentively to how the debate, or argument in this case, was going; and then answer the questions put to me as briefly and as accurately as I could. I was not there to interact, as such, with the three members of the panel and the chairwoman, Samira Ahmed.
The Gaza Fighting
Statement by the
Christian Council of Britain
28th July 2014.
Most of us have been watching the news on television every night about the fighting in Gaza and the remedial measures, carried out by the Israeli Defence Force, against the Hamas-launched rockets from within high-population areas of Gaza, deliberately targeting Israeli civilians. However, the media seems to be blaming the State of Israel for the collateral damage, and loss of limb and life, thereby being inflicted upon the Palestinian civilians. Little account seems to be taken of the deliberate policy of Hamas in positioning their offensive rockets within the dwelling areas of such civilians. The media seem to be saying that the State of Israel should not be protecting itself and its citizens. This is asymmetrical reporting; and it is not untypical of the media.
If Israel is not supposed to defend itself, then what is it supposed to do?
“And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins”.
Gospel of Matthew 1: 21 King James Version Easy Read
Please see also the context in Matthew 1: 18-25.
“18. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as His mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 20. But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, you son of David, fear not to take to you Mary your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21. And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins. 22. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23. Behold a virgin shall be with child and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 24. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took to him his wife:25. And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn Son: and He called His name JESUS”. The Gospel of Matthew chapter 1, verses 18-25.
Events leading up to the commencement of the Games offered little comfort to the public in areas like security, with keys going missing, suspect allocation of jobs and general incompetence just about everywhere.
The opening ceremony was perceived by the politically astute as a party political broadcast for the Labour Party! The millions who watched it were given a Marxist take on British history without many realising it. Predictably there were no references to Christianity, a key component of our nation's heritage.
In the 350th year and anniversary of the Book of Common Prayer 1662, it can give us nothing but pleasure to review its immediate forerunner, upon which it was so very largely modelled: the Elizabethan Book of Common Prayer 1559.
The later Carolingian Book of Common Prayer 1662, or simply the Prayer Book, for short, is the current one which we all use, at least sometimes, and which is the official doctrinal and worshipful book for Church of Englanders wherever they are; and for many outside of the Church of England in the broader Anglican Communion. That Prayer Book 1662, as updated for the current reign, is still the standard by which all others are judged and frequently fall short. It is even loved, or at least great parts of it are, by many kinds of Non-Conformists.