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Prayer Network Newsletter

Note from Rowland. I don’t endorse everything (justice issues are pro and con homosexuality, abortion etc., for example) here but post this for general interest. PS I’m waiting for Saltshakers to post information about discrimination/injustices against GLBTI folks.

AUSTRALIAN PRAYER NETWORK NEWSLETTER

* THE CREEPING PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS WORLDWIDE

* PAKISTANI PARLIAMENTARIAN RISKS LIFE PURSUING JUSTICE

* LUTHERAN AND ANGLICAN YOUTH JOIN HANDS IN CANADA

* ROAD RAGE VICTIM’S ACT OF FORGIVENESS STUNS JUDGE

* EGYPT: NON-MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS ARRESTED FOR EATING DURING RAMADAN

* UZBEKISTAN BAPTIST LEADER AND COLLEAGUES FACE UP TO THREE YEARS IN JAIL

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THE CREEPING PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS WORLDWIDE

(Editors note: Talk to most Christians in Australia about approaching persecution and they think you have lost your mind. How could persecution ever happen in a country like Australia they say. Violent physical persecution as suffered by many Christians overseas may not be imminent, however spiritual and emotional persecution is very near. This article outlines what is happening today in nations with a proud Christian history. We will have similar stories to tell in Australia unless we wake up to the need to protect our freedoms and liberty which are under constant attack.)

Who would have thought, 30 years ago that in 2009 Christians would be persecuted for not endorsing sexual immorality or for suggesting someone pray about their illness, but that is what is happening regularly in Britain and the United States today. Here are some cases where Christians have been vilified, sacked, demoted or harassed simply because they held and expressed Christian morals and/or values.

Theresa Davies, who works at Islington Borough Council in London was demoted because she refused to preside over same sex ‘civil partnership’ ceremonies. At issue in this case is, ‘will Christian faith present a bar to Governmental and private sector employment opportunities because of ‘equality’ or anti-discrimination laws’? In a number of recent decisions it has been deemed lawful for an employer to require adherence to an Equal Opportunity Policy that compels people to support sexual conduct they believe is sinful. An appeal against her dismissal has been lodged.

Gary McFarlane, a relationship counsellor, was sacked because his Christian beliefs prevented him giving sex therapy counselling to homosexual couples.

A Christian paediatrician was dismissed as a medical adviser because she could not professionally recommend the placement of children with same-sex couples – she was only reinstated after media support and a public outcry.

A senior London teacher was suspended and threatened with the sack for expressing his Christian beliefs at work – he was re-instated after a threat of legal action.

A Homelessness Prevention Officer with Wandsworth Council was dismissed from work for encouraging a homeless woman with an incurable medical condition to look to God for help. Doctors told her they’d given up hope.

Christian hotel owners, Peter and Hazelmary Bull had a case lodged against them under the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007, which made it unlawful to refuse a person goods or facilities on the grounds of their sexual orientation. Two male homosexuals claimed

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