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Geert Wilders
Speech at the Hudson Institute in New York
25 september 2008

Dear friends,
Thank you very much for inviting me. Great to be at the Four Seasons. I come from a country that has one season only: a rainy season that starts January 1st and ends December 31st. When we have three sunny days in a row, the government declares a national emergency. So Four Seasons, that's new to me.
It's great to be in New York. When I see the skyscrapers and office buildings, I think of what Ayn Rand said: "The sky over New York and the will of man made visible." Of course. Without the Dutch you would have been nowhere, still figuring out how to buy this island from the Indians. But we are glad we did it for you. And, frankly, you did a far better job than we possibly could have done.
I come to America with a mission. All is not well in the old world. There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic. We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe. This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West. The danger I see looming is the scenario of America as the last man standing. The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe. In a generation or two, the US will ask itself: who lost Europe? Patriots from around Europe risk their lives every day to prevent precisely this scenario form becoming a reality.
My short lecture consists of 4 parts.
First I will describe the situation on the ground in Europe. Then, I will say a few things about Islam. Thirdly, if you are still here, I will talk a little bit about the movie you just saw. To close I will tell you about a meeting in Jerusalem.
The Europe you know is changing. You have probably seen the landmarks. The Eiffel Tower and Trafalgar Square and Rome's ancient buildings and maybe the canals of Amsterdam. They are still there. And they still look very much the same as they did a hundred years ago.
But in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world, a world very few visitors see - and one that does not appear in your tourist guidebook. It is the world of the parallel society created by Muslim mass-migration. All throughout Europe a new reality is rising: entire Muslim neighbourhoods where very few indigenous people reside or are even seen. And if they are, they might regret it. This goes for the police as well. It's the world of head scarves, where women walk around in figureless tents, with baby strollers and a group of children. Their husbands, or slaveholders if you prefer, walk three steps ahead. With mosques on many street corner. The shops have signs you and I cannot read. You will be hard-pressed to find any economic activity. These are Muslim ghettos controlled by religious fanatics. These are Muslim neighbourhoods, and they are mushrooming in every city across Europe. These are the building-blocks for territorial control of increasingly larger portions of Europe, street by street, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, city by city.
There are now thousands of mosques throughout Europe. With larger congregations than there are in churches. And in every European city there are plans to build super-mosques that will dwarf every church in the region. Clearly, the signal is: we rule.
Many European cities are already one-quarter Muslim: just take Amsterdam, Marseille and Malmo in Sweden. In many cities the majority of the under-18 population is Muslim. Paris is now surrounded by a ring of Muslim neighbourhoods. Mohammed is the most popular name among boys in many cities. In some elementary schools in Amsterdam the farm can no longer be mentioned, because that would also mean mentioning the pig, and that would be an insult to Muslims. Many state schools in Belgium and Denmark only serve halal food to all pupils. In once-tolerant Amsterdam gays are beaten up almost exclusively by Muslims. Non-Muslim women routinely hear "whore, whore". Satellite dishes are not pointed to local TV stations, but to stations in the country of origin. In France school teachers are advised to avoid authors deemed offensive to Muslims, including Voltaire and Diderot; the same is increasingly true of Darwin. The history of the Holocaust can in many cases no longer be taught because of Muslim sensitivity. In England sharia courts are now officially part of the British legal system. Many neighbourhoods in France are no-go areas for women without head scarves. Last week a man almost died after being beaten up by Muslims in Brussels, because he was drinking during the Ramadan. Jews are fleeing France in record numbers, on the run for the worst wave of anti-Semitism since World War II. French is now commonly spoken on the streets of Tel Aviv and Netanya, Israel. I could go on forever with stories like this. Stories about Islamization.
A total of fifty-four million Muslims now live in Europe. San Diego University recently calculated that a staggering 25 percent of the population in Europe will be Muslim just 12 years from now. Bernhard Lewis has predicted a Muslim majority by the end of this century.
Now these are just numbers. And the numbers would not be threatening if the Muslim-immigrants had a strong desire to assimilate. But there are few signs of that. The Pew Research Center reported that half of French Muslims see their loyalty to Islam as greater than their loyalty to France. One-third of French Muslims do not object to suicide attacks. The British Centre for Social Cohesion reported that one-third of British Muslim students are in favour of a worldwide caliphate. A Dutch study reported that half of Dutch Muslims admit they "understand" the
9/11 attacks.
Muslims demand what they call 'respect'. And this is how we give them respect. Our elites are willing to give in. To give up. In my own country we have gone from calls by one cabinet member to turn Muslim holidays into official state holidays, to statements by another cabinet member, that Islam is part of Dutch culture, to an affirmation by the Christian-Democratic attorney general that he is willing to accept sharia in the Netherlands if there is a Muslim majority. We have cabinet members with passports from Morocco and Turkey.
Muslim demands are supported by unlawful behaviour, ranging from petty crimes and random violence, for example against ambulance workers and bus drivers, to small-scale riots. Paris has seen its uprising in the low-income suburbs, the banlieus. Some prefer to see these as isolated incidents, but I call it a Muslim intifada. I call the perpetrators "settlers". Because that is what they are. They do not come to integrate into our societies, they come to integrate our society into their Dar-al-Islam. Therefore, they are settlers.
Much of this street violence I mentioned is directed exclusively against non-Muslims, forcing many native people to leave their neighbourhoods, their cities, their countries.
Politicians shy away from taking a stand against this creeping sharia. They believe in the equality of all cultures. Moreover, on a mundane level, Muslims are now a swing vote not to be ignored.
Our many problems with Islam cannot be explained by poverty, repression or the European colonial past, as the Left claims. Nor does it have anything to do with Palestinians or American troops in Iraq. The problem is Islam itself.
Allow me to give you a brief Islam 101. The first thing you need to know about Islam is the importance of the book of the Quran. The Quran is Allah's personal word, revealed by an angel to Mohammed, the prophet. This is where the trouble starts. Every word in the Quran is Allah's word and therefore not open to discussion or interpretation. It is valid for every Muslim and for all times. Therefore, there is no such a thing as moderate Islam. Sure, there are a lot of moderate Muslims. But a moderate Islam is non-existent.
The Quran calls for hatred, violence, submission, murder, and terrorism. The Quran calls for Muslims to kill non-Muslims, to terrorize non-Muslims and to fulfil their duty to wage war: violent jihad. Jihad is a duty for every Muslim, Islam is to rule the world - by the sword. The Quran is clearly anti-Semitic, describing Jews as monkeys and pigs.
The second thing you need to know is the importance of Mohammed the prophet. His behaviour is an example to all Muslims and cannot be criticized. Now, if Mohammed had been a man of peace, let us say like Ghandi and Mother Theresa wrapped in one, there would be no problem. But Mohammed was a warlord, a mass murderer, a pedophile, and had several marriages - at the same time. Islamic tradition tells us how he fought in battles, how he had his enemies murdered and even had prisoners of war executed. Mohammed himself slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza. He advised on matters of slavery, but never advised to liberate slaves. Islam has no other morality than the advancement of Islam. If it is good for Islam, it is good. If it is bad for Islam, it is bad. There is no gray area or other side.
Quran as Allah's own word and Mohammed as the perfect man are the two most important facets of Islam. Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion. Sure, it has a god, and a here-after, and 72 virgins. But in its essence Islam is a political ideology. It is a system that lays down detailed rules for society and the life of every person. Islam wants to dictate every aspect of life. Islam means 'submission'. Islam is not compatible with freedom and democracy, because what it strives for is sharia. If you want to compare Islam to anything, compare it to communism or national-socialism, these are all totalitarian ideologies.
This is what you need to know about Islam, in order to understand what is going on in Europe. For millions of Muslims the Quran and the live of Mohammed are not 14 centuries old, but are an everyday reality, an ideal, that guide every aspect of their lives. Now you know why Winston Churchill called Islam "the most retrograde force in the world", and why he compared Mein Kampf to the Quran.
Which brings me to my movie, Fitna.
I am a lawmaker, and not a movie maker. But I felt I had the moral duty to educate about Islam. The duty to make clear that the Quran stands at the heart of what some people call terrorism but is in reality jihad. I wanted to show that the problems of Islam are at the core of Islam, and do not belong to its fringes.
Now, from the day the plan for my movie was made public, it caused quite a stir, in the Netherlands and throughout Europe. First, there was a political storm, with government leaders, across the continent in sheer panic. The Netherlands was put under a heightened terror alert, because of possible attacks or a revolt by our Muslim population. The Dutch branch of the Islamic organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir declared that the Netherlands was due for an attack. Internationally, there was a series of incidents. The Taliban threatened to organize additional attacks against Dutch troops in Afghanistan, and a website linked to Al Qaeda published the message that I ought to be killed, while various muftis in the Middle East stated that I would be responsible for all the bloodshed after the screening of the movie. In Afghanistan and Pakistan the Dutch flag was burned on several occasions. Dolls representing me were also burned. The Indonesian President announced that I will never be admitted into Indonesia again, while the UN Secretary General and the European Union issued cowardly statements in the same vein as those made by the Dutch Government. I could go on and on. It was an absolute disgrace, a sell-out.
A plethora of legal troubles also followed, and have not ended yet. Currently the state of Jordan is litigating against me. Only last week there were renewed security agency reports about a heightened terror alert for the Netherlands because of Fitna.
Now, I would like to say a few things about Israel. Because, very soon, we will get together in its capitol. The best way for a politician in Europe to loose votes is to say something positive about Israel. The public has wholeheartedly accepted the Palestinian narrative, and sees Israel as the aggressor. I, however, will continue to speak up for Israel. I see defending Israel as a matter of principle. I have lived in this country and visited it dozens of times. I support Israel. First, because it is the Jewish homeland after two thousand years of exile up to and including Auschwitz, second because it is a democracy, and third because Israel is our first line of defense.
Samuel Huntington writes it so aptly: "Islam has bloody borders". Israel is located precisely on that border. This tiny country is situated on the fault line of jihad, frustrating Islam's territorial advance. Israel is facing the front lines of jihad, like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines, Southern Thailand, Darfur in Sudan, Lebanon, and Aceh in Indonesia. Israel is simply in the way. The same way West-Berlin was during the Cold War.
The war against Israel is not a war against Israel. It is a war against the West. It is jihad. Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us. If there would have been no Israel, Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to release its energy and its desire for conquest. Thanks to Israeli parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming.
Many in Europe argue in favor of abandoning Israel in order to address the grievances of our Muslim minorities. But if Israel were, God forbid, to go down, it would not bring any solace to the West. It would not mean our Muslim minorities would all of a sudden change their behavior, and accept our values. On the contrary, the end of Israel would give enormous encouragement to the forces of Islam. They would, and rightly so, see the demise of Israel as proof that the West is weak, and doomed. The end of Israel would not mean the end of our problems with Islam, but only the beginning. It would mean the start of the final battle for world domination. If they can get Israel, they can get everything. Therefore, it is not that the West has a stake in Israel. It is Israel.
It is very difficult to be an optimist in the face of the growing Islamization of Europe. All the tides are against us. On all fronts we are losing. Demographically the momentum is with Islam. Muslim immigration is even a source of pride within ruling liberal parties. Academia, the arts, the media, trade unions, the churches, the business world, the entire political establishment have all converted to the suicidal theory of multiculturalism. So-called journalists volunteer to label any and all critics of Islamization as a 'right-wing extremists' or 'racists'. The entire establishment has sided with our enemy. Leftists, liberals and Christian-Democrats are now all in bed with Islam.
This is the most painful thing to see: the betrayal by our elites. At this moment in Europe's history, our elites are supposed to lead us. To stand up for centuries of civilization. To defend our heritage. To honour our eternal Judeo-Christian values that made Europe what it is today. But there are very few signs of hope to be seen at the governmental level. Sarkozy, Merkel, Brown, Berlusconi; in private, they probably know how grave the situation is. But when the little red light goes on, they stare into the camera and tell us that Islam is a religion of peace, and we should all try to get along nicely and sing Kumbaya. They willingly participate in, what President Reagan so aptly called: "the betrayal of our past, the squandering of our freedom."
If there is hope in Europe, it comes from the people, not from the elites. Change can only come from a grass-roots level. It has to come from the citizens themselves. Yet these patriots will have to take on the entire political, legal and media establishment.
Over the past years there have been some small, but encouraging, signs of a rebirth of the original European spirit. Maybe the elites turn their backs on freedom, the public does not. In my country, the Netherlands, 60 percent of the population now sees the mass immigration of Muslims as the number one policy mistake since World War II. And another 60 percent sees Islam as the biggest threat to our national identity. I don't think the public opinion in Holland is very different from other European countries.
Patriotic parties that oppose jihad are growing, against all odds. My own party debuted two years ago, with five percent of the vote. Now it stands at ten percent in the polls. The same is true of all smililary-minded parties in Europe. They are fighting the liberal establishment, and are gaining footholds on the political arena, one voter at the time.
Now, for the first time, these patriotic parties will come together and exchange experiences. It may be the start of something big. Something that might change the map of Europe for decades to come. It might also be Europe's last chance.
This December a conference will take place in Jerusalem. Thanks to Professor Aryeh Eldad, a member of Knesset, we will be able to watch Fitna in the Knesset building and discuss the jihad. We are organizing this event in Israel to emphasize the fact that we are all in the same boat together, and that Israel is part of our common heritage. Those attending will be a select audience. No racist organizations will be allowed. And we will only admit parties that are solidly democratic.
This conference will be the start of an Alliance of European patriots. This Alliance will serve as the backbone for all organizations and political parties that oppose jihad and Islamization. For this Alliance I seek your support.
This endeavor may be crucial to America and to the West. America may hold fast to the dream that, thanks tot its location, it is safe from jihad and shaira. But seven years ago to the day, there was still smoke rising from ground zero, following the attacks that forever shattered that dream. Yet there is a danger even greater danger than terrorist attacks, the scenario of America as the last man standing. The lights may go out in Europe faster than you can imagine. An Islamic Europe means a Europe without freedom and democracy, an economic wasteland, an intellectual nightmare, and a loss of military might for America - as its allies will turn into enemies, enemies with atomic bombs. With an Islamic Europe, it would be up to America alone to preserve the heritage of Rome, Athens and Jerusalem.
Dear friends, liberty is the most precious of gifts. My generation never had to fight for this freedom, it was offered to us on a silver platter, by people who fought for it with their lives. All throughout Europe American cemeteries remind us of the young boys who never made it home, and whose memory we cherish. My generation does not own this freedom; we are merely its custodians. We can only hand over this hard won liberty to Europe's children in the same state in which it was offered to us. We cannot strike a deal with mullahs and imams. Future generations would never forgive us. We cannot squander our liberties. We simply do not have the right to do so.
This is not the first time our civilization is under threat. We have seen dangers before. We have been betrayed by our elites before. They have sided with our enemies before. And yet, then, freedom prevailed.
These are not times in which to take lessons from appeasement, capitulation, giving away, giving up or giving in. These are not times in which to draw lessons from Mr. Chamberlain. These are times calling us to draw lessons from Mr. Churchill and the words he spoke in 1942:
"Never give in, never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy".
-oOo-

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An open election hustings organised by Moray churches to allow the electorate the opportunity to question the candidates standing for the seat. (Author: Moray churches)

General Election 2010 Resources
Links to organisations and resources for the forthcoming General Election 2010 (Author: Christians Together)

Launch of Declaration of Christian Conscience
Thirty senior Christian leaders, including a former Archbishop of Canterbury, launched a Christian Manifesto on Easter Sunday entitled Westminster 2010. There is an opportunity to sign. (Author: Christians Together)

Did the cock crow that morning?
In the tarnished arena of politics the dilemma for the Christian is how to bring Christian influence to the world without becoming polluted by the world. (Author: Watchman)

Awake, Arise O Church Conference
A conference in London saw Baroness Cox and legal experts call Christians to stand up and make their voices heard by those who govern our nation. (Author: CCFON/CLC)

Banking: the future is Halal
Western leaders have responded to the credit crisis by borrowing Islamic finance and thus rendering their countries captive to Shari'a rules and regulations. (Author: Philip Wren)

Fight to save Beechwood House from closure
Are publicly-funded agencies acting against the long-term public interest in their refusal to provide support funding for the Beechwood House alcohol unit? (Author: Christians Together)

Seduced by prospects of political power?
As we move towards a General Election and the UK moves steadily further away from Christian values, are we seeing a US-style politicised Christianity emerging? (Author: Watchman)

Do Faith and Politics mix?
As a General Election approaches, columnist James Knight asks how far should Christians delve into the world of politics and what effects their influence might have. (Author: James Knight)

General Election 2010
With a General Election pending this is an opportunity to post information which could help fellow Christians decide on where to place their cross on polling day. (Author: )

Victory in Lords over Equality Bill
In a humilating defeat for Harriet Harman's Equality Bill, Peers voted 216 to 178 in favour of Lady O’Cathain’s amendment to retain existing legislation. (Author: Christians Together)

General Election alert: making the Cross count!
With a General Election looming both local and national churches and organisations are gearing up. Ian Ross and Bill Baird are two who are getting going. (Author: Ian Ross/Bill Baird/Christians Together)

Art Teacher writes to Lord Waddington
A retired art teacher has written to Lord Waddington to express his support and his concern over the implications of the proposed Equality Bill. (Author: Christians Together)

The EU; a history of our future
A former Russian dissident and political prisoner speaks candidly of his past experience and his perception of what is happening in Europe. (Author: Vladimir Bukovsky)

It's simply the arithmetic!
As ethic demographics change rapidly Christians have a great opportunity to share the love of Christ with those of different cultures. But time is running out. (Author: Christians Together)

The minarets won't come to the mountains
The Swiss vote to support a ban on minarets has been decried by politicians and pundits alike. But the outcome embodies a growing unease. (Author: Watchman)

Preacher says: 'No, Mr. President'.
Christian preacher John Piper faces up to Barak Obama's backing for new legislation offering government financial support for abortion (Author: Watchman)

The Lisbon Treaty: whose plan?
The Lisbon Treaty which many regard as an EU Constitution in disguise has now been ratified. Brian Ross ponders the development in the context of God's greater purposes. (Author: Brian Ross)

Forced Prostitution Vote: November 3 or 5
CARE are urging Christians to write to their representatives is support of pending legislation which is designed to protect the mis-treatment of women in the face of increasind demand for paid sex in the UK. (Author: CARE)

New EU legislation threat to Christian liberty
A law expert explains how new EU legislation could criminalise Christians on the basis of third parties claiming to be 'harrassed'. (Author: Christian Concern for Our Nation)

Who is God's choice to stand in the gap?
The recent introduction of Sunday sailings to Lewis has brought the issue of Christian input to public and political affairs into sharper focus, and candidate selection is a vital and unanswered question. (Author: Christians Together)

Churches to be forced to employ gays
Churches and other Christian groups will be forced to employ practising gays, transsexuals and civil partners under the Government’s new Equality Bill. (Author: CCFON)

An Israeli PM goes to Washington - again
If you know anyone out there on planet earth who thinks that there is a simple two-state solution for Israeli/Palestinian politics, please point them to this report. (Author: Stratfor)

Church and State; who's boss?  
Throughout the centuries there has been a continuing power struggle between Emperors and Popes, Kings and churches - and it could surface again. (Author: Watchman)

The need for a New World Order
At the recent G20 summit and following the meltdown in the world's financial system, leaders are increasingly planning openly for a New World Order. (Author: Tony Pearce)

Christians and Politics; one young preacher's views
With the increasing hostility of public policy to Godly living, the question of Christian engagement with the politic process is rising on the agenda. (Author: Christians Together)

Highland pastor's wife to stand in By-election
The wife of an Inverness pastor is to stand as a Scottish Christian Party candidate in the forthcoming by-election for Inverness West Ward. (Author: Christians Together)

'Curfews' in the Highlands to tackle rising crime
Rising levels of public disorder including violent and criminal behaviour is obliging police in the North of Scotland to introduced a quasi-curfew system to control rising crime. (Author: Watchman)

Car repair cost could rocket if the EU has its way
Pending changes in EU laws could see car owners across the member nations - especially in rural areas like the Highlands and Islands - facing rocketing costs for car repair. (Author: Christians Together)

Anarchists, humanists and religionists united
The current unrest is seeing Christian organisations getting into dangerous alliances with those who are - to one degree or another - enemies of the Gospel. (Author: Christians Together)

Calls for a new global currency
In the context of the present worldwide economic crisis the calls for a new global currency are emerging from a variety of different and significant sources. (Author: Christians Together)

Scottish Christian politics: is the party over?
The last election is 2 years past; the next one is looming. Is the notion of a Scottish Christian party a viable response to a nation increasingly devoid of salt and light? (Author: Christians Together)

Write to your elected representative
It has never been easier to contact those who are elected to represent us. Link to Write to Them for a list of MPs, MSPs and local councillors. (Author: Christians Together)

Rick Warren's prayer at Obama's inauguration
Pastor Rick Warren prays at the inauguration ceremony of Barak Obama as the incoming 44th President of the United States of America. (Author: Christians Together)

Euro Parliament calls for abortion and gay marriage
The European Parliament has passed a resolution which calls for abortion rights and ‘gay marriage’ to be promoted throughout the EU. (Author: Christian Institute)

Strathclyde fireman wins 'landmark' case
A Strathclyde fireman has won his legal battle against his bosses after he was punished for refusing to take part in a ‘gay pride’ march. (Author: Christian Institute)

Warren to pray at Obama inauguration
Rick Warren has been invited to pray at the inauguration of Barak Obama. Many will be listening closely to the pastor's words. (Author: Christians Together)

MSPs say keep oral sex unlawful for under-16s
Gordon MacDonald of CARE for Scotland has argued successfully that Government plans to legalise oral sex for children as young as 13 should be scrapped. (Author: Christian Institute)

The cost of naked greed
Gordon Gecko's "Greed is good" culture in the banking system is costing lives whilst corporate financiers fail to answer the most obvious and basic of questions. (Author: Watchman)

Word from the Lord was rare in those days
A Conservative Shadow Secretary has written of his sadness regarding the spiritual 'famine' in Scotland, and the "hunger in the lives of men". (Author: Christians Together)

American election - the most important letter..
Concerning the forthcoming presidential election, American pastor Dutch Sheets writes what he considers to be "the most important letter of [his] life (Author: Dutch Sheets)

The CARE Leadership Programme
Care are currently looking for Christian young people who are interested in the Leadership Programme which is due to run from Sept 2009 - July 2010. (Author: CARE)

Ian Paisley calls for repentance over crash
Rt. Hon. Rev. Ian Paisley, the outspoken MP from Northern Ireland, has called the government to repentance over the current financial crash. (Author: Christians Together)

SCP Highland Annual Conference 2008
The Scottish Christian Party is (d.v.) to hold its 2008 Highland Conference in Inverness. The conference will focus on progress to date and development issues. (Author: Scottish Christian Party)

Where is our faith?
The current crisis in the financial world presents both a challenge and an opportunity. God has said: "I will shake all things." As Christians, how do we respond? (Author: The Editor)

Christians seen as 'tainted' says Archbishop
Christian groups are seen as "tainted" by Government and by other funding agencies warns Dr. John Sentamu, the second-highest figure in the Anglican Church. (Author: The Telegraph)

Who is Sarah Palin?
What do we know about the Governor of Alaska and the woman who has been appointed as running mate to Senator John McCain in the US presidential elections? (Author: Christians Together)

Big brother could be standing next to you
The extension of police powers to other agencies and the extent to which members of the public are being used and encouraged to report fellow citizens is an alarming trend. (Author: Christians Together)

Parliamentary Prayer Update 4 June 2008
An update from Anne McIntyre and her team from Parliamentary Prayer Scotland bringing the latest news from the political scene in our nation (Author: PPS Team)

Embryos Bill - a sad result
Colin Hart, the Director of the Christian Institute writes following the vote in the House of Commons on the Embryo Bill (Author: Christian Institute)

Parliamentary Prayer Update 21 May 2008
An update from the PPS Team concerning contemporary and relevant issues affecting the life of our nation. (Author: PPS Team)

Rob Parsons to speak at Time for Reflection
Rob Parsons of Care for the Family is due to address the Scottish Parliament at Time for Reflection. The invitation comes through Mrs. Karen Gillon MP (Author: CT)

Story of last night's free speech victory
Free speech law victory in the House of Lords safeguards the liberty to preach the Gospel and protects against charges when speaking about homosexuality (Author: Christian Institute)

BBC and ITV taken to court by Christian candidate
A LONDON mayoral candidate is taking the BBC and ITV to the High Court for ‘censoring’ his Party Election Broadcasts in the run up to the May 1 elections. (Author: Christian Legal Centre)

Prayer support and Bibles for Councillors
An offer of prayer support and a gift of Bibles to be presented to Highland Council members and chief officials by Lord Mackay has prompted a number of reactions. (Author: Christians Together)

Survey by 3rd-year HTC Student
This is a survey being done by a 3rd-year student at the Highland Theological College. Please give a couple of minutes to give your answers and encourage the student concerned. (Author: The Editor)

Loyalist march phone calls to councillors probe
Two city councillors who publicly opposed the Loyalist march through the streets of Inverness have received allegedly intimidating phone calls. (Author: Christians Together)

CARE under fire
The Christian organisation CARE has been attacked by a national newspaper with claims that the charity is illegally influencing MPs. (Author: CT)

Thumbing our noses at God
A scan of some of the latest news from the Christian Legal Centre will show us as a nation that is in open rebellion against the things of God. (Author: Andrea Minichiello Williams)

Sharia Law's need for supremacy
Sharia Law is underpinned by a theology which gives it supreme status. It is not intended as the partner to any other legal system, but its total replacement. (Author: David Andrew)

Statement on the Archbishop's 'Sharia' views
A Statement from Rev. Dr. Clifford Hill on the Archbishop of Canterbury's recently expressed views regarding the incorporation of Sharia Law into Britain (Author: The Editor)

A 2008 update from Parliamentary Prayer team
Anne McIntyre of Parliamentary Prayer Scotland speaks about the year past, how to engage with prayer for the nation, and gives insights into the political scene (Author: )

Tony Blair - a man to watch
The UK's former Prime Minister is in the process of building credentials in a wide variety of important political and religious spheres. (Author: Watchman)

He who pays the piper..
Many Christian organisations are turning to secular sources of money to finance their operations. This practice can compromise ethics and create huge problems. (Author: Watchman)

SCP Inverness monthly meetings
Monthly meetings of the Inverness Branch of the Scottish Christian Party - All interested parties most welcome (Author: Donald Boyd)

Wording of gay speech crime
The Christian Institute and the Lawyers Christian Fellowship (LCF) are concerned about inadequate protection for free speech (Author: )

Abortion, euthanasia and the SCP
On the 40th anniversary of the Abortion Act 1967 and since then, 6.7 million abortions have taken place; and the BMA are now giving no lead in the euthanasia debate (Author: )

Ex magistrate begins appeal
An ex-magistrate who failed to get an exemption from hearings in which he might have to place children with gay couples is beginning an appeal. (Author: )

A litany of offensive legislation
In 2006 the Western Isles Council in Scotland received hate mail and death threats because its registrars refused, on moral grounds, to conduct civil partnership ceremonies. (Author: Christian Concern for Our Nation)

In one hour....
The queues of anxious investors outside Northern Rock branches could be a prophetic picture of what lies ahead..... (Author: Sword magazine)

SOR Northern Ireland update
A High Court ruling in Northern Ireland has quashed legislation which could have aversely affected Christian witness. The case was brought by the Christian Institute and some NI churches (Author: Lawyers Christian Fellowship)

Building relationships with politicians
A "CARE" guide to "connecting" with those who are elected by the people for the people. (Author: )

SCP - Highland Annual Conference 2007
Post-election feedback, consultation, Q and A, preparation for AGM and next Election. Morning and afternoon sessions. All welcome! (Author: )

Kirking of the Council put on ice
Inverness Provost Bob Wynd has stated that the Kirking of the Council would in future go into abeyance until the start of the next council four-yearly cycle in 2011. (Author: )

Threats to freedom to witness
The Discrimination Law Revue could have a massive impact on the freedom for Christians and others to say what they believe without fear of prosecution. (Author: Lawyers Christian Fellowship)

Concern over 'Public Benefit' test
Churches and Christian organisations could be seriously and financially impacted by proposed legislation relating to the operation of charitable bodies. (Author: CCFON/LCF)

Post-election observations, thoughts and feelings
The election is over; the results are in. Where to now for Christians in Scotland who might feel called to the arena of political activism? (Author: )

Election results in the Highlands and Islands
A summary from the BBC's web site of the election results for the Highlands and Islands area. (Author: )

Christians and Politics
This is an area of the Christians Together web site for discussion on political issues. (Author: )

Scottish Christian Party
A new political party on the Scottish scene under the leadership of Rev. George Hargreaves is looking at fielding candidates for the May 2007 elections. (Author: Christians Together)


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