GEERT WILDERS' Freedom Party provided some headline news by increasing its number of seats in the Dutch Parliament from 9 to 24 – the Party’s best-ever finish.
The controversial politician who eventually gained entry to Britain following efforts under the previous British administration to ban him is seen as leading the battle against immigration in defense of Holland’s traditional culture and values.
Speaking to Christians Together this week, a Dutch prayer leader commented on the significance of the election outcome for the country. In contrast to the gains of the Freedom Party, the Christian Democrat party of outgoing Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende suffered a big defeat.
Although the campaign period was dominated by debate over the economy, Wilder’s success has demonstrated that immigration is still a major issue amongst the electorate.
His campaign includes a stop to the “Islamisation of the Netherlands” by banning Muslim veils and the building of new mosques. The politician's ‘Fitna’ movie has resulted in Wilders facing a trial on charges of inciting racial hatred and discrimination. However Wilders, acting on an invitation from Baroness Cox and Lord Pearson, won his appeal against the ban on his entering the UK and the Fitna movie was screened in the House of Lords in March this year.
The following is a transcript of the speech he gave on 5 March, 2010 on that occasion. Throughout he emphasises that he has no problems with Muslims but has a great degree of difficulty with Islam and its 'Ummah' concept of the world living under an Islamic Caliphate.
Thank you. It is great to be back in London. And it is great that this time, I got to see more of this wonderful city than just the detention centre at Heathrow Airport.
Today I stand before you, in this extraordinary place. Indeed, this is a sacred place. This is, as Malcolm always says, the mother of all Parliaments, I am deeply humbled to have the opportunity to speak before you.
Thank you Lord Pearson and Lady Cox for your invitation and showing my film ‘Fitna’. Thank you my friends for inviting me.
I first have great news. Last Wednesday city council elections were held in the Netherlands. And for the first time my party, the Freedom Party, took part in these local elections. We participated in two cities. In Almere, one of the largest Dutch cities. And in The Hague, the third largest city; home of the government, the parliament and the queen. And, we did great! In one fell swoop my party became the largest party in Almere and the second largest party in The Hague. Great news for the Freedom Party and even better news for the people of these two beautiful cities.
And I have more good news. Two weeks ago the Dutch government collapsed. In June we will have parliamentary elections. And the future for the Freedom Party looks great. According to some polls we will become the largest party in the Netherlands. I want to be modest, but who knows, I might even be Prime Minister in a few months time!
Ladies and gentlemen, not far from here stands a statue of the greatest Prime Minister your country ever had. And I would like to quote him here today: “Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. No stronger retrograde force exists in the World. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step (…) the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.” These words are from none other than Winston Churchill wrote this in his book ‘The River War’ from 1899.
Churchill was right.
Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t have a problem and my party does not have a problem with Muslims as such. There are many moderate Muslims. The majority of Muslims are law-abiding citizens and want to live a peaceful life as you and I do. I know that. That is why I always make a clear distinction between the people, the Muslims, and the ideology, between Islam and Muslims. There are many moderate Muslims, but there is no such thing as a moderate Islam.
Islam strives for world domination. The Quran commands Muslims to exercise jihad. The Quran commands Muslims to establish shariah law. The Quran commands Muslims to impose Islam on the entire world.
As former Turkish Prime Minister Erbakan said: “The whole of Europe will become Islamic. We will conquer Rome”. End of quote.
Libyan dictator Gaddafi said: “There are tens of millions of Muslims in the European continent today and their number is on the increase. This is the clear indication that the European continent will be converted into Islam. Europe will one day soon be a Muslim continent”. End of quote. Indeed, for once in his life, Gaddafi was telling the truth. Because, remember: mass immigration and demographics is destiny!
Islam is not merely a religion, it is mainly a totalitarian ideology. Islam wants to dominate all aspects of life, from the cradle to the grave. Shariah law is a law that controls every detail of life in an Islamic society. From civic- and family law to criminal law. It determines how one should eat, dress and even use the toilet. Oppression of women is good, drinking alcohol is bad.
I believe that Islam is not compatible with our Western way of life. Islam is a threat to Western values. The equality of men and women, the equality of homosexuals and heterosexuals, the separation of church and state, freedom of speech, they are all under pressure because of islamization. Ladies and gentlemen: Islam and freedom, Islam and democracy are not compatible. They have opposite values.
No wonder that Winston Churchill called Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ “the new Quran of faith and war, turgid, verbose, shapeless, but pregnant with its message”. As you know, Churchill made this comparison between the Koran and Mein Kampf in his book ‘The Second World War’, a master piece for which he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Churchill’s comparison of the Quran and ‘Mein Kampf’ is absolutely spot on. The core of the Quran is the call to jihad. Jihad means a lot of things and is Arabic for battle. Kampf is German for battle. Jihad and kampf mean exactly the same.
Islam means submission, there cannot be any mistake about its goal. That’s a given. The question is whether we in Europe and you in Britain, with your glorious past, will submit or stand firm for your heritage.
We see Islam taking off in the West at an incredible pace. Europe is Islamizing rapidly. A lot of European cities have enormous Islamic concentrations. Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Berlin are just a few examples. In some parts of these cities, Islamic regulations are already being enforced. Women’s rights are being destroyed. Burqa’s, headscarves, polygamy, female genital mutilation, honour killings. Women have to go to separate swimming-classes, don’t get a handshake. In many European cities there is already apartheid. Jews, in an increasing number, are leaving Europe.
As you undoubtedly all know better then I do, also in your country the mass immigration and islamization has rapidly increased. This has put an enormous pressure on your British society. Look what is happening in for example Birmingham, Leeds, Bradford and here in London. British politicians who have forgotten about Winston Churchill have now taken the path of least resistance. They have given up. They have given in.
Last year, my party has requested the Dutch government to make a cost-benefit analysis of mass immigration but the government refused to give us an answer. Why? Because it is afraid of the truth. The signs are not good. A Dutch weekly magazine - Elsevier - calculated costs to exceed 200 billion Euros. Last year alone, they came with an amount of 13 billion Euros. More calculations have been made in Europe:
According to the Danish national bank, every immigrant from an Islamic country is costing the Danish state more than 300 thousand Euros. You see the same in Norway and France. The conclusion that can be drawn from this: Europe is getting more impoverished by the day. More impoverished thanks to mass immigration. More impoverished thanks to demographics. And the leftists are thrilled.
I don't know whether it is true, but in several British newspapers I read that Labour opened the door to mass immigration in a deliberate policy to change the social structures of the UK. Andrew Neather, a former government advisor and speech writer for Tony Blair and Jack Straw, said the aim of Labour’s immigration strategy was, and I quote, to “rub the Right’s nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date”. If this is true, this is symptomatic of the Left.
Ladies and gentlemen, make no mistake: The left is facilitating islamization. Leftists, liberals, are cheering for every new shariah bank being created, for every new shariah mortgage, for every new islamic school, for every new shariah court. Leftists consider Islam as being equal to our own culture. Shariah law or democracy? Islam or freedom? It doesn’t really matter to them. But it does matter to us. The entire leftist elite is guilty of practicing cultural relativism. Universities, churches, trade unions, the media, politicians. They are all betraying our hard-won liberties.
Why, I ask myself, why have the Leftists and liberals stopped to fight for them? Once the Leftists stood on the barricades for women’s rights. But where are they today? Where are they in 2010? They are looking the other way. Because they are addicted to cultural relativism and dependent on the Muslim vote. They are dependent on mass-immigration.
Thank heavens Jacqui Smith isn’t in office anymore. It was a victory for free speech that a UK judge brushed aside her decision to refuse me entry to your country last year. I hope that the judges in my home country are at least as wise and will acquit me of all charges later this year in the Netherlands.
Unfortunately, so far they have not done so well. For they do not want to hear the truth about Islam, nor are they interested to hear the opinion of top class legal experts in the field of freedom of expression. Last month in a preliminary session the Court refused fifteen of the eighteen expert-witnesses I had requested to be summoned.
Only three expert witnesses are allowed to be heard. Fortunately, my dear friend and heroic American psychiatrist Dr. Wafa Sultan is one of them. But their testimony will be heard behind closed doors. Apparently the truth about Islam must not be told in public, the truth about Islam must remain secret.
Ladies and gentlemen, I’m being prosecuted for my political beliefs. We know political persecution to exist in countries in the Middle East, like Iran and Saudi-Arabia, but never in Europe, never in the Netherlands.
I’m being prosecuted for comparing the Quran to ‘Mein Kampf’. Ridiculous. I wonder if Britain will ever put the beliefs of Winston Churchill on trial… Ladies and gentlemen, the political trial that is held against me has to stop.
But it is not all about me, not about Geert Wilders. Free speech is under attack. Let me give you a few other examples. As you perhaps know, one of my heroes, the Italian author Oriana Fallaci had to live in fear of extradition to Switzerland because of her anti-Islam book 'The Rage and the Pride'. The Dutch cartoonist Nekschot was arrested in his home in Amsterdam by 10 police men because of his anti-Islam drawings. Here in Britain, the American author Rachel Ehrenfeld was sued by a Saudi businessman for defamation. In the Netherlands Ayaan Hirsi Ali and in Australia two Christian pastors were sued. I could go on and on. Ladies and gentlemen, all throughout the West freedom loving people are facing this ongoing ‘legal jihad’. This is Islamic ‘lawfare’. And, ladies and gentlemen, not long ago the Danish cartoonist Westergaard was almost assassinated for his cartoons.
Ladies and gentlemen, we should defend the right to freedom of speech. With all our strength. With all our might. Free speech is the most important of our many liberties. Free speech is the cornerstone of our modern societies. Freedom of speech is the breath of our democracy, without freedom of speech our way of life, our freedom will be gone.
I believe it is our obligation to preserve the inheritance of the brave young soldiers that stormed the beaches of Normandy, that liberated Europe from tyranny. These heroes cannot have died for nothing. It is our obligation to defend freedom of speech. As George Orwell said: “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear”.
Ladies and gentlemen, I believe in another policy, it is time for change. We must make haste. We can’t wait any longer. Time is running out. If I may quote one of my favourite American presidents: Ronald Reagan once said: “We need to act today, to preserve tomorrow”. That is why I propose the following measures, I only mention a few, in order to preserve our freedom:
First, we will have to defend freedom of speech. It is the most important of our liberties. In Europe and certainly in the Netherlands, we need something like the American First Amendment.
Second, we will have to end and get rid of cultural relativism. To the cultural relativists, the shariah socialists, I proudly say: Our Western culture is far superior to the Islamic culture. Don't be afraid to say it. You are not a racist when you say that our own culture is better.
Third, we will have to stop mass immigration from Islamic countries. Because more Islam means less freedom.
Fourth, we will have to expel criminal immigrants and, following denaturalisation, we will have to expel criminals with a dual nationality. And there are many of them in my country.
Fifth, we will have to forbid the construction of new mosques. There is enough Islam in Europe. Especially since Christians in Turkey, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Indonesia are mistreated. There should be a stop to mosque building in the West.
And last but not least, we will have to get rid of all those so-called leaders. I said it before: Fewer Chamberlains, more Churchills. Let's elect real leaders.
Ladies and gentlemen. To the previous generation, that of my parents, the word ‘London’ is synonymous with hope and freedom. When my country was occupied by the national-socialists, the BBC offered a daily glimpse of hope in my country, in the darkness of Nazi tyranny. Millions of my fellow country men listened to it, underground. The words ‘This is London’ were a symbol for a better world coming soon.
What will be broadcast forty years from now? Will it still be “This is London”? Or will it be “This is Londonistan”? Will it bring us hope? Or will it signal the values of Mecca and Medina? Will Britain offer submission or perseverance? Freedom or slavery? The choice is yours. And in the Netherlands the choice is ours.
Ladies and gentlemen, we will never apologize for being free. We will not and should never give in. And, indeed, as one of your former leaders said: We will never surrender.
Freedom must prevail, and freedom will prevail.
Thank you very much.
Anticipating coalition negotiations the blonde-headed politician who wants the Koran banned in Holland stated that he wants his party to be part of the new government.
(Author: Christians Together)
Where Catholicism, Islam and Orthodoxy meet
George Friedman looks at the geo-politics of a region which - like the Balklans - is at important religious and political crossroads; and could, like the Balkans, become combustible. (Author: Stratfor)
The Middle East and Christian Politics
The recent Greenbelt Festival illustrates the extent to which 'Christian' humanitarian aid groups are being led more by media headlines than the Bible in interpreting the days in which we live. (Author: Colin McCormack / Christians Together)
Christians and Politics: an analysis
A recurring question concerns the differing views on whether or not Christians should become invovlved in the poltical process: much is determined by pre-suppositional theology. (Author: The Editor)
Pro-Children Pro-Marriage campaign attacked
A poster campaing illustrating that 'gay marriage' will lead to a cut in the link between children and any natural parents has been 'run off the road'. (Author: Anglican Mainstream)
Christians and Politics; a debate
With governments increasingly adopting policies and forming legislation which run contrary to the Christian ethic the question of direct Christian involvement in political issues is increasingly creating debate. What do you think? (Author: The Editor)
MSP states his position on same-sex marriage
In advance of the vote in the Scottish Parliament on same-sex marriage John Mason MSP - a committed Christian - outlines his position. (Author: John Mason MSP)
MSP says 'faith isn't a private thing'
Highland MSP Dave Thompson says that faith is not to be hidden away; and that politicians should articulate what they believe in spiritual matters. (Author: Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office)
SCP - Spring 2013 Conference
The Scottish Christian Party warmly invites all those who are interested in the Christian influence within the political realm to its Spring 2013 conference in Inverness. (Author: Dr. Donald Boyd)
Turkey's Geographic Challenge
Stratfor examines how Turkey is attempting to expand its core into the eastern part of the country and how this affects the region. (Author: Stratfor)
Christian Freedoms in the UK?
A response to yesterday's rulings by the European Court of Human Rights which ruled against three out of four Christian regarding exercising their faith in the workplace. (Author: Campbell Campbell-Jack)
European Court to decide on Christian 'Freedoms'
The limits to which British Christians are free to manifest their faith in the public square will be determined by Judges sitting in the European Court in Strasbourg. (Author: Christians Together)
Syria: a fight to the death?
In 1982 Hafez al-Assad, the President of Syria used the military to murderous ends in order to suppress an uprising by the Muslim Brotherhood in the city of Hama. The memories are still very fresh. (Author: The Editor)
Only one week left to respond to prostitution consultation.
CARE for Scotland are inviting their supporters to lend their weight to Rhoda Grant's proposed bill to reduce human trafficking and prostitution. There is only one week left to respond. (Author: Christians Together)
UK Government to allow same-sex marriage in churches
Prime Minister David Cameron has broken his promise not to allow same-sex ‘marriages’ to take place in churches. (Author: Christian Concern)
Cardinal O'Brien continues same-sex opposition
In an opinion article in yesterday's Mail on Sunday newspaper, Cardinal Keith O'Brien raised a range of "fears and concerns' over the Scottish Government's Same Sex Marriage plans. (Author: Christians Together)
Christians and Politics
An earlier article looked generally and briefly at three different theological worldviews in relation to the political domain: this follow-on article looks at the outworking. (Author: Christians Together)
Sturgeon faces protesters while Salmond slips in side door
Around 200 people joined in a 'Scotland for Marriage' protest outside Renfrew Town Hall yesterday as the Scottish Cabinet arrived for a public meeting. (Author: Christians Together)
Cardinal states Marriage should be Sustained not Subverted
In a strongly-worded message the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland has again attacked the Scottish Governments proposals to introduce same-sex marriage. The Church is also inaugurating a 'National Marriage Sunday'. (Author: Christians Together)
Is Greece European?
Once a mighty empire and influence in world history Greece finds itself in economic turmoil and questioning where the countries fits in the geo-political domain. (Author: Stratfor)
Christian Party Mayor elected in Wales
The Christian Party in Wales has become the first faith-based political party in the UK to win a mayoral election. (Author: Scottish Christian Party)
Nationalist MSP breaks ranks with his party
Dave Thompson, an MSP in the Scottish Nationalist Party has reaffirmed his opposition to his party's intentions to introduce same-sex marriage. In so doing he is putting his neck on the line. (Author: Christians Together)
Towards a theology of politics
In our modern, rapidly-changing and complex world there are differing responses to Christian engagement and interaction with the surrounding socio-political environment. (Author: Christians Together)
Scotland for Marriage say it's not over yet.
In a message to its supporters the Scottish grouping which has come together to oppose the introduction of same-sex marriage outline its intention to fight on. "Stick with us" is the plea. (Author: Scotland for Marriage)
Dear Mr. Salmond
Could I take this opportunity to express my thoughts and concerns regarding the current proposals to legislate for same-sex 'marriage'. (Author: Colin Wilson)
EU architect would welcome God or the Devil.
A former Belgian Prime Minister who was one of the founding fathers of the European Union spoke 'prophetically' into the current climate surrounding the EU and the economic chaos. The prospect is chillingly real. (Author: Christians Together)
Revolution or Revival
Our country stands in a very dangerous position. The disillusionment with all that we are seeing and reading is creating a 'tinder-box' situation in which anything could happen. (Author: Christians Together)
Scotland for marriage: a meeting report
David Masson reports on a recent meeting in Inverness where representatives from national Christian organisations spoke into the current situation and debate on the proposals to introduce same-sex marriage. (Author: David Masson)
Standing up for marriage
A joint meeting of CARE, EA and CI to bring an update on the Scotland for Marriage campaign in respect of the proposal to introduce same-sex marriage. (Author: CARE/EA/CI)
The Death of Democracy
Is the cross-party determination in both Holyrood and Westminster governments an indication that a form of parliamentary dictatorship is becoming evident? (Author: Christians Together)
Rising tide of 'militant secularisation' in Britain
In a speech delivered at the Vatican a high-profile Muslim Peer will emphasise her view that Britian and other European countries need to become more confident and more comfortable in their Christianity. (Author: Christians Together)
From a sovereign about The Sovereign
If there was ever a 'Christmas message' by the present Queen Elizabeth II that spoke of her personal faith then the most recent must rank very high. But what of the future..?? (Author: Christians Together)
A resurgent spirit on mainland Europe?
In what has been described as a 'game-changing' event, the recent EU summit aimed at addressing the financial calamity facing the Eurozone is perhaps leading to a repeat of a little-known event at the close of the Second World War. (Author: Watchman)
Fife fellowship writes to Presiding Officer
A Christians Together site member is part of the Mustard Seed Fellowship in Glenrothes. His church has written to the Scottish Parliament in response to the current same-sex marriage consultation. (Author: Mustard Seed Fellowship)
'Scotland for Marriage' Rally at Holyrood
Cardinal Keith O’Brien, former SNP leader Gordon Wilson, and Ann Allen of the Church of Scotland will be the keynote speakers at a rally outside the Scottish Parliament to launch a new pro-marriage coalition. (Author: Christians Together)
Lewis churches input to same-sex consultation
The Lewis Presbytery of the Church of Scotland has sent a submission to the Scottish Government Consultation on Same Sex ‘Marriage’ 2011. (Author: Christians Together/Lewis Presbytery)
Christian Party speaks on same-sex marriage
The Scottish Christian Party held a press conference in Inverness to outline the Party's response to the Scottish Government' consultation on same-sex marriage; and the implications of the proposal. (Author: Christians Together)
Highland MSP affirms value of the Bible
In the 400th anniversary year of the King James Bible, Dave Thompson MSP led the debate in the Scottish Parliament as the 'People's Bible' was presented in Westminster Abbey. (Author: Christians Together)
With the increase in antagonism towards biblical Christianity in the UK (and beyond) so the questions – philosophical, ethical and theological – of church/state relationships and Christian protest arise. (Author: Christians Together)
SNP millionaire-supporters against same-sex plans
Two of Scotland's most wealthy and well-known businessmen supporters of the SNP have spoken out publicly against the party's declared support for same-sex marriage. (Author: Christians Together)
Ruth Davidson to lead Scottish Conservatives
The Scottish Conservative Party has chosen former BBC journalist Ruth Davidson to lead their party in Scotland beating Murdo Fraser MSP who has been the Deputy Leader under former leader Annabel Goldie. (Author: Christians Together)
President Salmond of Scotland?
Recently-agreed constitutional changes relating to the rules of succession and religious allegiance of the UK monarch, could create an opportunity for those working towards an independent republican Scotland. (Author: Christians Together)
Bishop writes on same-sex consultation
The Episcopal Primus The Most Reverend David Chillingworth has posted his views on the current same-sex marriage consultation. (Author: Christians Together)
Catholics and the Free Church standing together
As the Roman Catholic Church steps up its campaign against same-sex marriage, the Free Church of Scotland adds its voice to the debate and consultation. (Author: Christians Together)
Churches' responses to same-sex consultation
Responses from the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland and the Church of Scotland respectively to the consultation on same-sex marriages (Author: Christians Together)
John Mason MSP on civil partnerships debate
John Mason explains why he is 'perfectly relaxed about civil partnerships in the context of a forthcoming consultation on gay marriage. (Author: Christians Together)
Alex Salmond being boxed in by God?
It would seem that Alex Salmond is being forced to come off the fence regarding homosexuality as John Mason MSP sings off a different hymn sheet from some of his fellow nationalists. (Author: Christians Together)
Serving two masters
In many areas of life the Christian believer finds him/herself in positions of conflicting loyalties; the political battleground is strewn with compromise, capitulation and double standards. (Author: Watchman)
The EU - the nature of the beast?
The EU - as each new treaty is signed and the (permanent) post of President created are we seeing the emergence of the Empire of Europe. (Author: Watchman)
PM believes Christianity and politics mix
David Cameron believes Britain is a Christian country and says he cannot understand why there is any debate over Christian political involvement. (Author: Christian Institute)
Top Judge calls for review of Family Law
High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge has issued a call for an Independent Commission into the state of Family Law in the UK. (Author: Christians Together)
Scottish electorate rush to nationalist party
In the current elections for the Scottish Parliament mass defections from particularly the Liberal Democrats but also from the Labour party sees Scotland as a nation now clearly under the governance of the Scottish Nationalist Party. (Author: Christians Together)
Lib/Lab advocate 'gay marriage' in churches
Labour and the Lib Dems in Scotland have committed themselves to changing the law so that civil partnerships could be held in Scottish churches. (Author: Christian Institute)
Hustings meeting: questions to candidates
A pre-election hustings meeting is scheduled as an opportunity to hear directly from candidates as they respond to questions put to them in advance of the forthcoming Scottish Parliament elections. (Author: Michael Dillon)
CARE calls for church-based hustings
In the run-up to the forthcoming Scottish Elections in May this year (2011), a new CARE report says that church-based hustings are still as important as ever. (Author: CARE)
Churches unite around forthcoming election
Christian churches and organisations in Scotland have come together to launch a new website in the run-up to the forthcoming Scottish Parliament elections in May. (Author: Christians Together)
Blair and Warren: a deadly duo for peace
Tony Blair's courtship of American leaders is paying off for him. The former British Prime Minister is 'guest lecturer' at the seventh Saddlyback Civil Forum on Sunday, 6 March which will discuss "Jesus' Peace Plan". (Author: Christians Together)
Wilberforce Academy: a great opportunity
Christian students and young professionals with a passion to serve Christ in law, politics, education, media, arts and business are invited to apply for a place at the Wilberforce Academy. (Author: Christian Concern / Christians Together)
Beware the threat to Freedom of Speech
Christian Concern highlight the increasing use of new restrictive legislation which is being selectively applied to limit the traditional freedoms of speech in the UK (Author: Christian Concern)
Christian Institute speaking in the Highlands
This last week member of the Christian Institute addressed well-attended meetings in both Thurso and Inverness speaking on a range of issues in political and public life which are a concern to Christians. (Author: Christians Together)
Media Group fight for Christian Freedoms
PREMIER CHRISTIAN MEDIA has issued proceedings against the Government in the High Court over an issue of Christian freedoms. (Author: Christians Together)
Scottish Christian Party: Questions and Answers
Dr. Donald Boyd who stood as a candidate for the Scottish Christian Party in the 2010 General Election responds to questions about the SCP. (Author: Christians Together/Donald Boyd)
Should Christians be involved in politics?
Some Christian groupings believe that as followers of Christ belong to a better world they should not be involved in the political scene. Others think differently. (Author: Christians Together)
Plans to abolish the Act of Settlement
The coalition government has shelved plans to abolish the Act of Settlement. Repeal of this Act would fundamentally influence how we are governed under God. (Author: Christians Together)
Christian candidates draw the votes
Christian Candidates drew a significant number of votes in the Highalds and Islands, beating the Lib Dems in one constituency and the Greens in another. (Author: Christians Together)
Beyond the Election
The extent of Britain's national debt and the scale of the problem that the new government – in whatever form it takes – will be faced with. (Author: Philip Wren)
A Snapshot of Scotland at Election Time
A series of snapshots taken in Scotland's capital city, illustrate some of the principle facets of and challenges facing the nation in the run-up to the 2010 General Election. (Author: Christians Together)
Local GP stands as SCP candidate in 2010
Donald Boyd, an Inverness General Practitioner is standing as a candidate for the Scottish Christian Party at the forthcoming 2010 General Election. (Author: Christians Together)
Assisted suicide and euthanasia: are you concerned?
Consideration of Margo Macdonald MSP's End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill ends on 12 May. Bill Baird of CARE Scotland urges: "Write now". (Author: Bill Baird: CARE for Scotland)
Election 2010: Hustings meeting in Inverness
Local churches are holding a Hustings Event for the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey Consitutuency. Send in your questions. (Author: Christians Together)
Election 2010: Hustings meeting in Moray
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)
When the lights go out in Europe
Geert Wilders, the controversial Dutch politician, businessman and film-maker recently gave a speech in New York highlighting the dangers to Europe posed by Islam. (Author: )
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)