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One in four UK state schools failing to teach RE to over-14s 

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Religious Education is at risk of disappearing from many schools, with one in four failing to teach it to children aged between 14 and 16.

The National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE) conducted a poll of almost 2,000 secondary schools and found that more than 500 are breaking the law by dropping RE at GCSE level. It predicts that this figure will rise by ten per cent next year and says that the introduction of the English Baccalaureate is the key reason.

 
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US high school censors Christian testimony in graduation speech

A high-school graduate was forbidden by his school from delivering nearly half his graduation speech, in which he explained how Jesus had changed his life.

 
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Dutch MP cleared of “hate speech” charges for comments on Islam says is “victory for freedom of expression”

Geert Wilders, a Dutch politician, has been acquitted of charges of hate speech and discrimination for statements he made about Islam.

 
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Operation Nehemiah: News and Prayer Update #27

Camberley “mega-mosque” appeal rejected in UK;
Sentenced Australian Muslim woman avoids jail;
Defendant in French burqa ban trial sent home;
Operation Nehemiah launches ACTS Christianity pack for UK schools;
Prayer Points

 
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Camberley “mega-mosque” appeal rejected in UK

A Muslim group holding extremist views have had their plan to build a huge £3 million mosque in Camberley, England, finally dismissed by local authorities.

 
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Sentenced Australian Muslim woman  avoids jail

A Muslim woman in  Australia, accused of lying about police trying to tear her burqa off, has avoided jail because her identity could not be proved

 
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Defendant in French burqa ban trial sent home – for wearing burqa

One of the first two women to be summoned before a court in Europe for allegedly wearing face coverings was denied entry because she refused to remove her burqa.

 
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    • Around 40 church leaders and members in Nepal were arrested on 13 June, accused of forcibly converting Hindus. They were detained in Boudha by the police, who were pressured by Hindus to take action against them. A crowd of Hindus then gathered outside the jail and threatened a riot if the Christians were freed. They were all released eventually, but a Barnabas contact said that Hindus were looking for arguments with Christians and trying to attack them, having been encouraged by Hindu nationalists in India. The vice-president of India’s ruling BJP party had visited Nepal from 30 May to 1 June and called for religious conversion to be outlawed. Pray that the freedom of Nepalese Christians to share their faith will be upheld in the country’s new constitution. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 3 hours ago

    • “The training helped me to establish the foundation of my faith in the Word of God and build my life on it. I deliberately teach the course to my friends.” Mr Lepcha, a Nepali living in India, had participated in a tutor training course sponsored by Barnabas that equipped him to lead Bible training courses. He then also started serving as an elder in his church. Give thanks that these courses are building up the faith of 419 Christian students and 54 teachers, most of whom are converts from other religions. It is also helping them stand strong when they meet resistance from their relatives and communities. Pray that they will experience God’s comfort when experiencing persecution and God’s strength to reach out in love to those who are hurting them. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Mon, Sep 2014 00:00

    • Pray for a Christian family in Kandhamal in Orissa state, India, who have been left devastated after their home was destroyed for the third time by Hindu extremists. The Digals of Budruka village were among hundreds of Christian families to lose their home in the horrendous anti-Christian violence of December 2007. They returned two months later and rebuilt their house, but in August 2008 the attacks resumed, and their second home was also destroyed. After receiving financial aid from the government they were able to rebuild it again this year, but in April it was wrecked once more, shattering their hopes of returning to their village to cultivate their land. Pray that the Lord will comfort them in their distress and provide them with a peaceful dwelling-place and secure home (Isaiah 32:18). Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sun, Sep 2014 00:00

    • The landslide victory of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India’s general election in May sparked alarm for Christians and other minorities in the country. The BJP is the political wing of a Hindu nationalist movement, Hindutva, which is striving to make India a religiously pure nation. It has given support to Hindu extremist groups that attack Christians, and states under the party’s rule have generally experienced a rise in anti-Christian violence. The BJP has introduced “anti-conversion” laws in a number of states, which are used to prevent legitimate Christian evangelism. Prior to the general election, the BJP pledged to introduce national legislation to curb “missionary” activity and end proselytising if elected. Pray that the BJP will rule justly and that the rights and freedoms of all Indian citizens will be upheld. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sat, Sep 2014 00:00

    • Pray for Christians in Sri Lanka facing attacks from Buddhist extremists, who have forced the closure of numerous churches. In an apparently positive move, the government has created a Religious Disputes Unit to address conflicts between different groups and combat attempts to create religious discord. But many Christians and Muslims believe that Buddhist extremists are allowed to operate with impunity and that the new unit will not solve the problems faced by non-Buddhists. A cap on the building of places of worship has also been announced, and this seems to serve the Buddhist lobby, which is opposed to expanding Christian activity. Pray for protection for Christian congregations and that their ministry and mission will not be further impeded. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Fri, Sep 2014 00:00

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