Government threatens parents, seeks to protect abortion industry

The Scottish Government has announced that it will support a Bill to criminalise parental smacking, the Christian Institute reported on 6 September.1 The proposal mirrors a plan for Wales announced last year by First Minister Carwyn Jones. The Christian Institute has rightly warned that such proposals are a huge threat to families. It commented: “Even the mere suspicion of parental smacking could see children removed from their parents and questioned by government officials.”

The LGBTI agenda has been gathering pace of late. Watchman unravels this process and highlights some very real dangers for Christians in the Third World.

All the world’s an orphanage – and there’s a waiting Father…

“I respect your wish to ‘give it you straight’ so … without surgery, it will kill you in about six months, though, if we operate without delay, a complete cure is highly probable. Alternatively you can have lifetime medication to control your symptoms”. Easy choice, one would think. Why then, when it comes to humanity’s terminal condition do so many Christians peddle symptom control instead of the cure?

WASHINGTON — An effort to build a free online database of Holocaust victims and survivors has reached a milestone. The US Holocaust Memorial Museum and announced Friday that records of one million people persecuted by the Nazis are now available to be searched. The crowd-sourced database was launched in 2011 and is known as the World Memory Project. Volunteer contributors from around the world have been indexing materials from the museum’s archive so people can be added to the database and searched easily by name.

Durham, N.C. — ON a Thursday morning a few months ago, I got a call from my doctor’s assistant telling me that I have Stage 4 cancer. The stomach cramps I was suffering from were not caused by a faulty gallbladder, but by a massive tumor. I am 35. I did the things you might expect of someone whose world has suddenly become very small. I sank to my knees and cried. I called my husband at our home nearby. I waited until he arrived so we could wrap our arms around each other and say the things that must be said. I have loved you forever. I am so grateful for our life together. Please take care of our son. Then he walked me from my office to the hospital to start what was left of my new life.

Melanie Phillips

A controversial Channel 4 interview highlighted how zealots want to crush rational thinking. 

If you want to know what the culture war is about, look no farther than the spectacular eruption in Britain during the past few days over Jordan Peterson, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto.

Peterson came to prominence in 2016 when he refused to adhere to a proposed new Canadian anti-discrimination law, under which it was claimed that personal pronouns would have to be replaced by preferred transgender activist terms such as ze or zir.

The issue for him was liberty. No one, he declared, had the right to dictate what language people should use.

For this stand, he was compared to Hitler, had his lectures drowned out by white noise and was forced to rely on crowdfunding after his grant application to continue his academic research was rejected. He said he feared for his life.

Last week, Peterson was in London to promote his new book, 12 Rules for Life, and was interviewed by Cathy Newman on Channel 4 News.

Just because a word is in the dictionary doesn’t mean it’s safe to use it ...
Buzz words, the fashionable vocabulary of current affairs and celebrity gossip – for all their temporary value – often deserve more than a casual glance, if only because they signal the mood of the crowd. Such a word is ‘unforgiveable’ .
Those of us who follow the media trail in an effort to keep up with ‘everything about everything’ will be overly familiar with the word ‘unforgiveable’ . These days it enjoys a universal media presence and is routinely applied by journalists and politicians to the ‘villains’ of their peace from North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un to Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn – whether their crimes be mass murder or mass disappointment…
Many other labels might fit just as well: ‘inexcusable’ , ‘monstrous’ , ‘barbaric’ , ‘criminal’ or, for lesser offences ... ‘ill-considered’ , ‘illadvised’ and ‘opportunist’; but ‘unforgiveable’ – really? Strange how a world that fears terrorists and weapons of mass destruction has never learned to respect the most dangerous word in any language... 

It is a truly awesome thought that the spotless and sinless Son of God tasted depression. Where do WE go when there seems no way out?

Jesus tasted depression in Gethsemene and knows what it’s like. He also knows what we’re like; every thought and every deed. He says “I am with you always …” (Matt 28:20) and is with us in the darkest of times and in the depths of despair. 

Alfred Edersheim's "Did the Lord Institute his Supper on the Paschal Night" is taken from the appendix of his "Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah".