John Paul II: Patron Saint of Pedophile Priests

How can you be a saint if you fail to protect innocent children?

Pope John Paul II was no saint. His legacy will always be tainted by his lenient attitude towards sexually abusive priests, and his failure to protect innocent children sexually brutalized by Catholic clergy.

As the Telegraph reports, the late Polish pontiff could have prevented “thousands” of children from being raped by pedophile priests but instead chose to ignore the scandal in the interests of protecting the image of the Catholic Church

Pope John Paul II died at age 84 in April 2005 from complications from Parkinson’s disease. Since his death, John Paul has been put on a fast track for sainthood. Usually the road to becoming a saint is measured in decades or even centuries. However, Pope Benedict XVI waived church rules that normally impose a five-year waiting period after a candidate’s death before the procedure that leads to sainthood can start.

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UKIP’s Mid Ulster council candidate has hit out at same-sex marriage.

Alan Day who will contest the May 22 election, voiced opposition to the Sinn Fein backed proposal, which will be debated on the floor of the Stormont Assembly on Tuesday.

“No government has the right to redefine marriage,” said Mr Day.

“Personally, I believe that marriage is constituted for the lifelong union of man and woman, for the procreation of children.

“I believe traditional marriage remains the most stable way for children to be raised, and should be supported and protected by government.”

UKIP’s Regional Leader David McNarry MLA has confirmed that he will be voting against the proposal in the Assembly, stating: “Despite what some might pretend, this is not a matter of equality. Civil partnerships already provide homosexual and lesbian couples with the same rights as married heterosexual couples in Northern Ireland.

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Shria Law in UK

High street lawyers are being offered formal training in Islamic Sharia Law by the professional body which represents solicitors, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose.

A new training course being run by the Law Society this summer is described as an “introduction to Islamic Sharia law for small firms”.

Critics said the fact that the Law Society was offering training in Sharia law created the “perception” that it was now “a legal discipline”.

It comes after the Society controversially published guidance last month to allow high street solicitors to draw up Sharia-compliant wills.

On Monday around 100 anti-Sharia law campaigners are expected to protest outside the Society’s head office in the heart of London’s legal establisment.

Sharia law is Islam’s legal system. It derives from the Koran and the Hadiths, the sayings and customs attributed to the Prophet Mohammed, as well as fatwas - the rulings of Islamic scholars.

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Holy Turf war: Muslims and Christians clash on Britain's streets as religious ‘vigilantes’

Holy Turf war: Muslims and Christians clash on Britain's streets as religious ‘vigilantes’ from both sides threaten late-night drinkers and women in short skirts to ‘cleanse’ country  

 

  • Muslims and Christians 'tribes' patrol capital determined to push views
  • Muslim patrol supported by hate preacher Anjem Choudary
  • Christian patrol an offshoot of far-right group the English Defence League
  • Three members of Muslim patrol jailed in December last year

This is the moment Britain First, a Christian group determined to see off Islamic fundamentalism,. harasses an innocent Muslim family attending the Old Bailey for a case of their murdered son.

City of London police intervene to protect the family who cower in a doorway near the Central Criminal Court.

One man shouts that he knows which mosque the family attend and another accuses the police of protecting Islam.

The scenes are taken from London's Holy Turf War, a new documentary that shows on one side the Muslim patrol berating people who drink or dress provocatively in the streets while on the other is the Christian patrol, members of a new group Britain First, a political party and 'street defence organisation' that says it 'opposes and fights the many injustices that are routinely inflicted on the British people'.

The Muslim patrol is supported by the controversial Anjem Choudary who wants to see the introduction of sharia into Britain.

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Lloyds Bank has been accused of religious discrimination after offering free overdraft accounts to Muslims.

The bank sent customers a booklet this month explaining new charges.

While many will have to pay up to £80 a month if they go into the red, Muslims were told they would escape the charges. The document said: “We are removing the monthly overdraft management fee of £6 from our Islamic Account, Islamic Student Account and Islamic Graduate Account. So, if you use an unplanned overdraft on these accounts, there won’t be any charges.”

One customer, Anita Milton, a nurse of New Eltham, south London, said: “I can’t believe that they’re thinking of offering one account for Muslims and making everyone else pay for the same service. Do I have to change my religion to get the best deal?"

Barclays, Co-op Bank and RBS said they do not offer alternative bank accounts to Muslim customers

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German court upholds school ban on facial veil

BERLIN — A German court has rejected a Muslim student’s lawsuit against a vocational school’s ban on wearing face-covering veils in class.

The Bavarian Administrative Court said Friday the school’s ban didn’t infringe illegally on the right of the student to exercise her religious rights freely.

The student, whom the court didn’t identify in keeping with German privacy rules, saw her admission to the state-run school revoked last year when she refused to attend classes without a face-covering niqab.

The court found that teaching requires “open communication” that includes facial expressions and body language. It said that, if a student wears a face-covering veil, “nonverbal communication is essentially prevented.”

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Death threats issued as Sharia Watch launches in London

A new group has been launched at the House of Lords to campaign for greater recognition of the threat posed by Islamic Sharia law. Sharia Watch UK says it wants to highlight the impact of Islamism in Britain and campaign against the prevalence of Sharia tribunals, particularly where it relates to women's rights. VoR's Tim Ecott spoke to Anne Marie Waters, spokesperson for Sharia Watch, and to Aina Khan, a solicitor in London who specialises in applying Sharia law within the English legal system.

“Our aim is quite simply to tell the truth," says Waters. "There is a large lack of knowledge of what Sharia Law actually stands for, what it does to women, how it treats women. And our aim is simply to tell the public – warts and all – what Sharia is: its views of women, its views of free speech, its threat to democracy, how it is operating in Britain, the organisations behind it and what their agendas are, and, indeed, the public support that such organisations receive from public figures.

Where do you see the threat coming from?

“It’s acceptance of it by the mainstream, that is a huge issue. If you look at what Sharia says about women, for example, it essentially advocates the slavery of women. If you strip it away and bear it down, that’s what it is, it’s the slavery of women, it’s the ownership of women. It degrades and humiliates women and yet it is accepted by the mainstream and supported by mainstream figures."

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John Paul II crucifix crushes man in northern Italy

A 21-year old man has died after being crushed by a crucifix erected in honour of Pope John Paul II in northern Italy.

Marco Gusmini was killed instantly and one other man taken to hospital, Italian media reported.

Part of the 30m-high (100ft) sculpture collapsed at a ceremony ahead of the Pope's canonisation. John Paul II and his predecessor, Pope John XXIII, are due to be declared saints on Sunday.

The crucifix commemorates the Pope's visit to the area in 1998.

The installation, near the town of Cevo, was designed as a large curved cross with a statue of Jesus Christ, weighing 600kg (1,320lb), fixed to the top.

A group of children was reported to be in attendance at the time.

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Clegg calls for eventual separation of church and state

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has come out in support of separating church and state in the long term, following comments from the Prime Minister that Britain is a 'Christian country'.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Britain has "an important Christian identity", but supported separate church and state Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mr Clegg said: "Having the state and the church basically bound up with each other, as we do in this country, I think in the long run it would actually be better... if the church and state were over time to stand on their own two separate feet."

"But that's not going to happen overnight for sure."

He added: "I'm not a practising man of faith, but I don't find it an issue to say we have an important Christian identity in terms of our heritage and so on."

 Source: itv

Lawyers threaten legal action against Law Society over Sharia law

Lawyers are threatening the Law Society with possible legal action after it issued new guidance on drafting Sharia law-compliant wills. The Lawyers’ Secular Society (LSS) criticised the solicitors’ representation body for being “incredibly naive” and caving into religious lobbying groups. VoR's Tim Ecott spoke to Chris Moos, from the Lawyers' Secular Society.

The Law Society has reecently issued a practice note aimed at helping solicitors “with the intricacies of Sharia succession rules, which is the code of law derived from the Quran and from the teachings and example of Mohammed”.

A Chancery Lane statement said clients in England and Wales “can legally choose to bequeath their assets according to Sharia rules, providing the will isSharia rules are not identical in every Muslim country".

The Law Society said the practice note is intended to assist solicitors who have been instructed to prepare a valid will, which follows Sharia succession rules.

There are differences between Sunni and Shia rules, and different interpretations of Sunni law.

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Gay marriage, one year on: ‘French civilisation did not crumble’

On Tuesday, one day before the one-year anniversary of the legalisation of gay marriage and adoption in France, French politician Jean-Luc Romero tweeted: “Our civilisation did not crumble, despite the alarmist predictions.”

Indeed, the months of fierce debate and sometimes violent protests that preceded the vote last year saw right-wing deputies and senators warning that same-sex marriage and adoption would destroy French society. One MP ironically suggested “legalising three-way marriages while we’re at it”.

But, as Romero suggested, France is still standing, with roughly 7,000 same-sex couples having tied the knot here, according to the Insee statistics agency. Those unions made up around three percent of all marriages registered in France in 2013.

Despite the ferocious and well-organised opposition to the law, which was an election pledge by Socialist President François Hollande, most of those marriages took place without incident. One exception was the first same-sex marriage, on May 29 in the gay-friendly southern city of Montpellier. A heckler who hurled homophobic insults at the couple getting married is being made to pay a fine of 3,800 euros.

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