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Dadsense by Anita Renfroe

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So you heard what a mum says to their children all day, so what does a dad say? Enjoy…

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Momsense by Anita Renfroe

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Imagine if you could fit everything a mother says into under three minutes. Here it is. Very funny. Enjoy!

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Parents face prosecution over gay lessons protest

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Christian and Muslim parents in London who kept their primary school children away from controversial lessons promoting homosexuality could now face legal action by the local council.

The lessons – part of LGBT History Month – used books such as King and King, promoted by homosexual rights activists to help teach children about homosexual relationships. Around 30 children were withdrawn from the week of lessons at George Tomlinson Primary School in Waltham Forest, East London. A Waltham Forest Council spokesman confirmed that the withdrawals are being treated as “unauthorised absences” and that “action has been taken”.

Although the Council refused to say how they plan to punish parents, the Council website says that parents of truant children can be asked to sign a contract, fined on the spot or taken to court.

“We as parents did not receive any guidance that this was going to happen,” said 41 year old accountant Pervez Latif. “There was just a newsletter mentioning the week and that certain themes would be taught. “I didn’t want my children to be learning about this. I wrote a letter to the chairman of the governors explaining that I would be taking my children out of school and he wrote back saying that there was no other option. “If I am faced with court action, then I will just explain that these are my views. It was also very difficult explaining to my nine and ten-year-old boys why they were being removed from school. “I found it difficult to explain topics such as homosexual relationships at such a young age.”

Another parent, Sarah Saeed, said: “It is not an appropriate age for the children to be learning such matters. We have our own way of explaining things to them and they should not be subjected to this. “I was aware they were going to be learning about homosexual relationships through stories. “If the council takes action against me I will tell them that I told the school beforehand I would be taking my child away if they did not change their policy. “She has a 100 per cent attendance record otherwise. This is the only time and this is the only choice I had.”

The Council spokesman said: “As part of the borough’s policy of promoting tolerance in our schools, children are taught that everyone in our society is of equal value. “

At George Tomlinson, parents were invited to meet with teachers and governors several weeks ago to discuss what work would be taking place throughout the national LGBT History Month and how this work would be delivered.

“Regrettably, some parents chose to remove their children from school. “The council does not condone any unauthorised absence from school and action has been taken.”

Family values campaigners have applauded the stance of the parents. Norman Wells, director of the Family Education Trust, said: “It is a fundamental principle of education law that children must be educated in accordance with the wishes of their parents.

“It is outrageous for a school or local authority to think it can ride roughshod over parents and impose lessons upon children that arouse such widespread concerns. “The only action that needs to be taken is to offer an apology to the parents concerned.”

Original story from http://www.christian.org.uk/news/20090309/parents-face-prosecution-over-gay-lessons-protest/

Life Lessons From Road Runner #2: Read the Fine Print

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Lesson 2: Not effective on Road Runners (or Read the Small Print)

In one episode of Road Runner, the Wile E Coyote buys a bottle of earthquake pills. These earthquake pills are designed to cause an earthquake in the live of anyone who eats them.

Road Runner eats all the pills, because they are disguised as bird seed, and runs off. Wile E Coyote waits and waits, but there is no earthquake. He takes some of the pills himself as he is upset they are defective. Only then does he read the small print: CAUTION: Not Effective on Road Runners.

I want you to know that the devil has slipped things into your life, into your family, into your workplace, into your church. He wants earthquakes of depression and strife and envy to explode everywhere you go. But the devil has forgotten to read the small print: Not Effective on People Who Walk in Love.

If you walk in love, you can walk with anyone. Walking in love never has gone to the divorce court, walking in love has never split a church. You can be immune to the attacks of the enemy – immune to the lies he wants to feed you – by choosing to walk in love. You don’t have to find the love – it is already in your heart because God poured it out there (Romans 5.5).

The next time the devil tempts you to have an earthquake in your life: to shout and scream and swear at someone, to cut someone out of your life, to run away from a place you know you should be in, remember the fine print.

Caution: Not Effective on Road Runners.

And walk on by, singing BEEP BEEP as you, immune to the wiles of the devil.

Blessings,
Ben

Life Lessons From Road Runner #1: Don’t Look Down!

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Dont Look Down!

Don't Look Down!

If you remember Road Runner used to often run off the edge of a cliff.  Wile E Coyote who was chasing him would chase him off the edge.

For a few minutes both of them would be standing on thin air, suspended by nothing, defying the laws of nature.  Then, after a while, Wile E Coyote would look down.  He would realize that he was standing on nothing and would fall and crash into the ground.  Road Runner, who never looked down, would then turn around and run back onto the cliff: “BEEP! BEEP!”

Today’s life lesson from Road Runner is this: NEVER LOOK DOWN.  As long as Road Runner never looks down he never falls.

As long as you never look down you will never fall.  If you are going through difficult or impossible circumstances, don’t look at them.  Walk by faith and not by sight.  Walk by the Word and not by circumstances.  Peter walked by faith on the water until he looked at the waves, then he started to sink.

You can walk on water.  You can walk on air.  You can walk in impossible situations if you keep your eyes on Jesus and His Word, and don’t look at your circumstances.

Be like Abraham: consider not your own body or your own circumstances, but give glory to God by walking in the light of His Word.

Blessings,

Ben

Richard Dawkins Calls Banana Man “Ignorant Fool” (Ray Comfort)

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Richard Dawkins Calls Banana Man “Ignorant Fool”

by Ray Comfort

On Feb 24, 2009, Professor Richard Dawkins wrote, “I have just had the following email exchange with a journalist, who seems to be acting as some kind of intermediary on behalf of the Banana Man.”

The “Banana Man” is a reference to best-selling author and television co-host, Ray Comfort. Comfort says, “For years I have held a coke can in one hand and a banana in the other, and compared the two. Both have a tab at the top. The banana has a wrapper with perforations, is biodegradable, etc. It was a parody–the point being, if someone designed the coke can then obviously Someone designed the banana.

In the mid 1990’s I published the parody in booklet form called “The Atheist Test” and sold over a million copies. When we put it into our TV program, atheists removed the coke can, and sent the clip all over the Internet, saying ‘Ray Comfort believes that the banana is proof of God’s existence.’ I guess atheists don’t appreciate parody.”

But atheists unwittingly gave Comfort a huge international platform. His book, You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence but You Can’t Make Him Think, rocketed up the Amazon.com rankings on its first day of release, moving from No. 69,572 to No. 38 in 24 hours, and was the # 1 book in the categories of religion and atheism on “Darwin Day,” even bumping out Richard Dawkin’s, The God Delusion.

In Feb. 2009, Comfort offered Dawkins $10,000 for a public debate on the subject of evolution versus creation. He refused, saying, “$10,000 is less than the typical fee that I am ordinarily offered for lecturing to a serious audience . . . It is not, therefore, a worthwhile inducement for me to travel all the way across the Atlantic to debate with an ignorant fool. You can tell him that if he donates $100,000 to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (it’s a charitable donation, tax deductible) I’ll do it.”

Comfort responded by saying that he didn’t have to travel. He could do the debate from a radio studio in his home town, and offered him $20,000. Dawkins responded with “$20,000 is closer to the fees that I am customarily offered.

However, I am not in this for the money.” Again, he refused to debate. Comfort said, “During the more than 5,000 times I have spoken in the public forum, I have engaged hundreds of little Richard Dawkins’ and have noticed that when their argument is very weak, they always revert to personal insults.

While I won’t condescend to insults, I will point out that Mr. Dawkins does believe that we were created by aliens. “In “Expelled No Intelligence Allowed,” when Ben Stein asked him, ‘What do think is the possibility that there then, intelligent design might turn out to be the answer to some issues in genetics… or in evolution?’

Richard Dawkins answered, ‘It could come about in the following way: it could be that, at some earlier time somewhere in the universe a civilization evolved by probably by some kind of Darwinian means to a very very high level of technology and designed a form of life that they seeded onto perhaps this planet . . . and that designer could well be a higher intelligence from elsewhere in the universe.’ So let’s call the debate ‘Banana Man Debates Alien Man’ and let the audience decide who is the ‘ignorant fool.'”

For those who would like to hear such a debate, perhaps if enough people goad him, Professor Richard Dawkins may come out of his ivory tower and give his faithful followers more than a papal wave. He may even condescend to engage Ray Comfort in a serious discussion, and show that he’s not just the evolution world’s version of a televangelist. You can contact Mr. Dawkins via: http://richarddawkins.net/forum/

Prophecy for 2009 – Dr. Christian Harfouche – Vimeo – Strimoo.com

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Reflections on The Emperor’s New Clothes (Ralph Matthews)

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Reflections on the Emperor’s New Clothes

by Ralph Matthews

In the tale by Hans Christian Andersen, the emperor’s special clothes were invisible to anyone who was unfit for office or unpardonably stupid. The emperor got caught in a web that was partly of his own making because of his vanity.

People who have great confidence in their own enlightenment and the inherent ability of man to solve the problems of humanity without divine aid are also vulnerable to pride and self-deception.

The emperor ended up parading before the people in regal nakedness, convinced of the beauty of his imaginary apparel. For fear of being thought unpardonably stupid, the multitudes enthusiastically applauded his public modelling of his invisible clothes. Emperor ‘Evolution’ is similarly dressed up with continual promotion from the media and educational authorities.

Some of this emperor’s followers seem to imply that anyone who can’t see the evidence is so ill-informed that they’re not entitled to an opinion. Let us consider the emperor’s articles of clothing extolled by true evolutionist believers.

Illegitimate inferences

Article #1. Natural selection. Darwin called this his theory. By invoking natural selection, plausible explanations can be given for almost everything. The long neck of the giraffe and the short neck of the hippopotamus are both explained by the theory. Most people readily accept these explanations. Natural selection can be used as a justification for immoral human behaviour.

Problem.  There are limits beyond which variation cannot proceed even with artificial selection. Truly natural selection selects against novel and monstrous forms and is basically a conservative, not an innovative, mechanism. Natural selection does not explain amoeba-to-man evolution. We see many varieties of finches, ducks and dogs, but they always produce offspring which are finches, ducks, and dogs. Change is limited.

Article #2. Mutation. Random changes in the genetic blueprint of the organism produce the novelties that allow natural selection to break through the natural limits.

Problem. Random changes in the complex coded information in living organisms are usually lethal, harmful or useless and even the rare ‘beneficial’ mutations, e.g. wingless beetles on windy islands and fish in caves with shrivelled eyes, are information losses. The effect of mutations is likely to have the same effect as the random shuffling of statements in a computer program. Random changes to existing genetic information do not produce truly new traits (such as feathers, eyes, wings, lungs, etc.). [See The evolution train’s a-comin’ Creation 24(2):16–19 and Q&A: Mutations] Where are the ‘Missing Links’?

Article #3. Transitional forms. Since evolution has (it is alleged) proceeded relentlessly over many millions of years, remains of the intermediate forms should be everywhere in the fossil record.

Problem. The search for these transitional forms—’missing links’—has failed to produce any unequivocal examples. Some paleontologists suggest that they will never be found because they are not there. Evolution supposedly occurred so rapidly in the past that the evidence has vanished without trace. This explanation raises another problem. Evolution cannot be observed in the present because allegedly it is proceeding too slowly. Why should it have occurred so rapidly in the past?

Article #4. The fossil record shows the development of life-forms that have proceeded from simple to complex over geological time.

Problem. The simple life-forms are not so simple. There are other explanations for the perceived order in the fossil record. For example, the more plentiful number of marine fossils in lower strata with more mobile forms in higher strata is to be expected if the earth suffered a catastrophic flood. [See also Q&A Fossils] We do not see anything proceeding from simple to complex by any natural process. In fact, the reverse occurs: complex things naturally tend to become less ordered. All natural spontaneous processes are accompanied by more disorder.

Article #5. Extinct life-forms. We know that many different creatures once lived on earth which are now extinct as a result (it is believed) of the evolutionary process of competition in the struggle for survival. Problem. Creatures can become extinct for numerous reasons, such as encroachment of man’s activities upon the domain of the endangered species. Extinction is not evolution.

Article #6. Embryonic recapitulation. The development of the foetus in the womb retraces the evolutionary history of life-forms.

Problem. The leading proponent of this idea, German zoologist Ernst Haeckel, faked his drawings. The idea has been discredited by authorities for a long time. [See Q&A: Embryonic Recapitulation and Similarities] General fallacies

Article #7. Vestigial organs. The human body is said to contain many organs that are a carry-over from our evolutionary development—the appendix, the coccyx, tonsils, ear muscles, etc.

Problem. It used to be maintained that there were almost 200 vestigial organs in the human body. Almost all these organs are now known to perform useful functions. The routine removal of various organs or their destruction by ionizing radiation was once widely practised in the belief that they were useless. People died because of this. Nowadays, doctors are reluctant to remove even tonsils, which once were regarded as ’vestigial’. [See Q&A: Vestigial Organs]

Article #8. Homology. The fact that there are certain similarities between components of living creatures ranging from bones to biochemistry shows that all things must have evolved from a common ancestor.

Problem. This is by no means the only conclusion. An alternative explanation is that the components of all living things are designed and manufactured by a common Designer/Maker.

Article #9. Imperfections. The alleged existence of imperfections in the design of living things supposedly proves that evolution must have occurred. A Creator God would never have made anything with these imperfections.

Problem. A better explanation is that all life-forms were created perfectly fitted for the functions for which they were originally intended, but some changes have occurred because of the entry of sin into the world which has marred that original perfection (Romans 8:20–22). Also, many so-called ‘imperfect’ designs work brilliantly in reality.

Article #10. Adaptation. We know that germs develop an immunity to antibiotics, insects develop resistance to insecticides, rabbits develop resistance to myxomatosis. All these things are said to be examples of evolution in action.

Problem. After all this, the germs are still germs, the insects are still the same sort of insect, the rabbits are still rabbits. There is no indication that the basic form of the organism under the attack is going to change into something else. These changes do not result from some spontaneous increase in information in the genetic programs. The rabbits are not about to become horses or hounds. The general evolution model requires that one kind of thing change into a different kind of thing. Age-of-the-earth assumptions

Article #11. 4.6 billion years. Evolutionists say they know that the earth is around 4.6 billion years old. Given the great age of the earth, anything could have happened over such a vast period of time, and probably did.

Problem. There are no scientific laws in the present that allow us to postulate that life could ever make itself. We do not know that the earth is 4.6 billion years old. The assumption of the principle of uniformity (‘everything remains the same’) together with assumptions about starting conditions and other matters, allows selected data based on long-lived radioisotopes to be used in support of such a belief. Other data based on radioisotopes give estimates ranging from comparatively young ages to billions of years more than 4.6 billion years. There are dozens of natural chronometers based on the principle of uniformity that give estimates for the age of the earth ranging from less than 10,000 years to millions of years.  The majority of these chronometers give ages vastly younger than the presently accepted evolutionary age for the earth. [See Q&A: Radiometric Dating and Young Age Evidence.] The articles attiring the Emperor are, like beauty, in the eye of the beholder, in spite of the devoted homage of powerful courtiers. Some museums, especially, are shrines of remembrance—long on scenarios relating the story, but short on critical attention to the substance of the actual garments. The credibility is impressive, but not the clothes. This emperor’s clothes really are invisible.

God’s Word – The Seed of His Blessing (Andrew Wommack)

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A true revelation of God’s Word is the single most important element of a victorious Christian life. The Word of God often refers to itself as a seed. There are a total of forty-four verses in the New Testament where the Greek word “sperma” was translated “seed.” This is the same word from which we derive our English word “sperm.”

To conceive and give birth to the miracles you need, you must first plant God’s Word like a seed in your heart. Conception cannot take place without first planting the seed. There has only been one virgin birth, and the birth of you’re miracle won’t be the second. I constantly meet Christians who pray and believe for God’s intervention in their lives, but remain frustrated with the results.

It’s because they are missing the seeds of conception; they just don’t know God’s Word. In Mark 4, the Lord taught three parables which illustrate that the Word is to the kingdom of God what a natural seed is to a harvest.

The first of these parables, the story of the sower, is the key to unlocking all the Word of God (Mark 4:13). If we don’t understand these truths, Jesus said we won’t understand any of His other parables. There are many life-changing truths in these parables, but one fact must be understood to get the full benefit of this teaching.

The Lord used the comparison of His Word to a law of nature that is unchangeable, not an institution of man. Here’s what I mean. You can cheat or manipulate nearly all systems that men have created. The legal system can be beaten, letting the guilty go free. Our educational system can be beaten, passing students who haven’t really learned the material. But you can’t change seedtime and harvest.

What if a farmer waited until he saw his neighbors reaping their crops before he sowed for his crop? Regardless of how sincere he was, or the justification for not sowing his seed at the proper time, he would not reap a crop overnight. The law of seedtime and harvest cannot be violated.

This is why our Lord chose to compare the way His Word works to a seed. There is a germination process of the Word of God in your life that takes time and can’t be avoided. In the second parable of Mark 4, Jesus said in verses 26-29, “So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.”

The seed is the Word of God (verse 14), and the ground is our hearts (verse 15). Our hearts were created by God to bring forth fruit when His Word is planted in them. Just as a seed has to remain in the ground over time to germinate, so the Word of God has to abide in us.

Jesus said in John 15:7, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” What would happen if you planted a seed in your garden and then dug it up each morning to see if anything was happening? It would die and never produce fruit. You have to have faith that the seed is doing what God created it to do.

Some people put God’s Word in their hearts for a day or two, but if they don’t see fruit almost immediately, they dig up the seed through their words and actions and wonder why it didn’t work. You have to leave it in the ground over time. Then, there are also different stages of growth. Mark 4:28 says, “First the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.”

Many people are impatient, wanting to bypass the growth cycle and get the full ear right now. I’ve actually had to tell people that what they were believing God for was not going to happen, not because the vision wasn’t good, but because they were expecting a complete ear of corn immediately.

For example, one of our Charis Bible College students came to me who had never held a job, had been in a mental hospital, and had lived on welfare his whole life. When he heard the teaching on prosperity and vision, he started dreaming big. He had a plan to buy and renovate an old hotel. The total cost would be over four million dollars. It really was a grand plan. I complimented him for the fact that he was dreaming and told him to keep dreaming big.

Then I told him that it might work for someone but it wouldn’t work for him. Why? Because this person had never believed for a dime before. There has to be “first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.” You may think that’s not so.

It’s possible that he could have won the lottery or the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes. It’s possible, but that wouldn’t have been God. God’s kingdom operates on laws, like the laws that govern the fruit-bearing process of a seed. God will not give you the full ear of corn if you haven’t seen the first blade.

That’s the way God’s kingdom works. And this is precisely the reason most people don’t see God’s best come to pass in their lives. They think that since God loves them, He will just grant their request regardless of whether they put the miracle of the seed to work or not.

Look at what happened after Jesus taught His disciples these principles of the seed. Mark 4:35 says, “And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.” In a sense, Jesus was giving them a test. On the same day that He taught them the principles of God’s Word as a seed, He gave them a seed. He said, “Let us pass over unto the other side.” He didn’t say, “Let us go halfway across and drown.” The disciples had a seed from the lips of the Creator that gave them authority over the creation.

What happened? A two-hour trip turned into a fight for the disciples’ lives. Instead of using the seed the Lord had given them, they did all they knew to do in the natural and then got put out with the Lord. They said in verse 38, “Master, carest thou not that we perish?” This wasn’t a cabin cruiser. Jesus was in an open boat full of water (verse 37) sloshing all around Him. He was well aware of their plight and yet was trying to sleep. They wanted Him to pick up a bucket and bail or row or do something.

How did Jesus respond? Did He apologize and say, “I’m sorry guys. I was really tired”? No! Instead He said, “Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” (verse 40). Jesus was telling them that they should have stilled the storm.

If they would have operated in faith instead of fear, that’s exactly what they could have done. The Lord did His job by giving them the seed of His Word. Their job was to take the seed and make it work. Instead, they doubted Jesus’ love for them and thought He wasn’t pulling His weight. Likewise, we often complain to the Lord, “Don’t You love me? Why aren’t You healing me or prospering me, etc.?”

God has done His part; He has given us the Word. For example, the Lord doesn’t give us money directly.

Deuteronomy 8:18 says that the Lord gives us the power to get wealth. The power is in His promises, His Word. As we plant those promises in our hearts, the truth of His Word germinates and prosperity comes. Healing operates the same way.

There are numerous scriptures that get the point across that God’s Word is health to all our flesh. Here’s two: “For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh” (Prov. 4:22). “He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions” (Ps. 107:20). Yes, a person can get healed without planting God’s Word in their heart. It comes through the prayers of others with the gifts of healing (1 Cor. 12:9), but it is not God’s best.

We should never be too proud to ask for help, but the proper way to get healed is to take God’s promises of healing and plant them in our hearts until they release their life-giving power into our physical bodies.

This law of seedtime and harvest operates in every area of our lives. If we will plant God’s Word in our hearts, then allow the seed to germinate and the plant to grow to maturity, we will reap the fruit of a harvest. That is God’s best!

I cannot tell you strongly enough how important it is that you know God’s Word and that you plant the seed of His Word in your heart long before you need the fruit of the harvest. It could mean the difference between prosperity and poverty, or even life and death. I believe this is so important that it’s the very first class I teach to new students at CBC every year.

Kids act out ‘Romeo and Julian’ in gay school play

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Children as young as 14 have performed a gay version of Shakespeare’s famous love story, dubbed ‘Romeo and Julian’, at a school in London.

The play, which has been criticised in Parliament as mind blowing political correctness, also switched Romeo’s best friend Mercutio and his cousin Benvolio to female characters. It was performed last month by students aged 14 to 16 at Leytonstone School, a mixed comprehensive in East London, in front of the actor and gay campaigner, Sir Ian McKellen.

Sir Ian is a leading supporter of the homosexual lobby group Stonewall and has been helping them promote their agenda in schools. In December he attacked faith schools, saying they were giving children a “second class” education. During a visit to Welling school in Kent, he said: “It worries me that there is an increasing number of faith schools in this country where it might be thought appropriate for religious views to invade the classroom. “If that’s happening, those kids are getting a second-class education.”

The school performance of ‘Romeo and Julian’ was criticised by an MP in the House of Commons yesterday. Philip Davies, the Conservative MP for Shipley in Yorkshire, called for a Parliamentary debate on ‘political correctness’. He said: “This is mind-blowing. Anyone with an ounce of sense would want their children to be learning Romeo and Juliet rather than Romeo and Julian.”

But Commons leader Harriet Harman responded: “There is going to be a debate next Thursday about new equality legislation so we can ensure everybody in this country is treated with fairness, respect and not subject to prejudice and discrimination – and indeed cheap shots – from you.”

News of the ‘Romeo and Julian’ play comes as the controversial Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) History Month is being pushed throughout the nation. The campaign was at the centre of recent controversy after a rainbow gay campaign flag was hoisted outside Limehouse police station in East London, replacing the Union Flag. But Sir Paul Stephenson, the new Met Commissioner, ordered the flag to be taken down. Senior Met sources said the decision was taken because the police in London should not “stray into political territory.”

In 2007 six Christian girls tried to excuse themselves from a school event celebrating LGBT History Month, but teachers forced them to attend against their will.

In previous years the campaign tried to teach children that Florence Nightingale was a lesbian and that Isaac Newton was gay. The organisers of the month-long initiative have been invited to a party at 10 Downing Street next week.

from http://www.christian.org.uk/news/20090227/kids-act-out-romeo-and-julian-in-gay-school-play/

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