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WARNING: The last article contained in today’s collected news items of Last Days News is one of the gravest abominations and blasphemies I’ve come upon. It is a disgusting article and should show all the perversity and lies within our society, within today’s church, and just how close we are to The Last Day.

Ken

Atheism Taught to Four-Year-Olds in Revised School Syllabus

By Eryn Sun|Christian Post Correspondent

A new syllabus is being launched “to make children aware of non-beliefs” in schools across Lancashire, U.K.

Students as young as four, according to Lancashire Telegraph, will be taught about atheismin Blackburn with Darwen schools for the first time.

The six major faiths – Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism – will continue to be a part of the RE (Religious Education) curriculum, with humanism added to the list, education chiefs stressed.

“We really must recognize that some people do not believe in God and do not have a religious background,” said Fiona Moss, a primary specialist and RE Curriculum Adviser, to LT.

Hoping to support children towards becoming good citizens not only in Blackburn but in the world as well, Moss noted, “The aim is for them to be confident wherever they settle.”

The syllabus was created based on the RE syllabus in Leicester (one of the first places to teach about atheism) and 2001 census results, which revealed that more than 10,000 people did not follow a religion.

“This is the first time we have given respect for non-religious life stances,” remarked Dot Thomson, a school improvement officer, as reported by LT. “I would not describe [the syllabus] as radical but it is disassociated from what went before in Blackburn with Darwen.”

Thomson expects that this year’s census will show the diverse faiths and beliefs in the area.

“We don’t want the future to be blind,” Chris Thayne, the chair of Blackburn with Darwen Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education, told the local publication. “We want it to be illuminated. We need understanding without prejudice.”

While many were enthusiastic about the new syllabus, some, including Muslims, found it to be dangerous.

Salim Mulla, chair of Lancashire Council of Mosques told LT it could confuse children.

The Lancashire borough yields the third highest Muslim population in the U.K. and is the highest outside of London.

But the Rev. Kevin Logan, a regular Lancashire Telegraph columnist and religious community leader, stated that he wasn’t worried about Christianity. “It can stand against any belief and come out in a good light,” he said.

“It is quite a change but it is completely right to recognize atheism and humanism. They are religions like any others,” Logan added. “It is just that people worship man instead of a god.”

Set to launch in September, 28 primary and secondary community schools will witness the curriculum change. Faith schools can also teach the syllabus.

Growing Sharia Finance in India a Boon or Bane?

By Anugrah Kumar|Christian Post Contributor

 

With hundreds of listed Sharia-compliant companies in India’s stock exchanges, Islamic investments from Asia, the Gulf and Europe may soon begin to flood the Indian market. This will boost India’s economy, but also intensify security concerns.

Sharia or Islamic law prohibits Muslims from investing in companies that earn profits from interest or the sale of goods or services deemed unlawful in the Islamic faith, such as alcohol and pork. Sharia-compliant companies, screened by Islamic finance monitors, comply with Islamic canonical law to allow devout Muslims to invest.

Though known as “ethical investing,” Sharia finance raises eyebrows among security agencies.

“Zaqat (donations for Islamic charity) money is exploited by charities connected with the Jihadis. The Sharia system will boost this process,” a former chief of India’s Intelligence Bureau, Maloy Krishna Dhar, told The Christian Post in an email.

Dhar’s fear is not unfounded. Estimated to be worth over $2.7 trillion globally, Sharia-compliant investment is seen as a security threat also by the United States.

According to diplomatic cables recently released by WikiLeaks, Britain’s support for Sharia banking raised concerns in Washington that London could become a center of terrorist funding, reported Press Trust of India (PTI) on March 16.

“The State Department was so concerned that it ordered US diplomats in London to compile a report on the activities of Sharia banks in Britain. A cable, sent from the office of Condoleezza Rice, the then Secretary of State in June 2006, requested information on Islamic financial institutions’ vulnerability to exploitation for illicit or terrorist purposes, such as structuring accounts to mask illicit activity or money laundering’,” PTI reported.

“The US had particular suspicions that ‘charitable donations’, which Islamic banks are obliged to make to comply with Sharia, could be funnelled to al-Qaeda sympathizers,” it added.

Unorganized Sharia investments arrived in India especially after 9/11 as many rich Muslim investors began to pull out of Europe and North America while Islamic nations saw an increase in financial wealth due to rising oil prices.

Formally starting with Sharia tolerant mutual and venture capital funds in 2009, Islamic investments showed constant growth in India. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) – among the five largest exchanges in the world – now have around 800 listed Sharia-compliant companies, and the number is expected to grow.

Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer, a Mumbai-based renowned Muslim scholar who promotes secularism and democracy, thinks there is nothing to worry about the growth of Sharia investments in India. “This may increase orthodoxy, but not extremist or terrorism,” he told The Christian Post in a phone interview.

Members of India’s Sharia Board, the final authority in the Sharia certification process, include scholars from conservative Islamic institutions such as the Islamic Fiqh Academy (of India) and the Darul Uloom Deoband seminary.

India, home to over 140 million Muslims, is a promising destination for Muslim investors given the country’s fast growing economy and its prospects of becoming one of the two largest economies of the world in the next few decades.

Last month, the high court of the southern state of Kerala dismissed petitions challenging the government sanction for starting a nonbanking finance company based on the Sharia, paving the way for establishment of even Islamic banks in India. The petitioners had challenged that the government was acting against the policy of secularism, but the court did not agree. Now, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is seeking government approval to allow Turkey’s Bank Asya to offer Sharia-compliant lending in the country, Economic Times daily reported on Tuesday.

In recent years, certain Muslim groups in Kerala have come under the scanner of security agencies. In July 2010, alleged members of an Islamist party, the Popular Front of India (PFI), sliced off a Christian professor’s hand for supposedly insulting Muhammad. The local media also reported that at least 14 “Taliban-styled” Sharia courts were operating in the state, one of which had issued a decree against the professor. India’s anti-terror National Investigation Agency (NIA) is probing terrorism charges on the PFI.

Dhar, former joint director of the Intelligence Bureau, has another concern.

“India is a constitutionally secular country. India’s Reserve Bank of India controls the banking system which is run on the basis of internationally accepted fiscal policies. In India there is no need for Sharia banking system or banking systems for Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain [communities],” he said.

Dhar added that by permitting Sharia banking system, “Indian ruling cliques are encouraging communal divide of society.”

“We, in India, are already living together separately. This step will widen the gap leading to communal polarisation,” he warned.

While the inflow of Islamic money will continue to rise and invoke mixed responses from the Indian society, it will increase the burden of intelligence agencies which will need to gear up to ensure that profits are not siphoned off to fund Islamist groups in India or abroad.

Obama Calls on UN to Support Gay Rights

By Lawrence D. Jones|Christian Post Reporter

The Obama administration on Tuesday called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to fight discrimination against gays and lesbians around the world.

Obama chile

(Photo: AP/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama speaks at the Centro Cultural La Moneda Palace in Santiago, Chile, Monday, March 21, 2011.

The declaration, supported by 84 other countries, marks the first time the United States has pushed for U.N. action on gay rights.

“Human rights are the inalienable right of every person, no matter who they are or who they love. The U.S. government is firmly committed to supporting the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to lead productive and dignified lives, free from fear and violence,” said Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, U.S. Ambassador to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, in a statement.

The move by Obama on Tuesday was seen as a clear departure from George W. Bush’s administration, which never pressed for gay and lesbian rights. Unlike his predecessor, Obama has aggressively advocated gay rights during his presidency.

The president in February instructed the Justice Department not to defend the constitutionality of DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act), the federal law defining marriageas between a man and a woman, and has encouraged Congress to repeal the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

Last week, Obama announced in a joint statement with the Brazilian president the creation of a special investigator position to monitor respect for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender individuals in the Western Hemisphere.

The representative of Colombia on Tuesday delivered the full text of the declaration entitled, “Ending Acts of Violence and Related Human Rights Violations Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity,” before the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The document calls on governments to “take steps to end acts of violence, criminal sanctions and related human rights violations committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Signers also affirmed a 2008 joint statement by a group of states representing all five U.N. regions that called for an end to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In the statement to the U.N., they also commend attention paid to human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity by international human rights mechanisms and within the context of the Universal Periodic Review.

Acknowledging that “these may be sensitive issues for many,” the document encouraged the search for “common ground” and asked the Council to “be guided by the principles of universality and non-discrimination” in dealing with these sensitive issues.

Meanwhile, the Vatican contended before the Human Rights Council Tuesday that people who speak against same-sex relationships based on religious or moral beliefs are being attacked and vilified.

“People are being attacked for taking positions that do not support sexual behavior between people of the same sex,” Roman Catholic Archbishop Silvano Tomasi told the HRC session, according to Reuters.

“When they express their moral beliefs or beliefs about human nature … they are stigmatized, and worse – they are vilified, and prosecuted.

“These attacks are violations of fundamental human rights and cannot be justified under any circumstances,” Tomasi said.

Tim Flannery: ‘We will form a global community with a set of shared beliefs’ – video

Australian scientist Tim Flannery argues that humankind is evolving into a ‘super-organism’ where interdependence has profound consequences for the individual

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/video/2011/apr/04/tim-flannery-global-shared-beliefs-video

Jesus as an openly gay man

What if the newly found codices provided evidence of Jesus’s same-sex activity? Michael Ruse imagines the implications

jesus christ gayJesus Christ as unambiguously and openly gay? Photograph: Corbis

The most astounding finding from the newly discovered lead codices is that Jesus Christ was unambiguously and openly gay. He and his disciples formed a same-sex coterie, bound by feelings of love and mutual support. There are recorded instances of same-sex activity – the “beloved disciple” plays a significant role – and there is affirmation of the joys of friendship and of living and loving together.

A whole new complexion is given to that rather puzzling passage where Jesus exhorts his followers to break family ties: “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14, 26). It seems clear now that this is less a negative repudiation of family and more a positive exhortation to join in affirmation of a gay lifestyle and love.

There is at least one new parable, that of the two young men. There are clear echoes of the relationship between David and Jonathan, for Jesus speaks of one young man having his soul “knit with the soul” of the other, and loving him “as his own soul”. Intriguing is evidence that the Catholics might be closer to the truth about the status of Mary, the mother of Jesus, than are the Protestants. She has a much bigger role in the life of Jesus than many hitherto expected, with Jesus frequently returning home and making much of her.

Conversely, there is at least one incident when Jesus quarrels violently with Joseph, who shows great hostility and makes wild claims about “manliness”. Before, one might have thought that, given Mary’s virginity, Joseph’s attitude was reflecting the ambiguities of his status in the family; but now it seems more probable that we have here a classic example of the Freudian triangle: over-possessive mother, hostile father, gay son.

Why have we known so little about all of this before? A newly discovered Pauline epistle, appropriately to the Athenians, suggests a major Platonic influence, particularly of the Republic. The classically educated Paul, who was himself gay, saw that same-sex activity was inimical to the success of Christianity in the highly homophobic societies in which he lived. Hence, same-sex affections and activity were concealed, to be known to and practised by only the leaders in secret – the guardians of Christianity as one might say. Obviously, this is a tradition that has flourished and lasted. It is not by chance that John Henry Newman is being made a saint.

Finally, the most important news is that nothing in the newly discovered codices challenges in any way the essential message of Christianity. Jesus was the messiah; he died on the cross for our sins; and through his death and resurrection made possible our eternal salvation. Our overriding obligation is to love God and we do this by loving our neighbours as ourselves. Christianity will never be the same again. Christianity will go on completely unchanged.

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3 Responses to Last Days News

  1. Patty April 5, 2011 at 1:00 PM #

    Regarding this last article, why, suddenly is this alleged revelation about Yeshua being gay made when the “scholars” say it will take years to decipher the coded texts in the lead books?

    And of all the alleged facts released, why something on Him being gay?

    Why?

    People have speculated over the years that He was gay, and I think the reason is because they want for Him to have been gay in order to support their contempt for Him and for Christianity.

    They take a piece of Scripture, such as the relationship between Jonathan and David, and right away they point their fingers and say, “Ha! See? Jonathan and David were gay!” Idiots. Idiots who would not be able to comprehend the Bible if it bit them in the butt. Lazy idiots who refuse to take the time to see what the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek texts mean.

    I have no respect for them. They skew the facts in order to support their cesspool minds, opinions and wishes.

    The thesis of this article is extremely disturbing, especially given that we are living in the last days. Satan is doing everything in his power to pull Christians away from Christ, and he has done a fairly good job with his “Christian” churches and his “Christian” ministers inclusive of the repulsive celebration of gayness in many of these whorehouse “churches” regardless of the fact that the Bible condemns it roundly in both the Old and New Covenants.

    But wait! See what 2Cor.2:11-15 says:

    “But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed (DISGUISED) into an angel of light. Therefore [it is] no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

    As far as Paul being gay, where did that come from? Where is the proof of Paul being gay? Where is the proof of Yeshua being gay? All the evidence in the world does not equate to proof.

    And these people who spout off this garbage would be well advised to remember that the burden of proof is on the accuser.

    The enemy knows that “Christians” are easily lead by the nose because they don’t want to think for themselves. Why? The truth is beyond their capacity and desire to handle. They will sell their souls to the devil for a feel-good Jesus.

    Payday is coming. For everyone.

    On another note, I have been watching as you have been developing this site, and I am so pleased and proud of what you have done, Ken. It is the only site I know of that provides the hard facts about what is happening around us. It is the only site of I know of that provides the truth about the Bible. Oh, I know, they all say they have the truth, but all they really have are doctrines and dogmas.

    I encourage others to comment on these articles and on Ken’s excellent poetry which I helped to edit (cough).

    God bless you, my dear brother.

    Your sister,
    Patty

    • kenpullen April 11, 2011 at 4:54 PM #

      Patty,

      Our society has allowed this poison, this lie to take hold and grow. We now permit and not only permit but elevate behaviors that were abhorent for centuries. Since the beginning of time for man and woman on this earth these perversons were spoken about truthfully for what they were. Now? Now perverted and diviant behavior has been permitted to erode and infect. And they offer up nothing but lies. And abomination after abomination. With the hypocrisy of demanding tolerance and acceptance while not permitting any objective conversation, any dissent from their perverted agenda thus gaining such control and weight within our society. And make no mistake. They have had a concerted agenda for decades and they have won. People bent and yielded to their lies and their sin under the guise of “love” and “compassion” and “tolerance.” Yet these very people will not tolerate or accept one word that opposes them and shouts out to drown out the truth and repress the truth.

      And the misguided sheep of this nation, this world have permitted this vileness to become accepted and normal.

      What will happen to the world as a consequence will be worse than what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah as a result.

      They are liars and literally froth and roil if the truth comes near them. It’s why they worked so diligently to have the truth removed from God’s Word and supplanted with their lies, their evil thus further confusing the minds of men and women in this world. And they then paint people as myself as the liars and intolerant and out of step. So be it. It was written to come to this. And it will only get worse. Not better.

      Thanks for your boldness and bravery in your faith. I only wish there were more people seeking the truth and speaking it as yourself using the Word of God as our sword, and our faith and conviction of its truth as our armor.

      Ken

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