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Is This Popular Toy AntiSemitic?

Christian Today - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 09:49
Public debate over the toy figure of Martin Luther and the Bible he's holding in his hand.

Italian Priest Who Faced Backlash Over 'Muslim' Nativity Scene Backs Down

Christian Today - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 09:47
The Italian priest who set up a Christmas Nativity scene with the Virgin Mary depicted in Muslim body covering has replaced it after a widespread backlash.

Pay More For Your Daily Bread To Help Farmers, Says Archbishop Of York

Christian Today - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 09:38
The Archbishop of York has called on British consumers to pay more for their food in recognition of the contribution that farmers make to national life.

Gospel Singer Kim Burrell Won't Apologise for Gay Comment: 'I Love You and God Loves You, But God Hates the Sin'

Christian Today - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 03:31
Gospel singer Kim Burrell is standing tall and not allowing the storm of criticism whipped up by pro-gay people to affect her.

Girl, Forced to Marry 3 Boko Haram Militants at Age 15, Recalls Her Harrowing Captivity and Daring Escape

Christian Today - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 03:18
Former Boko Haram captive recalls her harrowing captity and escape from the terrorist group's camp where she was forced to marry three brute fighters one at a time, bearing a child with each one of them.

Every Christian Is a Minister, and Here's Why

Christian Today - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 18:55
Can everybody become God's minister? If you ask Pastor Rick Warren from Saddleback Church, then the answer is yes.

Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte Tells Critics: 'Blame God for My Foul Language'

Christian Today - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 18:14
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has this piece of advice to critics who often chastise him for his foul language: Complain to God.

Muslim Migrant Torches Church Nativity Scene, Says He Wants to Destroy Christian Symbols

Christian Today - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 18:11
At least one Muslim migrant in Italy shares one thing in common with the devil: They both hate Christian symbols and want to destroy them.

Angry Cardinals Not Saying 'I'm Lovin' It!' As New McDonald's Store Opens Near the Vatican

Christian Today - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 18:08
The usually pensive cardinals at the Vatican are uncharacteristically angry. They don't like it at all. They are totally opposed to it. In fact they want to get rid of it.

Why There Is Hope in Christ Even for the Suicidal

Christian Today - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 18:02
Dealing with suicidal thoughts seems to be one of the most hopeless situations people can find themselves in. But even in the deepest and darkest pits of despair, there is still hope found in Christ and the assurance of His finished work.

Is God Really Mindful of Our Every Desire?

Christian Today - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 17:53
Sometimes, we ask God for certain things but then He doesn't answer them. We then start thinking that God isn't keeping His side of the bargain by being unmindful of our desires.

Christian Arrested Over Blasphemy Claims In Pakistan

Christian Today - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 17:46
A Christian from Kamahan village, Lahore, Pakistan, has been arrested by police after allegedly committing blasphemy.

Hundreds Of Thousands Going Hungry In Haiti After Hurricane Matthew, Oxfam Warns

Christian Today - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 16:51
Hundreds of thousands of Haitians who survived Hurricane Matthew will go hungry if governments, donors and aid agencies do not step up efforts to help them, Oxfam has warned.

Greens accuse Defra Secretary of environmental irresponsibility and absence of post-Brexit farming plan

Greens have accused the Defra Secretary, Andrea Leadsom, of environmental irresponsibility following her call to abandon an important ‘greening’ measure post Brexit. Ms Leadsom has said that the ‘three crop rule’, agreed unanimously by Agricultural ministers in 2013 as part of reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), should be scrapped [1]. The rule applies to farms of over 30 hectares where farmers must grow at least 3 crops and was agreed in order to help conserve the environment and contribute to addressing greenhouse emissions [2].

Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP for the South West and a member of the European Parliament’s Agricultural Committee, said:

“Our worst fears about a post-Brexit farming landscape are being realised. Rather than using the opportunities offered by Brexit to encourage a move towards a diverse and ecologically sustainable farming system this government seem determined to dive headlong into encouraging damaging monocultures.

“The attack on the three crop rule shows Leadsom is set on shredding measures aimed at safeguarding our soils, protecting habitats and utilizing farmland for capturing and storing carbon. There is also a strong whiff of hypocrisy here since the greening measures that Leadsom is now vowing to rip up were agreed unanimously by all EU Agricultural ministers, including her own government’s [3].

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East and a member of the European Parliament’s Environment committee, said:

"Andrea Leadsom has again attempted to vilify EU safeguards by labelling them as 'red tape' and, most concerningly, promising to scrap the vital protections. The 'red tape' the Environment Minister is threatening to cut is currently protecting our rural environment, our biodiversity, our soil, and the welfare of farm animals.

“In truth, and as recognised by MPs sitting on the Environmental Audit Committee today, leaving the European Union also puts at risk the body of EU law which accounts for almost 80% of UK wildlife and animal welfare protections."

The criticisms from the Greens come as the Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee warns British farming faces significant risks after Brexit. Farmers could face tariffs of up to 50% on exports to the EU if Britain leaves the single market, warns the Committee. In a new report, the Committee echoes Green concerns about the threats to the agricultural sector post-Brexit and the need for a future farming model that promotes biodiversity, prevents flooding and stores carbon [4].

Green Party speaker on agriculture, Oliver Dowding, who is an organic farmer, said:

“Leadsom is floundering in a vacuous void just at a time when farmers need reassurance. Her government has no plan for agriculture post-Brexit. For instance, there is deep uncertainty on whether we will remain in the single market, or whether farmers will face tariffs on their exports.

“But we need a farming system that looks beyond selling and exporting. We need a long-term policy based on protecting our soils, promoting the health and wellbeing of consumers and encouraging biodiversity.”

Notes

[1] http://www.fwi.co.uk/news/ofc-2017-leadsom-pledge-scrap-three-crop-rule.htm

[2] https://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/direct-support/greening_en

[3] https://blogs.ec.europa.eu/ECintheUK/agriculture-myths-cropping-the-facts-on-the-three-crop-rule/

[4] http://news.sky.com/story/brexit-could-put-countryside-farming-and-wildlife-at-risk-10717420

3 Wrong Motivations to Generosity That We Should Watch Out for

Christian Today - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 16:02
Here are three wrong reasons to give, which shouldn't be our driving force to generosity.

The Danger Behind 'Following Your Heart'

Christian Today - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 15:51
Have you ever been given the advice to just follow your heart? Well, it's bad advice since it's completely misleading.

Beaten During Miscarriages, Imprisoned And Now Suffering With Cancer: The Chinese Christian Activist Urgently In Need Of Help

Christian Today - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 15:37
A Christian woman in China who was beaten repeatedly by officials and suffered two miscarriages as a result is in need of urgent cancer treatment that she cannot afford, according to a Christian charity.
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