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Belfast pastor who described Islam as 'satanic' will be prosecuted

A controversial Belfast preacher faces prosecution for describing Islam as "heathen" and "satanic".

Rev James McConnell made the comments in a sermon streamed live from his Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle church after he read of the imprisonment in Sudan of Meriam Ibrahim, who was forced to give birth in chains after being accused of apostasy from Islam.

He said then: "Islam is heathen, Islam is satanic, Islam is a doctrine spawned in hell."

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Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin has emasculated the high court of Parliament

I am afraid I must dissent from the ever-rising hallelujah chorus of adulation being orchestrated by and for the chief justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin.

I admired her lower court rulings in favour of free speech, and in the only case she helped adjudicate in which I was involved, she and her whole court supported my right to sue the authors of the infamous farrago of lies in the Hollinger International special committee report for libel, in Canada. This decision enabled me to negotiate a settlement of $5 million, an unheard of figure in Canadian legal history, such were the proportions of the libel I endured. (I would have to be a recluse to be unaware of less condign positions the chief justice has advocated that concerned me in her role as chair of the advisory board of the Order of Canada, but that is not germane here.)

The comparative prominence of this chief justice arises from the operation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, created by former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and attached to the Canadian Constitution when it was patriated in 1982. I had always supported the whole idea of a Charter of Rights, not because I thought it would increase anyone's rights or would add anything useful to the common law, but because it was Trudeau's brilliant tactic for confusing the Quebec nationalists by dismissing the demand for increased powers for Quebec as the mere vanity of office holders: he demanded entrenchment of the rights of individuals, rather than governments. Practically everyone, including me, saw that the judges of Canada would become an ant-hill of social tinkerers with unimaginable consequences, and most, including me, feared that the right of provinces and the federal government to invoke the notwithstanding clause and vacate court rulings in their jurisdictions would create a very uneven legal patchwork for the country over time. The first fear has been realized, to the point that it is regrettable that the second has not.

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Franklin Graham Announces 50-State 'Decision America Tour' in 2016

Franklin Graham plans to embark on a 50-state tour of the U.S. in 2016 to hold prayer rallies, to share the message of Jesus, and to challenge Christians to boldly live out their faith.

"America is in trouble. At 62 years of age, I've lived long enough to learn that neither the Democrats nor the Republicans can turn this country around," shared Graham on his Facebook page. "No political party or politician is the answer. The only hope for this country is Almighty God and His Son Jesus Christ."

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Christian father sues Ontario school board for 'religious accommodation'

An Ontario father is taking his local school board to court, demanding the right to remove his children from courses that do not adhere to his family's religious stance on marriage and sexuality.

Steve Tourloukis, a Hamilton dentist, says the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board refused to give him advance warning when lessons for his two children conflict with the teachings of their religion.

"It is important for my children to be taught about these issues from a Christian perspective," he told a news conference on Monday.

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Iran says they will destroy Tel Aviv in 10 minutes

A senior figure in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Mujtabi Du Al-Nour, threatened on Saturday that Iran will destroy Tel Aviv in ten minutes if Israel "makes a mistake" and strikes the Islamic regime's nuclear facilities.

Al-Nour, who is a representative of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a talk with journalists responded to Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman's (Yisrael Beytenu) comments from Friday, when he said Israel should stop talking and start acting by striking the facilities said to be developing nuclear weapons.

"If the Zionists were sure that they would win in war they would already have initiated it, but they don't have the strength to do that - so they just threatened," blustered Al-Nour.

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