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Where is the government strategy to prevent violence against women?

Visiting Lecturer in International Politics at City University London, Patrick Pinkerton, records his less systematic thoughts on everyday political, cultural and social life in the hope it’ll be illuminating.

He has thoughts by the the British government currently engaged in a public and media campaign to change the terms of the debate on radicalisation, with David Cameron urging people to be ‘intolerant of intolerance’ and calling on communities to do more to tackle the extreme ideologies that allow violent ones to emerge.

He doesn’t think it would be an over exaggeration to suggest that Cameron is placing part of the blame for young people turning to ISIL on the failure of the Muslim community in the UK to challenge extreme narratives, and that he is urging the Muslim community to take more responsibility for this.

Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with this point, I think you can accept that Cameron is seeking to apportion some blame on those who could have acted differently in order to prevent young Europeans travelling to Syria and Iraq to join the brutal and murderous IS movement.

he writes in his article Cameron’s Blame Game. And continues

Cameron’s platitudes about building a ‘national identity’ that ‘young people in our country feel truly part of’ is not enough. If he is so keen to ensure people take responsibility for their actions then he should take responsibility for his own: for the demands he makes on Muslims to pledge their loyalty to an undefined idea of ‘British values’, that could indeed not be defined in anything but an exclusionary manner; and for the essentialised notions of a ‘Muslim community’ his government propagates, requiring surveillance and securitisation. {Cameron’s Blame Game}

The government may be aware of how disengaged it is from large sections of the British Muslim communities but is it aware how ethics and moral values in a country play a very important role in how people are behaving or going to behave?

We also have to be aware how children can become influenced by others, and most of all by those who may offer security, glorious cause, a new way of life. It is unacceptable that many children face bad situations at home, where 22% had suffered from physical or sexual violence by a partner.

The UK and France reported the 5th highest number of violence against women, with 44%. Violence by an intimate partner being the most common type of abuse.
European civilians should shame themselves having about a third of all women in the EU having experienced either physical or sexual violence since the age of 15, according to a survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

We also should do something against “fear of stigma” which still prevents many women from reporting sexual violence.

slutwalk_1891529cMany countries in the so called civilised world are derailed. In many countries of Western Europe men and women have an abundant life full of libertine sex. In all those countries where there is a certain economical wealth we notice psychological and ethical poverty. Men as well as women do not seem to have ethical values and do not seem to have any proud about the sanctity of their own body. At the same time that so many boast about their free sex life with many we see unacceptable levels of sexual coercion and female genital mutilation (FGM), sexually transmitted infection (STI) diagnosed and an increase of teenage pregnancy.

Often it looks like we are living in an oversexed world, were there do not seem to exist any borders. Many do find it normal that youngsters and adults share sex videos online at the touch of their cell phones. Many find it normal to see sex between the same sexes and even find it more interesting to see it done by several partners in one go. Though many may find it weird to run naked in the garden or on a beach they do not worry to strip in front of a camera and showing their nakedness on a screen hoping to get themselves a million likes.

When approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in England and Wales alone every year [pdf] we should ask serious questions because that’s roughly 11 adult rapes per hour. (!?!)

Over 1,200 victims of FGM were recorded between January and March this year, and unknown numbers of girls and women remain unprotected. Gang violence and grooming are increasingly recognised and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community remains at risk from stigma and discrimination. Sexual health services identify and support these vulnerable groups every day so the ramifications of reducing access to this support and expertise will be far-reaching and significant. {About the crisis, no not the referendum.. the sexual health crisis!}

We too think like the Guest-author that

Such figures dwarf the violence committed in the name of radicalism, whether inspired by an interpretation of Islam or a far right ideology (both of which are targeted in the Prevent strategy).

It is high time that abuse and exploitation are tackled and that the educational institutions again try to get the youngsters on the moral and ethical path which a civilised country should have.

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Previous articles

How to heal after childhood sexual abuse

About a human being or not and life

Stop Burning Rape Survivors at the Stake

How to heal after childhood sexual abuse

Responsibility for children who were molested by clergy

“Prayer 2” – Child Abuse

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Additional reading

  1. Subcutaneous power for humanity 2 1950-2010 Post war generations
  2. Mental Enslavement and Sins Syndrome (MESS)
  3. African misery and women inequality
  4. The dark side of our earthly existence
  5. Manifests for believers #1 Sex abuse setting fire to the powder
  6. Violence against disabled children
  7. Justififiable anger or just anarchism
  8. Being Religious and Spiritual 8 Spiritual, Mystic and not or well religious

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  1. Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women (RainLily)
  2. About the crisis, no not the referendum.. the sexual health crisis!
  3. Remember, prime minister: British Muslims hate Isis too
  4. Theresa May issued direct plea to Britons not to destroy their lives and children with Isil
  5. Violence against women: One-third of EU women affected – survey
  6. Swedish police blame “foreign young men” for spate of sex assaults at music festivals
  7. Guinness, alcohol much more of a threat to women.
  8. British woman saved from her father’s forced marriage, FGM plans by court order
  9. Women in Mexico are being assaulted so police can boost arrest numbers in war on drugs, Amnesty says
  10. Women’s rights activists blasted for taking selfie with alleged rape victim
  11. What We’re Telling Victims
  12. The White House refuses to visit colleges that don’t address sexual assault
  13. 6 players from Cuba’s men’s volleyball team in custody over alleged rape
  14. Football’s abuse of women is institutional
  15. Rolling Stone reporter provides insight into circumstances that resulted in retracted rape story
  16. Women who have premarital sex are ‘degenerates’: China textbook
  17. Escaped Chibok school girl hasn’t been seen since rescue from Boko Haram in May
  18. aces against healthism
  19. Only way to celebrate 4th of July.
  20. In the beginning…
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  22. Why I am starting this blog…
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  24. Reckoning Up: an institutional economy of sexual harassment and violence
  25. Rabbit Hole
  26. Judging Laura
  27. “Roberts Square”
  28. “Instead I Held Her Hand”
  29. Y12 Health Day – Part One
  30. Y12 Health Day – Part Two
  31. Powerful “Dear Brock Turner” photo series shows how women are blamed in rape culture
  32. The porn star who accused James Deen of rape is ready to move on in a big way
  33. Thandie Newton says director sexually abused her
  34. Flight diverted after teenage girl allegedly assaulted by drunk man on plane
  35. Who wins
  36. Islamic anti-terrorism coalition, a way for Riyadh to “save face”
  37. The Legality of Muslim Exclusion
  38. On International Women’s Day, Clothes and Being Female
  39. The Lights That Failed: Terrorism Double Standards in San Bernardino, Paris…and Baicheng?
  40. Is banning Niqab need of the modern western society or is it the dogma of a feudal symbolism which is creating inconvenience to others
  41. 16-year-old boy arrested over murder of woman in Burka (Nahid Almanea) and young father (James Attfield) stabbed more than 100 times
  42. Rampant Sexism
  43. The Rise of Hate Search
  44. The first time I submitted to a man (Part 2)
  45. Living In The Now
  46. Is sex overrated?
  47. Salma Hayek says sex isn’t the key to a happy marriage
  48. The Truth About Sex In Relationships (Hint: It’s Not As Important As You Think It Is)
  49. On pornography
  50. complicated
  51. Not the one?
  52. Gaze
  53. Hollywood’s Naked Butts
  54. Are We Living In A Sex Crazed World?
  55. # 100 The Joy Of Nakedness
  56. In Fear and Hatred of Flesh
  57. Day 181: Adam and Eve: The Perfect Couple
  58. Nakedness and Shame | Victor Tey
  59. Naked Before God and the Wonder of it All
  60. Naked Before God and Spiritual Discipline
  61. Naked Before God: Trials and Tribulations
  62. Naked Before God: Praying in Humility
  63. A Naked Mind Reminded
  64. Sunday Sermon [Gettin’ Naked]
  65. John 5:44
  66. Can I be vulnerable?
  67. Be Vulnerable? What?!
  68. Nakedness, Tough Guys and False Expectations
  69. Naked Before God in Community: But I’m an Introvert!
  70. •Vulnerability & Nakedness•
  71. Naked Before God: Husbands and Wives
  72. Naked Before God: In Community (2)
  73. Cover Your Nakedness!
  74. Does the Boris Johnson and Donald Trump mural rely on our distaste of men kissing?
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  77. Syria, child sexual abuse and Ebola highlight UN shortcomings
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  79. Ghani Promises ‘Serious Measures’ Against Afghan Troops Who Sexually Abuse Children
  80. US Must Leverage Aid to Stop Child Sexual Abuse Among Afghan Security Officials
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Everyday Deconstructions

Last Monday a clause of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (2015) came into effect, placing the Prevent Duty Guidance for seven sectors of the public services on a statutory footing. Local authorities, schools, further education, higher education, the health sector, prisons and probation have joined the police in having a legal duty to safeguard persons from radicalisation, be it through challenging the narratives of radical preachers and political ideologues who argue that violence is acceptable, or through tackling exposure to beheading videos or other violent images online that normalises such barbaric behaviour.

The government hope this legislation will stem the flow of British citizens to Syria, and hlep prevent the kind of home-grown terror attacks witnessed recently in Paris and Copenhagen. At least 700 Britons are thought to have travelled to Syria to join IS in the last few years, but fortunately there has not been a violent incident on…

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Before you blame All Muslims for the terrorist attack in Paris

The attacks in Paris and the terror in Brussels made many finding themselves more justified to hate Muslims. Many forget that the attackers are radical Muslims but that many of the victims are also Muslims.

Between 2004-2013, the UK suffered 400 non Muslim terrorist attacks, mostly in Northern Ireland, and almost all of them were non-lethal. The US suffered 131 non-Muslim attacks, fewer than 20 of which were lethal. France suffered 47 non Muslim attacks. But in Iraq, there were 12 000 attacks and 8 000 of them were lethal. {BBC}

The easy thing is to say “Muslim did it”, but when we look at the majority of terrorist attacks all over the world they are non-religious related and not done by active Muslims or active Christians, but more by non-religious people and most important by anarchists.

When we look at the terrorist attacks from Muslim side it are the radical and fundamentalist Muslims who bring terror over non-believers, Jews, Christians but also over faithful Islamic believers. today we see many lashing out at the Muslims, but they were already hurt first and hove to face how their religion is used in a horrible degrading way by people who say they are Muslim, but are not real Muslims.

Before you blame All Muslims for the terrorist attack in Paris watch this incredible interview from a survivor of the attack. Cenk Uygur host of The Young Turks asks you not to give into temptation, stop and think about the Muslim victims before you lash out against the entire religion.

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Please let us not generalise and be careful by whom we want to blame and how we want to react.

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We are all inhabitants of this planet, by the Grace of the Divine Creator,
and we need to fight one for the other and help each other.

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We are all in the same boat.

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Preceding articles:

Paris Attack and Ranting

Problematic Or Patriotic? Two Ways To Talk About Muslims

Don’t be Muslim

Spike In Anti-Muslim Attacks Casts Spotlight On Government Policies

Tolerance Ends When There Is No Tolerance Shown Towards Us

Christians at War? Christians using violence?

Responses to Radical Muslims and Radical Christians

The World Wide Refugee and Migrant Crisis and a possible solution for it

Migration not something to fear

What we don’t say about the refugee crisis?

Social media and asylum seekers

Human tragedy need to be addressed at source

Real progress leaves nobody behind

Children of Men

My two cents on the refugee crisis

Listening for the Language of Peace

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Find also to read:

  1. 2014 Religion: with a.o. Global war against Christians
  2. Syrian but also Belgian connection to French attacks
  3. Brussels-born Salah Abdeslam key suspect Paris terrorist attacks
  4. Paris attacks darkening the world
  5. Refugee crisis, terrorist attacks and created fear
  6. Massive police operation in northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis
  7. French Muslims under attack
  8. Wrong ideas about religious terrorism
  9. Propaganda war and ISIS
  10. ISIS cannot be presenters of the real Islam
  11. Do Al-Qaeda, Islamic State, ISIS and ISIL belong to true Islam
  12. Not true or True Catholicism and True Islam
  13. Religion, fundamentalism and murder
  14. Condemning QSIS or the self-claimed Islamic state ruler, al- Baghdadi their extremist ideologies and to clarify the true teachings of Islam 
  15. ISIL will find no safe haven
  16. Islamic State forcing the West to provide means for Kurdistan
  17. Women their education and chances to become a parliamentary
  18. Christian clergyman defiling book which did not belong to him
  19. More Muslim children than Christian children growing up in our cities
  20. Being Charlie 10
  21. Being Charlie 11
  22. Do we have to be an anarchist to react

 

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On the Affirmation of Scripture

On the tenth of October 2015 in the United Kingdom there took place a debate on the dwindling numbers of community members.

Small” and “big” may be relative, but for certain faith groups in Christendom they can not ignore that they are a tiny group. The groups of Christianity who keep to the teachings of Jesus and who believe what he and his Father say are also “small” compared to the mainline churches of Christendom.

The Christadelphians, who are a very small group in Christianity its non-trinitarian groups had all the reason to come together at Dudley college to look at their society.

The Christadelphians were once an outspoken, vibrant, edgy “Christian” group who spread their urgent end-times message far and wide. They grew exponentially in the latter half of the nineteenth century, but their heyday is long past. For several decades now they resemble a heavy rusty old steam locomotive that is running out of speed as it lumbers along ill-kept tracks, but still tries to muster the motion needed to take on steep mountain slopes.

recognised Arne Roberts who looked at the community of Dr. John Thomas who inspired many Bible Students from which later came such today better know and much bigger groups like the International Bible Students and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Al over the world we may find big churches and in the United States of America we even can find mega churches. What we can see and hear at those churches and institutions that often they have gone far away from the Biblical Truth.

Many people may think the big churches and those who have the classical church building are the real good churches. On what do they base themselves for making that judgement? Is it really the looks outside that make the Church of God. are those places with shining gold and many pictures and statues the right temples god wanted to have build for Him? And in those huge places is there done a worship of the right god and in the right way, according to God’s Wishes?

Often it is better to be a small church, with people so loving the Word of God that they really spent enough time studying it and living according to it. The only danger with a small church is that with being small there can be a small mindset or that people do not feel enough encouragement and start loosing interest.

A small group (12-15 people) is the perfect environment for people to share needs of being able to talk to people, to share ideas, to feel common ground and to find an intimate environment.  In fact, this is the size of group Jesus himself also used for discipleship and his disciples also came together in small groups at each-others houses. they did not have especially build worship places outside the synagogue. For their bible study and worship of God those who were not a Jew, but followed the teachings of Jesus, gathered regularly in public and private places. They were not looking for big numbers but were happy to meet with like minded followers of Christ.

Let believers always assure that they go hand in hand with each other, looking for the biblical knowledge and wisdom entrusting the elder-ship, leadership or guidance of their church by people who are really founded in the truth, continuing to study that Word of God and putting it in the first place plus knowing where and how to go to.

In that small church may be a strong feeling of togetherness where the leader of the group does not as a dictator but is willing to share his vision and hopes that can inspire and affirm what God is stirring in the hearts of that small community.

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Additional readings

  1. a little church
  2. Is your church small?
  3. The Big Conversation
  4. The Big Conversation follow up
  5. The Big conversation – Antagonists
  6. The Big conversation – Recognition and refocus
  7. Having a small church mentality
  8. Reasons why you may not miss the opportunity to go to a Small Church
  9. Follower of Jesus part of a cult or a Christian
  10. To remove the whitewash of the Jehovah Witnesses as being the only true Bible Students and Bible Researchers
  11. Vision blurred by cumulative burden of divisions
  12. Not words of any organisation should bind you, but the Word of God
  13. Why we do not have our worship-services in a church building
  14. Four Pressing Needs in Rural Communities, and How the Church Should Respond

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Further reading

  1. What is God’s Will For Your Life?
  2. On the Affirmation of Scripture
  3. Walking in Total Dependence Upon God
  4. Walking With Intentionality
  5. Deacon Selection In the Small Church
  6. If It’s All About Relationship…
  7. Advice to Pastors from Nanny McPhee
  8. Just Try a Few Things
  9. Seven Critical Factors in Bringing About Change
  10. For the Bookshelf: The Apathetic and Bored Church Member
  11. A Snapshot of the Church in America
  12. Jesus and the Church Growth Gurus
  13. What’s in It for Me?
  14. What’s my line?
  15. A major problem in the church.
  16. Overcome division with core values
  17. Why Churches Must Plant Churches That Plant Churches (Part II)
  18. How do you eat an elephant?
  19. “When Faith Goes, All Good Things Go”

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The Wittenberg Door

With respect to the authority of Scripture, the greatest challenge facing Bible-believing churches today is not the disbelief aimed at the Bible from outside the faith; nor is it the attack against it from unbelieving theologians cloaked with Christian terminology.

The greatest challenge facing Christians are pulpits where the inerrant Word is wholeheartedly affirmed but routinely side-stepped and ignored. If your preacher is not preaching the text, he is not preaching the Bible, and functionally denies its authority. It does little for the church to affirm the authority of the Scriptures, if the church’s preachers are not shaped by it. If the preachers and elders of the church are not fed on the Word of God, with what do they feed the sheep entrusted to them?

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Crisis man needed in this world

On Saturday the 10th of October Christadelphians come together at Dudley College in the United Kingdom to talk about the diminishing congregations in the United Kingdom. But it is not only there ecclesiae are struggling to make the ends meet and to have enough believers in Christ and in God in their meeting.

Many denominations in Christendom are victim of these times of ungodliness. It is also mainly that ungodliness that shows up in the families and in the behaviour of man. the difficulties people have in conversations and the wrong going communications have provided our world with many difficulties and lots of broken families and divorcees.

Lots of people who call themselves Christian are afraid to show others who they love and what they are standing for. Lots of Christians are afraid to let others know they are Christian. Less people are even willing to proclaim the Word of God and preach the Gospel of the Good News.

Our world urgently need men of God who are willing to go out in the world and preach that Gospel of peace and of hope in the future.

This world in crisis needs many “crisis man”. In this world where many want to be famous we need people who want to be more than a very well know figure and more than just a milepost-a marker on the road to destruction. A real follower of Christ should love it that people would be able to see Jesus in them.

Real followers of Christ should not be afraid to face the confrontation with non-believers or haters of God. They want them to be confronted with the decision to accept or reject the furious love of God.

meandyvettecraterlakeA missionary to Ethiopia, Ramon Mayo, pastor of a multiethnic Vineyard church, has now become a writer/editor in the South Suburbs of Chicago and probably sees a lot of problems in the poorer communities over there. Being rooted in blackness, following Jesus and embracing the world he is very well aware that everyone in the world is not like him and that the Church may be a bunch of people who are not like him worshipping the same God.

Like him we should know that everywhere may be different cultures and that around us we may find people who are not like us, act and behave differently than us. But somehow we should come to see that we all part of this world and that we all come from the same origin, the Base and the same divine creation.

In this world we may live and come to do things. We also have feelings for those around us and even for the place where we live in. But we should not forget where we want to place our loyalty.

Is it towards your country of origin or towards the new citizenship you have in God’s kingdom? {Are you an American or a Christian?}

Too many people have lost track of the main or the right road. It would be best if we could see some more people who are willing to help others to get back on track. Guides are needed to show people the Way again.

When the rubber hits the road and the values and priorities of America (or whatever country. You fill in the blank.) clash with the values of Jesus who wins out.

For me my loyalties lie with Jesus. The hard part is sorting out which values are his and which ones are part of the current government and culture I live in.

It’s hard to be in the world but not of it. {Are you an American or a Christian?}

We have looked hard for interested people who would like to join this platform writing about the way of life and preaching about the future hope, the Kingdom of God. But no other preachers showed up, who did not want to get paid like the other writers presented from the start. Most people want to receive a reward now and want to get paid for their writings. But preaching demands the love of giving to others without willing to receive something for it. Preaching is a free gift, for the free gift of grace we all have received. It is a way of showing thankfulness and appreciation for what Christ Jesus has done for us. Preachers should know and continue the task Jesus has given his followers.

In this ungodly world it is high tie we get more preachers on their feet and that those who call themselves Christian really show to the world what it means to be a follower of Christ.

if I believe Jesus is the way,the truth, and the life and without Him our lives are condemned and we are doomed then easy or hard the choice is simple. {Make me a crisis man}

We wonder who wants to come up for Christ and show others the Way. How many want to answer the call of Jesus Christ? how many want to be an encourager?

Do you want to just be a milepost or a fork in the road? {Make me a crisis man}

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Continue reading: The Big Conversation

Preceding: 72 Synod Fathers on the topic “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the contemporary world”

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Additional reading:

  1. World Agenda for Sustainability
  2. Not many coming out with their community name
  3. Atonement And Fellowship 3/8
  4. Challenging claim 2 Inspired by God 1 Simple words
  5. God who knows the heart
  6. An anarchistic reading of the Bible—(1) Approaching the Bible
  7. Why we do not have our worship-services in a church building
  8. I remember you in my prayers
  9. Meet the atheist … who believes in God
  10. Called Christian
  11. Be an Encourager
  12. A Synod to speak freely and to listen without reservations
  13. Let us make sure we are not stiff-necked
  14. Many forgot how Christ should be our anchor and our focus
  15. Preachers should know and continue the task Jesus has given his followers
  16. Commitment to Christian unity
  17. Fellowship
  18. The Ecclesia
  19. The Ecclesia in the churchsystem
  20. The ecclesia or Christadelphian church
  21. Who are the Christadelphians
  22. Keeping an ecclesia in modern times
  23. Christadelphian people
  24. Christadelphians
  25. Christadelphians or Messianic Christians or Messianic Jews
  26. My faith
  27. A Living Faith #8 Change
  28. Priority to form a loving brotherhood
  29. Small churches of the few Christadelphians
  30. What Christadelphians teach
  31. About the Belgian Free Christadelphians
  32. 19° Century London Christadelphians
  33. Faith and works
  34. Breathing to teach
  35. Breathing and growing with no heir
  36. Perishable non theologians daring to go out to preach
  37. Belonging to or being judged by
  38. Good or bad preacher
  39. Jehovah’s Witnesses not only group that preach the good news

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How our governments use military charities to evade the real cost of their wars

More people should be aware of the war-machine and how governmental institutions take care enough funds may be found to ‘lard’ the fighting business.

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To remember:

the British public will fill collecting tins for armed forces personnel.

The Charities Directory lists 276 army, 188 Royal Marines and Navy, 70 RAF and 90 ex-services (military) charities in the UK

the biggest profile with ‘Help for Heroes’.

Almost all of these charities have come into existence since 1999, the majority in the past decade.

charities to take care of soldiers after their return

responsibility, rehabilitation and care would be provided and compensation would be paid > something that the government should take responsibility for.

Looking into some of the service personnel relief charities, their relationship to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) certainly raise some questions.

Help for Heroes & Skill Force, MoD project to get ex-forces personnel into work or for new treatment centres.

obligations that society and government have to armed forces personnel “The Armed Forces Covenant.”

£37 billion annual defence spending this government cares little for the welfare of its armed forces personnel.

British public want veterans to be better supported > troubling they keep blindly giving to charity without thought for what service personnel need.

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Stop Making Sense

Sam Walton writes for Ceasefire Magazine:

The names of 600,000 soldiers are engraved in alphabetical order at the The Ring of Memory international memorial, in Notre Dame de Lorette, France. (Credits: AFP)Say one thing about the British public, we will fill collecting tins for armed forces personnel. The Charities Directory lists 276 army, 188 Royal Marines and Navy, 70 RAF and 90 ex-services (military) charities in the UK, and those numbers are growing every year. The Royal British Legion is by far the biggest in terms of income, with over £100m in turnover, and shares the biggest profile with ‘Help for Heroes’. Almost all of these charities have come into existence since 1999, the majority in the past decade.

However, is the government avoiding the full cost of going to war by getting these charities to take care of soldiers after their return? If a fire-fighter, nurse or other government employee was killed or seriously injured in an industrial accident at work, the government would assume responsibility, rehabilitation and care would be provided and compensation…

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Christians fail there where Muslims succeed

A few years ago Marcus Ampe wanted to create two lifestyle magazines, one especially for Christians and an other one for the general public, providing a source of information for Christians and non-Christians alike, presenting poetry, positive news, informing and educating its readers on health, way of living, environmental and economical issues. In Belgium like in many other Western countries there are lots of royalty, fashion and lifestyle magazines putting the focus on wealth and materialism.
Nearly every magazine in the grocery store checkout line blares some indecent headline. Songs piped into public venues often glorify death, anger or sex. A multibillion-dollar pornography industry targets each of us on our computers and mobile phones every day. We could go on and on. With this much energy put into bombarding our lives with junk, evil has made it almost inevitable that we fall … over and over again.

People who would rather read inspiring stories, newscoverage and reviews from Christian world perspectives, helpful, biblical advice for shopping, parenting, cooking, and just about anything related to living your life as a Christian have not so much literature.

According to Mr. M. Ampe every Christian is responsible for their own decision to objectify another human or treat them with respect but also to be a good example for the community of believers. The way we dress and behave is very important and should receive much more attention than it gets in the media.

The world we live in has no time for God and prefers to enjoy all material luxury, not minding a culture filled with more junk and perversion than ever before. In Belgium , like in so many other countries we got full press review of priests having girl and boyfriends but also putting their hands on children, and ministry leaders falling to some sort of vice. When we look at humankind’s depravity today it looks like we are back in Roman times of games and pleasure, and gliding down the mountain to Gomorrah. If we’re not careful, it’ll make us cynical, or worse yet, this culture can desensitize us to sin’s snares, making us susceptible to its grips.

Christians should be academically excellent, manage time well, and work with all their hearts.They also should be willing to share the Good News and help others where they can. There may lots of interesting things on the market and many good things said somewhere. But it is impossible to follow it all and read everything which is published; By making selections and by introducing what you like to others, you can give them some idea so that they may make a choice for them, choosing the appropriate text for the time they are in and with.

Though after some months speaking to people and trying them to get interested in the idea of presenting a sort of Reader’s Digest for people who want to tackle their life seriously.

There where Mr. Ampe did not succeed the Muslim community in Belgium get their first own lifestyle magazine Aya.

emel LogoIn the United Kingdom they also had already Emel at the forefront of Muslim media for the past seven years, with a vision to promote a positive and confident message about the Muslim communities in the UK and beyond. ‘Emel’ – whose name sounds like the letters “M” AND “L”, standing for “Muslim Life” and resembles the Arabic word for “hope”, has been running since September 2003. The magazine has had an outstanding reception, by Muslims and non-Muslims alike, and has had extensive media interest worldwide.

At emel we seek to articulate the Islamic message in a clear, modern way by focusing on principles. We highlight the attributes of Divine Perfection, and make concrete those attributes in examples of daily life. We are innovative and professional in the presentation of the Divine Message for today’s society. By doing so we hope to give confidence to the Muslim community, whilst simultaneously showcasing the Muslim contribution to mainstream society, and promoting the common good.

says the emel Media Group of which Sarah Joseph is Editor & CEO.

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In the Muslim world the faithful are not staying quiet like many Christians do. Islamic men and women are willing to come out for their believes and to share them with others, but also and more important willing to help others to open the eyes and to find a better way of living.

In fact, Muslim lifestyle magazines are just one of the many channels opening up in response to the consumption and spending power of the Futurists.  For brands, they are one way to speak to this segment, but more importantly they indicate that this is a segment that is growing globally, and one which is yearning for brands to reach out to them.

The UK Emel magazine has been going from strength to strength and perhaps inspired others to pick up the pen as well. In Turkey, women’s glossy Ala magazine was recently launched. The only Western state which can claim to have many Christian lifestyle magazines, the USA, is also home to Muslim lifestyle magazines like Illume Magazine and the male-orientated publication Muslim Quarterly (with a lot of disturbing advertisements). According to South East Asia’s Aquila Magazine, such Muslim lifestyle mags target “well-heeled and cosmopolitan Muslim community”. And Malaysia’s offerings include Majalah Dian and Majalah Era Muslimah.

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From the first of September Ayacan be found by the newsagent. It is the first lifestyle magazine in Flanders created by Kawtar Nayar.

Titled AYA Lifestyle, the quarterly will address the same issues as other women’s magazines but will focus more on philosophical subjects, in accordance with their beliefs and interests.

We, as Muslims, we needed our own magazine. A newspaper that reflects our traditions, norms and values ​​(…). A family magazine with articles (…) full of information and inspiration about fashion, beauty, art, travel, cooking, career, family, life and much more”

says the press release from the magazine.

The magazine does not want to avoid particular Muslim issues. The magazine is not shy or wanting to hide philosophical questions about Islam and question which women are sometimes to shy to talk about. They want to  reach out to, inform, broaden awareness and say they are open to other opinions.

This new review primarily focuses on Muslim women but also wants to explore “the contemporary Muslim world” to other women.

It would be nice to get the Flemish people to have a look in the internal kitchen and to take away wrong ideas about Muslim faith and Muslim way of living in the Low Countries.

Next to “From Guestwriters,” the lifestyle magazine Stepping Toes aims also, in time, to give people an insight of what the Torah, Bible and Koran really preach and how people made up their own teachings by twisting the words of those holy books. We do not know if Aya shall take up the courage to give a voice to the contemporary Muslim, showing how certain fundamentalist groups misuse the Words, Tittle and Name of Allah to bring terror over innocent people.

ayaIn case Aya and the other Muslim lifestyle magazines are willing to show the dangers of fundamentalism and wrong teachings, not according to what is really written in the Koran, there may be hope that the division which groups as Isis, Boko Haram and Al Quada are creating and hatred they sow can be made less bad.

The Flemish Muslim girls showed the Flemish Christian world they dare to come out and be part of the modern world, opening their mouth but not being afraid to bring their religion as the ‘gauge’ of what they want to share with others.

We are still looking for Christian writers who want to share their vision with us and our readers, showing others where we want to stand for and want to share our world with all creatures, all sorts of people of all sorts of religions and cultures, plus with plants and animals which we consider elements we have to take care for.

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Preceding you may find our call to join us as an author and to prove that Christians also can work together and present a lifestyle magazine with a background in line with the Divine Creator His Wishes and CommandmentsDo you have a writer or presenter in you?

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Please do find additional reading:

  1. Aya-lifestyle
  2. A glimpse into the growth of Muslim lifestyle magazines
  3. AYA Lifestyle, un nouveau magazine féminin pour les musulmanes flamandes
  4. Aya eerste magazine voor moslima’s
  5. Moslima’s krijgen eigen magazine
  6. Islamique magazine
  7. Observing the commandments and becoming doers of the Word

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