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Church of England Celebrates Birthday Party for Muhammad and Jesus

A Church of England congregation in Kingston upon Thames held an interfaith celebration for Muhammad and Jesus at the beginning of December.

But Adrian Hilton, publisher of one of the U.K.’s most popular political and highest-ranking religion blogs, said, “Muhammad gets his prophethood, while Jesus gets neither his prophethood nor his priesthood; neither his kingship nor his messiahship. It’s the exalted Prophet Muhammad along with plain old Jesus, because to have added any of his claims to divinity would, of course, have alienated many Muslims.”

Earlier in the year, Westminister Abbey conducted two interfaith meetings with Muslims. Leo Hohmann, World Net Daily news editor, warns Christians about the danger of this kind of interfaith movement: “Allowing the Quran to be read inside a church is the equivalent of the ancient Israelites setting up an image of a false god in the Holy of Holies.”

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Bermuda Considers Repeal of Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

The island nation of Bermuda is reconsidering its same-sex “marriage” law and instead is looking at offering same-sex couples domestic partnerships status with benefits. The nation legalized same-sex “marriage” through a court order in May, although the order did not provide benefits for same-sex couples. If Bermuda succeeds in reversing that law, it would be the first country in the world to return to the biblical definition of marriage: the union of one man and one woman. The House of Assembly has passed the Domestic Partnership Act, which now goes to the Bermuda Senate.

MP Wayne Furbert said, “I support it because at the end of the day it removes the right to same-sex ‘marriage’ and it tells the court that this Parliament will stand for what is right.” Sylvan Richards, shadow minister of planning, added, “It’s going to give individuals the rights they need and it’s going to keep marriage between a man and a woman, which was my goal.”

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Victoria, Australia Okays Assisted Suicide

The Australian state of Victoria just legalized assisted suicide. Starting in mid-2019, Victorians with terminal, incurable illnesses who have been residents of the state for a year or more will be able to obtain a lethal drug within 10 days of a request.

The legalization of euthanasia in Victoria is good news for Australian-born Dr. Philip Nitschke, founder of Exit International and creator of the new death machine known as the Sarco. This spaceship-like contraption floods patients within its luxurious capsule with liquid nitrogen. The patients experience a relatively fast and painless death. The whole operation will be open-source and could theoretically be 3-D printed anywhere in the world. Nitschke is in talks with suicide clinics in Switzerland to license the machine.

This new technology could lead to offering death on demand in the future in those countries that have already legalized assisted suicide for terminal illnesses. Hopefully, the rest of the states in Australia won’t follow suit but instead will offer its citizens more reasons to live than to die.

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Study Shows Link Between Suicide and Contraceptive Usage

A new study by Danish researchers published in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows that hormonal contraceptives have been linked to increased suicide. “The patch” hormonal contraceptive has been linked with the highest increase in suicide or suicide attempt, followed by intrauterine devices (IUDs), the vaginal ring, and the birth control pill. Women most at risk are teenagers due to typical hormone changes during this developmental stage.

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Australian Senate Votes to Legalize Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

In a 43-12 vote, the Australian Senate passed a bill on Wednesday to legalize homosexual “marriage.”

This was bad news for conservatives. The Senate rejected attempts to allow business owners who provide wedding services or non-clergy authorized to solemnize weddings to opt-out of same-sex “marriages” based on their sincerely held religious beliefs. It also rejected a provision to allow parents to opt children out of class instruction that normalizes homosexuality.

The Australian House of Representatives could take action on the bill as early as next week, and conservatives are expected to attempt to include these religious liberty exceptions.

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