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  • 'Gay cake' row: born-again Christian bakers lose court appeal [Northern Ireland]

    10/24/2016 7:45:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Monday 24 October 2016 06.55 EDT | Henry McDonald
    A bakery in Northern Ireland owned by evangelical Christians has lost an appeal to overturn a conviction that found it guilty of discrimination for refusing to bake a pro-gay-marriage themed cake. The court of appeal in Belfast on Monday upheld a previous judgment last year that Ashers Bakery had discriminated against a customer on the grounds of sexual orientation. The family-owned firm in the original case was also ordered to pay £500 compensation to the local gay rights activist Gareth Lee, whose legal action was backed by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. Lee had tried to buy a cake...
  • The transgender woman wanting to rejoin the Orange Order

    08/03/2016 7:00:15 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 August 2016 | Peter Coulter
    The city of Belfast in Northern Ireland is gearing up for its annual gay pride parade this weekend. But what are the challenges that face LGBT people living in Northern Ireland where sexual identity and politics always seem to clash. Peter Coulter has been to meet a transgender woman living in Belfast, who would like to rejoin the Orange Order.
  • Decorated Para facing prosecution 44 years after shooting dead an IRA killer [tr]

    07/30/2016 8:14:42 AM PDT · by pabianice · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/30/16 | Hardy
    A bloody outrage: The decorated Para facing prosecution 44 years after shooting dead an IRA killer - while the blood-soaked men of terror know they'll never face justice (thanks to Blair's squalid 'peace' deal) Soldier C faces prosecution for shooting the IRA commander Joe McCann The 65-year-old had been cleared of any wrong-doing over killing in 1972 Thought case is politically motivated and designed to appease IRA families Meanwhile, suspected IRA terrorists avoid prosecution due to Blair's deal Soldier C is a man who rarely shows emotion. Having served his country for 23 years in both the Parachute Regiment and...
  • Blumenthal Emailed Hillary About ‘Setting Up Secret Channels Between Insurgents And Governments’

    10/31/2015 5:58:53 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 26 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Oct 30 2015 | Chuck Ross
    Emails released by the State Department on Friday show that Hillary Clintons longtime friend Sidney Blumenthal reached out to her on behalf of a former United Kingdom diplomat who was interested in setting up secret channels between insurgents and governments. Clinton was receptive to the idea which came via Blumenthal from Jonathan Powell, former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blairs chief of staff. (Quote) Hillary, Jonathan Powell has launched a new NGO that has already initiated some very interesting work below the radar, (Unquote) Blumenthal wrote in the March 18, 2012 email. (Quote)Sid We are trying to replicate what we did...
  • Berlin: Brexit could trigger new Northern Irish conflict

    05/13/2016 9:48:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies ^ | 13 May 2016 09:00 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    A vote by Britain to quit the European Union might reignite conflict in Northern Ireland because it would re-erect a border through the country, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Thursday. […] The minister said that an Irish representative had once told him that the conflict in Northern Ireland was currently quiet “because there are no borders in Ireland.” But if the United Kingdom were to quit the EU, “there will be a border again between Ireland and Northern Ireland. And that could at least have the potential of rekindling a conflict that has seemingly calmed down,” he said....
  • IRA suspect charged with Belfast bomb attack on prison guard

    03/12/2016 8:28:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 12, 2016 7:26 AM EST | Shawn Pogatchnik
    A suspected member of an Irish Republican Army splinter group was charged Saturday with trying to kill a Northern Ireland prison officer by placing a booby-trap bomb under his vehicle as police warned of rising security risks as Easter approaches. Dozens of armed riot police were deployed inside Belfast Magistrates Court to control a rowdy crowd supporting 45-year-old Christopher Robinson, who offered no plea to two charges of attempted murder and possession of a homemade bomb. Robinson was arrested following the March 4 attack on an off-duty prison officer, who was seriously wounded when a bomb exploded beneath his van...
  • 'Islam is Satanic': Pastor Found Not Guilty of ‘Grossly Offensive' Remarks About Islam

    01/06/2016 7:13:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 6, 2016 | 3:27 PM EST | Mark Judge
    James McConnell, a 78-year-old Belfast pastor, has been found not guilty of broadcasting "grossly offensive" speech about Islam. McConnell, who made his remarks at the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in Belfast in 2014, was charged with improper use of a public electronic communications network and causing a grossly offensive message to be sent by means of a public electronic communications network. Both are prohibited under the British 2003 Communications Act. The verdict follows a trial after one of McConnell's sermons was broadcast online. In it McConnell said: "Islam is heathen, Islam is satanic, Islam is a doctrine spawned in hell." McConnell...
  • Evangelical pastor on trial for branding Islam 'satanic'

    12/14/2015 8:18:28 AM PST · by amorphous · 14 replies
    WND ^ | 14 Dec 2015 | Bob Unruh
    A pastor is facing a court trial this week on a government charge that his message, delivered through a public electronic communications because it was online, was grossly offensive to the point of being criminal. The decision that results from the case, which is based on the pastor's description of Islam as a "doctrine spawned in hell," could determine whether Christian pastors will be allowed to preach biblical doctrine in the United Kingdom going forward. U.TV in the United Kingdom reports that Pastor James McConnell, 78, of Shore Road, Newtownabbey, is facing a three-day trial for charges stemming from alleged...
  • Same sex marriage wins historic vote in Northern Ireland (vetoed by DUP)

    11/05/2015 7:14:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Irish Central ^ | November 04, 2015 11:00 AM | Dara Kelly
    Making history on Monday a majority of Northern Ireland's Assembly members voted in favor of same-sex marriage for the first time. But the motion was immediately blocked by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) who submitted a "petition of concern" requiring that the proposal achieve a cross-community majority to pass, effectively vetoing it. Forty one nationalists backed the proposal, but it was approved by only four unionists, ensuring it fell. It was the fifth time same-sex marriage was voted on by the assembly, with the four previous votes falling on a simple majority basis. ...
  • Experts to assess IRA in bid to bolster Belfast government (N. Ireland)

    09/22/2015 8:02:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 22, 2015 10:50 AM EDT
    Britain says a new expert panel will report on the activities of the Irish Republican Army and other outlawed paramilitary groups as part of efforts to heal the rift in Northern Ireland’s unity government. […] The IRA in 2005 declared it had renounced violence and disarmed in support of power-sharing. Protestant leaders are threatening to end cooperation with the IRA-linked Sinn Féin party because of police assessments that IRA members killed a former Belfast comrade last month. …
  • Ulster scientists in breakthrough which could end curse of hereditary blindness (N. Ireland)

    09/12/2015 2:02:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 09/11/2015 | Laura Abernethy
    Ulster University scientists have made a remarkable breakthrough which it is hoped could cure hereditary blindness. They have discovered a treatment that can target the gene that leads to corneal dystrophy—a condition that causes cloudy deposits on the cornea. […] Currently, those with corneal dystrophy face a lifetime of treatment and the only option for those who go blind is a corneal transplant from a donor eye, but this has risks and varying success rates. […] But the new treatment, developed by scientists at the University’s School of Biomedical Science, currently involves just one injection into the eye, which destroys...
  • Northern Ireland first minister steps down amid impasse

    09/10/2015 5:27:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 10, 2015 7:43 PM EDT | Gregory Katz
    The future of the Catholic-Protestant power-sharing government in Northern Ireland is hanging by a slender thread with First Minister Peter Robinson’s decision Thursday to step down, along with all but one of his ministers, because of a series of disputes. Democratic Unionist leader Robinson left one party figure, Arlene Foster, in place as temporary first minister and finance minister, but the coalition government has been seriously weakened by developments and may ultimately be suspended, leading to a restoration of direct British rule from Westminster. The crisis stems in large part from a police finding that that Irish Republic Army dissidents...
  • [Northern] Irish pastor to be prosecuted for calling Islam a satanic belief

    08/15/2015 12:04:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Irish Central ^ | August 14, 2015 01:14 AM | Frances Mulraney
    A Belfast preacher will be prosecuted for referring to Islam as “satanic” and claiming that its doctrine was “spawned in hell.” During a sermon at his Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in May 2014, 78-year-old born-again Christian pastor James McConnell denounced Islam as a “heathen” religion, saying it was barbarian and Godless. Although the pastor initially defended his remarks, a huge public backlash and accusations of Islamophobia forced him to publicly apologize for any offense his sermon caused the Muslim community. Despite his apology, Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service informed McConnell last week that he was to receive an “informed warning” regarding...
  • Londonderry to be renamed Derry as Unionists cry foul (Northern Ireland)

    07/25/2015 3:26:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 24, 2015 09:04 AM | Cathy Hayes
    The Derry City and Strabane District Council have voted in favor of moving to officially changing the name of Londonderry to Derry. Unionists are describing the decision, voted upon on Thursday evening, as “sectarian” and “disgusting.” The vote passed with the full support of Sinn Féin, the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), and the Independent councillors, despite opposition from the minority unionist block. The council will now write to Environment Minister Mark H. Durkan of the SDLP, on how to go about the change. Durkan is himself a native of Derry. According to, 28 councillors voted to seek...
  • Police in Northern Ireland investigating ‘Catholics will be crucified’ threat

    07/11/2015 9:46:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 10, 2015 01:00 AM | Casey Egan
    Police in Belfast are investigating a photo posted to social media on Monday in which a group of masked men yielding baseball bats, axes and stakes stand before a wall of graffiti that threatens to crucify Catholics. “Taigs will be crucified,” the shocking message reads, using a derogatory term for Irish Catholics. The letters “VTOT” are written below, with a cross. They are believed to stand for “Village Team on Tour,” the name of a loyalist gang in South Belfast. The graffiti was discovered on Monday, when the photo was first shared on social media. It has been widely viewed...
  • Iron Age warrior lived with arrowhead in spine

    07/01/2015 7:20:54 AM PDT · by dware · 28 replies
    Live Science via Fox News ^ | 07.01.2015 | Laura Geggel
    A horrific spinal injury caused by a bronze arrowhead didn't immediately kill an Iron Age warrior, who survived long enough for his bone to heal around the metal point, a new study of his burial in central Kazakhstan finds. "This found individual was extremely lucky to survive," said study researcher Svetlana Svyatko, a research fellow in the school of geography, archaeology and paleoecology at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland. "It's hard to get a vertebral wound without damaging the main blood vessels, which would have resulted in an immediate death."
  • ‘End Austerity Now,’ demand Britons

    06/20/2015 4:35:16 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 24 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 6/21/2015 | Parvathi Menon
    End austerity: it’s cheating us all; Jobs not Trident; No cuts; Defy Tory rule; Cut war not welfare; Stop fracking; a Living Wage for mothers; and, The Pope gets it, why can’t you? With the slogans emblazoned on banners, posters and flags, anti-austerity marchers shouted slogans, sang, and beat drums, as they walked through London in what is being called the biggest protest march that the city has seen. The ‘End Austerity Now’ demonstration saw participation by an estimated crowd of between 70,000 and 250,000, all coming together to protest against cuts imposed due to austerity, the threats to the...
  • Patrick Stewart defends ‘gay cake’ bakery (in Northern Ireland; refused gays)

    06/05/2015 10:15:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    News Corp Australia ^ | June 05, 2015 2:57PM
    Veteran actor and gay rights activist Patrick Stewart has defended a Christian bakery which was found guilty of discrimination for refusing to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan. Last month, a judge ruled that Ashers Baking Company in Northern Ireland had discriminated against a gay customer by refusing to make a cake with the words “support gay marriage”, along with a picture of Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street. Gareth Lee commissioned the cake for an event to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The bakery initially accepted the order, but called Mr. Lee two days later...
  • Police Probe 'Rogue' Irish Flag Over Northern Ireland's Parliament Buildings

    06/04/2015 9:09:17 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    UPI ^ | june 3, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    Police in Northern Ireland said they are investigating the unauthorized flying of the Irish national flag over Northern Ireland's Parliament Buildings. A representative for the Northern Ireland Assembly confirmed the tricolor Irish flag was flown over Belfast's Parliament Buildings for about 10 minutes Wednesday. "Two flags were flown without permission from the roof," the representative told the BBC. The roof and fourth floor of the Parliament Buildings, commonly referred to as Stormont, are currently under construction, with contractors having complete access to the areas, officials said. "Whatever the motivation behind this there must be a full explanation from the Assembly...
  • Americans 'overreacted' to 9/11 terror attacks because they're not as resilient as Brits

    06/02/2015 10:12:13 AM PDT · by Teotwawki · 58 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | June 2, 2015 | Eleanor Harding
    Americans ‘overreacted’ to the 9/11 attacks, according to the newly appointed first female vice-chancellor of Oxford University. Terrorism expert Professor Louise Richardson said the 2001 atrocity provoked such a response because violent extremism was a ‘new experience’ in the US. Widespread panic ensued in America after al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger airliners and flew them into buildings, causing almost 3,000 deaths. In contrast, British citizens have shown themselves to be more ‘resilient’ in the face of terror when dealing with violence during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, she said.
  • George Galloway taken to hospital after street attack

    08/29/2014 11:23:58 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 42 replies ^ | 30 August 2014 | bbc
    George Galloway has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw after he was attacked on a London street, his spokesman has said.
  • Tories open four point lead over Labour

    02/16/2015 10:02:06 AM PST · by NRx · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 16 Feb 2015 | Steven Swinford
    The Conservatives have opened up a four-point lead over Labour after the biggest surge in their support for two years, a poll has suggested. A Guardian/ ICM poll showed that the Tories are six points up to 36 per cent, only one point short of their result in the 2010 General Election. Labour support fell one point to 32 per cent, while the Liberal Democrats were also down a point to 10 per cent.
  • Liam Neeson comments: Must action stars oppose gun control?

    01/17/2015 8:44:52 AM PST · by bgill · 50 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Jan. 16, 2015 | Lisa Suhay
    “PARA USA regrets its decision to provide firearms for use in the film "Taken 3". While the film itself is entertaining, comments made by its Irish-born star during press junkets reflect a cultural and factual ignorance that undermines support of the Second Amendment and American liberties,” the company posted on its Facebook page. “We will no longer provide firearms for use in films starring Liam Neeson
  • Wind turbine collapses in Northern Ireland

    01/04/2015 1:24:44 PM PST · by PROCON · 60 replies ^ | Jan. 4, 2015 | Emily Gosden
    Investigation after 328-foot turbine buckles at wind farm in County Tyrone despite only light winds A 328-foot tall wind turbine worth more than £2 million pounds has buckled and collapsed on a mountainside in Northern Ireland. Unconfirmed reports suggested the blades of the turbine had spun out of control - despite only light wind speeds - before the structure came crashing to the ground on Friday. Locals claimed the sound of the turbine hitting the mountain could be heard up to seven miles away from the Screggagh wind farm, near Fintona in County Tyrone.
  • How English taxpayers will pay the price of a loser's coalition of Scottish and Welsh

    05/11/2010 5:06:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies · 621+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | May 11, 2010 | Daniel Martin and Ian Drury
    English taxpayers face being held to ransom by Scottish and Welsh nationalists in a 'rainbow' coalition to prop up Labour - despite having voted overwhelmingly for the Conservatives. Even though Labour and the Liberal Democrats have now entered talks over a possible deal, they will only get a Commons majority if they ally themselves with minority parties from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. But these parties, such as the SNP and Plaid Cymru, have said they will demand their countries be protected from cuts as a price for keeping Labour in No 10. Although last week's election was inconclusive across...
  • Northern Ireland anti-abortion activist convicted

    11/19/2014 10:06:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2014 10:53 AM EST | Shawn Pogatchnik
    Northern Ireland’s most prominent anti-abortion activist was convicted Wednesday of harassing the director of Belfast’s only abortion clinic in the latest chapter of a bitter two-year confrontation. Bernadette Smyth, leader of the Precious Life group, was convicted on two counts of threatening Dawn Purvis, who runs British family planning service Marie Stopes’ Belfast branch. It is the only such clinic on the island of Ireland, where abortion is legal only in extreme cases where a woman’s life is deemed at risk from her pregnancy. …
  • Northern Ireland man faces Syria terror charges

    11/08/2014 9:26:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 8, 2014 11:34 AM EST
    A Northern Ireland man who says he fought against the Islamic State group in Syria appeared in court Saturday charged with terrorism offenses. Eamon Bradley of Londonderry is charged with possessing a grenade and receiving training in arms and explosives. A police officer told the court that the 25-year-old convert to Islam traveled to Syria earlier this year and joined the Army of Islam, a group fighting both the Syrian government and IS. He says he took part in two battles against the regime and one against the Islamic State group. …
  • Sinn Féin chief Adams accused of IRA rape cover-up

    10/16/2014 4:33:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 16, 2014 4:54 PM EDT | Shawn Pogatchnik
    Sinn Féin party leader Gerry Adams denied new accusations Thursday that he concealed child-abuse crimes within his own secretive movement, this time allegedly committed by a Belfast officer of the outlawed Irish Republican Army. Mairia Cahill, a member of one of Belfast’s top IRA families, appeared alongside a former foreign minister outside Ireland’s parliament to accuse Adams of conspiring to suppress her reports of being raped by an IRA commander from Adams’ home district in 1997, when she was 16. …
  • Miliband REJECTS English votes for English laws and accuses Cameron of playing politics

    09/26/2014 12:45:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 21 September 2014 | Tom McTague
    Labour leader says he's open to English-only 'scrutiny' of law but not vetoes. He refused to back English votes for English laws after being asked 13 times. Mr Miliband claims move was drawn up on back of a 'fag packet' by the PM . David Cameron said if Scotland gets new powers so should England. But Mr Miliband said the proposal would mean our 'Parliament being split up'. Mr Miliband says he's 'not in favour of a Commons that becomes divided'. Labour has 41 MPs in Scotland which could help it form a majority next year . ... Why should...
  • David Cameron Vows More Powers for England After Scotland Vote

    09/19/2014 1:19:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    nbc ^ | September 19th 2014 | Alexander Smith
    Like Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own regional parliaments... However, England's lack of a similar legislative body has led to a messy situation where Scottish lawmakers can vote on issues that only affect England at the U.K.-wide Westminster parliament ... Just as Scotland will vote separately…on their issues of tax, spending and welfare, so too England, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland, should be able to vote on these issues
  • In full: David Cameron statement on the UK's future (Partial Excerpt)

    09/19/2014 12:53:38 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09/19/2014 | Prime Minister David Cameron
    "I have long believed that a crucial part missing from this national discussion is England. "We have heard the voice of Scotland - and now the millions of voices of England must also be heard. "The question of English votes for English laws - the so-called West Lothian question -requires a decisive answer. "So, just as Scotland will vote separately in the Scottish Parliament on their issues of tax, spending and welfare so too England, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland, should be able to vote on these issues and all this must take place in tandem with, and...
  • Northern Ireland Firebrand Ian Paisley Dead At 88

    09/12/2014 9:43:35 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    ABCNews ^ | September 12, 2014
    September 12, 2014 Northern Ireland Firebrand Ian Paisley Dead At 88 DUBLIN -- The Rev. Ian Paisley, the divisive Protestant firebrand who devoted his life to thwarting compromise with Catholics in Northern Ireland only to become a pivotal peacemaker in his twilight years, died Friday in Belfast, his wife said. He was 88. Paisley was Northern Ireland's most polarizing politician throughout its three decades of civil strife, during which the evangelist's blistering oratory was often blamed for fueling the bloodshed that claimed 3,700 lives. Yet at the zenith of his peace-wrecking powers, Paisley in 2007 stunned the world by delivering...
  • The Rev Ian Paisley Dies Aged 88

    09/12/2014 6:15:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 91 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/12/14 | Staff Reporter
    The Rev Ian Paisley, Protestant firebrand and former leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, has died at the age of 88. The Rev Paisley served as First Minister of Northern Ireland for a year when power was first devolved in 2007. His deputy, Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin, expressed sadness at the news of his death. “Over a number of decades we were political opponents and held very different views on many, many issues but the one thing we were absolutely united on was the principle that our people were better able to govern themselves than any British government,” he...
  • Former taoiseach Albert Reynolds dies, aged 81

    08/21/2014 5:16:11 AM PDT · by Michael Collins · 11 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 21/8/2014 | Steven Carroll
    Former taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader Albert Reynolds has died. He was 81. He became the eighth taoiseach of the country in 1992, serving for just under three years. His family said last year that he had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Northern Ireland considers allowing killing disabled unborn babies: pro-lifers condemn

    08/19/2014 3:05:33 PM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    life site ^ | Thaddeus Baklinski
    Northern Ireland’s leading pro-life group, Precious Life, has condemned this week's announcement by Justice Minister David Ford that a consultation on changing the abortion law will be "ready by autumn." The government is considering allowing the killing of pre-born babies suspected of being disabled and those conceived through rape or incest. “Abortion is a serious criminal offence in Northern Ireland,” said the director of Precious Life, Bernadette Smyth. “The law here protects unborn babies, and David Ford as Minister for Justice must ensure that all children are legally protected." Last December, Ford revealed he would be undertaking a consultation to...
  • Bridge connecting Ireland and Britain that could change lives mooted [2013]

    08/02/2014 11:17:33 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    IrishCentral ^ | August 15,2013 | Staff Writers
    The longest sea bridge in the world at 20.2 miles long is the Donghai bridge that links Shanghai to Yangshan in China. A bridge from either Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland would have to be even longer than that. In 2007, a 21-mile rail bridge was proposed between Galloway, Scotland, to Belfast, Northern Ireland. The idea would have trains running from Dublin, through Belfast, over the sea to Scotland, and then down railways into London... "Four main routes have been proposed. Two run from Scotland to Northern Ireland - Campbeltown to County Antrim, or Stranraer to Belfast. Two...
  • Bert and Ernie gay marriage cake leaves Christian bakery facing court threat (Northern Ireland)

    07/07/2014 1:37:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:52PM BST 07 Jul 2014 | John Bingham
    A Christian-run bakery is facing legal action from a Government agency for refusing to produce a cake carrying a picture of the Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie and the slogan “support gay marriage”. Ashers Baking Co., based in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, canceled an order for a novelty cake with a picture of the puppets arm in arm printed onto the icing saying that it went against the directors’ religious beliefs. They believe that producing the cake with the slogan and the logo of QueerSpace, a gay rights group the would-be customer supports, would amount to endorsing the campaign for...
  • All-Ireland ‘census’ highlights differences and similarities…(N. Ireland ‘more atheistic’)

    06/13/2014 12:58:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 13 June 2014 | Fionnan Sheehan
    People in Northern Ireland are older and more likely to be atheist and divorced than their neighbors in the Republic. A new census report systematically compares life in the two jurisdictions for the first time, highlighting key differences and similarities in religion, lifestyle and work. […] Marriage and living together are both slightly more common in the Republic while splitting up and lone parenthood are more common in Northern Ireland. Nearly one in 10 adults in Northern Ireland is divorced or separated—which is nearly twice as many as in the Republic—and 37% of northerners are single compared with 42% of...
  • Preacher at Ian Paisley’s former church denounces Islam as a “wicked religion” (Northern Ireland)

    06/02/2014 7:31:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 02 June 2014 | Rebecca Black
    Just a week after a scandal was sparked by a preacher slating Islam as “satanic”, a second preacher has launched a broadside against the faith. The minister at Lord Bannside’s former church, Martyr’s Memorial Free Presbyterian in east Belfast, has blasted Islam as a “violent, intolerant, wicked religion”. The Rev. Ian Brown was speaking at a recent Sunday evening service in defense of Pastor James McConnell, whom he described as a “prophet”. […] In an sermon posted on the Martyr’s Memorial website, Rev. Brown is heard saying: “Now the allies and sympathizers of Islam are up on their hind legs;...
  • Irish Pastor Under ‘Hate Crime’ Investigation for Sunday Sermon Against Islam

    05/31/2014 11:46:26 PM PDT · by kingattax · 48 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | May 31, 2014 | Garrett Haley
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland – A 75-year-old Irish preacher was subjected to a police probe after he condemned Islam in a sermon and was accused of ‘hate mongering.’ James McConnell, pastor of the Whitewell Metropolitan Church in North Belfast, Ireland, discussed the religion of Islam during an evening sermon on Sunday, May 18th. During the sermon, McConnell denounced Islam and said the contrast between it and Christianity is stark. “The God we worship and serve this evening is not Allah,” he proclaimed, according to a video of his sermon. “The Muslim god—Allah—is a heathen deity. Allah is a cruel deity. Allah...
  • Sinn Féin emerges as biggest party in Northern Ireland; DUP claims most seats

    05/24/2014 6:19:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 24 May 2014
    Sinn Féin has emerged as the biggest party in Northern Ireland following the local government elections—but the DUP has claimed the greater number of council seats. The republican party claimed 24.1% of all first preference votes with the DUP on 23.1%. Both parties, however, saw their share of the vote slip with the DUP down by 4.1% and Sinn Féin marginally down by 0.7%. …
  • Belfast pastor James McConnell denounces Islam as the devil’s doctrine at Whitewell…(N. Ireland)

    05/21/2014 11:39:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 21 May 2014 | Claire Williamson
    Police have launched a probe into a a potential hate crime after an outspoken evangelical pastor defended describing the Islamic faith as “satanic” and a “doctrine spawned in hell”. Senior Pastor James McConnell made the remarks as he addressed his congregation at the Whitewell Tabernacle Metropolitan Church on Sunday evening. They were described as “very offensive”, “hurtful” and “irresponsible” by a representative from the Belfast Islamic Centre. […] During his sermon, the clergyman said: “Islam is heathen, Islam is satanic, Islam is a doctrine spawned in hell.” He also likened Muslims to the IRA, saying there were cells spread right...
  • This woman wants homosexuality criminalized, adultery made illegal and rock groups banned…(UK)

    05/16/2014 2:35:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 15 May 2014 | Adrian Rutherford
    She’s the woman who wants adultery criminalized, homosexuality made illegal and rock groups like Iron Maiden banned in Northern Ireland—and she wants your vote. Meet Susan Anne White, one of the most outspoken and controversial candidates in the upcoming council elections. The 55-year-old is standing as an independent in the new Fermanagh and Omagh district and is campaigning on what she says are the three most serious threats to society—the “destructive” homosexual agenda, the growth of Islam and the "money-draining" EU. “I don’t consider myself extreme at all,” Mrs. White told the Belfast Telegraph. …
  • Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams to be freed, charges unlikely, police say

    05/04/2014 11:47:28 AM PDT · by Oliviaforever
    Fox ^ | 5/4/14
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland – Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams is expected to be released from police custody without charge Sunday, and authorities will send a file of potential evidence against him to British prosecutors, a senior policeman said.
  • Gerry Adams freed without charge after questioning over McConville case

    05/04/2014 11:45:55 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies ^ | 4 May 2014 | Henry McDonald
    Gerry Adams has been released without charge from a Northern Ireland police station but a file on him will be sent to the public prosecution service, it has emerged. The Sinn Féin president was freed at 5.45pm on Sunday from the serious crimes suite at Antrim police station. He was being questioned about the murder in 1972 of widow Jean McConville as well as IRA membership.
  • Arrest of Adams is 'an act against democracy'

    05/02/2014 5:50:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    EU Observer ^ | May 2, 2014 | unattributed
    The European Left's candidate for the European Commission presidency, Alexis Tsipras, Friday called for the immediate release of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams who is been held for questioning in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville. Tsipras called the arrest a "politically inflammatory act against democracy".
  • Gerry Adams arrest: NI police granted extension

    05/02/2014 1:30:24 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2 May 2014 | anon
    Police in Northern Ireland have been given more time to question Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville. ... An initial 48-hour deadline to either charge or release him was due to expire at 20:00 BST on Friday, but the police successfully applied for more time to question him. ...
  • Gerry Adams arrested over McConville murder

    04/30/2014 1:03:15 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 54 replies ^ | 30 April 2014 | bbc
    Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams arrested
  • The weapons man: ‘I gave the IRA powerful anti-tank shells the US Army used in Iraq war’

    04/27/2014 11:30:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 28 April 2014 | Suzanne Breen
    The IRA has a secret arsenal of deadly munitions capable of bringing down military helicopters and penetrating PSNI Land Rovers, killing all personnel traveling inside. Millionaire Florida stockbroker turned IRA gunrunner, Mike Logan, says he sent the powerful incendiary shells to the Provisionals who tested them and were “delighted with the results”. […] As well as arming the Provisionals with hundreds of handguns as previously reported, he has now disclosed that he also sent munitions as powerful as those the US Army deployed against Saddam Hussein in the Iraq war. He claims that years after the IRA ceasefire, the Provos...
  • (N)ew Presbyterian Church Moderator sparks row by telling gay people to stop having sex (N. Ireland)

    02/07/2014 12:00:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 06 February 2014 | Rebecca Black
    The new leader of the largest Protestant denomination in Northern Ireland has angered the gay community just a day after his election by saying they should stay celibate. Rev. Dr. Michael Barry (63) takes charge of the Presbyterian Church in June following his election as Moderator earlier on Tuesday. […] “We welcome all people into the Church, but we would have a problem with those who are involved in a gay relationship because we believe the Bible teaches that is against the word of God,” he said. “We would encourage people who are gay to live a celibate life.” …