Key Quotes for 2011

Key Quotes for 2011

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Last update: Friday 15th November
 
A British teenager suspected of masterminding a global computer hacking plot could face a fight against extradition to the United States. Ryan Cleary was arrested at his detached family home in Essex as part of a Scotland Yard and FBI probe into LulzSec, a group claiming responsibility for hacking attempts on the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency, the U.S. Senate and the CIA. As the 19-year-old university student was questioned, lawyers said U.S. prosecutors may demand he faces justice across the Atlantic.
CrimeThe Sentinel June 22 2011
 
The head of the British Army has put a question mark over the 2015 deadline for troops to leave Afghanistan. Prime Minister David Cameron has said the deadline is definite and that a “clear end point” is needed. But although General Sir Peter Wall stressed that the Army is “committed to deliver against that deadline” he added that “whether or not it turns out to be an absolute timeline or more conditions-based approach nearer the time, we shall find out”. He was interviewed for Afghanistan: War Without End? On BBC Two.
PoliticsThe Sentinel June 22 2011
 
About 850,000 tickets have been sold in the second round sale for the London 2012 Olympics leaving seats for football, volleyball and wrestling still remaining, organisers said. The second round scramble for tickets is open to the 1.2 million people who missed out in the original sale.
EntertainmentThe Sentinel June 27 2011
 
A second World War RAF Spitfire has been excavated from an Irish peat bog almost 70 years after it crash-landed. Six machine guns and about 1,000 rounds of ammunition were also discovered by archaeologists searching the Inishowen Peninsula in Couny Donegal.
The British fighter plane was piloted by an American, Roland “Bud” Wolf, who parachuted safely from the aircraft before it crashed in November 1941.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel June 29 2011
 
'A soldier who says that prayer saved him as he fell to earth with a failed parachute is training to be a vicar,' reported The Sun. According to the paper, Lance Corporal Jamie Kidd was falling at 100 mph and was 600 feet from hitting the ground when his main and reserve parachute refused to open. After praying to God, Jamie heard a voice, saying: ‘I am with you. I am God. Don’t worry.’ A second later Jamie’s parachute worked and he landed on his feet. ‘The first thing I did was thank God,’ he said.
Religion/SpiritualityThe War Cry 16 July 2011
 
Slavery remains a significant problem in the UK today, the centre for Social Justice said… as it launched a new inquiry into human trafficking…People trafficking is the fastest-growing international crime, the think-tank said, and it quoted one estimate that at least 6,000 women have been trafficked into the UK and forced into prostitution.
Social IssuesSalvationist 25 June 2011
 
Leaders of the Algerian Protestant Church (EPA) met the Wali of Begaia, the senior magistrate in the region, on June 8 after a police high commissioner ordered the closure of all unregistered churches ‘across the national territory’. The magistrate assured EPA leaders that despite the police order, no church in the region would be closed and he would personally see to the protection and continuity of the Protestant church’s activities.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now July 2011
 
Since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, up to 573 Christians have been killed in religiously and politically motivated attacks, and 66 churches attacked or bombed, as well as three Christian centres and a church-run orphanage. Christians have increasingly been the target of threats, bombings, killing kidnapping and rape since the first Gulf War in 1990-1, when they inadvertently became associated with the Western adversaries.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now July 2011
 
US President Barack Obama has failed to designate a single ‘country of particular concern’ (CPC) for religious freedom violations since he took office in January 2009. The term is grounded in the US International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, which was intended to commit US foreign policy to the promotion of religious freedom. It requires that each year the president designate as a ‘country of particular concern’ any in which the government has ‘engaged in or tolerated systematic, ongoing and egregious violations of religious freedom’. Since Obama has not designated any CPCs or taken action against those already identified by previous presidents, he may be in breach of federal law.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now July 2011
 
In May, it was reported that Jonathan Morgan and two of his peers in Plano, Texas, were at the centre of a legal battle over children’s First Amendment rights and whether children must leave their rights at the schoolhouse door. In December 2003, eight-year-old Jonathan Morgan had packed goodie bags for his classmates to open at their annual winter party, but the bags were confiscated because they contained candy cane pens with a message about Jesus attached.
EducationEvangelicals Now July 2011
 
The last remaining European bastion against divorce – apart from the Vatican itself – fell at the end of May. The people of Malta on May 28 voted to allow married couples to officially split. Though the majority of the population is Catholic, 75% took part in a referendum, voting 53% to 46% to introduce divorce. The issue now has to go before parliament.
Social IssuesEvangelicals Now July 2011
 
Nearly three years after the vicious 2008 attacks by Hindu radicals in Orissa left dozens of Christians dead and thousands injured, there has been just one conviction for murder, with thousands of complaints disregarded by the authorities. Church activists list 91 murder cases, which include the 38 Christians who died at the scene, plus 41 who later died of injuries sustained in the violence and 12 who died in police action. In 20 cases brought to date, there has been just one conviction for murder.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now July 2011
 
In May, a Christian weatherman in California was fired from his job after objecting to his TV station running racy footage for a 5pm story about local strip clubs, while, in Toronto, a TV host was fired for expressing his support for traditional marriage. KERO-TV’s chief weatherman, Jack Church, said that he was standing up for his Christian values when he asked executives at the station not to air the story. Meanwhile in Canada, host Damian Goddard was fired by TV show Rogers Sportsnet after making comments in support of a hockey agent’s stand against same-sex marriage for New York.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now July 2011
 
Defending police raids on three Protestant churches in Sumgait within three days in mid-May, an Interior Ministry official said that the police ‘did well’. After a raid on the Sunday worship service of one of the congregations, held in a local restaurant, two church members were each fined about two weeks’ average local wages on May 18. On May 17, some 20 police officers raided a private flat where members of another local church were meeting, seizing about 60 books.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now July 2011
 
A 31-year-old Asian woman who works in a pharmacy in Tower Hamlets, London, has received death threats for refusing to wear a veil, it was reported in late May. The Daily Mail reported that the woman’s boss was apparently approached by a man who told him that his employee must cover her head and wear longer robes. A witness to a second man, who came into the pharmacy and started shouting at her, said that the man threatened that he would kill her if she did not comply with his demands.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now July 2011
 
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