The Independent (UK) reports:
The Church of England has invested up to £10m in one of the world’s major arms firms, which supplies systems and technology for unmanned drones and jets to conflicts around the world. The discovery, on the eve of what is set to be the biggest day of protests against DSEi – the UK’s leading arms fair – in Docklands, London, tomorrow, has led worshippers to accuse church leaders of profiting from conflict.
The Church Commissioners and Church of England Pensions Board are both shareholders in General Electric (GE), with shareholdings up to £10m. Yesterday, the Church defended the investment, claiming less than 3 per cent of GE’s business was based in arms sales.
But the firm, along with its key subsidiary General Aviation, is a leading supplier of “integrated systems and technologies” for combat aircraft, military transport, helicopters, land vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles – better known as drones.
It is the 20th-highest-ranking firm in the world when it comes to defence sales, which accounted for almost 3 per cent of its total revenue last year – an estimated £4bn.
While the Church of England is not breaching its own rules by investing in the firm – investments in companies that derive less than 10 per cent of turnover from strategic military sales are allowed – some church members reacted angrily to the news.
Keith Hebden, an Anglican priest who was arrested earlier this year for breaking into RAF Waddington – from where drones used in Afghanistan are remotely controlled – said the Church of England’s policy was wrong. He explained: “We’re going to end up with problems. This means we have a stake in wanting there to be war.”
Read the full article here. I wonder how Christian apologists (read: it means those who defend, not those who apologize), will defend a Christian Church having monetary stakes in a weapons manufacturing company. What if a Masjid decided to invest their donation money into a Saudi Arabian arms dealer or a Sudanese weapons manufacturing company? At the end of the day, the Church of England invested in a weapons manufacturer and the only way they can make a profit is through war and combat, the Church, we can say – is making money off of violence.
and God knows best.
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,
This is not a joke. News reports are indicating that the Church of England intends to embark on a new “Mental Health” campaign and trust me when I say they’ve gone all out, suggesting that Paul, Jesus and the disciples were all to some extent, mentally ill persons. This isn’t a Muslim saying this, or an Atheist, but the Church of England, and the best news is that they’ve even included Biblical justification:
A SUGGESTED sermon produced by the Church of England for clerics attempting to tackle the stigma of mental health pulls no punches.
Written by the Rev Eva McIntyre on behalf of the Church’s Archbishops’ Council and the Time to Change mental health campaign, it suggests John the Baptist, St Paul, St Francis and other figures from the Bible may all have been mentally ill.It even asks followers to consider accusations made in the New Testament that Jesus “had lost his mind”.
It reads: “Many of the people we read about in Bible stories might today be considered as having mental health issues.
“For example, ‘Would Jesus’ family maybe on occasion have said, ‘Cousin John is a bit odd, bless him!’ when John the Baptist took to his eccentric style of life?
“It has long been thought that King Saul, in the books of Samuel, was displaying mood swings that suggest he had bi-polar disorder and some think that St Paul’s Damascus Road experience was the result of some sort of breakdown or psychotic episode.
“Even Jesus was not immune to accusations about his mental health: there is a story in the gospel that tells of his mother and siblings attempting to take him home because they are afraid that he has lost his mind.”Many of the stories of the Saints, too, have led people to discuss their mental health. “For example was St Francis suffering from a mental health title?”
Acknowledging how shocking these ideas might be, Ms McIntyre, a member of the General Synod, adds: “Some may find these suggestions disturbing or offensive even.
“Perhaps we need to ask why it would be so terrible to think that some of our most inspirational forebears might have experienced mental health illness. – Source.
I’ve always hinted/ strongly implied, that St. Paul was infact, mentally ill, and the Jesus that the Bible portrays also seems to indicate a mentally unstable character. You can read my articles here
on this issue. I can understand if a non-Christian held these views, but the very fact that Christians are beginning to point out, what Muslims, Atheists and Jews have been saying for centuries, make this a stark and bold revelation, indicating the extent to which learned Christians are realising the falsehood of their own faith.
wa Allaahu Alam,
and God knows best.