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Operation Nehemiah: News and Prayer Update #40

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UK: BBC provides alternatives to “offensive” BC and AD

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BBC Television Centre, London
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The BBC has been accused of “absurd political correctness” after endorsing the use of alternative calendar terms to BC and AD in case these offend non-Christians.

 

 

 

Greece gives go-ahead for taxpayer-funded mega-mosque

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Greek Parliament House, the Old Royal Palace
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The Greek Parliament has approved a controversial plan to build a taxpayer-funded mega-mosque in Athens.

 

 

 

 

 

UK: Police visit Christian cafe owner who displayed Bible verses

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A Christian cafe owner in Blackpool, England, received a visit from the police after a customer was offended by Bible passages displayed on a TV screen.

 

 

 

 

 

Australia: School bans Lord’s Prayer after parents’ complaints

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A government school in Western Australia (WA) has banned students from reciting the Lord's Prayer before assembly in response to complaints from parents.

 

 

 

 

Operation Nehemiah Prayer
  • Pray that the Christian cafe owner who was visited by the police for displaying Bible verses on a screen will continue to have the freedom to display Scripture without further difficulties.
  • Pray that the banning of the Lord’s Prayer in one Western Australian school will not lead to the further marginalising of Christianity in the country’s schools.
  • Pray that the BBC will reconsider its advice to staff regarding alternatives to BC and AD. Pray that the BBC’s example will not undermine Christianity and promote aggressive secularism.
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