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Mike Judge is Pastor of Chorlton Evangelical Church in South Manchester, UK. He is the senior editor and a Director of Evangelical Times.

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June 2019
News > Society

Parents ‘undermined’ by sex education plans, say Lords

Peers in the House of Lords have expressed their deep misgivings about government plans to make Relationships and Sex Education compulsory in schools. During a debate, a number of Peers said that the plans undermine parents and must not ‘indoctrinate’ children. However, despite the concerns, the House of Lords approved the proposals. During the debate, Lord Curry said that ‘the responsibility for children’s moral and religious education lies first and foremost with parents’. He added, ‘That is not a role that the state should be taking to itself. We in this place should not be cutting across or undermining the influence of parents’. He also...

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May 2019
News

Disastrous divorce plans get go-ahead

The Government has announced it will press ahead with disastrous plans to make divorce quicker and easier. The announcement was made following the results of a public consultation, even though 83 per cent of respondents were opposed to the central proposal. The Government attempted to hide the responses from the public, saying that a majority of ‘family justice professionals’ back the plans. But more than eight out of ten of all respondents were against the proposal to remove the ability to contest a divorce as a general rule. Those who disagreed with the proposal argued that it would seem unjust if one party was not...

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February 2019
News > Society

Warning over government’s Sunday school safeguarding consultation

Warning bells have been sounded over the government’s plans to introduce a ‘voluntary’ safeguarding code of conduct for out of school settings like Sunday schools and church youth groups. Concerns are being raised that the Department of Education is hinting at regulation and the consultation has prompted fears that new controls could be foisted on church clubs. Similar plans were floated in 2015, which included proposals for Ofsted to become in effect the ‘state regulator of religion’. These were dropped after opposition from Christians and others. MP for Monmouth David Davies said: ‘Madrasas radicalising young people is something people would expect the Government to try...

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January 2019
News > Society

Indoctrination not education as schools follow trans agenda

A teacher has revealed that 17 pupils at a single British school are in the process of changing gender, and most of them are autistic. The teacher felt compelled to speak out, but has chosen to keep her identity hidden for fear of dismissal, she told the Mail on Sunday. She says that schools and some politicians have swallowed ‘hook, line and sinker’ a politically-correct ‘fallacy’ peddled by a powerful transgender lobby. She says she was advised to keep parents and other teachers in the dark if a pupil claimed to be transgender. And she claims that older pupils at her school who changed gender...

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January 2019
Articles > Comment

COMMENT: New year, new design, new editor, but some things must never change

It’s a new year, and we have a new design for ET — we hope you like it  — and myself, Mike Judge, as the new editor at the helm. But there are some things that never change. God never changes, the gospel never changes, and our commitment to the Reformed Evangelical faith will, God willing, never change. It’s only since I have sat in the editor’s seat that I have truly appreciated all the hard work that Roger Fay has done over the years. So, let me put on record my admiration for his many years of faithful service to this paper, and my...

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November 2018
Comment

Victory against compelled speech, but it should never have got this far

As we mark 100 years this month since the end of the Great War, it would utterly shock some of those men who gave their lives that we are living in a nation where we are fighting a battle against compelled speech. Yes, we rejoice that Ashers Bakery won their case at the Supreme Court last month, but it should never have got this far. It is blindingly obvious to anyone who cares to look at the case, this was never a matter of discrimination against the customer Mr Lee. He had been served before in Ashers Bakery, and no doubt he will be welcome...

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COMMENT: Boris, burkas and bans

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October 2018
Articles > Comment

COMMENT: Boris, burkas and bans

The discussion sparked by Boris Johnson’s burka comments raises some important points. I want to defend religious freedom, so I don’t like politicians telling people how to observe their religious practices. I want to defend free speech, so I don’t like the way people wanted Boris to be ‘investigated’ for his remarks. I am concerned about the rise of radical Islam, so I don’t like women being forced to hide their faces (yes, I know not every Muslim woman who wears a burka is forced to do so, but many are). All these things are swirling around in my head as I consider this latest...

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