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June 2013
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Global conflict over marriage

Global conflict Britain and the US are just two of many battlegrounds in today’s silent world war that surrounds the institution of marriage. It is a conflict that has engulfed the developed world since 2001.      A few weeks ago, New Zealand became the latest country to vote in favour of amending its definition of marriage, allowing homosexual couples the same marital status as same-sex couples. Nations The Antipodean country’s move to alter the definition did not receive the same level of media interest as France’s, which happened only a few weeks earlier. France’s conflict ended in massive street protests, as hundreds of thousands of people...

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May 2013
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Personal view: What are the church’s priorities?

Tim Montgomerie’s piece in The Times (1 April 2013),‘Christians must put families first, not politics’ got me thinking (you need to be a subscriber to view the article). He takes issue with Lord Carey’s recently expressed concerns about Christians being persecuted by Tories. Montgomerie makes a valid point that church leaders are much more likely to complain about the redefinition of marriage than speak out on the sobering fact that 200,000 abortions are performed in the UK each year.  Spending cuts He also questions whether church groupings should be attacking the Government’s programme of welfare cuts, since at least some of the cuts are at...

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Gay marriage in primary schools
March 2013
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Gay marriage in primary schools

Gay marriage in primary schools If the Government finally succeeds in its attempt to redefine marriage, there could be far-reaching implications for the school curriculum and for teaching staff in both primary and secondary schools. According to a legal opinion prepared by John Bowers QC on behalf of the Coalition for Marriage (C4M), schools could be required to teach pupils about the importance of same-sex marriage and teachers could face disciplinary action for refusing to use materials endorsing marriage between two men or two women. Curriculum The law requires sex education lessons in maintained schools to teach pupils about ‘the nature of marriage and its...

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Political correctness in 2013
January 2013
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Political correctness in 2013

Political correctness in 2013 Political correctness (PC) is closing down freedom in many areas. The great upward path of Western society to produce a society in which, within the rule of law, individuals enjoy liberty of thought and of expression is being put into reverse… We are beginning to see this bite with the loss of freedom, especially, it seems, for Christians in the Western world. Freedom of speech is under attack.         Pastor Ake Green was sentenced to prison in Sweden in 2003 for expressing the fact that the Bible teaches that homosexual practice is a sin.     Two pastors faced prison in Australia...

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Marriage: ‘equality’ and ‘sameness’ are different things
January 2013
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Marriage: ‘equality’ and ‘sameness’ are different things

Marriage: ‘equality’ and ‘sameness’ are different things I believe passionately in the immense importance of marriage as ‘the voluntary union of one man and one woman for life, to the exclusion of all others’. I remember learning this definition as a law student in 1966 from the case of Hyde v. Hyde 1866, when the point at issue was whether marriage could include a polygamous union.        Little did I imagine then that, after 142 years of certainty, the meaning of marriage would come under attack from those who say that marriage should include homosexual relationships.    The issue is said to be one of equality...

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July 2012
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Starting blocks

Starting blocks The fanfare and flair of the opening Olympic ceremony will live on in many people’s minds. But, for one man, the Games is the start of something even more amazing, for people of all nations. In March, ET reported on the Grace2London mission and its preparations ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.     This month, we caught up with Pastor Steven Richards of Homerton Baptist Church, to see how God is blessing his vision to evangelise our corner of the world.     He was present at the May Bank Holiday test events — the British Universities and Colleges Sport — as was one...

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Olympic cheats – and others
July 2012
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Olympic cheats – and others

Olympic cheats — and others Most athletes would say that the greatest prize in sport is an Olympic gold medal. Some are so anxious to win one that they resort to drugs to help them, and this has become a plague at recent Games. It is getting worse and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens were described as the dirtiest games ever, with 24 doping violations uncovered. Prior to these Games, the last track and field gold-medallist to be stripped of his gold medal was Ben Johnson at Seoul, in 1988.    Detection The organisers of the 2012 Games are taking this seriously. A sophisticated laboratory...

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Olympic cheats – and others
July 2012
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Olympic cheats – and others

Olympic cheats — and others Most athletes would say that the greatest prize in sport is an Olympic gold medal. Some are so anxious to win one that they resort to drugs to help them, and this has become a plague at recent Games. It is getting worse and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens were described as the dirtiest games ever, with 24 doping violations uncovered. Prior to these Games, the last track and field gold-medallist to be stripped of his gold medal was Ben Johnson at Seoul, in 1988.    Detection The organisers of the 2012 Games are taking this seriously. A sophisticated laboratory...

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