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November 2019
News > International

UN: President Trump calls for global religious freedom

Donald Trump has become the first sitting US president to ever convene a meeting at the UN on the issue of religious freedom. ‘That’s very sad in many ways’, Trump said. The President called the issue one of his ‘highest priorities’. ‘Today, with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon the…

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November 2019
News > Society

Family wins the right to give their daughter chance of survival in Italy

The family of a seriously ill girl has won the right to take her to a hospital in Italy to receive treatment. Doctors in the UK wanted to end the life support of Tafida Raqeeb, aged five, but her family refused. The case ended up in court and the judge, Mr Justice MacDonald, sided…

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November 2019
News > Education

Parents in Wales could lose sex lessons opt out

Parents in Wales could lose their right to remove their children from sex and relationship classes under Welsh Government plans. The proposal is currently part of an eight-week consultation. A previous consultation found that 89 per cent of respondents backed the right of parents to take children out of the classes. But Education Minister…

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November 2019
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Controversial ‘named person’ scheme dropped

Plans to give every child in Scotland a state-mandated guardian – undermining the role of parents – have been dropped by the Scottish Government. Five years after the scheme was first proposed, Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced in Holyrood that it would not be going ahead. The original proposal tasked state guardians with…

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November 2019
News > Society

Hundreds of adults seek gender change reversal

Hundreds of young adults who were assigned a new gender while teenagers, are seeking to get a medical reversal back to their birth sex. According to a report from Sky News, a new charity is being set up to help people make the change back after undergoing gruelling gender conversion therapy. Charlie Evans, founder…

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November 2019
News > Education

Christian couple hits national headlines following ET sex education interview

A Christian couple have hit the national headlines after they shared their story in September’s Evangelical Times of how they made a principled stand against their school’s sex education programme. Following ET’s publication of an interview with Matthew and Naomi Seymour in September a number of national media organisations picked up on the story.…

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November 2019
News > Society

No-fault divorce Bill dropped as Parliament is prorogued

A Bill to make divorce quicker and easier has fallen before it can become law following the proroguing of Parliament. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill was dropped as it had failed to pass all its parliamentary stages before the parliamentary session was wrapped up. Pro-family groups have welcomed the news. However, the plans…

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November 2019
News > Society

Poll shows majority against new abortion laws in Northern Ireland

Most people are against the forced and undemocratic imposition of new liberal abortion laws on Northern Ireland, a recent survey shows. The poll, weighted to reflect Northern Irish society, revealed a majority of 52 per cent oppose new laws being brought in, with fewer than 40 per cent in favour. Westminster politicians voted in…

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November 2019
News > Society

MSPs vote to outlaw smacking

Scotland has become the first country in the UK to criminalise parents who smack their own children. The ban on all physical punishment was backed by 84 votes to 29 in the Scottish Parliament. The ban was opposed by the Scottish Conservatives, who said the bill was bad legislation that risks criminalising ‘good parents’…

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November 2019
News > Religious liberty

Extremism report is welcomed

A new report by the Extremism Commission has been cautiously welcomed by free speech campaigners. Under original proposals there were real fears that evangelicals – among others – could be labelled as extremists just because they hold certain unfashionable beliefs. But campaign group Defend Free Speech which includes Christian and secular organisations welcomed the…

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November 2019
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Court says Bible verse is ‘incompatible with human dignity’

In a shocking decision, an employment tribunal has ruled that a Christian doctor’s belief in Genesis 1:27 is ‘incompatible with human dignity’. Dr David Mackereth told his employer he would not use transgender pronouns as people’s chosen sex as it went against his Christian faith. He then claimed his employer – the Department for…

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November 2019
News > International

Joshua Harris, author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye, divorces

In July 2019, Joshua Harris, a popular American author and pastor announced on social media that he and his wife Shannon would be divorcing. ‘We’re writing to share the news that we are separating and we’ll continue our life together as friends. In recent years, some significant changes have taken place in both of…

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