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October 2019
News > Society

Fresh blow to named person scheme

Scotland’s proposed Named Person scheme has received a fresh blow that could derail the controversial proposals, experts have claimed. According to latest information from Holyrood’s education committee, a code of practice that the committee demanded before it would allow the Named Person data sharing Bill to progress has not been created. Deputy First Minister…

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October 2019
News > Society

Thousands sign petition to support Norwich bus driver

More than 25,000 people signed a petition in August to reinstate a Christian bus driver who was suspended for refusing to drive a bus decked in pro-Pride slogans. The unnamed bus driver, working for Konect buses in Norwich, was suspended from his job and is facing a disciplinary hearing after he refused to drive…

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October 2019
News > Society

Government urged to close ‘abuse of trust’ loophole

The government is being pressed to close a loophole that allows sports coaches and religious figures to have sexual relationships with young people aged 16 and 17. Currently, children under the age of 18 are protected in law from being abused by those in a position of trust, and the law is particularly relevant…

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October 2019
News > Media

Songs of Praise alienates viewers

BBC’s popular Sunday show Songs of Praise has alienated many of its viewers after it featured a same-sex wedding. In August, the programme, which promotes itself on Twitter as ‘Christianity in all its diversity’, filmed the same-sex marriage of Jamie Wallace and Ian McDowell. The pair got married at Rutherglen United Reformed Church near…

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October 2019
News > Society

Rampant secularism is fuelling the culture wars, says Melanie Phillips

Rejection of Christianity has served only to undermine western values of freedom and tolerance, according to journalist and author, Melanie Phillips. Writing in The Times she argues that virtually the entire education establishment has decided that Western values should no longer be transmitted. ‘The bedrock principles of the West had to be replaced by…

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September 2019
News > Society

Welsh council resists secularists’ attempt to ban Christian prayers

Secularists have renewed efforts to prevent local councils from conducting prayers before meetings, this time targeting Denbighshire Council in Wales. Councillor Paul Penlington called on Denbighshire Council to conduct prayers away from the council chamber, and has received the support of the National Secular Society (NSS). However, the councillors have defended their freedom to…

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October 2019
News > Persecution

Northern Ireland churches face rise in attacks

Northern Ireland has witnessed nearly 450 recorded attacks on places of worship over the past three years, according to a Freedom of Information Act request. The data revealed a significant spike upwards in acts of crime against churches and other religious buildings in recent years, prompting calls for immediate action to protect churches and…

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October 2019
News > Education

BBC film for school children says there are ‘over 100 genders’

The BBC has produced an education film for schools that claims there are ‘more than 100 gender identities’. It has been sharply criticised as nonsense and accused of confusing primary school children as young as nine. BBC Teach released the series of nine films to support the physical, social and health education (PSHE) curriculum…

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October 2019
News > Society

Ashers ‘gay cake’ case referred to European court: But substance of ruling not expected to be overturned

The gay rights activist who dragged a Christian bakery through the courts in Northern Ireland has now decided to take his case to Europe. Gareth Lee eventually lost his case at the UK Supreme Court last year, when judges ruled Ashers bakery had not discriminated against him. He had asked the Christian bakery to…

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October 2019
News > International

The ‘Billy Graham Rule’ comes under fire

In recent political news, Robert Foster, a Republican runner-up for the Mississippi gubernatorial race, has been criticized for his Christian views when he refused to let a female reporter shadow him for the day for a news article. Larrison Campbell, writer for Mississippi Today was nominated to write an article on the GOP candidate…

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October 2019
News > Church news > News in brief

Peter Parkinson (Caring for Life) retirement

In early June, members of the Caring For Life family came together to celebrate with the charity’s co-founder, Peter Parkinson, on the occasion of his retirement. Taking up his first pastorate when aged 17, Peter served as a Baptist pastor. 32 years ago, he followed God’s call to care for some of the most…

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Worship Conference at Greeley, Colorado – Saturday 18th May 2019

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October 2019
News > Church news > Conferences > News in brief

Worship Conference at Greeley, Colorado – Saturday 18th May 2019

An all-day conference was held in America focusing on the presentation of the cross of Christ in the context of reverent worship. It was held at the Reformation Baptist Church, Greeley, Colorado (50 miles north of the city of Denver). Pastor Steve Ong, minister of Reformation Baptist Church, hosted and chaired the conference. The…

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