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October 2017
News > Politics

Politics – Scotland must drop Named Person law

Clan Childlaw, a children’s charity has called for the Scottish Government to drop its watered-down Named Person law. It claims the law, which has had to be reworked due to intense lobbying, still fails to address criticisms from the UK Supreme Court. Clan Childlaw, which intervened in the successful court case spearheaded by the Christian Institute, said the new proposal was unnecessary and costly. In August, the Faculty of Advocates also expressed serious concerns, warning that the updated plans lacked clarity and safeguards. Under the original plans, every child in Scotland was set to have a state official tasked with looking after their ‘wellbeing’, defined...

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October 2017
News > Politics

Politics – DUP ‘resolute’ on ethical matters

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster has told a conference that she will reject pressure to introduce same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland. Currently marriage is between one man and one woman in Northern Ireland and abortion remains illegal, except to preserve the life of the mother. As reported by the Christian Institute, Ms Foster said her support for traditional marriage and the unborn is resolute, adding she was sad that opponents of redefining marriage were automatically branded as ‘homophobic’ and ‘haters’. In June, shortly after the Conservatives brokered a deal with the DUP following the surprise general election, Westminster said it would...

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October 2017
News > Persecution

Persecution: UK – Street preacher freed

Christian street preacher, Ian Sleeper, has been released after being held in a cell for 13 hours for sharing the truth about Islam. Mr Sleeper was arrested outside Southwark Cathedral on 23 June. He was at the time displaying placards depicting love for Muslims and criticising the ideology of Islam. However, he was informed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in August that no charges will be brought against him, after he had been on strict bail conditions for six weeks. Mr Sleeper was supported by the Christian Legal Centre (CLC) throughout. He is the owner of the Singleton Tandoori Indian Balti House in Ashford....

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October 2017
News > International

International – Sierra Leone mudslides

Mothers’ Union in Sierra Leone has responded to the needs of those affected by the mudslides that hit the country’s capital, Freetown, in August 2017. According to news reports, scores of people were killed and about 600 people reported missing, with thousands of people left destitute and at risk. Victoria Wilson, Mothers’ Union’s diocesan president of Freetown, said: ‘We are providing food items, clothing, toiletries and water for those hospitalised. We need prayers for the victims, and the various people working day and night to excavate the mud and search for dead bodies’. Nicola Lawrence, head of development and policy for Mothers’ Union, commented, ‘This...

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October 2017
News > International

International – Spring Harvest partners Mercy Ships

Christian charity Mercy Ships has been chosen as the official charity partner for Spring Harvest 2018 and 2019. This marks the first time that Spring Harvest has partnered with Mercy Ships, an international charity that operates the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship. Peter Martin, group chief executive at Essential Christian, which runs Spring Harvest, said: ‘We have been impressed at the way Mercy Ships is channelling the skills and talents of ordinary Christians into front-line service, and always in partnership with the local church. This fits closely with our own vision for the transformation of lives and communities’. Lea Milligan, executive director at Mercy Ships...

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October 2017
News > International

International – Huge storms

In Asia and the Americas there have been catastrophic storms, sea surges and flooding during August and September. India, Bangladesh and Nepal have seen possibly their worst ever monsoon flooding, with entire towns swept away and more than 1200 people losing their lives. Reaching as far as Mumbai, the rains forced millions of people out of their homes, shutting down infrastructure and hampering relief. In the West, Hurricane Harvey left Texas, Louisiana and Florida with more than 100,000 homes damaged and 47 people reported dead. And category 5 storm Irma devastated whole island communities in the Caribbean, with, at the time of writing, nearly 50...

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October 2017
News > International

International – Nepal to clamp down on Christians

Nepal has passed an ‘anti-conversion’ bill in its parliament which could make Christian witnessing illegal in the country. The bill criminalises ‘the hurting of religious sentiment’. According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a religious freedom charity, the move is ‘deeply concerning’. Anyone from Nepal caught committing an offence faces up to five years in prison and a £600 fine. CSW believes the bill’s wording is similar to controversial blasphemy laws in Pakistan, where people can be given the death penalty for insulting another’s religion. ‘Decades of misuse of the blasphemy laws have resulted in a situation where even voicing disagreement with these laws can lead...

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September 2017
News > People > Obituaries

Erroll Hulse (1931-2017)

We heard from his family on 3 August of the passing of Pastor Erroll Hulse, in the Wetherby Manor Nursing Home, where he had been cared for recently, after suffering a stroke three and a half years ago. Erroll was born in South Africa in 1931 and graduated in architecture at Pretoria University. Helped by the preaching of Welsh evangelist Ivor Powell, he came with his wife Lyn to study at London Bible College, as ‘a dogmatic Arminian.’ Through the lectures of Dr E. F. Kevan, the preaching of Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones and the friendship of Rev. Iain H. Murray, he was greatly helped to...

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