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September 2018
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Religious liberty – Bercow: LGBT rights ‘more important’

The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has said LGBT rights are more important than religious freedoms. Mr Bercow was speaking at an event hosted at Speakers House in support of the gay website, PinkNews. Mr Bercow said, ‘I respect people’s rights to adhere to and profess their faith, but for me,…

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September 2018
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Society – Disastrous prostitution zone

A legalised prostitution zone in Leeds has been a ‘disaster from day one’, a senior police officer has said. The zone was set up in an attempt to reduce crime related to the sex industry, but it seems the very opposite has happened. One senior police officer said, ‘Other criminals came into the area…

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September 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – ‘Brain damage’ safeguard removed

The UK Supreme Court has removed an important safeguard from ‘brain damaged’ patients, making it easier to end their lives early. Until now, doctors and families had to go to court to take the ultimate step of withdrawing food and fluids from such patients. But the Supreme Court has decided that doctors can go…

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September 2018
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Ethics – Pro-life group evicted

A pro-life group was thrown out of a Lambeth Council outdoor event because it went against the local authority’s ‘values’. The Life charity, which helps vulnerable women and the unborn, said the council’s actions were a breach of freedom of speech and did a disservice to ‘women in crisis who may need our help’.…

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September 2018
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Ethics – Gov’t cannot silence faith schools

The UK government’s attempt to silence church schools on gay marriage is ‘legally flawed’, a human rights expert has warned. According to Professor Christopher McCrudden, a barrister at Blackstone Chambers, moves by the Department for Education (DfE) to penalise schools that refuse to recognise same-sex marriages would be ‘not consistent’ with the European Convention…

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September 2018
News > Family

Family – Welsh smacking ban ‘a priority’

The Welsh First Minister says banning smacking in Wales will be one of his top priorities during his final months in office. Carwyn Jones will step down as First Minister in December, but in his annual statement he outlined plans for new laws he wants the Welsh Assembly to pass in the next year.…

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September 2018
News > Family

Family – Overriding parental consent

Local authorities in Scotland have been caught out telling teachers to override parental consent by default. An instructional video — which was swiftly been removed after it came to light — told teachers to act this way because ‘otherwise you’ll have to show you obtained parent and child consent’. Alison Preuss, of the Scottish…

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September 2018
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Family – Boost for anti-Named Person campaign

The President of the UK Supreme Court has said The Christian Institute’s landmark victory against the Scottish Government’s Named Person scheme is a ‘most important’ case. Speaking earlier this year about devolution, Baroness Hale considered the potential for devolved assemblies to pass laws outside their powers. In addressing that issue she highlighted the 2017…

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September 2018
News > International

International: Greece – Fire victims receive help

Greek people left homeless and injured after wildfires ravaged suburbs around Athens have received help and counselling from UK-based rapid response Team chaplains, from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. In July, the volunteers were deployed to the resort town of Mati to share hope in crisis alongside the local church community. The wildfires, the…

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September 2018
News > International

International: Argentina – Abortion on demand rejected

The Argentinian senate has rejected a move to allow abortion on demand. At present, abortion is only allowed in the South American country if the mother’s life or health is at risk, or in the case of rape. The senate called for various national and international agencies to give evidence. ADF International, a Christian…

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September 2018
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International: Egypt – Coptic Christians under threat

A Muslim mob attacked Christian homes after an Egyptian Christian was accused of insulting Islam on social media. According to reports from Barnabas Fund, the mob attacked the homes of Christians in the Egyptian village of Menbal in the Minya governorate in July, after a member of the Christian community was accused of insulting…

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September 2018
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International: Pakistan – kiln workers freed

More than 280 families have been freed from forced servitude in Pakistan’s brick-kiln industry. According to Barnabas Fund, many Christian families are being put into bondage to owners of brick kilns, forced to work as slaves because of debts, unable to send their children to school. One Christian man, Afzal, ended up as a…

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