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October 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Pro-trans MP bullied by trans lobby

Caroline Lucas MP, the former leader of the Green Party and a known champion of gay and transgender rights, has been branded ‘transphobic’ for agreeing to meet with a women’s group called Woman’s Place UK. As reported by The Christian Institute, Ms Lucas had agreed to meet with the feminist group to hear their concerns over matters such as safe spaces for women. Ironically, Ms Lucas had agreed to meet with Woman’s Place while responding to a transgender school teacher on Twitter, who encouraged Ms Lucas to speak with women and transsexuals about the ‘lack of confidence’ and ‘fear’ among feminist and trans groups. But...

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October 2018
News > Religious liberty

Religious liberty – BA worker in fresh legal claim

A British Airways employee who won a legal battle in 2013 to wear a cross on a necklace at work has launched a fresh tribunal claim against the airline for ‘victimisation and harassment’. According to reports in the national press Nadia Eweida — whose landmark victory against BA came at the European Court of Human Rights — has freshly claimed ongoing harassment since her ‘whistleblowing’. She is now pursuing a new employment tribunal claim against her managers, whom she has accused of victimisation, harassment and punishment in the wake of the publicity of her former case. At the time of going to press, no Christian...

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October 2018
News > Religious liberty

Religious liberty – Scout master wins settlement

A scout master who was kicked out of the organisation for raising concerns about its magazine’s promotion of Islam and LGBT events has won a settlement in his case. Brian Walker, a veteran scout leader, was barred from the scouts after sending a letter to Scouting magazine in which he raised several concerns. He questioned why the Scouting magazine encouraged scouts to visit a mosque, but the magazine’s faith calendar attached no meaning to Christmas or Easter. He said the magazine should be careful in promoting Islam, given the way the religion treats women and their rights, and he questioned an article that showed a female Muslim...

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October 2018
News > International

International – Argentine Catholics in abortion row

Pro-abortion protesters in Argentina have urged fellow citizens to quit the Catholic Church after it helped to defeat an attempt to liberalise abortion law in August. According to the Associated Press, hundreds of people gathered in Buenos Aires to hand out forms that renounced their religious affiliation to the Catholic Church in protest against what they claimed was a religious interference in the political process. This followed a vote in the Senate not to make abortion legal up to the age of 14 weeks. Currently, abortion is only allowed in the event of rape or extreme danger to the mother as a result of keeping...

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October 2018
News > International

International – ‘ChurchToo’ scandals rock US ministries

Pastor Dean Curry, from the Life Center Assembly of God church in Tacoma, Washington, has been fired over alleged misconduct with a former church employee. The Christian Post received a statement from the Assemblies of God’s Northwest District Council, which stated the decision had been based on the ‘testimony of two or more witnesses’ about alleged misconduct with a former church employee. However, Pastor Curry has maintained his innocence with regard to the allegations. According to reports, Pastor Curry had been accused of historical misconduct with female employees and other women. It is understood those claims had been investigated by the board of Life Center...

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October 2018
News > International

International – Keralan Christians rebuild after floods

The devastating floods in Kerala have taken more than 160 lives and made nearly 200,000 people from Christian communities homeless, reports have claimed. While the water has receded, making it easier for food and first aid to get through to affected areas, Barnabas Fund partners on the ground have told of complete damage to people’s homes, farms and livelihoods. Reports claim the central Indian government has been turning away offers of aid from other governments, saying that India will handle this crisis on her own. However, local authorities in Kerala say they are not getting enough funds to respond to these catastrophic floods, the worst...

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News > International

International – Chinese Christians face rising persecution

Persecution against Christians in China is rising significantly, following tough new restrictions on religious freedom that came into force across the country six months ago. The new Regulations for Religious Affairs tighten up on the registration and control of religious organisations.  They give more power to local officials to approve the activities of churches and decide their fate. But although persecution was happening before these rules, since their implementation it has become worse. According to Release International, which supports Christians under pressure around the world, partners have reported a five-fold increase in the number of Christians facing harassment from the authorities. As well as closing...

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September 2018
News > Society > Uncategorised

Tale of two cathedral cities

London and Gloucester, two cathedral cities, have taken very different approaches to public Bible reading in recent weeks. London’s St Paul’s Cathedral no longer dominates the skyline amid the rise of skyscrapers but its vast dome is unmistakable. Often presented as a symbol of hope — one thinks of the famous Second World War image of the dome rising above the smoking ruins following a German air-raid — the cathedral was built by Christopher Wren, who wanted to rebuild a monument to God’s grace after the 1666 Fire of London destroyed the old, medieval cathedral. One has to wonder what he would have made of...

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September 2018
News > Ethics

MPs push to liberalise abortion laws

Vital protections for unborn children are put at risk by more than 170 parliamentarians More than 170 politicians from the UK and the Irish Republic signed an open letter in the Sunday Times, calling for a radical liberalisation of abortion law. The letter called on the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference (BIIGC) to ensure that section 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Persons Act 1861 be repealed from Westminster. Currently, foetuses in the UK are protected after 24 weeks — which is when the baby is considered viable for life outside of the womb — but the letter called on the British and Irish governments...

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Remembering Valerie Riches (1924-2018)
September 2018
News > People > Obituaries

Remembering Valerie Riches (1924-2018)

Valerie Riches, the founder president and former director of the Family Education Trust, died earlier this year, aged 93. When I was first introduced to Family and Youth Concern, as it was then known, in 1993, Valerie Riches had been labouring on behalf of the family and the welfare of children and young people for over 20 years. She was already over the normal age for retirement, yet such was her commitment and devotion she kept going.  When she eventually stood down from the daily running of the organisation, she maintained a keen interest in the work, serving as a trustee and founder president. Valerie...

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September 2018
News > International

International – Christ in Cuba

Radio is reaching the spiritually thirsty people in Cuba, according to Christian broadcaster Trans World Radio (TWR). Cuba has been through a time of great upheaval, with comings and goings in the relationship with the US, and the final end to the reign of the Castro family. The political and economic situation brings little hope, but a thousand miles away on the tiny island of Bonaire, a transmitter is broadcasting gospel hope to the whole of Cuba. In January 2018, international Christian broadcaster TWR switched on the most powerful transmitter in the western hemisphere, located on Bonaire, and in May 2018 started broadcasting the Spanish...

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September 2018
News > International

International – African Bible college conference

One of Mukhanyo Theological College’s annual highlights is the Bible College Consultation, which this year took place from 19 to 21 June in Pretoria, South Africa. It was attended by some 100 delegates from more than 30 evangelical and Reformed Bible colleges, as well as other Christian missionary institutions, from 12 countries all over Africa. All together they represented many thousands of theological students. The theme was ‘Theological education for God’s mission in Africa’. Eighteen sessions were held in addition to a number of discussions, and of course plenty of time for fellowship and networking. The purpose was to discuss what the Bible teaches us...

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