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June 2018
News > Politics

Politics – Faith cap rule

Former education secretary Justine Greening, has said she disagrees with the government’s proposal to abolish the 50 per cent faith cap rule. This cap means that new faith schools are not able to select more than half of their pupils on religious grounds. Ms Greening, speaking to the Times Educational Supplement, said abolishing the cap would not help schools ‘bring children together’ or prepare them for life in modern Britain’. Although she said the 50 per cent discrimination cap had some shortcomings, she told the magazine she did not think it should be removed. In September 2017, a report into integration by the All Party...

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June 2018
News > Politics

Politics – Lords weigh in on British values debate

The government must reverse its lack of commitment to citizenship policies in the UK, and commit to making changes for a more cohesive society, a select committee has warned. The House of Lords select committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement, after a nine-month inquiry on shared values of British citizenship, said there was need to define these values. It also stated these values should be given more prominence in government departments and faith schools. The committee’s report said: ‘The government claims to be committed to the promotion of fundamental British values, but has blunted their impact by identifying them to such an extent with the...

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June 2018
News > Politics

Politics – Call for protection of religious freedom

Christian charity CARE has called for greater recognition of the right to freedom of religion and belief. In CARE’s submission to the Scottish parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee, it cited how the Scottish parliament failed to ‘have a fully informed and nuanced discussion of human rights, prior to policy and legislative initiatives being brought forward’. For example, Dr Gordon Macdonald, CARE for Scotland’s policy officer, highlighted the information-sharing provisions of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, which was considered as a bill by the Scottish parliament in 2013/14. In 2013, CARE provided written evidence to the then Education and Culture Committee, in...

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June 2018
News > Politics

Politics – Censorship zones

Mothers challenging a decision to criminalise prayer and support outside abortion clinics have joined together outside the High Court after filing the challenge. At the end of April, Alina Dulgheriu, a mother who was supported by a pro-life vigil outside a London abortion clinic, filed a high court challenge to the Ealing ‘censorship zone’. This censorship zone would criminalise prayer and support outside an abortion clinic and prevent pro-life vigils from taking place within a wide exclusion zone. Ms Dulgheriu told the media: ‘I am here today because I have confidence in the truth. I am here today because I have confidence in the facts,...

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June 2018
News > International

International: USA – Iowa bans abortions of babies with a ‘foetal heartbeat’

A new law has been passed in the U.S. state of Iowa banning abortions where a foetal heartbeat can be detected, usually around six weeks of pregnancy. Exceptions for rape, incest, foetal abnormalities, and to save the life of the mother are included in the new legislation. It means Iowa now has one of the most protective laws for the life of the unborn child in any country where abortion is legal. The Bill was passed by Iowa’s legislature and signed into law by the state’s Republican governor, Kim Reynolds. Reynolds said, ‘I believe that all innocent life is precious and sacred, and as governor,...

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June 2018
News > Mission

Mission – New opportunities for Carey Outreach Ministries

Carey Outreach Ministries began in 1997 through an invitation from Romania to Bob Penhearow to train spiritual church leaders. Since then, Carey has expanded rapidly in response to the desperate need around the world for solid biblical training. After being established in Canada, offices have opened in the UK and the USA. Cutting-edge ministry Carey has always aimed to be a cutting-edge ministry, not content to work in places where theological resources are readily available. Instead, we advance by faith into countries which can sometimes be difficult, such as Nepal, Mongolia, Cuba and Egypt, to spread Reformed truth in areas without established theological training. Our...

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June 2018
News > International

God’s Word in the White House

The US Cabinet now has a Bible study group, which meets in a conference room every Wednesday in Washington DC. According to a report from the BBC, the group, which is ecumenical in composition, welcomes professing Christians from many denominations, including Vice President Mike Pence. In an interview with Indiana Monthly in 1994, Mr Pence has described his faith by saying, ‘I made a commitment to Christ. I’m a born-again, evangelical Catholic’. While President Donald Trump does not attend the meetings, the group is sponsored by 10 cabinet members. President Trump receives the notes from each meeting. The report claims that, while not everyone can...

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June 2018
News > Persecution

US evangelical pastor stays in Turkish prison

American pastor Andrew Brunson continues to be held behind bars in Turkey following yet another postponement in the controversial trial against him. The Turkish authorities have accused Brunson of terrorism and espionage related offences, and prosecutors are seeking a 35-year prison sentence. However, his legal team says he is innocent of any wrongdoing. Brunson, aged 50, was arrested during the purges which occurred after the failed 2016 military coup. In the purges, thousands of people have been rounded up and detained with little or no evidence against them. He is the pastor of a small evangelical church in the Turkish city of Izmir. The case has...

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