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July 2017
News > Politics

Politics – Care for trafficking victims

Britain’s support system for victims of trafficking is full of ‘inexcusable failures’, a report from the cross-party Work and Pensions Committee has declared. According to May 2017’s report, after an initial 45-day ‘reflection and recovery’ period in a safe house, the system left many victims destitute and their traffickers unpunished. MPs on the committee heard from many victims who had faced extreme difficulties in accessing benefits and housing after leaving the safe house, with some left homeless, destitute and afraid. They were left at severe risk of being re-trafficked. According to Louise Gleich, senior policy officer for human trafficking at charity CARE, these victims are...

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July 2017
News > Politics

Politics – Tawney Dialogue 2017

In Evangelical Times March 2017, Shirin Aguiar reported on the Conservative Christian Fellowship’s Wilberforce Address. In April, Shirin also attended Labour’s ‘Christians on the Left’ annual address — the Tawney Dialogue; here, she reports on its two keynote speeches. The Tawney Dialogue is named after Christian Socialist R. H. Tawney. At the 2017 event, Rt Hon. Hilary Benn MP gave the parliamentarian address, ‘Business in Brexit Britain — avoiding the race to the bottom’. The non-parliamentarian address, ‘Brexit — economists dangerously irrelevant’, was from Dr Ann Pettifor, Director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics and a leading figure in the Jubilee 2000 debt campaign. Winter of...

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July 2017
News > Events

Events – Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) assembly

The 2017 General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) (FCC) met in Liberton Kirk, Edinburgh, on Monday 22 May. During the meeting, the FCC committee presented its report to the General Assembly, in which it said governing authorities should not spy on the population. It argued it was not the role of authorities in any democratic country to insist on ‘determining the ‘correct’ way for people to think and act’, as the more it does this, ‘the more it will be tempted to take note of those who do not conform’. In its report, the committee claimed, ‘Christian parents who practise their faith...

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July 2017
News > Events

Event – European School open day

On 6 May 2017, the European School of Biblical Studies (formerly the EMF School of Biblical Studies) held its annual open day at Welwyn Evangelical Church. As the guests flooded in, so did the extra seats to accommodate the 200 or so guests who had come to hear from this year’s students and from Dr Garry Williams, director of the John Owen Centre. The theme, Celebrating the Reformation, reflected not only this being the 500th anniversary of the Reformation but also the subject on which Garry lectures at the School. The event began with reading Psalm 19 in the five languages represented by the 13...

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July 2017
News > Ethics

Ethics – Gay cake hearing set for October

Northern Irish bakers at the centre of the ‘gay cake’ legal controversy have been granted the right to take their appeal to the UK Supreme Court in October 2017. The ‘gay cake’ case is to go before judges sitting in the highest court in the land, to consider a possible appeal by the Belfast-based Ashers Baking Company over its refusal to bake a cake bearing the campaign slogan ‘Support Gay Marriage’. The Christian-owned company, operated by the McArthur family, has been dragged through the courts in Northern Ireland for more than two years by the country’s state-funded equality watchdog, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland....

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July 2017
News > Ethics

Ethics – Teenage pregnancies fall

Sexual health service cuts have contributed, surprisingly to some, to a fall in teenage pregnancies across the UK. Between 1999 and 2010, the government ran a teenage pregnancy strategy, which handed out contraceptives and provide sex and relationships education. When funding for this was cut in 2010, critics warned this would have a direct impact on the rate of teenage pregnancies, claiming it would rise. However, instead, the number of teenage pregnancies since 2010 has fallen. As reported by the Christian Institute, Professor David Paton and research assistant Liam Wright have found that the government’s provision of contraception and sex advice may have encouraged risky...

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July 2017
News > International

International – Australian Christians targeted

Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has spoken out after being targeted by LGBT extremists during one of its events. The group was holding an event at a Melbourne hotel, during which some of the speakers would be discussing transsexualism and Australia’s ‘Safe Schools’ programme. Lyle Shelton, managing director of ACL, described the forceful obstruction of the public as ‘the latest example of intolerant bullying by rainbow political activists. ‘The ACL has no problem with peaceful protest. We live in a democracy and we too support freedom of speech and freedom of expression. But physical force and intimidation should never be part of protest in a civil...

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July 2017
News > International

International – Global warming

America has joined Nicaragua and Syria as the only three countries outside the Paris Accord agreement on protecting the climate. In June, the 45th president decided to walk away from the US’s involvement in committing to clean energy and developing renewable sources of energy. At the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever, universal, legally binding global climate deal. This had set out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming, and to move to zero greenhouse-gas emissions. Paul Cook, head of advocacy for charity Tearfund, commented, ‘The US...

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