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February 2020
News > Society

Scottish councillors oppose smacking ban

Scottish councillors have expressed significant concerns over the country’s incoming smacking ban, claiming it would be difficult to police effectively. A poll carried out among nearly one in five of all councillors across Scotland found the vast majority did not believe it should be a criminal offence to smack a child. The poll, organised…

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February 2020
News > Society

Controversial archbishop appointed to York

Evangelicals have expressed concern over the appointment of the current Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell, as the next Archbishop of York. According to reports in Pink News and church newspapers, Bishop Stephen has previously told faithful clergy in his diocese that they ‘could leave’ if they did not agree with his approach on human…

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February 2020
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Northern Ireland consultation on helping problem gamblers

A consultation has been launched in Northern Ireland on new proposals which may help problem gamblers. The consultation was launched by the Department of Communities (DoC) and will remain open until 21 February. It covers a wide array of issues, such as tighter regulation around casinos and online gambling, as well as better research,…

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February 2020
News > Society

Trans woman hounded by transgender activists

A transsexual, pro-trans rights activist faces being booted from an LGBT committee over repeated assertions that biological sex is fixed and cannot be changed. Dr Debbie Hayton, who was born male but transitioned to female as an adult and now lives as a woman, has been targeted on social media and by colleagues on…

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February 2020
News > Ethics > Society

Down’s syndrome test has led to sharp drop in birth rates

The number of Down’s syndrome babies carried to term has dropped by nearly one-third in the space of just four years, a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed. Campaigners from the Don’t Screen Us Out group issued a series of FOI requests, which showed that the number of babies born with Down’s syndrome…

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February 2020
News > Politics

No-fault divorce back on the agenda

Marriage is once again under threat after plans for a no-fault divorce was put back on the agenda by the new Government. Following December’s General Election, the Queen’s Speech was presented to Parliament and, within the programme, 29 bills were mentioned, one of which was the proposed Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill. Under this…

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February 2020
News > Society

NI gains marriage protections

Free speech and religious liberty protections will be put in place alongside the introduction of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, the Government has promised. With the first same-sex marriages expected to take place in February the Northern Ireland Office had been warned that it faced possible legal action if protections were not in place.…

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February 2020
News > Religious liberty

Doctor’s victory in prayer case

A Christian doctor who faced censure for offering to pray with a patient has had the case against him dismissed by the General Medical Council. Dr Richard Scott from Margate in Kent faced complaints from the National Secular Society following comments he made to the BBC. However, the GMC has ruled that there is…

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February 2020
News > International

‘I won’t be reading ET again’, says President Trump in Twitter error

US President Donald Trump mistakenly tweeted about ET in response to a different evangelical publication welcoming his impeachment. Christianity Today (CT) had published an opinion piece by editor-in-chief Mark Galli calling for President Trump to be removed from office. Trump responded by sending out a tweet saying, ‘No President has done more for the…

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February 2020
News > International

Evangelicals protest against President Trump’s plans to deport young immigrants

On 12 November 2019 the Supreme Court of the United States began hearings on details pertaining to the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Originally put into law by former President Barack Obama in 2012, current President Donald Trump has furiously sought to eradicate the program as well as many…

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January 2020
News > Church news

Emmanuel Baptist Church, Cardiff induction

On Saturday 5 October, a packed congregation witnessed the induction of Paul Whiteley as pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Cardiff. Paul Whiteley had previously been the pastor of Penyrheol Evangelical Church, near Swansea. A history of the call to the pastorate was given, emphasising how God had graciously kept the church over four…

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January 2020
News > Church news

Anglican church in Devon says no to yoga

Efforts to hire a C of E church hall in Barnstaple for yoga classes were blocked by the parish office of St Mary’s Church in Pilton, Devon. Yoga is an increasingly popular practice in the UK. Over 400,000 people attend classes each week. The exercises focus on posture, breathing and relaxation techniques. Yoga stems…

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