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October 2017
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Politics – NI same-sex union cases dismissed

Belfast’s High Court has dismissed two cases seeking to have same-sex marriage introduced to Northern Ireland (NI). In one case, an anonymous man known as applicant X, who entered into a homosexual marriage three years ago, sought a declaration that this union is valid under NI law. In the other, two couples who are in civil partnerships also challenged the law, claiming that they are entitled to get married in NI. Handing down his ruling on the first case, Judge O’Hara stressed that the law on marriage fell under the remit of the Northern Ireland Assembly, adding that as a member of the judiciary, he...

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October 2017
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Politics – Scotland must drop Named Person law

Clan Childlaw, a children’s charity has called for the Scottish Government to drop its watered-down Named Person law. It claims the law, which has had to be reworked due to intense lobbying, still fails to address criticisms from the UK Supreme Court. Clan Childlaw, which intervened in the successful court case spearheaded by the Christian Institute, said the new proposal was unnecessary and costly. In August, the Faculty of Advocates also expressed serious concerns, warning that the updated plans lacked clarity and safeguards. Under the original plans, every child in Scotland was set to have a state official tasked with looking after their ‘wellbeing’, defined...

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October 2017
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Politics – DUP ‘resolute’ on ethical matters

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster has told a conference that she will reject pressure to introduce same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland. Currently marriage is between one man and one woman in Northern Ireland and abortion remains illegal, except to preserve the life of the mother. As reported by the Christian Institute, Ms Foster said her support for traditional marriage and the unborn is resolute, adding she was sad that opponents of redefining marriage were automatically branded as ‘homophobic’ and ‘haters’. In June, shortly after the Conservatives brokered a deal with the DUP following the surprise general election, Westminster said it would...

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September 2017
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Politics – Churches told, ‘Keep up!’

Equalities Minister Justine Greening has told churches in the UK that they need to keep up with modern attitudes and carry out same-sex weddings. In an interview with Sky News, the Conservative MP said she did not want to ‘prescribe’ how faith groups deal with the issue, but it was ‘important the church keeps up and is part of a modern country’. According to the Christian Institute (CI), there has been much criticism of Ms Greening’s comments. For example, in an editorial in The Spectator, writer Melanie McDonagh challenged what Ms Greening said, claiming these comments were ‘evidence of the authoritarian aspect of modern liberalism’....

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August 2017
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Politics – Extremism concerns

The UK Government’s ongoing plans to establish an extremism commission have been met with serious criticism from the head of public policy at the Evangelical Alliance. In a statement, Simon McCrossan commented: ‘Proposals from the government to introduce an extremism commission raise more questions than they answer. The government has tried and failed in recent years to define extremism in a way that tackles terrorism and its causes, without restricting freedom of ideas which may be unpopular or contentious. ‘Violent extremism is a scar on our communities and a threat to our security, but it is not solved by shutting down peaceful freedom of expression’....

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July 2017
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Politics – IS attacks Britain

Christian leaders have condemned the Islamist terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, calling on Islamic leaders to take more responsibility. Dr Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, stirred controversy when he told leaders of Britain’s Muslim communities to do more to bear responsibility and take action to prevent extremism. He told the BBC Today programme that a fundamental lack of religious knowledge is hindering authorities’ attempts to counter the theology behind acts of terrorism, and called on all leaders to take responsibility to counter ‘religiously motivated violence’. The archbishop commented that political leaders and other authorities ‘are often people who are unable to put themselves in...

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July 2017
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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
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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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