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August 2019
News > International > Society

France: Court allows death of quadriplegic man

French officials have ruled that a paralysed man can have his life support turned off, allowing him to die. At the end of June, the Court of Cassation, the highest court in the land, gave a final ruling that doctors can stop feeding 43-year-old Vincent Lambert. The man, who is quadriplegic, has been in…

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August 2019
News > Education > Society

Student suspended for claiming scientific basis of gender

A teenage boy has sparked a debate about free speech after he was thrown out of class for saying there are only two genders. The 17-year-old from Aberdeenshire used his phone to secretly record a video of how he was reprimanded by his Personal and Social Education teacher. Although the teacher said the student…

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August 2019
News > Religious liberty > Society

Educational freedom being stifled by Stonewall

Britain’s leading gay rights activist group, Stonewall, is stifling educational freedom, according to more than 30 British academics. In an open letter to The Sunday Times, the academics claimed ‘tendentious and anti-scientific claims’ have been presented by Stonewall to staff as ‘objective fact, without the opportunity for scrutiny’. In their letter, the academics said…

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August 2019
News > Politics > Society

MPs vote to force gay marriage and abortion on to Northern Ireland

MPs in Westminster have voted to legalise gay marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland if devolution at Stormont is not restored by 21 October. Under the current law, gay marriage is not legal in the province and abortion is only legal in limited circumstances. The Democratic Unionist Party has said the votes at Westminster…

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August 2019
News > Ethics > Society

Christian doctor in court over his refusal to use transgender pronouns

An experienced doctor has appeared at Birmingham Employment Tribunal after he was sacked for refusing to use transgender pronouns. Dr David Mackereth, 56, had been an A&E doctor for 26 years in the NHS. But he lost his job doing assessments for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) because he refused to identify…

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August 2019
News > Society

Scottish government delays transgender laws

The Scottish government is unlikely to implement controversial reforms to gender recognition laws before 2021, according to The Sunday Times. The newspaper reported that several SNP figures are worried that changing the law to make it much easier for people to legally change sex will prove unpopular with the public. The Scottish government is…

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August 2019
News > Church news > Society

Newcastle Cathedral challenged over ‘queering the church’ event

The Christian Institute has taken Newcastle Cathedral to task over a weekend-long LGBT festival that included a panel discussion on ‘Queering the Church’. The event, which coincided with the city’s pro-LGBT march as part of July’s Pride Month, the cathedral hosted four panellists, including a Church of England curate who identifies as ‘non-binary genderqueer…

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August 2019
News > Education > Society

Croydon primary school reported to local authority for excluding children who objected to LGBT lessons

Two primary school children in Croydon have been excluded by their headteacher for objecting to LGBT lessons. The incident occurred in the same school where, last year, children as young as four were forced to take part in a playground ‘gay pride parade’. This latest incident at Heavers Farmer Primary School, Croydon, South London…

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August 2019
News > Ethics > Society

Judges refuse to allow doctors to force an abortion on mentally ill woman

A pregnant woman with a mental age of between 6 and 9 years old has been allowed to keep her baby after the Court of Appeal overturned a Court of Protection decision to abort the child. The unnamed woman’s Catholic mother brought the legal challenge against doctors who attempted to force the termination in…

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August 2019
News > Church news > Society

Grace Baptist church in South East hosts LGBT play

A Grace Baptist church in the south east of England has allowed a LGBT play to be staged in its building and has promoted the play through social media. The church is a member of the Association of Grace Baptist Churches South East, and the matter is being addressed within the association. The play…

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July 2019
News > Ethics > Society

Council taken to court for prayer-exclusion zone

Legal proceedings have been launched in the High Court against Richmond Council, challenging a controversial public space protection order (PSPO) around an abortion clinic. The PSPO makes it a criminal offence to, among other things, pray or have conversations about abortion. The legal challenge has been brought by pro-life campaigner Justyna Pasek. The broadly-worded…

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July 2019
News > Society

Rejection of ‘Islamophobia’ definition

Westminster has rejected a proposed definition of Islamophobia, with campaigners arguing this could have brought in blasphemy laws by the back door and posed serious legal complications. Communities Secretary James Brokenshire told the House of Commons on 16 May the definition was out of line with the Equality Act 2010 and had ‘potential consequences…

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