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July 2019
News > Ethics

Parents to be treated as ‘suspects’ if smacking ban goes ahead, top prosecutor admits

The top prosecutor in Wales has admitted that parents will be treated as ‘suspects’, if a proposed smacking ban goes ahead, adding that he can foresee ‘real difficulties’. The stark comments were made by Barry Hughes, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Wales, who was giving evidence to a Committee of the Welsh Assembly. He was asked by the Committee about where the interests of the child would be considered, following a ban. Mr Hughes said, ‘Normally if there were an assault by someone else on a child from outside the family we would tend to take the views of the parents of that child. ‘In circumstances...

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April 2019
News > Society

Police Scotland: ‘Smacking ban will be costly’

Police Scotland has warned members of the Scottish Parliament that a smacking ban could result in increased costs to the force as officers spend more time investigating allegations against parents. The force has also raised concerns that the ban, proposed by Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie, with Scottish government backing, could interfere with family life. The force’s concerns were contained in a document submitted to Holyrood’s Equality and Human Rights Committee which is examining the proposed legislation. The document said: ‘Police Scotland envisages that the repeal of the defence provided by Section 51 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 will result in an...

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January 2019
News > Society

Consultation launched on plans to criminalise smacking in Scotland

A proposal in Scotland to criminalise parents who smack their own children is being put out to public consultation. The consultation, which ends on 25 January, asks people for their views on the ban which has been proposed by Green Party MSP, John Finnie. The government says it will support Mr Finnie’s bill — The Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill — meaning it stands a prospect of becoming law. The Scottish parliament’s equalities and human rights committee wants to know what the public thinks about the plans. Under the proposals, the defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’ would be removed from the law and parents...

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Article

August 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Northern Europe > United Kingdom

Outreach to ‘broken’ Scotland

Another week of gospel outreach brought us into the large and broken housing estate of Lochside, located on the north side of the coast town of Ayr. On noticing that the local council’s motto was ‘sense and worth’, I couldn’t help but reflect on how detached these words were from the scenes we witnessed in this specific area, as we walked the streets and talked to those who lived there. If the motto’s words had been ‘senseless and worthless’, we would have clearly understood why. The people we reached out to with the good news had, in general, no sense about the worth and value...

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July 2018
Articles > Youth Features

YOUTH FEATURE: Dores Youth Conference Spring 2018

The Dores Youth Conference was held on 24 March. It was well attended, with 19 young people from many parts of Scotland, including Lewis, Skye and Inverness. As we arrived in dribs and drabs, there were snacks available for the hungry travellers. Rev. Davide Ratti opened with a short time of worship. After worship, Rev. Kenneth Macdonald began the morning talk on the theme ‘Running the race’, taking his text from Hebrews 12:1-2, ‘let us run with patience the race that is set before us’. The two main points from the morning talk were Preparation and Patience. We learned that we must be ready to...

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Historical

June 2018
Articles > Historical

Patrick Hamilton: first Scottish Reformation martyr (1)

St Andrews in Scotland is today famous for its golf course and the magnificent beach that featured in the film Chariots of Fire. Its university is famous as the place where Prince William and Kate Middleton met. In the sixteenth century, St Andrews was the seat of power for the Catholic church in Scotland and boasted the supposed relics of its patron saint, namely an arm, three fingers, a kneecap and a tooth! On the cobblestones near St Salvator’s College the initials ‘PH’ are engraved, and not far away the initials ‘GW’. These stand for Patrick Hamilton and George Wishart, and mark the places of...

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News

May 2018
News > Politics

Politics – Scottish smacking ban

Parents will have their rights to bring up their children handed over to the state if the Scottish parliament criminalises smacking. This was the warning from lawyer Gordon Lindhurst, a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), who claimed the Scottish government’s arguments in favour of a ban on smacking were underhand. Writing for Scottish Legal News, he said that, rather than banning assault on children (which is already illegal), the proposal aims to rebrand loving parental discipline as ‘assault’. As quoted on the Christian Institute website, he pointed out that, despite John Finnie MSP’s claims that a ban would not criminalise parents, removing the current...

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