Blogroll: Christian Concern

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Open letter to Home Secretary rejects Islamophobia definition

Fri, 17/05/2019 - 15:20
A letter to the Home Secretary has been signed by over 40 leading experts from a range of religious backgrounds, warning against the adoption of a proposed definition of Islamophobia. Christian Concern’s Tim Dieppe explains the problems with the definition as outlined in the letter.

A letter to the Home Secretary has been signed by over 40 leading experts from a range of religious backgrounds, warning against the adoption of a proposed definition of Islamophobia. Christian Concern’s Tim Dieppe explains the problems with the definition as outlined in the letter.

An open letter to Home Secretary Sajid Javid has been signed by over 40 leading experts from a range of religious backgrounds, warning the government against adopting a proposed definition of Islamophobia.

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Ruling protecting integrity of women's and girls' sports to be challenged

Fri, 17/05/2019 - 12:05
The International Association of Athletics Federations recently introduced new rules on testosterone levels for female runners. This rule largely affects those with intersex conditions, such as the 800 meters women’s Olympic champion, Caster Semenya. However, Athletics South Africa is now set to appeal this ruling. Carys Moseley comments on the situation and explains why the ruling is necessary.

The International Association of Athletics Federations recently introduced new rules on testosterone levels for female runners. This rule largely affects those with intersex conditions, such as the 800 meters women’s Olympic champion, Caster Semenya. However, Athletics South Africa is now set to appeal this ruling. Carys Moseley comments on the situation and explains why the ruling is necessary.

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House of Lords debates grooming gangs

Thu, 16/05/2019 - 12:36
Tim Dieppe, Head of Public Policy at Christian Concern, comments on the recent debate in the House of Lords on the subject of grooming gangs.

Tim Dieppe, Head of Public Policy at Christian Concern, comments on the recent debate in the House of Lords on the subject of grooming gangs.

Baroness Cox secured a short debate in the House of Lords on the subject of grooming gangs this week.

The question for debate was:

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The progressive march of tyranny through the church

Fri, 10/05/2019 - 16:04
Wilberforce Academy Director, Dr Joe Boot, argues that the Church has progressively stepped away from its legacy of cultural apologetics, and – in line with the changing culture – has begun preaching only a gospel message of personal salvation. This has opened the door to a charge of progressivism against Christian values, which only a reformation in the Church can turn around.

Wilberforce Academy Director, Dr Joe Boot, argues that the Church has progressively stepped away from its legacy of cultural apologetics, and – in line with the changing culture – has begun preaching only a gospel message of personal salvation. This has opened the door to a charge of progressivism against Christian values, which only a reformation in the Church can turn around.

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Good news for teachers: guidance amended to protect Christian speech on marriage

Fri, 10/05/2019 - 14:44
Last year, we asked you to participate in a government consultation on amending guidance for independent and faith schools to prevent teachers from defending a biblical view of marriage. Thanks to your action, the government has now amended its final guidance, which allows for Christian schools to continue to speak the truth about marriage and family.

Promises made. Promises broken. Promises kept again.

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Richard Page: a watershed moment for Christians

Fri, 10/05/2019 - 10:46
Next week, the case of former magistrate Richard Page will be heard before the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Richard initially faced discipline for saying, in private, that a child does best with a mother and a father. Legal Counsel, Roger Kiska, comments on why this case “represents a watershed moment in the nation’s history.”

Next week, the case of former magistrate Richard Page will be heard before the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Richard initially faced discipline for saying, in private, that a child does best with a mother and a father. Legal Counsel, Roger Kiska, comments on why this case “represents a watershed moment in the nation’s history.”
 

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Book Review: "The Virtue of Nationalism", Yoram Hazony, Basic Books, 2018

Fri, 03/05/2019 - 12:14
Tim Dieppe reviews new book, The Virtue of Nationalism, by Israeli academic Yoram Hazony. Hazony defends the notion of national freedom, as opposed to imperialism, showing how the Bible sets the vision for a world of independent nations. He says the new liberalism of the West is imperialistic and restricting basic freedoms in many nations. Tim concludes that this is an important book, well worth a read.

Tim Dieppe reviews The Virtue of Nationalism, by Israeli academic Yoram Hazony. Hazony writes in defence of national freedom as opposed to imperialism and shows how the Bible sets the vision for a world of independent nations. He explains that you are either a nationalist or an imperialist and is clear that the new liberalism is imperialistic and starting to restrict basic freedoms in many nations.

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More evidence backs up same-sex parenting assessment

Fri, 03/05/2019 - 11:17
Professor Walter R. Schumm, author of Wilberforce Publications book Same-Sex Parenting Research, looks at further studies that have been carried out since the book was published and finds that the research backs up his original conclusions: same-sex parenting does more harm to children than heterosexual parenting.

Professor Walter R. Schumm, author of Wilberforce Publications book Same-Sex Parenting Research, looks at further studies that have been carried out since the book was published and finds that the research backs up his original conclusions: same-sex parenting does more harm to children than heterosexual parenting.

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Billy Vunipola and viewpoint vilification

Wed, 01/05/2019 - 16:09
Following the recent controversy over the sacking of rugby player Israel Folau and the punishment of Billy Vunipola, Communications Officer, Rebekah Moffett, comments on how any view that criticises a homosexual lifestyle is increasingly being pushed out of the public square, and concludes that we must uphold Christians’ freedom of speech, even if their views are contrary to modern Western culture.

Following the recent controversy over the sacking of rugby player Israel Folau and the punishment of Billy Vunipola, Communications Officer, Rebekah Moffett, comments on how any view that criticises a homosexual lifestyle is increasingly being pushed out of the public square, and concludes that we must uphold Christians’ freedom of speech, even if their views are contrary to modern Western culture.

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Key exchanges from the Felix Ngole court transcript

Wed, 01/05/2019 - 15:33
The court transcripts for the Felix Ngole case are dense and complicated, below we have pulled out some of the exchanges that highlight how much is riding on the outcome of this case for Christian freedoms. We have also included inspiring quotes from religious freedoms barrister, Paul Diamond, from his defence of Felix in court. The three judges presiding over the case are Lord Justice Irwin, Lord Justice Haddon-Cave and Sir Jack Beatson. Ms Hannett is counsel for the University of Sheffield.

The court transcripts for the Felix Ngole case are dense and complicated, below we have pulled out some of the exchanges that highlight how much is riding on the outcome of this case for Christian freedoms. We have also included inspiring quotes from religious freedoms barrister, Paul Diamond, from his defence of Felix in court. The three judges presiding over the case are Lord Justice Irwin, Lord Justice Haddon-Cave and Sir Jack Beatson. Ms Hannett is counsel for the University of Sheffield.
 

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Why the push for same-sex 'marriage' in the British Overseas Territories is a cause for global concern

Fri, 26/04/2019 - 15:15
This month, the government of the Cayman Islands won the right to appeal a Supreme Court judgment which would introduce gay ‘marriage’. But the push for same-sex ‘marriage’ appears to be global. Carys Moseley comments on the threat it poses to traditional marriage and Christianity.

This month, the government of the Cayman Islands won the right to appeal a Supreme Court judgment which would introduce gay ‘marriage’. But the push for same-sex ‘marriage’ appears to be global. Carys Moseley comments on the threat it poses to traditional marriage and Christianity.

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House Committee delivers report promoting abortion liberalisation in Northern Ireland

Fri, 26/04/2019 - 14:26
In February, Christian Legal Centre’s Roger Kiska appeared before a parliamentary select committee as the only pro-life representative, giving evidence on the issue of decriminalising abortion in Northern Ireland. The evidence he presented moved some members to take up his position. Roger now comments on the report published by the House of Commons, which sadly promotes the liberalisation of abortion.

Back in February, Christian Legal Centre’s Roger Kiska appeared before a parliamentary select committee as the only pro-life representative, giving evidence on the issue of decriminalising abortion in Northern Ireland. The evidence he presented moved some members to take up his position. Roger now comments on the report published by the House of Commons, which sadly promotes the liberalisation of abortion.

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Christian school worker fired for raising concerns about sex education

Tue, 16/04/2019 - 09:00
After hearing about plans to introduce teaching on LGBT relationships in primary schools, school worker Kristie Higgs took to Facebook to voice her concern to her friends. However, after one of her ‘friends’ saw two of Kristie’s personal posts, she was reported to the headteacher of her school and later sacked for gross misconduct.

A Christian school worker is to challenge a Gloucestershire school academy’s decision to dismiss her for gross misconduct. She was dismissed after she shared two Facebook posts that raised concerns about Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at another school in the same village - her own child’s Church of England Primary School.

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Pro-life student group challenges Student Union ban

Mon, 15/04/2019 - 12:06
Aberdeen Life Ethics Society was repeatedly blocked from affiliation with the Aberdeen University's Students' Union due to the union's pro-choice policy.

A pro-life student university group has launched a legal challenge against the University of Aberdeen after its attempts at affiliation were repeatedly rejected by the Students’ Union based on their policy barring pro-life societies on campus.
 

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Former clinicians from gender identity clinic speak out

Fri, 12/04/2019 - 17:33
The Times recently reported on the resignation of several clinicians from the Gender Identity Service, with claims that the clinic was essentially experimenting on vulnerable children by pushing them into ‘gender transitioning’. Carys Moseley argues that while the debate on the ethics of gender reassignment is opening up, not enough is being done to get to the real truth of the matter.

The Times recently reported on the resignation of several clinicians from the Gender Identity Service, with claims that the clinic was essentially experimenting on vulnerable children by pushing them into ‘gender transitioning’. Carys Moseley argues that while the debate on the ethics of gender reassignment is opening up, not enough is being done to get to the real truth of the matter.

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The new terror: we are watching you; one wrong word and we'll remove you from your job

Fri, 12/04/2019 - 16:41
Another day in court: another assault on our Christian beliefs. Andrea Williams comments on the important case of Felix Ngole and how it shows that key Christian freedoms are at stake: an alignment to LGBT ideology is cutting many people out of public life.

Another day in court: another assault on our Christian beliefs.

Andrea Williams comments on the important case of Felix Ngole and how it shows that key Christian freedoms are at stake: an alignment to LGBT ideology is cutting many people out of public life.

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New guidelines will rush women through abortion process

Fri, 12/04/2019 - 14:48
New draft guidelines designed to speed up the abortion process were published today by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). They advise that women should be able to book an abortion without seeing a GP or having counselling. Tim Dieppe discusses the dangers of introducing these new guidelines.

New draft guidelines designed to speed up the abortion process were published today by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). They advise that women should be able to book an abortion without seeing a GP or having counselling. Tim Dieppe discusses the dangers of introducing these new guidelines.
 

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UK is 'world leader' in family breakdown - but is it any wonder?

Fri, 12/04/2019 - 11:59
Rebekah Moffett, communications officer at Christian Concern, comments on the recent findings by the think tank, Centre for Social Justice, which have revealed that the UK is a ‘world leader’ in family breakdown.

Rebekah Moffett, communications officer at Christian Concern, discusses the recent findings by the think tank, Centre for Social Justice, which have revealed that the UK is a ‘world leader’ in family breakdown.

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RCP ethics chief resigns over assisted suicide stance

Thu, 11/04/2019 - 17:07
Last month, the Royal College of Physicians announced that it would drop its formal stance of opposition to assisted suicide and adopt a neutral stance on the subject. Now, several top committee members have resigned following the controversial move. Tim Dieppe comments on the controversial process involved in their change of stance.

Last month, the Royal College of Physicians announced its plans to adopt a neutral stance on assisted dying. Now, several top committee members have resigned following the controversial move. Tim Dieppe comments on the controversial process involved in their change of stance.

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No longer "'til death us do part": unilateral 'no reason' divorce laws set to undermine marriage

Tue, 09/04/2019 - 17:13
The UK government has announced that divorce laws in England and Wales are to be overhauled for the first time in nearly 50 years, in another move to undermine the nature of marriage.

The UK government has announced that divorce laws in England and Wales are to be overhauled for the first time in nearly 50 years, in another move to undermine the nature of marriage.
 

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