Blogroll: Christian Concern

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Press freedom and journalistic integrity eroded by 'conversion therapy' bans

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The premiere of the film Once Gay: Matthew and Friends has generated a lot of press coverage, but not all of it has been favourable or honest. Carys Moseley looks at what the press coverage reveals about freedom of speech and expression in both the UK and Malta and concludes that the press itself is contributing to the erosion of freedom of speech.

The premiere of the film Once Gay: Matthew and Friends has generated a lot of press coverage, but not all of it has been favourable or honest. Carys Moseley looks at what the press coverage reveals about freedom of speech and expression in both the UK and Malta and concludes that the press itself is contributing to the erosion of freedom of speech.

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Briefing note: parliamentary debate of 25th February 2019 the right of parental opt-out

Fri, 15/02/2019 - 13:07
On 25th February, parliament will debate giving parents an opt-out for Relationships and Sex Education in schools. Christian Concern is planning a gathering outside parliament at 4pm, so make sure to sign up to our email list to receive more details (christianconcern.com/signup). In our briefing note, we explain why parents' religious freedom needs to be protected by having an opt-out.

On 25th February, parliament will debate giving parents an opt-out for Relationships and Sex Education in schools. Christian Concern is planning a gathering outside parliament at 4pm, so make sure to sign up to our email list to receive more details (christianconcern.com/signup). In our briefing note, we explain why parents' religious freedom needs to be protected by having an opt-out.
 

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Relaxing obscenity prosecution guidelines will normalise sado-masochism and extreme pornography

Tue, 12/02/2019 - 17:33
The Crown Prosecution Service has recently announced that it will no longer prosecute the depiction of ‘consensual’ sado-masochism. Carys Moseley discusses the effects this could have on society in the future, concluding that it could even lead to trivialising slavery.

The Crown Prosecution Service has recently announced that it will no longer prosecute the depiction of ‘consensual’ sado-masochism. Carys Moseley discusses the effects this could have on society in the future, concluding that it could even lead to trivialising slavery.

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It's time for adult conversations about Islam

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 12:38
Is Islam affecting our freedom of speech? Is it altering our democracy? Roger Kiska looks at the recent ruling of an Austrian woman convicted of ‘hate speech’ for suggesting a truth about Muhammad, and concludes that if we are to uphold freedom of speech, then “offence is a small price to pay”.

Is Islam affecting our freedom of speech? Is it altering our democracy? Roger Kiska looks at the recent ruling of an Austrian woman convicted of ‘hate speech’ for suggesting a truth about Muhammad, and concludes that if we are to uphold freedom of speech, then “offence is a small price to pay”.
 

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From fatwa to fear: 30 years on from 'The Satanic Verses' affair

Wed, 06/02/2019 - 17:08
In 1989, an Iranian 'fatwa' was issued calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie following the publication of his book, 'The Satanic Verses'. 30 years on, Tim Dieppe looks into how this event has caused the fear of religious offence - particularly fear of appearing Islamophobic - to censure our freedom of speech and expression.

In 1989, an Iranian 'fatwa' was issued calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie following the publication of his book, 'The Satanic Verses'. 30 years on, Tim Dieppe looks into how this event has caused the fear of religious offence - particularly fear of appearing Islamophobic - to censure our freedom of speech and expression.
 

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Cultural prophets vs corrupt priests

Tue, 05/02/2019 - 17:18
Has the Church today rejected God? Joe Boot argues that “faithlessness, disobedience, rebellion, sexual perversion and the misuse of God’s resources” marks “large parts of the modern egalitarian church” – much as in Samuel’s time. Joe looks back through Scripture to Hannah and Samuel and asks what we can learn from the lawlessness of Israel in Samuel’s time that we can use to bring “regeneration and reformation”.

Has the Church today rejected God? Joe Boot argues that “faithlessness, disobedience, rebellion, sexual perversion and the misuse of God’s resources” marks “large parts of the modern egalitarian church” – much as in Samuel’s time. Joe looks back through Scripture to Hannah and Samuel and asks what we can learn from the lawlessness of Israel in Samuel’s time that we can use to bring “regeneration and reformation”.

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House of Lords debates Clergy exemption from same-sex 'marriages'

Fri, 01/02/2019 - 17:41
When same-sex marriage was passed, provisions were included to stop clergy from having to solemnise the ceremonies. Today, the House of Lords debated an amendment to remove this key protection. Although the Bishop of Chelmsford opposed the amendment, he spoke about the CofE working closely with Stonewall and held out the prospect that church doctrine on homosexuality could change. After the government opposed the amendment, it was withdrawn. Tim Dieppe analyses the debate.

When same-sex marriage was passed, provisions were included to stop clergy from having to solemnise the ceremonies. Today, the House of Lords debated an amendment to remove this key protection. Although the Bishop of Chelmsford opposed the amendment, he spoke about the CofE working closely with Stonewall and held out the prospect that church doctrine on homosexuality could change. After the government opposed the amendment, it was withdrawn. Tim Dieppe analyses the debate.

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It’s time to stop policing the truth about sex in the name of transgender ideology

Fri, 01/02/2019 - 16:49
This week, a man was investigated by Humberside Police Force for sharing a poem that denied transgender ideology. Carys Moseley looks into the impact that this investigation could have on society, calling it the lastest example of policing ‘thoughtcrime’.

This week, a man was investigated by Humberside Police Force for sharing a poem that denied transgender ideology. Carys Moseley looks into the impact that this investigation could have on society, calling it the lastest example of policing ‘thoughtcrime’.

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New book that supports claim ‘children do best with a mother and a father’ launches in London

Fri, 01/02/2019 - 11:59
The new Wilberforce Publications title, Same-Sex Parenting Research: A Critical Assessment, launched in London on Tuesday 29th January 2019. The new research supports the 'controversial' claim that 'children do best with a mother and a father'.

On Tuesday 29th January 2019, new research that supports the claim that ‘children do best with a mother and father’ launched in London.

The new Wilberforce Publications title, Same-Sex Parenting Research: A Critical Assessment, looks scientifically at the effects of same-sex parenting (SSP), providing a careful and detailed examination of nearly 400 studies, disputing the view that there is “no difference” between SSP and heterosexual parenting.

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If we want to know the truth, we must tolerate ‘political incorrectness’

Thu, 31/01/2019 - 17:26
If the truth about our broken family culture concerns us, we must be willing to hear the 'controversial' truth that children do best with a mother and a father. The Christian Legal Centre's Roger Kiska looks into Richard Page's case to see the impact of political correctness on children, and concludes that if you hold a view that is out of step with culture, you may not be free to express it.

If the truth about our broken family culture concerns us, we must be willing to hear the 'controversial' truth that children do best with a mother and a father. The Christian Legal Centre's Roger Kiska looks into Richard Page's case to see the impact of political correctness on children, and concludes that if you hold a view that is out of step with culture, you may not be free to express it.

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Respond to call for evidence on extremism

Fri, 25/01/2019 - 15:26
The Commission for Countering Extremism has an open call for evidence asking the public to provide examples of extremism in England and Wales. Please respond to the call using our guide.

The Commission for Countering Extremism has an open call for evidence asking the public to provide examples of extremism in England and Wales.

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Council of Europe calls on UK to act on Sharia law

Fri, 25/01/2019 - 10:29
The Council of Europe has passed a hard-hitting resolution this week which calls on the UK to take six specific actions in relation to the influence of Sharia law. Tim Dieppe welcomes the points made and shows how Sharia law is, practically speaking, incompatible with human rights.

The Council of Europe passed a hard-hitting resolution this week which calls on the UK to take six specific actions in relation to the influence of Sharia law. The resolution expresses concern about the operation of sharia councils in the UK and discrimination against women by these councils. The UK is called to ensure that Muslim women’s rights are protected by ensuring that Islamic marriages are required to be civilly registered.

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Breaking News: Christian ex-magistrate appeals exclusion from NHS directorship

Tue, 22/01/2019 - 13:51
In December, Christian Concern brought news that ex-magistrate Richard Page was granted permission to take his case to the most senior judges in England and Wales after being blocked from returning to a non-executive director role at an NHS trust for expressing the view that it is in a child’s best interests to be raised by a mother and a father. The results of his appeal could have significant consequences for anyone expressing a Christian view in a social setting.

In December, Christian Concern was pleased to bring the news that ex-magistrate Richard Page was granted permission to take his case to the most senior judges in England and Wales. Richard was blocked from returning to a non-executive director role at an NHS trust because he expressed the view that it is in a child’s best interests to be raised by a mother and a father.

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Prayer alert: please pray for MPs as they vote on Brexit

Tue, 15/01/2019 - 16:31
This evening, MPs are due to vote on the Prime Minister's deal for leaving the European Union. Please pray that whatever MPs decide would be what is best for God’s kingdom.

At around 7pm tonight (15th January), MPs are due to vote on the deal that Prime Minister Theresa May has agreed with EU negotiators. Most commentators expect the government to lose the vote. Whether her deal is accepted, amended or rejected by MPs, there are likely to be significant implications for the future of the United Kingdom. The UK's relationship with other countries in Europe and around the world may change. And it could lead to different political leadership, a referendum or an election.

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Royal College of Physicians decides to be undecided about assisted dying

Tue, 15/01/2019 - 14:23
The Royal College of Physicians has decided to adopt a neutral position on changing laws on assisted dying – without consulting its members. Tim Dieppe discusses how this change in position seems unconstitutional, and why the law should not change. He concludes that the strong laws this country has are needed to protect the vulnerable.

The Royal College of Physicians has decided to adopt a neutral position on changing laws on assisted dying – without consulting its members. Tim Dieppe discusses how this change in position seems unconstitutional, and why the law should not change. He concludes that the strong laws this country has are needed to protect the vulnerable.

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Applications for Wilberforce Academy 2019 now open

Tue, 15/01/2019 - 09:04
Applications for the Wilberforce Academy 2019 are now open. This year’s Academy will run from Monday 9th to Saturday 14th September, and applications will close on 7th May.

Applications for the Wilberforce Academy 2019 are now open. This year’s Academy will run from Monday 9th to Saturday 14th September, and applications will close on 7th May.

Over the past nine years, the Academy has sought to prepare students and young professionals for servant-hearted, Christ-centred leadership in public life.

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On Praying in 'Interesting Times'

Mon, 14/01/2019 - 15:23
The Rev. Canon J. John, evangelist, minister and Director of the Philo Trust, asks how we might best pray for this nation in the ‘interesting times’ we live in – particularly when the future seems so unclear. But whatever happens, he says, we should be encouraged: “Underneath and over this world is God and he remains immovable.” This article was originally posted on his blog, Canon J. John (republished with permission).

The Rev. Canon J. John, evangelist, minister and Director of the Philo Trust, asks how we might best pray for this nation in the ‘interesting times’ we live in – particularly when the future seems so unclear. But whatever happens, he says, we should be encouraged: “Underneath and over this world is God and he remains immovable.” This article was originally posted on his blog, Canon J. John (republished with permission).

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"Modest but excellent": Christian Concern co-founder Ade Omooba awarded MBE

Thu, 10/01/2019 - 12:00
Christian Concern co-founder Pastor Ade Omooba, has this year been included in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List and awarded an MBE for voluntary service. In true Pastor Ade style, he typifies the award by saying it stands for “Modest But Excellent”. We sat down and talked with him to find out how it all began.

“Modest But Excellent” is how Pastor Ade Omooba describes what his MBE stands for. It depicts him perfectly.

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Dangerous draft guidance threatens Christian schools

Wed, 09/01/2019 - 16:18
"The funny thing about equality law is that the one thing it certainly does not do is promote equality." Now, the 'moral' influence of the LBGT lobby is set to extend over Christian faith schools, promoting the 'more equal' LGBT lifestyles that are considered sinful - all in the name of tolerance and equality. Roger Kiska discusses the effects this could have on faith schools and urges you to act now and make your voice heard.

The funny thing about equality law is that the one thing it certainly does not do is promote equality. Instead, by defining individuals by a single characteristic, it breeds division and tribalism. Competing ‘rights holders’ spend millions of pounds campaigning and exert immense moral and political pressure to make sure they earn a privileged spot in an ‘equality hierarchy’ that was never intended by parliament when the Equality Act was drafted.

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New resource to help deal with bullying in schools

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 16:20
In the return to school after the Christmas holidays, 1 in every 10 children across the UK will fall victim to bullying on a daily basis. In light of this, Christian Concern has launched a new booklet: Dealing with bullying in schools, which addresses some practical questions whilst also providing a basic biblical framework for dealing with bullying.

In the return to school after the Christmas holidays, 1 in every 10 children across the UK will fall victim to bullying on a daily basis. That’s nearly 150,000 children and young people who dread going to school every single day of their lives, for fear of what awaits them.

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