Blogroll: Christian Concern
I read blogs, as well as write one. The 'blogroll' on this site reproduces some posts from some of the people I enjoy reading. There are currently 21 posts from the blog 'Christian Concern.'
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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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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”.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
The Commission for Countering Extremism has an open call for evidence asking the public to provide examples of extremism in England and Wales.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
“Modest But Excellent” is how Pastor Ade Omooba describes what his MBE stands for. It depicts him perfectly.
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.
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.