Does religious freedom require a secular public sphere?

Aug 26, 2016 by

by Will Jones, Courtesy of Ian Paul, Psephizo: Findings from the 2015 annual British Social Attitudes survey published this month sent secularists into a mild panic. Showing an increase in those identifying as Christian, from 42% to 43%, and a corresponding decrease in those of ’no religion’, from 49% to 48%, they seemed to confirm that the steady decline in Christian affiliation had plateaued, at least for now. A number of academics were quick to point out that the wide difference in...

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CI News: 26 August 2016

Aug 26, 2016 by

from The Christian Institute: Featured stories Marie Stopes suspends abortions after health probe Christian coach fired for praying wants his job back ‘I felt violated when told to share bathroom with boys’ The Little Book of Non-Violent Extremists Also in the news Latest news stories News archive...

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It’s not Christian to be nice

Aug 26, 2016 by

by Jo Swinney, Christian Today: Somewhere along the way, Christianity has got itself entangled with a soapy, soft, non-offensive concept: ‘niceness.’ The movement founded by a radical so offensive he got himself killed has a bunch of followers who smile at each other with creepy insincerity; deep, warm crinkles at the corners of our eyes as we say ‘God bless you’ to shopkeepers in the hope that our niceness will get them to church where more nice people will be there to...

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A burkini ban was inevitable. Liberalism is not very liberal towards religious conservatives

Aug 26, 2016 by

by Tim Stanley, Telegraph: I predict that within a decade, most Western countries will have banned the burqa – probably the niqab and maybe even the pretty burkini. I’m against this. Of course I’m against this. It’s impractical and illiberal. More importantly, I’m a religious traditionalist – so I’m hardly likely to want to ban public expressions of religious identity. What next? Drive nuns off the beach too? But my definition of liberty is not universally shared. It’s surprising how few...

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Robbing children of their innocence

Aug 26, 2016 by

by Michael Cook, MercatorNet: When it comes time to talk about the birds and bees to their kids, many parents go AWOL, leaving their sprogs to learn about the facts of life from TV, their friends and the internet. No one thinks that this is an ideal situation, so schools step in with sex ed programs. These have always been controversial, but the latest development ought to outrage parents. It is the global spread of “comprehensive sex education” (CSE). The package comes with various labels and...

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Go ahead, ban me, but I’ll never say a man is a woman!

Aug 26, 2016 by

by Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet: A rebellion against transgenderism has broken out on the hugely popular British parenting website Mumsnet after some users were banned for “misgendering” and “transphobia” in referring to certain persons, it seems. Starting Thursday evening UK time the “I am Spartacus” thread has attracted more than 400 posts, all but a handful rejecting the idea of a “transgender woman”. Ringleader “OscarDeLaYenta” asserts: Men cannot become women, ever. Women...

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5 Things You Should Know About the Women in Ministry Debate

Aug 26, 2016 by

by Brandon Showalter, Christian Post: A lively conversation continues to occur surrounding the topic of women’s ordination and their roles in the life of the Church, with signs pointing to notable shifts and some saying a “crack-up” is underway within evangelicalism. The ongoing debate is over what the Bible really says about complementarianism and egalitarianism, and the implications that has for the Church, the home, and society. At Mere Orthodoxy last month, writer Jake...

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University To Students: You’re a Criminal If You Don’t Use Transgender Approved Language

Aug 26, 2016 by

by Dr Susan Berry, Breitbart: West Virginia University (WVU) has told its 29,000 students that they are breaking federal law if don’t agree to use the pronouns — including ‘he’ or ‘she,’ ‘zir’ or ‘hir’ etc. — preferred by each person who claims to be transgender. That policy means if a biological man — for example, famous transgender athlete Bruce Jenner — says he “identifies” his gender as female, then all other students must refer to the man as a “she,” or else be treated as a law-breaker....

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While the Church of England becomes a safe place for children, it is hell for those wrongly accused of abuse

Aug 25, 2016 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: “To address the whole culture of silence in Church is vital,” writes the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in the Church of England Newspaper, “it is a form of abuse,” he adds, mindful of the church’s past reluctance to respond to allegations of child sexual abuse and its manifest failure to protect the vulnerable from predatory paederasts who abuse their sacred positions of authority and trust. Innocence is destroyed and faith is lost. In order to ensure that it can...

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Report Debunks ‘Born That Way’ Narrative And ‘Transgender’ Label For Kids

Aug 25, 2016 by

By Mary Rice Hasson and Theresa Farnan, The Federalist: A stunning new report on sexuality and gender exposes the shaky science behind the LGBT “born that way” narrative and the push to label young kids as “transgender.” The report comes as the health-care industry, pressured by the Obama administration, imposes new protocols pertaining to “sexual orientation and gender identity” grounded in faulty science and often dismissive of parents’ rights and children’s well-being. The report,...

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