This speech on abortion by a 12-year-old left her pro-choice teacher speechless

Aug 31, 2015 by

From LifeSite: At first Lia’s pro-choice teacher told her that she was disqualified from the school’s speech competition because her topic was too controversial. But then she heard the speech and was so blown away she changed her mind. Lia went on to win the competition. Watch her speech below.

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Zis Is What I Call Social Madness

Aug 31, 2015 by

By Michael Brown, Charisma News: In the latest example of social madness, Rickey Hall, the vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, is calling on all students to use gender inclusive pronouns like “ze, hir, zir, xe, xem and xyr” in order to make the campus “welcoming and inclusive for all.” On another front, Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner has said that he would like to date a man so that he could be treated like a woman. But his suggestion was rebuffed by interviewer and friend Jenny Boylan who replied, “Caitlyn Jenner, you are a normal woman right now, today. You don’t need a man to make you a woman.” Seriously? Bruce Jenner, with male voice and taking hormones to overcome his maleness is “a normal woman right now, today”? At the risk of being redundant, may I ask again: Is the whole world going mad? We not only have a push for gender neutral bathrooms in cities across America but we have: Read...

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Pansexual: What is it – and when did the word become popular?

Aug 31, 2015 by

by Jess Stauffenberg, Independent: Miley Cyrus, chameleon daughter of pop, controversy and LGBT activism, delved further into her world of breaking down barriers when she recently declared she is “pansexual”. Cyrus has gained media attention in the last two years for hit tunes, sexually explicit dancing, a famous tongue and an open approach to her romantic interests. The singer told her mum she was bisexual when she was 14, according to an interview with Paper magazine in June this year. And now she has told Elle UK that she identifies as “pansexual”. “I’m very open about it – I’m pansexual. But I’m not in a relationship. I’m 22, I’m going on dates, but I change my style every two weeks, let alone who I’m with,” he said. So what is it all about? Read here...

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The global human rights education project: a Trojan horse

Aug 31, 2015 by

Barend Vlaardingerbroek, Mercatornet: The “global human rights education project” is a collective term for a worldwide rights-advocacy campaign through both formal and non-formal education channels. Amnesty International (AI), a major actor in human rights education (HRE), describes HRE on its website ) as  “a deliberate, participatory practice aimed at empowering individuals, groups and communities through fostering knowledge, skills and attitudes consistent with internationally recognized human rights principles.” Sounds innocuous – laudable, even – until one takes a long, hard look at how it defines and applies those ‘principles’. The legal basis for “universal” human rights is fragmented and weak. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training, being UN General Assembly resolutions, have no legal force. Most international human rights treaties are toothless tigers. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is non-judiciable. The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women is hamstrung by the numerous reservations nation-states entered (those who signed up at all). This list can be added to at leisure. Unless incorporated into domestic law, “universal” human rights are more in the realm of whims than hard law. HRE crusaders nonetheless doggedly pursue their global agenda. The manner in which they play fast and loose with international law will be illustrated using same-sex marriage. Read here...

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Three charts that show where Catholics and Protestants stand on the issues dividing the churches

Aug 31, 2015 by

By Samuel Osborne, Independent: Catholics have a more liberal attitude towards gay marriage than Protestants – but are more conservative when it comes to euthanasia and abortion, a survey suggests. YouGov questioned 863 Catholics and 1,707 Protestants in Great Britain – who strongly agreed with the statement “my faith is important to me” – on the three divisive issues. Here’s how they compared: […] Pope Francis, whose papacy began in 2013, is widely perceived to be a liberal influence. In July 2013, when asked if there was ‘gay lobby’ in the Vatican, the Pope said: “If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him?” Last year, the Church of England opposed legislation to legalise gay marriage in the UK. Same-sex marriage was made legal in the UK in March 2014, with the exception of Northern Ireland. It remains illegal for the Church of England to carry out same-sex marriages. Read here...

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Bishop of Carlisle opposes Assisted Dying Bill

Aug 31, 2015 by

The Bishop of Carlisle, the lead bishop in the House of Lords on health, writes in the Times (August 31) that the support of the former Director of Public Prosecutions for the Assisted Dying Bill (report, Aug 29) puts the current careful balance in jeopardy with no achievable outcome other than facilitating some individuals at the cost of placing many thousands of vulnerable people at risk. He points out that where assisted suicide is permitted, many terminally ill people become concerned that the natural processes of dying might make them a burden to their families and carers, and this becomes a factor in their decision to seek assistance in ending their lives. Since the Death with Dignity Act was passed in Oregon, 40 per cent of those who have ingested lethal drugs cited this as a concern, with the figures for Washington State reaching 60 per cent in 2013. Bishop Newcome writes that: “Terminally ill people deserve to be surrounded with love, compassion and care; not called to make a choice between dying prematurely and being a burden. The only effective safeguard against this pressure is to keep the law as it is” and that “High profile endorsements of the Assisted Dying Bill and snap opinion polls ought not to replace careful analysis of this complex life and death issue.”...

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Worship and teaching for the week

Aug 30, 2015 by

SERMONS AND TALKS 1. Running the way of God’s commandments – Andrew Wingfield Digby – St Andrew’s Oxford Audio [Ephesians 5:15-20 and John 6:51-58] http://tinyurl.com/oevl4d6 Read here    

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Refugees are not Migrants

Aug 30, 2015 by

By Robin Shawyer, Windle International.  [EDITOR’S NOTE: Robin Shawyer, director of the Windle Trust ( http://www.windle.org.uk/ ) which has worked in refugee resettlement for many years, writes here in his personal capacity and from his wide experience that our responsibility to accept refugees is completely different from our obligation towards voluntary migrants and they should not be lumped together as the government is doing in spite of the challenges in distinguishing one from the other.] The present government has boxed itself into a corner on migration because of some very muddled thinking. It is legitimate for the UK to have a policy about the level of voluntary migration it allows. What has confused the debate is that the government has included refugees and asylum-seeker in the migrant figures. They should not be included. Our responsibility to accept refugees is completely different from our obligation towards voluntary migrants and they should not be lumped together in spite of the challenges in distinguishing one from the other.   […]Can anything to be done to help the government develop a more coherent and humane policy? Read in full here Refugees are not Migrants...

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‘Liberal elite’ accused of hypocrisy on marriage

Aug 30, 2015 by

by Madeleine Davies, Church Times: A NEW report suggesting that marriage is “alive and well” among the rich, but not the poor, is evidence that the “liberal elite” are hypocrites, a researcher said this week. “It’s very striking that the liberal elite will happily tell everyone that it does not matter if you marry or not, yet nearly 90 per cent, even today, get married if they have children,” Harry Benson, research director at the Marriage Foundation, said on Tuesday. “They talk a good liberal story, but act in very conservative ways for themselves. . . These modern-day Pharisees tell us how to live our lives, but live their own lives in a completely different way.” The report from the Marriage Foundation, The Marriage Gap, looks at mothers with children under the age of five. In 2012, 87 per cent of mothers with an annual household income of above £45,000 were married. This figure compares with 25 per cent of those with an income of below £14,000. Using data from the Family Resources Survey and the General Household Survey, the report argues that the move away from marriage is spreading from low- to middle-income groups. Read here...

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Strangers and exiles in the Bible

Aug 30, 2015 by

by Vinay Samuel, Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life: Today the refugee is embraced in the world of the market.  People market services to refugees.  Refugees themselves are marketed to receiving countries.  The greatest beneficiaries of the refugee business are those who are providing the services.  How do we critique that from a Christian perspective? Read here (pdf) [This piece was written by Canon Dr Vinay Samuel for Transformation in April 1995 (Vol. 12, No. 2, page 28) and it has particular relevance today -Ed]...

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