Identities Crisis: Sex, Gender and ‘Sexual Orientation’

Nov 24, 2014 by

From gentlemind: Sexual identity: John is Joan’s husband, but he can be nothing without first being somebody – and nobody can be somebody without being male or female. A diamond facet can be what it is only because of the diamond first being a diamond. The facets of John’s identity, such as tall, kind, and hungry, are possible only because he has a sex – a foundational essence upon which facets can be built. When John identifies as male, he does nothing more than recognise his own...

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Britain ‘sleepwalking into losing religious freedoms’ says Christian leader

Nov 24, 2014 by

By Mark Woods, Christian Today: The chief executive of CARE has warned that Britain is in danger of “sleepwalking into losing religious freedoms”. In a speech entitled “Can society be Christian?”, Nola Leach told listeners at the Out of the Silent Church conference in Dundee: “Only 50 years ago liberals supported an ‘alternative culture’, but today they abhor any alternative to their credo. Once a dominant force in Western culture, religion is demoted...

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Proof God’s not dead? How midweek Cathedral attendance doubled in a decade

Nov 24, 2014 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: It was the decade that saw Richard Dawkins and the new atheists proclaim loudly and triumphantly the non-existence of God. Yet despite the best efforts of the anti-theists, thousands upon thousands more people are choosing to worship at England’s cathedrals. Between 2003 and 2013, attendance at services held during the week doubled from 7,500 to 15,000 and even Sunday attendance rose slightly. Overall the number of adults worshipping in cathedrals rose...

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Sharia law guidelines abandoned as Law Society apologises

Nov 24, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: The Law Society has withdrawn controversial guidelines for solicitors on how to compile “Sharia compliant” wills amid complaints that they encouraged discrimination against women and non-Muslims. Andrew Caplen, president of the society, apologised and said the criticism had been taken on board. It follows a storm of protest after The Telegraph disclosed in March that the society had issued a practice note to solicitors effectively enshrining aspects of Islamic law...

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The true cost of divorce

Nov 24, 2014 by

By Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart: One in eight children turn to drugs and alcohol to cope. The devastating effect that divorce can have on children has been revealed in a major new survey of teens and young adults. The majority reported that their GCSE exam results had suffered as a result of stress due to parental breakup, whilst nearly one in eight turned to drugs or alcohol to cope. With over 100,000 children each year being affected by divorce, parents are urged to consider how their...

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Connecting Religious and Economic Liberty

Nov 24, 2014 by

By Dylan Pahman, Public Discourse: New data suggest that countries that value and protect religious liberty offer fertile soil for economic liberty to flourish. In a recent article in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, Brian Grim, Greg Clark, and Robert Edward Snyder published their findings that “religious freedom contributes to better economic and business outcomes and that advances in religious freedom are in the self-interest of businesses, government, and societies by...

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Religions of the world unite. God and marriage are not dead

Nov 24, 2014 by

by Holly Hamilton-Bleakley, Conservative Woman: This week, the world witnessed a highly unusual religious event.  There was minimal coverage of the event by the liberal press (or, depending on the paper, no coverage at all) both in the US and the UK, so if you blinked you may not have noticed. The Vatican hosted an international, interfaith conference to ‘examine’, ‘propose anew’, and ‘witness’ the importance of traditional marriage. Entitled ‘The Complementarity of Man and Woman:  An...

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Pope Francis: how cardinals’ Conclave lobbying campaign paved way for Argentine pontiff

Nov 24, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: New biography of Pope Francis discloses how ‘Team Bergoglio’ reformists lobbied cardinals ‘below the radar’ ahead of Vatican Conclave. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the former leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, helped to orchestrate a behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign which led to the election of Pope Francis, a new biography claims. The choice of the largely unknown Argentine cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as head of the world’s...

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Preventing the Sexualization of Children

Nov 24, 2014 by

Part III of the Protection of the Family Series by Sharon Slater, Family Watch International: We are pleased to send you the links below to the presentations from Part III of our UN side events series:“Preventing the Sexualization of Children,” which we presentedat the UN Human Rights Council. I must warn you in advance that some of the materials presented are quite disturbing as the speakers describe some of the dangerous sexual ideologies and explicit “education” materials taught to children...

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The main Westminster parties treat modernity as virtue, and its critics as moral inferiors, as with ...

Nov 23, 2014 by

By Charles Moore, Telegraph: [...]  Modernisers have two great faults. The first is to assume that what is modern is inevitable. Soviet Communism was modern once, and part of its power lay in its claim that it was inevitable. It wasn’t, and now it is dead. The second is to equate modernity with virtue and so to treat its critics as moral inferiors. In Britain, the saga of same-sex marriage is a classic case. Parts of the Western world are heading in that direction: “therefore” it must be...

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God’s Standard for Sexuality

Nov 23, 2014 by

Pastor Robby from Brainerd Baptist Church continues the True North sermon series sharing what the BIble says about homosexuality. God’s Standard for Sexuality from Brainerd Baptist Church on...

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Sunday Worship

Nov 23, 2014 by

SERMONS AND TALKS 1. Three talks on The World as God sees it  - Hugh Palmer – All Souls Audio http://tinyurl.com/oz8bspk 2. NT Evidence for the Hebrew Jesus Spoke – Dr Steven Notley – Lanier Theological Library Vimeo http://vimeo.com/111429417 Commentary for Sunday 23rd November 3. Preaching Ideas and Commentary – Rev Peter Carrell http://tinyurl.com/kpdup7e 4. The Sunday Readings – Rev Stephen Trott http://laworgospel.wordpress.com/ WORSHIP 5. The bells of All...

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The New Intolerance

Nov 23, 2014 by

From First Things: First Things invites you to view a lecture featuring Mary Eberstadt. The lecture, delivered on November 11, 2014 in Washington DC,  addresses the problem of, and possible reactions to, what we’re calling the New Intolerance—the mentality that seeks to intimidate religious believers with charges of “fundamentalism” and “bigotry.” A new, secular “moral majority” is rising in America today. This rising tide of secularism has coincided with, and in some ways is helping to drive,...

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Testing questions for Oxford abortion censors

Nov 22, 2014 by

By Julian Mann: In an ironic twist, the academics at Christ Church Oxford who refused permission for a debate about abortion to be held in the college are officially called Censors. The decision came after, to quote Oxford University student newspaper Cherwell, the Junior Common Room (the Christ Church undergraduate body) “voted to inform College Censors about the mental and physical security issues surrounding the debate” on the motion, ‘This House believes Britain’s Abortion Culture...

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Supermarkets to hide tabloid front pages because of sexual content concerns

Nov 22, 2014 by

From BBC News Two of the UK’s leading supermarkets are to change the way they display newspapers because of fears about children being exposed to sexual content. Tesco said its in-store “news cubes” would be redesigned so that only the newspaper mastheads could be seen. Waitrose has announced it will change its displays so some front pages can be moved from children’s lines of vision. It follows months of campaigning by the groups Child Eyes and No More Page 3. Tesco...

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