Safe at School condemns government plans on alleged homophobic bullying

Oct 30, 2014 by

By John Smeaton, SPUC: SPUC’s Safe at School campaign has condemned plans to sink £2 million into dealing with alleged homophobic bullying in schools. See “Government to fund campaign to stamp out anti-gay bullying in schools”, Telegraph, 29 October 2014http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/11193812/Government-to-fund-campaign-to-stamp-out-anti-gay-bullying-in-schools.html) Safe at School supports parents who object to inappropriate sex education. Antonia Tully...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out as gay. Fine: now can we start reporting on him properly?

Oct 30, 2014 by

By Milo Yiannopoulos, Breitbart: Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple, announced today in BusinessWeek that he is gay. The news surprised no one: Cook’s sexuality has been an open secret in the tech industry for years. But perhaps now he’s revealed himself, we’ll see a bit more rigorous reporting about one of the most powerful men in the world. Relative to his influence, Tim Cook is perhaps the most under-reported on chief executive in American corporate history. The...

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Gay rights should be centre of UK’s relations with Commonwealth – William Hague

Oct 30, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: Britain must make defending the rights of gay and lesbian people a key plank of its relations with other Commonwealth countries, the former Foreign Secretary William Hague has insisted. He said it was “shocking” that homosexuality is still illegal many countries with historic ties to the UK and argued that Britain must use what influence it has to press for change. His comments came as he addressed a reception in Parliament at which the annual PinkNews awards were...

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Ex-Archbishop quits over Church of England child sex abuse revelations

Oct 30, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: The former Archbishop of York, Lord Hope of Thornes, has resigned from formal ministry in the Church of England after almost 50 years after an independent inquiry found “systemic failures” in bringing a paedophile priest to justice. Lord Hope, who was the second most senior cleric in the Church of England for a decade from 1995 to 2005, stepped down with immediate effect from his position as an honorary assistant bishop in West Yorkshire, a post he...

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Six reasons why I believe Halloween is far from harmless

Oct 30, 2014 by

by Revd J John, Daily Mirror: Halloween has become one of the biggest events in the British calendar. There have always been traditions associated with 31st October, but the present extravaganza, with its epidemic of ‘trick-or-treating’, is a recent phenomenon. A decade ago, spending on Halloween in the UK was only £12m; now, boosted by Hollywood and marketing, it is £300m. Financially, Halloween is now, after Christmas and Easter, our third highest grossing celebration. Yet Halloween has...

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Progress of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) Bill 2014/15

Oct 30, 2014 by

The 2nd reading of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) Bill 2014/15 is now rescheduled for 21st of November Editor’s comment: This is the continuation of the progress of the Private Members’ Bill sponsored by Geraint Davies MP, which aims to “prohibit gay to straight conversion therapy”, and thereby offering “protection of children and adults”. This post also contains links to articles explaining why this is a threat to basic liberties and is being...

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“Comfortably Kenya’s boldest autobiography”

Oct 30, 2014 by

Even from his heavenly home, David Gitari, Archbishop of Kenya 1997-2002 is “Troubled but not Destroyed”. His autobiography with that title was launched,in front of a hundred clergy, senior lawyers and media. in All Saints Cathedral Hall Nairobi on Thursday October 16, just over a year after his death at the age of 76. Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, his current successor, reminded them that Gitari had regularly spoken of and applied Jesus’ compassion for the crowd (Matt. 9:35) to the structures...

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Who’s the bigot now?

Oct 30, 2014 by

By Michael Cook, MercatorNet: Increasingly it seems that the touchstone of success for supporters of same-sex marriage is shifting from accommodation and acceptance to unconditional surrender. Disagreement and criticism will not be tolerated. In a recent speech in Washington DC Robert P. George, a professor at Princeton University in the US and vice chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom explained why. “The whole argument was and is that the idea of...

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Denmark: the latest European nation waking up to its demographic cris

Oct 30, 2014 by

By Steve Weatherbe, LifeSite: The Danes are the latest Europeans to wake up to the decline in the continent’s birth rate, which actually fell below replacement level in the 1970s. Aroused by a 2013 report calling the decline “an approaching epidemic,” Denmark’s latest response shows a touching if misplaced confidence in technocratic solutions, relying, if you can believe it, on better sex education to reverse the country’s demographic implosion. It’s quite a role reversal for Sex and Society,...

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£2million drive to get teachers to say ‘gay’ more in class

Oct 30, 2014 by

by Sarah Harris, Mailonline: Teachers should work words like ‘gay’ into their lessons to fight homophobic bullying, an official report suggests. Schools can make a ‘positive impact’ by incorporating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people into the curriculum from reception class up. The study, commissioned by the Government Equalities Office and supported by the Department for Education, also highlights how staff can improve the ‘visibility’ of LGBT people in schools by discussing topics...

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Elton John brands Pope Francis ‘my hero’

Oct 30, 2014 by

By Damien Gayle, Mailonline: Elton John called Pope Francis ‘my hero’ at an AIDS benefit for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church. The Rocket Man singer hosted the event, An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, on Tuesday night in New York City. He said Francis is pushing boundaries in the church and told the crowd: ‘Make this man a saint already, OK?’   ‘Ten years ago one of the biggest obstacles in the...

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Houston mayor says pastors do not have to turn over their sermons after all

Oct 30, 2014 by

By Ben Johnson, LifeSite: After intense backlash from around the nation, the mayor of Houston has backed down and said five of the city’s pastors do not have to turn over copies of their sermons on homosexuality and “gender identity” to the city. The city had issued a subpoena for the pastors’ sermons after five area clergy began an effort to repeal a city ordinance granting special rights to homosexuals and transgender people – such as giving them the same housing and employment...

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FRA’s big lie on “homophobia” challenged at the European Council

Oct 29, 2014 by

From European Dignity Watch: Yesterday, the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) together with the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU (all 28 Member States) held a conference in Brussels on ‘Tackling sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination’. With more than 200 representatives from the 28 Member States and civil society organizations in attendance, the high-level conference pushed for stronger sanctions — including criminal ones — against such...

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Justin Welby: I worry about damage caused by language on immigration

Oct 29, 2014 by

By Isabel Hardman, Spectator: When Justin Welby spoke to the Parliamentary press gallery today, he took great care to emphasise a number of points. One was about the influence the Church of England has in public debate, and the other was about the church’s influence in local communities and the strength of its connections in those communities. He didn’t give the impression initially that he didn’t want to intervene in the public debate about immigration when asked about it, but then couldn’t...

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Tackling sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination: next steps in EU and Member State po...

Oct 29, 2014 by

Core Issues Trust Director Michael Davidson attended the above conference in Brussels yesterday. Core Issues Trust submitted two written interventions: Riding roughshod over ‘Ex-gay’ identities: will the Fundamental Rights Agency protect sexual orientations of persons who are ‘Post-gay’ and their rights to access therapeutic support to reduce unwanted feelings, and behaviours? and Faulty survey instrument and data informs Fundamenal Rights Agency event Read also:  Lesbian group wants UN to...

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