We must champion the freedom to change one’s beliefs about religion

Feb 8, 2015 by

By Lady Berridge, Conservative Home: One of the most profound changes I have seen in Britain since I became chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Religion or Belief is the surge in news stories that deal with religiously motivated oppression or violence, both here and across the world. When I took on the role in 2012, people would look at me in a slightly puzzled way when I explained that I would be devoting a considerable chunk of my time in the House of...

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Protecting doctors’ freedom of conscience

Jan 29, 2015 by

By Margaret Somerville, MercatorNet: The Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons is consulting on whether patients’ right of access to certain procedures, such as abortion, should trump the rights of those physicians who refuse, for reasons of conscience, to provide them. Dr. Marc Gabel, a College official, chairs the working group looking at this issue, which is drafting a new policy on “Professional Obligations and Human Rights.” Dr. Gabel has been reported as saying that “physicians...

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Nicky Morgan and Ofsted’s anti-Christian commissars are not fit for purpose

Jan 28, 2015 by

By Gerald Warner, Breitbart: So, these weirdoes started to harass girls as young as 10, asking them questions about sex, about what lesbians do, about whether they felt they were in the wrong body, causing them acute embarrassment and eventually reducing at least one to tears. “How have you learned how to make a baby?” was one of the questions. Better call Plod fast and get these pervs’ collars felt, would be the reaction of most normal people. If this harassment had come from unsavoury...

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Standing firm is the price of civilisation. Are we still ready to pay it?

Jan 18, 2015 by

By James Delingpole, Spectator: Reading some reactions to events in Paris, I’m no longer certain that western values would survive another long war. Reading Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, as I have recently, you cannot help but be struck by what a perfectly idyllic place rural England must have been (at least for a young man of independent means) in the run-up to the first world war. Sassoon wrote it, of course, in middle age after he’d served his time in the trenches. But none of his wartime...

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Just how important is Magna Carta 800 years on?

Jan 1, 2015 by

by Nick Higham, BBC: This year people in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and plenty of other nations will mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. The document will be lauded for establishing one vital principle. A new book about Magna Carta is published today which claims to offer new insights into one of the most famous documents in British history. This year marks the 800th anniversary of the charter’s first signing on 15 June 1215 at Runnymede on the banks of the Thames...

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The New Totalitarianism, “hate crime,” and same-sex “marriage”

Dec 29, 2014 by

By studiobrien: Lost is our old simplicity of times;the world abounds with lawsand teems with crimes. This anonymous aphorism, published in the Pennsylvania Gazette in 1775, rings even more true of our times. Proliferating crime is endemic to contemporary democracies, it seems, and the Western world is awash in so many laws that one hardly dares guess what will next be made illegal. Strangest of all is that so much of the new legalism is directed not at criminal activity but at the moral...

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