Hard to be sure of ethical investments, says Bishop of Oxford

Jul 12, 2014 by

by Matt Oliver, Oxford Mail: ETHICAL purity when it comes to financial investments is “hard to achieve” in the modern day, the Bishop of Oxford has claimed. His comments follow an announcement that the Church of England will sever all ties with payday loan company Wonga. Rt Rev John Pritchard told the Oxford Mail: “I’m delighted that the Church of England has been able to sort out this anomaly. “The problem is that with the multi-layered complexity of financial investments today it’s hard to...

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Same-Sex "Marriage" & Obamacare: Similarities?

Apr 15, 2014 by

By Joseph Backholm, Family Policy Institute What do Obamacare and same-sex “marriage” have in common? More than you might think. In both cases, people created well intentioned policies that ignored immutable laws of the universe. In both cases, support was generated by intentionally withholding relevant information and accusing those who asked critical questions of wanting to harm their neighbors. Of course we hope everyone will have high quality health care. But Obamacare...

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My dad was a sperm donor. My lack of identity reflects his

Jan 17, 2014 by

By Elizabeth Howard, Guardian The film Delivery Man, about a sperm donor who unwittingly fathers more than 500 children, has been panned by the critics. Its cloying sentimentality, clumsy symbolism and implausible plot certainly grate; but for me, as a donor-conceived adult, it is important that the feelings of people like me have been brought to light. In the film, the donor's offspring get their happy ending: a warm and loving relationship with their biological father (and plenty of...

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Complicating Conception: The Desires of Parents and the Rights of Children

Dec 18, 2013 by

By Christopher White, Public Discourse Infertile parents who desperately seek a child might see anonymous sperm donation as the solution to their fertility difficulties. But as the stories in the Anonymous Us collective reveal, the difficulties faced by donor-conceived children are just beginning. In the new film Delivery Man, Vince Vaughn plays David Wozniak, a man who discovers that he’s the biological father of 533 children—all conceived through his anonymous sperm donations....

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The Revd Paul Flowers ticked all the right 'progressive' boxes — that's why he could ...

Nov 21, 2013 by

By Melanie Phillips, Spectator Yet again, one particular question has formed on lips up and down the land. How in heaven’s name could so many people have failed to spot such a spectacular abuse of a public position? We heard it first in the Jimmy Savile scandal, when the posthumous discovery of half a century of predation left people incredulous that so many had known about but done nothing to stop his serial depravities. Now a similar question needs to be asked about the Revd Paul...

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C. S. Lewis, Reepicheep, and Our Chests

Nov 21, 2013 by

by John Stonestreet, Breakpoint Half a century after C. S. Lewis joined the Church Triumphant, the Oxford don’s works are still offering almost-prescient insights into our culture. In one of my favorite Lewis books, “The Abolition of Man,” he describes and predicts with eerie accuracy trends that have come to define the society we live in today. In the first chapter, entitled “Men without Chests,” Lewis slams the schools and the textbooks of mid-twentieth century...

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