Private religious school failed by Ofsted for teaching young earth creationism as science

Apr 22, 2016 by

from British Humanist Association: In news that could have wide implications for the teaching of creationism in private schools, an independent religious school in London has been criticised by Ofsted for having a policy which ‘promotes the teaching of incorrect content’ on evolution and creationism, and told that it does not meet the minimum standards for an independent school. Getters Talmud Torah’s downgrading is the first time the British Humanist Association (BHA) is aware of this...

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On Dealing with the Armchair Critics

Apr 21, 2016 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch: When you are involved in standing up for your faith publicly, engaging in the culture wars, and seeking to be salt and light in a very dark world, you of course expect nonChristians to blast you and give you a really hard time. That simply goes with the territory and it happens all the time. What you do not expect, and what hurts like hell, is when fellow Christians attack you, criticise you, and chew you out for doing what God has called you to do. But sadly...

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Doctors refuse gender dysphoria treatment because of “deeply held Christian beliefs”

Apr 6, 2016 by

By Antony Bushfield, Premier: A senior doctor has claimed many of his colleagues are refusing to treat patients with gender dysphoria because of their “deeply held Christian beliefs”. Writing in the British Medical Journal, James Barrett, consultant psychiatrist and president of the British Association of Gender Identity Specialists, claimed one in five doctors are reluctant to treat the issue. Gender dysphoria is a condition where a person experiences discomfort or distress...

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Women more religiously devout than men, new study finds

Mar 23, 2016 by

By Harriet Sherwood, Guardian: Women are more religiously devout than men even though they are excluded from positions of leadership in many faiths and denominations, a new study has found. According to the respected Pew Research Center, 83.4% of women around the world identify with a faith group, compared with 79.9% of men – a difference of about 97 million people. Pew’s report, The Gender Gap in Religion Around the World, points out that history’s most influential religious leaders have been...

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Stephen Fry’s ‘God is evil’ interview shortlisted for religious award

Mar 22, 2016 by

From The Telegraph: A TV interview in which Stephen Fry described God as “utterly evil, capricious and stupid” has been shortlisted for an award that recognises excellence in religious broadcasting. Winners of the 2016 Sandford St Martins Awards will be announced during a ceremony at Lambeth Palace in June. Among the more conventional programmes are a documentary about Buddha, shown on BBC 4, and The Ark, telling the story of Noah. The newly married comedian and broadcaster was asked what he...

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Faith, Freedom and One Nation: the full text of Stephen Crabb’s Wilberforce address

Mar 20, 2016 by

From Conservative Home, published December 2015: “I would like to start by thanking the Conservative Christian Fellowship for the kind invitation to deliver the 2015 Wilberforce Address this evening. It is an honour to be asked to give this lecture which is named of course after one of our Party’s most important social reformers – a passionate and untiring campaigner, and someone who embodied the very spirit of Compassionate Conservativism. William Wilberforce continues to fascinate and...

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