If You Don’t ‘Get’ Religion, You Can’t ‘Get’ America or the World

Dec 16, 2016 by

by David French, National Review: Honesty is a wonderful thing. Last week, during an interview with Terry Gross, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet made a welcome confession: I want to make sure that we are much more creative about beats out in the country so that we understand that anger and disconnectedness that people feel. And I think I use religion as an example because I was raised Catholic in New Orleans. I think that the New York–based, and Washington-based too, probably,...

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May must act to defend the right of Christians to speak up

Dec 15, 2016 by

by Caroline Farrow, The Conservative Woman: Oh how my heart sung the other week, when Theresa May mounted a robust defence of Christianity in Parliament. She even went so far as to state that “our Christian heritage is something we should be proud of”. You wouldn’t have heard any of her last four immediate predecessors utter anything half so bold, without some mealy-mouthed disclaimer. Mrs May’s statement was prompted by a question from the perennially sound Fiona Bruce MP, who said that “many...

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Trust defends sacking nurse over religious behaviour

Dec 15, 2016 by

by Jo Stephenson, Nursing Times: Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust has defended its decision to sack a nurse who discussed her Christian beliefs and offered to pray with patients before surgery. Sarah Kuteh was employed in the surgical pre-assessment unit at the trust’s Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, where she was responsible for running through a pre-operative questionnaire that includes a question about religion. She claims the question sparked natural discussion about faith and she was...

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Church of England rejects faith school criticisms

Dec 7, 2016 by

By Aaron James, Premier: The Church of England’s rebuffed criticism that its faith schools are making divisions in the UK even worse than they already are. It hit back against the claim in an open letter to the Times after one of its columnists, Rachel Sylvester, wrote a piece called “Faith schools encourage a form of apartheid” – a reference to the former political system in South Africa where black people were legally discriminated against in favour of white people....

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Will Theresa May restore religious liberty by adopting reasonable accommodation?

Dec 6, 2016 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: Theresa May is an Anglican, and her faith appears to be sound and secure (ie, it doesn’t fade in and out like Magic FM in the Chilterns). A few articles have pondered the precise cut of her Christian jib: Giles Fraser was first off the mark, with a tender dissection of her High Church upbringing, with its “unflashy service, community, warts and all, and personal sacrifice”. For him, she is the real thing: “her faith feels entirely convincing to me,” he observes. More...

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Faith school push will not ‘help results’

Dec 2, 2016 by

by Hannah Richardson, BBC: Plans to allow new faith schools to increase the share of pupils they take on religious grounds in England will not improve standards, a report says. The Education Policy Institute research also finds the move is unlikely to boost social mobility. The proposal is part of a range of measures, including opening new grammar schools, aimed at boosting the number of places in high performing schools. The government said faith schools were some of the best and most...

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