Activists seek candidates for new Synod

Aug 28, 2015 by

by Tim Wyatt, Church Times: AS ELECTIONS for the General Synod near an end, groups campaigning to change the make-up of the Church of England’s governing body have laid out their hopes for the next five years. […]  Similar sentiments were expressed by the election campaign co-ordinator of Inclusive Church, the Revd Stephen France. Inclusive Church has assembled a list of 108 people, clergy and laity, standing for election to the Synod under its banner. “I had no difficulty finding people who want to see the Church change and are willing to stand,” he said last week. “Clearly what happened with women bishops caused an outcry, and was bound to affect the reputation of the Synod, but that’s why we have had no difficulty finding people to stand.” Mr France said that the women-bishops debates, which dominated the last quinquennium, had prompted many of Inclusive Church’s candidates to stand. “Obviously that issue was resolved, but it’s early days yet. Rachel Treweek is the only diocesan woman bishop still.” One of those who are standing for the first time under the Inclusive Church banner is the former Conservative MP Sir Tony Baldry. Previously an ex-officio member as the then Second Church Estates Commissioner, he is standing for election in the diocese of Oxford. Read here...

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UK study shows massive surge in deadly STDs among gay men

Aug 26, 2015 by

By Lisa Bourne, LifeSite: A steep jump in cases of two deadly sexually transmitted diseases in the UK has been found among homosexual men, a new study says. Figures from the Public Health England (PHE) indicate the increase in cases of syphilis and gonorrhea among homosexual males rose considerably higher than that of the general population, prompting health experts to say the problem must be a public health priority and that this is likely just “the tip of the iceberg.”   […]  “The sexual revolution was sold with the promise that people could have sex without consequences,” Family Research Council Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg told LifeSiteNews. “The current high rates of STI’s show what an empty promise that was.” “As unfashionable as it may be, the fact remains that sexual abstinence before marriage and fidelity within marriage remain the most effective sexual risk avoidance techniques,” he continued. […] Sprigg also said the high and rapidly growing rates of infection among men who have sex with men in the UK study also serve to debunk several myths about homosexuality. “We can see now that it is a myth that there is no difference between homosexual and heterosexual relationships,” he said, “and it is a myth that growing acceptance of homosexuality will lead to a reduction in high-risk behavior.” Read here...

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Our children as gay champions?

Aug 24, 2015 by

By Dr Lisa Nolland, Evangelicals Now: The LGBT rights agenda is now embedded in several hundred primary and secondary schools. This is through well-funded programmes such as Stonewall’s ‘School Champions’, various SRE [sex relationship education] and literacy curricula like CHIPS: Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools. With a passion to make schools ‘safe’ for distressed LGBT kids and LGBT families, Stonewall and allies claim the moral high ground and shame (or coerce) dissent into silence. Just accepting people Jesus just loved and accepted people – so Christian youngsters tend to make the most zealous LGBT advocates. Indeed, church leaders appear oblivious of the moral sea change in the beliefs and behaviours of many Christian kids, a shift all the more insidious because it is in plain sight to those with eyes to see. That so many youngsters are personally ‘exploring’ their own sexuality, thanks to ubiquitous pornography, certain kinds of SRE, ‘out and proud’ gay mates, incessant cyber and media propaganda and family deficit and dysfunctionality, is yet another factor. If I think I might be gay I will be far more likely to endorse gay rights, and with that gay sex. What matters after all is love! Read here Read here [pdf] Our children as gay...

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Why Same-Sex Marriage Will Never Measure Up To The Real Thing

Aug 24, 2015 by

By Dustin Siggins and David Flynn, The Federalist: According to American icon and signer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, “The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” This bit of wisdom is seen in many of America’s policies and traditions, including the abolition of slavery and our respect for religious liberty. It’s also why marriage deserves special attention from government — and its redefinition does not. What is it about marriage that earns special attention from government when no other sexual relationship does? As David toldHuffington Post reporter Jen Bendery last month on a panel at The Daily Caller, marriage has numerous benefits that areexclusive to heterosexual relationships. Here are four reasons same-sex marriage will never measure up to the real thing: Read here...

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Fifth same-sex marriage attempt expected in NI

Aug 24, 2015 by

From The Christian Institute: A Sinn Féin MLA has signalled that the party will mount another attempt to legalise same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. Caitríona Ruane, MLA for South Down, issued a statement claiming that ‘civil rights’ are “at the core” of Sinn Féin’s push to redefine marriage. Same-sex marriage legislation was rejected by the Northern Ireland Assembly for the fourth time earlier this year. The statement on Sinn Féin’s website reads: “Sinn Féin gave a commitment to campaign for marriage equality and given the recent moves in both Britain and the South of Ireland we believe the time is right to extend these rights to the north.” Read here  ...

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A voice of experience on same-sex parenting

Aug 24, 2015 by

Katy Faust, who was brought up by two lesbians, on the missing element in her life.  Here, on her visit to Australia, she talks to Tony Jones, Lateline host. Read more here  

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