British Values Oath – Oppressive, Intolerant and Authoritarian

Jan 18, 2017 by

Petition from CitizenGo: At the end of last year, Dame Louise Casey released her report “The Casey Review: a review into opportunity and integration.” The report highlighted deep segregation within our society and proposed some solutions to this problem, one of which is the swearing of a “British Values” oath for all holders of public office. Recently, the Dame gave oral evidence on this report in which she said: “…it is not okay for Catholic schools to be homophobic and anti-gay...

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Marriage equality will lead to gender confusion, Australian Christian Lobby claims

Jan 16, 2017 by

by Paul Karp, Guardian: Marriage equality will increase gender confusion because it undermines the “complementarity” of males and females, the Australian Christian Lobby has said. ACL makes the claim in submissions to the Senate committee examining the government’s marriage equality bill exposure draft, in which it argues marriage is a “child-centric” institution and calls for changes to allow discrimination against same-sex couples on the grounds of freedom of religion. The bill, released...

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BC to go ahead with gay weddings

Jan 15, 2017 by

by George Conger, Anglican Ink: The Bishop of British Columbia will not wait for the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada to authorize same sex-marriage rites, but will give his permission for celebrations of gay weddings in churches in his diocese with immediate effect. Minutes of the diocesan synod held on 27 Oct 2016 at the Church of the Advent in Colwood, B.C., state that in his presidential address, the Rt. Rev. Logan McMenamie (pictured) said that after “prayerful”...

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Bishops warn of intolerance after government advisor criticises Catholic schools

Jan 13, 2017 by

from Catholic Herald: Two English bishops have responded after a government advisor criticised Catholic schools. Two days ago, Dame Louise Casey, a senior government adviser on integration, told a Commons select committee: “It is not OK for Catholic schools to be homophobic and anti-gay marriage.” She added: “I have a problem with the expression of religious conservatism because I think often it can be anti-equalities.” Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth told the Catholic News Service (CNS)...

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Gay couple who were technically father and (adoptive) son allowed to marry

Jan 3, 2017 by

by Henry Austin, Independent: A gay man who legally became his partner’s father after adopting him has been allowed to dissolve his guardianship, so the couple can get married. In the absence of same sex marriage laws in the US, Roland Bosee Jr, 79, legally adopted his 69-year-old partner Nino Esposito in 2012 so they could be legally protected for a number of issues including inheritance. It was fairly common for homosexual couples to do this before marriage was legalised in 2014 and ratified...

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Where next on same-sex marriage?

Dec 10, 2016 by

by Lee Gatiss, Church Society: So, we have completed more than two years of ‘facilitated’ or ‘shared conversations’ about sexuality issues in the Church of England. This was encouraged by the Pilling Report a few years ago, as the way forward on this issue. But what happens now that the conversations have ended? And what, if anything, should be done? There are various potential options for the future of the Church on this subject. Some have listed only the different ways in which so-called...

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