Revealed: David Cameron privately attacked Tory opponents of gay marriage as ‘Neanderthals

Sep 6, 2015 by

By Gerri Peev, Mailonline: Opponents of gay marriage were privately branded ‘Neanderthals’ by David Cameron, his biographer has revealed. The Prime Minister defied opposition from his own advisers and hostility from the party to push through same sex marriage in 2013. In ‘Cameron at 10’, Sir Anthony Seldon described the atmosphere at the 2011 Tory conference when Mr Cameron made the surprise announcement that he was consulting on legalising same sex marriage: ‘A bomb detonates in the party’, the academic wrote. Few issues were as divisive in the party, Mr Seldon wrote, with some seeing it as ‘authentic Cameron’ pursuing his ideals while others thought it was a ‘self-inflicted wound’. He had toyed with including it in the 2010 Tory manifesto but was over-ruled by his press adviser, Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor who was later jailed over the hacking scandal. His advisers repeatedly told...

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Former SNP leader Alex Salmond “prefers people of faith”

Sep 3, 2015 by

From Church of Scotland: Former First Minister Alex Salmond has revealed that he prefers people of faith over those who have lost it or have none. Mr Salmond was speaking in a short video about his own faith as an adherent of the Church of Scotland, something he shares with 1.5 million other Scots according to the latest statistics. He also stated his belief that religious groups play a “key role” in society. He made the remarks at the Scottish Parliament as he welcomed the Rev Stuart MacQuarrie, Church of Scotland chaplain to the University of Glasgow, to deliver the opening ‘Time for Reflection’ this week. Mr MacQuarrie’s address to MSPs marked the beginning of the new session, which will culminate in the Holyrood election next May. Mr Salmond invited the minister to the parliament after meeting him at Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games, where Mr MacQuarrie served as chaplain, during...

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Corbynmania: lessons for the Church of England?

Aug 27, 2015 by

by Andrew Symes, Church of England Newspaper.   The success of Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign for the Labour Party leadership has taken most commentators by surprise. Corbyn, veteran MP for Islington, has become the focal point of a resurgence of interest in left wing politics. The story is not so much about Corbyn, who appears to be a self-effacing man not interested in creating a cult of personality, but in what he represents – aspiration to a new political and economic system, and a movement of social and worldview change, attracting lots of idealistic young people.   This is where the church should sit up and take notice. What is going on? Is there anything we can learn? Are there any parallels between contemporary Britain, a divided Labour Party and this bid by Corbyn’s supporters to shape the future of the nation on one hand,  and on the other, the Church...

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Extremism, another word for Christianity

Aug 14, 2015 by

By Alexander Boot: According to Huw Lewis, Welsh Education Minister, religious (meaning Christian) education threatens “community cohesion” and encourages “extremism”. Hence he proposes to muffle the destructive effect of Christianity by lumping it together in the same course with “philosophy, ethics and citizenship”, thereby instructing pupils on “what it means to be a citizen in a free country”. A minor, or perhaps not so minor, point is that British pupils, even if they happen to be Welsh, aren’tcitizens of any country, free or otherwise. They are subjects of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This isn’t a difference in semantics. Rather it’s a clue to two diametrically opposite types of statehood and civilisation. In the modern Western context, ‘citizen’ is a republican, Enlightenment construct that came into being as a result of a concerted effort to break away from almost 2,000 years of Christendom. It’s not for nothing that the...

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Election analysis: C of E support for Conservative Party remains firm

Jul 31, 2015 by

From Church Times: MORE Anglicans voted for UKIP in the General Election than voted for the Liberal Democrats, the latest study of voting behaviour suggests. The British Election Study, in which 30,027 people were surveyed, was undertaken immediately after the General Election on 7 May. When the voting figures were analysed by religious affiliation, it was found that the image of the Church of England as the “Tory party at prayer” remained apt: 46 per cent of Anglican respondents voted Conservative; 13 per cent voted for UKIP; and eight per cent supported the Liberal Democrats. The historically observed trend among Roman Catholics to vote Labour also remained: 42 per cent voted for the party. Labour also registered very strong support among Muslims, among whom 72 per cent voted for the party. In contrast, 50 per cent of Jewish respondents voted Conservative. Voting for the Liberal Democrats was more likely...

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Tim Farron just doesn’t fit the media mould

Jul 20, 2015 by

From Theos: The media’s obsession with Tim Farron’s faith is revealing. I am not as worried as some that this is really a matter of Christians being driven out of political life – after all the Liberal Democrats just elected him. His faith is no secret, in fact he has been talking about it openly for years, yet was still elected as leader of his party (admittedly after most of the big hitters lost their seats in the debacle that was the Lib Dem election performance, but still, you can only beat what you’re up against). What is revealing is rather that the media just doesn’t get Farron’s position, he is breaking the mould of what British Christian politicians today are meant to look like. The difference between Farron, David Cameron and the possible future Labour leader Andy Burnham is instructive in this. Like Tim Farron, Burnham has come...

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