Ofsted to inspect your church’s youth work

Dec 5, 2015 by

From The Christian Institute: Under its extremism policy, the Government is now consulting on giving Ofsted legal power to investigate whether church youth work complies with ‘British values’. Any out-of-school setting which provides instruction for more than 6 hours in any week would be covered. The plans would easily include holiday Bible clubs, church weekends and summer camps. In effect, Ofsted would become the state regulator of religion. Please respond to the consultation urgently. The...

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Politicians have a ‘ridiculous’ attitude to faith, says Iain Duncan Smith

Nov 26, 2015 by

By Harry Farley, Christian Today: British politicians have a “ridiculous” attitude to faith, Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary and a Roman Catholic has said, according to the Daily Telegraph. Duncan Smith made the comments last night as the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), a think-tank focusing on poverty in Britain, hosted their annual awards evening. Although he pointed out CSJ was not a faith-based organisation, Duncan Smith said he had “the highest...

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The Conservative government offers little to socially conservative women

Nov 25, 2015 by

By Laura Keynes, The Conservative Woman: What are the most concerning issues for socially conservative women? I’d hazard a guess at care, first and foremost, both childcare and care of the elderly. The socially conservative woman is most likely to have opted to be a stay-at-home-mum, since she’s of the opinion that a child’s primary educators and care-givers are its parents and that no-one else is going to put the needs of her child first quite like she will. She’d rather take a hit on the...

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An embarrassing family policy: £212 to stay together; £7,295 to split up

Nov 25, 2015 by

by Harry Benson, Marriage Foundation: At long last, on Friday, the Prime Minister launched his new Marriage Allowance as a signal that his government wants to support and reward marriage. From April, married couples with one earner paying basic rate income tax and the other not paying tax can transfer £1,060 of the unused tax-free allowance. Multiply that by 20% and it amounts to a reduction in income tax of £212 per year. LBC radio presenter Andrew Pierce put it to me in an interview this...

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A case for Christian involvement in politics

Nov 17, 2015 by

By N J Lund: If God’s people had always ‘steered clear’ of politics: 1. The Hebrew midwives wouldn’t have disobeyed Pharaoh to save the baby boys; 2. Moses wouldn’t have confronted Pharaoh in order free his people from slavery; 3. Rahab wouldn’t have lied to save the lives of the Hebrew spies; 4. Nathan wouldn’t have confronted David about Bathsheba; there would be no Ps. 51; 5. Daniel wouldn’t have disobeyed the new law about prayer and there would be no story about Daniel in the Lion’s den;...

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Would the Dean and Chapter of Manchester Cathedral host and pray for UKIP?

Oct 30, 2015 by

From Archbishop Cranmer: When the Dean of Manchester Cathedral agreed to facilitate the march of the people against austerity during this year’s Conservative Party conference, a simple matter of Christian hospitality to the Communication Workers Union became an acute question of political mission. The juxtaposition of the Conservative Party in corporate conference and the Church of England in socialist fellowship was a potent symbol of the gulf between the millions and the millionaires, to use...

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