Elton John brands Pope Francis ‘my hero’

Oct 30, 2014 by

By Damien Gayle, Mailonline: Elton John called Pope Francis ‘my hero’ at an AIDS benefit for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church. The Rocket Man singer hosted the event, An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, on Tuesday night in New York City. He said Francis is pushing boundaries in the church and told the crowd: ‘Make this man a saint already, OK?’   ‘Ten years ago one of the biggest obstacles in the...

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Houston mayor says pastors do not have to turn over their sermons after all

Oct 30, 2014 by

By Ben Johnson, LifeSite: After intense backlash from around the nation, the mayor of Houston has backed down and said five of the city’s pastors do not have to turn over copies of their sermons on homosexuality and “gender identity” to the city. The city had issued a subpoena for the pastors’ sermons after five area clergy began an effort to repeal a city ordinance granting special rights to homosexuals and transgender people – such as giving them the same housing and employment...

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FRA’s big lie on “homophobia” challenged at the European Council

Oct 29, 2014 by

From European Dignity Watch: Yesterday, the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) together with the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU (all 28 Member States) held a conference in Brussels on ‘Tackling sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination’. With more than 200 representatives from the 28 Member States and civil society organizations in attendance, the high-level conference pushed for stronger sanctions — including criminal ones — against such...

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Justin Welby: I worry about damage caused by language on immigration

Oct 29, 2014 by

By Isabel Hardman, Spectator: When Justin Welby spoke to the Parliamentary press gallery today, he took great care to emphasise a number of points. One was about the influence the Church of England has in public debate, and the other was about the church’s influence in local communities and the strength of its connections in those communities. He didn’t give the impression initially that he didn’t want to intervene in the public debate about immigration when asked about it, but then couldn’t...

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Tackling sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination: next steps in EU and Member State po...

Oct 29, 2014 by

Core Issues Trust Director Michael Davidson attended the above conference in Brussels yesterday. Core Issues Trust submitted two written interventions: Riding roughshod over ‘Ex-gay’ identities: will the Fundamental Rights Agency protect sexual orientations of persons who are ‘Post-gay’ and their rights to access therapeutic support to reduce unwanted feelings, and behaviours? and Faulty survey instrument and data informs Fundamenal Rights Agency event Read also:  Lesbian group wants UN to...

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After three-parent babies, will there be “multiplex parenting”?

Oct 29, 2014 by

By Michael Cook, MercatorNet: Last week an all-star line-up of British researchers and administrators appeared before a committee of the House of Commons to tell MPs that the creation of three-parent babies was completely safe, ethical and inconsequential. The technique is known as mitochondrial transfer. Mitochondria swim in the soup surrounding the nucleus. Most of a cell’s DNA is in the nucleus, but about 1% resides in the mitochondria. If there is a defect in a woman’s mitochondria, her...

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Government to fund campaign to stamp out anti-gay bullying in schools

Oct 29, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: Education Secretary Nicky Morgan signals she has changed her mind on gay marriage as she unveils £2 million fund to tackle homophobic bullying. Government-funded advisers are to be sent into schools to educate teachers and children about the harm caused to gay and lesbian children by bullying. Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, is expected to unveil a £2 million fund to pay for charities and voluntary groups to run training projects aimed at stamping out...

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Leading CofE bishop Jonathan Baker to remarry after divorce

Oct 29, 2014 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: A leading traditionalist bishop in the Church of England is to remarry after divorce having been given permission by the Bishop of London and the Archbishop of Canterbury. The issue of marriage after divorce dominated the recent Roman Catholic synod of bishops in Rome where liberals and conservatives are divided over whether to admit remarried divorcees to Holy Communion. The Church of England has a more relaxed attitude to the sacraments but even in the...

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One in 50 clergy don’t believe in God

Oct 29, 2014 by

by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: One in 50 Anglican clergy in the UK believes God is merely a human construct, according to a new survey today. Just eight in ten believe there is a personal God and a further three in 100 believe there is some spirit or life force. And in spite of two millennia of Church doctrine based on determining the mind of God through the Scriptures, nearly one in ten believes: “No-one can know what God is like.” The YouGov survey of more than 1,500 Anglican...

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Toronto schools hosting ‘LGBTQ’ conference for students as young as 11

Oct 29, 2014 by

By Matthew Lau, LifeSite: The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is hosting three student conferences within the span of eight days for the purpose of LGBTQ activism.  The conferences, which have been organized in collaboration with Jer’s Vision, will take place on October 28, October 30, and November 5. The first two conferences are for secondary school students, who will attend workshops relating to two-spirit and LGBTQ advocacy.  The third, which is for middle school students, will...

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Gay activists launch all-out campaign to stop Australian Christian conference

Oct 29, 2014 by

By Andrew Smith, LifeSite: Gay activists in Australia have launched a furious campaign to convince Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten to pull out of speaking at theAustralian Christian Lobby‘s national conference this weekend, and to pressure the hotel hosting the event to cancel. While gay activists had previously achieved notable success in convincing politicians to withdraw from the World Congress of Families event in Melbourne in August, this case has a twist, in that Shorten...

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Response to Brittany Maynard’s Campaign for Assisted Suicide

Oct 29, 2014 by

By Nancy Valko, Public Discourse: Do assisted suicide supporters really expect doctors and nurses to be able to assist the suicide of one patient, then go on to care for a similar patient who wants to live, without this having an effect on their ethics or their empathy? Do they realize that this reduces the second patient’s will to live to a mere personal whim—one that society may ultimately see as selfish and too costly? Right now, twenty-nine-year-old Brittany Maynard is standing on a...

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The French pro-family movement: lessons for Anglican evangelicals?

Oct 28, 2014 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. In April I reported on a meeting with leaders of La Manif Pour Tous pro-family movement in France, and reflected on the key issue of ‘filiation’ or family identity which we seem to have missed in Britain. Three leaders of LMPT were in London last week at a consultation with supporters of traditional marriage, giving background to their movement and updating on their campaign. The most recent Paris demonstration in early October, protesting against LGBT...

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Freedom of conscience legislation needed for Conservative victory, PM told.

Oct 27, 2014 by

Introducing “religious freedom law” will help to win back voters who have gone to UKIP, PM told by Grassroots.   The Prime Minister must promise to introduce legislation to protect religious freedom in the Conservative Party’s manifesto if he is serious about tackling UKIP, say grassroots campaign group.   The group, Grassroots Conservatives, say that introducing the measure will help to “kick start the healing process” after the damaging battle to introduce gay marriage, that has “bled local...

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CofE bishop given permission to remarry after divorce

Oct 27, 2014 by

26 Oct 2014 Author: George Conger, Anglican Ink The chairman of Forward in Faith (UK), the Rt. Rev. Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham, has written to his clergy informing them that he has been given permission by the Bishop of London and Archbishop of Canterbury to remarry following his divorce to his wife. In a letter dated 22 Oct 2014, Bishop Baker states he intends to marry in the spring of next year. “The marriage will be a private civil ceremony, and this will be followed by a Mass...

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