Theresa May urged not to ‘abuse position to promote Christianity’ after revealing God is her driving force

Dec 2, 2016 by

by Rob Merrick, Independent: The National Secular Society says the Prime Minister must not seek to ‘impose her own religious values on others’ – after she reveals her faith ‘lies behind what I do’. Theresa May has been urged not to “abuse her position to promote Christianity”, after revealing how her faith in God is her driving force. The National Secular Society raised the alarm after the Prime Minister used a weekend newspaper interview to open up about her...

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Hate preacher laws may need re-examining, says independent reviewer

Dec 2, 2016 by

By Owen Bowcott, Guardian: David Anderson QC says prosecutors may need extra legal powers to go after those encouraging violent radicalisation. Extra legal powers may be needed to prosecute hate preachers who encourage violent radicalisation in private conversations, according to the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation. In his final report after six years in the influential post, David Anderson QC says the requirement in the 2006 Terrorism Act that such persuasion needs to be...

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Yesterday’s House of Commons Debate on Transgender Equality

Dec 2, 2016 by

from Hansard: Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke) (Con) I beg to move, That this House notes the UK’s status as a pioneer in legislating for equality for LGBT people; welcomes the Government’s announcement of a new trans equality action plan; and calls on the Government to review its response to the recommendations of the Women and Equalities Committee’s report on Transgender Equality to ensure that the UK leads the world on trans equality rights, in particular by giving unequivocal commitments to...

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Almost half of UK Muslims would not report someone with IS links

Dec 2, 2016 by

from Belfast News Letter: British Muslims have a “deeply worrying” belief in conspiracy theories and almost half would not go to the police if they knew someone with links to Islamic State (IS), a major study has found. Attitudes towards many issues, such as the NHS, unemployment and immigration, are broadly in line with the rest of the population, according to the Policy Exchange study. But 31% of Muslims thought the United States government was behind the 9/11 terror attacks and 7% blamed...

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Sexual Attraction Fluidity Exploration in Therapy (SAFE – T)

Dec 2, 2016 by

by Christopher Rosik, Ph.D. Creating a clearer impression of professional therapies that allow for change. During its May 27th, 2016, meeting, the board of the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity (ATCSI) voted unanimously to endorse new terminology that more accurately and effectively represents the work of Alliance therapists who see clients with unwanted same-sex attractions. The board has come to believe that terms such as reorientation therapy, conversion therapy, and...

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ADVENT MEDITATIONS: Friday 2 December

Dec 2, 2016 by

PSALMS:  am: 16, 17     pm: 22 OLD TESTAMENT: Isa 3: 8-15 EPISTLE:  1 Thess 4: 1-12 GOSPEL:  St Luke 20:41-21:4 FRIDAY IN THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT/ St. Trumwin of Whitby, Monk and Missionary Bishop, 686 -consecrated by St. Theodore, Archbishop of Canterbury, as a missionary bishop among the Picts, and was the first Bishop of Whithorn, in Galloway. When the Picts reasserted their independence, he retired with a few of his followers to the monastery of Whitby, where he was a leading member of...

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When refusing to call a man ‘they’ becomes a ‘hate crime’

Dec 1, 2016 by

by Gavin Ashenden: In Toronto, Canada, two professors are having a very public row. One is a professor of Clinical Psychology and the other a professor of Physics. If changes in the law take place in a way that is anticipated, one of them may end up in jail. They don’t even know each other. And you might thank that because it is taking place in Canada, we can all relax, because it could never happen here; except that many of the changes so far that have taken place in Canada, one of the most...

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People who go to church live longer. Here’s why

Dec 1, 2016 by

by Tyler J VanderWeele, Spectator: Over the last 20 years, research has gradually accumulated suggesting that religious service attendance is associated with better physical and mental health. For example, research articles have indicated that regular religious service attendance is associated with a 30 per cent reduction in depression, a five-fold reduction in the likelihood of suicide, and a 30 per cent reduction in mortality, over 16 years of follow-up. There have been a number of prior...

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Pope Francis Calls for ‘Responsible Behavior’ to Stop AIDS

Dec 1, 2016 by

by Thomas D Williams, Breitbart: On the eve of the World AIDS Day, Pope Francis urged people to adopt “responsible behavior” to halt the proliferation of the disease. Noting that Thursday, December 1, is World AIDS Day, Francis invited those present for his General Audience Wednesday to pray for the millions of people affected by AIDS, and urged that “all adopt responsible behavior to prevent a further spread of this disease.” Being a sexually communicable disease especially prevalent among...

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Bishop: ‘It’s the secularists that have a problem’ with Christians

Dec 1, 2016 by

by Antony Bushfield, Premier: Some Christians feel so “picked on” that they are fearful to speak about their faith in public anymore, the Bishop of Leeds has said. Rt Rev Nick Baines warned that some secularists “have a problem” with religion being talked about and it was making many believers too scared to talk about Christ. Some Christians feel “picked on” by “intolerant” liberalism in the UK, he warned. His comments come just a day after Prime...

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