Parents who subject their daughters to FGM deserve prosecution – and the severest punishment

Jul 23, 2014 by

By Cristina Odone, Telegraph: David Cameron has pledged that the police will soon be able to prosecute parents who subject their daughters to FGM. Ahead of the “girls’ summit” that is today addressing this issue and forced marriage, the PM said: “Abhorrent practices like these, no matter how deeply rooted in societies, violate the rights of girls and women across the world, including here in the UK.” He is right: 140,000 girls in Britain are suspected of having...

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Richard Dawkins defends “mild pedophilia,” says it does not cause “lasting harm”

Jul 23, 2014 by

By Katie McDonough, Salon: In a recent interview with the Times magazine, Richard Dawkins attempted to defend what he called “mild pedophilia,” which, he says, he personally experienced as a young child and does not believe causes “lasting harm.” Dawkins went on to say that one of his former school masters “pulled me on his knee and put his hand inside my shorts,” and that to condemn this “mild touching up” as sexual abuse today would somehow be unfair. “I am very conscious that you can’t...

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It’s time to bin this equalities red tape

Jul 23, 2014 by

by Dominic Raab MP, Conservative Home: In September 2011, the coalition put the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2010 into law. Three years on, they are a competitive candidate for the most daft piece of red-tape on the statute book. It’s time they were binned. The 2011 regulations were a hangover from Harriet Harman’s 2010 Equality Act. The aim was to force 40,000 public bodies – including schools, councils, police forces, government departments and quangos – to publish annual...

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The religion of peace and love (women’s special needs)

Jul 23, 2014 by

By Peter Mullen: The government declares that those who practise female genital mutilation (FGM) shall be prosecuted. It is hard to imagine how anyone could perpetrate such acts of cruelty and barbarism. Who are these people? FGM, like forced marriage, is a practice found principally among Muslims. Yet yesterday there was a five minutes’ discussion of this matter on The Today Programme but the word “Muslim” or the phrase “Islamic practices” were never mentioned. Ah but, the presenter did say...

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The world must respond to the cry of Iraq’s Christians – Lord Alton

Jul 23, 2014 by

The last Christian has now been expelled from Mosul. The light of religious freedom, along with the entire Christian presence, has been extinguished in the Bible’s “great city of Nineveh” — the centre of Christianity in Iraq for two millennia. This follows the uncompromising ultimatum by the jihadists of Isis to convert or die. Before pitilessly exiling the Christians on foot, Isis stole everything they had — homes, businesses, cars, money and even wedding rings, sometimes with the ring...

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Public backs bakery in ‘gay cake’ row, says poll

Jul 23, 2014 by

By Steve Doughty, Mailonline: A majority of the country thinks the persecution of a bakery for refusing to make a cake advertising gay marriage is wrong, a poll found yesterday. Six out of 10 think that it is ‘disproportionately heavy-handed’ to drag a bakery company to court because its Christian owners declined an order for the cake with a message. Those who deplore the state-backed legal action against the bakers outnumber supporters by more than four to one, it said. Most people also...

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Gender gaps in college linked to divorce rates

Jul 23, 2014 by

By Nicole M King, Family Edge: While research has told us that the prevalence of divorce in our society can account for the gender gap within higher education, a recent article in The Huffington Post sheds more light on what the exact causal relation might be.  It may not just be the possibility of divorce, itself, that has such an impact on both female and male adolescents, but rather the lack of father involvement in the lives of male children. This article states that “Father absence is at...

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Former Homosexual Reveals ‘Unmitigated Disaster of Gay Marriage’

Jul 23, 2014 by

By David Kyle Foster, Charisma News: For over 10 years I lived the homosexual lifestyle, and for 34 years I have not. And there are very good reasons for that difference. To those who suggest that I never was homosexual, my response is, “Does sleeping with over 1,000 men count?” Oh yes. I was homosexual, though like most, I never wanted to have such attractions. I saw the narcissism and arrested emotional development all around me, and in me. Guys flitting around like Peter Pan...

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Community support for abstinence can assist in HIV prevention

Jul 22, 2014 by

By Rebecca Oas, Turtle Bay & Beyond: The Guttmacher Institute just published a report looking at community influences on the sexual activity of young people in a province of Kenya, and found that in communities that used abstinence education as the main HIV prevention message, young men were more likely to delay sexual activity.  Additionally, young people were more likely to abstain when AIDS was acknowledged as a cause of deaths in the community – when the connections between sexual...

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UK should make Eid and Diwali public holidays, MP argues

Jul 22, 2014 by

From BBC News: The UK should show that it “embraces” the Muslim and Hindu faiths by making Eid and Diwali public holidays, Conservative MP Bob Blackman has said. Mr Blackman is championing an e-petition demanding the change in Parliament, after it was signed by more than 120,000 people. Muslims and Hindus should have “the most important days in their faiths recognised in law”, the petition says. The government has already rejected the e-petitioners’ request. In...

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Statement on report into Birmingham schools

Jul 22, 2014 by

Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, made a statement in the House of Commons on Tuesday 22 July 2014 on the report into allegations concerning Birmingham schools arising from the so-called Trojan Horse letter. Shadow Education Secretary, Tristram Hunt, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition. Watch Parliament TV: Statement on Report into allegations concerning Birmingham schools: 22 July 2014 Transcripts of proceedings in the House of Commons Chamber are available...

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“I just knew that Jesus was there and I had met him” – interviewing Justin Welby

Jul 22, 2014 by

By Gillan Scott, God and Politics in the UK: Frequent contributor to this site, Canon J John has been producing a regular series of interviews entitled ‘Facing the Canon’, speaking to well known and influential Christians about their lives and work. These have included Andrew White (the vicar of Baghdad), Jackie Pullinger, Tony Campolo and Nicky Gumbel. Recently he spoke to The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. J John has kindly provided this blog with an abridged transcript of the...

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The muddled iconography of women bishops

Jul 22, 2014 by

By Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet: A Church of England decision adds to the confusion about the meaning of priesthood.  Last week, while the Church of England was deciding to ordain women bishops, Marvel Comics promised one of its leading characters a sex change. The Mighty Thor is about to come out as female. Are these two moves connected? Are they a great leap forward for humanity, or a reckless leap into the dark? Both decisions can be traced to the 20th century credo that girls can do...

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What are (women) bishops for?

Jul 22, 2014 by

By Ian Paul, Psephizo: [...]  The recent debate about women bishops (which might continue, for reasons below) raises the question of what bishops are for. Those to the ‘left’ who don’t have bishops (but do have people exercising episcopal ministry in some form) often wonder what the fuss is about; those on the ‘right’ wonder at the departure of the C of E from apostolic tradition! It’s worth reflecting a little on the Anglican understanding of the three-fold ordering of ministry as ‘bishops,...

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C of E women bishops: responses and commentary

Jul 22, 2014 by

by Barbara Gauthier: The dust is beginning to settle from last week’s General Synod vote to admit women to the episcopate in the Church of England. Media coverage has focused on statements from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York (“I’m glad we waited until now“) and the tension-free atmosphere surrounding both the debate and the voting (“Joy and Relief at Display of Unity”).  There has been some speculation on whether it would be better to appoint a woman...

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