Gafcon and women bishops: just a tiff or a real rift?

Sep 27, 2021 by

by David Baker, Christian Today: What’s going on with Gafcon? The global organisation of conservative-minded believers formed in reaction to sexual liberalism in parts of the Anglican Communion seems to be experiencing a bit of a turbulent year. First, a few months ago, there was a row over whether “the deadly ‘virus’ of homosexuality” – as one African archbishop put it – had “infiltrated” the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) – Gafcon’s...

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Swearing’s OK but ‘snowflake’ is not: what Ofcom’s latest ruling says to Christians

Sep 27, 2021 by

by Tim Farron MP, Premier: The media regulator say people are less offended by swearing on TV but care more about discriminatory language. But do we need to legislate against insults like ’snowflake’ and ‘gammon’ asks MP Tim Farron, or do we just need to disagree better? This week, media regulator Ofcom has published its latest research into what viewers and listeners find offensive. It found that people are less likely to be concerned about swearing on TV but are more opposed to language that...

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Christian campaigner vows to continue Down’s Syndrome abortion fight despite High Court ruling

Sep 27, 2021 by

by Cara Bentley, Premier: ‘When Wilberforce wanted to stop slavery, he didn’t give up’. Heidi Crowther, the Christian campaigner who is seeking to change the law on abortion in cases of Down’s Syndrome and other non-fatal disabilities, has said that she will not give up her fight, just like the Christian anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce. Ms Crowther, who has Down’s Syndrome (DS), has said that she and Máire Lea-Wilson, the mother of a child with DS, will take...

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General Statement from the Evangelical Fellowship in the Church in Wales

Sep 27, 2021 by

General Statement from the Evangelical Fellowship in the Church in Wales in response to the decision of the Governing Body on the 6th September to accept liturgy for the blessing of same-sex civil marriages or civil partnerships. The Evangelical Fellowship in the Church in Wales deeply regrets the recent decision of the Governing Body to authorise a liturgy to bless same-sex civil marriages and partnerships. We recognise the difficulties faced by the bishops and others within the Church in...

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‘Victimhood is now a source of power’

Sep 27, 2021 by

from spiked: Wendy Kaminer on free speech, feminism and today’s climate of intolerance. We live in deeply censorious and illiberal times. Few events have illustrated this more clearly than the response to the Harper’s cancel-culture letter. When a group of public figures – including major authors like JK Rowling, Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie – wrote an open letter expressing their despair at a growing culture of intolerance that is stifling debate, there was an immediate backlash,...

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Lessons from Canada’s Left-drifting Conservatives

Sep 27, 2021 by

by Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack, TCW: JUSTIN Trudeau, in an all-too-common fit of narcissistic egotism that he knew better than anyone else, even his advisers, called a snap election two years ahead of time. He longed for a parliamentary majority which would give him the political muscle to pursue his extreme form of liberal politics. As in so many other instances, Trudeau’s ego outmanoeuvred his ability. Canada doesn’t love Trudeau quite as much as Trudeau loves Trudeau. After a gruelling...

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University reverses cancellation of chaplain who tweeted against abortion and assisted suicide

Sep 27, 2021 by

by Simon Caldwell, Catholic Herald: A university has performed a U-turn on its decision to “cancel” a Catholic chaplain after he tweeted against abortion and assisted suicide. The University of Nottingham has announced that it will now allow Fr David Palmer to serve Catholic students on campus “with immediate effect”. During the summer it refused to recognise his appointment by the Bishop of Nottingham after he said on Twitter that abortion was the “slaughter” of unborn babies. He also said...

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Keir Starmer criticised over trans comments

Sep 27, 2021 by

from Christian Today: Sir Keir Starmer has come in for criticism after saying it is “not right” to insist that only women have a cervix. The Labour leader made the controversial comments while speaking to Andrew Marr on Sunday morning. He was asked on The Andrew Marr Show on BBC 1 whether it was transphobic to say that only women have a cervix. Starmer replied: “It is something that shouldn’t be said. It’s not right.” He spoke to the BBC as the Labour Party...

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Young more likely to pray than over-55s – survey

Sep 26, 2021 by

by Harry Farley, BBC News: Young people in the UK are twice as likely as older people to pray regularly, a new survey has found. Some 51% of 18 to 34-year-olds polled by Savanta ComRes said they pray at least once a month, compared with 24% of those aged 55 and over. It also found 49% of the younger age group attend a place of worship every month, compared with 6% of over-55s. The associate director of Savanta said the numbers could reflect the move to online worship during the pandemic. Chris...

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We can’t even freely debate Islam without being accused of Islamophobia. British universities are becoming cancel-culture prisons

Sep 26, 2021 by

by Ramsha Afridi, RT: An Oxford University provost who was previously chair of the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission this week apologised to students for having allowed his college to host a Christian conference. Yes, you read that right: in 2021, a college being used as the venue for a Christian event is enough to cause offence. The week-long conference at Worcester College was held during the summer break, when students were on vacation. One of the speakers at the event – which was...

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