Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation impacts us all

Jan 18, 2021 by

by Helen Lord, MercatorNet: Tasmania, Australia’s smallest state, like many other jurisdictions, is currently considering legalising voluntary assisted dying (VAD). It is of great concern that legislators are seeking to incorporate this into palliative and medical care. Voluntary assisted dying sounds like a description of what should be occurring in normal medical practice: clinicians recognising those who are dying and then assisting them to live comfortably until they die. Such medical...

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Covid: Church of England services hit by pandemic

Jan 18, 2021 by

from BBC News: More than half of the Church of England’s 14,000 parishes will not open for Sunday services later, as places of worship are hit hard by Covid-19. Many of the Church’s clergy are shielding, while some parishes have decided it is not safe enough to admit worshippers. Most mosques in London did not open for Friday prayers. The Catholic Church in England and Wales says parishes that are able to follow guidelines will still open. Despite coronavirus restrictions, places...

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‘Whataboutism’ Is a Mark of Foolishness

Jan 18, 2021 by

by Brett McCracken, The Gospel Coalition: Whataboutism turns the tables in an argument by responding to one accusation by deflecting to something else egregious, even if unrelated: “Yeah, well what about ______?” In the world of logical fallacies it’s a form of a false dichotomy and closely related to bothsidesism—another tactic of turning attention away from one wrong by suggesting another side is equally guilty of similar wrongs. We see whataboutism every day (probably every minute) on...

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Professor Kathleen Stock: ‘I will not be bullied into silence’

Jan 18, 2021 by

from Mail on Sunday: I was proud to be given an OBE in the latest New Year Honours List. I was delighted for my profession, too – it’s rare for philosophers to get much attention. It might sound strange, then, to say I felt a pang of anxiety when I first heard the good news towards the end of last year, and again when it was made public on January 1. I knew there might be a price to pay for getting such a public honour. And thanks to the trans lobby and its increasingly aggressive behaviour, I...

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Islamic extremism in Brixton Prison: the curious case of the banned chaplain

Jan 18, 2021 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: It will come as no surprise to learn that the prisoner population in the UK is suffering immensely during the Covid lockdown. As if they weren’t cut off and isolated sufficiently before the virus, many now find themselves locked up in their tiny cells for 23.5 hours a day. They have a bed, a desk, a chair, a toilet, and a mind-numbing stream of daytime TV for intellectual stimulation. No wonder a fifth of male prisoners have attempted suicide, and prisoners are 3.7 times...

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Three English Cathedrals and a Christian Community Services Centre in India are locations for COVID vaccinations

Jan 17, 2021 by

From EFAC website Three Cathedrals in England and a Christian Community Services Centre in India are now locations for delivering the COVID vaccinations The Sunday Times (Jan 17) reports [£] long queues in the cloisters of Salisbury Cathedral yesterday for treatment at what is surely the country’s most architecturally splendid vaccination centre. But you don’t just get a life-saving jab here — you also get a free organ recital. The cathedral organist, David Halls, provided a medley of...

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A Global Calamity: 340,000,000 Christians Persecuted

Jan 17, 2021 by

by Raymond Ibrahim, Gatestone Institute: Every day around the world, 13 Christians are killed for their faith; 12 are illegally arrested or imprisoned; 5 are abducted; and 12 churches or other Christian buildings are attacked. These are among some of the disturbing findings of the recently released Open Doors’ 2021 World Watch List (WWL-2021). This annual report ranks the top 50 nations in which Christians are most persecuted for their religion. All in all, “More than 340 million...

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London newspaper reveals ‘shocking evidence’ about transgender treatments

Jan 17, 2021 by

by Michael Cook, Bio Edge: After a legal battle The Mail on Sunday has published what it called “shocking evidence” about transgender medicine which led a High Court judge to ban a government gender clinic from prescribing puberty-blockers. The Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) clinic in London, also known as the Tavistock Centre, began prescribing these for children under 16 in 2011. In December the clinic was forced to stop after the Court ruled that it was “very doubtful” that...

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Bishop Pat Harris’ funeral Friday Jan 22 by Livestream

Jan 16, 2021 by

Bishop Patrick Harris’ funeral will be livestreamed on Friday 22 January at 1.30 p.m. on this link: w.facebook.com/pipandjims A Facebook account is NOT needed to access the data.   Church Times obituary from Friday 15 Jan here   https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2021/15-january/gazette/obituaries/obituary-the-rt-revd-patrick-harris

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The 1786 Lesson That Could Save 2021

Jan 16, 2021 by

by Tony Perkins, FRC: Now that some of the shock of the last two weeks is starting to wear off, most Americans have the same question: can we actually pick up the pieces and move on? With 80 percent of the country worried the nation is falling apart, there’s a lot of concern that nation’s days are numbered. These are the times when the only way forward is looking back and rallying around the principles that made America exceptional in the first place. Luckily for us, there’s...

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