Lenten Meditations: Thursday 21 March

Mar 21, 2019 by

  Thurs Mar 21 am: 70, 71 pm: 74 Is 5:16-25 Proverbs 6 John 6:27-40 SECOND THURSDAY OF LENT – James the Confessor, Bishop, of Catania, 8th Century LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: The lessons today are taken from a variety of lectionaries in the Oriental Church Saint James, Bishop and Confessor, was inclined toward the ascetic life from his early years. Saint James left the world and entered the Studite monastery, where he was tonsured and was a disciple of St Theodore the Studite He led a strict...

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How transgender turf wars put lives in danger

Mar 20, 2019 by

by Julie Bindel, UnHerd: My first ever volunteer post was back in 1980, at a Women’s Aid refuge for victims of domestic violence. I will never forget the sight of those women coming in through the doors, crying with desperate relief at having escaped abusive husbands; finding comfort in the company of other women who had experienced the same. That safe environment, where women could flee and open up about their abuse without feeling frightened or belittled, saved many lives. The need for such...

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Conversion therapy practitioners could face £5,000 fines under MP’s proposed bill

Mar 20, 2019 by

by Nick Duffy, Pink News: Labour MP Geraint Davies has published a backbench bill that would criminalise conversion therapy and leave practitioners facing a fine of £5,000 per violation. The Labour politician on Tuesday (March 19) published the Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) and Conversion Therapy Bill, which would make it a criminal offence to attempt to ‘cure’ gay people in England and Wales. Under the proposed law, it would become an offence to attempt to “change a person’s...

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Jews, Christians and Muslims unite against Governments RSE Guidelines

Mar 20, 2019 by

from the Church of England Newspaper: Members of major faith groups in England have launched a website “40days.uk”  to challenge the Relationships Education and RSE Guidelines that are to be voted on in Parliament. The site is named 40 days because there is a maximum 40 day journey for the guidelines to become legally binding. The Desert Wandering, Temptation Narrative and Lenten periods of 40 periods of time are also in view. The website calls for people to protect the innocence...

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RSE and Schools as Grooming Factories

Mar 20, 2019 by

by Edmund Matyjaszek: Definition of Child Grooming from NSPCC website: Child grooming is befriending and establishing an emotional connection with a child, and sometimes the family, to lower the child’s inhibitions with the objective of sexual abuse. The current proposed RSE for primary and secondary schools will have the effect, whether intended or not, of preparing children for early sexual experimentation, and make them vulnerable to predatory adults. As the report from Family...

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Progressives vs conservatives: This is why we can’t just all get along

Mar 20, 2019 by

by Will Jones, Christian Today: Since 2016 and the Brexit and Trump breakthroughs it is often said that the biggest divide in politics is between the ‘somewheres’ and the ‘anywheres’, the nationalists and the globalists. This is true, but it is also only one symptom of the deeper divide that exists on a number of fronts between conservatives and progressives. This is the divide between those who believe the world has a given order that ought to be respected because it...

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Home Office refuses asylum to Iranian Christian convert – quoting violence in the Bible as evidence of bogus claim

Mar 20, 2019 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: An Iranian Muslim who converted to Christianity because it is the true religion of peace has had their application for asylum in the UK rejected because the Home Office didn’t believe the veracity of their conversion. In giving reasons for the rejection, the Home Office adduced various violent passages from the Bible as incontrovertible evidence that Christianity is not as peaceful a religion as the Iranian Christian claimed it to be, and this gap in their theological...

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Parents complain to Manchester schools about LGBT lessons

Mar 20, 2019 by

By Nazia Parveen, Guardian: Primary schools in Manchester have been contacted by parents unhappy over sex and relationships lessons that teach children about LGBT rights, in the wake of similar classes being withdrawn in Birmingham after protests. The Guardian understands that parents at seven primary schools have contacted school management to discuss the inclusion of the lessons in the curriculum. […]  Meanwhile, in Greater Manchester, parents at several schools, including William...

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Social work: no place for Christians

Mar 20, 2019 by

by Ken McLaughlin, spiked: Felix Ngole was thrown off a social-work course because of his religious beliefs. In 2015, Felix Ngole, a devout Christian and an opponent of gay marriage, declared on Facebook that ‘the Bible and God identify homosexuality as a sin’, adding that ‘same-sex marriage is a sin whether we like it or not. It is God’s words and man’s sentiments would not change His words.’ Ngole, who was 36 at the time, had posted the comments during a debate about the refusal of Kim...

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Lambeth Conference: Response from the University of Kent to those who have written to them complaining about their hosting of a discriminatory event

Mar 20, 2019 by

Various activists have written to the University of Kent in regard to their hosting of the Lambeth Conference, which they consider to be discriminatory by excluding the partners of bishops in same-sex marriages.  Here is their reply.

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