Presiding Bishop’s Pride Month statement honors LGBTQ Episcopalians

Jun 15, 2019 by

from TEC: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry today offered the following statement: Jesus said: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35) In my years of ministry, I have personally seen and been blessed by countless LGBTQ sisters, brothers and siblings. Dear friends, the church has in like manner been blessed by you....

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The religious thought police are here

Jun 15, 2019 by

by David Robertson, Christian Today: The Saudi religious police, like their Iranian equivalents, have a duty of Hisbah, enjoining good and preventing wrong. To many Western eyes it seems, and is, an authoritarian attempt to enforce doctrine and practice. It could never happen here – or could it? Last week I was sent a headline from the Yorkshire Post about a vicar who had got in trouble because of something he had written in his parish newsletter. These stories are common and I was going to...

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Evangelicals to debate constitutional changes

Jun 15, 2019 by

from CEN: THE EVANGELICAL Group on General Synod (EGGS)is to debate chaining their constitution at Synod in July. Alongside a proclamation about the Atonement of Christ, they will also emphasise that God made people male or female and that marriage is between ‘one man and one woman’. The Chair of EGGS, John Dunnett, told us:“Every now and then Constitutions have to be updated to keep them fit for purpose. EGGS is a member organisation of the Church of England Evangelical Council (CEEC) and the...

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Education Sector damaged by ‘conversion therapy’ research

Jun 15, 2019 by

by Carys Moseley, Christian Concern: This year, the Government Equalities Office launched new research into “the effects of conversion therapy in the UK”, asking LGBT activist Adam Jowett from Coventry University to recruit people to interview. Following criticism over how he was conducting the research, Carys Moseley now comments on how this government study presents an “ethical, moral and legal dilemma.” In May 2019, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) announced that as part of the...

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The problem with banning ‘harmful gender stereotypes’

Jun 15, 2019 by

by Will Jones, Faith and Politics: The ban on ‘harmful gender stereotypes’ in advertising comes into force today. According to guidance issued last December by the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP), part of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), such stereotypes need to be banned because they are lowering viewers’ self-esteem, which is limiting ‘their aspirations and ability to progress in key aspects of their personal and professional lives’. What kind of thing does the ASA have in...

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The Church of England needs to think more clearly about transgender issues

Jun 15, 2019 by

by Prudence Dailey, Christian Today: The clear and rational stance taken by the Roman Catholic Church in its document ‘Male and Female He Created Them: Towards a path of dialogue on the question of gender theory in education’ stands in contrast to the confused thinking of the Church of England. In 2000, a male Church of England priest who had undergone a sex change (as it was then described), and assumed a female identity, was allowed to continue in ministry; while 2005 saw the...

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Britain has a duty to help Hong Kong out of this dark moment

Jun 15, 2019 by

by Chris Patten, Guardian: China’s power grab via a new extradition bill must be opposed by governments around the world, especially Britain’s. It took something out of the ordinary to provoke a million people in Hong Kong to take to the streets to demonstrate against proposed new extradition rules. Roughly one-sixth of the population demonstrated peacefully: families, young and old, lawyers, academics, students, professionals and manual workers. What caused such an outpouring against a piece...

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Reminder: Home education consultation

Jun 15, 2019 by

by Simon Calvert, Christian Institute: The Government consultation on requiring home educating parents in England to register their child with the local authority will close in just nine days. This could undermine the legal principle that the ultimate responsibility for educating children lies with parents, not the state. Our new briefing provides helpful guidance on making a consultation submission. Please respond before the deadline on Monday 24 June. DOWNLOAD OUR BRIEFING   RESPOND...

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Protect Religious Freedom in California: Urgent request!

Jun 15, 2019 by

California legislators need to hear from you.  Regardless of your location, please email them, see below.  Thank you so much. Dr Lisa Nolland California Assemblyman Low strikes again. He was the author of AB 2943 last year that would have sent clergy, places of worship, religious organizations, and professional therapists before judges and juries if they helped anyone change their unwanted same-sex attraction feelings or behavior or unwanted gender identity to live according to their faith....

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David Daleiden forced to pay $195K fine over videos exposing Planned Parenthood selling baby parts

Jun 15, 2019 by

by Stephen Kokx and Pete Baklinski, LifeSite: David Daleiden, the undercover journalist who released videos four years ago exposing Planned Parenthood’s illegal involvement in harvesting and selling aborted baby body parts, will have to pay an almost $200,000 fine for releasing the undercover videos that exposed the abortion giant’s horrific activities. The liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused this week to consider a request by Daleiden to overturn a $195,000 contempt...

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