CI News: 24 May 2019

May 24, 2019 by

from The Christian Institute: In the news this week: The head of NHS England says medical cannabis risks ‘normalising drugs use’, Kirk minister attacks Scripture Union Scotland over sexual ethics stance, and a student group wins its 13-month battle for free speech. You can download the video via this link. Featured stories NHS Chief: We’re risking a ‘big mistake’ with medical cannabis Kirk minister tells Scripture Union to accept same-sex marriage MP under fire for questioning LGBT teaching...

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The Ties That Bind: mapping faith and family

May 24, 2019 by

by Jason S Carroll, MercatorNet: Is faith a global force for good or ill in the family? Does religion foster solidarity—or fuel conflict and inequality? Today’s headlines suggest the answer is “yes” to both. Yes, as Emile Durkheim taught us, religion can be and is a force for solidarity, but at the same time, as Max Weber taught us, religion can be and is also a force for conflict and inequality. In the 2019 World Family Map, we consider a more specific question: is religion a force for good...

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Trans rights backlash: the Scottish-Canadian connection

May 24, 2019 by

by Shona Craven, Herald Scotland: AT first glance it might not be obvious how the chanting and colourful banners outside Vancouver Public Library relate to some rather less lively evidence sessions about census questions at the Scottish Parliament. But the protests in Canada a week ago are part of the same global debate about identity as last month’s discussions about whether Scots should be required to declare their biological sex. To listen to those leading the chants – including “No...

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Evangelical Alliance concerned about potential government register for church activities for children

May 24, 2019 by

by Cara Bentley, Premier: The Evangelical Alliance (EA) says it fears church activities for children could soon fall under the regulation of government. The Department for Education recently launched a consultation called ‘Children not in school’ which seeks to gain public opinion on how to keep track of children who aren’t attending mainstream school during normal school hours. The government wants to start a register, maintained by local authorities, of children not in...

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Richmond Council taken to High Court over buffer zone banning pro-life vigils.

May 24, 2019 by

from SPUC: “I will challenge the PSPO in Richmond for mothers who need help in the future, at the place they need it most.” Legal proceedings have been launched in the High Court against Richmond Council to challenge a controversial Public Space Protection Order (“PSPO”) around an abortion clinic on Rosslyn Road. This buffer zone makes it a criminal offence to, among other things, pray or have conversations about abortion. The legal challenge has been brought by Justyna Pasek, who has...

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The Equality Act is the biggest threat to religious freedom in US history

May 24, 2019 by

by Lloyd Marcus, American Thinker: Remember when activists on the Supreme Court made same-sex “marriage” in essence the law of the land?  Elated, Obama said, “Love wins!”  He celebrated the unconstitutional destruction of the God-ordained sacred institution of marriage by ordering that the White House be lit in rainbow colors.  Leftists decreed that the LGBTQ lifestyle is a “beautiful thing” that Americans had better embrace or suffer severe punishment....

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Liberal UMC leaders promise ‘wide variety of resistance tactics’ against Church position on LGBT issues

May 24, 2019 by

by Michael Gryboski, Christian Post: Theologically progressive United Methodist Church clergy and activists have promised a “wide variety of resistance tactics” against the denomination’s official opposition to homosexuality and gay marriage. Church of the Resurrection of Leawood, Kansas, the largest UMC congregation in the United States, hosted a gathering of about 600 pro-LGBT United Methodists called “UMC Next” this week. At issue was the recent reaffirmation of the UMC Book of...

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Isle of Man creates draconian no-go zones censoring pro-life free speech

May 23, 2019 by

by Jules Gomes, Rebel Priest: Europe’s most draconian anti-free speech law censoring pro-life freedom of expression will come into effect Friday on the Isle of Man. The Isle of Man’s parliament, Tynwald, passed a statutory instrument on Thursday, creating a no-go zones within 100 metres of the boundary of the land around the island’s Noble’s Hospital. The Access to Abortion Services (Noble’s Hospital Access Zone) Order 2019 is said to violate Article 10 of the European Convention on Human...

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Is free will an illusion?

May 23, 2019 by

by Sharon Dirckx, The Good Book Co: You are out shopping for snacks to bring to the office party and decide on breadsticks and hummus. Did you make the decision? Or did your brain make it for you? The next day your boss announces cutbacks, and you have to decide whether to go forward for voluntary redundancy or not. You decide yes. Did you make the decision? Or did your brain make it for you? We make decisions all the time. Mundane decisions like what to eat for breakfast, and important...

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No-one is helped by being under-informed or covering up differences

May 23, 2019 by

by Gavin Ashenden: I’ve had a rather exciting media week. As one of my friends said, “it’s nice to see Gavin in the Sun fully clothed and without a whiff of scandal.” At the weekend the Sunday Times interviewed me for a comment on an unusual situation. A woman vicar was preparing to hide all the Christian symbols in her parish church to make it more comfortable for local Muslim women. I gave a comment and the story appeared throughout the press with a number of colourful radio interviews that...

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