CI News: 23 July 2021

Jul 23, 2021 by

from The Christian Institute: In the news this week: Blackpool Council is ordered to pay out over £100,000 for discriminating against Christians, Westminster issues Stormont with an ultimatum on abortion, and Team GB athletes speak of the importance of their faith in Jesus Christ. You can download the video via this link. Featured stories Blackpool Council ordered to pay out over £100k for discriminating against Christians Whistling ‘Bob the Builder’ logged by police as ‘hate incident’...

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When people care more about the pain inflicted on a lobster than the unborn

Jul 23, 2021 by

by Lynda Rose, Christian Today: Under pressure from animal welfare campaigners, the government is now apparently considering a ban on the boiling of live lobsters during cooking. It’s a cruel and inhumane practice, campaigners have argued – supported by Mr Johnson’s own wife, Carrie. There’s compelling scientific evidence that they feel pain. They must be protected from such cold-blooded and heartless brutality! And our Prime Minister has reportedly heard these cries, because...

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Bloodshed ahead?

Jul 23, 2021 by

by Louis T. March, MercatorNet: A demographic dust-up in India has set the subcontinental political class alight. What Westerners call “diversity” is the wedge issue. The controversy exploded, appropriately enough, on World Population Day, July 11. That was when Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP), released a draft Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilization and Welfare) Bill. The draft legislation “proposes denying government jobs, promotions,...

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The Left are seeing the light on trans ‘women’

Jul 23, 2021 by

By Dr Kevin Donnelly, The Conservative Woman: NORMALLY it’s conservative Christians such as Australia’s rugby union player Israel Folau and the tennis great Margaret Court who are attacked for being transphobic and threatened with legal action when they argue that sexuality is binary and that the overwhelming majority of people are either male or female. Such is not always the case, as proven by the recent example of Tasmania’s Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Alliance being criticised and taken...

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California’s Preferred Pronouns Are Free/Speech

Jul 23, 2021 by

by Joshua Arnold, Family Research Council: There was no “he said, she said” in the unanimous decision issued by California’s Third Circuit Court of Appeals. The three-judge panel unanimously ruled that a law requiring nursing home staff to address residents by their preferred pronouns violated free speech. The opinion calls the provision a “content-based restriction on speech,” that permits some viewpoints while suppressing others. A California state court...

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Vatican Rejects Healing for Homosexuality

Jul 22, 2021 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant: Homosexuals do not need a cure, but accompaniment and discernment. Rome is rejecting the use of “reparative” or “conversion” therapies by Catholic groups to heal homosexuals of same-sex attraction, a Spanish Catholic weekly is reporting. But homosexuals who have benefited from therapy are urging Pope Francis to meet with those who have found healing from unwanted same-sex attraction. The Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy (CC)...

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UK reaches highest ever number of abortions in 2020

Jul 22, 2021 by

from Evangelical Focus: There were over 210,800 abortions. The abortion rate for women aged under 18 decreased but has increased for those over 35. According to the latest data from the UK Government as of 12 July 2021, there were 210,860 abortions in England and Wales in 2020. “The vast majority (209,917) were to residents of England and Wales. This represents an age-standardised abortion rate (ASR) of 18.2 per 1,000 resident women aged 15 to 44. exceeding the previous peak in 2019, (18.0...

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Cuban Christians Connect Prayers to Protests

Jul 22, 2021 by

by Anna-Lee Stangl, Christianity Today: United more than ever across denominations, many evangelicals want “homeland and life” over “homeland or death.” A few days after Hurricane Elsa swept across the center of Cuba, Christians of all denominations joined in a nationwide day of prayer and fasting for their country on Wednesday, July 7. The call was made after months of increasing tension on the island amid severe scarcity of food and medicine and as the number of COVID-19 infections began to...

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The immoral, scandalous and disgraceful nature of CofE bullying

Jul 22, 2021 by

by Martin Sewell, Archbishop Cranmer: ‘Immoral, scandalous or disgraceful’ is a phrase from the Statutes of Christ Church, Oxford: it describes behaviour warranting disciplinary action being undertaken within that institution, but it is also an entirely appropriate description of the way in which the Church of England has handled the case of the late Fr Alan Griffin, an innocent man who was institutionally bullied to death by a church he had served for most of his life. Instead of those...

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The Equality Act: a blasphemy law by the backdoor

Jul 22, 2021 by

by Laurence Fox, spiked: Making religion a ‘protected characteristic’ has emboldened censorious Islamists. Never before in my lifetime has language been so weaponised. Never have I seen so much suppression of free speech, so much censorship of perfectly moderate opinions, and, perhaps most perniciously, so much self-censorship. New speech codes are constantly being forced on to everyday parlance. Gender reassignment, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, the definitions of gender, climate...

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