UK church leaders criticise Ghanaian bishops for support of anti-LGBTQ+ law

Oct 26, 2021 by

by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian: Archbishop of Canterbury among C of E officials to tweet concern over draconian law. Church leaders in the UK have strongly criticised Ghanaian bishops over their support for a draconian anti-LGBTQ+ law. Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the global Anglican church, Stephen Cottrell, the archbishop of York, and other Church of England bishops, tweeted their concerns on Tuesday in what appeared to be a coordinated effort to put pressure on...

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Lack of Evidence for Assisted Suicide Bill

Oct 26, 2021 by

From The Times: Sir, As palliative medicine doctors and academics with decades of experience caring for terminally ill people, we are concerned at the paucity of evidence supporting the Meacher bill to legalise assisted suicide. There is a lack of evidence that the suggested safeguards are either effective or verifiable… Mental capacity….. is affected by illness, depression and medication in complex ways not yet fully understood. Evidence from Oregon shows how assessment of...

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The pernicious power of prayer

Oct 26, 2021 by

By Simon Calvert, TCW: BANNING ‘conversion therapy’ which aims to change sexual orientation or gender identity unites the UK’s main political parties. The issue at Westminster isn’t ‘Will there be a ban?’ but ‘How far will the ban go?’ Whether you are supportive or sceptical, this question is important. Will the ban be a focused attempt to protect people from dangerous pseudo-medical procedures? Or will it be a broad attack on traditional Christianity? The Ban Conversion Therapy (BCT) campaign...

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‘Trans activists are trying to bully people’

Oct 26, 2021 by

from spiked: Andrew Sullivan on how the LGBT movement abandoned the ‘liberal spirit’. The gay-rights movement is among the most successful civil-rights movements of recent times. In the space of a few decades, gay people went from being despised and marginalised to being embraced by the mainstream. This movement won equality by persuading people. In contrast, today’s LGBT activists view debate as violence. ‘My existence is not up for debate’ is a common trans-rights mantra. Meanwhile, critics...

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Will more Canadian journalists stand up to the LGBT mob after CTV’s report on the dangers of ‘gender-transitioning’?

Oct 26, 2021 by

by Jonathon Van Maren, LifeSite: Canada deserves better journalists; reporters who actually have the guts to do deep dives into stories and report perspectives regardless of how ideologically correct they are. While many European media outlets and conservative-leaning American outlets like The Economist have been covering the explosion of children identifying as transgender for some time, the institutional Canadian media has been nearly airtight with the exception of coverage from National...

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Welby Issues Accusations to Lambeth Conference Holdouts

Oct 25, 2021 by

by David Virtue, Virtueonline: The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby issued accusations at those refusing to attend the Lambeth Conference next year. He said they were playing “power games” and were a “tool of power” for “small groups that claim extraterritorial jurisdiction”. While not naming names, he clearly had GAFCON archbishops and bishops in mind who have made it abundantly clear that they will not attend because of unresolved issues over...

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Oxfam drops bingo game with JK Rowling after transgender staff complain

Oct 25, 2021 by

by Michelle Marshall, Daily Express: OXFAM have ditched a bingo game celebrating “inspirational women” which featured J.K. Rowling. Wonder Woman bingo game is said to have become a target for activists because it featured the Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. The writer has previously faced criticism over her remarks about transgender women. JK Rowling faced backlash after she questioned the idea that trans women are identical to biological women. She retweeted an opinion piece...

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The Queen and her Christian faith

Oct 25, 2021 by

by Gavin Ashenden, Christian Today: There is a strange public silence about the faith of our Queen. It is almost as if there were a spiritual equivalent to the to the visual impairment of being colour blind – we might call it ‘faith-blind’. For the colour blind, the richness and wonder of colour is inaccessible. Colours are not only what they are, but they act as visual conductors of feeling and emotion. Blue and yellow intimate the vibrancy of joy. Grey and orange convey...

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Life beyond LGBT

Oct 25, 2021 by

from Christian Today: X-Outloud is a growing network across Europe of people who are no longer LGBT and a collection of their testimonies can be found in the ministry’s new book. The timing of the book is significant as the UK and other parts of the world seek to ban so-called conversion therapy, jeopardising along with it legitimate help for people struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria. While the narrative has been dominated by stories of harm,...

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In which direction is Leicester leading the Church of England?

Oct 25, 2021 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: On 9th October, Leicester Diocesan Synod voted to move to what they call a ‘Minister communities framework’ for ministry: The Diocese of Leicester Synod has voted in favour of a Minster Community framework with an amendment that the stipendiary (paid) leadership team of at least four people (including lay and ordained roles) in each of the 20-25 MCs will be led by an Oversight Minister who is ordained. One of the team will be a Growing Faith focussed minister (lay or...

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