CI News: 15 January 2021

Jan 15, 2021 by

from The Christian Institute: In the news this week: The UK Government stands by its decision to allow churches to remain open, experts’ evidence on puberty blockers for gender confused children is revealed, and Christian persecution rises dramatically in 2020. You can download the video via this link. Featured stories Govt backs churches’ right to remain open amid council pressure Sturgeon urged to U-turn on church closures Medical experts’ testimonies in High Court puberty blocker case...

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Secularists echo CI concerns over hate crime proposals

Jan 15, 2021 by

from The Christian Institute: The National Secular Society (NSS) has reiterated The Christian Institute’s warnings over proposed new hate crime laws in England and Wales. Last year, The Institute sounded the alarm over Law Commission plans to lower the threshold at which hate crimes can be committed, including criminalising so-called hate speech even in private dwellings. Now the NSS has added its voice, saying that the commission’s proposals could threaten free speech. ‘Chilling effect’...

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Huawei’s patent for technology identifying Uighurs by facial recognition uncovered

Jan 15, 2021 by

from Barnabas Fund: A patent filed by technology giant Huawei for a system that identifies the faces of ethnic Uighurs, a severely persecuted group in China, has been uncovered by US researchers. Huawei’s patent, originally filed in July 2018 in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, describes advanced artificial-intelligence techniques that identify various features of pedestrians photographed or filmed in the street. It is mainly concerned with how different body postures,...

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Covid Britain’s two-tier education system

Jan 15, 2021 by

by Gareth Sturdy, spiked: The teaching establishment is livid that poor children are coming to school expecting an education. The third national lockdown is starting to reveal the depth of the teaching establishment’s elitism towards the education of poor children. It took only three days of schools being closed to most pupils before headteachers and teaching unions began to express their horror at the number of poor kids turning up at the school gates because it is their only chance of...

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Responding to Rashford

Jan 15, 2021 by

by Paul Goodman, Conservative Home: We argued yesterday that those losing out most during this pandemic are not those at the bottom of the poverty ladder, but those on the next rung up.  These include a mass of the “just-about-managing”. Since policy options are necessarily limited, whoever is in goverment, and demand trade-offs between different interests, it isn’t hard to see what the consequences will be when the pandemic abates – and are already. In sum, the Government can’t avoid making...

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A Communion of Anxiety: Hookup Culture and the Impossible Horizon of the Future

Jan 15, 2021 by

by Timothy P O’Malley, Public Discourse: What if religious and conservative higher education ceased speaking about marriage and family life as an accomplishment and began to treat marriage and children as that which enable human flourishing and a meaningful future? In the conservative world, hookup culture is often understood primarily as a symptom of sexual excess. Because young people do not place a high value on sex, they will have as much of it as they can with as many partners as...

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