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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Evangelicals hold talks with Church of England bishops over transgender guidance

May 23, 2019 by

from Christian Today: The organisers of an open letter signed by 3,000 lay and ordained members of the Church of England opposing recent transgender guidance have met with bishops to raise their concerns. The guidance published by the House of Bishops last December has encountered huge opposition from conservative members of the Church of England. It formally commends the incorporation of the existing rite for the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith into services of welcome for transgender people. ...

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Argentinian doctor found guilty for refusing to abort 23-week old baby

May 23, 2019 by

by Jeanne Smits, LifeSite: A doctor in Argentina has been found guilty of failing to accomplish his duties as a public functionary after he refused to perform a legal late-term abortion on a woman who was 23-weeks pregnant. Dr. Leandro Rodriguez Lastra, prosecuted in the Argentinian town of Cipoletti for “obstetrical violence,” will be sentenced during a special hearing in the days to come by a criminal court in Cipoletti. Dr. Rodriguez Lastra could receive a suspended prison...

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Why opinion polls keep getting it wrong

May 23, 2019 by

by Frank Furedi, spiked: The more we demonise certain opinions, the less likely people are to express them. In recent years, opinion polls have developed a reputation for failing to capture the views of the electorate. That is, for failing to do what they are meant to do. The failure of the polls to predict the outcome of the election in Australia is the latest in a series of bad missteps by polling organisations. If we had believed the figures published by pollsters, we would have expected a...

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