‘Gay conversion therapy should not be banned’

Jul 16, 2020 by

from Christian Today: Mike Davidson is the founder of the Core Issues Trust, a Christian ministry supporting men and women who want help with unwanted same-sex attraction. As the Government considers imposing a ban on so-called ‘gay conversion therapy’, Mike speaks to Christian Today about what the therapy is and isn’t, and why he fears a ban will only lead to the “silencing” of church pulpits. CT: The name given for this kind of therapy is ‘conversion...

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There is no justification for turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque

Jul 16, 2020 by

by Michael Nazir-Ali, Spectator: Turkey is jeopardising freedom of worship. It is official: Hagia Sophia, for a thousand years the world’s largest cathedral, and since 1934 a museum, is to be turned back into a mosque. Ever since I heard of the possibility, I have been praying it would not be so because of the impact it will have on Muslim-Christian relations in Turkey, the Middle East and beyond. A suitably purged and compliant judiciary, however, has bowed to the wishes of the authoritarian...

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Mary Eberstadt on What Plagues the West

Jul 15, 2020 by

by Ryan T Anderson and Mary Eberstadt, Public Discourse: “Post-revolutionary men and women are living in ways that are profoundly unnatural for the ineradicably social creatures that we are; and many are suffering as a result, at times without even knowing the name of what ails them. This preoccupation, and the desire to do something about it, continues to shape my work.” Public Discourse is launching a new feature where we interview leading intellectuals to learn more about their work and...

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‘Pregnancy and abortion’ – review of a new resource

Jul 12, 2020 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: If every abortion constitutes the deliberate killing of a tiny human life, then this is a terrible evil and a stain on our society comparable to the slave trade and the holocaust. If we defend abortion on the grounds of ‘women’s reproductive rights’, or perhaps by arguing that the foetus/embryo is not really a person, then we open the door to serious philosophical problems. Why should an adult’s decision about what is convenient (the main reason for most...

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Truro report on persecution of Christians reviewed, one year on

Jul 11, 2020 by

from CEN: ‘Spectators at the carnage’ was how The Times carried the story of launch of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for the UK Foreign Secretary of Foreign and Commonwealth Office Support for Persecuted Christians on July 4 2019. This week, on Wednesday 8 July, the House of Lords hosted a ‘Zoominar’ for 300 invited participants to hear Bishop Philip Mounstephen, Lord Alton, Jeremy Hunt, who commissioned the report when Foreign Secretary, Rehman Chishti MP, the Prime Minister’s...

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Sunderland Christian foster service ‘must allow gay carers’

Jul 9, 2020 by

from BBC News: An evangelical Christian fostering service must allow gay parents to sign up as carers, a judge has ruled. Cornerstone (North East) Adoption and Fostering Service launched a High Court challenge against Ofsted after inspectors deemed its policies discriminatory and lowered its rating. The Sunderland-based agency was criticised for only welcoming married heterosexuals as foster carers. Cornerstone said it would “prayerfully” consider the findings. After an inspection...

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