Canadian government extends ‘pride’ month to a whole season because one month ‘isn’t enough’

Jun 11, 2021 by

by Clare Marie Merkowsky, LifeSite: The Canadian government declared the months from June to September as “Pride Season,” claiming that one month of celebrating homosexuality and transgenderism “isn’t enough.” In the past decade or so, homosexual activists and now governments around the world have declared June to be “pride” month, dedicated to the LGBT movement, complete with parades and celebrations. According to Free to be me, a Canadian government account in charge of “sexual orientation...

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Edinburgh Council pays damages for cancelling religious speaker

Jun 11, 2021 by

from BBC News: Edinburgh Council has apologised and paid £25,000 in damages to Destiny Ministries after cancelling its three-day conference due to the religious beliefs of a guest speaker. The conference was to be held in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall last summer. The council cancelled it after receiving a complaint about views held by guest speaker Larry Stockstill. The council accepted it did not take into account the church’s rights under human rights and equality legislation....

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Biden DOJ retracts promise to ‘vigorously’ defend religious schools’ exemption from LGBT activism

Jun 11, 2021 by

by Doug Mainwaring, LifeSite: After at first promising to “vigorously” defend a religious exemption for federally funded religious schools in a case brought about by LGBT students and alumni, the Biden administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) rushed to soften the language in its filing after being criticized by LGBT activists. While the initial statement from the Biden DOJ was welcomed by conservatives and denounced by progressive and LGBT political forces, the quick evolution of the DOJ’s...

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Bishop Tim Dakin’s ordination – Andrew Carey reports in the CEN

Jun 10, 2021 by

There is much unhappiness in the Diocese of Winchester over the Bishop of Winchester’s ‘management style’. He has had to step back from ministry for six weeks after senior clergy threatened to hold a vote of ‘no confidence’ at Diocesan Synod. The diocese, advised by the communications firm, Luther Pendragon, have observed complete silence since the original announcement. This dearth of information has led to much speculation with a staggering 338 comments on the so-called ‘Thinking Angicans’...

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I was a Smyth victim too, says Rector of St Helen’s Bishopsgate

Jun 10, 2021 by

I was a Smyth victim too, says Rector of St Helen’s Bishopsgate Staff writer www.christiantoday.com 07 June 2021 The Rector of St Helen’s Bishopsgate, an evangelical church in the City of London, says he was beaten in a shed by the late John Smyth. In a statement, William Taylor said it happened when he was a young man and that he reported the beatings to his church leader at the time. “I became a Christian in December 1979, aged 18. I first remember meeting John Smyth in...

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Woman who lost job over transgender views wins appeal against employment tribunal

Jun 10, 2021 by

from Sky News: A woman who lost her job after expressing views that sex cannot be changed and transgender women are “not women” has won an appeal against an employment tribunal. In 2018, Maya Forstater posted a number of tweets expressing her beliefs about sex and gender, including her opposition to proposed reform of the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) which would allow trans people to self-identify and legally transition from the gender assigned to them at birth without a medical...

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The Christian mental health crisis

Jun 10, 2021 by

by Damian Thompson, Holy Smoke: Is the mental health of Christians beginning to collapse under the strain not just of Covid and its effect on worship but also the bottomless contempt of progressive ideology for religious belief? This week’s Holy Smoke is a conversation with theologian Dr Gavin Ashenden about a crisis of morale that is robbing some Christians of the will to live. One former churchgoer told me last week that he’d be perfectly happy not to wake up the next morning –...

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Fighting back against the censors

Jun 10, 2021 by

by Dan Hitchens, The Critic: The groups who are taking the battle for free speech forward by speaking truth to power. Over the last decade, Britain’s free speech advocates have faced a frustrating puzzle. They seem to have the public on their side: a ComRes poll earlier this year found that half the population agrees with the statement “Free speech is under threat”, and less than a quarter disagrees. The government, too, seems sympathetic. “Freedom of speech is at the core of our democracy,”...

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Christ Church Cathedral Oxford blocks its own Canon on Twitter

Jun 10, 2021 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: The Rev’d Angela Tilby is a Canon Emeritus of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford. She is also a writer, broadcaster, columnist, and Canon of Honour at Portsmouth Cathedral. She is thoughtful, intelligent, and highly respected. But she has been rather disturbed by the treatment of the Dean, the Very Rev’d Prof. Martyn Percy, toward whom some senior clergy in the Cathedral have been uncharitable, not to say un-Christian, if not downright disparaging and defamatory. To be...

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A right royal own goal

Jun 10, 2021 by

by Melanie Phillips: From dreaming spire to football pitch, muddled folk are losing the cultural plot. Yet another academic institution has revealed the alarming erosion of its students’ capacity to think intelligently and their corresponding eagerness to replace evidence by propaganda. The “middle common room” (MCR) at Magdalen college, Oxford, which serves the college’s graduate students, has decided to remove a colourised print of a 1952 portrait of the Queen, which has hung on its walls...

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