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  • Noel Conway, who has motor neurone disease and is not expected to live longer than another nine months, is to challenge the law against assisted dying in London today.

    Conway, 67, a retired college lecturer, wants to be allowed to choose to end his life with assistance when he is in his last six months.

    He is seeking a declaration that the Suicide Act 1961 is incompatible with European laws on respect for private and family life, and protection from discrimination. 

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  • "Pride is full of placards saying 'God is Gay', 'Jesus had two fathers', as well as those mocking the church and priests and pope," writes Maryam Namazie, spokeswoman for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, "Yet CEMB members hold signs saying 'Allah is Gay' – as we did – and the police converge to attempt to remove them for causing 'offence'."

    And now the East London Mosque has filed an official complaint with the organisers of 'Pride in London' (what happened to the 'Gay' prefix? Isn't that kind of important?) alleging 'Islamophobia'. The mosque's spokesman Salman Farsi told the Evening Standard: "We've raised a complaint with the co-chairs of the event that the group was inciting hatred against Muslims, and in particular [in relation] to our good name, based on absolutely groundless reasons."

    "Our track record for challenging homophobia in East London is quite well known." he added.

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  • Why is the story of keeping alive one seriously sick baby dominating the news headlines? Not for one day, not even for a week, but for a full three months since a High Court Judge ruled that doctors could withdraw the life support of the terminally ill Charlie Gard.

    Though afflicted with a rare disorder called mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare disease which affects the genetic building blocks that give energy to cells and which causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage, the baby's parents are determined to win one more 'chance of life' for him—an experimental treatment in the US.

    The media have run with the story. His parent's defiant rejection of legal and medical judgement has provided daily drama and perfect headline copy. The story of one baby, of the thousands dying worldwide, has gone global.

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  • Premier Christian Communications has revealed what it really means to be a practicing Christian in Britain.

    To date, nearly 12,000 people have taken part in our State of Faith survey. Of those, 93 per cent said they felt their faith was being marginalized by society.

    The full results can be found at www.ordinarychristian.org.uk

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  • Polling shows that talking about extremism is a recipe for chaos.

    More than half of the public (54%) think using the word 'extreme' is not helpful in social and political discussion.

    That's according to new research from ComRes, commissioned by the Evangelical Alliance and a coalition of organisations, which is believed to be the first nationwide representative poll on extremism. Fifty-four per cent of the public said extreme was not a helpful description when discussing political or social opinions, while less than a third (32%) thought it was.

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  • The author of "The Message" translation of the bible has retracted his statement that he would perform a same-sex marriage if asked.

    Presbyterian pastor Eugene Peterson's comments about homosexuality was revealed in an interview with Jonathan Merritt at Religion News Service on Wednesday.

    Speaking about how Christians view same-sex relationships and marriages, the retired pastor said: "we're in a transition and I think it's a transition for the best, for the good. I don't think it's something that you can parade, but it's not a right or wrong thing as far as I'm concerned".

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  • To the affluent commuters passing by, Vishnitz Girls School looks like any other well-maintained North London townhouse.

    Were it not for a glimpse of white-shirted backs hunched over desks in the front room, you would not even suspect it was a school.

    Unlike most primary schools, there's no brightly-coloured sign advertising its presence. Indeed, a black-clad security guard in his sentry hut seems to be there mainly to keep unwanted visitors away.

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  • A Church of England Bishop has become a patron of his local Pride event.

    The Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Rev Paul Bayes, was announced as a patron for the Liverpool Pride festival, which takes place this month.

    The church leader is a strong proponent of LGBT rights, supporting equal marriage and backing a recent motion calling for a ban on gay 'cure' therapy.

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  • The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Belgium's ban on wearing face veils in public does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights.

    The court ruled today that the restriction was justified because it was an attempt to protect "the rights and freedoms of others" which "sought to guarantee the conditions of living together". It said the ban could be considered "proportionate" to those aims and "necessary in a democratic society".

    In 2011 Belgium banned the wearing of clothing which obscures the wearer's identity in public places. This included partial or total face veils.

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  • At the General Synod of the Church of England two decision were taken which rip the Church from its moorings. They launch it secularised, into a therapy culture from which it has chosen to take its priorities, and from which is craves affirmation.

    In and of itself, neither the motion rebuking and forbidding so called 'conversion therapy' nor the one looking to provide new liturgies for the transgendered, are theologically nuclear in their wording. The problem lies in their priorities and their trajectory.

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