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  • It was a bold social experiment predicated on the modish belief that perhaps boys and girls aren't quite so different after all. The BBC's idea was to create a gender-neutral classroom of seven-year-olds for a TV documentary.

    What would happen, wondered producers, if all differences between boys and girls were removed over a six-week period? Could it change the way the children thought and close the gaps in their achievement levels?

    So out went boys-only football matches and books about fairytale princesses. In came mixed sports teams, unisex books and posters proclaiming that 'boys are sensitive' and 'girls are strong'.

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  • The National Trust has been forced into a humiliating climbdown over a policy to banish volunteers from meeting the public if they disobeyed orders to wear a gay pride rainbow flag.

    Scores of volunteers at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk had refused to wear the badges and lanyards bearing the motif despite being told they would be limited to backroom chores.

    The controversial move, revealed after the Telegraph published a leaked email written by Trust bosses, was part of the organisation's 'Prejudice and Pride' campaign intended to celebrate 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

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  • The Church in the UK is dominated by the middle class, who must eschew superior attitudes and empower working-class culture if the dearth of working-class people in their congregations is to be reversed.

    This is the message of A Church for the Poor (David C. Cook), a new book whose authors, Martin Charlesworth and Natalie Williams, straddle the class divide.

    "If the poor or working-class are uncomfortable in our churches, we don't need to convert them to our middle-class ways," the authors write. "We need to move out of our comfort zones and accept them as they are."

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  • A Christian prison worker has lost his latest appeal in the courts over his discipline by HMP Littlehey.

    Rev Barry Trayorn who worked as a gardener, but volunteered in the chapel, fell into trouble after delivering a talk to prisoners about homosexuality and sin.

    Following a complaint, he was disciplined then later resigned.

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  • Doctors and nurses wishing to practise in sexual and reproductive health have been granted more liberty to exercise freedom of conscience under new guidelines published earlier this year.

    The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH), a faculty of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), has relaxed its stance on conscience in new guidelines issued in April so that those with an ethical objection to certain procedures can now obtain qualifications which they were previously excluded from.

    Christian doctors and nurses in the UK are practising in an environment that is increasingly hostile to their beliefs and values. We have accordingly come to expect new constraints on our freedom of conscience almost as a matter of course. So this is a refreshing backtrack by the College.

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  • The National Secular Society's Executive Director, Keith Porteous Wood, has criticised Church of England leaders for their record on gay rights after they spoke out on the subject.

    Writing in the online Pink News, he said the Archbishops of Canterbury and York should be "judged by their actions rather than their words".

    He was responding to a piece by Justin Welby and John Sentamu, written last week in the same magazine to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. Under the unedifying title 'Gay people are not more sinful than anyone else', the Archbishops wrote that "Sin is not a characteristic of a particular group of people".

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  • The state of Wisconsin and its capital city of Madison cannot legally force a Christian photographer to photograph same-sex weddings, a court has said.

    Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian conservative legal group defending evangelical Christian photographer Amy Lawson, announced that Dane County Circuit Court vowed in a hearing Tuesday to issue an order declaring that Lawson is exempt from city and state laws that could force her to photograph same-sex weddings or face crippling punishments.

    ADF explained in a press release that although the court has not yet officially issued a preliminary injunction in the case, it is expected to do so in the coming weeks.

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  • An Open Letter containing a Resolution from St John, Newland PCC, 17th July 2017

    To his Grace, the Archbishop of York,

    The PCC considers the response by the Archbishop of York to Mrs Andrea Williams' amendment of Item 48 at the July General Synod of the Church of England, 2017, in terms of what was said, to indicate theological ineptitude at best and error at worst; and how it was said, as intemperate and ungodly. As such there was a failure to meet the standard required of a bishop according to Titus 1:7-9. Neither did the Archbishop display his canonical duty to 'with all faithful diligence…. banish and drive away all erroneous and strange doctrine contrary to God's Word; and both privately and openly to call upon and encourage others to the same' in relation to Item 58.

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  • The UK's Education Secretary has said the Church of England should 'keep up' with modern attitudes in society and allow gay marriage in its churches.

    Same-sex marriage remains illegal under the Church of England's canon law, though the Church remains divided on its future direction.

    Justine Greening, the British Education Secretary since 2016, told Sky News yesterday: 'I think it is important that the church in a way keeps up and is part of a modern country,' according to The Telegraph.

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  • Under new government plans, adults will be allowed to change their gender without a doctor's diagnosis.

    This will mean that the current rule where people have to live for two years as their desired gender before they can officially change sex will go.

    The current rule where people must be diagnosed with gender dysphoria, a condition where a person's biological sex and identity does not match, will be scrapped.

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