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  • Following the case of a baby in Canada whose parent was issued with a health card that does not specify the child's gender, Dr Peter Saunders of the Christian Medical Fellowship shares his opinion.

    It's been an upside down month so far. An eight-month old Canadian baby has been issued a health card with a 'U' for 'Unassigned' rather than M or F for Male of Female. The parent – a non-binary transgender person who identifies as neither male nor female – says it's up to the baby to decide what gender it is when it grows up.

    The parent, who has named the child Searyl, apparently wants to spare the child from the 'restrictions' that come by ticking a boy box or girl box.

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  • The Church of England's General Synod has backed a motion calling for a ban on the practice of Conversion Therapy aimed at altering sexual orientation.

    During the synod's session this weekend in York, members of the Church's national assembly voted to endorse a Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy signed by The Royal College of Psychiatrists and others condemning the practice.

    The joint statement describes Conversion Therapy as unethical, potentially harmful and having "no place in the modern world".

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  • The Church of England's General Synod has agreed to endorse a statement condemning 'conversion therapy' aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay people.

    The motion was brought by Jayne Ozanne, who said conversion therapy was 'unethical, harmful and has no place in the modern world'. She described it as 'abuse from which vulnerable people need protection' and said: 'Sexual orientation and gender identities are not mental disorders. Treating as sick or disordered someone who wants to change their sexual identity reinforces the notion that it is sinful.'

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  • The streets of the capital will be turned into a big party this weekend when Pride in London ends with its annual march.

    But it is not just members of the LGBT community flying the rainbow flag, as more businesses than ever are supporting the fight for equality.

    With almost 50 official partners, ranging from airlines to mobile networks, and a list of over 60 supporters, companies are signing up to try to stamp out prejudice.

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  • As disgusting as it seems, abortion activists are trying to turn the Planned Parenthood abortion business into a fashion statement.

    At celebrity awards shows this year, a number of celebrities wore little gold pins of the abortion chain's logo. Now, a company has created a pink lipstick to benefit the group that aborts more than 300,000 unborn babies every single year.

    The media company Studio 71 created the exclusive Planned Parenthood lipstick for its Lipstick Lobby arm, TubeFilter reports. Indie retailer Opening Ceremony is selling the lipstick, and the proceeds benefit the abortion group.

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  • Charlie Gard's mother spoke out on British TV this week about her son's condition and the helplessness she feels as a parent.

    Charlie is suffering from a rare mitochondrial disease, and his parents want to take him to the United States for an experimental treatment. His case gained international attention as his parents fought a series of court battles for their son, but ultimately lost. Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled against his parents' appeal to take him to the U.S. A British court also ruled that his life support can be removed against his parents' wishes.

    Connie Yates, Charlie's mother, told Good Morning Britain this week that she does not want her son to suffer; she just wants him to have a chance at life. She said it has been "absolute living hell" to wait and wonder when the hospital might end his life support.

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  • I was saddened to hear that the BMA have voted to recommend the decriminalisation of abortion. Having lost a baby at 29 weeks, I know only too well the effect that these laws have on those, who like me, refuse a termination and who lose a child.

    In the summer of 2015, at 23 weeks pregnant, I was admitted to hospital with a diagnosis of severe pre-eclampsia and a baby suffering from Intrauterine Growth Restriction. After many scans and tests, we were told in stark terms that the baby had a 1% chance of survival and that, in the doctor's experience, within two weeks I would be so ill that they would have no choice but to intervene to save my life. Knowing that my husband and I were Christians, the doctor said, 'for those with no faith the answer is easy, you terminate.' It being a Friday afternoon he gave us the weekend to decide.

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  • The National Secular Society has joined calls for a public inquiry into the funding of Islamist extremism in Britain after a damning investigation by a prominent think tank.

    In a report published yesterday, the Henry Jackson Society said there was "a growing body of evidence" that foreign funding was contributing to terrorism in Britain and other western countries. It said the money comes mainly from governments and state-backed foundations in the Gulf and Iran.

    It claimed Saudi Arabia was the chief foreign promoter of Islamist extremism in the UK. It said the Kingdom has promoted Wahhabi Islam "across the Islamic world, including to Muslim communities in the West" since the 1960s. It added that Saudi Arabia has spent at least £67 billion over the last 30 years in this endeavour.

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  • A recent survey has shown sharply shifting attitudes to sexual morality among British Christians: 73 per cent of Anglicans don't think premarital sex is wrong, and 55 per cent don't think gay sex is wrong.

    The study of 3,000 people by the British Social Attitudes survey suggests a shrinking minority who favour a conservative view on sexual morality.

    The liberalising tendency may be most strong in the Church: British acceptance of same-sex relationships has quickly increased in the past four years, especially among Christians, the study found.

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  • The National Secular Society has backed calls from abuse survivors for Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, to face police investigation over his role in the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Church of England.

    In a letter to The Times, survivors of abuse by Bishop Peter Ball, and lawyers representing many of Ball's survivors, say police must investigate whether Carey's deliberate concealment of evidence constitutes a criminal offence.

    Lord Carey also faces calls to forfeit his right to sit in the House of Lords. "It is unacceptable that someone who was involved in concealing evidence of criminality should have a role in making laws for others", says the letter.

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