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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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  • Liberal attitudes to sex and morality are now beginning to dominate the way most people think, an influential report said yesterday.

    It found that those who believe sex should be saved for marriage and who oppose same-sex relationships are a shrinking minority.

    Even most Christians, historically the biggest religious group holding conservative views about sex, now believe there is nothing wrong with sex between unmarried people.

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  • As well as seeking to persuade the Church of England to ban conversion therapy for those with same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria Jayne Ozanne is now highlighting the issue of spiritual abuse as the next big issue which she thinks the Church will need to tackle.

    Her paper on this issue, entitled 'Spiritual abuse – the next great scandal for the Church,'[1] which was written for the Royal College of Psychiatrists, starts with a general definition of spiritual abuse, then narrows down to focus on abuse by charismatic groups and then narrows down still further to consider the spiritual abuse of LGBTI Christians.

    No one with a proper belief in the way in which sin continues to indwell believers (see Articles IX and XV), or any experience of the life of the Church, will need any convincing about the possibility of those in the Church, including church leaders, misusing their position in the Church in a way that results in harm to others.

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  • An orthodox Jewish school has failed three Ofsted inspections because it refuses to endorse homosexuality and transsexualism, it has emerged.

    The Telegraph reports that Vishnitz Girls School, a private school in Hackney, North London, has consistently been marked down by Ofsted for declining to give pupils a full understanding of 'British values'. This is despite the fact that the school performs well in other areas.

    Over the last two years, Ofsted has faced serious criticism for its British values drive, which some feel is used to punish schools with a religious designation.

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  • The LGBT Agenda is pitched by its ideological supporters as an expansion of civil rights, but it becomes increasingly clear that in reality it provides a tool for spiteful sodomites to harass and vilify their real or perceived opponents. The question is whether that is not the true intention.

    The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear an appeal from a Colorado baker who disagreed with the notion of same-sex "marriage" who had lost a discrimination case for refusing to create a cake to celebrate such an aberration.

    The case will be a major test of a conflict of laws that limit the right of businesses open to the public to freely decide with whom they want, or do not want, to conclude contracts, or to negotiate the terms of a contract. Around the nation, businesses like bakeries, florists and photography studios have said, so far with little success, that being forced to contribute to the glorification of sodomy violates their constitutional rights.

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  • Doctors' chiefs have backed decriminalising abortion, adding their voice to those calling for a change in legislation.

    Delegates at the British Medical Association's annual conference voted in favour of changing the law on abortion so women would not be at risk of prosecution if they failed to get a doctors' permission before a termination.

    Currently abortion is only legal if women have permission from a doctor who is satisfied that continuing with the pregnancy would be detrimental to their mental or physical health or wellbeing.

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  • In July 20,000 people from across the UK will fill London's Emirates Stadium to hear the Gospel preached by international evangelist J John.

    Just One is a mass-gathering the scale of which has not been seen in the UK since the visit of famed US evangelist Billy Graham more than three decades ago.

    Taking place on July 8, the one-day arena event will feature J John, alongside music from Matt Redman, Hillsong, and the London Community Gospel choir, as part of a 'celebration of the relevance of the Christian faith'.

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  • Doctors have backed decriminalising abortion, as momentum gathers to overhaul the 1967 Abortion Act.

    Currently women in England and Wales have to prove to a doctor that carrying on with the pregnancy is detrimental to health or wellbeing to get permission for a termination.

    Without permission, abortion is a criminal offence.

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  • Lord Carey quit his Church of England role yesterday after a damning inquiry found he colluded with senior clergy to protect a paedophile bishop.

    The former Archbishop of Canterbury resigned as honorary Assistant Bishop of Oxford after he was accused of helping to 'deliberately conceal' evidence which helped Peter Ball escape prosecution for 22 years.

    Ball, the former Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester and a friend of Prince Charles, was finally jailed for 32 months in October 2015 after admitting sex offences against 18 teenagers and young men between the 1970s and 1990s.

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