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  • In an article celebrating the incestuous relationship of a brother and sister who met for the first time as adults, Cosmopolitan magazine defies “the last taboo” and argues that, by virtue of shared genetics, a brother and sister coupling creates a “perfect storm” that others might be missing out on.
    The leftwing publication has a history of pushing liberal social causes—whether it’s celebrating a woman who posted on Facebook a video of herself having an abortion, advocating for gender neutral restrooms, or praising the Kardashian/Jenner family as “America’s First Family.” Now Cosmo is pushing the taboo of incest in a new article and seemingly overlooking a potential case of child rape.
  • Nine out of a group of 22 faith schools inspected by Ofsted have been found to be of an "inadequate" standard.
    Only five were judged to be providing a good or better standard of education, meaning more than 2,000 pupils are being educated in 17 schools where the education was judged not to be good enough.
    Only one school - Manchester Islamic High School for Girls - was deemed "outstanding".
    Some 12 schools lacked adequate leadership and management.

    At one school, Al-Ameen Primary in Birmingham, inspectors found students were exposed to “inappropriate literature about extremist, sexist or partisan views”.
    “Inspectors found that inappropriate books in the school library were freely available to pupils,” said Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector Of Schools In England and Wales and head of Ofsted, in a letter to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.
  • Sharia law is being openly practiced in Austria and Germany, an Austrian former Muslim has said. Sabatina James has called on the west to expel recognised Islamists in its midst, saying there can be no place for Muslims who refuse to integrate.
    In an interview with Austrian news outlet Krone, James said: “there are democratic Muslims, no question. They are not the problem. Someone following a religion is one thing. The teachings of Mohammed are another. He has been proven to have taught and practiced violence. He called for the beating of woman and stoning of adulteresses, the execution of apostates, of people like me.
    “If all this violence, of which I speak, has nothing to do with Islam, then Mohammed has nothing to do with Islam. The established theology of Islam must deal with [these problems]. But it lacks critical debate.”
  • The 'endless supply' of pornography on the internet is feeding sex addiction, a study has revealed.
    Sex addiction – when an individual has difficulty controlling their sexual thoughts, feelings or behaviour – is relatively common, affecting as many as one in 25 young adults.  
    Researchers from the University of Cambridge claim this is being fuelled by easy access to sexual images on the Internet.
  • Whether real or perceived, the stigma of unplanned pregnancy and abortion is an important issue for pro-lifers to address, especially in Christian churches, according to a new study.
    A report by LifeWay Research found that many women facing unplanned pregnancies go silently from the church pew to the abortion clinic because they are afraid of being judged rather than helped.
    “More than 4 in 10 women who have had an abortion were churchgoers when they ended a pregnancy,” according to the study, Baptist Press reports.
    Only 7 percent discussed their abortion decision with someone at church; and 76 percent said the church had no influence on their decision to abort their unborn child, according to the study.
    “That’s a huge opportunity for the church to have an impact on those decisions,” Scott McConnell, vice president of LifeWay Research, told the Christian news outlet. He called on churches to openly extend more grace to women facing crisis pregnancies.
    “Women are perceiving judgment from the church, and that’s probably partly because there are clear teachings in the Bible including about how and why we make judgments,” McConnell said. “However, if they don’t start experiencing something different than what they’ve seen in the past, these numbers aren’t going to change.”
  • Senior social workers lied on oath and doctored an official report to help keep five children away from their loving parents, a judge has ruled.
    The siblings, aged between one and 14, were removed illegally from their mother and father, Judge Mark Horton said. However, he ruled that they should remain in foster care.
    In the family court sitting in Portsmouth, he found that there had been a cover-up by staff at Hampshire county council and took the unusual step of publicly criticising three social workers.
  • A midwife accused of endangering more than 20 unborn babies by inducing abnormal heartbeats will face a disciplinary hearing next month.
    Kirsteen Stewart was sacked over claims that she needlessly administered small doses of a powerful drug that caused abnormally low heart rates in more than 20 foetuses at the Aberdeen Maternity Hospital.
    Ms Stewart, 49, will face the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) hearing on December 7, charged with misconduct. The allegations, which cover the period from October 4, 2007, to March 13, 2010, caused alarm among parents whose children were born at the hospital. More than 140 parents contacted a helpline that was set up after the allegations were publicly revealed.
  • Divorce rates in Britain are at their lowest in 40 years, reversing a trend of increased marital breakdown since 1933, but family breakdown is still rising.
    Figures released today from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) reveal there were 114,720 divorces in England and Wales in 2013, a decline of almost 3 per cent on the previous year. This coincides with a recent spike in the number of couples getting married, ending a decades long trend of rising divorce and declining marriage.
    The overall divorce rate fell to 9.8 men or women per 1,000. This represents the lowest rate since 1975 and is a fall of 27 per cent for men and 26 per cent for women compared with 2003.
    Of particular interest is that young couples who marry are less likely to divorce than their parents' generation with figures showing that couples are increasingly likely to outlast what is known as the "seven year itch."
    However the figures reveal an increasing trend of couples living together and having children before marrying. The number of unmarried couples with children has risen by 30 per cent in a decade and has more than doubled since the mid-1990s.
  • An Indian doctor has launched a legal battle after accusing her husband of tricking her into revealing the sex of her unborn girl twins - then pressurising her into aborting them.
    Mitu Khurana, who lives in Jaipur, claims her husband secretly asked doctors to take an ultra-sound of her babies while she was in hospital with a stomach complaint in 2004.
    The 39-year-old paediatrician refused to abort the twins and is now beginning a 'landmark' legal fight at India's high court.

    The case has become high profile in the country with campaigners claiming sex-selective abortions in India have reached 'emergency' levels, according to Olivia Acland, writing in the Sunday Telegraph.
    Her husband Dr Kamal Khurana has strongly denied the claims made against him.
    According to the Daily Telegraph, the allegations are the first of their kind to be brought under a law introduced in the 1990s that bars the gender testing of foetuses.
  • A row has broken out over new powers that will allow the education secretary to take over failing faith schools.
    Senior figures from Church of England and Roman Catholic schools have written to Nicky Morgan to complain that the education bill could result in school buildings and land being taken out of church control, and that the religious character of schools could be eroded.
    However, the British Humanist Association argued that the proposal required the government to take over all schools rated inadequate by Ofsted, whether they were faith-based or not.


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