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  • Toddlers as young as two should be taught about transgender issues, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has said.

    Delegates at the NUT's annual conference in Cardiff called on its members to promote LGBT+ issues to children starting from nursery school.

    They urged ministers to make proposed sex and relationship education (SRE) "inclusive" to so that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students "are told explicitly in the law that their lives are important too".

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  • A former male racing driver has become one of the first openly transgender ballet students to pass a Royal Academy of Dance exam.

    Sophie Rebecca, 35, was a racing driver for nearly a decade before leaving motorsport to chase her childhood dream of becoming a ballet dancer.

    She originally began learning ballet as James at 17 but was dropped from class after the teacher found out about her gender struggles.

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  • The number of people regularly attending church in Scotland has fallen by more than half in the last 30 years, according to a new survey.

    The survey of Christians across the country found there are around 390,000 regular Sunday churchgoers, down from 854,000 in 1984.

    The research also revealed that two fifths are over 65, prompting a warning that Christianity is "in crisis" in Scotland.

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  • Today's world is full of terror, pain, poverty and despair, but those things should not be allowed to triumph, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.

    In his Easter message, the Most Reverend Justin Welby remembered the victims of the recent bombings at two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt.

    He called on his congregation to bring "restoration and hope".

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  • A debate is raging in Austria after a study suggested that Islamic kindergartens in Vienna were helping to create "parallel societies" or even produce the dangerous homegrown radicals of the future.

    According to its author, Ednan Aslan, a Turkish-born Austrian professor at Vienna University, some 10,000 children aged two to six attend around 150 Muslim preschools, teaching the Koran much like Christian ones do with Bible studies.

    At least a quarter are backed by groups propagating arch conservative strains of Islam like Salafism, or organisations that see religion not just as a private matter but integral to politics and society, Aslan believes.

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  • Christ is risen; happy Easter all round. It's a pleasing festival in all sorts of ways, chief of which is that it's wildly uncommercial, being the Sunday following the full moon following the spring equinox, if I've got that right. So, not a usefully neat date like 25 December, and one that retailers find much more difficult to exploit except as a means of flogging lamb legs (folks – lambs have only four legs, but they also come with shoulders, you know, which are even nicer) and obviously, chocolate eggs… though Eastern Christians do it better, with hand coloured eggs, which they get blessed at church.

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  • A Christian charity says the number of Christians persecuted for their faith around the world has gone up over the last four years.

    Open Doors says every month 322 Christians are persecuted, 214 churches and religious buildings are destroyed, and there are 772 acts of violence.

    Their figures are likely to be significantly lower than the numbers in reality, given the number of incidents which do not receive police, charity or media attention.

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  • Nearly one in four 'Christians' do not believe in the story of Jesus' resurrection from the dead, according to a recent ComRes poll.

    But actually, as Ludwig Kennedy once claimed in a radio debate with Lord Rees-Mogg, 'Christianity stands or falls on the claim that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.'

    The Apostle Paul put it even more bluntly: 'If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.' (1 Corinthians 15:14) The resurrection is of 'first importance’ (1 Corinthians 15:3,4).

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  • March 1. A new Channel 4 documentary series called "Extremely British Muslims" showed the inner workings of a sharia court inside Birmingham's Central Mosque. In the first episode, viewers witnessed the case of mother-of-four Fatima, 33, as she sought permission to divorce her drug dealer husband she says has abused her throughout their 14-year marriage. According to sharia law, Muslim women must plead their divorce cases in court, while Muslim men need only to say the words "I divorce you" three times to obtain a divorce. Birmingham Central Mosque said it allowed the sharia proceedings to be filmed in an effort to "break down misconceptions about Islam." Some 100 sharia courts in Britain are now dispensing Islamic justice outside the remit of the British legal system.

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