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  • Christian campaigners are making a final plea to stop the Government lifting restrictions on Sunday trading.
    In the summer budget, the government announced its intention of relaxing the Sunday trading laws to allow larger stores to remain open all day on Sunday. The Government's subsequent consultation on the proposals closes tomorrow and CARE are among numerous Christian lobbying groups to oppose the changes.

    "The government cannot devolve their responsibility to uphold and protect the family," said CARE CEO, Nola Leach.
    "They made it clear all policy proposals would be subjected to a family test, in order to guard against policies that might otherwise undermine family life but clearly that was not the case with the plans to extend Sunday Trading."
  • This latest video from The Center for Medical Progress catches Planned Parenthood selling specific body parts — including the heart, eyes and “gonads” of unborn babies.The video also shows the shocking ways in which Planned Parenthood officials admit that they are breaking federal law by selling aborted baby body parts for profit.

    The 10th video by The Center for Medical Progress features several top-level Planned Parenthood executives discussing the organization’s secretive practices around aborted fetal parts harvesting. The video includes comments from Deborah VanDerhei, the National Director of the organization’s Consortium of Abortion Providers, describing the harvesting of fetal body parts as “donation for remuneration.”

  • Britain's “disastrous foreign policy” is responsible for the rise in extremism among young people, teachers said yesterday.
    A motion arguing that the government’s counter-extremist Prevent strategy “could destroy relationships between teachers and learners” was unanimously passed by TUC Congress.
    Moved by teaching union NASUWT, it said that provisions requiring teachers to spy on and report pupils at risk of being polarised would “close down space for open discussion in a safe and secure environment and smother the legitimate expression of political opinion.”
  • Malcolm Turnbull is standing by the coalition government's commitment to hold a national plebiscite on legalising same-sex marriage after the next election.
    Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek asked whether the prime minister will allow a free vote on same-sex marriage, saying Liberal MP Warren Entsch's bill currently before the parliament could go to a vote as early as tomorrow.
    Mr Turnbull responded by confirming the government's policy still stands and the matter will be resolved via a plebiscite following the next election.
  • With Kim Davis watching, a lesbian couple received a marriage license in the clerk’s office in Rowan County, Kentucky, where she had for months refused to allow any licenses to be distributed under her watch.
    On her first day back to work since she was sent to jail for refusing to issue licenses to gay couples earlier this month, Davis told reporters she would not authorize her deputies to process licenses for same-sex couples, but, if they chose to, she would not take “action” against them.
  • Ireland’s Taoiseach — or Prime Minister — Enda Kenny has served notice he is open to the pressure from pro-abortionists and their offshore supporters to amending the nation’s constitutional protection for the unborn.
    Kenny’s government already loosened the country’s pro-life law in 2013, allowing abortions through all nine months of pregnancy if the mother’s life is deemed at risk, including if the mother threatens suicide.
  • Scientists from the United States, China and Britain will come together to discuss the future of human gene editing, which holds great promise for treating diseases but also has the potential to create "designer babies".
    The Chinese Academy of Sciences and Britain's Royal Society said on Monday they would join the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in co-hosting an international summit on the topic in Washington on Dec. 1-3.
    The technology, called CRISPR-Cas9, allows scientists to edit genes by using genetic "scissors" that operate a bit like a biological word-processing program that can find and replace defects.
    CRISPR has excited academic researchers and drug companies alike, since it may allow them to rewrite the DNA of diseased cells. But it has also raised serious ethical concerns due to the potential to alter the genetic code of embryos.
  • Jeremy Corbyn has announced most of the key jobs in his first shadow cabinet, naming his left wing ally John McDonnell as shadow chancellor.
    Defeated leadership rival Andy Burnham is shadow home secretary, while Hilary Benn remains shadow foreign secretary.
    The top roles on the Labour front bench are all taken by men, leading to criticism from some MPs.
  • Imams, priests, rabbis and other religious figures could be made to enrol in a “national register of faith leaders” under new Home Office plans to counter extremism in the UK.
    The controversial strategy reportedly says Whitehall will “require all faiths to maintain a national register of faith leaders” and the Government will “set out the minimum level for training and checks” faith leaders must have to join the register.
    The plans, which appeared in a draft leaked to The Telegraph and are due to be published in the autumn, also detail how the government has sought to ban individuals whose behaviour “falls below the thresholds in counter-terrorism legislation” but which “undermines British values”.
  • The private sector is moving into the fight against terrorism as British police and the military are to be offered the chance to hone their skills at a state-of-the-art weapons and tactics centre in a former underground reservoir.
    The £20m independent National Firearms and Tactical Training Centre (NFTTC) to be built in Bedford will feature specialist weapons ranges and live-fire houses that can be decked out to create realistic hostage, siege and terrorism scenarios.
    The privately funded 200,000 sq ft centre, due to open in January 2017, will be constructed inside the Manton Lane underground reservoir, which was built in 1935 and decommissioned by Anglia Water in the 1990s.


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