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  • The failure to successfully prosecute a single case of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK is a "national scandal", the Commons home affairs select committee has said.

    In a report, the MPs said it was "beyond belief" that no-one had been convicted of FGM, 30 years after the practice was made illegal in the UK.

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  • Faith schools will have to make their pupils mix with children from other religions to avoid some communities becoming more socially isolated, a report on integration is expected to say.

    Dame Louise Casey, who is leading a government review of how to encourage integration and spread opportunity in isolated communities, is also expected to raise proposals to make integration part of the national curriculum, according to Whitehall sources.

    Her review may also suggest ways of extending the national citizenship service, which was set up by David Cameron to mix teenagers from different communities on voluntary projects.

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  • Teenagers born since the turn of the millennium are the most socially conservative and thrifty generation since the Second World War.

    The newly classified Generation Z are much less likely to approve of gay marriage, transgender rights or the legalisation of cannabis than Baby Boomers, Millennials or Generation X, a study has found. They also have a much more prudent approach to saving and spending than any generation, except those born in 1945 or before.

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  • Religion is still viewed in government circles as little more than a parade of “fairies, goblins and imaginary friends” despite claims that it would now “do God”, according to Britain’s former minister for faith.

    Baroness Warsi said there is still misunderstanding and hostility towards religion in “ever secular” Whitehall circles, despite efforts to change the culture.

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  • It took me a long time to realise my morals are not Greek or Roman, but thoroughly, and proudly, Christian.

    When I was a boy, my upbringing as a Christian was forever being weathered by the gale force of my enthusiasms. First, there were dinosaurs. I vividly remember my shock when, at Sunday school one day, I opened a children’s Bible and found an illustration on its first page of Adam and Eve with a brachiosaur. Six years old I may have been, but of one thing – to my regret – I was rock-solid certain: no human being had ever seen a sauropod. That the teacher seemed not to care about this error only compounded my sense of outrage and bewilderment. A faint shadow of doubt, for the first time, had been brought to darken my Christian faith.

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  • Sex education looks set to become compulsory in every secondary school in England after Justine Greening, the new Education Secretary, revealed she is considering the move.

    Ms Greening indicated the issue was near the top of her “in-tray” since taking the role and said the government had a “real opportunity” to improve teaching about sex education.  

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  • The Education Secretary has pledged to tackle public mistrust of the controversial named person scheme as MSPs voted through orders to halt its introduction.

    The Scottish Government has been forced to delay the roll-out of the policy after the UK Supreme Court ruled some elements are ''incompatible'' with the right to privacy and family life, as set out in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

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  • The EU’s 2009 Slaughter Regulation that requires all animals to be stunned before slaughter gives a “religious exception” for halal and kosher meat. As debates about the rights and place of minorities are increasing in post-Brexit Britain, anti-halal sentiment is also growing with issues of religious slaughter often conflated with wider concerns about immigration and integration. Here John Lever argues that increased transparency in the meat supply chain will help improve public understanding of the underlying debates of religious animal slaughter as well as help the UK to make the most of emerging trade opportunities.

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  • Live Action’s newest video project is exposing more of Planned Parenthood’s lies.

    As much as the abortion chain promotes abortion among its friends, it knows that most Americans are morally troubled by abortion. The fact that Planned Parenthood does about one third of all abortions in the U.S. is a “public relations problem,” the Live Action video says.

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  • Archbishop Barry Morgan has used his final address to the Church in Wales’ governing body to argue that Christians can change their stance on homosexuality without abandoning their commitment to the Bible.

    The Anglican leader forcefully denied that the Church’s bishops had “ignored the Bible and were swayed by the liberal culture of our age”.

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