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  • We’ve closely followed the “Don’t Screen Us Out” movement in Great Britain. Campaigners are working to raise awareness that Down syndrome is not a “disease” to be eradicated and to explain that a new “Non-Invasive Prenatal Test’ [NIPT] purported to be 99% accurate will result in the deaths of even more babies diagnosed not only with Down syndrome but also with Patau’s and Edwards’ syndromes “and could be used to detect all known genetic abnormalities,” according to Sam Greenhill of the Daily Mail.

    Source: LifeSite News

  • A day after religious leaders released an open letter calling on California to protect religious liberty in higher education, the lawmaker behind a controversial bill dropped the proposal in question, allowing religious schools to keep exemptions to anti-discrimination laws related to sexuality.


    Under state Senator Ricardo Lara’s amended bill, schools must “disclose if they have an exemption and report to the state when students are expelled for violating morality codes,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

    Source: Christianity Today

  • Don't change church teaching on sexuality, it could lead to fracture of CofE and Anglican Communion they say

    Church of England Newspaper
    August 11, 2016

    To the College and House of Bishops.

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

    Now that the process of Shared Conversations launched subsequent to the Pilling Report has been completed and the 'baton' passed to the College and House of Bishops, we are writing to assure you of our prayers as you meet this autumn to discern the way forward. As members of General Synod we wish to offer the following reflections which we hope and pray might enable your deliberation and discernment.

    Source: Virtue Online

  • Muslim women are the most economically disadvantaged group in British society, according to a report by MPs.


    They are three times more likely to be unemployed and looking for a job than women generally and more than twice as likely to be economically inactive, the Women and Equalities Committee said.

    Source:BBC

  • Senior ministers in Germany have called for a ban on burqas and an end to dual citizenship in response to the threat from terrorism.

    Angela Merkel’s government is preparing to unveil increased security measures in the wake of recent terror attacks.

    Source: Telegraph

  • Sainsbury’s has apologised to two men who say they were asked to follow a security guard out of a shop after another customer complained about them holding hands and putting their arms around each other.

    Thomas Rees said he and his partner, Joshua Bradwell, had been left stunned after the security guard led them out of a Sainsbury’s branch in Hackney, east London, and told them a woman had complained about their behaviour in the aisles.

    Source: Guardian

  • A practising Christian is taking the controversial retail chain Sports Direct to en employment tribunal today after he he was made to work on Sundays.

    In a document due to be considered by the tribunal and reported by Buzzfeed, the worker said that bosses would "constantly roster me to work on Sundays which resulted in me taking time off unpaid and as a consequence I have suffered financial loss".

    Source:Christian Today


  • The case of a transgender woman who was refused the female state pension at the age of 60 after she chose to stay married is to be looked at by judges in Europe.

    The move follows a hearing at the UK's highest court last month in the case of MB, who transitioned from male to female but decided as a Christian to stay married "in the sight of God" to her wife and the mother of their two children - a decision that blocked her entitlement to the pension.

    Source: Telegraph

  • Tasmania's Upper House has backed a motion giving in-principle support for same-sex marriage.

    It comes four years after the Legislative Council narrowly voted down a Labor bill to support it.

    Source: Sky News AU

  • Ministers were urged last night to drop the so-called named person scheme after it emerged that the plans would have to return to Holyrood for a fresh vote this autumn.

    John Swinney, the education secretary, told MSPs that he would be bringing the controversial proposals before the Scottish parliament for amendment next month.

    Source: Times (£)

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