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  • The Bishop of Bristol Rev Mike Hill has hit back at calls by a former archbishop to allow assisted suicide.
  • A leading figure in Bristol's Muslim community has appeared in court charged with three counts of rape.
     
    Farooq Siddique formerly of the Bristol Muslim Society and an ex-government adviser on radicalisation, pleaded not guilty at Bristol Crown Court.
  • One of the House committees looking into the scandal of Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies and their body parts is now looking into the Obama administration and whether there is any connection between it and the abortion giant.

  • This month’s news from British Religion in Numbers carries a link to an interesting mathematical study on church attendance and membership. John Hayward is a mathematician who applies statistical methods to analysing issues of church growth. As we shall see, he is well aware of the limitations of such methods, but is also convinced that they can help us see reality as it is a little more clearly . . ..

    The bad news is less bad for the C of E than the others, but it is still not great. John believes that, for the other three, the next 10 years is the last opportunity to do something radical. 

  •  A loss in court and increased public outrage over fetal parts trafficking has prompted StemExpress, to sever its ties with Planned Parenthood and recalibrate its public profile to one that is “predominately” focused — at least outwardly — on adult blood and tissue procurement.
     
    This news came in the same week that Operation Rescue obtained purchase orders that show the University of Massachusetts Medical School paid StemExpress a total of $29,000 for human fetal cadaverous tissue, (presumably harvested from Planned Parenthood abortions), for the purpose of creating “humanized” mice.
  • A recent study of people requesting euthanasia at a new clinic in the Netherlands appears to show that many of the people having their lives ended have some form of psychological or psychiatric problem. These findings are similar to those from a Belgian study which we blogged about just last week. This should be a huge alarm bell for those seeking to introduce assisted suicide in the UK, because it shows how easily medically-endorsed killing can become routine and perhaps even “expected” of some members of society.

  • “Its amazing that the first thing they want to do when they come here is to build a church,” said Maya Konforti, a NGO worker from the camp. “They wanted a church before they wanted a home.”

  • A controversial bill to legalise same-sex marriage has been introduced to the Australian parliament.
     
    The private member's bill comes amid heated debate among government MPs about whether to change the law or put the matter to a plebiscite.
     
    The government's official position is that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
  • More than a dozen children aged 11 or younger in Yorkshire and the North East were deemed as being at risk of radicalisation by extremist groups last year, according to new figures.
     
    Statistics obtained by The Yorkshire Post reveal that 247 people from the two areas were referred to the Government’s anti-radicalisation programme, Channel, in the year to April.

    This is nearly treble the total of 85 from 2012/13, when the Channel scheme was introduced nationwide. Of last year’s total, 123 are under 18 and 14 are under 12 years old.
  • A senior employee of Amnesty International has undeclared private links to men alleged to be key players in a secretive network of global Islamists, The Times can reveal.

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