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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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  • Parents will keep the right to have places on school governing boards, the education secretary, Justine Greening, has announced.

    Greening told the Commons education committee on Wednesday that she was dropping plans by her predecessor Nicky Morgan to eliminate reserved places for parent governors in England’s state schools.

    Morgan’s original proposal to abolish places for parent governors met with strong opposition, and was one of the most unpopular elements of the white paper she put forward earlier this year.

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  • A Muslim inventor in the UK has developed a website to help Muslims find second wives — and is now peddling a similar app to polygamists, many of whom imagine themselves Christian.

    Azad Chaiwala, who has only one wife has always hoped for a second so he started a website in 2014 — Secondwife.com — for himself and others like him to help fulfil their dreams.

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  • When he was 12 years old, Azad Chaiwala saw a man with two wives in a Saudi Arabian airport on his way back to the UK from Pakistan. Chaiwala, who is now 33 and lives in the city of Sunderland, UK, said that was the moment he knew he wanted more than one wife. Today, 11 years later and two children into his first marriage, he still feels the same way. With a busy schedule and little luck on his own, Chaiwala decided to create a website for himself, and other men like him, looking for their next wife.

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  • Theresa May has criticised the concept of “safe spaces” designed to ensure debate does not cause offence to students in universities.

    The prime minister said it was “quite extraordinary”, suggesting it could constrain innovation of thought and harm the country’s economic and social development.

    Safe spaces have been criticised for shutting down robust debate in universities, while supporters say they are necessary to stamp out abusive behaviour such as racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia on campuses.

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  • MORE THAN half of secondary school pupils believe that people have souls, a survey has revealed.

    The majority of those questioned (52 per cent) also said that they agreed with the statement “I believe that life has an ultimate purpose” and 45 per cent believe in god.

    But a an equal number - 45 per cent agreed with the statement “the scientific view is that God does not exist”.

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  • THE Government is facing a backlash over its plans to allow faith schools greater freedom over selection amid fears of extremism and segregation in Muslim institutions.

    It comes as a Department for Education report revealed that attempts at creating diversity in new faith schools is failing.

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  • A Scottish court has given secularist campaigners approval to challenge strict rules requiring all school pupils to attend religious observance assemblies.

    Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) has accused Scottish ministers of acting unlawfully by refusing to give pupils aged 16 and above the right to opt out of religious observance, despite recommendations from a UN human rights committee.

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