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  • Seven evangelical lay Christians and a pastor who were detained and allegedly mistreated in Nepal after being caught handing out Bibles to children have been released but could face a trial for "proselytizing", church sources told BosNewsLife. 

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  • On Tuesday the All-Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG) hosted the first ever meeting in Parliament on non-religious pastoral support. The meeting heard from humanist pastoral support volunteers in hospital, prison and armed forces settings, as well as Mike Kavanagh, the Head of Chaplaincy of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), and Michael Burleigh, the Head of Chaplaincy at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. The British Humanist Association (BHA), which provides the secretariat to the APPHG, has increasingly focused its work on pastoral support over the last few years, hiring its first Head of Pastoral Support earlier this year.

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  • We have just received the surprising news, to mixed reception, that Jeremy Hunt has been spared his job and will remain Secretary of State for Health.

    In response, this afternoon, we have launched an open letter to Jeremy Hunt demanding that his department stop ignoring the concerns of people with Down’s syndrome, their families and the wider community and to start consulting them on proposals that are projected to lead to a profound increase in the number of children with Down’s syndrome screened out by termination.

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  • After a whirlwind three weeks in British politics, the country has a new prime minister in Theresa May, formerly the Home Secretary.

    Naturally, many people will now be wondering whether May's new government can be expected to take a different direction on pro-life issues such as abortion, euthanasia and sex education.

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  • The First Amendment Defence Act (FADA) has a deceiving title. It is essentially a back-tracking of rights for LGBT people and will allow businesses to deny service to LGBT people based on their identity, in the name of religion.

    The Human Rights Campaign has set about informing people of the destructive nature of this legislation. They have said that under FADA, the federal spousal benefits of same sex couples can be ignored by individual businesses. Basically, the legal rights of a married couple can be bypassed by businesses and this discrimination would be protected by law.

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  • A hardcore of proselytising Islamic jihadis inside prisons in England and Wales are so dangerous they need to be isolated in special units in maximum security prisons, an official review into prison extremism has said.

    The justice secretary, Michael Gove, told MPs on Wednesday that he was "extremely sympathetic" to the plan for the high-security “incapacitation” units, which will need the backing of the new home secretary before it can be implemented.

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  • With the recent vote to officially endorse same-sex marriage, the Anglican Church of Canada has at last demonstrated its faithless and apostate leadership. True Christians must get out.

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  • Married couples now make up fewer than half the population, according to an official report on family living yesterday.

    In a turning point in the fall of the traditional family, it said that only 48.1 per cent of people aged over 16 were married and living as a couple last year, and that many of those who would once have been married now live together as cohabitees.

    The estimates that mean married couples are now a minority also showed that nearly one in 10 people who have shunned marriage now live together as cohabitees.

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  • The Church of England has been accused of attempting to “bury bad news” after publishing a damning report into abuse at a children’s home on the same day the new Prime Minister was appointed.

    An independent review into activities in Kendall House in Gravesend, Kent described how vulnerable girls were regularly drugged, raped and physically abused for almost 20-years between 1967 and 1986.

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  • As David Cameron bows out — citing same-sex marriage as one of his proudest achievements — the Church of England has made space within its General Synod this week for discussions between groups with radically divergent views on same-sex relationships.

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