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  • How confident can we be that Jesus Christ actually lived?
    The historical evidence for Jesus of Nazareth is both long-established and widespread. Within a few decades of his supposed lifetime, he is mentioned by Jewish and Roman historians, as well as by dozens of Christian writings. Compare that with, for example, King Arthur, who supposedly lived around AD500. The major historical source for events of that time does not even mention Arthur, and he is first referred to 300 or 400 years after he is supposed to have lived. The evidence for Jesus is not limited to later folklore, as are accounts of Arthur.

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  • Designing a baby, or editing the genes of an unborn child, strikes many as risky, unseemly, unnatural, unethical, or likely to lead to a dystopian future of one sort or another. Still, I predict that within my lifetime, the United States will arrest, try, and convict some parents for refusing to edit the genes of their child before he or she is born.

    Consider what is now punished. In The Kindly Inquisitors, Jonathan Rauch's defense of liberal free-speech norms, the author noted that the liberal, scientific view of knowledge, which he was championing, asserts a unique claim to legitimacy in the modern West. Lest anyone doubt his characterization, he cited the fate of Christian Scientists.

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  • The most recent scandal surrounding the sexual exploitation of Muslim women by Islamic religious leaders in the UK is yet further proof of the way in which Britain is turning a blind eye to horrific practices going on right under its nose.

    A BBC investigation into "halala" -- a ritual enabling a divorced Muslim woman to remarry her husband by first wedding someone else, consummating the union, and then being divorced by him -- revealed that imams in Britain are not only encouraging this, but profiting financially from it. This depravity has led to many such women being held hostage, literally and figuratively, to men paid to become their second husbands.

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  • One in every 20 marriages in Ireland now involves same-sex couples, new data shows.

    Figures from the Central Statistics Office reveal 606 male and 450 female same-sex couples said "I do" in 2016, the first full year since the passing of the landmark equality referendum in 2015.

    The number represents almost 5 per cent of the 21,570 total, with 481 taking place in the Greater Dublin area.

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  • A social worker advised a couple not to christen their son because it would make it harder to get the baby adopted.

    The Kent county council social worker said any attempt to place the boy for adoption would be hindered if he was "christened into the Christian faith".

    Her comments have been called "regrettable" by a family court judge who has now urged the council to hold an inquiry into the incident.

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  • A four year old has been removed from her "loving" father for life despite a judge criticising social workers for using "psycho-babble" to justify taking her into care.

    Social workers at Brighton and Hove Council were subjected to damning criticism for their actions, after the girl was removed from her father and placed with adoptive parents,.

    At one stage a High Court judge accused the social workers of displaying "unprofessional" and "reprehensible" behaviour and taking action which wrongly resulted in the man losing his job.

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  • Tesco has apologised for any offence from a beer advertisement that claimed "Good Friday just got better".

    The ad ran in some newspapers to promote "great offers on beer and cider" in the run-up to Easter.

    The supermarket said it would not run the ad again after it attracted criticism from some religious figures.

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  • A Swedish court has ruled against a midwife in a dispute over her refusal to carry out abortions.

    Ellinor Grimmark argued that her Christian beliefs made it impossible for her to carry out abortions and that it was unfair to be turned down for jobs in Joenkoeping because of that.

    But the labour court ruled that she had not suffered discrimination. It said the authorities had not violated her "freedom of opinion and expression".

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  • A former Archbishop of Canterbury last night launched a stinging attack on 'politically correct' aid officials who are 'institutionally biased' against helping Christians.

    Lord Carey warned ministers risk breaking the law by discriminating against Christians facing oppression in Syria.

    He claimed Syrian Christians are not benefiting from British help as they avoid UN refugee camps, funded with UK aid, because of fears of persecution from rogue Islamist groups operating inside or Muslim officials who are hostile to converts to Christianity.

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  • A terminally ill man has won the right to bring a High Court challenge over the law on assisted dying.

    Noel Conway, 67, asked the Court of Appeal to overturn a decision that prevented a judicial review over the blanket ban on providing a person with assistance to die.

    The retired college lecturer, who has motor neurone disease, is not expected to live for more than 12 more months.

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