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This week, the story of Izzy Montague has hit the news, who challenged her child’s primary school over forcing children as young as five to take part in an event celebrating gay pride. Since making a complaint about the school’s handling of the event, Izzy says she has been victimised by the school.
Last week Channel 4 broadcast a documentary called “Trans Kids: It’s Time to Talk.” It is a compassionate but critical exploration of how we should treat children who are suffering with gender dysphoria. The presenter interviews several trans people about their experiences and comments on her own experiences of childhood. She is very concerned about offering irreversible treatment to kids who may change their minds. Tim Dieppe discusses what she found.
The issues of ‘gay pride’ and the LGBT ‘agenda’ have featured a lot in the news recently, whether through ITV ‘exposés’ on ‘conversion therapy’, the silencing of an ex-gay X Factor contestant, or news of parents fighting against schools promoting LGBT. But all of these stories have created a mixed response from Christians; confusion still reigns around how Christians should respond to ‘gay rights’ and ‘gay pride’.
David T.C. Davies began a debate in parliament about gender self-identification–the first time parliament has debated this. Mr Davies mentioned Christian Legal Centre client, Joshua Sutcliffe, a maths teacher disciplined for ‘misgendering’ a pupil, as an example of organisations operating ahead of the law. Tim Dieppe, Christian Concern’s Head of Public Policy, highlights the key points and argues the laws of nature will always trump the laws of parliament when it comes to gender identity.
Please pray for a meeting this evening (20 November) between Izzy Montague and school governors at Heavers Farm Primary School in South East London about mistreatment following complaints about forced gay pride event.
Paul Huxley, Communications Manager at Christian Concern, argues that Christians cannot avoid hostility from the world while remaining faithful on issues of sexuality and gender. But what can Christians do to be prepared?
Asia Bibi was acquitted of blasphemy in Pakistan prompting massive demonstrations across the country. She is currently hiding for fear of her life. Her lawyer has had to flee the country. It is hard to imagine a more deserving case for asylum. Yet the government has refused to make this offer amidst security concerns. It is now apparent that British policy is being dictated by Islamist threats. Tim Dieppe investigates why Asia Bibi has not been offered asylum by the British government.
It emerged this week that Empire Cinemas has rejected a short film produced by the Bible Society which highlights the comfort some first world war soldiers found in the Bible. The three-minute film explains that all British soldiers were given a Bible as part of their kit and that this was a source of hope to many. Empire Cinemas explained that they do not take adverts from any religious groups. This is not the first time that Christian films have been blocked by UK cinemas.
The controversy over the testimony of Matthew Grech continues. His testimony of becoming a Christian and leaving the gay lifestyle was initially aired on X Factor Malta, only then to be removed from all of its social media accounts. This week, Carys Moseley interviewed Matthew Grech to hear his view on the whole controversy.
November 7th, 2018 | Islam
Tim Dieppe, head of public policy at Christian Concern, has contributed an in-depth article to the most recent ‘Affinity Bulletin: News and Reports from the Social Issues Team’. In it, he asks how we determine whether a religion should be described as a ‘religion of peace’ and discusses whether Islam should be described as such. You can also read the full Affinity Bulletin on their website.
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