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The Christian Institute: Members of the Scottish Parliament have been handed a petition proposing that the existing law on adultery should be amended, in order to cater to same-sex couples.
The Christian Institute: Calls for compulsory sex education in Scotland have been heavily criticised by a Scottish Conservative MSP and a Free Church minister – who described them as ‘indoctrination’.
The Christian Institute: The concept of a Named Person for every child in Scotland is the “ultimate insult” to every loving parent, a senior academic has warned.
The Christian Institute: The escalating persecution facing Christians has been discussed by MSPs, as thousands flee their homes in the Middle East.
What’s Wrong with the World: You just can’t make this stuff up. Scotland has passed and is beginning to implement a law which assigns every child in Scotland from birth to age eighteen a “named person,” selected by the government, whose job it is to “promote, support, or safeguard the wellbeing” of the child. Parents will not have a choice about whether or not to accept the assignment of an outside government busybody to their children. Some proponents of the law claim that “Families are not required to accept advice” from the named person.
Zenit: Roger Kiska writes: Dr. Bogdan Chazan, preeminent in his field and recognized throughout Poland for his medical expertise, was recently fined and fired from his position as director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at the Holy Family Hospital in Warsaw, Poland, for refusing to perform an abortion on a child diagnosed with potentially severe brain damage.
NOM Blog: Scottish parliament recently passed a bill that requires the state to appoint a “guardian” for every child in the country from birth until the age of 18. This sinister and disturbing practice would expand the role of the state in an unprecedented way, chipping away at parental rights and opening the door for massive government intrusion into family life.
The Christian Institute: MSPs should consider allowing assisted suicide for children, a group of children’s charities has said.
Christian News Network: Police in Scotland have dropped all charges against an American evangelist who was arrested earlier this week for offending a single bystander by allegedly making ‘homophobic comments.’
The Christian Institute: The Church of Scotland has backed a proposal which could allow the ordination of ministers in civil partnerships. An evangelical group within the Church of Scotland is “deeply saddened and dismayed” by the decision.
The Christian Institute: A baby born in Scotland at the legal limit for abortion – 24 weeks – has now reached ten weeks old and is thriving.
Edinburgh News: “TWO Edinburgh churches are quitting the Kirk just weeks before the General Assembly over the issue of gay ordination. The departure of St Catherine’s Argyle, in the Grange, and New Restalrig in Willowbrae, comes on the eve of the annual meeting of the Church in the city next month.”
The Herald: “Both the Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) and the Scottish Secular Society (SSS) have voiced objection to the suggestion that an independent Scotland should formally recognise the prominence of faith groups in its written constitution.”
OSCR: “OSCR notes the Panel’s decision, and we have complied with it. We note that SCAP found that the charity does not discriminate unlawfully. . . . Taking all this into account, OSCR’s Board has decided that an appeal in this case is not justified.”
Theos Think Tank: “The ruling of the Scottish Charities Appeals Panel (SCAP) that St Margaret’s adoption agency can keep its charitable status was always going to be overblown. For the National Secular Society, it is depicted as a major setback to the equality agenda, a shameful capitulation to homophobes. To some Catholics it represents a victory in an ongoing culture war against the secular liberal establishment. The truth conforms to neither narrative.”
BBC: “A bill which allows same-sex weddings to take place in Scotland has been passed by MSPs in the Scottish Parliament. MSPs voted by 105 to 18 in favour of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.”
Scottish Catholic Observer: “The community of St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society has reacted with joy and relief after the Scottish Charity Appeal Panel today ruled that the agency can keep its charitable status and continue to operate.”
STV News: “A total of 69% of those questioned said they wanted the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill, being put forward by independent MSP Margo MacDonald to be passed by Holyrood.”
The Herald: “The Church of Scotland and the Humanist Society Scotland are preparing a joint plan to put to MSPs to replace religious assemblies in schools with a ‘Time for Reflection’ slot.”
Scottish Express: “Scottish Government ministers intend to legalise gay marriage and are demanding that the curriculum should reflect the change in the law. And they are about to issue guidelines for schools which could see Catholic schools forced to teach pupils about the issue. Ministers also believe every pupil should learn about local sex clinics where they can get contraception and tests for sexually transmitted diseases.”
Christian Institute: Street preacher Tony Miano, who was arrested yesterday (8th January), has been released on bail to appear before Dundee Sheriff Court on 7th April. Police in Scotland arrested the Christian street evangelist after a woman complained that he had spoken about sexual sin.
BBC: A Church of Scotland minister who said being gay was a disorder and perversion has been removed from a chaplaincy role at the Gaelic School in Glasgow.
Christian Institute: MSPs considering a Bill to redefine marriage have voted down protections for public sector workers, charities and people considering adoption. Scotland for Marriage, which supports traditional marriage, said warnings about the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill were being ignored.
Christian Science Monitor: A new report says sectarianism remains a problem in Scotland, where hostility between Catholics and Protestants often plays out at soccer matches and in public services.
Christian Institute: Several prominent MSPs could lose their seats over their support for same-sex marriage, a campaign group has warned. In ten constituencies, the number of people who are against gay marriage is greater than the MSPs’ respective majorities, according to a list produced by Scotland for Marriage.
Guardian: A Scottish priest who says that his vocation was “destroyed” after he spoke out against sexual abuse is to claim unfair dismissal against the Catholic church at an employment tribunal.
Christian Institute: Evangelical group – Forward Together – has criticised the Scottish Parliament’s decision to back same-sex marriage saying they are unconvinced that Holyrood can protect those who have conscientious objections to the redefinition.
Christian Institute: The Scottish Parliament will be ignoring public opinion if it votes for gay marriage tonight, an MSP has .
Scotsman: The historic vote means same-sex marriage could be legalised in Scotland by March 2014, if the bill passes two more parliamentary stages and receives Royal Assent, as is now expected.
LifeNews: This is completely nuts! The new assisted suicide legalization bill in Scotland is so wild that it would create the new profession of ”licensed suicide facilitator!” From the SP Bill 40 . . .
Christian Institute: A new assisted suicide Bill has been launched in Scotland, despite the previous attempt having been soundly defeated by MSPs.
WorldNetDaily: “We believe that Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood Education should be mandatory across all state schools, with set curricular content modeled on the successful Dutch model,” said Caroline Lynch, head of the Scottish Secular Society, in a statement about the developing dispute over what will be included in sex education for Scottish schools.
Scotsman: A CONTROVERSIAL attempt to exclude religious groups from voting on education matters on council committees has been launched by an independent MSP.
Christian Institute: Emails from over 4,000 opponents of the Bill were blocked from getting through to the consultation process by the Scottish Government’s computer system. A top lawyer says a flawed consultation could be unlawful, and a court could order the legislative process to start again.
Christian Institute: If marriage is redefined in Scotland, legalising polygamy could be next, a senior MSP has said. Labour’s Elaine Smith raised concerns about the proposals, saying there is “no logical reason” to discriminate against a relationship of three or more people if “love” is the driving force behind the legislation.
Christian Institute: Parents should have the right to remove their children from school lessons about gay marriage, MSPs have heard. Michael Calwell, of the Family Education Trust, made the call during an evidence session in front of the Equal Opportunities Committee which is looking into plans to redefine marriage in Scotland.
Christian Concern: A Christian street preacher was arrested in Perth yesterday (18 SEP) for “breach of the peace” whilst addressing a crowd on the town’s high street.
WorldNetDaily: An evangelical church in Scotland is being blasted publicly for promoting marriage on a bulletin board that had been designated for its use at a community center where it meets.
Christian Institute: A church group in Shetland which uses a local community hall has come under fire for displaying its support for traditional marriage.
Christian Institute: Parents in Scotland should be allowed to choose how, when and whether their children learn about gay marriage in school, MSPs have heard.
Christian Institute: MSPs have heard concerns from the Church of Scotland that they may have to stop conducting wedding ceremonies if plans to redefine marriage go ahead.
Christian Concern: The Scottish Government will fast-track its same sex ‘marriage’ bill through Parliament over the next six months, with the aim of introducing the legislation by March 2014.
Christian Institute: Two MSPs and an MP spoke at a rally held in Glasgow on Wednesday, against plans to redefine marriage in Scotland.
Christian Institute: A petition against plans to redefine marriage in Scotland has reached more than 50,000 signatures.
Education Views: An organization that promotes homosexuality is distributing DVDs to each primary school in Scotland to teach “alternative families” to young children.
The Christian Institute: Plans to appoint a state guardian for every child in Scotland have been branded “sinister” and may even be unlawful.
A union leader has told teachers that disagreeing with gay marriage could be like racism and carries a risk of disciplinary action. Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association acting general secretary, Alan McKenzie, said teachers who are against gay marriage should “watch what they say at work”.
Christian Institute: Civil partnerships could be introduced for heterosexual couples under new Scottish plans dubbed “a marriage-lite alternative” by critics.
Christian Institute: Scotland is heading towards “more equality, less diversity and no justice” in the wake of the ruling against a Roman Catholic adoption agency, a columnist has warned. Michael Kelly said in The Scotsman newspaper that “no other conclusion can be drawn” after the charity regulator ruled that St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society failed the charity test over its pro-traditional marriage policy.
Christian Institute: Scotland is “on the brink of declaring illegal the belief that every child where possible deserves a mother and father”, the chairman of a threatened Roman Catholic adoption agency has said.
IONA Institute: Every child in Scotland is set to have their own state-appointed overseer under new legislation designed to promote their welfare. Critics have described the move as “dystopian” and an invasion of family privacy. Under the Children and Young People Bill, the Government is required to provide each child with a “named person” from birth, such as a health worker, to ‘promote, support or safeguard the wellbeing of the child or young person’.
Christian Institute: Opponents of the Scottish Government’s plans to redefine marriage are stepping up pressure as a Bill is expected in Holyrood before July. Scotland for Marriage, which has almost 50,000 supporters, has vowed to intensify its campaign in the coming months.
Christian Institute: The Church of Scotland has voted to allow practising homosexual men and women to become ministers.
AP: Senior members of the Church of Scotland voted Monday to let some congregations choose ministers who are in same-sex relationships – an important compromise that must still pass further hurdles before it can become church law.
Tim O’Gorman at Iona Institute: This week’s ruling in Scotland which found in favour of two midwives who insisted on their right to conscientiously object to taking any part in the abortion process is one that should be welcomed by all who think this freedom is important, whatever their views on abortion itself.
Christian Concern: Two Catholic midwives have won the right to be exempt from involvement in abortion procedures following a ruling by an appeal court in Scotland.
Christian Institute: report for the Church of Scotland on same-sex relationships has suggested an order of service for a civil partnership blessing. The liturgy contains ideas for scripture readings, including passages about David and Jonathan, and Ruth and Naomi.
The New American: As for Eurasia, its Ministry of Truth’s latest handiwork is the arrest and punishment of an American street preacher who dared speak of sin in that land once known as Scotland. The victim is 47-year-old New Yorker Shawn Holes, who was on a U.K. tour when he was arrested in Glasgow after running afoul of U.K. hate-speech laws.
Christian Institute: An MP has failed in an attempt to make a ban on smacking part of the Scottish Liberal Democrat’s official party policy. Edinburgh West MP Mike Crockart wanted to scrap the defence of “reasonable chastisement” that allows parents to physically discipline their children. Mr Crockart said he had smacked his own son, but now wanted to outlaw the practice.
LifeSiteNews: A small breakaway church group has been banned from using a meeting room at a hotel in Aberdeen over their opposition to same-sex “marriage” and homosexual activity. The Gilcomston church were turned away from the Copthorne Hotel, where they were to hold their first communion service on March 10th , the Christian Institute reports.
Christian Institute: Revd David Robertson warned that the Equality Network labels anyone who disagrees with their position as “homophobic”. Revd Robertson, who leads the SOLAS group, was responding to the £1.6 million that the Equality Network has received from the Scottish Government since 2007.
Christian Institute: Patients as young as 16 in Scotland would be able to tell their GP about their desire for assisted suicide, under controversial proposals from an MSP. Margo MacDonald MSP has been criticised for a revised assisted suicide Bill which would enable people aged 16 and over to have their end-of-life wishes on record.
AP: Scottish leader Alex Salmond has set Sept. 18, 2014, as the date for an independence referendum that could radically alter the shape of the United Kingdom.
Christian Institute: The Scottish Government consultation looking into the details of its Bill to redefine marriage closes today. Respond here. Members of the public have until 5pm today to respond to questions on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.
Christian Institute: A church in Aberdeen was blocked from holding a Sunday service in a hotel function room because of the church’s beliefs about sex and marriage.
Daily Mail: A Scottish church has become the first in the UK to share its premises with Muslim worshippers.
Scotland Herald: His actions were against the law, and should not be encouraged. Having worked as a medical practitioner in the NHS for 40 years I recognise that some patients do indeed suffer severely as they approach death. However, the way forward is not to take life but to do all in our power to mitigate their suffering and to compassionately care for the dying.
LifeSiteNews: One of the highest-ranking police officials in Scotland has warned that if pornography’s effects on the culture are not checked, it will “result in a higher number of victims of serious sexual crime.”
Christian Institute: People concerned that the Scottish Government’s plans to redefine marriage do not adequately protect free speech or civil liberties, have seven days left to respond to a consultation on the issue.
Religion Clause Blog: The conclusion was based on the finding that St. Margaret’s violates the Equality Act 2010 by discriminating against non-Catholics, and against same-sex couples, in placing children for adoption.(OSCR press release.)
APS: Members of Edinburgh Life Society contributed to the defeat of a motion to renew their union’s existing policy to ‘Support a Woman’s Right to Choose and Affiliate to Abortion Rights’. This is a victory that will inspire pro-life student activists nationwide, a wonderful mark of the first-year anniversary for the Alliance of Pro-Life Students.
Christian Institute: An influential group of NHS experts is urging the Scottish Government to allow the morning-after pill to be handed out in schools.
The Christian Institute: An Aberdeen congregation and its minister have become the latest to leave the Church of Scotland over its ordination of homosexual clergy.
Christian Institute: The words “mother” and “father” will be dropped from Scottish matrimonial law under First Minister Alex Salmond’s plans to redefine marriage.