Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
The Christian Institute: The SNP Government has been accused of trying to “buy support” for its Named Person plans with a “bribe” for people who attend a training and development event.
The Christian Institute: A senior Roman Catholic bishop has warned that Scotland’s controversial Named Person scheme could lead to “unwarranted interference in family life”.
The Christian Institute: Parents in Scotland could be reported to a state-appointed named person if their child has not been shown “love, hope and spirituality”, a senior Government advisor has suggested.
Life News: In a victory for pro-life advocates looking to protect the disabled and terminally ill, the Scottish parliament has rejected a bill to legalize assisted suicide.
Law and Religion UK: Following its vote last Saturday to allow the ordination/induction/appointment of ministers and deacons in civil partnerships, the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has now taken the first step to extend that permission to ministers in same-sex marriages.
Christian Concern: Last week the Church of Scotland voted to permit clergy in same-sex partnerships to be appointed to leadership positions.
The Christian Institute: A severely disabled man from Glasgow has mounted a challenge in Scotland’s highest court claiming he is “being discriminated against” because he is unable to end his own life.
The Christian Institute: Today MSPs are debating a Bill to tackle human trafficking which does not criminalise the purchase of sex, despite calls from churches, faith groups and other organisations.
The Christian Institute: Church ministers who refuse to conduct same-sex weddings could be sued under European law, the Church of Scotland has warned.
The Christian Institute: Medical ethics experts have robustly challenged the suggestion that an assisted suicide Bill is needed in Scotland because of a ‘lack of clarity’ in the law.
Herald Scotland: MSPs will today consider a call for official guidance to ban the teaching of creationism in schools amid ongoing reluctance by the Scottish Government and teachers to intervene.
Christian Concern: A petition urging Scottish ministers to change the definition of adultery following the introduction of same-sex ‘marriage’ has been rejected by MSPs, because there is insufficient time to consider it in this parliamentary term.
The Christian Institute: Campaigners opposed to the Scottish Government’s controversial Named Person scheme have been granted their request for a fast-track appeal, after losing an initial legal challenge last month.
The Christian Institute: Campaigners opposing the Scottish Government’s Named Person plans have announced an appeal after a judge rejected their legal challenge last month.
The Christian Institute: The Church of Scotland alongside other faith groups and organisations has called on the Scottish Government to make buying sex illegal.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Mary Doogan and Connie Wood are senior midwives in Scotland who believe that life begins at conception. Their legal case arose out of concerns that the reorganization of hospital services in their city would result in an increased number of abortions in the ward they supervised. The most senior court in Scotland agreed with them, concluding that the right to conscientious objection guaranteed in the United Kingdom’s Abortion Act should be given a wide interpretation because it is “consistent with the reasoning which allowed such an objection in the first place.”
Scottish Express: Dr Peter Saunders, of the Care Not Killing campaign, warned MSPs that the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill was open to abuse by rogue doctors.
The Christian Institute: Legalising assisted suicide in Scotland would erode human dignity and create mistrust between doctors and the general public, religious leaders have warned MSPs.
The Christian Institute: Presumed consent organ donation would amount to a state-imposed “tax” on people’s bodies, the Free Church of Scotland has warned.
The Christian Institute: Members of the Scottish Parliament have been warned that legalising assisted suicide would make terminally ill young people feel like an “unburdenable load” on their families.
The Christian Institute: Campaigners against plans to impose a Named Person on every child in Scotland are considering an appeal after a judge rejected their arguments about breaches of human rights law.
Life Site News: The adage goes that when it comes to social issues, the United States is at best a decade or two behind Europe. With its cathedrals collecting cobwebs, its laws enshrining all sorts of alternative sexual practices, and its widespread disregard for the sanctity of life, this once-devout home of Christendom could very well be a picture of America’s future.
The Christian Institute: Legalising assisted suicide in Scotland would only reinforce society’s view that disabled people’s lives are “not worth living”, a disability rights campaigner has warned.
The Christian Institute: The Scottish Labour Party’s new leader, Jim Murphy, has expressed his opposition to assisted suicide, saying proposed legislation would open up “all sorts of possible situations to abuse”.
The Christian Institute: Plans to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland are being opposed by a leading forensic pathologist and members of the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee.
The Christian Institute: A judge has today heard further evidence in the case against the controversial Named Person scheme.
The Christian Institute: Plans in Scotland to allow doctors to harvest organs without prior consent are “ethically unacceptable”, the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics has said.
The Christian Institute: Parents are being marginalised by Scottish sex education guidance that encourages teachers to speak to a child’s named person about any wellbeing concerns, campaigners say.
The Christian Institute: The Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) is calling on the Scottish Parliament to force teachers to promote same-sex marriage, even if it contravenes their religious conscience.
The Christian Institute: Plans to assign a named person to every child in Scotland clash with fundamental human rights, Scotland’s supreme civil court has heard.
Christian News Network: A secular organization is pressuring Scotland’s Parliament to ban the teaching of biblical creation in all public schools, claiming that evolution is the only ‘established science’ that explains the history of life.
The Christian Institute: A website designed to educate children about Scotland’s controversial Named Person scheme has been described as “blatant propaganda” by critics.
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.