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CBS News (AP): Britain’s High Court has denied an attempt by a woman to use her dead daughter’s frozen eggs to create her own grandchild, after deciding it wasn’t clear whether the daughter wanted the procedure.
Aleteia: Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard was known throughout the galaxy for his level head, fair mind, and diplomatic skill. Last week, it became apparent he may have borrowed those traits from the actor who portrayed him, as Sir Patrick Stewart took on an issue far stickier than any interstellar debate Picard had to face.
The Christian Institute: The renowned actor and human rights campaigner Sir Patrick Stewart has said that he backs the stand being made by Ashers Baking Company.
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: Legalising assisted suicide would cross an “essential line in the sand” and negatively affect wider society by creating a culture of death, columnists have warned.
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.
The Christian Institute: Assisted suicide group Dignitas has recommended a banned doctor in the UK as someone with an ‘open mind’ to assist with suicide.
The Christian Institute: An author and family campaigner whose father lived as a woman when she was growing up has spoken out to say that all children need a mum and dad.
The Christian Institute: Alliance Party councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown is to bring a motion calling for the law to change to allow same-sex couples to marry “in Belfast and across Northern Ireland”.
The Independent: Patrick Stewart has weighed into the ‘gay cake’ debate, saying that he supports the right of the Christian bakers to refuse to ice messages they find offensive.
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: Students at a Welsh university have voted to ban the tradition of putting Bibles in their halls of residence in the name of ‘multiculturalism’.
UK Human Rights Blog: In contrast, the judge’s findings in relation to discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation do not make much sense. One key misstep appears to be that she conflates support for same-sex marriage with a homosexual orientation, when they are clearly different things. Many people who are not gay (including the Prime Minister) support same-sex marriage. Some people who are gay (including Rupert Everett and Dolce and Gabbana) oppose same-sex marriage.
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: The owners of Ashers Baking Company have told of their deep disappointment after losing their high-profile court case and are considering an appeal.
The Christian Institute: The owners of the family-run bakery at the centre of the ‘gay cake’ case have expressed their disappointment following the conclusion of the controversial court case.
The Christian Institute: Students at a Welsh university have voted to remove thousands of Bibles from halls of residence, in a move being described as “illiberal and intolerant”.
The Christian Institute: National newspapers have raised concerns about the ruling against the Christian-run bakery that declined to produce a pro-gay marriage campaign cake.
Scottish Legal News: The Christian directors of a bakery “unlawfully discriminated” against a gay man in refusing to accept his order for a “Bert and Ernie” cake bearing a caption supporting same-sex marriage.
Law and Religion UK: Regular readers will no doubt recall that the proprietors of Ashers Bakery refused to bake a cake for Gareth Lee bearing the slogan “Support Gay Marriage” with the Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie.
Erasmus: Across the island of Ireland, long regarded as western Europe’s last bastion of traditional religous power, a huge change is underway in the way issues of personal and sexual behaviour are handled by society and the state.
Christian Concern: A judge sitting at Belfast County Court has ruled today (19th May) that a Christian-run bakery that refused to bake a cake backing same-sex ‘marriage’ was guilty of ‘discrimination’ on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Evangelical Focus: One week ago, David Cameron won UK’s election after securing a majority in Parliament. The unexpected result, has led to different types of reactions. Evangelical Christians, which were very active in the campaign, also analysed the outcome.
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: The president of a secular disability rights group has warned that legalising assisted suicide would lead to disabled people being coerced and abused.
The Christian Institute: The new Government Minister for Equalities now says she supports same-sex marriage, despite voting against the redefinition in 2013.
Breitbart: Our freedoms of conscience and association have taken a bit of a beating over the last few years, on both sides of the Atlantic. From florists to bakers, B&B owners, pizza parlours, more bakers, even whole states, the redefinition of civil marriage laws to include the recognition of same-sex couples has led to those who dissent from this change, and ethically object to supporting same-sex relationships, being falling afoul of ‘equality’ legislation and secularist intolerance.
Law and Religion UK: Civil Society News reports that the Charity Commission is investigating allegations that members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church provided campaigning and leafleting support for Conservative candidates and held prayer services for a Conservative victory at the General Election.
The Daily Signal: Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Green Party of England, recently suggested that her party is “open” to granting legal status to marriages or civil unions involving more than two people.
The Telegraph: Workers with traditional views on marriage would have the right to refuse to carry out tasks which they believe would amount to condoning same-sex unions, under plans put forward by Ukip.
The Christian Institute: The Northern Ireland Assembly has rejected same-sex marriage legislation by an outright majority for the fourth time.
The Christian Institute: The UK Independence Party has said that it would protect the religious freedom of Christians in the workplace by extending the concept of “reasonable accommodation”.
The Christian Institute: The judgment on the Ashers Baking Company case is to be given in open court on Thursday 7 May.
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: A doctor who was filmed offering an abortion on the grounds of the baby’s sex is to face a public hearing and could be struck off the medical register.
The Christian Institute: Sir Bruce Forsyth has spoken out in favour of assisted suicide but the Alzheimer’s Society and a medical ethics expert say the current law should remain unchanged.
The Christian Institute: A transsexual who was born a man has lost his legal fight to alter his children’s birth certificates.
The Christian Institute: A Conservative election candidate has said that campaigners who opposed the introduction of same-sex marriage are bigots.
The Christian Institute:A website which helps married men and women have an affair has pledged to invest in the UK market because of its relaxed attitude towards infidelity.
The Guardian: There was something of a siege mentality at the Emmanuel Centre in central London, the venue for a conference to promote “sexual orientation change efforts” – more commonly known, and derided, as gay conversion therapy.
The Christian Institute: In the run up to the General Election, Ed Miliband and David Cameron have voiced support for the freedom of Christians to practise their faith.
The Christian Institute: The Northern Ireland Assembly is to vote on redefining marriage at the end of the month, despite similar proposals having already been rejected three times in the last three years.
The Christian Institute: Northern Ireland’s Department of Justice is recommending weakening abortion law in the Province, despite overwhelming opposition shown in its own consultation.
The Independent: The Church of England is at risk of an unprecedented schism as conservative Anglican leaders gather to discuss forming a “parallel” church in protest against women bishops and gay marriage.
The Christian Institute: The Employment Appeals Tribunal has ruled against Miss Westeney, claiming that it was inappropriate for her to pray with her colleague and invite her to church.
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.
The Christian Institute: When mum Michelle Macaulay was 12 weeks pregnant she was told that her baby was “incompatible with life”.
Christian Concern: An Employment Tribunal has ruled that the employer of a senior occupational therapist in London was justified in disciplining her for giving a Christian book to a Muslim colleague.
The Christian Institute: The controversial ‘British values’ rules brought in by the Department for Education last year should be ignored, according to the head of a successful all-boys school.
The Christian Institute: Happy customers of Ashers Baking Company have told a Northern Ireland newspaper of their support for the Christian-run bakery at the centre of a major court case.
The Christian Institute: Producing a pro-gay marriage campaign cake would have gone against the “deeply-held religious beliefs” of the McArthur family, the QC for Ashers Baking Company has said.
The Christian Institute: Watch Daniel McArthur’s full speech to thousands of supporters, prior to Ashers Baking Company’s trial for upholding biblical marriage.
The Christian Institute: Daniel McArthur yesterday praised God for sustaining his family throughout Ashers Baking Company’s three-day trial.
National Review: O’Neill argued, quite cogently, that if these charges stand, then (in the Telegraph’s summation of his report) “Muslim printers could be forced to produce cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed” or “a T-shirt company with a lesbian owner [could be forced] to print tops denouncing same-sex marriage as an ‘abomination.’”
The Independent: The state should pay for the dying to be cared for in their own home if that is what they and their family want, MPs have said.
Are those porn stars enjoying their jobs? The sex questions children aged 11 will be asked in government-backed lessons
Daily Mail: Children as young as 11 will be encouraged to critique the performance of porn stars under government-backed lessons. Youngsters could be quizzed about adult films by teachers in a bid to teach them about the issue of consent.
Marriage Foundation: For the second year running, Britain hangs onto the unwelcome top spot for family breakdown across Western Europe.
Christian Legal Centre: A Christian street preacher has today (23 MAR) been convicted of a Public Order offence for using the ‘wrong Bible verse’ in a public conversation with a man who identifies as homosexual.
The Christian Institute: Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has backed new non-statutory sex education guidance which encourages children as young as eleven to discuss pornography.
The Christian Institute: An equality watchdog has been warned it will face an avalanche of cases if it wins its civil action against a Christian-owned bakery in Northern Ireland which refused to decorate a cake with a pro-same-sex marriage slogan.
The Christian Institute: Attempts to bring charges against two doctors accused of allowing sex-selective abortions have been blocked by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
The Christian Institute: Children at primary schools should not be taught sex education because “many kids just aren’t ready for it”, UKIP has said.
The Christian Institute: A video production company in Ohio has cited religious reasons for turning down a request to film a same-sex ceremony.
The Christian Institute: The Belfast Telegraph has said an equality watchdog’s court action against a Christian-owned bakery is “ill-judged” and lacks “common sense”.
Christian Today: Only a small minority of Britons regard religious freedom as an important British value, according to a recent poll.
IWF: An IWF study has found 100% of the sexual images and videos observed, which were produced by children (aged 15 and younger), had been taken from their original online location and uploaded to another website.
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.
The Telegraph: The idea that Catholics are being radicalised in state schools is “ridiculous” and “offensive”, the Conservative MP for Gainsborough will say today during a parliamentary debate on education, regulation and faith schools.
BBC News: Children from the age of 11 are to be taught about sexual consent under new government plans.
Christian Concern: The Christian Legal Centre (CLC) has called for urgent action from politicians following the publication today (12 MAR) of new research highlighting the scale and diversity of challenges faced by Christians in the UK.
Christian Concern: Mike has been preaching the gospel on the streets of Taunton for over five years. But he’s faced real opposition — police even appealed to the public in a local newspaper to record him preaching so that they could get evidence of him making “offensive remarks”.
Christian Concern: In a dramatic intervention, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today informed lawyers representing Aisling Hubert that it will take over and drop the private prosecutions brought by Miss Hubert against doctors who were prepared to offer abortions on gender grounds.