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  • Bishop Joseph D'Souza has emerged as one of the leading Christian voices in India.

    As moderator bishop and the primate of the Good Shepherd Church of India as well as founding president of the ecumenical All India Christian Council, one of the largest interdenominational coalitions of Christians in India, he is primarily known for his work on religious freedom.

    This year he spoke at New Wine, a major evangelical festival in Somerset, primarily about his work with Dalits, previously called 'untouchables' – a poor and marginalised group of people in India.

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  • Children as young as five have been excluded from school for sexual misconduct, an investigation has found and a Christian psychosexual and trauma specialist believes schools are handling it the wrong way.

    A freedom of information request by Press Association to 15 local authorities found there were 754 reported incidents between July 2013 and April 2017.

    There were at least 40 incidents of children below 10 years old, the age of criminal responsibility, disciplined for misdemeanours.

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  • The Australian government plans to gauge support for same-sex marriage through a voluntary postal ballot after its divisive bill for a compulsory vote was again rejected by the Senate.

    Same-sex marriage is not legal in Australia.

    If the postal vote goes ahead and shows support for changing the law, the results will not be legally binding.

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  • One of the most popular pro-choice arguments I've come across doesn't have anything to do with the personhood of the unborn or bodily rights. Instead, many pro-choicers try to render philosophical and biological arguments moot by saying that anti-abortion laws (whether they be incremental pro-life laws such as those passed in various US states or total bans on elective abortions) just don't work.

    The source for this claim is nearly always a joint study done by WHO and the Guttmacher Institute (an explicitly pro-choice organization with former ties to Planned Parenthood) published in the Lancet. This study estimates abortion numbers and rates for women in different world regions. They claim to find that abortion rates are similar in regions where abortion is permitted on broad grounds (North America, Europe, etc.) and regions where it is largely illegal (Latin America and Africa). The only difference, the authors say, is that abortion is generally safe in regions where it is legal and unsafe in regions where it is illegal.

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  • Children's charity Barnado's has come under fire for using a photo of a white girl to publicise a campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM).

    An estimated 20,000 girls suffer in the UK a year at the hands of FGM, but a disproportionate amount of these are from African or Middle Eastern families.

    The group tweeted: 'FGM is particularly prevalent during school holidays. Here are some signs a girl may be at risk' and linked to an article about the horrifying subject.'

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  • Children as young as five are being excluded from school for sexual misconduct amid fears that increasing numbers are being warped by online porn.

    Shocking new data reveals hundreds of pupils have been punished in the last four years for sexual acts, including assaulting or harassing other children, watching pornography and sharing indecent images.

    The figures, released by councils under the Freedom of Information Act, come as increasing numbers of children are able to access inappropriate material on the internet.

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  • This will not be a long post. Because the issue doesn't seem all that complicated.

    I don't understand Christians watching Game of Thrones.

    Whenever there is a new episode, my Twitter feed overflows with people talking about Game of Thrones. First off, I'm always amazed that this many people have HBO. But second, and much more importantly, I'm always amazed that a number of people I respect--smart people, serious Christians, good conservative thinkers--are obviously watching (and loving) the series.

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  • A neon sign in a clothes store in the giant Bluewater shopping centre appearing to encourage nude selfies has led more than 6,000 people to sign a petition calling for its removal.

    The sign in the Missguided store reads: 'Send me nudes'.

    Petition organiser Rachel Garder, President of Girls' Brigade England and Wales and founder of Romance Academy, was contacted by concerned mother Rebecca Rumsey, who saw the sign when she was out with her two daughters.

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  • For most parents, their child's move to secondary school is a big moment which requires planning, even more so for those with transgender children. The Victoria Derbyshire programme has been following two of the UK's youngest trans children for the last two-and-a-half years.

    "I won't mention it, but if it comes up I will be honest. I'm not going to say, 'Guess what, I'm trans', but if someone mentions it I will say I am, because I am," says Jessica.

    The 10-year-old's friends do not really mention the fact she has transitioned from living as male to female, a fact she prefers. She just wants to be treated "like a normal girl".

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  • Europe is committing mass suicide. Demographically, morally and culturally we are killing ourselves. There is a noble side, though, to this self-annihilation. Our extermination is entirely voluntary and self-inflicted.

    We are not blaming anyone else for coercing us into this novel sport of national Seppuku, this ritual suicide by disembowelment invented by the Japanese samurai. We are not holding an invading Genghis Khan or marauding barbarian hordes or a conquering seventh-century religion culpable, for even the mass immigration of Muslims into Europe is our own mea maxima culpa.

    'O happy dagger! This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me die,' is our stoic lament as we repeat Juliet's words, pick up Romeo's dagger and plunge its blade into the bowels of Western civilisation.

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