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  • Babies are dying because of a chronic lack of access to 20-week ultrasound scans, an Irish obstetrics expert has warned.

    Louise Kenny, professor at University College Cork, said that doctors felt “haunted” because they were forced to choose which women would have access to the scans. The procedure identifies major and in some cases life-threatening problems with organ development.

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  • Dare to debate this damaging idea that gender is a social construct.

    There is a fear that dare not speak its name, a question that dare not be asked. An ideology is being foisted on Scotland’s children which, though well-meaning, is ultimately harmful.

    Professionals have told me that they are scared to speak out or to even ask questions. Journalists are concerned their articles won’t be published, doctors that they will lose their jobs and teachers that they will be sidelined. Politicians fear the Twitter mobs and hate speech that inevitably follows if they dare to question or challenge.

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  • An announcement from Amanda Spielman, HMCI, on the appointment of a new Director for Ofsted.

    I am delighted to announce that we have appointed Luke Tryl into the new Director, Corporate Strategy role. Luke is joining us from Public Policy Projects, an independent think tank, and has previously worked as Head of Education at Stonewall as well as Reform, Tetra Strategy and a spell as a Special Adviser at the Department for Education.

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  • On 18 January 2017, the first hearings in the case of Dr. Katarzyna Jachimowicz against the Norwegian Health Board concluded. In 2015, Dr. Jachimowicz lost her employment with a Family Clinic in the municipality of Sauherad. She had refused to insert intrauterine devices (IUDs), which can act as abortifacients. Administering a procedure that could result in abortion contradicted her Christian faith. International law grants medical staff the right to conscientious objection. Still, her superiors fired Dr. Jachimowicz because she failed to comply with an instruction that she considered to be morally wrong.

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  • Convicts who claim to have become Christians should have their religious faith monitored on release to ensure they have not played the system, David Nuttall has suggested.

    Mr Nuttall (Bury North) asked Dame Caroline Spelman, the Church of England's representative in the Commons, what steps the Church is taking to ensure its prison chaplains are not being hoodwinked by devious criminals.

    He said: "Can you explain what measures are in place to monitor prisoners' commitment to the Christian faith after their release from prison?"

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  • A cathedral has removed a clip of a Muslim prayer being recited within its precincts from its Facebook page after it was heavily criticised for allowing the event to take place.

    The prayer took place in Gloucester Cathedral’s chapter house as part of the launch of a multi-faith art exhibition, and was well-received by those who attended.

    The cathedral decided to take down its social media post on the event following some of the comments it received on its page

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  • Banking group Lloyds has been named the most inclusive employer in Britain by Stonewall.

    The firm won the accolade after launching a new volunteering programme, forming official partnerships with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender charities.

    Lloyds also supported awareness days and social media campaigns as well as flying bisexual and transgender flags at 35 sites.

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  • You may say, “I know the gospel,” but since the gospel is endlessly rich and infinitely multifaceted, there’s always something new to learn about its power and effect (1 Pet. 1:12).

    In the pages of A Disruptive Gospel: Stories and Strategies for Transforming Your City, Mac Pier shows how the gospel has the power to disrupt the status quo, which is indifferent to evil. The gospel disrupted the life of a complacent teenager in South Dakota. It disrupted a cold, hard resistance to historic truth in the boroughs of New York City and the center of Manhattan. It disrupted the high walls between denominations and the even higher walls between the races and classes to form an unprecedented unity and movement to reach the metro region of New York. And it has begun to make use of the new and close connections between the great global cities of the world to spread many of these same influences and effects to other urban centers. This is the story of all that, and - if you're a Christian minister or lay leader - you could hardly find a more encouraging book to read today. 

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  • We are happy to make clear that Islam as a religion does not support so-called "honour killings".' Last August that sentence appeared in the corrections pages of both the Sun and the Mail Online. Why had these newspapers suddenly felt inclined to weigh in on this contentious theological debate? Because a complaint had been made against them to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), the non-state-backed press regulator set up after Leveson. It was lodged by Miqdaad Versi, the assistant general secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain, acting in a personal capacity. 

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  • At the end of last year, Dame Louise Casey released her report "The Casey Review: a review into opportunity and integration." The report highlighted deep segregation within our society and proposed some solutions to this problem, one of which is the swearing of a "British Values" oath for all holders of public office.

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