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  • No stereotypes here. It's a Prevent training session, for mental health staff in a London NHS trust. Gloria and 40 about other practitioners have taken an afternoon away from patient care to learn how to identify and respond to people at risk of extremism. Attendance is compulsory, and with the perpetual risk of terrorist attacks, this needs little justification. But there was a large elephant in the room.

    Prevent is part of the government's anti-terrorism strategy. Under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, schools, universities and health services are among organisations with a duty to prevent people being led astray by jihadi or other causes. Mental health care is particularly relevant to Prevent, because it is known that many terrorists have a psychiatric history, and that vulnerable patients are targeted by Islamist groups.

    Commentators on the Left and Muslim activists have attempted to discredit Prevent as institutionalised Islamophobia. However, the Government has emphasised a broader scope, with extremism defined as 'vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs'.

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  • Subject leaders want the government to implement compulsory personal, social, health and economics education (PSHE) at the same time as sex and relations education, and as part of one, integrated subject.

    From September 2019, sex and relationships education (SRE) will become compulsory for all secondary schools, while primary schools will have to teach relationships education.

    But no date has been set for the introduction of compulsory PSHE, the subject through which relationships education is usually delivered.

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  • If Jesus has changed your life and set you free from homosexual practice, your testimony is not welcome on Vimeo — not now, not ever. And if you see homosexuality as another aspect of sexual brokenness, something for which Jesus died and something from which you can be healed, your opinion is not welcome on Vimeo. Case closed, door shut, end of subject.

    In the words of Dr. David Kyle Foster, director of Pure Passion Ministries and himself a former homosexual, "This is pure religious bigotry and censorship."

    Last December, Vimeo contacted Foster to inform him that some of Pure Passion's videos had been marked by a moderator since "Vimeo does not allow videos that harass, incite hatred or depict excessive violence."

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  • In August 2015, a Reformed pastor in China nailed 95 theses to his website.

    The pastor was Wang Yi, a former human-rights attorney and now leader of China’s arguably most prominent Reformed congregation. About 700 attend the Early Rain Reformed Church in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in southwestern China.

    The theses, which Wang signed along with another pastor and five elders, laid out the gospel using a covenantal framework. They drew on documents such as Calvin’s Institutes and the Westminster Confession, and from theologians such as Augustine, Samuel Rutherford, and Karl Barth.

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  • A man has started a legal challenge to win the right to die for people with incurable diseases who have potentially years to live.

    Omid was diagnosed in 2014 with the neurological condition multiple system atrophy but is not terminally ill.

    He told the Victoria Derbyshire show he cannot walk, struggles to talk and tried to take his life in 2015.

    Assisted suicide is currently unlawful in the UK, but Omid is seeking to take his case to the High Court.

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  • A pregnant woman sat in a hospital consultation room in the western Indian state of Maharashtra.

    She wanted to know the sex of her baby, she told the doctor.

    In many countries this would be a routine process, all part of becoming a new parent. But in India -- where thousands of female fetuses are aborted every year -- revealing the sex of an unborn child has been illegal since 1994.

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  • Rachel Dolezal - the white US woman who said she was black - says "the idea of race is a lie".

    Speaking in an interview with Emily Maitlis, she argued that the concept of "transracial" - similar to that of transgender - is useful in describing people such as herself.

    Rachel Dolezal has just written a book about her experience, In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World.

    Watch the full BBC Newsnight interview here.

  • Sweden's center-left government proposed legislation on Monday that would grant compensation to transgender men and women who had to undergo mandatory sterilization in order to have their sex legally reassigned.

    Transgender Swedes had to be sterilized before they could legally change their gender until 2013. The government's bill would allow an estimated 800 people to claim 225,000 crowns ($26,000) each in compensation from the state.

    "Sterilization as a condition to obtain a change of gender was an expression of a view that society today distances itself from," Healthcare Minister Gabriel Wikstrom said in a statement.

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  • The Church of England is creating a new bishop specifically to reach out to black, Asian and minority ethnic people and to drive cultural change in one of the UK’s most diverse cities.

    The diocese of Leicester has petitioned the Queen for permission to create a new see, and expects the new suffragan bishop of Loughborough to be in post by the end of the year.

    Despite his or her title, the new bishop will be based mainly in Leicester, one of the first majority black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) cities in the UK. In the 2011 census, only 45% of the city’s population identified as white British.

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  • We have excellent news for you this Monday morning! So far during this 40 Days for Life campaign, we’ve learned of 251 babies (that we know of) whose mothers turned around at the last minute and chose life!

    We have a story today about a Planned Parenthood location that would not tell a mother who was 17 weeks along whether she was having a boy or a girl.

    They’ll do anything they can to dehumanize the child in the womb. Any suggestion that there’s a real person there is to be avoided at all costs.

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