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  • Millions of people around the world have rolled out their yoga mats to celebrate a tradition that was once the preserve of Hindu holy men but is now a worldwide phenomenon.

    Practitioners in more than 100 countries have planned events this week to celebrate the third International Yoga Day, which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi convinced the UN to declare in 2015.

    Since coming to power in 2014, the Hindu nationalist leader has led efforts to promote yoga, which he practises daily, as an important part of India's history and culture.

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  • Gay Christian activist calls for an end to 'spiritual abuse' and 'conversion therapy'

    Jayne Ozanne, a member of General Synod, says in a paper published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists that there is a need for government regulation to stamp out 'group led spiritual abuse'.

    'This is often evident in, but not solely linked to, charismatic churches – and can be anything from a small prayer group to a ministry team to large network churches,' she told Christian Today.

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  • This Father's Day, Tony Perry was the proud recipient of two lovingly homemade cards.

    Inside one, depicting hands in the shape of a heart, his dinosaur-obsessed four-year-old son had painstakingly scrawled: 'I love my dad because he takes me to the museum.'

    Meanwhile, his two-year-old daughter produced a card bearing her handprints, with the message: 'You are the best dad hands down.'

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  • Following the Queen's speech the Evangelical Alliance's head of public policy, Simon McCrossan commented on the government's proposal to establish a commission on extremism.

    "The recent attacks in Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge, and most recently in Finsbury Park have focused all of our attention on how to stop these terrorist actions. The work of the police and security services has been rightly applauded and focus has inevitably turned to what more can be done.

    "Proposals from the government to introduce an extremism commission raise more questions than they answer. The government has tried and failed in recent years to define extremism in a way that tackles terrorism and its causes without restricting freedom of ideas which may be unpopular or contentious. Violent extremism is a scar on our communities and a threat to our security, but it is not solved by shutting down peaceful freedom of expression."

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  • There were 22 same sex divorces in 2015 in the year after gay marriage first became legal, new statistics show.

    In comparison there were 101,055 divorces of opposite sex couples in 2015, a decrease of 9.1 per cent compared with 2014 and a decline of 34 per cent from a recent peak in 2003.

    These are the first figures to be released relating to gay divorces as same sex marriages have only been possible in England and Wales since March 29, 2014.

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  • With Wonder Woman's revival, think about this. What is your picture of the ideal woman?

    It probably doesn't include theft. And most likely, it starts with women who are not actually guys, which is the kind of question one must consider in today’s wacko culture.

    How about women who readily discard their beautiful design as females to try to "become" males? Yes, they would be automatically disqualified.

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  • In 2016, same-sex "marriage" was legalized in Colombia. One year later, the courts have now recognized a polyamorous "family" of three men. And there is no slippery slope.

    Here in the States, the Associated Press notes that "More courts [are] allowing 3 parents of 1 child." An example would be when a lesbian couple has a child with the help of another man, all three of whom become parents.

    And there is no slippery slope.

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  • It's not often that we get a glimpse into the assisted suicide movement from the perspective of a medical professional who actually participates in terminating the lives of the terminally ill. Most seem to prefer anonymity.

    But in a fascinating American Society of Clinical Oncology Post interview, "Examining the Impact of 'Death With Dignity' Legislation." oncologist Charles D. Blanke, MD, FACP, FASCO talked not only about his recent medical journal article "Usage of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act" but also his surprises and concerns about the almost 20 year old Oregon law.

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  • Cornerstone Christian Academy in Alberta, Canada, is being told to stop teaching Scriptures that may be considered offensive.

    Battle River School Division (BRSD) chair, Lauri Skori, told Cornerstone's chair, Deanna Margel, that "any Scripture that could be considered offensive to particular individuals should not be read or studied in school."

    Skori said it would be inappropriate for the school to share "any teachings that denigrate or vilify someone's sexual orientation."

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  • The National Secular Society has called for Ofsted to inspect religious education in faith schools after research revealed that millions of pounds of public money has been paid to religious organisations to carry out additional inspections of denominational RE.

    Inspections under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005 evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of a school as a religious institution, including its provision of collective worship and RE.

    In the last six school years, figures from the Department for Education (DfE) show that almost £5 million in Section 48 grants has been handed out to "faith bodies". The vast majority of the £4,904,800 grant money went to the Church of England (over half a million pounds per year) and the Catholic Church (over a quarter million). The Association of Muslim Schools, the Board of Deputies and two Sikh organisations also received tens of thousands of pounds.

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