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  • A prominent gay cleric's homosexuality was the only reason he was blocked from becoming a bishop, he has claimed.

    Canon Jeffrey John was favourite to be Bishop of Llandaff but was subject to 'a number of homophobic remarks' during the appointment process before being eventually rejected by bishops, he said.

    In an unusual move, Dr John, who is currently Dean of St Albans Cathedral, wrote an open letter to the senior Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, John Davies, complaining at his treatment which he said was a 'clear and ludicrous breach of process'.

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  • Women should be able to have abortions simply because their unborn child is the ‘wrong’ sex, a leading ethics expert at the British Medical Association has said.

    In a highly provocative interview with The Mail on Sunday, Professor Wendy Savage called for the law banning such terminations to be scrapped.

    But pro-life campaigners immediately slammed her demands as ‘utterly abhorrent’.

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  • In many parts of the world, sex-selective abortion is so widespread that it is known as 'gendercide'.

    Prejudice against female babies has resulted in a mass cull of girls in the womb which will blight those societies for decades.

    Surely we do not wish to risk such a miserable outcome, or anything like it, here?

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  • The Church of England's first female bishop has been helping the next generation of female clergy decide whether ministry is for them.

    Rt Rev Libby Lane, Bishop of Stockport (above), was the keynote speaker at the Discerning Women's Conference in Diocese of Blackburn on Saturday.

    The event, targeted at women aged between 16 and 40, is encouraging younger females to consider a career in church work.

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  • A former chaplain to the Queen has announced he's leaving the Church of England because he says it's a coach driving over the cliff of cultural accommodation.

    Rev Canon Gavin Ashenden's speaking after news of his decision to leave the Church was leaked to the media.

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  • The BBC's Asian Network has apologised after one of its presenters caused controversy after asking its Twitter follows "what is the right punishment for blasphemy?".

    In a video posed on the corporations Twitter feed Muslim activist Shazia Awan asked followers to get in touch and offer their opinions on how blasphemy should be dealt with.

    Her assumption that blasphemy - which is still punishable by death in some Muslim countries - should also be punished in Britain shocked many viewers.

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  • JESUS was not born in a stable and was in fact born in a private home, according to the sensational claims of a leading theologian.

    Thanks to mistranslations from the original texts almost two millennia ago, the Bible has got it wrong and Christians have been misguided over the birthplace of Jesus, according to evangelical scholar Reverend Ian Paul.

    Through the thousands of years that have passed since Jesus’ time, the Bible has been through several languages, including Aramaic, the language that was spoken at the time, Latin, Greek and English.

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  • The Swedish government is poised to simplify the process of changing one's gender by scrapping the demand for a medical procedure in order for it to be legally recognized. Incidentally, the demand for gender changes is skyrocketing amid Sweden's young.

    Today, Swedish law requires transgender people to undergo medical procedures (and possibly intervention) before having their gender change legally recognized. The new law will hereby make this process less stressful and allow applicants to receive a new personal identity without medical verification.

    Swedish Health Minister Gabriel Wikström said that the new legislation is designed to improve the health of transgender people, whom he claimed to generally have poorer physical and mental health compared with the general public, the Swedish tabloid newspaper Aftonbladet reported.

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  • The doctrine of atonement for sin is—or at least has been—at the center of Christian faith and practice since Jesus's earthly ministry. But in recent days, various voices have raised objections to the cross. Musician Michael Gungor called the atonement "evil" and "horrific" on Twitter, decrying a God who would mandate blood sacrifice for sin. William Paul Young, author of the 20-million-copy-selling The Shack, concurs. In his new Lies We Believe About God, Young says of Christ's death:

    Who originated the Cross?... If God did, then we worship a cosmic abuser, who in Divine Wisdom created a means to torture human beings in the most painful and abhorrent manner. Frankly, it is often this very cruel and monstrous god that the atheist refuses to acknowledge or grant credibility in any sense. And rightly so. Better no god at all, than this one.

    Don't miss this: The most popular Christian writer in our time labels the biblical God a "cosmic abuser." Ancient false teaching returns.

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  • It was once celebrated with an egg hunt in the garden and a simple Sunday roast.

    But now Easter is becoming a "second Christmas", experts say, as supermarkets have started selling Easter crackers as part of a new, expanded range of themed decorations and gifts.

    According to home gurus at Good Housekeeping magazine, house proud families' Easter efforts are getting bigger and better than in years gone by.

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