This isn’t an urgent call for action for a single issue, but rather a round up of issues in the UK today
But the battle for abortion still rages in Ireland, North and South, as three women are approaching the European Court of Human Rights to seek the Irish Republics ban on abortion to be overturned – see the Irish Times report. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2008/0730/1217279169688.html
Norman Wells, from the Family Education Trust, (a non religious and non political organisation) http://www.famyouth.org.uk/links.php comments: “”The answer does not lie in yet more sex education and contraceptive schemes, but in honestly telling young people that the only sure to avoid being infected with an STI is to keep sexual intimacy within the context of a lifelong, mutually faithful relationship between a husband and wife. ”
The Catholic adoption agency’s (UK) new policy will allow homosexuals to adopt to enable them to continue to operate within the Sexual Orientation Regulations. This news will be shocking to many Catholic Christians as well as Protestants. http://catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=13362
The survey found that 32 per cent of Muslim students polled said killing in the name of religion was justified, compared to 2 per cent of non-Muslims. A third of those polled said they supported a worldwide Islamic caliphate, or government, and more than half – 54 per cent – supported the idea of having their own political party at Westminster. Just under a quarter did not believe men and women were equal in the eyes of Allah, while 25 per cent said they had little or no respect for homosexuals.
‘These findings are deeply alarming,’ said Hannah Stuart, the report’s co-author. ‘Students in higher education are the future leaders of their communities. Yet significant numbers of them appear to hold beliefs which contravene liberal democratic values.’
Ed Husain, author of The Islamist and a former member of the radical group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which has been banned from most campuses, has often warned that universities are a fertile breeding ground for extremists.
Professor Anthony Glees of Brunel University said, in an interview in 2005, that he had identified ‘extremist and/or terror groups’ at 30 universities. But his comments were almost completely disregarded by academics and the National Union of Students.
So what can we do? Well, we could pray, find out more and be willing to debate these issues with the people we meet, lobby where we should…
…and ask the Living God to use us in the areas He has placed us.