A Summer Summary

This isn’t an urgent call for action for a single issue, but rather a round up of issues in the UK today

Tolerance? The Community Security Trust http://www.thecst.org.uk/ has reported that there was a 9% rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the UK in the first half of 2008 compared with the same period last year. Incidents involving Jewish students or academics and at colleges rose 88%, from 26 to 49.
 
 
Abortion
Christian Concern For The Nation has announced that: Abortionist MP, Evan Harris, responsible for most of the ‘anti-life’ and liberalising amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill was voted off the British Medical Association’s Ethics Committee this week. This was a strategic and influential position for Evan Harris which he has now lost.

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

 

Sex and Children
The Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV (a government sponsored body – independent??) says children as young as eleven must have compulsory sex education classes which include lessons on sexualy transmitted diseases and contraceptive methods. Their report comes hot on the tail of official figures showing that rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the rise in Britain. Britain also currently has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Western Europe.

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. ”

 

Murder?
Harriet Harman, Minister for Women is of the opinion that the law should be changed to allow People who kill after suffering domestic abuse to escape a murder conviction.

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

 

Islamic Influence
A poll, conducted for Islam on Campus, by YouGov, for a new report from the Centre for Social Cohesion think-tank, found that 40 per cent of those interviewed supported the introduction of sharia law for British Muslims.

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.

  1. These comments come from someone who does not live in the UK, and probably should not say anything.

    Sex and Children

    Surely if you really want results, both the policies mentioned by Mr Wells should be followed. That is to say, children should receive comprehensive sex education suitable to their years. Emphasis should be given to the advantages of a lifelong, exclusive union between a man and a woman for most people.

    Islamic Influence

    A short distance from my church and on the same street is a moslem reading room – much newer, richer and grander than our little church. So far, they are good neighbours.

    Adoption of Children

    I have a lesbian friend who has adopted a child; she appears to be an exemplary parent. Her adopted child is being well brought up, is a member of a church and receiving Christian education. Would that all children of straight, properly married parents were as lucky!

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