“Donald Trump, you’re fired!” UK parliament debates banning controversial candidate

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The silence of American evangelicals concerning Trump has been deafening, with some notable exceptions. It is in my view time that Christians spoke with one voice: this man does not speak for us. Yesterday, following a record breaking petition which I was only too happy to personally sign, an unprecedented debate occurred under the watchful gaze of Big Ben.Now admittedly the said debate was not binding on the UK government, and there was no vote at the end. But I can think of no other … [Read more...]

Paris Terror attack: We are at war. But not against Islam

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We wake up this morning to news of great tragedy in Paris. Before we went to bed, we knew there had been attacks. Today we learn that over 120 are dead. More than 200 have been wounded, at least 80 of them seriously. There were eight attackers. Bullets were sprayed. We are told at least seven attackers blew themselves up with suicide vests.This, not on the streets of a Middle East hotspot of terror, but of a capital city of a major Western power.When I woke there had been no official … [Read more...]

What if the creditor nations decide to apply grace to Greece?

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The world waits with bated breath as Greece and the rest of Europe are locked in an impasse. Greece says, "Enough is enough, we can't cope with more austerity, we need debt relief." Germany and others refuse to budge, presumably because they feel that if they grant relief to Greece, then Portugal, Italy, Spain, and Ireland will be next in line.But Germany itself was the recipient of the grace of debts cancelled, as this article from back in 2013 in the Guardian explains so eloquently. How … [Read more...]

The great porn experiment and how it changes brains

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A generation of young men are discovering what Internet Porn can do to their brains. But growing numbers of them are deciding to escape. This secular TEDx video is essential viewing for everyone concerned about this issue: … [Read more...]

Are people of faith no longer welcome in Britain?

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Here we have another guest post from education expert Gill Robins.G K Chesterton once observed of a friend that ‘he thought that the object of opening the mind is simply opening the mind. I am incurably convinced that the object of opening the mind ... is to shut it again on something solid.’ In the last few days, it rather seems that the Department for Education (DfE) together with our Secretary of State for Education, have become advocates of the permanently open mind, and the outcomes hav … [Read more...]

State of the nation: seventy years of religious education

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This is another guest post from education expert, Gill RobinsSeventy years ago, the 1944 Education Act enshrined in law the statutory requirement for UK schools to provide religious education. Every day was to start with a daily act of Christian worship and religious education lessons were compulsory in all schools. Parents could opt their children out of RE and collective worship.Has anything changed? In law: very little, apart from a cursory nod in the 1996 Education Act  towards the m … [Read more...]

Compulsion or context: the future of Sex and Relationships Education

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This is another guest post from education expert, Gill Robins:Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is currently something of a mot du jour. There have been regular calls from a range of groups for an overhaul of SRE education programmes and on 21 October, a Ten Minute Rule Bill was introduced to the House outlining proposed changes to the current law.As the current law stands, Primary schools must deliver all aspects of sex education contained in the science curriculum that relate to … [Read more...]

How Ofsted appears to be systematically breaking the law

UPDATE: Education minister Nicky Morgan states clearly to The Times on Sunday: Faith schools ‘must teach gay rights’ despite the legal position below.Back in May, Ofsted had to abandon an inspection of a Muslim school because the parents objected to the kinds of questions the inspectors were asking primary school children. As the Guardian reports, the parents were quite vocal: "One of the parents said to them, and all of us agreed, this is a safeguarding issue, we are not comfortable about a … [Read more...]

The Shocking Hypocrisy of the Labour Party over Faith Schools

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This is the third of a series of guest posts by education expert Gill Robins. In this article she exposes the agenda of the UK's Opposition party against faith schools. This is following a statement by Shadow Education Secretary, Tristram Hunt.A note for my American readers: the Opposition is the second largest party in Parliament, and a Shadow Secretary is their spokesman whose role it is to probe weaknesses in their  Government counterpart and set out policies the Opposition would like to e … [Read more...]

Ofsted and Beis Yaakov High School – an assault on religious freedom

In this second guest post by education expert Gill Robins, she uncovers damning evidence of Ofsted's religious bias. It seems to me that thanks to the DfE's new regulations, and the way they are being interpreted, Jewish schools are quite frankly being bullied. The distress of the young girls being grilled by inspectors was real, and it is sounds very similar to that experienced by other Jewish, Christian, and Muslim schools. If I had been one of their parents I would have wanted to report the … [Read more...]


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