“Period poverty” in the UK: blood, hyperbole and tears

  It's not difficult to be overwhelmed by some of the awful problems the UK is facing at the moment, is it?  Let's think: .....Brexit....child abuse investigations....social media effects on mental health....increasing attacks on the traditional family and 'old fashioned' values....cultural manipulation in our schools....insufficient funding for the police....rocketing knife crime....drugs....need I go on? Well, …

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‘Relationships’ education and ‘health’ education in UK primary schools: activism in disguise

Our UK government is determined to address the health of our school children.  All sounds good, doesn't it?  We all want the best mental and physical health for our offspring, surely? But guess what?  'Health' education now includes 'LGBT issues'.  Who knew? This puts me in mind of George Orwell, who came up with 'newspeak' …

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Conversion therapy, religious belief and the Church – Part 4

Interesting interviews yesterday morning on the Radio 4 Sunday programme with Ed Stourton.  Before we look at it, let's try to summarise what we're being hit over the head with, and then read the interview bearing these points in mind. The demands of LGBT activists of the Church of England (and others) seem to boil down to …

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Conversion therapy, religious belief and the Church – Part 3

I've also got a guest post about this topic on the Archbishop Cranmer blog here. HARK the herald activists sing Back in December 2018 I wrote two posts (Part 1 and Part 2) about the Ozanne Foundation’s Faith and Sexuality Survey, a confused piece of research that had already set itself up for problems because …

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Shamima Begum: well-groomed or self-appointed?

Today's edition of The Guardian contains an opinion piece in support of allowing one of the teenage jihadi-brides from London - Shamima Begum - to 'come home'.  Hmm.  That's the 'home' that was specifically rejected by these girls as they chose to leave it to go and live in that social utopia and outstanding beacon …

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Abortion signed, sealed and delivered: more rights for women in New York!

Hurrah for women’s rights!  'We’re saying that here in New York, women’s health matters. We’re saying here in New York, women’s lives matter. We’re saying here in New York, women’s decisions matter.' Sounds good, doesn't it?  NY Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat, was speaking this week after legal changes were made to protect women's …

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Bishop Michael Curry: love is the way, but only if you agree with him

Bishop Curry (left, Diocese of NY) and Bishop Love (right) speaking in Ireland in 2018. Remember good ol’ Bishop Curry?  He of the royal wedding sermon?  Love will transform the world and all the rest of it?  (See post on 27/11/18). One would be tempted to think, based on his ‘love is all’ sermon last …

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Parliamentary prayers: taking the edge off Mr Blunt’s idea

Since 1558, prayers have been said in both Houses of our Parliament before the start of business each day.  Despite this, MP Crispin Blunt has tabled a motion in Parliament this week ‘inviting MPs to recognise religious worship should no longer play a part in the formal business of the House, and calling on the …

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Conversion therapy, religious belief and the Church – Part 2

So here’s a look at the new Ozanne Foundation (OF) survey. You can see it here: https://ozanne.foundation/faith-sexuality-survey-2018/ How much will it really contribute to an understanding of the ‘the impact of religious belief on people’s understanding and development of their sexual orientation and identity’? I have not approached the OF to ask for permission to …

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Conversion therapy, religious belief and the Church – Part 1

The Ozanne Foundation (‘We Believe In Just Love For All!’) - an LGBT campaigning organization - has launched an online survey about ‘conversion therapy’ and religion/faith/belief.  This is attracting a significant amount of coverage in the media.  It’s also supported by a number of Church leaders. What can possibly go wrong? On the Ozanne Foundation …

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