Key Quotes for 2017

Key Quotes for 2017

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Monday 24th July
 
A publicly-funded Christian school in Canada told not to teach Bible passages which could be deemed “offensive” has said its religious freedom is under attack.
World IssuesThe Christian Institute - 23rd June 2017
 
In a survey of parents across the UK, almost 75 percent of those asked said that they would choose a school based on its approach to pupil well-being over its past examination results. It’s not just parents though, in the Young Minds’ survey of teachers over 80% agree that the pressure of examinations has taken the focus away from what should be the priority – pupil wellbeing.
Young PeopleYouth and Children’s Work - May 2017
 
The NSPCC service delivered 3,135 counselling sessions on exam stress in 2016/17 – a rise of eleven percent over the past two years. More than a fifth of these took place in May as pupils faced upcoming exams. The most likely age group to receive counselling were 12-15 year olds but this year saw the biggest rise – up 21 percent on 2015/16 – among 16-18 year olds. Young people consistently told Childline counsellors that exam stress contributes to depression, anxiety, panic attacks, excessive crying, low self-esteem, self-harming and suicidal thoughts.
Young PeopleYouth and Children’s Work - June 2017
 
13% of young people aged 11-18 are active followers of Jesus.
55% of young people feel comfortable when talked to about Jesus.
Having had a conversation about Jesus, 16% of 11-18’s want to know more.
Young PeopleYouth and Children’s Work - June 2017 and (Perceptions of Jesus, Christians and Evangelism among 11-18 year olds, by ComRes)
 
72% of young people go the internet daily.
59% of young people said that family was the number one thing that made them feel good about themselves.
Young PeopleYouth and Children’s Work - June 2017 and (Youth for Christ’s gen Z research)
 
At the time of writing 16 children and teenagers have been killed in knife attacks across the UK since the start of 2017. If the current rate of death continues, the numbers for 2017 will surpass killings last year.
In 2016, knife crime went up by 24 percent in London with figures showing three people were killed or seriously injured in stabbings on the streets of the capital every day. The statistics from the Metropolitan Police showed 60 people were stabbed to death with a further 1,159 sustaining serious injuries. Meanwhile, data from 32 police forces show that 2,579 were seized at primary and secondary schools in England and Wales between April 2016 and the beginning of 2017.
CrimeYouth and Children’s Work - June 2017
 
Childline provided 4,063 counselling sessions about loneliness in 2016/17 and 73 percent of these counselling sessions were with girls.
Young PeopleYouth and Children’s Work - June 2017
 
Minimum unit pricing for alcohol is set to be rolled out across the UK if an experiment in Scotland is a success.
Alcohol across the border will be priced at 50p a unit.
That would take two litres of five per cent strength cider to £5 – at present, such booze is available for less than £2.50.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel - April 6 2017
 
New legislation will mean private hire drivers could face fines or lose their taxi licenses if they discriminate against the disabled. From this Thursday, taxi and private hire vehicles will be obliged by law to transport wheelchair users in their wheelchair, provide passengers in wheelchairs with appropriate assistance, and charge wheelchairs users the same as non-wheelchair users.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel - April 3 2017
 
British actress Emma Thompson says she never moved to Los Angeles because she felt she was deemed ‘too fat’ when she visited. She also condemned the pressure on actresses to be thin.
What famous people sayThe Sentinel - March 30, 2017
 
Emergency patients had the worst winter on record for being admitted to NHS hospitals in England – with nearly 200,000 waiting at least four hours. Figures from the health service showed a near five-fold increase in the number of A&E patients suffering admission delays over the last five years.
HealthThe Sentinel - April 14 2017
 
Socially conservative organisations, religious groups and even churches should be labelled as ‘hate groups’, according to a new liberal coalition in the USA in April.
The Eliminate Hate Campaign (EHC) aims to pressure the media to refer to the US organisations which back traditional family values as ‘hate groups’, and has compiled a list of 52 it wishes to target and undermine.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - June 2017 (World News. The Christian Institute.)
 
Morocco’s High Religious Committee decreed earlier this year that individuals who leave Islam should not face the death penalty for apostasy. This astounding ruling from a body charged with issuing ‘fatwas’ (an authoritative, religious or juridical ruling), reverses the classical Shari’s legislation that has stood since medieval times.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - June 2017 (World News. Barnabas Fund.)
 
An employment tribunal ‘said people should not express their own beliefs without it being first being raised as a question by someone else’, during a hearing on 30th March. Judge Martin Kurrein made the comments during the hearing of Sarah Kuteh, a Christian nurse dismissed by the NHS after she spoke to patients about her faith, and occasionally offered prayer.
Work/EmploymentEvangelicals Now - May 2017
 
Religion has become the butt of workplace jokes as sexism has become unacceptable, a survey by ComRes has found. According to the study, up to one million workers may have faced harassment, discrimination or bullying because of their faith. The authors suggested that this was often not considered serious to report, with respondents made to feel uncomfortable by colleague’s jokes about their faith.
Work/EmploymentEvangelicals Now - May 2017
 
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