Key Quotes - Social Issues

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Last update: Thursday 18th April
 
Hong Kong and Taiwan voted to retain the definition of marriage between one man and one woman in a vote in mid-November. In Hong Kong, a motion to pave the way for legalising same-sex unions was rejected by 27 votes to 24 votes in parliament. A referendum in Taiwan also rejected legalising same-sex marriage in defiance of a high court ruling last year.

Social IssuesEvangelicals Now, January 2019
 
A wedding magazine run by Christians was forced to close in December because it wouldn’t feature same-sex couples. Luke and Carla Burrell, who started White Magazine 12 years ago, said the publication had been targeted by homosexual activists following Australia’s decision to redefine marriage.

Social IssuesEvangelicals Now, January 2019
 
A group set up to protect unborn children in America estimates it has saved thousands of lives by helping mothers choose life. Human Coalition uses social media and online advertising to ‘reach and influence’ women who have decided to have an abortion. It says that since 2010, more than 5,500 children who would otherwise have been aborted have been saved.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute 13th February 2019
 
The numbers of criminals being caught with knives or dangerous weapons is at the highest level since the start of the decade, new figures show. In the year to September 2018, 13,477 offences of possessing an article with blade or point resulted in a conviction or caution in England and Wales.
In addition, there were 6,946 cases where an individual was found with an offensive weapon and 958 where a knife or weapon was used to make threats against others.

Social IssuesThe Sentinel, 14 December 2018
 
Former Government minister, Baroness Featherstone, claimed that women who do not agree with campaigns for gender neutral toilets cannot call themselves women’s rights campaigners.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute 8th February 2019
 
Four million adults are in poverty despite having a job: a rise of more than half a million in the past five years, a new report states.

Social IssuesChurch Times, 7 December 2018
 
Data on ‘gender identity’ will be collected in the 2021 census for the first time. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) says that new questions asking about sexual orientation and gender identity will be optional.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute - 4th January 2019
 
A majority of people oppose children being allowed to ‘self-define’ their gender, a poll in October found, but some respondents say they back choosing your own species. Among the 2,000 people asked, 19% backed people choosing their own age and 10% said self-declaration of species was acceptable. For people aged between 18 and 24, the figures were even more marked with nearly one in five backing self-definition of species.
Social IssuesEvangelicals Now – December 2018
 
More than 440 homeless people have died on the streets or in temporary accommodation in the UK in the past year, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has found. In its latest project, Dying Homeless, it found that there were at least 449 deaths in a year – more than one each day – but that this number may not reflect the true number. Causes of death included violence, drug overdose, illnesses, and murder. The average age at death was 49 for men and 53 for women: nearly 40 per cent lower than the average life expectancy of 82 years in the UK.
Social IssuesChurch Times – 12th October 2018
 
The population of the UK has risen by its lowest rate for over a decade, the first official population estimates since the EU referendum show. Latest calculations show there were an estimated 66,040,229 million people living in the country at the end of June last year. Over the 12 months to the middle of 2017, the inhabitants increased by 0.6%, the lowest growth rate since mid-2004.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel – 29th June 2018
 
An American survey of the millennial generation has revealed less than 29% believe abortion should be available for any reason, only 46% of women identify as feminists, and over 71% think there should be some legal protections for the unborn.
Social IssuesChristian Weekly News - 7th September 2018
 
High Court family judge Sir Andrew McFarlane says the number of care cases is putting "untenable" pressure on courts, with UK forced court care orders rising 34% in the last year alone.
Social IssuesChristian Concern - 26th July 2018
 
A Stonewall report claiming sexual abuse shelters would be unaffected by assisting men who identify as women has been fiercely attacked by a worker within the sector. The author described Stonewall’s document as “at best a disingenuous depiction” of the views of people working with abused women. At worst, she said, it could trick supporters and the public into believing that women who disagree with Stonewall “are wrongly misrepresenting female survivors of male violence”.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute - 16th August 2018
 
The Telegraph reports that thousands of married UK couples exaggerate relationship faults to secure divorce by lying about cheating, a partner's unreasonable behaviour and the length of their separation.
Social IssuesChristian Concern - 17th August 2018
 
Christian symbols are being hidden or removed at funeral services in Scotland for fear that they will cause offence, it has emerged. The Scottish Inspector of Crematoria reports that demands for the removal of Bibles and crosses by humanists and other minorities are on the rise.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute - 27th July 2018
 
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