Key Quotes - World Issues

Key Quotes - World Issues

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The report Food and Finance: Toward life enhancing agriculture, sponsored by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Swiss charity Bread for All, says that charitable foundations, international banks, and global agricultural initiatives are all in agreement that it is “impossible to tackle climate change, end hunger, reduce rural poverty, and achieve rural progress without private finance taking the lead”.
World IssuesChurch Times – 8th September 2017
 
A new report from Health Canada has revealed that over 2000 people have had their lives ended by euthanasia or assisted suicide since it was legalised in June 2016. A total of 1,982 deaths (1,977 from euthanasia and 5 from assisted suicide) have been reported between June 17 2016, when the practice was legalised, and June 30, 2017. The figures include 167 reported euthanasia deaths in Québec prior to the federal government legalizing assisted death, bringing the number to 2,149 reported assisted deaths in Canada.
World IssuesNews at SPUC - 9th October 2017
 
The World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that almost 56 million abortions take place annually worldwide. Of the abortions that took place between 2010 and 2014, the WHO classified just under half as ‘unsafe’.
World IssuesChristian Institute - 13th October 2017
 
Women and girls make up more than seven in 10 of the world’s modern slavery victims, with nearly 30 million female victims worldwide, major new research shows. There were more than 40 million victims of modern slavery in 2016 overall, according to the 2017 Global Estimates of Modern Slavery — the first ever aggregation of forced labour, forced marriage and sexual exploitation across the globe.
World IssuesCARE Impact Direct (Independent) - 22nd September 2017
 
An atheist group has demanded that US Senator Marco Rubio stops using his personal Twitter account to post Bible verses. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is claiming that his tweets are a violation of the US Constitution’s First Amendment.
World IssuesThe Christian Institute - 1st September 2017
 
The Governor of Texas has signed into law a Bill which protects pro-life advocates from having to pay for abortions in the state. House Bill 214 means that abortions are no longer automatically covered by private health insurance, but women can opt to pay extra for the cover.
World IssuesThe Christian Institute - 18th August 2017
 
US soccer ordered all players in both their men’s and women’s national teams to wear gay pride shirts during matches against Sweden and Norway in June to celebrate gay pride month.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - At Keswick 2017
 
Yemen is suffering the worst cholera epidemic in the world, with more than 200,000 cases of the disease affecting every region of the war-torn country, the UN has warned. It has blamed the outbreak on two years of civil war in the country, which has destroyed water and sanitation systems, allowing the disease to spread rapidly (News, 7 April). More than 14.5 million people in the country do not have access to clean water. A joint statement from UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) at the weekend said that more than 1300 people had died so far from the disease, a quarter of them children. The death toll is expected to rise further.
World IssuesChurch Times - June 30 2017
 
A video exposing the atrocities committed by US abortion giant Planned Parenthood has been removed from YouTube after a judge, in May, granted an injunction to prevent the release of the footage. In the video, abortionists can be heard laughing about ‘the heads that get stuck’ during abortions and harvesting the brains of children. The filmmakers have been ordered to appear in court.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now (Christian Concern) - July 2017
 
A Bill protecting the rights of Christian adoption agencies in Alabama was signed into law in late May. The Bill states that adoption agencies that do not receive federal funding cannot lose their license for adhering to faith-based policies. It was criticised by homosexual rights campaigners who said it discriminates against and stigmatises gay couples, but it was noted that secular agencies, who handle the majority of adoptions, still allow gay adoptions to take place.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now (The Christian Institute) – July 2017
 
On 12 May, a Christian printer who declined to make shirts for a gay pride event won a court case against his refusal to print them. Blain Adamson said he’d be happy to serve LGBT individuals as long as the shirts they ordered didn’t directly promote their sexuality, saying the message conflicted with his ‘sincerely held religious beliefs’. The lesbian owners of another T – Shirt Company said: ‘no one should be forced to do something against what they believe in’.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now (The Christian Institute) – July 2017
 
One study in San Francisco found that 78 percent of prostitutes began their involvement before their 18th birthday.
World IssuesPremier Christianity - July 2017
 
Ministers in Sweden’s state church cannot “refuse to marry same-sex couples”, the country’s Prime Minister has said. Stefan Löfven announced that church leaders should be required to marry same-sex couples – even if they disagree with homosexual marriage.
World IssuesThe Christian Institute - 7th July 2017
 
Hundreds of vulnerable patients are being killed in the Netherlands without giving clear consent, it has been revealed. ‘Strict protective guidelines’ supposed to protect vulnerable and elderly patients from being killed against their will are being flouted, leading to the deaths of 431 people in 2015, none of whom gave clear consent.
World IssuesThe Christian Institute - 7th July 2017
 
German MPs have voted to redefine marriage as "entered into for life by two people of different or the same sex". The bill passed by 393 to 226 after Chancellor Angela Merkel, who herself believes marriage is between a man and a woman, allowed a free vote on the issue.
World IssuesChristian Concern - 30th June 2017
 
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