Key Quotes - World Issues

Key Quotes - World Issues

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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
 
Jehovah’s Witnesses have been banned from operating in Russia after the Supreme Court agreed with the Government’s request to label them “extremist”.
World IssuesChristianity - June 2017
 
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
 
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.)
 
Chimpanzees cannot be legally defined as “persons”, a court in New York has ruled, but judges left the possibility open to elected law-makers. A Manhattan appeals court ruled 5-0 against the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP). The campaigners say they will appeal.
World IssuesThe Christian Institute - 16th June 2017
 
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