Key Quotes for 2002

Key Quotes for 2002

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Tuesday 17th October
 
Household debt in Britain now stands at a record 801bn; it grew by 13.1% over the past year, the fastest rate since the Bank of England began collecting figures. Many of the people who are in debt belong to the bottom fifth of the population income.
The Church of England Newspaper - Issue December 12, 2002
 
UK consumers spend 4 billion a year on chocolate, an average of 63 per head.
Reform - Issue January 2003
 
Despite continuing calls for tolerance from church leaders, hate crimes against Muslims or those thought to be of Middle Eastern descent rose dramatically in the United States in 2001, the year of the September 11th terrorist attacks, according to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In a report, the FBI said the number of such cases rose from 28 in 2000 to 481 in 2001 - a substantial increase since Muslims, people from the Middle East or those who appeared to be from the Middle East had never before been so noticeably the targets of hate crimes.
Reform - Issue January 2003
 
The ordinance, issued on October 5 in India, bans religious conversions 'by force, allurement or fraudulent means' without defining the terms. Violators are subject to three years' imprisonment, except in cases where the converts are minors, women or members of scheduled castes or tribes. In those cases the imprisonment could extend to four years with an additional fine of 100,000 rupees ($2,000). According to J.N. Manokaran of the India Missions Association, statistics do not warrant such a law. Census figures showed the Christian population at 5.69% in 1991, down from 5.78% in 1981 and 5.75% in 1971.
Evangelicals Now - Issue December 2002
 
Between 1992 and 2000 there was a rise in prescriptions of the morning after pill for 13's to 15's of 284% and for 16's to 19's of 321%. The conception rate during that time fell by only 1.2% for 13 to 15's and rose by 58% for 16's to 19's.
Youthwork - Issue December 2002
 
Pro-Life organisations applauded the European Parliament's vote last week, in favour of a complete ban on human cloning. 'There is an emerging international consensus against human cloning for all purposes. The UK remains the only western country whose parliament has voted to allow the creation and destruction of cloned embryos in research, a decision which was pushed through with the active support of Tony Blair,' claimed the General Secretary of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.
Baptist Times - Issue November 28, 2002
 
British teenagers would rather attend church than a political meeting or demonstration.
BMRB - as printed in the Baptist Times - Issue November 28, 2002
 
The latest United Nations figures estimate that there are more than 600,000 people in Brazil living with HIV/AIDS. But Gapa-Bahia believes the figure may be as high as a million.
Baptist Times - Issue November 28, 2002
 
In Latvia, a former President has lent his support to a scheme that will show the 'Jesus Film' to every school child in his country. The project, which is being run by the Latvian Christian Teachers' Association, is supported by the Education Department and will show the film of the life of Jesus to 80,000 children each year. Trials began in 2000 and now the film is being screened in around 400 schools.
Joy Magazine - Issue December 2002
 
Pope John Paul II used the largest open-air mass ever to be held in Poland to warn his homeland of the dangers of "freedom without responsibility" in the post-communist era. "Where the noisy propaganda of liberalism, of freedom without truth or responsibility grows stronger, the shepherds of the Church cannot fail to proclaim the one fail-proof philosophy of freedom: the truth of Jesus Christ."
Joy Magazine - Issue December 2002
 
In a close vote of 259 to 228, the Liberal Democrat Youth and Students (LDYS) motion to open hardcore pornography to 16 year olds was 'Referred Back', a technical term that involves scrapping the motion and beginning a full-scale consultation on the issue. Now the party's existing policy that describes all pornography as 'degrading', remains in force and will form the basis of the new consultation. The 'Reference Back' was called by Christian MP Simon Hughes and supported by an article from LDCF Chair Martin Turner that appeared in the Conference Gazette that morning.
Joy Magazine - Issue December 2002
 
Around 800 people committed their lives to Christ at Soul Survivor 2002 - the tenth year for the Christian festival.
Direction Magazine - Issue December 2002
 
Worries about children unwittingly 'talking' to strangers on the Internet and giving out vital personal or family information have prompted the Scottish Episcopal Church to launch a children's guide to safe surfing.
Reform magazine - Issue December 2002
 
Dutch Protestant 'pastors' kids' are more likely than others to drop out of church, but many maintain strong ethical beliefs into adulthood and are troubled by the country's increasingly secularised culture.
Reform magazine - Issue December 2002
 
Charities have lost out by a total of 78million since changes to tax relief on corporate giving in April 2000, according to the Charities Aid Foundation.
Baptist Times - Issue November 21, 2002
 
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