Key Quotes for 2017

Key Quotes for 2017

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Last update: Saturday 23rd June
 
Children whose parents divorced are still suffering from the damaging effects into their 50s, new research has indicated. A report published by the International Longevity Centre UK found that the consequences of family breakdown do not ‘wear off’.
FamilyThe Christian Institute - 8th December 2017
 
A report published this week into the sexual behaviour of 16-24 year olds found that teenagers are increasingly experimenting with taboo practices. The report concluded that sexual education for children should become more graphic.
EducationChristian Concern - 24th November 2017
 
Almost every adult in Wales has gambled at least once, a new study has revealed. 99% of the population report making some type of bet, with lotteries and sports betting proving most popular among the average punter. However, more than one in four of those who take part in gambling say they do not identify as a ‘gambler’. Researchers from the University of South Wales carried out the study into gaming habits, in conjunction with Welsh Assembly members.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsCasinopedia - 16th November 2017
 
The British Government will fund abortions for girls under the age of 16 in Northern Ireland potentially without parental consent.
PoliticsCARE Impact Direct - 17th November 2017
 
CARE Families and Taxation Report has revealed that the income tax burden placed on a one-earner married couple with two children on the average wage is 70% greater in the UK than in France, twice that in the United States and fifteen times that in Germany!
FamilyCARE Impact Direct - 17th November 2017
 
Foodbank volunteers are carrying out £30-million-worth of unpaid work a year, new research has revealed, writes a staff reporter. Figures published this week by the Trussell Trust and the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) show that volunteers are donating nearly 3 million hours each year to distribute food to those in need of emergency help, and a further 1.2 million hours to carry out administrative tasks at foodbanks. If volunteers were paid the national living wage -- currently £7.50 per hour for over 25s -- the cost would be at least £30.8 million, the study estimates.
Social IssuesChurch Times - 20th October 2017
 
Christians have become victims of genocide in Nigeria, Iraq, and Syria, a charity has found. A report due to be published yesterday, by the Roman Catholic Aid to the Church in Need, found that, in almost all the 13 countries surveyed “the situation for Christians has declined since 2015 as a result of violence and oppression.”...The report Persecuted and Forgotten found that, in Nigeria, the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, in collusion with Fulani herdsmen, carried out a campaign of butchery, desecration of church buildings, and mass expulsion of Christians. In one expulsion of Kafanchan, 71 Christian-majority villages were destroyed and 988 people killed.
Religious PersecutionChurch Times - 13th October 2017
 
The tiny molecule found in the immune systems of humans and animals has been hailed as an ‘exciting discovery’ in the search for a cure for the common cold by scientists at Edinburgh Napier University.
ScienceThe Sentinel - 3rd August 2017
 
Councils could bring in charging zones for the dirtiest vehicles, under plans published by the Government to tackle illegal levels of air pollution. Ministers have unveiled a £255 million fund to help local authorities come up with ways to improve air quality, ranging from improving public transport and changing road layouts to charging for polluting vehicles if other measures are insufficient.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - 27th July 2017
 
In October a student group at Princeton University removed the word ‘evangelical’ from its name after members of the group said the word ‘has a negative perception’. The Princeton Evangelical Fellowship became Princeton Christian Fellowship. The term ‘evangelical’ is more divisive after the election of President Donald Trump, in which media reported that nearly 81% of white evangelicals voted for him.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - November 2017
 
It was reported in October that since 2015, Cameroon has forcefully deported over 100,000 Nigerian refugees who had escaped into the country fleeing Boko Haram Islamist violence.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - November 2017
 
Schools in the UK will be rated for how ‘trans-friendly’ they are by an education review group, it was announced at the end of September. Bernadette John, a director at the Good Schools Guide, announced the move and said the issue of transsexualism in schools has been ‘building up’ in recent months. John said ‘inspectors’ from the guide will certainly be asking headmasters in the future about their treatment of transsexual pupils.
EducationEvangelicals Now - November 2017
 
A record number of children have sought help from Childline over suicidal thoughts. The NSPCC help and advice service gave 62 counselling sessions each day last year for children tormented by thoughts of ending their lives. Children as young as 10 were reaching out for help after contemplating suicide, it said. Overall, 8% of children’s 295,000 counselling sessions last year were for suicidal thoughts.
Young PeopleThe Sentinel - 17th October 2017
 
A quarter of young women believe sending sexual pictures is a ‘normal part of relationships’, while 16% have felt pressure to send such images, a poll revealed in mid-September. The figures from Girlguiding also expose concerning levels of sexual harassment at school and a strong belief that the advertising industry should curb its use of sexualised images. Nearly 2,000 girls and young women, ranging in age from seven to 21, were questioned for the Girls’ Attitudes Survey 2017.
Young PeopleEvangelicals Now - November 2017
 
More than a quarter of English secondary schools are failing to offer religious education, research by the Department for Education (DfE) indicated in September. Data gathered by the DfE and obtained under a Freedom of Information request shows that 26% of secondary schools are not offering RE lessons. Among academies, which comprise most secondary schools, 34% do not offer RE to 11-13 year olds and 44% are not offering it to 14-16 year olds.
EducationEvangelicals Now - November 2017
 
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