Key Quotes for 2017

Key Quotes for 2017

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Wednesday 18th October
 
New research conducted for Stand Up to Cancer shows that the average British adult gives over £28,000 in total to charity during their lifetime. The study, commissioned by Hyundai UK and Stand Up To Cancer, which is part of Cancer Research UK, showed that the average UK adult gives over £28,000 to charity in a lifetime; with over £16,000 being given through direct debts, around £8,000 worth of donations to shops and more than £1,000 to collection boxes during their lifetime.
MoneyCivil Society Media - 23rd August 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
 
Drug-related deaths reached a record high in Scotland last year, new figures have revealed. There were 867 drug-related deaths in 2016, a 23 per cent increase on 2015. There are now two and a half times more drug deaths in Scotland compared to the UK as a whole and more deaths per capita than any other EU country.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 18th August 2017
 
Women are more likely to donate to charity and support local causes, a survey commissioned by the Institute of Fundraising has found. The survey, which was undertaken by YouGov, found that 54 per cent of women had given to a charity collection in the past 12 months, compared to 40 per cent of men.
MoneyCivil Society Media - 16th August 2017
 
The Leuven Consultation, staged in Belgium in early June, heard that 215 million Christians are experiencing high, very high or extreme persecution in more than 50 countries, with women suffering disproportionately.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - August 2017
 
Hundreds of school pupils have been punished in the last four years for sexual acts, including seven who were only five years old, according to new data. The data revealed there were 754 reported incidents between July 2013 and April 2017. But the vast majority of councils contacted withheld their figures, meaning the number is probably much higher.
Social IssuesChristian Concern - 11th August 2017
 
Drug-related deaths reached a record high in England and Wales last year, new figures have revealed. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported that there were 3,744 deaths from drug poisoning registered in 2016, the highest since comparable records began in 1993. The study found that deaths involving heroin and cocaine were at their highest level ever recorded.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 11th August 2017
 
Abortion Provider, Marie Stopes Exposed - Again
Yet again Marie Stopes International, the major abortion provider has been found to be failing women. In December 2016, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published a highly critical report on the practices of Marie Stopes International (MSI), one of the main providers of abortion in England. It has just become apparent that their follow up report published in July also contains very serious criticisms of MSI. These included 373 abortion failures, 12 cases of women having to be taken from MSI clinics to NHS hospitals for emergency interventions, one case of an abortion taking place without consent and the employment of an unregistered nurse.
Social IssuesCARE Impact Direct - 11th August 2017
 
Yesterday the National Crime Agency released figures showing there are currently more than 300 live policing operations targeting modern slavery in the UK. It said previous estimates of 10,000-13,000 victims in the UK were found to be the ‘tip of the iceberg’.
CrimeCARE Impact Direct - 11th 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
 
Over 190 incidents of violence against Christians have been recorded since the current government came to power in 2015. Parallel attacks have taken place on Muslims and both have been blamed on a Buddhist nationalist organisation called Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force).
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - At Keswick 2017
 
The leader of a Hindu nationalist organisation, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, has called upon Hindus to make India a ‘Hindu nation’ by 2023, it was reported in June. Sadhvi Saraswati stated that ‘Christians and Muslims in the country have to '…do a ghar wapasi’, a Hindi phrase meaning ‘home coming’, which implies that all non-Hindus should return to their original ‘home’ which is regarded as Hinduism. He also claimed that taking up arms would not be wrong in protecting Hinduism.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - At Keswick 2017
 
A child born today has only a 50 per cent chance of living with both birth parents by the age of 16. And while the number of divorces has dropped in recent years, more than 100,000 couples still split every year.
FamilyChristianity - August 2017
 
A recent survey found 58 per cent of Scots said they had no religion compared with 40 per cent when the survey was carried out in 1999.
Religion/SpiritualityChristianity - August 2017
 
More than 12,000 people responded to premier’s survey.
93% of respondents said they felt their faith was being marginalised by society.
50% say they have personally experienced prejudice as a result of faith.
23% said they feel unable to be open about their belief in the workplace.
18% said Christianity is given the same respect in society as other worldviews and religions.
Religion/SpiritualityChristianity - August 2017
 
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