Key Quotes for 2017

Key Quotes for 2017

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Friday 15th December
 
32 percent of young people in the UK believe in a God, according to new research from Youth for Christ.
Young PeopleChristianity - June 2017
 
The number of people identifying as Orthodox Christians in Russia has grown from 37 per cent in 1991 to 71 per cent in 2015.
Religion/SpiritualityChristianity - 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
 
Around 75 per cent of 5-15 year old are now use a tablet. 20 per cent of 8-15 year olds, when questioned, say they believed that everything they see on social media is true. And only one third of 12-15 year olds could identify the advertising they were seeing in their search engine...It’s estimated that around 90% of children have a digital footprint in the form of photos and family information posted on social media by the time they reach their second birthday; for many that begins before birth.
Young PeopleFamilies First - May/June 2017
 
Wales’ First Minister has promised to push ahead with a ban on parental smacking. Carwyn Jones says it is a priority for the Assembly term. But removing the ‘reasonable chastisement’ defence will criminalise loving mothers and fathers, and will overwhelm the police and the social services with trivial reports so that real cases of child abuse are missed.
The LawThe Christian Institute - Annual Review 2017
 
There are serious concerns over plans to subject church youth work in England to ‘British Values’ inspections. Under the proposals, Ofsted will be given the power to carry out extremism checks on out-of-school settings. Concerns are heightened because of Ofsted’s apparent dislike of schools with Christian ethos. The Government’s consultation on the plans stated that any “extremist” or “undesirable” teaching which is incompatible with ‘British Values’ will be prohibited. Any place which provides instruction to under 19-year-olds for more than 6 hours in any week would be covered.
ChurchThe Christian Institute - Annual Review 2017
 
A new study suggests that gene editing technology may not be as safe as scientists have claimed, and could lead to introducing hundreds of unintended mutations into the human genome. Researchers, led by investigators at Columbia University Medical Center, found a number of mutations after sequencing the entire genome of mice that had undergone CRISPR gene editing. The technique was approved for use in the UK last year despite international criticism.
ScienceChristian Concern - 23rd June 2017
 
The United Nations has criticised the Government's counter-terrorism strategy, Prevent, as "inherently flawed". The criticism came in a UN Human Rights Council report, which said the policy is "inconsistent with the principle of the rule of law". The scheme has previously been criticised for targeting the wrong groups. Last year, it was used to ban a Christian Union from holding meetings on college premises.
PoliticsChristian Concern - 23rd June 2017
 
Christian Pharmacists will be able to continue doing their jobs in line with their Christian convictions following the efforts of Christian Concern and others. The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) previously amended its guidance to deny pharmacists the right to opt out of providing services which conflict with their deeply held religious or moral beliefs.
Work/EmploymentChristian Concern - 23rd June 2017
 
An Orthodox Jewish school has remained under scrutiny from Ofsted because it does not teach students about 'gender reassignment' or 'sexual orientation', even though it meets the required school standards in every other category. Ofsted said that the school's schemes "do not pay enough regard to developing respect and tolerance" as per the Equality Act 2010. Vishnitz Girls' School has pupils aged 3 to 8.
EducationChristian Concern - 23rd June 2017
 
Every week Christians debate with Muslims at Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park, London. The world famous site has always had speakers standing on ladders so that they can be seen and heard by the large crowds that gather. But the police have now said that ladders must not be used, making it harder for people to engage in meaningful debate about Christianity and Islam.
Social IssuesChristian Concern - 23rd 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
 
In a survey of parents across the UK, almost 75 percent of those asked said that they would choose a school based on its approach to pupil well-being over its past examination results. It’s not just parents though, in the Young Minds’ survey of teachers over 80% agree that the pressure of examinations has taken the focus away from what should be the priority – pupil wellbeing.
Young PeopleYouth and Children’s Work - May 2017
 
The NSPCC service delivered 3,135 counselling sessions on exam stress in 2016/17 – a rise of eleven percent over the past two years. More than a fifth of these took place in May as pupils faced upcoming exams. The most likely age group to receive counselling were 12-15 year olds but this year saw the biggest rise – up 21 percent on 2015/16 – among 16-18 year olds. Young people consistently told Childline counsellors that exam stress contributes to depression, anxiety, panic attacks, excessive crying, low self-esteem, self-harming and suicidal thoughts.
Young PeopleYouth and Children’s Work - June 2017
 
13% of young people aged 11-18 are active followers of Jesus.
55% of young people feel comfortable when talked to about Jesus.
Having had a conversation about Jesus, 16% of 11-18’s want to know more.
Young PeopleYouth and Children’s Work - June 2017 and (Perceptions of Jesus, Christians and Evangelism among 11-18 year olds, by ComRes)
 
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