Key Quotes for 2011

Key Quotes for 2011

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Last update: Monday 22nd July
 
The increasing age of congregations means the Church of England may cease to exist in two decades, according to a report at the General Synod in York. Revd Dr Patrick Richmond said that the average age of members is now 61, and in just ten years ‘some extrapolations’ show the Church may not be ‘functionally extant.’ In other developments at the Synod, the Church voted to ‘take note’ of a proposal for ‘covenanted partnerships’ with Methodist churches, to reject a rise in the price of weddings and funerals, and to recruit more ethnic minority clergy into church leadership. It was also proposed that the Church might benefit by awarding its own degrees in the future, in training clergy.
ChurchBible Society Newswatch - 15th July 2011
 
Scotland Yard is considering new allegations that private investigators committed breaches of privacy. The officers are undertaking a “formal assessment” of the claims to determine whether a criminal investigation would be appropriate. It emerged last night that the new investigation involves allegations relating to the interception of emails and hacking into computer files. One alleged victim was a former undercover agent who infiltrated the IRA, said the programme.
CrimeThe Sentinel June 10, 2011
 
Prime Minister David Cameron has come under fire after calling for fathers who abandon their families to be “stigmatised” by society in the same way as drink drivers.
He signalled an onslaught on “runaway dads”. However, campaigners warned efforts to hold fathers responsible for their families were being undermined by Government plans to charge mothers who use the Child support Agency to collect money they are owed.
FamilyThe Sentinel June 20, 2011
 
A global survey has found that in most Western countries except the US, religion is viewed negatively, while the opposite is the case in Muslim countries. When asked whether they believe religion ‘provides the common values and ethical foundations that diverse societies need to thrive in the 21st century’, just 29% of people in the UK said yes, the sixth lowest result, behind Sweden, France, Spain and Japan. In contrast, 92% of people in Saudi Arabia responded positively to this statement, 69% in India and 65% in the United States. In Russia, 59% of people asked said they agreed with this statement. Italy found 50 % being positive.
Religion/SpiritualityChristianity July 2011
 
Almost three quarter of young people start drinking alcohol between the ages of 13 and 15, according to a new survey by Drinkaware, the drink industry charity.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsSalvationist 18 June 2011
 
In 2010 there were 418,598 new STI diagnoses made in England, a decrease of one per cent from the previous year when 424,782 cases were diagnosed.
HealthHealth Protection Agency (HPA) June 2011
 
About 100 campaigners protested outside the Eritrean Embassy, calling for religious freedom in the African country. Release International, one of the groups which took part in the demonstration, says that about 1,500 Christians have been imprisoned for their faith by the one party state.
Religious PersecutionThe War Cry June 2011
 
New figures released by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show for the first time in more than a decade a small decrease in the total number of STIs diagnosed in 2010 in England, most notably in young people.
HealthHealth Protection Agency (HPA) June 2011
 
Defence spending will need to rise so Britain can maintain its war capability, the head of the Army has said. Chief of the General Staff General Sir Peter Wall said Government cuts would need to be reversed if ministers wanted to send UK troops into battle just nine years in the future. He said: “We face a budget that is reducing over the early years of the coming decade, after which we will certainly require a real terms growth.”
Disasters/WarThe Sentinel June 2, 2011
 
A community radio station in Somerset has become the latest to be caught by Ofcom faking on-air interaction in a pre-recorded show. Ofcom received a complaint from a listener who had discovered that the edition of Somer Valley FM’s Jukebox Hour transmitted on 28 February had been recorded prior to its broadcast. During the broadcast of the programme, the listener had called the staton to speak to the station manager (also the presenter). The listener was informed that he was on leave and therefore unable to take the call.
MediaThe Radio Magazine June 2nd-8th, 2011
 
After 800 years of being taught, Oxford theology is facing the prospect of being rebranded. For a number of years members of the faculty have debated changing the name to ‘Religious Studies’ or ‘Theology and Religious Studies’ but now it looks as if a change will take place. Pressure is coming from the growing number of Jewish, Muslim and Hindu backgrounds. A 40-page reort that is still confidential but has been leaked to the press ‘strongly recommends’ change. Members of the faculty opposed to a change to ‘Religious Studies’ point out that theology may not mean ‘Christian theology’.
EducationChurch Of England June 3, 2011
 
A Dutchman has built a modern-day Noah’s ark, which he hopes to sail on the Thames during the 2012 Olympics, reported the Daily Mail. According to the paper, Johan Huibers’ ark will feature live and model animals and will welcome visitors.
EducationThe War Cry June 11, 2011
 
Lady Gaga’s bestselling album Born This Way has been banned in Lebanon for being ‘offensive to Christianity’. The album has also been banned in Malaysia for ‘promoting homosexuality’. Her recent single Judas has also been banned in Lebanon.
EntertainmentChurch Of England June 10, 2011
 
Billboards that were meant to promote inter-religious harmony have provoked controversy in Australia. The billboards carrying the slogan ‘Jesus: a prophet of Islam’ were erected last week in the Sydney Districts of Darlinghurst, Rozelle and Rosehill.
Religion/SpiritualityChurch Of England June 10, 2011
 
Christian lawyers are hailing a request by the European Court of Human Rights to the British Government to state whether it believes the rights of Christians have been infringed in recent cases where people have been penalised for expressing their faith in the workplace. Some examples are: Nadia Eweida, a British Airlines employee who was prevented from wearing a cross; Shirley Chaplin, a nurse who was also banned from wearing a cross around her neck when working on hospital wards and Gary McFarlane, who lost his job as a counsellor with ‘Relate’ because he would not give sex therapy to homosexual couples.
Religious PersecutionChurch Of England June 10, 2011
 
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