Key Quotes for 2017

Key Quotes for 2017

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Sunday 22nd October
 
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
 
A recent survey revealed that many people harbour incredibly negative attitudes to religion. Some 46% of those surveyed said that “religion is a major part of the problem in our world,” whilst 42% think it’s not religion per se but “people of faith” who are the problem.
Religion/SpiritualityInspire issue 114 - July/August 2017
 
New data from vitality shows that sedentary people who increase their activity level to 21 minute a day (150 minutes a week) are likely to live 3.1 years longer as a result. Increasing to 90 minute a week could add 2.7 years, or just 60 minutes 2.4 years.
HealthInspire issue 114 - July/August 2017
 
28 per cent of 11-to-12-year-olds report seeing pornography and by 15, children were more likely to have seen online pornography with 65 per cent of 15-to-16-year-olds reporting seeing pornography. Children were as likely to stumble across pornography as to search for it deliberately...Although 27 per cent of children felt shocked when they first viewed pornography, that decreased to only eight per cent in relation to their current viewing of it. 31 per cent of the boys and 15 per cent of the girls reported that they continue to see pornography after first viewing it. Once a child has encountered pornography, the likelihood increases of encountering it again, even unintentionally. For those who continue to view it, young people become less negative and generally less anxious or disgusted by pornography. Most children first saw online pornography on a portable laptop (38 per cent), although mobile phone access was also relatively common (33 per cent) and just under one- quarter first saw online pornography on a desktop computer (24 per cent).
Young PeopleFaith at Home - 2016-2017
 
Yemen is suffering the worst cholera epidemic in the world, with more than 200,000 cases of the disease affecting every region of the war-torn country, the UN has warned. It has blamed the outbreak on two years of civil war in the country, which has destroyed water and sanitation systems, allowing the disease to spread rapidly (News, 7 April). More than 14.5 million people in the country do not have access to clean water. A joint statement from UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) at the weekend said that more than 1300 people had died so far from the disease, a quarter of them children. The death toll is expected to rise further.
World IssuesChurch Times - June 30 2017
 
More than a million private renters currently have to claim housing benefits to help cover the cost of their rent. Many of them are already in work, but owing to high rents and slow wage-growth, they cannot meet the cost of even the cheapest homes without additional support.
HousingChurch Times - June 30 2017
 
More than a million households in Britain are at the risk of becoming homeless by 2020, owing to the benefit freeze and the escalating cost of rents in the private sector, a report from Shelter suggests.
HousingChurch Times - June 30 2017
 
As many as 80 per cent of the more than 1.2 million Foodbank-users in the UK are forced to skip meals “multiple times a year” because they cannot afford basic provisions, research from the University of Oxford and King’s College, London, suggests. The research was published yesterday in a report, Financial Insecurity, Food Security, and Disability, from the Trussell Trust, which runs 428 Foodbanks across the country. Inflation, coupled with low incomes and benefit delays are largely to blame, the charity says. Of the more than 400 households served by the 18 foodbanks surveyed for its report, almost half reported regularly “unsteady” incomes. For 78 per cent of households, in the past year, going without eating was the only solution – sometimes for days at a time – to cut expenditure. Three out five said that rising or unexpected expenses, including increased food prices, were a key cause.
Social IssuesChurch Times - June 30 2017
 
More than one in ten people in debt do not have a bed to sleep in at night, and others have to rent a bed by the week because they can’t afford to buy their own, a report published by the charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) suggests, writes a staff reporter. New survey data from 1200 of CAP’s new clients in the UK also found that one in three of those who came to them for help could not afford a washing machine, and a quarter could not buy a television.
Social IssuesChurch Times - June 30 2017
 
The fall in teenage pregnancies in the UK can be linked to funding cuts for sexual health services, according to new research. Funding changes meant less advertising for services and made contraceptives less readily available. The findings have been described as a ‘wake-up call’ to those who continue to claim such services are needed to reduce teen pregnancies. The Government spent hundreds of millions of pounds on its Teenage Pregnancy Strategy between 1999 and 2010 before it was axed.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute Newsletter - Summer 2017
 
Two year old children should be taught about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual issues, according to National Union of Teachers (NUT). At its annual conference in April, delegates passed a motion calling for compulsory teaching of LGBT issues “throughout all phases of state education” including nurseries.
EducationThe Christian Institute Newsletter - Summer 2017
 
The information reveals that 11.5 per cent of BBC bosses and 10.6 per cent of staff are LGBT. According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics only 1.7 per cent of the population is lesbian, gay or bisexual. The number of people who have obtained a gender recognition certificate to change their legal birth sex is only 4,500 – around 0.007 per cent of the UK population.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute Newsletter - Summer 2017
 
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