Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

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Last update: Tuesday 18th December
 
Middle-aged adults are more comfortable talking about their weight than striking up a conversation about death with their parents, a new poll suggests. A survey of 1,000 Britons aged 40 to 64 found that 44% do not feel comfortable talking to their parents about death. The poll, conducted by the charity Independent Age, found that 31% would rather talk about their weight, 26% would rather talk about personal finances and 9% would even prefer discussing sex over death.
The ElderlyThe Sentinel – 19th June 2018
 
Hormone therapy for people attempting to ‘transition’ from male to female carries major health risks, a new study published in July suggests. Published by the American College of Physicians, it indicated that men who took female hormones for two years were over five times more likely to develop a potentially dangerous clot than men who didn’t.
HealthEvangelicals Now – September 2018
 
A higher proportion of women are training to become incumbents. Of the ordinands training for incumbency (76 per cent, up from 69 per cent in 2013), 35 per cent were women (up from 29 per cent). Nearly one quarter (23 per cent) of clergy in senior posts- bishop, dean or archdeacon- were women in 2017, compared with 12 per cent in 2012.
Religion/SpiritualityChurch Times - 24th August 2018
 
The vast majority of MPs do not think it is right that the Digital Economy Act makes non-photographic child sex abuse images available online, after age verification. ComRes polling conduced on behalf of CARE shows 71 per cent of MPs are not happy with this accommodation of animated child sex abuse images and that number jumps to 76 per cent of female MPs. Only five per cent of MPs disagreed.
SexCARE - 10th August 2018
 
At least one in five British mammals is at high risk of extinction in the face of threats such as disease and loss of their natural habitat, a study has found. Red squirrels, wildcats and grey long-eared bats are among the species which face severe threats to their survival, the first major review of British mammals for more than 20 years revealed. Populations of nine species, including hedgehogs, water voles, hazel dormice and even rabbits, have declined in the past 20 years.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 13th June 2018
 
New research from the Home Office revealed in July that the cost of modern slavery in the UK could be as high as £4.3 billion annually, an average of just under £330,000 per victim. This estimate is contained in an analysis of three forms of modern slavery – labour exploitation, domestic servitude and sexual exploitation.
CrimeEvangelicals Now – September 2018
 
New research from the Home Office has revealed the cost of modern slavery in the UK could be as high as £4.3billion annually, an average of just under £330,000 per victim. This is the first ever estimate of the cost and is contained in an analysis of three forms of modern slavery – labour exploitation, domestic servitude and sexual exploitation.
CrimeCARE - 31st July 2018
 
Christian symbols are being hidden or removed at funeral services in Scotland for fear that they will cause offence, it has emerged. The Scottish Inspector of Crematoria reports that demands for the removal of Bibles and crosses by humanists and other minorities are on the rise.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute - 27th July 2018
 
A survey has found that Department of Health (DoH) officials are unhappy answering questions about their sexuality, despite overseeing a policy which forces doctors to ask patients about theirs. From April next year, NHS doctors and nurses will have to ask patients over the age of 16 if they are heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, other, or unsure, regardless of the relevance of sexuality to their health complaint.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute - 27th July 2018
 
In 2017 the number of euthanasia cases in Belgium increased by fourteen per cent according to an official report by the federal control and evaluation committee.

Key Findings:

In 2016/17 there were 4,337 deaths.
3 children under the age of 18 were euthanised
710 patients had conditions such as sight loss or incontinence
World IssuesCARE Impact Direct - 27th July 2018
 
Patients suffering from brain damage have lost an “important safeguard” that protects their lives, say campaigners in response to a Supreme Court decision. Yesterday, judges at the UK’s highest court ruled that if families and doctors agree to withdraw food and fluids, they can do so without a court’s permission.
HealthThe Christian Institute - 3rd August 2018
 
Over half of Scotland’s population say they want to donate their organs after death – under the current opt-in system. Scotland beats the national average for organ pledges, with 50.4 per cent on the voluntary register, compared to 38 per cent in the rest of the UK.
HealthThe Christian Institute - 3rd August 2018
 
A Barnabas Fund freedom of information request has revealed that no Christians were allowed to resettle in the UK in the first three months of 2018 (from 1,358 Syrian refugee applications). Four Christians - recommended for resettlement by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) - were rejected, with only Muslims granted permission. The Home Office only made the admission after the Information Commissioner's Office threatened court proceedings.
Social IssuesChristian Concern - 3rd August 2018
 
Amnesty International has declared abortion to be “a human right”. It voted to adopt a policy to support ‘safe’ access to abortion at a conference held in Poland earlier this month.
HealthThe Christian Institute - 13th July 2018
 
Baldness could be beaten by an experimental drug originally designed to treat brittle bone disease, research suggests. In lab experiments the osteoporosis drug had a dramatic effect on donated follicles, stimulating them to sprout growing hairs.
HealthThe Sentinel - 9 May 2018
 
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