Key Quotes for 2016

Key Quotes for 2016

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Last update: Friday 19th July
 
The latest Scottish Household Survey (SHS) has revealed that nearly half of Scottish adults are not religious. When a question about religion was first introduced to the SHS in 2009, 40% of those asked selected ‘none’ in the religion category - an increase of 10% points in the last 6 years. The most recent SHS also shows that there is a corresponding decrease in the number of people selecting ‘Church of Scotland’, falling from 34% to 25%.
Religion/SpiritualityChristian Concern - 30th September 2016
 
The abortion of babies with cleft or lip palates has nearly tripled in the past five years, official figures show. The condition causes a small or wide gap in the roof of the mouth, upper lip or both. It is usually easily fixed by surgery but it is believed that increased access to pre-natal tests that can diagnose the condition are behind the rise in abortions.
Social IssuesChristian Concern - 2nd September 2016
 
Motherless babies created from skin cells could become a reality, scientists suggest. On Tuesday, embryologists at the University of Bath announced they had succeeded in creating healthy baby mice by tricking sperm into believing they were fertilising normal eggs.
ScienceChristian Concern - 17th September 2016
 
More than half of all teenagers in Church of England secondary schools believe that science makes it hard to believe in God, according to a major survey published in early July. Conducted among more than 2,000 15-18-year-olds, the survey discovered that two in every five (41%) believe that the accepted scientific view is that God does not exist, while many students suppose that all scientists are atheists. The study was carried out on behalf of God and the Big Bang, a day conference that encourages GCSE and A-level students to explore the relationship between science and faith.
Young PeopleEvangelicals Now - August 2016
 
An EU agreement with Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and other Internet companies announced on 31 May, commits IT companies to work with ‘civil society organisations’ to flag and remove comments deemed offensive within 24 hours. The origin of the policy was an E Colloquium on Fundamental Rights set up in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. The role of the colloquium was to protect free speech. It has been criticised for focussing instead on combating Islamophobia.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - August 2016
 
A bill which would have allowed for abortions in situations where a child would not live outside the womb was defeated on 7 July in the parliament of the Irish Republic. The Bill would have allowed two suitably qualified medical professionals (an obstetrician and a perinatologist) to jointly certify in good faith that the foetus in question is suffering from a fatal foetal abnormality.
The LawEvangelicals Now - August 2016
 
Around 40 primary schools in England have introduced ‘gender neutral’ uniform policies that support boys wearing skirts it was reported in June...One of the schools involved, in Birmingham, said it aimed to promote ‘each child’s right to express their gender and personality in whichever way feels right for them’.
Young PeopleEvangelicals Now - August 2016
 
In 2015 there was a total of 203,096 abortions performed in the UK. 98% of all abortions were performed on the grounds that having the baby would be detrimental to the mental health of the mother. 27% of the abortions in England and Wales went to women who had already had at least one abortion and 1,030 of these had already had four or more previous abortions; 50 women were having at least their ninth abortion.
FamilyEvangelicals Now - August 2016
 
1 in 8 people in the UK are addicted to their smartphone. 54% of people in the UK said that the constant checking of phones at the dinner table is the most likely cause of a dinnertime argument.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsChristianity - May 2016
 
A US study suggests UK women are more likely to pray and attend religious services than men. Carried out by the Pew Research Center, Christian women in the UK were found to be 16% more likely to pray every day than men. Women were also more likely to see faith as a ‘very important’ part of their lives.
Religion/SpiritualityChristianity - May 2016
 
Research from Florida Atlantic University discovered a threefold increase in the number of people who consider themselves to be atheists. However, the percentage believing in life after death rose from 76% to 79%.
Religion/SpiritualityChristianity - May 2016
 
A senior police officer recently revealed the cost of investigating child sex offences is now an astonishing £1bn a year. This figure could treble by 2020. In just three years, the number of allegations has shot up by 80 per cent and in 2015, there were 70,000 investigations. A report by the teachers’ union NASUWT has suggested that over half of teachers know of pupils who have used social media to share sexual messages, pictures or videos. A quarter of teachers questioned knew of pupils involved in sexting who were who were just eleven years old, with the youngest child reported being just seven. The majority of pupils involved in such incidents were aged 13 to 16.
CrimeYouthwork - May 2016
 
A Christian youth worker who specialises in emotional wellbeing has called for more mental health care at grassroots level, after a report found warning signs are often being missed before it’s too late. Helen Sare, from the Christian charity Youthscape, was speaking after a University of Manchester study investigated the suicides of 130 young people between January 2014 and April 2015 and found that 50 per cent of them had self-harmed beforehand.
The investigation also found a quarter of the young people aged 10-19, had said they were experiencing suicidal thoughts a week before they took their own lives.
Young PeopleYouthwork - July 2016
 
The number of people who say they have no religion now outnumbers the Christian population of England and Wales, according to the British Social Attitudes survey reported in late May. The people that identified themselves as having no religion reached 48.5% in 2014, up from 25% in 2011, while Christians now make up 43.8% of the population.
Religion/SpiritualityEvangelicals Now – July 2016
 
Asking children to attend Christian assemblies undermines their human rights, according to a United Nations committee.
A new report by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child expresses ‘concern’ that pupils in the UK are legally required to take part in a daily act of collective worship, which is ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’. David Burrowes MP described the criticism as ‘ludicrous’ and said the Government can ‘respectfully put those kind of reports in the bin.’
EducationEvangelicals Now – July 2016
 
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