Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

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Last update: Monday 16th July
 
Gambling physically alters the structure of the brain and makes people more prone to depression and anxiety, new research has shown. Scientists examining problem gamblers found they had more grey matter in and connections between regions linked to the mental conditions.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsCARE Impact Direct - 13th April 2018 (The Telegraph)
 
For the first year ever, more than 1,500 people in the UK have donated their organs after they died and this means that more people than ever have had a transplant to transform their life. Latest figures for the end of the financial year show there were 1,575 deceased donors during 2017/18, an 11% increase on the previous financial year. It is the highest ever number of donors in the UK. There were 162 more deceased donors than the previous year, the highest year on year increase in 28 years.
HealthCARE Impact Direct - 13th April 2018 (NHS Blood and Transplant)
 
Millennials still value marriage with almost three quarters of those who are unmarried (72%) intending to tie the knot, according to new research by the Church of England. While official figures recently showed a decline in the marriage rate, a study commissioned by the Church of England’s Life Events team suggests that 18-to-35-year-olds still dream of having their big day.
FamilyCARE Impact Direct - 13th April 2018 (The Church of England)
 
China has prohibited buying the Bible from major online stores, whilst claiming the country promotes religious freedom. According to widespread media reports, Amazon China and two other large online outlets have dropped the Bible from sale.
Religious PersecutionThe Christian Institute - 6th April 2018
 
Cannabis is four times stronger today than in the 1960s and countries legalising it are experimenting with the minds of their youth, two experienced psychiatrists have warned. Professor Robin Murray and Marco Colizzi issued the stark caution as they said it was “now incontrovertible that heavy cannabis use increases the risk of psychosis”.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 6th April 2018
 
A clear majority of people on the Isle of Man support the right to life before birth and oppose sex-selective abortion, according to a new poll. Research by ComRes, on behalf of Concerned Manx Healthcare Professionals, found 86 per cent of adults believe a child should have a right to life at some point before birth.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute - 16th February 2018
 
According to the latest report from Oregon State in the US, 143 had an assisted suicide death last year. As in previous years, a significant proportion (55%) of those opting for assisted suicide cited concerns about being a burden on family, friends or caregivers as one of the reasons for their decision.
World IssuesCARE Impact Direct - 16th February 2018
 
Ninety per cent of children who leave primary school in low-income countries are not expected to read or do basic maths, a new report from the Department for International Development (DFID) says. Globally, most children now have access to basic education, and, in 2015, 17 per cent of spending in low-income countries and 16 per cent in lower-middle-income countries went to education. But it is estimated that low- and middle-income countries spend two per cent of GDP on education that does not lead to learning.
EducationChurch Times – 9 February 2018
 
Christians in India are suffering a “dramatic upsurge” in attacks, a new report produced for Irish politicians warns. The report, Official India: On the side of the militants, was published last week by the Irish charity Church in Chains for the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence…The 57 “serious incidents of persecution” listed are a “representative sample”, the authors say, and are “almost certainly a gross understatement”. In the first half of 2016, the Evangelical Fellowship of India and All-India Christian Council recorded 410 incidents as in the whole of 2016. In 2014, it was 147.
Religious PersecutionChurch Times – 9 February 2018
 
A Government review of sharia in the UK has said that a “culture change” in Muslim communities is required for women’s civil rights to be acknowledged. The Independent Review into the Application of Sharia Law in England and Wales, chaired by Professor Mona Siddiqui and published on Thursday of last week, also recommended that marriage laws should be changed to ensure that civil marriages were conducted before, or at the same time as, Islamic weddings, as happened in the case of Christian or Jewish weddings in the UK.
The LawChurch Times – 9 February 2018
 
Loneliness and mental illness are by far the commonest community issues being addressed by parish priests in the Church of England, a new survey suggests. The survey of 1094 incumbents of parishes around the C of E was conducted by the Mission and Public Affairs Council and the Church Urban Fund to inform the latest Church in Action report….More than three quarters (76 per cent) of all respondents reported that loneliness was a “significant” problem in their community last year: 18 per cent higher than in 2011.
Social IssuesChurch Times – 9 February 2018
 
The Polish Government was warned by the EU about its plan to introduce pro-life legislation, it was reported in January. Polish ministers are pressing ahead with plans to change the law to protect unborn children with disabilities from being aborted. The EU claims that the proposals represent a ‘serious breach of European values’.
PoliticsEvangelicals Now – February 2018
 
Online porn is to blame for a record number of sex crimes by under-18s in Scotland, an addiction charity said in late 2017. A total of 407 minors were reported for rape, attempted rape, sexual assault or other sex crimes. This number included 48 people under the age of 16.
CrimeEvangelicals Now – February 2018
 
One in every four parents is worried about not having enough to eat, the results of a new poll published this week suggest. In a survey of 2032 adults this month, 23 per cent of parents of children under the age of 18, and 27 per cent of parents of primary-school-aged children, said that they had either skipped, or seen someone in their household skipping, meals…The poll was commissioned by the End Hunger UK coalition, which includes the Trussell Trust, Church Action on Poverty, and Oxfam.
Social IssuesChurch Times – 2 February 2018
 
Children aged between 4 and 15 are more likely to watch shows on YouTube than on TV, with TV viewing dropping by a quarter since 2010.
MediaPremier Youth and Children’s Work – February 2018
 
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