Key Quotes for 2017

Key Quotes for 2017

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Sunday 22nd October
 
Over half of self-identifying Anglicans in the UK support same-sex relationships, and almost three quarters believe that sex is permissible outside of marriage, a new British Social Attitudes survey has found. The stance on homosexuality has become more liberal, with only 31% saying they agreed with same-sex relationships in 2012.
ChurchChristian Concern - 30th June 2017
 
The new disability champion role at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has been abolished, as the board decided the role was no longer required. Lord Shinkwin, whose 'We're all equal' campaign advocates for bringing the legal limit for disability abortion down to 24 weeks, in line with that for healthy children, was set to fill the post and is demanding that it be reinstated.
Social IssuesChristian Concern - 30th June 2017
 
The British Medical Association voted in favour of decriminalising abortion this week. The vote at the BMA's annual meeting means that the organisation will adopt a radical pro-abortion stance as its official policy and lobby the government to remove all legal restrictions on abortion.
Social IssuesChristian Concern - 30th June 2017
 
Charities are second only to family and friends as trusted sources of information for the public, according to the latest poll from nfpSynergy. Some 65 per cent of people say they trust the accuracy of information provided by charities “quite a lot” or “a great deal”, while 72 per cent trust a friend or family member.
Social IssuesCivil Society Media - 6th July 2017
 
One in four people experience mental health problems at some point in their lifetime. 1.6 million people in Britain are affected by eating disorders and 14-25-year-olds are most at risk. Up to a third of the population will suffer from an anxiety disorder at some time. Two in 100 adults are affected by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and one in every 100 children and teenagers. One in twelve adolescents in the UK regularly self-harm - the highest rate in Europe. Depression is the most common mental health disorder. It affects nearly a fifth of adults in the UK. Eleven per cent of British women are taking antidepressant medication daily. Every year 5,000 people in the UK take their own lives. Almost a quarter of these are men aged between 16 and 24.
HealthChristianity - June 2017
 
20 per cent of Latin Americans are now describe themselves as Protestant. 65 per cent of Protestants in South America identify as Pentecostal.
Religion/SpiritualityChristianity - June 2017
 
32 percent of young people in the UK believe in a God, according to new research from Youth for Christ.
Young PeopleChristianity - June 2017
 
The number of people identifying as Orthodox Christians in Russia has grown from 37 per cent in 1991 to 71 per cent in 2015.
Religion/SpiritualityChristianity - June 2017
 
Jehovah’s Witnesses have been banned from operating in Russia after the Supreme Court agreed with the Government’s request to label them “extremist”.
World IssuesChristianity - June 2017
 
Around 75 per cent of 5-15 year old are now use a tablet. 20 per cent of 8-15 year olds, when questioned, say they believed that everything they see on social media is true. And only one third of 12-15 year olds could identify the advertising they were seeing in their search engine...It’s estimated that around 90% of children have a digital footprint in the form of photos and family information posted on social media by the time they reach their second birthday; for many that begins before birth.
Young PeopleFamilies First - May/June 2017
 
Wales’ First Minister has promised to push ahead with a ban on parental smacking. Carwyn Jones says it is a priority for the Assembly term. But removing the ‘reasonable chastisement’ defence will criminalise loving mothers and fathers, and will overwhelm the police and the social services with trivial reports so that real cases of child abuse are missed.
The LawThe Christian Institute - Annual Review 2017
 
There are serious concerns over plans to subject church youth work in England to ‘British Values’ inspections. Under the proposals, Ofsted will be given the power to carry out extremism checks on out-of-school settings. Concerns are heightened because of Ofsted’s apparent dislike of schools with Christian ethos. The Government’s consultation on the plans stated that any “extremist” or “undesirable” teaching which is incompatible with ‘British Values’ will be prohibited. Any place which provides instruction to under 19-year-olds for more than 6 hours in any week would be covered.
ChurchThe Christian Institute - Annual Review 2017
 
A new study suggests that gene editing technology may not be as safe as scientists have claimed, and could lead to introducing hundreds of unintended mutations into the human genome. Researchers, led by investigators at Columbia University Medical Center, found a number of mutations after sequencing the entire genome of mice that had undergone CRISPR gene editing. The technique was approved for use in the UK last year despite international criticism.
ScienceChristian Concern - 23rd June 2017
 
The United Nations has criticised the Government's counter-terrorism strategy, Prevent, as "inherently flawed". The criticism came in a UN Human Rights Council report, which said the policy is "inconsistent with the principle of the rule of law". The scheme has previously been criticised for targeting the wrong groups. Last year, it was used to ban a Christian Union from holding meetings on college premises.
PoliticsChristian Concern - 23rd June 2017
 
Christian Pharmacists will be able to continue doing their jobs in line with their Christian convictions following the efforts of Christian Concern and others. The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) previously amended its guidance to deny pharmacists the right to opt out of providing services which conflict with their deeply held religious or moral beliefs.
Work/EmploymentChristian Concern - 23rd June 2017
 
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