Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

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Last update: Friday 19th October
 
A Kazakh regional Religious Affairs Department demanded the personal data of everyone under 18 who attends Christian meetings for worship, it was reported in mid-April. ‘It was not sent to Muslims, for example, just to Christians, and selectively’, an official stated. She refused to explain what ‘selectively’ means.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicalsNow – June 2018
 
Uttarakhand became the seventh state in India to put ‘anti-conversion’ legislation in force, with the Freedom of Religion Bill being signed on 18 April. A national newspaper reported the news of the governor’s approval of the Bill and enforcement of the Act.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicalsNow – June 2018
 
A Freedom of Information Request in April asked Ofsted whether they possessed any evidence of church Sunday schools which ‘promote extremism’ and the nature of that evidence. Ofsted’s reply came on the final deadline of 26 April and revealed that there was no evidence.
Religion/SpiritualityEvangelicalsNow - June 2018
 
Khloe Kardashian, the third sister of reality TV family the Kardashians, has said she “can’t wait” to read Bible stories to her baby daughter, True Thompson, who was born in April.
What famous people sayPremier Christianity – June 2018
 
Cambridge has topped an annual league table of UK universities for the eighth year in a row. The prestigious institution saw off competition from Oxford, as well as a number of London universities.
EducationThe Sentinel - 25th April 2018
 
According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, marriage rates for opposite-sex couples in 2015 were the lowest on record, following a gradual long-term decline since the early 1970s. In 2015, there were only 21.7 marriages per thousand unmarried men and 19.8 marriages per thousand unmarried women, compared with 84 marriages per thousand unmarried men and 63.5 marriages per thousand unmarried women when marriage rates were at their height in 1972.
FamilyEvangelicalsNow - June 2018
 
Teenage pregnancy rates have dipped to their lowest level since records began almost half a century ago, new figures show. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that 2016 saw the lowest under-18 conception rate in England and Wales since comparable statistics were first produced in 1969.
Young PeopleThe Sentinel - 28th March 2018
 
The government had made a U-turn over its promise to remove the ‘faith cap’ on free schools. The cap – which prohibits oversubscribed faith schools from selecting more than half of their intake on the basis of religion – will remain, but funds will be provided for local authorities to create Voluntary Aided faith schools that can be fully selective on the grounds of religion.
EducationPremier Christianity – June 2018
 
Older people are buying more bikes than ever before, heralding the rise of “silver cyclists”, a new study shows. The trend is being driven by men and women over the age of 55 who are cycling for pleasure or to stay fit and healthy, said retail giant Halfords.
HealthThe Sentinel - 2nd April 2018
 
A campaign to encourage spontaneous acts of generosity during Lent reached 100,000 people in 172 countries this year: the equivalent of four million acts of kindness, its organisers have estimated.
Religion/SpiritualityChurch Times – 25th May 2018
 
Figures published in January showed police recorded 37,443 offences involving knife or sharp instrument in the year ending September 2017 – a 21% increase compared with the previous year and the highest tally since comparable records started in the 12 months to march 2011.
CrimeThe Sentinel - 4th April 2018
 
Employers must be flexible and allow staff to wear religious symbols at work as long as it does not interfere with their tasks, according to new government guidance. Equalities minister Victoria Atkins announced new guidelines will be issued to help employers set appropriate dress codes.
Work/EmploymentPremier Christianity - June 2018
 
A new annual report on the death penalty has called sub-Saharan Africa a “beacon of hope” amid a decline in executions worldwide. Twenty countries across sub-Saharan Africa have now abolished the death penalty for all crimes, Amnesty International said. Just two countries in the region, Somalia and South Sudan, carried out executions last year. Executions worldwide dropped again in 2017, with at least 993 recorded in 23 countries – down 4% from the year before and down 39% from 2015.
World IssuesThe Sentinel - 13th April 2018
 
Demand for foodbanks has increased sharply by 13 per cent, two years after MPs suggested that it might have plateaued. The Trussell Trust reported on Tuesday that its 428 foodbanks gave out more than 1.3 million packages of three-day food supplies to approximately 666,476 people between 1st April 2017 and 31st March this year: a 13 per cent increase from the previous year. Eight new foodbanks were added to the network during this period.
Social IssuesChurch Times - 27th April 2018
 
Drinkers who ignore UK alcohol consumption guidelines could be cutting years off their lives, according to new research. An analysis of nearly 600,000 people found those drinking more than 100g of alcohol every week – around five 175ml glasses of wine or pints of beer – were at an increased risk of early death. Drinking more alcohol was also linked with a greater chance of suffering a stroke, heart failure, and a fatal aneurysm, according to the study.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel - 13th April 2018
 
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