Key Quotes for 2010

Key Quotes for 2010

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Friday 18th October
 
In the last decade the gap between the richest and the poorest got wider. Inequality is now at a record high. The incomes of the bottom 10% actually fell by £6 per week between 2002-9 and the number of people living in severe poverty has risen by 900,000 in the past ten years. Youth unemployment has also increased with nearly 1 million 16-24 year olds now out of work.
MoneyKeep The Faith - Issue 50
 
Iran will open its first nuclear power plant on August 21, ramping up concerns that Tehran is edging closer to acquiring atomic weapons. The facility was built by Russia in the city of Bushehr, 250 miles southwest of Tehran. Its launch will mark a triumph for the Iranian Government in the face of international sanctions designed to curb the country’s nuclear ambitions. After Iran announced yesterday that it has successfully completed six months of testing at the plant, Moscow has revealed that a formal launch of the $1bn light-water reactor is planned for next weekend.
World IssuesThe Times - August 13th
 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – A Malaysian court sentenced two Muslim brothers to five years in prison Friday for torching a Christian church during the height of a dispute over whether non-Muslims can use the word "Allah" to refer to God. The firebombing was the first in an unprecedented string of arson attacks and vandalism at places of worship last January that threatened decades of religious harmony in this Muslim-majority country.
World IssuesYahoo News - August 13th
 
A Christian evangelist has launched an almighty work of précis, to reduce the 800,000-odd words in the Bible to 1,190 tweets. Chris Juby, a 30-year-old freelance web developer and director of worship at King's church in Durham, says it will take more than two years to reach chapter 22 of the Book of Revelation, with its forecast of the second coming of Christ. He said that he aimed to send out a tweeted chapter every day, after feeling a personal need for something a little less wordy than the full text.
MediaThe Guardian - Fri August 13th
 
Protesters held a march in London calling for Pakistan to repeal its blasphemy laws. During the visit to Britain of President Asif Ali Zardari the marchers, led by the British Pakistani Christian Association and supported by the South Asian Forum of Evangelical Alliance, handed in petitions at the Pakistan High Commission and Downing Street to demand that action be taken to stop the laws, which they believe make religious minorities vulnerable to persecution.
The Law‘Salvationist’ (The War Cry) – August 14, 2010
 
Catholics in Britain are being asked to pay between £10 and £25 to attend Masses and Pope Benedict XVI’s other public appearances during his four-day visit in September. The donations, described as ‘pilgrim contributions’ by the Church, are needed to help to defray costs up to £20 million… Each pilgrim will be given a ‘pilgrim pack’ containing their ‘pilgrim passport’, a commemorative CD and a ‘how to keep in touch postcard’.
Church‘Salvationist’ (The Times) – August 14, 2010
 
Homosexual couples should be able to register civil partnerships in churches that wish to hold them, David Cameron said on June 16, when he became the first Conservative Prime Minister to host a Gay Pride reception. Earlier the same day, Home Secretary Teresa May, also the Minister for Women and Equalities, unveiled the Coalition Government’s plans for further homosexual ‘rights’, including a commitment to ‘better recording of hate crimes.’
Politics‘Evangelicals Now’ (The Christian Institute) – August, 2010
 
In the first week of July, a Christian foster carer, who was struck off because she allowed a Muslim girl to convert to Christianity, won her legal action. The lady, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been banned from fostering by Gateshead council in November 2008 for failing to prevent the teenager from getting baptised. The council admitted that it had acted unlawfully.
Religious Persecution‘Evangelicals Now’ (The Christian Institute) – August, 2010
 
The Lord Mayor of Leicester in June banned Christian prayers before council meetings, and branded the process ‘outdated, unnecessary and intrusive’. Colin Hall also refused to take part in a service held at Leicester Cathedral on June 20 to welcome him to the role of Lord Mayor.
Religious Persecution‘Evangelicals Now’ (The Christian Institute) – August, 2010
 
Comprehensive research into neighbours in the UK, launched in June, revealed that the UK is less than half as neighbourly now as it was in 1982, with 49% of Britons saying they know more about their favourite celebrity than about their neighbour.
Social Issues‘Evangelicals Now’ – August, 2010
 
An Oxford congregation on June 30 lost its appeal at Oxford Magistrates Court to overturn the variation of a license to run a lap dancing club just 50 yards from their church.
The Law‘Evangelicals Now’ – August, 2010
 
For the third month in a row, sales of religious books rose in May, as overall book sales increased by 9.8% to $715.3 million and were up by 11.6% for the year, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP).
Media‘Christian Marketplace’ – 10 August, 2010
 
The Government is ready to back the creation of atheist schools as part of its series of reforms [according to] the Education Secretary, Michael Gove. He told MP’s: “It wouldn’t be my choice of school but the whole point of our education reforms is that they are, in the broad sense of the word, small ‘l’ liberal. They exist to provide that greater degree of choice”. Mr Gove, whose two children attend primary faith schools, said he ‘recognised that there are some people who explicitly do not want their children educated in a faith-based setting’.
Education‘Salvationist’ – 7 August, 2010
 
The benefits of 24-hour drinking have failed to materialise and tougher action is needed to tackle alcohol-related problems, the Home Secretary said today. Theresa May unveiled plans to tackle violent disorder and other problems caused by alcohol ahead of a key speech on anti-social behaviour later today. Measures to make it easer for communities to influence licensing decisions, tougher penalties for those selling alcohol to children and higher licensing fees to cover the cost of extra policing are also being considered.
‘The Sentinel’ – July 28, 2010
 
Sunday has disappeared into the “greyness” of the rest of the week, according to a northern diocesan bishop. As a result not only churchgoers are suffering but the rest of society, says Bishop of Chester Peter Forster.
Church‘Church of England Newspaper’ – July 30, 2010
 
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