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Reform’s stance should not derail church conversations on sexuality

Reform’s stance should not derail church conversations on sexuality

The network Reform has threatened to boycott ‘shared conversations’, unless its own views on sexual ethics are treated as authoritative by Church of England leaders.

Archbishop of York challenged over discrimination against married gay chaplain

Archbishop of York challenged over discrimination against married gay chaplain

Protesters at Southwell Minster have criticised Archbishop of York John Sentamu for discriminating against married gay chaplain Jeremy Pemberton. This meant that he could not take up a job at a local NHS trust.

Governing with no holds barred and fewer rights

Governing with no holds barred and fewer rights

If the Conservative Party wins the next election, it will scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights with “a whole range of caveats”, stated Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

Ministers’ mixed messages on freedom and rights

Ministers’ mixed messages on freedom and rights

The UK government may limit free speech for law-abiding members of minority communities in order to defend British values such as free speech and respect for minorities, home secretary Theresa May has threatened.

Bombing Iraq: falling into Isis trap?

The UK government is seeking parliament’s approval to join the USA in carrying out air strikes on Iraq. The aim is to weaken Isis forces, responsible for various atrocities. But the attack may strengthen them instead.

Diversity among bishops as ‘shared conversations’ on sexuality begin

Diversity among bishops as ‘shared conversations’ on sexuality begin

A two-year process of conversations on sexuality has begun in the Church of England, at a gathering of bishops. Similar discussions are taking place in several other churches in Britain.

Rotherham, ‘political correctness’ and child protection

Rotherham, ‘political correctness’ and child protection

There has been widespread anger since an inquiry revealed that at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham from 1997-2013. Yet many adults in Britain are still in denial about the extent and seriousness of child sexual abuse.

Conservatives defeated over harsh bedroom tax

Conservatives defeated over harsh bedroom tax

The Conservative-led UK government was defeated in the House of Commons yesterday (5 September) after their Coalition partners broke ranks over the controversial bedroom tax. Several Liberal Democrats joined forces with Labour MPs on an Affordable Home Bill.

Sri Lanka must change, urge unions and intellectuals

Sri Lanka must change, urge unions and intellectuals

Many health professionals have gone on strike in Sri Lanka, though this has been suspended for a fortnight by court order. Other workers too are threatening industrial action if their pay is not raised to match the cost of living.

Boris Johnson calls for limit on presumption of innocence

Boris Johnson calls for limit on presumption of innocence

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has called for an end to the presumption of innocence for those visiting war zones and powers to remove UK citizenship for those supporting a “terrorist state”.