Evangelist Tony Campolo welcomes same-sex partnerships
Tony Campolo, an influential Christian speaker and writer, no longer regards same-sex partnerships as wrong. Several other well-known evangelicals in recent years have also changed their views on sexual ethics.
Nursery worker wrongly sacked after answering lesbian colleague’s question
A London nursery unlawfully discriminated by dismissing a worker after a chat with a colleague ended in hurt feelings, an employment tribunal found. The case of Sarah Mbuyi versus Newpark Childcare highlights the risks of workplace discussions on emotionally charged topics such as religion and sexuality.
Muslims, Christians, questionnaires and counter-extremism
A law to “promote social cohesion and protect people by tackling extremism” was one of the measures in the Queen’s Speech. Additional information about laws which the UK government plans to bring in gave more details of an Extremism Bill.
Ashers bakery ruling sows confusion about discrimination
A Northern Ireland court found Ashers Baking Company guilty of discrimination after it refused to bake a cake calling for same-sex couples to be allowed to marry. But the news is not necessarily as good as it might seem for those wanting full inclusion.
After the Labour Party’s disappointing results in the UK General Election, some senior figures are urging it to move still further to the right. But this could be electorally damaging, as well as ethically questionable.
Maternity pay and other key benefits at risk, leaked document reveals
Statutory maternity pay may be axed, and incapacity benefit and housing benefit for under-25s removed if the Conservatives return to power. The Guardian has revealed details of possible further ‘welfare’ cuts set out in leaked documents.
Assault on ‘welfare state’ has damaged UK economy too
Over the past five years, the UK’s ruling Coalition has brought in heavy cuts to social security and public services. If a Conservative-led alliance comes to power in the general election, this is likely to intensify.
Further cuts would badly affect middle-income families
Cuts in the UK have harmed many of the most disadvantaged, including people who are disabled or low-paid. If a Conservative-led government takes power, further reductions and privatisation are likely to have a harsh impact on middle-income households too.
There has been extensive media coverage of the birth of a daughter to the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge. Yet, from a biblical perspective, a royal baby being born (or a new member of a president’s ‘first family’) is not that uncommon.
Ruling out cross-party cooperation does not help democracy
It is impossible to be sure who will win the UK general election. Yet it is almost certain that a sizeable majority of voters will back parties which publicly oppose further harsh cuts in public services such as the NHS and social security benefits.