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Wrongly accused couple refused return of their children

A judge yesterday ruled that a couple will never see three of their children again even though he accepted that evidence suggesting they had physically abused one of the children was almost certainly false.

12/02/09
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Teacher scolds 5 year old for talking about Jesus, mother faces sack

A five-year-old girl from Devon was left in tears after her teacher reprimanded her for talking about Jesus in class – and her mother could be facing the sack. The girl’s mother, who works part-time at the school, is being investigated by governors because she emailed friends at church asking them to pray about her daughter’s situation.

12/02/09
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Canadian same-sex marriage law used to defend polygamy

A man being charged with polygamy in Canada will argue that since the law there permits same-sex marriage, his multiple marriages should also be allowed.

10/02/09
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Christian groups to run alternative London bus ads

Three Christian groups will run ads on London buses proclaiming the existence of God in response to the recent atheist campaign.

10/02/09
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US religious leaders protest new hiring restrictions

Faith-based organisations which receive funds from President Obama's new Office of Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships may be forced to hire workers who do not reflect their ethos under new ‘anti-discrimination’ measures, it emerged yesterday.

06/02/09
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New rules may mean sack for UK health workers who discuss religion

People working in the UK's National Health Service (NHS) face losing their job if they discuss their religious faith with colleagues or patients, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph.

06/02/09
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Marriage breakdown a triumph over "patriarchy”: UNFPA spokesman

A spokesperson for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has declared that the breakdown of traditional families, far from being a crisis, is actually a triumph for human rights.

05/02/09
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Couple bid to stop adoption of grandchildren by same-sex couple

A couple in Scotland who have seen their grandchildren taken from them and placed with a homosexual couple are set to receive financial help to challenge the move in the courts. And the council responsible for the decision to place the children with the homosexual couple could be facing an inquiry.

04/02/09
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British children suffering from individualism - report

Children in the UK need lessons in love and moral responsibility to combat the growing culture of greed and individualism, according to a new report.

03/02/09
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Religious liberty at risk, say majority of churchgoers: poll

The religious freedom of Christians in the UK is under threat, according to the majority of churchgoers. According to new poll shows, 84 per cent of churchgoing Christians feel that religious freedoms, of speech and action, are at risk in the UK. They also think that Christians should engage more with politics.

29/01/09
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Same-sex union bill set to be published before Easter

Legislation which will give registered same-sex partnerships “marriage like” rights has been included in the list of Bills the Government intends to publish before Easter.

27/01/09
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Married couples soon to be minority in UK, new figures suggest

Married couples in the UK will be in the minority by next year according to new official figures. Increasing numbers are choosing to cohabit or not remarry. The new figures show that there were only 236,980 weddings in England and Wales in 2006, the lowest number since 1895.

26/01/09
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Abuse case puts HSE in spotlight

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is facing a series of serious questions after a serious case of child abuse was revealed in the Roscommon circuit court yesterday.

22/01/09
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Two in three single mothers want male role models for their children

Two-thirds of single mothers want more male role models for their children according to the new survey in the UK. It also found that 53 per cent of children in lone parent famiies have less than six hours contact with a man each week.

22/01/09
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President Obama unveils family-policy agenda

President Barack Obama's has unveiled his family policy agenda which includes removal of government marriage penalties, support for civil unions that give same-sex couples all the legal rights and privileges of married couples, adoption rights for same-sex couples and the repeal of the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA).

22/01/09
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Irish teenagers have high drunkenness level: report

Irish teenagers have the second-highest level of drunkenness among nine countries surveyed, according to new figures. The data, contained in the State of the Nation’s Children report, shows that 29 per cent of Irish 15-year-olds say they have been drunk at least once in the last month, according to a report in the Irish Times.

20/01/09
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Presenter sacked from radio station for defending Christianity

A radio presenter in the UK is suing a local radio station after being sacked for defending Christianity on air. The Rev Mahboob Masih, a Church minister, claims he was unfairly dismissed and that the action taken against him was a case of religious discrimination.

20/01/09
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Minister confirms there will be legal guarantees on family, education in Lisbon

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Michéal Martin, has reiterated the government's promise that legal guarantees ensuring Ireland's right to maintain its own family and education policy will be part of the Lisbon Treaty to be put before the Irish people again later this year.

16/01/09
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Attempt to remove “free speech” protection in UK ‘hate crime’ law

The UK Government is attempting to overturn a crucial free speech protection added last year to a law prohibiting ‘hate crimes’ against homosexuals.

16/01/09
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EU Parliament calls on member states to legalise same-sex marriage

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution of its Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs welcoming a report published last year by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) that called for binding EU regulations to force member states to abolish the differences between marriage and same-sex civil unions.

15/01/09
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