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Dundee set to bring back Christmas

A Scottish town has decided to put Christmas back into Christmas instead of calling it ‘Wintermas’.

27/11/09
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Research shows faith schools better at race relations than State sector

New UK research suggest that faith schools are better at tackling extremism and promoting race relations than State run schools.

27/11/09
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UK couple accuse social services of "kidnapping their child".

UK social services have been accused by a couple of "kidnapping" their nine week-old daughter for adoption.

27/11/09
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Civil Partnership Bill to be debated next week: Green Party

The Civil Partnership Bill is set to be debated in the Dail next week, according to a statement from the Green Party.

26/11/09
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EU Commission attacks UK over employment law exemptions for church bodies

The European Commission has begun legal action against the UK government over its employment law exemptions which allow church bodies to employ on the basis of their ethos.

26/11/09
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EU foreign ministers insist on protection for freedom of religion

A resolution insisting that EU member states protect freedom of conscience and religion has been adopted by EU foreign ministers, according to a report in the Irish Catholic.

26/11/09
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Cardinal Pell accuses Human Rights Commission of intimidation

The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, has accused a leading Australian human rights figure of attempting to “intimidate” Christians on moral issues.

In a speech last Friday to the Australian Christian Lobby, he responded to comments made by the Human Rights Commissioner of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) about a statement by the Archbishop of Canberra.

Cardinal Pell said that Archbishop Mark Coleridge “issued a carefully worded statement opposing same-sex civil unions, acknowledging the rights of homosexual people to justice, but pointing out the differences between desires and rights and the unique advantages the marriage of a man and woman brings to the spouses and their children”.

In response, the ACT Human Rights Commissioner accused the Archbishop of “getting very close to “homophobia,” starting to skate on thin ice”.

Cardinal Pell said that the Commissioner had “gone too far in this attempt to intimidate, to silence debate from Christians or indeed any person who, as in this case, merely point out the natural advantages and preminence of heterosexual marriage for society”.

Referring to an ongoing inquiry by the Australian Human Rights Commission into freedom of religion, he said that “the only question about its outcome is how bad it will be”.

He said that the terms of reference of the inquiry suggested that “religious freedom is not a human right and may not be compatible with human rights”.

This was, he continued “an astonishing claim from a senior officer of the body responsible for the protection and advancement of human rights in Australia”.

Cardinal Pell went on to warn that the Commission's agenda was to increase Government control of religion.

This agenda, he added, underscored “the need for a different sort of inquiry; not into whether religious freedom is compatible with human rights, but into whether this enquiry of the Human Rights Commission is compatible with human rights”.

Cardinal Pell continued: “The problem for the Commission and those who share its world view is that human rights often get in the way of their particular secular agenda.

“The rights to life, to marriage, to family; the recognition of the family based on marriage as the fundamental unit of society; the rights of parents to determine the moral and religious education of their children; and the rights to freedom of religion, belief, and conscience, are all recognised by the major international human rights agreements.”

True human rights, he said “also stand squarely in the road of the radical autonomy project which the extreme left, the anti-religious left is pushing”.

This was why “these inconvenient rights have been read-down”, he added, reinterpreted and displaced by newer “rights” such as “abortion, euthanasia, anti-discrimination and same-sex marriage”.

26/11/09

Catholic Church turned to most after family, friends: poll

The Catholic Church is the organisation most turned to by Irish people for emotional comfort and reassurance after spouses, partners, family and friends.

24/11/09
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Christians need to stand up for Christmas: Church of England bishops

Two prominent Anglican bishops have urged Christians to turn back the tide of political correctness by wearing religious symbols during the Christmas period.

24/11/09
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Church to stay involved in secondary schools: Bishop

The transfer of control of certain secondary schools from orders to lay trusts does not mean the Church is getting out of education, a leading Bishop has said.

23/11/09
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Fewer couples separating due to credit crunch: lawyer

Fewer couples are separating in the High Court due to the credit crunch, according to leading family law barrister Gerry Durcan SC.

23/11/09
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Austrian civil union law won’t allow ceremony

Austria's new civil union legislation will not allow same-sex couples to register their partnership in a ceremony at their local registry office.

20/11/09
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Atheists target children of religious parents with ad campaign

The children of religious parents in the UK are being targeted in an anti-religion advertising campaign by the same humanist group that was behind atheist bus ads.

20/11/09
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Leading campaigner envisages forcing churches to host civil union ceremonies

A leading gay rights campaigner in the UK believes that it may be appropriate to force Churches to host homosexual civil unions eventually.

19/11/09
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BBC rejects call for secular "Thought of the Day"

The BBC has rejected demands from atheists that they should muscle in on Radio 4’s three-minute religious slot, Thought for the Day.

19/11/09
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UK Government adviser claims lesbians make the best parents

Lesbians make better parents than heterosexual couples, a senior Government parenting adviser has stated.

18/11/09
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New proposals to equate cohabitation with marriage "bad for commitment": Lady Deech

Proposals to give cohabiting couples in the UK the same rights as those who get married are "bad for commitment" and degrade relationships, according to the chairperson of one Britain's legal bodies.

18/11/09
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Christians must “get involved” with EU: Bruton

Christians must influence EU policy by “getting involved on a day to day basis with its work”, former Taoiseach John Bruton has said.

17/11/09
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Nearly 10 per cent of children from broken homes "suicidal": study

Nearly 10 percent of children from broken families say that the process has left them suicidal, according to a new study. Other children involved in the process said they later sought solace in drink, drugs or crime.

17/11/09
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Scientists create egg from two biological mothers

Scientists have created and fertilised an egg with two biological mothers and one biological father, sparking ethical fears about babies grown from three-parent embryos.

17/11/09
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