A backbench business debate on “Transgender equality” took place on Thursday, 1 December 2016. The debate followed a report in January 2016 by the Women and Equalities Committee which demanded more rights for transsexuals.
At the beginning of the twenty-first century we are facing unprecedented ethical challenges. One would expect that Christians who accept the Bible as their sole and sufficient authority would be bold and clear in responding to these challenges, but all too often there is a reluctance to speak out. Dr Peter Saunders explains why. He discusses the heresies which compromise the biblical call to obedience.
Transsexualism – wanting to change physical sex because you feel you are ‘in the wrong body’ – has become an increasingly high-profile issue. People in the public eye have ‘changed their sex’, and the media normalises transsexualism. There has been a corresponding push for greater transsexual rights. This briefing introduces some of the issues at stake.
This little booklet makes the big point that some non-violent ‘extremists’ turn out to be heroic people of global significance. The Government wants to introduce a law to silence non-violent extremists who show “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values”. Our little list of heroes could easily have breached this threshold were it in place in their day.
We trust you will be encouraged by reading our 25th anniversary Annual Review. Looking back, there have been many challenges, victories and defeats as our nation has increasingly rejected the Christian faith. We give thanks to God for providing for all our needs. Through it all we can truly say that He has done more than we could ever have imagined. To Him be the glory.
The Westminster Government is proposing that Ofsted inspect church youth work in England to see if it complies with the vague ‘British values’ test. The Welsh Government is proposing to inspect church youth work in Wales to ensure children are learning “tolerance of different faiths and beliefs” and being protected from “undesirable teaching”.
This briefing seeks to set out the biblical principles at stake and consider some of the potential consequences of the Named Person scheme.