Last week, the Church of England Synod debated a motion concerning the rights and welfare of people with Downs’ Syndrome. We spent a bit of time talking about this as church elders this week. We used as our starting point, Ian Paul’s article here. Now, our elders’ discussion is not going to get the same level of attention, nor are we part of the church of England so what the C of E discuss and decide is in one sense “not our business.” Indeed, whilst Ian was critical of Synod, this was not our primary focus. However, we felt it right to talk about this because: Continue reading
Whilst we’ve been talking about other things on faithroots.net, one of the big UK controversies has been about a guy called Toby Young who was appointed to the new Office For Students, provoked an outcry, was defended by some senior politicians, tried to stay in post before eventually giving in to the twitter storm and resigning. Continue reading
The week before, we had discovered that Olivia, one of Karen and David’s twins was now pregnant aged 17. This week picked up on the consequences and followed Matthew (16) and Olivia’s intense, heart breaking struggle about whether or not to keep the baby or to have an abortion. Continue reading
After the General Election witch hunt against Tim Farron, the media (including social media) are off again. This time the target firmly in their sights is back-bench Tory MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg. Asked on GMB for his views he answered clearly and unambiguously (which is more than can be said for the average politician) that he was against abortion under any circumstances and that he did not believe in same-sex marriage. Continue reading
Here are some practical thoughts about how we can stand up for justice in the world around us. Continue reading
Yesterday I wrote about why Christians should and could be involved in public life. I wrote in the context of Tim Farron’s resignation as Liberal Democrat leader.
The root of Farron’s resignation can be found in a series of interviews he gave at the start of the General Election campaign. Farron was pushed hard to say whether or not he believed being gay and/or gay sex was a sin.
Farron’s initial defence and that of his supporters was that his religious beliefs about moral questions were a private matter and did not impinge on his public role as leader of the Liberal Democrats. Farron eventually stated that he did not think gay sex was a sin. However, I think he would have wanted to say that the principle he had argued still stood. Farron was also challenged about his views on abortion. Could he as a Christian see abortion as wrong whilst leading a party that supported it as representing a woman’s right to choose. Continue reading
Yesterday, Tim Farron resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats explaining that he felt “torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader”
Today, people are asking whether or not Christians who believe the Bible’s teaching on moral matters such as abortion and same-sex marriage can still be involved in public life or whether their view now in effect bar them from mainstream politics and high office. Continue reading