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How Margaret Hodge’s policies allowed paedophiles to infiltrate Islington children’s homes

February 28th, 2014 Jill Posted in Paedophilia, Politics Comments Off

From Spotlightonabuse, April 2013

Margaret Hodge became leader of Islington in 1982 and stayed in the job until 1992 when it became apparent, due to exposure by whistleblowers working with the Evening Standard, that every one of Islington’s eleven children’s homes was staffed by members of a paedophile network who were sexually abusing children in care, and were involved in prostitution, child trafficking, and the trade in images of child abuse.

In a recent Guardian interview, Margaret Hodge attempted to talk her way out of responsibility for the child abuse scandal at Islington Council: All that happened when we didn’t really understand child abuse in the way that we understand it now. This was the early 90s … It was only beginning to emerge that paedophiles were working with children, in children’s homes and elsewhere, and so I think my great regret there was believing without question the advice that I was given by the social services managers.

This isn’t what really happened. Hodge was told about a paedophile network operating in Islington’s children’s homes, but she refused to listen.
 
Margaret Hodge is also silent about how her policies directly enabled paedophiles to work with children and escape detection. Islington Council’s Equal Opportunities policy was unveiled in August 1983.
 
It promised “positive action” to recruit gay staff, gave an assurance that all council jobs would be open to gay applicants – including the sensitive area of work with children, promised that nobody would be put at a disadvantage if they came out as gay at work, and pledged ‘adequate redress’ to any lesbian or gay man who was subjected to “any harassment, whether physical or verbal” by members of the public or fellow workers…
 
…Job advertisements will in future carry an announcement that Islington Council does not discriminate against lesbians and gay men, and will invite them to apply.
 
Labour councillor Bob Crossman was the only person to speak in the “debate” on the proposals, after the policy had been proposed formally by Council Leader Margaret Hodge.
 
On the face of it, this was an honourable policy, setting out to give protection to an oppressed minority. And why shouldn’t gays be able to work with children, surely they weren’t they any more likely to abuse children than heterosexuals?
 
Unfortunately, things weren’t what they seemed. The gay liberation movement had been infiltrated by paedophiles as early as 1975. There were paedophiles posing as gay men and hiding behind the gay rights banner to avoid detection. The largest and most influential organisation in the gay rights movement was the Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE). At their national conference in Sheffield in 1975 they voted to give paedophiles a bigger role in the gay rights movement. CHE were affilated to the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), who campaigned for the age of consent to be reduced to 4, which would effectively legalise paedophilia. Copies of PIE’s manifesto were sold at CHE conferences.
 
 
 
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Opponents of Government’s welfare reforms do not have Christian monopoly

February 27th, 2014 Jill Posted in Christianity, Politics Comments Off

By Julian Mann, Sheffield Telegraph

Opponents of the Government's welfare reforms (Letters, February 20th) do not have a monopoly on Christian morality. Apart from the moral necessity to reduce our soaring national debt, a culture of welfare dependency that militates against earning one's own living certainly goes against the will of God as revealed in the New Testament.

For example, addressing those in the Christian community who had made a choice not to work, the Apostle Paul wrote: 'Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work in quietness and to earn their own living' (2 Thessalonians 3v12 – RSV). To be properly aligned with Christian principles, our welfare system should be structured to encourage those who can work into a job paying a living wage at the earliest possible opportunity.

Furthermore, it is absolutely contrary to Christianity when individuals choose to spend benefits paid for by the tax-payer on illegal drugs or use welfare payments to support a criminal life-style.

Rev Julian Mann

 

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I’m scared to admit to being a Tory in today’s C of E

February 27th, 2014 Jill Posted in Church of England, Politics Comments Off

Ed:  This article is not an argument for Christians to vote Conservative (we would not publish such a piece), but a plea for courageously independent thinking

By Harry Pinker, Spectator

I am training for ordained ministry at a Church of England theological college. I am a trainee vicar, if you will. I am also a Conservative, which puts me in an extremely small minority and quite a tricky position. At my college, there are approximately 60 ordinands in full-time residential training. Of those 60, there are no more than three or four who would describe themselves as Conservative and the overwhelming majority would call themselves (proudly) socialist. There is also a sizable minority of Marxists.

In recent weeks, our national press has seemed surprised that senior clergy in the C of E, and the Archbishop of Canterbury himself, have expressed left-wing views — criticising welfare cuts and so forth. But what no one outside the church realises is that within, holding even gentle, centre-right views is strongly disapproved of.

Any overtly Tory priest-in-training would quickly learn the error of his ways. I have not, in two years here, heard anything other than left-wing bias in preaching, either from the staff or from visiting speakers. We are fed a constant diet of propaganda which assumes that all Tories are evil and that they exist solely for the benefit of the rich.

We have had lectures in which the speaker insists that all tax avoidance is evil, while overlooking the use of Gift Aid and other tax-avoidance measures in their own churches. Other lecturers have described fund managers as being useless and immoral — never a mention of the fact that the Church of England’s considerable assets are managed by just such people.

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Billionaire Tory donor pulls funds over gay marriage

February 26th, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Marriage, Politics Comments Off

From The Christian Institute

One of the Conservative’s biggest donors is reportedly pulling his funding over the party’s stance on gay marriage.

Billionaire Michael Hintze said he was “deeply upset” by the Tories’ “promotion” of same-sex marriage.

A Tory insider told the Daily Mail that Hintze, who is said to want his £2.5 million loan to the party back, would have also liked to have seen “a more radical economic agenda”.

“Michael is fed up with David Cameron and George Osborne and doesn’t see why he should prop up the party any longer.

“He is deeply upset with the party’s promotion of gay marriage; it grates with his Catholicism”, the insider said.

In addition to his loan, the 60-year-old hedge fund manager has also donated around £4 million to the party.

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The Church is No Longer The Conservative Party at Prayer

February 26th, 2014 Jill Posted in Christianity, Politics Comments Off

By Benjamin Harris-Quinney, Breitbart

In May 2012, major Conservative donor and LGBT activist Ivan Massow wrote an article making the case that the Conservative Party had nothing to fear in discarding social conservatism, because its advocates in the party had nowhere else to go. The idea was said to strike a chord with Tory leader David Cameron. 

"Gay marriage had been on the list of policies, but then the “nasty older Tories and Catholics b******d things up”. They assured me it’ll happen, it’s still in consultation, on the agenda. Yeah, yeah, we’ve heard this bluster before.
 
Come on, Dave, take a leaf out of the book of Barack. We don’t need consultation, we need action. One of Tony Blair’s cleverest achievements was to make an early stand against militant unions. He pushed them so far left they had nowhere else to turn.
 
David Cameron could do the same with the fanatical wings of his party. Where are they going to go — UKIP? The BNP? Nowhere where they’ll be taken seriously."
 
Two years later the answer to Massow's question is of course yes, but to Labour too, anywhere really that they aren't taken for granted, patronised and ignored.
 
The problem for Massow and his fellow travellers, is that from their vantage point of the Westminster village it may have appeared that religion had become irrelevant in Britain, replaced by a progressive cabal or the simple disinterest of the masses – where regards the country at large they had catastrophically jumped the gun.
 
Religion and the Church of England, even if in relative decline nationwide, still remains the most significant non-governmental force in the country. Indeed the same liberal pro-immigration policies enacted by Massow's political role-model Tony Blair has seen Roman Catholicism become the fastest growing religion in the UK in recent years.
 
There is still nothing that compares to religion as a nationwide force in community organisation, outreach or even lobbying. The Church of England is the original “big society” par excellence. Even for those like David Cameron with a psephological rather than ideological approach to politics, it is a dangerous group to alienate.
 
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Harman should have given a proper apology

February 26th, 2014 Jill Posted in Paedophilia, Politics Comments Off

By Harry Phibbs, Conservative Home

Last year Ann Widdecombe’s memoirs Strictly Ann were published. In this she reflects on the child sex scandals involving celebrities that have been emerging from the 1970s and 1980s. Her view is that pillars of the liberal establishment were to blame for the failure to take it seriously at the time:
 
Miss Widdecombe said:
 
“Let us look at the state of our knowledge about paedophilia at the time and begin with the unlikely figures of Harriet Harman and Patricia Hewitt, now exemplary mothers and pillars of the establishment, then officers of the National Council for Civil Liberties, which allowed affiliation from the national Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE). It stayed affiliated from 1978 to 1983.
In 1977 the National Council for Civil Liberties stated that it had no policy on PIE’s aims but claimed the evidence showed that ‘children are harmed if, after a mutual relationship with an adult, they are exposed to the attentions of the police’.
 
Does anyone suppose from this that Harriet Harman and Patricia Hewitt back paedophilia and do not want the involvement of the police? No, it merely shows the state of understanding, or rather lack of it that then prevailed. The same appalling ignorance is evident in Harman‘s response on behalf of the NCCL to a bill that sought to ban indecent images of under-sixteens. The same body also wanted to decriminalise incest.”
 
The Daily Mail’s recent investigation has brought more details to light. But the extraordinary decision of the NCCL to accept affiliation from PIE is really the crux of the matter. Miss Harman should say that it was appalling and that she made a terrible mistake maintaining her involvement with the NCCL in view of it. Simply to shrug it off on the grounds that lots of organisations were affiliates, as she did in her Newsnight interview, is not good enough.
 
While we are at it, some more apologies would be in order from another dark episode in NCCL’s past. However, this time it concerns an episode before Miss Harman joined the staff, but when Patricia Hewitt was General Secretary of the NCCL.
 
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Read also:  Ms Harman, let me help you – “Being human isn’t easy” by Brother Ivo
 
 
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Labour’s paedophile problem is more about press regulation

February 25th, 2014 Jill Posted in Children/Family, Paedophilia, Politics Comments Off

From Cranmer

If the Roman Catholic Church had forged links – even as far back as the 1970s – with something called the Paedophile Information Exchange, the political outrage and media onslaught would have been monumental. Certainly, there have been many thousands of appalling cases and a chronic culture of cover-up, but no one can pretend that this was countenanced by canon lawyers or advocated by the Magisterium. Similarly, if the BBC were found to have proven historic (= Savile-era) connections with a group which favoured easing restrictions on child pornography; advocated a more relaxed attitude to paedophilia; proposed the legalisation of incest; and wanted to lower the age of consent to 10, there would be urgent demands for a public inquiry, with immediate suspensions and assurances in Parliament that heads will role.

But when three current Labour politicians – former officers of National Council for Civil Liberties – are confronted with documented links to something that really was called the Paedophile Information Exchange, and when it is set down in black and white that this group really did agitate for all of the aforementioned 'progressive' policies, you have to wonder why Ed Miliband has not at least instigated an internal inquiry and done a few background checks on Harriet Harman, Jack Dromey and (former MP) Patricia Hewitt. Instead, he declared that his MPs do not "set any store by these allegations", and that Harriet Harman in particular is a person of "huge decency and integrity".

The evidence (if it be) has been set out in the Daily Mail, even alleging that "the Labour government of the time may have helped finance the organisation". Unsurprisingly, Ms Harman has dismissed this as a politically motivated campaign – a smear, indeed, of the most despicable Dacre sort, to which depths of journalism neither she nor Labour would ever stoop.

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Putti is in the eye of the beholder by Brother Ivo

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A Lefty Archbishop who’s generous with your money – but not his flock’s

February 17th, 2014 Jill Posted in Politics, Poverty Comments Off

By Dominic Lawson, Mailonline

Those in authority become weary of perpetual demands for cash from worthy causes. They include the Head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols.

A couple of years ago my wife, a Catholic herself, went to see him with the suggestion that the Church should do more for those with learning disabilities and their families. Nichols’s immediate response was to say: ‘We’re constantly being asked for money.’

It was only when Rosa explained she wasn’t asking for an extra collection at Mass, just that one sermon a year should be devoted to this issue, that he relaxed and asked her to prepare a report on the idea.

So you would think Nichols might understand why the Coalition government, which is faced with a public sector net debt of over £1.2 trillion, has been pressing ahead with its plans to reform and if possible reduce the welfare bill.

Not a bit of it: in an interview over the weekend, marking the Vatican’s announcement that he was to be made a cardinal, Nichols, while accepting the need for savings, said it was ‘a disgrace’ that the Government had ‘destroyed the basic safety net’ of the welfare state, that it was being ‘punitive’ and that food banks were ‘scandalously’ on the increase.

It is right that our religious leaders stand up for the weakest; and given the popularity of the Government’s move to restrict welfare payments to any single home to no more than the income earned by the average working family, it takes courage to inveigh against it with such vigour.

Above all, Nichols is entitled to his opinion — even if he doesn’t see that this widespread public view is exactly the same sentiment that he himself expressed on behalf of his parishioners when he thought my wife was asking them to give to the families of children with learning disabilities: times are hard for many of us and our natural generosity is not limitless.

There is a further irony: the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, is himself a practising Catholic whose motive for welfare reforms is not to save the well-off from paying more tax but to break the iniquitous cycle of dependency that condemns families across generations to lives without possibility for self-improvement — something you would think the Churches would support.

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Read also:  The moral outrage should be at the dependency culture left by Labour by Nick de Bois, Conservative Home

 

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Jews get better of moral argument over ‘Bethlehem Unwrapped’

February 17th, 2014 Jill Posted in Politics Comments Off

By Julian Mann, New Directions

It can be right for a local church to engage in controversy in the cause of Christ. But it would appear that Jewish objectors to the decision by St James's Piccadilly in London to erect a replica of Bethlehem's separation barrier around its building have got the better of the moral argument.

St James's ran its Bethlehem Unwrapped event, with its 8 metre-tall, 30 metre-long wall the main spectacular, from December 23rd to January 5th. It explained the rationale: 'At Christmas, we sing about the “little town of Bethlehem”. This Christmas, we are hosting a festival celebrating the people of Bethlehem today and drawing attention to the Barrier that affects every aspect of daily life.'

For the festival's finale, the church invited a representative of the Embassy of Israel, London, to take part in a debate entitled 'Both sides of the Barrier – Separation or Security?'. In an open letter to the congregation, the embassy explained its reason for not taking part, arguing that 'this is not an event which is intended to deepen understanding or promote reconciliation but rather is a transparent attempt to incite against Israel and Israelis'.

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Why I, as a Christian, oppose the very idea of a Christian Party

February 3rd, 2014 Jill Posted in Christianity, Politics Comments Off

By Benedict Rogers, Conservative Home

Recently I was contacted by someone from The Christian Party, asking for suggestions for candidates to stand for Parliament. It got me thinking, not about potential candidates but about the existence of a “Christian party”. And I concluded that, as a Christian, I am very deeply and profoundly opposed to such a party, and somewhat disturbed by its existence.
I don’t wish to pick a political fight with my fellow Christians, nor do I intend to sink into the kind of partisan politics in which we engage normally with other mainstream parties, but I simply wish to set out five reasons why, as a Christian, I passionately oppose The Christian Party.
 
First, I would like to encourage more Christians to engage with politics through the mainstream political parties. If we do wish to see the values in which we believe advanced in government and public life, the way to do it is through the political parties that have a realistic chance of power. Christians should be involved where it matters, at the heart of our political system, not on the sidelines.
 
Second, what on earth is a “Christian party”? While there are clear values around which Christians of all denominations can unite, I find it hard to see a specific “Christian” policy on a wide range of aspects of government. What is a Christian transport policy? What is a Christian agriculture policy? Indeed, even in areas such as economics, education, health, the environment, foreign affairs, defence, international development, welfare and home affairs, what is a “Christian” manifesto? There are broad values which should guide our thinking on these matters, but there always has been, and always will be, plenty of room for debate and disagreement over how those values translate into detailed policy. To suggest that one party’s policies are any more “Christian” than another’s is dangerous.
 
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Does religion count at the ballot box?

January 27th, 2014 Jill Posted in Faith, Politics Comments Off

From EAUK

New research published by Theos examines the relationship between religious belief and voting behaviour. The Voters and Values report analysed surveys from 1959-2012 to show that how people identify their religious belief, as well as how frequently they attend services, is a significant factor in showing how they are likely to vote.
 
Anglicans are more likely to vote Conservative, and the more frequently they attend church, the more likely they are to vote that way. Catholic voters, however, favour the Labour party and in this case there is no discernible difference between those who attend and those who do not. Other Christian groups, the only further breakdown most of the statistics allowed, were more fluid in their voting habits, although they did show a noticeable association with support for the Liberal Democrats (and its predecessor parties).
 
Among other religious groups Muslims favoured Labour, Jewish voters preferred the Conservative, Hindus traditionally backed Labour but were more evenly split in 2010, as are Sikhs throughout the period investigated. The Buddhist vote was inclined to go to the Liberal Democrats.
 
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We have more to fear from religious state orthodoxy than a biblically-illiterate Ukip councillor

January 19th, 2014 Jill Posted in Faith, Politics Comments Off

From Cranmer

A Ukip councillor from Henley-on-Thames has written to his local newspaper claiming that the current deluge of tempest and floods aflicting the United Kingdom are "divine retribution for the government's decision to legalise gay marriage". The subsequent outpouring of incredulity, condemnation and scorn has been rather disproportionate to the man's political (or religious) significance, except to say that elections to the European Parliament are fast approaching, and Ukip are widely tipped push the Conservative Party into a humiliating third place, if not win outright. Ergo, the merest unorthodox utterance by the lowliest of Nigel Farage's rabble army will be tend to be whipped up into a storm of shame and embarrassment.

David Silvester had been a life-long Tory (he is still named on Henley Conservatives' website as a branch treasurer). He defected to Ukip when David Cameron changed the natural-law (and dictionary) definition of marriage to embrace homosexual partnerships, thereby riding roughshod over millennia of Judæo-Christian orthodoxy (not to mention, Islamic, Hindu and Sikh beliefs on the primacy of the procreative potential of sexual union). The consequence of this, according to Mr Silvester, are storms, floods and other climactic judgments, which are God's warning about national rebellion, idolatry and apostasy.

The full letter is worth reading, not least because Mr Silvester expounds his belief and sets it in some sociological context, including the Queen's Coronation Oath. It is theologically naive and evidences spiritual immaturity, but the Bible exhorts us to nurture milk-drinkers onto meat (1 Cor 3:2), notwithstanding that some are patently unable to digest it.

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Welby dismisses critics’ calls to stay out of politics and stick to talking about God

January 2nd, 2014 Jill Posted in Archbishop Of Canterbury, Politics Comments Off

by John Bingham, Telegraph

Archbishop Justin Welby says that in many deprived areas the Church has become the 'glue' holding the whole of society together

The Archbishop of Canterbury shrugged off calls from critics to steer clear of politics and “just talk about God” insisting that the Church has increasingly become the “glue” holding society together.

The Most Rev Justin Welby used his first New Year address as leader of the Church of England to reaffirm tackling poverty as one of the biggest priorities.

Archbishop Welby, a former oil executive, has drawn from his knowledge of the City as a prominent critic of practices by bankers, payday lenders and others.

It was a theme he returned to in his first Christmas sermon last week when he spoke about combating “injustice” adding that politics and religion “cannot be separated”.

But it led to attacks from some commentators who claimed that the Archbishop was failing to talk about faith.

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MSPs could ‘lose seats’ over support for gay marriage

December 17th, 2013 Jill Posted in Gay Marriage, Politics Comments Off

From The Christian Institute

Several prominent MSPs could lose their seats over their support for same-sex marriage, a campaign group has warned.

In ten constituencies, the number of people who are against gay marriage is greater than the MSPs’ respective majorities, according to a list produced by Scotland for Marriage.

Three senior MSPs from the Scottish National Party appear on the list – Gil Paterson, Sandra White and Marco Biagi – along with the former Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray. 

A spokesman from Scotland for Marriage said the analysis is “merely democracy in action” and is not a threat.

“MSPs need to pay heed to what we are saying and our supporters will not be frightened to demonstrate their feelings at the next election. And for some, their votes could be decisive”, he said.

“Our members are exercising their democratic rights and MSPs should have the decency to meet and listen to those who don’t share their views”, he added.

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Baroness Warsi’s ‘concern’ over effect of gay marriage laws on religious groups

December 12th, 2013 Jill Posted in Gay Marriage, Politics, Religious Liberty Comments Off

by John Bingham, Telegraph

Baroness Warsi has raised concerns over whether legal provisions to protect churches from being sued for opting out of gay marriage are strong enough

Baroness Warsi, the faith minister, has signalled that she is not satisfied that laws introducing same-sex marriage contain enough protections for religious groups.

The former Conservative Party chairman said she could not support the Government bill during votes in the Lords because of “reservations” about how clauses designed to prevent faith groups being sued for refusing to perform gay weddings would work in practice.
 
She raised the prospect of smaller churches, mosques and temples which are linked to local community centres, finding themselves in a legal grey area when same-sex marriage becomes possible from March next yearBut she also told an audience at an event in London in support of the Kaleidoscope Trust, a gay human rights charity, that her party had been “on the wrong side of history” of the issue of homosexuality in the past.
 
Lady Warsi, the UK’s first Muslim Cabinet minister, apologised for remarks she made as a Conservative election candidate in 2005 suggesting that lowering the age of consent would open the way for children to be "propositioned" for gay sex.
 
She said she was still “on a journey” on the issue but when asked whether she now supported same-sex marriage she replied that she was not willing to give an answer that would “keep the crowd happy”.
 
 
 
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Downing Street gets ready for a big gay wedding

December 5th, 2013 Jill Posted in Gay Marriage, Politics Comments Off

From London Evening Standard

Let the bells ring out! The Londoner is dusting off the old top hat, for wedding bells are set to ring out across Downing Street. Michael Salter, David Cameron’s close adviser and head of broadcasting, is to marry his long-term partner Rob Church, deputy director of Civil Service Reform at the Cabinet Office.
 
The wedding will be Downing Street’s first same-sex marriage. Salter, who met Church five years ago at the Stonewall Awards, has worked with Cameron for eight years and is a key adviser on LGBT issues, including the same-sex marriage bill that was legalised this summer.

The Prime Minister risked splitting his own party by daring to push through the legislation for gay marriage and has denied recent claims that he privately regretted the move because of the furore it has created.

“I don’t regret it,” Cameron told reporters. “Britain is a more equal and fairer country for having done it.”

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Nick Boles evidently needs your help

November 23rd, 2013 Jill Posted in Gay Marriage, Politics Comments Off

By Rod Liddle, Spectator

Another interesting contribution to the great debate from Nicholas Boles, the MP for Grantham and Stamford and someone who is considered ‘influential’.
 
Nick has explained away the Conservative Party’s unpopularity in the polls, and its likely defeat at the next General Election, on a failure to proclaim loudly enough on liberal issues. The party should be ‘shouting from the rooftops’ about such issues as gay marriage, he said. I assume he means being in favour of gay marriage.
 
I wonder if the rest of the country sees it that way. Have you ever heard, anywhere – outside North London – anyone express dissatisfaction with the Conservative Party because it is insufficiently liberal on the issue of, say, gay marriage? ‘Oh, I was thinking of voting Tory, but I think they’re too nasty to the gays.’?
 
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‘Tories must shout about gay marriage to win next election’

November 20th, 2013 Jill Posted in Gay Marriage, Politics Comments Off

By James Kirkup, Telegraph

The Conservative Party cannot win a majority unless it “shouts from the rooftops” about liberal policies like gay marriage, a Tory minister says

The Conservative Party cannot win a majority unless it wins around young people by “shouting from the rooftops” about liberal policies like gay marriage, a Tory minister has said.
 
Nick Boles, an ally of David Cameron, said that the Conservatives will struggle to win a Commons majority because “a significant number of people will not even contemplate voting Conservative”.
 
Because the Conservative Party image still repels many voters, the party should consider running candidates under a new National Liberal banner, Mr Boles said.
 
The minister was a strong supporter of Mr Cameron’s attempts to modernise the image of the Conservative Party and reach out to new voters. His comments reflect concern among senior Tories that the modernisation project has stalled in recent years.
 
Speaking to the Bright Blue Tory think tank, Mr Boles said that young voters will only back the Conservatives if they highlight their socially liberal policies including allowing gay marriage.

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James Kirkup also blogs about this news item here

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HHS mandate, the other Obamacare problem

November 15th, 2013 Jill Posted in Politics, Religious Liberty Comments Off

By Sheila Liaugminas, MercatorNet

The general public and the media are finally dealing with the reality of Obamacare. Great numbers of Americans have a nearly two year jump on that process.

To recap what many people probably forgot, the infamous HHS mandate was announced in January 2012, a throwdown to faith based institutions and employers requiring them to either violate their consciences or pay a prohibitive penalty. It signaled the government’s disregard for Constitutional and federal law protecting religious freedom rights. And it triggered an almost immediate response of legal challenges to the administrations’ audacious breach of those rights.
 
To date, this unconstitutional mandate in Obamacare has racked up 77 court cases with over 200 plaintiffs bringing suit against the administration. Most of which has flown under radar while the press wasn’t paying attention and Americans were going about their business. Except for the Americans who couldn’t conduct their business any longer without violating their conscience and deeply held beliefs, or paying a punitive fine for refusing to do so.
 
In every case, the government’s attorneys have had to defend in court the indefensible, and they’re losing in some significant cases and getting admonished by some judges. Like last week’s decision by the 7th Circuit Court:
 
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Faith is back at the heart of government, says Baroness Warsi

November 13th, 2013 Jill Posted in Faith, Politics Comments Off

By Matthew Holehouse, Telegraph

Faith is being put back at the “heart of government,” as it was under Sir Winston Churchill and Baroness Thatcher, a minister will say today.

The Coalition is one of the “most pro-faith governments in the West,” Baroness Warsi, the Minister for Faith, will say. “More often than not, people who do God do good.”

Churchill and Thatcher would have welcomed the Coalition’s promise to protect the right of town halls to hold prayers and the creation of more faith schools under Michael Gove’s Free Schools programme, she will say.

Public policy was “secularised” under the previous, Labour government, Lady Warsi will tell an audience at the Churchill Archives at the University of Cambridge.

But Churchill saw totalitarian regimes as “godless” while Thatcher regarded politics as second to Christianity in defining society, she will say.

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