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postheadericon BBC pushing dangerous gender ideology to children

BBC pushing dangerous gender ideology to children

Our national broadcaster is telling children there are “over a hundred, if not more, gender identities now”. This is incredibly dangerous. The nonsensical claim is included in a new BBC Teach video series for 9-12 year olds which is supposed to help teachers “deal with sensitive subjects in an age-appropriate and honest way”. It does neither. The reality is transgender ideology causes pain and suffering. The Daily Telegraph columnist Celia Walden says such ideology is “likely to leave us with a generation of lost, confused and angry young adults asking a question we will find it very difficult to answer: ‘How did you let this happen?”’. She’s right. Listen to what just one has to say about the damage done to her.

Cari’s story

“I’m a real live 22-year-old woman with a scarred chest and a broken voice and 5 o’clock shadow because I couldn’t face the idea of growing up to be a woman. That’s my reality.” Cari Stella was encouraged to transition from female to male as a teenager. But only a few years later she came to see that this was not the solution to her problems. But by then it was too late – irreversible changes to her body had been made. Cari is one of a number of former transgender people whose stories are highlighted by international speaker and author Ryan T Anderson in a video laying bare the shortcomings of the transgender movement. In the video, Anderson explains that although transgenderism only affects a tiny number of people, transgender activists are increasingly making far-reaching demands of us all. They demand that we change what our children are taught in schools is true about sex and gender. They demand we base access to toilets, changing rooms, showers, sports teams and more on ‘gender identity’ rather than biological sex. This allows men to gain access to private female spaces and compete unfairly against women in sporting contests. They demand we affirm transgender confusions with our own words and actions even when we disagree. In New York City, intentionally ‘misgendering’ a person now carries a fine of up to a quarter of a million dollars.

All this for a condition which leading doctors in the field warn is leading to ‘serious. irreversible damage’ being done by our over-eager and misplaced interventions. “No one would suggest that we give a high school girl struggling with anorexia liposuction,” says Anderson. “So why do they suggest we give a high school girl struggling with gender dysphoria testosterone?” Indeed. As he explains, these young people need support to address the underlying causes of their struggles and help them feel comfortable in their body, not adult complicity in reinforcing their confusions. Traditional marriage between a man and a woman is based on the scientific truth that human beings are male and female. This is a reality coded in our chromosomes that cannot be changed. In promoting transgenderism to our children, our schools and politicians are lying to them and stealing their innocence. At Coalition for Marriage we stand for the truth about men, and women, and marriage.

Coalition for Marriage – 10th September 2019


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postheadericon Church of England schools will include biblical marriage in sex education

Church of England schools will include biblical marriage in sex education

Church of England schools will promote biblical marriage within Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) lessons) its Chief Education Officer has said.

Revd Nigel Genders’ comments came in a blog post explaining the CofE’s response to the Government’s recent RSE consultation.

The consultation, which closed last month, asked for views on how RSE lessons could be improved.

‘Good gifts’

Genders said: “Healthy relationships and sex are good gifts from God and should bring joy”, before explaining that “the Christian understanding of marriage” is the context for sexual relationships.

He said that in Church of England schools, RSE “will be rooted in the teachings of the Church”.

He added that abstinence and celibacy should also be taught as “positive life choices”.

The Church’s consultation response also says that while biblical marriage is “the perfect context” for a sexual relationship, pupils should also be taught about different kinds of sexual relationships, and that different views on sex must be respected.

Church teaching

The Church of England’s official position on marriage, based on Genesis 2, says it is “a creation ordinance, a gift of God in creation and a means of his grace”.

CofE canon law on holy matrimony states: “marriage is in its nature a union permanent and lifelong, for better for worse, till death them do part, of one man with one woman, to the exclusion of all others on either side, for the procreation and nurture of children”.

Christian Institute – 15.3.18


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postheadericon Council backs faith school freedom in sex education

Council backs faith school freedom in sex education.

The Government has been urged to allow faith schools to teach sex education in accordance with their religious ethos by councillors in a London borough.

Barnet Council unanimously backed a motion calling for tolerance to be shown to people of faith.

The Government has just concluded a “call for evidence” on the new primary school Relationships Education subject, and on. secondary school Relationships and Sex Education. A full consultation will follow.         ;

‘Tolerance and understanding’

Cllr Brian Gordon, who put forward the motion, said: “In the same way children should be taught not to harbour prejudice and hatred and violent desires towards others, tolerance and understanding has to be shown towards people’s religions and their values.

“It is wrong, and I would say counter-productive, for faith schools to be penalised or marked down for failure to teach particular aspects of sex and sexuality counter to their religious ethos.”

Councillors from across all parties backed the motion.

‘Different types of relationships’

A spokesman for the Department of Education said it was important that sex education is taught in all schools and added: “Our guidance will support schools in ensuring that teaching is appropriate to the age and religious background of pupils.”

Ciaran Kelly, Deputy Director of The Christian Institute, said: “It’s a welcome intervention, but the scope of Government proposals is not limited to faith schools or even to sex-ed. Relationships education will apply to all primary schools in England.

“Children as young as four will be taught about ‘different types of relationships’, which could include homosexuality, transsexualism and same-sex marriage. But the Government has said there will be no parental opt-out.”

The Christian Institute 22nd February 2018


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postheadericon Bishops declare ‘No biblical support for changing stance on marriage’

The Church of England’s decision against ‘taking note’ of a report on sexuality (15th February 2017) will result in ‘increasing division’, according to two bishops, The Bishops of Maidstone and Blackburn have called for a ‘rediscovery and reintroduction of the Bible’ after the General Synod voted against the report which both backed the biblical definition of marriage and called for “maximum freedom” for homosexual people,

Following the vote, The Archbishops of Canterbury and York released a joint letter which called for “radical new Christian inclusion in the Church” and “a proper 21 st century understanding of being human and of being sexual”,

The Rt Revd Rod Thomas and the Rt Revd Julian Henderson have responded to Archbishops’ letter by saying they are “completely unpersuaded that there is any Biblical warrant for the Church to change its doctrine of marriage”,

In a letter to the Church of England Newspaper, the two bishops expressed their concerns that “the recent General Synod debate will generate the development of pastoral practice that is completely at odds with Scripture and we plead with the proponents of change not to impair their communion with those who support the Church’s current teaching”,

Their letter also said: “In this year of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we do well to recall the rediscovery and reintroduction of the Bible in the sixteenth century to the beliefs and practices of the Church, re-forming the people of God according to His Word,”

Bishop Thomas has previously highlighted that a number of bishops have called for the C of E “to be more affirming” of same-sex relationships following the General Synod,

He said that these bishops view the Church “as being on a trajectory towards change,” But Bishop Thomas believes that: “Evangelicals in the Church of England are on a different trajectory,” He went on to say that “loving friendships between people of the same sex are given great value” in scripture, but added that “sexual intimacy is only ever commended in the context of marriage between a man
and a woman”,

Bishop Thomas warned that the Church cannot “sit loose to what the Bible teaches and then expect its mission to thrive”,

The C of E’s stance has also been criticlsed by a group of conservative Anglicans who said it was “very distressing to see such confusion” within the Church,

GAFCON (Global Anglican Future Conference) warned that there is a “great gulf between the morality of the Bible and the neo-pagan sexual morality that is now dominant in the West”,

GAFCON Chairman Archbishop Nicholas Okoh said in a statement: “We need to be as clear today as the apostles were to the churches of the New Testament that new life in Christ means a radical break with the practices and lifestyle of the world,”

Christian Institute, 14th March 2017


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postheadericon Academic claims that traditional marriage vows should be replaced

Traditional marriage vows would be better replaced by a fixed-term contract, an author and academic has claimed.

Jeanette Winterson entered a same-sex marriage in 2015, despite previously being “unsure about gay marriage”. Writing in The Guardian, Professor Winterson claimed that a lifelong commitment is “too long for most of us” and “that needs to be recognised”. “I want to stay with Susie, and I hope I can, but I would have preferred to sign up for 10 years because ‘for ever’ makes me panic”, she wrote.

Campaign group Coalition for Marriage said it had always warned that, “once marriage was redefined for same-sex couples, there would be further redefinitions down the line”. “We need to continue speaking out for the true definition of marriage – the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others”. The concept of a ‘fixed-term marriage’ must be firmly resisted. Marriage requires total commitment, not temporary assent”, the group stated.

Under the headline: “Jeanette Winterson: we need to be more imaginative about modern marriage”, the professor also attacked organised religion. “If we are to reform marriage, the first and most important step is to nullify the power of religion to dictate the rights of individuals over their own bodies. And over their own hearts.”

She added: “We are all living longer, and not all of us can stay with that same one person for ever. Marriage has always been a contract, so why not discuss fixed-term contracts? “A fixed term might allow both parents to feel less pressure and more responsibility”, she said, questioning whether traditional vows amount to “liberation or a life sentence”.

In 2015, a columnist at The Herald newspaper praised marriage as best for children and individuals. Colette Douglas Home said that the “social experiment” of raising children in different arrangements had shown that marriage is best for all.

Christian Institute – 19th April 2017


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postheadericon It’s time for the Church of England to lay down the law on marriage

It’s time for the Church of England to lay down the law on marriage

Wednesday’s [15th February 2017] vote in Synod was not a victory for the LGBT lobby. In whatever way that vote in synod is spun, the real issue is not about same-sex marriage but about the authority of the Bible in the Church of England. The effect of the vote is that there is no change in doctrine or practice. Marriage remains, as it has for all Christendom, a lifelong union between a man and a woman. This moment presents a great opportunity for the House of Bishops to embrace that truth and to act to uphold it firmly within the Church, disciplining those who would seek to abandon the authority of the Bible, and whose actions will eventually bring down the Church by actively denying that truth.

The Bishops’ Report on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships was in danger of weakening the Church’s teaching. It sought to hold together two positions that are irreconcilable – the orthodox position holding to the teaching of Jesus Christ, and the alternative which seeks to revise his teaching by insisting on acceptance of same-sex marriage.

People in society expect the Church to believe and teach the Bible. What other authority can the Church have? Moreover, God’s people are called to be “set apart” and clergy are supposed to be examples to their people. Today, however, a crucial faultline has opened up in the Church of England because it has permitted those who openly defy the teaching of Jesus into positions of authority and influence. Male clergy who declare to Synod their “marriages” to other men are applauded, despite the fact that this is directly contrary to the Church’s own teaching. The Bishop or Liverpool, and active LGBT campaigner, took to the floor of Synod this week and pleaded with members tacitly to back the report by voting to “take note” of its findings, because the language within it affirmed homosexual relationships. “Our explanation of maximum freedom will take us to places where we have not previously gone,” the bishop said, clearly indicating the direction of travel he intended to take. Such a position runs directly contrary to the teachings of the Church. Yet the Bishop is not even reprimanded.

I wrestled long and hard about whether to vote “take note” of the report. As debate progressed, however, I realised that the LGBT lobby would not stop until it had got full approval in the Church. But the undeniable truth is that the Church can’t give its blessing to same-sex marriages when its sole source of authority does not. The Archbishop of Canterbury himself is clearly wrestling with this contradiction. “To deal with that disagreement, to find ways forward,” he said, “we need a radical new Christian inclusion in the Church. This must be founded in scripture, in reason, in tradition, in theology; it must be based on good, healthy, flourishing relationships, and in a proper 21st century understanding of being human and of being sexual … the way forward needs to be about love, joy and celebration of our humanity; of our creation in the image of God, of our belonging to Christ – all of us, without exception, without exclusion.” Of course, it is right to recognise that we are made in the image of God. But we are left with the question what does radical inclusion mean?

Christians are people who believe that Jesus is Lord and that he knows what is best for us. I believe today is a great moment of opportunity for the Church of England. The schism has been laid bare. It is time for the bishops to lead with clarity and authority. The Church of England has a cherished place in the life of our nation and its duty is to speak to government and people of the hope that is found in following Jesus and his words. Either it will flourish by doing so, or it will wither and die, because it capitulates and seeks the approval of the world more than the love of God. Providentially this vote means that the Church’s teaching on marriage is secure. The House of Bishops declared there to be no appetite among them for changing the Church’s official view. Now all we need is for them to follow through by upholding the teaching and, ultimately, disciplining those that brazenly seek to defy it. Jesus Christ proclaimed that marriage is between a man and a woman. It is Him we follow.

Andrea Minichiello Williams is CEO of Christian Concern


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postheadericon A Christian View: ‘Better outcomes from marriage’

A Christian View: ‘Better outcomes from marriage’

If I had not become a Christian and had remained a votary of secular liberalism, I would now have to concede that the heterosexually married family is the best: environment for most children to grow up in. I would also have to concede that sex should be confined to marriage. Both propositions make sense. The British politician who has done a great deal through his Centre for Social Justice to demonstrate the vital importance of the institution of marriage is lain Duncan Smith. In 2012, when he was Work and Pensons Secretary, he went public with solid statistical evidence that children raised in married families were achieving better outcomes. Mr Duncan Smith’s pro-marriage declaration was made before same-sex couples could get married legally in England and Wales and in Scotland, so at that point marriage in Britain was exclusively heterosexual.

Since the Marriage (Same-Sex) Couples Act came into force in 2014 in England and Wales, around 15,000 same-sex couples have entered civil marriages, a small proportion out of the 240,000 or so marriages annually and a tiny proportion of the overall number of married couples in Britain. So, marriage remains overwhelmingly heterosexual in our country with the complementary nature of fatherhood and motherhood providing an intrinsic benefit for children.

What is the evidence for the contention that children generally do best with a man and a woman actively involved in their upbringing? It is the fact that such an arrangement, albeit to varying degrees of commitment depending on the parents, attaches to the domestic environment, namely the heterosexually married family, in which children are generally achieving the best educational and psycho-emotional outcomes.

What about the proposition that sex should be confined to marriage? The widespread acceptance of that ethic among British people before the 1960s was a major factor in encouraging young men and women to get married in the first place, thus enabling many millions of children across the social spectrum to get the benefit. Added to this, there was a plethora of moral, social, and legal factors encouraging couples to stay married and to work through or find a way of enduring the inevitable imperfectlons and challenges in every marriage.

I know a bit about this from personal experience because in 20 years of Anglican parish ministry I have met a range of men and women with a pre-permissive attitude towards marriage and family life and have been privi!eged to take funeral services for their spouses. ‘We had our ups and downs but .. .’ is a line I have often heard. It is surely no co-incidence that the marriage rates in our country have fallen significantly since sex outside marriage became socially acceptable, down by around 100.000 in England and Wales, from 343,000 in 1960, and that the number of children born without married parents is increasing.

For the follower of Jesus Christ commitment to a marriage once entered is a matter of biblical conviction and so transcends considerations of ‘compatibility’. For the Christian, the ‘right person’, except in dire circumstances such as marital infidelity or’ domestic abuse, is the member of the opposite sex to whom they made the promise of life-long commitment in the presence of God.

Comparing the broad state of British society now with the conditions across the social classes before the permissive society kicked in, along a range of indices from mental health to drug and alcohol abuse to crime and educational performance, is it really surprising to find that a society that honours marriage tends to work better for children!

Julian Mann was until recently Vicar of the Parish Church of the Ascension, Oughtibridge


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Regular services

Our normal services are as follows, but are not taking place at present owing to Covid-19.

8.15: Holy Communion
10:30: Family Worship, communion twice a month
6:00: Evening Service, communion twice a month

10.00: Holy Communion

Future Events

All regular services and special events at St.Alban’s have been suspended until further notice. Resumption will be announced when this is possible.