20 September 2017

Grace & Truth – news

UK’S OLDEST MARRIED COUPLE CELEBRATE 75 YEARS

A Scottish couple celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in January. Robert (100) and Susan Erskine (99) told of their joy at becoming Britain’s oldest married couple.

Mrs Erskine said: “I love him as much now as I did then and we still kiss and hold hands, despite being married for so long … we have our disagreements but we also make up again”.

The only time Mr and Mrs Erskine were separated was during the Second World War when Mr Erskine was called into the army as a dispatch rider in Baghdad and Cairo.

HOMOSEXUAL NEWSPAPER: ‘WE WILL TEACH YOUR KIDS THE NEW NORMS’

Children will be taught to endorse homosexuality despite the beliefs of their parents, the managing editor of a homosexual newspaper in Canada has said.

Writing in the online edition of Xtra Vancouver, Robin Perelle blasted parents with traditional beliefs saying “your outdated morals are no longer acceptable, and we will teach your kids the new norms”.

The managing editor commented: “the gay rights movement is shifting norms in Canada”. Last year it emerged that the UK homosexual campaign group Stonewall had sent controversial teacher training packs to some primary schools. The pack included a DVD on which one head teacher said that pupils should be taught to be resilient to the values of their parents and grandparents.

TAX SYSTEM BLAMED FOR FAMILY BREAKDOWN

More UK children are being raised by single parents because the tax and benefit system “encourages transient shack-ups”.

One in five British children live with a single father or mother. This figure is 35 per cent higher than in Germany and 50 per cent higher than in France.

Researcher and author Patricia Morgan points out that these are the countries whose tax and benefits systems reward parents who stay together. She said: “in France, people get help if they draw up legal family contracts. In Germany … married people get tax relief and tax relief for children … by contrast, our system encourages transient shack-ups”.

Recent studies highlight that a child brought up by one parent is much more likely to underachieve at school and grow up to suffer drug, alcohol, behavioural and employment problems.

UK TEEN ABORTIONS NEARLY DOUBLE EU AVERAGE

Teenage abortions in the UK stand at nearly twice the EU average, according to a sobering newly released report.

Figures in the report show 22.1 per cent of all abortions in the UK in 2008 were carried out on under 20-year-olds – nearly twice the EU average.

The report was published in a journal of obstetrics and gynaecology and considered abortion numbers across Europe.

Mika Gissler, a co-author of the study said teenage abortion rates “can be reduced by improved access to youth friendly

reproductive and sexual health services, better sexual education in schools, and free or heavily subsidised contraceptives”.

But Josephine Quintavalle, from campaign group Comment on Reproductive Ethics, said: “there is no shortage of sex education or availability of contraceptives. It is pretty obvious it isn’t working”.

It was revealed that abortions in England cost the NHS £118 million in 2010. Health Secretary Anne Milton MP revealed the figures following concern in the House of Lords about the true financial cost to the NHS of abortion.

CHRISTIAN RADIO STATION ALLOWED TO CHALLENGE AD BAN

A Christian radio station which was banned from airing an advert on the marginalisation of Christians has been given permission to go to court and challenge the decision.

Premier Christian Radio wanted to run an advert, during the last general election campaign, on Christians being sidelined in the workplace. However it was banned by the Radio Advertising Clearance Centre (RACC) for being “politically motivated”.

Although Premier was given permission to challenge the decision using a judicial review last June, the RACC raised an objection. Now, however, a court has ruled that the review should go ahead.