20 September 2017

The Christian Institute

SEXUAL FREEDOM FALLOUT COSTS BRITAIN £100 BILLION-AYEAR

Roughly £100 billion is spent each year dealing with problems relating to sexual promiscuity and relationship breakdown, according to research by the Jubilee Centre.

Author Guy Brandon blasted society’s uncritical endorsement of sexual freedom which he argues has resulted in massive public costs. The costs include dealing with family breakdown, sexually transmitted infections (STI), absenteeism, domestic violence and educational underachievement.

The study also reveals that the £100 billion figure is double the combined annual spend on tackling alcohol abuse, smoking and obesity. In the paper Mr Brandon said: “this represents an enormous moral hazard and, as a result, unsustainable and unjust public expenditure”.

COALITION FOR MARRIAGE LAUNCHED

A grassroots campaign against the redefinition of marriage in the UK has been launched. The Coalition for Marriage (C4M) affirms the current legal definition of marriage and opposes any plans to redefine it.

Leading public figures including politicians, lawyers, academics and religious leaders, have already signed affirming that marriage is between one man and one woman for life.

A consultation on redefining marriage is due to be launched by the Government imminently. C4M campaigners believe the Government has seriously underestimated the strength of opposition to its plans.

Writing in the Daily Mail, Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, said that marriage: “precedes both the state and the church, and neither of these institutions have the right to redefine it in such a fundamental way. For thousands of years, the union of one man and one woman has been the bedrock of societies across cultures, all around the world”.

Drawing on comments made by the Home Secretar y that the government’s consultation will be about how and not whether to redefine marriage, C4M chairman Colin Hart branded the plans “profoundly antidemocratic”.

He said: “the 24 million married people in this country are not even going to be asked whether they mind their marriage being redefined. The Government is running away from this public debate”. Half a million C4M petition sheets have been printed for distribution across the nation, which is open to anyone resident in the UK and over the age of 16. The petition can be signed online: www.c4m.org.uk

KEEP BRAIN DEAD PATIENTS ALIVE TO HARVEST ORGANS

Brain dead patients should be kept alive so their organs can be harvested for transplant, according to controversial new plans by the British Medical Association (BMA). The BMA argues that this contentious practice, known as elective ventilation, could be used to tackle a shortage of organs.

But Professor Nadey Hakim, of West London Transplant Unit, said: “It’s not ethical keeping someone alive. They’re brain dead and you have to remember there’s a family next door in tears”.

The contentious proposals, by the BMA’s Medical Ethics Committee, were contained in a report examining the future of organ donation in the UK. Another proposal is that the hearts of people who have died could be re-started as a way to increase the number of available organs.

TEEN ALLOWED CONTRACEPTIVE IMPLANT WITHOUT MUM KNOWING

A mum has described as “morally wrong” a scheme which allowed her 13-year-old daughter to be given a contraception implant at school without her knowledge.

The unnamed mum described how she had no idea that her daughter had been given the implant.

She said: “I feel really angry about this. I agree that teaching teenagers about sexual health and contraception is very important but this is a step too far. To perform a minor surgical procedure on school grounds, without parents knowing is morally wrong and I think more parents should be aware that their children could be having this procedure”.

Figures reported by UK newspapers show that 4,900 teenagers under the age of consent had the implants fitted last year. This is up from 800 in 2005-06.

Norman Wells, Directory of the Family Education Trust, said: “Schemes like these inevitably lead to boys putting pressure on girls to have sex. They can now tell their girlfriends: ‘You can get the school clinic to give you an implant, so you don’t have to worry about getting pregnant’”.

MP RECEIVES DEATH THREAT AFTER BACKING TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE

An MP has revealed he received a death threat and hate mail after speaking out in support of traditional marriage. David Burrowes, Conservative MP for Enfield Southgate, made the remarks at the launch of Coalition for Marriage (C4M).

At the C4M press conference, the Tory MP said: “I myself have been subjected to hate mail, to accusations of homophobia, and to a death threat as well, which is just extraordinary when one is affirming what the law is as it stands and has done historically for hundreds, if not thousands, of years”.

Last month the Archbishop of York received racist and threatening messages after he voiced his support for traditional marriage, sparking a police hate crime investigation.

It adds to concerns about how supporters of traditional marriage would be treated if marriage is redefined.

In light of the fact that schools are obliged to teach children about the importance of marriage, Mr Burrowes went on to raise a potential dilemma for teachers. He said “if we do redefine marriage it will impact on people’s freedoms – on that teacher who is wanting to affirm their religious conscience in teaching traditional marriage”.

Callum Webster