Education ministry gives go-ahead to two-thirds of Christian faith schools [U.K.]

But only one in five Islamic and Hindu schools approved, say DfE figures released after long battle to keep data secret

, education editor, The Guardian

Michael Gove said the Department for Education sought to keep the data secret because some free-school volunteers had faced intimidation.
Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

The Department for Education this year approved only one in five applications to open Islamic and Hindu faith schools as part of the government’s flagship free schools programme, while accepting applications from two out of three mainstream Christian faith schools, based on analysis of data released under a freedom of information request. Continue reading

U.S. Supreme Court decision backs same-sex marriage benefits

 Court also clears way for same-sex marriage in California

The Associated Press  Jun 26, 2013 

In two rulings considered victories for gay marriage supporters, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same U.S. benefits as heterosexual couples and cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California. Continue reading

U.S Faith Leaders Sign Marriage Solidarity Statement

From Liberty Counsel comes word that, ahead of two decisions on marriage expected from the U.S. Supreme court, two hundred leaders from many faith traditions have signed a “Marriage Solidarity Statement,” which others are invitged to sign.    Here is the “Liberty Alert” message, followed by a link to the full statement.  Continue reading

Less marriage, fewer fathers

 

Tamara Rajakariar | 24 Jun 2013 on Mercatornet

In this day and age, we are being told to come to terms with the fact that marriage is on the decline. What we don’t often hear about however is one huge consequence, as pointed out in an article by author and director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, Bradford Wilcox: and that’s the decrease of genuine and holistic fatherhood. Continue reading

“Surrey School District passes anti-homophobia regulation”

[from the homosexual site Xtra]
EDUCATION / James Chamberlain cautious about how well policy will address ‘systemic’ problems
David P Ball / Vancouver / Friday, June 21, 2013
“I’m very proud of the work that we’ve done and proud of the district,” school board vice-chair Laurie Larsen said of the regulation, which mandates training for teachers, support for GSAs, specialized counsellor training and inclusion of supportive books in libraries and curriculum, among other measures. Continue reading

The Fallacies and Dangers of a Call to Surrender the Defence of Traditional Marriage

[The pro-homosexuality movement is making some headway in seeking to influence  Evangelical churches, as it has in other sections of the church.  The following personal opinion piece is an attempt to respond to one argument that Christians should surrender the "gay marriage fight," or, in other words, give up the public witness in defence of tradtional marriage.] Continue reading

Queering education: it’s worse than you think

by Robert R. Reilly,  Jun 10, 2013, LifeSiteNews.com

June 10, 2013 (Mercatornet.com) – The logic works like this: If homosexual acts are moral, as so many now insist, then they should be normative. If they are normative, they should be taught in our schools as a standard. If they are a standard, they should be enforced. And so it has come, and is coming, to be. Education is an essential part of the drive to universalize the rationalization for homosexual behavior; so it must become a mandatory part of the curriculum. Continue reading

All schools should have same freedoms as academies, say Labour [England]

“[See also: "Labour to let all schools choose curriculum, not just free schools and academies, Stephen Twigg to pledge" (The Independent, June 17, 2013)]

Party plans to tackle inequality by taking policies applied to academies and extending them through state sector