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Progressive Christians believe that the Bible is a human document, a record of humanity’s multi-millennial struggle to understand what is good and what is God and how to live in moral community with each other. But fundamentalists believe that the Bible is the literally perfect word of the Almighty, essentially dictated by God to the writers. To believe that the Bible is the perfect word of God is to believe that women are tainted seductresses who must be controlled by men.
Listen to early Church Father Tertullian: “You [woman] are the devil’s gateway: you are the unsealer of that (forbidden) tree: you are the first deserter of the divine law: you are she who persuaded him whom the devil was not valiant enough to attack. You…
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Northern Ireland should always be British, and must evolve with the rest of the UK as an integral, equal part of a free, constitutional republic, governed by the will of the people.
As a coordinator for my local region of Republic, I have a varied and exciting role that primarily explores different ways to promote republicanism and the aims of the Republic campaign to the general public.
This involves working with the local media, issuing press releases about our group’s activities and arranging interviews with our members. I have arranged visits to other sympathetic and pro-democracy groups to give talks and co-ordinated activities and social events for our supporters. These include leafleting sessions, manning stalls and tables at events, demonstrations when members of the royal family visit the area, visiting relevant museums or other attractions and fund raising.
A typical week for me involves welcoming new supporters, answering emails from members, (both new and current), following up on new ideas, arranging events, managing our budget, ordering merchandise and equipment, and communicating with other local areas. We work closely with Republic HQ and…
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Up to 20,000 girls and women living in Britain are at risk of genital mutilation because officials are scared of appearing to be racists.
The people who should be protecting them are afraid of criticising other cultures, the International Development Select Committee said.
MPs said Britain’s attempts to end sexual violence and mutilation abroad is being undermined by the failure to tackle the problem here.
Female genital mutilation is often carried out on children without anaesthetic and takes place in Britain, parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
It is often done to deny women sexual pleasure.
‘This undermines our own credibility and the programmes we fund to stamp out female genital mutilation in countries like Somalia,’ committee chairman Sir Malcolm Bruce said.
‘For us to meet the goal to eradicate this brutal practice within a generation, the UK government must also act on this issue in the UK.’
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