UK Psychotherapist Launches Legal Challenge Against NHS Over Use of Puberty-Blocking Drugs on Children

UK Psychotherapist Launches Legal Challenge Against NHS Over Use of Puberty-Blocking Drugs on Children

(The Christian Institute) — Children are unable to give informed consent to medical interventions for gender dysphoria, a former psychiatric nurse has said, as she launches a landmark legal challenge. Susan Evans says the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) is rushing children into life-altering decisions. Many of these are often […]

Pastor’s Son Begins Jail Sentence in Iran’s Notorious Evin Prison for ‘Acting Against National Security’

Pastor’s Son Begins Jail Sentence in Iran’s Notorious Evin Prison for ‘Acting Against National Security’

(Barnabas Fund) — Pastor’s son Ramiel Bet Tamraz was summoned to Iran’s Evin Prison, notorious for its harsh conditions, on 7 January to begin a jail sentence for “acting against national security.” The 35-year-old was given a four-month sentence, although the one month he has already spent in detention will be deducted from the time […]

UK No-Fault Divorce Bill ‘Will Lead to More Broken Families,’ Warns Christian Group

UK No-Fault Divorce Bill ‘Will Lead to More Broken Families,’ Warns Christian Group

(The Christian Institute) — Proposals to radically alter divorce law will create a “conveyor belt” that will be extremely difficult for couples to get off, the Coalition for Marriage has warned. The pro-marriage group spoke out as the UK government’s Divorce, Dissolution and Separation bill began its parliamentary stages on Tuesday. The Ministry of Justice […]

Deported Asylum Seekers Risk Torture, Death Because of Their Faith in Jesus Christ

Deported Asylum Seekers Risk Torture, Death Because of Their Faith in Jesus Christ

(Evangelical Focus) — Countries that reject asylum seekers who risk persecution because of their Christian faith are harming their own system of values, the leader of the German Evangelical Alliance said. In an interview with German newspaper Tagespost, Reinhardt Schink spoke out against the tragedy of Christian refugees and migrants that are sent back to […]

India’s Supreme Court to Consider Ending Decades of Discrimination Against Low Caste Christians

India’s Supreme Court to Consider Ending Decades of Discrimination Against Low Caste Christians

(International Christian Concern) – On Wednesday, January 8, the Supreme Court of India agreed to examine a petition that called for Dalit and other low caste Christians to receive the same government benefits and protection given to their Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh counterparts. According to a 1950 executive order, Muslims and Christians from low caste […]

First Opposite-Sex Civil Partnerships Take Place in UK, Lamented as ‘Marriage-Lite’

First Opposite-Sex Civil Partnerships Take Place in UK, Lamented as ‘Marriage-Lite’

(The Christian Institute) — Heterosexual civil partnerships can now take place in the United Kingdom, and the first ceremonies took place last week. The law was changed after the Supreme Court ruled in June 2018 that civil partnerships should not only be available to same-sex couples. The government agreed to change the law, and it […]

US Service Member, DoD Contractors Killed in Jihadi Attack on Military Base in Kenya

US Service Member, DoD Contractors Killed in Jihadi Attack on Military Base in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (Military Times) — A U.S. service member and two Department of Defense contractors died Sunday following an attack from al-Shabab militants in Manda Bay, Kenya, according to U.S. Africa Command. Two other Defense Department members were also injured in the attack, but remain in stable condition. Kenyan authorities previously said that Somalia’s al-Shabab […]

In China, Only Government-Supervised Worship Is Allowed

In China, Only Government-Supervised Worship Is Allowed

(Bitter Winter) — From September to Dec. 1 last year, at least 15 charismatic house church venues in Zaozhuang, a prefecture-level city in the eastern province of Shandong, were subjected to crackdowns, resulting in congregations being dispersed. A meeting venue in the city’s Taierzhuang district was cleared out in early November. According to a congregation […]