Prayer fuel: News in the UK

Here are a handful of news-bites from around the UK included in the August issue of EN. May these spur us on to pray for our country and issues we all are facing.

Doubling CE
UK sales of Christianity Explored’s new edition doubled to 37,000, it was reported in September.
UK sales of handbooks of the new third edition of Christianity Explored topped 37,000 in the 12 months to July 2012, more than double the comparable figure for the previous year, which was just over 18,000. Iain Taylor

Green Christian ousted
On September 10, Christina Summers was excluded from the Green Party group of councillors in Brighton for expressing her views on same-sex marriage.
Christina voted against a motion to support the government’s plans to legalise same-sex marriage at a council meeting in July. In a local newspaper she made it clear she voted against it because of her faith: ‘I’m accountable to God above any political party’. Christina is taking advice from the Christian Legal Centre to decide whether to seek a judicial review over her dismissal. Christian Concern

Weblock petition
On September 5, a petition in favour of an automatic online porn block, numbering 115,000 names, was handed in to 10 Downing Street.
The ‘opt-in’ system means only over-18s can view adult material on the internet, and only if they specifically ask their internet providers to allow them to. The campaign came after the ten-week consultation on parental internet controls and web security. 140 MPs were among the names handed in. A letter from a group of MPs who are in favour of the opt-in was given to Culture Secretary Maria Miller who is responsible for internet policy. Daily Mail

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