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Government confirms it will support opt-out organ donation bill

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Today the Government has confirmed that it will support the Private Members’ Bill introduced by Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson to introduce an opt-out organ donation system in England. Such support means that it is highly likely that the Bill will be passed by Parliament. Humanists UK, which briefed MPs in support of the Bill ahead of its second reading in the House of Commons today, welcomes this announcement and hopes that the Bill will result in a increase in organ donation rates, reducing suffering for those awaiting a transplant.

Humanists UK Chief Executive Andrew Copson commented, ‘We are thrilled that the Government has committed to supporting the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill, after proposing the introduction of an opt-out system last year. Under the current opt-in system the ability of the organ donation service to help people is limited by the number of organ donors that come forward, resulting in 500 deaths last year. 6,500 people are currently awaiting a transplant. We expect a new system will significantly reduce that number, and are working with the Government and Geoffrey Robinson to shepherd the proposals through to fruition.’

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Trump Gets ‘Lock Her Up’ Chant, Standing Ovation For 2nd Amendment At CPAC Speech

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Before mentioning the mass shooting at a Florida high school during his long and rambling speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this morning, President Trump told the crowd to get out and vote for Republicans in the 2018 elections because otherwise Democrats will “take away your Second Amendment.”

“Don’t get complacent, because if they get in, they will repeal the tax cuts, they will put judges in you wouldn’t believe, they’ll take away your Second Amendment, which we will never allow to happen, they’ll take away your Second Amendment,” Trump said to a standing ovation.

He then asked the audience to choose whether if they had to choose they would keep his tax cuts or the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment got the most cheers.

Trump then went on to claim, in the third person, that as president he has “fulfilled more promises than he made,” before complaining about the “crooked media” in the 2016 election and the “crooked candidate” he was running against.

The crowd broke into a chant of “Lock her up!”

“Boy, have they committed a lot of atrocities, when you look, have they done things that are wrong,” Trump said.

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Judicial office rejects complaints against equal treatment coroner

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A judicial complaints office has rejected all complaints against a North London coroner who treats people equally regardless of religion.

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The Six Month Dental Recall – Science or Legend?

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“OK Mrs. Splanchnic, everything looks good. We’ll see you again in six months.” Dentists and dental hygienists all over the world repeat this phrase countless times each and every day. Sometimes however, our patients don’t get off so lucky; they will have to come back to have some procedure done- perhaps a filling, a crown, or (if they’re really unlucky) a toxic […] …read more

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Vatican judge guilty of sex abuse & child porn possession

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Monsignor Pietro Amenta, centre, a former judge of the Roman Rota, the Vatican’s highest appellate court, has received a suspended sentence of one year and two months after he was found guilty by the Tribunal of Rome of sexual molestation and possessing of child pornography.

According to this report, Amenta was detained by police after an incident in March 2017, in which he allegedly fondled the genitals of a young but over-age Romanian man in a Roman market.

The man reportedly then followed Amenta and summoned police, who took Amenta into custody.

An investigation later discovered roughly 80 pornographic images on Amenta’s personal computer, some involving minors, leading to a second charge in the case.

Amenta resigned his position from the Rota last week, according to a Vatican spokesperson.

Amenta has previously faced charges of obscenity in 1991 and sexual molestation in 2004, though neither of those charges led to convictions. In 2013, Amenta himself made a complaint to police of being robbed by two transsexuals.

The February 14 conviction in the Amenta case came just two weeks after the Vatican’s chief prosecutor, Gian Piero Milone, revealed that other such investigations are also underway and said that the Vatican is “determined” to prosecute …read more

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Catholic Church already preparing to open new fully segregated state schools

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A number of new, 100% religiously selective Catholic state schools in England have already been planned by the Catholic Church, despite the fact that no official decision has been made by the Government on the future of the 50% cap on religious selection. Humanists UK, which leads the national campaign against proposals to remove the cap and against all religious discrimination in admissions more generally, has described the plans a ‘premature’ and ‘arrogant’.

Currently, religious ‘free schools’ in England must leave at least half of their places open to all local children, irrespective of religion or belief. This so-called 50% cap on religious selection was introduced in 2007 by Labour, then extended in 2010 by the Coalition, and is designed to boost integration in schools while improving equal access to taxpayer-funded schools. Despite the evidence demonstrating that it has been hugely successful in achieving these aims, the Government proposed to drop the cap, principally due to pressure from the Catholic Education Service (CES), which has not opened a new state school since 2010 in protest.

Former Education Secretary Justine Greening was understood to have reconsidered the proposals following extensive campaigning by Humanists UK and its supporters, but the new …read more

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Government confirms it will support opt-out organ donation bill

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Today the Government has confirmed that it will support the Private Members’ Bill introduced by Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson to introduce an opt-out organ donation system in England. Such support means that it is highly likely that the Bill will be passed by Parliament. Humanists UK, which briefed MPs in support of the Bill ahead of its second reading in the House of Commons today, welcomes this announcement and hopes that the Bill will result in a increase in organ donation rates reducing the suffering of those awaiting a transplant.

Humanists UK Chief Executive Andrew Copson commented, ‘We are thrilled that the Government has committed to supporting the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill, after proposing the introduction of an opt-out system last year. Under the current opt-in system the ability of the organ donation service to help people is limited by the number of organ donors that come forward, resulting in 500 deaths last year. 6,500 people are currently awaiting a transplant. We expect a new system will significantly reduce that number, and are working with the Government and Geoffrey Robinson to shepherd the proposals through to fruition.’

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Ofsted: council failed to support school over hijab and fasting

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Ofsted has said a London council’s support for a school whose leaders faced abuse and intimidation was “perfunctory at best”.

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Right Wing Round-Up: The Media Loves Mass Shootings

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Right Wing Bonus Tracks: Wayne Allyn Root’s Enchanted Evening

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  • Frank Amedia apologized to Vice President Pence “on behalf of the American people” for the fact that Joy Behar mocked his faith.
  • The Family Research Council says that “if you want to protect kids from something, try the schools’ graphic sex-ed curriculums or propaganda of those trying to deconstruct society and the family that’s paraded through our schools. Those are the real destructive influences.”
  • Tim Barton says that any Muslim who believes in Sharia is an extremist “because Sharia is extremist.”
  • Richard Land asserts that “anybody who claims to be an Evangelical and who affirms same-sex relationships is not an Evangelical.”
  • Finally, Wayne Allyn Root recounts the lovely evening he recently spent with President Trump: “Trump is nothing like the man the hateful liberal media portrays. Trump has a huge heart. Trump appreciates every supporter. Trump cares what the little guy thinks. I am living proof. In that room full of billionaires and million dollar donors, Trump made me feel like the most important person in that room.”

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