No, no, no! Let me make it clear; I have not had sex with Simon Hoare, Conservative MP for North Dorset. I shall leave that to Mrs Hoare. I want to talk about why Simon Hoare MP voted against an amendment which would make Sex and Relationships Education in schools mandatory.
Change will happen when we join together to stand up to and fight for justice against misogyny, racism, homophobia, Islamophobia and all forms of bigotry and hatred, taking our negative feelings of despondency and channeling them into positive affirmative action. So let's come together to march on London, not in protest but in celebration of diversity, equality and peace.
It is crucial we stand up to Trump this Friday and we need people from across the country to play their part in building a mass demonstration against racism on 18 March 2017. The international march will coincide with UN Anti-Racism Day and is backed by the Trade Union Congress. It could prove to be a powerful display of unity against the sustained threat of racism we face.
On the annual World Day of Migrants and Refugees, I feel compelled to draw attention to the reality of child migrants, especially the ones who are alone. In doing so I ask everyone to take care of the young, who in a threefold way are defenceless: they are children, they are foreigners, and they have no means to protect themselves. I ask everyone to help those who, for various reasons, are forced to live far from their homeland and are separated from their families.
I've come away with too much to write, and no words to write it. We must protest to the limit against evil: before it occurs, as it happens, and in its aftermath. But there is also a need for silent reflection - in which we honour the victims, mourn our capacity for evil, and learn to beware.
The decline of religious belief in the UK is happening. Its progress is slow, and inconsistent, but it is happening. The British Social Attitudes survey, an annual process, tracked the moment in 2013 when the Church of England's practising community fell below 50% of the total population. This year's BSA study recorded 48% of participants to have "no religion" at all.
Segregation is damaging for everyone. It's damaging for the minorities who could find themselves excluded from the best schools, but also for the kids with parents of the "right" faith. Wouldn't every child benefit from mixing with a variety of children from a variety of backgrounds?
It is argued that empathy cannot be taught but could happen through our positive non-judgemental interaction with others. We need to listen and to imagine what it is like to be the other. It is always easier to interact with others if they belong to our group, and hence it is easy to empathise with them as they experience sufferings and hardships through life.
(Photo: Andrew Garfield and Yosuke Kubozuka in Silence, courtesy of Paramount) Martin Scorsese's new epic Silence is an exploration of belief, faith...
In a country where most people now are not religious, the research shows that a massive 91% of us do celebrate Christmas in some form. So if Christmas is no longer about Christ for most people, what is it about? What people are celebrating in just under a week's time is not the birth of a supernatural saviour, but more earthly, human things.
Here three churches and a cathedral describe similar events they will be hosting on Christmas Day for groups such as rough sleepers, people living in hostels, refugees and asylum seekers and people alone on Christmas Day.
I came away from the programme very glad that I had watched it. I recommend it highly, to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. I thought it had something for everyone. Every viewer will find something about the programme either enjoyable, educational or both.
You'd be surprised at how much this has impacted my life. Telling someone you don't celebrate Christmas is like telling Kylie Jenner she's run out of lip fillers. There are gasps, sniffles and eyes filled with irreconcilable sadness.
For years a small yet vocal minority of committed Christians have sought to perpetuate the myth that Christians in the UK are being persecuted for their beliefs and that UK equality law 'marginalises' them. So successful have they been in promulgating this myth, that the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a major program of research to assess the effectiveness of the legal framework relating to religion or belief.
By embracing a truly modern approach to worship and inspiring a whole new generation of young Christians, Hillsong has to be respected and admired. They do some incredible charity work and appear to be going from strength to strength in terms of attracting new members to the church. It's just a shame that they are not quite as welcoming as they seem. I, for one, will not be going to Wembley Arena this Christmas.
Christmas does indeed get the greater share of focus, and I have focused on it primarily due to my background, my grandfather was an Anglican Vicar and my primary school was Church of England, so I can't help but associate this period with the Christian church which is my own failing.