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Bible Increasingly “Irrelevant” in UK Study (Ingrid Schleuter)

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by Ingrid Schlueter

It should come as no surprise to those who read the British papers that a new study claims that only one in twenty Brits can name the Ten Commandments. The same study shows that 16% can’t name one. The moral anarchy in the West as a whole can be directly traced to the abandonment of the truths of God’s Word and its substitution with the lies of evolution and humanism. Moral rot and societal carnage are the natural result of man’s rebellion.

Recently, UK citizens were in an uproar over the abuse of the expenses system in Parliament. Both dominant political parties were shamed as MP’s were exposed for having lied or covered up their dishonest cashing in on a system designed to reimburse politicians for legitimate expenses. The Telegraph was filled for weeks with outrageous examples of greed and lies and profit taking at the public expense. But when a society as a whole can’t even name God’s command that stealing is sin, what do you expect? So exactly what moral code produces the public outrage? It’s the Law of God, written on the hearts of men, but deeply suppressed in unrighteousness, the Scripture tells us. God has given us all we need for life and godliness in His Word. Individuals and governments reject that at their own peril.

(Here’s an example of what’s going on: Britain’s National Health Service is handing out pamphlets letting students know about their right to a good sex life. This is in a country with the highest number of teen pregnancies in Europe.)

Drug Helpline Gives Teens Wrong Advice

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The Government’s drugs helpline is telling 13-year-olds that cannabis is less harmful than alcohol, it has been revealed. When a reporter rang the FRANK helpline posing as a teenager who was worried about the consequences of taking an ecstasy tablet, the adviser said “take a half of one and see how you go and if you are handling that ok, you can take the other half”.

The reporter was also told they would probably “be able to have spliff” after taking ecstasy without any major side-effects. Drugs experts have expressed alarm at the inaccurate information being offered by the telephone helpline, FRANK, which received £6.5 million in public funding in 2008-09.

During the calls the Sunday Telegraph reporters were told not to worry about occasionally smoking cannabis and were asked what would be achieved by telling a friend’s parents they had begun using the drug.

A reporter posing as a 13-year-old worried about a friend using cannabis was told: “If you just keep it at weekends, I don’t think it’s likely to cause him any major problems.” Neil McKeganey, professor of drug misuse research, University of Glasgow, called the advice “misplaced, pro drug propaganda, targeted at young people and dressed up as advice and support”.

He warned: “Research has shown that the younger the age at which someone starts to smoke cannabis the greater the likelihood that they will experience serious mental health problems as a result of their drug use.”

The Home Office recently referred to FRANK as “the key channel by which government communicates the dangers of drugs, including cannabis, to young people”. Responding to the weekend’s disclosures, a spokesman for the department said it was “urgently looking into the matter and will identify the person or persons involved and take action”.

When asked earlier this month about the training of FRANK advisers, health minister Dawn Primarolo said in a written answer that they were given “a comprehensive training programme” including “a number of themes such as drugs and their effects, attitudes and awareness of drugs, how problematic drug use affects children and families and child protection”. She added that only “individuals who have worked in relevant settings, for example the drugs field, counselling, nursing or social work, and who have excellent communication skills are recruited to become FRANK advisers”.

Cannabis was reclassified as a class B drug last year after a campaign by police chiefs and medical experts pointing out the harm associated with it. It had been moved down to class C in 2004. The Government came under fire earlier this year after it emerged that teenagers were being given tips on how to smoke cannabis in a booklet called Know Cannabis.

Source: http://www.christian.org.uk/news/20090420/drugs-hotline-gives-teens-wrong-advice/

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