Challenges to faith, tradition rock British

Why would officials back a ban on wearing cross necklaces? On kids having best friends? What's going on in the United Kingdom?

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“Teachers tell children they shouldn’t have a best friend and that everyone should play together,” Sbottoni explained.  ”They are doing it

because they want to save the child the pain of splitting up from their best friend.”

“I don’t think it is widespread,” confirmed Russell Hobby, of the National Association of Head Teachers, “but it is clearly happening. It seems bizarre. I don’t see how you can stop people from forming close friendships. We make and lose friends throughout our lives.”

The Campaign for Real Education, which wants more parental choice in state education, said the “ridiculous” policy was robbing children of their childhood.

“Children take things very seriously and if you tell them they can’t have a best friend,” said spokesman Chris McGovern, “it can be seriously damaging to them. They need to learn about relationships.”

 “This policy doesn’t just fly in the face of common sense, it’s chilling,” noted Sun opinion columnist Deidre Sanders. “Our childhood friendships are how we begin to learn about love and commitment. Of course, they often break up, and that is how we learn resilience so we can cope with rejection later.

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“I hope this silly policy is buried as of now.”

Will British churches be forced to conduct homosexual marriages?

Meanwhile, the European Court of Human Rights issued a ruling that, should same-sex marriage be legalized in the UK, British churches will have to marry homosexual couples regardless of their convictions – and they will not be protected by proposed British laws guaranteeing protections in matters of faith and conscience.

The British government has announced it intends to legalize same-sex marriage by 2015, according to the advocacy group Christian Concern. Churches have been assured they will not be required to conduct such ceremonies. However, such promises are worthless, said the European Court when ruling in a French case. The court’s rulings supercede British law because the UK is part of the European Union.

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