Category Archives: Law & Justice

Child Sexual Abuse

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WE AFFIRM the dignity of children, the value of their unique perspective on the world, and the privilege given to us of protecting and nurturing them. HOWEVER, many societies across the world struggle with endemic levels of child sexual abuse. When uncovered, the shocking nature of such abuse often leads to offenders being dehumanised without […]

Long-Term Commitments

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Affirmation: Financial services can spread risk and benefits in ways which are good for everyone.  Insurance represents a pooling of risk against life’s tragedies and other uncertainties.  The provision of medium and long term finance enables businesses to grow. Analysis: The financial sector has become self-serving, devoting too many resources to trading for trading’s sake […]

Fair Handling of Resources

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Affirmation: The resources of the world exist for the benefit of everyone in the world. Analysis: Businesses use tax rules and other devices to transfer wealth from one country to another, depriving the countries in which goods are produced and sold of revenue which ought to be expended for the benefit of the people in […]

Responsible Power

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Affirmation: People are more likely to wield power effectively and responsibly when there are effective mechanisms which hold them to account. Analysis: Some businesses, particularly banks, have become too large for anyone to control or understand how they are operating. Action: Businesses which are too big should be taxed more heavily or should be broken […]

Restitution and British Reparations for Slavery?

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The Old Testament affirms the principle of restitution, compensation for wrong done and in the New Testament, Zacchaeus, the tax collector gives a charming example. In the 1830s Britain gave the slave owners £20m compensation for the abolition of slavery but the slaves got nothing. Might restitution imply reparations even today? The big objection is […]

Progressive Taxation, A Tax on Residential Property

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In Luke 12 we get the principle of ‘to whom much is given much is expected’ and this underlies the idea of progressive taxation-the wealthy pay more. But because of fixed indirect taxes and tax avoidance/evasion on income tax, UK tax is less than progressive. So let’s tax residential property. It can’t be avoided-you can’t […]

Racial Reconciliation

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We affirm that at the heart of the gospel is the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-19). However, we recognize that our world is torn into divisive factions often based on historical injustices and continuing systemic violence between those of differing races. Therefore, we urge first of all hope. If even sinful humans have been […]

Respect of Media Ownership

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We affirm that the ownership of property is an important and necessary reality in our world. However, the internet has vastly increased the ability of others to misuse, borrow without permission, and even steal property that belongs to others. This is especially true for artists of all kinds who make their living from their original creations. […]