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The "World Day for the Family" which was established by the United Nations[1] was held on May 15th 2012.  This year, the day was dedicated to what has been noted as two closely related topics: family and work.  Pope Benedict XVI made a plea for the "right to work and rest for families worldwide".

In his address the Pope stated that work should not hinder the family, but rather support and unite it, helping it to be open to life and to enter into a relationship with society and with the Church. I also hope that Sunday, the Lord's Day and weekly celebration of His Resurrection, will be a day of rest and an opportunity to strengthen family ties".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI6bC3kN0O4&feature=related

From a religious perspective the Pope's plea raises a number of important questions:

  1. What is the Lord's Day[2]
  2. How do we know which day is the Lord's Day
  3. What is the purpose of the Lord's Day

Your answers and comments on these points are most welcome and there will be a short paper posted soon giving our religious perspective on this call for a worldwide "Day of Rest".

We look forward to hearing from you.


[1] http://social.un.org/index/Family/InternationalObservances/InternationalDayofFamilies.aspx

[2] Revelation 1.10

The European Sunday Alliance have identified three key areas as reasons to have legislation for a 'Work Free Sunday': 1. health & safety at work  2. time for family and 3. better social cohesion.

The following aricle recognizes all of these points to be of great value to individuals and society at large, however this does not change the fact that to legislate Sunday as an official day of rest would still remain unlawful.  Click the following link to read the full article.

European Sunday Weekly Rest Day Legislation Remains Unlawful

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European Sunday Weekly Rest Day Legislation Remains Unlawful

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UK Government Acknowledges House of Lord's Amendment to "Insult Law"

The Adventrlp readers are being informed that the Home Secretary, Theresa May, on 14th January 2013 signalled that the Government would accept to remove the word "insulting" from Section 5 of the Public Order Act, 1986. Mrs May told the MPs that the House of Lord's amendment put forward by Lord Dear, a former Chief Constable and HM Inspector of Constabulary would not be challenged. She said,

"I respect the review taken by their Lordships. They had concerns which I know are shared by some in this House that Section 5 encroaches upon freedom of expression." [1]

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Following the European Court of Human Rights public hearing held on the 4th September 2012 on the admissability and merits of the four British Christian cases concerning the freedom to manifest religious belief, Nadia Eweida won her case, while Shirley Chaplin lost hers along with Lillian Ladele and Gary McFarlane.

Click here www.echr.coe.int to find a detailed report of the judgement.  AdventRLP will shortly provide an analysis of the the landmark ruling and its implications for the Christian's manifestation of religious belief and practice.

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The main purpose for this article is to to clarify the fact that based on the doctrine of subsidiarity, the application of a work-free Sunday legislative measure at EU level is anomalous and unconstitutional.

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Sep
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Religious Liberty Faces a Challenge in The Strasbourg Court

The European Court of Human Rights held a public hearing on the 4th September 2012 at 9 a.m on the admissability and merits of the four British Christian cases concerning the freedom to manifest religious belief. After the hearing the court began its deliberations in private. Its ruling will, however, be made at a later stage. We invite our AdventRLP readers to follow the court proccedings.

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A RESPONSE TO THE FORMER POPE BENEDICT XVI's CALL FOR SUNDAY THE LORD'S DAY TO BE A DAY OF REST FOR THE FAMILY

I agree with the former Pope Benedict XVI's call for the family to have a day of rest and an opportunity to strengthen family ties.  Albeit I have my reservations and doubts with it being associated with 'The Lord's Day', and that day officially being Sunday. 

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Mr Adrian Smith's Comments, Homophobic or Not?

A High Court Judge has ruled in favour of Adrian Smith, a Housing Manager.  His employers, the Trafford Housing Trust Limited demoted him to a non-managerial position with a consequential 40% cut in his salary because of his remarks on same sex marriages in churches.

Mr Smith a practicing Christian and occasional lay preacher attends an Evangelical Church in Bolton.  On Sunday 13 February 2011, Adrian read an article on the BBC News website headed:

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