Christian Action Research and Education
|Christian Action Research and Education|
|Type||Christian lobby group|
|Headquarters||53 Romney Street
London SW1P 3RF
|Executive Chairman||Lyndon Bowring|
|Chief Executive||Nola Leach|
Founding and programmes
CARE began in 1971 as the Nationwide Festival of Light, but was renamed in 1983 to reflect a substantial shift in emphasis. Over the following decades it established the following departments, in the belief that Christians should show active care as well as campaigning for moral standards in society:
- Care Confidential, which runs pregnancy counselling centres, and became independent in July 2011
- Caring Services (defunct)
- Care for Education (defunct)
- Fostering, long term and remand care (defunct)
- Evaluate, CARE's sex and relationships education programme
CARE also runs the "Leadership Programme", an internship programme securing placements for graduates. Some work as researchers for MPs, mostly in the Conservative party, and MSPs while others work in Christian NGOs. This funding of political research assistants by a religious lobby group has sometimes attracted controversy, although CARE claims that there is a clear separation between the internships and its lobbying side, and Paul Burstow MP confirmed this from his own experience in 2008.
CARE's annual income to March 2011 was over £2 million, mostly from voluntary donations. The cost of the intern programme is around £70,000 p.a. It is supported by some 40,000 individuals who want CARE to make a difference in Parliament.
Opposition to homosexuals and abortion
Labour Party insiders credited CARE with significant influence in support of Section 28 regarding education and homosexuality. CARE has received media criticism for its stance on abortion and homosexuality and was accused in 2000 by MP Ben Bradshaw of being "a bunch of homophobic bigots". CARE has also been criticised for their opposition to abortion and gay rights by The Guardian and revealed that CARE believe sexuality to be a choice, curable by prayer.
- "Annual Report 2010". CARE. 23 September 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
- Our Story, CARE. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
- Modell, David (17 May 2008). "Christian fundamentalists fighting spiritual battle in Parliament". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
- "Christian activists poised to win concessions on abortion after 40 years". The Guardian. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
- Warwick Mansell; Jon Slater (21 December 2001). "Anger at minister's Christian intern". Times Educational Supplement. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
- Merrick, Jane (30 March 2008). "Right-wing Christian group pays for Commons researchers". Independent. Archived from the original on 2009-11-24. Retrieved 22 March 2012. "CARE connections (list of MPs)"
- 1066963 - CARE (Christian Action Research and Education), summary on the website of the Charity Commission. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
- "God on their side?". The Scotsman. 12 May 2002. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
- Taylor, Jeff (7 March 2011). "Christian charity claims single earner families worst off in UK". Economic Voice. Archived from the original on 15 February 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
- Smurthwaite, Kate (19 April 2012). "Anti-abortion CARE and campaigns to MPs". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 May 2013.