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Christian students inspired by Jesus to march against cuts
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SCM says: 'invest in education, not war'
The Student Christian Movement (SCM) has welcomed the large turnout by Christian students at Saturday's march against government cuts.  SCM say they are seeing increasing evidence that young Christians find that Jesus' example inspires them to resist injustice in the here and now.  

Christian students united with other Christian groups, including CAFOD and Church Action on Poverty, in an ecumenical service at St Martin's-in-the-Fields, which drew around 400 people.  They then joined the march to Hyde Park.  

The students voiced their concerns about the hike in tuition fees and cuts to higher education, as well as the effect of the cuts across society, and held placards reading 'Where is good news for the poor?' and 'Invest in education, not war'.

Hilary Topp, National Co-ordinator of SCM, said: "Students are often portrayed as apathetic, while some say that Christians are not concerned with the realities of this world.  This march has challenged both stereotypes.  Two thousand years ago, Jesus protested against those who exploited the poor in the Jerusalem Temple.  Now Christian students will not stand by when ministers are devastating education and
public services while putting aside billions for renewing nuclear weapons."

Sam Gibson, a theology student at the University of Birmingham, was on the march.  He said: "Communities will have their lives destroyed by the cuts.  Opening higher
education to a free market system will ruin it and bar millions of people. As a Christian, it's my duty to stand up."  

The Student Christian Movement is an ecumenical student-led movement passionate about faith and justice.  SCM brings students together to explore how to live out the Christian faith in today's world.  See:
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