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1,500 call on Stormont to end Down’s syndrome abortions

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April 2021
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1,500 call on Stormont to end Down’s syndrome abortions

Pic: Stock image. Caption: For illustrative purposes only More than 1,500 people have signed an open letter calling on Northern Ireland’s politicians to protect those with Down’s syndrome from being aborted. Signatories are either those who have Down’s syndrome or are related to someone who does. They believe the law on abortion in the…

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Belarus church given support

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April 2021
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Belarus church given support

Evangelical leaders in Belarus have signed a joint letter giving their support to a church that was raided by police during a worship service. In February, 20 police officers entered New Life Church, following orders to evacuate the building. A continued row with authorities had meant that the congregation was not allowed to worship…

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Boko Haram frees pastor

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April 2021
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Boko Haram frees pastor

A Nigerian pastor kidnapped by Islamist terror group Boko Haram and threatened with execution has been set free. The kidnappers had claimed they would execute Pastor Bulus Yakuru. He had been abducted on Christmas Eve last year in an attack which killed at least six people. After negotiators stepped in, Pastor Yakuru was released.

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RZIM plans a new name

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April 2021
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RZIM plans a new name

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries has said it will be changing its name and removing all Zacharias’s content. The moves comes after it was revealed that Ravi Zacharias had engaged in years of sexual misconduct. The UK branch, The Zacharias Trust, has already announced it will be severing all ties with the global ministry brand.

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Evangelist Luis Palau has died

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April 2021
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Evangelist Luis Palau has died

The Argentinian Christian evangelist has died at the age of 86 after a three-year battle with lung cancer. He served as an intern with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and would sometimes assist as Billy Graham’s Spanish translator. He is survived by his wife Patricia; his sons Kevin, Keith, Andrew, and Stephen.

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Humanist census campaign begins

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April 2021
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Humanist census campaign begins

The Humanists Association launched a concerted social media campaign ahead of the census hitting Britain’s doormats in March this year. The campaign urged people who do not practice a religion not to tick the ‘Christian’ box simply because they believe they live in a Christian country or because they were christened in a church.

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Abuse of trust changes hailed

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April 2021
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Abuse of trust changes hailed

Christian groups have welcomed the news that ‘abuse of trust’ laws are being extended to cover religious leaders and sports coaches. The laws ban adults from having sexual relationships with any young person aged 16 or 17 who may be under their care. Campaigners have said the changes are long overdue.

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Scottish hate crimes bill passed

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April 2021
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Scottish hate crimes bill passed

The Scottish Parliament has passed a new hate crimes bill which, although improved, still poses a great risk to freedom of expression. SNP veteran Jim Sillars called it ‘one of the most pernicious and dangerous pieces of legislation ever produced’. Although some free speech protections were added to the law, he said the ‘badly…

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Rise in abortion ambulance calls

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April 2021
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Rise in abortion ambulance calls

Do-it-yourself abortions, where termination pills are taken at home, have led to a rise in ambulance calls due to emergency complications. The findings come in response to several Freedom of Information requests made by Kevin Duffy, a former Director of Marie Stopes International who now helps to expose the abortion industry.

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Robertson cancelled by Premier

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April 2021
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Robertson cancelled by Premier

Evangelical writer David Robertson says he has been trashed as a racist and ‘cancelled’ for an article he wrote about the Meghan Markle interview for Premier Christianity magazine. In his article Robertson said Christians shouldn’t watch the interview and he said Meghan Markle played ‘the race card’. A Twitter backlash arose when Premier published…

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Police ‘invent’ hate incidents

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April 2021
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Police ‘invent’ hate incidents

Police forces have been accused of ‘inventing’ non-crime hate incidents in a report by the Free Speech Union. Worryingly, the report quotes one force as saying, ‘the role of British police today goes beyond bringing offenders to justice when they commit crimes’, and includes preventing people “questioning the identity” of various groups.’

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Churches gain public support

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April 2021
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Churches gain public support

A poll has revealed increased appreciation among non-Christians for the role of UK churches since the Covid-19 pandemic. 2,170 adults were surveyed in February by Savanta ComRes. 25% of those identifying as non-Christians agreed that churches ‘make a positive difference’ compared to just 19% of the same demographic agreeing with the statement three years…

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