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October 2018
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Media – Vue backs down over film row

National cinema chain Vue has finally admitted that it was wrong to block the screening of an ‘ex-gay’ film, and settled in full a legal claim brought against them. The film, called Voices of the Silenced, profiled individuals who questioned their gay identity and successfully moved away from same-sex attraction. It was due to be shown to an invited audience of 120 at the Vue Cinema in Piccadilly in February 2018. However, following media coverage of the film’s content, Vue abruptly cancelled the booking just the day before the proposed screening, claiming the film might be ‘unlawful’. In a letter to the organisers of the...

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September 2018
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Media – Christian ex-mayor exonerated

A local councillor who was forced to resign as Mayor of Ferryhill over social media posts on Facebook has had formal complaints about his conduct dismissed. According to the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), which supported Richard Smith, the former mayor was lambasted and forced to step down from his position after a number of activists, led by local drag queen ‘Tess Tickle’, campaigned for his removal over posts on his personal Facebook account. Many of the activists complained about the posts — which included anti-transgender ideology memes and pro-traditional marriage statements — to Durham County Council. The activists claimed Mr Smith’s posts were ‘homophobic, transphobic,...

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September 2018
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Media – Blackpool bus ban

Bus advertising to promote a church event in Lancashire have been banned by bosses at Blackpool Transport because they may upset the gay community. The Franklin Graham Lancashire Festival of Hope event placed the ads, which were then banned following a backlash from people claiming Franklin Graham was a homophobe because of his biblical views about sexual ethics. Jane Cole, Managing Director at Blackpool Transport said, ‘The removal of these adverts is as a result of us listening and acting on customer and public feedback which we aim to do at all times. Blackpool Transport is a proud ongoing supporter of the Pride and LGBT+...

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August 2018
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Media – Data breach hits Bible Society

The British and Foreign Bible Society (Bible Society) has been fined £100,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), after the society’s computer network was compromised as the result of a cyber-attack in 2016. In a statement issued by the ICO, between November and December 2016 the intruders exploited a weakness in the Society’s network to access the personal data of 417,000 of the Society’s supporters. For a subset of these supporters, some payment card and bank account details were placed at risk. The Society, which translates and distributes the Bible in the UK and around the world, relies on card donations from its UK supporters....

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May 2018
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Media – Millennials tune into Premier

Millennials and young people who no longer attend church regularly are tuning into Christian radio programmes more frequently than ever, according to research. The survey, carried out by ComRes among UK adults on behalf of Premier, found those aged between 18 and 35 make up the largest proportion of those tuning into its radio station. Despite remaining the hardest-to-reach group for the Church of England, according to recent reports the so-called millennial generation now makes up 52 per cent of people regularly listening to Premier Christian Radio, Premier Gospel and Premier Praise. Premier Christian Radio presenter Justin Brierley said that, while the UK’s increasingly secular...

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September 2017
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Media – Pro-life advert upheld

The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has rejected complaints made against ‘Both Lives Matter’ (BLM) about a billboard campaign. In January 2017, BLM ran two billboards, which claimed, ‘100,000 people are alive today because of our laws on abortion. Why change that?’ Fourteen complainants argued this claim was misleading and could not be substantiated. The ASA carried out a thorough investigation, seeking expert statistical advice, which has backed the claim made by BLM. Dawn McAvoy, BLM spokesperson, commented: ‘Our opponents said we could not substantiate the claim despite us producing a robust report. The ASA examined our calculations and it backed our figure. Its experts concluded...

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September 2017
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Media – Harold Wilson lecture

Religion and theology have a crucial role to play in preventing democracies from descending into populist states where ‘might is right’, a former Archbishop of Canterbury has claimed. In his 2017 Harold Wilson Lecture, delivered to the University of Huddersfield, Dr Rowan Williams said theology might seem an abstract discipline. However, when properly understood as ‘the exploration of human dignity in the presence of the Creator’, it became a matter of real political significance, because it could muster resistance to the idea that power settles arguments. Dr Williams said, ‘The theological perspective is that the state is limited by the innate dignity of the citizen....

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August 2017
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Media – Christian bookshop opens

A new Christian bookshop is thriving in Milton Keynes two years after the closure of the old one. Milton Keynes lost its long-standing bookshop after 25 years, when it closed early in 2015 — just one of many that have closed over the past decade. As Evangelical Times reported in its article, ‘The shop around the corner?’, in September 2012, many Christian bookstore owners have been facing financial pressure and high competition from online sellers. However, for Milton Keynes, the story was not over. In the providence of God, a local evangelical church offered a church hall. The bookshop that was closing offered their high-quality...

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July 2017
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Media – Academic nonsense exposed

Gender studies’ status as an academic field has been kiboshed once again after an academic journal published a hoax article. Its authors have admitted the paper was ‘meaningless nonsense, designed to expose the absurdity of gender studies’. The paper was published in the Cogent Social Sciences academic journal. The authors, Peter Boyle and Jamie Lindsay, both academics in their own right, commented, ‘After completing the paper, we read it carefully to ensure it didn’t say anything meaningful, and as neither one of us could determine what it was actually about, we deemed it a success’. According to the writers, who blog on www.skeptic.com, not only...

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July 2017
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Media – ‘Quote Jesus’

Bus advertising campaign ‘Quote Jesus’, which aims to get advertising on the side of London buses, has gained momentum. According to the campaigners, new figures suggest the adverts have been seen by 6.5 million people in the first three months of the campaign. This is more than double the number of regular churchgoers in the UK. Howard Conder, businessman and founder of Revelation TV, who spearheaded the campaign, said, ‘Given that less than a million people attend Church of England services each week, the Anglican Church would be better putting its money into advertising to reach people with the message of Jesus. The Quote Jesus...

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June 2017
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Media – Beware ‘normalisation’

Disney has joined the ranks of other film studios and TV networks in creating characters that are either openly gay or feature characters that fit certain such stereotypes. While our society may be happy to put a growing emphasis on homosexuality, Christian authors and evangelists Ken Ham and Avery Foley have warned Christians to beware of accepting a ‘normalisation’ that excludes God and praises public opinion. In a blog post, ‘Is it time to kiss Disney goodbye?’, they stated, ‘Sadly, Disney is trying to normalise sin and change attitudes regarding it, starting with the next generation. ‘Movie studios, such as Disney, have already done this...

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June 2017
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Media – BBC mocks politician over cross

Carol Monaghan, SNP member of parliament for Glasgow North West, was subjected to censure and mockery by the BBC after she was filmed wearing an ashen cross on her head. Ms Monaghan had come straight from an Ash Wednesday service, where traditionally a small ash cross is marked on the forehead at the start of Lent, to a parliamentary committee. When a colleague asked what was on her forehead, and told her the debate would be broadcast, she told The Spectator, ‘I think they just thought I didn’t want to be embarrassed, but I was not going to rub it off. Many religions have visible...

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