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August 2019
News > Religious liberty > Society

Educational freedom being stifled by Stonewall

Britain’s leading gay rights activist group, Stonewall, is stifling educational freedom, according to more than 30 British academics. In an open letter to The Sunday Times, the academics claimed ‘tendentious and anti-scientific claims’ have been presented by Stonewall to staff as ‘objective fact, without the opportunity for scrutiny’. In their letter, the academics said…

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August 2019
News > Politics > Society

MPs vote to force gay marriage and abortion on to Northern Ireland

MPs in Westminster have voted to legalise gay marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland if devolution at Stormont is not restored by 21 October. Under the current law, gay marriage is not legal in the province and abortion is only legal in limited circumstances. The Democratic Unionist Party has said the votes at Westminster…

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August 2019
News > Ethics > Society

Christian doctor in court over his refusal to use transgender pronouns

An experienced doctor has appeared at Birmingham Employment Tribunal after he was sacked for refusing to use transgender pronouns. Dr David Mackereth, 56, had been an A&E doctor for 26 years in the NHS. But he lost his job doing assessments for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) because he refused to identify…

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August 2019
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Scottish government delays transgender laws

The Scottish government is unlikely to implement controversial reforms to gender recognition laws before 2021, according to The Sunday Times. The newspaper reported that several SNP figures are worried that changing the law to make it much easier for people to legally change sex will prove unpopular with the public. The Scottish government is…

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August 2019
News > Church news > Society

Newcastle Cathedral challenged over ‘queering the church’ event

The Christian Institute has taken Newcastle Cathedral to task over a weekend-long LGBT festival that included a panel discussion on ‘Queering the Church’. The event, which coincided with the city’s pro-LGBT march as part of July’s Pride Month, the cathedral hosted four panellists, including a Church of England curate who identifies as ‘non-binary genderqueer…

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August 2019
News > Church news

Jonathan Fletcher banned from preaching over abuse allegations

Jonathan Fletcher, a leading evangelical figure within the Church of England, was banned from preaching following allegations of abuse, The Daily Telegraph has reported. The 76-year-old was stripped of his Church powers by the Bishop of Southwark in 2017 following complaints made to the church – Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon – where he used to…

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August 2019
News > Education > Society

Croydon primary school reported to local authority for excluding children who objected to LGBT lessons

Two primary school children in Croydon have been excluded by their headteacher for objecting to LGBT lessons. The incident occurred in the same school where, last year, children as young as four were forced to take part in a playground ‘gay pride parade’. This latest incident at Heavers Farmer Primary School, Croydon, South London…

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August 2019
News > Ethics > Society

Judges refuse to allow doctors to force an abortion on mentally ill woman

A pregnant woman with a mental age of between 6 and 9 years old has been allowed to keep her baby after the Court of Appeal overturned a Court of Protection decision to abort the child. The unnamed woman’s Catholic mother brought the legal challenge against doctors who attempted to force the termination in…

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August 2019
News > Church news > Society

Grace Baptist church in South East hosts LGBT play

A Grace Baptist church in the south east of England has allowed a LGBT play to be staged in its building and has promoted the play through social media. The church is a member of the Association of Grace Baptist Churches South East, and the matter is being addressed within the association. The play…

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August 2019
News > Religious liberty

Free speech victory for Christian social worker student

A Christian has won his appeal at court, after he was thrown off his university course for posting on Facebook that homosexuality is a sin. Felix Ngole, aged 39, was removed from a postgraduate social work course at the University of Sheffield in 2016 after posting the online comment. Judges overturned a previous court…

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August 2019
News > Church news > News in brief

Kingdom-building in Byker for 40 years… and more!

A church situated opposite the infamous ‘Byker Wall’ in east Newcastle Upon Tyne celebrated its 40thanniversary in mid-May – but its Gospel witness dates as far back as the 1920s. Welbeck Road Evangelical Church is based on the border of Walker and Byker, which featured in 90s children’s TV programme “Byker Grove”. The church…

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July 2019
News > People > Obituaries

Warren Wiersbe (1929-2019)

Born in Chicago, Warren was the youngest of four. In 1945, aged fifteen, Warren was converted after hearing Billy Graham preach at a Youth for Christ rally. He then aspired to honour Christ by preaching the gospel, teaching God’s Word and building up the church. While studying at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (graduating in…

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