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September 2019
News > Education > Society

Humanists want Christian content out of schools

Humanists UK has given its backing to parents who are looking to challenge daily acts of Christian worship in state schools. Lee and Lizanne Harris exercised their legal right to withdraw their children from school assemblies but now want the primarily Christian content ended, and have been given permission by the High Court to…

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September 2019
News > Religious liberty

Police pay £2,500 damages to street preacher

Christian street preacher Olu has been offered £2,500 in damages from the Metropolitan Police in relation to his false arrest and unlawful detention in February this year. The 64-year-old man had been preaching outside Southgate Underground station. A member of the public, Mrs Ambrosine Shitrit, saw a tall, hooded man squaring up to Olu.…

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September 2019
News > Society

Gambling fine is ‘small change’, claims CARE

Ladbrokes Coral’s £5.9m fine for failing anti-money laundering measures is ‘small change’ to a major bookie, Christian advocacy group CARE has claimed. Last month, the betting company was hit with the fine over failures to adequately protect vulnerable gamblers and for failing anti-money laundering measures. However, James Mildred, communications manager for CARE, commented, ‘The…

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September 2019
News > Politics

Former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron warns of ‘creeping lack of liberalism’

Former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, says Christians are often misunderstood and marginalised, and there is growing illiberalism in the West today. In a wide-ranging interview with Premier Christianity, Farron was speaking two years after the media relentlessly quizzed him about whether he believed ‘gay sex is a sin’. He admits he…

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September 2019
News > Ethics

Welsh smacking ban will cost millions

Welsh Assembly plans to criminalise parents that smack their children will cost millions of pounds, senior politicians in Wales have admitted. In July, the official consultation on the proposed smacking legislation revealed not only were there high levels of public opposition but also the costs of implementing the bill could be between £2.3m and…

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September 2019
News > Religious liberty > Society

Christian Legal Centre wins Sunday service battle with NHS

The Christian Legal Centre has won a year-long battle with the National Health Service to have appropriate Sunday worship services offered at a medium security mental health unit. The John Howard Centre in East London is a facility for people with a mental health problem who have been arrested, who are on remand or…

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September 2019
News > Society

Nearly one-quarter of all babies were aborted in 2018

Nearly 25 percent of all babies were aborted in 2018, official statistics have revealed. The Office of National Statistics released data for 2018 in England and Wales. It showed that, of a total of 862,371 pregnancies (excluding stillbirths and natural miscarriages), there were 657,076 live births and 205,295 abortions. This represents 23.8 percent of…

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September 2019
News > Church news

Joshua Harris kisses his wife and his faith goodbye

Joshua Harris, the author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye – a Christian guide to relationships – has left his wife and rejected his faith. Written when he was only 21, the book sold nearly one million copies around the world after it was published in 1997. According to the publisher, the book turned the…

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September 2019
News > International > Religious liberty

Christians hit as government restrictions on religion rise

Christians are being harassed in 143 countries worldwide as governmental restrictions on religion increase, according to a major report released recently. A squeeze on religion is happening not only in authoritarian countries, but also in many of Europe’s democracies, according to the findings. The Pew Research Center, which released its 10th annual Report on…

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September 2019
News > International

Presbyterian Church in America affirms Nashville Statement on sexuality

Throughout the years, the church has faced various trials and has had to make her stand, often due to theological or ecclesiastical issues. This year, the 47th General Assembly (GA) of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) met in Dallas, Texas and debated long and hard over how to deal with the cultural issues…

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August 2019
News > Church news > News in brief

A taste of Zambia

Proclamation Institute Zambia, training men and women for ministries in Kitwe, Zambia, held an information day in Kegworth, Derbyshire in May. Visitors were treated to hymns and cuisine, Zambian style, before being updated on gospel work in Zambia. Joe Kapolyo and Andrew Muwowo spoke of the need for cultural sensitivity when engaging Zambians with…

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August 2019
News > Church news > News in brief

Newhouse Baptist Church anniversary

Situated in the Blackdown Hills on the Devon-Somerset border, this church recently celebrated its 367th anniversary. Rev Courtenay Harris led a thanksgiving service, using Paul’s experience of heaven (2 Corinthians 12) and the shepherdess’ desire for Solomon (Song of Solomon 4) to remind members to pursue a meaningful, felt relationship with Christ.

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