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August 2019
News > International > Persecution

China: Pastor’s wife freed from jail

A reformed presbyterian church in China celebrated the release of Jiang Rong, wife of Pastor Wang Yi, in June, although the church has claimed that state persecution of its members is still continuing. In a statement from Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC), Jiang Rong and another female church member, Li Xiaofeng, were finally freed…

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August 2019
News > International

Australia: Israel Folau case looks set for court

The case involving Christian Australian rugby superstar, Israel Folau, looks set to end up in federal court after all sides failed to reach a settlement. Folau had his professional rugby contracts terminated after he published social media postings urging people to repent from their sins, including homosexuality. His employer, Rugby Australia, said the postings…

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August 2019
News > International > Religious liberty

Poland: Freedom of conscience ruling

Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal has confirmed that businesses have the right to offer services in line with their religious or other convictions. In a landmark decision, which exonerated a Polish printer who did not want to print material that promoted an event with which his religious beliefs were at odds, the Tribunal has set an…

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August 2019
News > International > Society

France: Court allows death of quadriplegic man

French officials have ruled that a paralysed man can have his life support turned off, allowing him to die. At the end of June, the Court of Cassation, the highest court in the land, gave a final ruling that doctors can stop feeding 43-year-old Vincent Lambert. The man, who is quadriplegic, has been in…

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August 2019
News > Education > Society

Student suspended for claiming scientific basis of gender

A teenage boy has sparked a debate about free speech after he was thrown out of class for saying there are only two genders. The 17-year-old from Aberdeenshire used his phone to secretly record a video of how he was reprimanded by his Personal and Social Education teacher. Although the teacher said the student…

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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
News > Society

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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