Subscribe now

All articles in category Persecution

February 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution UK – Street preacher cleared

UK pastor Oluwole Ilesanmi, has been cleared without trial, after he was accused of committing an Islamophobic hate crime. Mr Ilesanmi, aged 62, had been charged concerning a sermon that he preached on 24 June 2017. A Muslim and two political activists had pressed charges after Mr Ilesanmi criticised the Quran. Although he was charged by the police with an ‘Islamophobic’ hate crime, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), having considered written representations from Christian Legal Centre’s allied solicitor Michael Phillips, decided to discontinue the charge prior to trial. The situation began in 2017, when Pastor Oluwole Ilesanmi of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, UK,...

Read more
February 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution UK – Tim Farron

Tim Farron MP, the former Liberal Democrat leader, says he was foolish to say homosexual sex is not a sin. Farron said he tried to ‘push away’ the controversy over his views during the last general election, by ‘giving an answer that, frankly, was not right’. In an interview with Premier Christian Radio, he criticised current society, which is ‘tolerant of everything, apart from the things that we don’t like’. During the election campaign, Farron faced repeated questioning over his beliefs on homosexual sex. After side-stepping the subject, in April last year he eventually told the BBC that it was not sinful. After the election...

Read more
February 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution UK – Christian printer accused

A Christian printer has been accused of a hate crime for politely turning down the opportunity to promote a cause he believed could negatively impact Christians. According to the Christian Institute, British printer Nigel Williams said he could not fulfil a request to produce promotional materials for ‘SEE Change Happen’. He declined the order from male-to-female transsexual Joanne Lockwood, saying he would be happy to serve and print for Ms Lockwood personally, but not for ‘SEE Change Happen’. In an email exchange, Mr Williams wrote: ‘It is foundational to Christianity that every person must be respected, valued and loved because they are made in the...

Read more
January 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution: UK – Ngole to appeal2

Expelled student Felix Ngole is to appeal a court decision that effectively ruled he had freedom to believe the Word of God, but not to express that belief publicly. Mr Ngole, who was studying for a masters in social work at Sheffield University, was kicked off his course, because of comments he posted on his own Facebook page, quoting passages from the Bible about God’s view of marriage. A university investigation into the comments was headed by a prominent LGBT campaigner. Following a lengthy court case, and supported by the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), Mr Ngole had a hearing in the High Court last year....

Read more
January 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution: UK – ‘Misgender’ madness

Christian maths teacher Joshua Sutcliffe has been undergoing a lengthy investigation after referring to a pupil as a ‘girl’, when she wants to become a boy. Mr Sutcliffe, who began working at the school in September 2015 and currently teaches children aged 11-18, has achieved excellent results, with his Key Stage 3 students outperforming every parallel class. However, he hit the headlines — and was slammed by popular TV pair Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby — when the girl complained her teacher had not called her a boy. Mr Sutcliffe had not been given any formal instruction on how to refer to the pupil, but...

Read more
January 2018
News > Persecution

Remember the persecuted church

Christian organisations joined forces, as 2017 closed, to encourage UK churches to pray for fellow-believers who suffer because of their faith. Around the world, many Christians risk harassment, discrimination, imprisonment or even the risk of death, simply for trying to live out their faith or worship together. The Religious Liberty Commission (RLC) of the Evangelical Alliance, together with Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Open Doors UK and Release International, formed the ‘One Month, One Church, One Prayer’ initiative, to encourage Christians to pray individually, and in their church services to remember persecuted believers. Sobering picture According to the RLC, the global picture is sobering. In Iran, believers...

Read more
November 2017
News > Persecution

Persecution: UK – Double standards at Sheffield University

Sheffield University has been accused of ‘appalling double standards’ over LGBT, Islam and Christian beliefs. During a hearing at which Christian student Felix Ngole sought to appeal against the university’s decision to expel him after he expressed his belief in Christian marriage on Facebook, new evidence was submitted to the High Court showing there had been a conflict of interest. The evidence submitted at the judicial review highlighted how the Fitness to Practise committee, which booted Mr Ngole off his social work course, had been chaired by a prominent and long-standing LGBT campaigner, Professor Jacqueline Marsh. Both she and the university had failed to disclose...

Read more
October 2017
News > Persecution

Persecution: UK – Street preacher freed

Christian street preacher, Ian Sleeper, has been released after being held in a cell for 13 hours for sharing the truth about Islam. Mr Sleeper was arrested outside Southwark Cathedral on 23 June. He was at the time displaying placards depicting love for Muslims and criticising the ideology of Islam. However, he was informed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in August that no charges will be brought against him, after he had been on strict bail conditions for six weeks. Mr Sleeper was supported by the Christian Legal Centre (CLC) throughout. He is the owner of the Singleton Tandoori Indian Balti House in Ashford....

Read more
Page 1 of 212