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March 2018
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Persecution: UK – Ofsted calls out Christian Institute

Ofsted’s chief inspector of schools, Amanda Spielman, has berated traditional branches of the church and the Christian Institute, intimating these were ‘extremists’ who ‘pervert’ education. As reported in The Times, Ms Spielman gave a speech to Anglican school leaders, in which she said, ‘Rather than adopting a passive liberalism that says “Anything goes”, for…

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February 2018
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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…

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February 2018
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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…

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February 2018
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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…

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January 2018
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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…

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January 2018
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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…

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January 2018
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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…

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November 2017
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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…

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October 2017
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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…

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September 2017
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Persecution: UK – Richard Page

A Christian who was dismissed as a magistrate by the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice, after expressing his view that it was in a child’s best interests to be raised by a mother and a father, is challenging the NHS trust which subsequently removed him as a director. Richard Page, who had nearly…

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September 2017
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Persecution: India cracks down on Christian camps

Indian Christians have been arrested on trumped-up charges after holding church camps. The High Court of Madhya Pradesh, a stronghold of the Hindutva ideology, decided to hear the case of 10 Christian pastors and co-workers. They were arrested on charges of kidnapping, cruelty and forceful conversion. On 23 May, at Ratlam train station in…

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August 2017
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Persecution: UK – Two street preachers acquitted

Two street preachers, who were arrested in 2016 and charged with using ‘threatening’ or offensive words, have been acquitted. Mike Overd and Michael Stockwell were convicted of religiously aggravated public order convictions in February 2017. They had been arrested for preaching at a Bristol shopping centre in July 2016, along with two other men. In February, the court…

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