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April 2018
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Persecution: UK – Brixton Prison row deepens

The controversy surrounding the sacking of Pastor Paul Song as a chaplain has deepened after it has been revealed many Christian groups have been banned from the prison since the arrival of the new Imam. Earlier this year, Evangelical Times reported how Christian Concern (CC) was supporting Paul Song, who was told he was…

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April 2018
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Persecution: China – Chinese lawyer dies

Chinese lawyer Dr Li Baiguang, a campaigner for Christian freedom, has died in suspicious circumstances in China. His death has prompted a strong response from advocacy organisation Release International, which has stated the Chinese authorities must account for his death. Dr Li Baiguang, an internationally renowned human rights defence lawyer, was pronounced dead suddenly…

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March 2018
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Persecution: China – Chinese churches demolished

Officials have demolished two church buildings in Shaanxi province and Christians are concerned about increasing pressure since Xi Jinping became president in 2013. On 27 December 2017, local authorities in Zhifang village in Lauyu district, demolished a church, after claiming that it was built on illegally occupied land. According to media reports, almost 100…

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March 2018
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Persecution: UK – Christian teacher branded ‘radicalisation threat’

Bristol Employment Tribunal has heard the case of Christian teacher Bristol Employment Tribunal has heard the case of Christian teacher Svetlana Powell, who was dismissed from the T2 Apprenticeship Academy after she answered questions from students. Mrs Powell, who has taught for 17 years, was branded a ‘radicalisation threat’ and dismissed in July 2016,…

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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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