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April 2020
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High Court judge rules on Harry Miller ‘transphobic’ tweets case

A High Court judge has ruled that Humberside Police’s investigation into former police officer Harry Miller for ‘transphobic’ tweets unlawfully restricted his freedom of expression. Mr Miller was visited by police at his workplace after a complaint was made that he had sent transphobic tweets and that his office was therefore ‘not safe for…

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March 2020
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Brexit implications set out by Christian Institute

Director of The Christian Institute, Colin Hart, has written about the implications of Brexit for the issues the Institute deals with. Mr Hart said, ‘The Institute didn’t take sides in the referendum. We are supported by both Leavers and Remainers. But from whatever viewpoint, supporters have been asking about how Brexit affects the sorts…

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February 2020
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No-fault divorce back on the agenda

Marriage is once again under threat after plans for a no-fault divorce was put back on the agenda by the new Government. Following December’s General Election, the Queen’s Speech was presented to Parliament and, within the programme, 29 bills were mentioned, one of which was the proposed Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill. Under this…

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December 2019
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Christian groups prepare general election guidance

The United Kingdom will hold its first December general election since 1923 when voters go to the polls on Thursday 12 December. Various Christian groups have been busy preparing materials to help believers think through various issues before voting. The Christian Institute will be publishing its popular Election Briefing which will analyse the policies…

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September 2019
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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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August 2019
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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 2018
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Politics – Legalising cannabis

Proposals by some parliamentarians, including Lord William Hague, to legalise cannabis have been strongly criticised by leading medical professionals. In June, activists were calling for the recreational usage of the class B drug. Although medical cannabis can help some patients, recreational use has been banned in the UK. However, the former foreign secretary claimed…

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August 2018
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Politics – Prayer breakfast in Parliament

More than 170 MPs, including Prime Minister Theresa May, cabinet members, peers, ambassadors and church leaders, gathered for a special prayer breakfast. Held in Westminster Hall in the Palace of Westminster, on 19 June, the 2018 National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast was addressed by Rev. Dr Tim Keller, who spoke on the topic ‘What can…

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July 2018
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Politics – Teachers’ freedom threatened

The freedom of teachers to disagree with same-sex marriage is under threat in schools, with draft government guidance threatening to shut down debate and block pupils from hearing an alternative view. A consultation on the guidance closed on 5th June 2018. The draft guidance says that a school will not meet requirements if its…

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July 2018
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Politics – Sharia review implementation

Baroness Caroline Cox has challenged the government to respond urgently to the findings of the independent review of the application of sharia law in England and Wales, published in February 2018, according to Christian Concern. The review stated that ‘no one disputed that sharia councils engage in practices which are discriminatory to women’.  Baroness…

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July 2018
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Politics – Abortion

There have been two major developments regarding abortion in the north and south of Ireland. The UK Supreme Court rejected an attempt to liberalise the law banning abortion in Northern Ireland, but meanwhile the Republic of Ireland has voted in favour of legalising abortion in the south. The result of the referendum in the…

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June 2018
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Politics – Ashers’ case

Daniel McArthur, general manager of Ashers Baking Company, has spoken of Jesus’ sustaining power during the difficult four years of legal challenges. Addressing journalists assembled outside the Royal Courts of Justice, as the Supreme Court prepared to hear their case, Mr McArthur said the issue of ‘compelled speech’ is central. Ashers’ owners are defending…

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