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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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June 2018
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Politics – Faith cap rule

Former education secretary Justine Greening, has said she disagrees with the government’s proposal to abolish the 50 per cent faith cap rule. This cap means that new faith schools are not able to select more than half of their pupils on religious grounds. Ms Greening, speaking to the Times Educational Supplement, said abolishing the…

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June 2018
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Politics – Lords weigh in on British values debate

The government must reverse its lack of commitment to citizenship policies in the UK, and commit to making changes for a more cohesive society, a select committee has warned. The House of Lords select committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement, after a nine-month inquiry on shared values of British citizenship, said there was need…

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June 2018
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Politics – Call for protection of religious freedom

Christian charity CARE has called for greater recognition of the right to freedom of religion and belief. In CARE’s submission to the Scottish parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee, it cited how the Scottish parliament failed to ‘have a fully informed and nuanced discussion of human rights, prior to policy and legislative initiatives being…

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June 2018
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Politics – Censorship zones

Mothers challenging a decision to criminalise prayer and support outside abortion clinics have joined together outside the High Court after filing the challenge. At the end of April, Alina Dulgheriu, a mother who was supported by a pro-life vigil outside a London abortion clinic, filed a high court challenge to the Ealing ‘censorship zone’.…

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