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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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May 2018
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Politics – Trafficking shows sharp rise

Human trafficking in the UK has seen a shocking rise in 2017, figures from the National Crime Agency (NCA) has revealed. According to the NCA, 5,145 potential victims of human trafficking were submitted to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) in 2017. This marked a 35 per cent increase on 2016’s figures, making it a…

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May 2018
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Politics – Scottish smacking ban

Parents will have their rights to bring up their children handed over to the state if the Scottish parliament criminalises smacking. This was the warning from lawyer Gordon Lindhurst, a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), who claimed the Scottish government’s arguments in favour of a ban on smacking were underhand. Writing for Scottish…

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May 2018
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Politics – Free speech under threat

Freedom of speech is being curtailed at universities and colleges across the UK, a report from Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has found. In March, the JCHR published a report in which it warned excessive measures have been implemented at some universities. These measures, such as the banning of speakers or the…

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February 2018
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Politics – Abortion clinics rated

Abortion clinics are to be forced to display official ratings from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), after the Department for Health (DoH) toughened up its inspection scheme. According to the BBC, under plans revealed by health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt, the DoH is ‘modernising our tough, Ofsted-style inspection scheme’ to make sure…

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February 2018
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Politics – Seven vital freedoms

Charity and advocacy organisation Barnabas Fund has launched a campaign to reclaim the ‘heritage of freedom of religion in the UK’ and seek a new Act of Parliament. The campaign aims to guarantee seven ‘fundamental’ aspects of freedom of religion. In a statement, Barnabas said these had developed in the UK over the last…

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January 2018
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Politics – The Christian roots of British civilisation

Shirin Aguiar continues visiting the world of politics for Evangelical Times. This time she covered UKIP’s conference at which Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali spoke, and later interviewed him. The speech given by Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali at the September 2017 UKIP conference, in Torquay, addressed fundamental issues to do with our national and religious identity. The…

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January 2018
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Politics – Named Persons threat

The Scottish Government is going to redraft its Named Person proposals to get them through the legislature. In 2016, the UK Supreme Court ruled in a case, in which CARE was a co-petitioner, that the information-sharing sections of the Named Person legislation were unlawful. The Scottish Government responded by introducing a new bill to…

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