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February 2020
News > Religious liberty

Doctor’s victory in prayer case

A Christian doctor who faced censure for offering to pray with a patient has had the case against him dismissed by the General Medical Council. Dr Richard Scott from Margate in Kent faced complaints from the National Secular Society following comments he made to the BBC. However, the GMC has ruled that there is…

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January 2020
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Police order banner to be taken down

A police officer told a preacher at Speaker’s Corner to stop displaying a banner with a gospel message, even though he has been doing so for more than 20 years. According to The Mail on Sunday two police officers told Roland Parsons he could no longer show his slogans and ordered him to remove…

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January 2020
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Street preacher wins settlement over wrongful arrest and false imprisonment

Cumbria Police have paid £4,000 plus legal costs to a Christian street preacher in settlement of a case of wrongful arrest and unlawful detention. Dale Mcalpine from Workington in Cumbria said the result was a positive outcome ‘for Christians across the country’. He says he hopes his case will encourage others. He said, ‘As…

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December 2019
News > Religious liberty

Equality agenda has eroded human rights

The equality agenda has gone far beyond ensuring fairness and has ended up eroding fundamental human rights, an author and religious liberty lawyer has claimed. In a blog post for Christian Concern, Roger Kiska said the ‘juggernaut’ of equality has been riding roughshod through basic human rights in both the US and the UK…

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December 2019
News > Ethics > Religious liberty

Man arrested for praying outside abortion clinic

A wheelchair-using Christian man has been arrested and charged for praying out loud within an exclusion zone outside an abortion clinic. Christian Hacking, 29, was audibly but peacefully praying outside the Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing, London. He was carried away by police after he refused to stop. According to a court order, people…

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November 2019
News > Religious liberty

Extremism report is welcomed

A new report by the Extremism Commission has been cautiously welcomed by free speech campaigners. Under original proposals there were real fears that evangelicals – among others – could be labelled as extremists just because they hold certain unfashionable beliefs. But campaign group Defend Free Speech which includes Christian and secular organisations welcomed the…

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September 2019
News > Religious liberty

Police pay £2,500 damages to street preacher

Christian street preacher Olu has been offered £2,500 in damages from the Metropolitan Police in relation to his false arrest and unlawful detention in February this year. The 64-year-old man had been preaching outside Southgate Underground station. A member of the public, Mrs Ambrosine Shitrit, saw a tall, hooded man squaring up to Olu.…

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September 2019
News > Religious liberty > Society

Christian Legal Centre wins Sunday service battle with NHS

The Christian Legal Centre has won a year-long battle with the National Health Service to have appropriate Sunday worship services offered at a medium security mental health unit. The John Howard Centre in East London is a facility for people with a mental health problem who have been arrested, who are on remand or…

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September 2019
News > International > Religious liberty

Christians hit as government restrictions on religion rise

Christians are being harassed in 143 countries worldwide as governmental restrictions on religion increase, according to a major report released recently. A squeeze on religion is happening not only in authoritarian countries, but also in many of Europe’s democracies, according to the findings. The Pew Research Center, which released its 10th annual Report on…

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August 2019
News > International > Religious liberty

Poland: Freedom of conscience ruling

Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal has confirmed that businesses have the right to offer services in line with their religious or other convictions. In a landmark decision, which exonerated a Polish printer who did not want to print material that promoted an event with which his religious beliefs were at odds, the Tribunal has set an…

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August 2019
News > Religious liberty > Society

Educational freedom being stifled by Stonewall

Britain’s leading gay rights activist group, Stonewall, is stifling educational freedom, according to more than 30 British academics. In an open letter to The Sunday Times, the academics claimed ‘tendentious and anti-scientific claims’ have been presented by Stonewall to staff as ‘objective fact, without the opportunity for scrutiny’. In their letter, the academics said…

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August 2019
News > Religious liberty

Free speech victory for Christian social worker student

A Christian has won his appeal at court, after he was thrown off his university course for posting on Facebook that homosexuality is a sin. Felix Ngole, aged 39, was removed from a postgraduate social work course at the University of Sheffield in 2016 after posting the online comment. Judges overturned a previous court…

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