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November 2020
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Call to outlaw churches that teach biblical sexual ethics

Churches should face ‘high-profile prosecutions’ in the future if they preach, pray, or offer pastoral counselling according to biblical sexual ethics. That’s the call that has been made by former evangelical, Steve Chalke, who has organised a conference on the issue. A press release sent by Chalke’s organisation, the Oasis Charitable Trust, outlandishly claims…

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October 2020
News > Persecution > Religious liberty

Belfast hotel says sorry for ending marriage meeting

A church minister in Northern Ireland has won his legal battle against the hotel that shut down his meeting about traditional marriage after it was already underway. Revd Harry Coulter was set to take his case to trial, but the Balmoral Hotel in Belfast has settled out of court and apologised for ending the…

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October 2020
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I will ban the Bible using Hate Crimes Bill, says atheist

An atheist has written to a newspaper saying he welcomes Scotland’s proposed Hate Crimes Bill because he will be able to monitor all holy books and sermons and report any ‘hatred’ to the police. The letter, by Ian Stewart, Convener of Atheist Scotland, stated, ‘Atheists see some merit in Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf’s Hate…

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September 2020
News > Religious liberty

‘Arbitrary’ limit of 50 worshippers in Scottish churches is ‘not legal’

Churches in Scotland have been told they should not have more than 50 worshippers in their services because of the Covid-19 crisis, but the limit is not legally binding. The Scottish government’s guidance may change, but that is the latest situation at the time this edition of ET went to print. The Scottish government…

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August 2020
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Court rules adoption agency can keep its evangelical ethos

An evangelical adoption and fostering agency has been told it can keep its religious ethos following a case in the High Court. However, the judge also ruled that the agency must allow same-sex couples to foster and adopt. Cornerstone (North East) Adoption and Fostering Service took the case to court because Ofsted had demanded…

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May 2020
News > Ethics > International > Religious liberty > Society

Sweden: Pro-life midwives denied court hearing

The European Court of Human Rights has refused to hear the case of two midwives who were denied employment in Sweden because they refused to perform abortions. The two midwives, Ellinor Grimmark and Linda Steen, were told their application was ‘inadmissible’. Their lawyers have called the decision a ‘dangerous departure from protecting fundamental freedom’.…

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May 2020
News > Religious liberty > Society

Hotel shuts down ‘marriage matters’ event, church minister to take action

The Christian Institute has put its legal support behind a church minister punished by a Belfast hotel for his biblical beliefs about marriage. In October 2019, Revd Harry Coulter was forced to stop an event in support of traditional marriage at the Balmoral Hotel in Belfast. The ‘Marriage Matters’ event, which was addressing the…

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March 2020
News > Religious liberty

Complaint to be reconsidered against judge in Christian nurse dismissal case

A complaint will be ‘reconsidered’ against the judge who oversaw the tribunal case of a Christian nurse dismissed for sharing her faith with patients. An original complaint against Judge Martin Kurrein was initially dismissed, but following further legal action it will now be ‘reconsidered’. The complaint has been made by the Christian Legal Centre,…

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March 2020
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Franklin Graham may litigate over cancelled venues

Gospel evangelist Franklin Graham has said he may go to court over several British venues that cancelled his events because of his stance on homosexuality. The son of Billy Graham had contracts with several venues to hold gospel rallies as part of a UK tour, but numerous sites dropped out because they came under…

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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
News > Religious liberty

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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