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April 2019
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Police standards body investigating arrest of London street preacher

The police Professional Standards Unit is investigating the arrest of a street preacher in London. A disturbing video has been posted online showing officers arresting Oluwole Ilesanmi on Saturday 23 February outside Southgate tube station. The preacher was arrested for ‘breaching the peace’ after a member of the public complained that he was ‘Islamaphobic’. In the video of the arrest, police officers are seen handcuffing the preacher and forcefully ripping a Bible out of his hands. After he was removed from the area, he was de-arrested and no formal charges were brought against him. Many critics have pointed to police double standards, because the police...

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March 2019
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Free speech guidance issued for Universities

New guidance has been published for students and universities setting out the legal rights and obligations to help protect free speech on campuses. In recent years, Christian and pro-life groups have been forced off campus because of their religious and ethical beliefs. And well-known feminists like Germaine Greer have been banned from giving lectures to students because of her views on transgender people. But now new guidance produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission says student unions and universities must do more to protect free speech. David Isaac, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: ‘The free expression and exchange of different...

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March 2019
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Bid to force churches in England and Wales to perform same-sex weddings

There was an attempt in the House of Lords to change the law so that clergy in the Church of England and the Church in Wales would be forced to perform gay weddings. The amendment was signed by Lord Collins of Highbury, but it was withdrawn before it could be voted on. In 2013, when the UK government brought in same-sex marriage, it promised ‘iron clad’ protections so that ‘those who do not want to conduct same-sex marriages will never have to’. Clergy in the Church of England and the Church in Wales need specific legal protection because they are otherwise under a legal duty...

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February 2019
News > Ethics > Persecution > Religious liberty > Society

Christian magistrate can challenge his dismissal over gay adoption comments

A Christian former magistrate has won the right to legally challenge his dismissal over remarks he made about same-sex couples adopting children. Richard Page, from Kent, lost his role after saying in a BBC interview that a child would be better looked after by a man and a woman rather than a gay couple. His comments came after Mr Page, along with two other Magistrates, considered an application by a same-sex couple to adopt a child in Kent in July 2014. He was later sacked for ‘serious misconduct’ by the then Justice Secretary Michael Gove and Lord Thomas, who said his comments suggested he was...

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October 2018
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Bible ban nurse cleared to return to work

A nurse dismissed for giving a Bible to a patient has been allowed to return to work, although the two-year ordeal has left her stressed and ‘humiliated’. In a video interview, Sarah Kuteh said she was ‘deeply shocked, very hurt and humiliated’ by the 2016 decision by the Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford to summarily dismiss her from her post. The action came after complaints she had talked to patients about her Christian faith and had given a Bible to one patient.  The hospital also brought a case questioning her ‘fitness to practise’ as a nurse before the professional regulatory body, the Nursing and Midwifery...

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October 2018
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Religious liberty – BA worker in fresh legal claim

A British Airways employee who won a legal battle in 2013 to wear a cross on a necklace at work has launched a fresh tribunal claim against the airline for ‘victimisation and harassment’. According to reports in the national press Nadia Eweida — whose landmark victory against BA came at the European Court of Human Rights — has freshly claimed ongoing harassment since her ‘whistleblowing’. She is now pursuing a new employment tribunal claim against her managers, whom she has accused of victimisation, harassment and punishment in the wake of the publicity of her former case. At the time of going to press, no Christian...

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October 2018
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Religious liberty – Scout master wins settlement

A scout master who was kicked out of the organisation for raising concerns about its magazine’s promotion of Islam and LGBT events has won a settlement in his case. Brian Walker, a veteran scout leader, was barred from the scouts after sending a letter to Scouting magazine in which he raised several concerns. He questioned why the Scouting magazine encouraged scouts to visit a mosque, but the magazine’s faith calendar attached no meaning to Christmas or Easter. He said the magazine should be careful in promoting Islam, given the way the religion treats women and their rights, and he questioned an article that showed a female Muslim...

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