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March 2021
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Calls for NI politician to be sacked for sharing conversion story on social media

A politician in Northern Ireland has been besieged by campaigners demanding his resignation because he posted a link to the testimony of a gay man who became a Christian. More than 3,200 people have signed a Change.org petition calling for Nelson McCausland to resign his position on the Northern Ireland Education Authority Board. In…

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March 2021
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Welsh education changes ‘driven by secularists’

New legislation in Wales that will remove parental right of withdrawal from certain lessons is a ‘major reform’ that has been driven by secular campaigners. According to John Denning, education officer for The Christian Institute, the Wales Curriculum Bill is exceptionally broad, but there are two areas of particular concern around the teaching of…

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March 2021
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Psychotherapist blocked from researching ‘trans regret’ takes his case to the European Court of Human Rights

A psychotherapist who was refused permission by Bath Spa University (BSU) to study cases of people who have surgery to reverse gender reassignment is taking his case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). James Caspian, 61, a counsellor and registered psychotherapist with 10 years of experience specialising in therapy for transgender people,…

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February 2021
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Poll suggests young people are increasingly likely to seek God

An opinion poll has found that those in their late teens and early twenties, known as ‘Generation Z’, are more likely to believe in God than millennials in their late twenties and thirties. The ease at which young people can access information about faith online is seen as a key reason for the trend.…

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February 2021
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Church in Wales considers introducing same-sex marriages

The Church in Wales is considering introducing same-sex marriage blessings in its services, after Bishops proposed radical changes to the Book of Common Prayer. At the end of last year, the Bench of Bishops made a presentation to its governing body, claiming, ‘We believe same-sex relationships can be understood in a radically different way,…

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February 2021
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Teenager speaks out against police and prosecutors over free speech

A teenage girl who is challenging guidance on ‘hate incidents’ has spoken out on the need to protect freedom of speech. In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, the 14-year-old, known as ‘Miss B’, said the current rules were too stringent. According to College of Policing rules, when someone alleges a hate crime…

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February 2021
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BBC criticised for suicide messaging on puberty blockers

Concerns have been raised about an article on the BBC News website which suggested teenagers may take their own lives if they can’t get access to transgender treatments. A recent ruling in the High Court decided that younger teenagers shouldn’t be allowed to choose for themselves to take life-altering puberty blockers. But the BBC…

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January 2021
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Police attend London church service held during second Covid lockdown

Police officers attended a Sunday service held at the Angel Church in Islington during the second national lockdown in November. Several police vehicles arrived at the church premises on Chadwell Street in Angel, Islington. The previous Thursday, Premier Christian News had reported that Pastor Regan King had ‘decided to disregard’ lockdown rules and hold…

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January 2021
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Two religious discrimination cases launched against Scotland’s largest grant-making trust

The former Chief Executive of Scotland’s largest independent grant-making trust is suing for unfair dismissal and religious discrimination. Stirling Free Church is also taking legal action against The Robertson Trust in a separate but related case. The Robertson Trust awards more than £20 million in grants each year. Former CEO, Kenneth Ferguson, claims he…

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January 2021
News > Ethics > Religious liberty > Society

Victory for student midwife banned over pro-life views

A midwifery student who was banned from her hospital placement over her pro-life views has won an apology and settlement from her university. Julia Rynkiewicz was suspended from her placement after a lecturer at the University of Nottingham reported her involvement with the university’s Students for Life society. She was subject to a four-month…

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January 2021
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Landmark court ruling protects children from dangerous transgender treatments

A landmark ruling in the High Court means children who are confused about their gender are less likely to be harmed by ‘puberty blocker’ drugs. Judges said it was ‘highly unlikely’ children aged 13 and under could ever genuinely consent to hormone blockers, and ‘very doubtful’ 14 and 15-year-olds could do so. The case…

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January 2021
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Scottish hate crime bill is amended but still ‘dangerously flawed’

Scotland’s much-criticised hate crimes bill – which could have made parts of the Bible illegal – has been amended, but serious concerns remain. Christian and secular groups alike all feared the bill would attack free speech. Concessions have been made by the Scottish government, but free speech campaigners still want more to be done.…

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