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December 2020
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Churches urge Boris, do not shut us down again in 2021

Church leaders from across England and Wales have urged the government not to close down places of worship again after lockdowns were imposed in November. There was widespread opposition to the second Covid-19 lockdown, imposed in England last month, which banned communal worship. A similar lockdown was imposed earlier in Wales. Writing in this…

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December 2020
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‘Stasi-like’ plans for hate crimes laws to reach into private homes

Conversations in people’s own homes could be caught by Scotland’s draconian new hate crimes bill. Meanwhile in England, a review of hate crimes legislation is calling for similar laws south of the border. The Scottish proposals have been championed by Scottish Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf. But free speech campaigners says the plans are lacking…

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December 2020
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Kids told to report parents to the police as Scottish smacking ban becomes law

Scotland’s ban on smacking has come into force, with children being encouraged to report their parents to the police if they are smacked. Members of the public have also been urged to call the authorities if they see a mum or a dad smack their child. Despite assurances that parents would not be turned…

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November 2020
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School worker loses wrongful dismissal case over LGBT social media postings

A Christian school worker who was sacked for criticising LGBT lessons on Facebook has lost her appeal. Kristie Higgs, 44, was dismissed for gross misconduct by Farmor’s School in Fairford, Gloucestershire, last year after sharing two Facebook posts. At an employment tribunal in Bristol, she claims her sacking breached her freedom of speech and…

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November 2020
News > Ethics > Society

NHS taken to court in landmark legal case against children’s gender clinic

A woman who was given puberty blockers as a teenager has taken legal action against an NHS clinic in a landmark trial in the High Court. Keira Bell, now aged 23, was just a teenager when she was given hormone blockers and cross-sex hormones to give her the appearance of being male. Having since…

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November 2020
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Opposition grows to Scottish hate crime bill, with John Cleese voicing concerns

Opposition to the controversial hate crime bill has grown in recent weeks, with comedian John Cleese voicing his strong objections. The bill, as currently drafted, could outlaw any content that someone finds offensive. Atheist groups have already said they would use the proposed laws to monitor the content of sermons, evangelism, and the Bible.…

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November 2020
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Please don’t shut our doors again, say over 700 church leaders in open letter

More than 700 church leaders have signed an open letter to the governments of all four UK nations, urging them not to ask churches to stop services again. By the start of October, national and even international newspapers had picked up the story, interviewing some of the signatories and asking why it mattered to…

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November 2020
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Don’t shut churches again, says Tim Farron

Churches should not be asked to close their doors again during the Covid-19 crisis, says Tim Farron, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats. ‘Over the past few months, the physical closure of churches has troubled me,’ he said in an article published by the Financial Times. ‘Now, as Covid-19 cases rise and we…

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October 2020
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Church receives arson threats, but police tell pastor not to offend the LGBT community

Gay activists have threatened to burn down a Baptist church in Newquay, but when the pastor reported it to the police he was warned not to offend anyone in the LGBT community. The arson threats arose after pastor Josh Williamson welcomed the cancellation of the Newquay Pride event, which was called off because of…

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September 2020
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NI churches faced ‘deregistration’ warning over same-sex marriage

Churches in Northern Ireland received a letter from the General Register Office, warning them they face ‘deregistration’ unless they complete a form saying whether or not they will perform same-sex weddings. Deregistration would strip churches of the right to conduct weddings. The letter has since been recalled following pressure from The Christian Institute. Officials…

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September 2020
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Christian Legal Centre supports father ‘brutally’ dragged by police from sick daughter’s hospital bedside

Disturbing police bodycam footage shows officers dragging a father away from his sick daughter’s hospital bedside. The father – a long serving NHS respiratory consultant – was arrested after refusing to leave when told his daughter’s life support should be switched off. Dr Rashid Abbasi, 58, had a heart attack outside his daughter’s hospital…

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September 2020
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Could the Bible be illegal in Scotland?

Concerns are being raised about a new far-reaching Hate Crimes and Public Order Bill being proposed in Scotland. One journalist writing in The Spectator asks whether possession of the Bible could become a criminal offence. The proposed legislation would make it a crime to possess ‘inflammatory’ material, or communicate ‘insulting’ material to another person.…

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