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July 2021
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Edinburgh Council says sorry and pays £25,000 damages for cancelling church conference

Edinburgh Council has apologised and paid £25,000 in damages for cancelling a three-day Christian conference. The council cancelled the event because it didn’t like the religious beliefs of one of the speakers. But the council now accepts it did not properly take into account laws that protect freedom of speech and religious liberty. The…

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July 2021
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Cracks appear in Stonewall as public and private bodies back away from its diversity scheme

Britain’s biggest LGBT campaign group has been criticised for being too aggressive in pushing the transgender agenda, and several public and private bodies are backing away from its diversity scheme. Organisations pay upwards of £2,500 plus VAT to subscribe to the lobby group’s programme, which rewards employers for promoting LGBT ideology inside and outside…

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July 2021
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Scottish Christian politician Kate Forbes speaks out about her faith

Scotland’s finance secretary Kate Forbes has spoken about her Christian faith to the BBC. Forbes, 31, who is a member of the Free Church of Scotland, was speaking to the BBC’s Nick Robinson for the Political Thinking podcast. ‘To be straight, I believe in the person of Jesus Christ,’ she said. ‘I believe that…

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July 2021
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NI ‘Conversion therapy’ ban could be challenged in court, as Wales also backs a ban

The Northern Ireland Executive has been told it will be taken to court if a ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’ interferes with religious liberty. The Christian Institute has said it ‘will not hesitate’ to take legal action if the ban limits the free exercise of belief. LGBT activists want to ban any type of…

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July 2021
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Case dropped against Christian volunteer who helped the homeless

Prosecutors have dropped their case against a Christian volunteer who helped the homeless during the lockdown. Jan Niedojadlo, 56, from Taunton was fined £60 by Avon and Somerset Police in early April 2020 for telling homeless people where they could get food during lockdown and for preaching from the Bible. The Crown Prosecution Service…

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July 2021
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Surge in sexual harassment of school children blamed on porn inaction

Christian group CARE says the government’s failure to curb children’s access to porn sites has contributed to the shocking increase in sexual harassment in schools. A devastating report by schools’ regulator Ofsted found that sexual harassment has become ‘normalised’ among school-age children. It found that boys are sharing nude photos and girls are experiencing…

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July 2021
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Obituary: Dr John Blanchard (1932–2021)

On 21 March this year, John Blanchard was the guest on ‘Before they leave the stage’, a YouTube series from Heath Church in Cardiff interviewing older men who have served the Lord faithfully in their generation. Approaching his 89th birthday, John was as clear as ever: recalling his childhood, his conversion, and the Lord’s…

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July 2021
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Andrew Roycroft inducted in Portadown

On 11 April 2021, Portadown Baptist Church in Northern Ireland inducted Andrew Roycroft as their new senior pastor, following a pastoral vacancy of almost three years. The service was led by Paul Wright (elder), with the other members of the eldership team (Raymond Pollock, Carl Sands, Stephen Archer, and Anthony Irwin) leading the Act…

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July 2021
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Pastor protests BBC racism allegations

A pastor of a Welsh Baptist church staged a four-day protest against the BBC in April. Revd Peter Cho of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Newbridge, Caerphilly, took issue with a BBC television programme which, he felt, unjustly stereotyped Christians as racist. The broadcast in question was an episode of Panorama (the BBC’s current affairs…

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July 2021
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Obituary: Sinclair Horne (1927–2021)

Sinclair Horne was born in Port Seton, East Lothian, on 9 March 1927. At the age of 14, he pursued his childhood dream of going to sea. He became a cabin boy on a boat acquired by the Army to move troops and supplies around Scotland. The trip ended in Oban, and after the…

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July 2021
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Oban minister retires after 31 years

Tributes have been paid to Revd James Beaton who retires this year after serving the FCS congregation at Oban for 31 years. Revd Robert Macleod said it was both a ‘privilege and poignant moment, as it seemed like bidding farewell to the backbone of ministry in rural Argyll after such a long, faithful, and…

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July 2021
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40 years for Creation Resources Trust

2021 marks forty years since the founding of Creation Resources Trust. Based in Somerset, the ministry provides resources and organises events which advocate biblical creation and critique the theory of evolution. The ministry was founded in 1981 following a talk by chemist and former atheist Dr A. J. Monty White at West Camel Methodist…

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July 2021
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Peter Mackenzie is the new pastor at Melbourne Hall

In April, Peter Mackenzie was inducted to the pastorate of Melbourne Hall Evangelical Church in Leicester. Church elder and secretary Cliff Harries spoke of pastor Mackenzie’s call to the pastorate at Melbourne Hall. He becomes the ninth pastor since 1878, the first being F. B. Meyer. Peter himself also spoke of a sense of…

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July 2021
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Spain: Twitter suspends politician’s account for saying men cannot get pregnant

The Twitter account of a politician in Spain was temporarily suspended after he tweeted that a ‘man cannot get pregnant’ because he has ‘no womb or eggs’. Francisco José Contreras was tweeting in response to an article about the first transgender male to have given birth in Spain. The now-deleted tweet said, ‘This is…

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July 2021
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Global: MAF is flying Covid vaccines to world’s poorest and most remote places

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has been working with local agencies to deliver much-needed Covid-19 vaccines to the world’s poorest countries. The Christian ministry has also been helping with the delivery of testing kits and personal protective equipment. MAF has been working in several countries, including Guatemala, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and South Sudan.…

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July 2021
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Finland: Prosecution of Christian MP is an ‘act of oppression’

Law professors from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and other respected institutions are calling on the US to intervene in the prosecution of a Finnish MP over her views on marriage and sexuality. As previously reported in ET, Päivi Räsänen is facing up to six years in prison for ‘inciting hatred’ after expressing biblical views on…

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July 2021
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Iran: Christian convert with Parkinson’s faces prison

An Iranian Christian convert from Islam, who has Parkinson’s disease, faces a jail sentence along with his wife because they belong to a house church in Iran. Homayoun Zhaveh, who is 62, and his wife Sara Ahmadi, 42, were sentenced in November 2020 to two and 11 years in prison, respectively for membership and…

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July 2021
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Kenya: Atheist leader resigns after coming to faith in Christ

A leader of an atheist organisation in Kenya has resigned because he has come to faith in Jesus Christ. Seth Mahiga had held the role of secretary in the Atheists In Kenya Society, but the group announced on Twitter that he was stepping down. The organisation said, ‘Seth’s reason for resigning is that he…

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July 2021
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Pakistan: Couple facing death for ‘blasphemy’ are acquitted

Lahore High Court has acquitted Shafqat Emmanuel and his wife Shagufta Kausar, two Christians sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. According to International Christian Concern, the acquittals end a nearly eight-year legal struggle that saw the Christian couple jailed separately on death row. After the acquittal, the couple’s lawyer, Saif-ul-Malook, said, ‘I am…

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July 2021
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‘Worthy of respect’ Belief that biological sex cannot change is worthy of respect in a democratic society, judge rules

A woman who lost her job for saying people can’t change their biological sex has won her case on appeal. The appeal judge said the belief that biological sex is fixed and unchangeable is worthy of respect in a democratic society. The decision means people should have more confidence to speak freely about their…

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