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All News from December 2020

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December 2020
News > Society

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
News > Society

‘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
News > Society

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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December 2020
News > Church news

New pastor for Thornton Heath

Under the title ‘The pastor’s last exhortation’, Gordon Bull delivered his last sermon to the congregation of Thornton Heath Evangelical Church (THEC) as pastor. Mr Bull has taken up the gospel call to mission work. Together with his wife Sandra and children Joel and Rachel, he is heading off with Operation Mobilisation (OM) after…

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December 2020
News > Conferences

Webinar considers faith of Michael Faraday

Professor Andy McIntosh recently delivered a webinar exploring the life and faith of 19th century scientist Michael Faraday. The event was hosted by Answers in Genesis UK, which has provided several online talks on creation during the Covid-19 lockdown. Prof. McIntosh’s own background is in science, having lectured at Leeds University. His infectious enthusiasm…

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December 2020
News > International

Poland: Court’s abortion ruling protects disabled unborn babies

Poland’s highest court has ruled that abortions on the grounds of disability will no longer be permitted. The Constitutional Tribunal ruled that the current law is unconstitutional. It is under this law that 98 percent of the country’s abortions are carried out, including for conditions such as Down’s syndrome. Once the court’s decision comes…

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December 2020
News > International

Pakistan: Reports of ‘extreme’ persecution against Christians

Advocacy organisations have warned against rising threat levels against Christians in Pakistan, highlighting the continued use of highly contentious blasphemy laws and institutionalised aggression. Open Doors has branded the persecution level in the country – which is the fifth-largest by population – as ‘extreme’. In its 2020 World Watch List, it cited ‘dozens of…

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