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March 2019
News > Ethics

Ashers bakery will not seek costs over ‘gay cake’ case

The owners of Ashers bakery in Northern Ireland say they won’t seek to recover legal costs from those who pursued them in the courts. The bakery’s backers, The Christian Institute, said Ashers do not wish to set a precedent which may damage other religious liberty cases in the future. And the Institute also says that by not seeking costs, Ashers are being consistent with arguments made at earlier stages of their legal case. The case centred on whether the Christian owners of the bakery could be forced to provide a cake with the slogan ‘support gay marriage’. When the case first went to trial, the...

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March 2019
Articles > Comment

Ashers have made a humble, wise and selfless decision

The McArthur family — owners of Ashers bakery in Northern Ireland — have made a humble, wise and selfless decision in not seeking to recover costs of their legal defence from their opponents. No doubt there will be those who wanted to give a bloody nose to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, to make them pay for hounding the McArthurs through the courts. Perhaps a hefty legal bill would have made the Commission think twice before doing something like this again. But throughout the lengthy legal struggle the McArthurs have acted with grace and dignity. They have never expressed any hatred or hostility towards...

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November 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution – Preacher receives police apology

Police have apologised to a Christian street preacher after threatening him with arrest and forcing him to leave Bath city centre. Avon and Somerset Police have contacted all police staff in Bath ‘to ensure that they understand the importance of freedom of expression’. The Christian Institute supported street preacher Dale McAlpine over the incident and welcomed the result, while warning about the use of dispersal powers. On 25 June this year Mr McAlpine and a group of street preachers gathered in Bath city centre to tell passers-by the good news of Jesus Christ. Police issued a dispersal notice and ordered the preachers to leave the...

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September 2018
News > Family

Family – Boost for anti-Named Person campaign

The President of the UK Supreme Court has said The Christian Institute’s landmark victory against the Scottish Government’s Named Person scheme is a ‘most important’ case. Speaking earlier this year about devolution, Baroness Hale considered the potential for devolved assemblies to pass laws outside their powers. In addressing that issue she highlighted the 2017 Scotch Whisky Association case, where legislation providing for minimum unit pricing of off-sales of alcohol was said to be inconsistent with EU law. Scottish ministers brought in the minimum pricing; the Scottish Whisky Association brought the case against this. However, last November, the Supreme Court decided that the 2012 Act does...

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February 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution UK – Tim Farron

Tim Farron MP, the former Liberal Democrat leader, says he was foolish to say homosexual sex is not a sin. Farron said he tried to ‘push away’ the controversy over his views during the last general election, by ‘giving an answer that, frankly, was not right’. In an interview with Premier Christian Radio, he criticised current society, which is ‘tolerant of everything, apart from the things that we don’t like’. During the election campaign, Farron faced repeated questioning over his beliefs on homosexual sex. After side-stepping the subject, in April last year he eventually told the BBC that it was not sinful. After the election...

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February 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution UK – Christian printer accused

A Christian printer has been accused of a hate crime for politely turning down the opportunity to promote a cause he believed could negatively impact Christians. According to the Christian Institute, British printer Nigel Williams said he could not fulfil a request to produce promotional materials for ‘SEE Change Happen’. He declined the order from male-to-female transsexual Joanne Lockwood, saying he would be happy to serve and print for Ms Lockwood personally, but not for ‘SEE Change Happen’. In an email exchange, Mr Williams wrote: ‘It is foundational to Christianity that every person must be respected, valued and loved because they are made in the...

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January 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution: UK – ‘Misgender’ madness

Christian maths teacher Joshua Sutcliffe has been undergoing a lengthy investigation after referring to a pupil as a ‘girl’, when she wants to become a boy. Mr Sutcliffe, who began working at the school in September 2015 and currently teaches children aged 11-18, has achieved excellent results, with his Key Stage 3 students outperforming every parallel class. However, he hit the headlines — and was slammed by popular TV pair Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby — when the girl complained her teacher had not called her a boy. Mr Sutcliffe had not been given any formal instruction on how to refer to the pupil, but...

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