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February 2021
News > Religious liberty

Local councils in England accused of ‘pressuring’ churches to close

Several local councils in England wrote to churches last month urging them to close during the lockdown, even though the law allows them to remain open. When the lockdown in England was announced, the Prime Minister made it clear that people could leave their homes for ‘communal worship’ at a church. But a letter…

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January 2021
News > International

Canada: Euthanasia for woman who couldn’t face Christmas lockdown

An elderly Canadian woman was euthanised to avoid a second Covid-19 lockdown over the Christmas period, according to news reports. Canadian TV station CTV reported that 90-year old Nancy Russell, who was neither chronically ill nor dying, was allowed to die by elective lethal injection to avoid going through another lockdown. While she was…

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January 2021
News > International

US: Supreme Court blocks limits on worshipers in New York State

The US Supreme Court has ruled against the imposition of ‘severe restrictions’ on public worship in New York State during the Covid-19 pandemic. Governor Cuomo wanted to limit the number of worshippers to as few as ten people in the worst affected regions of the State. But in a 5-4 majority verdict, the court…

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January 2021
News > Ethics

Consultation on allowing DIY abortions in England

The government has launched a public consultation on whether to allow women and girls in England to take abortion pills at home. A medical abortion requires two pills to be taken. Until recently, the first pill for a medical abortion had to be taken in a hospital or clinic, and only the second pill…

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January 2021
News > Religious liberty

UK restrictions on worship among the strictest in Europe

Worshippers in the UK have experienced some of the most severe restrictions on public worship anywhere in Europe, according to a report. The European Centre for Law and Justice looked at worship restrictions across Europe. The UK – together with Ireland, France, and Belgium – had the most severe rules. The Centre reported, ‘It…

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January 2021
Articles > Guest column

Covid-19 and worship

Absence makes the heart grow fonder’ according to the popular proverb. While this is often true, so is the opposite – ‘Out of sight, out of mind.’ In response to the Covid-19 pandemic churches cancelled in person worship services. Many have only recently begun to meet in person again. Some have yet to do…

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November 2020
News > International

US: Mark Dever’s church sues local officials in Washington DC

A prominent evangelical church in Washington, D.C., has filed a lawsuit against the District of Columbia over restrictions on worship gatherings. The legal action, taken by Capitol Hill Baptist Church, claims that the District’s administration is violating its First Amendment rights by openly tolerating mass protests while prohibiting worship services of more than 100…

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