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June 2019
News > Religious liberty

Christian school worker sacked for Facebook posts questioning sex education

A Christian school worker is to challenge a Gloucestershire school academy’s decision to dismiss her for gross misconduct. Kristie Higgs was dismissed after she shared two Facebook posts that raised concerns about Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at another school in the same village, her own child’s Church of England Primary School. Kristie, mother of two who had been working at the Gloucestershire academy for six years as a pastoral assistant, was told following an investigation and a six-hour hearing that she would be dismissed without notice. Earlier last year, her child’s Church of England Primary School sent out a letter informing parents it was...

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June 2019
News > Religious liberty

Street preacher arrest prompts petition

Christian Concern is petitioning the Home Secretary asking him to review the guidance to police officers regarding street preachers following yet another arrest in London earlier this year. So far, thousands have signed the petition, but Christian Concern has urged for more names to ‘add pressure’ on the Home Secretary and the police to force a change in police practice when it comes to questioning and arresting street preachers. The petition came after street preacher Oluwole Ilesanmi was forcibly arrested on Saturday 23 February outside Southgate Tube station. According to video footage, Mr Oluowole was preaching on the streets as he often does. The police...

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June 2019
News > Ethics

Pro-life speech shut down across Scotland

A pro-life student university group has launched a legal challenge against the University of Aberdeen after its attempts at affiliation were repeatedly rejected by the Students’ Union, based on their policy barring pro-life societies on campus. According to the Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting the Aberdeen Life Ethics Society (Ales), the case is emblematic of a ‘disturbing trend across over 100 UK universities’, where reportedly 43 per cent have implemented speech codes and policies that limit religious expression. It also claimed at least 108 universities in the UK have actively censored free speech; or have done so through over-regulation. On the abortion issue, there...

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June 2019
News > Ethics

Beware of plans to regulate the internet, groups warn

Government proposals to police the internet by imposing fines on websites which fail to tackle ‘online harms’ have come under criticism from free speech groups. Five civil liberties organisations have written a joint letter to the press saying the plans, if enacted, would make China’s state censors proud. The five groups are English PEN, Big Brother Watch, Article 19, Open Rights Group, and Index on Censorship. They said there are fundamental problems with the government’s proposals. ‘Firstly, the white paper proposes to regulate literally the entire internet, and censor anything non-compliant. This extends to blogs, file services, hosting platforms, cloud computing; nothing is out of...

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May 2019
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A sacking on the other side of the world that should trouble us all

Unless you follow international rugby, you may not have heard of Israel Folau. He’s a super-star Australian rugby player who is also a Christian. But it looks like his career as a rugby player may be over. Why? He committed the ‘crime’ of expressing his biblical beliefs on social media, and the politically-correct elite were outraged. We should all be troubled by this development. But first, some disclaimers. I accept that his postings were rather blunt. I also accept that social media may not be the best forum for these things – I myself keep my own posting mostly to family news. And I accept...

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March 2019
News > Religious liberty

Free speech guidance issued for Universities

New guidance has been published for students and universities setting out the legal rights and obligations to help protect free speech on campuses. In recent years, Christian and pro-life groups have been forced off campus because of their religious and ethical beliefs. And well-known feminists like Germaine Greer have been banned from giving lectures to students because of her views on transgender people. But now new guidance produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission says student unions and universities must do more to protect free speech. David Isaac, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: ‘The free expression and exchange of different...

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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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