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Scottish education secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville

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September 2021
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Scottish schools advised to allow children as young as 4 to choose their own gender

Schools in Scotland have been advised to let children – including those as young as four – choose their own gender, but there is no requirement to inform parents. The controversial advice appears in new guidance on ‘supporting transgender young people in schools’ published by the Scottish government. Any pupil who decides they want…

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August 2021
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Aberdeen church plant enjoying growth

I was sent with my family to begin a church plant in Spring 2019 without any fixed building, money, or people. Nonetheless, the biblical framework of being sent by a local church (Grace Baptist Church, Edinburgh) coupled with the doctrinal clarity of being confessionally Reformed Baptist served as a solid foundation for a new…

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Scottish hate crimes bill passed

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April 2021
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Scottish hate crimes bill passed

The Scottish Parliament has passed a new hate crimes bill which, although improved, still poses a great risk to freedom of expression. SNP veteran Jim Sillars called it ‘one of the most pernicious and dangerous pieces of legislation ever produced’. Although some free speech protections were added to the law, he said the ‘badly…

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April 2021
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Court hears case against the forced lockdown of Scottish churches

A legal action brought by a group of 27 church leaders arguing against the forced closure of places of worship has been heard by the Court of Session. The group claims that Scottish government ministers acted outwith their powers when ordering the closure of churches under emergency legislation. Gathered church worship has been banned…

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April 2021
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Improved but still dangerous, Scottish hate crimes bill passed by Holyrood

Scotland’s controversial new hate crimes bill has been passed by a majority of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament. Free speech campaigners say although the bill has been improved, it still presents a real danger to freedom of expression. When the bill was first introduced, atheists said they would use the new laws to ban…

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March 2021
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Judge gives go ahead for Scottish churches to challenge closure

A judge has granted permission for a group of 27 church leaders to challenge the Scottish government’s ban on gathered worship. Ruling that the case has merit, a hearing has been ordered to take place remotely on 11 and 12 March. It could result in churches being allowed to reopen. Supported by the Christian…

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January 2021
News > Religious liberty > Society

Scottish hate crime bill is amended but still ‘dangerously flawed’

Scotland’s much-criticised hate crimes bill – which could have made parts of the Bible illegal – has been amended, but serious concerns remain. Christian and secular groups alike all feared the bill would attack free speech. Concessions have been made by the Scottish government, but free speech campaigners still want more to be done.…

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