Pressure mounts on Red Cross over elderly volunteer axed after gay marriage protest

Nov 15, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: The Red Cross is coming under growing pressure to reinstate a long-standing volunteer who was dismissed after staging a one-man protest against gay marriage. MPs have tabled a motion in the Commons voicing “deep concern” at the treatment of Bryan Barkley, 71, from West Yorkshire, and urging the charity to reconsider. The Coalition For Marriage (C4M), which led the campaign against the introduction of same-sex marriage in the UK, said it had received almost 50,000...

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Victory: Plans to ‘criminalise religious parents’ dropped

Nov 13, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: A sweeping new law which could have criminalised parents for raising children according to their religious beliefs will not be introduced, in a move welcomed by The Christian Institute. Earlier this year, authoritative media reports suggested that the Serious Crime Bill would include a law carrying a maximum prison sentence of ten years for anyone who deliberately harmed a child’s “physical, intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development”. Many warned...

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Would you tell a stranger you support Mary and Connie?

Nov 7, 2014 by

by John Smeaton, SPUC: Connie Wood and Mary Doogan are experienced, long-serving midwifery sisters. They refuse to take part in abortions or to tell others that they should do abortions. But their employer regards abortion as part of the job of a labour ward midwife (I know this sounds crazy – but that’s how it is), and Connie and Mary have been told they must play their part in abortions. Now their employer, the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board, which runs their hospital, has...

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Red Cross volunteer, 71, axed over gay marriage protest

Nov 1, 2014 by

by Andrew Pierce and Eleanor Harding, Mailonline: A volunteer has been dismissed from the British Red Cross for protesting against gay marriage. Bryan Barkley, 71, was told he is no longer welcome at the charity because his views are incompatible with its values. The church-going pensioner received his dismissal letter after holding a one-man protest outside his local cathedral. He held up a placard saying ‘No same sex marriage’ and ‘No redefinition of marriage’. Yesterday his supporters said...

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Petition: Freedom of Religious Belief and Conscience

Oct 7, 2014 by

Petition to: The Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP the Prime Minister of the UK That the rights of all UK citizens to freedom of conscience, religious belief and expression, be fully guaranteed and protected Doctors, nurses, teachers, counsellors, registrars and others have been threatened with dismissal, demoted, suspended, removed and even dismissed from their position or employment for not believing in the moral rightness of same sex relationships or same sex marriage, for sharing their faith and...

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The way the police have treated Cliff Richard is completely unacceptable

Aug 16, 2014 by

by Geoffrey Robertson QC: People believe that where there’s smoke there’s fire, but sometimes there is just a smoke machine. By treating Cliff Richard as though he were a bank robber or a mass murderer, the police from Thames Valley and South Yorkshire, aided and abetted by the BBC and a Sheffield lay justice, have blasted his reputation around the world without giving him the first and most basic right to refute the allegation. Last year, apparently, a complaint was made to police that the...

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