State Silences Bakers Who Refused to Make Cake for Lesbian Couple, Fines Them $135K

Jul 3, 2015 by

By Kelsey Harkness, The Daily Signal: Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a preliminary ruling today ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they denied service. “This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” Avakian wrote. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.” In the ruling, Avakian...

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Former MI5 chief warns ‘anti-extremist’ law could target evangelical preachers

Jul 1, 2015 by

From The Christian Institute: Harmless evangelical street preachers could be targeted under proposed ‘anti-extremist’ laws by officials eager to prove their PC credentials, the former Director General of MI5 has warned. Writing in The Daily Telegraph today, Jonathan Evans, who ran the intelligence service from 2007-2013, said: “The forthcoming Counter-Extremism Bill aims to crack down on extremism but definitions will be crucial, and implementation of the new powers will be fraught with risk....

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Say No to moral rebranding and growing restrictions on freedom of speech!

Jun 14, 2015 by

From Voice for Justice UK: JOIN US TOMORROW! Tomorrow, on June 15th, to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, VfJUK is organizing a Rally outside Parliament, asking the question, How free are YOU today? In 1215, with England on the brink of civil war, King John met with the rebellious barons at Runnymede and signed what was in effect a peace treaty; Magna Carta.  It was revolutionary in every sense, placing God’s law first, and making the king equally subject along...

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Tolerance through censorship: Blair’s new European project

Jun 14, 2015 by

by Marc Glendening, Conservative Home: In the good old days those who wanted to restrict freedom of expression, whether they were campus Trots, neo-feminists or Christian conservatives a la Mary Whitehouse, used to wear their hearts on their sleeves. They proudly proclaimed their inherent authoritarianism, and articulated clear reasons as to why they wanted to limit the range of ideas and images circulating in society. The new Speech Prohibitionists are cut from a very different cloth – sadly,...

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Court of Appeal refuses permission to appeal ‘Banned London Bus Advert’ case

Jun 11, 2015 by

From Christian Concern: Sitting in the Court of Appeal, Lord Justice Sullivan yesterday refused permission to appeal the ‘Banned London Bus Ad’ case. Christian charity, Core Issues Trust, brought the case after an advert that it sought to place on London buses in 2012 was banned at the last minute following the intervention of Transport for London and London Mayor Boris Johnson. The High Court first ruled on the case in 2013 but in 2014 was instructed to re-examine aspects of it by the Court...

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Bus ad case back to the Court of Appeal

Jun 6, 2015 by

From Christian Concern: Core Issues Trust (CIT) will be back at the Court of Appeal on Wednesday (10th June) to apply for permission to appeal after it was ordered to pay costs in excess of 100K. The Trust will also be seeking to appeal the ruling by Mrs Justice Lang last year that Boris Johnson did not order its bus adverts to be banned at the eleventh hour. The decision was incomprehensible in light of fresh evidence that had emerged demonstrating that Boris Johnson had personally instructed...

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