Judge censors Bible for public preaching

Mar 25, 2015 by

From Christian Concern: In an extraordinary judgment, Taunton street preacher Mike Overd has been convicted of a Public Order offence for using the wrong Bible verse in a public conversation with a man who identifies as homosexual. However, Mike was acquitted of two other Public Order charges relating to the critique of Muhammed. District Judge Shamim Ahmed Qureshi said that Mike shouldn’t have referred to Leviticus 20:13 to make his point about homosexual practice but indicated that he...

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Taunton street preacher convicted for homophobic sermon

Mar 24, 2015 by

From BBC News: A Christian street preacher has been convicted of delivering homophobic sermons in the middle of a high street. Michael Overd, from Creech St Michael, made the remarks over loudspeakers in Taunton, Somerset, last summer. He was cleared of a second similar charge and another of causing “racially-aggravated” harassment aimed at Muslims. Overd, 50, was fined £200 and ordered to pay compensation and costs totalling £1,200 at Bristol Crown Court. Sentencing, judge Shamim...

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British childcare worker case tests freedom of expression

Mar 20, 2015 by

By Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet: Are people free to express their views on homosexuality at their workplace? That is one of the key questions to be answered in the era of legal bans on sexual discrimination and legal green lights for same-sex marriage. Employer, court and tribunal decisions seem to be trending negative. We have discussed several American examples on this blog, but a case in the UK Employment Tribunal has to factor in European Union laws, rights and a recent declaration from...

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Ashers gets top legal backing and good news for CU free speech

Mar 19, 2015 by

SIGN PETITION in support of Ashers Bakery HERE From The Christian Institute: A leading human rights lawyer has laid out the serious implications for other businesses if Ashers Baking Company were to lose its court case next week.The McArthur family, who own and run Ashers, are being taken to court by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland because they refused to decorate a cake with the words ‘Support Gay Marriage’. Aidan O’Neill QC’s legal opinion shows how UK businesses would suddenly...

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Bert and Ernie gay marriage cake row could force Muslims to print Prophet Mohammed cartoons – lawyer...

Mar 18, 2015 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: Muslim printers could be forced to produce cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed if the case against a Christian bakery which refused to make a Sesame Street gay marriage cake is upheld, a prominent human rights barrister has claimed. Aidan O’Neill QC said a discrimination case against Ashers Baking Company – which cancelled an order to make a cake featuring the characters Bert and Ernie arm in arm under the slogan ‘support gay marriage’ – could undermine freedom of...

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One indulgent free speech law for the extremists, another for traditionalists

Mar 17, 2015 by

By Alistair Thompson, The Conservative Woman: Our way of life is being eroded by the tyranny of the ultra PC-Left. Last week, saw two of the worst examples of a dangerous ideology that is doing great harm to our country. An ideology that seeks to silence the majority through intimidation, threats and the force of the State. No I am not talking about some corrupted version of Islam, I am talking about the Left’s ultra-PC agenda that is having a chilling effect on free speech. For last week, at...

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