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Feb 6, 2016 by

From Voice for Justice UK: Sign our petition: David Cameron, uphold the UK’s Christian heritage.  Protect freedom of speech and belief. According to Reuters, on 30th January 2016, hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered in the Circus Maximus in Rome to protest the introduction of same sex unions and gay adoption. Organisers reportedly estimated that around two million people attended the rally, the crowd so big that they were forced to spill out into the surrounding streets. News coverage...

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Ashers Bakery appeal suspended after dramatic intervention

Feb 3, 2016 by

By Harry Farley, Christian Today: The ‘gay cake’ case has been dramatically adjourned following a last minute intervention from Northern Ireland’s Attorney General. Ashers Bakery, owned by the McArthur family, was appealing a ruling after they refused to produce a cake with a “support gay marriage” slogan. They were fined £500 after a Belfast court ruled they had discriminated on the grounds of sexual orientation. However their appeal was postponed after a late...

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Gay cake row: why minority views matter

Feb 3, 2016 by

Letters to The Guardian: I have not always been grateful to Peter Tatchell for everything he has said and done. However, I am deeply grateful for his fresh comments (Opinion, 1 February) on the Ashers Bakery case. I grew up in an evangelical home in Northern Ireland where both the Bible and the Manchester Guardian were read daily. While still at school, influenced by both, I was uneasy when a majority in a general election was regarded by Stormont as an adequate mandate for the NI government...

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Egypt: Christian teenagers face blasphemy charges for ‘insulting Islam’

Feb 2, 2016 by

By Carey Lodge, Christian Today: Three Coptic Christian teenagers are to face trial this week on charges of insulting Islam, according to the Associated Press. The three, who are still in high school and believed to be between 15 and 16 years of age, were filmed by their teacher pretending to pray while reciting verses from the Qur’an in February last year. The students are shown laughing, and one appears to pretend to slit the throat of another; apparently mocking ISIS-style beheadings....

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It’s like a science fiction nightmare, say Christian bakers in gay marriage cake case

Feb 1, 2016 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: The Christian bakers taken to court for refusing to make a cake promoting gay marriage say their experience is like living in a dystopian “science fiction” world where the state orders people to say things they do not believe. Daniel McArthur, general manager of Ashers Baking Co, and his wife Amy insisted they would “do it all again” despite being pursued through the courts by a government equalities body and fined for discrimination. The family firm, based on...

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I’ve changed my mind on the gay cake row. Here’s why

Feb 1, 2016 by

By Peter Tatchell, Guardian: Like most gay and equality campaigners, I initially condemned the Christian-run Ashers Bakery in Belfast over its refusal to produce a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan for a gay customer, Gareth Lee. I supported his legal claim against Ashers and the subsequent verdict – the bakery was found guilty of discrimination last year. Now, two days before the case goes to appeal, I have changed my mind. Much as I wish to defend the gay community, I also want to defend...

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