Christians at risk of years in prison for preaching Christ

Jan 21, 2017 by

from Christian Concern: The Policing and Crime Bill proposes to raise the penalty for a ‘racially or religiously aggravated offence’ from seven years to 14 years. The bill was debated in the House of Lords this week. Lord Pearson raised a question about this offence, asking: “Could such an offence be caused by a Christian preaching the supreme divinity of Christ and therefore denying the supremacy of Muhammad? Would various assembled Muslims be free to regard that as a...

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Global persecution continues to grow, but so does the church

Jan 14, 2017 by

from Christian Concern: The level of persecution faced Christians around the world is continuing to rise, shows Open Doors’ 25th World Watch List, published on 11 January.  The list highlights the 50 countries in the world where persecution is most severe. Open Doors seeks to support persecuted Christians worldwide through various means, including advocacy, providing Bibles and other Christian materials, and offering training and livelihood skills. Despite the growing persecution, the...

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Integration tsar Dame Louise Casey has a problem with ‘religious conservatism’

Jan 11, 2017 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: In 2013 Dame Louise Casey was named by BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour as one of the Top 100 most powerful women in the UK. She was duly appointed by David Cameron and Theresa May to examine issues of community cohesion, extremism and integration. Her report – The Casey Review – sounds deafening alarm bells and offers a few cogent solutions. “We need to be much bolder in not just celebrating our history, heritage and culture, but standing up for our democratically decided...

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Crown Prosecution Service Public Consultation Petition – Sign this Petition in Defence of Freedom

Jan 8, 2017 by

from CitizenGo: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has issued a public consultation on its policy regarding ‘homophobic and transphobic hate crime’. Unfortunately, whatever the intent of this policy, it undermines the principle that we should all be treated equally before the law regardless of age, sex, race, religion etc, and severely limits freedom. It could have a draconian effect on anyone who is critical of transgender ideology or of the concept of same-sex marriage or even...

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Secularism: Everyone Wants to Get Rid of It

Dec 30, 2016 by

by Yves Mamou, Gatestone Institute: Can a French municipality erect a statue of the Virgin Mary in a public park? The answer is No. France’s Administrative Court has given the mayor of Publier, in eastern France (population 6500), three months to comply with the ban on religious symbols in public spaces and to remove the statue. If the municipality fails to do so, it will be fined €100 ($105) a day. Mayor Gaston Lacroix said he will try to relocate the marble statue on private land....

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The Religious-Liberty Showdowns Coming in 2017

Dec 29, 2016 by

by Emma Green, The Atlantic: Religious voters won Donald Trump the White House. Exit polls show that 81 percent of white evangelicals and 60 percent of white Catholics chose the president-elect over Hillary Clinton. Trump voters were also more likely than Clinton voters to say they attend religious services weekly or monthly. While these Americans likely had many different reasons for supporting Trump, James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, said “the number one issue” for...

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