‘Gay Cake’ case comes to Court

Mar 26, 2015 by

By Peter Lynas, courtesy of Archbishop Cranmer: Today and tomorrow (26-27th March 2015), the ‘gay cake’ case is being heard in Belfast. For those who haven’t been following the story, a family bakery declined an order for a cake bearing the slogan ‘Support Gay Marriage’ as it would be against their Christian beliefs to bake such a cake. The bakery, owned by the McArthur family, is named Ashers after one of Jacob’s sons blessed for his bread and delicacies. Gareth Lee, a gay rights activist who...

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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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URGENT! Ashers Bakery go before the Equality Commission in 2 Days!

Mar 25, 2015 by

Petition from CitizenGo: URGENT! Please sign this petition and share with your friends, family and like-minded colleagues! Ashers Baking Co goes before the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland this Thursday (in only two days’ time), and the circumstances of their case indicate that they have a chance of overcoming this legal challenge. This petition – addressed to the Chief of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland – is an urgent plea for fairness and justice in...

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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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Of Human Dignity

Mar 21, 2015 by

By Charles J Chaput, First Things: […]  My job tonight is to give an overview of religious liberty issues: the problems we currently have, and the ones we’ll face in the years ahead. I’ll do that in three parts. First, I’ll outline what the Church teaches about religious freedom. Second, I’ll list some of the key religious liberty challenges heading our way. Third, I’ll talk about why the Council was right. Not just right in its teaching about religious...

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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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