Christian liberty versus ‘lockdownism’

Feb 10, 2021 by

by Dr Joe Boot, Christian Concern: Gathering to worship the living God, enjoy table fellowship, and take pleasure in our work are all God’s gifts to man. During the past ten months, much of that has been lost – lives, livelihoods, treasured human relationships and historic liberties. Some were taken from us suddenly, others gradually, with many of the dire consequences being initially imperceptible when submerged in and carried along by a ubiquitous grand narrative. It is the importance of...

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The struggle against lockdowns seems to be lost. But we must never give up on our civil liberties

Jan 21, 2021 by

by Emily Carver, Conservative Home: At the start of the pandemic, the Coronavirus Act passed through Parliament with little scrutiny. In less than a week, it had received royal assent, having passed through the House of Commons without a vote and the Lords without amendment. Concerns were raised at the time that this must not lead to the permanent diminishment of our freedoms – but the general consensus was that the government needed to be able to act fast to protect lives. Now, ten months on,...

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Local councils in England accused of ‘pressuring’ churches to stop public worship

Jan 11, 2021 by

By Marcus Jones, Premier: It’s emerged that churches in England are getting conflicting guidance on whether to open for corporate worship. When the national lockdown was announced by the Prime Minister earlier this week, there was a clear exception given to places of worship. In the guidance, published online, the government states: “You can attend places of worship for a service. However, you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble. You should...

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Freedom revisited: perhaps we need a new revelation

Jan 4, 2021 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: “If Boris Johnson has a political philosophy it is that he will not restrict our liberties unless there is an overwhelming reason to do so”, tweeted BBC’s Robert Peston after the Prime Minister’s interview with Andrew Marr on Sunday morning. This isn’t a philosophy, of course; it’s a nebulous policy. The “overwhelming reason” to restrict people’s freedom is the appeal of despots throughout history. “There are obviously a range of tougher measures that we would have to...

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Shocked pastor wins an apology after nine police officers stormed his church

Nov 29, 2020 by

by Max Aitchison, Mailonline: Nine police officers raided a church and shut down a perfectly legal online service after mistakenly accusing the pastor of breaching coronavirus laws. Daniel Mateola, 49, had to abandon his congregation in the ‘sinister’ incident at the Kingdom Faith Church in Milton Keynes last week. In a frightening move, officers later turned up on his doorstep to threaten court action after repeatedly refusing to believe he was operating within the lockdown rules. It is...

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Christian homes need to beware of the hate police

Nov 1, 2020 by

by Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack, The Conservative Woman: AN Englishman’s home is his castle. In 1763 prime minister Pitt the Elder stated, ‘The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail – its roof may shake – the wind may blow through it – the storm may enter – the rain may enter – but the King of England cannot enter.’ Not so for the Scotsman of today if the separatist SNP have their way. Humza Yousaf, Justice Secretary in Scotland’s increasingly...

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