Hate crime: Dissent over gay marriage ‘could see you before NI criminal court’

Aug 25, 2020 by

by Adam Kula, Belfast News Letter: A top UK barrister has issued a stark warning over the proposed expansion of “hate crime” law in the Province. Thomas Leonard Ross QC said beefing up powers to prosecute people for alleged “hatred” offenses could result in people being brought before the courts because they reject same-sex marriage. He also envisaged a situation where public debate on issues like transgenderism could basically end. Mr Ross was president of the Scottish Criminal Bar...

read more

Scotland’s Hate Crime Bill is a charter for the suppression of free speech

Aug 12, 2020 by

by David Robertson, theweeflea: There are laws on the statute books which are largely redundant because they have not been used or implemented. The Scottish blasphemy law is one such. The last time it was used was 178 years ago, when Edinburgh bookseller, Thomas Paterson, was prosecuted for advertising: ‘that the Bible and other obscene works not sold at this shop.’ In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, the Scottish Government has delayed its proposals to reform the Gender Recognition Act, but...

read more

Ozanne YouGov Poll Challenged

Jul 30, 2020 by

Letter in the Church of England Newspaper: Regarding the Ozanne YouGov Poll (Church of England Newspaper 24 July), the influential NSS survey was totally invalidated by some fatal flaws such as the fact that 52% of the participants were LGBT.  To be representative of the population it should have been about 2%, a clear indication that many were her camp followers, who knew which boxes to tick. Presumably to strengthen the case for her key objective – a therapy ban – she has now...

read more

Attack on Christian freedom by state and business agencies should warn the faithful church to re-think ministry strategy

Jul 28, 2020 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: The well-funded, carefully orchestrated and determined campaign to foster disapproval of, and then to ban, so-called ‘conversion therapy’ across nations of the developed world, has been a key component in driving the massive cultural change that has been called the global sexual revolution. This campaign has achieved its latest ‘success’ in persuading a number of multinational corporations (Barclays, Paypal, Twitter, Mailchimp) to suspend services and...

read more

Barclays closes bank account of Christian charity supporting people with unwanted same-sex attraction

Jul 27, 2020 by

from Christian Today: Barclays Bank has bowed to pressure to close the bank account of a Christian charity that offers counselling to people with unwanted same-sex attraction. The bank gave no explanation for shutting down the Core Issues Trust (CIT) account.  However, it follows a social media campaign on Twitter by activists putting pressure on Barclays to suspend services to the charity. The International Federation for Therapeutic Counselling and Choice, a project supported by CIT, has...

read more

Scot Govt’s hate crime Bill could criminalise people for ‘misspeaking’

Jul 27, 2020 by

from Christian Institute: The SNP’s hate crime Bill will drag people through the courts for ‘misspeaking’, a top lawyer has warned. The Scottish Government’s Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill intends to criminalise ‘stirring up hatred’ against people on the basis of certain ‘protected characteristics’, including religion, sexuality and transgender identity. Thomas Ross QC accused the Scottish Government of failing to define offences included in the proposed Bill. Ross said: “If the...

read more