Church sues multimillion pound Trust for religious discrimination

Apr 17, 2021 by

from The Christian Institute: An evangelical church is accusing Scotland’s largest charitable trust of religious discrimination after it cancelled a rental agreement over the church’s views on same-sex marriage. Stirling Free Church had a contract to use premises owned by the multimillion pound Robertson Trust for its Sunday services. But when trust chairwoman Shonaig Macpherson learned of the agreement, the contract was terminated. Macpherson reportedly objected to the church’s biblical...

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Christian Colleges fight LGBT students’ lawsuit seeking to block Title IX religious exemptions

Apr 16, 2021 by

by Emily Wood, Christian Post: Christian universities are fighting a lawsuit filed by an LGBT legal group, which seeks to strip federal financial aid from college students for attending faith-based universities that espouse biblical beliefs on marriage, gender and sexuality. The Oregon-based Religious Exemption Accountability Project, an LGBT activist organization, filed a federal lawsuit on March 29 against the U.S. Department of Education on behalf of 33 LGBT former and current students who...

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As French Senate Tightens Church Controls, Christians Protest Without Fear

Apr 15, 2021 by

by Kami Rice, Christianity Today: French Protestants strongly disagree with new separatism law, but don’t adopt a victim mentality in defending their view of laïcité and religious freedom as they live in “Babylon not Jerusalem.” On Monday night, the French Senate passed an anti-terrorism law that has greatly concerned church leaders. Now called the “Law to Uphold Republican Principles and the Fight Against Separatism,” the bill—approved by a 208–109 vote, with 27 abstentions—intends to combat...

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Police apologise for halting church service on Good Friday

Apr 13, 2021 by

from Christian Today: Police officers visited Christ the King Polish Church in Balham, London, on Sunday to apologise for halting a Good Friday service. The Easter service was broken up midway through by officers because they said worshippers “were clearly not socially distanced”. Worshippers were ordered to leave the building and threatened with £200 fines or even arrest if they failed to provide their details. At the time, the church said the service had been held in keeping with...

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Bishop Azad Marshall (Lahore) demands fair probe into blasphemy charge against Faisalabad nurses

Apr 11, 2021 by

From Pakistan Today: LAHORE: A senior church leader has expressed concern over the arrest of two Christian nurses on blasphemy accusation in Faisalabad and demanded their immediate release after a fair investigation into the charge. In a press statement, National Council of Churches in Pakistan President, Bishop Azad Marshall said the arrest of staff nurse Maryam Lal and third-year nursing student Newsh Arooj for alleged blasphemy was the second such case against Christian health workers in...

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Starmer’s treatment of Jesus House is a “concerted attack” on freedom of religion

Apr 10, 2021 by

from Evangelical Alliance: Agu Irukwu expresses concern about the erosion of justice, fairness, and freedom of religion and belief after Starmer apologised for visiting the church on Good Friday. Speaking to the Evangelical Alliance, Agu Irukwu raised serious concerns about the erosion of justice, fairness, and freedom of religion and belief, which he says are foundational to a healthy society, as he called on the UK church to pray for unity in the body of Christ and steadfastness in doing...

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