The impact of lockdowns on religious freedoms

Jan 14, 2021 by

from Christian Concern: Following the government’s restrictive lockdown measures to try to combat the spread of Covid-19, the Joint Committee on Human Rights launched a call for evidence on the impacts of local and national lockdowns. The committee said it was seeking views on the impact that lockdown has on specific freedoms, including: “The impact of lockdown on the freedom of religion and believe, and in particular on collective worship. Have interferences with the freedom of religion and...

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Covid update Scotland: Church leaders write to Nicola Sturgeon about worship ban

Jan 13, 2021 by

By Emer O’Toole, The National: A GROUP of 500 church leaders from around the UK have written to Nicola Sturgeon calling for her to lift the ban on public worship on Sundays. Some 200 leaders from Scotland and another 300 from the rest of the UK say the decision may be unlawful. As part of the latest lockdown rules, places of worship are only permitted to conduct weddings or funerals – with the number of people attending these strictly limited – and to broadcast services online…. …Signatories...

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The Deplatforming of America

Jan 13, 2021 by

by Declan Leary, Crisis Magazine: For a moment as brief as it was recent, the prospects of Catholics in the American public square looked better than they ever had. Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic mother, was nominated and confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. Attorney General William Barr was speaking frequently about the place of people of faith—and of their faith itself—in civic life. Conversations on the right about public morality gained momentum rapidly before finally taking...

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Persecution of churches feared during Biden-Harris

Jan 4, 2021 by

by Bob Unruh, Blitz: Those members of America’s community who are religious should be preparing themselves for attacks from an administration run by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, according to the political editor for the Federalist, John Daniel Davidson. He commented on this week’s 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket, the archbishop of Canterbury who was assassinated by “followers of King Henry II of England” over his opposition to the king’s assertion that the king deserved...

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Fiona Bruce MP appointed Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for FoRB

Dec 21, 2020 by

from the All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief: Fiona Bruce, Conservative MP for Congleton and Vice-Chair of the All-Party Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief, has been appointed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson MP as his Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief. Speaking on her appointment Fiona Bruce said “I am honoured to be given this opportunity to serve as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief....

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Thousands of pastors go into hiding amid China’s rising persecution, attempts to eradicate Christianity

Dec 18, 2020 by

By Jackson Elliott, Christian Post: Tens of thousands of house church pastors and evangelists across China have gone into hiding as the Communist Party prepares for what seems like a “final assault” on Christianity in an attempt to eradicate it from the country, according to missions group Asia Harvest. In its final newsletter for 2020, Asia Harvest said pastors have disconnected from their phones and computers so that government authorities can no longer use those devices to track...

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