Catholic school board won’t fly ‘Jesus’ pro-gay Pride flag after severe backlash

Jun 2, 2020 by

by Lianne Laurence, LifeSite: An Ontario Catholic school board reversed its decision to have schools fly a “Catholic” version of the pro-homosexual “Pride” flag after backlash from across the spectrum. LGBTQ activists and allies blasted the Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) for not planning to fly the “traditional” rainbow Pride flag in June, which is designated as “Pride” month across the province. And pro-family groups such as Parents As First Educators (PAFE) and Campaign Life...

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IKEA manager charged for firing Pole over anti-gay remarks

Jun 2, 2020 by

from AP: WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish prosecutor has charged an IKEA manager with violating the religious rights of an employee sacked for voicing strong objections, within the company, to a corporate event supporting tolerance for LGBT people last year. The Catholic employee at a Polish branch of the Swedish furniture and home goods retailer had allegedly cited Biblical passages suggesting that homosexuals deserve death. The charges brought by the Warsaw prosecutor’s office Wednesday...

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What Hong Kong’s new security law could mean for religious freedom

May 29, 2020 by

by Tola Mbakwe, Premier: A Christian human rights activist says Hong Kong’s new security legislation could negatively impact freedom of religion in the region. China’s ceremonial legislature, the National People’s Congress, endorsed the security law on Thursday. The law will alter the territory’s mini-constitution, or Basic Law, to require its government to enforce measures to be decided later by Chinese leaders. The law will criminalise secession (breaking away from...

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“Epidemic Prevention” Chinese Communist Party Style: Persecute Religious Minorities

May 24, 2020 by

by Judith Bergman, Gatestone Institute: Since early 2020, China has been doubling down on its already extreme suppression of religious freedom, and the Covid-19 outbreak has done nothing to curb the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) enthusiasm. If anything, the virus outbreak has served as an excuse to crack down even more on freedom of religion. In February, for instance, officials came to inspect whether a church in Henan province was implementing lockdown instructions, but, according to...

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Ofsted savaged at High Court for saying Christian groups should keep out of the public square

May 12, 2020 by

from The Christian Institute: Ofsted told the High Court yesterday that Christian organisations should not bring their beliefs into the professional sphere. Sir James Eadie QC, a lawyer acting for the regulator, made the remarks in a case involving Christian fostering agency Cornerstone (North East), backed by The Christian Institute. Cornerstone, which only places children with evangelical Christians, is challenging an unpublished report by the regulator that requires it to abandon its...

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A self-inflicted wound: Ofsted, the Equality Act and Cornerstone

May 8, 2020 by

from Christian Concern: The Christian Legal Centre’s Roger Kiska comments on the case of the Cornerstone Adoption and Fostering Service. […] Cornerstone’s struggles are ‘our’ struggle The truth is that Cornerstone’s history of legal struggles to simply remain faithful to its Christian ethos is emblematic of the struggle of Christians in the public square in general. Cornerstone is a charity which recruits evangelical foster carers to provide loving and stable homes for children with...

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