Lockdown and the church

Nov 3, 2020 by

New severe restrictions on freedom are causing many to question the wisdom and the legality of the government’s policies: (newer items at the top)

‘Let us disobey’: Churches defy lockdown with secret meetingsby Harriet Sherwood, Guardian

Communal worship ‘criminalised’ under lockdown, church leaders in England sayby Harriet Sherwood, Guardian: More than 100 Christian leaders have launched a legal challenge against the ban on communal worship in England under lockdown restrictions

Pastor who broke England’s lockdown worship rules has baptism service shut down by Met policeby Press Association

Scientists, the false idols of a faithless landby Peter Simpson, The Conservative Woman

Church leaders expect easing of English lockdown ban on communal worship by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian

Synod invited to challenge lockdown ban on public worship by Maddy Fry, Church Times

A Letter to the Nation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York

Boris Johnson doesn’t get Godby Giles Fraser, UnHerd

A pastoral statement on the proposed suspension of public worship from 5 November from The Society

Why church leaders should join me in protesting the closure of our buildings by Joshua Jones, Premier

‘No scientific justification’ for church closures, say Archbishop of Canterbury and faith leaders, Christian Today

Criminalising worship would be ‘serious overstep of power’, Christian Concern

Whitty, Vallance: ‘No evidence to back church closures’ from The Christian Institute

Banning collective prayer is an ALMIGHTY mistake, Boris – we need it now more than ever by Andrew Pierce, Mailonline

No sign of end to public worship ban in Ireland, by Sarah MacDonald, The Tablet

Archbishops join interfaith call to PM to allow public worship, C of E Website

Christian leaders taking legal action against Government over church closures, Christian Today

Communal worship banned in England by Archbishop Cranmer

Christian leaders threaten UK Government with legal action over lockdown church closure by Tola Mbakwe, Premier

Interview with Peter Sanlon on BBC Radio Kent: “We are challenging the legality of the government’s actions. We are very concerned to be careful about people’s health…but if the government passes laws to criminalise churches meeting together for worship, they will have exceeded their authority and contradicted the declaration of human rights…”

Britain has succumbed to panic – again By Fraser Myers, Spiked

‘Government by decree – Covid-19 and the Constitution’: Lord Sumption. Lecture to the Cambridge Private Law Centre

 

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