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Lord Pearson of Rannoch has said that that he fears that telling other people about Christianity could soon become a hate crime. In an interview with Premier Radio, Lord Pearson said that free speech is being eroded by hate crime legislation. Read more.
December 13th, 2017 |
The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has met to investigate claims of harassment and intimidation of women outside abortion clinics. Chaired by Yvette Cooper (Labour), the Committee received oral evidence from representatives of Ealing Council, BPAS, and Marie Stopes who have all called for the establishment of buffer zones.
This past Monday, the Christian Legal Centre’s Roger Kiska presented a paper at the Human Rights, Law & Religion: Flashpoints symposium held by the Centre for Conflict, Rights & Justice at the University of Nottingham School of Law. He presented on the growing legal conflict between freedom of religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.
December 14th, 2017 | Education
Ofsted released their annual report this week, which made a point of criticising faith schools. Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, also criticised faith schools in a speech at the launch of the report. Tim Dieppe points out that Christian schools are not to blame and Ofsted need to recognise that the worst examples they cite are from Islamic schools.
Joshua Sutcliffe is taking his employers - an Oxfordshire school and its headmaster - to an Employment Tribunal, after accusations of gross misconduct by ‘misgendering’ a ‘transgender’ student. Read more.
December 8th, 2017 | Freedom, Freedom of Speech
A Christian street preacher has had his conviction for using ‘threatening and discriminatory language’ whilst preaching in Lincoln overturned by the Crown Court.
December 8th, 2017 | Islam
Lord Pearson of Rannoch initiated a debate in the House of Lords yesterday asking the Government to encourage Muslim leaders to re-examine key Muslim tenets of abrogation, Taqiyya and Al Hijra and to publish their conclusions. Tim Dieppe comments on his speech and the various tenets that Lord Pearson highlighted in it. He concludes that Lord Pearson was right to highlight these concerning tenets and to initiate public debate about them.
December 7th, 2017 | Islam
Tim Dieppe attended a hearing of The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights this week in which a case concerning the application of sharia law was discussed. The case concerns an inheritance dispute and whether it should be resolved according to a civil will, or according to sharia law. Christian Concern intervened in the case because of its importance, and in order to make clear that sharia law is incompatible with human rights. Tim comments on the case and its implications.
December 8th, 2017 | Freedom, Freedom of Speech
In recent months, there has been a proliferation of new legal cases where Christian business owners are being sued for refusing to provide services based on conscience grounds. These cases often relate to same-sex weddings or the promotion of messages supporting marriage redefinition.
December 1st, 2017 | Abortion, Life and Bioethics
Rupa Huq, MP for Ealing Central and Acton, has argued that silent prayer should be prevented outside abortion clinics.
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