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'Marginalised' Christians to launch book tonight which explains their cases

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Issued on behalf of Christian Concern

Press Notice

For Immediate Release

07 OCTOBER 2013

'Marginalised' Christians to launch book tonight which explains their cases 


Wilberforce Publications launch
Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street, Westminster, SW1P 3DW
TONIGHT - Monday 7th October, 6:00 for 6:30pm
RSVP to publications@wilberforceacademy.org.uk 


Christians who have taken legal action for facing discrimination at work are gathering tonight (07 OCTOBER) in London to mark the launch of a book which examines their cases.

Dr Richard Scott, a former Christian Legal Centre (CLC) client and author of Christians in the Firing Line, along with several other CLC clients, will be in attendance and available for interview.

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali will also be present and will address guests at the launch.

Dr Scott was disciplined by the General Medical Council for talking to a patient about his faith. His motivation for writing the book was to make known the challenges he and other Christians have faced in the workplace for manifesting their faith.

In his book he examines thirteen cases of Christians who have been "warned, blacklisted, suspended or dismissed for refusing to compromise their biblical principles".

Dr Scott covers the cases of Colin Atkinson, a van driver who was told to remove a palm cross from his dashboard; Nohad Halawi, an airport beautician who was unfairly dismissed on the basis of the false claim that she made an "anti-Islam" comment, and Andrew McClintock, a magistrate who was forced to resign because he was not allowed to opt-out of cases requiring him to place children in the care of same sex couples.

A number of these clients will be at the launch and available for interview, in addition to other CLC clients.

In the foreword to Christians in the Firing Line, Bishop Nazir-Ali states: “We are made immediately aware of the price to be paid and the cost involved whether it is loss of employment, the threat of being struck off the registers of professional bodies or just unpopularity in the community or the media.

“… In my experience, the exclusion from employment or participation in public life, which the people in these cases have tasted, as well as discrimination because of belief, which they have also experienced, is often the beginning of persecution.”

The event will also function as the launch for ‘Wilberforce Publications’, a new publishing house equipping Christians to “face the challenges of the secular world”.

ENDS.

Notes for editors:

If you would like to attend the launch of Wilberforce Publications, RSVP topublications@wilberforceacademy.org.uk

For interview requests, either with the authors or Christian Legal Centre clients, please contact:
Andrea Minichiello Williams - 07712 591 164

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