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Religious Freedom

Britain’s Christian heritage has encouraged religious freedom and tolerance. UK and European law largely protects an individual’s right to hold and manifest religious beliefs, although this is fast being eroded. We are witnessing an increasing restriction of religious freedom in this country. Increasing numbers of Christians have been penalised for their faith in the public sphere, often due to equalities legislation and the promotion of homosexual rights. Some Christians have been threatened with disciplinary action, suspended, and even sacked for refusing to act against their consciences. At Christian Concern we vigorously resist any restrictions on freedom of speech and expression for Christians.


  • February 27th, 2019
    Over 100 people attended a rally outside Parliament on 25 February after a petition with over 109,000 signatures forced a debate in the House of Commons about proposals to revise relationships and sex education in schools. Despite the protests, the Education Secretary announced that the final education guidelines on what will be taught in statutory relationships, sex and health lessons will come into force from September 2020.
  • February 21st, 2019
    The premiere of the film Once Gay: Matthew and Friends has generated a lot of press coverage, but not all of it has been favourable or honest. Carys Moseley looks at what the press coverage reveals about freedom of speech and expression in both the UK and Malta and concludes that the press itself is contributing to the erosion of freedom of speech.
  • February 15th, 2019
    On 25th February, parliament will debate giving parents an opt-out for Relationships and Sex Education in schools. Christian Concern is planning a gathering outside parliament at 4pm, so make sure to sign up to our email list to receive more details ( In our briefing note, we explain why parents' religious freedom needs to be protected by having an opt-out.
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