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On Saturday 23 February, Oluwole Ilesanmi, a Christian street preacher and former dentist, was arrested outside Southgate tube station in London for ‘breaching the peace’. The police have said that they were called by a member of the public who had complained that the preacher was being ‘Islamophobic’ as he shared the gospel with passers-by. The video of the preacher’s arrest has caused outrage, not just in the UK, but across the world and has gone viral.
February 27th, 2019 | Education, Freedom, Religious Freedom
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.
On Wednesday 20 February, Bishop Pete Broadbent, the Bishop of Willesden, answered a range of questions from the General Synod of the Church of England on the highly controversial transgender liturgy guidance published last year by the House of Bishops. Carys Moseley looks at the most serious questions put to him and assesses his answer on behalf of the Bishops.
February 25th, 2019 | Education, Freedom
A vast amount of the work that the Christian Legal Centre does never makes it into the press. But here, Roger Kiska highlights one of the cases that go under the radar that, thanks to your generosity, Christian Concern is able to take on and support.
This week, the High Court upheld the decision made by Bath Spa University to block psychotherapist James Caspian’s research into transgender regret. Carys Moseley looks at why the Court’s judgment matters and asks, what is the point of having departments of counselling and therapy in universities if you aren’t able to research the issues that clients are raising? For if you can’t research it in a university, then where can you?
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.
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 (christianconcern.com/signup). In our briefing note, we explain why parents' religious freedom needs to be protected by having an opt-out.
February 12th, 2019 | Family and Sexual Ethics
The Crown Prosecution Service has recently announced that it will no longer prosecute the depiction of ‘consensual’ sado-masochism. Carys Moseley discusses the effects this could have on society in the future, concluding that it could even lead to trivialising slavery.
February 8th, 2019 | Freedom, Freedom of Speech, Islam
Is Islam affecting our freedom of speech? Is it altering our democracy? Roger Kiska looks at the recent ruling of an Austrian woman convicted of ‘hate speech’ for suggesting a truth about Muhammad, and concludes that if we are to uphold freedom of speech, then “offence is a small price to pay”.
February 6th, 2019 | Freedom, Freedom of Speech, Islam
In 1989, an Iranian 'fatwa' was issued calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie following the publication of his book, 'The Satanic Verses'. 30 years on, Tim Dieppe looks into how this event has caused the fear of religious offence - particularly fear of appearing Islamophobic - to censure our freedom of speech and expression.
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