Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Independent: Issue is a symptom of the increasing influence of Muslim gangs in jails, according to a prison law expert
Independent: Celestina Mba will argue this week at the Court of Appeal that bosses must ‘reasonably accommodate’ employees’ religious beliefs
It’s no laughing matter: Britain has become a nation of religious illiterates ‘who are baffled by Biblical references in Monty Python film The Life of Brian’
BBC: The British public has such “poor religious literacy” that a modern audience would be baffled by the Monty Python film The Life of Brian – because it would not understand the Biblical references, a senior BBC figure has claimed.
Christian Institute: A Christian group is taking legal action against Transport for London (TfL) for repeating a gay ad campaign on buses in disregard of comments from a High Court judge.
Christian Concern: The British Psychodrama Association (BPA) has this week removed former homosexual Dr Mike Davidson from the psychotherapists’ register of trainee professional membership under the direction of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
Telegraph: The letter went on to quote a Biblical verse from the book of Isaiah that concluded: “They proclaim their sin like Sodom: they do not hide it. Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves.”
Real Clear World: Undercover reporters filming a documentary about the prevalence of forced and underage marriage in Britain for the television program ITV Exposure secretly recorded 18 Muslim imams agreeing to perform an Islamic marriage, known as a nikah, between a 14-year-old girl and an older man.
Independent: The proportion of babies born to married couples has reached a new low, making up just over half the total number of births last year.
Christian Institute: The Magistrates’ Association will debate the idea in a meeting later this month, despite the existence of alternative promises for those who don’t want to swear on the Bible.
Christian Institute: It said: “We are concerned that this Bill does not adequately safeguard the activities of religious organisations and that there is a very real risk that non-biased political activity will be captured by the resultant Act.”
Christian Institute: A controversial technique which would create three-parent babies has been criticised as a “eugenic” practice and “incompatible with human dignity” by members of the Council of Europe.
Christian Concern: Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali has warned that Britain risks becoming actively “anti-Christian” at the launch of Christian Concern’s publishing house “Wilberforce Publications” which seeks to equip Christians to “face the challenges of the secular world”.
Christian Concern: Two Christian guesthouse owners who were penalised for following a rooming policy based on their Christian beliefs about marriage and sexual ethics are having their case heard in the Supreme Court this week.
BBC: Thousands of Islamist extremists in the UK see the British public as a legitimate target for attacks, the director general of MI5 has warned.
Dr. Gerard M. Nadal at LifeSiteNews: Four hospitals that have specialty centers for mutilating children! If that sounds surprising, it really shouldn’t be. It is the natural result of abandoning the idea that there is such a thing as natural moral law, objective truth, and clear limits to human behavior. It is the result of the American academy being filled to overflowing with radical professors who profess such nonsense in order to sell their perversions as serious scholarly work.
Christian Concern: Education watchdog OFSTED has reported that pupils are leaving school with a “very limited understanding” of Christianity due to a dip in teaching standards of Religious Education.
Christian Institute: The Christian owners of a bed and breakfast who only allow married couples to share a double bed are taking their case to the Supreme Court this week.
Christian Concern: Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General, is under pressure to explain the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service not to prosecute two doctors revealed to be offering abortions based on gender.
The Independent: The number of same-sex couples ending their civil unions leapt by 20 per cent last year, seven years after their introduction in 2005. Overall there were 794 dissolutions in 2012, almost 60 per cent of which were female couples, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.
Independent.ie: Ms Teehan previously gave birth to a baby girl in 2007 and was ruled ineligible for a home birth as the HSE does not cover home births where women have had prior caesarean sections.
Christian Concern: The practice of swearing on the Bible in court could be banned as magistrates open debate on whether to ban the oath for both witnesses and defendants.
Guardian: It would be impossible to prove that two doctors authorised abortions solely on the basis of the baby’s gender, the director of public prosecutions has said in an explanation of why charges were not brought against them.
Yorkshire Post: CAMPAIGNERS are calling for renewed action over forced marriages after Muslim clerics were apparently recorded by undercover reporters agreeing to conduct marriage ceremonies involving girls as young as 14.
Telegraph: Doctors have been informed that they can carry out sex-selective abortions in certain circumstances, the Director of Public Prosecutions has disclosed.
Christian Concern: Two of the most prominent figures in the abortion debate went head to head last night in London over the issue of whether it is right to use graphic abortion imagery outside UK abortion clinics.
Christian Concern: Next Monday (7th October) Christian Concern is set to launch ‘Wilberforce Publications’, a new publishing house equipping Christians to “face the challenges of the secular world”.
The Independent: Britain’s most senior female judge has expressed disappointment at the failure of her male colleagues to promote another woman to the top of the judiciary.
Christian Institute: Rev Josh Williamson, who was arrested last Wednesday, was arrested again on Saturday (21 SEP) in Perth for “breach of the peace”.
The Times of London: A doctor who was let go for e-mailing a Christian prayer to colleagues has lost his appeal against his dismissal.
Christian Institute: The Christian owners of a Cornish B&B have suffered a “campaign of hatred, vilification and intimidation” under the guise of tolerance, a national newspaper columnist has said.
Christian Institute: Christians who suffered death threats and vandalism after being sued by a gay couple have put their B&B up for sale.
AP: In Britain this week, a judge struck a blow for religious freedom. Or for secularism. It all depends on whom you ask.
Christian Institute: Senior Lib Dem MP, Sir Alan Beith, says “silly” interpretations of equality laws are forcing British Christians to hide their faith.
British Judge Says Muslim Woman Must Remove Full-Face Veil For Her Testimony, But With Accommodations
Religion Clause Blog: The Guardian reported yesterday that under a compromise arrangement, the woman will be able to testify behind a screen or by live video link where only the judge, counsel and jurors can see her face, but court spectators will not.
Telegraph: But none of that detracts from the political issue, which is that a number of politicians, from Jack Straw through Jeremy Browne to Ukip, are all uneasy about what they perceive as a contradiction between their liberal values of individual freedom and identity and a faith that appears by some interpretations to suppress freedom.
Independent: TWO Christian groups are considering a private prosecution after Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided not to charge two doctors who agreed to arrange abortions of baby girls purely because of their gender.
BBC: The health minister is set to take his fight against the extension of adoption rights to Northern Ireland’s gay and unmarried couples to the UK’s highest court.
Religion Clause Blog: The Guardian reports that in Britain yesterday, a London trial court judge allowed a Muslim woman to plead not guilty in a witness intimidation case while wearing a niqab that covered her face.
Peter Smith at Bell Towers: British Officials Claim that the Prosecution of Illegal Sex-Selective Abortion Is Not in the Public Interest. They are wrong.
LifeNews: Christian Medical Fellowship has recently published a paper on ‘three parent embryos for mitochondrial disease’ which was strongly critical of this new technology on both theological and scientific grounds.
Telegraph: Only a minority of people now view marriage as the starting point for bringing up children, with support for that view almost halving in less than 25 years.
The Guardian: Charity claims women who terminate pregnancy in such cases are being forced to go through labour to deliver dead children.
BBC: The CPS’s decision not to prosecute two doctors who have been accused of offering to arrange abortions based on gender is “concerning”, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.
Christian Institute: Same-sex marriage could be “illiberal” because religious groups may be forced to perform same-sex weddings, the leader of UKIP has said. Nigel Farage criticised the legalisation of gay marriage in an interview with YouTube channel ChatPolitics.
Christian Institute: Doctors who agreed to abort babies because they were girls will not be prosecuted, despite there being a “realistic prospect of conviction”.
Christian Concern: Traditionally, university regulations have required male graduates to wear dark suits with a white bow tie and academic bands, whilst women have been required to wear dresses or skirts.
Christian Institute: The Bill sets strict limits on campaigning in the year preceding an election, and gives sweeping new powers to the Electoral Commission.
Religion Clause Blog: In Tesky v. Canada (Attorney General), (Ont. Super. Ct., Aug. 9, 2013), an Ontario trial court dismissed a suit brought by a Catholic recent law graduate contending that Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms precludes Canada from consenting to legislation that discriminates on the basis of religion.
Christian Concern: A Norwich pastor is under investigation for using “homophobic” language after sending an email expressing his disapproval of the city’s gay pride event, attended by over 5,000 people in June this year.
Guardian: She had a termination even though she was in turmoil about it. Can I get her to see that this man is no good for her?
Fox News: British lawmakers on Thursday rejected a measure that would have given preliminary approval to military intervention in Syria, in a major setback for both British Prime Minister David Cameron and the Obama administration.
Ecumenical News: Britain’s Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks has said the growth of individualism over the past 50 years is responsible for a pervasive breakdown in trust in institutions such as marriage.
Guardian: Justin Welby says vast majority of under-35s equate his stance on same-sex marriage to racism and other forms of injustice
Christian Institute: Police have started a hate crime investigation after a security guard prevented a transsexual man from using the female toilets in an Edinburgh shopping centre.
Christian Institute: A group of Girl Guide and Brownie leaders will not use a new promise which removes reference to God, and has received the backing of Bishop Nazir-Ali.
Christian Concern: Christian Girl Guide and Brownie leaders in North Yorkshire risk being expelled from the movement after publicly refusing to remove God from their promise.
Press Gazette: Ofcom has fined an Islamic TV channel £85,000 after it broadcast statements saying it was acceptable to murder anyone who disrespects the Prophet Mohammed. The media watchdog imposed the fine on Al Ehya Television Limited in respect of its Noor TV service.
Christian Institute: Millionaire gay couple, the Drewitt-Barlows, have confirmed they have “launched” a legal challenge to the right of churches to opt out of gay weddings.
The Guardian: When I was younger it was Islam’s sense of brotherhood that my life needed, not the passivity of Christian doctrine.
Christian Institute: Monogamy is out of fashion and polyamorous relationships, involving multiple partners, could become the norm, a controversial BBC investigation has said.
LifeNews: The Daily Telegraph this weekend reports on a new expert study which has raised fears that some clinics may be offering techniques that put the embryo at risk for their own profit. The review, carried out by Dr Justin McCracken, the former head of the Health Protection Agency, highlighted a new technique, known as Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening (PGS), as one which is possibly being offered inappropriately for commercial reasons.
AP: The cost of raising a child during the first 18 years of life rose 4 percent to 148,105 pounds ($230,376) last year, while average earnings rose 1.5 percent and safety net benefits rose 1 percent, according to the report from the Child Poverty Action Group.
AP: A man who lacks the capacity to give informed consent can be given a vasectomy after he made repeated requests not to have more children, a British court ruled Friday.
Religion Clause Blog: For a number of years, Britain has debated whether to include caste discrimination among individuals from the Indian subcontinent as part of its anti-discrimination laws. The Equality Act 2010, Sec. 9, gave the government authority to issue an Order to include caste discrimination.
Paul Diamond at Christian Institute: Over the past twenty years I have witnessed firsthand the steady assault on the rights of citizens in Britain to speak and act according to their conscience. During that time different parts of the British state, including our Parliament, publicly funded organizations, and the judiciary, have opposed and punished the expression of belief and conscience.
Education News: More than a quarter (28%) of 1,000 UK parents questioned feared being judged by neighbours if they let their children play unsupervised outdoors. Almost a third (32%) believed allowing their children to play ball games or make noise outdoors would cause problems with other residents.
Ken Blackwell at Christian Post: Still, the Royal Family’s crest gives us a hint of deeper meaning: Dieu et Mon Droit-God and My Right-is often translated as a justification for the Divine Right of Kings. Whether we accept monarchy or not, and I don’t, it is nonetheless clear that the British Monarchy rests on family and family is defined by blood, marriage, and adoption.
Paul Diamond at Public Discourse: Unless Americans respond to the Supreme Court’s recent marriage decisions with greater protections for the rights of conscience, our first freedom is sure to lose force, just as it has in the UK.
Christian Institute: In a letter to the Daily Mail, Professor Jack Scarisbrick referred to the latest Department of Health statistics which show that 97 per cent of abortions were performed on mental health grounds.
WorldNetDaily: Not fully satisfied with the British government’s approval of same-sex marriage, a homosexual duo in Britain has decided to go to court to force churches to perform “gay wedding” ceremonies.
Zenit: “It remains my hope and prayer that in time, by Gods grace and by our gentle love and witness, we will recall society to the path of authentic humanism”