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Millionaire Gay Couple Sue Church to Force Wedding

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

 In an indication of the type of prosecution that churches in the United States may face in the future, a wealthy gay couple in the United Kingdom has sued the Anglican Church for refusing to host and perform their wedding. Legislation to allow same-sex marriage passed in England last month. 

It’s No Longer Easy to be a Christian in Western Europe

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Although Western Europe has an important place in Christian history it is increasingly difficult for conservative Christians to live out their faith in public without facing legal consequences.

Three U.K. Christians’ Appeals Denied by European Court on Human Rights in the Name of “Equality”

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

British Christian Wins Case Over Facebook Gay Marriage Post

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Adrian Smith, Trafford Housing Trust employee in Britain, was demoted from his managerial position, received a large pay cut, and was warned multiple times he would be fired for a Facebook post he wrote on his personal page after hours. The post stated simply that gay weddings in churches were "an equality too far." A court has recently awarded Adrian a small victory by declaring that he was not guilty of any misconduct, though it is unclear if he will regain his former position or be awarded anything beyond the "token" damages of 158 U.S. dollars. His case is one of many where Christians in Britain face discrimination for their views. 

British Government Lawyer: Christians Should Leave Faith at Home or Resign

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Four British Christians who believe they were discriminated against in the workplace for their religious beliefs have taken their case to the European Court of Human Rights, where a lawyer speaking on behalf of the British government recently stated that aChristians can’t say they are discriminated against if they have the choice of resigning and moving to a different job. This statement of course implies that employers can treat Christians however they choose, including harassing or disciplining them for their faith, without fear of being charged with discrimination.

Tony Blair says Christians should “speak up and speak out”

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Tony Blair urges Christians to be vocal about their faith: “It is important that we are prepared to speak up and speak out from the position of faith and say we are not afraid to say this is what we believe and why we believe it.”

Victory as British Employer Respects Christian Conscience over Sunday Working

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Told to decide between his faith and his job, after legal action, employer decides to respect the man's right to practice his faith.  

Boris Johnson Faces Legal Action Over Banned Anti-Gay Bus Adverts

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Evangelical Christian groups who funded ads say they may seek judicial review, claiming their human rights have been breached.

Report: 85% Of Hate Crimes In Europe Are Targeted At Christians

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

 "In Scotland, 95 percent of religiously motivated violence targets Christians. In France, 84 percent of vandalism is directed against Christian places of worship." 

Christians Who Are Tired Of Being Pushed Around In Britain Could Learn From Straight-talking Americans

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

And does Cameron really mean what he says about standing up for Christian values?

No Wonder Christians Feel Discriminated Against In British Society, A Disturbing Trend Is Now Emerging

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Christians in Britain have been coming under increased discrimination for expressing their faith. This article highlights the worrying trend of targeting Christians for their faith.

Bishop Supports Bill to Restrict Sharia Law

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Bill tabled in House of Lords to restrict application of Sharia law where it discriminates against women and non-Muslims

European Court Tells U.K. Government to Clarify Rights of Christians

Monday, June 6th, 2011

“There seems to be a disproportionate animosity towards the Christian faith and the workings of the courts in the U.K. has led to deep injustice.”

UK Christian Doctor Fears Dismissal After Investigation for Sharing his Faith

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

“In our conversation, I said that personally, I had found having faith in Jesus helped me and could help the patient.”

Viewers Think BBC is Anti-Christian

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Islam must not be offended at any price, although Christians are fair game because they do nothing about it if they are offended.”

British Christian Doctor Faces Dismissal Over Faith Talk

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Persecution happens even in the midst of caregiving. Dr. Scott is Facing Dismissal over Sharing Jesus Christ in the Consultation Room."Jesus Christ, Dr. Scott said, is often "the Only Way to deal with issues that standard Western medicines can not."


Christian Couple Reapply Their Foster Application After Gov’t Rejected It Due to Their Belief

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

A Christian couple prevented from becoming foster parents because of their views on homosexuality have re-submitted an application with Derby City Council

William Hague Accused of ‘anti-Christian’ Foreign Policy

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

William Hague is overseeing an “anti-Christian” foreign policy that fails to protect 100 million of the religion’s worshippers facing persecution around the world, Britain’s most senior Catholic has said.

British Courts Are ‘Set Against Religious Freedom for Christians’-Barrister

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Parliament must rectify the “bad laws” restricting the freedom of Christians to live according to their beliefs, says a Christian barrister.

Disappointment after Prime Minister of UK Favors Ruling Against Christian Couple in Foster Care Case

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

The Christian Institute has criticised Prime Minister David Cameron over his support for a High Court judgement upholding a local council’s right to refuse orthodox Christians as foster carers on the basis of their attitudes towards sexual ethics.

Archbishop Resists Gov’t Attempt to Force Churches to Hold Homosexual Ceremonies

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Archbishop Rowan Williams spoke against the move by government officials to allow religious buildings to be used to conduct same-sex civil partnership ceremonies.

British Court Bars Christian Family from Fostering due to Views on Homosexuality

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

There is no place in British law for Christian beliefs, despite this country’s long history of religious observance and the traditions of the established Church, two High Court judges said. Here is the statment from the couple at the centre of the judgement.

Jane Williams: Christians Should Stand up for their Beliefs

Friday, February 25th, 2011

British society regards Christians with scorn and is too ready to dismiss believers as bigots who do not have a brain, according to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s wife.

UK Christian Official Sacked for His Views on Homosexuality

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

The Christian official is considering legal action against the British government sacked him over his homosexuality views. Dr Hans-Christian Raabe was a legal advisor for the government on  drugs.

Anti-Christian Bias is Ok at the BBC, Says Former Presenter

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

“Islam must not be offended at any price, although Christians are fair game because they do nothing about it if they are offended.”

Case Adjourned in Christian Counselor Gay Therapy Case

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Lesley Pilkington, 60,a Christian counselor was accused of wrongdoing after she tried to help an undercover homosexual freelance journalist who posed as a Christian wanting to change his sexuality.

Judge Rules against UK Christians for Practising their Faith

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

“We are trying to live and work in accordance with our Christian faith. As a result we have been sued and ordered to pay £3,600."

UK Christian Couple Lost Bussiness After Expressing Views on Islam

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

The couple has turned their hotel into a community center after they lost their income following a conversation with a Muslim  woman. The Muslim accused the couple of criticizing Islam. But the couple states that they challenged the beliefs of the woman. A court found them not guilty of any offense but their bussiness suffered following the allegation by the Muslim woman.  

UK Street Preacher Calls for Change in the Law after Arrest for Preaching

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

A street preacher was arrested earlier this year for describing homesexuality as a sin. He said,“I was charged with a crime, and released on the condition that I don’t preach in a public place,

Govt accused of tying foreign aid to abortion

Monday, November 1st, 2010

“I am appalled that our money is being directed towards this end. We have the most challenging economic climate, and we are seeing our money going to aid abortion overseas.”

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