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UK: Christian Street Preacher Wins Settlement After Arrest

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Street preacher John Craven has been awarded compensation after a UK court ruled his 2011 arrest was unlawful. Craven was arrested in 2011 while preaching in public after being confronted by two teenagers who questioned Craven about his view of homosexuality. Craven responded with a Biblical based position on the topic but said that "whilst God hates sin, He loves the sinner." The teenagers complained to police, saying they were offended by his speech, and Craven was subsequently arrested and held for 19 hours. It is becoming increasingly difficult for Christians to publicly espouse their beliefs in Western Europe, thanks to a prevailing anti-Christian culture. 

UK Street Preacher Wins Court Case After Being Assaulted by Police

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Across Western Europe, ICC has observed a sharply decreased tolerance over the past decade for expressions of Christianity and orthodox Christian values. In July of last year an American street preacher was detained by London police for alleged "hate speech", though the preacher only quoted the Bible. Charges were later dropped against the preacher. In this latest cases, Bill Edwards, 73, was asked to stop preaching in front of a courthouse in Oxfordshire by police before being arrested after walking into a nearby police station. 

British Parliament to Debate Worldwide Christian Persecution

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

In a welcome move forward towards raising the profile of Christian persecution, the British House of Commons will take up a debate centered around the subject today. For many years awareness, especially in the United States and Western Europe, of the extent of discrimination faced by Christians around the world has been highly limited. In recent years however severe violence towards Christians in flash-points such as Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Syria have started to attract global attention. According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, between 2006 and 2010 Christians faced harrasment in 139 countries around the globe. The German-based and secular International Society for Human Rights estimates that about 80% of all acts of religious intolerance in the world today are directed at Christians. 

UK Supreme Court Rules Against Religious Liberty in B&B Case

Friday, November 29th, 2013

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has unanimously ruled against the Christian owners of a bed and breakfast who refused to allow unmarried couples to book a single room together. The couple, Peter and Hazelmary Bull, ran the B&B out of their own home and said that they applied the police to both heterosexual and homosexual couples. The Bull's were sued by a gay couple for discrimination based on sexual orientation and fined $5,800 in damages. The "lead decision" of the court was written by a justice who in the past has said that marriage "serves no useful purpose" and that, thanks to EU law, gay rights are almost "untouchable." 

Christian Street Preachers in UK Could Be Silenced by New Law

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

New legislation in the United Kingdom has Christians and civil liberty organizations up in arms over its potential to limit free speech. The new "anti-social behavior" law would include injunctions allowing authorities to "prevent nuisance and annoyance." The terms nuisance and annoyance are defined so broadly that Christians say street preaching, or even expressing a strong opinion, in public could be met with fines, arrest, and other legal consequences. Critics of the law also point out that those who actually commit crimes in public will not be deterred by the new legislation. 

Members of British Parliament Discuss Global Persecution of Christians

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Slowly but surely, various governments around the world appear to be taking greater notice of the precarious situation for the many millions of Christians in areas of high persecution. Last week members of parliament in London held a discussion regarding Christian persecution, focusing especially on the Middle East. MP's (Ministers of Parliament) were told that Christians face persecution in 130 countries around the world, and that every hour a Christian faces torture or murder for their faith.

Worldwide Persecution of Christians Growing Worse

Monday, October 21st, 2013

A new report produced by the UK office of the Catholic charity "Aid to the Church in Need" examining the persecution of Christians in 30 countries concludes that persecution is growing worse. Perhaps one of the most alarming developments is the possibility of the Christian population in the Middle East being completely wiped out after already having been drastically reduced over the past decade. The rise of Islamic radicalism and the persistence of authoritarian regimes in North Korea and Eritrea are a few of the primary causes behind the increase in persecution. 

UK: Christian Hotel Owners Face Death Threats, Vandalism for Upholding Values

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

In yet another example of Christians facing discrimination and hatred for attempting to uphold their beliefs the owners of a Bed & Breakfast in the UK are closing up shop and moving after facing death threats and vandalism. Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who ran the business out of their home, maintained a policy of only allowing married couples to share a double bed. Their policy applied to both heterosexual and homosexual couples, but apparently after the passage of gay rights laws in 2007 the government tourism board removed their hotel from its approved list. In 2011 the Bull couple were successfully sued by a gay couple that won more than $5000 in damages.

United Kingdom: Christian Girl Guides Drop “God” from Oath

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

In yet another example of Christianity being slowly pushed from the public sphere the United Kingdom's version of the Girl Scouts, known as the Christian Girl Guides, has elected to drop the word "God" from their official oath. Some troops of the girl guides initially refused to drop the word after hundreds of complaints filed in, but recently at least one troop has given in and is adopting the new secular oath. 

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. 

British Couple Sues Church for Refusing to Host Same-Sex Wedding

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

In an indication of what Christian churches across Western Europe may face in the future a British gay couple has sued the Church of England for refusing to host their wedding ceremony. At the moment it appears the Church has legal grounds to refuse hosting such a ceremony but the case may result in changes to the system, eventually forcing churches to conduct same-sex ceremonies or face prosecution. 

BBC Says Christians Who Oppose Gay Marriage are “Damaging the Church”

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Many conservative Christians in the UK now believe that one of the world's most trusted news sources, the BBC, is openly non-religious and secular in it's attitude. In an official review by the BBC of the opinion of its viewers called the BBC Trust, presenter comments such as the one describing Christians who oppose gay marriage as "damaging the church" were mentioned. Hopefully the BBC will take this into account and resist the impulses to simply reflect popular opinions on conservative Christian values in commentary made by presenters.  The report comes as conservative Christians in Western Europe feel increasingly discriminated against for their faith, especially if those views are stated publicly. Earlier this week a U.S. citizen and street preacher was arrested in London for allegedly making "homophobic remarks". 

Street Preacher Arrested in London for Preaching on Sexual Immorality

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

A U.S. Street preacher was arrested in London earlier this week for allegedly making "homophobic" remarks. No charges were filed and the preacher was eventually released after about 7 hours of detention, but the arrest is alarming for Christians in the U.K. The pastor, Tony Miano, says that he at no point used homophobic, hateful, or racist remarks and simply preached against sexual immorality using scripture from 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12. The arrest marks a steady growth in Western Europe of repressing freedom of speech for Christians when their views clash with politically sensitive subjects such as gay marriage or abortion. 

Archbishop to Visit Hard-Pressed Christian Minorities in Middle East

Monday, June 24th, 2013

In an effort to express his concern and solidarity with Christians who have faced extreme difficulties in recent years, newly appointed Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will visit the Middle East. The Archbishop’s visit highlights the particular pressures Christians are facing as a result of the on-going violence in Syria and political turmoil throughout the region.

Britain’s Version of Girl Scouts Drops God From Pledge

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

This report details another small but significant development in the ongoing effort to remove a Christian worldview from public life in the Western world. After more than 100 years Britain's version of the girl scouts, the "Girl Guides" is dropping their oath to serve God in an effort to appeal more broadly to secular members. The decision was reached after conferring with thousands of members and marks an unfortunate new milestone for Christianity in Britain.   

“Historic Meeting” Between Anglicans and Catholics on Behalf of Christians in Syria

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

The Pope met with leaders of the Anglican church in an effort to bring unity to Christians and explore how to encourage brothers and sisters in Syria who suffer persecution at the hands of oppression, war and violence.

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

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

UK Government Report Downplays Christian Persecution

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

A recently released report on human rights by the UK government seems to pay relatively little attention to the persecution of Christians worldwide. While some estimates place the number of Christians who face persecution of some form at between 100 - 200 million per year, the report makes little mention of some of the worst cases, especially in the Middle East. This unwillingness to highlight Christian persecution is common in many Western governments, including the United States. 

British Christian Denied Hotel Job by Atheist Staff

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

British Christian and graphics designer Jamie Haxby claims that he was asked about his faith during a job interview at the Prested Hall hotel in the U.K. When the interviewer found that Jamie was not only a Christian, but that he had worked extensively with churches in the past and was apparently a committed Christian, she informed him that she and several members of the hotel staff were atheists and could not work with a committed Christian. 

Protection for Christian View of Marriage Grows in UK Parliament

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

After at least one well-publicized incident of a British Christian being demoted for expressing his traditional view of marriage, support has grown in Parliament to amend equality laws. The amendment passed this week helps protect Christians from being penalized or mistreated by employers for expressing their views on marriage.

UK Parliament Calls for Inquiry into Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The United Kingdom’s House of Lords has called on the U.N. to begin an official inquiry into North Korea for possible crimes against humanity. An estimated 70,000 Christians are imprisoned in North Korea’s concentration camps.   

Christian Bed and Breakfast Owner Sued For Refusing Gay Couple

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

UK Politician: Sharia Courts Subverts British Law

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

A recent undercover investigation exposed the growing influence of Sharia law in UK. Sharia laws are inconsistent with human rights principles of equality and non-discrimination. UK must stop Sharia laws from operating in the country.

BBC Thinks Christians Are ‘Lunatics’ Says Presenter

Friday, September 14th, 2012

According to a former BBC broadcaster, many in BBC consider Christians to be lunatics. We have observed, with concern, the growing anti-Christian sentiment by government establishments and the media in UK.

UK Deputy PM Calls Christians Bigots?

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

There is a growing intolernace in UK for views of Christians towards same-sex marriage. Recently, UK's Deputy Prime Minister described opponents as bigots. We urge the UK officials to respect the rights of Christians to defend traditional definition of marriage.

Persecution Of British Christians?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

The Christians in UK are not facing the same way Christians are persecuted in places such as Nigeria or Egypt. There is, howeve, growing hatred against Christians in UK. We urge politicians in UK to ensure religious freedom of Christians in the country.

Christian Politician Set To Be Expelled Over Gay Marriage

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

A Christian politician, Christina Summers, could be expelled from her political party because of her opposition to same-sex marriage. We agree with Christina Summers that the decision to expel is her is "discriminatory against Christians. It’s a typical symptom of prejudice, blatant prejudice."

UK Charity Funds Boko Haram?

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Nigeria's Islamic radical group, Boko Haram, is responsible for killing of Christians, moderate Muslims and security officials. This article indicates that Boko Haram has received funding from a UK based charity. We urge the officials of the UK to investigate the reports of the funding and take necessary legal measure to stop further funding of the group.

Christians in Britain Fight for Religious Rights in Court

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Four British Christians are headed to the European Court of Human Rights to fight for their rights to do things as simple as wearing a cross necklace to work.  The say, “"Many believe it is unfair that hard-working public servants and employees are being discriminated against simply because of their faith.” We are hopeful for an outcome that results in their basic religious rights being restored to them

UK Violates Religious Freedom, European Court to Look into Cases of Anti-Christian Discriminations

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The is a growing concern about discrimination against Christians in Britain. Some Christians are taking Britain to the European Court of Human Rights due to violations of their religious freedom. We urge Britain to respect religious freedom of Christians.

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