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The Voice Of UK Church Neglected By Government

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Christians in the UK are outraged that the government has ignored their views on same-sex marriage. The Christians are also concerned about the implications of same-sex marriage on religious freeedom. We urge UK to take into account the implications of same-sex marriage on religious freedom and refrain from redefining marriage.

Does UK Discriminate Against Christians? Don’t Even Ask

Friday, August 24th, 2012

UK based Christian radio organization was prohibited from asking its listners whether they face discrimination as Christians. Such decision is against freedom of expression and we agree with the statment by the radio station's chief executive who said the decision “greatly reduces the right of ordinary people to have their say in democratic debate and, regrettably, seems to be wholly reminiscent of a totalitarian state

UK: Christians Not Convinced By Promise To Protect Churches

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Some Christians in the UK are worried about the implications of gay marriage on religious freedom. The Christians are worried that churches will be forced to carry out gay marriages despite the assurance by the government of UK that such coersion won't happen.

Local Authorities In UK Apologize To Christian Group

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Christians were stopped from distributing Christian literature in the city center of Gloucester,UK. Authorities now apologize for preventing the Christians from distributing the tracts.

Christians Who Refused To Let Gay Couple Share A Bedroom In Their Guesthouse To Take Battle To Supreme Court

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Peter and Hazelmary Bull said that they did not discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation. They claim they do not let any unmarried couples share a room, in accordance with their Christian beliefs. 

Gay Marriage: Warning of Threat to Religious Liberty

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

“We believe that religious freedom itself is at stake, in the sense not just of freedom of worship, but of freedom of conscience, freedom of speech and freedom of action. Specifically, if a same-sex ‘marriage’ law is enacted, the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland urges that not only should no pressure be put on the Church to solemnise same-sex ‘marriage,’ but no penalty or sanction should accrue for not doing so.”

UK Christians Upset Over Media Remarks That Their Biblical Creationism Beliefs Are Stupid, Extremist

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

"It is wrong and worrying that a senior government advisor brands evangelical Christians as extremist. There are approximately two million evangelical Christians in the UK, the fastest growing part of the church worldwide. They take their faith seriously, but that does not make them extremist."

‘Evangelicals Are Like Totalitarian Muslims,’ Says Government Adviser

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

“It is wrong and worrying that a senior government advisor brands evangelical Christians as extremist. There are approximately 2 million evangelical Christians in the UK, the fastest growing part of the church worldwide. They take their faith seriously, but that does not make them extremist.”

BBC Presenter Criticized for Branding Genesis ‘Hogwash’

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

BBC presenter is criticized for using the term "religious hogwash" to introduce the book of Genesis. This is not the first time that BBC has been accused of its bias against Christianity.

Christian Politician Faces Backlash for Voting against Gay Marriage

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

“Whenever, I or any Christian touches on issues of life or identity it does elicit a very, very violent response with very strong accusatory language.”

It’s Sharia not English Law that’s Unfair, Says Columnist

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Human rights activists and others are expressing increasing concern about the growing role of Sharia law in the UK. Sharia law is discriminatory towards women and non-Muslims. 

Green Council Accused of ‘vilifying’ Christian over Gay Marriage Stance

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Britain’s only Green Party council has been accused of “violent prejudice” against Christians as it considers expelling a member who spoke out against same-sex marriage.

Tony Blair: West is Asleep on Islamic Extremism

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Islamic radicalism in the reason for the growing persecution of Christians around the world. The influence of Muslim radicals is also growing in the West.

English Law Trumps Sharia, Rules Appeal Court Judge

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

There has been a growing concern about the growing influence of Sharia law in the UK. In countries that Sharia law is applied, Christians and other religious minorities suffer persecution. Also, women are targeted by the Sharia law.

UK: Christian Groups Angry Over PM’S Gay Marraige Comments

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Secularists Launch Assault on Highland Council Prayers

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

The National Secular Society is pressuring officials from holding prayers at council meetings. Such prayers has been part of UK's tradition for years. Secular groups have been waging attacks against Christian values in the UK. 

The Herald: Redefining Marriage is a ‘Legal Minefield’

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Christians and other who oppose same sex marriage could face discrimination. A recent report concluded: “Religious beliefs which are central to the lives of many must be protected, not least by those who support the legalising of marriage between same-sex couples in the name of liberty. We must not replace one form of discrimination with another.”

Christians Who Faced Disciplinary Measures At Work Over Witnessing Urge Church Of England’s General Synod To Back Them

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

“Silencing of Christian witness is being reinforced by over-zealous interpretation at all levels of human rights and equality legislation, in directives issued by the European Commission, in Parliament and in the courts, in policies developed by local councils and by employers.”

Report: BBC Is ‘Culturally Biased’ Against Evangelicals

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

“Religion is held in contempt – especially the Evangelicals and the Catholics, who are seen as hopelessly out of sync with progressive notions like gay marriage.”

UK: Doctor Given Official Warning over Faith Comments

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

“My professional reputation has been compromised and I have been disciplined, just for sharing my Christian views - yet it is recognised by many peer-reviewed articles that faith can help unwell people."

Minister: Churches could Face Legal Strife over Gay Marriage

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Trying times lay ahead for churches that don't conduct gay marriages in UK. The government is considering to recognize gay marriage and churches could face legal battle if they don't conduct such marriages.

UK Christian Doctor Faces Secret Proceedings for Sharing his Beliefs

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Persecution of Christians happens in different forms around the world. In UK, as this case indicates, Christians face discrimination by secular authorities who violate the rights of Christians to share their faith. 

Police Minister: Opposing Gay Marriage ‘Unacceptable’

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Nick Herbert, government minister in charge of policing and criminal justice, says it is unacceptable to oppose gay marriage. Many, including Christians, oppose gay marriage despite efforts to allow for such marriage in UK.  We believe that it should be acceptable for Christians and others to oppose gay marriage. 

UK Church Leader: Local Officials Sideline Religion

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, expressed his concern that faith is being squeezed from public life in Britain. There has been many incidents in which Christianity is sidelined by people who don't understand Britain's Judeo-Christian heritage. 

UK Christians Counselors Being ‘Closed Down’

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

A Christian psychotherapist struck off after attempting to convert a homosexual man to heterosexuality said yesterday that counsellors with traditional views now face being “closed down”.

London Law Society Bans Christian Group From Holding Discussion On Marriage

Monday, May 14th, 2012

In an astonishing email, Adam Tallis, General Manager of Ampersand at The Law Society, said: "The nature of your event has recently been drawn to our attention, and it is contrary to our diversity policy, espousing as it does an ethos which is opposed to same sex marriage." 

UK Church Leader ‘Suspended’ for Supporting Traditional Marriage

Friday, May 4th, 2012

"What is significant here is that the lay reader whose licence has been temporarily ‘withdrawn’ for two months supports the Coalition for Marriage, while the lay readers who oppose it – and who stood up in front of the congregation to dispute publicly with Mr Gowlland – are not subject to any disciplinary action.”

Judge Tells Doctor it is ‘Inappropriate’ to Say He is a Christian at Work

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

A Christian doctor sacked after emailing a prayer to colleagues lost his claim for unfair dismissal after a tribunal judge ruled that there was no place for religious references at work.

UK Bishop Joins Row Over Right to Wear the Cross

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

One of the most prominent figures in the Church of England has joined a landmark court case over the right of Christians to wear the cross.

Will UK Force Churches to Perform Gay Marriage?

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

UK churches fear that they could be forced to perform gay marriages. Christians in the West are coming under increased pressure due to the growing influence of secularists.

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