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Published: July 15th, 2015 | Employment, Freedom of Speech, Religious Freedom, Social| Victoria Wasteney, Sarah Mbuyi

A Chinese businessman has told the BBC how his faith in Jesus Christ has a dramatic impact on the company that he runs.
Wang Ruoxiong (pictured), the chairman and founder of the Tiantai Group, became a Christian seven years ago. He says that Jesus is the firm’s ultimate boss:
"He controls everything. I am merely a housekeeper of Jesus, assisting him in taking care of the company."
Six of the eight members of the property giant’s senior management team are Christians.
Mr Wang says that putting biblical principles into practice in the workplace has brought success to the firm. He underlines the importance of good relationships, highlighting the way that staff members are treated and the way that the company relates to its suppliers.
This, he says, makes the company distinct and creates commercial advantage:
"When the senior managers at the top are willing to use the values in their own work and life, the values are passed down. Eventually they become the shared values of the common employees of the entire company.
"At that time, the company becomes truly irreplaceable."
Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern, commented:
“God’s pattern for human flourishing is not just for our personal, private relationship with Him, but for every area of life. When we put it into practice, it brings blessing.
“It’s humbling and exciting that a Christian businessman in communist China is reminding us of the practical benefit that Jesus brings in very concrete ways.”
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Street preachers win cases


Rob Hughes 
was arrested in Basildon on 4 September last year after a confrontation with a member of the public who wrongly accused him of using homophobic and offensive language.
Despite clear evidence to the contrary, Rob was arrested by police and held in custody for 11 hours. During this time he was interviewed, a DNA sample was taken as well as his finger prints and a mug shot.
Rob was finally released just before midnight after police said they wouldn't press charges due to insufficient evidence. 
We gave Rob legal support and he has now received £2,500 and a contribution towards his legal fees for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and breach of his human rights as part of an out-of-court settlement.
Rob later said that without the Christian Legal Centre, “many street preachers like myself wouldn't have that help and support so I'm very grateful.”

Evangelist Rob Hughes shares his story of arrest

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxAY0kJOO7w


Andrew Geuter 

was arrested in Hereford on 23 April this year following a complaint made by a member of the public who wrongly accused him of making homophobic comments.
Having spent 5 hours in police custody, Andrew was released on conditional bail.

The police later informed him that they would not take further action again due to insufficient evidence. 
Andrew has been preaching in Hereford once a week for 11 years and during this time has experienced no trouble or complaints. Speaking to Christian Concern he commented that for a man who has never even received a parking ticket the prospect of having a criminal record was ‘extremely disturbing’. 
Andrew’s wife, Caroline, who spoke to the Christian Legal Centre whilst her husband was in police custody said that, “It’s been wonderful knowing we had their support and just knowing we weren’t alone.” 

Andrew Geuter describes his case, and arrest in Hereford

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Anjem Choudary publically confronted with the historical problems with Islam
Published: May 23rd, 2015 | Islam, Social

On Wednesday, May 20th, Jay Smith, skyping from here in London, along with Bob Deal, sitting in the Trinity Channel studio in the USA, had a two hour debate, on the American based Trinity channel, with Anjem Choudary the leader of the most radical Muslim group in Europe today (Islam4UK), and his disciple, Mizanur Rahman (below right), both of whom also skyped in from London.
You can see the debate in its entirety at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8wYuiV1wPY



The debate centred on the many historical problems surrounding the emergence of Islam, including:
1) What the historical record is telling us who Muhammad actually was, including where he lived, and when?
2) Why his earliest biographies (Sira) and his sayings (Hadith) don't appear for over 200 years after his death?
3) Why Mecca, where Muhammad lived, doesn't appear until 741 AD, over 100 years after Muhammad's death?
4) Why all the earliest mosques for the first 100 years are pointed (i.e. the Qibla) 600 miles too far north, towards Petra instead of Mecca?
5) Why all the earliest Qur'anic manuscripts don't begin to appear until the 8th century, some 50-60 years after Muhammad; all with variants, and with corrections continuing well into the 9th century, a full 200 years after it was supposedly compiled complete and unchanged?

All these facts suggest that Islam is a much later invention, probably initiated during the reign of the caliph Abd al Malick in the late 7th century, as a need for an Arab identity, and then constructed, changed, and enlarged over the following two centuries, and finally redacted back on to the person of Muhammad who, we are told, died in 632 AD.
Understandably, neither Anjem nor Mizanur could, or rather would, deal with this new historical material, employing their usual verbal taunts, while constantly returning to affirm the classical Islamic traditions for their authority, the very documents which were put into jeopardy by Jay and Don throughout this debate.

Many people ask why it is important that we engage publicly in such debates with men like Anjem Choudary and Mizanur Rahman, particularly on such subjects, since they represent the more radical ‘fringe’ of Islam, and not the more reasoned nominal majority? 
The reason is very simple. Anjem Choudary is hugely influential here in Europe.
According to the latest 'Scotland Yard' statistics, he has been responsible in influencing over a third of all Muslims who have left Europe to join ISIS in the past year, and regularly speaks in over 50 countries concerning his more radical brand of Islam.

Go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71mSbHHkpr8
if you would like to see our 7-minute video invitation to the debate, which includes (in the final 5 minutes) a special documentary put out by the BBC last week on the influence of Anjem Choudary here in Europe.
In fact, it is because of Anjem's influence over so many young Muslims that the new Conservative government will be introducing later this month the new 'Extremist Disruption Order' (EDO), aimed at specifically censuring Anjem's group, the
​ 'Islam4UK'. That is why we Christians, more than anyone else, must step forward and debate men like Anjem and his co-religionists.

Just as we Christians are absolutely dependent on the historical credibility of the Bible and Jesus Christ for everything we believe, so men like Anjem and MIzanur, because they are so much more radical in their beliefs than probably any other Muslims you will meet, are likewise completely dependent on the credibility and authenticity of the Qur'an and its model, Muhammad. Yet, it is historical material like that which we introduced in this debate which will eventually prove to be the 'Achilles heel' of men like Anjem and Mizanur, as it destroys the very foundations of everything they believe and hope for.
This debate will be the beginning of many more like it, as new and even better ongoing historical research continues to question who Muhammad was, where the Qur'an came from, and how indeed Islam really began.
 
To see a more in-depth talk on this new historical material, go and 
watch the video here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd9lIuUjPs0




Stay tuned for much more yet to come, which you can use and pass on to others, on our Pfanderfilms site, at: https://www.youtube.com/user/PfanderFilms
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Christian apologist debates radical muslim
Jay Smith, a Christian expert in Islam, debated muslim extremist preacher Anjem Choudary 
 this week. Choudary is believed to be one of the main reasons for the government's new Extremism Disruption Orders 

(EDOs). However, such laws won't stop the spread of radical Islam. The basis of radical Islam needs to be exposed. This is what Jay did during the debate, 
which you can watch here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Sam Solomon's books on the dangers of Islam are also available.

Ex-Muslims afraid to speak out
Young men and women from muslim backgrounds who have left Islam claim that they are a minority within a minority   in Britain. 
A number of ex-muslims told the Guardian 
 how they have been cut off from their families and face death threats as a result of leaving Islam. This is why we setup Safe Haven,an initiative that has been developed with a heart for connecting victims with those who can provide a safe place to stay: a secure and loving home away from the hostility.


Ashers Bakery: Judgment handed down in 'gay cake' row
A judge sitting at Belfast County Court has ruled today (19th May) that a Christian-run bakery that refused to bake a cake backing same-sex ‘marriage’ was guilty of ‘discrimination’ on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Passing the ruling, District Judge Isobel Brownlie said: "This is direct discrimination for which there is no justification. The defendants are not a religious organisation. They are a business for profit. There are no exceptions available.
"As much as I acknowledge their religious beliefs this is a business to provide service to all. The law says they must do that.”
The Judge said she recognised that the McArthur family, who owned the bakery, "hold genuine deeply held religious beliefs" but that "whilst defendants have right to religious beliefs they are limited as to how they manifest them."
Ashers Baking was asked to make a cake decorated with the slogan 'support gay marriage' but declined on the basis that to do so would compromise their Christian beliefs. LGBT activist Gareth Lee, who placed the order, also wanted a picture of Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie in an embrace, and a logo of the homosexual pressure group, QueerSpace, where he acted as a volunteer.
Management informed Mr Lee that the bakery, run by the McArthur family, would be unable to produce the cake on the basis of a conscientious objection and offered to give him a full refund.
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Judge compares secularism to Tudor tyranny
 
Militant secularists exhibit an attitude to freedom of speech and religion which is similar to that of tyrannical leaders in the Tudor times, one of Britain’s top judges has warned. Sir Michael Tugendhat’s, who retired from the High Court last year, stated that “lawsuits involving religion were absolutely unknown” when he began his professional career, but that in the past 10 to 15 years “they had become increasingly frequent.”
The former judge, who has been involved in a number of high-profile cases, representing celebrities such as footballer John Terry, said that aggressive secularists were seeking to “limit” religious freedom and free speech to a “private sphere”, adding that freedom which could not be exercised in a public setting amounted to a form of “oppression."
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Students attempt to ban Bible from halls
 
Students at a Welsh university have voted to ban the tradition of putting Bibles in their halls of residence in the name of ‘multiculturalism’. Even though only 1 in 10 students voted in the referendum, Aberystwyth University bosses have said that they will now decide whether to accept the students' demands. A student at the university said: “This is seemingly a ploy based around the personal grievances and beliefs of the small number of new Union representatives.”
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Andrea Williams talks to LBC Radio's Clive Bull about Bibles being removed from universities.
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'Fix It, Jesus': Student Takes Podium to Pray as Medical Emergency Unfolds During Graduation
 
(CN) -- A high school student in Alabama jumped to his feet and took the podium Thursday night to lead those gathered for the senior graduation ceremony in prayer as a medical emergency took place in the stands.

According to reports, a family member of a graduating student fell ill as the Clay-Chalkville High School graduation ceremony was underway on the grounds of the Cougar Stadium.
 Christian Crawford, the senior class president, approached the podium as he felt led to pray, not knowing what was taking place.

“Everybody, can I have your attention real quick?” he said. “We don’t know what’s going on, but we will pray. We know that prayer is power, and that God is able. Let’s pray.”
Crawford then began to lead those gathered in prayer.
“Father God, we thank you for this day, Lord. We pray right now that whatever is going on, you will fix it, God,” he prayed. “We pray that you will heal it, God. We pray that you will redeem it, God. We pray that you will deliver it, God, because we know that you are a God who knows how to make a way.”
“And in the name of Jesus, we declare and decree in the name of Jesus that whatever is going on shall be fixed, because you are a God who is a fixer,” Crawford continued. “You are a God who is a healer. Jehovah God, Jehovah-jireh, Jehovah-nissi, Jehovah-shiloh. Fix it, Jesus. In Jesus’ name, 
The student’s prayer was met with cheers and applause, as some grinned widely 
at Crawford upon seeing what he had done and hearing his prayer.

A video of the moment, which was posted to YouTube by the Trussville Tribune, already has over 11,000 views.
“What an awesome young man, and what a great crowd,” one commenter named Matt wrote.
“Yes! Pray son! [Jesus] said if you be ashamed of Me before man, I will be ashamed of you before My Father. You just showed the world that you are not ashamed!” another named Kanitra said. “I don’t know you, but I’m mighty glad to say, I love you in Jesus! God bless you.”
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'Everybody Cried': Five-Year-Old Feeds, Prays With Homeless Man at Alabama Waffle House
(CN) -- A five-year-old boy from Alabama is making headlines after he moved patrons at a waffle house to tears while feeding and praying with a homeless man inside of the restaurant.

Ava Faulk of Prattville told local television station WSFA that she and her son Josiah visited the waffle house a few weeks ago, and saw a homeless man outside of the building.
 PRATTVILLE, Ala. — A five-year-old boy from Alabama is making headlines after he moved patrons at a waffle house to tears while feeding and praying with a homeless man inside of the restaurant.

Ava Faulk of Prattville told local television station WSFA that she and her son Josiah visited the waffle house a few weeks ago, and saw a homeless man outside of the building.
“We saw a man who was dirty holding a bag with his bike outside,” she recalled.
Her son began to ask her questions about the man and why he looked the way he did.
“He’s homeless,” Faulk explained.
“What does that mean?” the boy asked.
“Well, that means he doesn’t have a home,” Faulk responded.
Josiah then told his mother that she should buy him something to eat. So, the two offered to purchase the man a meal.
“He came in and sat down, and nobody really waited on him,” Faulk recalled. “So Josiah jumped up and asked him if he needed a menu because you can’t order without one.”

After the man ordered his food, Josiah insisted that he pray a blessing over the man’s meal. So, the two bowed their heads and gave thanks.
“God our Father, we thank you for our many blessings. Amen,” Josiah prayed in song, as eleven other customers looked on at his kind gesture.
“The man cried. I cried. Everybody cried,” Faulk recalled.
She captured the touching moment on camera. The man ate his meal and went on his way.
“Watching my son touch the 11 people in that Waffle House tonight will be forever one of the greatest accomplishments as a parent I’ll ever get to witness,” she told reporters.
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Atheist Seeks to Use Religious Freedom Law to Remove 'In God We Trust' from U.S. Currency 
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(CN) -- A prominent atheist is again on a quest to remove the motto ‘In God We Trust’ from American currency after losing attempts to do so thus far, and is now seeking to use the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in his strategy.

As previously reported, atheist Michael Newdow, who has filed numerous suits challenging the mixture of God and government, first submitted a complaint in the Southern District of New York in March 2013, asserting that the motto violates the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution as it serves to proselytize unbelievers.
But in September of that year, U.S. District Court Judge Harold Baer, Jr., nominated by Bill Clinton, rejected Newdow’s arguments, opining that “the inclusion of the motto on U.S. currency . . . does not violate the Establishment Clause [of the Constitution].”

He consequently appealed his case to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, but last May, the court likewise ruled against the prominent atheist.
“The Supreme Court has recognized in a number of its cases that the motto, and its inclusion in the design of U.S. currency, is a ‘reference to our religious heritage,’” it wrote. “We therefore hold, in line with the Supreme Court’s dicta, that [the motto appearing on currency does] not violate the Establishment Clause.”
Now, Newdow is seeking plaintiffs for seven new lawsuits—one in seven of the twelve federal circuits—that challenge the motto from a different angle—the federal RFRA signed in the 1990s by then-President Bill Clinton.
“[C]hallenges to this practice under the Establishment Clause have, so far, failed,” he wrote in a recent guest post on Patheos. “Challenges under RFRA, however, are not as susceptible to misapplication. This is because every Supreme Court justice involved in the three RFRA cases heard to date has agreed that, under RFRA, religious activity may not be substantially burdened without a compelling governmental interest and laws narrowly tailored to serve that interest.”
“There is obviously no compelling government interest in having ‘In God We Trust’ on our money,” Newdow continued. “Accordingly, for those who feel that being forced by the government to carry a message that violates their religious ideals is substantially burdensome, lawsuits are now being prepared…”
He said that he is especially seeking families with children to be a part of the cases, since he believes that children will have greater influence on the courts.
“What we need mostly are families with minor children since the Supreme Court has indicated that it is more likely to uphold constitutional (and, presumably, statutory) principles when children are involved,” Newdow wrote. “Please be advised that the identities of any families with children will be kept ‘under seal’ in order to protect the children…”
“If you wish to participate—especially if you have minor children who you think will look back with pride as adults, knowing their parents gave them the opportunity to personally take part in strengthening civil rights in our country—please write to [me],” he reiterated.
Newdow did not outline whether he is seeking only atheists, or whether he believes atheism is a religion—one that is being burdened by the presence of the motto.
The motto “In God We Trust” has appeared on U.S. coins since 1864 and began being printed on paper currency in 1957. The phrase is to believed to have originated with the Star Spangled Banner, written during the War of 1812, which declares, “And this be our motto: In God We Trust!”
Following a Civil War-era proposal from a number of pastors to the U.S. Treasury Department that God be acknowledged on American currency, Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase obliged and ordered that a design be created. Its inscription was first upheld by Congress in 1864, and then again in 1873 when Congress passed the Coinage Act, which specifically declared that the secretary “may cause the motto ‘In God We Trust’ to be inscribed on such coins as shall admit of such motto.”
In 1956, Congress passed a resolution making “In God We Trust” the national motto, which was again upheld by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2011 by a 396-9 vote.

U.S. Government Drops Remaining Charges Against Evolutionary Foe Kent Hovind
 
(CN) -- Federal prosecutors have filed a motion to dismiss the remaining criminal charges against an imprisoned creation science evangelist after a jury deadlocked on the matter and was not convinced of his guilt.

As previously reported, Kent Hovind, the founder of Creation Science Evangelism out of Pensacola, Florida, has been fighting charges of mail fraud and contempt for contesting liens against a number of properties that had been seized by the government several years ago.
 
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Tribunal rules Christian was wrong to talk about her faith
An Employment Tribunal in London has ruled that a Christian occupational therapist was wrong to talk to her Muslim colleague about Christianity.

Victoria Wasteney has worked as a senior occupational therapist in east London for eight years and has an exemplary record.
But an Employment Tribunal has now backed Victoria’s employer, the East London NHS Foundation Trust, claiming that it was inappropriate for her to pray for her colleague, give her a Christian book and invite her to church events.

The decision leaves Victoria out in the cold for being open and honest about her Christian faith. It also leaves unchallenged workplace environments that are increasingly restrictive when it comes to discussing faith at work.

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Witness and challenge
Victoria’s colleague had encouraged Victoria to talk about her faith, willingly agreed that she could pray for her and even accepted an invitation to a church charity event.
 
Despite the fact that Victoria didn't force her views on her colleague at any point, in June 2013 her colleague made a formal complaint. Victoria was then suspended for 9 months pending an investigation.
 
This happened even though her colleague had never complained to Victoria personally and had often initiated discussions about Victoria’s faith.
 
In February 2014 an internal disciplinary panel found Victoria guilty of three charges of misconduct related to the accusations of “bullying and harassment”. Now the Employment Tribunal has backed up the decision of Victoria’s employer.
'Strained relationships'
Victoria commented: “I conducted all my conversations with my colleague in a sensitive and appropriate way. I knew she was from a different faith background and I was respectful of that. Surely there should be room for mutual conversations about faith, where appropriate, in the workplace?
 
“I am extremely disappointed with the Tribunal’s decision to side with my employer. There is already an unnatural caginess around faith and belief which is an obstruction to building meaningful relationships in the workplace.
 
“This decision will only perpetuate that, to the detriment of working relationships in the NHS.”

Victoria’s case shows the serious problems with the ‘equality and diversity’ framework. It is driving people apart in the workplace, not bringing them together. These strained relationships mean that work productivity ultimately suffers as well.

'Forced to hide identity'
Andrea Williams commented, “Are these the kind of workplaces we want, where people are forced to hide their identity and the things that matter most to them? Such an environment is detrimental to meaningful working relationships and ultimately to productivity.

“With the general election fast approaching, what will political parties do about the place of Christianity in the workplace, particularly in the NHS?

“The current ‘equality and diversity’ framework is having the opposite effect to what was intended. It is driving different people apart, not bringing them together, by breeding an atmosphere of mistrust in which people constantly feel as if they are walking on eggshells.

“Victoria’s case clearly demonstrates this. What will our politicians do to restore trust in the workplace?” 

Next steps
We’ve given Victoria expert legal support without charge and will continue to do so as she appeals the decision.
 
Victoria hasn’t done anything wrong and the decision of the Employment Tribunal should reflect that.
 
But there’s something even bigger at stake — the freedom of men and women to be open and honest about their Christian faith at work.

Will you support us as we help Victoria and seek Christian freedom in the workplace?
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Case update
Victory in Lowestoft sex shop case 
 
Councillors in Lowestoft have rejected a licensing application for the opening of a Sex Entertainment Venue in the town centre.   

Please join us in giving thanks for this important victory. The case was supported by the Christian Legal Centre.

This was the third licensing application for a Sex Entertainment Venue to be heard by Lowestoft councillors in a period of just 12 months.
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Case background
In February 2014, local residents expressed concern after a licence was granted for the opening of a sex club in the town, despite strong opposition from members of the Lowestoft community.

Thankfully, after several months, it transpired that the proposed venue would no longer go ahead. 

However, in autumn 2014, a second application was made for the opening of a lap dancing club in the town centre, attracting concern from an alliance of local people including residents, businesses and churches. 26 letters of objection and three petitions containing nearly 200 signatures were lodged. The application was rejected. The Christian Legal Centre supported efforts to oppose the new plan.

A further application was then made, this time for a sex shop in the town. But earlier this year, councillors rejected it after the Christian Legal Centre again supported local residents in opposing the plans.

In a short video, Rev’d Matthew Payne, Vicar of Christ Church Lowestoft, along with others who objected to the applications, have commented on the victory.  


Case background
In February 2014, local residents expressed concern after a licence was granted for the opening of a sex club in the town, despite strong opposition from members of the Lowestoft community.

Thankfully, after several months, it transpired that the proposed venue would no longer go ahead. 

However, in autumn 2014, a second application was made for the opening of a lap dancing club in the town centre, attracting concern from an alliance of local people including residents, businesses and churches. 26 letters of objection and three petitions containing nearly 200 signatures were lodged. The application was rejected. The Christian Legal Centre supported efforts to oppose the new plan.

A further application was then made, this time for a sex shop in the town. But earlier this year, councillors rejected it after the Christian Legal Centre again supported local residents in opposing the plans.

In a short video, Rev’d Matthew Payne, Vicar of Christ Church Lowestoft, along with others who objected to the applications, have commented on the victory.  

'Strong track record'
The Christian Legal Centre has a strong track record in successfully supporting local residents and churches to challenge sex entertainment venues. We are pleased that, with your support, our legal team has prevented the opening of sex establishments in:

Maidstone: In October 2012 an application for a lap dancing club at a venue located seconds away from Maidstone town centre in Kent was rejected. A second application was also rejected for another lap dancing club near a large shopping mall in the Gabriels Hill area, following the support of the Christian Legal Centre.   
 
Bedford: In September 2011 an application for lap dancing to be hosted on the second floor of the ‘Saints & Sinners’ nightclub was rejected after local business owners and residents, supported by the Christian Legal Centre, argued that such a venue was not suitable in an area where there were schools, churches, shops and homes. More than 1000 letters of objection were received by the council in advance of a hearing on the issue.
 
Oxford: In March 2011 a successful challenge was made against an application for a sex entertainment venue to open just yards from St Ebbe’s Church. Although a licence allowing sexual entertainment had been granted for the same venue in 2010, the licensing laws then changed meaning that a new application had to be made for the venue to continue to operate. St Ebbe’s Church campaigned against the 2011 licence application on the basis that many children and young people use their church building each week, and that having such a club in close proximity would not be appropriate. The application was rejected after the Christian Legal Centre supported the Church’s challenge by providing legal assistance and advice.
 
Macclesfield: In January 2010, following a successful campaign by the Christian Legal Centre, and others, the council rejected an application for a lap dancing club to open in the town. The application was rejected for failing all four licensing conditions, i.e. the club would promote public nuisance, promote crime and disorder, would fail to promote public safety and would fail to protect children from harm.
 
Durham: In December 2007, local residents in Durham, supported by the Christian Legal Centre, successfully challenged a decision to grant a licence for a lap dancing club in the city. Residents argued against the plans on the basis that the proposed venue would fail to promote public safety, add to the already high levels of nuisance and disorder in the North Road area and harm children both morally and psychologically. 
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Andrea's Easter message
So, 5 weeks until the General Election and where do we find ourselves?

The answer politically, is confused. It seems unlikely either of the old ruling parties will govern alone as a majority; it is unclear where the balance of power will lie or how minority parties will align to form a coalition government. Could there be a minority government fighting on every piece of legislation as Boris Johnson suggests the Conservative Party should do if it manages the largest minority? 
One thing that unites all the party hierarchies is the rejection of Jesus Christ and the moral truths that flow from recognising Him as Lord. They pursue the reverse conviction – that to prosecute against them is to do good. 
If the world hates you, bear in mind that it hated me first (John 15:18)
Between Christmas and Easter this year at Christian Concern we have dealt with a continued push for assisted suicide in parliament and a deliberate refusal by parliament to specifically outlaw gender abortion. We’ve seen a new normalising of same sex families and transgenderism and the imposition of that agenda in the school curriculum for the very youngest of our children.

History bears out that the alternative is Christ or Caesar; liberty or slavery; God or man.
 
We know that the State cannot be man’s saviour but Christ is to be recognised as the Saviour by the State. Where man’s law commands what God forbids, civil disobedience becomes a Christian duty. 
'Jettisoning Christ'
Our ruling elite has jettisoned Christ and is unable to control the chaotic world of flux it has created. It sees no God to give purpose, direction, or rationality to life. It seeks an androgynous, classless, discrimination and distinction-free world of ‘social justice’. To recognise, accept and celebrate these ideas is called ‘love and equality’. Law is created that insists that everyone recognises and celebrates these values and it is called ‘justice’.
 
Anyone who opposes is phobic, bigoted, unkind; a disturber of the peace.

Who are the disturbers of the peace? This year so far:
 
Richard Page: Family magistrate reprimanded by the Lord Chief Justice and the Lord Chancellor who found he had been influenced by his religious beliefs. What were those beliefs? His views that children do best with a mum and dad; that the child to be adopted should stay with his foster parents rather than be placed with two men. Richard Page was ordered to go through ‘re-education’.
 
Street preachers arrested for reading from the bible. Mike Overd convicted of a Public Order Offence because the Judge says he used the ‘wrong’ verse in the Bible, from Leviticus. 
 
Sarah Mbuyi: Nursery school teacher, dismissed for gross misconduct for stating to a colleague that God did not approve of same sex ‘marriage’. Lawyers for the nursery argued in court that such a belief breached the Equality Act and that such views were ‘inappropriate in the workplace’.
 
Mike Davidson: Boris Johnson and Transport for London pursued Mike Davidson of Core Issues Trust for £100K costs for daring to fight back over their decision to ban his bus advert to say that people can change their homosexual behaviour; as he and his organisation demonstrate with unstinting love, commitment and service. 
 
Aisling Hubert: The Crown Prosecution Service sabotaged her private prosecution of two doctors filmed offering 'gender-abortion' and Judge Steiger deliberately and provocatively ordered her to pay £25,000. The Judge chose to punish the citizen seeking to do justice rather than the perpetrators of the crime.  
 
Victoria Wasteney: We’re helping Victoria Wasteney, the occupational therapist working in the NHS who was disciplined for praying for a muslim colleague and giving her a book.
These cases demonstrate the reality that justice can no longer be found in the corridors of power, whether in our governing classes or in our courtrooms.
 
As the General Election approaches, there is increasing uncertainty and confusion among the Christian community, who are desperate to see true, Christ-centred leadership. So we must find our voice; and the governing elite must hear our voice.

How do we do that?
By giving witness to Christ with love and respect: more salt, more saltiness; more light; brighter.
By seeking to bring public life into alignment with the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
By being faithful in standing for Christ and not being bullied into State sponsored silence.
By praying for our nation.
By holding to account our elected representatives who have done ill.
By choosing a local MP who best reflects and understands Christ’s purpose and God’s priorities. 
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Through faith in Christ, the gospel is hope and victory for time and eternity, for our nation. We must share and declare its great vision of hope. We must call out the Kingship of Jesus Christ over us as individuals; over our families, our communities and our nation. We must awaken the church to her public mission to a nation lost in post-Christian, even neo-pagan, ideals. We have Christ’s promise that he will build his church and that the gates of hell will not prevail against it.
 
A forgiven people is a happy people. Let’s call our nation to Christ. 
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M & S Backtracks on baning 'Christ'
Published: March 2nd, 2015 | Religious Freedom
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The words “Christ” and “Jesus Christ” have been removed from a list of banned offensive terms by Marks & Spencer. The u-turn follows an online barrage of comments after it emerged, yesterday (Sunday March 1) that the the terms were banned.
 
Christ blocked
Customers who had previously tried to include them in greetings with online purchases of flowers were prevented from completing their orders, with an on-screen notification, reading: 'Sorry, there's something in your message we can't write.'

The policy emerged this weekend when Geraldine Stockford, a pastor’s wife from Christ Church Teddington, was blocked from ordering a £35 bouquet of spring flowers as a gift. The message Geraldine had tried to enter ran: “Thank you for your care and practical help for Margaret in her last days . . . With love from her church family, Christ Church Teddington.”
Gerardine originally thought her message was too long so altered the text to make it shorter; when the problem persisted she rang M&S’s call centre and was told a word must have been blocked. The blocked word turned out to be “Christ”. She said: “He (a customer service representative at an M&S call centre) had to write my message for me because I couldn’t do it over the internet.”
 
Jihad permitted
M&S said: “An automatic phrase-checker is in place to prevent the use and misuse of certain words and it includes hundreds of words of varying natures. It is common for us to override the checker at the customer’s request.”

The ‘automatic phrase-checker’ appeared to have been temporarily disabled following the outbreak of the story. Further testing of M&S’ ‘automatic phrase-checker’ before it had been disabled found that other religious terms, such as Allah, Buddha, and Mohammad as well as jihad were permitted, but inputting swear words triggered the same message as inputting Christ. 
 
"Sad state of affairs"
Andrea Minichiello Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern, who addressed Christ Church Teddington on Saturday said: “It is a sad state of affairs if the start point is to assume the word Christ is being used to be offensive.
We are delighted that Marks and Spencer has responded to the huge concern raised by members of the general public on this matter and will no longer 'blacklist' the name of Jesus Christ as a swear word or one that gives offence, Jesus Christ is the most pivotal figure in our nation's history, His name captures God’s redeeming love for all people and it is remarkable that it was ever banned.”  
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Published: January 19th, 2015 | Family, Freedom of Speech, Religious Freedom
A Cabinet minister and England's highest judge have together disciplined a Christian Magistrate for saying that a child's best interests lie in being raised by both a mother and a father, telling him that his Christian beliefs about the family must not influence his work whilst sitting on the Bench.
Richard Page, who has served as a Justice of the Peace in Kent for 15 years and is a well respected member of the panel, expressed the view during a closed-door consultation with colleagues in an adoption case. Having heard all the evidence in an adoption case, Richard decided that his legal duty to act in the best interests of the child meant that he couldn't agree to placing the child with a same-sex couple.

Following an investigation by the local JP Advisory Panel the case was referred to the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice.
The Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice have now told Richard that his Christian beliefs about family life are discriminatory against same-sex couples. He has been publicly reprimanded and barred from sitting as a Magistrate until he has received 'equality training' for his views.
 
'Huge pressure to conform'
Commenting on his experience, Richard said, "My Christian faith informs me that children flourish best in a loving home with a married mum and dad. My 20 years of experience in mental health service also leads me to the same conclusion. This is not a matter of prejudice or bigotry but is based on knowledge and evidence that I have applied when seeking the best interests for a lifetime of a vulnerable child.
"As a Magistrate in the Family Court, I must conduct a case-by-case analysis, based on the facts which are before me. In this particular case, it appeared to me that there was overwhelming evidence that the situation was not in the best interests of the child.

"Since making the decision I have been put under huge pressure to conform to the conclusions that others wanted me to reach but I knew that I had to dissent, for the sake of that child. Christian faith demands setting aside ideologically convenient conclusions and fighting for the best interests of children."
 
'What's best for the child'
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, he asked, "Why do you have magistrates if there isn't a different view that they can have? We all have views and that’s what you have to bring to decision-making, and mine are Christian views."
Recognising that his Christian faith shapes his outlook, he went on to explain "That’s allowed because that’s what we’re here for. Our job is to do what’s best for that child and that must be something to do with the magistrate’s views rather than just ticking the box."
 
'Declaration of war'
Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali said that the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice "have declared war on even residual notions of the faith having any place in our legal process."
"The Government, and law officers, it seems are intent on preventing Christians from manifesting their belief in the public square. The implications are wider than that, for what is said about Mr Page could apply equally to Jews, Muslims and others," he went on to say. 
 
'Pawns on the equality battlefield'
Commenting on the case, Andrea Williams said, "Richard Page is accused of being prejudiced on account of his Christian faith. Ironically, closer inspection of this case reveals that the real discriminatory prejudice is that practised by those who would prioritise the placing of this child with a same-sex couple, not on the basis of evidence but on the basis of ideology.
"Children should not be denied the chance to be brought up by a mum and dad wherever that option exists. We cannot allow children to become pawns on the 'equality' battlefield. Real 'equality' means focusing on the needs of each child not being driven by the so-called rights of adults to become parents."
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Responding to Islam
2014 review - part 4
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6, ESV)
 
2014 has been another busy year in the life of Christian Concern. Working together with you, we have had many opportunities to speak of God's pattern for life and of His power. We thank God for His enabling and for our partnership with you. To fuel our thanksgiving and prayer, we are charting some of the significant moments of the year in seven short emails. Today our focus is responding to Islam. 

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Providing 'Safe Haven'
 
The launch of our 'Safe Haven' project was one of the highlights of the year.

Prompted by the brutal treatment experienced by some in the UK who have left Islam and become Christians, the initiative offers confidential support and advice - and potentially relocation - to those who wish to leave Islam but fear the consequences of doing so.
First announced in May and formally launched in November, 'Safe Haven' has attracted significant media interest.
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We are grateful for all your support and offers of help.
Safeguarding Christian freedoms
 
We have continued to support Nohad Halawi, who lost her job at London's Heathrow Airport after spurious accusations were made that she was 'anti-Islamic'. Nohad had defended a Christian colleague who was mocked for wearing a cross by Muslim employees and had also spoken with management about the way that some Muslim workers spoke disparagingly about Jesus.

The Court of Appeal heard her case in June but ruled in October that, given the complex employment arrangements that her employer had encouraged, Nohad effectively had no employment protections. With your help, we hope to appeal the case.
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Enabled by your support, we have also been pleased to assist Victoria Wasteney, a Christian occupational therapist who was disciplined for praying for a Muslim employee, despite being encouraged by that colleague to talk about her faith.

"There is undoubtedly a pattern of inequality of treatment of Christians and Muslims in the NHS," Victoria commented. 
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Supported by the Christian Legal Centre, Victoria is appealing the disciplinary ruling.
Challenging Islamic cultural incursion
 
When it emerged in May that many high street restaurants and supermarkets were selling meat slaughtered in accordance with Islamic ritual, we launched a petition enabling you to ask David Cameron to ensure that all such meat is clearly labelled so that consumers can make a choice. We also provided you with contact details for many of the retailers involved so that you could raise the issue with them. Thank you for taking action.

Andrea explains why were should be concerned about halal meat

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During the year, we've also kept you informed about other similar developments such as when, in June, the UK became the first non-Islamic country in the world to sell 'sharia compliant' government bonds (see this commentary from Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali).

We also reported on how the Law Society provided guidance for solicitors on drawing up wills compliant with sharia principles (the guidance was recently withdrawn) and how a high street bank was offering Islamic-compliant interest-free overdrafts.
We've also kept you up to date with concerns about Islamic extremism in schools.
 
And we've supported a local campaign in east London opposing the construction of a 'Mega Mosque'.

We've helped to bring those concerns to a wider audience - such as reports that a key witness at the planning enquiry withdrew at the last moment after being intimidated. 

Mega MosqueNothanks.com campaigner Alan Craig highlights intimidating tactics ahead of Mosque public inquiry
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Highlighting international challenges
 
Alongside our focus on the UK, we've also highlighted the wider challenge of Islam. Co-founder Ade Omooba was interviewed on BBC Breakfast about the kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls by Islamic group Boko Haram.

Ade has explained that 'radical Islam is a virus in the atmosphere'.
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We've also organised and spoken at prayer gatherings for Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria and provided opportunity to channel financial support to those suffering there. 
Providing resources and commentary
 
During the year, we've also provided commentary from experts such as Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali and Sam Solomon on developing issues related to Islam, to aid the understanding and engagement of Christians and churches.

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We continue to provide links to books and resources on our website.  
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'Every Religious Organization Should Be Worried': Kentucky Wants Ark Encounter to Hire Non-Christians
(CN) -- Ken Ham, the founder and president of the Kentucky-based ministry Answers in Genesis (AIG), is expressing concern over new demands that the state is requiring of its proposed Ark Encounter, namely its requirement that the ministry not engage in “religious preference” in its hiring—meaning that it can’t refuse applicants simply because they are non-Christians.

“AIG as a religious organization has the legal right to hire people who believe in our Christian faith—which is a right for any religious organization, whether Christian or not,” he said in the four-minute video posted to Facebook on Saturday.
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Report: Islamic Saudi Arabia Passes Law That May Impose Death Penalty on Bible Smugglers
(CN) -- Recent reports state that officials in the Islamic country of Saudi Arabia have passed a law that may impose the death penalty on Bible smugglers and any others distributing religious materials that are not of the Muslim religion.

“[T]he new law extends to the importing of all illegal drugs and ‘all publications that have a prejudice to any other religious beliefs other than Islam,'” Paul Washer’s HeartCry Missionary Society outlines in a post on their website. “In other words, anyone who attempts to bring Bibles or gospel literature into the country will have all materials confiscated and be imprisoned and sentenced to death.”
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Arizona Biology Teacher Mocks Jesus, Biblical Creation in Lecture Slide
 
(CN) -- A biology teacher who describes himself as "an open-minded skeptic" purportedly showed a slide in one of his classes that mocks Jesus and describes biblical creation as "magic."

Christofer Bang is a lecturer at Arizona State University who teaches biology and ecology courses. According to his academic profile page, his areas of “expertise” include ecology, evolution and plant biology.
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Atheist Who 'Prayed' to Mother Earth, Satan Denied Request to Open Palm Beach Meeting
 
(CN) -- A professing Florida atheist who recently led an invocation to Mother Earth, Satan and other entities at a public meeting in Lake Worth has been denied his request to do the same at a commission meeting in Palm Beach County.

As previously reported, as Preston Smith of Miami stepped to the podium to deliver the invocation on Dec. 2, a number of commissioners–as well as Mayor Pam Triolo—exited the room so they would not be participants in what was about to take place.
 
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Christian Concern launches 'Safe Haven' initiative to help those leaving Islam
Thank you for helping to make 'Safe Haven' a reality
 
Christian Concern has today launched an initiative to help protect those in the UK who want to leave Islam but fear the consequences of doing so.

Entitled 'Safe Haven', the project is a response to the brutal treatment experienced by some in the UK who have left Islam and become Christians.
It will offer confidential advice and support to those considering leaving Islam and may even help individuals to relocate.
An advertising campaign has been launched to highlight the availability of help.

This morning's launch took place at Church House in Westminster and was attended by members of the Church of England's General Synod and representatives of other organisations.
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'My own family would rather see me dead'
 
One of those who spoke at this morning's event, Fiaz (pictured), explains: 

"My own household, my brothers, my parents, they don’t want anything to do with me. They’d rather see me dead."
His own experience has moved him to highlight the problems that others in the UK - especially women - face if they want to leave Islam.
“When an Asian girl turns away from the culture or the religion itself then it’s all about honour. They are at greater risk than the men are," he warns. "There are hundreds and hundreds of women across the country who have turned away from Islam. And there are those who are still at home but they are too afraid to turn away because they don’t feel that they have anywhere to go.

"Right now ... there are girls who are beaten, who are abused, and they are afraid to go out and tell others because they feel that if they did and they get caught, that’s the end of the road. I came across a girl a year ago and her own brother raped her. She is still at home. If she had an escape route she would take it.”
Watch a short video interview with Fiaz here (3 mins).http://www.safe-haven.org.uk/victims-stories/fiaz/
Fiaz was brought up in Bradford in a Muslim home. He left home to stay in a Christian hostel and through a family he met there, became a Christian.
But nearly 20 years on, Fiaz’s family still don’t approve of his decision. Fiaz explains:
“I have turned away from Islam and turned to Christ. My own household, my brothers, my parents, they don’t want anything to do with me. They’d rather see me dead.”
Fiaz’s experience has convinced him of the need for Safe Haven.

“I thought I was the only person in the UK that had turned away from Islam. So if I knew that there were these houses that existed and I knew there were others who had turned away from Islam then that would have been a great asset to me at that age.”
Awareness
He is now committed to raising awareness of what people—especially women—face when they leave Islam. “When an Asian girl turns away from the culture or the religion itself then it’s all about honour. They are at greater risk than the men are. There are hundreds and hundreds of women across the country who have turned away from Islam. And there are those who are still at home but they are too afraid to turn away because they don’t feel that they have anywhere to go.

“Right now, as we are speaking, there are girls who are beaten, who are abused, and they are afraid to go out and tell others because they feel that if they did and they get caught, that’s the end of the road.
“I came across a girl a year ago and her own brother raped her. She is still at home. If she had an escape route she would take it.”
Britain
Fiaz is also concerned that people realise this is happening in the UK: “If people think that this is not happening in Britain, then they need to wake up because it is.

“An individual who has turned away from Islam will get killed. It hasn’t happened yet but it will happen. The Safe Haven project is long overdue. It’s time to act now.
“I’m not afraid to speak out because I know Jesus. I have eternity with him after I die, so to me, being under threat does not stop me speaking out. I forgive my own household because I believe, as Jesus taught, that you should forgive those who persecute you. I forgive my family and I love them. I feel it’s important people know that I’m not attacking the people of Islam—what I’m trying to expose is the teachings of Islam: that is a problem.”
'Why do we have to live in fear of our lives?'
Another supporter of the project explains how, as a ten year old she thought about leaving home but "felt that I couldn't dishonour the family and leave, so I ended up being quite suicidal and didn't talk to anybody and spent all my time on my own.”

Now she asks, “it’s OK for people when they convert from another religion to Islam. Nobody says: ‘I’m going to kill you’. They don’t live in fear of their lives. Why is it that when a person leaves an Islamic background, becomes a Christian, why do we have to live in fear of our lives?”
[url=http://www.safe-haven.org.uk/victims-stories/selena/?utm_source=Christian Concern list&utm_campaign=73424b2479-BN-2014-11-18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9e164371ca-73424b2479-127290665]Watch a short video interview with Selena here[/url] (3 1/2 mins)
Selena

“Why do we have to live in fear of our lives?”
Selena was brought up in a traditional Pakistani Muslim home. She was taught to keep the traditions of her culture and was being prepared for an arranged marriage.

By the age of 10, Selena felt increasingly uncomfortable with these cultural pressures and began to think abut leaving home. She explains:
“I felt that I couldn’t dishonour the family and leave, so I ended up being quite suicidal and didn’t talk to anybody and spent all my time on my own.”
Selena experienced severe depression and by the age of 20 had already attempted suicide twice.

Decision
She left home but within four days her family found her and asked her to return home. Selena managed to find another place to stay, a Christian hostel, and started going to church, where she made a significant decision.

“I was desperately low. I still hadn’t found what I was looking for. So I said the prayer. I said ‘If you’re here God, I’m letting you, Jesus, into my life.’”
Even though Selena found comfort through her faith in Christ, she faced pressure from her family to become a Muslim and to keep quiet about her new faith.

Uncomfortable
Years later, Selena still felt uncomfortable being open about her faith. This was partly out of concern for her son. Selena describes how she felt:

“I was a bit uncomfortable, thinking: ‘I don’t want people to start picking on me, causing any problems.’ My fear was that I’ve got a child, I don’t want to be on the run. Having had experience previously with watching my back I didn’t want to be killed or have to put my son’s life in danger more than mine.”
Around that time, Selena started attending a group for people who had converted from Islam to Christianity.

“I started visiting that group and since then became a bit more open about my faith. I still feel uncomfortable telling people that I’m a Christian. I don’t wear a cross if I’m around a lot of Muslims or the Asian community. I don’t go openly saying that I’m a Christian because I do feel fear of them causing me trouble and I haven’t got anywhere else to run if I want to leave the area.”
Why?
After years of having to hide her faith so often, Selena has noticed a real difference in how people are treated depending on which faith they choose. She explains:

“It’s OK for people when they convert from another religion to Islam. Nobody says: ‘I’m going to kill you’. They don’t live in fear of their lives. Why is it that when a person leaves an Islamic background, becomes a Christian, why do we have to live in fear of our lives?”
Selena’s experience has made her a strong supporter of Safe Haven:

“I think it’s a good idea because if anyone in the future decides to do what I’ve done by leaving home, looking for God, or converting before they leave home, they need somewhere to go to. They can’t do it on their own. They need some support to fall back on. They need a roof over their head.”
'I only just escaped with my life and my sanity intact'
Another woman tells of how, aged 12, she was sent to Bangladesh to enter a forced marriage. When that failed, another attempt was made when she was 16. She recalls:

“The memory still makes me feel physically sick. If I shut my eyes I can almost smell him and see him sitting opposite me, licking his lips with delight. Incredibly, in the eyes of the Muslim community, this appalling union was going to bring honour to my family. I only just escaped with my life and my sanity intact.”
'Stop being a crusader and move'
 
Another speaker at this morning's event, Nissar (pictured), left Islam whilst living in the UK but has received death threats, experienced recurring verbal abuse, had his car burned and house vandalised. When he first went to the police, he was told to "stop being a crusader and move." 

[url=http://www.safe-haven.org.uk/victims-stories/nissar/?utm_source=Christian Concern list&utm_campaign=73424b2479-BN-2014-11-18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9e164371ca-73424b2479-127290665]Watch a short video interview with Nissar here [/url](3 mins).
Nissar

“They told me categorically had I been in an Islamic country, like Pakistan or the Middle East, that they would actually be the first to chop off my head.”
Nissar, a hospital nurse, has been attacked and threatened ever since his family converted from Islam to Christianity in 1996.

When he first went to the police for protection after a threat by Muslims to burn down his house if he did not return to Islam, he was told to “stop being a crusader and move”.
Threats
Members of the local Pakistani community where Nissar and his wife, Qubra, live, have vandalised their home, set fire to their car and subjected the family to verbal abuse and even death threats.

On one occasion the couple and their five children, all aged under 10, were woken in the night to find an unoccupied house next door on fire. On another occasion a young man threatened Nissar directly, saying if he did not return to Islam, his house would be burned down.
Ten years after his conversion to Christianity, Nissar and his family moved to another part of the city to escape the barrage of abuse.
“They told me categorically had I been in an Islamic country, like Pakistan or the Middle East, that they would actually be the first to chop off my head. They called me a ‘Christian Jew dog’.
Help
“But, I am determined not to hide my conversion to Christianity and to do all I can to help the many thousands of other former Muslims, who have either moved away from Islam or need a refuge to escape this type of tyranny.”
Nissar is now a campaigner and co-founder of Safe Haven.

'Need a safe place to stay?'
 
An advertising campaign has been launched to coincide with today's launch.

Under the headlines, 'At Risk', 'Threatened', 'Afraid' and 'Fearful', the adverts read: 
"If you've converted to Christianity and feel like you need to watch your back, Safe Haven can give you a safe place to stay."
You can download a copy of the poster to put up in your area here.

'People need to wake up'
Fiaz welcomed the launch of Safe Haven saying "if outsiders think that this is not happening in Britain, then they need to wake up because it is."

“An individual who has turned away from Islam will get killed. It hasn't happened yet but it will happen. The Safe Haven project is long overdue. It’s time to act now," he warns.
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'Love drives us'
 
Co-founder of Christian Concern and member of the Safe Haven team, Pastor Ade Omooba, also spoke at today's launch event. 

Ade welcomed the project, saying: "The compassion of Jesus Christ drives us. Love demands that we do not turn a blind eye but stand with those who want to leave Islam. We want to see people set free from fear.
"At Christian Concern, we have heard of these appalling experiences too often. Something needs to be done."
Andrea Williams, Chief Executive, adds: "We are very grateful to all those who have given money and offered practical help to enable us to get this far. Please continue to pray for and support this vital initiative."
To find out more, offer help or donate, 

please visit the Safe Haven website

CLICK HERE
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Primary school introduces unisex toilets to 'prevent transphobia'


A primary school in Newhaven, East Sussex is requiring children aged 3-11 to share ‘gender-neutral’ toilets in a bid to ‘prevent transphobia’.


Harbour Primary School, which has around 500 pupils, unexpectedly introduced unisex toilets at the beginning of the academic year without prior consultation with parents and carers.


Parents have now been invited by Headteacher Christine Terrey to a meeting on 'transphobia', which will include a discussion about the toilets.



Read more > http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/social/primary-school-introduces-unisex-toilets-to-prevent-transphobia


Challenge to UK discrimination against ‘ex-gay’ minority
Mike Davidson addresses
the OSCE assembly > Christian Legal Centre client, Mike Davidson, who campaigns for freedom of choice for people who self-identify as ex-gay, has called on European states to challenge the UK government’s “failure to protect the ‘ex-gay’ minority”. 


He has made a submission to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) accusing the UK Government of “viewpoint discrimination” and “political indoctrination”.


“My purpose is to expose the UK Government’s determination to suppress the legitimate view that sexual preference is not inborn. There is no scientific evidence to support such a claim but in the UK public bodies permit only one side to express its discredited view,” he said.


Watch Mike Davidson address the OSCE assembly here > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRJa5U-vDnE&feature=youtu.be




Thousands attend pro-family demonstration in Paris
 
Alan Craig joins leaders at the
pro-family rally in Paris
  More than 250,000 people took to the streets in Paris on Sunday to express their opposition to "anti-family" proposals in France, including plans to legalise medical procedures that will allow same-sex couples to have children.


Alan Craig, founder of the GayMarriageNoThanks campaign, who was invited to represent the UK by the rally organisers, La Manif Pour Tous, said: "The youthfulness of the protesters was noticeable. Overwhelmingly the participants were in their twenties and thirties, and teenagers were conspicuous by their noisy enthusiasm and, often, street dancing too.


"As in the UK, the government is ignoring the people as it drives through its anti-family proposals. But, clearly, at the grass-roots the traditional natural family is alive and well and full of youthful support in France."


Read more > http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/family/thousands-attend-pro-family-demonstration-in-paris
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'Dr Death' opens UK clinic to 'cope with demand' for assisted suicide
Dr Philip Nitschke
Dr Peter Saunders
  Euthanasia campaigner, Dr Philip Nitschke, who has opened a new clinic in the UK to advise people on how to end their lives, is appealing for people to visit his clinic “before they get too sick”.


Dr Nitschke claims he opened a London clinic to 'cope with demand' for assisted suicide from UK citizens.
 
He is reportedly under police investigation in every state in Australia over suspected involvement in nearly 20 deaths. In July he was suspended by the Medical Board of Australia.
 
Care Not Killing has described Nitschke as “an extremist and self-publicist whose presence in the UK puts the lives of vulnerable elderly, depressed and disabled people at grave risk.”
 
Earlier this year, CNK Campaigns Director, Dr Peter Saunders, wrote to the Home Secretary, Theresa May, urging her to stop Nitschke entering Britain.
 
The Exit clinic charges people a fee to access online information and attend workshops which give advice on how to source lethal barbiturates, provide instructions on how people can gas themselves with a DIY kit and offer tips on how those assisting a suicide might avoid prosecution.
 
Read more > http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/arrival-of-euthanasia-advice-clinic-exit-international-in-uk-condemned-as-unwelcome-and-very-dangerous-9775803.html
Nick Clegg expresses opposition to assisted suicide


The Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, told his party conference he would not vote in favour of legalising assisted suicide.


Nick Clegg said he had seen how the law worked in other countries, in particular the Netherlands.
 
Read more > http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29513007
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Liberal Democrats vote against compulsory worship in schools 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-politics-29503771

Bishop John Pritchard
  Liberal Democrats voted at their party conference this week to end the legal requirement for schools to hold Christian worship during assemblies.

Among the speakers was the Church of England’s head of education, Bishop John Pritchard, who said the 1944 Education Act, which requires schools to hold collective worship, should be changed as it no longer “represented the mood of the nation”. 

He added that compulsory worship could put people off religion and suggested Christian worship be replaced with broader spiritual reflection to “take the pressure off” children.

Only non-Christian faith schools are exempt from the law on acts of worship during assemblies.

Andrea Williams, CEO of Christian Concern, said: "It is very disappointing that the Bishop of Oxford has backed the Liberal Democrats in their call to remove the act of common worship that helps young people understand our great Christian heritage."
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The Clarkson Academy - Ending abortion in a lifetime
Those who wish to see an end to abortion in their lifetime are invited to attend The Clarkson Academy - a one-day event to be held in November in central London.
The programme is designed to equip those who wish to play an active part in ending abortion and to gain knowledge and receive practical training in how to advance the pro-life cause. The Academy is dedicated to training a network of motivated, loving and confident leaders and activists for the pro-life movement.
The Clarkson Academy is named after Thomas Clarkson, who worked with his fellow British abolitionist, William Wilberforce, to bring about an end to the slave trade. 
The 2014 Academy will run from 09.30am to 5.30pm on Saturday, 1st November, at the Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW
Find out more about the Clarkson Academy here > http://www.clarksonacademy.org/

National Day of Prayer about Abortion
Please join the National Day of Prayer about Abortion on Sunday, 27 October organised by Christian pro-life group Image.

The event calls on Christians across the country to pray with their church groups, friends and family to mark the 47th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act.
Find out more (Image website) > http://imagenet.org.uk/prayerguide.html
Download a prayer guide >  http://imagenet.org.uk/ndopposter2014full.pdf

Hundreds sign petition to stop abortion clinic opening in GP surgery


Raising awareness opposite the
GP surgery

Watch Ruth Rawlins 
speak outside GP surgery
(1m 50s)
  A petition to stop the country’s biggest abortion provider opening a clinic inside a doctors’ practice in London, has received more than 650 signatories in the first seven days.

Thank you to all those who have signed the petition already.   If you haven't, please help organisers reach 1,000 signatures by the end of the week by signing the petition here >
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) plans to rent space at the Blackfriars Medical Practice in Southwark, next Thursday.
Ruth Rawlins of the Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform UK, who launched the petition, campaigned outside the surgery this week and spoke to Christian Concern. See the film here > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8kjgIjL-zw&feature=youtu.be
Sign the petition here > http://www.change.org/p/stop-abortion-clinic-opening-at-london-gp-surgery?recruiter=161143569&utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition
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Leading scientists warn Parliamentary inquiry against 3-parent baby plan
 
This week, leading international scientists warned a Parliamentary inquiry that the Government’s 3-parent baby plan raises serious public safety concerns and should not be permitted to go ahead.

Currently, the proposed technique - known as “mitochondria replacement therapy” - can only be used for research purposes, and involves transferring both parents’ DNA into a donor egg.
Ministers say the procedure will help prevent mothers from passing mitochondrial disorders to their children.
But in a letter to the Commons Science and Technology Committee, which will hold a one-day inquiry into 3-parent babies on 22 October, the group of scientists will warn: “The safety of mitochondrial replacement therapy is not yet established sufficiently well to proceed to clinical trials.”
Read more here > http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/bioethics/leading-scientists-warn-parliamentary-inquiry-against-3-parent-baby-plan


Parents celebrate first birthday of son born at 23 weeks

Lucas Moore pictured in the hands
of his father when he was just a
few hours old
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Academy >  A baby who was born at 23 weeks with bleeding in the brain has recently turned one with no sign of long term health problems.
The parents of Lucas Moore, confirmed they “celebrated his first birthday in good health”, despite advice from doctors that he had little chance of survival. 

Sylvia Moore was told to prepare for a stillbirth after her waters broke 22 weeks into her pregnancy.  Doctors said even if Lucas survived, his internal organs would be so weak that he would have no protection from infection.  
Following his birth at just over 23 weeks, his parents were told that Lucas would be so severely disabled, they should consider switching off his life support machine.
Sylvia said: “He really is our miracle little boy, we all call him that. After carrying a baby and preparing for him to come into the world, to be told that he will not live is just devastating. Lucas really is a little fighter and we are so proud of him.”
Read more >  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11147674/Thriving-a-year-on-the-boy-born-a-week-under-abortion-limit.html  
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Oxford professor:  'Do not be silent about your faith'
John Lennox
  The Christian apologist, John Lennox, who regularly debates well-known atheists such as Richard Dawkins, has said he wants to encourage Christians not to be silent about their faith in the face of "militant atheism" and a secular culture.


John Lennox, who is Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, was addressing this year’s Evangelists’ Conference at All Soul’s Church, Langham Place in London.


He told his audience that the “new atheist onslaught is beginning to wane” but that “Dawkins et al are still wreaking havoc in the minds of young people”.  


Professor Lennox said many atheists did not support the ideas of “militant atheists such as Dawkins” and added, "I have many atheist friends who thank me for taking Dawkins on." Turning to the first letter of Peter, Professor Lennox said the apostle envisages Christians having a dialogue.  


"He is encouraging us to get involved in a dialogue. One of the things we are required to do is to stimulate dialogue... Try this next time you meet someone new – keep asking them questions until they ask you one." 


Read more > http://www.christiantoday.com/article/john.lennox.do.not.be.silent.about.your.faith/41399.htm
See also: “Why do so many liberals despise Christianity?”, by author and journalist, Damon Linker.
http://theweek.com/article/index/269462/why-do-so-many-liberals-despise-christianity


Take action to shape the future of Christian freedoms


Thank you to all those who have already responded to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Call for Evidence.


The EHRC has just extended the deadline for replying until Friday 31st October. But don't delay, why not do it today by clicking here?


This is a very important opportunity to help the Government understand the challenge to freedom of religion and belief for Christians.
Find out more and respond via this link – www.christianconcern.com/ehrc
If you’ve already responded, why not contact other Christians and encourage them to do the same?

The EHRC is inviting us to tell them about our experiences – if we ignore this opportunity it will make it harder to make the case in the future. Let’s ensure that no Christian misses out as a result of ignorance or indifference.
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What does the UKIP factor tell us?
  The three main parties are losing the confidence of the people. In a recent entry in his blog Douglas Carswell said: “We are governed by tiny cliques, each competing to sit on the sofa in Downing Street - and none of them much in tune with the country over which they preside.” 
For Douglas Carswell to win Clacton with a majority of over 12,000 and some 60 per cent of the vote, and for UKIP to come within 600 or so votes of victory at Heywood and Middleton, shows that the party can challenge both the Conservatives and Labour in seats that they previously saw as safe.  
For UKIP to win its first MP is a breakthrough moment in modern political history. His victory can truthfully be called historic: the main parties are losing the confidence of voters.  
We are living with a political and media class (reflected even  in the leadership of our State church) that has become used to power, assuming that it knows what is best for the people. The rise of UKIP has, therefore, caught it unaware; it finds itself perplexed about the rise of UKIP. It can hardly fathom it because it had become so comfortable.
Whatever we feel about UKIP we see that what it demonstrates is the fact that a  whole swathe of people feel disconnected and unrepresented by the existing political elite. Furthermore, there is nothing to distinguish between the party hierarchies. They are all peddling a secular, liberal atheistic agenda which is destructive to our nation.
At Christian Concern we reach 80000 supporters (and many more thousands who believe what we believe).The Conservative Party has fewer than 100,000 members - two movements that differ very little in size.
At Christian Concern we believe passionately in the protection of life, the natural family, free speech and all Truth that is found supremely in Jesus Christ. All of this is under attack by our current political elite. 
But here is the choice that faces UKIP – will it connect with and represent those who are concerned for social institutions and social fabric beyond the individual and the State – or will it become another individualist libertarian party parading in a different uniform? That is its test. 
Douglas  Carswell’s voting record shows support for the natural family and protections for those who believe in it. Douglas Carswell's first memories were of Uganda under the rule of the brutal dictator Idi Amin. “If you grow up in a country where arbitrary rule leads to the total ruin of society, the suppression of free markets leads to the collapse of living standards, of course you're going to grow up a libertarian,” he has said.
At Christian Concern we believe that the answer is not in libertarianism but in a political system based on the beauty and order of God's perfect instructions for living found in His living word. This is good for all and has served our nation well.
How are Christians going to find their voice in the changing political landscape? We have numbers and networks; we have the reason for living and the way in which to live perfectly prescribed.
How shall we call a nation back to the Lordship of Jesus Christ? How now shall we live?
By Andrea Williams

CHRISTIAN CONCERNS
Anglicans sign mass "love letter" urging homosexual Bishops to "openly acknowledge" their sexuality
  Over 300 signatories, including 160 priests and members of the General Synod, have signed an open letter to Bishops in the Church of England asking them to “come out” and “openly acknowledge” their feelings of same-sex attraction.
 
The letter which, as of last week, had been signed by 282 Anglicans, 29 Methodists and 25 members of other Christian denominations, as well as representatives of Jewish groups, will be formally submitted to the House of Bishops.
 
The letter - signatures for which have been collected by Rev Dr Keith Hebden, an Anglican vicar from Mansfield -  follows on from  the recent publication of a book by Rt Rev Dr Alan Wilson, the serving Bishop of Buckingham.
 
In his book, "More Perfect Union? – Understanding Same Sex Marriage", Dr Wilson speculates that there are “said to be a dozen or so gay bishops” currently prevented from openly acknowledging their sexuality by “an episcopal closet door.”
 
In response to the letter, Andrea Williams of Christian Concern commented: “This letter is a provocative statement at a time when this issue is so live in the Church of England. In urging any so-called 'closeted' bishops to acknowledge their sexuality, it grants the status of fact to damaging speculation about bishops’ sexuality and gives credence to the popular and false idea that the Bible’s and the Church’s traditional teaching on sexuality is restrictive and limiting.
 
"It demonstrates no regard for the Bible which graciously and compassionately sets out how to order our sexual lives through the life-long commitment of marriage between one man and one woman.”
 
Read the full letter here > http://compassionistas.net/wordpress/author/keith-hebden/

Call for boycott of 'facilitated conversations' on human sexuality
Conservative evangelical group, Reform, has urged its members to boycott the Church of England’s ‘facilitated conversations’ on human sexuality, saying the views of those who are committed to the Church’s official teaching have been sidelined, undermining the credibility of the process. 
Reform chairman, Rod Thomas, has warned the process will collapse unless there is “decisive intervention” from the House of Bishops immediately. “The shared conversations must acknowledge that Scripture remains authoritative for the Church of England and that the outcome of the conversations is genuinely open-ended," he says.
The group has raised further concerns that the terms of the 'conversations' have been changed, with a new objective to create “space and an environment for the Church of England to live together as a family who disagree with one another…[to] ensure that those with differing views on sexuality continue to share together a place of common baptism and faith.”
It argues the new objective not only requires participants to reject the historic teaching of the Church of England that all sexual activity outside marriage “should be met with a call for repentance and the exercise of compassion”, but to accept the premise of the Pilling report that the Bible is not clear on matters of sexuality.  
Andrea Williams of Christian Concern says: "We very much welcome this call by Reform.  Since we've been assured that the Bishops don’t envisage a change to the Church of England’s teaching on marriage, what is the purpose of ‘facilitated conversations’? Either the conversations are pointless or they will begin a motion towards amending the Church’s teaching on marriage."
Reform has also expressed anger over the failure of the House of Bishops to discipline the Bishop of Buckingham, Alan Wilson, who has urged the Church of England to support same-sex relationships, claiming in his new book that one in ten bishops could be secretly homosexual. 
Read more > http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/same-sex-marriage/reform-calls-for-boycott-of-facilitated-conversations-on-human-sexual

Only 1.6% of adults self-identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual, Government survey finds
New figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that only 1.6% of adults in the UK identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual.  
The figures, which were collected by the ONS for its Sexual Identity Project, show that 1.2% of people identify as gay or lesbian whilst 0.5% identify as bisexual. 
Men are twice as likely as women to consider themselves gay or lesbian, with 1.6% of adult males identifying themselves as homosexual, compared to 0.8% of adult females. The statistics also reveal that those who were aged 16-24 were 5 times more likely to self-identify as homosexual or bisexual than those aged 65 or above.
The figures, which are the most accurate available, represent a 0.1% increase in the number of UK adults identifying as gay, lesbian or bisexual in 2012.  
Despite the increase - which the ONS deems “not statistically significant” - the statistics show that the number of people who consider themselves as homosexual or bisexual is much lower than the figure widely claimed by the homosexual lobby.

Find out more > http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/integrated-household-survey/integrated-household-survey/january-to-december-2013/stb-intergrated-household.html#tab-Sexual-Identity
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BREAKING CASE NEWS: Victory for Christian registrar dismissed after refusing to conduct same-sex 'marriages' 
Civil Registrar, Margaret
Jones

Paul Diamond
Standing Counsel to the 
Christian Legal CentreA Christian registrar who was sacked for indicating she would not be willing to conduct same-sex weddings has been reinstated after a successful appeal.

Margaret Jones (54), a Senior Deputy Registrar at Bedford register office, was asked by her employers in 2013 whether her Christian beliefs would prevent her from conducting same-sex weddings in light of the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act.

On 28 March 2014, just one day before the first same-sex 'marriages' were due to be performed in the UK, Margaret had a meeting with management and confirmed that, as a Christian, she believed marriage can only be between one man and one woman. She said she would be unwilling to conduct same-sex weddings as she "would not be able to say the words and be sincere.”  At the meeting, Margaret was told the council's position was that she either perform same-sex 'marriages' or resign.
In April 2014, a formal investigation was launched after Margaret was accused of "gross misconduct".  It was alleged that her refusal to conduct same-sex weddings was in breach of her role and amounted to a failure to follow management instruction.

Margaret went through an internal disciplinary process and explained that whilst she could not perform same-sex weddings, she would be willing to register the marriages and deal with administrative tasks.  She explained that since every marriage ceremony requires two members of staff - one to conduct and one to register - she could simply register the marriage, with the result that no couple would be denied a service.

In May 2014, Margaret was dismissed on the basis that her refusal to perform same-sex weddings breached equality laws and "brought the council into disrepute". At the time of her sacking, Margaret's shifts did not coincide with any pre-booked same-sex weddings, which meant she had not refused to perform the same-sex wedding of an actual couple.

“As I have not done anything wrong, I am being sacked for my belief, not my actions,” she said.

But last month, Margaret's appeal against her dismissal was upheld unanimously by a panel of Central Bedfordshire Council Members.  The panel decided that the council had not fully investigated ways of accommodating Margaret’s religious beliefs and that evidence had been found that in other cases “informal custom and practice arrangements had been developed in order to accommodate individual staff situations.”

In a letter reversing Margaret’s dismissal, the council said its appeal panel had decided that further consideration could have been given at the disciplinary hearing to ways of accommodating her “deeply held religious beliefs.”  The letter informed Margaret she would be reinstated with no financial loss and that any reference to gross misconduct would be “expunged from all records.”
Paul Diamond, Standing Counsel to the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), which has supported Margaret over the issue said: "All good employers should follow this precedent, and practising Christians should no longer fear expressing their beliefs.”

Andrea Williams, CEO of the CLC, said: "For several years, with your support, we have stood with those who have suffered unnecessarily as a result of equalities legislation, pressing for the reasonable accommodation of Christian beliefs in the workplace in both domestic and European courts.  

"We hope that employers begin to demonstrate a greater understanding of what it means to be a Christian. The council's decision is an encouragement to Christians to stand calmly but boldly in the public sphere."

Please help us to support, without charge, Christians such as Margaret, who are holding a faithful Christian witness at work, by donating to the Christian Legal Centre today.
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rayer Alert:  Critical meeting over banning of Christian counsellors 
Dr Mike Davidson
 
Rev. Tony Ruddle
Chairman of the Association of
Christian Counsellors
Please pray for Dr Mike Davidson, Director of Core Issues Trust (CIT), who is attending a critical meeting of the professional body for Christian counsellors, to appeal against its decision to ban CIT and individual therapists from offering help to men and women with unwanted same-sex attraction.
 
At 2pm tomorrow in Grantham (Wednesday 23 April) Dr Davidson will address a special meeting of the Executive of the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) which has banned its members from offering therapeutic support to people who want to reduce or possibly eliminate same-sex feelings. 

The ACC has refused to renew CIT’s membership after Dr Davidson raised concerns about a statement it issued in January, forbidding its members from offering help to people who want to change their sexual orientation and condemning what it calls ‘reparative’ or ‘conversion’ therapy.  
 
Dr Davidson will tell the Chairman of the ACC, Rev. Tony Ruddle, and his Executive body, that: “There are no known registered and practising Reparative Therapists in the UK, and ‘conversion’ therapy is a pejorative term which tends to discredit serious and scientifically supported Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE).  Core Issues Trust practices neither of these therapies, but offers support to individuals voluntarily seeking to alter unwanted same-sex feelings.” 
 
Dr Davidson will tell tomorrow’s Executive body that under the Equalities Act (2010) discrimination against a person because of their past actual or perceived sexual orientation, or because their sexual orientation has changed, is unlawful. He will say the ACC appears to misunderstand the provisions of the act as only protecting Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transexual people (LGBT). He will ask the Executive to call a special members’ meeting at which he can put his case.
 
“The ACC should be supporting professional Christian therapists who want to help individuals who have voluntarily sought to change their sexual identity, practices or feelings. It should not be banning professional counsellors or discriminating against a vulnerable minority who seek change therapy,” says Dr Davidson.
 
Andrea Williams of Christian Concern says:

“This is a critical moment in the life of the Association of Christian Counsellors and if they cannot stand with people such as Mike Davidson and Lesley Pilkington, then why do they exist.”
 
Please pray that:
Dr Mike Davidson will present a strong and clear case for help to be permitted for people with unwanted same-sex attraction
members of the Executive of the Association of Christian Counsellors will open their hearts to the appeal by Dr Davidson
the Executive body will resist State pressure, and pressure from other professional bodies, to ban therapeutic support for people with unwanted same-sex feelings
the Executive body will recognise that the Equalities Act gives protection to a person with a desire to change their sexual orientation just as members of the LGBT community are protected
a special members’ meeting will be granted to enable Dr Davidson and other therapists concerned about the prohibition of change therapy, to present their case.
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BREAKING CASE NEWS: Christian nursery nurse sacked for saying marriage is between a man and a woman
http://www.christianconcern.com/

Christian Legal Centre 
client Sarah Mbuyi
 
A Christian nursery nurse has been sacked for gross misconduct from her job in a London children’s nursery after explaining the Bible's teaching on homosexuality in response to a question from her colleague.
Sarah Mbuyi had worked at Newpark Childcare in Highbury, London, since April 2013. She became good friends with a gay colleague and they had frequent conversations about the meaning of Christianity.   

The incident
In January 2014, the colleague initiated another conversation with Sarah about Christianity. She said she was unhappy that she couldn't marry her female partner because of the church, and said she thought that God condoned homosexuality.
Miss Mbuyi explained: “When I said no God does not condone the practice of homosexuality, but does love you and says you should come to him as you are, she became emotional and went off to report me to my manager.

"I never ever condemned her, or accused her, but when she asked me directly what I believed, I was open about sharing the Bible’s teaching that homosexual sex (not the people) is wrong. It's clear that this offended her and she was determined to get me sacked, simply because I expressed traditional Christian beliefs."
The dismissal 

After a one-sided disciplinary hearing in which Sarah was falsely accused of starting the discussion on homosexuality, nursery directors dismissed her immediately for gross misconduct.

The implications
Sarah’s dismissal suggests her employers think that expressing Christian beliefs is a legitimate grounds for dismissal. This is clearly an issue of deep concern for Christians in the workplace across the UK.
Andrea Williams, CEO of the Christian Legal Centre, said:
“Sharing Biblical truths out of genuine love and concern for colleagues is being outlawed in the workplace by a dominating cultural correctness.  There is a culture of fear which closes down freedom of speech and the manifestation of faith.  This culture brands the liberating good news of the Gospel as oppressive and regressive.

“Sarah’s case demonstrates the confusion we’re experiencing in current times. David Cameron has given public recognition of the enormous positive impact that Jesus Christ has had on our nation but  he wants to mould Christianity to his political agenda.  History shows that Christianity is greater than any political agenda.

“David Cameron has ignored the concerns of the Christian community by driving through same-sex ‘marriage’. Any dissent in the public space, in the workplace, to the new prevailing orthodoxy means punishment as Sarah is experiencing.

“This is not a Government with a track record of recognising and respecting Christian faith. It has deliberately and consistently undermined Christians and their freedom to live out their faith in the public square.

“The Prime Minister has huge influence. If he is serious in his support for Christianity, he will intervene in Sarah’s case and ensure that those who believe in marriage, as defined in the bible, between one man and one woman, will not lose their jobs but be wholly and properly protected by the law.

“This government has seriously let down the Christian community. Easter statements of sentiment will not suffice. Consistent behaviour is what will be believed."
The way forward

Sarah did what any faithful Christian would do — she spoke the truth in love in response to what she thought was a genuine question about her faith.
 
The Christian Legal Centre is helping Sarah claim unfair dismissal on grounds of religious discrimination. This isn’t just about the rights of one individual Christian, it’s about the freedom to speak of Jesus and make Him and His Truth known in the workplace and elsewhere in public life.
 
People in workplaces across the UK need to hear the good news about Jesus so it’s vital that we protect this freedom.  

Christians need not to fear and need to continue to share the Gospel.
 
If you believe we should have the freedom to share the Gospel at work, please support us by making a donation today so that we can keep helping Sarah and others like her.
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[size=16.363636016845703]BREAKING NEWS: Eric Pickles challenged to back up “Christian country” claims 
[size=16.363636016845703]Christian Concern has asked Eric Pickles to give evidence against his own Government Department after his recent comment that Britain is a “Christian nation”.[/size]
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[size=16.363636016845703]Andrea Williams, CEO of Christian Concern, issued the challenge yesterday (7 APRIL) live on Radio 4’s PM Programme and is also sending the Communities Secretary a letter.
On Sunday (6 APRIL) Mr Pickles was widely reported as saying that militant atheists should “get over it” and accept that Britain is a Christian country.
Challenge Mr Pickles
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[size=16.363636016845703]But Mr Pickles’ Government department refused to allow a Christian Concern colloquium at the QEII Conference Centre in London (a venue run by Mr Pickles’ department) in May 2012.
Andrea has therefore asked Mr Pickles to back up his comments by testifying against his own department.
She said: “We’ve heard the Prime Minister and now the Communities Secretary defend Britain’s Christian heritage. But if their comments are going to be more than just hollow soundbites, somebody needs to back up these words with action. Mr Pickles now has that opportunity by giving evidence against his own department. He should intervene to stop the centre from pursuing costs against us, and ensure that the centre is open to us in the future.”
Marriage Conference
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[size=16.363636016845703]Christian Concern had booked the QEII conference centre for a colloquium on the subject of marriage. But at 4pm the day before the colloquium, the QEII Conference Centre cancelled the booking with the Centre’s Chief Executive saying it was “inappropriate” for such an event to be held at a Government venue.
"You are responsible"  
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[size=16.363636016845703]The case is now in the Central London County Court with Christian Concern and Andrea Williams as claimants and Eric Pickles and the QEII Conference Centre as defendants.  The department is already estimating costs of £50,000, which they will claim against Andrea and Christian Concern if they win.[/size]
[size=16.363636016845703]This kind of threat has a profound chilling impact on any person or organisation wishing to challenge the closing down of freedom of speech and expression.
Andrea says in her letter: “The British public has the right to know whether the expression of Christian belief and values on the subject of marriage (and other issues) is ‘inappropriate’ to be heard at a venue run by your Department…
“You are the Minister responsible and should answer for the policy of the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre.”
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Christian Concern - Christian Weekly News.

Keeping truth alive in the media
Watch a sample of the media
coverage given to Christian
Concern here (3m 11s) >
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0__b24eqWMY&list=UUqnbu3dpuqx7O3KRgZQarnA

The media debate on ‘gay marriage’ continues following a series of ‘weddings’ involving same-sex couples, resulting in many opportunities for Christian Concern to present the Biblical view that marriage is the unique union of one man and one woman for life.
Major UK mainstream TV and Radio news services invited Christian Concern to explain the Biblical viewpoint on marriage in their peak-time news bulletins and current affairs programmes.

Andrea Williams and Andrew Marsh gave interviews over a 24-hour period reaching many millions of viewers and listeners across the country with repeat broadcasts on the hour.

“We seized the opportunities to speak about Jesus and real marriage between one man and one woman which is an institution created by God and reinforced in the teaching of Jesus,” says Andrea.

"We need to be full of courage as we take God's truth into the public space, knowing that it works for the good of all."

Watch a sample of news interviews carried by the main UK broadcasters here >https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0__b24eqWMY&list=UUqnbu3dpuqx7O3KRgZQarnA

Mozilla boss forced to resign over opposition to same-sex 'marriage'
Brendan Eich
The Chief Executive of Mozilla Firefox , Brendan Eich, has been forced to resign following a targeted campaign by LGBT groups, who opposed his $1000 donation in support of a Californian law upholding marriage between one man and one woman.

“This is very serious indeed. In a land where free speech and freedom of religion has been historically treasured, we see a man hounded out of office because of his support for real marriage," says Andrea Williams of Christian Concern.

Mr Eich, who co-founded Mozilla and created the JavaScript programming language, made his donation in 2008 to support a campaign to uphold California's Proposition 8 law, which prohibited same-sex 'marriage'.

Following his appointment in March this year, the dating website, OkCupid, urged a boycott of Mozilla Firefox and directed its users to select other internet browsers. Those who visited the website using Mozilla's free Firefox browser saw a message reading: "Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OKCupid."

The website, ActRight, has launched a petition asking people to support “the free speech and conscience rights of the Mozilla CEO and everyone's right to free political action free of harm and harassment”.

Sign the petition here > https://actright.com/petitions/74
https://actright.com/petitions/74

Wilberforce graduate debates same-sex ‘marriage’ on BBC radio
Kane Dick discusses same-sex
'marriage' on BBC Radio
Berkshire (11m 42s) >
A graduate of Christian Concern's Wilberforce Academy was interviewed on BBC Radio Berkshire following the first same-sex 'weddings' which took place on Saturday (29 March).

Kane Dick who works at Potters Church in Reading was interviewed by Bridgitte Tetteh who presents a programme for Berkshire's African and Caribbean communities.

You can listen to his interview here >
http://www.christianconcern.com/media/bbc-radio-berkshire-wilberforce-graduate-kane-dick-discusses-same-sex-marriages

For details of the 2014 Wilberforce Academy, please see below.

"Gay marriage" criticised by prominent homosexual commentators
Many homosexual people did not want marriage to be redefined and were “happy to respect” the Biblical belief that marriage is the unique union of one man and one woman, homosexual art critic, Brian Sewell, has said.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Sewell says that the change had been demanded by a “noisy nucleus” within the homosexual minority, and criticised Prime Minister, David Cameron, for failing to consult a “quieter voice” on the issue before pushing the legislation through.

Homosexual columnist, Andrew Pierce, has also written on the issue in the Daily Mail, describing same-sex ‘marriage’ as a “disastrous miscalculation”.

Read more >
http://christianconcern.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=bed173cc9adfcad1e0e442a35&id=917aa16a60&e=d3fdbf874a


Street preacher awarded 13k for wrongful arrest

A Christian street preacher has received £13,000 in compensation after being wrongfully arrested for explaining the Bible’s teaching on homosexual practice.

Read more >
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/religious-freedom/street-preacher-awarded-%C2%A313k-for-wrongful-arrest
"A pernicious culture of grievance" threatens Christian street preachers

Columnist, Bill Carmichael, has written an article in the Yorkshire Post saying that the case of John Craven (above) is one of a series of similar cases where Christian street preachers have been targeted, including that of Christian Legal Centre client, Tony Miano. http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/religious-freedom/street-preacher-arrested-and-held-in-custody-for-mentioning-sexual-si

Mr. Carmichael writes that far from being extreme, Christian street preachers are expressing “views that were pretty mainstream until very recently and could have been uttered by the Archbishop of Canterbury without arousing any controversy”.

He continues: “But that was before the pernicious culture of grievance and victimhood took such a grip on the nation….. Free speech means nothing unless it applies to people with views divergent to your own.”

Read the full article here >
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/debate/columnists/bill-carmichael-tolerance-has-to-be-a-two-way-street-1-6541674

'One of Us' hearing at European Parliament - Next Thursday
Thank you to all those who supported the pan-European 'One of Us' initiative, which aims to stop EU funding of research that destroys human embryos.

Because of the widespread support of those who signed the 'One of Us' petition, a public hearing will be held at the European Parliament in Brussels to allow for the presentation of the Citizen's initiative next Thursday (10th April).

Please pray that the European Parliament will support proposals for a new law to stop EU funding of research that results in the destruction of human life, to be put forward by organisers at the hearing next week.

With up to 1.7 million validated statements of support, this initiative is the most successful of all European Citizens’ Initiatives that have been registered so far. There is no other issue that has triggered any similar mobilisation throughout the EU.

"With the public hearing, the ECI organisers are expecting that the European institutions will not ignore the clear voice of European citizens and let European Parliament decide whether it should become a law. Failing to do so, would be a clear message – especially before the European elections – that the EU is not interested in becoming more democratic and a tool which was created to listen to the European Citizen's concerns," said the organisers.

Action

Please contact your MEP and the Minister of Europe, the Rt Honourable David Lidington MP, to express your support for the 'One of Us' initiative and to ensure that they are aware of next week's hearing.

You could also express your concerns over the UK Government's plans to permit the use of an IVF technique that will result in the creation of children with three genetic parents. Read more about the proposals here >

Find details of your MEP here >
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/map.html

You can contact Mr Lidington at: david.lidington.mp@parliament.uk,

Government considers new "emotional cruelty" law
The Government is considering whether to make “emotional cruelty” to children a criminal offence for the first time in England and Wales.

Dubbed the “Cinderella Law”, the planned legislation follows a campaign by the charity, Action for Children, and will be announced in the Queen’s Speech in June.

Under the proposals, a parent who is found guilty of an offence could face imprisonment for up to 10 years.

Andrea Williams of Christian Concern said: "This legislation as proposed could be used to monitor the private lives of families everywhere. We have already seen examples where the State has raised issues over how children are being brought up in Christian homes. If this law is passed, we may see more of this and that is very worrying."

Read more >
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/government-considers-new-emotional-cruelty-law

Scottish campaigner for assisted suicide dies
Independent MSP Margo
MacDonald
Independent MSP, Margo MacDonald, who campaigned for the introduction of assisted suicide in Scotland has died from Parkinson’s Disease.
Ms MacDonald, who had been a member of the Scottish Parliament since 1999, re-launched her failed Assisted Suicide Bill last year and was due to bring it back to the Scottish parliament.
Read more >http://www.carenotkilling.org.uk/press-releases/margo-macdonald-has-died/

3,000 human embryos destroyed every week

Official data has revealed that more than 3,000 human embryos developed for IVF are destroyed in the UK every week, prompting criticism that unborn children are being increasingly treated as “disposable products".

The data from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority shows that 1.8 million human embryos have been discarded since 1991, and that for every embryo implanted into a woman, two remaining human embryos are destroyed.

Andrea Williams of Christian Concern said:

"This is a devastating statistic. How can a civilised society treat life so cheaply? We must act."

Read more >http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/bioethics/3000-human-embryos-destroyed-every-week

Challenge secret liberalisation of abortion legislation
We're asking you to contact the Prime Minister, the Health Secretary and your own MP in light of disturbing revelations that abortion regulations have been secretly liberalised under the Coalition government.
It's not too late to take action - thank you to those who have already done so - please let us know of any responses.

'Interim Procedures' quietly issued to private abortion providers in 2012 indicated that it was no longer a legal requirement that a mother considering abortion actually see a doctor. This is a very serious change. It opens the door for doctors to 'approve' an abortion without ever seeing the woman requesting it and paves the way for nurse-led abortions.

This is a very significant line to cross. If it remains unchallenged, the seriousness of abortion in the eyes of the medical profession and the value of human life in the eyes of society will be further diminished. For the sake of women, unborn children, health-care professionals and God's truth about the human person, please take action to ensure that this change is reversed in the forthcoming revised procedures:
Please contact the Prime Minister asking how a Conservative-led government could have presided over such a change and urging him to ensure that it is reversed in the soon to be published final procedures. Contact: Rt Hon David Cameron MP, 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA
Please contact the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt asking him to ensure that this change is reversed in the final procedures. Contact: Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Department of Health, Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London SW1A 2NS / mb-sofs@dh.gsi.gov.uk
Please contact your MP asking them to investigate potentially misleading information provided to Parliament and the introduction of the procedures without public or parliamentary notification; urge your MP to press for the change to be reversed in the soon to be published final procedures. Find contact details for your MP here.
You may want to point out that a recent opinion poll found that 92% of women agreed that 'a woman requesting an abortion should always be seen in person by a qualified doctor.' See this article for more information.

For further background, please click here >
http://www.christianconcern.com/challenge-pm-over-backdoor-liberalisation-of-abortion

Pro-life campaigner in London to expose "the greatest human rights abuse of our time"
Lila Rose of Live Action
The founder of Live Action, which campaigns to teach the public about the humanity of the unborn child, is speaking at events in London on April 13 and 14.

Lila Rose, who founded Live Action when she was 15-years-old, leads undercover investigations into America's most notorious abortion facilities to "shine a light on the greatest human rights abuse of our time".

Her new media, non-profit organisation is dedicated to ending abortion and "building a culture of life" and focuses on educating yound people about “the evils of the abortion industry”.

Find out more and register your place >http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/robert-colquhoun-5879481277

Mother gives birth to UK's youngest surviving baby
Emily holds her mother's
finger
A baby who was born at 24 weeks on Mothering Sunday is believed to be the youngest to survive a premature birth in the UK.
Claire Cressey gave birth to 1lb 3oz Emily, who could legally have been aborted in the UK, but the little girl is now doing well at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Read more >http://metro.co.uk/2014/03/31/tiny-emilys-big-leap-mother-holds-premature-newborn-for-the-first-time-on-mothering-sunday-4684646/


Thousands of repeat abortions performed every year, new statistics reveal

A new government report has revealed that thousands of women in England are undergoing repeat abortions, suggesting that the procedure is being used as a means of “back-stop contraception”.

The report shows that 17 women aged between 18 and 29 had already had seven abortions when they obtained their 8th termination in 2012.

Read more >
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/31/report-17-british-women-got-their-8th-abortion-in-2012-thousands-have-repeat-abortions-annually/
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Traditional Views on sexuality silenced by new liberal "censoriousness", warns
Lord Neuberg
Published: March 21st, 2014 | Religious Freedom

Britain’s most senior judge has warned that traditional views on sexuality are being shut out of debate as part of a liberal “censoriousness” which prevents “inoffensive” views from being expressed in public.  
Lord Neuberger said that attempts to make Britain more diverse were “insidiously” achieving the opposite by restricting free speech and shutting out traditionally held views as “unacceptable”.
He warned that Britain risked “losing diversity in practice” if views deemed as offensive are continued to be sidelined, adding that a “freedom only to speak inoffensively is a freedom not worth having”.
“Antithetical”
“A tendency appears to be growing in some quarters which is antithetical to diversity in a rather indirect and insidious way,” he said.
“Possibly as a counter-reaction to the permissive society, a combination of political correctness and moral reaction appears to be developing.
“While I have no wish to comment on…this development, I fear that it may risk spilling over into a censoriousness about what views people can publicly air as to the merits of diversity or other issues which indirectly relate to diversity.
“As has been said on more than one occasion, freedom only to speak inoffensively is a freedom not worth having.”
Dismissed
The comments follow a series of cases, supported by the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), where Christian employees have been penalised or dismissed for expressing their genuinely held Biblical beliefs that marriage can only be between one man and one woman.
CLC client Gary McFarlane, who worked as a relationships counsellor with Relate Avon, was sacked after mentioning that he might have a conscientious objection to providing sex therapy to homosexual couples.  The decision was upheld by the Employment Appeal Tribunal, and later by the European Court of Human Rights.
"Less diverse"
“The more that arguments and views are shut out as unacceptable the less diverse we risk becoming in terms of outlook,” Lord Neuberger added:
“And the less diverse we become in terms of outlook, the more we risk not valuing diversity and the more we therefore risk losing diversity in practice.”
Source:
Telegraph
Resources:
Booklet: Same-sex ‘marriage’: the cost and consequences of redefining marriage
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