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Bishop wants to withhold communion from Catholic MPs who vote against doctrine

Bishop wants to withhold communion from Catholic MPs who vote against doctrine

Posted: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:37

The Bishop of Portsmouth, Philip Egan, has said in an interview that Catholic politicians who voted for same-sex marriage should be denied Communion.

Fundamentalist Christians claim victory over “gay cure” bus advert

Fundamentalist Christians claim victory over “gay cure” bus advert

Posted: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:32

The Christian Legal Centre and the Core Issues Trust are claiming that a Court of Appeal decision today over the banning of an advertisement on London buses is "an important victory" – even though the ban remains in place for the time being.

CofE General Synod member Andrea Minichiello Williams urges Jamaica to keep law that criminalises homosexuality

CofE General Synod member Andrea Minichiello Williams urges Jamaica to keep law that criminalises homosexuality

Posted: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:19

Church of England General Synod member, Andrea Minichiello Williams, has urged the Jamaican Government to keep the law that criminalises homosexuality and carries a potential penalty of ten years hard labour.

Christian guest house owners who turned away gay couple lose court appeal

Christian guest house owners who turned away gay couple lose court appeal

Posted: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:21

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by the owners of a guest house after they had been found guilty of discrimination against a gay couple who wanted to stay in a double room.

Christian B&B owners who refused gay couple a room lose their appeal

Christian B&B owners who refused gay couple a room lose their appeal

Posted: Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:27

The Christian owner of a bed and breakfast who was found guilty of discrimination after she refused a double room to a gay couple has lost her latest appeal.

NSS calls for Baroness Warsi - and her post of Minister for Faith - to go

NSS calls for Baroness Warsi - and her post of Minister for Faith - to go

Posted: Thu, 30 May 2013 16:45

The refusal of Baroness Warsi, the "Minister for Faith and Communities" to steer the flagship same-sex marriage bill through the House of Lords was condemned today by the National Secular Society.

Muslim radio station fined £4,000 for saying homosexuals should be tortured and beaten up

Muslim radio station fined £4,000 for saying homosexuals should be tortured and beaten up

Posted: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:57

A Muslim radio station in Leeds has been fined £4,000 by the media regulator Ofcom after one of its presenters said that homosexuals should be tortured and beaten up.

Maltese Catholic extremist examined for post of European Commissioner

Maltese Catholic extremist examined for post of European Commissioner

Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:54

Members of the European Parliament have this week examined Tonio Borg's bid to join the European Commission. Alarm has been raised about Mr Borg's performance in his home country of Malta, where he has opposed women's rights, gay rights and issues such as contraception and abortion.

Another “Christian B&B” fined for turning away gay couple

Another “Christian B&B” fined for turning away gay couple

Posted: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:52

A gay couple have successfully sued the owner of bed and breakfast accommodation in Berkshire after she refused to let them stay in a double room because of her religious views.

UK Government accused of not upholding freedom of belief

UK Government accused of not upholding freedom of belief

Posted: Fri, 07 Sep 2012 10:28

The European Court of Human Rights hearing on 4 September 2012 has heard accusations from applicants that the UK Government is not upholding freedom of belief.

Equal marriage: Church’s submission “erroneous”, says lawyer

Equal marriage: Church’s submission “erroneous”, says lawyer

Posted: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 15:07

The Church of England's failure to distinguish between social, religious and legal institutions of marriage "confuses the issues" according to a legal opinion obtained by the National Secular Society about the Church's controversial response to the Government's consultation on equal marriage. The consultation has just closed.

Catholic Education Service rebuked for blurring distinction between faith and politics in schools

Catholic Education Service rebuked for blurring distinction between faith and politics in schools

Posted: Wed, 20 Jun 2012 16:19

The Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, has written to the Catholic Education Service (CES) to express concern that it has blurred the distinction between discussing matters of faith and promoting partisan political views.

NSS condemns Church of England’s gay marriage response as poll reveals majority of religious people are in favour of same-sex marriage

NSS condemns Church of England’s gay marriage response as poll reveals majority of religious people are in favour of same-sex marriage

Posted: Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:57

A poll of more than 2,000 people conducted by YouGov for the Stonewall gay rights group has revealed that three in five people who define themselves as religious support government plans to extend civil marriage to same-sex couples, despite an hysterical campaign against the proposal by some religious leaders.

Gay 'cure’ therapist loses appeal against suspension

Gay 'cure’ therapist loses appeal against suspension

Posted: Wed, 23 May 2012 21:18

A Christian psychotherapist has lost her appeal against suspension from her professional body after being struck off after attempting to convert a homosexual man to heterosexuality.