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Your daily media briefing - Wednesday 20 June


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Theresa May praises Christianity’s role in public life

The prime minister has encouraged believers attending a Christian prayer meeting in parliament to engage in public life. She described the national prayer breakfast as "an excellent opportunity both to celebrate Christians' ongoing contribution to this country and to reflect on the role Christianity can play in contemporary public life."

Premier Christian Radio


John Bercow praises church leaders at Christian prayer meeting in parliament

The speaker of the House of Commons has praised both politicians and church leaders for their role in protecting freedom of religion in the UK. He was addressing the national prayer breakfast, the same event the prime minister attended.

Premier Christian Radio


UK’s first Christian legal charity will provide ‘biblically appropriate’ advice

The UK's first Christian law charity has been set up to provide official legal advice specifically for Christian organisations. Edward Connor Solicitors is linked to the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches and describes its lawyers as "Christians first, solicitors second".

Christian Today


Religious groups respond to charge that their schools discriminate against non-religious

The Catholic Education Service has suggested it is not a problem for its schools to discriminate against children from non-religious families because secular schools exist. The Church of England has also refused to take on board criticism that some of its schools discriminate against the non-religious.

Schools Week


Brits uninspired by Michael Curry's royal wedding sermon, poll finds

A poll has shown that the recent royal wedding sermon by American bishop Michael Curry did not leave a lasting impression on Brits, despite the initial praise it received.

Premier Christian Radio


Hundreds of young girls are having their genitals mutilated in Bristol

Figures from NHS Digital suggest the number of new FGM victims identified by health professionals is increasing.

Bristol Post


First walk-in clinic for FGM victims opens in east London

Victims of female genital mutilation can now get help at a walk-in clinic at Whipps Cross Hospital in the London borough of Waltham Forest. The clinic has been described as the first of its kind in the country.

East London & West Essex Guardian


First protection order issued for male victim of forced marriage

A male victim of forced marriage has become the first man to be issued with a protection order for the crime.

Daily Mirror


UK’s Jewish community growing three times as fast as population, says report

Britain's Jewish community is growing three times as fast as the population as a whole and has "turned a corner" following a period of population decline, new research has revealed.

Jewish News


Large Charedi-led protest against requirement for schools to promote tolerance

Almost 7,000 Orthodox Jews in north London gathered for a communal prayer on education on Tuesday morning. The event featured criticism of Ofsted's efforts to ensure schools promote British values and praise of the prime minister for promoting faith in society.

Jewish News


‘The Global Anglican crack up’

Dennis Lennox says the divide in the world's largest Protestant denomination has widened beyond issues related to gay marriage.

The Spectator


Irish government apologises for hurt and stigma inflicted on gay men who were criminalised

Ireland's government has apologised to thousands of gay men criminalised by the state for their sexuality and for the hurt and stigma inflicted on them and their families.

The Irish Times


Latest from the NSS


It’s worth knowing why more Muslims are leaving faith behind

A new book reveals a substantive movement of people choosing to leave Islam. Fiyaz Mughal, its co-editor, reflects on the stories it tells and the importance of mutual respect and empathy between Muslims and ex-Muslims.


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