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Post  Admin on Sun 26 May 2013, 7:59 pm

PLEASE PRAY:
European Court to consider UK Christian freedom cases tomorrow
Nurse Shirley Chaplin
Watch a video of Shirley
http://www.christianconcern.com/europeancases
Relationships Counsellor
Gary McFarlane
Find out more http://www.christianconcern.com/europeancases
A panel of five judges at the European Court of Human Rights will tomorrow (Monday 27th May) consider whether the cases of Shirley Chaplin and Gary McFarlane should be heard by the Grand Chamber of the Court.
These cases are very significant for the future of Christian freedoms in the UK and across the Council of Europe area (c. 800 million citizens). Please pray that the Judges refer the cases to the Grand Chamber.
In January, the UK was found to be in violation of Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights in the case of Nadia Eweida, the British Airways worker who had been barred from wearing her cross. It was the first time that the UK had ever been found to have violated Article 9 which guarantees 'freedom of thought, conscience and religion'.

In the same judgment, the Court critiqued the UK's approach to the religious freedom of three other Christians - Nurse Shirley Chaplin, relationships counsellor, Gary McFarlane and civil registrar Lillian Ladele. The UK Government had claimed that the wearing of the cross and Christian beliefs about marriage and sexual ethics were not protected expressions of Christian faith. The Government had also claimed that since the individuals were free to resign and find employment elsewhere, their religious freedom was automatically protected.
The Court disputed these assertions. In spite of this, however, the Court ruled that any restriction on the freedom of Mrs Chaplin, Mr McFarlane and Ms Ladele was within the 'margin of appreciation' (discretion) that it affords to Member States.
In April, an application was made for the cases to be heard by the Grand Chamber of the European Court. This is the highest and final Court of appeal on matters related to the European Convention on Human Rights.

Please pray that the panel of judges meeting tomorrow refers these cases to the Grand Chamber.
Shirley Chaplin had worn her confirmation cross on a small chain around her neck, without incident, throughout her nearly thirty years in frontline nursing. Then, as part of a new uniform policy, she was told to remove it despite indicating that it was a symbol of her faith and the fact that allowances were made for the religious dress of others.
She was moved from frontline nursing to clerical duties, a role that ceased to exist six months later. She also lost the opportunity to pursue locum nursing. The Government claimed that there were over-riding health and safety reasons for the sudden ban. However, as hospital documentation demonstrates, 'health and safety' concerns were only raised later.

Gary McFarlane an experienced relationships counsellor, indicated during a training course that on account of his Christian faith he might have a conscientious objection to providing sex therapy to a same-sex couple if the situation ever arose. He was dismissed for gross misconduct for discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, despite the fact that the issue involved a hypothetical scenario and the fact that there was no risk of anyone being denied a service or of any undue burden being placed on his employer (since there were other counsellors who could have provided the service). Gary's conscience could have been easily accommodated but he was effectively a victim of 'thought policing', being penalised for 'thought crime'.

Click for more information > http://www.christianconcern.com/europeancases
Shirley Chaplin and Gary McFarlane are supported by the Christian Legal Centre and represented by Paul Diamond. The judges will also rule on the case of Lillian Ladele.
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Post  Admin on Sun 26 May 2013, 10:08 am

CHRISTIAN CONCERNS
Join us on 3rd June outside Parliament

Following the prayer gatherings outside Parliament this week, we're asking you to come and join us once more on 3rd June.

This is the day that the House of Lords will vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill and there is a chance that it could be defeated there. We'll be gathering at 12-2PM and 5-7PM.

If you can, please come along to the lunchtime slot from 12-2pm as Peers arrive and prepare to begin the debate.

Here are some easy actions you can take in the next few days:
Make your travel arrangements! Book a ticket on the train or coach, or why not arrange a car share with people from your church?
Print this poster and put it up in your church this Sunday.
http://gallery.mailchimp.com/bed173cc9adfcad1e0e442a35/files/PrayerGathering_A4_proof.pdf

Show or share this video of the prayer gathering we had this week to encourage people to come on 3rd June.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp_EGtd6wWE
There was a great atmosphere!
Share the facebook event page on facebook and twitter.

Jesus tells us that we are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). We need to be visible on 3rd June.

Please come and join us as we stand for God's design for marriage and pray for our leaders as they make this important vote.
Sunday 2nd June - National Day of Prayer for Marriage

Christian Concern, together with Christian Institute, Care, Evangelical Alliance and Christian Medical Fellowship to promote a National Day of Prayer for Marriage on Sunday 2nd June.

Please encourage your friends and churches to join in.
Please pray:
That marriage will not be redefined, and that it will be promoted in society for the good of all.
That on Monday 3 June a majority of Peers will vote against the bill to redefine marriage.
For the Coalition for Marriage group as it campaigns to defend the historic meaning of marriage.
For parliamentarians and others in public life to have the courage to stand up for their convictions.
For the news media, that they would report the issue widely, fairly, and accurately.
That the consequences of redefining marriage would be publicly known and properly discussed.
That people would not face discrimination, in the workplace or elsewhere, because of their sincere beliefs about marriage.
Special event

We're also planning a special gathering on this day in London.

Keep Sunday 2nd June free and get in touch with us for more details > info@christianconcern.com

Marriage prayer widely reported

Watch a BBC News report
which contains footage of
the gathering at 1m 20s in > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpirWvHXxs0

Thank you for praying this week during the debate of the Government's Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.

It was fantastic to see so many of you outside the Houses of Parliament. The prayer gatherings were featured in national news bulletins and most of the national newspapers. This is a great witness that Christians care about God's design for marriage and the future of our country.

Here are some links to newspaper articles which mention or show pictures of the gatherings:

The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/gay-marriage-opponents-warn-david-cameron-of-long-battle-ahead-for-bill-to-become-law-8627956.html
The Times (£ - click on 'slideshow')
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/politics/article3770252.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2013_05_20
The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/may/21/gay-marriage-bill-divides-conservatives

Prime Minister's problems

David Cameron appeared on Radio 4's Today Programme attempting to give the impression that the same sex 'marriage' issue is now behind the Conservative Party. But the votes of Conservatives in the House of Commons on Tuesday shows that the Prime Minister faces a divided party. 129 Conservative MPs voted against the Bill and only 118 Conservatives voted in favour of it.

Andrea Minichiello Williams said:

"Mr Cameron thinks that this issue is behind him but he still doesn't seem to realise how divisive it has been. The Conservatives lost thousands of votes at the recent local elections. Grassroots Conservatives have been all over the media saying how out of touch the Prime Minister is with his party. Just because the Bill has moved on from the Commons doesn't mean that Mr Cameron's problems are over.

"It was a mistake for him to pursue this policy and the way that he has pursued it - without mandate - has left a bitter taste in the mouth for many who voted for him at the last election.

"The battle for marriage is far from over and we expect the vote in the House of Lords on 3rd June to demonstrate this".

Next steps...

The Bill has passed through the House of Commons but now it goes to the House of Lords where many Conservatives are also likely to vote against it. Peers will vote on the Bill at second reading on Monday 3rd June. We are planning to gather again for prayer outside the Houses of Parliament. Please put the date in your diary and join us if you can!

It's vital that we keep up the momentum we've built up with the prayer gatherings during the Commons debate.

Please tell your friends and churches about the event. You can download a poster here to put up in church this Sunday >

We will send out further details of these events, and other ways to take action, in due course.


Church of Scotland votes to allow practicing homosexual clergy

The Church of Scotland has voted in favour of allowing liberal parishes to appoint practicing homosexual men and women as ministers.

The proposal must go to regional presbyteries and then return to the General Assembly for approval in 2015 before it can be written into Church law.

Find out more > http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/family/church-of-scotland-votes-to-allow-practicing-homosexual-clergy

Woolwich attack - Radical Islam on our doorstep
Fred Williams - Video Producer
for Christian Concern
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/islam/woolwich-attack-and-radical-islamism
Fred has produced a video
explaining radical Islamism from
a Nigerian perspective (watch
from 3m 41s in) WARNING:
Contains some graphic images


Sam Solomon, an expert on
Islam, has written several useful
books on the topic. Visit the
Christian Concern shop to
buy copies > http://www.christianconcern.com/shop

The tragic murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich this week has left the nation reeling in shock.

These kinds of attacks have been witnessed first hand in northern Nigeria by Fred Williams, one of the Christian Concern team. In an exclusive piece, Fred highlights the need for us in the UK to acknowledge the true nature of radical Islamism. He writes:

I have watched and listened carefully to people in the UK respond to the brutal killing of a soldier by two suspected Islamists. Some of the comments I have found to be quite bewildering. Our Prime Minister said ‘’There is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act."

People like me who have seen the violence first hand in Nigeria know that for certain such statements are simply untrue. Many say Islam is a religion of peace but I dare say radical Islam is definitely not. I agree that demonising Islam or Muslims won't help but also denying the global threat of Islamic radicalization that is fast reinforcing itself within our society is a tactical error with grave consequences.

For many years in Nigeria, we refused to accept our people were being infected with dangerous ideologies of global terror and we misdiagnosed the issue as mere local politics and tribal sentiments trying hard not to offend people until it was too late.

Read the rest of Fred's piece here > http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/islam/woolwich-attack-and-radical-islamism
Video

Fred has also produced a number of videos based on his experience of radical Islamism in Nigeria.

This video explains the strategy and core beliefs behind it. Watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5j8DwXZ0P8(from 3m 41s in) > [WARNING: Contains some graphic images]

Fred also has a charity which promotes justice and peace in Jos, Nigeria (one of the areas worst effected by radical Islamism) called LoveJos. Visit the website here > http://www.lovejos.org.uk/
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Tomorrow (Monday 20 May), MPs will debate the Government's Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. They will vote on it the next day.

Please join us as we gather outside Parliament on these days to pray at such an important time for our nation.

Jonathan Oloyede, the Convener of the National Day of Prayer, is urging all Christians to come and pray. Watch his short video message here >
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjloDQoyWQM

We'll be gathering outside Parliament at 12-2pm and 5-7pm on both Monday (20 May) and Tuesday (21 May).

If you can't make it, why not organise a prayer gathering at your home or local church?

But wherever you are, please pray over the next few days that God's good pattern for marriage and family will be preserved in our nation.
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Thousands of Christians are now following this campaign on Facebook and Twitter and have signed the declaration. But did you know that this amazingly successful campaign is run by Christian Concern? We’ve also been promoting this campaign at the conferences we attended this year,

including the New Wine leadership conference and New Word Alive. It’s an example of how we are encouraging and equipping the church and the up and coming generations to take a stand for Jesus Christ.

Find out more and sign up by clicking here
http://www.notashamed.org.uk/
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"It's like there's a fire been put in your bones"
That was the reaction of one of this year's Wilberforce Academy graduates, held at Trinity College, Oxford in March. Since Christian Concern began the Academy four years ago, more than 300 young people have caught the vision to speak fearlessly of Jesus Christ in public life – be it in the media, the legal profession, health care, education, politics or the Church.

Read about the Wilberforce Academy
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/young-christians-catch-the-vision-for-speaking-of-jesus-in-public-life

Visit the Wilberforce Academy website
http://www.wilberforceacademy.org.uk/

In an important development the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has passed a resolution calling on its 47 Member States to “accommodate religious beliefs in the public sphere by guaranteeing freedom of thought in relation to health care, education

and the civil service…” and “ensure the right to well-defined conscientious objection in relation to morally sensitive matters.” The situation facing UK Christians, including the cases of Shirley Chaplin and Gary McFarlane who are being represented by us, were highly influential in bringing this resolution about and were cited on many occasions.

In the light of this encouraging development, please pray that we are granted a Grand Chamber hearing in the cases of Gary and Shirley.

Read more details on the appeal to the Grand Chamber
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/religious-freedom/landmark-christian-freedom-cases-proceed-to-next-stage

Read more details on Gary and Shirley's cases
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/religious-freedom/european-court-announces-judgment-on-christian-freedom-cases


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Christian Concern: a 'global leader' for religious freedom
In a hectic 10 days of meetings in Australia, culminating in a presentation to the Australian Parliament, Andrea was able to sound a warning bell by sharing what has happened in the UK concerning our Christian freedoms. At one big event in Sydney, we were described as a 'global leader' for religious freedom – a wonderful accolade for an organisation not yet 5 years old!

Watch Andrea discuss her visit to Australia
http://www.christianconcern.com/media/andrea-speaks-about-her-visit-to-sydney



HOPE FOR OUR NATION
May 2013
Dear friend,
Speaking of Jesus Christ in public life – this is the aim which drives all our work at Christian Concern.

And together we’re getting this message out there, in the UK, Europe and beyond.

I thank the Lord for your faithful prayers and support and hope that the updates below will encourage you. It's a taster of the newsletter we recently sent out in the mail, so if you didn't receive a copy or would like multiple copies to give away, just click here to let us know.

Thank you for standing together with us on the same conviction – that Jesus Christ really is the only hope for our nation.
Yours in Christ Jesus,

Andrea Minichiello Williams,
CEO, Christian Concern & Christian Legal Centre

Working to overturn the same-sex 'marriage' bill
Christian Concern is at the forefront of promoting authentic marriage in the UK. We are still working hard with the Coalition for Marriage, of which we are a founding member, to defeat the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.

We are encouraged by those who have taken a stand, sometimes in the face of severe opposition. We will be shortly be calling people to prayer outside parliament at significant times and will be in touch about this very soon.

Read about upholding God's good gift of Marriage

http://www.christianconcern.com/blog/the-attempt-to-impose-same-sex-marriage
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Here are a few points you can make:
If passed, the bill will erode the institution of marriage
the legislation is unnecessary and undesirable
the dilution of marriage will have destructive consequences for the social fabric of our nation
marriage has held the Royal Family together and allowed it to endure for centuries; the proposed legislation will downgrade and ultimately destroy the institution
Please also send a copy of your letter to the Prime Minister.

Here are the two addresses:

Her Majesty The Queen
Buckingham Palace
London SW1A 1AA The Rt Hon David Cameron, MP, Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London SW1A 2AA
Please write and post your letter as soon as you can.
NI Assembly rejects motion on same sex 'marriage'
The Northern Ireland Assembly has rejected a motion to introduce same sex 'marriage'. It was defeated by 53 votes to 42.

Thank you for praying for this vote on Tuesday (30 April). It is encouraging to see Northern Irish MLAs standing for true marriage in the face of pressure to redefine it.

Read more > http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/family/ni-assembly-rejects-motion-on-same-sex-%E2%80%98marriage


Amnesty International has been at the forefront of the campaign to introduce same sex 'marriage' in Northern Ireland. Patrick Corrigan, Program Director for Amnesty in Northern Ireland, has said that:

"States may not discriminate with regards to the right to marry and found a family, on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. That obligation is clear in international law. This means that marriage should be available to same-sex couples in Northern Ireland just as it appears it soon will be in other parts of the UK...

"Should politicians fail to act, there could be a legal challenge on the basis of inferior treatment of same-sex couples in Northern Ireland with regards to the right to marry and found a family."

Take action

If you currently support Amnesty, please write to them to ask why they are using their resources to push this issue. Here are a few points you can make (but feel free to make your own):
The people of Northern Ireland are free to determine their own marriage laws - they do not have to "fall in line" with the rest of the UK, should it redefine marriage.
It is disingenuous for Mr Corrigan to speak as though the legal definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman is discriminatory. History and research shows that traditional marriage is good for individuals, good for children and good for society.
We have already seen people who hold traditional beliefs on marriage suffer discrimination for their beliefs before any change in the law (such as Gary McFarlane, Andrew McClintock, Sheila Mathews, Owen and Eunice Johns, Kwabena Peat, Theresa Davies, Mike Davidson and Christian Concern). Redefining marriage will make the situation worse for some people and is therefore against Amnesty's purported aim to protect human rights.
If Amnesty International's involvement in campaigning for same sex 'marriage' in Northern Ireland will stop you from continuing to support Amnesty, please say so.
Please send your message to Amnesty International's main (sct@amnesty.org.uk) and Northern Ireland offices (nireland@amnesty.org.uk).

Contact your MP re same sex 'marriage' bill

MPs will vote soon on amendments to the government's Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.

Please contact your MP and ask him or her to "co-sign" this amendment, which calls for a referendum on the redefinition of marriage:

New Clause 9

The amendment highlights how undemocratic the introduction of this bill has been.

Click here to find out who your MP is, then click on the name and you should see their contact details.

When you contact your MP, you can make some of the following points:
There is no mandate for this bill: it didn't feature in any major party's manifesto.
There is no public consensus for redefining marriage - many people are opposed to it.
The government's consultation ignored half a million responses opposing the redefinition of marriage.
It is not the government's job to decide what marriage is for everybody else

Ethnic minority church leaders criticise same-sex 'marriage' plans
Leaders representing more than one million ethnic minority churchgoers in Britain have written a joint letter to the Daily Telegraph opposing the government's plans to redefine marriage.

The leaders accuse the Prime Minister of ignoring the views of "major migrant communities" on the issue, with they say could cost the Conservative Party votes in the next general election.
Find out more > http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/family/ethnic-minority-church-leaders-criticise-same-sex-%E2%80%98marriage%E2%80%99-plans

Governor of Rhode Island approves same-sex 'marriage' bill

Governor Lincoln Chaffee has approved a bill introducing same-sex 'marriage' in the US state of Rhode Island.

The legislation will take effect on 1 August this year, despite being fiercely opposed by the Roman Catholic Church.

Find out more (BBC) > http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22392542
Christian Weekly News programme
Watch this week's edition of
Christian Weekly News
(26m 53s) > This week sees another fresh edition of the Christian Weekly News programme.

Watch it and find out about:
Image, a Christian charity in Manchester offering pregnancy counselling and support
Explore, a ministry which sends married couples into schools to teach pupils about marriage
Some of the Christian principles which guided Margaret Thatcher's leadership
A charity set up by our video producer Peter Wooding which supports a centre for children with special needs in Ukraine
Watch it here > http://www.christianconcern.com/media/christian-weekly-news
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Council of Europe tells Member States to accommodate religious beliefs
The Council of Europe

l-r: Paul Diamond, Andrea
Minichiello Williams & Gary
McFarlane at the Council of
Europe this week
In an encouraging development, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has passed an important resolution.

The resolution calls on the 47 Member states to:

“accommodate religious beliefs in the public sphere by guaranteeing freedom of thought in relation to health care, education and the civil service provided that the rights of others to be free from discrimination are respected and that the access to lawful services is guaranteed”.

It also called on States to“ensure the right to well-defined conscientious objection in relation to morally sensitive matters.”

This is good news which should help countries like the UK which are seeking the adoption of ‘reasonable accommodation’ as a sensible means of resolving growing instances of ‘clash of rights’ cases involving Christian identity.

The cases of Christian Legal Centre (CLC) clients Shirley Chaplin and Gary McFarlane were mentioned in the report that was prepared for the debate in the Parliamentary Assembly.

Immediately after Wednesday's debate, a special briefing for Parliamentarians and representatives of national governments took place which focused on the cases of Nurse Shirley Chaplin and Relationships Counsellor Gary McFarlane.

Christian Legal Centre director Andrea Minichiello Williams, standing counsel Paul Diamond and client Gary McFarlane all spoke at the event.
READ MORE
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/religious-freedom/council-of-europe-tells-member-states-to-respect-conscience-and-accom
In their Grand Chamber application submitted earlier this month, Shirley and Gary argue that Article 9 protections (freedom of thought, conscience and religion) in the UK will be rendered almost meaningless in practice if the European Court does not give clearer direction, especially in a society that displays increasing hostility to Christian belief.

Nurse Shirley Chaplin is urging the Court not merely to rely on the Government’s assertion that her Confirmation Cross presented a ‘health and safety risk’ but to consider the evidence in the case. Otherwise, she argues, the Government can effectively introduce a blanket ban without justification or scrutiny.

Gary McFarlane, meanwhile, highlights how he was effectively penalised for ‘thought-crime’ since no-one would have been denied access to a service as a consequence of his possible conscientious objection to providing same-sex sex therapy. Such 'policing of thought' has disturbing consequences not only for Christians but for the future of a free society.

A decision on whether the Grand Chamber will hear the cases is not expected for several weeks.

Please pray that the Grand Chamber would decide to hear the cases.

Christian Weekly News programme
Victory for midwives in landmark abortion conscience case

Two Catholic midwives have won the right to be exempt from involvement in abortion procedures following a ruling by an appeal court in Scotland.
Judges in Edinburgh ruled that Mary Doogan (58) and Concepta Wood (52) could lawfully refuse to supervise and assist staff involved in abortions under the conscience opt-out clause of the 1967 Abortion Act.
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/abortion/victory-for-catholic-midwives-in-abortion-conscience-case
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CHRISTIAN CONCERNS
Abortion Act 1967 - 45th Anniversary
45th years ago today (27th April), the UK's Abortion Act came into effect. Since then, around 8 million babies have lost their lives as a result.

The loss of so many little human lives grieves God's heart.

We as a nation have allowed these lives to be taken. Many, many people have been directly affected.

Let's take the opportunity to turn to the Lord in prayer, repent of our apathy, ask for His forgiveness and plead with Him mercifully to bring change and healing in our nation.

Yet amidst the sadness and devastation that abortion has wrought on our nation there is light shining into the darkness.

We're sending you this email to tell you about some of these encouragements. Some of these initiatives have been running for years, others have just recently started.

Please pray for change - but as we pray, we also need to take action - we may be part of the answer to our prayers for transformation.

As you read this email, ask the Lord to show you how you could get involved - many of the organisations below have a need for volunteers.

Watch this short video about the
work of Image and how you can
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdtgG1nPQ8k
be involved (3m 12s) >Image is a Christian charity in Manchester that offers a number of services to women.

It is one of a number of groups across the country that offer pregnancy counselling, parent support groups and post-abortion support.

Many lives have been touched through Image's faithful ministry.

The charity firmly believes that all people are made in God's image and therefore have value.

Watch this short video to find out about their work and how you can be involved, either by taking part in their training course or by setting up a similar ministry where you are.

Click here to watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdtgG1nPQ8k

One of Us - A small step to save millions of lives
Watch Josephine Quintavalle
(ProLife Alliance) and Andrea
Williams speak about the
campaign (3m 25s) >
Please take a small step that could safeguard the lives of many. The 'One of Us' European Citizens Initiative would allow us to propose European legislation to ban European funding for any activities that destroy human embryos.
We only need 1 million 'signatures' - and we have over 250,000 already.

The petition is on a European Union which is a little unwieldy – but it is worth persevering for the good that it will do. When you get to the final stage, you may want to click the 'sound icon' to listen to the code that you need to enter.

It only takes a few moments but could have a huge impact – so please start by clicking here.
http://www.oneofus.org.uk/#signnow
250, 000 people have already 'signed'.

Christian Concern has partnered with the ProLife Alliance to promote this initiative in the UK.

The ProLife Alliance is a staunch defender of human life and frequently campaigns on issues such as abortion, euthanasia and embryology.

40 Days for Life - Prayer ministry

40 days for life is a locally organised community initiative encouraging Christians to pray for an end to abortion.

Prayer vigils are organised outside of abortuaries with the intention of saving lives and inspiring hearts and minds.

There are plenty of ways that you can get involved:
Regular participation at a local prayer vigil
Help distribute the 40 Days for Life magazine
Experienced and well trained counsellors are important. Perhaps you could assist in this way, and help lead a counselling training session
Door-to-door outreach
Get in touch with Robert to find out more about how you can be involved: Robert@40daysforlife.com

During a recent London prayer campaign, organisers estimated that 36 babies were saved from abortion. Read more >
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/abortion/mps-urge-government-to-monitor-gender-of-aborted-babies

Alliance of ProLife Students - Students taking action
Watch a short video from the recent London launch of APS
(3m 21s) >The Alliance of Pro-Life Students (APS) is a new student-led initiative seeking to bring the pro-life message back onto university campuses and promote a culture of life.
Many campuses have shown hostility to any groups that do not endorse abortion.

APS is not just speaking up for the unborn but also for the right to freely express pro-life views on university campuses.

This new initiative has been met with a lot of enthusiasm - four new groups have just recently started! The groups have been set up in Sheffield, Hertfordshire, Aberdeen and Nottingham.

If you're a student, get in touch with APS to see if there a group meeting at your university or to find out how you can start one.
Visit the Alliance of Pro-Life Students website >
http://prolife.org.uk/
Abort67 - Exposing the truth about abortion

Watch a video of students
blocking an Abort67 display
at the University of Sussex
(1m 16s) >Abort67 educates the public about the horrific effects of abortion. They do this by displaying images in public settings. The images are shocking, but they show why abortion must stop.

The group finds that once people learn about the humanity of the unborn child and what abortion does to the baby, their minds are often changed.

But sometimes people will attempt to cover up the images and therefore keep the reality of abortion hidden from view.

Abort67 believes that the only way people will know what really happens during an abortion is to see the pictures.

Click here to visit the website which has useful resources for you to arm yourself with robust, well reasoned and common sense responses on the abortion issue.

Parliament - Campaign for monitoring of abortions by gender
Watch Fiona Bruce MP talk about
her abortion statistics proposal
(3m 21s) >The fight to expose the truth about abortion is also happening in Parliament.

Government ministers have recently admitted that there is a discrepancy between the number of baby boys and girls being aborted in the UK. This has raised concerns that girls are being aborted on purpose in some communities.

At the moment, records of the sex of aborted babies are not being kept. This has led MP Fiona Bruce, and others, to call on the government to start keeping a record.

Read more >http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/abortion/mps-urge-government-to-monitor-gender-of-aborted-babies

Watch an exclusive interview with Fiona Bruce MP here >
http://www.christianconcern.com/media/christian-concern-report-fiona-bruce-mp-speaks-about-her-abortion-statistics-proposal

Why not write to your MP telling them that you would like to see an end to abortion? Find your MP here http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/ then click on your MP's name to find their contact details.
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This week's Christian Weekly News TV programme
Watch the latest Christian Weekly
News TV programme (28m 43s) > The Lord is God over all nations and all over the world the gospel is bearing fruit (Colossians 1:6). This week's Christian Weekly News programme highlights some of these encouragements.

Christian Concern's video producer, Fred Williams, has just got back from a trip to Nigeria. He visited the Zambiri orphanage in Jos, North-Central Nigeria where Archbishop Ben Kwashi and his wife Gloria have taken 48 orphans into their home. Fred has produced a very moving report featuring interviews with Ben and Gloria and several of the children (beginning at 16:58).

The programme also includes:
an update on Dr Mike Davidson's case (beginning at 00:39)
a report on how Egyptian Christians are responding to difficult times and praying for revival (beginning at 10:27)
and an inspiring story of mission in the Amazon Basin (beginning at 03:47)
Click here to watch the programme on youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arRXeAKqD8M&feature=youtu.be

Have your say on what our children are taught in schools

The Department for Education (DfE) is inviting responses to its consultation on changes to the National Curriculum for pupils below GCSE level.

Areas of particular concern in the DfE’s Report are the lack of support/direction in Science, Citizenship and Religious Education for the Government’s aims to develop the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils from a Christian perspective.

Please respond to the online consultation before it closes on 16 April.

We suggest responding to question 1 and highlighting the points below.

Please mention that the Government could breach its duty to protect religious liberty under the Equality Act 2010 in any area you mention:

Science
Evolution should not be taught as scientific fact but as one explanation alongside creationism
Highlight the ComRes poll in which 51% of those surveyed believe that intervention by a designer was needed
There are many valid scientific arguments that support biology, geology, physics and other disciplines in support of the creationist explanation of origin
Citizenship
The lack of emphasis on the Judaeo-Christian heritage that underpins British Society: law, morality, charity and social cohesion provided by Churches and organisations founded by Christians
The work and lives of Important Christian figures that shaped the nation should be taught
Religious Education
Many schools are flouting the law on collective acts of religious worship and making religious education available to pupils
To ensure the Government meets its ‘aspirations’ for spiritual and moral development, Religious Education should be taught at an early stage in the curriculum
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
There needs to be recognition that parents have primary responsibility for this area of education, not schools
Parents must retain the right to withdraw their children from classes (e.g. 'sex education')
Some current resources contain materials about sex which many parents would find alarming
Go to the online consultation document >
https://www.education.gov.uk/consultations/index.cfm?
action=Respond&consultationId=1881
Further information can be found in the consultation document and Programmes of Study
https://www.education.gov.uk/consultations/index.cfm?
action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1881&external=no&menu=1
http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/nationalcurriculu
m2014/b00220600/draft-national-curriculum-programmes-of-study/draft-pos-subjects

Leading philosopher says: "Remove sex education from curriculum"
Professor Roger Scruton has said that sex education should be removed from the curriculum and handed back to parents.

The philosopher said: "Children are being taught to treat sex as a mere appetite, which has no connection to love or human relationships, and which can be squandered as we wish without long-term consequences".

Read more (Lapido media) >
http://www.lapidomedia.com/scruton-says-remove-sex-education-curriculum-wake-
new-gang-sex-statistics
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Wilberforce Academy 2013: Young Christians catch the vision for speaking of Jesus in public life
It was an inspiring week where the next generation of Christian leaders were equipped with a biblical and theological framework for leadership in public life.

Click here to watch our video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FtLHefJOjw
report from the Academy, including highlights from Lord Carey's speech and interviews with the delegates.

Click here
to watch a longer, in depth report on the Academy, featuring interviews with the speakers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rsCBvHS6b4&list=UUqnbu3dpuqx7O3KRgZQarnA&index=1

Click here to read about this year's Wilberforce Academy.
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/young-christians-catch-the-vision-for-speaking-of-jesus-in-public-life


New book - Belief and the Nation
One of Christian Concern's longtime friends and supporters, John Scriven, has just had his first book published.

Entitled Belief and the Nation, the book sets out a Christian approach to current concerns such as the welfare state, education, crime and punishment, marriage and family and the beginning and end of life. John, a practising lawyer, brings clarity to what are often complicated issues.

The book would be ideal for anyone interested in understanding how Christian faith is fundamental to a flourishing society.

Paperback and electronic versions are now available on Amazon.

Click here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Belief-Nation-John-Scriven/dp/0957572506
for the paperback edition (priced £9.99)
Click here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Belief-and-the-Nation-ebook/dp/B00C7A7BFI/ref=
sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1365176919&sr=1-2
for the electronic edition (priced £2.03)
Provocative BBC Good Friday programme - further reflections

Thank you to all who watched and contacted the BBC about The Mystery of Mary Magdelene programme, which was broadcast on Good Friday.

The programme was provocative because of its timing (12noon on Good Friday) and content (attempting to sexualise Jesus' relationship with Mary Magdelene, based on dubious scholarship).

For further comment on this programme, please take a look at this article on our website:

Provocative BBC Good Friday programme - further reflections
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/social/provocative-bbc-good-friday-programme-further-reflections

Victory in Bedford as Council backs 'nil' policy for sex clubs

Bedford Council has voted unanimously for a Borough-wide ‘nil’ policy in relation to sex establishments.

This is wonderful news and means that if applications for sex clubs are made in the future, the Council is in a much stronger position to refuse them.

Read the full story >

Thank you for praying for the Council meeting last night where the decison was made.

This encouraging result continues the string of successes that the Christian Legal Centre has achieved in opposing sex establishments. We have also enjoyed victories in Oxford, Maidstone and London.

Thank you once again for your prayers and support!
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/social/bedford-council-backs-
%E2%80%98nil%E2%80%99-policy-for-sex-clubs

Have your say on age ratings for films - only one week left!
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is asking members of the public for their views on age ratings for films.

Your response will have an impact on how the BBFC rates films in the future. This is particularly important for the protection of children. Many Christians will feel that the current guidelines are too permissive.

Click here http://www.bbfc.co.uk/what-classification/guidelines-review-2013
to complete the online survey. It's very straightforward and only takes about 10 minutes.

The BBFC says on its website: "The Review ensures the BBFC Classification Guidelines for age rating films are in step with public opinion". This means the BBFC want to hear from you and your views will make a difference.

If a large number of Christians take part this could have a significant impact on how films are age rated in Britain.

There is only one week left to go before this closes! Please complete the survey and pass on to anyone else you know who might be interested.

Click here to go to the survey!
http://surveys.marketcells.com/(S(hll1vw4c5tu1qzj5ti41sno4))/default.aspx?SID=140120129

Pro-life group continues record breaking campaign in London
One of the babies saved as a
result of a local 40 Days for Life
campaign This past Lent, the pro-life campaign group 40 days for life conducted its most successful campaign in London.

Three prayer vigils were organised in London at BPAS Bedford Square, Marie Stopes Whitfield Street and Marie Stopes in Ealing.

Read about the campaign here >
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/pro-life-group-continues-record-breaking-campaign-in-london


40 days for life is a locally organised community initiative encouraging Christians to pray for an end to abortion.

If you'd like to get involved by bringing the campaign to your city, please visit the 40 Days for Life website >
http://40daysforlife.com/about.cfm

From conception to birth - great video


Alexander Tsiaras: Conception
to birth -- visualized (9m 38s) > This video brings to life the development of the baby in the womb.

It is introduced and created by Alexander Tsiaras, an artist and technologist whose work explores the unseen human body, developing scientific visualization software to enable him to "paint" the human anatomy using volume data. He's the author of Body Voyage and co-author of Information Architects. Most recently, he is the author of From Conception to Birth: A Life Unfolds and The Architecture and Design of Man and Woman: The Marvel of the Human Body, Revealed.

He says: “The magic of the mechanisms inside each genetic structure saying exactly where that nerve cell should go — the complexity of these mathematical models is beyond human comprehension.”

Watch, enjoy and share!
Watch the video >
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKyljukBE70

Stop a UN Report that promotes abortion and contraception

The Human Rights Council of the UN is considering whether to ratify a report praising sexual reproductive health education programs focused on promoting access to contraception and abortion.

Spanish group Profesionales Por La Etica has sent an open letter to the President, the High Commissioner and Representatives and Ambassadors in the Human Rights Council of the UN asking for the report to be rejected.

Please register your support for the aims of the letter by sending a pre-prepared email to members of the Human Rights Council, which you can find here.Stop a UN Report that promotes abortion and contraception

The Human Rights Council of the UN is considering whether to ratify a report praising sexual reproductive health education programs focused on promoting access to contraception and abortion.

Spanish group Profesionales Por La Etica has sent an open letter to the President, the High Commissioner and Representatives and Ambassadors in the Human Rights Council of the UN asking for the report to be rejected.

Please register your support for the aims of the letter by sending a pre-prepared email to members of the Human Rights Council, which you can find here. You do not need to write anything - the email will be sent automatically once you enter your details. It will only take a few moments!

Read the full report here > http://www.profesionalesetica.org/alertaedsexen.php
You do not need to write anything - the email will be sent automatically once you enter your details. It will only take a few moments!

Read the full report here >
http://www.christianconcern.com/sites/default/files/Report%20NU%20High%20Commissioner%20v%204%2015032013%20(2).pdf

It's a great opportunity to save lives, lead post-abortive women into healing programs and make the sanctity of life a crucial issue for your community!
http://www.profesionalesetica.org/alertaedsexen.php

Lord Carey criticises PM for "feeding anxieties" of Christians

Lord Carey has expressed his concern that the Prime Minister’s actions are having the effect of increasing feelings of persecution amongst Christians in the UK.

The former Archbishop of Canterbury claimed in an article for the Daily Mail that David Cameron is “driving law-abiding Christians into the ranks of the malcontents and alienated”.

Read more >http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/religious-freedom/lord-carey-criticises-pm-for-%E2%80%9Cfeeding-anxieties%E2%80%9D-of-christians

Leading lawyer says coalition is "faffing around with same sex marriage"

One of Britain’s most influential family lawyers has attacked the Coalition’s same-sex ‘marriage’ plans, saying they go against principles established for thousands of years.

Baroness Butler-Sloss said plans to redefine marriage would lead to the destruction of the meaning of marriage without giving same sex couples any significant new rights.
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/family/leading-lawyer-says-coalition-is-faffing-around-with-same-sex-marriage%E2%80%99

Opposition continues against same sex 'marriage' in France

The French Senate began debating the government's same sex 'marriage' bill yesterday (4th April) amidst strong public demonstrations against it.

Protesters gathered near the Senate building bearing flags with the words "Jobs, not gay marriage" and were surrounded by riot police trucks.

There has been strong public opposition to introducing same sex 'marriage' in France. Two weeks ago French citizens living in Britain protested against the proposals in Trafalgar square, joined by like-minded Britons.

The National Assembly voted for the bill back in February but it is not expected to pass so easily in the Senate.

The Senate will conclude debating the bill on 13th April.

Read more (Reuters) > http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/04/04/uk-france-gaymarriage-idUKBRE9330UK20130404
Please keep praying for God's good design for marriage and family to be preserved in France.

Uruguay on brink of introducing same sex 'marriage'

Uruguayan senators have voted in favour of a same sex 'marriage' law this week. Lawmakers in the lower house are expected to vote on it next week. The President, Jose Mujica, has indicated that he supports the measure.

It is reported that the legislation removes the words "man" and "woman" and replaces them with the word "spouse."

Find out more (CNN) > http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/02/world/americas/uruguay-same-sex-marriage/
Fighting Sexual Exploitation

On 13th April, Voice for Justice UK will be hosting a conference to raise awareness about the increasing number of children and women being trafficked into the UK to service the sex industry.

Date: 13th April 2013
Time: 9:30am - 4.15pm
Location: St Aldate's Church, 40 Pembroke St, Oxford, OX1 1BP
Speakers include: Jim Dobbin MP, Revd Lynda Rose (Voice for Justice CEO., member of House of Lords & House of Commons Family & Child Protection Group), Lisa Nolland (Voice for Justice, Anglican Mainstream) and Miranda Suit.

To book your place please fill out the online form available
http://www.vfjuk.org/#!registration/c1t8z

FInd out more about the event (Voice for Justice UK website)
Voice for Justice UK is a Christian organisation campaigning for the full exposure and eradication of
human trafficking, and provision for help and support for victims.
http://www.vfjuk.org/#!eventfse/c8ui

Push for Babies - Every One Special

Join Voice for Justice UK in a march to remember the 7,500,000 lost lives since 1967 and to celebrate the unborn today!

Date: 27th April 2013
Time: 12pm to 2pm
Place: London. Gathering in Parliament Square

In the last 45 years, since abortion was legalised, we’ve destroyed more "inconvenient" babies than the sum total of victims who went to the Death Camps in Nazi Germany. Voice for Justice UK and Christian Concern believe every child is special! Come and join our Push for Babies – Every One Special​.
​
As well as people joining a peaceful Walk of Witness, we want 500 volunteers to push empty prams round Parliament Square - as homage to those 500+ lives lost every day. If you could supply a pram as well, that would be great, though we’ll happily try and supply all willing walkers!

We’ll be gathering at the Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, from 10.30 am for coffee and worship, then in Parliament Square at noon for a brief Rally, followed by the Walk.
http://www.vfjuk.org/#!push-for-babies/c1fcf

"Being Wise Shepherds" conference in Sussex

Andrea Williams, CEO of Christian Concern, will be speaking at the "Being Wise Shepherds" conference hosted by the Emmaus Group on Friday 21st June.

The conference is aimed at equipping leaders to prepare and protect congregation members experiencing opposition to their Christian faith in the public sphere .

Date & Time: 21st June 2013, 10am-5pm
Venue: The event is being held in a 4 star venue in Crawley (full details will be issued upon booking)
Speakers: Andrea Williams (Christian Legal Centre) Dr Patrick Sookhdeo (Barnabus Fund), Sami Hussein (Ex-Islamic Militant, Emmaus Group), Howard Stern (Christian Mediator & Negotiator), Christy & Natalie (Palestinian Arab Christians)

For more details see the flyer here >
http://www.christianconcern.com/sites/default/files/BWS%20Conference%20Flier%20.pdf

Please note that tickets must be booked in advance and are £85 each (including lunch and refreshments). Photo ID will also be required on entry.

To book your place online go to the Emmaus Group website here >
http://www.christianconcern.com/sites/default/files/BWS%20Conference%20Flier%20.pdf
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The time is now…
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? (Romans 10:14)

At this time of year we remember Jesus' victory as he died for our sins on the cross and rose again. But it’s becoming more and more difficult for people to hear of Jesus Christ in public life. I believe this is why Christian Concern is being called to walk alongside the champions of religious freedom across the world. Since the beginning of this year, as well as tackling the many challenges we face here in the UK, we’ve been encouraging like-minded Christians in Australia, the United States and Europe – yet we’re barely into Spring!
This is why we urgently need your help.
There is a window of opportunity for us to take action, not just to share our experiences with other nations, but to bring the UK government to recognise that its continued marginalisation of Christian faith is unravelling the social fabric of our nation. The door is being closed on our ability to freely share the gospel – what a loss for our nation!
A few weeks ago I was in Strasbourg, preparing for the defence of a number of Christian religious freedom cases before the European Court of Human Rights. Some of the people I spoke to were astonished at how the United Kingdom, once the shining example of religious freedom and tolerance, had become so aggressive towards the exercise of simple Christian freedoms. We were able to gain some legal ground during these cases which is wonderfully encouraging as we appeal to the Grand Chamber, the outcome of which will have implications not just for the UK but for the whole of Europe.

Simple freedoms we have taken for granted are now under threat. Freedoms such as the right to wear a cross at work…to speak of one’s faith when invited to do so…to hold to the Christian definition of marriage…to stand for the rights of the unborn child…to foster children…to share the gospel on the streets…to practise as a Christian counsellor.
I have just returned from Australia where I had the privilege of sharing with MPs a little of what is tragically happening in our Country. Many, who have a heart for the UK, were visibly shocked by what they heard.

We must stand for gospel freedom – for God’s glory and the good of our nation. Help us keep the door open for the gospel this Easter by making a donation today. Every penny you give will count towards proclaiming Jesus in our nation’s public life.

Thank you so much for all your support so far, we could not do this without you.
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High Court: Humanist, Stonewall and 'Ex-Gay' Bus Adverts should all have been banned
Watch Christian Concern's
special report on the judgment
(3m 18s) > http://www.christianconcern.com/media/watch-christian-concerns-special-report-on-judgment-in-bus-adverts-case
Listen to Dr Mike Davidson
speak about the decision on
BBC Radio 5 Live (6m48s>
http://www.christianconcern.com/media/bbc-5-live-mike-davidson-on-bus-advert-decision
Thank you for your prayers and support for Mike Davidson, Core Issues Trust and the Christian Legal Centre team as we received judgment in the 'London Bus Ads' case today.

In a significant High Court judgment, Mrs Justice Lang has labelled bus adverts from the British Humanist Association and prominent homosexual lobby group Stonewall as ‘highly offensive’ and ruled that they breached Transport for London’s advertising policy.

But she also ruled that an advert placed by the Core Issues Trust, in response to Stonewall’s controversial campaign, fell foul of the policy too and for that reason was legitimately barred by Transport for London (TfL).

However, recognising the seriousness of the issues raised, the Judge gave leave for appeal, on the basis that the claim brought by Core Issues Trust concerned "an interference with the right to freedom of expression by a public body, which is a matter of such fundamental importance that it merits consideration by an appellate court."

The judgment provokes serious questions about the involvement of London Mayor, Boris Johnson, who was seeking re-election at the time. It also contains extensive criticism of the handling of the matter by Transport for London, which is Chaired by Mr Johnson.
Read the full story here >
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/high-court-rules-that-humanist-stonewall-and-ex-gay-bus-adverts-should-all-have-been-ba

Commenting on the case, Andrea said:
“According to the judgment, adverts placed by Stonewall and the British Humanist Association were in breach of TfL’s own guidelines. Yet they were allowed to run, even though they proved to be highly controversial at the time. Then, as soon as a Christian group responded to Stonewall’s provocation and dared to challenge the reigning political orthodoxy, the message was banned by the Mayor's Transport Authority.

"This case vividly exposes the huge asymmetry and censorship that characterises public debate at the moment, especially around sexual ethics.

“The message that some people are ‘Ex-Gay’ should not be considered offensive or controversial. Some people choose not to act on same-sex attraction and don't want to embrace a same-sex 'identity'. They should not be ostracised for doing so but helped. Mike Davidson and Core Issues Trust simply want to offer that help.

"This judgment at least underlines that Christian groups should be ensured access to a level playing field. As I commented on the European cases, I feel the tide is turning. And we continue to stand for Biblical truths, to be share the good news of the Gospel, to not be ashamed of Jesus and to enable Christians to make their faith know. Thank you for standing with us."
Conference to address Sex trafficking challenges in the UK

In light of its forthcoming conference, Voice for Justice UK (VfJUK) has highlighted the plight of sex trafficking victims in the UK.

Nine men were on trial at the Old Bailey earlier this month for grooming and raping over 50 young girls in a child trafficking ring based in Oxford. Some of the girls were as young as 11 or 12 when they were forced into being sex slaves.

One recounted how she was branded with hot metal twisted into the shape of an M for Mohammed, as sign of ‘ownership’. Another said that she was forced to have an illegal abortion at the age of 12 in a back room in Reading.

Read the latest VfJUK blog >
http://www.vfjuk.org/#!news/c1s5c

MP Diane Abbott calls for removal of "sexualised imagery" from High Streets
Shadow Health Minister Diane Abbott has called for sexualised imagery to be removed from High Streets in a bid to make Britain "a family-friendly country again."

Find out more (BBC) >
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-21878027
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Watch Sky News interview with
Dr Mike Davidson (2m 6s -
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http://news.sky.com/story/1058048/anti-gay-bus-ad-christian-group-in-court
Prayer Alert: Judgment in key freedom of expression case to be handed down on Friday

Please take a few moments to pray for Dr Mike Davidson of Core Issues Trust and the team at the Christian Legal Centre as they receive the High Court judgment and respond to media interest.
As you may remember, Core Issues Trust sought to display advertisements on London buses in response to a controversial advertising campaign run by homosexual lobby group, Stonewall, that placed the message "Some people are Gay. Get over it!” on 1,000 London buses.
The advertisements by Core Issues Trust were banned just before they were due to go public, following a decision that according to media reporting at the time was taken by Boris Johnson who is Mayor of London and Chair of Transport for London.
If you want to see freedom of expression protected in the UK, please prayerfully consider donating to this case.
Action Alert: It's Not Too Late - Show Your Support for Marriage This SundayThursday, March 21, 2013 12:45 PM
Action Alert from Christian Concern View in your browser.

'RALLY FOR MARRIAGE'
THIS SUNDAY (24th MARCH)
2PM - 5PM IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE

The French group, La Manif Pour Tous (March for All), is organising a special rally in Trafalgar Square this Sunday (24th March) from 2pm - 5pm. The event will coincide with a similar event in Paris.

A march organised by the group in Paris in January and led by French comedian Frigide Barjot attracted around 1 million people! This Sunday more than 1 million are expected in Paris and thousands in London.

Controversial legislation to re-define marriage and allow children to be adopted by same-sex couples has already been passed by the French National Assembly and is due to be debated by the Senate in April.

As you know, the Government's 'Same Sex Marriage' Bill passed its second reading in the House of Commons in February despite significant opposition from back-bench Conservative MPs. If it passes at the third reading it will then be debated in the House of Lords.
It is not too late to express support for honest marriage. Let's do so together this Sunday.
French organisers of Sunday's march see it as a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate opposition to BOTH the French and UK Government's plans - that have come about with little warning and little consultation. It's a pan-European challenge. It needs a pan-European response.

Be part of something significant this Sunday! Can you join us on Sunday as we support this demonstration? Can you spare an hour - or even three - to stand up for 'honest marriage' - for the sake of children and future generations?

Sunday 24th March - Trafalgar Square - 2pm - 5pm
Nearest Underground: Charing Cross / Embankment / Piccadilly Circus / Leicester Square
Banners and placards will be provided - please DON'T bring your own!
There will be a variety of speakers. Families and children welcome.

For more information please visit: www.lamanifpourtousalondres.com

See you there!
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High Court to hear key freedom of expression case following ban on bus poster
On Thursday (28 February) the High Court will hear the case of a Christian group which was denied the freedom to express its views on the legitimacy of therapy for those dealing with unwanted feelings of same-sex attraction.

Core Issues Trust, a non-profit Christian ministry, was prohibited by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, from running a bus advertising campaign calling for respect for individuals with homosexual issues who do not identify as "gay" but see themselves as "ex-gay" or "post-gay".

The Trust’s director, Dr Mike Davidson, had entered into a contract with TfL to run the advertisements on 24 buses across London reading “Not Gay. Ex Gay, Post Gay and Proud. Get over it!”.

Mr Johnson intervened to stop the advertisements just hours before they were due to become public, claiming they would cause “offence” to homosexuals. However, he had sanctioned an alternative bus campaign by homosexual activist group Stonewall stating “Some people are Gay. Get over it!” (see picture, right).

On Thursday, the Trust will ask Judges to reverse the ban on the basis that the Mayor had unlawfully restricted free speech, and had discriminated against the Trust by stifling one side of the debate on the issue.

Comment

Dr Davidson, who will be supported by the Christian Legal Centre, said: “This is all about being free to talk about these issues, and the right of individuals to take a sexual identity that is consistent with other values in their lives. Those individuals who are post gay or ex gay are a sexual minority suffering discrimination because they are outside the purportedly ‘normative’ homosexual paradigm.

“It was a mistake to assume these views we were expressing came from entrenched homophobia, and failed to recognise that people who want to walk away from their homosexual feelings are a group in their own right."

Andrea Williams, director of the Christian Legal Centre, said:

“In a truly democratic society people should be free to choose to change their behaviour and move away from homosexual behaviour if they wish.

“The possibility that a section of the public will take ‘offence’ to a particular viewpoint is not a legitimate ground for restricting freedom of expression. The concept is simply being used by the State to censor opposing views and obliterate debate in the public sphere.

“Boris Johnson needs to realise his mistake and ensure there is freedom for all in the marketplace of ideas. He cannot prefer one group over another.”
Please pray

This case has wide implications for Christian freedom of expression on sexual ethics in the public sphere. Please pray that the Judges' decision would set a new trend for protecting freedom of expression, particularly concerning sexual ethics.

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If you want to see freedom of expression protected in the UK, please prayerfully consider donating to this case.
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CHRISTIAN CONCERNS
Commons vote on same sex 'marriage' - still a long way to go
Watch Christian Concern's
special report on the vote
(4m 2s) >http://www.christianconcern.com/media/christian-concern-report-on-the-same-sex-marriage-vote

Watch a 'behind the scenes'
video from the Christian
Concern offices (5m 51s) >
http://www.christianconcern.com/media/behind-the-scenes-at-christian-concern-during-same-sex-marriage-vote

Andrea Williams reacts to the
vote on Sky News (10m 37s)>
http://www.christianconcern.com/media/sky-news-andrea-williams-discusses-vote-on-same-sex-marriage-bill

Watch local Conservative
Chairman Geoffrey Vero on BBC
Daily Politics (12m 21s) >
http://www.christianconcern.com/media/lbc-conservative-grassroots-spokesman-geoffrey-vero-comments-on-same-sex-marriage-vote

Bow Group Chairman Ben
Harris-Quinney outlines his
concerns over the Bill on Sky
http://www.christianconcern.com/media/sky-news-bow-group-chairman-ben-harris-quinney-discusses-same-sex-marriage

News (5m 8s) >Thank you for praying for the vote in the House of Commons on same sex marriage this week. Although the Bill passed (400 for and 175 against), there is still a long way to go before the Same Sex Marriage Bill becomes law.

There were more 'No' votes than expected, which is very encouraging for marriage supporters. Over half of Conservative MPs who voted on the Bill voted against it. A number of Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs also voted against, despite pressure not to.

What you can do now...
See how your MP voted
to see the list (if you don't know who your MP is, click here to find out).
Please take a look to see how your MP voted. Click here http://c4m.org.uk/2013/02/list-of-how-mps-voted-on-marriage-bill-5-feb-2013/

BBC Panorama highlights abuse of Abortion Act's mental health provisions


Watch footage from
BBC Panorama (2m 18s) >
BBC Panorama (aired on Monday 4 February) focused on abortion in the UK.

The programme highlighted the questionable grounds for the vast majority of abortions. The reason given for 98 per cent of them is risk to the mother's mental health. But presenter Victoria Derbyshire revealed that there was “no evidence” that in all 98 per cent of cases there was a genuine risk to the mother’s mental health.

Dr Peter Saunders, CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, appeared on the programme and raised the important point that when doctors sign off abortions on grounds for which there is no medical evidence they are in fact committing "a form of perjury." Peter has written a great blog post about the programme. Read it here >

Watch a clip from BBC Panorama >
http://www.christianconcern.com/media/watch-bbc-panorama-highlight-abuse-of-abortion-laws-in-the-uk

Read a summary of the points raised in the documentary >
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/bbc-panorama-highlights-ab
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CHRISTIAN CONCERNS
http://www.christianconcern.com/
Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali addressed an audience in Parliament on the persecution of Christians.
Bishop Michael outlined the extent of persecution overseas and also warned of the increasing marginalisation of Christians in Britain.
Watch a short report featuring highlights of Bishop Michael's presentation: VIDEO
Now is the time to help us secure Christian freedoms in Britain
With your help, we hope to take a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to secure Christian freedoms in Britain.
We have just three months to appeal the cases of Shirley Chaplin and Gary McFarlane. We aim to challenge the British Government in the Grand Chamber of the Council of Europe over its recent treatment of Christians.

Thank you so much to everyone who has given so far; you’ve helped us raise over £9,000 which is a great start. But we’re still some way off our initial target of £25,000.

4 Days left to contact your MP before crucial marriage debate
FIND yours @ http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/
That means you only have four days left to contact your MP before this crucial debate.
Please take the time to contact
Whatever way you choose to contact your MP:
Urge them to oppose the Bill. If they can’t do that then ask them to abstain or stay away.
Urge them to back motions that give maximum time for debate of this Bill by the full House of Commons. Given something as significant and controversial as this it’s only right to maximise full debate in the House of Commons.
Click here http://c4m.org.uk/downloads/secondreadingbriefing.pdf
to see a useful document with more points to make (the first page has a summary list).

Please can you also encourage your church to join our national day of prayer for marriage on Sunday 3 February?

Please pray:
That marriage will not be redefined, and that real marriage will be promoted in society for the good of all.
That as many MPs as possible will vote against the Bill to redefine marriage.
For David Burrowes MP and others, as they lead opposition to the Government’s plans in the House of Commons
For the news media, that they would report the issue widely, fairly, and accurately.
That the true consequences of redefining marriage would be publicly known and properly discussed.
Radio 4's Today Programme interviewed MP David Burrowes' constituents about their views on proposed legislation. Listen to the interviews here >

This week's marriage developments
MP Edward Leigh MPs have this week supported an amendment to the Equality Act to protect ‘conscientious beliefs on marriage’, voting 86 to 31 at the first reading of Edward Leigh’s Ten Minute Rule Bill.
The vote is a reminder that there remains widespread concern amongst MPs that the Government’s plans to redefine marriage do not make adequate protection for those who oppose the changes on conscience or religious grounds.
Find out More >http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/bioethics
Meanwhile, Ministers are pushing for the introduction of tax breaks for married couples as a way of averting a Tory party split over same-sex ‘marriage’. The pressure comes as David Cameron faces the biggest potential split of his leadership when MPs vote on the Government's Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill next week.
FIND OUT MORE
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/family/tax-break-for-married-couples-aims-to-avert-revolt-on-same-sex-marriage

Christian therapist faces expulsion for views on homosexuality
Dr Mike Davidson, a trainee with the British Psychodrama Association (BPA), was the subject of a Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) Inquiry today in London.
Dr Davidson was reported to his professional body for comments he made on a BBC local radio show last January (2012). Mike supports therapy for those with unwanted feelings of same-sex attraction. However, some professional bodies like the BPA are trying to ban such therapies.
Along with the case of Lesley Pilkington, we are witnessing a worrying trend where the door to practising professional therapy is being closed to people with Christian sexual ethics.
Read more about the background to the Inquiry > http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/religious-freedom/christian-therapist-faces-expulsion-for-views-on-homosexuality

Revealed: UK Government's funding of abortion worldwide
Next week (4 February) BBC One's Panoroma will be airing a programme on the "great abortion divide" at 8:30pm .
Please watch the show and look out for signs of unbalanced reporting. You can send your comments to the BBC or Ofcom.

A parliamentary question recently posed MP David Amess MP has revealed that millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money continues to be used by the UK government to fund abortion groups around the world.
Find out more > http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/abortion/british-government-spends-millions-of-pounds-to-fund-abortions-worldwide

Fiona Bruce MP will chair an inquiry into whether too many disabled babies in the UK are being aborted under current abortion laws. Figures reveal that more than 500 abortions were carried out after screening for Down's syndrome in England and Wales in 2011.
Find out More (Telegraph) >
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9838296/Inquiry-into-abortion-law-on-disabled-babies.html

Bishop Nazir-Ali on persecution of Christians
Watch footage of the talk
(3m 1s) >
On Wednesday (30th January) in the Houses of Parliament, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali gave a talk on freedom of belief and the persecution of Christians.

Our reporter, Peter Wooding, has produced a report featuring highlights of the talk and an exclusive interview with Bishop Nazir-Ali.
Watch the report here >
http://www.christianconcern.com/media/christian-concern-report-bishop-michael-nazir-ali-speaks-about-freedom-of-belief-and-the-perse

Telegraph journalist highlights increased sexualisation of children
Following MP Diane Abbott's warnings against Britain's increasingly "pornified" culture, Allison Pearson has written about the increasing sexualisation of our children in an article for The Telegraph.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/allison-pearson/9821275/Our-daughters-are-abused-by-a-culture-of-porn.html
Allison Pearson's Telegraph article
>
British culture is "increasingly pornified", warns shadow health minister
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/social/british-culture-is-%E2%80%9Cincreasingly-pornified%E2%80%9D-warns-shadow-health-minister

Fighting Sexual Exploitation
On 14 April, Voice for Justice UK will be hosting a conference to raise awareness about the increasing number of children and women being trafficked into the UK to service the sex industry.

Date: 14 April 2013
Time: 9:30am - 4.15pm
Location: St Aldate's Church, 40 Pembroke St, Oxford, OX1 1BP
Speakers include: Jim Dobbin MP, Revd Lynda Rose (Voice for Justice CEO., member of House of Lords & House of Commons Family & Child Protection Group), Lisa Nolland (Voice for Justice, Anglican Mainstream) and Miranda Suit

To book your place please fill out the online form available here.

FInd out more about the event (Voice for Justice UK website) >
http://www.vfjuk.org/#!eventfse/c8ui
Voice for Justice is Christian organisation campaigning for the full exposure and eradication of human trafficking, and provision for help and support for victims.

Girl Guides & Scouts - Respond to public consultations
Girlguiding UK is following the example of the UK Scouts by consulting the public on whether the Girl Guides promise should be changed.

As it stands, Girl Guides promise to "love my God." This reference to God could be removed depending on the responses to the consultation.

Please have your say by completing the online survey. It's a simple tick-box survey that only takes a few minutes and is open to all members of the public. The deadline is 3rd March.

Complete the survey >
The Air Cadet Organisation is also changing its promise following pressure from secularist campaign groups. Find out more > http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/air-cadets-to-remove-god-from-promise
The founding principles of the Girl Guiding, Scouting and Air Cadets movements are based on a Christian outlook. Removing references to God will result in a loss of identity and a basis for the values promoted by these institutions.
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Please pray for marriage on 3 Feb
as campaign reaches crucial period
Dear friend,

Please will you pray earnestly as we enter a crucial period in the campaign to defend the true meaning of marriage?

And can you encourage your church to join our national day of prayer for marriage on Sunday 3 February?

Any day now, we expect the Government to introduce its Bill which seeks to redefine marriage.

But the Bill can’t become law unless it is backed by Parliament – and that is by no means a foregone conclusion.

On the day that the bill is introduced the Government may very well go on a charm offensive, telling the media that people who believe in traditional marriage have nothing to worry about.

But we know that’s not the case. European judges have recently shown that people who believe in traditional marriage can be forced out of their jobs.

On Tuesday 5 Feb, we expect MPs to have the first opportunity to debate and vote on the Bill at what’s called the “Second Reading” stage.

That date may change but, whenever it comes, it may turn out to be a crucial moment in the whole campaign.

We don’t need an outright win at this stage – so don’t worry if the Bill passes this first hurdle – but it is important that as many MPs as possible vote “no”.

A healthy “no” vote, even if it’s not an outright majority, will put added pressure on the Government to drop its plans to redefine marriage.

So that’s why we are asking for your prayers. Please pray:

•That marriage will not be redefined, and that real marriage will be promoted in society for the good of all.
•That as many MPs as possible will vote against the Bill to redefine marriage.
•For David Burrowes MP and others, as they lead opposition to the Government’s plans in the House of Commons.
•For the Coalition for Marriage group as it campaigns to defend the true meaning of marriage.
•For politicians and others in public life to have the courage to stand up for what is right and true.
•For the news media, that they would report the issue widely, fairly, and accurately.
•That the true consequences of redefining marriage would be publicly known and properly discussed.
•That people would not face discrimination, in the workplace or elsewhere, because of their sincere beliefs about marriage.
Open prayer is encouraged, but this written prayer may also be of help:

Heavenly Father,

We thank you for the gift of marriage which you established at the dawn of time, to be a blessing for all generations throughout the earth, down through the ages.

We pray that you would fill each and every marriage with your love and grace, and that every husband and wife would know the joy that comes from sharing and giving.

We thank you for establishing marriage to be a secure and stable environment for raising children.

We pray for all those who do not enjoy those blessings, remembering that you are a father to the orphan and a husband to the widow.

We pray, as you have commanded us, for those in positions of civil authority.

We pray that our Government will act with wisdom and righteousness, upholding marriage as the voluntary union of one man to one woman for life, for the good of all people.

We pray for forgiveness for our nation, as our Government seeks to redefine marriage. We pray that these plans would fail.

And we pray for ourselves, that we would speak out in support of marriage with gentleness and kindness, but also with courage and confidence.

In the name of Christ Jesus our Lord we pray. Amen.

Yours in Christ,
Nola Leach
CEO, CARE
Andrea Minichiello Williams
CEO, Christian Concern
Colin Hart
CEO, The Christian Institute
Dr Peter Saunders
CEO, Christian Medical Fellowship
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Christian Concern
National day of prayer for marriage
The Government introduced its Bill today which seeks to redefine marriage. But the Bill can’t become law unless it's backed by Parliament – and that is by no means a foregone conclusion.

So, can you encourage your church to join our national day of prayer for marriage on Sunday 3 February?

On the day that the bill is introduced the Government may very well go on a charm offensive, telling the media that people who believe in traditional marriage have nothing to worry about.

But we know that’s not the case. European judges have recently shown that people who believe in traditional marriage can be forced out of their jobs.

On Tuesday 5 Feb, MPs will have the first opportunity to debate and vote on the Bill at what’s called the “Second Reading” stage.

We don’t need an outright win at this stage – so don’t worry if the Bill passes this first hurdle – but it is important that as many MPs as possible vote “no”.

So that’s why we are asking for your prayers. Please pray:

•That marriage will not be redefined, and that real marriage will be promoted in society for the good of all.
•That as many MPs as possible will vote against the Bill to redefine marriage.
•For David Burrowes MP and others, as they lead opposition to the Government’s plans in the House of Commons.
•For the news media, that they would report the issue widely, fairly, and accurately.
•That the true consequences of redefining marriage would be publicly known and properly discussed.

This week's marriage encouragements
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond

Former minister Edward Leigh
Even though the Government published its same-sex 'marriage' Bill today, there have been a lot of encouragements this week for supporters of authentic marriage:

•The Times reported today that half of the Conservative Party's 303 MPs are expected to vote against the bill. Find out more >
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/social/david-camerons-countdown-to-win-over-mps-on-same-sex-%E2%80%98marriage%E2%80%99-bill

•Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said that he won't vote for David Cameron’s fast-tracked same-sex ‘marriage’ bill. He is one of a number of cabinet ministers who has said he won't vote for the bill. Find out more >
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/religious-freedom/senior-cabinet-minister-highlights-same-sex-%E2%80%98marriage%E2%80%99-threat-to-reli

•Former minister Edward Leigh is seeking to change the law to protect workers who hold traditional views on marriage. Find out more >
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/religious-freedom/conservative-mp-seeks-protection-for-workers-who-back-current-marriag

•A leading human rights lawyer has advised David Cameron that churches could face legal challenges if they refuse to perform same-sex ‘marriages’. Find out more >
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/sexual-orientation/same-sex-%E2%80%98marriage%E2%80%99-will-threaten-religious-freedom-human-rights-law

Crucial debate and conference on therapy for unwanted same-sex attraction
Please join us next Wednesday (30 January) at a debate in the Houses of Parliament on the legitimacy and freedom to offer therapy for those with unwanted feelings of same-sex attraction.

The debate is so important because at stake is the freedom of people to choose to have this kind of therapy if they want it.

The debate is being held ahead of an inquiry into a complaint against Dr Mike Davidson, a strong supporter of change therapy for people suffering with unwanted feelings of same-sex attraction. However, many professional bodies are banning such therapies.

The event runs from 10.30am to noon and will take place in Committee Room 11, Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London.

Speakers:
Prof Michael King (Director of Mental Health Sciences Unit, University College London)
Mr Peter Tatchell (Human Rights Campaigner/Advocate)
Dr Joseph Berger (Consultant Psychiatrist, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Canada)
Dr Mike Davidson (Director, Core Issues Trust)

To register for this event, please email: peter.mcilvenna@christianconcern.com

Later that day (Wednesday 30 January), Core Issues Trust - of which Dr Mike Davidson is Director - will be holding a seminar on the misuse of science by UK professionals and mental health bodies to forbid change therapy. Please see the "Events" section below for more details

Progress after European Court Judgment
Watch Andrea talk about
meetings at the Council of
Europe this week >

Read J. John's article:
Strasbourg, God and
Caesar >
Chief executive Andrea Williams, Campaigns Director Andrew Marsh and standing counsel to the Christian Legal Centre Paul Diamond headed to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg this week.

Watch a short update from Andrea on their trip. They had a series of meetings in light of the European Court rulings last week on Shirley Chaplin, Gary McFarlane, Lillian Ladele and Nadia Eweida.
Watch the update >
http://www.christianconcern.com/media/andreas-video-blog-on-european-court-ruling
Evangelist J. John wrote a great article in response to last week's judgment entitled: Strasbourg, God and Caesar. In it, he urges the church to stand firm and be encouraged. Have a read >
http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/articles/life/Strasbourg_God_and_Caesar/50355/p1/

A further encouragement this week is that the UK's equality watchdog has argued for a change in the law to make it clear that Christians can wear a cross in the workplace. This is good, but attention also needs to be put on the need for more robust protections of Christian conscience. Read the story >
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/religious-freedom/call-for-new-law-to-protect-workers-wearing-crosses

Important high level talks were also held this week in London about religious freedom. Representatives from the United States, Canada and the Vatican were hosted by Baroness Warsi, Minister of Faith and Communities. Read the story >
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/religious-freedom/baroness-warsi-hosts-high-level-talks-on-religious-freedom

Air Cadets to remove 'God' from promise
The Air Cadet Organisation has announced its intention to provide an alternative ‘non-religious’ oath for new members that excludes any references to 'God'.

Find out more >
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/air-cadets-to-remove-god-from-promise
Girguiding UK and the Scout’s Association are also considering similar changes to their respective promises following pressure from secularist campaign groups.

Organisations like the Cadets, Guides and Scouts were founded on Christian principles. Removing references to God will result in a loss of identity and a basis for the values promoted by these institutions.

Please oppose the proposals put forward by Girl Guiding UK by completing the online survey . It's a simple tick-box survey that only takes a few minutes and is open to all members of the public. The deadline is 3rd March.

Complete the survey >
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B82FN6S
You can still complete the Scouts Association survey here >
http://q.scouts.org.uk/s/kU4sBQY9KRfrkPe


Alliance of Pro-Life Students launch
Christian Concern's special
report on the launch (3m 21s) >
The Alliance of Pro Life Students (APS) held its London launch this week on Wednesday (16th January) at the Thistle Hotel in Marble Arch.

It was encouraging to see a number of young people attending the event to support APS which seeks to promote a culture of life and bring the pro-life message back onto university campuses.

Our reporter Peter Wooding captured the highlights of the launch and interviewed attendees about their thoughts on the initiative and the importance of standing up for pro-life issues.

Watch Christian Concern's special report here >
http://www.christianconcern.com/media/watch-christian-concerns-special-report-on-the-launch-of-the-alliance-of-pro-life-students

Find out more about the APS here >
http://allianceofprolifestudents.org.uk/

Abortion in Ireland
More than 25,000 people attended a pro-life rally in Dublin to oppose the Government’s plans to introduce new abortion laws in Ireland.

Currently, abortion in Ireland is illegal unless it occurs as the result of a medical intervention performed to save the life of the mother. Under the proposed changes, abortions would be permitted where there is a perceived risk of the mother committing suicide.

In anticipation of the changes, the UK’s largest abortion provider is offering Irish medical students one-week placements that will enable them to “gain experience of abortion care” and “witness how abortion procedures are carried out.”

Andrea Williams said: “The recent pro-life rally of 25,000 people in Dublin on Saturday shows how strongly Ireland feels about protecting the unborn child.

"BPAS has no business recruiting medical students to its cause in a country where the laws are wisely designed to protect the life of the unborn and the mother”.

Thousands attend pro-life rally in Dublin >
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/abortion/thousands-attend-pro-life-rally-in-dublin
BPAS offers abortion internships to Irish medical students >
http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/abortion/bpas-offers-abortion-internships-to-irish-medical-students

Wilberforce Academy
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2012 video >

Preparing the next generation of Christian leaders in public life

Please join us in March 2013 for the Wilberforce Academy, a unique and exciting opportunity for students and young professionals to gather together for a week to be equipped to serve Jesus in law, politics, education, media, the arts and business. The Academy will take place from 24th – 28th March 2012.

The deadline for applying has been extended to 31st January 2013.

Please help us find the best people for this year's Academy!

Have you told a friend about the Wilberforce Academy yet? Why not text or email someone now ? And tweet or post on Facebook.

Download an application form here >
http://www.wilberforceacademy.org.uk/downloads/wa_application_2013.pdf
Watch the video >
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRYDt6DZ0No

Find out more >
http://www.wilberforceacademy.org.uk/#1

New BBC 'comedy' on assisted suicide
Watch the second episode of Way
toGo on iPlayer (28m 23s) >
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01pzncd/Way_to_Go_The_Beginning_of_the_End/
[WARNING: this programme
contains content that some
viewers may find offensive]
On Thursday (24 January), BBC 3 aired the second episode of a new comedy called Way to Go.

It has attracted controversy for its subject matter. In it, two brothers struggling financially decide to set up an 'assisted suicide' business. You may want to make a complaint to the BBC or Ofcom after viewing it (available here on iPlayer - WARNING: this programme contains content that some viewers may find offensive).

Care Not Killing has provided some questions to help you:

•The World Health Organisation clearly states that the media should not "glorify or sensationalize suicide", with concern that ill-conceived portrayals may lead to suicide contagion. How closely does the BBC follow such guidance?
•The BBC has a poor record when it comes to impartiality on the issue of assisted suicide. Is this series, starring popular actors on a channel primarily aimed at younger people, seeking to drive a political agenda?
•Assisted suicide is a sensitive issue, and all those who must deal with important end of life decisions- whatever conclusions they reach- deserve respect. Would you describe Way to Go's scripts, direction and acting as sensitive, respectful and balanced?


British culture is "increasingly pornified", warns shadow health minister
Shadow health minister Diane Abbott has warned that young people are being seriously damaged by an increasingly ‘pornified’ British culture.
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CASE UPDATE:
European Court Judgment:
Big Steps Forward But Further To Go
As you will probably have seen and heard, the European Court of Human Rights published its judgment on Tuesday in the cases of four UK Christians, including Shirley Chaplin and Gary McFarlane.

Thank you for all your prayers and for getting involved in the discussion surrounding the judgment. Please help us to continue to stand for freedom.

Steps Forward
The Court held that Nadia Eweida's 'freedom of thought, conscience and religion' had been infringed by British Airways' decision to prevent her from wearing her cross visibly.

In the other cases, the European Court decided that decisions of the UK Courts were within the 'margin of appreciation' (discretion) that it allows to national Courts - but in so doing it challenged many of the principles adopted by UK Courts and asserted by the British government.

•So for example, the UK Government had made the remarkable assertion that the cross was not a generally recognised Christian symbol. It also suggested that since wearing the cross is not compulsory for Christians, it is not a protected freedom. The European Court ruled that, in principle, wearing the cross is an expression of Christian faith and so is a freedom to be protected!
•Again, the UK Courts had held that beliefs about marriage as between a man and a woman was not a core component of Christian belief and so not protected. The European Court said that these beliefs were part of Gary and Lillian's Christian identity and so were in principle protected!
•The British Government suggested that because the individuals were free to resign and find other jobs, there had been no infringement of their freedom of religion - in other words, 'your freedom to resign secures your freedom of religion'. The European Court ruled that 'freedom to resign and find another job' is not sufficient to guarantee religious freedom.
These are significant breakthroughs and will be a great help in contending for Christian freedoms in the UK Courts in the future.

Further to Go
However, it was very disappointing that in Shirley, Lillian and Gary's case, the Court ruled that, although their religious freedom had been infringed, the circumstances had justified that interference.

In Shirley's case, 'Health and Safety' was given as the justification. The European Court said that it was not in a position to examine the application of the Health and Safety policy. It had to assume that it was justified, as the UK Courts had suggested. However, no credible Health and Safety risk was ever demonstrated by the hospital.

In the case of Lillian and Gary, the European Court said that it was necessary to restrict their freedom in order to protect the freedom of others.

However, in both cases, it would have been possible to accommodate Gary and Lillian's conscience, without there being any danger of anyone being denied a service. This important point will continue to be made.

Thanks
Please join us in giving thanks:
•Important legal points established that will help protect Christian freedoms in the future
•Enormous media interest in the cases providing opportunity to explain to the world how Shirley and Gary have been treated
•Extensive (including international) media reporting of the challenge to Christian freedoms in the UK
•Many opportunities to talk publicly about Jesus
Go to our media page for a selection of reports and videos
http://www.christianconcern.com/media

Prayer
Please pray for wisdom as we consider next steps. The judgment can be appealed to the Grand Chamber of the Court and we are currently considering this option.

Please help us to continue to stand for Christian freedoms.

Andrea's Comment
Reflecting on Tuesday's judgment Andrea writes:

"I am not disheartened by these cases. In fact quite the opposite. Our domestic courts were beginning to develop impossible tests on what constitutes manifestation of Christian faith. They did not even accept the cross as a Christian symbol or the belief in sexual purity as a conscience issue for Christians. The European Court of Human Rights has turned this jurisprudence on its head. The European Court has stated categorically that such beliefs flow from Christian faith and are worthy of protection.

"What we had hoped would happen was that the European Court would develop a test of ‘reasonable accommodation’. Had it done so, I think it would have been a lot more reasonable than anything we’re currently experiencing in our domestic courts. Instead, the European Court said there was a ‘wide margin of appreciation’ (meaning discretion) for employers to exercise the balancing act between competing rights. If Relate had accommodated Gary, Islington Council had accommodated Lillian and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital accommodated Shirley, the European Court would also have seen no reason to interfere.

"This means that at the Christian Legal Centre we will now go into our domestic courts on our current cases with fantastic legal argument on our side. In the UK these judgments have opened up numerous new legal arguments in our favour. We believe this is real legal success. I want to thank Paul Diamond, Standing Counsel to the Christian Legal Centre, who has been making these arguments for Christian freedoms for over a decade.

"The tide is turning. And we will not give up until justice is done for every one of our clients.

"It is time for Christians to find their voice; their faith. To not be ashamed of Jesus; to make their faith public."

Thank you for your support as we have stood with Shirley and Gary. Please help us to continue promoting Christian freedoms by making a donation today:
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Landmark judgment on Christian freedom cases to be announced tomorrow!

Watch Andrea Williams talk with
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcD8Reetx5M

Watch what people on the
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A landmark judgment in the cases of four UK Christians will be handed down at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg at 09:00 UK time tomorrow, Tuesday 15th January 2013.

Please pray that Christian freedoms would be upheld and please help us to continue to stand with Christians.

Watch out for the story in the media. There are lots of ways to make your voice heard next week:
•Call, text or tweet in to radio and TV programmes which report on the cases (e.g. Radio 5Live, BBC local radio stations, BBC Newsnight)
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If you make your voice heard in these ways it makes it harder for the media to ignore Christians' views!

Andrea Williams said: "These are landmark cases and we have waited a long time to get to this point. At stake is not only the future shape of Christian involvement in community life but the protection of important personal freedoms in a diverse society."

The Christian Legal Centre is handling the cases of Shirley Chaplin and Gary McFarlane.

For comprehensive information on these cases, download our special briefing > http://www.christianconcern.com/sites/default/files/20130114_Media_Briefing_.pdf

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CHRISTIAN CONCERNS
BREAKING NEWS: Landmark European Court judgment on Christian freedoms will be announced on Tuesday
A landmark judgment in the cases of four UK Christians will be handed down at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg at 09:00 UK time on Tuesday 15th January 2013.

Please pray that Christian freedoms would be upheld and please help us to continue to stand with Christians.
Andrea Williams said: "These are landmark cases and we have waited a long time to get to this point. At stake is not only the future shape of Christian involvement in community life but the protection of important personal freedoms in a diverse society."

The Christian Legal Centre is handling two of the cases:

Shirley Chaplin had worn her confirmation cross on a small chain around her neck, without incident, throughout her nearly thirty years in front-line nursing. Then, as part of a new uniform policy, she was told to remove it although allowances were made for the religious dress of others and no credible health and safety concern could be established. For a briefing sheet on Shirley's case, click here.
http://gallery.mailchimp.com/bed173cc9adfcad1e0e442a35/files/The_Wearing_of_the_Cross.pdf
Gary McFarlane, a relationships counsellor, said during a training course that he might have a conscientious objection to providing sex therapy to same-sex couples because of his Christian faith. He was dismissed for gross misconduct for discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. For a briefing sheet on Gary's case, click here.
http://gallery.mailchimp.com/bed173cc9adfcad1e0e442a35/files/The_Clash_of_Rights.pdf
It is your generous financial gifts that make it possible for us to stand with Christians such as Gary and Shirley. Please help us keep promoting Christian freedoms by making a donation today: http://www.christianconcern.com/donate
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Help us keep up the momentum in 2013...

We're excited about the opportunities God has prepared for us to speak of Jesus Christ in 2013.

At the beginning of this new year, will you help us have an even greater impact by telling others about our work? As we face upcoming battles such as the redefinition of marriage, high abortion rates and the push for euthanasia, we are stronger together.

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Girl Guides could also drop 'God' from promise


Girlguiding UK is following the example of the UK Scouts by consulting the public on whether the Girl Guides promise should be changed.

As it stands, Girl Guides promise to "love my God." This reference to God could be removed depending on the responses to the consultation.

Please have your say by completing the online survey. It's a simple tick-box survey that only takes a few minutes and is open to all members of the public. The deadline is 3rd March.

Complete the survey > https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B82FN6S

The founding principles of the Girl Guiding and Scouting movements are based on a Christian outlook. Removing any references to 'God' from its pledge will dilute its ethos and make the movement less distinctive.

You can still complete the Scouts Association survey here > http://q.scouts.org.uk/s/kU4sBQY9KRfrkPe

Please say 'No' to automatic organ donation

The Welsh Government is consulting the public on whether to introduce a new scheme whereby all citizens in Wales will be presumed to have consented to organ donation unless they file a formal refusal prior to their death.

These proposals raise serious ethical problems since presumed consent in effect equals no consent and organ donation should, in fact, be treated as a voluntary gift characterised by free will - not an obligation. It is vital therefore that as many people as possible respond to the consultation to say NO.

Please take a few minutes to notify the Health and Social Care Committee of your opposition by emailing: HSCCommittee@wales.gov.uk.

The Christian Medical Fellowship has produced a briefing paper which will help you in your response, and which you can access here. The deadline is 18th January.

Go to the Christian Medical Fellowship briefing paper > http://www.christianconcern.com/consultation-on-the-human-transplantation-wales-bill

Access the consultation here > http://www.senedd.assemblywales.org/documents/s12170/Consultation%20Letter.pdf

Christian doctors say: 'Stop financial rewards for using Liverpool Care Pathway'

Christian doctors have called for a ban on financial rewards that encourage hospitals to increase their use of a controversial end-of-life care plan.

Find out more > http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/end-of-life/christian-doctors-say-%E2%80%9Cstop-financial-rewards-for-using-liverpool-care-path

IVF treatment in UK results in loss of over 3 million embryos

Official statistics show that almost 3 million embryos in the UK have been lost as a result of IVF treatment.

Find out more > http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/bioethics/ivf-treatment-in-uk-results-in-loss-of-nearly-3-million-embryos


Tony Nicklinson's wife permitted to appeal right-to-die ruling

The wife of Tony Nicklinson, a man who died after losing his legal battle to end his life, has been given permission to appeal the High Court’s decision.

Find out more > http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/end-of-life/tony-nicklinsons-wife-permitted-to-appeal-right-to-die-ruling

CofE to allow Bishops in civil partnerships

The Church of England’s House of Bishops has announced that it would permit clergy in same-sex civil partnerships to become bishops if they promised to be celibate.

Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of Christian Concern and a member of the Church’s Synod, said: “Society now treats civil partnerships as same-sex marriages in all but name. It is disingenuous and deceptive for the Church’s leadership to endorse them against the teaching of the Bible.”

BBC news story > http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20914799

Humanist 'belief' marriages could be introduced in Scotland

Humanist weddings could be introduced in Scotland as an alternative to religious and civil ceremonies. Under these plans the Scottish government wants to create a third category of marriage, called “belief” marriages.

Find out more > http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/family/humanist-belief-marriages-could-be-introduced-in-scotland


Court says keeping Sunday special not a 'core' belief, so not protected
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(2m 41s) > Christian children’s worker, Celestina Mba, has been told by a Judge that her employer was justified in requiring her to work on a Sunday.

Watch latest Christian Concern special report on Celestina >

At an Employment Appeals tribunal Mr Justice Langstaff said Sunday was not a ‘core’ component of the Christian faith because some Christians would be prepared to work on a Sunday; and therefore Christians as a whole do not need Sunday protected. This continues a trend where we are seeing secular Courts ruling on ‘core’ components of Christian practice.

Andrea Williams said: “As we reflect on Christmas, the Queen’s speech and a national census that continues to demonstrate our identity as a Christian nation, we may ask why our ruling elite seems ready to undermine all that most of us hold dear.

“The Court, in this case, created an unrealistic test which means that people like Celestina who wish to respect Sunday as a day of rest and worship will be forced out of the workplace. The Court seems to be requiring a significant number of adherents of the Christian faith to observe a particular practice before the Court is willing to accept and protect the practice".

Read the full story > http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/religious-freedom/court-says-christians-dont-keep-sunday-special-for-it-to-be-protected

Retailers give new meaning to Christmas shopping

Big retail companies have come under fire for beginning their sales on Christmas day.

Find out more > http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/social/retailers-give-new-meaning-to-christmas-shopping
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Bishop Nazir-Ali to speak in House of Commons

Please join us at a talk on freedom of belief and the persecution of Christians by former Bishop of Rochester, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali.

The event will take place on Wednesday 30th January 2013 from 6pm – 8pm in the Grand Committee Room, House of Commons, Westminster,

Please RSVP to Barry Watts at barry.watts@parliament.uk or on 0207 219 7075 by Wednesday 23rd January 2013

Alliance of Pro-Life Students Launch

The Alliance of Pro-Life Students will be launched in London on Wednesday 16th January 2013. Please come along if your free!

Date: Wed 16th January
Time: 7.30pm
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Price: £25, £15 concessions (students, OAPs), Group discount - £15 per person when 5 or more tickets are booked.
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BREAKING NEWS via Christian Legal Centre
A new ruling by a High Court judge - the first on the issue in nearly a decade - says that Christians have no right to decline working on Sunday as it is not a “core component” of their beliefs.
The judgment - which upholds an earlier decision - means that individual Christians do not have any protection from being fired for not working on Sundays.
Campaigners said the decision puts Christians at a disadvantage to other religions and means the judiciary are deciding what the core beliefs of Christians can be, which they say is an interference in the right to practise religion.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9770825/Christians-have-no-right-to-refuse-to-work-on-Sundays-rules-judge.html
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Thank you for helping us speak of Jesus Christ in public life in 2012!
As the year draws to a close, I thank God for all that He, by his Grace, has enabled us to do with your support.
It's been an amazing twelve months, both in what we have been called to do and in what we have achieved. Christian Concern is having a real impact for God on society as we speak of Jesus Christ in our nation's public life, speaking for life, for family and for freedom.
That's why we won't let up during 2013 when we will face one of our biggest battles ever; the battle for marriage itself.


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In 2012 we stood up for people like Shirley Chaplin, who was told she couldn't wear a cross. We stood up for people like Andy Stephenson and Kathryn Attwood, who were arrested for showing the truth about abortion outside an abortion clinic. We stood up for people like Nohad Halawi, targeted because she shared the truth of Jesus Christ with her Muslim co-workers . We stood up for the sanctity of life, at its beginning and at its end. We could not have done it without you, our faithful supporters. With your help and by God's grace, we have taken a stand for Jesus Christ.
In the coming year we know that we will be called on to stand for the sake of the gospel even more. That's why we need your support right now. We need your support to continue to speak of Jesus Christ in public life. Jesus is the only Hope for our nation; please stand with us in that Hope.
Please consider sharing our work with your friends. Free copies of our newsletter are available for you to give away. The more people involved, the greater impact we can have together. Christian Concern supporters have already made an enormous impact in 2012 by writing to government and other public bodies, highlighting injustice and campaigning for truth. The more people involved, the more we can do.

Please would you prayerfully consider giving a special gift this Christmas? Such a gift will not just keep us going but will help us to be even more effective in 2013.

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