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  • Police have been caught on camera telling people to come down from their ladders while they were holding forth in Speakers' Corner.

    The seven speakers were left shocked as officers approached them in the world-famous haven for agitators in London's Hyde Park, telling them: 'You are not allowed to stand on anything other than your two feet'.

    The decision to kick speakers off their soapboxes was apparently made by the Metropolitan Police three days before the encounter last Sunday.

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  • Brighton College is to become the first private school in the country to join a Pride parade. Pupils are making "peace and love" banners and 1960s costumes for a float in the city's parade in August. The parade's theme is the summer of love.

    The float is backed by the actor Sir Ian McKellen, who told pupils at the school, where annual fees can top £37,000, about his unhappiness at being unable to come out as gay until well into adulthood.

    Richard Cairns, the head master, who will be on the float dressed as Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream, said: "Pupils are enthusiastic about taking part, spurred on by McKellen's visit last year. It is a strong statement of our ethos."

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  • The Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday that the Church of England will need a miracle from the Holy Spirit to solve its long-running row over gay rights.

    The Most Reverend Justin Welby said the divisions cannot be healed by human hands but only by divine intervention.

    His remarks indicate deepening desperation among Anglican leaders over the irreconcilable gap between liberals who demand gay equality within the Church and conservative evangelicals who say that gay sex is sinful.

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  • Alastair Campbell, former head of communications at No.10 (so by no means naive on the use of social media), tweeted this in the wake of the London Bridge attack, straight after a speech delivered by Theresa May in which she said Britain is too tolerant of Islamist ideology. His message was clear: Brexit and Jihad are derived from the same fount of extremism; supporters of both are extremists, if not terrorists; a mass political movement for democracy and sovereignty is no different from murderous suicide bombers and machete-wielding fanatics. If a newspaper thinks differently from Alastair Campbell on the subject of Brexit, it is jihadist.

    He deleted this two hours later, saying: "Previous tweet deleted. Agreed it was over the top. But was genuinely angry at Mrs May's speech which was highly political and ill judged."

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  • Pro-family conservatives are condemning a new Department of Education policy that allows the federal government to investigate schools for not calling gender-confused students by their preferred "transgender" pronoun as opposed to the one matching their innate biology.

    The memo is written by Candace Jackson, the newly-appointed acting assistant secretary for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Education (DOE). Jackson is an open lesbian in a homosexual "marriage," a sexual assault survivor and a libertarian conservative activist who advocated for Trump in the campaign.

    Jackson celebrates "gay pride" and was hired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, whose strong support of LGBT issues was largely ignored by conservatives during her confirmation process.

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  • Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said that Londoners are "free to love whoever you want to love", as some of the most iconic London Underground stations get a rainbow makeover for Pride.

    To mark the Pride in London festival today, which launches this week ahead of the Pride parade on July 8, Transport for London is giving parts of the city's transport network a new rainbow design.

    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan launched the campaign, posing with a #loveislove roundel.

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  • Religious private schools that have repeatedly failed their legal equality duties have nevertheless been allowed to remain open – often with leaders still in key positions, Schools Week can reveal.

    The latest batch of inspection reports from Ofsted list two such schools ignored rules set out in the 2010 Equality Act and failed to mention either sexual orientation or gender reassignment to their pupils.

    One of these, Vishnitz Girls School, an Orthodox Jewish school in Hackney, north London, was warned both in October and November last year that it had failed to "pay enough regard to developing respect and tolerance" for those protected under the Act, especially LGBT people. A follow-up report from Ofsted in May found that nothing had changed.

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  • Christian pharmacists will remain free to do their jobs in line with their consciences after regulators published new guidance recognising the "positive" role of religion.

    Earlier draft guidance by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) could have forced Christians to provide access to abortifacient or hormone-blocking drugs.

    The guidance now states: "Pharmacy professionals have the right to practise in line with their religion, personal values or beliefs". The changes were made after The Christian Institute threatened the GPhC with legal action and hundreds of Christian professionals raised objections.

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  • On 8th July, General Synod of the Church of England will debate a motion proposing to endorse a statement to the effect that: "the practice of conversion therapy has no place in the modern world, is unethical, harmful and not supported by evidence". There is no explanation of what 'conversion therapy' is, but it is taken to refer to any method which seeks to reduce or eliminate same sex attraction.

    Here are some articles written on the subject over the past two years.

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  • Increasingly we are seeing Christians ridiculed and vilified in the public arena before the relentless drive of Secular and LGBTQ activism. It is time for the intolerance, bigotry and intimidation of so-called liberals to be exposed.

    Tim Farron hounded out of office because of his faith. The BBC openly ridiculing supporters of traditional marriage in its election coverage. Expressions of outrage from both the Labour and Tory parties when anyone dare express the view there are health risks attached to the practice of homosexuality. The DUP pilloried for its Christian position and robust defence of traditional morality … Unremitting pressure on the Church to reinterpret core values so that its teachings align with current morality. Where will it all end?

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