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Religious Freedom

Britain’s Christian heritage has encouraged religious freedom and tolerance. UK and European law largely protects an individual’s right to hold and manifest religious beliefs, although this is fast being eroded. We are witnessing an increasing restriction of religious freedom in this country. Increasing numbers of Christians have been penalised for their faith in the public sphere, often due to equalities legislation and the promotion of homosexual rights. Some Christians have been threatened with disciplinary action, suspended, and even sacked for refusing to act against their consciences. At Christian Concern we vigorously resist any restrictions on freedom of speech and expression for Christians.


  • November 28th, 2014
    A Bill allowing local authorities to include prayers in their meetings if they so choose, had its second reading in Parliament last week.
  • November 19th, 2014
    A debate on whether 'Britain's abortion culture hurts us all' has been cancelled at the last minute following a campaign by students at Oxford University.
  • November 8th, 2014
    An opinion poll has found that nearly two in three British adults (65%) disapprove of the prospect of legal action being taken against the Christian bakers who declined to make a cake supporting same-sex 'marriage'.
  • November 5th, 2014
    The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland has told a Christian bakery that it will face legal action unless it apologises for not producing a cake backing same-sex 'marriage'.
  • November 4th, 2014
    A pensioner has had his ‘opportunity to volunteer’ withdrawn by the British Red Cross because he spoke out against the redefinition of marriage. Earlier this year, Bryan Barkley, 71, held up signs outside Wakefield Cathedral reading ‘No Same Sex Marriage’ and ‘No Redefinition of Marriage’. He did so on the day that the first same-sex marriages took place in England.
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