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Appeasement, compromise and silence in a D-Day for the Church

Wilberforce Academy Director, Dr Joe Boot, comments on the state of the nation and where we have gone since the Britain of the 1930s and 40s. Sadly, he says, with eroding freedoms and emptying churches, “the heart and soul of the nation [has become] disease-ridden, on life-support and on the edge of extinction.” How will ...

14 June 2019   Articles

Government refuses to say evangelism isn’t hate speech

Tim Dieppe comments on this week’s House of Lord’s debate on religious hate speech. Lord Pearson asked an oral question in the House of Lords this week: “To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether section 29J of the Public Order Act 1986 remains in force, and if so, what is the basis in statute for the ...

7 December 2018   Articles

Share your experience of life as a Christian in the UK today

The All-Party Parliamentary Group, Christians in Parliament are running an inquiry into ‘Being a Christian in the UK Today’. The group is concerned with what it is like to live as a Christian in the UK in 2018, and there is scope for churches or organisations to respond as well as individuals. What is it ...

6 December 2018   Articles

Scotland’s alarming hate posters

Tim Dieppe discusses posters used in a hate crime awareness campaign by the Scottish Government and Scottish Police. The Scottish Government and the Scottish Police, under the banner One Scotland, are running a hate crime awareness campaign. The campaign consists primarily of posters addressing ‘Bigots’, ‘homophobes’, ‘transphobes’, and others, and signed ‘Yours, Scotland’. David Robertson ...

12 October 2018   Articles

Pastor Oluwole Ilesanmi acquitted of hate speech

A Christian street preacher has been acquitted of using ‘threatening and abusive language’ whilst preaching in Wood Green, London. Pastor Oluwole Ilesanmi, aged 62, had been charged concerning a sermon that he preached on 24 June 2017, when a Muslim and two political activists pressed charges when he criticised the Quran. Although he was charged ...

20 December 2017   Articles

Peer fears evangelism could be hate crime

Lord Pearson of Rannoch has said that that he fears that telling other people about Christianity could soon become a hate crime. In an interview with Premier Radio, Lord Pearson said that free speech is being eroded by hate crime legislation. Last week, in a debate on freedom of speech and the definition of hate crime, ...

13 December 2017   Articles

The Challenge of Islam in the UK

Tim Dieppe writes about the challenge of Islam in the UK, asking how the church should respond. This article was originally published in the Affinity Social Issues Bulletin for November 2017. The Influence of Islam The fastest growing religion in the UK At the last census in 2011, there were 2.7m Muslims in the UK, ...

22 November 2017   Articles

Tim Farron’s resignation shows ‘totalitolerance of illiberal elite’

Tim Farron’s resignation as leader of the Liberal Democrats “demonstrates that Christians are simply not tolerated by the illiberal elite”, says Andrea Williams. In his resignation statement, Farron said that to be leader of the Liberal Democrats and “to live as a committed Christian…felt impossible” to him. He added, “we are kidding ourselves if we ...

15 June 2017   Articles

University ‘thought police’ remove student from social work course

Andrea Williams comments on Felix Ngole’s case and its wide-reaching ramifications for the freedoms of Christians in all areas of public life. Felix Ngole puts another face to the increasing alienation of Christians from the public square. In 2016 he was expelled from the University of Sheffield for expressing support for the biblical view of ...

26 April 2017   Articles

Judge censors Bible for public preaching

A Christian street preacher has been convicted of a Public Order offence for using the wrong Bible verse in a public conversation with a man who identifies as homosexual. But the preacher was acquitted of two other Public Order charges. Unusual judgment In a highly unusual judgment, Michael Overd, who regularly preaches on the streets ...

24 March 2015   Articles

Teacher to appeal professional ban for not using preferred pronouns

A Christian maths teacher who was found guilty of ‘misgendering’ a female student who identified as a boy and was subsequently banned indefinitely by the Secretary of State for Education, is set to appeal the ruling. In May 2023, Mr Joshua Sutcliffe, 32, who is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre, was banned by ...

22 January 2024   Articles

The spectre of Londonistan

Head of Public Policy Tim Dieppe looks at Hamas-supporting marches in London It is now one month since the brutal and horrific terrorist attacks on innocent Israeli civilians by Hamas operatives. Every Saturday since then, around tens of thousands of Muslims have gathered to march through London in protest at what is happening in Gaza. ...

8 November 2023   Articles

Meet the Christians who have fought transgender ideology

Communications Manager Paul Huxley on the Christians who’ve been on the frontlines of opposing transgender ideology As society begins to realise the harm that has been caused by radical transgender ideology, more commentators and pundits are raising their voices to side with ‘gender critical’ feminists. For example, Andrew Neil recently said he’s proud to be ...

7 August 2023   Articles

Christian teacher banned by Education Secretary for calling a female pupil “her”

In an outcome believed to be the first of its kind, a Christian maths teacher has been banned by the Secretary of State for Education for “bringing the profession into disrepute” for not using the preferred pronouns of a female student who identified as a boy. A Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) professional conduct panel has, ...

23 May 2023   Articles

Police apologise and award Christian evangelist £10,000 for arrests

The Metropolitan Police has apologised and admitted it ‘fell below standards’ following two wrongful arrests of a female Christian evangelist at Speakers’ Corner, London. Supported by the Christian Legal Centre, Hatun Tash, a well-known Christian evangelist who regularly critiques and debates the Qur’an and Islam at Speakers’ Corner, has also received £10,000 in compensation and costs after challenging the ...

21 October 2022   Articles

Liz Truss is the new Prime Minister: let’s look at what this means

Dr Carys Moseley looks at the record of the new Prime Minister on some key moral issues Liz Truss was announced as the new Prime Minister on Monday, having won a slim majority of 57.4% of the votes to become Conservative party leader. The important question now is, what does this mean in Christian terms? ...

9 September 2022   Articles

‘The police went after her with a real zeal – but she was innocent’

Hazel Lewis, the first Christian woman to face trial for street preaching since a landmark free speech case in 1997, has been told that there was ‘no case to answer’ after she was arrested and prosecuted which preaching a Biblical message in North London in February 2020. Caroline Farrow, UK campaign director of CitizenGO, spoke ...

12 August 2021   Articles

Christian volunteer fined for helping homeless in lockdown

A Christian voluntary worker, fined by police for supporting the homeless and preaching during lockdown, has had a case against him dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) because “it is not in the public interest.” Jan Niedojadlo, 56, from Taunton, who has been supported by the Christian Legal Centre, was fined £60 by Avon ...

4 June 2021   Articles

‘This is tantamount to harassment by the police’

Street preacher Mike Overd has won the freedom to keep sharing the gospel on the streets of Avon and Somerset. At a High Court hearing yesterday, the judge rejected a heavy-handed attempt by police to suppress his preaching with a civil injunction application. The police claimed that his preaching caused ‘significant risk or harm to ...

6 October 2020   Articles

Lessons from Spurgeon on coronavirus

Tim Dieppe takes a close look at how Charles Spurgeon preached during a cholera epidemic and what we can learn about how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Charles Spurgeon was one of the greatest preachers of the Victorian era. Known as the ‘Prince of Preachers’, it is estimated that he preached the gospel to ...

17 March 2020   Articles

Welsh diocese worships the god of Pride

Christian Concern’s Communication Manager Paul Huxley comments on the Diocese of Llandaff’s support for Pride Cymru. While English cathedrals host helter skelters and bishops fail to defend the unborn, we can rejoice that the Church of England has not yet sunk to the depth of the Church in Wales (which, though disestablished is also a member of the ...

23 August 2019   Articles

Believe in Christian sexual ethics? Then you have enemies

Paul Huxley, Communications Manager at Christian Concern, argues that Christians cannot avoid hostility from the world while remaining faithful on issues of sexuality and gender. But what can Christians do to be prepared? If you hold to a biblically faithful position on sexuality and gender, you have enemies. I don’t know anyone who wants to ...

16 November 2018   Articles
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