Jonathan Bartley's blog

A picture for Chris Grayling

A topical picture and message for Chris Grayling, Shadow Home Secretary, who is currently at the centre of a gay rights row, after he suggested bed and breakfast owners should have the right to ban homosexual couples.

Conservative church leaders launch anti-war declaration for general election

The problem is they know not what they do. The Sunday Telegraph today reports on a "Westminster 2010 Declaration" from conservative church leaders.

Foolish fun – Rebranding the C of E

Yes, it was indeed an April Fool. We’ve been meaning to do one for years, and we thought this should be the time. Thanks to everyone who was such good sports for linking to it, and sending us messages, in particular:

Five questions for assessing Nicky Campbell’s documentary on ‘persecution’ of UK Christians

As reported by the Telegraph yesterday, there will be a late night programme exploring alleged ‘persecution’ of Christians in the UK, on Easter Day.

Religion being sidelined by BBC this Easter?

Clearly not. I have just had an email from the Beeb setting out what is on. I thought it was worth reproducing some of the information here, in case the usual claims of religion/Christianity being 'marginalised', are made.

Cross ban in Trafalgar Square

The Mayor of London has ordered a ban on Christian crosses in Trafalgar Square.

Gay rights activist defends homophobic preacher

The conviction and £1,000 fine imposed on a homophobic Christian street preacher in Glasgow has been condemned by the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, as "an attack on free speech and a heavy-handed, excessive response to homophobia."

Winners and losers in the chancellor's debate

There is lots of analysis - including much wishful thinking - by politicos and journalists this morning about who 'won' last night’s Channel 4 chancellor’s debate. That is to miss the bigger picture.

Addressing 'contempt' for Christianity

George Pitcher, at the Telegraph newspaper, today takes up the point we made yesterday about the exaggeration of the Church of England bishops who claim that "there have been numerous dismissals of practising Christians from employment for reasons that are unacceptable in a civilised society".

Bishops should substantiate or desist over ‘persecution’

In a letter to the Sunday Telegraph today, a group of Church of England bishops and retired bishops / archbishop (Lord Carey; Michael Scott-Joynt, Bishop of Winchester; Michael Nazir-Ali, Former Bishop of Rochester; Peter Forster, Bishop of Chester; Anthony Priddis, Bishop of Hereford; and Nicholas Reade, Bishop of Blackburn) claim widespread discrimination against Christians