Category - religious liberty

  • 23 Dec 2013

    As a teetotal Christian, I would not want to sell alcohol. If I worked at Marks & Spencer, and had politely asked a customer to pay another member of staff for her champagne, I doubt that it would have led to a national media story. Marks & Spencer’s policy on this issue has hit the headlines because of a staff member who made such a request – and who is a Muslim. This conveniently suits the agenda of the right-wing media, obsessed as they are with portraying Muslims as weird.

  • 8 Apr 2013

    According to theDaily Mail today (8 April), I should be feeling insulted. "What an insult to Christians!" declares its front page.

  • 2 Feb 2013

    American workers’ access to birth control should not be subject to their employers’ faith or beliefs, a religious liberty group has told a US federal appeals court.

  • 18 Oct 2012

    Michael Black and John Morgan have won a legal case which they brought after they were refused a room at a Berkshire Bed and Breakfast because they are a gay couple.

  • 4 Sep 2012

    Four Christians have gone to the European Court of Human Rights to argue that Christians as a group are being discriminated against in the UK, notes Symon Hill. But it is one thing to argue for free expression, quite another to argue for the right to discriminate against same-sex couples. Meanwhile, other Christians have witnessed to their faith by preparing to go to prison for a protest aganist nuclear weapons - but that case has received far less attention.

  • 11 Oct 2011

    The human rights activist Peter Tatchell has added his voice to those of the many people alarmed over the persecution of Christians in Pakistan.

  • 31 Aug 2011

    The military government in Fiji has banned all Methodist Church meetings except for Sunday worship in an unprecedented crackdown on religious freedom.

  • 25 Aug 2011

    There is growing concern over religious freedom in Fiji following news that the government has forced the Methodist Church to cancel its annual conference.

  • 26 Jan 2011

    Last week brought another high-profile “Gays v. Christians” story. A court in Bristol ruled against Christian guest house owners who had denied a room to a gay couple. The coverage reinforced the notion that “Christians” and “gays” are two mutually exclusive groups that are implacably opposed to each other.

  • 1 Dec 2010

    I am not ashamed to be a Christian active in public life, but I am not backing the "Not Ashamed" campaign or marking Not Ashamed Day. The campaign aims to encourage only a certain sort of Christian to engage in particular forms of public life.