CI: ‘Scot Govt will land itself in court over new conversion practices law’

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The Scottish Government faces a legal battle in its controversial bid to outlaw so-called conversion practices, The Christian Institute has warned. As the public consultation on the plans closed, Institute Public Affairs Officer Joanna Cook said the new law risks criminalising churches and parents and reiterated an earlier threat of court action. The SNP/Green coalition … Read more

Biden campaign chair says he’s staying in the race despite ‘slippage’ in support – National

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President Joe Biden’s campaign is insisting anew that he is not stepping aside as he faces the stark reality that many Democrats at the highest levels want him to bow out of the 2024 election to make way for a new nominee and try to prevent widespread party losses in November. Isolated as he battles … Read more

Donald Trump urges unity in RNC speech, but sticks to populist message – National

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Donald Trump, somber and bandaged, accepted the GOP presidential nomination on Thursday at the Republican National Convention in a speech that described in detail the assassination attempt that could have ended his life just five days earlier before laying out a sweeping populist agenda, particularly on immigration. The 78-year-old former president, known best for his … Read more

Summer’s hottest accessory? Trump-inspired ear bandages take over RNC – National

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Donald Trump can now add “fashion influencer” to his resume, apparently. The former president, while not particularly known for being a snazzy dresserbecame a trendsetter at this week’s Republican National Convention (RNC) as delegates and attendees raced to copy Trump’s timely and unique accessory — the large, white bandage he’s been wearing on the right … Read more

‘Buffer zones pose threat to religious freedom’, pro-lifers warn MSPs

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MSPs have been urged not to impose Scotland-wide censorship zones banning silent prayer. Speaking to the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee last month, pro-lifers warned that the Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill threatened religious freedom and freedom of thought. The Bill intends to block any pro-life witness within 200 metres of abortion centres. … Read more

Finnish Christian MP to appear before Supreme Court over ‘hate crime’ Bible tweet

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A Christian politician in Finland will be forced to stand trial for the third time, despite twice being vindicated over allegations of “hate speech” for sharing the Bible’s teaching on homosexuality. In November, judges in Helsinki found “no reason” to overturn an earlier ruling that upheld Dr Päivi Räsänen’s right to free speech. But the … Read more

Joe Biden gets COVID for 3rd time, has ‘mild symptoms’ – National

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President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 while traveling Wednesday in Las Vegas and is experiencing “mild symptoms” including “general malaise” from the infection, the White House said. Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden will fly to his home in Delaware, where he will “self-isolate and will continue to carry out all of his duties … Read more

Northern Ireland warned to ‘leave hate crime proposals well alone’

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The Christian Institute has urged the Northern Ireland Executive to decisively ditch its “bad idea” of imposing sweeping changes to hate crime legislation. Justice Minister Naomi Long is due to publish draft hate crime legislation for the Province, based on Judge Desmond Marrinan’s recommendations from 2020, which included a call to remove the ‘dwelling defence’, … Read more

Church leaders urge PM to denounce ‘conversion practices’ plans that criminalise Christians

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Church leaders from a range of Christian denominations have urged the Prime Minister to oppose attempts to outlaw so-called conversion practices. In a letter to Rishi Sunak, nine church leaders including the Free Church of Scotland’s Moderator Revd Prof Robert Akroyd warned that “teaching ordinary Christian virtues, would inevitably fall foul of a law against … Read more

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