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Appeal victory sees off a “tsunami” of similar cases
The recent legal victory of student social worker Felix Ngole is a “game changer” that could protect thousands of other Christians who have lived in fear of expressing their views in …
The four Wunderlich children today, after being reunited with their parents
A German Christian couple whose children were taken away by the state is taking the fight for home schooling to the top human rights court of Europe.
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The US administration has given its support to Christian baker Jack Phillips, who refused to make a cake for a gay wedding and was found guilty of discriminating against the same-sex couple.
Addressing the Supreme Court, which is to make a decision on Phillips’ appeal against his conviction, Acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall wrote: “Forcing Phillips to create expression for and participate in a ceremony that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs invades his First Amendment rights… An artist cannot be forced to paint, a musician cannot be forced to play, and a poet cannot be forced to write.”
A victory for the street preachers whose case was HEART’s April 2017 cover story
Christian campaigners are celebrating court decisions in favour of three street preachers.
Michael Overd and Michael Stockwell were arrested after preaching in Bristol city centre and fined in February, but Judge Picton overruled the conviction at Bristol Crown Court in July, saying he was “conscious of the right of freedom of speech and freedom of expression”.
Changing the cultural climate will require the boldness of a revivalist rather than a politician’s pragmatism
It is a year since Theresa May became Prime Minister after six years as Home Secretary.
In that year it does not seem as if anything has improved for Christians who stick their heads above the parapet by graciously refusing to bake a cake, offering to pray for a colleague or quoting the Bible in public (see the report on street preacher Mike Overd in HEART April/May 2017 called ‘Battle for the Bible’).
Rev Andrew Symes of Anglican Mainstream answers three of the most commonly voiced questions:
Are there other precautions these street preachers should have taken or that others should learn from for the future?
I personally don’t like street preachers who just shout at passers by.
I’ve been involved in street evangelism in the past where music and drama can draw a crowd; there can be a challenging but winsome message, the distribution of tracts and the offer of chat and prayer on a one to one basis.
So I think there can be street preaching that is effective and attractive, or annoying and off-putting. But that’s a matter of taste, and people shouldn’t be arrested for bad taste! If someone is courageous enough to preach in the street, they should perhaps work with local churches to make sure they are in the right place and doing it in a way that attracts people and doesn’t just repel them. I’m talking about the method…