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  • Wales: Bible ban

    Christian Concern

    Students at a Welsh university voted in May to ban the tradition of putting Bibles in their halls of residence in the name of ‘multiculturalism’.

    Even though only one in ten students voted in the referendum, Aberystwyth University bosses have said that they will now decide whether to accept the students' demands.

  • Lib Dem: no freedoms

    Christian Concern / The Christian Institute

    Tim Farron MP, favourite to succeed Nick Clegg as the Liberal Democrat Party leader, called in May for a disestablishment of the Church of England.

    He also expressed the view that Christian businesses should not have the freedom to act in line with their ethos in the provision of goods and services. Supporting compulsory sex education, he also said he would rather church schools did not exist.

  • S/he baptism?

    Christian Concern

    The CofE has been asked to debate plans for a ceremony akin to a baptism to mark the new identities of Christians who undergo gender transition, it was reported in late May.

    The Revd Chris Newlands, the vicar of Lancaster Priory, proposed the motion to the General Synod after he was approached by a person seeking to be ‘re-baptised’ in his new identity. The motion was passed by Blackburn Diocese.

  • Scotland: yes to life

    The Christian Institute

    MSPs voted, on 27 May, comprehensively to reject a Bill which would have legalised assisted suicide in Scotland.

    Members voted against the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill by 82 votes to 36. Those voting against the Bill included First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the Deputy Leader of Scottish Labour, Kezia Dugdale and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson. The Bill sought to allow people as young as 16 to get help to kill themselves.

  • Bus ad: appeal refused

    Christian Concern

    On 10 June, the Court of Appeal refused permission to Core Issues Trust to appeal the decision of the High Court that the London Mayor, Boris Johnson, had acted lawfully when he banned the Trust’s bus advert.

    The charity faces a demand to pay £100,000 in costs to Transport for London.