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Speaking of Jesus Christ in Public Life
Government – Law - Media
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every level by the Gospel
of Jesus Christ
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speak out for Jesus in public life
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light in their community and to society
Put Christian Truth at the heart of public life in
this country
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Freedom to speak of Jesus Christ in public life
Informed debate
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Mark Chapter 8
Jesus predicts his death
31 He then began to teach them that the Son
of Man must suffer many things and be
rejected by the elders, the chief priests and
the teachers of the law, and that he must be
killed and after three days rise again. 32 He
spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him
aside and began to rebuke him.
33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his
disciples, he rebuked Peter. ‘Get behind me,
Satan!’ he said. ‘You do not have in mind the
concerns of God, but merely human
The way of the cross
34 Then he called the crowd to him along with
his disciples and said: ‘Whoever wants to be
my disciple must deny themselves and take
up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever
wants to save their life[b] will lose it, but
whoever loses their life for me and for the
gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for
someone to gain the whole world, yet
forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give
in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is
ashamed of me and my words in this
adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of
Man will be ashamed of them when he
comes in his Father’s glory with the holy
Confident in Jesus Christ
Visible and Vocal for Jesus Christ in Public Life
The State of the Church
If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest
exposition every portion of the Word of God
except precisely that little point which the
world and the devil are at that moment
attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however
boldly I may be professing Him. Where the
battle rages there the loyalty of the soldier is
proved; and to be steady on all the battle
front besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he
flinches at that point.
The State of the Nation
1. The Protection of Life
2. The Promotion of Family
3. The Place of Jesus Christ
Beginning of Life
The most striking and current
example of how we have
abandoned God in UK
law is with regard to
‘beginning of life’ issues.
Abortion within boundaries
A. The mother’s life at risk;
B. Risk of physical or mental problems
to the mother or the child greater
than if the pregnancy were
C. Substantial chance the child will
suffer from severe physical and/or
mental abnormalities.
per year
since 1967
21 400
25 195
~ 25 195
91 900
~ 175 000
197 372
~ 5 500 000
208 553
~ 7 700 000
Figures for England, Wales and
The Legislation
• Human Fertilisation &
Embryology Act 1990
• Human Fertilisation &
Embryology Act 2008
The Consequences
• Cloning (Legal challenge)
• Animal Human Hybrids (Legal
• Saviour Siblings
• Genetic screening
• ‘Fatherless’ children and
liberalisation of surrogacy
Dr Tammie Downes – Investigated by
General Medical Council
Joanna Jepson – challenge to late
abortions for disability – cleft palate
Margaret Forrester –
Prohibited viewpoint in NHS
Abortion – charged under Public
Order Act 1986
of the
Illegal Abortions
Crown Prosecution
claims prosecution of
abortion doctors would
not be in the public
Illegal Abortions
Letter to Metropolitan Police Commissioner:
…One of the fourteen clinics, Kings College Hospital, which
is managed by the Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation
Trust, falls within your jurisdiction as Commissioner of New
Scotland Yard. As Commissioner, I ask you to investigate
the legality of the use of pre-signed HSA1 forms at Kings
College Hospital.
Illegal Abortions
Letter to Metropolitan Police Commissioner (cont.):
Failing to adhere to the statutory requirements of the
Abortion Act is a potentially serious breach of criminal law.
Abortions which do not meet the requirements of the
Abortion Act 1967 and the Abortion Regulations 1991
remain illegal under sections 58 and 59 of the Offences
Against the Person Act 1861.
Illegal Abortions
Letter to Metropolitan Police Commissioner (cont.):
…If the staff of Kings College Hospital have been carrying
out illegal abortions, then both the doctors pre-signing the
forms would appear to have committed perjury, and those
carrying out the procedure could be criminally liable for
unlawful killing.
Illegal Abortions
Letter from Metropolitan Police Commissioner:
‘…the CPS decided that although they
did consider there was sufficient
evidence for a realistic prospect of
conviction, they decided the public
interest test was not met, and
therefore no further action will be
taken concerning the respective two
Illegal Abortions
Letter from Metropolitan Police
‘…It also does not appear to be the
case that certain “rogue” individuals
are ignoring clear guidance. The
evidence indicates that some service
providers and management team
considered the practice to be
compatible with the legislation and
acted accordingly.’
Illegal Abortions
Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary:
"We are clear that gender selection
abortion is against the law and
completely unacceptable…this is a
concerning development and I have
written to the Attorney General to ask
for urgent clarification on the grounds
for this decision. "
Illegal Abortions
David Burrowes:
“I would be extremely disappointed if
they [the CPS] were seeking to put
themselves in the position of politicians
and Parliament by trying to suggest that
this is not an offence that should be
prosecuted. That is a matter for
Parliament and not for prosecutors, I
would be very concerned and very
interested to look at whether they have
overstepped the mark.”
Assisted Suicide
Continual pressure:
Law – Politics - Media
Assisted Suicide
“If you’re demented, you’re wasting people’s lives—your
family’s lives—and you’re wasting the resources of the
National Health Service…if somebody…wants to die
because they’re a burden to their family, or the state, then
I think they too should be allowed to die.
Baroness Warnock (2008):House of Lords Ethics Committee
“There’ll be a population of demented very old people, like
an invasion of terrible immigrants, stinking out the
restaurants and cafes and shops. Like a silver Tsunami”
Martin Amis (2010) The Times Author
Belgium votes for child euthanasia
Belgian parliament votes 86-44 to
extend euthanasia to children of
all ages.
200,000 EU citizens ask King
Philippe to stop the Bill.
The State of the Nation
1. The Protection of Life
2. The Promotion of Family
3. The Place of Jesus Christ
Biblical definition of marriage
Matthew 19:4-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 And
He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who
made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’5 and said,
‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined
to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So then, they are no
longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let
not man separate.”
Marriage & Commitment
Rise of Co-habitation
Matrimonial Causes Act 1973
Concept of irretrievable
breakdown; No fault divorce.
Marriage & Complementarity
Adoption Act 2002
Definition of family changes
Gender Recognition Act 2004
Legal recognition of a
transsexual’s ‘acquired
Civil Partnerships Act 2004
Allows same-sex couples to
register as civil partners
The Agenda
“We were sexual liberationists and
social revolutionaries, out to turn the
world upside down. GLF espoused a
nonviolent revolution in cultural values
and attitudes. It questioned marriage,
the nuclear family, monogamy and
patriarchy – as well as the wars in
Vietnam and Ireland.”
Peter Tatchell: Outrage
Marriage Attack
Peter Tatchell
Conservatives rightly encourage and
approve loving, stable relationships
because enduring care and commitment
are good for individuals, families and for
the well-being of society as a whole. If
marriage is a Conservative value, then
same-sex marriage is consistent with this
value. Far from undermining marriage, gay
marriage strengthens it. Conservatives
believe in marriage. They should
therefore support same-sex marriage
precisely because they are Conservatives.
Marriage Attack
“So I don’t support gay
marriage despite being a
Conservative. I support
gay marriage because
I’m a Conservative.”
David Cameron
October 2011
Marriage Attack
“Continued trouble in the
economy gives the bigots a stick
to beat us with, as they demand
we 'postpone' the equalities
agenda in order to deal with 'the
things people really care about”
Draft speech released to the media by Nick
Clegg’s (Deputy Prime Minister) office, 10th
September 2012
(emphasis added)
Archbishop Justin Welby
Marriage Bill (Same-sex
couples), House of Lords
Second Reading
“It is clearly essential that stable and faithful
same-sex relationships should, where those
involved want it, be recognised and supported
with as much dignity and the same legal effect
as marriage.”
Prayer Gatherings – June 2013
As Bill is debated in House of Lords
organised by
blew horns and
shouted to
‘drown out
Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill
4 June 2013
Peers rejected
amendment to
defeat Bill
Section 28 of the Local Government Act stated
that a local education authority "shall not
intentionally promote homosexuality
or publish material with the intention of
promoting homosexuality" or "promote the
teaching in any maintained school of the
acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended
family relationship". It was repealed on 21 June
2000 in Scotland and on 18 November 2003 in
the rest of Great Britain by section 122 of
the Local Government Act
Education Act 1996
403. (1A) The [Minister] must issue guidance designed to secure that when
sex education is given to registered pupils at maintained schools —
(a)they learn the nature of marriage and its importance for family life and
the bringing up of children, and
(b)they are protected from teaching and materials which are inappropriate
having regard to the age and the religious and cultural background of the
pupils concerned.
Children, Schools and Families Bill 2010
13(4). The [Minister] must issue guidance designed to secure that when sex
education is given to registered pupils at maintained schools —
(a) they learn the nature of marriage and its importance for family life
and the bringing up of children, and
(b)the nature of civil partnerships, and
(c) the importance of strong and stable relationships.
Clause 11 (4)(7)
[Sex education] should be taught in a way that –
(a) endeavours to promote equality;
(b)encourages acceptance of diversity; ...
CofE inviting Stonewall into schools
Bishop of Oxford:
“Stonewall is indeed involved, as
one of the consultants, and other
organisations too, with a good
track record in this field. We are
committed to having the very best
consultants and experience that
we can get.”
Stonewall ad at General Synod
Advert displayed at
General Synod
Pilling Report
House of Bishops’
Working Group on Human
Sexuality recommends
same-sex prayers of blessing
Our Children
Our Children
Equality Act 2010: Christianity out
of public life. New state enforced
The State of the Nation
1. The Protection of Life
2. The Promotion of Family
3. The Place of Jesus Christ
Law Society
Law Society
‘The Law Society believes in and
promotes equality for all regardless
of their sexual orientation…
Your partner organisation for this
event demonstrates through its
website a homophobic attitude. Its
views do not accord with our
policies on diversity, inclusion and
equality and represent views which
many of our members find
Wilberforce Academy
Banned Bus Advert
Demand for £60 000 legal fees
Mike Davidson
Facing challenge in
seeking counselling
qualification because
of his views on
homosexuality and the
possibility of change
Lesley Pilkington
Practice Certificate
removed after a ‘sting’
by homosexual activist
who pretended to be a
Christian seeking help
with unwanted samesex attraction
Christina Summers
Green Party
expelled local
party group for
her views on
Christian welfare projects shut
Christian adoption
agencies and welfare
projects closed
Theresa Davies
Sheila Matthews
not allowed
to abstain
from voting
to place
with samesex couples
Andrew McClintock
Forced to resign as family
magistrate because he
challenged whether placing
children with same sex couples
was in the best interest of the
Kwabena Peat
Dismissed for
that a staff
training day
was used to
Owen & Eunice Johns
Stopped from
fostering children
because they wouldn’t
affirm homosexual
practice to children in
their care
Equalities and Human Rights Commission
We start with the common law.
Although historically this country is part of the
Christian west, and although it has an
established church which is Christian, there
have been enormous changes in the social and
religious life of our country over the last
century. Our society is now pluralistic and
largely secular.
We sit as secular judges serving in multicultural community of many faiths. We are
sworn to ‘do right to all manner of people after
the laws and usages of this realm, without fear
or favour, affection or ill-will’. But the laws and
usages of the realm do not include Christianity,
in whatever form. The aphorism that
‘Christianity is part of the Common law
of England’ is mere rhetoric.
Street Preacher Arrests
Dwayne Lopez
Caroline Petrie
for offering
to pray
for a patient
Duke Amachree
Sacked for
offering the
hope of
healing to a
woman who
terminally ill
Olive Jones
Sacked for
offering to
pray with
student and
Colin Atkinson
displaying a
palm cross
in his van
Richard Scott
Christian Doctor
of 28 years
standing reported
to General Medical
Council for
discussing faith
with patient
Celestina Mba
Forced to resign as
children’s worker
when made to work
on Sundays.
Sabbath not a core
component of the
Christian faith
European Cases
Shirley Chaplin
Removed from front line nursing
because she wanted to continue
to wear her confirmation cross as
she had done for over 30 years
HM Government’s Submission
“In neither case is there
any suggestion that the
wearing of a visible
cross or Crucifix was a
generally recognised
form of practising the
Christian faith.”
Gary McFarlane
Dismissed as a Relate
counsellor after having
indicated that he might
have a conscientious
objection to providing
sex advice to
homosexual couples
The promulgation of law for the protection of a
position held purely on religious grounds cannot
therefore be justified. It is irrational, as preferring
the subjective over the objective. But it is also
divisive, capricious and arbitrary. We do not live in a
society where all the people share uniform religious
beliefs. The precepts of any one religion—any belief
system—cannot, by force of their religious origins,
sound any louder in the general law than the
precepts of any other. If they did, those out in the
cold would be less than citizens; and our constitution
would be on the way to a theocracy, which is of
necessity autocratic.
HM Government’s Submission
“Where the individual in
question is free to resign
and seek employment
elsewhere or practise their
religion unfettered outside
their employment, that is
sufficient to guarantee
their Article 9 rights in
domestic law.”
HM Government’s Submission
“As in the other cases, the
applicants were also free
to resign if they considered
that the requirements of
their employment were
incompatible with their
religious beliefs.”
Cases at the European Court of Human
The Judgment
• Finds British
Government in breach
of Article 9
• Holds that wearing the
cross and views on
sexual ethics are
manifestations of
Christian faith
Cases at the European Court of Human
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