Medics quitting jobs over ‘distress caused by rightwing Christian group’ – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2023 in appeals, children, Christianity, doctors, families, intimidation, medical treatment, news by sally

‘Medics treating critically ill babies are quitting their jobs owing to “considerable moral distress” caused by a rightwing Christian group behind a series of end-of-life court cases, the Guardian has been told.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2023

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Humanism and religious instruction in schools: the landmark case of Bowen – Law & Religion UK

‘The High Court decision in R (on the Application of Bowen) v Kent County Council [2023] EWHC 1261 (Admin) makes it clear that local authorities cannot exclude humanist representatives from their Standing Advisory Councils for Religious Education (SACREs). Although many SACREs already include humanists and this interpretation has been articulated in soft law, the judgment of Constable J is unambiguous on that point and presents a significant step forward. However, the judgment also highlights how the protection of non-religious beliefs continues to be controversial and lacking in clarity. This post will explore this welcome decision while highlighting the unresolved matters concerning freedom of non-religious beliefs.’

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Law & Religion UK, 30th May 2023

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Abuse survivors’ ‘utter dismay’ at report’s findings into bishop’s resignation – The Independent

Posted May 5th, 2023 in child abuse, children, Christianity, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘An official report into the resignation of a Roman Catholic bishop who ignored warnings to stop associating with a paedophile has been met with “utter dismay” by abuse survivors.’

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The Independent, 4th May 2023

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Defining “family graves” – Re Blagdon revisited (I) – Law & Religion UK

Posted March 29th, 2023 in burials and cremation, Christianity, families, family courts, news by sally

‘In Re Blagdon Cemetery [2002] Fam 299, the Arches Court reviewed the circumstances under which burial in a “family grave” might be considered as an exception to the general presumption of permanence of Christian burial arising from the initial act of interment.’

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Law & Religion UK, 28th March 2023

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School chaplaincy, sermons on sexuality – and employment law: Randall – Law & Religion UK

‘Trent College is a co-educational, independent day and boarding school. It is an Anglican foundation and a registered charity [36]. Its articles of association provide that the “Objects for which the company is established are: The advancement of education of boys and girls in England, Wales or elsewhere in accordance with the Protestant and Evangelical principles of the Church of England”. The Revd Dr Bernard Randall, an Anglican priest, was employed as the College’s Chaplain. In May 2019, he delivered two sermons to the pupils about “competing ideologies” which led to his summary dismissal on 30 August 2019. On appeal, he was reinstated, subject to compliance with various management instructions. He was subsequently dismissed by reason of redundancy on 10 November 2020.’

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Law & Religion UK, 7th March 2023

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Leeds preacher’s sentence for trans woman’s harassment quashed – BBC News

‘A Christian preacher who was found guilty of harassing a transgender woman by calling her a “man” and “gentleman” has had his conviction quashed.’

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BBC News, 9th March 2023

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Conversion therapy ban will be hard to police, says victim – BBC News

‘A man subjected to electric shock aversion therapy in the 1970s to stop him being gay has welcomed plans to ban conversion therapy.’

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BBC News, 5th March 2023

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Maths teacher accused of misgendering pupil on religious grounds – The Guardian

‘A maths teacher “failed to separate the teacher from the preacher” when he allegedly misgendered a transgender pupil repeatedly and inappropriately shared his religious beliefs in the classroom, a misconduct panel heard.’

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The Guardian, 27th February 2023

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Ordination training and employment status: Grabe – Law & Religion UK

‘In Ms F Grabe v The United Reformed Church [2022] UKET 2204367/2012, Ms Grabe had been a candidate for the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the URC between November 2008 and June 2012. The URC’s practice is that If a member of a local church wishes to discern a potential call to ministry, the local church refers the applicant to the regional Synod. If the Synod agrees, the candidate then attends an Assessment Conference made up of an Assessment Board and an interview with representatives of the Church’s Educational and Learning Committee, during which the candidate’s qualifications and general knowledge about the URC are ascertained and discussed. If the Assessment Board approves the candidate for ordination training the candidate and the Education and Learning Committee are so informed.’

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Law & Religion UK, 13th February 2023

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Church of England General Synod approves same-sex blessings – Law & Religion UK

‘The Church of England’s General Synod has today voted in favour of a motion to offer blessings to same-sex couples in civil partnerships and marriages after an eight-hour debate over two days.’

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Law & Religion UK, 9th February 2023

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Church of England bishops refuse to back gay marriage – BBC News

‘Church of England bishops have refused to back a change in teaching to allow priests to marry same-sex couples, sources have told BBC News. The Church of England’s bishops met on Tuesday to finalise their recommendations after five years of consultation and debate on the Church’s position on sexuality.
Their proposal will be debated at the Church’s equivalent of a parliament – the General Synod – next month.’

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BBC News, 18th January 2023

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Christian group brings discrimination case against Cambridge college – BBC News

‘A Christian campaign group is taking legal action against a Cambridge University college after an event booking was rejected.’

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BBC News, 15th September 2022

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Religious objections to COVID vaccine: Wierowska – Law & Religion UK

Posted September 13th, 2022 in Christianity, coronavirus, equality, news, unfair dismissal, vaccination by tracey

‘Miss P Wierowska v HC-One Oval Ltd [2022] UKET 1403077/2021 was a tribunal judgment on the preliminary issue of whether or not the claimant was entitled to rely on religious objections to the COVID vaccine in a claim against her former employers arising from her dismissal.’

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Law & Religion UK, 13th September 2022

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Employment, freedom of speech and Evangelical views on sexuality: Walters – Law & Religion UK

‘In Rev Keith Walters v The Active Learning Trust Ltd & Anor [2022] UKET 3324619/2019 the claimant, the minister of an independent Evangelical congregation, supported himself by working as full-time caretaker at the Isle of Ely Primary School [34]. When the dispute arose, the parties agreed that Mr Walters believed that his role as a minister took precedence over his employment and that there might be times when he would need to be released from school to fulfil his ministerial duties such as funerals [37]. The Trust, however, disputed his contention that it had been agreed that, so long as he was present at the start and end of the day, there was no issue with how he spent his time and, further, that he reserved his right to be “unequivocal in publicly stating the Christian doctrine on various issues, some of which may be unpopular” [38]. The ET accepted that there was an agreement to be flexible but did not accept that Mr Walters was either free to do what he wanted during work time or had carte blanche to make public statements against the school’s policies [39]. Further, he had agreed to the Trust’s policies and procedures, including the staff Code of Conduct [40 & 41].’

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Law & Religion UK, 29th August 2022

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Reforming clergy discipline in the Church of England – Law & Religion UK

‘The General Synod of the Church of England has voted in favour of the first steps to legislate for a Clergy Conduct Measure which will replace the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003. The vote follows the publication of the report by the Clergy Conduct Measure Implementation Group, Under Authority Revisited, which sets out proposals for complaints to be allocated into three different tracks, depending on seriousness: “Grievance”, “Allegation of misconduct” and “Allegation of serious misconduct”.’

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Law & Religion UK, 13th July 2022

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Crucifixes, neck-chains and food hygiene: Kovalkovs – Law & Religion UK

‘In Mr J Kovalkovs v 2 Sisters Food Group Limited [2022] UKET 4102454/2020, Mr Kovalkovs, an Orthodox Christian, was a quality inspector in 2 Sisters Food Group’s chicken processing factory. He wore a silver crucifix on a neck-chain as an expression of his faith. 2 Sisters’ Foreign Body Control policy stated that “jewellery must not be worn in the production areas on site, with the exception of a single plan band ring”. An exception was made for religious jewellery, subject to a risk assessment; however, the risk assessment concluded that “because the chain was made of links there was a risk of contamination” and there was a potential for “entanglement, entrapment or tearing”. Mr Kovalkovs refused to give up wearing his crucifix and was dismissed.’

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Law & Religion UK, 21st June 2022

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Administering the last rites at crime scenes: police guidance – Law & Religion UK

Posted April 7th, 2022 in Christianity, murder, news, police, victims by sally

‘Following the assassination of Sir David Amess on 15 October 2021, considerable concern was expressed that a Roman Catholic priest, Father Jeffrey Woolnough, had been refused permission to pass through a police cordon to administer the sacrament of the anointing of the sick to Sir David Amess as he lay dying.’

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Law & Religion UK, 5th April 2022

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‘Conversion therapy’: Ban to go-ahead but not cover trans people – BBC News

‘The government insists it will ban so-called conversion therapy for gay or bisexual people in England and Wales – but not for transgender people.’

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BBC News, 1st April 2022

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Catholic church bans visit by gay author to London school – The Guardian

Posted March 10th, 2022 in Christianity, education, equality, homosexuality, news by tracey

‘The Catholic church has banned a visit to a London school by a gay author and removed a number of governors who supported the event, in a move that has drawn comparisons to the notorious 1980s section 28 ban on “promoting homosexuality”.’

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The Guardian, 9th March 2022

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Dispute with priest threatens to mire Oxford college in scandal – Financial Times

Posted January 24th, 2022 in Christianity, compensation, employment, harassment, news, sexual offences, universities by tracey

‘The head of one of Oxford university’s grandest colleges has indicated that he will agree to step down after a long-running dispute in a deal that includes a £1.5m pay-off and the settlement of a sexual harassment claim against him.’

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Financial Times, 21st January 2022

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