Both the European Commission and the Parliament are addressing the problem of hate crimes. But without a clear definition of what “hate” is, we will not solve the problem, writes Arie de Pater of the European Evangelical Alliance in Brussels.
In the House of Lords, the bill is criticised as an attack on freedom of speech, religious freedom and parenting. “It would make illegal expressing some of the profoundest beliefs”.
A street preacher was wrongfully detained and won £15,000 in damages and legal costs, but the police logged in a 'non-crime hate incident report' against him.
The Christian parliamentarian will again defend that expressing her biblical understanding of marriage and homosexuality is a matter of freedom of speech. “I have a peaceful mind”.
Amendments to the law on the activities of religious organisations make it difficult to plant new churches and many could be forced to close.
The government of President Ortega has seized the properties of many non-profit groups. “The persecution of evangelicals is more silent than that of Catholics”, says human rights lawyer.
The government hopes to see less terrorist threats, but critics say it shows fear and a lack of trust in freedom of speech.
In its third gathering, the Alliance of Christians of Cuba urged authorities to release political prisoners and respect basic human rights.
Does the friendly image of the member of the Parliament hide an ultra-conservative woman full of hatred?
“I am grateful to God. It is a privilege to defend freedom of speech”, the Christian politician says after an unanimous decision of the three judges.
I am alarmed at the number of soundbites that promote intolerance, all in the name of freedom of speech.
Dragging an individual through a grueling criminal trial simply for expressing their religious beliefs is the opposite of what characterizes a free society.
Judges to give a verdict by November 30th. Prosecutors asked a 120-day fine for Räsänen and argued her interpretation and post of Bible verses was “criminal”.
Christians are against desecrating holy books, says Olof Edsinger, leader of the Swedish Evangelical Alliance. But “something is terribly wrong when totalitarian regimes are trying to force us to abandon our hard-won human rights”, he adds.
Pastor Vyacheslav Goncharenko of New Life Church will be detained for at least 10 days, as trial begins against congregation for spreading “extremist material”.
“In any democracy with a respect for religious freedom, all should be allowed to pray in the privacy of their own minds”, says the defence. Trial is set for November.
Minsk prosecutor's office accused New Life Pentecostal church of inciting political hatred. Authorities recently ordered to bulldoze the church building.
Dzmitry Dashkevich was re-arrested as he was ready to leave prison. He has not been able to meet his youngest child, born while he was awaiting trial.
An interview with Luis Rodríguez Pérez, who follows the fate of political prisoners in Cuba, two years after the pro-democracy protests. “A vast majority of Cubans have been in the opposition since they have the faculty to reason”.
Kristie Higgs encouraged people to challenge the government’s plans to introduce relationships and sex education to children in primary schools.
A Bible-believing Christian, David Mackereth was dismissed by the government. He hopes his legal battle will “encourage medics to speak out more on these issues”.
The government prevents Belarusians from complaining about the violations of their rights to the UN Human Rights Committee.
In Finland, the Christian Democrats are key to the negotiations for a new government. Päivi Räsänen (“thankful and happy” about her re-election) tells Evangelical Focus about the current socio-political moment.
Evangelical politician Marc Jost: “In a society in which we often talk to each other via the media, we need conversations with ideological opponents”.
The document launched by the government focuses on how religious expressions impact the relationships of co-workers.