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HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle. Please join us in prayer: O MERCIFUL God, the Father...

He Will Burn Up the Chaff with Unquenchable Fire

Bishop JC RyleHe Will Burn Up the Chaff with Unquenchable Fire In 1878, two years before he was made the first Bishop of Liverpool, The Revd JC Ryle delivered a sermon on the biblical teaching regarding the doctrine of hell. His words are as pertinent today as they...

Pilgrim’s Process

By The Revd Dr Peter Sanlon In our journey to heaven we are to be thankful for the world we pass through. One of the great prayers of the Book of Common Prayer (there are many!) is the General Thanksgiving. In it we pray, 'We bless thee for our creation, preservation...

Original Sin is the fundamental systematic cause of abuse

Original Sin is the Fundamental Systematic Cause of Abuse The Christian world has recently been shaken by revelations that two high-profile Evangelical leaders—the late Ravi Zacharias, founder of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries; and, closer to home, the Revd...

Letters To The Editor – Graham

Dear Sir, The organisers of an evangelistic event in which Franklin Graham preached have won a legal dispute with Blackpool Council. The Lancashire Festival of Hope took place over three days at Blackpool's Winter Gardens in September 2018, which saw hundreds make...

Letter To the Editor – Government

Dear Editor, Readers may appreciate the relevance of the following comments by Bishop Ryle in his Expository Thoughts on John 18:36 (Volume 3 page 274): “No government can expect to prosper which refuses to recognise religion, which deals with its subjects as if they...

Lancashire Judge Rules in Favour of Franklin Graham

In a strong and clear rebuke of the cancel culture sweeping the UK, a court ruled that the 2018 Lancashire Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham was discriminated against by the Blackpool Borough Council and Blackpool Transport Services Limited by taking down bus ads...

Spectator Cover Shows Empty Tomb for Easter Edition

Many of the readers of the English Churchman are also readers of The Spectator but the 3 April edition was a rather nice surprise. If you missed it, the cover featured an artist’s rendering of Jesus’ empty tomb. Bright morning sunlight showed the inside of a tomb,...

BCP Worship

The Second Sunday after Easter 11 April 2021 Psalm 81:1-4Ezekiel 37:1-101 John 5:4-12John 20:19-23 BCP Collect “Almighty Father, who hast given thine only Son to die for our sins, and to rise again for our justification: Grant us so to put away the leaven of malice...

St George’s Church Crowhurst Promotes Wider Use of the BCP

A parish church in East Sussex – located next to the ruins of King Harold’s Saxon Manor, mentioned in the Domesday Book – has joined the Prayer Book Society in a bid to strengthen its campaign promoting wider use of the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) by young people as...

Letter to the Editor Hate Crime Law

Letter to the Editor

Regarding the new ‘Hate Crime Law’ proposed in Scotland, which is reported to define, “Religious phobias as hate crime”;  I ask, “Is the Westminster Parliament supreme in the United Kingdom?” If the answer is, “Yes it is,” then why is a lesser authority within the United Kingdom, that is the Scottish Parliament, being allowed to overthrow the Westminster Parliament’s explicit 2006 ruling on ‘Freedom of Religious Speech’ in the United Kingdom?

       Having worked as an engineer in a local authority in the United Kingdom for 48 years it was our understanding that the County Council could not pass a local by-law that overthrew the provisions and clauses of a law passed by a higher authority, such as the Westminster Parliament. And for example, when we were under EU law the Westminster Parliament could not overthrow EU laws.

       It was a Scottish man, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, who proposed the ‘Freedom of Speech’ clause in the “Religious Hatred Bill,” that was passed in the Westminster Parliament on 31 January 2006. Scottish M.P.s had a full democratic role in those proceedings in the Westminster Parliament. Therefore why does the devolved Scottish Parliament now think they can overthrow the Westminster Parliament, which upheld ‘Freedom of Religious Speech’ in Britain? Surely, for 15 years up until now, the ‘Freedom of Religious Speech’ clause has applied in Scotland as it has applied in England, Wales and Northern Ireland? Can the Scottish Parliament pass law to cancel law passed by the Westminster Parliament?

       There is nothing more important to any people than their basic human freedoms. When any government makes deliberate moves to remove the ‘Freedom of Speech’ of its subjects, the people who put that government into power should immediately use all democratic means at their disposal to remove that government from power at the earliest opportunity possible. For Christians, our most important freedom is to preach what the Bible says. If Christians do not speak up on this, make no mistake these pressure groups in Scotland ‘hate’ the Bible so much they relish getting Christians criminalised with up to 7 years in jail for expressing their Christian beliefs. 

 

Roland R. Parsons.

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