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Operation Nehemiah: News and Prayer Update #35

Country/Region: United Kingdom, Europe

UK Equalities watchdog drops plan to protect Christians

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has abandoned plans to give Christians greater freedom to follow their beliefs in the workplace.

 

 

 

Dorset church attacked by vandals in UK

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Parish church of St. Christopher in Southbourne, Devon
© Chris Downer CC BY-SA 2.0

A church in Dorset, England, has been ransacked by vandals who caused considerable damage.

 

 

 

 

 

UK: Cheshire RE criticised for “sidelining Christianity”

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A decision by the Cheshire East Council in England to teach a secular viewpoint as part of religious education has been criticised by some of the borough’s councillors.

 

 

 

 

Operation Nehemiah Prayer
  • Pray that the Equality and Human Rights Commission will return to its earlier plans, and that these will lead to greater freedom for Christians to follow their beliefs in the workplace.
  • Pray that councils across England will recognise the importance of prioritising Christianity as part of religious education and that it will not be further sidelined by the introduction of secularism to the syllabus.
  • Pray for the church in Southbourne, Dorset, that it will overcome the discouragement of the recent vandalism.
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