Breaking News: landmark legal ruling for Freedom of Speech

Praise the Lord for the landmark legal ruling overturning a High Court decision and allowing Freedom of Speech, thus enabling Christians (and others) to express their belief in public and declare the fullness of scripture without fear of judicial, educational, professional or business-related censorship, intimidation and unemployment.

In A Victory For Christians Everywhere Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre comments on the judgment handed down this week in the case of Felix Ngole, the student who was expelled from Sheffield University for expressing Biblical views on sexual ethics (emphases RB),

“I am delighted by this victory for free speech. The judges in the Court of Appeal have ruled in favour of Felix Ngole and against the university, saying that he should not have been expelled merely for expressing his Christian views. His expulsion was a serious violation of free speech that threatened Christians and others with a bar to employment for expressing what the Bible says about sexual ethics.”

‘…The university argued that even expressing Biblical views in a church, or any community where the speaker could be identified, should result in a bar to employment in social services. Even if such views were expressed in private, they would risk being reported. This amounts to endorsement by the university of something akin to a totalitarian regime where people are reported to the state authorities by informants for expressing politically incorrect views. As it was, Felix’s Facebook posts were anonymously reported to the university by someone with a clear political agenda.’

Andrea’s detailed announcement concludes,

A resounding message for freedom

‘This judgment must send a resounding message to Universities and employers across the land. Christians and others should be allowed to express their views. This is what free speech means. No one has freedom not to be offended. We must be able to disagree with tolerance, and not with silencing or bullying. Places of work, and universities in particular, should not be places where certain views are deemed politically incorrect and worthy of expulsion.

‘This judgment means that we are free to speak, free to express Christian views, to advocate for those views at university, in the classroom, and at work.

The truth sets us free

‘Christians should use our freedom of speech and unashamedly proclaim Biblical truth, however unpopular or out of fashion it may be. The truth will win out in the end. We hope that this judgment encourages Christians to be bold and fearless in expressing their Christian faith at work, at university, in church or elsewhere. All truth is found in Jesus Christ. In Colossians 1 we are told:

“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together”.

‘The world needs the truth for in the Truth all things hold together. And it is by the Truth we are all set free.

‘Felix is exactly the kind of person that we want in social work. Today he stands vindicated; today justice has been done. But it’s not just for him; it’s for us, the Church here in the UK. Let’s ensure that this emboldens us to speak of the life-giving good news that is found in Jesus Christ.’

The Shaking: first Britain’s politicians, now Judiciary?

This morning’s politi-chatter was about  humiliating Michael Gove in the latest lap of the Conservatives election for Mrs May’s successor, for having stabbed Boris Johnson in the back during the Leave campaign. This then propelled her into power and later Gove failed to take a stand with him at Chequers when she demanded her Cabinet accept her EU deal, which subsequently led to her premiership being humiliated in not only Brexit negotiations but also the related Parliamentary voting.

According to the word Emma Stark heard from the Lord, the really good part of that is it would have been part of His strategy to deal with our pride:

“I am making some situations [to] bring nations to their knees right now, and even a humbleness to come within the British Isles”, says the Lord, “that I may break the spirit of Leviathan off you and your pride.” For the Lord says, “I cannot come near the British Isles while there is pride, because I am held by my word that says I must resist those who are proud.” But the Lord says, “As there is humbleness and as confusion even opens a door to a hands-up that says, ‘I don’t have an answer’” – and as that brings a sense of “Oh God! We need to look to you outside of ourselves” – the Lord says, “Then Leviathan breaks”, and then that revival rushes towards us.’

And of course we’re all well aware that many are associated with the ‘Pride’ movement, and politicians and some clergy trashed God’s holy ordinances. As posited in revisiting a most glowing prophecy claimed to have been for Mrs May’s premiership, her failure to stand upon scripture would have been part of her unraveling.

Therefore, the same process could apply to Michael Gove for his anti-Christian role as Lord Chancellor, head of the Judiciary. I believe the Lord may now call him to account.

The details are recounted in this Press Release Judgement in magistrate Richard Page’s case shows ‘deep intolerance’ of Christians issued by Christian Concern, emphases mine:.

‘A Christian magistrate has today lost his appeal against the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice’s decision to remove him from the judiciary.

‘In the decision by Mr Justice Choudhury, the decisions of the Employment Tribunal were upheld, ruling against his claims for discrimination and victimisation because of his Christian faith.

Mr Page was removed from his post as magistrate in 2015, after 15 years of exemplary service, by then Lord Chancellor Michael Gove and Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, for expressing his belief that it is in a child’s best interests to have a mother and a father.

‘Mr Page was later also blocked from returning to his position as a non-executive director of the Kent and Medway NHS Trust for having expressed the same view on a BBC Radio 4 documentary on Christians being squeezed out of public life. In a second judgment handed down this morning, the Employment Appeal Tribunal rejected Mr Page’s case against the NHS Trust, saying that it was not Mr Page’s belief but the fact that he expressed his belief that led to his removal(!!!!)

‘Mr Page will seek to appeal these decisions, given its important ramifications for the freedom of Christians to hold and express their beliefs in public life…’ cont. reading here.

[Completed 5.00pm but left for evening class. So am pleased to learn Gove is out.]

Update on illegality of extending Article 50 for leaving E.U.

Courtesy of Prophetic Voice UK

Footnote 1 to UK Situation Summary #4 reads, ‘Democracy 17.4 supports English Democrats lawsuit against the PM to obtain a declaration in Law that the Law states the UK left the EU on 30th March 2019, and in blocking any extension to Article 50.’

One of few parliamentarians with a backbone for resolutely defending democracy, the chairman of the European Scrutiny Committee and former shadow Attorney General Sir Bill Cash MP, as a back-bencher in the Commons last week demanded Theresa May’s resignation of Prime Minister. After hours of discussions with QCs and former judges, Sir Bill believes the British Government’s extension of Article 50 is unlawful.

He writes in Theresa May’s Article 50 extension is illegal, and will be challenged in the courts (emphases mine):

It is a fundamental principle of UK constitutional law that the Government may not use its powers, including its powers to make international agreements, to frustrate the intention of Parliament. Parliament’s intention is to be found, and is only to be found, in the laws it makes. Resolutions of the House of Commons may sometimes be politically important, but they are of no legal effect unless an Act of Parliament expressly gives them legal effect.

The intention of Parliament is, and remains still, that the UK must leave the EU. This is clear from the legislation to trigger Article 50 (the EU Notification of Withdrawal Act 2017), in which Parliament referred to and declared “the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the EU”. The EU Withdrawal Act 2018 gives effect to the decision to withdraw by repeatedly referring to “exit day”.

‘The Withdrawal Act expressly states: “The European Communities Act 1972 is repealed on exit day”. Parliament originally set that day precisely at March 29 2019, but the Government has purported to extend this by statutory instruments. These can be challenged in the courts.

It is essential to note that Parliament’s legal intention for the UK to leave the EU is not conditional upon a withdrawal agreement. While many MPs have said that they do not want the UK to leave without a withdrawal agreement, and the House of Commons has passed a resolution stating this, the law of the United Kingdom is not affected by their protestations. Our law is simply that the UK must leave the EU...

‘It follows that when the Prime Minister exercised her power to act for the UK at the EU Council, she was obliged under our law to refrain from doing anything that would frustrate the intention of Parliament that the UK must leave the EU with or without a withdrawal agreement.

These are only Sir Bill’s opening paragraphs but his strong argument is so important I recommend your reading in full by clicking here. He continues by cutting to the quick:

‘These are manifest limitations on the Prime Minister’s competence. They concern rules of UK internal constitutional law of fundamental importance. In these circumstances, I believe that it would be impossible for the Prime Minister, acting lawfully under UK law, to accept an extension of the kind proposed. When I called on her to resign last week in the House of Commons, I reminded her that she had promised over 100 times not to extend exit day.

‘For the Prime Minister to agree to such an extension in these circumstances is to knowingly use her power in a way that she herself believes would risk frustrating Parliament’s intention that the UK must leave the EU. This is legally beyond the pale!’

Sir Bill concludes his well-grounded case:

‘We have been told by the Prime Minister that “we will not have truly left the European Union if we are not in control of our own laws”. The repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 achieves that control as the law of the land. The Withdrawal Agreement drives a coach and horses through the constitutional status of Northern Ireland and undermines the repeal of that 1972 Act.

This is a political betrayal of the referendum vote in June 2016.That vote was expressly given by Parliament under the Referendum Act 2015 to the people and became the law of the land. It cannot be taken back by mere resolutions of the Commons nor by unlawful statutory instruments. Indeed, on Friday evening, five minutes before the deadline on the statutory instrument for the regulations to confer the extension to October 31, I tabled a block against the regulations which continues until the House returns.’

Unity News Network has been reporting extensively on the court case undertaken by Robin Tilbrook of The English Democrats over what he believes has been the illegal extension of Article. They write in Sir Bill Cash in STUNNING confirmation of Article 50 ILLEGALITY!!! that Mr Tilbrook and certain leading legal minds believe that Britain has, in law, already exited the EU on the 29th of March.

Monday videos — more on the legality of Brexit Day

A thought-provoking British video being aired far over ‘the Pond’…Note also there are  strong grounds upon which a fourth vote on the PM’s ‘deal’ or Withdrawal Agreement  necessitates new, legal authorisation!

Has Britain already Brexited? According to some lawyers, yes. Here’s how they lay it out. My opinion? According to the law, I think they are right. I also think that will make no difference to the case. Britain’s politicians have been hanging about in Brussels too much to understand that all are under the law. […]

continue reading/watching at Monday Videos — nebraskaenergyobserver

On the legality of amending 29th March as Brexit Day

Thank you to ‘Jean F’ for sending this useful opinion which may help us understand the complexity of the PM’s attempt to change the law over our leaving the EU this Friday. It is offered purely for information purposes only as I’m unable to speak for or endorse its content. It may, however, answer Nicholas comments to NI-Eire P/Update #5:

NI-Eire Prophecy Update #5: yet again, NO need for a hard border!

Within the Brexit Central briefing received this morning I read this (emphasis mine):

‘Of course, one of the scare stories that has repeatedly been propagated by anti-Brexit voices about the prospect of a no-deal Brexit is that it would demand a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. So it was intriguing to read yesterday not only that Taosieach Leo Varadkar is now confident of keeping border invisible in ‘No-deal’ Brexit, a special arrangement can be found to keep the border in Ireland invisible in such a scenario but also that the EU is now saying they are “working very closely with Irish authorities to try and perform controls away from border”.

‘All of which prompts the question as to why such arrangements could not have been on the agenda all along, rather than the EU insisting on the potentially suffocating Irish backstop being included in the Withdrawal Agreement. Do we think the EU has been negotiating in bad faith?’

All as stated back in December!

Update on ’10 years on and freedom of speech is now in handcuffs’

In 10 years on and freedom of speech is now in handcuffs I covered the example of Christophobia exhibited in the dubious arrest in February of street preacher Olewole Ilesanme outside Southgate tube station. The police have changed their story and so Christian Concern has issued this press release about his case:

There is so much to update you on as the story of street preacher Oluwole continues to develop, and we want to ask if you will pray with us. Over the past week:

Tomorrow (Thursday 21 March) Oluwole’s amazing journey since the video of his arrest went viral will continue at London City Hall. From 10am, London Assembly members will address three questions to London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Read the questions that will be put to the Mayor of London.

This represents an important opportunity to ask the man responsible for the police in London about the treatment of Christian street preachers on our capital’s streets. The whole session will be live-streamed and we plan to provide coverage throughout the day on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

In a country that used to lead the way in upholding Christian freedoms, freedom of speech is now under attack.

We’ve reached an important moment.

Will you join with Christians across the world to pray for street preacher Oluwole and our team?

If you can, please pray:

  • For street preacher Oluwole and that he will be protected and encouraged
  • For Sadiq Khan that he will recognise the need to do more to protect Christian freedoms in London
  • For the London Assembly members who have shown such an interest in this case
  • That our police force will do more to protect Christian street preachers
  • For our legal team as they support Oluwole through the next steps
  • That our petition calling on the Home Secretary to do more to protect freedom of speech on our streets will be shared widely and signed by many.

Share the petition with your church

ON TOP OF THIS Cranmer reports Home Office refuses asylum to Iranian Christian convert – quoting violence in Bible as evidence for bogus claim!!  

Significant word on the solution to Backstop and Ireland issues

I’m very pleased to be able to present this video by Emma Stark, founding director with her husband David of Glasgow Prophetic Centre, as I’d long intended blogging about an ‘indication’ sensed in early February about Eire and Ulster relating to Great Britain and Ireland leaving the European Union together. (It got over-ridden by dealing with an inter-denominational issue; ie. diverted by satanic strategy?)  But the time is now!

Emma is a respected prophetic voice around the world and I know the Starks through their association with Revd Dr Sharon Stone, leader of Christian International Europe,

Whilst in Belfast on 27th February, Emma asked the Lord for a ‘heads-up’ on what He’s going to do in what looks like a chaotic situation – “Where is the solution to Brexit. God, what are You saying about the Backstop and the Irish border?”

Emma shares the exceptional, in-depth reply she got from the Lord in this video, and asks intercessors to partner with her in prayer and stand upon this prophetic word:

 

“The Spirit of the Lord said this to me: “Emma, the solution is in Dublin!”

“Well I was shocked. And the Lord said, “There is a tangled ball of wool that is sitting in the parliament building in Dublin and the end of that ball of wool is in the hands of Leo Varadkhar”.  Now (he) is the Taoiseach, or leader or Prime Minister in Ireland and they, of course, meet in Dublin….”

Emma then shares what the Lord told her about His specific purpose for this man:

“The Lord said this to me, “I put an anointing on Leo Varadkhar” and He says this is a dormant anointing, but the Lord says He made him one who would challenge the rules, one who would challenge the status quo. He made him different to other leaders in Ireland. And the Lord says….” (continue on the video; for transcript see PS below).

In view of today’s busy on/off-line schedule I’ll listen later, as this needs writing..:

PERSONAL PROPHETIC TRAIL

It was at Dr Sharon’s Mentoring Day in Windsor on 9th February that I began to get that ‘indicator’ of the Dublin-Belfast link. During worship I recalled that it was 7 years ago at a conference in Torquay when I told her about what I thought was from the Lord upon seeing Windsor Castle and a dynamic link between heaven and earth. The turreted, circular Norman keep symbolised a cog-wheel into which an invisible spanner or lever could be inserted in the heavenlies to wind up spiritual matters here on earth.

Next, I was reminded that later in that year, 2012 (which has direct significance to my destiny, as told here), was the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympics in London. In connection with that Nina and I started daily prayers and blessing for Great Britain AND Ireland, as recounted in UK/EU in/out #10: Prayer of Protection for Britain & Ireland.

Therefore, and in view of what I’d blogged in Prayer and Brexit-related Dream of Ireland vs Germany (Simon Copley dreamed of Germany / EU having invaded Ireland and thus being at war), I mused over any significance in our having prayed for Ireland as well as for Britain for 7 years.

Then came ‘confirmation’ at coffee-time when I spoke to the lady sitting behind me. She had flown in from Belfast and I recalled Dr Sharon had ordained her into CIE last year, but that was when she was living in Dublin. So although she’s moved to Belfast there is still a ministry connection.

The next morning, I got another ‘confirmation’ when a friend at church caught me to tell me about a surprising news item he’d just seen about the EU blackmailing Eire over the Brexit ‘backstop’ – see below. So once again it spoke to me of about Ireland being part of the whole  British Isles and thus needing to be as separate from the EU as we are geographically from the continental land mass of Europe.

To summarise, in addition to having ‘God-incidental’ confirmation relating to the 7 years, it included a triple reference specifically to the Republic of Ireland.

Now let’s look at that news item my friend spotted in a listing of news items in Express: IRELAND BREXIT ULTIMATUM: EU to enforce hard border or KICK DUBLIN OUT of single market…(emphases mine):

‘Dublin will be forced to make the tough choice if Britain quits the EU without a deal, according to a number of senior EU figures. The European Commission sparked fury from Ireland after declaring Dublin would have to implement a hard border in the event of a no-deal Brexit. After significant protests from, which involved a heated debate between Leo Varadkar and Jean-Claude Juncker, Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, suggested “operational solutions” would have to be found in order to prevent a hardening of the border.

‘But now high-ranking MEPs have hardened their position, insisting the single market must not be compromised even to maintain peace on the island of Ireland.

‘Elmar Brok, a German MEP with close ties to Angela Merkel, insisted that if Ireland failed to police its own borders the EU would have to take its own protectionist action.

We would have to set up a customs border with Ireland,” the German said.’ (!!!!)

This report by Joe Barnes, Brussells Correspondent for The Express, was published Wed 6th Feb – the very same day that Donald Tusk was in Dublin cursing Gt Britain!! (Spiritual Nature of Brexit vs. EU Battle Exposed to Whole World refers.)

PS: Tap/click to read transcript (also continues personal prophetic trail) and for political developments see Updates #1, #2, #3, #4#5 and #6 (as at 28th March).

Take a stand for freedom of speech to preach the Bible

Further to Freedom of Speech is Now in Handcuffs, relating to my ’10th anniversary’ posting, the arrested/’de-arrested’ street preacher is now receiving help from the legal centre at Christian Concern, who have opened this invitation to the public:

‘If you want to make a stand for the freedom of Christian street preachers to preach on the streets of our nation without suppression, please sign this petition.’

I’ve spent some time checking their Video of Street Preacher Arrest Goes Viral and the  content of its links and details therein from the witness who took the video. It also has a copy of the response from a police commander.

Our police officers need to uphold the freedoms that are enshrined in law to preach in public, so you may wish to join me in petitioning the Home Secretary for the protection of street preachers.

10 years on and freedom of speech is now in handcuffs

The previous post included the opening part of my email dated 10 years ago today, but omitted the following after the reference to nurses forbidden to pray for patients:

‘However, this is just one instance of the growing persecution of believers, principally through a policy supposedly promoting toleration but that’s now a tyrannical tool of intolerance – Equality & Diversity. There are other powers of suppression. Even the previous director of MI5 warns about UK sleep-walking into a police state (“Abject nonsense” responded a government minister who lives on another planet). Rampant lawlessness now exists not only in society but also within legal authorities….’ [emphasis added]

Religio-political blogger Cranmer compares brief videos of the very disturbing difference in treatment meted out by the police to a quiet Christian street preacher and then to an extremely abusive Muslim preacher. Continue reading

An Ideal Parliament

This post bridging ‘the Pond’ brings an informative, brief discussion that well serves my coverage (GPS#12) of the historical background to the internationally famed document limiting a sovereign’s ‘divine rights’, as well as its proposed Spiritual Magna Carta

All Along the Watchtower

The Westminster Parliament appears to be tearing itself apart. The current turmoil resembles the time before party whips came to play the role they do today. In the old days, parties were not stable: a leader could not depend on the votes of other MPs and Lords as a matter of course. Much of the time, a member of the legislature had to be persuaded or cajoled into voting in favour of a proposal.

NEO ran a post at his blog, yesterday, commemorating George Washington. The post is well worth a read. In particular, I was struck by George Washington’s dislike for political parties (especially on the basis of geographical divisions). He knew history well, and he was a true patriot. He desired that the people would be united and that faction would not lead to tyranny. Struggles, he contended, can lead to people placing their faith in one man:…

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Decree & Declaration over Church & Government

We join and stand in agreement with Passion For The Nation’s publication this morning of the following (issued under heading ‘Government’, which I’ve extended as above):

Click/tap image for link to Passion For The Nation and previous declarations

“The remnant lifts up its voice with a joyful shout. From the west they praise the majesty of the Lord Yahweh, and in the east they give glory to the Lord God!” Isaiah 24:14

Lord, we declare in this season a new desire to praise and to worship will come upon Your people, that the sound of the Name of Jesus will arise, transforming atmospheres and touching lives.

We decree and declare in this season, the church will carry and model Your message of reconciliation and unity into our nation with power and sensitivity, that all communities divided through religion, culture, social status and political opinion will be healed in Jesus’ name. We decree, destructive past experiences will be replaced by new positive ones, that respect will replace hatred and love replace fear.

We declare in this nation, a new level of unity and “oneness” is being released, so in the Name of Jesus, we speak over the separation between the indigenous British church and the spiritual sons and daughters from other nations within the UK that the love of God will overcome every personal and cultural divide, that all giftings and callings will be honoured, welcomed and utilised.

We declare Apostolic and 5-fold ministries within the land, the leaders of streams, of spiritual houses and denominations will recognise the significance of the times, standing together and moving together as respect, honour and trust increase between them.

We declare a new spirit of love and co-operation will rest upon all generations to work together and we call forth the spiritual mothers and the spiritual fathers, in the Name of Jesus.

Now Lord, we thank You for all those You have positioned within our Parliamentary System for this time, irrespective of party allegiance. We speak Your strength, Your wisdom and Your mantle of authority upon them, that Your voice will be heard clearly sounding above and beyond every other voice.

We decree and declare over every secret discussion, debate and vote in these days, the boundaries, borders and sovereignty of this nation; judicial, legislative, physical, spiritual, political and economic will be marked out, established and concluded according to God-given Kingdom purpose and timing.

We declare the Cabinet, Government and Opposition parties, will work shoulder to shoulder, as God-given direction rises above party allegiance, political agendas and personal preference. We stand in Your grace and we declare a fresh alignment of the words and thoughts of our leaders with Your will, that Your plans for this nation will be established.

Footnotes:
  • Published with the kind permission of Suzanne Ferrett, Passion For The Nation
  • For the scriptural principles involved visit this site’s Decrees and Declarations.