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  • 1st February 2010

    Pope Benedict XVI criticises gay rights in Equality Bill 76

    Pope Benedict XVI said gay equality measures violated "natural law"

    6:37 PM — Pope Benedict XVI criticised the Equality Bill on Monday for violating "natural law". He was thought to be referring to provisions in the bill which would have forced churches to employ gay staff. These were defeated by the House of Lords last week.

  • National Secular Society plans protest for Pope’s UK visit 30

    The Pope is due to visit the UK this September

    4:02 PM — The National Secular Society has announced a " large-scale campaign" to protest against Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Britain in September. The pontiff has attacked gay rights on a number of occasions.

  • 25th January 2010

    Senior bishops call on Lords to retain gay employment exemptions 40

    The House of Lords will debate amendments later

    3:00 PM — A statement from three senior bishops calls on peers today to retain and even widen religious exemptions on employing gay people. It says churches will be sued under legislation in he Equality Bill

  • 7th January 2010

    Government appointment of faith advisors attacked as ‘cynical’ 25

    The 13 apppointees will advise on policy

    1:39 PM — The appointment of 13 'faith advisors' to the government has been attacked by the National Secular society as "cynical" and "an insult to non-religious Britons". The charity warned that most people "disregard" religious teachings on issues such as homosexuality and said the appointment was "undemocratic".

  • 16th December 2009

    More schools running ‘anti-gay’ Christian crash-courses 16

    Some schools are joining the Youth Alpha course

    2:19 PM — Increasing numbers of schools are opting to run a youth version of the Alpha course, it has been reported. The adult ten-week evangelical courses act as an introduction to Christianity but have been criticised for being anti-gay and manipulative.

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