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Final hours in counter-extremism consultation

Mon 11 Jan 2016
By Antony Bushfield

The government's consultation on controversial new anti-extremism laws, which some claim will affect Christians, closes on Monday evening.

Many Christian groups claim the proposals could seriously affect Christians and Christian organisations volunteering with young people.

The plans would see anyone providing teaching to children for over six hours a week face Ofsted inspections.

It's claimed this would include church weekends away, beach missions, summer camps, church youth groups and other activities.

Campaign groups have been urging the government to ditch the plans or re-word them to provide more protection for Christians.

It's also feared organisations teaching traditional Biblical views could be seen as extremist.

The government asked groups and individuals to give feedback through a consultation.

It was launched at the start of Advent and finishes on January 11 at 5:30pm.

Christian MP Fiona Bruce's bid to have the process extended was rejected by the government.

She had argued it was unfair that the consultation was set over Christmas, the busiest period for churches over the year.

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