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5 things we learned this week

Fri 29 Jan 2016
By Sam Hailes

Here's five things we learned this week from the world of Christian news

1. UKIP peer concerned reading Bible in public could become a crime

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Lord Pearson of Rannochhas questioned whether new plans to combat extremism could result in those who read the Bible in public being found guilty of a hate crime. Speaking in the House of Lords, he suggested some might be offended if they claim that Jesus is God and denies the "divinity of Allah". Home Office minister Lord Ahmed replied stating that reading the Bible in public would never become a criminal offence. Last year a Christian street preacher was been found guilty of a public order offence while preaching on the streets of Taunton.

2. Tyson Fury cleared over gay comments

Nick Potts/PA Wire.

The Christian boxer Tyson Fury will face no action from the British Boxing Board of Control after it reviewed comments he made about gay people. The world heavyweight champion faced criticism last year for appearing to link homosexuality with paedophilia.

3. US crime drama accused of "glorifying Satan" shown in UK


Hit US drama 'Lucifer' is now available on Amazon Prime in the UK. While 7 million people watched the pilot episode in the US, Christian campaign group One Million Moms, is calling for the show to be axed, claiming it will "glorify Satan as a caring, likable person in human flesh".

4. Televangelist Morris Cerullo is building a Christian theme park

Morris Cerullo/YouTube

Morris Cerullo, 84 has announced plans to build a Christian-based theme park in America costing £125m. Legacy International Center is expected to contain a replica of Jerusalem's Wailing Wall and a Biblical museum with Jewish and Christian artefacts.

5. The Bishop of London wants Christians to grow beards

The Bishop of London has encouraged Christians in predominantly Muslim areas to grow beards as a way of building friendship with them. Rt Revd Richard Chartres wrote in the Church Times that facial hair "represented a new way to [connect with] the culture of the majority of their parishioners". 

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