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5 things we learned this week

Fri 11 Mar 2016
By Sam Hailes

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

1. Justin Welby thinks its "absolutely outrageous" to call those concerned about immigration racist

REX/Paul Grover

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said it is "absolutely outrageous" to suggest that people are racist if they're concerned about large numbers of migrants coming to Britain. Most Revd Justin Welby said people are entitled to fear the impact of uncontrolled migration on their communities.

2. Sunday trading laws won't be changed


Proposals to relax Sunday trading laws were voted down in Parliament this week. 317 MPs voted against the changes, while 286 MPs voted in favour of them. David Burrowes told Premier's Inspirational Breakfast: "It is good news for Christians, it's particularly good news for Christians who're shopworkers who would've felt under that extra pressure to work those extra hours."

3. Queen opposed gay marriage but could do nothing, says friend


It's been reported Queen Elizabeth II opposed gay marriage when it was introduced in 2013, but admitted she could do nothing to stop it. An anonymous friend told the Daily Mail newspaper that the Queen said: "I can only advise and warn."

4. BBC Trust rules Iain Lee was not impartial in 'bigot' interview


An interview broadcast on BBC Three Countries Radio between presenter Iain Lee and a Christian campaigner was not conducted in an impartial way, the BBC Trust ruled on Tuesday. During the interview Libby Powell, from campaign group Christian Concern, was called a bigot after she said homosexuality was a sin.

5. Christian magistrate sacked over views on same-sex couples and adoption views

Christian Concern

A Christian magistrate has been sacked for his views on same-sex couples adopting children. Richard Page, 69, was initially suspended and ordered to undertake "re-education training" in 2014 when he heard an adoption case and could not agree with colleagues that placing the child in the care of a same-sex couple would be in its interest.

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