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Scottish Government must change Hate Crime Bill to protect free speech – Christians

(Photo: Unsplash/Kirsten Drew)The Scottish Government must include "robust" provisions in its proposed Hate Crime Bill to protect freedom of religion, the Catholic Church has said.  Scottish Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf was recently forced to amend some of the wording in the Bill following a backlash over its free speech implications from a wide range of... Read more

New Bill Seeks to Designate the Chinese Communist Party as a ‘Transnational Criminal Organization’

New Bill Seeks to Designate the Chinese Communist Party as a 'Transnational Criminal Organization' Last Thursday, a new bill was introduced by U.S. Representative Scott Perry (R-PA) titled the Designating the Chinese Communist Party a Transnational Organized Crime Group Act.According to The Christian Post, a press release of the proposed legislation seeks to add the... Read more

Nevada to Vote on Bill Removing Definition of Marriage as Being between One Man, One Woman from State Constitution

Nevada to Vote on Bill Removing Definition of Marriage as Being between One Man, One Woman from State Constitution In November, Nevada will be voting on a bill to remove the definition of marriage as meaning between one man and one woman from the state constitution.According to The Christian Post, Nevada was one of 30... Read more

Senate Bill Will Defund Schools Allowing Biological Boys to Participate in Girls Sports

Senate Bill Will Defund Schools Allowing Biological Boys to Participate in Girls Sports Senate Republicans have introduced a new bill that would defund any schools that allow biological males who identify as transgender females to compete in women's sports.Senators Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, Mike Lee of Utah, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee,... Read more

Abortion clinic buffer zone bill blocked in Parliament

(Photo: Unsplash)A bill that would ban prayer vigils from being held outside abortion clinics has been blocked in the House of Commons.  Labour MP Rupa Huq's bill sought to criminalise prayer and offers of support for women within 150 metres of abortion clinics, with the threat of up to two years in prison.  The bill... Read more

Ohio Governor Signs Bill Banning Officals from Closing Houses of Worship

Ohio Governor Signs Bill Banning Officals from Closing Houses of Worship On Wednesday, Ohios Republican governor Mike DeWine signed a new bill into law prohibiting public officials from shutting down houses of worship across the state despite the COVID-19 pandemic.The legislation, House Bill 272, will go into effect in mid-December in the state, Cleveland.com reports.In... Read more

MSPs urge SNP to go back to the drawing board over Hate Crime Bill

The Scottish Parliament In Edinburgh(Reuters)MSPs have warned that the SNP's proposed reforms to hate crime law will have a detrimental impact on Scotland's democratic values.  Thomas Kerr, Conservative councillor for Shettleston, said in the Glasgow Evening Times that the Hate Crime Bill presents a "serious risk to the democratic freedoms we all cherish". While he supports... Read more

Calif. Governor Signs Bill Bringing Sentencing Equality for Adults Who Have Sex with Minors

Calif. Governor Signs Bill Bringing Sentencing Equality for Adults Who Have Sex with Minors On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new bill into law that has sparked much outrage amongst elected officials, The Christian Post reports.SB-145, or Senate Bill 145, expands the judges discretion in determining whether or not an adult should be registered... Read more

MSPs reject bid to halt controversial hate crime Bill

ReutersMSPs have rejected an attempt to halt controversial reforms to hate crime legislation in Scotland.  The Bill, debated in Holyrood on Thursday, has been called into question by campaigners because of the proposed offence of "stirring up hatred".  The Scottish Conservatives put forward a motion during the debate, saying that "the right to freedom of expression... Read more

Scottish Justice Secretary open to compromise on contentious hate crime Bill

ReutersThe Scottish Justice Secretary has suggested he is open to compromise on a controversial hate crime Bill after widespread concern over its impact on free speech.  Holyrood's Justice Committee has received nearly 2,000 responses to its inquiry into the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill, 145 of which were published on Friday.  While there is... Read more

Seeing and Believing 262 | Bill and Ted Face the Music and Roman Polanski’s Chinatown

Brush up on your air-guitar skills and get your SoCal dude-accents ready, because Seeing & Believing embarks on another excellent adventure this week. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter may be getting a little long in the tooth, but that doesn’t mean they can’t bring their iconic slackers back for another victory lap around time and... Read more

California Passes Bill Lightening Sentences For LGBTQ Adults Who Have Sex with Minors

California Passes Bill Lightening Sentences For LGBTQ Adults Who Have Sex with Minors California lawmakers recently passed a new law that will lighten sentences for transgender people and other members of the LGBT community who have consensual sexual relations with minors within ten years of their age.The bill passed by sweeping margins in both the... Read more

Atheist activist says Scotland’s hate crime Bill can be used to prosecute faith groups ‘for spreading hatred’

(Photo: Unsplash/CarolynV)An atheist activist has said he is supporting a controversial hate crime Bill in Scotland because it can be used to prosecute religious groups.  Ian Stewart, Convener of Atheist Scotland, said in a letter to The Courier newspaper that the SNP's Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill "will enable the prosecution of all Scotland's... Read more

Jokes could fall foul of Scottish hate crime Bill

(Photo: Unsplash/TimMossholder)Comedians could find themselves on the wrong side of the law under the SNP's proposed hate crime Bill, campaigners have warned. If passed, the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill will make "abusive language" that is "likely to stir up hatred" a criminal offence. But a broad coalition uniting secularists and Christians warns... Read more

Check Out the First Trailer for Sophia Coppola’s ‘On the Rocks,’ Starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones | RELEVANT Magazine

Bill Murray has reunited with Sophia Coppola for the first time since the pair’s classicLost In Translationfor a new look at love and family, and they brought Rashida Jones along for the ride. The movie is called On the Rocks, and it stars Murray as a boozy, aging cad and Jones as his disillusioned daughter... Read more

Why on Earth Was Bill Clinton Invited to This Year’s DNC? | RELEVANT Magazine

On Tuesday, Democratic Party members lined up for night two of their socially distanced spin on the DNC as they prepare to nominate Joe Biden for President. There was a lot of compelling stuff, including a surprisingly moving role call that hopped all over the United States and its various territories to collect the tally... Read more

JOY! | Thoughts about God by Bill Bright

“Thou wilt show me the path of life; in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” Psalm 16:11 KJV “If you have lost the joy of the Lord in your life,” someone once observed, “who moved, you or God? For in His presence is fullness of joy.”... Read more

Scotland’s Hate Crime Bill is a charter for the suppression of free speech

(Photo: Unsplash/Mika)There are laws on the statute books which are largely redundant because they have not been used or implemented. The Scottish blasphemy law is one such. The last time it was used was 178 years ago, when Edinburgh bookseller, Thomas Paterson, was prosecuted for advertising: 'that the Bible and other obscene works not sold... Read more

Hate crime Bill threatens free speech, say Scottish bishops

(Photo: Unsplash/Kirsten Drew)The freedom to disagree must be protected, bishops have said in response to the Scottish Government's controversial plans to expand hate crime laws.  The Catholic Church in Scotland voiced concerns that the Bible and expressing biblical values may be at risk if the Hate Crime and Public Order Bill is passed in its... Read more

Kenya could introduce abortion up to birth, under radical Bill pushed by international abortion organisations

If it progresses past a Third Reading, the 349 MPs which make up Kenya's lower house will debate and vote on the Bill's fate.  The 'Termination of Pregnancy' section of the Reproductive Healthcare Bill outlines that abortion would be available without a time limit on grounds that "the pregnancy would endanger the life or health of the... Read more

Keeping Our Distance | by Bill Strom

Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer. 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 These last months, the world has become accustomed to... Read more

Dutch Bill would allow healthy over-75s to choose assisted suicide if they feel their life is ‘complete’

(Photo: Unsplash/Siarhei Plashchynski)A Dutch MP has tabled a controversial Bill that would allow healthy people to have an assisted suicide if they feel their life is 'complete'. Pia Dijkstra, Foreign Minister for the four-party coalition Government and medical ethics lead for coalition party D66, submitted the proposed Bill last week. It would allow healthy individuals over... Read more

Everything is Possible | by Bill Bright

Jesus looked at them intently, then said, Without God, it is utterly impossible. But with God everything is possible Mark 10:27 An hour in prayer can give the believer enough power to overcome the second most powerful force in the universe, sagely declared an anonymous observer. Gods Word gives us many exceeding great and precious... Read more

Scotland’s hate crime Bill ‘threatens gospel freedom’

(Photo: Unsplash/EmranYousof)Concerns have been raised over the free speech of Christians in Scotland as the Scottish Parliament considers broadening hate crime laws.  The existing law covers race but the Justice Committee is considering extending the law to include religion, sexual orientation and transgender identity.  Nigel Kenny, the Christian Institute's Scotland Officer, fears that the Hate Crime... Read more

‘A Win for Florida Families’: Florida Gov. Signs Parental Consent Abortion Bill

'A Win for Florida Families': Florida Gov. Signs Parental Consent Abortion Bill Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law Tuesday that requires consent from a parent or guardian before a minor receives an abortion.The new law, which went into effect Wednesday, also increases the criminal penalty from a misdemeanor to a... Read more

Ohio Gov. Signs Bill Protecting Students’ ‘Religious Expression’ at School, in Homework

Ohio Gov. Signs Bill Protecting Students' 'Religious Expression' at School, in Homework A bill that protects the religious expression of public school students throughout the school day and even with homework and other assignments was signed into law by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine last week.The Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act, which passed the... Read more

Senate Democrats Block Policing Reform Bill

Senate Democrats Block Policing Reform Bill Senate Democrats blocked a policing reform bill this week.According to CBN News, the vote was 55-45. The Justice Act, which was proposed by Republican senators, needed 60 votes to pass."My hope, my prayer, is that after this bill fails today ... we can start on the path... Read more

Senator Tim Scott Delivers Emotional Rebuttal after His Bill Is Called ‘Token’

Senator Tim Scott Delivers Emotional Rebuttal after His Bill Is Called 'Token' Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) delivered an emotional response on the floor of the United States Senate last week in response to what many believe were dismissive and hurtful remarks by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL.) Durbins comments came during a discussion about... Read more