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Consultation on Home Education – Call for Evidence and revised DfE Guidance

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Mr Adrian Smith's Comments, Homophobic or Not?

A High Court Judge has ruled in favour of Adrian Smith, a Housing Manager.  His employers, the Trafford Housing Trust Limited demoted him to a non-managerial position with a consequential 40% cut in his salary because of his remarks on same sex marriages in churches.

Mr Smith a practicing Christian and occasional lay preacher attends an Evangelical Church in Bolton.  On Sunday 13 February 2011, Adrian read an article on the BBC News website headed:

Religious Liberty Faces a Challenge in The Strasbourg Court

The European Court of Human Rights held a public hearing on the 4th September 2012 at 9 a.m on the admissability and merits of the four British Christian cases concerning the freedom to manifest religious belief. After the hearing the court began its deliberations in private. Its ruling will, however, be made at a later stage. We invite our AdventRLP readers to follow the court proccedings.


Socio-Scientific studies and their results have in recent years, in part, continued to be used to justify in the European Union work-free Sunday Legislation.

Researchers have in their findings underscored the fact that Sunday (first day of the week) is the most important day of rest for the health and safety of workers in their workplace. 

Diversity Seminar held at Newbold College March 13 2012

It was a topic of special interest to Seventh-day Adventists: the progress of Sunday laws in the European Union(EU). At Newbold's March Diversity Lecture, Dr Brighton Kavaloh, Ministerial Association Secretary for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the UK, mapped out an intriguing history of these significant laws for a 60-strong audience so enthusiastic that some of them stood or sat on the floor.

Newbold Report read more . . .

Landmark Ruling of the Four British Christians in Strasbourg Court Case

Following the European Court of Human Rights public hearing held on the 4th September 2012 on the admissability and merits of the four British Christian cases concerning the freedom to manifest religious belief, Nadia Eweida won her case, while Shirley Chaplin lost hers along with Lillian Ladele and Gary McFarlane.

Click here www.echr.coe.int to find a detailed report of the judgement.  AdventRLP will shortly provide an analysis of the the landmark ruling and its implications for the Christian's manifestation of religious belief and practice.

UK Government Acknowledges House of Lord's Amendment to "Insult Law"

The Adventrlp readers are being informed that the Home Secretary, Theresa May, on 14th January 2013 signalled that the Government would accept to remove the word "insulting" from Section 5 of the Public Order Act, 1986. Mrs May told the MPs that the House of Lord's amendment put forward by Lord Dear, a former Chief Constable and HM Inspector of Constabulary would not be challenged. She said,

"I respect the review taken by their Lordships. They had concerns which I know are shared by some in this House that Section 5 encroaches upon freedom of expression." [1]

The Peers had overwhelmingly voted 150 to 54 in favour of the change. It is the hope of the campaigners that the law which had been perceived as an infringement, will now enhance the public's freedom of speech, expression and religious liberty.

The European Sunday Alliance have identified three key areas as reasons to have legislation for a 'Work Free Sunday': 1. health & safety at work  2. time for family and 3. better social cohesion.

The following aricle recognizes all of these points to be of great value to individuals and society at large, however this does not change the fact that to legislate Sunday as an official day of rest would still remain unlawful.  Click the following link to read the full article.

European Sunday Weekly Rest Day Legislation Remains Unlawful

Please let us have your feedback on this article .

The "World Day for the Family" which was established by the United Nations[1] was held on May 15th 2012.  This year, the day was dedicated to what has been noted as two closely related topics: family and work.  Pope Benedict XVI made a plea for the "right to work and rest for families worldwide".

In his address the Pope stated that work should not hinder the family, but rather support and unite it, helping it to be open to life and to enter into a relationship with society and with the Church. I also hope that Sunday, the Lord's Day and weekly celebration of His Resurrection, will be a day of rest and an opportunity to strengthen family ties".


From a religious perspective the Pope's plea raises a number of important questions:

  1. What is the Lord's Day[2]
  2. How do we know which day is the Lord's Day
  3. What is the purpose of the Lord's Day

Your answers and comments on these points are most welcome and there will be a short paper posted soon giving our religious perspective on this call for a worldwide "Day of Rest".

We look forward to hearing from you.

[1] http://social.un.org/index/Family/InternationalObservances/InternationalDayofFamilies.aspx

[2] Revelation 1.10



The European Sunday Alliance has designated 4th March 2012 as a day of action for all its members and supporters to observe it as a European work-free Sunday. Follow the progress of such an initiative and please feel free to comment.


Home Education Bill 2017-19 - Committee releases amendment

Home Education Bill 2017-19 - Committee releases amendment

Home Education (Duty of Local Authorities) Bill (HL Bill 98)   Duty of local authorities to assess children receiving home education as amended in Committee Stage is worth noting. For full details...

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Government Appoints Sajid Javid As Home Secretary

Government Appoints Sajid Javid As Home Secretary

After the departure of Amber Rudd, the goverment has appointed Sajid Javid as the new Home Secretary. His full bio can be accsseed from this link: The Rt Hon Sajid...

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