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Whenever you hear a media or tabloid story about someone having to remove a crucifix necklace, or being "forced" to work with gay people or basically any story that makes it look like Britain is regularly beating up Christians and persecuting them, there's a good chance the CLC are behind the publicity. They claim to do this all in the name of "freedom of religion," but seem mostly concerned with the "freedom to bitch and moan about how freedom of religion doesn't make Christianity the dominant state religion any more."
The revenue source for the Christian Legal Centre is unclear, though connections exist with a well-funded United States organisation, the Alliance Defense Fund. The ADF and the CLC jointly set up the Wilberforce Academy in the UK aimed at training Christians for leadership roles in public life.
Doctor preached at depressed patient
A recent case involves a practice of doctors who lecture patients about Christianity. There was a complaint because a patient who is not a Christian was told about Jesus instead of getting help with depression. The patient's representative complained and the evangelist doctors say they were "persecuted". (Note that depressed patients are sometimes passive and do not always have the psychological strength to say anything like, "Please, I don't want to listen to this.")
Equal rights for foster carers
The Rev J. Yallop and his wife applied to be foster carers and were turned down because they explicitly refused to meet gay couples in their home in front of their own children. The local authority rejected them as foster carers and the Christian Legal Centre is taking up their case.
They were involved in supporting the parents of the child Alfie Evans in legal action against Alder Hey Children's Hospital. The doctors at the hospital felt that Alfie Evans, who had an incurable disease causing irreversible damage to his brain tissue, should be allowed to die; but his parents wanted to keep him alive as long as possible. The Solicitors Regulation Authority considered whether the Christian Legal Centre had improperly offered advice, with particular concern over the actions of Pavel Stroilov, a law student and former employee of Ukip leader Gerard Batten, who may have given legal advice on behalf of the CLC despite not actually being qualified as a lawyer. Stroilov had tried to launch a private prosecution for murder against the doctors at Alder Hey.
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- Bible Belt, for what can happen when Christians start persecuting others.
- I'm not prejudiced, but...
- Jamie Doward and Seb Wheeler. "Christian Legal Centre fights more than 50 religious discrimination cases." The Guardian. 2011 April 30.
- "Christian Legal Centre goes into bully mode as doctor claims religious persecution." National Secular Society. 2011 May 27.
- Tim Pearson. "Christian couple have fostering bid rejected." The Way. 2010 August.
- Legal watchdog may investigate Christian group over Alfie Evans case, The Guardian, May 2, 2018