Publicly proclaiming the Word of God is entirely lawful in the United Kingdom. We enjoy great freedom. But it is wise to have some idea of the law relating to free speech before engaging in street evangelism. This briefing provides an overview of some relevant criminal and civil laws in England and Wales. It is intended to equip open-air preachers and others with the confidence that they are not breaking the law when they share their faith in public.
Christian teachers, parents and pupils are increasingly facing difficulties as the education system becomes more secular. Pressure groups with their own agendas are approaching schools offering advice, training and resources. Often this is backed up with vague appeals to the ‘Equality Act’ to make schools feel they have no alternative but to follow the advice given.