Andrea Minichiello Williams

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Andrea Minichiello Williams is director of the Christian Legal Centre[1] and founder of Christian Concern [2], an organization that believes the Christian roots of the UK have been abandoned for 'secular liberal humanism, moral relativism and sexual license', and wishes to build a 'strong Christian voice in the public sphere'. [3]

Lawyers' Christian Fellowship

As public policy officer for the Lawyer's Christian Fellowship in 2006, Williams supported university Christian unions in challenging restrictions on their activities. The Times reported:

Andrea Minichiello Williams, public policy officer for the Lawyers Christian Fellowship, which is offering informal legal advice to the Christian unions, told The Times she expected a number of legal cases against universities. She said last night: "Christian Unions are facing increasing difficulties in being allowed to function on campus, but they have a fundamental right to speak and to associate around a creed, in this case a Christian creed and Christian beliefs."[4]

In December 2006, Williams criticised the Sexual Orientation Regulations due to come into force the following April, saying: "It is quite plain that the church won't be able to act contrary to its conscience and will go for some form of civil disobedience."[5]

In May 2007, Williams criticised guidance for schools in Croydon which exempted Muslim and Hindu symbols from a ban on jewellery but made no mention of Christian crosses. She said

"We have had numerous examples recently of where the rights of some faith groups are tolerated but the rights of others, generally Christians, are not. This guidance seems to be advising all schools to operate along the same lines.
You end up with something that is inequitable and comes across as double standards. I think it is a consequence of the combination of the secular agenda and the human rights agenda. Where rights are in competition, some rights win out. So we have a situation where gay rights trump Christian rights and in some areas, Muslim rights seem to be paramount.[6]

Christian Legal Centre

In April 2008, Williams announced that Christian Legal Centre (CFC), of which she was director, was seeking a legal challenge of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)'s decision to grant licenses for the creation of human-animal embryos in medical research.[7] The High Court dismissed the challenged as "totally without merit" in December 2008, leaving the CFC with a bill for costs of £20,000.[8]

In March 2009, Williams issued a press release criticising British Government support for Shari'ah-compliant finance. The accompanying notes starkly denounced the concept, stating:

Islamic Finance has little to do with the consciences of ordinary Muslims and everything to do with the political ambitions of domination of Islamists; Islam does not oblige Muslims to tell the truth when the cause of Islam is at stake, nor does it oblige Muslims to show any loyalty to non-Muslims. Instead it teaches that the whole world and everything in it belongs to Allah.[9]

Clause 61

In March 2009, Williams criticised Clause 61 of the Coroners and Justice Bill, which was to outlaw hatred on grounds of sexual orientation, stating:

"When the holding of orthodox religious views at work on sexual ethics is no longer tolerated by the State, and the government fails to see the point of a free speech clause in a Bill currently before Parliament that would protect those who hold such views, we should all be alarmed."[10]

After Clause 61 was thrown out by the Lords in July 2009, Guardian commentator Cath Elliott wrote:

I doubt there were many who fought or worked harder on this one than Andrea Minichiello Williams, the director of both Christian Concern for our Nation and the Christian Legal Centre. She is a woman whose determination to impose her religious beliefs on others seemingly knows no bounds.[11]

Christian Concern for Our Nation

Williams spoke at the 2008 Christian Lawyer Global Convention in Washington D.C.[12]


On 'Britain's war on Christianity'

In a 2010 CBN News article, she stated that 'there [had] been a massive move by the secularist lobby to privatize religion':

'You can have faith so long as it doesn't affect you in the work place. So long as you don't bring it into the workplace. Just make it private. It can't be public. It can't affect what you do in the public square.'

She warned that if British Christians didn't step up, the nation would be on a path to eventually criminalize the practice of Christianity in public. [14]

In a 2013 Interview with The Way, she claimed that there was rising discrimination against Christians because the hearts of UK legislature, culture and education had 'turned [their] backs on God. And as a result of that, what we end up with is legislation that is counter to God's purposes' and 'a Church that loses her voice'. She said the Equality and Diversity Legislation had lead to a 'Christian', or 'religious bar to office'. She gave the example of marriage (between a man and a woman) that had been, for her, abandoned 'as a core part of our law' through same-sex marriage legislation, because such legislation had 'enshrined' non-heterosexual families 'as norms'. She stated that any disagreement with 'those things' would lead to getting in trouble with the law, which had lead to a real climate of fear for Christians, who 'have to leave their faith at the door' when wishing to enter the public sector, 'something which true Christians surely cannot.' [15]

On Islam

  • In 2007, she warned the British Government in a letter [16] that it would be capitulating to Islamic religious law if they change the current financial regulations to accommodate sharia finance and issue Islamic or 'sukuk' bonds. In 2009, Williams said the accommodation of sharia compliant finance by the British Government 'represents a capitulation to Islamic religious law'.
'The shariah scholars who mastermind this kind of finance desire to see the Islamisation of the UK and its submission to sharia law. The authority given to sharia scholars by financial institutions and the plans announced by the authorities to appoint such clerics to advise them shows just how far adrift we have sailed as a nation from tolerance, via multiculturalism to accommodation and soon to subjugation.' [17]
  • During the 'Halawi Case' that her Christian Legal Centre took on in 2011, she stated that the case was the most serious she has pursued, and that 'it raise[d] huge issues':
'First there is the level of Islamic fundamentalism prevalent at our main point of entry to the UK. Secondly, there are very real issues of religious discrimination, which it would appear those in authority are turning a blind eye to, using the current loopholes in employment law as an excuse.'

Her statement was reported on the Gatestone Institute website. [18] In a blog article on the subject, she added: 'we now have a situation where adherents of Islamic extremism are present at our largest point of entry into the UK, who believe that 9/11 “served the Americans right” and who have come to Britain to “convert people to Islam”', She does not, however, state who she is quoting, and there is no proof the employees involved in the Halawi case ever stated these views. She uses a common argument within so-called counter-jihadist rhetoric, blaming 'the spread of Islamic fundamentalism' on 'prevalence of relativism' concerning religions and 'stifling political correctness in public discourse'. [19]

  • She wrote on the 'spread of Sharia Law' and her admiration for Baroness Cox in an article:
'This week Baroness Cox has taken the hugely courageous step of laying down a Bill to curb the discriminatory practice of sharia law in this nation, [...]. It is a crucial Bill for muslim women who wish to live in freedom and for equality for all before the law. It is also vital in terms of the proclamation of Christian Truth.' [20]
  • Williams wrote openly of 'Islamification' in a 2010 article around halal meat and polygamy: 'one area of Islamification that has come to light recently concerns the food that we eat. Islamic food agencies are pushing to integrate halal into the mainstream market in the UK'. Referring to a Vancouver court assessing the constitutionality of polygamy, she proceeded to associating inter-sex marriage and 'Muslim polygamy': 'could polygamy be incorporated into some European legal systems in the future? Just as we have seen the normalising of homosexual unions - could this be the next push against marriage and the family?' [21]

On Homosexuality

At a 2013 conference in Jamaica where she urged Jamaica to 'keep gay sex illegal', she provoked outrage by reportedly claiming the death of Olympic diver Tom Daley's father in 2011 was the catalyst for his homosexual feelings. Williams has been accused of exacerbating suicidal thoughts among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the world. [22]



  1. About The Christian Legal Centre, Christian Legal Centre, 23 November 2007, accessed 30 August 2010.
  2. Christian Concern | People, Christian Concern, accessed 30 September 2016.
  3. Christian Concern| About, Christian Concern, accessed 30 September 2016.
  4. David Lister, Faith, fundamentalism andthe fight for students' souls, The Times, 18 November 2006.
  5. Anthony Barnes, Revealed: how hardline Christians use shock tactics against new gay law; Special report: Gay rights; Former lord chancellor backs religious coalition that claims new equality rules for homosexuals threaten freedom of belief. Anthony Barnes reports, Independent on Sunday, 3 December 2006.
  6. Julie Henry, Ban crucifixes but not lockets for Muslims, schools told, Sunday Telegraph, 13 May 2007
  7. Barry Nelson, LICENCE WARNING OVER EMBRYO WORK, Northern Echo, 10 April 2008.
  8. John Aston, CAMPAIGNERS LOSE BID TO BAN HYBRID EMBRYOS, Press Association, 9 December 2008.
  9. Government Capitulating to Islamic Law if Shari'ah Finance Regulations Changed as Proposed. Christian Legal Centre, Christian Newswire, 6 March 2009.
  10. Deputy Registrar Warns House of Lords that Coroners and Justice Bill would Violate Human Rights of Christians in Public Life, Christian Legal Centre, CCFON, 21 June 2009.
  11. Cath Elliott, Don't let faith be a front for prejudice,, 13 July 2009.
  13. Mohammed Ansar, UKIP, Andrea Williams and the EDL: Dismantling Multiculturalism and Attacking Islam. Moansar, 28 June 2015. Accessed 30 September 2016.
  14. Dale Hurd, Britain's War on Christianity: America's Future Fight?, CBN News, July 08 2010. Accessed 30 September 2016.
  15. Tim Pearson, The Way Interviews Barrister Andrea Williams on the persecution of UK Christians,, January 1 2013. Accessed 30 September 2016.
  16. Andrea Williams, The implications of Islamic bonds are far-reaching, Financial Times, April 26, 2007, accessed 30 September 2016.
  17. Christian legal experts warn against Islamic finance, Christian Today, 06 March 2009, accessed 30 September 2016.
  18. Soeren Kern, Britain: Islam In, Christianity Out, Gatestone Institute, December 1, 2011. Accessed 30 September 2016.
  19. Andrea Williams, The case of Nohad Halawi and the spread of radical Islam, Christian Concern, December 1, 2011. Accessed October 3 2016.
  20. Andrea Williams No Sharia Here, Christian Concern, accessed October 3 2016.
  21. Andrea Williams, Halal and polygamy - whose culture do we want?, Christian Concern, accessed October 3 2016.
  22. Lizzie Parry, 'Tom Daley turned gay because his father died': Christian charity founder's outrageous comments during speech where she urged Jamaica to 'keep gay sex illegal', Daily Mail, 19 December 2013. Accessed 30 September 2016.