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Religious ceremonies exclude non-Christians and the non-religious, says councillor

Religious ceremonies exclude non-Christians and the non-religious, says councillor

Wed, 10 Feb 2016

A local councillor has called on Ross-on-Wye town council to move away from religious events and to embrace inclusive, secular ceremonies – warning that current arrangements alienate non-Christians.

Government praises “spiritual insight” of bishops in response to petition calling for their removal from the Lords

Government praises “spiritual insight” of bishops in response to petition calling for their removal from the Lords

Tue, 09 Feb 2016

The Government has said that changes to the Lords are "important" but that the position of the bishops in the Upper House is not a "priority", in response to a petition calling for the removal of 26 bishops from the House of Lords.

Georgian blasphemy law to impose fines for insulting religion

Georgian blasphemy law to impose fines for insulting religion

Mon, 08 Feb 2016

Plans in Georgia to pass an anti-blasphemy measure with punitive fines for 'offences' have drawn criticism from a non-Orthodox bishop, and from an MP of the ruling coalition.

Birmingham Central Mosque leaders accused of downplaying domestic violence, forced marriage and extremism

Birmingham Central Mosque leaders accused of downplaying domestic violence, forced marriage and extremism

Fri, 05 Feb 2016

Labour MP Khalid Mahmood has called on the embattled trustees of Birmingham Central Mosque to "consider their positions" after the mosque chairman was accused of dismissing concerns about domestic violence.