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Extremism fears prompt Government to scupper plans for Islamic free school

Extremism fears prompt Government to scupper plans for Islamic free school

Posted: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:46

The Department for Education has scuppered plans for an Islamic free school in Halifax after alarm was raised over its links with a local Islamic centre.

UN marks “Malala Day”

UN marks “Malala Day”

Posted: Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:48

Malala Yousafzai, the inspirational and courageous schoolgirl from Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban in October for campaigning in support of female education, has addressed the United Nations in New York.

Christian B&B owners who refused gay couple a room lose their appeal

Christian B&B owners who refused gay couple a room lose their appeal

Posted: Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:27

The Christian owner of a bed and breakfast who was found guilty of discrimination after she refused a double room to a gay couple has lost her latest appeal.

Catalonia plans to ban the burka

Catalonia plans to ban the burka

Posted: Tue, 09 Jul 2013 13:19

The Catalan Government has announced that it will control the wearing of burkas and other face-coverings such as helmets and masks in public spaces "for reasons of public safety".

Tribunal rules that ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who wouldn’t work on Shabbat is entitled to benefits

Tribunal rules that ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who wouldn’t work on Shabbat is entitled to benefits

Posted: Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:13

An ultra-Orthodox (Charedi) Jewish man who refused to work on Shabbat has won an appeal against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) after he was denied Jobseeker's Allowance for over six months.

Muslim TV station fined for allowing contributor to incite murder

Muslim TV station fined for allowing contributor to incite murder

Posted: Fri, 05 Jul 2013 16:38

A Muslim TV Channel which allowed its airwaves to be used by a hate preacher to incite the murder of those who "insult the Prophet Mohamed" has been fined £85,000 by the media regulator Ofcom.

New evidence that churches are completely out of step with society

New evidence that churches are completely out of step with society

Posted: Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:55

New research for the Westminster Faith Debates shows that the Church of England is not only wildly out of step with the country at large, but also with its own members.

Opponents of Channel 4’s call to prayer outnumber supporters by two to one

Opponents of Channel 4’s call to prayer outnumber supporters by two to one

Posted: Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:33

A new Yougov poll shows that Britons opposed to the TV broadcast of the Islamic call to prayer during Ramadan outnumber supporters two to one.

US Catholics bishops condemned for trying to impose their dogmas through law

US Catholics bishops condemned for trying to impose their dogmas through law

Posted: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:09

An open letter issued by the American Catholic Bishops Conference which seeks legal restrictions on abortion and contraception has been condemned as "Orwellian" by the Catholics for Choice organisation.

Wirral latest council to cut free transport to religious schools

Wirral latest council to cut free transport to religious schools

Posted: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 12:44

Wirral council is the latest to make cuts to free transport for pupils attending religious schools.

Church to take over thousands of community schools

Church to take over thousands of community schools

Posted: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 10:54

The Church of England has struck a deal with the Government that will allow it to take control of thousands of non-religious community schools.

BBC once more rejects non-religious voices on Thought for the Day

BBC once more rejects non-religious voices on Thought for the Day

Posted: Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:52

The BBC has announced today that it will not "revisit" the issue of non-religious voices on Thought for the Day.

Russia cracks down on LGBT human rights and introduces blasphemy law

Russia cracks down on LGBT human rights and introduces blasphemy law

Posted: Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:49

President Vladimir Putin has signed into law the new anti-gay Bill that criminalises LGBT freedom of expression. The adoption of children by gay couples has been banned by the Russian parliament and gay organisations are being fined as 'foreign agents'.

Rowan Atkinson sketch cleared by Ofcom

Rowan Atkinson sketch cleared by Ofcom

Posted: Mon, 01 Jul 2013 17:05

A sketch by Rowan Atkinson that was shown on BBC as part of the Comic Relief fund-raising event has been cleared of being offensive by the media regulator Ofcom.

Girlguides should not be allowed to use church halls, says CofE vicar

Girlguides should not be allowed to use church halls, says CofE vicar

Posted: Mon, 01 Jul 2013 11:55

A Church of England vicar has called for Girlguide groups to be booted out of church halls after they decided to drop references to God from their oath.

EU adopts guidelines on freedom of religion or belief

EU adopts guidelines on freedom of religion or belief

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:53

This week, the EU Council of Foreign Affairs adopted a report offering guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief, with the aim of promoting the fundamental human right to freedom of religion or belief in countries beyond EU borders.

Malta wants to be rid of some of the Catholic Church’s oppressive privileges

Malta wants to be rid of some of the Catholic Church’s oppressive privileges

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:37

The Maltese Prime Minister had a meeting with the Pope at the Vatican this week, with the intention of negotiating changes to the concordat between Malta and the Holy See.

Hospital chaplains largely unaffected by cuts to NHS frontline services

Hospital chaplains largely unaffected by cuts to NHS frontline services

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 05:47

New research into the number of hospital chaplains being paid for out of the National Health Service funds shows that since 2009 the number of chaplains has remained largely the same.

Lords’ wrecking amendments to equal marriage bill fail

Lords’ wrecking amendments to equal marriage bill fail

Posted: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:48

This week saw the conclusion of the House of Lords' debate on the equal marriage bill in its committee stage. All those amendments seeking to wreck the bill were either defeated or withdrawn.

Parliamentary prayer breakfast dismisses 'fairy tale' of atheism

Parliamentary prayer breakfast dismisses 'fairy tale' of atheism

Posted: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 16:49

An audience of around 600 people, including a number of MPs, gathered at the Houses of parliament to hear keynote speaker Professor John Lennox from Oxford University describe atheism as a "delusion" and a "fairy tale for those afraid of the light".

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