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‘Trojan’ report finds deliberate action to promote intolerant and aggressive Islamist agenda in schools

‘Trojan’ report finds deliberate action to promote intolerant and aggressive Islamist agenda in schools

Posted: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:41

A report commissioned by former education secretary Michael Gove in April to investigate claims of a plot to takeover state schools in Birmingham has uncovered evidence of "co-ordinated, deliberate and sustained action to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamist ethos into some schools in the city".

Prison imams found to have links with Islamic extremism

Prison imams found to have links with Islamic extremism

Posted: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:51

Some of the imams working in UK prisons as chaplains have links with Muslim extremist groups, and may be contributing to the radicalisation of inmates, The Times newspaper has revealed.

Poll shows that UK views its Muslims and Jews more favourably than other European countries

Poll shows that UK views its Muslims and Jews more favourably than other European countries

Posted: Wed, 28 May 2014 13:24

According to a recent poll from the US-based Pew Research Centre, the UK has a more favourable opinion of its Muslim community than any other European country surveyed.

BBC drops homosexuality debate from 'Free Speech' show after objections from mosque

BBC drops homosexuality debate from 'Free Speech' show after objections from mosque

Posted: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:25

The BBC has controversially dropped a debate on homosexuality from a live panel discussion show because of objections from Birmingham Central Mosque in which the programme was being filmed.

French Islamists seek to use blasphemy law to silence critics

French Islamists seek to use blasphemy law to silence critics

Posted: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:19

French Islamists are suing the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for blasphemy after it published a front cover carrying the slogan "The Koran is crap, it doesn't stop bullets".

Channel 4 defends censorship of Jesus and Mo cartoon

Channel 4 defends censorship of Jesus and Mo cartoon

Posted: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:48

Channel 4 has responded to criticism of its censorship of the Jesus & Mo cartoon by saying it did not want to cause offence to its audience.

Censorship on Channel 4 News: an open letter to the editor

Censorship on Channel 4 News: an open letter to the editor

Posted: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:25

The National Secular Society has written to the editor of Channel 4 News to express concern over a decision to censor a cartoon depiction of the Prophet Mohammad during its broadcast on Tuesday 28 January.

Study finds religious fundamentalism unexpectedly common in Europe

Study finds religious fundamentalism unexpectedly common in Europe

Posted: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:57

Religious fundamentalism is not a marginal phenomenon in Western Europe, nor is it restricted to Islam. This conclusion is drawn in a large-scale study published by Ruud Koopmans from the WZB Berlin Social Science Center.

Muslim taxi driver penalised for refusing to carry disabled woman’s assistance dog

Muslim taxi driver penalised for refusing to carry disabled woman’s assistance dog

Posted: Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:05

A Muslim taxi driver in East Sussex has been given 12 penalty points after he refused to carry a disabled woman in his cab because she had an assistance dog with her.

Muslim employees in landmark win on religious discrimination

Muslim employees in landmark win on religious discrimination

Posted: Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:17

Two Muslim men working for Tesco have won a case of religious discrimination after having access to the on-site prayer room restricted.

Turkey’s headscarf ban lifted in latest assault on the secular state

Turkey’s headscarf ban lifted in latest assault on the secular state

Posted: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:05

Turkey's Islamist Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, yesterday continued his programme of Islamisation of the country by lifting the ban on the wearing of Muslim headscarves in public offices.

Swiss canton to vote on banning face coverings

Swiss canton to vote on banning face coverings

Posted: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:43

The people of the Swiss canton of Ticino, which lies in the South on the Italian border, are to vote in a referendum on Sunday on whether to ban face coverings.

Moroccan Christian jailed for “shaking the faith of a Muslim”

Moroccan Christian jailed for “shaking the faith of a Muslim”

Posted: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 13:20

A Moroccan Christian man has been jailed for two-and-a-half years and fined for evangelising.

Birmingham college drops ban on face veils

Birmingham college drops ban on face veils

Posted: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:27

Birmingham Metropolitan College, which earlier this week issued a ban on all face coverings on college premises, has now modified the policy to permit the wearing of niqabs or Muslim face veils.

Christianity dying among young people, but Islam soars

Christianity dying among young people, but Islam soars

Posted: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:36

A large scale poll has revealed a dramatic decline in Christianity among young people and an equally striking rise in the numbers adhering to Islam in the same age group.

New report demands fresh approach to inclusion of Muslims in British life

New report demands fresh approach to inclusion of Muslims in British life

Posted: Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:27

A new report from the Runnymede Trust entitled The New Muslims says it "seeks to challenge dominant representations of Muslims in Britain by gathering the views and insights of researchers."

Saudi Arabia: 600 lashes and 7 years for activist guilty of 'insulting Islam'

Saudi Arabia: 600 lashes and 7 years for activist guilty of 'insulting Islam'

Posted: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:11

A Jeddah court on July 29, 2013, convicted a liberal activist of violating Saudi Arabia's anti-cybercrime law and sentenced him to 600 lashes and seven years in prison.

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".

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.

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.