January 30, 2009

Yoga banned by Indonesian Muslim clerics

by David Masters

Religious leaders in Indonesia have banned Muslims from practicing any form of yoga that involves Hindu chants and mantras. The fatwa was issued by the Indonesian Council of Ulema (ICU), the group of 700 clerics responsible for interpreting Islamic law in the country. The ICU’s declarations are not legally binding, but most Muslims in the […]

January 23, 2009

Christian thinkers respond to financial crisis

by David Masters

A conference in London, organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland brought together Christian thinkers and leaders to discuss the church’s role in helping to deal with the current economic crisis. The conference looked at the causes of the credit crunch from a faith perspective. Ann Pettifor, former head of Jubilee 2000 Debt Relief […]

Obama election ‘redemptive’ says black priest

by David Masters

A senior Church of England priest has hailed the election and inauguration of black American president Barack Obama as a ‘redemptive moment’. Rev Rose Hudson Wilkin, chair of the Church of England’s Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns, and a member of the General Synod, said the Anglican Church should use the election of Obama […]

January 21, 2009

Church of England asked to ban BNP

by David Masters

The Church of England will be asked to ban clergy from joining the British National Party (BNP) by one of its members. The General Synod, which votes on church matters, is being asked to adopt a policy similar to the one held by the Association of Chief Police Officers, which bans employees from BNP membership. […]

January 16, 2009

“No God” bus left without a driver

by David Masters

A Christian bus driver this week refused to drive a bus that displayed an atheist advert proclaiming “There’s probably no God”. Ron Heather, 62, said he was shocked and horrified to discover the slogan when he arrived at work in Southampton on Sunday, and walked out from his shift in protest. He told his boss […]

January 15, 2009

Christian Aid condemns Heathrow expansion plans

by David Masters

Social justice campaigners at Christian Aid have labelled the Government’s endorsement of Heathrow expansion a ‘massive step backwards’. The government’s go-ahead for a third Heathrow runway severely undermines its claims to be at the forefront of the fight against climate change, a statement from the charity said. Christian Aid asked if the government will carry […]

January 10, 2009

Israel vs Gaza: an ill-conceived war

by Brian Turner

The recent attacks by Israel against Gaza are being trumpeted by Israeli politicians as aiming to remove Hamas. Such a strategy fails to appreciate that Hamas less a political group as much as a collective for the grief of Palestinians in Gaza. According to Major Gen Uzi Dayan, the former Chairman of the Israeli National […]

January 9, 2009

Where Is the Mashiach Today?

by Benjamin Dauer

For about a year during my late teens I met weekly with the rabbi at my parents’ synagogue in a Boston suburb. We would discuss Jewish thought and study Torah together. During a conversation about Jewish eschatology she suggested that the concept of the mashiach or messiah, as presented in the Tanach and later Jewish […]

World Community Responds on Gaza with Mixed Messages

by Benjamin Dauer

Across the globe people have been coming together to voice either support for the Israeli government’s actions or support for the Palestinians. As Jeff Jacoby reported yesterday, some of the anti-Israel protests have degenerated into hate speech. The discussions on this site’s web forum about the events in Gaza have been a microcosm of the […]

January 8, 2009

Jews protest against Israeli invasion of Gaza

by David Masters

Jews around the world are protesting against the Israeli offensive on the Gaza strip, which has already claimed over 650 Palestinian lives. This hidden protest – ignored by the mainstream media – sees a significant number of Jews from the US, Britain, and Israel opposing Zionism, the Zionist oppression of Palestinians, and, in some cases, […]

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