March 24, 2009

UK one of Europe’s least religious countries

by David Masters

Britain is one of the least religious countries in Europe, according to new continent-wide study. Only five European nations have lower levels of church membership than the UK – Sweden, Norway, Holland, Slovenia, and Belgium. According to the EU-funded research, just 12% of Brits feel they belong to a church, compared to 52% of French […]

March 18, 2009

Christian peacemakers jailed for smashing weapons

by David Masters

Two Swedish Christian peacemakers have been given a four month jail sentence for breaking into an arms factory and using a hammer to smash up weapons. Martin Smedjeback, 35, and Anna Andersson, 27, broke into the Saab Bofors factory in October last year and disabled fourteen Carl Gustaf bazookas following their training with Christian Peacemaker […]

March 12, 2009

Schools in Hampshire to teach creationism

by David Masters

Secondary schools in Hampshire have been given guidance for discussing intelligent design and creationism with pupils. Teachers in the county are being given advice on how to discuss creationism, alongside evolution, in religious education lessons. The official guidance says creationism should be taught in RE and not in science lessons, but allows for discussion on […]

March 10, 2009

Irish church leaders call for peace

by David Masters

Church leaders have condemned the murder of two British soldiers in Northern Ireland at the weekend, and have called for peace efforts to be redoubled following the attacks. The soldiers were shot dead outside the Massereene Barracks in County Antrim as they collected pizzas they were to share, the evening before being deployed in Afghanistan. […]

March 4, 2009

Women Rabbis expelled from Western Wall

by David Masters

A group of women Rabbis were asked to leave Jerusalem’s Western Wall because their prayers were deemed offensive to local custom. Around 70 women visiting Israel for the Central Conference of American Rabbis were expelled from the Jewish Holy site because they were wearing prayer shawls and skull caps – traditionally only worn by men […]

March 2, 2009

Religious rappers unite for climate change

by David Masters

Musicians from three of the world’s major religions are coming together for a climate change concert, encouraging the government to act now on global warming. The London gig, ‘For God’s Sake: Faith Action on Climate Change’, features Christian, Muslim, and Jewish hip hop and rap artists including Kumasi, Jahaziel, Poetic Pilgrimage, Mohammed Yahya and Daniel […]

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