September 10, 2009

Yale criticised for censoring Muhammad cartoons

by Sara Levy

Yale University has been criticised for its decision to remove cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad from a new book due to be published next week. Yale cited fears of violence as its reason for censoring the 12 cartoons from ‘The Cartoons that Shook the World’ by Jytte Klausen. The cartoons in question are those that […]

Americans agree: Muslims face discrimination

by David Masters

Most Americans think Muslims face high levels of discrimination in the United States, according to a new poll published to coincide with the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found 58% of US residents believe Muslims face a lot of discrimination in their country. […]

Catholic peace campaigners arrested at arms fair protest

by David Masters

Two Catholic peace campaigners were arrested in London early Wednesday morning on charges of criminal damage after they protested against an arms fair taking place in the capital. Katrina Alton and Fr Martin Newell, members of the London Catholic Worker group, daubed blood red paint on a sign advertising a fair before raising a banner […]

September 9, 2009

Christian peace activist arrested at arms fair

by David Masters

A Christian peace activist who doused the pavement outisde an arms trade fair with blood red paint has been charged with criminal damage. Chris Cole, 46, was arrested after he sprayed the words “Build Peace not War Machines” on the doors of the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre in central London in protest against the week-long […]

Malaysian Muslims charged over severed cow’s head

by Benjamin Graham

Six Malaysian Muslims who paraded the streets with a severed cow’s head in protest at plans to build a Hindu temple in their neighbourhood have been charged with sedition. The men were part of a group of around 50 protesters who gathered at the State Secretariat building in Shah Alam city on 28 August to […]

Ramadan fasting has “no effect” on footballers’ performance

by Sara Levy

Muslim footballers who fast during daylight hours for the holy month of Ramadan experience “no adverse effects” on their sporting performance, new research found this week. Sports nutrition experts from Loughborough University investigated the effects of Ramadan on players in Algeria’s national team, who played a World Cup qualifier last week during the month of […]

September 8, 2009

Controversial pastor preaches healing in Jerusalem

by Benjamin Graham

A controversial South Korean Evangelical pastor who claims he can heal the sick led a worship service in Jerusalem this week. Dr. Jaerock Lee and 3,000 of his followers held the mass prayer service as part of a self-proclaimed “crusade to Israel”. Dr. Lee promised to perform signs and wonders, to heal Israel’s sick, and […]

Thanks for chips and beaches, Jesus

by David Masters

Churches in Australia have pooled their resources to put together a marketing campaign promoting Jesus to the masses. The television, social networking, and billboard adverts, launched this week, aim to stimulate conversation about faith and the purpose of life. A key part of the campaign will be prayers on billboards outside churches. Prayers include “Thanks […]

Withdraw from Afghanistan, urges church leader

by David Masters

A British church leader has urged the government to pull troops out of Afghanistan and to adopt an ethical foreign policy. The Rev Hayden Thomas, moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Wales, called on Gordon Brow to “return to his roots as son of the manse by basing his foreign policy on Christian principles.” “Is […]

September 4, 2009

Ancient wall uncovered in Jerusalem

by Benjamin Graham

Excavations in East Jerusalem have uncovered an ancient wall believed to be 3,700 years old. The 8-metre high structure was built to protect the city’s water supply, and is one of Jerusalem’s earliest fortifications. Ronny Reich, the dig’s director, said the wall is evidence that the Canaanite people who built it were a sophisticated civilisation. […]

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