October 30, 2009

Sting: Obama sent by God to clean up mess

by Sara Levy

Barack Obama has a divine mandate to solve the world’s problems, Sting said this week. In a interview, the British pop star joked that the Obama was “sent by God because the world’s a mess”. Taking a more serious tone, the former lead singer of The Police said when he met up with Obama he […]




Climate change unites religious leaders

by David Masters

Religious leaders from Britain’s largest faith communities have together called for “urgent measures” to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, and Catholic Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols were joined by Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Baha’i, Jain and Zoroastrian representatives in a meeting at Lambeth […]




October 28, 2009

Church of Scientology convicted of fraud

by Benjamin Graham

The Church of Scientology has been convicted of fraud and ordered to pay a 600,000 euro fine by a Paris court. The judge stopped short of banning the sect, a measure he could have taken under French law. The fine was given over complaints by two women, one of whom claimed she was manipulated into […]




October 27, 2009

BNP’s views are ‘irredeemably evil’ claims Lord Carey

by Benjamin Graham

The former Archbishop of Canterbury has warned that the BNP must not be allowed to hijack the Christian faith. Lord Carey called on Christians to stand “shoulder-to-shoulder in rejection of Nick Griffin’s notion that ‘Christianity’ has anything to do with his despicable views” The former leader of the Anglican communion made the remarks following the […]




Schools must teach creationism, Brits demand

by Sara Levy

More than half of British adults believe children should be taught creationism in science lessons alongside evolutionary theory. Three quarters of those polled said children should be taught the theories of evolution at school. However, 54% of these said evolution should be taught together with intelligent design and creationist theories. Nearly one in ten Brits […]




October 26, 2009

Immigration minister proposes burqa ban in France

by Benjamin Graham

The French immigration minister this week said France needs to debate its national identity, adding that the French identity has no place for face-covering Muslim veils. “For me, no burqas on the street,” said Eric Besson in an interview on LCI television. “The burqa runs counter to national values,” he added. Besson claimed the face-covering […]




Sikh temple opens in Warwickshire

by Sara Levy

A new multi-million pound Sikh temple opened its doors in Leamington Spa this weekend. The £11 million Gurdwara Sahib, meaning ‘house of God’, took 19 months to build, and will serve as a house of worship and a community centre. The temple, which was entirely funded by the Sikh community, will host open days, tours, […]




Christianity is more than wearing a cross-necklace

by David Masters

Wearing a cross necklace or a fish-shaped badge to work is all very well, but Christian faith is far deeper than the symbols worn by some of its adherants, a bishop claimed this week. Jonathan Gledhill, Bishop of Lichfield, said real Christianity is about taking radical, loving action. “The mark of a real Christian community […]




October 24, 2009

Does God Exist? 97% vote No

by David Masters

A poll set-up to promote the evangelistic Alpha Course has found that almost no-one believes in God. Some 97% of visitors to the Alpha Course website have voted ‘No’ in the poll asking ‘Does God exist?’. The Humanist Society said the poll has “backfired” on the Alpha Course’s multi-million pound advertising campaign. The Alpha Course […]




October 23, 2009

Hindu priest blesses baby elephant

by Benjamin Graham

A baby elephant was blessed and named by a Hindu priest at a Leicestershire zoo this week. Brahmin Shree Mahendra Pandya prayed over the elephant and placed a red dot on the animal’s forehead. During the ceremony at Twycross Zoo the ten-week-old elephant was named Ganesh Vijay. The calf is the first to be born […]




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