November 17, 2009

Intel targeted in Jerusalem’s Sabbath wars

by Sara Levy

Ultra-Orthodox Jews raided Intel offices in Jerusalem this weekend in protest at the chip maker staying open on the Sabbath. Some 1,500 protesters gathered outside the offices on Saturday chanting “Shabbes! Shabbes!”, the Yiddish word for Sabbath. Before the protest, Intel ringed its offices with barbed wire. A number of protesters broke into the offices’ […]




November 16, 2009

Orthodox Church opposes crucifix ban

by David Masters

In a rare act of ecumenism, the Greek Orthodox Church has spoken in support of the Roman Catholic Church. Orthodox Christians across Europe have been urged to oppose a ban on crucifixes in classrooms in Italy. The ban was issued by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), which ruled that Catholic schools in Italy […]




November 13, 2009

Holy water machine curbs swine flu fears

by Benjamin Graham

Catholic churches in Italy are attempting to halt the spread of swine flu by installing automatic dispensers for holy water. The H1N1 virus had led many churches in Italy to suspend the Catholic tradition of having holy water in an open font for worshippers to dip their hands. However, the new dispensers prevent the virus […]




November 12, 2009

Creationist told he must work with non-Christians

by Sara Levy

A Northern Irish man sentenced to community service has been told he must work with non-Christians, despite his wishes to the contrary. Paul Del Pinto, 36, was sentenced to 140 hours community service for assault. Del Pinto punched his victim in the face after a debate over Darwinism and Creationism became heated. The court was […]




Christian license plate outlawed in South Carolina

by David Masters

Christian motorists in South Carolina will not be allowed to adorn their license plates with the slogan ‘I believe’, a federal judge has ruled. US District Judge Cameron Currie said the customised license plates, which feature a golden cross in front of a stained-glass window, violate the First Amendment, which enshrines separation between church and […]




November 10, 2009

China condemns Dalai Lama’s Tibetan-border gathering

by David Masters

China has condemned the Dalai Lama’s visit to Tawang, a small Indian town on the border of Tibet. Chinese authorities said the visit was evidence of the Tibetan spiritual leader’s “anti-Chinese” stance. “China strongly opposes the Dalai Lama’s visit” a foreign ministry spokesperson said. The trip has “China strongly opposes the Dalai Lama’s visit,” he […]




Mosques seek dialogue ahead of minaret vote

by Benjamin Graham

Mosques across Switzerland have opened their doors to the public ahead of a controversial vote on whether to ban the construction of minarets. Organisers of the mosque open days said they aim to encourage dialogue and build understanding. “We hope these meetings will build a dialogue and better understanding,” said Hisham Maizar, a senior Muslim […]




November 9, 2009

Malaysia bans Allah Bibles

by Sara Levy

The Malaysian government has confiscated 10,000 Bibles from a missionary group because the word ‘God’ in the Bibles is translated ‘Allah’. The Muslim-dominated government said Allah is an Islamic word and its use in the Bible could offend Muslims. Church officials pointed out that although the word Allah is originally Arabic, Malays have used the […]




Selfish Europe is “dying” claims Chief Rabbi

by David Masters

Europe is a “dying” continent whose people are too selfish to have children, the Chief Rabbi claimed this week. Lord Sacks said Europe’s secularism and its culture of “consumerism and instant gratification” were to blame for the continent’s declining population. Europe is the most secular region in the world, and is the only continent with […]




November 6, 2009

Eco-warriors awarded religious rights

by Benjamin Graham

Environmental beliefs are entitled to the same protection under UK law as religious convictions, a judge has ruled. The ruling by Mr. Justice Michael Burton upheld the decision of an employment tribunal in which an employee claimed he was victimised because of his green beliefs. “If a person can establish that he holds a philosophical […]




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