December 7, 2009

Parents spend £150 on designer nativity costumes

by Benjamin Graham

Fashion-conscious parents are spending up to £150 on designer costumes for children acting in nativity plays. These parents are shunning tea towels, tinsel and pyjamas and turning to designer clothes bought especially for the play. Virgin Marys are wearing pashmina shawls, while Angels of the Lord are adorned with imitation jewellery. Debenhams, has dubbed this […]

December 4, 2009

Sikh sues US firm over turban discrimination

by Benjamin Graham

A Sikh man has taken an airport shuttle operator to court over claims of religious discrimination. Inderjit Singh, 51, alleges that Air Serv Corp turned down his job application for a shuttle driver post because of his beard and turban. Singh claims he was not offered work in the job, which pays $9.90 per hour, […]

Israel gets tough on women draft-avoiders

by Sara Levy

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is set to crackdown on women who falsely claim to be religious to escape compulsory army service. It is compulsory for all non-Arab Israeli men to serve three years in the IDF at age 18, and for women to serve two years. A growing number of secular girls and women […]

December 3, 2009

Church leaders unite over climate change

by Benjamin Graham

Senior church leaders from across the spectrum of Christian denominations will join mass protests in London this weekend urging governments around the world to take action on climate change at the UN talks in Copenhagen. Archbishop Rowan Williams, head of the Anglican Church, and Archbishop Vincent Nichols, head of the Catholic Church in England and […]

Gays barred from heaven, Cardinal claims

by David Masters

A leading Catholic cardinal has claimed that gay and transsexual people “will never enter the kingdom of heaven”. Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan said homosexuality is a lifestyle choice and is not biologically determined. “People are not born homosexual,” he said. “They become homosexual, for different reasons: education issues or because they did not develop their […]

December 2, 2009

Church leaders: RBS should be Royal Bank of Sustainability

by Benjamin Graham

Church leaders have joined other notable figures in signing a letter calling for the publicly-owned Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to be turned into the Royal Bank of Sustainability. Rev Ian Galloway, Church of Scotland convenor, and Miles Litvinoff, of the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility, joined academics, writers, trade union leaders, anti-poverty campaigners, and […]

December 1, 2009

Las Vegas church provides homeless shelter

by Sara Levy

A Baptist church is Las Vegas is opening its doors to homeless people from across the city this month. The First Baptist Church has set itself up as a temporary night hostel to give homeless people a place from bitterly cold December nights. The church said it will offer shelter until 21 December under an […]

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