February 26, 2010

“Jesus would oppose the arms trade,” students claim

by David Masters

Christian students took part in a national day of action this week aimed at exposing the links between universities and weapons manufacturers. Members of the Student Christian Movement (SCM) said they’d taken part in the action because “Jesus would oppose the arms trade”. The day of action on 24 February saw student organised events across […]

February 25, 2010

Iran’s hijab skier competes on Olympic slopes

by David Masters

Iran’s first female Olympic skier made history this week as she took to the slopes in Vancouver. Marjan Kalhor, who wore an Islamic headscarf under her ski helmet, said she was pleased with her performance despite finishing nearly 22 seconds behind the lead time. “I’m just very happy, very happy,” the 21-year-old told journalists after […]

February 24, 2010

Clerics support gay ceremonies in church

by David Masters

Senior Anglican clergy have written a public letter calling for the law to be changed so that same-sex couples can hold a civil partnership ceremony in religious venues, including churches and synagogues. In a letter to the Times, the clerics said current laws unfairly discriminate against homosexual couples because it does not give them the […]

Pentecostal churches prepare for Global Day of Prayer

by Benjamin Graham

Pentecostal church leaders from across London got together this week to prepare a strategy for the Global Day of Prayer (GDOP) London event on 30th May. “A big event like the Global Day of Prayer helps people to realise that they’re not just a small church tucked away somewhere, but that they’re part the church […]

February 23, 2010

Mosque Kitchen shortlisted for foodie awards

by David Masters

An Edinburgh mosque serving £4 curries was shortlisted at this year’s Scottish Restaurant Awards. Edinburgh Central Mosque kitchen, a charity venture near Edinburgh University, is staffed by 50 volunteers, with all profits going to charity. The Mosque kitchen was shortlisted in the best Indian restaurant category of the Scottish Restaurant Awards. It was set up […]

February 22, 2010

Elton John claims Jesus was gay

by Benjamin Graham

Sir Elton John has caused a stir by claiming that Jesus was a “super-intelligent gay man”. In an interview with US magazine Parade, the singer said Jesus was forgiving, compassionate, and understood human problems. “On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving,” he said. “I […]

Dalai Lama confesses ignorance over Tiger Woods

by Sara Levy

The Dalai Lama has confessed that he has no idea who Tiger Woods is. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader admitted to not knowing of the world’s most famous golfer after Woods apologised for repeatedly cheating on his wife and said he was planning to re-embrace Buddhism, the faith he practised as a child. Speaking in […]

February 19, 2010

Christians encouraged to serve others during Lent

by Benjamin Graham

Christians across Scotland have been urged to use Lent as an opportunity to serve others rather than to give up indulgences such as alcohol and cigarettes. Rt Rev Bill Hewitt, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said Lent should be a time when people sacrifice their time and talents in the […]

February 17, 2010

African church leaders speak out for sexual minority rights

by Sara Levy

Church leaders in southern Africa have said they are “deeply concerned” by proposals in Uganda to outlaw homosexuality. The bishops of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa said the proposed law, which introduces the death penalty, violates the biblical commandment “You shall not murder”. “Though there is a breadth of theological views among us on […]

February 16, 2010

Is the iPhone becoming an object of worship?

by David Masters

The Christian faithful need not shun the latest technology thanks to a plethora of religious applications for the Apple iPhone. The applications, dubbed the “apps of the apostles” by Christian website the Ship of Fools, include a Bible verse reader, a virtual church organ, and a Hallelujah button. “I think the ones that will succeed […]

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