March 31, 2010

Christian radio stations announce Easter schedule

by Benjamin Graham

Premier Radio is to broadcast four days of dedicated Easter programming this weekend. Holiday programmes on the Christian radio station will include a traditional retelling of the Easter story, and a fresh perspective from the UK’s leading Christian hip hop artists. On Good Friday the station will broadcast the story of the crucifixion, as told […]

Halal sex shop popular with Muslims

by Sara Levy

An online sex shop aimed at Muslims has launched in the Netherlands to meet demand for erotica that does not offend Islamic law. El Asira went online last week and welcomed 70,000 visitors in the first four days of opening. All of the shop’s products – including massage oils, lubricants, and tablets that claim to […]

March 30, 2010

Stop wasting money on guns, say African faith leaders

by David Masters

Religious leaders in Africa have jointly called on their governments to support proposals for a treaty against arms trading. Christian, Hindu and Muslim leaders said the money African governments spend on weapons should be redirected to fund development. Speaking after a peace and reconciliation conference this week in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, the leaders said […]

March 29, 2010

Bishops allege “disrespect” against UK Christians

by Sara Levy

Anglican bishops have expressed “deep distress” over the alleged erosion of the religious rights of Christians. In a letter to the Sunday Telegraph, six bishops, including Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, said they are concerned about discrimination against Christians in the workplace. “We are deeply concerned at the apparent discrimination shown against Christians and […]

Pressure mounts for Pope to resign

by Benjamin Graham

Pressure is mounting for the Pope to call an emergency gathering of bishops to discuss a unified Roman Catholic response to the child abuse crisis sweeping through the Church. Vatican sources have admitted that a number of high-ranking clergy have called upon Pope Benedict XVI to organised an emergency synod. The news comes just days […]

March 25, 2010

Religious leaders pledge to end AIDS stigma

by Benjamin Graham

Religious leaders from around the world have pledged the end the stigma against HIV/AIDS. In many societie, people with the virus are treated as outcasts – which causes many sufferers to keep their infection secret. “For every two people put on treatment there are another five newly infected,” the faith leaders said this week at […]

March 24, 2010

Record label seeks 21st century Sister Act

by Sara Levy

A record label is looking to recruit a troupe of singing nuns who will attempt to top the charts when the Pope visits the UK in September. London-based Decca Records wants to find the world’s most talented nuns to record an album of plainsong and chant. Nuns and religious orders have been asked to contact […]

Churches celebrate cluster bomb ban

by David Masters

Church leaders in the UK have welcomed the British government’s decision to ban the British military from using cluster bombs. Methodist, Baptist, and United Reformed Church leaders said the passing of the Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Act in parliament with all party support is an event of “moral significance”. “These weapons are indiscriminate, harming civilians and […]

March 22, 2010

Pullman condemned to hell over “Scoundrel Christ”

by Benjamin Graham

Novelist Philip Pullman has been bombarded with angry letters ahead of the publication of his new book, “The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ”. The best-selling children’s author has received numerous letters accusing him of blasphemy and condemning him to “eternal hell” and “damnation by fire”. In the new book Pullman claims that Jesus […]

March 18, 2010

Lord Avebury wins Islamic Peace Prize

by Benjamin Graham

Lord Avebury will be awarded the first ever Islamic Peace Prize this week for this lifetime’s contribution to the cause of human rights. The Liberal Democrat peer will receive the Ahmadiyya Muslim Prize for the Advancement of Peace at Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Peace Conference this weekend. The conference will be attended by MPs, diplomatic representatives, […]

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