May 31, 2010

Pakistan restores Facebook access

by Benjamin Graham

A Pakistan court has ordered the government to restore access to Facebook. The court order comes nearly two weeks after the government blocked the social networking website when it hosted a competition for the best images of the Prophet Muhammad. Drawings and images of the prophet are considered blasphemous in many branches of Islam. Facebook […]




Israeli troops kill 16 in attack on humanitarian aid ships

by David Masters

As many as 16 human rights activists were shot dead by masked Israeli commandos who stormed a flotilla of ships carrying aid to the blockaded Palestinian enclave of Gaza. Dozens more were injured as troops intercepted the convey of ships early this morning. The convoy, dubbed the Freedom Flotilla, was carrying 10,000 tonnes of humanitarian […]




May 28, 2010

Christian peace activist arrested in Parliament Square

by David Masters

Christian peace activist Brian Haw, who has camped outside Parliament since 2001, was arrested this week during a police search. He has appeared in court charged with obstructing police during a search of tents on Parliament Square. Police shut down the peace camp ahead of the state opening of Parliament. The eviction of the peace […]




May 27, 2010

BBC’s religious coverage slammed

by Benjamin Graham

The BBC views religious programming as a “tiresome obligation”, a Radio 4 broadcaster has claimed. Roger Bolton, who presents Radio 4’s Feedback programme, called for BBC News to appoint a religion editor to improve coverage of faith matters. “I believe BBC News requires a religion editor, able to appear on the networks to interpret the […]




Belfast museum told to display creationist exhibits

by Sara Levy

Ulster Museum should display exhibits that promote creationism, Northern Ireland’s culture minister has claimed. Nelson McCausland, a born again Christian, has written to the Museum’s board of trustees urging them to display exhibits reflecting the view that the universe was made by God 6,000 years ago. He claimed the inclusion of anti-Darwinist views is a […]




May 26, 2010

Kenyan judges outlaw Islamic courts

by Sara Levy

A panel of judges in Kenya has ruled that Islamic family courts are illegal and discriminatory. The three judges, sitting as a constitutional court, said Kadhi courts are unconstitutional because they favour one religion over another. Kenya is a secular country, so all religions should be subject to equal treatment under the law, the judges […]




God advert tops complaints list

by Benjamin Graham

An advertising campaign claiming “There definitely is a God” prompted more complaints than any other advert in 2009, the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has revealed. The poster advert by the Christian Party was displayed on the side of buses. Over 1,200 people contacted the ASA to complain that the advert was offensive to atheists and […]




May 24, 2010

Rebel Catholics ordain female priest

by David Masters

A breakaway Catholic group has ordained Italy’s first female priest. Maria Vittoria Longhitano yesterday celebrated her first mass as a priest in a Rome church just metres from the Vatican. The 35-year-old former teacher belongs to the Old Catholic Church, which split from the Roman Catholic Church in the 19th century. “Catholicism, which means universality, […]




Christians urged to pray for Parliament

by Benjamin Graham

British Christians have been urged to pray for the new coalition government as part of an annual prayer event next month. The seventh annual Week of Prayer for Parliament and Government is supported by the Evangelical Alliance, the Bible Society, and 24/7 Prayer International, and will take place from 5-11 June 2010. Christian communities in […]




Is the Religious Studies GCSE too easy?

by Sara Levy

Religious Studies has been branded a “pathetically easy” subject after GCSE students were asked to identify Mary and Joseph in a nativity scene as part of their exam. Students were shown a picture of two adults standing beside a crib in a barn and asked to “name the two people”. Another question in the GCSE […]




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