July 21, 2010

Palestinian jailed for sleeping with Israeli woman

by David Masters

A Palestinian man has been jailed for rape after having consensual sex with an Israeli woman who believed he was a Jew. Sabbar Kashur, 30, was given an 18-month prison sentence after an Israeli court ruled that he was guilty of rape by deception. Prosecutors acknowledged the sex was consensual, and judge Tzvi Segal said […]




July 20, 2010

Pakistani Christians murdered for ‘blasphemy’

by Benjamin Graham

Two Pakistani Christians accused of blasphemy were shot dead yesterday as they left a courthouse in the city of Faisalabad. Masked gunmen opened fire on Pastor Rashid Emmanuel and his brother, Sajid Emmanuel, as police escorted the pair to jail. A police officer was seriously wounded in the attack. The brothers were arrested earlier this […]




July 19, 2010

Tutu: Financial crisis hit poor nations hardest

by David Masters

The financial devastation caused by the economic crisis is being felt most acutely by the poor and the weak, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has claimed. The former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel Peace Prize laureate said the countries most responsible for the financial crisis are the least affected by the consequent global recession. […]




July 15, 2010

URC appoints women as national figureheads

by Benjamin Graham

The United Reformed Church (URC) made history earlier this month by appointing two women as co-moderators of its General Assembly. Val Morrison and the Reverend Dr Kirsty Thorpe will jointly lead the church’s co-ordinating body. They are the first joint-holders of the post, and have been inducted at a time when the role of women […]




France votes to ban Islamic face veil

by Sara Levy

French politicians voted Tuesday to ban the full Islamic veil and to jail men who force women to wear it. The French National Assembly voted by 336 to one in favour of law making it an offence to wear the Islamic face covering in public. Anyone seen wearing a burka or niqab will face a […]




July 14, 2010

Women celebrate opportunity to become bishops

by David Masters

Women in the Church of England are celebrating the General Synod’s decision to endorse the ordaining of women bishops. Draft legislation in support of women bishops will be sent out for approval to diocesan synods before returning to General Synod in 2012 for final approval. The first woman bishop could be in place as early […]




BMA condemns anti-gay therapies

by David Masters

Therapies to “cure” gay people of homosexuality are quack medicine and are damaging to the patients involved, the British Medical Association has claimed. The BMA’s annual meeting, which met last week in Brighton, said anti-gay therapies are harmful and discredited. The body called on the Royal College of Psychiatrists to reject the treatments and ban […]




July 13, 2010

Solar panels could raise £17m for UK churches

by David Masters

If all Britain’s churches installed solar panels on their roofs, they’d not only abolish their energy bill, they’d also raise over £17 million a year by selling excess electricity. Research by British Gas found Britain’s religious buildings could generate over £29 million a year through Feed-in Tariffs, a system that pays households and organisations for […]




Israeli police target Palestinian tomatoes

by David Masters

Video footage of Israeli Border Police destroying Palestinian crops has been circulated to thousands of online viewers. Israeli Border Police, with the help of hired labour, targeted crops in several Palestinian fields in Al Beqa Valley, east of Hebron, ruining the livelihoods of over 100 Palestinians. Two forty acres fields with tomato, eggplant, cauliflower and […]




July 12, 2010

Gay priest rejected as bishop

by Benjamin Graham

A gay priest has been blocked from becoming a bishop in the Church of England for the second time. Dr Jeffery John, Dean of St Albans, is openly gay but practices celibacy. According to a leak to the Telegraph, Dr John was the favoured candidate for Bishop of Southwark, but was blocked at the last […]




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