August 24, 2010

Gainesville battles Burn Koran Day protest

by Brian Turner

The city of Gainesville in Florida, United States, is finding itself the unwelcome centre of attenion after a small group of extremist Christians living there announced they would organise “an International Burn the Koran Day”. The Dove World Outreach Center, run by pastor Terry Jones, who has published a work titled “Islam is of the […]




August 20, 2010

EDF marches in Bradford banned

by Sara Levy

A planned march by the English Defence League (EDF) through Bradford this weekend has been banned by the government. A planned opposition march by Unite Against Fascism (UFA) has also been banned. The EDF, which claims to be anti-Islamist but it seen by many to be anti-Muslim, had planned to march through the town, which […]




August 19, 2010

Australian judge rules against witness wearing niqab

by Rachel Thomas

A judge in Perth, Australia, has ruled that a woman Muslim acting as a witness in a case should not appear in a niqab. Judge Shauna Deane is recorded as saying that the jury in the case should be able to see her facial expressions, but was at pains to state that she was not […]




Catholic Care fails in gay adoption row

by Sara Levy

Roman Catholic adoption charity, Catholic Care, has failed in its bid to exclude homosexuals from its program. The group had asked for exemption from anti-discrimination laws on religious grounds. However, the Charities Commission said that there was no justifiable reason to excludes parents from an adoption program simply because of their sexuality. The issue came […]




August 13, 2010

Christians called to love Muslim neighbours

by David Masters

Church leaders in the US have urged Christians to love their Muslim neighbours as they would love themselves. As the holy Muslim month of Ramadan began this week, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA said they are “troubled” by the number of Christians in the United States who are expressing intolerance […]




Irish women urged to boycott Mass

by David Masters

An Irish pensioner is urging all women in Ireland to boycott Catholic mass on 26 September. Eighty-year-old Jennifer Sleeman wants to make it clear to church authorities that women are fed up with being “second class citizens” in the church. She is encouragings women to shun church services across the country on 26 September. “I […]




Church arsonists jailed in Malaysia

by David Masters

Two Muslim brothers who set alight to a Christian church have been sentenced to five years in prison by a Malaysian court. The brothers firebombed a church in Kuala Lumpur during a nationwide dispute over whether non-Muslims could use the word “Allah” to refer to God. They sustained burn injuries during the bombing, which they […]




Muslim smokers urged to quit for good during Ramadan

by David Masters

The holy month of Ramadan is an excellent opportunity to quit smoking, British Muslims have been told. During Ramadan, Muslims fast during daylight hours. This includes abstaining from smoking. Health trusts and pharmacies across the UK are encouraging Muslims to make the most of the self-control needed for fasting to quit smoking altogether. NHS Walsall […]




August 12, 2010

Morocco closes 1,200 mosques

by Sara Levy

Over 1,200 mosques in Morocco are to be closed after they were deemed unsafe by government inspectors. The Moroccan government ordered an investigation into the safety of all the country’s mosques following the collapse of a minaret that killed 41 people in February this year. The minaret on a centuries old mosque in Meknes fell […]




Tribunal upholds decision to sack faith-sharing Christian

by Benjamin Graham

A local council employee who was sacked for sharing his Christian faith at work has been told by an employment tribunal that he was fairly dismissed. Duke Amachree, a homelessness officer at Wandsworth Council, was suspended in January 2009 after he told a client with an incurable illness to “put her faith in God”. The […]




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