November 30, 2010

Muslims at more risk in suburbs

by Jan Harris

Although anti-Muslim violence is generally considered a big-city issue, research by the University of Exeter points to the suburbs and small market towns as posing a serious problem. The isolation of mosques in these areas and failure to acknowledge that anti-muslim incidents occur are causing Muslims to feel under siege in their own communities. The […]

Church says ‘Ready Steady Slow’ for Advent

by Jan Harris

Advent, the beginning of the Church of England’s year, starts on fourth Sunday before Christmas Day but of course people start opening their advent calendars on 1 December, many of which no longer have anything to do with the Christmas story. John Lewis reported that advent calendars containing Playmobil or Lego toys, costing a hefty […]

November 29, 2010

Church of Scotland presses PM for climate change action

by Jan Harris

The Moderator of the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly, John Christie, is meeting with David Cameron today, on the first day of the climate change conference in Cancun, Mexico. Christie, together with Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland; David Chillingworth, the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church; and Shaykh […]

Pakistani death sentence appeal denied

by Jan Harris

Pakistan’s president, Asif Ali Zardari, has been banned by a Lahore court from pardoning Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death under the country’s controversial blasphemy law. Bibi, a 45-year-old mother from Punjab province, is accused of ‘insulting Islam’ when she argued with woman who refused to drink water after Bibi touched it. Under […]

November 26, 2010

West Midlands’ girl arrested over Koran burning video

by Jan Harris

A 15-year-old girl from Sandwell has been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred. It is believed that an incident took place at the girl’s school, when she allegedly burned an English language version of the Koran in front of other pupils and then posted a video of the event on Facebook. A 14-year-old boy […]

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