December 31, 2010

Pakistan businesses strike against blasphemy law changes

by Jan Harris

Business and transport workers across Pakistan are on strike in protest at calls to change the country’s blasphemy law, which can impose a death sentence on anyone who insults Islam. The strike, which affects cities across Pakistan, was organized by Sunni Muslim clerics after a private member’s bill seeking to change the law was submitted […]

December 30, 2010

Unfaithful footballers give wrong message to kids

by Jan Harris

Top footballers who cheat on their partners are sending out the wrong signals to children, according to Reg Bailey, who has been appointed by the government to investigate the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood. Over the past year a number of high profile footballers have been in the news for having extra-marital affairs, including Wayne […]

December 29, 2010

Top Gear offends Muslims and Christians

by Jan Harris

Top Gear usually manages to offend someone with its Christmas special, but this year it has generated complaints from two major religious groups. The Boxing Day show featured Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May following the paths of the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem, but in cars of course, rather than on camels. The […]

Government slow to act on execution drug claims

by Jan Harris

The news that a UK company is believed to be exporting execution drugs to the US at vastly inflated prices would be expected to prompt swift action from the government. However, 13 days after Business Secretary Vince Cable was warned of the situation by Reprieve, a charity which assists prisoners facing the death penalty, no […]

December 22, 2010

Wikileaks: British Muslim students would kill for Islam

by Jan Harris

Wikileaks, the controversial organisation which publishes leaked government and corporate documents, has published a US diplomatic cable from January 2009 revealing that 33 per cent of British Muslim students believed that killing for Islam was justified and 40 per cent wanted Sharia law. The revelation came from a survey of 600 Muslim students at 30 […]

Christian health worker suspended over pro-life booklet

by Jan Harris

Just a couple of weeks after the launch of the ‘The Not Ashamed campaign’, which encourages Christians to express their religious views in public, the Daily Telegraph reports that Roman Catholic health worker, Margaret Forester, has been suspended for expressing pro-life views at work. Ms Forester offered a leaflet to two family planning staff at […]

December 21, 2010

Street preacher compensated for wrongful arrest

by Jan Harris

A Christian street preacher who was arrested for saying homosexuality is a sin has received £7,000 in an out of court settlement. Dale McAlpine of Emmanuel Church, Workington was suing Cumbria police for wrongful arrest, unlawful imprisonment and breach of his human rights, after he was arrested on 20 April. He will now meet with […]

Gay marriage campaign goes to European Court

by Jan Harris


December 20, 2010

Pope calls for reflection over abuse scandal

by Jan Harris

The revelation of thousands of cases of sexual abuse of children by priests has caused the Pope to call on the Roman Catholic church to examine its message and reflect on what is happening in Christian life that allowed the scandal to occur. During his Christmas speech to Vatican cardinals and bishops, Pope Benedict XVI […]

Aid groups launch ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’

by Jan Harris

Christmas should be time of peace and celebration but for remote communities in Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) the last two Christmases have been times of unimaginable terror. The communities are being terrorised by The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a brutal, Messianic cult led by Joseph Kony, […]

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