December 17, 2010

Europe finds Ireland’s abortion laws violate human rights

by Jan Harris

Ireland’s position on abortion has been found to be against the European Convention of Human Rights. The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the country’s anti-abortion laws violated the rights of a woman with a rare form of cancer who needed an abortion to protect her own life. Although abortion is allowed in […]




Yodeller offends Muslim neighbours

by Jan Harris

Helmut Griese, a retired man from Graz Austria, caused offence to his Muslim neighbours by yodelling while they were praying and has received a £700 fine for his ill-timed singing. Mr Griese yodelled while he mowed his lawn last summer and claimed he was simply expressing his good mood, but the yodelling coincided with times […]




December 15, 2010

Santa isn’t real! – Archbishop makes it official

by Jan Harris

The secret that parents go to great lengths to keep from their children is finally out of the bag, thanks to Fabriciano Sigampa, Archbishop of Resistencia in Argentina. During mass the Archbishop warned that children should not confuse celebrating the birth of Christ “with a fat man dressed in red”. He was angered by plans […]




Survival calls for tourists to boycott Botswana

by Jan Harris

Survival International, which works for tribal peoples’ rights worldwide, has called for a boycott of Botswana tourism and of the country’s diamond industry, because of the Botswanan government’s treatment of the Kalahari Bushmen. In 2002 the Bushmen were evicted from their ancestral lands inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve by the government. Survival International campaigned […]




December 14, 2010

Churches to become ‘corner shops’

by Jan Harris

Rural communities used to be able to rely on the corner shop and the post office to meet their basic needs and the demise of these two services in many areas has been a problem for many elderly and less mobile residents. However these services could now be filled by the local church under plans […]




Hong Kong Christian Groups Honour Liu Xiaobo

by Jan Harris

Christian groups in Hong Kong honoured imprisoned Chinese writer and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo with a celebration timed to coincide with the Nobel ceremony in Oslo on 10 December. The event was organised by the Hong Kong Christian Institute, the Roman Catholic Justice and Peace Commission and other groups, to mark Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel […]




December 13, 2010

Government finds additional funds for Jewish schools’ security

by Jan Harris

Jewish schools in the UK are being targeted in anti-semitic attacks to the extent that the government has promised £2 million to provide security fencing, guards and CCTV. Funding for the additional security needed by the 39 voluntary-aided Jewish schools in England has previously been provided by parents and the Community Security Trust, a charity […]




UK may ban anti-Muslim pastor

by Jan Harris

Terry Jones, the US pastor who threatened to burn 100 copies of the Koran on the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, may be banned from visiting the UK. Home Secretary Theresa May hopes to prevent Jones from attending an English Defence League (EDL) rally […]




December 10, 2010

Sacred tree destroyed in Glastonbury

by Jan Harris

Glastonbury’s hilltop Holy Thorn Tree has been destroyed by vandals, who hacked away the crown of the tree leaving a six-foot stump. The tree on Wearyall Hill, which is linked to the beginning of Christianity in the UK, is visited by millions of Christians each year. St Joseph of Arimathea, the Virgin Mary’s Uncle, is […]




Judge criticises arrest of anti-gay street preacher

by Jan Harris

In what has been called a landmark ruling, the police have been ordered to pay £4,000 compensation to street preacher Anthony Rollins, who told his audience that gays are going to hell. The Daily Mail reports that Mr Rollins quoted passages referring to homosexuality, from the Authorised Version of the King James Bible, while he […]




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