March 31, 2011

Egyptian pacifist arrested for insulting the military

by Jan Harris

Egyptian peace activist and blogger, Maikel Nabil Sanad, has been arrested at his home in Cairo and faces trial for insulting the armed forces, after he published an article criticizing the actions of the military during the country’s recent revolution. He has also been charged with disturbing the public security and publishing false news about […]

March 30, 2011

Four-Year-Olds to be taught Humanism

by Jan Harris

The borough of Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire has revamped its RE syllabus, allowing children as young as four to be taught about the belief that there is no God. Humanism is to be taught alongside the six major religions: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. On its website, the British Humanist Association says […]

March 29, 2011

Witch fired for hexing a colleague’s car

by Jan Harris

A practicing witch, Carole Smith, is claiming that she was unfairly dismissed from her job as a Transportation Security Administration officer at New York’s Albany International Airport, after a colleague accused her of witchcraft. Smith’s co-worker, Mary Bagnoli, claims that in December 2008 Ms Smith followed her onto the highway after work and cast a […]

March 28, 2011

Muslims embrace technology to spread Islam’s message

by Jan Harris

The first ever Imam-e-Haram to visit India encouraged followers of the faith to use technology to spread its message, during his visit. Sheikh Abdul Rehman Sudais, the grand imam of Masjid-al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, attended India’s Azmat-e-Sahaba conference in Delhi. In a 30-minute speech, the Imam encouraged Muslims to use the Internet and electronic […]

March 25, 2011

Attending church can make you fat

by Jan Harris

If you go to church once a week or more as a young adult you are 50 per cent more likely to be obese when you reach middle age, according to a US study. The study, carried out by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, involved monitoring 2,433 participants for 18 years in Chicago, […]

March 24, 2011

India protests over Milan airport’s turban checks

by Jan Harris

Security staff at Milan airport asked golf coach, Amritinder Singh, to remove his turban for a security check on Tuesday, prompting India to lodge an official protest. It was the second time in two weeks that Amritinder Singh, who coaches India’s top golfer, Jeev Milkha Singh, had been asked to remove his turban. The Italian […]

March 23, 2011

Terry Jones finally carries out Koran burning threat

by Jan Harris

Florida pastor Terry Jones oversaw the burning of a copy of the Koran at the Dove World Outreach Centre in Gainsville on 20th March, an act he initially threatened to carry out to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre in New York. The act has inflamed the already tense […]

March 22, 2011

Religion at risk of extinction

by Jan Harris

A new study based on the science of nonlinear dynamics suggest that religion my die out in nine countries. A team of scientists presented their findings at the American Physical Society meeting in Dallas. Using information from censuses taken a century ago, up to present day, from Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, […]

March 21, 2011

Italy wins right to display crucifixes in schools

by Jan Harris

Italy has won the right to display crucifixes in school classrooms, and the ruling will also apply to all 47 countries that are members of the Council of Europe. The right of state schools in Italy to display crucifixes was challenged by Soile Lautsi, a Finnish-born mother of two children who attended a near Venice. […]

March 18, 2011

Free schools causing concern

by Jan Harris

A quiet revolution is underway in the UK’s education system with the country’s first ‘free schools’ due to open in September. Free schools were introduced by the coalition government to bring more choice to education by allowing parents, teachers, charities and other parties to set up schools in the state system. The schools are state-funded […]

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