May 31, 2011

Stoning spreads to Ukrain

by Jan Harris

Reports that a 19-year old Ukrainian Muslim woman has been stoned to death have raised concern that the barbaric practice is spreading geographically. The woman, Katya Koren, was allegedly killed by three youths who justified their actions by saying she deserved the death sentence under the Muslim Sharia law because she took part in a […]

May 27, 2011

Pope dissolves notorious monastery

by Jan Harris

Pope Benedict XVI took the unusual decision to dissolve the monastery of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem after an investigation discovered that the monks were responsible for financial and liturgical irregularities. As the Pope is also the Bishop of Rome the Cistercian monastery comes under his jurisdiction. Although Cistercian monks commit themselves to a humble […]

May 26, 2011

Doctors need assisted suicide guidelines

by Jan Harris

UK police have called for medical professionals to be given clearer guidelines on the procedures they should follow when patients decide to travel oversees to commit suicide. Daniel James, 23, travelled to the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland on 9th September 2008 for an assisted suicide. Despite knowing of his intentions two weeks before he died, […]

May 25, 2011

Apocalypse preacher claims Jesus was invisible on Judgement Day

by Jan Harris

Harold Camping, who told the world to expect the second coming of Jesus on 21 May 2011, claims that his prediction was correct but instead of appearing to ‘rapture’ 200 million Christians up to heaven on that day, Christ’s presence on earth was invisible and he put the world under judgement instead. Despite being mistaken […]

May 24, 2011

PM in trouble again for Christian remarks

by Jan Harris

David Cameron’s religious views have caused controversy again after he jokingly told church leaders at a Downing Street reception that they would be right to claim that Jesus founded the Big Society. According to the Cabinet Office website “The Big Society is about helping people to come together to improve their own lives. “It’s about […]

May 23, 2011

GP could lose job for discussing Jesus with patient

by Jan Harris

A Margate-based GP is facing disciplinary action from the General Medical Council after he discussed his Christian beliefs with a 24-year-old patient. Following the consultation the patient’s mother asked how it had gone and the patient is believed to have replied: ‘He just said I need Jesus’. The mother subsequently complained that the GP had […]

May 20, 2011

Obama and Netanyahu set for difficult meeting

by Jan Harris

US President Barack Obama is meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House today, in what is likely to be difficult encounter. The meeting was convened for the two leaders to discuss “the full range of issues of mutual interest to the United States and Israel” but in his speech yesterday on US […]

May 19, 2011

Is the end of the world nigh?

by Jan Harris

A prediction made by California preacher Harold Camping will be tested on Saturday 21st May, which he confidently believes will be the Day of Judgement. According to Mr Camping we can expect the Second Coming of the Lord at around 6pm, when around 2 per cent of the world’s population will be “raptured” to heaven […]

May 18, 2011

Religiously motivated crimes increase in Scotland

by Jan Harris

The number of religiously motivated crimes in Scotland has grown ten per cent over the past year according to a report published by the Crown Office. There were 693 charges for crimes motivated by religion in 2010/11 compared with 632 in 2009/2010, making 2010/11 the worst year for this type of crime since 2006/2007. The […]

May 17, 2011

Stephen Hawking calls heaven ‘a fairy story’

by Jan Harris

In an interview with the Guardian on Monday, eminent scientist Stephen Hawking rejected the idea of life after death and spoke of the need to make the most of our time on earth. His remarks, made ahead of speech at the Google Zeitgeist meeting in London on the subject of “Why are we here”, have […]

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