January 11, 2021

New INTERFAITH RELATIONSHIPS STUDY INVITES PARTICIPANTS

by Interfaith

NEW INTERFAITH RELATIONSHIPS STUDY My name is Jaclyn Doherty, and I am a Ph.D. student at the Graduate Center in New York City (http://www.cunybasp.org/). My research focuses on the social psychology of interfaith relationships, and I am looking to launch a study that explores factors involved in relationship satisfaction among interfaith romantic dating couples. I […]




July 4, 2011

Projects mark King James Bible’s 400th anniversary

by Jan Harris

Christian groups are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible in projects that range from using the latest technology to modern day scribes. Methodist groups have returned to the Bible’s roots to create a handwritten Bible which will be bound in 31 volumes and will be available to view in a nationwide tour. […]




June 29, 2011

Netherlands bans ritual animal slaughter and drug tourism

by Jan Harris

The Netherlands has deeply offended Muslim and Jewish communities by approving a bill banning the slaughter of animals without stunning them first. Both Muslims and Jews require animals’ throats to be cut while they are still conscious, causing them to bleed to death quickly, in order to meet religious dietary rules. If the ban is […]




June 24, 2011

Equality Commission’s remarks anger Humanists

by Jan Harris

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has criticised the Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Trevor Phillips for forgetting the non-religious in a recent comment over the role of EHRC’s role. The BHA wants Mr Phillips to apologise for remarks made in a recent interview which it considers to be ‘sectarian and divisive’. […]




June 8, 2011

Art historian claims Turin Shroud is signed by renaissance artist Giotto

by Jan Harris

Italian art historian Luciano Buso claims to have found the signature of Master Giotto on the Turin Shroud, pointing to it having been created in the early Renaissance period. The Turin Shroud is believed to have been used to wrap the body of Christ after he was crucified. Buso claims that the presence of Giotto […]




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 […]




April 18, 2011

Housing Association disciplines worker over palm cross

by Jan Harris

A long-serving employee of Wakefield and District Housing is facing disciplinary action because he refused to remove a palm cross from his company van. Colin Atkinson, an electrician who works on the organisation’s houses, says he has always displayed the cross on the dashboard of his vehicle. He was asked to remove it after a […]




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 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 10, 2011

BBC presenter claims God had a wife

by Jan Harris

BBC2’s new three-part series, The Bible’s Buried Secrets, is to be presented by an atheist who believes God had a wife – a fertility goddess named Asherah. Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou also believes that depicting Eve as a troublesome wife does her an injustice and claims that Eve was not the first woman as the story […]




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