October 27, 2011

Persecution of Evangelical Christians intensifies in Iran

by Jan Harris

There is growing concern that the harassment of Iranian Christians is reaching new levels, with Christian activities increasingly being classified as ‘actions against the security the state’. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), which works for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, has received reports that an official campaign to convert Christian prisoners to Islam is […]




October 26, 2011

World population could reach 15 billion this century

by Jan Harris

Sometime on 31 October the world’s seven-billionth person is expected to be born, on a planet where resources are already stretched to breaking point. However, the United Nations has warned that we are heading for a world population of 15 billion by the end of the century, even though population growth has slowed since the […]




October 25, 2011

Church of Scientology denies investigating South Park creators

by Jan Harris

The controversial Church of Scientology has vigorously denied claims that it investigated the creators of cartoon series South Park following the screening of episode called ‘Trapped in the Closet’. The episode, which poked fun at the Scientology belief system and lampooned its most prominent member, Tom Cruise, was aired in the USA in 2006 but […]




October 21, 2011

Government criticised for protecting gay people but not Christians

by Jan Harris

The outspoken former Tory MP Anne Widdecombe is expected to accuse the government of ignoring the plight of Christians and yet threatening to cut aid to countries which persecute homosexuals. In a speech at the annual conference of Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) tomorrow, Miss Widdecombe is expected to claim that […]




October 20, 2011

Protesters deterring visitors to St Paul’s Cathedral

by Jan Harris

The previously supportive authorities at St Paul’s have finally asked anti-capitalist protesters to disband the camp they have set up outside the cathedral. Thousands of protesters, angry at the way the global economic crisis is being handled, marched on the London Stock Exchange on Saturday. When police cordoned off the building, the protesters set up […]




October 19, 2011

Physical abuse unchallenged in UK Islamic schools

by Jan Harris

Up to 500,000 students a day attend British madrassas but the physical abuse of pupils at these institutions is slipping through a loophole in the law according to a BBC investigation. Figures obtained by Radio 4’s ‘File on 4’ programme show that in the last three years more than 400 allegations of physical abuse against […]




October 12, 2011

Ban on non-EU young spouses declared unlawful

by Jan Harris

A ban designed to deter forced marriages has been found to interfere with human rights, by the Supreme Court. The ban on non-EU foreign spouses under the age of 21 coming to the UK was introduced by the Labour government in 2008, in response to growing concern about British Asian girls being forced to marry […]




October 10, 2011

Archbishop calls for national debate over NHS changes

by Jan Harris

With peers due to vote on the Government’s controversial Health and Social Care Bill on Wednesday, The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has warned of the dangers of introducing a commercial culture into the NHS. Dr Sentamu is calling for a national debate on healthcare, amid opposition to the Bill from both patients and […]




October 6, 2011

Ethiopian tribespeople arrested over dam protest

by Jan Harris

Around one hundred members of the Mursi and Bodi tribes are believed to have been arrested for opposing the construction of the Gibe III dam in Ethiopia. Damning the Omo River will provide water to irrigate sugar cane and biofuel grown on tribal lands in the South Omo region, which are being leased to foreign […]




October 5, 2011

Vatican condemns BBC’s advice on BC/AD usage

by Jan Harris

The BBC’s decision to allow producers to use the religiously neutral terms BCE and CE (Before Common Era and Common Era), instead of BC and AD (Before Christ and Anno Domini), has been condemned in the Vatican’s semi-official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. Although the BBC said that it was not official policy to use BCE and […]




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