September 19, 2011

Atheism’s ‘cool’ image hampering message of Christianity

by Jan Harris

Speaking “In Conversation” to comedian Frank Skinner at Canterbury Cathedral on Friday, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, said that a perception of atheism as ‘cool’ was hindering the church’s efforts to convey the message of Christianity. Dr Rowan Williams laid some of the blame for this on the popularity of books by atheist […]

September 16, 2011

Government accused of avoiding scrutiny of Welfare Reform Bill

by Jan Harris

The level of scrutiny which peers will be able to give to the Government’s controversial Welfare Reform Bill has been severely reduced by a decision to refer it to a Grand Committee. This means that instead of a ‘Committee of the Whole House’ considering the bill and voting on amendments to each clause, it will […]

September 15, 2011

Police investigate anti-Semitic Facebook page

by Jan Harris

Facebook has taken down a page which poked fun at a Jewish community in Giffnock, part of the Greater Glasgow metropolitan area Several Facebook users reported the page to the police, who are now investigating the matter. Called “Welcome to Israel, only kidding you’re in Giffnock”, the page contained a profile picture of the late […]

September 14, 2011

Schools break Christian assembly rules

by Jan Harris

A BBC survey has found that most state schools in England ignore a law requiring them to hold broadly Christian collective worship on a daily basis. The Comres survey for BBC local radio asked 500 parents if their children attended daily religious assemblies at school and 64 per cent said they didn’t. However, the majority […]

September 13, 2011

Libya embraces “moderate Islam” under NTC

by Jan Harris

The National Transitional Council (NTC) has promised that Libya will become a democratic Islamic state where extremism will not be tolerated. Speaking to a crowd of around 10,000 people in Tripoli, the head of the NTC, Mustafa Abdul Jaili, also promised that women will be able to play a part in politics, under the new […]

September 9, 2011

Roving Rabbis reach out to isolated Jewish communities

by Jan Harris

Jewish teenagers have spent the summer bringing Yiddishkeit, or the Jewish Way of life, to small communities of Jews in northern England, who may have become isolated from Judaism. The boys, from Yeshivas Lubavitch Manchester, a higher education centre in Salford, are part of the ‘Roving Rabbis’ programme, which involves hundreds of rabbinical students reaching […]

September 8, 2011

Archbishop of Canterbury seeks talks with Mugabe

by Jan Harris

In an effort to support persecuted Anglicans in Zimbabwe, Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is visiting Harare on 9 October, the country’s capital city. During his visit, which is said to be pastoral, not political, he hopes to meet Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. He is visiting the country amid the ongoing harassment of […]

September 7, 2011

Mobile phone ad mocked Christianity

by Jan Harris

Phones4U has been banned from using a mobile phone ad featuring a cartoon-like image of Jesus with the sacred heart on his chest, by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Nearly one hundred people complained to the ASA after the image of Jesus winking and giving a thumbs-up sign appeared in a national ad campaign for […]

September 6, 2011

Faith-based services perceived as ‘sinister’

by Jan Harris

The London-based Christian Legal Centre claims that the expulsion of a Christian debt counselling charity from the Advice UK network highlights a growing perception that there is something sinister about being motivated by faith. Christians Against Poverty (CAP), which offers free debt-counselling services from centres based in local churches, left Advice UK, a support network […]

September 5, 2011

Dale Farm traveller eviction likened to anti-Semitism

by Jan Harris

Emotions are running high over the planned eviction of travellers from the Dale Farm site in Essex, with Jewish leaders comparing the eviction to the anti-Semitism of the early 20th century. Although the travellers own the site, around half of them are living on the Metropolitan green belt where development is forbidden under planning rules. […]

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FEATURE: Roman Religion

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