God and independence: How churches on both sides of the border are preparing for the result

Sep 18, 2014 by

From Christian Today: Churches along the border of England and Scotland are hoping the close relations that characterise the region will remain intact after the historic referendum on independence taking place today. Scots have been queueing up since the early hours of the morning to cast their votes at polling stations across Scotland. It follows months of intensive campaigning by Yes Scotland and Better Together. Both campaigns have been been criticised for heated engagement, and for...

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Life After The Referendum

Sep 18, 2014 by

By Andrew Goddard, Fulcrum: The result of Scotland’s Independence Referendum on Thursday still looks too close to call.  On Friday we will know and, whatever happens, things cannot and should not ever be the same again for Scotland or the rest of the United Kingdom.  Whatever the outcome, three major challenges are already obvious. First, whichever way Scotland as a whole votes, there are going to be many people who, following the result, will be disappointed, deeply upset, perhaps angry and...

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Who’s the ‘Us’ David Bowie wants Scotland to stay with?

Feb 22, 2014 by

By Julian Mann, God & Politics in the UK David Bowie’s political intervention in the Scottish independence debate at the Brit pop music awards – ‘Scotland stay with us’ – raises a very important question of national definition. What is the uniting ethos, the common political, moral and social outlook, which he believes ‘Scotland’ shares with ‘us’ in the other two nations and one province of the current United Kingdom?   In an era...

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Buckingham Palace lists Catholics in line of succession

Aug 14, 2013 by

By Richard Palmer, Daily Express BUCKINGHAM Palace has listed two Roman Catholics in the line of succession in apparent contravention of the law. Lord Nicholas Windsor, the youngest son of the Duke and Duchess of Kent and a great grandson of George V, converted to Catholicism in 2001, his Croatian wife Paola is a Catholic, and their two sons Albert and Leopold were baptised as Catholics.   Under the terms of the 1701 Act of Settlement Catholics are banned from succession to the throne....

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Shut up, royal baby haters. Monarchy is awesome.

Jul 25, 2013 by

By Dylan Mattews, Washington Post (Hat Tip: David Lindsay) The British monarchy is, like all monarchies, a deeply, deeply silly institution. It should be mocked mercilessly and frequently. But should it be abolished?   That what the 15 percent to 20 percent of Britons who support becoming a republic with an elected head of state want. And a lot of Americans, Gawker’s resident polemicist Hamilton Nolan among them, share the antipathy. The Guardian has helpfully developed a filter for...

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Britain could have two rival monarchs if Commonwealth fails to agree primogeniture law change

Jul 21, 2013 by

By Melanie Hall, Telegraph A failure by Commonwealth states to change the primogeniture rule could lead to a first-born daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge becoming monarch in the UK – but a later son being king in other countries. Many Commonwealth countries have failed to agree to the new law, which would allow a first-born daughter of Kate and William becoming the monarch even if they later have a son. Without this agreement, a situation could arise where a first-born...

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