Faith is a ‘virus’, columnist claims

Jul 24, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: Belief in God is a “virus”, and evangelical Christianity is one of the more “virulent infections”, a Conservative Peer and columnist for The Times has claimed. In an attack on faith schools, Matt Ridley said that “rationalists” want to “protect” children from religion. And the Peer, who is a supporter of the British Humanist Association, said “secular, free-thinking” should be adopted to “combat the rise of radical Islam and radical Christianity”. His comments, in...

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UK should make Eid and Diwali public holidays, MP argues

Jul 22, 2014 by

From BBC News: The UK should show that it “embraces” the Muslim and Hindu faiths by making Eid and Diwali public holidays, Conservative MP Bob Blackman has said. Mr Blackman is championing an e-petition demanding the change in Parliament, after it was signed by more than 120,000 people. Muslims and Hindus should have “the most important days in their faiths recognised in law”, the petition says. The government has already rejected the e-petitioners’ request. In...

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Without a moral compass British values lose their way and now we’re seeing the consequences

Jun 27, 2014 by

By Gillan Scott, God & Politics in the UK: A little late to the party on this… Over the last few weeks a battle for the heart and soul of our schools has intensified as we’ve witnessed the repercussions of the Trojan Horse episode that has engulfed a handful of Birmingham schools. What started out as an investigation into the Islamisation of state schools has raised a host of thorny issues with four distinct groups wading in to fight their corner; Muslims, the government, secularists and...

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UK is getting MORE religious, says Schama: Historian says religion is becoming part of mainstream li...

Jun 24, 2014 by

From Mailonline: Britain is becoming a more religious country, historian Simon Schama has said. After years being relegated to the sidelines, religion has once again become part of mainstream life, he told Radio Times. The 69-year-old whose most recent documentary was The Story Of The Jews, said: ‘My generation grew up thinking that religion was completely marginal to British life, which, as for the rest of the world, has been proved more and more wrong. ‘We were arrogantly isolated from that,...

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The importance of cultural self-belief

Jun 19, 2014 by

By Adrian Hilton, Conservative Home: I’ve noticed over many years in the classroom that when students enter the physics or chemistry lab, they expect to be taught facts, and the teachers duly oblige by providing copious evidence from textbooks. But when those same students come to me to consider matters of theology, politics and philosophy, they generally take the view that they can choose what they like best, because just about everything that Hilton goes on about is mere opinion or...

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Banning faith schools is ideologically wrong. But in practice, it is worse – it is barbarism.

Jun 15, 2014 by

By Conor Pope, LabourList: “All faith schools are Trojan horses. Let’s ban every single one of them,” said the never understated Dan Hodges. “Faith schools are divisive. Let’s get rid of them,”said Alice Thomson in The Times. “Forget Trojan Horses. The real issue is faith schools,” said Catherine Bennett, who managed to identify and then dismiss the real issue before her Guardian article had even begun. The broadsheet commentators are angry. Really angry. You can tell, because their headlines...

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