Don’t know what to think? Don’t worry, the Thought Police will tell you!

Feb 12, 2016 by

By Voice for Justice UK: In its drive to counter terrorism, the Government’s yet to be introduced Counter-Extremism Bill will, if and when passed, bring into law Extremism Disruption Orders (EDOs), primarily aimed (we are told) at combatting hate preaching by radical Islamists.  Of which, in the UK, we presumably have a great number. Any measures to combat Islamic terrorism are of course to be welcomed, but the proposed plans specifically include any views deemed to go against our newly...

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Religious education is being squeezed off the timetable

Feb 8, 2016 by

From The Economist: LAST year in one large London school, all 200 pupils taking their GCSE exams—standard tests sat at age 16—were entered for a qualification in religious education (RE), and emerged with results as good as in the other humanities. Yet, according to a teacher there, the school has just announced that its GCSE course in RE will be scrapped and replaced with a one-hour class every fortnight. More schools are smiting their RE lessons. Nearly 1,200 put forward no pupil for an RE...

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Battle joined over place of faith in education

Feb 2, 2016 by

By Caroline Wyatt, BBC News: Few topics are as fought over or hotly debated in England as education, not least in a week that saw the UK’s pupils score badly in literacy and numeracy compared with their international peers. Throw religion and faith schools (both public and private) into the mix, a chief inspector of schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, whose own personal faith is at the heart of what he does, and a prominent Christian as Education Secretary, in the form of Nicky Morgan, and...

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Faith and the 2016 Campaign

Jan 31, 2016 by

From Pew Research Center: The conventional wisdom in American politics has long been that someone who is not religious cannot be elected president of the United States. Most Americans have consistently said that it is important to them that the president have strong religious beliefs. And a new Pew Research Center survey finds that being an atheist remains one of the biggest liabilities that a presidential candidate can have; fully half of American adults say they would be less likely to vote...

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In a world shaped by religion, media must take it seriously says BBC chief

Jan 30, 2016 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: The head of religion and ethics at the BBC has called for the broadcaster to lead the fight against religious illiteracy. Aaqil Ahmed calls on public service broadcasters such as the BBC to confront a world “defined by religion and conflict” but where most media fail to take religion seriously. Few people know much about each other’s beliefs, values and customs, creating a climate where it is all too easy for prejudice to take root, he says....

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“Religion is not the driver of extremism” Parliamentary group is told

Jan 28, 2016 by

By Chris Sugden, Church of England Newspaper: “To see religion as the driver of extremism or division in society is a mistake,” the Rev Nigel Genders told a special meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Religious Education last week. He told the meeting: “There is no evidence that any religion or ideology is a primary motivator of terrorism. That lies in anger at injustice, a sense of moral superiority, a promise of adventure and being a hero.” He told the gathering of over 100...

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