How decades of divorce helped erode religion

Sep 28, 2016 by

by Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post: Two widely recognized trends in American society might have something to do with each other. Divorce rates climbed to the highest levels ever in the 1980s, when about half of all marriages ended in divorce. And in the present day, Americans are rapidly becoming less religious. Since 1972, the share of Americans who say they do not adhere to any particular religion has increased from 5 percent of the population to 25 percent. Could those two trends be related?...

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Martin Bashir appointed BBC’s Religious Affairs Correspondent

Sep 26, 2016 by

from BB News: The BBC today announced that award-winning journalist Martin Bashir has been appointed as the new BBC Religious Affairs Correspondent. Martin will be returning to the BBC having previously worked as a correspondent for BBC News from 1987 until 1992 when he joined the BBC’s flagship investigative programme Panorama until 1999 and presented BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme until 2004. Martin was a correspondent for Tonight on ITV before moving to the United States and hosting ABC’s...

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Alberta gvmt launches investigation of Christian schools for refusing gay clubs

Sep 22, 2016 by

by Steve Weatherbe, LifeSite: Alberta’s New Democratic Party government has launched an inquiry into two private Christian schools whose board refuses to comply with government edicts regarding homosexuality and risks losing taxpayer assistance. Education Minister David Eggen told reporters that Independent Baptist Christian Education Society, which operates two schools with 200 students in Spruce Grove west of Edmonton and supervises 1,200 homeschooled students, had failed to provide a plan...

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Free Church minister accuses humanists of ‘fundamental dishonesty’ over religious observance opt-out campaign

Sep 20, 2016 by

by Janice Burns, The National: A LEADING Free Church of Scotland minister has accused humanists of being “fundamentally dishonest” over their legal challenge to give pupils the right to opt out of religious observance in Scottish schools. The former moderator of the Free Church of Scotland hit out at claims by the Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) that the Scottish Government’s refusal to update guidance in the wake of the UN review meant ministers had potentially acted unlawfully. Rev David...

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Why I was wrong about Christianity

Sep 15, 2016 by

by Tom Holland, New Statesman: It took me a long time to realise my morals are not Greek or Roman, but thoroughly, and proudly, Christian. When I was a boy, my upbringing as a Christian was forever being weathered by the gale force of my enthusiasms. First, there were dinosaurs. I vividly remember my shock when, at Sunday school one day, I opened a children’s Bible and found an illustration on its first page of Adam and Eve with a brachiosaur. Six years old I may have been, but of one thing –...

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The treatment of Catholic schools is a “burning injustice” – a wrong that May is now set to right

Sep 10, 2016 by

by Paul Goodman, Conservative Home: The “Trojan Horse” plot to install an Islamist ethos in schools took place in non-faith ones – primaries, academies and specialist colleges.  But many of those who glanced briefly at news about it will never get this into their heads: they will persist in believing that the taxpayer is funding a legion of Muslim faith schools that are filling the heads of their pupils with ISIS propaganda. This view is post-truth tosh.  There is a tiny handful of...

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