The West Lacks One Essential Tool to Defeat ISIS

Sep 3, 2014 by

By Elizabeth Scalia, Patheos: In an article covering President Obama’s reluctant decision to begin limited airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State (IS), New York Times writer Peter Baker quoted Ambassador Ryan Crocker, who affirmed US national security interests and added “This is evil incarnate.” Few would disagree. Do not click here unless you are willing to see horrific images of beheaded children, or videos of young men being led into trenches and summarily executed, but their...

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Faith schools a ‘religious affront’ say coalition of religious leaders

Sep 1, 2014 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: Faith schools are “a religious affront” and discriminate against children in ways that are incompatible with religious teachings about equality, openness and fairness, according to a coalition of religious leaders. Such schools make religious faith seem “tarnished by discrimination” and lead to it being perceived as divisive, according to senior representatives from the Anglican, Catholic and other churches and faiths who today...

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Dominic Grieve: ‘British Christians forced to hide belief’

Aug 26, 2014 by

by Steven Swinford, Telegraph: Britain is at risk of being “sanitised” of faith because an “aggressive form of secularism” in workplaces and public bodies is forcing Christians to hide their beliefs, a former attorney general has warned. Dominic Grieve said he found it “quite extraordinary” that people were being sacked or disciplined for expressing their beliefs at work. He described Christianity as a “powerful force for good” in modern Britain and warned that Christians should not be...

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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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