Humanists hit back in faith debate as Dominic Grieve calls them ‘deluded’

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British Humanist Association accuses attorney general of trying to turn debate over faith into ‘war of words about religion’ The British Humanist Association has hit back at the attorney general, Dominic Grieve, who described humanists and atheists as deluded after they criticised David Cameron for asserting that Britain was a Christian country. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Grieve ... Read More »

Sheikh Zayed Book Award chooses Saudi King as Cultural Personality of year 2014


Award honours King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud for his pioneering role in promoting peaceful co-existence, religious tolerance and cross-cultural dialogue. ABU DHABI – The Sheikh Zayed Book Award announced today that His Majesty, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Ruler of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is named the Cultural ... Read More »

Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem as celebration of Easter continues

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THE dark hall inside Christianity’s holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual event in Orthodox Easter rites. Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected at the site where the Church of the Holy Sepulcher now stands in the Old City of Jerusalem. ... Read More »

Iranian Mother Stops the Execution of Her Son’s Murderer, Choosing Forgiveness Instead

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Iranian Mother Stops the Execution of Her Son’s Murderer, Choosing Forgiveness Instead. Image credit: AP Imagine you had the ultimate chance for revenge, to inflict the worst pain you’ve ever felt in equal measure on the person who caused it. In Iran, this is part of the legal system: Qisas, the sharia law of retribution, can be applied literally in some cases. One ... Read More »

Jordan ‘targets vehicles crossing from Syria’


Jordanian warplanes have targeted and destroyed several vehicles trying to cross the border from Syria, the Jordanian military has said. A statement said the “camouflaged” vehicles tried to enter from a rugged area. When warning shots were ignored, the fighter jets opened fire, it added. Photographs given to the BBC showed two unmarked pick-up trucks riddled with bullets, one of ... Read More »

Jesus Lived in a Police State


“There is no evidence that Jesus himself openly advocated violent actions. But he was certainly no pacifist. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but the sword” (Matthew 10:34 | Luke 12:51).” ― Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Those living through this present ... Read More »

Nigeria: Boko Haram Kidnaps 200 Girls from Borno State School


Members of the Boko Haram Islamist terrorist group have allegedly kidnapped at least 200 girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno state, according to reports. Parents of the girls told the BBC that attackers arrived at the school in Chibok and forced the teenagers at gunpoint on to four lorries. Boko Haram, which has been conducting an armed campaign ... Read More »

St Kilda church leader protests asylum seeker policy with Easter crucifix installation

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AN EASTER sculpture with a confronting political message is on display at the Uniting Church’s St Kilda Parish Mission. The Rev John Tansey installed the three life-size wooden crucifixes to voice his protest of the Federal Government’s offshore asylum seekers policy. Barbed-wire figures of a father, mother and infant hang from the imposing crucifixes on church grounds at the busy ... Read More »