(RNS) One caller to the TV program asked in Urdu what punishment was due for anyone showing disrespect to the Prophet Muhammad. “We are ready, and should be ready at all times, to kill a blasphemer,” was the response.
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(RNS) Irish Catholic politicians and Parliament members who voted for a controversial law that allows abortion under certain circumstances will not be excommunicated or denied Communion, Archbishop Eamon Martin said.
(RNS) Spokesmen for the Church of England deny it is about to invest in controversial fracking explorations, but it is also asserting its rights to mines and minerals under privately owned land.
(RNS) While planning for a sixth child, a high-profile British couple told the Daily Mail (Aug. 2) they plan to sue the Church of England to get married there. The new law, signed by the queen, stipulates that no religious denomination will be forced to carry out such services.
(RNS) Archbishop Justin Welby has offered to open credit unions, which charge much lower annual percentage rates than Wonga, in as many as 16,000 churches.
(RNS) The survey shows the U.K.’s estimated 280,000 Muslims report giving more money annually to charity than Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Jews.
(RNS) Jacob Slinger, a 19-year-old who lives in Greater Manchester, won an appeal against the Department of Works and Pensions after he’d been denied a jobseeker’s allowance of 56.80 pounds ($86.67) a week because he refused to work on Saturdays.
(RNS) Under the new law, gay men and women will be able to join together in civil ceremonies or in church services — although no religious denomination will be forced to carry out such services. Neither the Roman Catholic Church nor the Church of England will perform such marriages.
(RNS) The head of programming at Channel 4 describes the decision to broadcast live the Muslim call to prayer as an act of “provocation” aimed at viewers who associate Islam with terrorism and extremism.