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NEWS: Amish Group Battles Sewage Laws

The Swartzentruber Amish sect of Cambria County, Pennsylvania is involved in another legal dispute regarding the separation of church and state. Last seen in court in 2003, where it succeeded with the ACLU’s help in appealing a court order to affix orange reflective signs to their horse-drawn carriages, the group is now battling the state’s … Continue reading

NEWS: Barack Obama Addresses ‘the Muslim World’

U.S. President Barack Obama will address Muslims worldwide today, at a university in Cairo. The speech is seen by many to be a necessary and long-awaited exercise in reconciliation, and also a daunting challenge. The policies and wars of Obama’s predecessor, George Bush, are still a source of much resentment to many in Muslim communities … Continue reading

NEWS: The New British Creationism

Next year will mark the bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth, as well as the 150th anniversary of the publication of his groundbreaking theory. It is perhaps no surprise that these forthcoming events have led to revived interest in his work. The BBC reports that ‘creationism – the belief that God created the earth and man … Continue reading

NEWS: Benedict XVI Meets Victims of Sex Abuse

Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI ended his visit to Australia with an impromptu private mass for former victims of sexual abuse. Earlier in his visit the Pope had condemned the abuse of minors as evil and ‘a grave betrayal of trust’. See article from The Guardian This mass has been seen by some as a reinforcement … Continue reading

NEWS: GAFCON Closes: Deepening Rift in Anglican Communion

Hundreds of conservative Anglican bishops yesterday closed a meeting in Jerusalem where they met to discuss the future of the Anglican Communion in the face of an increasingly serious internal schism. The Global Anglican Future Conference (Gafcon) has been seen by many as a direct challenge and boycott of the Anglican’s 10-yearly conference in Lambeth. … Continue reading