The Church and the Charter

Thomas Andrew explores the forgotten Christian contributions to our most iconic legal document - Magna Carta

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Religion in the Media

A daily roundup of media stories about religion.

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Comment: Amazing grace should teach us tolerance

Our revulsion at the Tunisia terror attack should not turn us into a society that tries to eradicate all vestiges of religion - Times

The group talking religion in secular french schools

For the past several years, 'Coexister' has gone into secular French schools to break down religious stereotypes - NPR

Trucker chaplains spread their faith on the highway

As truckers face loneliness, improper nutrition and poor healthcare, organization brings ‘mobile chapels’ to truck stops - Guardian

Welby expresses concern about Episcopal gay marriage vote

The move by the Episcopal Church contrasts with the position of the Church of England - Washington Post

A problem of 'religion' and polling in China

“‘Religion’ in China is a contested term. You have to look at how the questions are posed - New York Times

Catholic organisations call for greener lifestyle choices

The CIDSE follows Pope Francis’s environmental encyclical by calling for action against global warming - Guardian

CofE divests from Soco oil firm over Virunga operations

CoE sells £1.6m stake, citing ethical concerns over UK firm’s controversial plans to drill in the Congo national park - Guardian

Saying homosexuality is 'wrong' could indicate 'extremism'

Anti-gay comments could ‘trigger a thought’ about possible radicalisation says Education Secretary - Telegraph

Vatican 'may' consider divestment from fossil fuels

Activist Naomi Klein says she believes a possible divestment policy is under discussion - Guardian

Jewish population back to pre-Holocaust level

The Jewish People Policy Institute said in its annual survey that there were about 16.6 million Jews around the world - Times

Church blazes across south investigated as possible arsons

Federal investigators are looking at a series of recent fires at black churches in southern states - Guardian

New anti-radicalisation law for prisons and universities

Counter-Terrorism Act, which also applies to NHS trusts, schools and further education institutions, comes into force - Guardian

Whitchurch baby loss memorial consecrated by bishop

A new memorial for babies who have died before or soon after birth has been unveiled at a Shropshire church - BBC

Comment: ‘Religion of peace’ is not a harmless platitude

The violence of the Islamists is, truthfully, only to do with Islam: the worst version of Islam, but Islam nonetheless - Spectator

Comment: It’s politics, not religion, that creates terrorists

The radicalisation hypothesis steers us away from the real causes of terrorism - Guardian

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