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  • Lawmakers in Canada's House of Commons, with strong encouragement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government, passed a motion Thursday paving the way for future measures to combat Islamophobia.

    The motion, which passed easily, asks the government to "recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear” and “condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination."

    In the wake of the January attack on a Quebec mosque that left six Muslim men dead, Trudeau's government has come under pressure to denounce all forms of religious discrimination.

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  • Christian apologist Nabeel Qureshi is fighting hard against stage IV stomach cancer, but even in the face of such a challenge, he is still finding the strength to share his faith.

    In a recent vlog, the former Muslim shared an amazing story of how he asked Jesus to reveal Himself in a dream and he got an answer he wasn't quite expecting.

    "A lot of people who are leaving Islam and become Christian do so because they have seen Jesus in a dream or a vision. I did receive dreams and visions when I was seeking the truth about Christianity and Islam but I never actually saw Jesus in a dream or a vision. I saw things that led me to the Gospel. I was thrilled to have seen Jesus in a dream. I had been praying for it. I had been asking for guidance and I think I got some," he shared. 

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  • A panel of judges at Taiwan's top court are hearing a case that could make the island the first place in Asia to introduce gay marriage.

    The case has been brought by a gay activist as well as municipal authorities from the capital, Taipei.

    Taiwan's parliament has also been debating whether to pass laws that would allow same-sex marriage.

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  • Think of a Monty Python film with blasphemous content, and Life of Brian springs to mind.

    Yet previously unseen files from the British Board of Film Classification show that the comedy team’s earlier offering, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, fell foul of the censors for repeated use of the words 'Jesus Christ!'

    A scene in which King Arthur encounters a taunting Frenchman played by John Cleese - "I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries" - is followed by the French catapulting cows over the ramparts at the king and his men.

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  • The hashtag 'PrayForLondon' is trending on social media. But so is 'Antwerp'. Because no sooner were we invited to pray for London than a man of 'North African descent' was narrowly prevented from doing something similar in the Belgian city. This is life as usual in Europe now, of course. But among the endless replays to date – and the endless replays yet to come – there are several things worth noting about Wednesday's attack in London.

    The first is that the perpetrator – now identified as one Khalid Masood – was in one sense unusual. A recent comprehensive analysis published by my colleague Hannah Stuart found that among Islamist-related offences in the UK the most common age of the offender was 22. So at 52 years old Khalid Masood was some decades older than the average attacker. Although this is wholly speculative, that is a possible reason why he avoided being regarded as an imminent threat by MI5. There has only been one other individual in the UK who has sought to participate in remotely similar acts at Masood’s age.

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  • The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken of how yesterday's Westminster attack and the reaction to it illustrate the foundational values of British society.

    Speaking in the House of Lords this morning in response to the Prime Minister's earlier statement, he offered three 'pictures'.

    'The first is of a vehicle being driven across Westminster Bridge by someone who had a perverted, nihilistic, despairing view of objectives of what life is about, of what society is about, that could only be fulfilled by death and destruction.'

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  • A former chairman of governors at a state secondary school embroiled in the alleged Trojan horse controversy has told a tribunal that he would not describe himself as extremist or radical.

    Tahir Alam told a care standards tribunal that he was a Muslim who believed in democratic values and held generally mainstream political views.

    Alam, who was chairman of governors at Park View school in Alum Rock, Birmingham, from 1997 to 2014, and chairman of a trust set up to manage the school, has been barred from involvement in the management of schools by the Department for Education.

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  • The Church of England’s first black bishop in more than 20 years has said that he came to Britain from Nigeria as a missionary to a "spiritually deficient" country.

    The Right Rev Woyin Karowei Dorgu was consecrated as the Bishop of Woolwich last week, the first black bishop since the consecration of John Sentamu in 1996 and only the third in the church’s history.

    Born in Nigeria, where he trained as a GP, he said that he felt called to missionary work and was drawn to Britain as "part of a global western world that was spiritually deficient in many ways".

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  • Four people - including an attacker and a police officer - have been confirmed dead after a man drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and then entered parliament armed with one or more knives.

    Emergency services received calls alerting them to an incident at 2.40pm on Wednesday, with a first medical response on the scene six minutes later. An air ambulance helicopter landed outside parliament as emergency services attended to casualties on Westminster Bridge and within New Palace Yard on the parliamentary estate. Parliament was adjourned and locked down as police imposed a security cordon around Westminster, including Whitehall and Victoria Street.

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  • Faith schools, particularly Catholic primaries, lack social and economic diversity, the report says.

    Faith schools are more economically and ethnically segregated than secular schools, a new report has found.

    This is particularly pronounced at Catholic primary schools, according to the study, Understanding School Segregation in England: 2011 to 2016, which has been produced by integration charity The Challenge.

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