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  • Britain could become the first Western country to issue so-called Islamic bonds in line with Sharia law which scorns interest payments on loans.

  • 'This Bill represents a monstrous attack on human rights, human dignity and human life. In some other European countries one could be jailed for doing what we intend to make legal.

  • This is the first time that the great festival of Easter is being separated from the early spring holiday in some parts of the country. For some it is of no consequence. There is plenty of opportunity for those who wish to celebrate the Christian festival and why should everyone else be inconvenienced by the awkwardness of the date of Easter?

  • The proposal by the National Union of Teachers to allow every state school pupil to have religious instruction in their own faith is a tricky one. It provoked immediate hostility from head teachers who warned that it could open the floodgates to extremist preaching in schools and some church leaders who argued religious instruction should be confined to the religious institution the pupil's family attends.

  • Anglicanism and Islam were both founded by men who wielded total power. Under Henry VIII, politics swallowed religion. Under Muhammad, religion swallowed politics. Consequently, Anglicans struggle to defend their religious identity against a political agenda and Muslims struggle to defend their political rights against a religious agenda. Roman Catholics believe that the boundary between religion and politics is no less essential than the bridge.

  • Islam has overtaken Roman Catholicism as the world's largest religion, the Vatican has announced.

  • Evidence of child trafficking has been uncovered in Enfield.

  • Clinics that dispense contraceptive advice to schoolchildren on site are cutting teenage pregnancy rates. But of course not everyone is happy. Fran Abrams reports


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