Israel Freezes New Recognition of Jerusalem Patriarch

The latest development in the Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem saga, from the Jerusalem Post: In a new legal twist, the High Court of Justice on Wednesday froze Israeli recognition of Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III, reopening a bitter international dispute that has roiled the church. The Israeli government chose to recognise Theophilos patriarch a couple […]

US News Anchor Has “Never Met Poor Jewish Person”

Attempt to expound Prosperity Gospel causes controversy The Sacramento State Hornet carries a story under the headline “Anchor talks religion, baffles group, students”: Adrienne Bankert, television anchor for KCRA 3, visited Sacramento State today to speak about her religious views at a discussion hosted by members of the International Students Christian Fellowship… As part of […]

Apprentice Boys March Comes to English Village

The UK village of Stotfold, near Luton and Bedford, has become an unlikely setting for controversy over a Northen-Ireland style march to commemorate the siege of Londonderry. The Comet reports: A CONTROVERSIAL march will go ahead despite fears of a public backlash and vigorous objections from a town council. Luton and Bedford Browning Club and […]

“Master of the Black Arts” to Speak at Springbok Club

From the website of the London-based Springbok Club: 2008 AGM  –  to be followed by a special tribute to long-standing Springbok Club/ELC ExCo member Bill Binding, who sadly died in November, by his nephew Dr. John Pope-de Locksley. The Springbok Club, which I have blogged on a couple of times in the past, agitates for […]

Avataq Cultural Institute Reports Ancient Engravings not Damaged

Refutes 2006 story of destruction by conservative Christians The website of the Avataq Cultural Institute in Canada has a short article by archaeologist Daniel Gendron on the Qajartalik Petroglyphs, ancient engravings which were last year erroneously reported to have been vandalised by local Christians offended by their pagan origins: Louis Gagnon, curator at Avataq, and […]

Policy Exchange vs Free Speech

Think-tank threatens to sue BBC Newsnight over faked evidence claim There is not much argument over the fact that extremist Islamist literature from Saudi Arabia has made its way into some British mosques, and that this has not been conducive to the public good. A few months ago a centre-right think-tank called the Policy Exchange […]

Russian Religious Leaders Hail Putin and Medvedev

Following on from this blog entry, Interfax has a number of statements from Russian religious leaders on Vladimir Putin and his successor-in-waiting Dmitry Medvedev. There are a few caveats about not actually endorsing particular political parties, but the religious groups and leaders who have done well out of the Putin years make it clear where […]

Orthodox Ukrainians Protest Damien Hirst Exhibition

The Orthodox Church in the Ukraine is unhappy, according to a report in Interfax: Ukraine’s Orthodox believers held a prayer manifestation in protest against an exhibition of the local businessmen Viktor Pinchuk in a Kiev art-center, which they considered blasphemous. ‘Orthodox demanded that the organizers should remove a blasphemous exposition named ‘Jesus and twelve apostles’. […]

Luther King III Joins Son of Rev Moon in Philippines Festival

Rally to call for “One Family Under God” From the Philippines Inquirer: Martin Luther King III and Hyun Jin Moon are scheduled to address participants of the Philippine leg of the Global Peace Festival 2007 slated for December 12, at the Quirino Grandstand of Rizal Park in Manila. Organizers said 250,000 will attend the festival. […]

Samoa Head of State Asks for Divine Forgiveness

Catholic event to “dedicate Samoa” in wake of Scientology visit News from Samoa, via Radio New Zealand International: On Friday, Samoa’s head of state is due to ask for divine forgiveness of his country’s sins for the first time, in a ceremony organised by the Catholic church. The ceremony – based on a traditional ifoga […]