This week is Chocolate Week (14th-20th October), when people across the UK celebrate everything to do with the sugary indulgence. Chocolate remains a household favourite in the UK today, with the average Brit eating approximately 8kg per year, and only five per cent of the population admitting to not enjoying the sweet treat within the past six months.
Today is Columbus Day in the US. Bartolomé de las Casas, protector of Indians, was a 16th century Spanish missionary with a passion for social justice who sailed with Columbus on this third voyage to the 'new world'...
Imagine being born in a country where your parents and grandparents also grew up and then one day being told you are no longer eligible for nationality there. This means you will no longer have access to education, healthcare, a formal job, social security, or even be able to marry or register the births of your children...
As greater numbers of couples intermarry between faiths (and between ethnicities), what can Christians and Muslims do to ease tensions when 'two faiths meet'?
On the eve of the Conservative Party Conference a new coalition is emerging. Driven by the injustice of a range of policies - all of which target disabled adults, older people, children and war veterans.
The attack and hostage-taking in Nairobi seems to have been led by the Somali-based Al-Shabab movement that is ostensibly 'retaliating' against the Kenyan contribution to the African Union peace-keeping force in Somalia. What is equally noticeable about the Nairobi case is that those cold-blooded killers allegedly started asking customers in the various shops of the mall for the name of the mother of the Prophet Muhammad.
Violence in the name of Islam is on everyone's minds. Imagine you are a Muslim parent, or simply a Muslim citizen, and you discover your son, or a friend, is taking an unhealthy interest in extremist websites. What do you do?
Wonga has just announced that it makes over £1million profit every week. It made almost four million loans last year and is now the UK's joint 14th biggest lender. Can anyone really compete them out of business? I believe that community finance could and should do just that.
This Friday, the High Cost Credit Bill returns to the House of Commons to resume its Second reading debate, following a Backbench Business debate on the same issue this Thursday. Unfortunately, due to the lack of Government support, there is a real risk that it will not be granted sufficient time for debate in this current parliamentary session.
One positive story to come out of the tragedy of Woolwich in May took place at the East London mosque, in Tower Hamlets, when leaders of the Christian...
Archbishop Welby, the chap that, in his work costume, looks like a luminous yellow chess piece from space, has said that the church should apologise to gay people because of the way it has treated them. I expect he won't have to speak very loudly, or go very far to do so.
A rumour going around for, oh, several millennia, is that God's divine m.o. includes sending suffering to teach us to love Him. That view has always mystified me.
The ink is not yet dry on David Cameron's gay marriage Bill and already two stories in the news this week show that the Bill's critics have been proved right. A wealthy gay couple say they "have launched" legal action to force gay weddings on the Church of England; and the BBC is cheerleading for polyamory (mutiple-partner relationships).
Today is the first day of Christian festival Greenbelt, which similar to Limmud for Jews, provides an opportunity for Christians to come together, share ideas and debate issues. Taking place over four days in Gloucestershire, there was one speaker on the bill in particular that caught our attention.
Welcome to the slaughter mad house that has become Egypt. I have no words of comfort. Freedom always has a price, and often the generation that pays it never gets to reap what they sow. Patriots hope to live to see such freedom, but know their actions and those of their fellow countrymen and women can bring such an end that they may never see. In history, it is the only thing that ever has.
Despite this posturing, the Church of England has no official position on fracking. Somehow, the Church of England has also managed to uncover a Book of Europe in their ever expanding bible. Attacking Cameron for exercising opt out of a fiscal union of Europe under Germany's economic command, they demanded a more 'constructive and positive approach'.