I savour a present, a thoughtful gift, I don't want something for the sake of tradition, and I want to give others presents I've pondered over, or that I've spotted in a shop and instantly know they will love. That's the message my religious and non-religious family gave me.
We all know that mocking someone's religion - especially in polite social situations - is taboo. When it comes to someone's 'unbelief', however, it se...
The convergence of the UK party manifestos on religious freedom is a positive development for sure. But to translate this domestic political pressure into effective foreign policy, the government should fold religious freedom promotion into a broader strategy of understanding and engaging religion in international affairs.
Today, as I contemplate the serious decision of who I should vote for, I have a key concern. Do I have deep enough reasons for voting? Or am I - are we all - being steamrollered into casting my vote for parties and politicians caught up in a system that promotes self-interest over the common good?
What Farage (and Christian Concern) have in mind are civil registrars who don't want to marry same-sex couples, guest house owners who don't want to serve gay and bisexual people and teachers who would rather not say anything positive about Muslims.
Fundamentalism jumps barriers like a virus. It is as if religious fundamentalism is transmitted to the secular ideology of the State. Think laïcité in France today. Or, in a different dynamic, try Fox News and Tea-Party Republicanism.
British Jews have never voted as a bloc, and have always made their decisions individually, while in previous parliaments there have been Jewish MPs in all three main parties. It means it is impossible lay down which particular party Jews should support in 2015 - as well as morally inappropriate.
We are all familiar with the concept of self-limiting beliefs. I am sure there have been times where you have questioned yourself and worried about whether you can indeed accomplish something you have set out to do? It ultimately comes down to belief. Belief in yourself and the beliefs which form your modus operandi.
Is a vegetarian being in a relationship with a meat-eater like a non-smoker being in a relation with a smoker; or an atheist being in relation with a theist; or a woman being in a relationship with a sexist?
A Muslim walks into a bar on a Friday night. The set-up already alludes to a preposterous story but bear with me. It's a good one. Said Muslim sits down and gets chatting to a well-meaning gentleman. The conversation flows as follows...
A conference, that was held at the Quaker's Friends House, London, featured American anti-gay cleric Sheikh Yasir Qadhi along with other extreme Wahhabi clerics who are accused of practicing hate.
Could the message of Easter be that even from the worst loss in history, God can create a different kind of miraculous goodness, that transcends our childish need for simple victory? Isn't that the beauty of Christianity generally?
One piece of advice then, to the devoutly religious looking for love in an increasingly secularised world: make it as clear as possible that you're curious about other perspectives and novel experiences.
This Easter Christians have an opportunity to reflect on the message of Christ's redemption and commit to putting their faith into action by tackling the injustices that keep many millions of people from a life lived in all its fullness. In the past, people of faith have been seminal in bringing about social change.
The church is rightly finding its voice again, calling for example at this election time for a "fresh moral vision". A vision where people are paid a decent living wage for the work they do, where the vulnerable are cared for and respected. Where government institutions treat people as people not numbers on a balance sheet.
It seems rather obvious that laws ensuring religious freedom could do lots of good to the cause of gay marriage. The importance of traditional marriage for straight couples is somewhere between 'decreasing,' 'dying' and 'dead.'