Removing the collective worship requirement is not a call to jettison all trace of religion from schools... Legally imposing a daily act of worship, in which pupils by law are required to "take part", goes beyond the legitimate function of the state and violates the human right of freedom of belief for children and young people.
In Ireland, news not involving Garth Brooks has ceased to exist... Vanessa Feltz told of the time Rolf Harris sexually assaulted her... Christian bakers refused to heed a customer request for a cake with Bert and Ernie icing advocating marriage equality...
As a rabbi I back fully the call of John Pritchard - the Bishop of Oxford and the Church of England's head of education - to end the practice of school prayers that have been a legal requirement for the last seventy years.
The idea of Muslims having one unifying leader is an established position in Islamic philosophy. The term for this leader is "Caliph" (successor). In his article, Mehdi Hasan makes a sweeping and quite preposterous rejection of an Islamic State having any "theological", "historical" or "empirical" evidence...
We know there is a terrible price to be paid for silence in the face of violence; for apathy in the face of oppression; and for indifference in the face of injustice. We cannot stay silent and walk by on the other side of the road. We must stand up and speak out for those who cannot stand or speak for themselves. But we cannot do it on our own.
Personal experiences of hipsters are a far cry from Williamsburg, New York but instead it was like watching pockets of East London being swallowed up by a swarm of skinny jean wearing, flat white drinking locusts. As preened men were dubbed "Metrosexuals" and "scallies" evolved into "Chavs"; in my circle "Indie" became "Hipster".
How many Parliamentarians who will shortly debate the Falconer Bill on assisted suicide are people with wide enough life experience to empathise with those who see more choice as a threat and not a blessing? How many subscribers to the BMJ put themselves, day by day, into the shoes of people for whom consumer choice is someone else's luxury, even if their editor chooses to use his journalistic position to make a ruling on behalf of ethicists everywhere?
I support the idea of the patient having the option to ask for a lethal dose of drugs to end that suffering - at least that is what I would like to have as an option should I find myself in that position.
This is the time for politicians of all hues to work with and not against the local and (new) national leadership in the Muslim communities. It may be weak and poorly organised, led largely by volunteers. But who is out there to engage with the Muslim community and bring a semblance of understanding and balance as well as practical support to the challenges they face to get things right?
In Islam, there is a concept known as 'Ummah'. In Arabic it simply means a group of people, or a nation, but in the context of the Quran it takes on a different meaning. A Muslim Ummah is a nation of people connected together by the ties of their religion... Muslims need to unite together to protect Islam from those who fought against it.
Since 2010 the Burmese military Government has embarked on an agenda of reform and modernisation, the speed of which has taken many by surprise. The reforms have seen the release of 1,100 political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as the relaxation of restrictions on freedom of the press and of expression...
Muslims in the country are 'Britain's top charity givers', giving an average of almost £371 each a year". Prime Minister David Cameron, in his video message to mark the start of Ramadan 2014, said "Here in Britain, Muslims are our biggest donors - they give more to charity than any other faith group."
We asked a sample of over 5,000 people about their attitudes to Britishness and British values, to religious charities and to Ramadan. The results paint what for me is an unsurprisingly positive picture of Britain's Muslim community, one that I believe much better reflects what we are about than the narrow stereotypes that dominate some sections of the media.
Nasser Muthana and Reyaad Khan from Cardiff, and Abdul Rakib Amin from Aberdeen, are just another example of British Muslims who have left behind their conventional British lives to seek martyrdom and jihad in a foreign land.
Religion is an idea of life, the universe and everything stating how we should live. What will happen to us after death. A God - or at least a cosmic force - has set these things in motion and may or may not keep the wheels turning by active involvement.
Along with the hope that "The Arab Spring" gave the world, it now seems that attempts at establishing some form of democracy in Lebanon, Egypt, Libya and elsewhere have not worked out so well for the US and the West. Perhaps it is time for the US and the West to rethink its mission as "Champion of Democracy" and "Keeper of World Peace".