Monthly Archives: April 2010

Economic Inequality and Religion

The outgoing Labour Government’s often controversial Equality Bill received royal assent on 8 April and became the Equality Act 2010. In the economic sphere the legislation, and the Parliamentary debates on it, were informed by the work of the independent … Continue reading

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Voting Intentions and Attitudes to Religious Minorities

With just over a week to go before the general election, we are literally awash with opinion polls at present. Unfortunately, few of those conducted during the present campaign have featured faith-specific issues, while the relatively small sample sizes mean … Continue reading

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Demonic Britain

There have been 968 reports of demonic activity in Britain during the past quarter-century, according to research conducted by Lionel Fanthorpe for the latest DVD release of the US television series Supernatural, which is normally broadcast on the cable channel … Continue reading

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Guardian Fact File not so factual

The Guardian is publishing a series of ‘Factfile UK’ supplements this week. The first of them was on Population (Saturday 24 April 2010).

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Christianity in Western Europe

On 1 April the Paris-based Roman Catholic daily newspaper La Croix published the headline findings of a poll which it had commissioned into Western European attitudes to Christianity. The survey was undertaken online by the Institut Français d’Opinion Publique (IFOP) … Continue reading

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Religiosity and Party Choice

It’s interesting to read Justin Parkinson, Political Reporter at the BBC, on Christianity and the election.

It’s noteworthy that in the European elections of 2009, the Christian Party – established five years earlier – won 250,000 votes, or 1.6 per cent nationally. While this was not a significant result at the national level, it was nevertheless ahead of Arthur Scargill’s Socialist Labour Party. The party also polled 2.9 per cent in London. Continue reading

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St George, Patron Saint of England

Friday (23 April) will be St George’s Day, celebrated for centuries as England’s national day. George was a Christian martyr of the fourth century AD who has been England’s patron saint since the fourteenth century, in succession to Edward the … Continue reading

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Saliency of Political Issues

We have already noted one headline finding from the online Cpanel survey of 422 practising Christians conducted by ComRes for Premier Christian Radio between 30 March and 12 April 2010 (‘Christians and the general election’, 19 April). Hot off the … Continue reading

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In the Firing Line

One of the more surprising religion-related news stories in recent weeks has been the row which developed over the use of models of ‘generic Eastern buildings’ on the Ministry of Defence (MoD)’s firing range at Bellerby, North Yorkshire. They were … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict on the Back Foot

Pope Benedict XVI has just celebrated the fifth anniversary of his accession to office, but his position is coming increasingly under fire in the wake of mounting revelations about the Roman Catholic Church’s complicity in the clerical abuse of children … Continue reading

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