A Muslim shopkeeper in Scotland is believed to have been stabbed to death by a fellow Muslim just hours after he posted a message on Facebook wishing Christians a happy Easter.
Asad Shah, 40, a member of the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam, was found badly wounded near his shop in the Shawlands area of Glasgow Thursday night and was later pronounced dead after he arrived at nearby Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
The fatal incident occurred just hours after the statement "Good Friday and very happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation x!" was posted to a Facebook account that British media say belongs to the Pakistani-born Shah. more >>
Prime Minister David Cameron focused his Easter Sunday message on the importance of being proud of one's Christian faith, especially following the Brussels terror attacks that killed 35 last week.
Speaking in a pre-recorded video message, the prime minister described Great Britain as a "Christian country with Christian values," adding that citizens must "all stand together and defend them," in his Easter message released Sunday.
Cameron added that when "terrorists try to destroy our way of life as they have tried to do again so despicably in Brussels — we must stand together and show that we will never be cowed by terror." more >>
A judge in England has barred a father from taking his 9-year-old son to a Christian church because the boy's Muslim mother fears an opposing worldview will "confuse" the child's faith.
The Daily Mail reports that the boy's father, who cannot be named for legal reasons and lives in Derby County, was born to Pakistani-born parents inside the U.K. and was raised in a strict Muslim household being taught that Christians were "heartless and immoral."
As a non-practicing Muslim, the man and his wife got married in 2003 and led what can be described as a Western lifestyle. But after the woman's father died, she began to become more adherent to conservative Muslim principles after her mother told her that her father was going to Hell because he did not adhere to the strict guidelines of the Muslim faith. more >>
Chocolate giants Cadbury's, Nestle and Sainsbury's are facing heavy scrutiny for removing the word "Easter" and a Christian message typically seen on packaging to commemorate the holiday in the U.K.
"It's deeply disappointing and shameful that some of the biggest companies are censoring the countries' old tradition," David Marshall, CEO of the Meaningful Chocolate Co., a Manchester-based fair trade Christian company, was quoted as saying, according to USA Today.
Cadbury's Mini Eggs Giant Egg and Dairy Milk Buttons Egg as well as Nestle's Kit Kat Chunky Egg and Smarties Egg Hunt Pack do not have the word Easter on the front of the packaging. However, Cadbury's has a special edition of the Dairy Milk chocolate bar with "Happy Easter" on it. more >>
Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of 12 refugees on Holy Thursday last week in preparation of Easter, declaring that people of all religions are "children of the same God."
"All of us together: Muslims, Hindus, Catholics, Copts, Evangelicals ... all brothers and children of the same God," the pontiff said during mass before the foot washing ceremony. "We want to live together in peace."
The 12 refugees chosen to take part of the interfaith ceremony included Muslims, Coptic Christians, and one Hindu. For the fist time the foot washing event also included women, as Francis asked for them to be added. more >>
British actor Jeremy Irons is receiving criticism on social media for saying that abortion harms a woman both psychologically and physically, and that the Church is right in calling it a sin.
"Take abortion … I believe women should be allowed to make the decision, but I also think the Church is right to say it's a sin," Irons, the "Die Hard With a Vengeance" star, told The Guardian.
"Because sin is actions that harm us," the 67-year-old actor, who plays Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," explained. "Lying harms us. Abortion harms a woman — it's a tremendous mental attack, and physical, sometimes. But we seem to get that muddled. In a way, thank God the Catholic Church does say we won't allow it, because otherwise nobody's saying that it's a sin." more >>