A new Church of England-associated school has been forced to go on "lockdown" as it faces outrage from parents and students for removing a cross from its student-designed school logo.
According to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, parents and students are furious with Oak CE Primary School in the Crosland Moor district of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire after school officials decided to redesign the school logo by scrubbing out a cross featured in the logo.
The primary institution, which is funded by the state and governed by both the Kirklees Council and the Church of England, opened on May 3 as a result of a merger between three preexisting schools. more >>
The Rev. Canon Andrew White, at one time the only Anglican vicar in Iraq and known as "The Vicar of Baghdad," has been suspended from his own charity over alleged payments made to free sex slaves seized by the Islamic State terror group.
White, the president of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, has been suspended by the charity's trustees, and a statutory inquiry has also been launched by the official regulator of charities in England and Wales, the Charity Commission, according to Anglican Community News Service.
The 52-year-old British clergyman acknowledged in a Facebook post that he had been suspended over "some inaccurate statements I made about our work with and funding for the former slave girls taken by ISIS," and added, "What is clear is that at no time did we pay money to any terrorists." more >>
The United Kingdom's referendum to leave the European Union was a global shocker, as more than 17 million people voted to leave the European bureaucracy.
Commonly called "Brexit," the fallout to the vote was immediate as Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation and the succession of a new leader by September.
At the heart of the successful Brexit movement was one man: Nigel Farage. The 52-year-old leader of the UK Independence Party is considered the champion of the effort to leave the EU. more >>
The Very Rev Dr Jonathan Draper, the Dean of Exeter Cathedral in the U.K., said that he is embarrassed by Christians who voted for Britain to leave the European Union in last week's referendum, though later he apologized for also suggesting voters are "stupid."
The Express&Echo noted that Draper made a series of comments on social media following the referendum, expressing his disappointment with the results, in which 52 to 48 percent of U.K. citizens voted to sever ties with the EU by 2019.
Draper responded to a poll suggesting that Christians were more likely to vote for Leave than other religious groups by tweeting: "As a Christian I am embarrassed and apologise." more >>
Both the Church of England and the Catholic Church in England and Wales have urged the United Kingdom to continue showing compassion and generosity toward strangers in need despite the results of Thursday's national referendum, in which British citizens voted to leave the European Union.
"As citizens of the United Kingdom, whatever our views during the referendum campaign, we must now unite in a common task to build a generous and forward looking country, contributing to human flourishing around the world. We must remain hospitable and compassionate, builders of bridges and not barriers," the CofE wrote in its official response to the referendum.
"Many of those living among us and alongside us as neighbours, friends and work colleagues come from overseas and some will feel a deep sense of insecurity. We must respond by offering reassurance, by cherishing our wonderfully diverse society, and by affirming the unique contribution of each and every one," it added. more >>
Evolutionary biologist and famous atheist author Richard Dawkins says the stroke he suffered earlier this year has not changed his belief that nothing comes after death.
Dawkins said during an interview with BBC that he is doing fine physically following a stroke he suffered in February, which forced him to cancel a number public appearances, including Washington D.C.'s "Reason Rally" earlier in June.
When asked whether the stroke has caused him to reconsider some of his views on death and life, The God Delusion author said, "Well, nothing lies beyond. I consider mortality from time to time, I suspect we all do, but certainly nothing lies beyond." more >>