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Muslims and Sikhs attack Cameron’s gay marriage plan

24th March 2012

Tim Ross, The Daily Telegraph David Cameron’s plan to legalise gay marriage is “unnecessary and unhelpful”, the country’s largest Muslim organisation has said. The leader of Britain’s Sikh community also attacked the proposal to extend the definition of marriage to same-sex couples, describing it as an “assault on religion”. Senior Roman Catholic and Anglican bishops…

Yes, he’s a stupid thug – but are there dark truths here we need to confront?

21st March 2012

Carol Sarler, The Daily Mail Dennis Waterman is an idiot. He’s an idiot — at the very least — for twice slapping his ex-wife Rula Lenska during their famously turbulent, 11-year marriage. He’s a double idiot for admitting it so many years after their divorce. And he’s three times an idiot for even attempting a…

Toulouse shootings: race, religion and murder

20th March 2012

Flachra Gibbons, Comment Is Free The Toulouse killings have come at a time when French politicians use a language of hatred Over the past few years of recession and regression, it has become a trite truism of European politics that you can’t go wrong going to the right. Politicians across the continent have found a…

On the Resignation of Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

16th March 2012

Well, I guess all good things must come to an end. And what drove me to put these few words together was that very fact: Rowan Williams was indeed good for the country, the Anglican Church and most certainly in my opinion the Muslim community here in the UK. I feel somewhat qualified to be able to make that assertion. Having…

Living on Borrowed Time

Somayya Patel, 1st Ethical CT - 14th March 2012

“The time I kill is killing me.” – Mason Cooley You may have heard the term ‘time management’ before and dismissed it as being one of the many newly concocted phrases of the self-help industry. However, it refers to using the time one has in the most effective manner and although not always labeled as…

Animal Welfare in Islam

12th March 2012

Fazila Bux, Asian Image (ED: to see 1st Ethical’s latest campaign concerning Animal Welfare, please see here and get involved!) What distinguishes human beings from the rest of the earth’s creatures is that we have been gifted with intellect and willpower. Both of these characteristics bring about a certain level of responsibility. In other words,…

Reconciling Faith and Culture

9th March 2012

Alia Raffia Ullah, IslamOnline The relationship between culture and religion has been subject of continuous debate and rigorous study. Particularly for Muslims living in the West, trying to develop a balance between practicing Islam within the prevalent cultural attitudes, is often viewed as a predicament.   The majority of today’s Muslim families arrived in the…

Forget the Women. Pass me a Pancake.

Abu Eesa Niamatullah - 7th March 2012

I’m still not quite sure where I stand with tomorrow being International Women’s Day: does it actually honour them or patronise them? I have to be honest, I’m still not convinced with the official line of “a global celebration of women..with a general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for…

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