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Killings in Brussels Warrant a Response That Does Not Alienate
March 22, 2016 By Faith Matters

Killings in Brussels Warrant a Response That Does Not Alienate

The mass murder and carnage that took place today in Brussels has led to a measured response from the public and from others on social media. The sheer brutality of the killing has led to a response that has talked of communities ‘coming together’ against the extremists and terrorists. This is the right and proportionate […]

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On friendship between faiths
December 18, 2015 By Faith Matters

On friendship between faiths

Dear Community, Our synagogue received three unusual Chanukkah cards last week. They each begin Dear Jewish Community, I send this message to you as a Muslim. I share with you the celebration of spiritual light that opposes the darkness of religious hatred. Each concludes ‘Your Muslim neighbour’ and carries a personal signature. The Joseph Interfaith […]

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Extremism Project in Waltham Forest Hits Further Problems
December 1, 2015 By Faith Matters

Extremism Project in Waltham Forest Hits Further Problems

In May 2015, we were contacted by parents in Waltham Forest who were concerned about a ‘questionnaire‘ that was being circulated to young people in schools. We were aware of the following questionnaires being circulated in Buxton School in Leytonstone (Waltham Forest) and the questionnaires seemed to indicate that they related to Prevent work. The […]

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The Paris Terror Murders Show Us What We Are All Up Against
November 14, 2015 By Faith Matters

The Paris Terror Murders Show Us What We Are All Up Against

We are shocked and horrified to learn about the murders of over 120 people on Friday evening in Paris. As news unfolds, it is becoming clear that terrorists targeted the cultural and social heart of Paris. As the Turkish Prime Minister has stated, these crimes are a “crime against humanity”. These multiple attacks show the […]

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The Release of Shaker Aamer After 14 Years Highlights the Excesses of the ‘War on Terror’
November 1, 2015 By Faith Matters

The Release of Shaker Aamer After 14 Years Highlights the Excesses of the ‘War on Terror’

Faith Matters warmly welcomes the release of Shaker Aamer after 14 long years. Many of them were spent in the legal black hole that is Guantanamo and it is clear that the long periods of solitary confinement have also had an impact on his mental and physical health. Yet, it should never have come to […]

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Response from Faith Matters to Counter-Extremism Measures Announced Today
October 19, 2015 By Faith Matters

Response from Faith Matters to Counter-Extremism Measures Announced Today

The announcement from the Prime Minister regarding a raft of measures as part of the counter-extremism strategy primarily looks to disrupt extremist activities including the use of venues, the posting of extremist material and tougher measures on radio and television channels showing extremist content. These are a raft of measures that will be implemented in […]

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Church Leaders Release Letter on Refugees to Cameron
October 18, 2015 By Faith Matters

Church Leaders Release Letter on Refugees to Cameron

Following the recent calls by faith leaders from across a range of faiths, the Church of England has released a letter it had written to the Prime Minister asking him for further action on allowing in more refugees from Syria into the United Kingdom. The letter has been released and picked up by the Guardian […]

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IS Executes Ten People in Syria for Being Gay
September 22, 2015 By Faith Matters

IS Executes Ten People in Syria for Being Gay

IS have supposedly killed 10 people it accused of being gay, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.  The killings were committed yesterday, Monday, in northern Syria. The executions included the murder of 9 adults and one boy whom IS accused of being involved in homosexuality. The Observatory suggested that the killings were conducted in […]

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Al Qaeda Leader, Al-Zawahiri, Urges Young Muslims to Attack Targets
September 13, 2015 By Faith Matters

Al Qaeda Leader, Al-Zawahiri, Urges Young Muslims to Attack Targets

Al Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri has released a video message urging young Muslim men to attack targets in the United States and in Western nations. The video seems to have been made within the last two months and could be a way of diverting the growing rift between IS and Al Qaeda which has seen […]

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Annulment of Marriage Made Shorter in Specific Cases by the Pope
September 11, 2015 By Faith Matters

Annulment of Marriage Made Shorter in Specific Cases by the Pope

Pope Francis has made the annulment of marriage simpler and easier with a call for bishops to be more welcoming to divorced couples. It is one of the biggest changes around guidance regarding divorce in the Catholic church for over 250 years. Yet, all is not what it seems and the Catholic Church’s position is […]

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