British adulterers are three times more likely to be Christian than atheist

A major survey of the religious affiliations and sex secrets of adulterers is released today by AshleyMadison.com - and if you think religious types never stray, prepare for a shock.

AshleyMadison.com is a website for people who want to have affairs, offering 'discreet encounters' for all. Their subtle tagline is 'Life is short. Have an affair.'

Male and female members of the site responded to questions providing a snapshot of their behaviours; the results? Respondents were more than three times as likely to be Anglican or Roman Catholic than atheist.

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In Northern Ireland, Protestants and Catholics unite against minorities

By John Nagle, Slate

 For the rest of the world, Northern Ireland already has a notorious reputation for religious intolerance and sectarian hatred.

Despite the 1998 peace accord to end 30 years of violent conflict, Northern Ireland remains a deeply divided society, and the appearance of intense residential segregation, separate schooling and low levels of mixed marriage are a serious problem.

But Northern Ireland has now put in a bid to be seen as a haven for equal opportunity bigots, demonstrating its capacity to broaden the local sphere of intolerance to embrace groups outside of the traditional Catholic/Protestant dualism.

First, a leading Protestant preacher announced that "Islam is Satanic." The pastor's reputation was defended by the leader of Northern Ireland's government, Peter Robinson. Robinson added, somewhat peculiarly, that while he doesn't trust Muslims who practice Sharia law, he would "trust them to go to the shops" for him.

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Complaint lodged after Scottish Parliament used to launch evangelical Christian manifesto

 Secular campaigners in Scotland have lodged a formal complaint after the Scottish Parliament was used by an evangelical Christian group to launch a manifesto ahead of the Scottish independence referendum taking place in September.

Edinburgh Secular Society (ESS) claims official guidance was breached when Holyrood was used by Evangelical Alliance Scotland (EAS) to host a reception to mark the publication of its manifesto entitled What Kind of Nation?

Official guidelines say organisations "are not permitted to use the parliament complex for official launches of any kind". In its complaint to Scottish Parliamentary, the ESS say the event constitutes a "clear and extremely serious "breach of the rules

For more details please check National Secular Society 

Do not walk your dog here! Muslims don't like dogs

A sign declaring a London park an “Islamic area” and ordering dog walkers to stay away because “Muslims do not like dogs” is being investigated by police.

The warning, branded “alarming and divisive” by the local council, appeared in Bartlett Park in east London’s Poplar.

It read: "Do not walk your dog here! Muslims do not like dogs. This is an Islamic area now."

Local Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick alerted police to the sign after a dog walker complained.

The problem is that police is not sure whether Muslim done this or anti-Muslim groups. But anyway it is alarm bell for intolerance and dividing society.  

For more details check Independent

 

Atheist group moves into former church

A group of atheists which holds a non-religious Sunday services, has found Bristol’s Trinity Centre as their new place to gathering.

The former church building in Old Market has become one of Bristol's most iconic venues and the group will now hold its regular Sunday gatherings there.

The group get together once a month and listen to speeches and music before discussing various issues and topics. Of course there is no mentioning of god or religion in their Sunday assembly.

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Eight of the most homophobic things UKIP candidates and supporters have said

As many took to the polls at the European and local elections today, PinkNews took some time to reminisce on the top ten most homophobic things said by UKIP supporters and candidates over recent years.

From saying PinkNews readers should be sectioned under the Mental Health Act, to claiming that it is okay to be homophobic if you are over 70, the party has been a fountain of anti-gay remarks.

In no particular order, here are ten of the worst comments made by the ‘Kippers.

8. UKIP CANDIDATE WRITES ON FACEBOOK THAT “POOFTERS” SHOULD BE SHOT

On 17 February, John Lyndon Sullivan wrote on Facebook: “I rather often wonder if we shot one “poofter” (GLBT whatevers), whether the next 99 would decide on balance, that they weren’t after-all? We might then conclude that it’s not a matter of genetics, but rather more of education ;)”

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Second evangelical Christian minister joins James McConnell row as he compares Islamists to Hitler

A second evangelical minister has publicly condemned Islam, comparing Muslim fundamentalists to Adolf Hitler.

Pastor Paul Burns of Adullam Christian Fellowship Church in Sandy Row, south Belfast, contacted the Belfast Telegraph yesterday to voice support for Pastor James McConnell.

"I understand exactly where he is coming from," he said.

"That is not building up hatred against Muslim people but the teaching of Islam. The Koran teaches that all infidels who do not convert to Islamic teaching, then it is correct to be able to kill all those who oppose the teaching of the Koran.

"When Pastor McConnell is talking about it as a direct teaching of Satan – it is.

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Prisons inspector gives stark warning about problems at HMP Whitemoor

Claims that tensions exist at the maximum security prison, where Muslim prisoners convicted of terrorist offences are held

A stark warning of serious problems ahead at Britain's maximum security prison with the largest proportion of Muslim inmates, has been delivered by the chief inspector of prisons.

Nick Hardwick warms that there are "some very dangerous men", including gang leaders and some Muslim prisoners convicted of terrorist offences in HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire who have been trying to influence or pressurise other prisoners.

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Catholic school’s admissions policy leaves family in “turmoil”

Parents of a child refused a place at a state funded Catholic school have criticised the school over its admissions criteria, and say the school's policy of giving preferential treatment to worshippers has left their lives in turmoil.

Oscar, aged 4, has been denied a place at St Thomas of Canterbury primary school, near Gillingham, because his parents, who live just minutes away from the school gates, don't regularly practice a religion.

The family now say they will be forced to withdraw their other son from the school, which he has attended since the age of 3.

The boy's father, David Patterson, a non-practising Christian, and his wife, of Hindu background, said the anger and stress caused by the school's unfair admissions policy has caused havoc to their family life.

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Code of conduct drawn up for UK madrasas

Under code to be announced next month by Michael Gove, Islamic schools would ensure teachers were vetted by police

A voluntary code of conduct to regulate teaching in madrasas in Britain is due to be announced next month by the education secretary, Michael Gove.

Over the past decade, ministers from all parties have expressed unease at the inability to regulate teaching in the schools, which offer supplementary education outside of mainstream schooling. But they have held back partly due to the amount of regulation that would be required.

The plans have emerged as an Ofsted inquiry continues into claims of an attempt by Islamist extremists to take over as many as 21 schools in Birmingham, a charge that is strongly rejected by many in Birmingham. Gove has appointed Peter Clarke, the former head of Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism command, to lead a Department for Education inquiry, one of four investigations being carried out.

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Secular Stagnation in the Euro Area

Most discussion about the possibility of secular stagnation has focused on US data, partly because most of the new secular stagnationists are American, partly because the data are easier to work with. But as Izabella Kaminska and James Mackintosh point out, the euro area seems closer to Japanification than the US. So are there structural changes in Europe that arguably will lead to persistently lower demand unless offset by policy?

Indeed there are. Start with demography: a falling rate of growth in the working-age population leads, other things equal, to lower investment as a share of GDP, because there is less need to equip workers with new factories, office buildings, houses, etc. And if we look at working-age population for the US, the euro area (EA), and Japan we see that Europe is now where Japan was around 1998, when I and other Japan worriers started talking in earnest about liquidity traps:

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