Tag: #bbc

A question of identity: Can a person change his or her religion?

On Friday the implication was made by Rugby Union referee Nigel Owens that a person is free to change their religion. But is this true? His comments were made in relation to Rugby Australia’s recent sacking of Israel Folau following his social media comments. Owens praised the action of Rugby Australia, saying that it sent

A reflection on the BBC’s ‘The Debt Saviours’

Grace Dalton reflects on the BBC’s recent documentary on the organization Christians Against Poverty (CAP), and whether it presented a balanced view of the charity. A recent documentary, The Debt Saviours, aired on a Friday evening on BBC2. I was already well familiar with the organisation that it probes, Christians Against Poverty; I watched with

Why we ought to be concerned by Russia’s ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses

The BBC recently reported that five members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses had been detained in Russia on “extremism” charges. The religious sect was effectively banned from Russia last year by its Supreme Court. Although the Jehovah’s Witnesses are not an orthodox Christian group (they do not believe in the full divinity of Christ), Russia’s moves

Nobel Peace Prize 2018 awarded to campaigners against rape in warfare

We would like to express our delight that the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, campaigners against rape in warfare, as well as the media profile that this award has received. Dr. Mukwege is a Congolese gynaecologist who, along with his colleagues, has treated tens of thousands of

Why religion is behind the exodus from US state schools

Commendably, on Saturday the BBC website published a story exploring the religious — and social — reasons why many more Americans are now home schooling their children, rather than entrusting them to an increasingly politicized state education system. Quoting statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the article said that the number of