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Moderator Lorna Hood with other religious representatives

Scottish independence: Role of religion ‘should be recognised’

Churches and faith groups are calling for the role of religion to be recognised in any written constitution for Scotland. They plan to hold an interfaith conference on the subject in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, in July. The call follows an interfaith meeting convened by the Church of Scotland. The Scottish government said it did not […]

Thomas S. Monson

Head of Mormon church summoned by British magistrates’ court over Adam and Eve teaching

A British magistrate has issued an extraordinary summons to the worldwide leader of the Mormon church alleging that its teachings about mankind amount to fraud. Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been ordered to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London next month to defend the church’s […]


Proposals for mosque next to school dropped

Plans for a mosque within the grounds of a school in one of Scotland’s most affluent suburbs have been officially abandoned. Councillors in East Renfrewshire voted unanimously to drop the proposals for Newton Mearns, south of Glasgow, after it generated a significant public response. Plans for a joint campus in Newton Mearns, including Jewish and […]


Young Jews ‘are more religious’ than elders

Young Jewish people have a stronger religious identity than older generations, according to a study of Britain’s Jewish community. The report, by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, showed that the younger a Jewish person was, the more likely they were to keep a kosher diet, observe the Sabbath as a day of rest and […]

Rev Ruairidh MacLean

Christian Witness to Israel appoints new Scottish Secretary

Christian Witness to Israel (CWI) has appointed Rev Ruairidh MacLean as its new Scottish Secretary. Mr MacLean is a graduate of the Free Church College, where he gained his Bachelor of Theology degree, and he was previously the minister of Leverburgh Free Church minister on the Isle of Harris. Ruairidh is married to Peigi and […]


Mormon youth leader Karl Monsen Elvik jailed for indecency in Glasgow

A church [sic] youth leader who admitted indecency offences against eight boys has been jailed for 18 months. Karl Monsen Elvik, an ex-member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Pollok, Glasgow, committed the offences from 1986 to 1994. Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how he took pictures of boys in states […]


Jewish community back ‘opt in’ to religious education

Scotland’s Jewish communities have backed an “opt-in” system for religious activities in non-denominational schools. The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) has raised concerns that non-Christian pupils often feel “excluded and alienated” during prayers and ceremonies, in a response to a petition by Secular Scotland which has called for an end to pupils automatically participating […]

Daniel Seaman

Israeli spin doctor who attacked Church of Scotland is silenced over Facebook posts

An Israeli government spin doctor has been barred from speaking out in public after a series of vitriolic diatribes on Facebook that included an attack on the Church of Scotland and condemnation of memorials honouring the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb victims. The official gagging order has been imposed on Daniel Seaman, outgoing deputy director […]

Protestants are 'more creative' than Catholics and Jews because they don't have an adequate outlet for their feelings

Protestants are ‘more creative’ than Catholics and Jews because they don’t have an adequate outlet for their feelings

Protestants are more creative than Catholics and Jews, new research has found. Researchers from the University of Illinois wanted to test a previously-held theory that introverted people who suppress emotions about sex and depravity are more creative than people who are more open and extroverted. They discovered that Protestants, or people who grow up in […]

Ephraim Borowski

‘Door is closed on dialogue between Jewish community and Church of Scotland’

Writing to the Herald newspaper, Ephraim Borowski, director of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, said: “As the representative body of the Jewish community in Scotland, the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities deeply regrets the Church of Scotland’s approval of a report that provides a veneer of theological respectability for what is effectively a call […]

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