Religion in the News

Atheists challenge churches’ free parking permits

With cuts hitting many councils in the UK hard, many have looked for additional streams of income, including scrapping free evening and Sunday parking. The first councils to do this, such as Wyre and Canterbury, were denounced for this, with many seeing it as a “tax on worshippers”. In response, a number of local authorities responded by setting up “worship parking permit” schemes, which allowed churchgoers free Sunday morning parking. Now though, as the … Continued

Extremism on campus

MATTHEW FRANCIS: Recent weeks have seen Muslim university groups being scrutinised and challenged for allegedly segregating between genders at on-campus events. Here, Matthew Francis argues that these accusations have too often conflated extreme views and violent action, and have usually been based on an erroneous ‘conveyor belt’ thesis that sees the former as invariably leading to the latter.