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Category: Religion

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God-given talent: Saka, Rashford and Sterling blaze a trail for black British Christians

The trio of young England footballers learned about social duty in their devout childhoods and took that to Euro 2020In the reception area of Bukayo Saka’s old school, brightly-coloured pennants representing the competing nations in Euro 2020 have not …

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‘I want to take this global’: the success of the Muslim Golf Association

With prayer breaks, halal food and no alcohol or gambling, MGA golf days allow UK Muslims to play in line with their principlesWhen Amir Malik fell in love with golf a few years ago, he soon realised that as a practising Muslim he didn’t quite fit in w…

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Les Hijabeuses: the female footballers tackling France’s on-pitch hijab ban

Young players excluded from matches because of their religious dress find a way to play on and encourage other hijab-wearing women into the sportFouné Diawara was 15 years old when she was first told she could not wear her hijab in a football match.It …

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No criminality in video of Rangers players after title win, police say

Glasgow club starts legal action against ‘individuals’ over alleged sectarian language despite decisionRangers has said it is taking legal action against “certain individuals” after police found no criminality in a video that appeared to show players u…

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Not cricket: religious divide threatens a last bastion of secular India

Allegations against Wasim Jaffer of favouritism raise fears that anti-Muslim sentiment is infecting the gameIt is often described as India’s greatest unifier, a sport that – at least on the field – has been insulated from the religious schisms that hav…

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Not cricket: religious divide threatens a last bastion of secular India

Allegations against Wasim Jaffer of favouritism raise fears that anti-Muslim sentiment is infecting the gameIt is often described as India’s greatest unifier, a sport that – at least on the field – has been insulated from the religious schisms that hav…

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Not cricket: religious divide threatens a last bastion of secular India

Allegations against Wasim Jaffer of favouritism raise fears that anti-Muslim sentiment is infecting the gameIt is often described as India’s greatest unifier, a sport that – at least on the field – has been insulated from the religious schisms that hav…

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MPs urge British Olympians to boycott 2022 Beijing Winter Games

Lib Dem leader Ed Davey and Labour MP Chris Bryant urge officials and athletes to protest against oppression of Uighur communitiesSenior political figures have called for British athletes to boycott next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing in response to…

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Pope salutes NBA ‘champions’ for work on racial justice during Vatican meeting

Pope Francis invited players to Vatican City for receptionNBA players led protests against social injustice this summerPope Francis lauded a delegation of NBA players who met him at the Vatican on Monday as “champions” and said he supported their work …

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Call to close teenage sex ‘loophole’ for faith leaders and coaches

Report says law fails to prevent supervising adults from having sex with 16- and 17-year-oldsA cross-party group of MPs has called for a change in the law that allows adults in positions of trust, from sports coaches to faith leaders, to legally have s…

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Israel Folau implies bushfires are God’s punishment for same-sex marriage – video report

In a video posted online, Israel Folau has implied the recent Australian bushfires are a punishment from God for the country legalising abortion and same-sex marriage. During the 10-minute recording, Folau says the timing of the bushfire crisis is no c…

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Israel Folau under fire for saying bushfires are God’s punishment

Former Wallabies player’s comments in sermon follow controversy over his sacking for social media postsScott Morrison has labelled comments by sacked rugby union star Israel Folau linking devastating bushfires to Australia passing laws to legalise abor…

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Israel Folau reportedly tells Australian Christian Lobby he would ‘absolutely’ repeat anti-gay posts

Folau, who was the headline speaker at ACL conference, reportedly said he knew posts would ‘be offensive to a lot of people’Israel Folau has said he knew telling homosexuals they were destined for hell would be “offensive” but would “absolutely” repeat…

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Church criticises Wayne Rooney over Derby gambling tie-up

Former England captain’s surprise move to Derby partly funded by online casinoThe Church of England and healthcare professionals have criticised the footballer Wayne Rooney over his transfer to Derby County, which involves a lucrative deal to promote a…

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Israel Folau’s cousin dismissed by Catholic school over religious beliefs

Josiah Folau reportedly called the school ‘a synagogue of Satan’ and labelled the Catholic mass ‘a paganistic ritual’The cousin of the sacked rugby star Israel Folau has reportedly been let go from his job at a Sydney Catholic school after calling the …

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Israel Folau and Rugby Australia headed for court after failing to resolve dispute

Rugby player said he was ‘disappointed’ a settlement could not be reached at Fair Work CommissionRugby Australia and Israel Folau have failed to reach an agreement over the ex-Wallaby’s sacking after a nearly four-hour meeting, with the dispute now des…

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Israel Folau says he will seek apology from Rugby Australia over sacking

Folau also claims in interview with Alan Jones and Peta Credlin that Rugby Australia offered him money to take down Instagram postIsrael Folau has said he will seek an apology from Rugby Australia and an admission that the code erred in terminating his…

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Israel Folau donations soar past $2m – as Australian Christian Lobby cashes in

Support ‘overwhelming’, ACL says, announcing it will suspend campaign for nowA campaign to raise funds to support Israel Folau’s legal stoush with Rugby Australia could soon be suspended after donations reached $2m.The Australian Christian Lobby, which…

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Israel Folau: Australian Christian lobby hosts new fundraising effort

ACL steps in after GoFundMe pulls plug on former Wallabies star’s online appealThe Australian Christian Lobby is hosting a fundraising effort on its website for the former Wallabies star Israel Folau after his GoFundMe page was shut down.As at 7am Tues…

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Israel Folau donations page taken down by GoFundMe for breaching terms of service

Digital fundraising platform says it is committed to fight for equality for LGBTIQ+ people and will refund donorsIsrael Folau’s fundraising page for his legal challenge against Rugby Australia has been taken down for breaching GoFundMe’s terms of servi…