Church schools and the reality of religiously-based selection
In addition to challenging the misuse of statistics in recent claims about Church of England Schools, the The Fair Admissions Campaign, of which Ekklesia is part, has recently highlighted a number of Church schools that are highly selective in their admissions.
The Electoral Commission which was not consulted by the government before it developed its controversial Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill, which is in Committee stage in the House of Lords. The EC sent a briefing to peers yesterday (4 November 2013), backing a pause. It reads as follows:
Bishop Vahan Hovhanessian from the Oriental Orthodox community in the UK has made a powerful statement on the troubling situation in Syria – and particularly the widespread mistreatment of Christians and others.
The e-government petition promoted by WOW (War on Welfare), and backed by Ekklesia and a whole range of advocacy groups and individuals online, is about to reach 75,000 signatories - but needs another push by 12 December 2013 to cross the vital 100,000 threshold.
Christians in Syria concerned about military action, says agency
Open Doors, a charity set up to support Christians facing persecution throughout the world, recently presented a report to Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt at a Parliamentary meeting highlighting the particular vulnerability and targeting of the Christian minority communities within the wider Syria crisis.