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News in brief

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03 August 2012

Paxman rapped over 'hogwash'

JEREMY PAXMAN breached guidelines on causing offence in his interview with Professor Richard Dawkins on BBC2's Newsnight, the BBC Trust editorial-standards committee has ruled. The committee rejected a complainant's accusation of bias, but said that some viewers were "unlikely" to have expected the presenter's style to extend to the use of terms such as "religious hogwash" in reference to Genesis, and "stupid people", when talking about those with a literal belief in the Old Testament.

Trust must prove charitable status

THE Charity Commission has refused charitable status to a religious group on the basis of rules introduced in 2006, which state that the advancement of religion alone does not make make an organisation eligible for charitable status: it must prove that this is done so for public benefit. The Preston Down Trust, part of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, is appealing to the regulator.

Zimbabwean pilgrims fear arrest

ANGLICANS in Zimbabwe fear arrest for trying to commemorate the life of Arthur Shearly Cripps, an English priest and missionary who took the side of the African population in a conflict with the British South Africa Company over land. Last year, pilgrims were unable to take part in celebrations at the shrines after the deposed Bishop of Harare, Nolbert Kunonga, claimed ownership of the site (News, 5 August 2011).

Saskatchewan elects first indigenous bishop

THE diocese of Saskatchewan has elected its first indigenous bishop. The election and consecration of the Bishop-elect, the Ven. Adam Halkett, the Archdeacon of Saskatchewan, is part of Mamuwe Isi Mywachimowin ("Together in the Gospel"), a proposal adopted by the indigenous council and executive committee of Saskatchewan, and approved by the Metropolitan and the executive committee of the province of Rupert's Land in 2011.

Treasurer charged with fraud

A FORMER church treasurer charged with abusing her position to defraud a church and a pre-school of a total of almost £120,000 has been sent to Plymouth Crown Court. Nicola Holding, of Hamoaze Place, Plymouth, has so far indicated no plea to allegations that she defrauded both St Boniface's Church in St Budeaux, and St Boniface pre-school.

 

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