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
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