Sadiq Khan, the son of a Pakistani-born bus driver, became the first Muslim mayor of London despite a campaign that included accusations of extremism.
Voters in the city of 8.5 million residents chose the Labour Party member in early May, potentially the first election of a Muslim to lead a Western European city. (Ahmed Aboutaleb was appointed mayor of Rotterdam in 2009.)
The Church of England has promised to make broad changes in dealing with sexual abuse cases after the publication of the first independent review commissioned by the church into its handling of such cases in the past.
The Anglican Communion’s worldwide leaders, finishing up four days of heated discussions in mid-January, sought to project a sense of unity despite a move to exclude the Episcopal Church from key policy decisions as a result of the American province’s acceptance of same-sex marriage.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The British government is launching an independent five-year inquiry under the leadership of a prominent New Zealand-born jurist to examine whether private and public institutions, including churches, failed to protect children from sex abuse.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) As France struggles to accommodate a restive Muslim community with terrorist elements, a report issued this week details growing hostility within Britain toward this country’s 2.7 million Muslim residents.
(The Christian Science Monitor) After California approved a law allowing the terminally ill to end their lives, joining several other states authorizing that decision, the choice is now available to nearly one in six Americans.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) British parliamentarians on Friday (September 11) soundly rejected a right-to-die bill that would have allowed people with less than six months to live to end their life legally.
Assisting a suicide is a crime in the U.K., punishable by up to 14 years in prison.
What could turn out to be the world’s oldest fragments of the Qur’an have been found at the University of Birmingham, in the United Kingdom’s second-largest city, which has a 28 percent Muslim population.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) British Prime Minister David Cameron called the fight against Islamic extremists “the struggle of our generation” and warned that some young Muslims are drawn to fundamentalists in the same way young Germans were attracted to Hitler and Nazism in the 1930s.
The 2-million-member Episcopal Church voted overwhelmingly on July 1 to let gay and lesbian couples marry in the church’s religious ceremonies, reinforcing its support for same-sex nuptials days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A leading British Muslim on Friday rejected Prime Minister David Cameron’s demand that the community do more to thwart the appeal of the Islamic State’s ideology among young Muslims.
Former British prime minister Tony Blair has a new job campaigning against religious and political extremism in Europe.
A week after he stepped down as Middle East envoy of the Quartet—the United States, United Nations, European Union, and Russia—Blair announced he is the new chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Two prominent leaders of England’s Jewish community and a representative of the chief rabbi have joined in repudiating rabbis from an ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect in London that have banned women from driving.