Tag: religion

9 Britons Try to Join the Islamic State in Syria

Nine British people have been stopped at the Turkey Syria border. It is believed that they are trying to enter Syria illegally to fight for the Islamic State. The group includes three men, two women and four children. They have been stopped by the Turkish police. Around 600 Brits have left the UK to go to Syria and Iraq to fight for Islamic State, including many teenagers. However, this may be the first time that a family has tried to enter the dangerous, war-torn area with children. In February, three teenage girls from London left the UK to join the Islamic State. Read more about this story: HERE Vocabulary: Islamic State (n), border (n), illegally (adv), war-torn (adj) Story and Photo: Daily Mail What is your view on this...

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The True Story of Saint Patrick

17th March is Saint Patrick’s Day. He is the Patron Saint of Ireland, but who was he really? What is the truth and what is the myth? When I was a child, we were taught in school that Patrick killed all of the snakes in Ireland. However, this is just a myth. It is unlikely that Ireland has ever had snakes because snakes live in warmer countries. What we do know about Patrick is that when he was a child he lived in England. This part of England was a Christian country at the time because it had been invaded by the Romans. As a teenager, Patrick was kidnapped and taken to Ireland. He became a slave and spent his days herding animals on a farm. The farm was owned by Druids, an ancient Irish people who were pagans. He later moved back to England. At the age of 40, he had a dream telling him that he must return to Ireland and teach the Druids about Christianity. He used the shamrock, a special Irish leaf (photo), to teach the Druids about Christianity and the Trinity (the idea that there are three parts to God; the father, the son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit). He built 300 churches and christened 120,000 people. Because of Patrick, Ireland is now a Christian country. The snakes are a metaphor: it  believed that...

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UK School Girls Going to Fight for the Islamic State

Three teenage girls from Britain have ran away from home. They got on a flight to Turkey and are believed to be travelling to Syria to fight for the Islamic State. The girls are British Muslims. Shamima Begum, Amira Abase, both 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, flew  to Turkey on Tuesday. They were studying for their GCSEs at a school in East London. Before the girls left, Shamima sent a message on Twitter to Aqsa Mahmood, a girl from Glasgow, Scotland, who left the UK in 2013 to marry an Islamic State fighter. It is not thought that the girls knew each other except on Twitter. Shamima’s twitter account is now being monitored by the police. Baroness Warsi, a British politician and lawyer, has said that the Government is fighting a “losing battle” against online radicalisation. She commented that “one of the things that Islamic State has been very successful at is using the internet for their own propaganda”. The girls’ families and school are asking for them to return home and to contact them to let them know that they are safe. Vocabulary: to run away from home (phrasal verb), to monitor (v), to let someone know something (phrasal verb), Baroness (n). Discussion Questions 1) What could the connection be between the three girls from London and Aqsa from Scotland? 2) What is online radicalisation? Do you agree that we are “fighting a...

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Barack Obama says the US is at war

The US president has said the United States are at war with “people who have perverted Islam”. He was very precise that the US is not at war with Islam in general, only with those who “pervert” the religion. He said that the world must confront ideologies that radicalise people. He said that groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaeda are organised not by religious leaders, but by terrorists. It is these terrorists who must be defeated, not the religion of Islam. The United States have been carrying out air strikes on Islamic State since last year, but Obama believes that military actions will not be enough to defeat violent extremism; communities must do something too. In particular he believes that we must encourage the idea that Islam and Western values can live together peacefully. He said  “Muslim leaders need to do more to discredit the idea that our nations are determined to suppress Islam”. Story and Photo: BBC Vocabulary: to pervert (v), precise (adj), to confront (v), to carry out (phrasal verb), an air strike (n), to encourage (v), to discredit (v), determined (adj). Discussion Questions 1) What do you think it means to “pervert” a religion? Can you give an example? 2) Barack Obama says that communities also need to do something to help fight extremism. Do you agree? What could communities do? 3) The article talks...

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The Pope says it is okay to hit children

Vocabulary: dignity (n), to hit (v), to smack (v), to maintain (v), firmness (n), abuse (n).   The Pope has said that he agrees with parents who hit their children if “dignity is maintained”. He made the comment during the weekly general audience at the Vatican. The Pope said that a good father is someone who forgives but also to “correct with firmness”. However, some child abuse charities have questioned the Pope’s comment. The NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood) are particularly concerned about what the Pope said. Their leader Peter Saunders wants to raise the issue with the Pope again on Friday. The issue is particularly important due to the recent stories of priests abusing...

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