An Islamic call to prayer has been recited inside a Church of England cathedral without permission. The adhan was performed by a mosque leader at Blackburn Cathedral to the disappointment of the landmark's dean. Very Rev Peter Howell-Jones told The Sunday Times: "I don't think this should have happened here." "If people are going to call for my resignation, there's nothing more I can say or do to people to pacify them because, actually, I agree with their arguments." Video footage posted online appears to show a man dressed in a white robe reciting the call to prayer in front of approximately 400 people. Susie Leafe from Gafcon UK, which represents conservative Anglicans, told the newspaper: "Islam and Christianity disagree about the two most important questions in history: was Jesus God in human form? And did Jesus rise from the dead?

Public trust in church leaders has fallen again and continues a decline since 1983. The latest survey by Ipsos Mori shows only 62 per cent of people say they trust clergy to tell the truth. That compares with 69 per cent two years ago and 85 per cent in 1983 when the first survey was done by the organisation. Ipsos Mori asked 1,001 people about whether they trust different professions to tell the truth. At the top were nurses on 96 per cent and doctors on 92 per cent closely followed by teachers on 89 per cent. At the bottom were politicians on 19 per cent and advertising executives on 16 per cent. Clergy are in the middle of the table on the same level as television newsreaders and the ordinary man or woman in the street.

Pressure to expand the definition of the word ‘woman’ to include men who identify as female is erasing the idea of women, columnists have complained. The issue was raised after The Guardian avoided using the word ‘woman’. Instead they used the term ‘menstruators’, wanting to acknowledge that some females call themselves ‘men’ and that some males call themselves ‘women’.The critics have argued that the rights and feelings of those who are transgender are being “elevated above those of other people”. Last month a Guardian report said that “YouGov asked 538 menstruators about their experiences of period pain in the workplace”. After opposition on social media, the word ‘menstruators’ was removed from the article.

A young boy was assaulted on a Wales bus in what appears to be an anti-Semitic attack. The boy was punched in the eye and grabbed by the mouth after his mother told a man and a woman on the bus that she was born in Israel, the WalesOnline news website reported. The attack took place on Monday afternoon in the village of Barry. The boy required hospital treatment for his injuries, according to the report. South Wales Police told WalesOnline that they are treating the incident as a hate crime. A woman whose adult autistic son was on the bus at the time said that he told her that the couple appeared to be intoxicated, and had been “loud and vulgar” in the back of the bus before turning their attention to the boy and his mother. When they heard she was Israeli, the man started “verbal anti-Semitic abuse,” she said. The bus driver stopped and asked the couple to get off, according to the report.