JTA — Thirty-nine percent of American Christians who attend church have heard their clergy speak out about Jews, and 9 percent have heard them say something negative. That’s according to a study published Friday by the Pew Research Center on religion and public life. The survey found that American Jews were ambivalent toward the role of religion in public life. Some other numbers among churchgoers: 20% have heard their clergy speak positively about Jews. 8% have heard both positive and negative things from clergy. 1% have heard mostly negative things. 9% percent have heard neither positive nor negative things from their clergy about Jews.

 
 
 

 

A D-Day veteran has used his interview on BBC Breakfast to point people to Jesus and implore them to love one another. Harry Billinge, 94, was interviewed following his efforts to raise money for a war memorial in Normandy, where he fought in 1944. He said that many youngsters had given him money towards the memorial, but says he hopes they will “learn to love one another” as he said there is “a lot of hate in the world”. Mr Billinge spoke highly of King George VI as a God-fearing king, who called for a national day of prayer during the Second World War. He said: “He used to have a day of prayer. It’s a pity really we don’t have a month of prayer, because we’ve got so much to thank God for. “They’ve got no time for God, and I don’t think we shall ever come round. ‘Turn back, O Man, forswear thy foolish ways’.”

 
 
 

 

New Zealand’s Parliament voted in favour of introducing assisted suicide, and the public will vote in a referendum to decide the issue next year. The Bill would give people with a terminal illness, and believed to have less than six months to live, the option of requesting assisted suicide. It was passed by 69 votes to 51. The measure must now be approved in a national referendum before the change can become law. Maggie Barry, from the New Zealand National Party, said that the Bill was effectively telling disabled people that they were “too expensive to keep alive”. Alfred Ngato MP also highlighted that “organisations at the coalface of providing end-of-life care, like hospices, are opposed to this bill because it is unsafe”.