Jerome Taylor

Jerome Taylor first came to The Independent in 2005 and joined the Foreign Desk. He is now a news reporter and the paper's Religious Affairs Correspondent.

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The demise of blue plaques: it's not about just bricks and mortar

As budget cuts look set to bring an end to London’s Blue Plaques, Jerome Taylor laments the demise of a cultural landmark

Aar Maanta says he expects to be questioned by ‘men in suits’ at the airport

'We're happy to help MI5 – but coercing us to spy is unacceptable': British Somalis say intelligence agents asking for too much

It's not just Mo Farah who gets stopped at the airport – but, as prominent Somalis tell Jerome Taylor, the security services' 'use of threats' is alienating the whole community

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, must decide if he will appease traditionalists

Senior Anglican condemns gay bishops as a compromise too far

Statement significantly ratchets up fallout between liberals and conservative over the thorny issue of homosexuality

Gay bishops allowed – but they can’t have sex

An announcement made from the Church's House of Bishops, said the CofE would allow gay clergy to become bishops providing they remain celibate

A gay bishop might be the painful medicine the Anglican Communion needs

The Church of England has dropped the opposition to gay clergy in civil partnerships becoming bishops

Benny Hazlehurst, who now works as a prison chaplain, at his local church in Dorchester

Happy, clappy, and out of the closet: Evangelicals who say being gay is OK

Born-again Christianity has become synonymous with social conservatism. But a growing number of adherents don’t see it that way

Parents upset over school's headscarf ban

Parents of a young Muslim girl have threatened to take a primary school to court over their refusal to allow their daughter to wear a headscarf.

Archbishop of Westminster

Archbishop of Westminster cancels special mass for gay people

London church ordered to stop providing so-called 'Soho Masses'

Charb, editor of Charlie Hebdo

It's Charlie Hebdo's right to draw Muhammad, but they missed the opportunity to do something profound

As the French magazine publish a comic depicting the Prophet Muhammad, could they have taken a different approach?

British holidaymaker Stephen Ashton pictured in Thailand in December

British new-year reveller shot dead at Thailand beach party

Stephen Ashton, 22, caught in the crossfire between rival gangs of youths on party island

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Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
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She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
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A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
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As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
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... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
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Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
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The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor
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Kacey Musgraves: Nashville's hottest new star

The singer has two Grammys for her first album under her belt and her celebrity fans include Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Katy Perry
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Soldier-poet Brian Turner on his new memoir

James Kidd meets the prize-winning writer, whose new memoir takes him back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
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Andi Weimann reveals just how good his Dutch teammate really is
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Bill Granger's simple Italian salads

Our chef presents his own version of Italian dishes, taking in the flavours and produce that inspired him while he was in the country
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The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

If supporters begin to close bank accounts, switch broadband suppliers or shun satellite sales, their voices will be heard. It’s time for revolution