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Tue, 12 Dec 2017

'How best to help women caught between different kinds of family law' - NSS Mentioned

'How best to help women caught between different kinds of family law' - NSS Mentioned

Erasmus: "Especially for married Muslim women, living in a kind of limbo between the Islamic world and the secular world can be exceptionally tough."

The Economist (£)

 Prince Charles' accession 'could spark debate over disestablishment' say secularists - NSS quoted

Prince Charles' accession 'could spark debate over disestablishment' say secularists - NSS quoted

Prince Charles's accession to the throne will provide a 'particularly opportune moment' to make the case for disestablishment of the Church of England, according to a report published today by the National Secular Society.

Christian Today

'The monks who stole my childhood'

'The monks who stole my childhood'

Stephen Bleach: "Forty years ago, I was just one of the pupils beaten and molested by a teacher at a top Catholic school. Last week I saw him convicted of a litany of abuse — and I wept"

The Times (£)

Catholic orphanage in Lanark 'force fed' children

Catholic orphanage in Lanark 'force fed' children

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has been told by a former resident that he was force-fed at a Catholic orphanage.

BBC

Oxford teacher investigated for 'misgendering' to sue school

Oxford teacher investigated for 'misgendering' to sue school

In a letter to the head teacher he wrote: "As a Christian, I do not share your belief in the ideology of transgenderism."

BBC

Report: 'Catholics fare worse at Magilligan Prison'

Report: 'Catholics fare worse at Magilligan Prison'

Catholics inmates in Magilligan Prison fare worse than Protestants in Northern Ireland, inspectors said.

ITV

New York Port Authority attack: Akayed Ullah 'inspired by IS'

New York Port Authority attack: Akayed Ullah 'inspired by IS'

The suspect being held after an attempted terror attack at New York City's main bus terminal has said it was in retaliation for US attacks on so-called Islamic State, US media say.

BBC

Secularist group demands IRS investigation on Alabama church over pro-Roy Moore sign

Secularist group demands IRS investigation on Alabama church over pro-Roy Moore sign

Living Way Ministries in Opelika, Alabama drew widespread criticism after it displayed a sign that read: "They falsely accused Jesus. Vote Roy Moore."

The Christian Times

France: School run Muslim mums ‘should be banned from wearing headscarf’ claims minister

France: School run Muslim mums ‘should be banned from wearing headscarf’ claims minister

Jean-Michel Blanquer said on Sunday: "A parent should be banned from wearing conspicuous religious symbols, namely the Islamic headscarf, when escorting their child to and from school."

Express

'Leave the Johnson Amendment Alone'

'Leave the Johnson Amendment Alone'

Ellen P. Aprill: "Evangelical churches have long objected to the strictures of the Johnson amendment. From the beginning of his candidacy, President Trump promised them that he would repeal it."

New York Times

'Who supports Trump on Jerusalem? Europe’s anti-Islam politicians.'

'Who supports Trump on Jerusalem? Europe’s anti-Islam politicians.'

Adam Taylor: "As Netanyahu visited Brussels on Monday, it looked as if only a motley crew was offering support for Trump's move — consisting mostly of anti-Islam European leaders holding little political power."

Washington Post

India court disregards woman's right to choose husband

India court disregards woman's right to choose husband

A Hindu woman who converted to Islam and married a Muslim man has been waiting for months for India's courts to recognise her marriage after they annulled it.

BBC

Mon, 11 Dec 2017

NSS report says Prince Charles accession 'could trigger debate on disestablishment'

NSS report says Prince Charles accession 'could trigger debate on disestablishment'

Prince Charles's accession to the throne could trigger a national debate about the relationship between the Church of England and the state, providing a "opportune moment" to make the case for disestablishment, according to the National Secular Society.

The Guardian

Secular schools don't give children the values to avoid extremism, Archbishop says - NSS quoted

Secular schools don't give children the values to avoid extremism, Archbishop says - NSS quoted

Secular schools are failing to provide children with a system of values to prevent them being led into extremism, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.

The Telegraph

'This is a scary time to be a Muslim, but take courage' - NSS mentioned

'This is a scary time to be a Muslim, but take courage' - NSS mentioned

Amina Lone: "There is nothing complex about pushing back against far-right extremism alongside Islamic extremism."

The Times

Church of England faces a new sex abuse cover-up row as vicars refuse to scrap confessional secrecy

Church of England faces a new sex abuse cover-up row as vicars refuse to scrap confessional secrecy

Following claims that the Church has repeatedly covered up abuse, senior figures have called for clergy who hear of such crimes to be required to report them.

Daily Mail

Archbishop of Glasgow embroiled in row over alleged bullying of female volunteer

Archbishop of Glasgow embroiled in row over alleged bullying of female volunteer

Marie Lindsay said she was "traumatised" after the Archdiocese of Glasgow, led by Tartaglia, used retired police officers to try to deliver a "behavioural contract" to limit her dealings with controversial priest Father Paul Milarvie.

Herald Scotland

Grooming gangs of Muslim men failed to integrate into British society

Grooming gangs of Muslim men failed to integrate into British society

The report by Quilliam calls for greater support to help integrate British Pakistani people into modern British society.

The Telegraph

'Putting priests on pedestals abetted abuse'

'Putting priests on pedestals abetted abuse'

Libby Purves: "For too long the supposed infallibility of clerics and religious institutions allowed child abusers to hide in plain sight"

The Times

Debate over plan for Muslim prayer room and education centre in Belgrave

Debate over plan for Muslim prayer room and education centre in Belgrave

Controversial plans to convert a vacant warehouse in Belgrave into a prayer facility, nursery and education centre are set to be rejected.

Leicester Mercury

Three Arrested After Firebomb Attack on Swedish Synagogue

Three Arrested After Firebomb Attack on Swedish Synagogue

The Swedish police arrested three people on Sunday after a masked gang hurled Molotov cocktails at a synagogue in the port city of Gothenburg as it hosted an event on Saturday night.

The New York Times

'In Israel, Even the Religious Aren’t Religious Enough for Some'

'In Israel, Even the Religious Aren’t Religious Enough for Some'

Or Kashti: 'Observant Israelis all over the country are being forced to adopt more stringent rules, including gender separation'

Haaretz

Bermuda abolishes same-sex marriage after six months

Bermuda abolishes same-sex marriage after six months

A bill to introduce domestic partnerships was approved without amendment this weekend, and replaces same-sex marriage with the partnerships.

Pink News

Fri, 08 Dec 2017

NSS says academy trust merger could lead to ‘faith schools by stealth’

NSS says academy trust merger could lead to ‘faith schools by stealth’

The National Secular Society has warned that a merger between secular and religious MATs could "sneak in religion through the back door".

TES

Rees-Mogg says ministers should lift faith-based admissions cap

Rees-Mogg says ministers should lift faith-based admissions cap

The influential backbench Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has called on the Government to allow more faith-based discrimination in school admissions.

Christian Today

Bishop to chair inquiry into breast surgeon

Bishop to chair inquiry into breast surgeon

The Bishop of Norwich will chair an independent inquiry into the malpractice of breast surgeon Ian Paterson.

BBC

Adonis says archbishop should head inquiry into vice-chancellors' pay

Adonis says archbishop should head inquiry into vice-chancellors' pay

Former cabinet minister Andrew Adonis has called for an inquiry into vice-chancellors' pay. He says the archbishop of Canterbury should chair it, on the dubious grounds that "if he can look after the souls of the nearly 60 million people in the UK, he's certainly capable of sorting out the pay of 130 vice-chancellors."

The Guardian

Critics say US evangelical preacher should be banned from entering UK

Critics say US evangelical preacher should be banned from entering UK

Opposition to Franklin Graham's planned visit to the UK is growing. Graham is a leading American conservative evangelical Christian who has made anti-LGBT+ remarks. Some critics also object to his remarks about Islam.

The Guardian

Child abuse ‘was encouraged by school’s abbots’ in Somerset

Child abuse ‘was encouraged by school’s abbots’ in Somerset

A renowned Roman Catholic school hid a "heart of darkness" in which monks who sexually abused children were protected and indirectly encouraged by their superiors, its former abbot has claimed.

The Times (£)

Opposition to plans for Muslim education centre and prayer room in Leicester

Opposition to plans for Muslim education centre and prayer room in Leicester

Plans to convert a vacant warehouse in the Belgrave area of Leicester into a prayer facility, nursery and education centre are set to be rejected.

Leicester Mercury

Video shows Hindu hacking Muslim to death in India

Video shows Hindu hacking Muslim to death in India

A Muslim man has been brutally hacked to death and then set on fire. Police in western India have arrested a Hindu man and say this was an apparent religious hate crime.

Metro

‘Why the gay wedding cake case in the US Supreme Court is so important’

‘Why the gay wedding cake case in the US Supreme Court is so important’

In this interview Amanda Hollis-Brusky, a politics professor at Pomona College who studies the Christian legal movement, explains the significance of the 'gay cake' case.

Vice

Chair of US security committee says Africa will be next hot spot for Islamic State

Chair of US security committee says Africa will be next hot spot for Islamic State

The chair of the US's House Homeland Security Committee says Africa will be the next "hot spot" for Islamic extremism.

Voice of America

‘India’s elections still revolve around caste’

‘India’s elections still revolve around caste’

The Economist says Narendra Modi's BJP has been "energetic, focused and cleverly ruthless" in its exploitation of sectarian differences to hook voters.

The Economist

Thu, 07 Dec 2017

Australian parliament approves marriage equality

Australian parliament approves marriage equality

Same-sex marriage will become legal in Australia after a historic bill was passed in the House of Representatives.

BBC

Catholic schools are 'unlawfully' promoting political action, humanists say

Catholic schools are 'unlawfully' promoting political action, humanists say

Humanist campaigners have reported a number of Catholic schools to the Department for Education. They are alleging unlawful promotion of partisan political action over plans to overturn the 50% faith-based admissions cap in faith schools.

TES

Dean of St Paul's: 'Compromised' bishops should lose safeguarding responsibility

Dean of St Paul's: 'Compromised' bishops should lose safeguarding responsibility

One of the Church of England's most senior clergy has called for a radical overhaul in how the Church deals with issues of safeguarding.

Christian Today

Has caste discrimination followed Indians to the UK?

Has caste discrimination followed Indians to the UK?

Across the UK, a fierce debate has been playing out within the British-Indian community over whether there is a need to introduce legislation for caste discrimination.

The Diplomat

Parents back plan to introduce mandatory LGBT+ lessons in Scottish schools

Parents back plan to introduce mandatory LGBT+ lessons in Scottish schools

The National Parent Forum of Scotland has supported a campaign to introduce lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender education into Scottish schools.

The Herald

British IS fighters 'should not be allowed back into the UK'

British IS fighters 'should not be allowed back into the UK'

No British citizen who has fought for Islamic State should be allowed back into the country, the defence secretary has said.

BBC

‘Sadistic’ priest guilty of abusing ten boys at school

‘Sadistic’ priest guilty of abusing ten boys at school

A Roman Catholic priest who sexually abused ten boys while he was head of a west London private school is facing jail today.

Evening Standard

Sex abuse bishop Peter Ball and brother seek Catholic switch

Sex abuse bishop Peter Ball and brother seek Catholic switch

A former bishop jailed for sex offences and his twin brother have said they are looking to join the Catholic Church to "live and worship in anonymity".

BBC

Evangelicals among those to welcome Trump switch on Jerusalem

Evangelicals among those to welcome Trump switch on Jerusalem

President Trump has announced the United States will declare that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Religious leaders' reactions have been mixed, but some representatives of evangelical Christian and Orthodox Jewish groups have responded enthusiastically.

Religion News Service

Irish committee set to back repeal of anti-abortion amendment

Irish committee set to back repeal of anti-abortion amendment

Ireland's parliamentary committee on the eighth amendment, which gives equal rights to the life of mothers and the unborn, is set to recommend its repeal.

Irish Examiner

'Low-caste' Indians unite in revolt against Modi

'Low-caste' Indians unite in revolt against Modi

Groups from 'lower castes' accuse India's prime minister's party of fomenting violence against their communities.

The Times (£)

Australian Christian school defends decision to sack teacher for being gay

Australian Christian school defends decision to sack teacher for being gay

Craig Campbell was removed from his job at South Coast Baptist College in Western Australia, after students found "evidence" about his sexuality on Facebook. In a statement the school's principal said Mr Campbell's sexuality was "inconsistent" with being a teacher.

Pink News

Wed, 06 Dec 2017

Islamist terror plot to kill the Prime Minister foiled

Islamist terror plot to kill the Prime Minister foiled

The security services have foiled an alleged plot to assassinate the Prime Minister in Downing Street.

Sky News

Nine terrorist attacks prevented in UK in last year, says MI5 boss

Nine terrorist attacks prevented in UK in last year, says MI5 boss

Nine terrorist attacks have been prevented in the UK in the past year, the director general of MI5, Andrew Parker, has told Theresa May's government.

The Guardian

Minister plans merger of Hindu and secular schools trusts

Minister plans merger of Hindu and secular schools trusts

Floreat Education Academies Trust, which was founded by Conservative peer Lord O'Shaughnessy, is in discussions with Avanti Schools Trust about amalgamating due to financial pressure. That would create a mixed multi-academy trust, of secular and Hindu faith schools.

TES

Parents protest charity Christmas collections in schools – NSS mentioned

Parents protest charity Christmas collections in schools – NSS mentioned

Parents in Scotland are protesting against Samaritan's Purse, a homophobic evangelical Christian charity that is carrying out Christmas charity aid collections in primary schools.

Third Force News

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