Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Police heavily criticised on social media after posting video on better understanding of British Muslims
A social media backlash has been launched at Lincolnshire Police after they posted a video on better understanding British Muslims.
A bigoted thug planted a hoax bomb outside a mosque hours after seeing TV reports of the London Bridge terrorist attack.
A former soldier who posted hate speech on Facebook about hanging Muslims and slaughtering refugees was today spared jail.
In a secular state bruised by a string of jihadist attacks, religious education is a sensitive subject. But in recent years, France has cautiously begun developing religious education in schools.
The Canadian province of Quebec is the latest place to make it a crime to wear a face-covering garment in public, a move that critics derided as discriminatory against Muslim women.
New York Times
This week, Quebec banned people working in public service or using public services from wearing veils or any sort of facial covering, the first such ban in North America, one echoing "burqa ban" policies passed across Europe.
The Ahmadis who were arrested in 2014 after they were accused of committing blasphemy by tearing down posters against them.
Nazi website Daily Stormer urged followers to target black and Jewish centres during Richard Spencer's speech
The Daily Stormer posted a "Stormer Plan for Richard Spencer's Florida Gig" on the morning of Mr Spencer's speech at the University of Florida.
Most at risk are those who are low-caste or own land that others covet
Amateur poet Maksim Drozdov, of Russia's southern Krasnodar Region, said he hoped for a return to the Holy Inquisition – the medieval Catholic practice associated with the torture of heretics – in poems published on social media in May, that have since been removed.
Protests close roads in Israel after ultra-Orthodox Jews who refuse to join army arrested as deserters
The demonstrations are part of an ongoing row between the ultra-Orthodox community and the government, which wants to make them serve in the Israeli army.
The Times (£)
Ms Voloder has made headlines in the country for her Muslim faith, hitting back at xenophobes who have claimed that she should not be allowed to represent Australia because she's a Muslim.
Thu, 19 Oct 2017
The Church of England now reaches more people on social media than in services, new figures reveal. The Church's average Sunday attendance has fallen to just 780,000 people.
Universities must pledge to uphold free speech on campus or face being blacklisted by the new higher education regulator, the Government will announce today.
The Times (£)
Khadija Khan says 'modesty' clothing and culture within British Muslim communities prevents Muslim women from fully participating in 21st century society.
A historic vote of Ireland's parliamentary committee on abortion moved to recommend "not to retain the Eight Amendment in Full". The eighth amendment gives equal right to the life of the mother and the child.
The Independent (Ireland)
Islamic State and al-Qaeda are still plotting to bring down an aircraft and carry out an atrocity on the scale of 9/11 even though their recent focus has been on smaller crude attacks, a US official said yesterday.
The Times (£)
Katie Freeman went "undercover" as a British Pakistani Muslim for the programme My Week as a Muslim, wearing a hijab and prosthetics. She says she was shocked by the racist abuse she received. Some have criticised the show for pandering to racial stereotypes.
Terri Murray says free speech is the last defence of minorities, protecting them from the overwhelming power of the state and the 'tyranny of the majority'.
The Archbishop of Nigeria, Nicholas Okoh, criticised a recent meeting of primates from around the globe, which he boycotted, for its refusal to condemn homosexuality.
Saudi Arabia has created a council of scholars to vet religious teachings around the world.
Authorities in Tajikistan have drawn up a register of 367 allegedly gay citizens, suggesting they would be required to undergo testing to avoid "the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases".
A man from a Boston suburb was found guilty on Wednesday of conspiracy to commit acts of international terrorism and supporting Islamic State. He took part in a 2015 plot to attack police and behead a blogger who organized a 'Draw Mohammed' contest.
Wed, 18 Oct 2017
A primary school in Kent has cuts its ties with a Christian group after parents complained of religious extremism and claimed children had been distressed by comments about gay marriage and a demonstration of "God's power" in assemblies.
Church of England headteacher hits out at parents who forced ‘extremist’ Christian group out of the school
A Church of England headteacher has hit out at parents who forced an "extremist" Christian group out of the primary school.
A vicar at a Tunbridge Wells church has hit back at parents after they withdrew their children from assembly citing concerns over "extremist Christian teaching".
The former bishop of Chester, Victor Whitsey, is being investigated 30 years after his death over allegations of sexual abuse in the latest scandal involving high-profile figures in the Church of England.
A bishop is being asked to say sorry in person to the congregation of a Devon church where a known paedophile was installed as a vicar. Rev Peter Cranch was known to have abused in towns around Plymouth in the 1970s before the church moved him to All Saints Church in Exmouth, East Devon.
The Plymouth Herald
A memorandum of understanding against conversion therapy launched today has been signed by the President of the British Psychological Society.
British Psychological Society
The University of Oxford's Balliol College has banned representatives of the Christian Union (CU) from attending its freshers' fair because of concerns for its "potential harm to freshers."
The Student Newspaper
Algiers – Algerian Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments Mohammed Eisa warned of sectarian efforts to break the religious principles of Algerian society, pointing out that the government is planning to issue new laws posing penalties on those who try to change Algerians' religious convictions.
President Trump's third attempt to ban travel from several predominantly Muslim nations met the same fate Tuesday as the first two: It was blocked nationwide by a federal judge in Hawaii.
Donald Trump regularly mocks his Vice-President's religious beliefs according to in in-depth profile published this week and once told a legal scholar during a discussion on gay rights that he wants to "hang them all".
The Huffington Post
The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters to 24 courts in Oklahoma on Monday demanding they stop sending defendants to a drug rehabilitation center that forces them to attend church and work for free in chicken plants.
The Center for Investigative Reporting
An anti-racism conference headlined by Diane Abbott has dropped a speaker with links to Islamic State terrorist 'Jihadi John', the Citizen can reveal.
The number of hate crimes in England and Wales has increased by 29%, according to Home Office statistics. There were 80,393 offences in 2016-17, compared with 62,518 in 2015-16 - the largest increase since the Home Office began recording figures in 2011-12.
The race equality thinktank, the Runnymede Trust, and the University of Greenwich, investigated the treatment of male ethnic minority prisoners
Plans for an Islamic centre in the heart of a traditionally Jewish London community have sparked a dispute so bitter that some opponents have been accused of vitriolic 'Islamophobia', while the scheme's Jewish defenders have been compared to Nazi concentration camp 'Kapos'.
Singaporean newspaper under fire over Muslim cleric's column that suggested beating 'stubborn wives'
One of Singapore's mainstream newspapers has come under fire for running a column by a conservative Muslim cleric that advises men on how to deal with a stubborn wife by beating her.
The yes vote has a commanding lead among people who have already voted in the marriage law postal survey, leading 59% to 38.. The poll shows the no campaign has slightly narrowed the gap with supporters of same-sex marriage but the yes campaign is on track to record a win in the survey, which will conclude on 7 November.
Britain is facing its most severe ever terrorist threat and fresh attacks in the country are inevitable, according to the head of Britain's normally secretive domestic intelligence service in a rare public speech.
Muslim women who wear a burka or niqab in the Canadian province of Quebec, could soon be forced to remove them when using public transport. A new law proposed by the local government would ban any form of face covering for people offering and receiving public services in the province.
On Friday, in a landmark judgement, the Court of Appeal ruled – as Asian and Muslim feminists have long argued – that gender segregation in co-ed schools is unlawful sex discrimination and is a violation of the Equality Act 2010.
Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Richard Scorer says the Church of England continues to hold incredible constitutional power, to the detriment of the UK. Ultimately, he adds, the continuance of an established Church must be unsustainable.
The Labour leader has told a meeting at Finsbury Park mosque that social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook must "shape up" to tackle racism and abuse. He also criticised media reporting of Islam and hate crime against Muslims.
The head of the Independent Schools Association has claimed girls may have to play rugby alongside boys in some co-educational schools following Friday's court ruling on gender segregation. An Ofsted spokesman responded by saying the affected school operated "in very specific circumstances".
Gavin Mortimer says ISIS fighter Sally Jones was a "waste of space" whose role has been overhyped – but she did have one thing that Isis wanted: her young son.
The Church of England's income from parishes topped £1 billion for the first time in 2015, despite an apparently ongoing decline in church attendance.
Michael Tomasky says those who gave President Trump a rapturous reception at the Values Voter Summit look "cheap, debauched and hypocritical".
The Daily Beast
Annie Laurie Gaylor says Trump's speech to the summit on Friday "was pure pandering".
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