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Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Birmingham council backs buffer zone around abortion clinic

Birmingham council backs buffer zone around abortion clinic

Anti-abortion campaigners could be banned from gathering outside a Marie Stopes clinic in Edgbaston.

Birmingham Mail

‘England’s shift to opt-out organ donation will save many lives’

‘England’s shift to opt-out organ donation will save many lives’

John Chisholm says it has been a travesty that hundreds of people die due to a lack of transplant organs and an opt-out donation scheme is long overdue in England.

New Scientist

Story of mixed-religion housing Belfast estate White City told in new memoir

Story of mixed-religion housing Belfast estate White City told in new memoir

Marianne Elliott has returned to her former home in Belfast's White City estate for her latest book, Hearthlands. She discusses the relative harmony on the estate before the Troubles – partly aided by Governments defying vested interests like the Orange Order to bring in mixed-religion housing.

Irish News

Christian ‘legal army’ in hundreds of court battles worldwide

Christian ‘legal army’ in hundreds of court battles worldwide

Women's rights advocates say a controversial US legal advocacy group, Alliance Defending Freedom, is "exporting extreme ideologies worldwide" against sexual and reproductive rights.

Open Democracy

‘There's a war on secularism, not Christmas’

‘There's a war on secularism, not Christmas’

Nicky Pessaroff says claims of a 'war on Christmas' in America are really a means of eroding the separation between church and state.

Las Cruces Sun-News

‘Doug Jones’s victory shows Democrats don’t have to abandon abortion rights to win’

‘Doug Jones’s victory shows Democrats don’t have to abandon abortion rights to win’

Marie Solis says Jones's win in Alabama shows pro-choice candidates can win American elections, even when the electorate seems hostile to their position on abortion.

Newsweek

Irish committee calls for liberalisation of laws on abortion

Irish committee calls for liberalisation of laws on abortion

Politicians have made clear-cut calls to repeal Ireland's eighth amendment, allow abortion up to 12 weeks' pregnancy and decriminalise the act.

Irish Examiner

Indonesian constitutional court refuses to ban sex outside marriage

Indonesian constitutional court refuses to ban sex outside marriage

Indonesia's Constitutional Court has narrowly rejected a petition asking it to criminalize all sex outside marriage. The decision is a blow to religious conservatives who have been gaining influence in the secular, Muslim-majority country.

The New York Times

El Salvador court upholds 30-year jail sentence in stillbirth case

El Salvador court upholds 30-year jail sentence in stillbirth case

An El Salvador court has rejected the appeal of a woman sentenced to 30 years in prison over what she says was a stillbirth. El Salvador is one of four Latin American countries with total bans on abortion.

The Guardian

Beijing collects DNA samples from millions in Xinjiang

Beijing collects DNA samples from millions in Xinjiang

China is collecting a huge trove of personal data including fingerprints, eye scans and DNA samples from millions of people in the western region of Xinjiang. Critics say the Muslim Uighur population is bearing the brunt of a security crackdown.

The Times (£)

Wed, 13 Dec 2017

Gradually dismantle royal family’s links to Church when Prince Charles crowned King, says NSS report

Gradually dismantle royal family’s links to Church when Prince Charles crowned King, says NSS report

Prince Charles's accession to the throne will offer a "particularly opportune moment" to disestablish the Church of England, according to an NSS report.

Daily Express

Inspectors need new powers to tackle faith schools where teachings 'clash with British values’ – major Ofsted report

Inspectors need new powers to tackle faith schools where teachings 'clash with British values’ – major Ofsted report

An increasing number of ultra-religious schools are teaching children in a way that threatens to undermine principles of tolerance and respect, according to an Ofsted report.

The Telegraph

Rector threatens split if new Bishop of London tolerates gay relationships

Rector threatens split if new Bishop of London tolerates gay relationships

One of the largest churches in London has threatened to break from the Church of England if the next Bishop of London has liberal views on sexuality.

The Times (£)

Doctors and nurses can 'conscientiously object' to prescribing contraception, new guidelines say

Doctors and nurses can 'conscientiously object' to prescribing contraception, new guidelines say

Consultants, GPs, and nurses who specialise in sexual health will be able to "conscientiously object" on religious or moral grounds to prescribing contraception, under new professional guidelines.

The Independent

Opposition growing over controversial American preacher’s visit to Blackpool

Opposition growing over controversial American preacher’s visit to Blackpool

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard and Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden have written to the home secretary about an American evangelist Christian's upcoming trip to the city.

Blackpool Gazette

‘Roy Moore loses, sanity reigns’

‘Roy Moore loses, sanity reigns’

Evangelical candidate Roy Moore has been defeated in Alabama's Senate election. The New York Times says his popularity showed "some Christian conservatives' seeming determination to apply the law, constitutional or moral, only to their opponents".

The New York Times

Irish abortion committee to vote on final proposals today

Irish abortion committee to vote on final proposals today

A parliamentary committee is to recommend a series of changes to Ireland's abortion legislation, including allowing terminations up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

The Irish Times

No reason Muslim women shouldn’t remove burkas in court, say Islamic leaders in Australia

No reason Muslim women shouldn’t remove burkas in court, say Islamic leaders in Australia

The Australian National Imams Council has said there is no religious reason for refusing to rise before a judge in court or for refusing to uncover one's face.

The International Business Times

Iranian media in tailspin over female British diplomat’s lack of headscarf

Iranian media in tailspin over female British diplomat’s lack of headscarf

Iranian state media has labelled UN ambassador Karen Pierce's appearance without a hijab on a trip to Tehran 'inappropriate'. Women's rights activists have celebrated pictures of her without a compulsory hijab.

The Independent

Erdogan seeks to galvanize Muslim leaders over Jerusalem

Erdogan seeks to galvanize Muslim leaders over Jerusalem

Turkey's president is chairing an emergency summit of the world's main pan-Islamic body today. He is seeking to marshal Muslim leaders towards a coordinated response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The Times of Israel

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

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