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Fri, 24 Nov 2017

Bishops launch petition to increase religious discrimination in school admissions

Bishops launch petition to increase religious discrimination in school admissions

Catholic Church wants government to honour its commitment on faith schools outlined in the Conservatives' 2017 election manifesto. Catholic bishops have launched a petition urging ministers to honour their manifesto commitment to lift the faith cap which has led to them not opening new religious schools.

TES

What should upset Christians

What should upset Christians

There are far more important issues than sausage rolls in cribs, says Jonathan Bartley. "This is a very interesting time for faith and belief in politics. I have never believed in privileging religion: I would like to see bishops removed from the House of Lords, the disestablishment of the Church of England, and an end to the discrimination of religious schools that can select on the basis of faith."

Church Times

Padmavati: British cinemas that screen new Bollywood blockbuster should be 'burned down', says Hindu nationalist leader

Padmavati: British cinemas that screen new Bollywood blockbuster should be 'burned down', says Hindu nationalist leader

British cinemas that screen a 'controversial' new Bollywood blockbuster should be burned down, the leader of a hardline Hindu nationalist group has claimed.

The Independent

Exclusive: 'Sunday schools and madrasas are informal classrooms and should be regulated'

Exclusive: 'Sunday schools and madrasas are informal classrooms and should be regulated'

Council education chief who took on role in wake of Trojan Horse scandal urges government to 'grasp this stingy old nettle' Sunday schools and madrasas should be treated as "informal classrooms" and monitored accordingly, the head of education at Birmingham City Council (BCC) has said.

TES

New GCSE religious studies course allows only Judaism to be taught

New GCSE religious studies course allows only Judaism to be taught

A new International GCSE religious studies course will enable Jewish schools to focus exclusively on Judaism and not have to include a second religion.

Jewish Chronicle

Government minister tells Christian charities they're free to proselytize while delivering public services

Government minister tells Christian charities they're free to proselytize while delivering public services

With concerns that some would miss out on funding or face punishment, many charities have been wary about how explicit they can be about the faith element of their work.

Premier Christian Radio

Can Catholic schools resist the new gender confusion?

Can Catholic schools resist the new gender confusion?

Dan Hitchens worries that schools respecting trans pupils will lead to terrible persecution of Christians.

Catholic Herald

Concern over Ofsted's hijab inspection plan

Concern over Ofsted's hijab inspection plan

Jewish organisations worry about "anti-faith agenda" and believe the inspection service may be overstepping the mark with its plan to check on the reasons young Muslim girls are wearing hijabs.

Jewish Chronicle

Private faith school standards slump

Private faith school standards slump

A growing number of private faith schools in the UK are failing to meet the requirements of inspectors, the regulator has concluded. Inspectors say a fresh focus on leadership and British values, under new standards implemented three years, is one factor behind the decline.

Premier Christian Radio

'Entire Muslim religion is antichrist': Veterans' group leader accused of 'disturbing' comment ahead of Edinburgh march

'Entire Muslim religion is antichrist': Veterans' group leader accused of 'disturbing' comment ahead of Edinburgh march

Richard Inman faces the claims of anti-Muslim prejudice ahead of a Veterans Against Terrorism march in Edinburgh tomorrow.

Daily Record

Why are so many people still losing their lives for religious belief?

Why are so many people still losing their lives for religious belief?

Churches and cathedrals around the country were turned red in a day set aside to remember those who are persecuted for their faith.

The Tablet

Australia has voted for gay marriage – and religious freedom is already in peril

Australia has voted for gay marriage – and religious freedom is already in peril

Ridiculous claims that the Australia's moves towards marriage equality will harm religious freedom, because businesses and schools won't be able to discriminate against same-sex couples.

Catholic Herald

Magdalene victims ‘denied redress’

Magdalene victims ‘denied redress’

The Irish government has been accused of deliberately excluding Magdalene survivors from a compensation scheme.

The Times

A day in the life of… Beitsche Bruin-Bekius

A day in the life of… Beitsche Bruin-Bekius

The day in the life of an RE teacher in the Netherlands: "We teach about religion as a cultural phenomenon, rather than focusing on what students believe. Students learn about the sources, beliefs, cultural implications and the historical and social contexts of religions."

TES

Church of England schools to be ‘sensitive’ over hijab

Church of England schools to be ‘sensitive’ over hijab

The

Church of England will continue to encourage its schools to set "culturally and religiously sensitive" uniform policies, a spokeswoman has said, after Ofsted announced this week that its inspectors would question Muslim primary-school girls on their wearing of a hijab in the classroom.

Church Times

Gandhinagar Archbishop: "Vote for those open to secularism"

Gandhinagar Archbishop: "Vote for those open to secularism"

The Archbishop Thomas Macwan made the comment in response to a TOI story today saying that he wrote a letter to the state's churches "to help save our country from nationalist forces". That comment was widely seen as an anti-BJP one.

The Times of India

Wanting to ban the veil, Quebec bans sunglasses, too

Wanting to ban the veil, Quebec bans sunglasses, too

In Quebec it is illegal to talk to a librarian while wearing sunglasses. So is using a bus pass while shrouded in a scarf. These prohibitions are the consequence of a law enacted in October whose real purpose is to ban Muslim women from wearing niqabs, or face veils, when they provide or receive public services.

The Economist

New Zealand: The Parliamentary Prayer - What is All the Fuss About?

New Zealand: The Parliamentary Prayer - What is All the Fuss About?

For many, the chatter about the Parliamentary Prayer is a non-event. After all, New Zealand is a fiercely secular state, without a state religion, but with a large cultural and ethnic diversity. So what is the fuss about?

Scoop

Atheism is unconstitutional, says Malaysian deputy minister

Atheism is unconstitutional, says Malaysian deputy minister

A Malaysian deputy minister on Thursday (Nov 23) claimed that atheism is a "very dangerous" ideology that goes against the country's Federal Constitution.

Today Online

USA: Gay teacher fired by Baptist school after coming out to colleagues

USA: Gay teacher fired by Baptist school after coming out to colleagues

After coming out to staff and students at the school he worked at, Craig Campbell was fired because of his sexual orientation.

Gay Times

Thu, 23 Nov 2017

Remove risk of jail for having an abortion, demand 16,000 medics

Remove risk of jail for having an abortion, demand 16,000 medics

Abortion in the UK should be fully decriminalised, a group of medical professionals will say today in a landmark move.

The Times (£)

Australian lamb advert showing Hindu god Ganesha banned after Indian government complained

Australian lamb advert showing Hindu god Ganesha banned after Indian government complained

A lamb advert featuring religious figures has been banned after the Indian government complained about the depiction of the vegetarian Hindu god Ganesha.

Daily Mail

Top judges and MPs to attend launch of lawyers’ guide on Jewish practices and customs

Top judges and MPs to attend launch of lawyers’ guide on Jewish practices and customs

The UK's most senior judge is to launch a new guide to Jewish customs for lawyers. Also attending the launch will be members of the Supreme Court, High Court Judges, Circuit Judges, District Judges, Coroners and MPs.

Jewish News

Christians bullied shop owner to stay closed on Sundays, but it backfired – NSS mentioned

Christians bullied shop owner to stay closed on Sundays, but it backfired – NSS mentioned

Leona Rawlinson, a shop owner in Stornoway who was harassed over her decision to open on Sundays, has been flooded with support since her story emerged.

Patheos

‘Universities must be places of intellectual discomfort’

‘Universities must be places of intellectual discomfort’

Michael Barber, chair of the Office for Students, says the body will seek to widen free speech in universities.

Times Higher Education

Scouts Scotland back LGBT+ teaching in schools

Scouts Scotland back LGBT+ teaching in schools

Scout leaders in Scotland have backed calls for increased teaching of LGBT issues to help end homophobia in schools.

The Herald

Claims of bias at Irish abortion committee ‘utter nonsense’

Claims of bias at Irish abortion committee ‘utter nonsense’

Members of Ireland's parliamentary committee on the Eighth Amendment have criticised colleagues who alleged its work displays bias or who have attacked the committee chair.

The Irish Times

‘Fighting gay rights and abortion with the first amendment’

‘Fighting gay rights and abortion with the first amendment’

In Washington, Jeremy Peters says the first amendment has become the most powerful weapon of social conservatives fighting to limit the separation of church and state and roll back laws on same-sex marriage and abortion rights.

The New York Times

Gay teachers better ‘out of’ faith schools, says Australian Christian schools body

Gay teachers better ‘out of’ faith schools, says Australian Christian schools body

Christian Schools Australia has written to the education minister and attorney general. It argued that protections which allow religious schools to discriminate against teachers and students on the basis of sexuality should be retained. CSA said teachers in same-sex relationships would inevitably find the faith position of some religious schools challenging.

The West Australian

‘After the yes vote, let's not remove one inequality and replace it with another’

‘After the yes vote, let's not remove one inequality and replace it with another’

Anja Hilkemeijer says Christian conservatives in Australia are using 'freedom of religion' to justify discrimination against the LGBT+ community.

The Guardian

US suspends travel to Burma as Rex Tillerson accuses regime of 'ethnic cleansing'

US suspends travel to Burma as Rex Tillerson accuses regime of 'ethnic cleansing'

The United States has temporarily suspended travel for American officials to parts of Burma's Rakhine state. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused the country of carrying out the "ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims in the state.

The Independent

Landmark buildings around the world light up red to honour Christian persecution victims

Landmark buildings around the world light up red to honour Christian persecution victims

Buildings in the UK and elsewhere glowed red on Wednesday in honour of Christians around the globe who have been persecuted for their faith.

The Huffington Post

Wed, 22 Nov 2017

‘Spare a thought for progressive British Muslims’

‘Spare a thought for progressive British Muslims’

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown says she hopes campaigners resisting the veiling of primary school children have started "a sustained movement against the creeping Wahabiisation of Islam in this country and globally".

iNews

Former Bishop of London Richard Chartres introduced as life peer in House of Lords

Former Bishop of London Richard Chartres introduced as life peer in House of Lords

The former Bishop of London Richard Chartres will be introduced as a life peer in the House of Lords this afternoon.

Christian Today

Catholic bishops pressure Government to raise faith schools cap

Catholic bishops pressure Government to raise faith schools cap

The Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales is encouraging the Government to raise the current 50% cap on faith-based admissions to faith schools. The measure would allow faith schools to become more discriminatory. The Department for Education says it will make an announcement on the policy shortly.

Christian Today

Church schools ‘misleading parents’ over admissions

Church schools ‘misleading parents’ over admissions

The Church of England is "miss-selling" how inclusive its schools are to parents who are not from the Christian faith, according to research.

iNews

Anti-Muslim knifeman jailed

Anti-Muslim knifeman jailed

A knifeman who roamed the streets of south London looking for Muslims to stab has been jailed for more than two years.

Evening Standard

Victoria poised to become first Australian state to legalise assisted dying

Victoria poised to become first Australian state to legalise assisted dying

Victoria is on the verge of becoming the first Australian state to legalise voluntary assisted dying. Its upper house has approved the right of terminally ill people to request assistance to end their lives.

The Guardian

Nigeria suicide bombing kills 50 in Adamawa state

Nigeria suicide bombing kills 50 in Adamawa state

At least 50 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a mosque in the eastern Nigerian state of Adamawa, police say.

BBC

Philip Ruddock appointed to conduct review of Australia's religious freedoms

Philip Ruddock appointed to conduct review of Australia's religious freedoms

Australia's Government has appointed Philip Ruddock, who has strong connections to multicultural and religious communities, to lead a review into the legal protections for religious freedom.

Sydney Morning Herald

Australian school apologises for 'suggestive' saint statue

Australian school apologises for 'suggestive' saint statue

A Catholic school in Adelaide has covered a statue from view because of its "potentially suggestive" depiction of a saint handing a loaf of bread to a boy.

BBC

How Thanksgiving became a secular, national holiday

How Thanksgiving became a secular, national holiday

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. This history of the holiday shows how it lost its religious significance as it became a nationwide celebration in the US.

The Economist

Tue, 21 Nov 2017

Church of England accused of misselling how its schools select pupils

Church of England accused of misselling how its schools select pupils

A report has revealed that the Church of England is failing to encourage its state schools to be inclusive of all children, irrespective of religion or belief, despite claims to the contrary.

Education Executive

Jehovah's Witnesses claim they were told not to report child sex abuse

Jehovah's Witnesses claim they were told not to report child sex abuse

Jehovah's Witnesses have claimed they were told not to report allegations of child abuse, as the organisation was accused of sheltering abusers.

The Telegraph

Keep closer eye on 20,000 suspects, says terror review

Keep closer eye on 20,000 suspects, says terror review

Spies are to increase monitoring of up to 20,000 terrorism suspects by paying closer attention to activity such as travel and international purchases after four fatal attacks in the past year.

The Times (£)

‘In sharia courts, British Muslim women have fewer rights than women in Islamic countries’

‘In sharia courts, British Muslim women have fewer rights than women in Islamic countries’

Ahead of a documentary titled The Truth About Muslim Marriage, which airs tonight on Channel 4, Sufiya Ahmed argues that Britain's marriage laws need to change.

The Independent

Church of Scotland lobbies Chancellor over benefits reform

Church of Scotland lobbies Chancellor over benefits reform

The Church of Scotland has called on Chancellor Philip Hammond to use tomorrow's Budget to halt the rollout of controversial Universal Credit reforms and end the benefits freeze.

The Scotsman

Plans for shared site between C of E and non-religious school on Isle of Man published

Plans for shared site between C of E and non-religious school on Isle of Man published

Education chiefs have issued a notice of proposed co-location of St Thomas' and Scoill Vallajeelt schools.

IoM Today

Dutch police uniform will not change despite headscarf ruling, says minister

Dutch police uniform will not change despite headscarf ruling, says minister

Justice minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus has said the Dutch police force will remain neutral in appearance in its dealings with the public. On Monday the Dutch human rights council said a woman should be able to combine a hijab with police uniform. Its non-binding ruling stressed the legitimacy of police appearing in a neutral uniform.

Dutch News

‘Going overboard on religious protections could come back to bite in multicultural Australia’

‘Going overboard on religious protections could come back to bite in multicultural Australia’

Michelle Grattan says those pushing for more protections in Australia's same-sex marriage bill, in the name of religious freedom, may not have thought through the consequences of what they are advocating.

The Conversation

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