Fri, 08 Dec 2017

Bishop to chair inquiry into breast surgeon

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


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

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

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

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

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.


‘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.


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’

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

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


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.


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?

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

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'

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


‘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

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".


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

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

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

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

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 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

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.


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

Golf fan on Lewis begins fight for right to play on the ‘Sabbath’

Members of Stornoway Golf Club are set to challenge the rule that they may not play on Sundays. A change would leave the Old Course in St Andrews as the only course in the country that closes on religious grounds.

The Herald

Marie Stopes Belfast clinic to close in December

Marie Stopes UK has announced it is closing its independent abortion clinic in Belfast following the Government's move to fund abortion treatment for Northern Irish women.

The Belfast Telegraph

Royal Commission finds 'inexcusable failures' in Ballarat Catholic Church's treatment of abuse victims

A "catastrophic institutional failure" by the Catholic Church to take action on cases of sexual abuse in the Australian city of Ballarat led to more children being abused by its clergy, a royal commission has found.

The Age

Calls for faith schools to get protections from Australia’s same-sex marriage law

The head of one of Australia's most prestigious private schools has led demands for amendments to the same-sex-marriage bill to protect faith-based schools.

The Australian

How Christian reform schools in America often get away with brutal child abuse

Religious 'schools' for troubled teens often operate with impunity in the US. Nile Cappello says this is the result of a Texas pastor's legacy and a lack of oversight from state and local authorities.


Kiwi Muslims want KFC to serve halal meat

Some Muslims in New Zealand are lobbying for fast food restaurant KFC to serve halal food.


‘How not to advance gay marriage’

David Brooks argues that supporters of marriage equality should try a 'neighbourly' course of action to change minds, rather than a legal one.

The New York Times

Hijab-clad Indian women abused for 'insulting Islam' by dancing in public

Three Muslim women from the southern Indian state of Kerala have come under fire after a video showing them dancing in the middle of the street went viral on social media.

The International Business Times

Tue, 05 Dec 2017

Survivor keeps pressure on Archbishop to bring in mandatory reporting of abuse

A survivor of clerical child-abuse, Gilo, has criticised the Archbishop of Canterbury for failing to offer "clear leadership" in response to calls for the Church of England to support the mandatory reporting of abuse.

Church Times

Jewish teacher wins tribunal after she was sacked for living with her boyfriend

A Jewish teacher has won a tribunal after she was sacked from an ultra-Orthodox nursery for living with her boyfriend outside of wedlock.

The Telegraph

‘Politically correct’ rules push people to extremism, says Islamic scholar

Dr Uamsa Hasan, head of Islamic studies at the Quilliam Foundation, said stifling debate was dangerous in a speech at a school. He also urged against a retreat to "safe spaces" as seen at some university campuses.

Evening Standard

‘Would a gay monarch cure the church of its homophobia?’

Chris Godfrey says a same-sex royal wedding would not end Christian bigotry against LGBT+ people.

The Guardian

Melbourne Catholic archdiocese's inaction had 'catastrophic' consequences

The failure of senior figures within the Catholic archdiocese of Melbourne to deal with serious allegations of child sexual abuse "demonstrates the catastrophic human consequences of inaction", a report from an Australian royal commission has found.

The Guardian

‘The Supreme Court wedding cake case isn’t about cake at all’

The US Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments today in the case of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Nathaniel Frank says even if the court accepts that making a cake is a religious or artistic exercise, the baker should still lose the case.

The Washington Post

Supreme Court lets full Trump travel ban take effect

The US Supreme Court has allowed the newest version of President Trump's travel ban to take effect pending appeal. The ban affects six countries with Muslim-majority populations as well as North Korea and Venezuela.

The Washington Post

Growing push to recognise Muslim and Jewish holidays in Virginia schools

Some campaigners are calling for schools to make a special effort to accommodate students from Muslim and Jewish backgrounds. They say schools should not assign tests, major assignments or school events on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, the first night of Passover, Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha.

The Washington Post

‘God versus Everyone Else: why evangelicals are standing by Roy Moore’

Elaina Plott says evangelicals will vote for Roy Moore out of tribal loyalty, despite the sexual misconduct scandal surrounding him.


US church claims ban on school flyers is illegal

An evangelical Christian church in Nevada claims a school district's ban on its promotional flyers violates its first amendment rights. The district says it has explained why its policy is legal.

CBS News

‘Australian church leaders' campaign against marriage equality harms those who are already hurt’

According to conservative Christian groups the freedom to exclude needs to be protected. Anthony Castle and Brad Chilcott say there should be more focus on the rights of those who suffer discrimination as a result.

The Guardian

Triple talaq: India considers jail for 'instant divorce'

Husbands who attempt "instant divorce" could be sentenced to three years in prison under draft legislation being considered in India. The traditional practice involves a Muslim man saying "talaq" (divorce) three times - in any form, including email or text message.


Mon, 04 Dec 2017

IGCSE loophole allows schools to teach one religion

Increasing numbers of pupils are being entered for an international religious studies qualification which allows them to learn just one religion.

Schools Week

Muslim school receives 'inadequate' Ofsted rating after loos did not have toilet paper for 'cultural reasons'

A Muslim girls' school has received the lowest Ofsted rating available after inspectors discovered that pupils were not provided with lavatory paper for "cultural reasons".

The Telegraph

Bob Blackman defends Tapan Ghosh visit after Harrow Council condemnation

An MP has defended his decision to host a Hindu nationalist in parliament after being condemned by his council.

This Is Local London

Ultra-Orthodox rabbis call for boycott of Jewish arts centre over LGBT+ support

A group of ultra-Orthodox rabbis have called on their congregations to boycott a Jewish cultural centre in London because it held a gay-themed week of events and provides a meeting space for gay Jewish parents.

The Guardian

Reverend apologises for urging Christians to pray that Prince George is gay

Rev Kevin Holdsworth is urging Christians in the United Kingdom to pray that 4-year-old Prince George grows up to be gay. This, he believes, would help advance LGBT+ rights in the UK. He has since apologised for the comments.

Gay Star News

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