Fri, 01 Dec 2017

'Liberal Muslims Are Losing The Battle In Britain'

" a Muslim who wants to see the community genuinely reform, and become about equality, tolerance, rights and justice, I'm cynical about where things are heading," says Rabbil Sikdar.

The Huffington Post

'Tim Farron is wrong about liberalism'

"Tim Farron is not the ideal person to explain Christianity's relationship to liberalism," says Theo Hobson.

The Spectator

Racist called Jewish shop and said ‘Hitler had the best ovens’

Staff members at a shop selling Jewish goods have been left shaken after a racist called and told them: 'Hitler had the best ovens.'


Supreme Court's cake case pits gay rights versus Christian faith

When conservative Christian baker Jack Phillips in 2012 politely but firmly told Colorado gay couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig he would not make them a cake to celebrate their wedding, it triggered a chain of events that will climax on Tuesday in highly anticipated U.S. Supreme Court arguments.


Australian Muslim sheikh says merely looking at the opposite sex is against Sharia law

Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman used the Arabic word for sin, haram, to warn that looking at someone of the opposite gender could lead to adultery or sex outside of marriage.

The Daily Mail

'When elites get a taste of their own medicine'

"The Saudi elites have realized, perhaps for the first time, that they too can be subject to the same unjust, lawless prosecutions previously reserved mostly for political dissidents and terrorism suspects," says Sarah Leah Whitson.

The New York Times

Defiant atheists demand right to coexist

The Malaysian Atheists and Secular Humanists (MASH) group said the latest trend of denouncing people who did not subscribe to any religion as "disruptions" to society was worrying, but would not lead to atheists backing down on their stance.

The Malaysian Insight

Osun People Declare End to Female Genital Mutilation

Nigeria: People of Osun State on Tuesday declared an end to the practice of female genital mutilation and promised to champion the campaign and advocacy to eradicate and banish the practice totally.

All Africa

Is the Islamic World Progressing or Regressing? Q&A with Faisal Al Mutar

Faisal Al Mutar is an advocate for human rights, secularism, and freedom of expression. Al Bawaba spoke with Faisal about progression and regression in the Islamic World.

Al Bawaba

NHS tells Jeremy Hunt: Homeopathy on prescription should be 'blacklisted' because it doesn't work

Homeopathy and herbal remedies are among seven treatments which NHS bosses have told Jeremy Hunt to officially "blacklist" from prescriptions because of a lack of evidence about their effectiveness.

The Independent

Thu, 30 Nov 2017

Trump state visit in doubt over anti-Muslim retweets

Donald Trump's planned state visit to Britain is in fresh doubt after he provoked fury by sharing inflammatory and misleading videos posted by fringe far-right group Britain First.


Extreme far-right group Britain First says it’s defending Christianity

Adam Bienkov profiles Britain First in response to Trump's tweets. The group has been behind a 'Christian defence force' and a 'Christian patrol' in Luton.

Business Insider

Why Christmas shoebox appeals aren't always what they seem – NSS mentioned

Will Hayward looks at what happens to shoeboxes posted as part of Operation Christmas Child. Research from the NSS has shown that evangelical Christians use the appeals to proselytise.

Wales Online

Ofsted: ‘We won’t single out Muslim pupils for wearing the hijab’

Ofsted has said pupils from Muslim backgrounds won't be "singled out" during inspections. Its response follows a fierce backlash over guidance that advised inspectors to speak to younger girls who wear the hijab to school.

Schools Week

Counter terrorism arrests 'disrupt significant jihadist plot to attack UK'

Counter-terrorism police are believed have disrupted a well advanced Islamist terror plot to attack UK targets after arresting two young men.

The Telegraph

Boy died after beating from nun at Smyllum Park, inquiry hears

A six-year-old boy died 10 days after being beaten by a Catholic nun at an orphanage, the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has heard.


Muslim population in some EU countries may triple, says report

The Muslim population in some European countries could triple by 2050 while it will barely change in others, according to new projections released by the Washington-based Pew Research Centre.

The Guardian

Abortion limit of 22 weeks would not be enough, doctor tells Irish parliament

Women would be rushed into deciding to terminate a pregnancy because of a foetal abnormality if doctors were working under term limits, a medical expert has told a hearing in Ireland.

The Times (£)

Australia to consider voluntary euthanasia laws

Australia's parliament will consider introducing voluntary euthanasia laws after the country's second most populous state legalised mercy-killings for the terminally ill.

The Times (£)

Journalists living in fear as states crack down

A new report on press freedom shows that independent journalists are under siege in many countries which have been relatively free until recently. The most alarming trends are in countries such as India and Turkey, where religious intolerance is also on the rise.

The Guardian

For Mormon women, saying #MeToo presents a particular challenge

Sexual abuse survivors say notions of modesty and patriarchal authority make speaking out difficult.

The Guardian

Indian woman in court for right to keep Muslim husband

A young Indian woman who has converted from Hinduism to Islam has gone to the country's Supreme Court in a quest to be allowed to live with her Muslim husband.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Meghan Markle to be baptised into C of E to please the Queen

Before Miss Markle walks down the aisle with Prince Harry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, she must become a member of the Church of England, of which the Queen is head.

Daily Mail

Books in UK Islamic school say it's OK to beat women for refusing sex – NSS mentioned

Library books which sanction domestic violence and say women should never deny their husbands sex have been found by Ofsted inspectors at Islamic schools in the UK.

The International Business Times

Government ‘preparing to ditch plan to lift faith-based admissions cap’

Christian Today says its sources expect the Government to U-turn on its pledge to allow more faith-based discrimination in schools. Conservative backbenchers are pressurising the prime minister to lift the cap.

Christian Today

Gordon Brown says public should accept faith in public square

The former prime minister has devoted an entire chapter of his new book to the role of faith in politics. He says public life is "impoverished" because discourse is "emptied" of religious references. But he does concede that "there are limits to the role of religious arguments".

Christian Today

Prevent referrals: the story beyond the headlines

Waqar Ahmed says the release of new data shows that the Prevent strategy tackles all forms of terrorism and is "an effective multi-agency programme".

The Huffington Post

‘In praise of Trevor Phillips, the IHRC’s latest target’

Douglas Murray argues that the Islamic Human Rights Commission's 'Islamophobia' awards come from a "strange, Khomeinist moral universe" and are dangerous.

The Spectator

Facebook creates guide to protecting Muslims online

Facebook has created a guide which it says is aimed at improving the safety of Muslims online. It will be launched at a parliamentary reception, where MPs will be invited to speak to imams from their constituencies about the issues facing Muslim communities.


‘Liberalism has eaten itself’

Tim Farron makes the highly contentious claim that in "discarding Christianity", Britain has abandoned "the foundations of liberalism and democracy".

The Guardian

Australian state of Victoria legalises assisted dying

Victoria has become Australia's first state to legalise assisted dying.

ABC News (Australia)

‘They left Islam and now tour the US to talk about it’

Muslims who leave the faith often face abuse and violence - but the grassroots group Ex-Muslims of North America is touring American colleges trying to help.


Trudeau apologizes for Canada's programme targeting LGBT+ civil servants

Canada's prime minister has apologised for a decades-long campaign by previous governments to rid the military and public service of LGBT+ people.

The Guardian

Russian Orthodox Church accused of stoking anti-Semitic conspiracy theories

The head of a Russian Orthodox Church commission has said some members believe the last tsar and his family were the victims of a "ritual murder". The authorities will investigate, prompting fears of a revival of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

The Telegraph

Tue, 28 Nov 2017

End secrecy of confessionals to protect children, inquiry told

Mandatory reporting of sexual misconduct and abolishing the secrecy of the priest's confessional box are needed to protect children at Catholic schools, the national inquiry into child sexual abuse has been told.

The Guardian

It’s OK to beat your wife, says Islamic school book

Library books which urge women to be submissive to their husbands and never refuse sex are among a dossier of misogynistic material inspectors have found in Islamic schools.

The Times (£)

‘Children are being spoon‑fed misogyny in Muslim schools’

Rachel Sylvester says Ofsted has uncovered evidence that Islamic schools are teaching children to view women as second-class citizens. But she argues that ministers continue to duck the problem.

The Times (£)

Tim Farron to push Christian victimhood narrative

Former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron will deliver a speech to the religious think tank Theos today. He will claim that active Christians are deemed "dangerous" and "offensive" by wider society.

The Guardian

Cohabiting couples warned of 'common law marriage' myths

Millions of unmarried couples who live together could be unaware of their rights if the relationship breaks down, a family law group has warned. Resolution chair Nigel Shepherd said the Government should introduce reforms.


‘Islamophobia’ award ‘puts target on back’ of former equalities chief

The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) held its annual 'Islamophobia' awards in London last night. Trevor Phillips, the former equalities chief who was nominated for an award, has called the event "genuinely dangerous".

The Sunday Times (£)

The last time a British royal married an American divorceé, it caused a global scandal

The news of Prince Harry's engagement to a divorceé has shone a spotlight on events in 1936, when the King abdicated so he could marry Wallis Simpson. Edward VIII was head of the Church of England, which did not recognise marriages to divorceés.


Teenager, 17, guilty of plotting Cardiff terror attack

A teenager from south Wales has been found guilty of plotting a terror attack in Cardiff.


US Christian college’s ‘biblically consistent’ curriculum under fire

Former scholars at Cedarville University, a religious institution in Ohio, say staff are "terrified of losing their jobs" after being told to avoid referencing "immoral" artwork.

Times Higher Education

Religious politicians in Israel object to nudity in dance performances

For the third time in a year a big Israeli arts festival has been told by officials acting for the culture minister that it cannot use government funds to subsidise performances which involve nudity. The issue emerged after a religious councillor in Jerusalem drew attention to the three performances.

The Guardian

‘Australia’s Labor party has rightly blocked ‘religious freedom’ amendments to the same-sex marriage bill’

Australia's federal Labor caucus has agreed to defeat all substantive amendments proposed to the same-sex marriage bill. Anja Hilkemeijer and Amy Maguire say the amendments would have been a legislative 'Trojan horse' which would have widened the ability of religious groups to discriminate.

The Conversation

Drawing a line in the ‘gay wedding cake’ case

John Corvino says the US Supreme Court should rule against Jack Phillips, who is using a first amendment argument to claim the right to discriminate against LGBT+ people.

The New York Times

Mon, 27 Nov 2017

Former Archbishop of Canterbury could face police probe over alleged cover-up for a paedophile bishop

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, could face a police investigation into whether he broke the law by covering up for a paedophile bishop.

The Mail on Sunday

Egypt attack: Why were Sufis targeted?

At least 305 people were killed in Friday's brutal attack on a mosque where the Sufi Muslim community was worshipping in Egypt. Some analysts think Sufism is targeted by Islamic State because it is seen as a non-military threat to the group.

Sky News

Muslim charity boss's links to online hate

A charity handing out millions of pounds to mosques and other organisations in Britain is run by a former Qatari official who founded a website that instructed Muslims to hate Jews and Christians.

The Telegraph

Christian qualification fails to prepare students for university, says UCL study

Academics say the International Certificate of Christian Education is too heavily based on learning and regurgitating information and not enough on analysis and understanding.

The Sunday Telegraph

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