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Wed, 13 Sep 2017

Over a quarter of British people 'hold anti-Semitic attitudes', study suggests

Over a quarter of British people 'hold anti-Semitic attitudes', study suggests

A study of British people has found that around 30% agree with statements which the authors consider anti-Semitic.

BBC

Religion has no place in politics and it never will

Religion has no place in politics and it never will

Sam Dowler argues that Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg "has turned back the clock and is completely unsuitable to remain an MP, let alone lead a modern country such as ours".

Huffington Post

Australian parliament passes marriage campaign vilification law

Australian parliament passes marriage campaign vilification law

Australia's parliament has passed a bill banning vilification, intimidation and threats in the upcoming same-sex marriage postal survey.

Guardian

China jails Muslim man for 2 years over Islam WeChat groups

China jails Muslim man for 2 years over Islam WeChat groups

A member of a Muslim minority group has been sentenced to two years in a Chinese prison after forming online discussions groups to teach Islam.

South China Morning Post

YouTube pulls lamb advert after Indian government complaint

YouTube pulls lamb advert after Indian government complaint

YouTube has removed an Australian advert from broadcast in India. The advert features gods, goddesses and prophets coming together to share a lamb meal. The Indian government complained about its content.

The Drum

Opportunism and ‘Islamo-faux-bia’ in America

Opportunism and ‘Islamo-faux-bia’ in America

Michelle Malkin argues that hoax stories of bigotry against Muslims in North America are generating "unfounded fear".

National Review

Tue, 12 Sep 2017

New Ofcom rules will let BBC cut religious output on Radio 4

New Ofcom rules will let BBC cut religious output on Radio 4

The broadcasting watchdog has changed many of its strict targets for BBC radio. This will give the BBC free rein to slash the number of hours it devotes to religion on Radio 4.

Daily Mail

Isle of Lewis to get Sunday cinema for first time – NSS quoted

Isle of Lewis to get Sunday cinema for first time – NSS quoted

An arts centre in Stornoway has laid out plans to open its cinema and art gallery on Sundays during the winter. A local church minister said "the increased secularisation of the Lord's day is a concern". The NSS's Alistair McBay called the proposal "an excellent idea".

The Scotsman

Archbishop tells teachers in Catholic schools to go to confession

Archbishop tells teachers in Catholic schools to go to confession

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow said Catholic schools and their teachers needed to put Jesus Christ "at their centre" if they were to be good for Scotland.

Glasgow Evening Times

Sikhs demand census change

Sikhs demand census change

More than 100 MPs have signed a letter calling for the inclusion of Sikh as an ethnic group, not only a religion, on the 2021 census form.

The Times (£)

Battle for legal recognition of humanist marriages in NI returns to court

Battle for legal recognition of humanist marriages in NI returns to court

Humanist celebrants are to make new requests for permission to conduct weddings in Northern Ireland, amid a legal battle over discrimination.

Belfast Telegraph

Gauri Lankesh and the poisoning of Indian politics

Gauri Lankesh and the poisoning of Indian politics

Amy Kazmin says Hindu nationalists have been celebrating the death of a journalist-activist in India last week – and the case has implications for the Indian government.

Financial Times

India lodges complaint over Australian lamb advert

India lodges complaint over Australian lamb advert

The High Commission of India in Canberra has made a diplomatic complaint over an advert for lamb which featured several gods and prophets. It says the depiction of the Hindu god Ganesh is "offensive".

Independent

Top Indonesian Muslim scholar: stop pretending orthodox Islam and violence aren't linked

Top Indonesian Muslim scholar: stop pretending orthodox Islam and violence aren't linked

Yahya Cholil Staquf says "Western politicians should stop pretending that extremism and terrorism have nothing to do with Islam".

Time

The Satanic Temple is challenging Missouri’s abortion law

The Satanic Temple is challenging Missouri’s abortion law

The Satanic Temple is arguing that Missouri's abortion restrictions violate the religious freedom of one of its members who believes in reproductive autonomy and scientific fact. A court will hear the case next month.

Think Progress

Mon, 11 Sep 2017

Britain should embrace secularism as it loses its religion – by NSS communications officer

Britain should embrace secularism as it loses its religion – by NSS communications officer

Chris Sloggett says the UK defers to religion too easily. In contrast secularism, when defended consistently, provides a framework of rights and responsibilities for all.

International Business Times

Ofsted steps into battle over hijab – featuring NSS campaigns director

Ofsted steps into battle over hijab – featuring NSS campaigns director

The chief inspector of schools has agreed to meet feminist campaigners who are calling for a ban on the Islamic headscarf in state primaries. Stephen Evans is one of the signatories to a letter calling for action.

The Sunday Times (£)

Politics and religion are a dangerous mix

Politics and religion are a dangerous mix

Janice Turner says non-believers make up a majority in Britain, but zealots of all faiths are drowning out the sane voices of secularism.

The Times (£)

In defence of secularism

In defence of secularism

Andrew Copson says secularism is under threat from Turkey to Trump's America. We all have a duty to defend it.

Prospect

‘Hundreds’ of children from Catholic care home buried in mass grave

‘Hundreds’ of children from Catholic care home buried in mass grave

The bodies of hundreds of children are believed to be buried in a mass grave in Lanarkshire, according to a BBC News investigation. The children were all residents of a care home run by Catholic nuns.

BBC

‘Inclusivity must include the views of Jacob Rees-Mogg’

‘Inclusivity must include the views of Jacob Rees-Mogg’

Janet Street-Porter says holding views that are outside the mainstream "ought not to be a sign of weakness or inadequacy".

The Independent

Christian parents 'to sue school' because boy in son's class was allowed to wear dress

Christian parents 'to sue school' because boy in son's class was allowed to wear dress

A Christian couple are reportedly threatening to sue a Church of England primary school because it allowed a boy in their son's class to wear a dress.

The Independent

Punish Muslims for ‘hate speech’, says Merkel ‘heir’

Punish Muslims for ‘hate speech’, says Merkel ‘heir’

Jens Spahn, a rising star of Angela Merkel's party who has been tipped as a future chancellor is calling for hate speech laws to be used to prosecute Muslims who refer to non-believers as infidels.

The Times (£)

Advertising watchdog investigates complaints about Australian lamb advert

Advertising watchdog investigates complaints about Australian lamb advert

Australia's advertising watchdog will investigate an advert for lamb which featured gods and prophets from different faiths after receiving 50 complaints about it.

The Drum

The ‘dogma’ of Dianne Feinstein

The ‘dogma’ of Dianne Feinstein

Sohrab Ahmari argues that liberals have a "tolerance blind spot" for the views of Christians. His piece comes after a Senate confirmation hearing focused on the nominee's religious views.

New York Times

Trump judicial nominee rejects separation of church and state

Trump judicial nominee rejects separation of church and state

President Trump has nominated Jeff Mateer to be a judge on the US District Court in Texas. In 2013 Mateer said the separation of church and state was not in the US constitution.

Patheos

Belfast’s mayor skipping grace has sparked an over-reaction

Belfast’s mayor skipping grace has sparked an over-reaction

Hemant Mehta critiques a column from Alf McCreary, who attacked Nuala McAllister for not saying grace at her installation dinner in the Belfast Telegraph.

Patheos

Fri, 08 Sep 2017

The disestablishment of the church is now ‘necessary and inevitable’

The disestablishment of the church is now ‘necessary and inevitable’

Giles Fraser addresses this week's study which said that over half the UK population have no religion. He says the church should stop courting "the establishment" and "reclaim" its role as a "social alternative to the dominant culture of secular and capitalist individualism".

The Guardian

Bishops unfazed by surge among the non-religious

Bishops unfazed by surge among the non-religious

Two Church of England bishops have responded with equanimity to the latest British Social Attitudes survey.

Church Times

Man jailed for posting 'kill every Muslim' on Facebook following Manchester bombing

Man jailed for posting 'kill every Muslim' on Facebook following Manchester bombing

Keegan Jakovlevs has been sent to prison for a year after pleading guilty to publishing material with the intention of stirring up religious hatred.

International Business Times

Britain’s clampdown on FGM is ‘leaving young girls traumatised’

Britain’s clampdown on FGM is ‘leaving young girls traumatised’

Nadifa Mohamed argues that fears over the numbers at risk have been exaggerated.

The Guardian

Catholic anger as Corbyn accepts communion

Catholic anger as Corbyn accepts communion

The Labour leader accepted a communion wafer during a funeral. A spokesperson for the Latin Mass Society said Catholics would find the act "completely disrespectful".

Daily Mirror

Religion is ‘not going away’ and science ‘will not destroy it’

Religion is ‘not going away’ and science ‘will not destroy it’

Peter Harrison argues that global secularisation is not inevitable and, when it does happen, it is not caused by science.

Aeon

Trump administration sides with Christian who refused to bake cake for gay couple

Trump administration sides with Christian who refused to bake cake for gay couple

The US Justice Department has filed a court brief saying it backs the Masterpiece Cakeshop. The shop is at the centre of a case over anti-LGBT discrimination which is due to be heard at the Supreme Court.

Pink News

US appeals court rules against Trump on scope of travel ban

US appeals court rules against Trump on scope of travel ban

On Thursday an appeals court ruled against President Trump's effort to broadly enforce a travel and refugee ban on people from some Muslim-majority countries.

CNBC

Senior Indian journalist-activist’s murder leaves behind fear, anger and unanswered questions

Senior Indian journalist-activist’s murder leaves behind fear, anger and unanswered questions

A look at the work of Gauri Lankesh, who was shot on Tuesday night, and the questions that her murder has provoked.

The Independent (Singapore)

Thu, 07 Sep 2017

Jeremy Paxman on the Church of England’s fight to survive

Jeremy Paxman on the Church of England’s fight to survive

In this lengthy feature, the former BBC presenter says the Church of England is "tottering from irrelevance to the edge of extinction" as congregations dwindle.

Financial Times

A majority of Britons now follow no religion – NSS mentioned

A majority of Britons now follow no religion – NSS mentioned

Only 15% of people now call themselves Anglicans. The National Secular Society says this makes the vestiges of Anglican privilege look all the stranger. But, the Economist says, don't bet on the Church losing its official role any time soon.

The Economist

Religion is on the decline – yet our society ‘is underpinned by faith’

Religion is on the decline – yet our society ‘is underpinned by faith’

This editorial says that while fewer of us call ourselves Christian, we "remain a country steeped in Christian values".

The Spectator

Impact of the decline of religion in Britain

Impact of the decline of religion in Britain

A series of letters to the editor focus on the results of the latest British Social Attitudes survey.

The Times (£)

Religious marriages in decline in Scotland

Religious marriages in decline in Scotland

The number of Catholic weddings in Scotland has fallen to a 75-year low. Half of all marriages carried out in Scotland in 2016 were civil ceremonies, and the number of religious marriages has fallen by 44% since 1975.

The Scotsman

Ulster GPs will not face arrest for abortion referrals

Ulster GPs will not face arrest for abortion referrals

Doctors in Northern Ireland will no longer face arrest for referring women to abortion services in England, the director of public prosecutions has said.

The Times (£)

Jacob Rees-Mogg sets out anti-gay marriage and abortion beliefs - but won't rule out leadership bid

Jacob Rees-Mogg sets out anti-gay marriage and abortion beliefs - but won't rule out leadership bid

Rees-Mogg – tipped by some to become a Conservative leadership contender – said yesterday he opposed gay marriage and abortion in all circumstances. He added that his views come from his Catholic faith but would not be a party-political issue.

The Telegraph

Schools risk being over-sensitive by allowing girls to wear hijabs, says Ofsted head

Schools risk being over-sensitive by allowing girls to wear hijabs, says Ofsted head

Amanda Spielman said teachers were at risk of being "over-sensitive" towards young girls from Muslim backgrounds by allowing them to wear hijabs at school.

LBC

Discrimination ‘holding back Muslims in workplace’, study suggests

Discrimination ‘holding back Muslims in workplace’, study suggests

The head of the government-sponsored Social Mobility Commission has blamed discrimination for the underrepresentation of Muslims in the workplace.

The Guardian

All the president’s clergymen: a close look at Trump’s ‘unprecedented’ ties with evangelicals

All the president’s clergymen: a close look at Trump’s ‘unprecedented’ ties with evangelicals

A detailed study of the role evangelical leaders are playing in the Trump White House, and how far they are shaping policies and appointments.

Religion News Service

The demography of Christianity in America

The demography of Christianity in America

A new study has shown that white non-Hispanic Christians now make up 43% of the American population. This figure has been in long-term decline, but almost three-quarters of the US population remains Christian.

Washington Post

Wed, 06 Sep 2017

Questions raised about prominent FGM campaigner

Questions raised about prominent FGM campaigner

A BBC Newsnight investigation has revealed a series of concerns about some aspects of the work of a celebrated FGM campaigner.

BBC

Row over ‘gay cure therapist’ on Good Morning Britain

Row over ‘gay cure therapist’ on Good Morning Britain

Some viewers have criticised the decision to invite Dr Michael Davidson on to the ITV show.

The Independent

Cormac Murphy O'Connor obituary - NSS mentioned

Cormac Murphy O'Connor obituary - NSS mentioned

This obituary for the former Archbishop of Westminster mentions the National Secular Society's objection when he was offered a peerage.

The Independent

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