Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Anger over debate asking whether 'Trojan Horse' plot to take over Birmingham schools really happened
Theresa May's former chief of staff Nick Timothy accused organisers of a Trojan Horse debate of trying to 'mislead the community' A debate by MEND about the Trojan Horse affair has been cancelled after organisers were accused of attempting mislead the local community.
The National Union of Teachers is accused of supporting an event where a series of speakers, including a banned school governor, are expected to defend the Trojan Horse plot.
BBC confirms that 'important' religion slot Thought for the Day will remain on Radio 4's 'Today' programme
The BBC has said that the religious slot 'Thought for the Day' (TFTD) is an 'important part' of Radio 4's 'Today' programme and reiterated that it will not be axed after the slot was heavily criticised by the programme's presenters.
The National Centre for Social Research (Natcen) reported last month that 51 per cent of the British now identify as non-religious (News, 8 September). For the first time, the non-religious have become an outright majority.
The Today programme's Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4 is a deep-rooted broadcasting tradition. But criticising Thought for the Day for unjustly privileging religious voices is also a venerable tradition of its own.
Most of us tune in to current affairs shows for news and analysis, not a bite-sized sermon. Deeply, deeply boring - that's how John Humphrys, veteran presenter of the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, has described Thought for the Day. Humphrys also resents the traditional God-slot edging out other, more deserving items.
A London council is to build housing with religiously compliant features designed to appeal to the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, in what is thought to be a first for a local authority.
This is reportedly the first time a council in the UK has put together a residential development that specifically caters for the needs of a religious group.
The 49-year-old from south London is alleged to have carried out the crime on a young girl between 2010 and 2013. If the new prosecution is successful it will be the first British conviction for FGM.
Tower Hamlets Council rejects claims 'Christian' girl was "distressed" after being fostered by a Muslim family
The council claimed the girl was "happy and settled" in the six months she spent with two families, saying she even asked to stay in touch with the first one.
Mr Corbyn reportedly addressed the Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend) event on Wednesday evening with a handful of Labour MPs also believed to have attended. Mend was this week accused by a think tank of being "Islamists masquerading as civil libertarians".
Last night, a number of Labour MPs, including party leader Jeremy Corbyn, attended an event in Parliament to launch Islamophobia Awareness Month. Their decision to attend was met with strong criticism, not because of opposition to raising awareness of Islamophobia, but because of the nature of the group organising the launch.
The Jewish Chronicle
Political correctness and a failure to tackle integration issues help Islamic terrorists and allow the far right to flourish, the government's former community cohesion adviser has warned.
Political correctness is allowing Islamic terrorism to flourish and is fuelling the growth of the extreme right-wing, police leaders were warned last night.
The police chief leading the fight against extremist murder plots has said a lack of integration was a factor driving some suspects who wanted to stage attacks, as a former government adviser said social isolation was driving rising Islamist and far-right terrorism.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the church's splits on LGBT issues are "irreconcilable", as he admitted "not handling this issue very well".
In a letter to the Guardian, Jayne Ozanne, a senior member of the general synod for the diocese of Oxford, said: "Abuse of power, particularly in relation to sexual misdemeanours, will never be dealt with by those within the same said power structures. The urge to protect one's reputation is too strong."
Premier Christian Radio
Religion is increasingly being treated with leniency in the name of multiculturalism. How can we stop Sharia courts from threatening secular values? Liberals seem to have forgotten their pledge to uphold secular values and, it seems, are quite happily embracing theological interference in politics and legislation in the form of Sharia courts.
An Israeli businessman in Aberdeen has claimed he is being hounded by campaigners he describes as anti-Semitic protestors who want to force him and his family out of Scotland.
Labor MP Philip Dalidakis has told the Victorian parliament his religious views should not come before the beliefs of the community he represents, which he said overwhelmingly supported proposed voluntary assisted dying legislation.
A school health teacher has been suspended for teaching that gay and transgender people exist. The teacher at Cambridge high school in Cambridge, New York was suspended this week after complaints from parents, according to the Post-Star.
Swimming star Ian Thorpe was never an advocate for Australia's postal survey on same-sex marriage, which is due to wrap up on Tuesday. "It is really just a stalling tactic," says the 35-year-old marriage equality campaigner and five-time Olympic gold medallist. "But I tell people the only thing worse than a postal plebiscite is not winning it."
The newly unveiled Republican tax reform bill includes a provision that will likely make leaders of the Religious Right very happy—by amending a part of the tax law that keeps churches from engaging in explicit political advocacy.
Churches would gain the right to endorse political candidates and still retain their tax-free status under a provision in the House GOP's tax overhaul plan. The bill would repeal a 63-year-old law credited to former President Lyndon Johnson when he served in the Senate.
Myanmar must grant citizenship to the Rohingya to allow hundreds of thousands of people from the Muslim minority to return to Rakhine state from where they were driven by an army campaign, the UN refugee chief said Thursday.
Britain was the cradle of some of the most vigorous public secularists of the modern world, with activists such as Charles Bradlaugh (1833-1891), George Jacob Holyoake (1817-1906), and Harriet Law (1831-187), spending years publicly promulgating secular ideals and arguing against religious faith. And they were part of a much larger anti-religious movement, with various secularist organizations percolating throughout Britain in the 19th century, such as The National Secular Society founded in 1866. Clearly, this activist secularism has born some societal fruit over its 150 year history.
Ever since Anne Atkins told me my being gay is sinful on a Thought for the Day in 1996, I've cherished that religious interlude as the time to switch off the radio and start reading the Guardian. I'm beginning to think Giles Fraser's column is something I can usefully skip, too, time being too short.
Thu, 02 Nov 2017
The NSS has urged the government to investigate a faith school that insists the universe is 5778 years old and forbids men and women from shaking hands.
Schools serving "insular" communities which also fail to promote "British values" are a cause for concern, Ofsted's national education director Sean Harford told a Lords committee yesterday.
Questions over the relationship between a British 'Hindu fundamentalist' charity and a Conservative member of parliament have prompted the Charity Commission to investigate the National Council of Hindu Temples.
A series of Labour MPs, including party leader Jeremy Corbyn, have attended an event arranged by an organisation accused of having previously hosted "extremist Islamist speakers".
The Jewish Chronicle
Prominent women in the C of E say it should acknowledge the prevalence of sexual harassment and establish an independent process for raising concerns.
An extradition request for the brother of the Manchester Arena suicide bomber has been made to Libya so that he can stand trial in the UK.
The Times (£)
Sayfullo Saipov was apparently self-radicalised during the seven years he spent in the US and may have been on federal authorities' radar before Monday's attack, it emerged yesterday. Meanwhile President Trump has called for the terrorist to face the death penalty.
The Times (£)
The CIA has released a journal as part of 470,000 documents collected from Bin Laden's house. It shows that he visited the UK as a teenager and found it to be 'decadent'.
Priests claiming to be modern-day Martin Luthers have pinned a declaration to St Paul's Cathedral's doors warning the Church of England is 'corrupt' and in 'crisis' because of its softening stance on same-sex relationships.
Ofsted and the Department for Education should ask whether schools which limit girls' opportunities should be allowed to operate, Andrew Copson argues.
A Yazidi journalist has criticised the UK Home Office for planning to offer up taxpayer-funded homes, among other benefits, to returning ISIS fighters.
A renowned cartoonist who depicted Jesus Christ in a cartoon criticising the Greek Orthodox Church is facing court after offending Christians and Muslims alike.
Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Eight people were killed and 11 injured when a truck driver hit people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan yesterday. The suspect reportedly shouted 'Allahu Akbar' as he left the truck. Officials say the incident was a terror attack.
The NSS has urged the Government to investigate an orthodox Jewish school which teaches pupils the universe is 5,778 years old and forbids male and female adults from shaking hands.
Graeme Wood says that as ISIS loses territory, the greatest danger remains that more competent fighters will return home.
Northern Irish women will be entitled to have free abortions in Scotland after MSPs on Holyrood's Health Committee backed a change in the law.
Angus Skinner, former chief social work adviser to the Scottish Executive, has told an inquiry that child abuse in religiously-run care homes was "drastically underestimated".
Justin Welby said a column calling on the BBC to "stop sneering and keep the faith" was "excellent". The article, written by the Church of England priest Giles Fraser, accused the presenters of the programme of treating religion with "sniggering contempt". The Archbishop replied: "Another typically excellent comment by Giles".
Giles Fraser's column claims that "sniggering contempt towards religion is endemic within the BBC". He was writing after two presenters of the Today programme criticised Thought for the Day.
A teaching assistant who was sacked for objecting to 11-year-olds being shown graphic footage of the 9/11 attacks has successfully claimed unfair dismissal due to whistleblowing. The judge at a tribunal rejected a claim that she was discriminated against on religious grounds.
One of Lee Rigby's killers is a "charismatic" prisoner who has persuaded other inmates to convert to Islam, the High Court heard. Michael Adebolajo is said to be revered by other prisoners at the jail where he is serving his whole-life sentence.
The Times (£)
A majority of people would support abortion on demand, a poll commissioned by Amnesty International and published on Wednesday has found.
The Irish Times
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