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Fri, 03 Nov 2017

Anger over debate asking whether 'Trojan Horse' plot to take over Birmingham schools really happened

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.

Birmingham Mail

NUT accused of backing Trojan Horse plotters

NUT accused of backing Trojan Horse plotters

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.

Telegraph

 BBC confirms that 'important' religion slot Thought for the Day will remain on Radio 4's 'Today' programme

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.

Christian Today

Take the beliefs of the non-religious seriously

Take the beliefs of the non-religious seriously

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.

Church Times

 Scrap Thought for the Day – for the sake of all that is holy

Scrap Thought for the Day – for the sake of all that is holy

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.

The Conversation

Would ditching Thought for the Day really be such an unthinkable thing to do?

Would ditching Thought for the Day really be such an unthinkable thing to do?

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.

Belfast Telegraph

London council builds housing with religion-friendly features

London council builds housing with religion-friendly features

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.

Guardian

Council builds special block of flats to help people comply with religious rules

Council builds special block of flats to help people comply with religious rules

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 Metro

Londoner to be charged with causing FGM in landmark UK prosecution

Londoner to be charged with causing FGM in landmark UK prosecution

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.

Evening Standard

Tower Hamlets Council rejects claims 'Christian' girl was "distressed" after being fostered by a Muslim family

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.

Evening Standard

Jeremy Corbyn attended event held by Muslim group accused of hosting preachers with extremist views

Jeremy Corbyn attended event held by Muslim group accused of hosting preachers with extremist views

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".

The Telegraph

Why controversy surrounds Mend

Why controversy surrounds Mend

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

Far right and Islamic terrorists ‘thrive’ on political correctness, says Dame Louise Casey

Far right and Islamic terrorists ‘thrive’ on political correctness, says Dame Louise Casey

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.

The Times

Political correctness is allowing Islamist terrorism to flourish, Government tsar warns

Political correctness is allowing Islamist terrorism to flourish, Government tsar warns

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 Telegraph

Social isolation behind extremism and terrorism, police told

Social isolation behind extremism and terrorism, police told

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 Guardian

Archbishop of Canterbury: Church faces ‘irreconcilable’ divide over gay sex

Archbishop of Canterbury: Church faces ‘irreconcilable’ divide over gay sex

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".

Pink News

Female clergy call for independent mediators into CofE abuse

Female clergy call for independent mediators into CofE abuse

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

Separation of Sharia and State: Secularism Cannot Surrender

Separation of Sharia and State: Secularism Cannot Surrender

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.

Conatus News

Israeli businessman claims anti-Semitic 'hounding' in Scotland

Israeli businessman claims anti-Semitic 'hounding' in Scotland

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.

BBC

Australian assisted dying debate: MP says his religion shouldn't come before his electorate

Australian assisted dying debate: MP says his religion shouldn't come before his electorate

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.

USA: Teacher suspended for educating students about LGBT people

USA: Teacher suspended for educating students about LGBT people

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.

Pink News

Australia same-sex marriage plebiscite comes to a head

Australia same-sex marriage plebiscite comes to a head

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."

Financial Times

USA: new GOP tax reform bill would politicize churches

USA: new GOP tax reform bill would politicize churches

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.

Think Progress

USA: GOP bill allows churches to back candidates, keep tax status

USA: GOP bill allows churches to back candidates, keep tax status

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.

Lancaster Online

 In Brazil, religious gang leaders say they’re waging a holy war

In Brazil, religious gang leaders say they’re waging a holy war

Charismatic Christianity is on the rise across Brazil. Even Rio, a famously libertine city, elected an evangelical mayor last year. Now, evangelical Protestantism is so far-reaching in Rio that even some of the city's most notorious drug dealers claim to be spreading the gospel.

The Conversation

Myanmar Rohingya must return as citizens: UN refugee chief

Myanmar Rohingya must return as citizens: UN refugee chief

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.

Dailt Mail/AFP

Christianity Is Dying in the United Kingdom - NSS mentioned

Christianity Is Dying in the United Kingdom - NSS mentioned

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.

Psychology Today

Guardian letters on Thought for the Day

Guardian letters on Thought for the Day

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.

The Guardian

Thu, 02 Nov 2017

State-funded faith school unfit to teach, say secularists – based on NSS research

State-funded faith school unfit to teach, say secularists – based on NSS research

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.

Conatus News

'Insular' schools failing to promote British values, says Ofsted director

'Insular' schools failing to promote British values, says Ofsted director

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.

TES

MP and Hindutva charity accused of pushing caste discrimination law into the long grass

MP and Hindutva charity accused of pushing caste discrimination law into the long grass

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.

Daily Mail

Corbyn and Labour MPs address controversial Muslim group

Corbyn and Labour MPs address controversial Muslim group

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

Church of England urged to tackle sexual abuse within its ranks

Church of England urged to tackle sexual abuse within its ranks

Prominent women in the C of E say it should acknowledge the prevalence of sexual harassment and establish an independent process for raising concerns.

The Guardian

Extradition request for Hashem Abedi, brother of Manchester bomber

Extradition request for Hashem Abedi, brother of Manchester bomber

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 (£)

New York jihadist Sayfullo Saipov became radicalised in America

New York jihadist Sayfullo Saipov became radicalised in America

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 (£)

Bin Laden's disdain for the west grew in Shakespeare's birthplace, journal shows

Bin Laden's disdain for the west grew in Shakespeare's birthplace, journal shows

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'.

The Guardian

Reformation 500 stunt: rebel priests call Church 'corrupt' for accepting same-sex relationships

Reformation 500 stunt: rebel priests call Church 'corrupt' for accepting same-sex relationships

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.

Christian Today

‘Schools which gender discriminate should not be allowed to split in order to evade court ruling’

‘Schools which gender discriminate should not be allowed to split in order to evade court ruling’

Ofsted and the Department for Education should ask whether schools which limit girls' opportunities should be allowed to operate, Andrew Copson argues.

The Telegraph

Yazidi journalist outraged by UK’s ISIS reintegration bribe

Yazidi journalist outraged by UK’s ISIS reintegration bribe

A Yazidi journalist has criticised the UK Home Office for planning to offer up taxpayer-funded homes, among other benefits, to returning ISIS fighters.

Conatus News

Jordan's top cartoonist investigated over ‘insulting religion’

Jordan's top cartoonist investigated over ‘insulting religion’

A renowned cartoonist who depicted Jesus Christ in a cartoon criticising the Greek Orthodox Church is facing court after offending Christians and Muslims alike.

The National

Wed, 01 Nov 2017

Eight dead in New York truck attack

Eight dead in New York truck attack

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.

BBC

Creationist school ‘unfit to teach’, say secularists – based on NSS research

Creationist school ‘unfit to teach’, say secularists – based on NSS research

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.

TES

‘What the attack in New York revealed about the Islamic State's supporters’

‘What the attack in New York revealed about the Islamic State's supporters’

Graeme Wood says that as ISIS loses territory, the greatest danger remains that more competent fighters will return home.

The Atlantic

Northern Irish women to get free abortions in Scotland

Northern Irish women to get free abortions in Scotland

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.

The Scotsman

Child abuse in Scottish care homes was "vastly underestimated", says leading social worker

Child abuse in Scottish care homes was "vastly underestimated", says leading social worker

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".

The Herald

Archbishop of Canterbury praises article accusing BBC of sneering attitude to religion

Archbishop of Canterbury praises article accusing BBC of sneering attitude to religion

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".

The Telegraph

‘Here’s my Thought for the Day: stop sneering and keep the faith, BBC’

‘Here’s my Thought for the Day: stop sneering and keep the faith, BBC’

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.

The Guardian

Muslim teaching assistant wins unfair dismissal case over 9/11 footage

Muslim teaching assistant wins unfair dismissal case over 9/11 footage

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.

The Guardian

Lee Rigby killer Adebolajo ‘has charisma to convert inmates’

Lee Rigby killer Adebolajo ‘has charisma to convert inmates’

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 (£)

Majority of Irish people would support abortion on demand, says poll

Majority of Irish people would support abortion on demand, says poll

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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