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Fri, 27 Oct 2017

MP Bob Blackman defends controversial Hindu nationalist's appearance in Parliament

MP Bob Blackman defends controversial Hindu nationalist's appearance in Parliament

Tapan Ghosh's appearance at the events has sparked criticism, with a Labour MP attacking his "abhorrent views" about Muslims and pointing to his appearance with EDL founder Tommy Robinson.

BBC News

Islamic College aims to train leaders to counter extremism

Islamic College aims to train leaders to counter extremism

A new college has opened its doors in Manchester which will be training British Imams and Faith Leaders according to British needs, values and norms.

Pressat

Thu, 26 Oct 2017

UK calls for action to secure freedom of religion for 80% of world’s population

UK calls for action to secure freedom of religion for 80% of world’s population

A new report urges the UK and other governments to take practical measures to turn the rhetoric of 'freedom of religion or belief' into reality, to protect the millions who are vulnerable to violence, discrimination and disadvantage as a result of its abuse.

World Watch Monitor

Tory MP Bob Blackman hosts anti-Muslim nationalist Tapan Ghosh

Tory MP Bob Blackman hosts anti-Muslim nationalist Tapan Ghosh

A Tory MP hosted in parliament an anti-Muslim extremist who has called for the UN to control the birth rate of Muslims, praised the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Burma, and said Muslims should be forced to leave their religion if they come to a western country.

The Times (£)

Women's rights threatened by fundamentalism and the far right, study finds

Women's rights threatened by fundamentalism and the far right, study finds

Based on 54 submissions from governments, academics and non-government organisations, the report asserts that religious and non-religious extremist agendas are undermining women's liberties around the world.

ABC News

Man smeared pork sausage meat on door of mosque

Man smeared pork sausage meat on door of mosque

Jamie Mullins went to the Sherwood Education and Culture Centre in Nottingham with his friend, Mathew Sarsfield on June 18 after "feeling patriotic" watching an English boxer.

Evening Standard

Most Brits think only six of the Ten Commandments are still important

Most Brits think only six of the Ten Commandments are still important

This is even true of Britain's Christians, although they are more likely than the general population as a whole to think any given Commandment remains important.

YouGov

Glasgow priest announces support for teaching of LGBT issues in schools

Glasgow priest announces support for teaching of LGBT issues in schools

Father Paul Morton, of Saint Bride's Parish Church in Cambuslang, joins representatives from other faiths across the city in giving his public backing to a new LGBT inclusive education drive.

Glasgow Live

Grassroots campaign launched to persuade Church of England to adopt gay blessings

Grassroots campaign launched to persuade Church of England to adopt gay blessings

The Church's ruling general synod will debate whether to offer official liturgy after a same-sex couple has married or formed a civil partnership in a separate ceremony.

Christian Today

Outrage after Portugal court quotes Bible on woman's assault

Outrage after Portugal court quotes Bible on woman's assault

Women's rights groups in Portugal have reacted angrily to a court decision that quoted the Bible and a 19th-century law in justifying a suspended sentence for a man convicted of assaulting his ex-wife with a bat because she allegedly committed adultery.

Business Insider

Catholic Church faces massive clerical child sex abuse scandal in Pope Francis' Argentina

Catholic Church faces massive clerical child sex abuse scandal in Pope Francis' Argentina

66 priests, nuns and brothers have been accused since 2001 of abusing dozens of people, most of them children.

IB Times

Australians support partial ban on Muslim immigration: survey

Australians support partial ban on Muslim immigration: survey

Three quarters of Australians believe the country doesn't need any more people and nearly half support a partial ban on Muslim immigrants.

SBS

Gay Catholics could be denied proper funerals, leaked email reveals

Gay Catholics could be denied proper funerals, leaked email reveals

Leaked emails have revealed a string of shocking orders from Catholic church bosses urging priests to turn down the funerals of gay people.

Pink News

Dalit Woman, Her Unborn Child Killed by Upper Caste Thakur For ‘Touching’ Bucket

Dalit Woman, Her Unborn Child Killed by Upper Caste Thakur For ‘Touching’ Bucket

An eight-month pregnant Dalit woman died after being brutally beaten up by an upper caste Thakur for allegedly touching a bucket in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh.

India.com

Public Floggings in Indonesia Top 500

Public Floggings in Indonesia Top 500

More than 530 people have been publicly flogged in Indonesia's Aceh province since a new Islamic criminal code was enacted in October 2015, new figures show.

Human Rights Watch

'They're my mum and dad, not terrorists'

'They're my mum and dad, not terrorists'

Since moving in with Pakistani Muslim foster parents, Rebecca Brown - who is white British - has had school friends ask if she lives with terrorists, because of their religion. She wants people to know they are just like any other family.

BBC

Wed, 25 Oct 2017

Most of world lacks real religious freedom, UN official says

Most of world lacks real religious freedom, UN official says

Three-quarters of the world's people live in countries that either restrict the right to religion or belief or have "a high level of social hostility involving religion or belief," the U.N. special investigator on religious rights said Tuesday.

The Washington Post

I will return Saudi Arabia to moderate Islam, says crown prince

I will return Saudi Arabia to moderate Islam, says crown prince

Mohammed bin Salman tells the Guardian that ultra-conservative state has been 'not normal' for past 30 years

The Guardian

Catholic Helen Scott wins religious discrimination case

Catholic Helen Scott wins religious discrimination case

A woman who had a phrase of "clear sectarian significance" shouted at her at work has been awarded £20,000 by an industrial tribunal.

BBC News

Pakistan blogger Aasim Saeed says he was tortured

Pakistan blogger Aasim Saeed says he was tortured

A Pakistani blogger who went missing earlier this year has applied for asylum in Britain after alleging he was tortured by a "state intelligence agency" during his disappearance.

BBC News

New terror laws 'would criminalise thought', watchdog warns

New terror laws 'would criminalise thought', watchdog warns

Ministers should not "criminalise thought" with plans to prosecute people who view extremist content online, the UK's terror watchdog has said.

BBC News

Quebec’s face veil ban may face a Supreme Court challenge

Quebec’s face veil ban may face a Supreme Court challenge

One legal expert says it's likely that the controversial Bill 62 will be challenged, and that the case will probably end up at the Supreme Court of Canada.

The Star

Storm over secondwife.com polygamy site for Muslims

Storm over secondwife.com polygamy site for Muslims

There have been calls for the website to be shut down for treating women like "ornaments" to be collected.

The Times (£)

There are 'Harvey Weinsteins' among Church of England clergy – abuse victim

There are 'Harvey Weinsteins' among Church of England clergy – abuse victim

Speaking anonymously for fear of the repercussions, one woman told Christian Today of the presence of priests who use their role as leader of a church to molest women parishioners.

Christian Today

Islam converts `often vulnerable to radical rhetoric´, says terrorism expert

Islam converts `often vulnerable to radical rhetoric´, says terrorism expert

Although the vast majority of converts to the religion are peaceful and law-abiding, they are "over-represented among foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq", experts said.

The Daily Mail

Jane Flint: ‘Having an atheist chaplain is about patient choice’

Jane Flint: ‘Having an atheist chaplain is about patient choice’

The first non-religious pastoral carer in the NHS on why patients need someone to just be there – to hear their stories or bear witness to their pain, whatever their beliefs.

The Guardian

How the UK government can do more to understand the role of religion globally

How the UK government can do more to understand the role of religion globally

Freedom of religion and belief must be made a political priority for the Foreign Secretary and a strategic priority for both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development, according to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for International Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB).

The Tablet

Why These Women Are Graduating In Secret

Why These Women Are Graduating In Secret

Since the Iranian revolution of 1979, the Baha'i – Iran's largest religious minority, but one that isn't recognised as such – have been banned from accessing higher education by the government of the Islamic Republic.

Refinery29

Tue, 24 Oct 2017

Supreme Court to hear Northern Ireland abortion case

Supreme Court to hear Northern Ireland abortion case

The court will decide if not allowing abortions in cases of sexual crime and fatal foetal abnormalities breaches the European Convention on Human Rights.

BBC

Ireland: Pupils who opt-out of religion to be taught other subjects

Ireland: Pupils who opt-out of religion to be taught other subjects

New rules to ensure 'proper timetable of beneficial work' for those not studying topic

The Irish Times

No children in quarter of Church of England congregations

No children in quarter of Church of England congregations

On average, nine children attended each service across all Church of England churches in 2016

BBC

Muslim mother-of-five, 44, was ordered to leave sixth-form college open evening because she was wearing niqab face veil 'that stopped her being recognised on CCTV'

Muslim mother-of-five, 44, was ordered to leave sixth-form college open evening because she was wearing niqab face veil 'that stopped her being recognised on CCTV'

St Mary's College in Blackburn, Lancashire, said the garment stopped her from being recognised on CCTV.

The Daily Mail

St Davids' Diocese will be consulted on the possible merger of primary schools in Haverfordwest

St Davids' Diocese will be consulted on the possible merger of primary schools in Haverfordwest

Cllr Lloyd highlighted that while the first merger option would be a faith school the second option would be a non-faith school, and acknowledged this would be a concern for some parents.

Western Telegraph

Atheists Have Rights Too

Atheists Have Rights Too

As BC moves to bring back the Human Rights Commission, it's time to protect those who don't believe.

The Tyee

Isis murders 116 civilians as Syrian forces retake town

Isis murders 116 civilians as Syrian forces retake town

Islamic State has exacted revenge for the loss of its self-declared caliphate on a small town in the Syrian desert, apparently killing 116 civilians it accused of being spies for President Assad's regime.

The Times (£)

Mosque caretaker in Kasur held over blasphemy charges

Mosque caretaker in Kasur held over blasphemy charges

Kanganpura Police on Sunday took the caretaker of a local mosque into custody over alleged charges of blasphemy.

The Express Tribune

ACLU rejects Christian baker’s free speech claim: ‘This is not about the cake’

ACLU rejects Christian baker’s free speech claim: ‘This is not about the cake’

The American Civil Liberties Union told the Supreme Court on Monday the First Amendment doesn't give a Christian baker the right to discriminate against a same-sex couple by refusing to bake them a wedding cake.

The Washington Times

Celine Cooper: Crucifix doesn't belong in Assembly of 'secular' Quebec

Celine Cooper: Crucifix doesn't belong in Assembly of 'secular' Quebec

"Removing it is not akin to abandoning Quebec's heritage; it would be a welcome signal that religion truly has no place in a secular state."

Montreal Gazette

I produced My Week As a Muslim. Its intention was to educate, not offend

I produced My Week As a Muslim. Its intention was to educate, not offend

"Our use of 'brownface' is nothing to do with mockery – it's about opening the eyes of someone who has misconceptions about Muslim life."

The Guardian

U.S. Threatens to Punish Myanmar Over Treatment of Rohingya

U.S. Threatens to Punish Myanmar Over Treatment of Rohingya

The Trump administration threatened on Monday to take punitive actions against Myanmar unless it pulls back from its violent military campaign against Rohingya Muslims, expressing what it called "our gravest concern" over a crisis that has killed or displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

New York Times

Are religious people more moral?

Are religious people more moral?

A recent study we conducted, led by psychologist Will Gervais, found widespread and extreme moral prejudice against atheists around the world.

The Conversation

Mon, 23 Oct 2017

Is Ofsted's legal win a seismic step forwards for equality – or a storm in a teacup? - NSS quoted

Is Ofsted's legal win a seismic step forwards for equality – or a storm in a teacup? - NSS quoted

Judges have ruled that a faith school's policy of separating boys and girls is unlawful, in a case widely seen as a landmark win for the inspectorate. But just how broad will the ramifications be?

TES

The Al-Hijrah School Ruling Was A Demonstration Of Powerful Women In Action - NSS mentioned

The Al-Hijrah School Ruling Was A Demonstration Of Powerful Women In Action - NSS mentioned

Women are often the first victims of extremism whether it is in policing what they wear, where they go, how they live or as victims of domestic violence.

SEDAA

'Politically correct' DfE fails to take action against illegal schools - Wilshaw

'Politically correct' DfE fails to take action against illegal schools - Wilshaw

Former chief inspector speaks out after Ofsted wins gender segregation case at High Court

TES

Non-religious students often feel like second-class citizens

Non-religious students often feel like second-class citizens

Analysis: Modernising religion rules will – belatedly – help respect rights of all pupils

Irish Times

CofE to train hundreds of aspiring headteachers

CofE to train hundreds of aspiring headteachers

The Church of England has been given government accreditation for its national headteacher training programme

TES

Why Quebec is ground zero in the battle over secularism

Why Quebec is ground zero in the battle over secularism

For more than a decade now, Quebec has been in the throes of a relentless debate about the challenges posed to its secularist society by the arrival of thousands of new immigrants belonging to religious minorities in general and one religious minority in particular.

The Globe and Mail

British IS fighters 'must be killed', minister says

British IS fighters 'must be killed', minister says

Rory Stewart said converts to so-called Islamic State believed in an "extremely hateful doctrine" and had moved away from any allegiance to Britain.

BBC

Muslim students protest over Newcastle University's plans to limit their prayer space

Muslim students protest over Newcastle University's plans to limit their prayer space

Muslim students took part in a peaceful protest against a university's plans to limit their prayer space.

Chronicle Live

Oxford don who advised Government on religion denies raping French author and threatens to sue after she named him on Facebook

Oxford don who advised Government on religion denies raping French author and threatens to sue after she named him on Facebook

Professor Tariq Ramadan, 55, who regularly appears on the BBC and Channel 4 as an expert commentator on Islam, strenuously denies the claim lodged by Henda Ayari, 41, with the French prosecutor.

Daily Mail

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