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Wed, 14 Feb 2018

Australia’s marriage equality campaign seeks abolition of religious rights to discriminate

Australia’s marriage equality campaign seeks abolition of religious rights to discriminate

Campaigners who called for marriage equality in Australia have told a religious freedom review that exemptions in discrimination law for religious institutions "go too far".

The Guardian

‘It's in our hands how the flawed religious freedom inquiry will play out’

‘It's in our hands how the flawed religious freedom inquiry will play out’

Rodney Croome says Australia's religious freedom movement is "a redoubt for prejudice", and too many human rights advocates are nonchalant about the threat it poses.

The Guardian

Iranian women fight theocracy on ‘White Wednesdays’

Iranian women fight theocracy on ‘White Wednesdays’

The #WhiteWednesdays campaign encourages Iran's women to wear white veils or headscarves to show their opposition to the country's misogynist religious dress codes.

Patheos

#MosqueMeToo: Muslim women reveal sexual misconduct at places of worship

#MosqueMeToo: Muslim women reveal sexual misconduct at places of worship

Some Muslim women are using #MosqueMeToo to share experiences of sexual harassment in religious settings.

SBS

Tue, 13 Feb 2018

UK unveils extremism blocking tool

UK unveils extremism blocking tool

The UK Government has unveiled a tool it says can accurately detect jihadist content and block it from being viewed. The home secretary said she would not rule out forcing technology companies to use it by law.

BBC

‘Some Christian groups still promote “gay conversion therapy” – but their influence is waning’

‘Some Christian groups still promote “gay conversion therapy” – but their influence is waning’

Chris Greenough says the idea that gay people are sick and in need of a cure lives on among a few fundamentalist Christian groups.

The Conversation

Isle of Man politicians consider abortion reform

Isle of Man politicians consider abortion reform

A bill proposing the relaxation of the Isle of Man's strict laws on abortion will come under discussion today.

IoM Today

Scout leader expelled after comparing Muslim colleague to Darth Vader

Scout leader expelled after comparing Muslim colleague to Darth Vader

A senior scout leader who was expelled for criticising a Muslim colleague for wearing a niqab has launched a law suit against the Scout Association.

Bristol Post

Poland to vote on law limiting kosher slaughter

Poland to vote on law limiting kosher slaughter

Poland's Government has proposed a new law that would limit kosher slaughter. The move comes shortly after the passage of a law which criminalises attributing blame for the Holocaust to Poland.

The Independent

'Poland’s Jews fear for future under new Holocaust law'

'Poland’s Jews fear for future under new Holocaust law'

There is growing evidence that a strain of anti-semitism lies behind Poland's law denying complicity in Nazi atrocities.

The Observer

‘Maldives crisis: a bitter religious divide comes to the fore’

‘Maldives crisis: a bitter religious divide comes to the fore’

The Maldives has entered a political crisis after the president ordered a state of emergency. Andreas Johansson says "the Maldives' very particular religious politics" are a significant cause of tension, and events there could be a preview of similar problems across South Asia.

The Conversation

Irish university distances itself from Muslim lecturer in FGM row

Irish university distances itself from Muslim lecturer in FGM row

Trinity College Dublin has distanced itself from one of its Muslim lecturers who has advocated female genital mutilation (FGM).

The Independent (Ireland)

Vatican set to strike deal with China

Vatican set to strike deal with China

An imminent agreement would involve the Vatican recognising seven bishops appointed by China's Communist party.

The Guardian

Tennessee’s House approves abortion bill that requires ultrasounds to be shared

Tennessee’s House approves abortion bill that requires ultrasounds to be shared

Lawmakers in Tennessee's House of Representatives have approved a version of an abortion bill that would require doctors to provide an ultrasound before the procedure can begin.

The Tennessean

Catholic school teacher in Florida ‘sacked for marrying same-sex partner’

Catholic school teacher in Florida ‘sacked for marrying same-sex partner’

A Catholic school teacher in Miami says she was sacked after marrying her same-sex partner. The Archdiocese of Miami confirmed she was sacked because she broke her contract under the church's rules of conduct, but refused to explain specifically how she had done so.

USA Today

Mon, 12 Feb 2018

Prominent Pakistani rights activist and NSS honorary associate Asma Jahangir dies aged 66

Prominent Pakistani rights activist and NSS honorary associate Asma Jahangir dies aged 66

Asma Jahangir, one of Pakistan's most prominent human rights activists and an NSS honorary associate, has died of a heart attack aged 66.

The Guardian

'Asma Jahangir: The street fighter'

'Asma Jahangir: The street fighter'

This profile of Asma Jahangir says that nothing could stop her "from being what she has always been".

Herald Pakistan

Clergy still believe some complainants are 'simply out for the money', abuse expert tells church leaders

Clergy still believe some complainants are 'simply out for the money', abuse expert tells church leaders

An expert has told the Church of England's general synod some priests are "unable or unwilling to accept the need for sensible, proportionate measures" to prevent abuse.

The Telegraph

Church of England ‘facing two years of abuse revelations’

Church of England ‘facing two years of abuse revelations’

The Church of England is facing two years of revelations about sexual abuse and attempts to cover it up, its ruling general synod has been told.

The Week

Welby says Church should beware of “radical change”

Welby says Church should beware of “radical change”

The archbishop of Canterbury has defended the slow pace of change in the Church of England.

The Telegraph

‘A culture of fear and intimidation cannot pass through the school gates’

‘A culture of fear and intimidation cannot pass through the school gates’

Lord Agnew, the minister responsible for faith and counter-extremism in the Department for Education, says the Department backs the right of schools to take steps to educate children on British values.

The Times (£)

Christian charities embroiled in Oxfam row

Christian charities embroiled in Oxfam row

A row over claims of sexual misconduct by Oxfam's aid workers is threatening to "engulf Christian charities".

Christian Today

Archbishop of Canterbury to marry Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Archbishop of Canterbury to marry Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Kensington Palace has confirmed that Justin Welby will marry the royal couple in May. Ms Markle will be baptised into the Church of England and confirmed before the wedding.

BBC

‘Bermuda LGBTs reel from same-sex marriage re-ban’

‘Bermuda LGBTs reel from same-sex marriage re-ban’

Samantha Allen says that although the ramifications of the Bermuda same-sex marriage repeal will be felt around the globe, it is LGBT Bermudans themselves who will suffer the most immediate and dire consequences.

The Daily Beast

‘The pope has got it wrong on child abuse’

‘The pope has got it wrong on child abuse’

This editorial says the pope's handling of the Catholic Church's child abuse scandal "must damage his reputation".

The Guardian

Macron sets out plan to reshape relations between French state and Muslims

Macron sets out plan to reshape relations between French state and Muslims

French president Emmanuel Macron has said he is "working on the structuring of Islam in France". He will make a set-piece speech about secularisation and Islam at some point in 2018.

The National (UAE)

Iranians mark 39th anniversary of Islamic revolution with a milder display of nationalism

Iranians mark 39th anniversary of Islamic revolution with a milder display of nationalism

In orchestrated rallies across the country, Iranians took to the streets Sunday to mark the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, a show of strength by the ruling theocracy in the wake of antigovernment protests last month.

Los Angeles Times

Fri, 09 Feb 2018

Pupils with certificate signed by a Catholic priest can get school place priority

Pupils with certificate signed by a Catholic priest can get school place priority

Catholic schools may accept a certificate signed by a priest as proof of pupils' faith, giving them priority in admissions, a regulator has ruled.

Schools Week

Captured British jihadists ‘tortured and beheaded hostages’

Captured British jihadists ‘tortured and beheaded hostages’

Two British men believed to be members of a notorious Islamic State cell have been seized by Syrian Kurdish fighters, US officials say. The officials said the "execution cell" had beheaded at least 27 Western hostages and tortured many more.

BBC

Doubling in non-stunned religious slaughter of animals raised in Lords

Doubling in non-stunned religious slaughter of animals raised in Lords

The sharp rise in the number of animals being killed for meat without being stunned has been raised in the House of Lords.

Farming On

UK Government will not block repeal of Bermuda’s same-sex marriage law

UK Government will not block repeal of Bermuda’s same-sex marriage law

The UK Government has said it would not be "appropriate" to block Bermuda's decision to repeal same-sex marriage. On Wednesday the British overseas territory became the first country in the world to revoke legal marriage equality, replacing gay marriage with domestic partnerships.

BBC

C of E denies resisting out-of-school inspections

C of E denies resisting out-of-school inspections

The Church of England's chief education officer has said the C of E does "support tackling potential extremism in out-of-school settings, including, potentially, through targeted inspections". Last week Amanda Spielman, Ofsted's chief inspector, criticised the Church for resisting changes to the law.

Church Times

Catholic Church settles abuse claims over paedophile priest in Northern Ireland

Catholic Church settles abuse claims over paedophile priest in Northern Ireland

The Catholic Church has settled sexual abuse claims with victims of a priest who taught in a school in Newry.

Belfast Telegraph

‘Trump’s prayer breakfast speech was infused with God-and-country references’

‘Trump’s prayer breakfast speech was infused with God-and-country references’

Sarah Pulliam Bailey says President Trump appealed to Americans who believe in Christian nationalism when he delivered his speech at yesterday's National Prayer Breakfast.

The Washington Post

Indian Government admits rise in religion-based hate crime

Indian Government admits rise in religion-based hate crime

India's Government has presented detailed data in the country's parliament showing a surge in religion-based violence since it came to power four years ago. The Government has been accused of emboldening Hindu fundamentalism.

UCA News

Spaniard who photoshopped his own face on Christ statue ordered to pay damages to church

Spaniard who photoshopped his own face on Christ statue ordered to pay damages to church

A man from Jaen in southern Spain has been ordered to pay a fine for offending a church by posting a photoshopped image of his own face on a statue of Jesus.

The Local (Spain)

Australia child sex abuse: Victims to receive national apology

Australia child sex abuse: Victims to receive national apology

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will deliver a national apology to victims of child sexual abuse. A recent inquiry found that tens of thousands of children had been abused in Australian institutions, including churches, in recent decades.

BBC

Thu, 08 Feb 2018

Church of England facing more than 3,000 complaints over child abuse

Church of England facing more than 3,000 complaints over child abuse

The Church of England is facing more than 3,000 abuse complaints, the vast majority of which relate to children or vulnerable adults.

Christian Today

PM appears to join criticism of equal treatment coroner at PMQs

PM appears to join criticism of equal treatment coroner at PMQs

Theresa May has responded to a question about a North London coroner who treats people equally, regardless of religion. She said it is "important that we take into account specific requirements of someone's faith". She added that the Ministry of Justice would discuss the case with the chief coroner.

The Jewish Chronicle

Foreign Office employees invited to wear headscarves to work to mark ‘World Hijab Day’

Foreign Office employees invited to wear headscarves to work to mark ‘World Hijab Day’

The Foreign Office handed out free headscarves to staff to mark 'World Hijab Day' last week. In an internal memo, it said the headscarf is worn by some women who see it as representing "liberation, respect and security".

Evening Standard

Consultation on council's new halal meat policy after threat of boycott and legal action

Consultation on council's new halal meat policy after threat of boycott and legal action

A one month consultation has been launched on Lancashire County Council's plans to change its halal meat policy. The council was threatened with a boycott of school meals and a legal challenge after it voted last year to ban the use of unstunned halal meat in county schools and other premises.

Lancashire Evening Post

Vue cinema cancels screening of film advocating ‘gay cure therapy’

Vue cinema cancels screening of film advocating ‘gay cure therapy’

A cinema chain has cancelled the screening of a film advocating therapy to "cure" people of being gay.

iNews

Briton who fought IS charged with terror offence

Briton who fought IS charged with terror offence

A British man will become the first person to have fought Islamic State to be charged with a terror offence.

Sky News

Labour MPs to meet in Belfast for abortion law reform talks

Labour MPs to meet in Belfast for abortion law reform talks

Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Smith will head up a delegation of Labour MPs in Belfast today for a discussion on the reform of Northern Ireland's abortion law.

Belfast Telegraph

How religious extremists gamed Facebook to target millions of Britons with far-right propaganda

How religious extremists gamed Facebook to target millions of Britons with far-right propaganda

From bases in Serbia and Hungary, a network of sites with links to Britain First and 'crusader organisation' Knights Templar International has been filling Facebook with far-right propaganda.

Wired

California judge: Baker can refuse service to same-sex couple

California judge: Baker can refuse service to same-sex couple

A California judge ruled that baker can refuse to provide service to a same-sex couple due to her religious objections.

Gay Star News

‘Trump vowed to destroy the Johnson Amendment. Thankfully, he has failed’

‘Trump vowed to destroy the Johnson Amendment. Thankfully, he has failed’

President Trump will return to the US's National Prayer Breakfast today. Last year he pledged to destroy a law prohibiting religious organisations from endorsing political candidates and parties. David Saperstein and Amanda Tyler say he should "reverse course and stop politicising religion".

The Washington Post

Trump administration installs ‘religious freedom’ tsars in all US attorney offices

Trump administration installs ‘religious freedom’ tsars in all US attorney offices

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is quietly installing 'religious freedom' tsars in every US attorney's office.

Patheos

Wed, 07 Feb 2018

Religious sex cult child abuser avoids jail for “horrible catalogue” of crimes

Religious sex cult child abuser avoids jail for “horrible catalogue” of crimes

A former member of a "religious sex cult" has been spared jail for "a horrible catalogue" of sexual and physical abuse of children.

Dumbarton Reporter

Judge orders demolition of mosque in Stratford, east London

Judge orders demolition of mosque in Stratford, east London

A High Court judge has ordered the demolition of a mosque in east London which has 2,000 worshippers a week but no planning permission.

The Times (£)

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