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Fri, 17 Nov 2017

Religious orders clinging on to properties within abuse deal

Religious orders clinging on to properties within abuse deal

Religious orders still have to transfer 19 properties to the state as part of their contribution to a redress scheme for the victims of abuse.

The Times

School cancels Muslim speaker after teacher organising presentation receives threats

School cancels Muslim speaker after teacher organising presentation receives threats

Officials are criticised by local Muslim-American association for succumbing to 'public pressure'

The Independent

British Muslim who applied for a teaching job in Kuwait is told she would have to remove her hijab

British Muslim who applied for a teaching job in Kuwait is told she would have to remove her hijab

A British Muslim who applied for a job as a nursery teacher in Kuwait was told she would have to remove her hijab because it is 'an English school'.

Daily Mail

Indonesia's Orang Rimba: Forced to renounce their faith

Indonesia's Orang Rimba: Forced to renounce their faith

The Sumatran rainforests of Indonesia are home to the Orang Rimba - the people of the jungle. Their faith and nomadic way of life are not recognised by the state and, as their forests are destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations, many are being forced to convert to Islam to survive.

BBC

Believe in socialism not sorcery, China tells party members

Believe in socialism not sorcery, China tells party members

Members of the officially atheist Communist party have always been required to shun religion. However, activists say hostility to religion has intensified since Xi Jinping became China's leader in 2012 and began clamping down on potential sources of opposition.

The Guardian

China Urged to Ban Conversion Therapy Meant to 'Cure' Being Gay

China Urged to Ban Conversion Therapy Meant to 'Cure' Being Gay

he Chinese government should stop hospitals and other medical facilities from subjecting LGBT people to conversion therapy that in some cases has involved electroshock, involuntary confinement and forced medication, a human rights group said Wednesday.

Time

 What Yogi Adityanath Has All Wrong About Secularism In India

What Yogi Adityanath Has All Wrong About Secularism In India

"The fight for secularism is a fight not about the use or misuse of a word, but a fight to defend the basic structure of the constitution of India."

NDTV

"Only a flaky Christian would get annoyed by Greggs’ sausage roll Jesus"

"Only a flaky Christian would get annoyed by Greggs’ sausage roll Jesus"

Peter Ormerod says that the Greggs' sausage roll Jesus "prompted the kind of misguided, humourless reaction that gives us Christians a bad name", but also says that mocking Christianity is not the same as mocking Islam.

The Guardian

Thu, 16 Nov 2017

Court hears transgender woman's appeal over access to her Jewish children

Court hears transgender woman's appeal over access to her Jewish children

A parent who left a tight-knit ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to embark on a new life as a woman has taken her battle to be allowed access to her five children to the court of appeal.

The Guardian

Greggs apologises after replacing baby Jesus with a sausage roll

Greggs apologises after replacing baby Jesus with a sausage roll

Greggs replaced Jesus with a sausage roll in a Nativity scene to promote its advent calendar. Some took offence at the image. The chain has now apologised.

The Telegraph

MPs criticise role of bishops in House of Lords

MPs criticise role of bishops in House of Lords

MPs have criticised the bishops' role in a debate in Westminster Hall.

Ekklesia

Wetwang sex abuse vicar David Fletcher loses appeal

Wetwang sex abuse vicar David Fletcher loses appeal

A vicar who was jailed for sexually abusing a boy 30 years ago has failed to have his conviction overturned.

BBC

Global terrorism deaths fall for second year in a row, says report

Global terrorism deaths fall for second year in a row, says report

The number of global deaths from terrorism has fallen for the second year in a row, signalling "a turning point in the fight against radical Islamist extremism," a report has concluded.

The Independent

Pakistani police clash with protesters at anti-blasphemy sit-in

Pakistani police clash with protesters at anti-blasphemy sit-in

Pakistani police have clashed with protesters and arrested dozens in an attempt to disperse an anti-blasphemy sit-in staged by a hardline cleric. The protest has blocked a main entrance to Islamabad for a week, choking traffic and putting the capital on near lockdown.

The Guardian

Australia's PM wants marriage equality by Christmas after 'overwhelming' vote

Australia's PM wants marriage equality by Christmas after 'overwhelming' vote

The Australian parliament must commit to deliver marriage equality by Christmas, the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has said after the 'yes' side won a national postal vote.

The Guardian

Australia’s curious path to legalising gay marriage

Australia’s curious path to legalising gay marriage

The public opinion survey that yielded majority approval for same-sex marriage in Australia on Wednesday was an emotional breakthrough born of a long, curious and still-continuing struggle.

The New York Times

If Saudi Arabia reforms, what happens to Islamists elsewhere?

If Saudi Arabia reforms, what happens to Islamists elsewhere?

Kamel Daoud says changes in Saudi Arabia could force Islamists around the world to follow suit or risk winding up on the wrong side of orthodoxy.

The New York Times

Twitter unverifies anti-Muslim activists

Twitter unverifies anti-Muslim activists

Anti-Muslim activists are among those who have lost the blue tick which verifies their identity on Twitter.

Slate

Rise in recorded anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim hate crimes in US

Rise in recorded anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim hate crimes in US

The FBI recorded 684 anti-Jewish hate crime incidents and 307 anti-Muslim hate crime incidents in 2016.

Pew Research Centre

Atheists sue taxpayer-funded animal shelter over religious “blessing” ceremony

Atheists sue taxpayer-funded animal shelter over religious “blessing” ceremony

The American Atheists Legal Centre says no possible secular purpose could be served by inviting a Franciscan Bishop to a government facility, the Bergen County Animal Shelter in New Jersey, to "bless" residents' pets.

Patheos

Wed, 15 Nov 2017

New row about Sunday openings on Isle of Lewis – NSS quoted

New row about Sunday openings on Isle of Lewis – NSS quoted

A businesswoman on the Isle of Lewis has been asked to close her shop on Sundays to "protect the traditional custom of honouring the Sabbath". The NSS has backed Leona Rawlinson's decision to open her shop.

BBC

‘Observing the Sabbath should be up to individuals’ – letter from NSS vice-president

‘Observing the Sabbath should be up to individuals’ – letter from NSS vice-president

NSS spokesperson Alistair McBay says it is for each individual to decide on their own attitude and observance of the Sabbath, or indeed their allegiance to any form of religious ritual, up to and including no observance at all.

The Herald

Staffordshire schools told to offer virtual tours of mosques after parents ban children from visits

Staffordshire schools told to offer virtual tours of mosques after parents ban children from visits

Schools are offering virtual tours of mosques after parents refused to allow their children to visit them on school trips. Some parents have voiced concerns about safety and say a "political agenda" is behind the visits.

The Times (£)

Australians decisively support marriage equality

Australians decisively support marriage equality

Australians have overwhelmingly voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a historic poll.

BBC

‘The marriage equality survey is won, but the battle against discrimination continues’

‘The marriage equality survey is won, but the battle against discrimination continues’

Timothy Jones says it is conceivable that "no" campaigners in Australia always aimed to extend religious exemptions to discrimination legislation, rather than to win the plebiscite.

The Conversation

‘Religious freedom is, and should be, limited’

‘Religious freedom is, and should be, limited’

Michael Bachelard says 'religious freedom' lobbyists "should be required to obey the same laws as the rest of us".

The Sydney Morning Herald

Why multicultural communities registered huge 'no' votes on same-sex marriage

Why multicultural communities registered huge 'no' votes on same-sex marriage

Australia's 'no' campaign targeted conservative immigrant cultures and it showed, says Eryk Bagshaw. In particular Islamic and Chinese Christian migrant communities regarded the process with suspicion, believing it had been hijacked by out-of-touch inner-city leaders.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Catholic schools asked to drop words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ from admissions forms

Catholic schools asked to drop words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ from admissions forms

Catholic schools will be asked to remove the terms "mother" and "father" from admissions forms, after a government ruling that the terms could be too restrictive.

The Catholic Herald

Sayeeda Warsi accuses UK press of hate speech and ‘Islamophobia’

Sayeeda Warsi accuses UK press of hate speech and ‘Islamophobia’

The former Conservative cabinet minister has delivered the Leveson lecture, hosted by the Hacked Off campaign. She accused British newspapers of 'Islamophobia' and hate speech and called for a parliamentary investigation into the issue.

The Guardian

‘Myanmar and Buddhist extremism’

‘Myanmar and Buddhist extremism’

Paul Fuller looks at the humanitarian crisis underway in Myanmar, centring around the Rohingya Muslims. He says the battle between the two emerging forms of Buddhism in modern Myanmar is linked back to two core principles of the religion.

The Conversation

Turkish marriage law a blow to women's rights, say activists

Turkish marriage law a blow to women's rights, say activists

Activists and opposition politicians say a law that allows Muslim clerics to conduct civil marriages is a blow to women's rights and secularism and part of an ongoing effort to impose religious values on a polarised society. Critics also say it could lead to more child brides.

The Guardian

Nine-year-old girls in Iraq could be forced to marry under new Muslim laws

Nine-year-old girls in Iraq could be forced to marry under new Muslim laws

Human rights activists are warning that a new Iraqi law could legalise marriage for children as young as nine and set women's rights back 50 years.

The International Business Times

Roy Moore allegations prompt reflections on fundamentalist culture in which some Christian men date teens

Roy Moore allegations prompt reflections on fundamentalist culture in which some Christian men date teens

Allegations of sexual misconduct have surfaced against Roy Moore, a candidate for the US Senate in Alabama. They have shed light on the courtship of underage girls in some conservative religious communities.

The Washington Post

Tue, 14 Nov 2017

Shopkeeper on Isle of Lewis says she has been intimidated over Sunday opening

Shopkeeper on Isle of Lewis says she has been intimidated over Sunday opening

A shop owner in the Western Isles claims she has been the victim of "appalling" harassment from sabbatarians after opening her shop on a Sunday. The NSS highlighted her case last week.

The Telegraph

Catholic Church: Scottish gender change plan 'deeply disturbing'

Catholic Church: Scottish gender change plan 'deeply disturbing'

The Catholic Church in Scotland has claimed government moves to make it easier for young people to change their gender are "deeply disturbing".

The Herald

‘This “Islamophobia” obsession does Muslims no favours’

‘This “Islamophobia” obsession does Muslims no favours’

Hifsa Haroon-Iqbal, a Prevent co-ordinator, says some groups consciously miss the role terrorism plays in fuelling anti-Muslim hate.

The Times (£)

Report urges new definition of ‘Islamophobia’

Report urges new definition of ‘Islamophobia’

The Runnymede Trust has published a new report urging the Government to define the term 'Islamophobia' as "anti-Muslim racism". Here Omar Khan explains his argument.

The Times (£)

Rein in Isis and terrorism coverage, police chiefs tell media

Rein in Isis and terrorism coverage, police chiefs tell media

Britain's top counterterrorism officers have urged the media to rein back on coverage about Islamic State and terrorist attacks because of concerns that it helps to spread propaganda.

The Guardian

Evangelical quits Church of England leadership over 'heretical' stance on sexuality

Evangelical quits Church of England leadership over 'heretical' stance on sexuality

A prominent Church of England evangelical has quit one of its most senior bodies claiming that its stance on sexuality is "heretical".

The Telegraph

LGBT+ campaigners welcome Church of England guidance for schools

LGBT+ campaigners welcome Church of England guidance for schools

LGBT+ charities and campaigners have welcomed the Church of England's new guidance for schools urging them to refrain from making pupils conform to gender stereotypes.

The Guardian

Persecution continues for Pakistani religious minorities in UK

Persecution continues for Pakistani religious minorities in UK

British Pakistani religious minorities have been violently persecuted by Sunni Muslims in the UK. Some say authorities are looking the other way.

Conatus News

Nigerian atheists kick against worship in corporate organisations

Nigerian atheists kick against worship in corporate organisations

The Atheists Society of Nigeria has criticised the banking industry and other organisations which start the day with prayers and worship.

The Sun (Nigeria)

Australian liberals divided over religious protections on eve of same-sex marriage survey result

Australian liberals divided over religious protections on eve of same-sex marriage survey result

Australia's Attorney General says there "will be a debate" within the Turnbull government's ranks over the law used to legalise same-sex marriage if the nationwide postal survey returns a 'Yes' result tomorrow.

SBS Australia

US Supreme Court to decide whether withholding abortion information is first amendment right

US Supreme Court to decide whether withholding abortion information is first amendment right

The US Supreme Court has chosen to take a case that will decide whether a California law requiring crisis pregnancy centres to provide women with abortion information violates the First Amendment.

Newsweek

Bangladeshi village burned down after 'Muhammad insulted' in resident's Facebook post

Bangladeshi village burned down after 'Muhammad insulted' in resident's Facebook post

A Hindu village in Bangladesh was burnt down after a rumour spread that a local youth had insulted the Islamic prophet in a Facebook post.

The Independent

Mon, 13 Nov 2017

Government allows faith school to split in two to avoid gender segregation law

Government allows faith school to split in two to avoid gender segregation law

The Department for Education has said religious schools that separate boys and girls into different classes can split in two to get around a new ruling on gender segregation. The head of a Jewish Orthodox school in Barnet says the DfE told the school it faced no further action if it splits in two.

The Independent

Who are CrossTeach? A look at the Christian group causing alarm among some parents

Who are CrossTeach? A look at the Christian group causing alarm among some parents

A religious charity which gives lessons on the Christian faith in a number of schools has recently come under fire for allegedly telling teenagers abortion was wrong.

Kent Live

Christian teacher suspended after calling transgender boy a girl

Christian teacher suspended after calling transgender boy a girl

Joshua Sutcliffe, a maths teacher at a state secondary school in Oxfordshire who is also a pastor at an evangelical church, faces a disciplinary hearing.

The Times (£)

Scottish Government includes non-religious element in remembrance day service

Scottish Government includes non-religious element in remembrance day service

The first non-religious element of a Scottish Government commemoration to mark remembrance weekend has taken place in Edinburgh. A humanist was invited to address the remembrance day service at St Andrews House.

The Herald

Church of England issues bullying guidance on trans issues

Church of England issues bullying guidance on trans issues

The Church of England has said primary schoolchildren should be free to dress up in a tiara or superhero cloak without comment from teachers or pupils. Its guidance said there was a "breadth of views" among Christians and people of all beliefs towards same-sex marriage, sexual orientation and gender identity.

BBC

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