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Thu, 19 Oct 2017

Row over Channel 4 show which sees woman ‘live as a Muslim’

Row over Channel 4 show which sees woman ‘live as a Muslim’

Katie Freeman went "undercover" as a British Pakistani Muslim for the programme My Week as a Muslim, wearing a hijab and prosthetics. She says she was shocked by the racist abuse she received. Some have criticised the show for pandering to racial stereotypes.

The Independent

‘The war on hate speech is a war on free speech’

‘The war on hate speech is a war on free speech’

Terri Murray says free speech is the last defence of minorities, protecting them from the overwhelming power of the state and the 'tyranny of the majority'.

Conatus News

Anglican Communion wrong to refuse to condemn homosexuality, says Archbishop

Anglican Communion wrong to refuse to condemn homosexuality, says Archbishop

The Archbishop of Nigeria, Nicholas Okoh, criticised a recent meeting of primates from around the globe, which he boycotted, for its refusal to condemn homosexuality.

Christian Today

Saudi scholars to vet teaching of Muhammad to ‘curb extremism’

Saudi scholars to vet teaching of Muhammad to ‘curb extremism’

Saudi Arabia has created a council of scholars to vet religious teachings around the world.

The Guardian

Tajikistan authorities draw up list of gay and lesbian citizens

Tajikistan authorities draw up list of gay and lesbian citizens

Authorities in Tajikistan have drawn up a register of 367 allegedly gay citizens, suggesting they would be required to undergo testing to avoid "the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases".

The Guardian

Guilty verdict in Boston Islamic State beheading plot

Guilty verdict in Boston Islamic State beheading plot

A man from a Boston suburb was found guilty on Wednesday of conspiracy to commit acts of international terrorism and supporting Islamic State. He took part in a 2015 plot to attack police and behead a blogger who organized a 'Draw Mohammed' contest.

Reuters

Wed, 18 Oct 2017

Kent school cuts ties with Christian group after parents' complaints

Kent school cuts ties with Christian group after parents' complaints

A primary school in Kent has cuts its ties with a Christian group after parents complained of religious extremism and claimed children had been distressed by comments about gay marriage and a demonstration of "God's power" in assemblies.

The Guardian

Church of England headteacher hits out at parents who forced ‘extremist’ Christian group out of the school

Church of England headteacher hits out at parents who forced ‘extremist’ Christian group out of the school

A Church of England headteacher has hit out at parents who forced an "extremist" Christian group out of the primary school.

The Telegraph

Vicar accuses 'extremist' parents of 'hurling a hand grenade' into school

Vicar accuses 'extremist' parents of 'hurling a hand grenade' into school

A vicar at a Tunbridge Wells church has hit back at parents after they withdrew their children from assembly citing concerns over "extremist Christian teaching".

Kent Live

Former bishop of Chester investigated over abuse allegations

Former bishop of Chester investigated over abuse allegations

The former bishop of Chester, Victor Whitsey, is being investigated 30 years after his death over allegations of sexual abuse in the latest scandal involving high-profile figures in the Church of England.

The Guardian

Church covered up abuse and installed paedophile vicar who abused boys in towns around Plymouth

Church covered up abuse and installed paedophile vicar who abused boys in towns around Plymouth

A bishop is being asked to say sorry in person to the congregation of a Devon church where a known paedophile was installed as a vicar. Rev Peter Cranch was known to have abused in towns around Plymouth in the 1970s before the church moved him to All Saints Church in Exmouth, East Devon.

The Plymouth Herald

Psychologists back call for end to conversion therapy

Psychologists back call for end to conversion therapy

A memorandum of understanding against conversion therapy launched today has been signed by the President of the British Psychological Society.

British Psychological Society

Oxford college’s attempt to “protect” students violates freedom of expression

Oxford college’s attempt to “protect” students violates freedom of expression

The University of Oxford's Balliol College has banned representatives of the Christian Union (CU) from attending its freshers' fair because of concerns for its "potential harm to freshers."

The Student Newspaper

Algeria: laws to prevent ‘alteration’ of citizens’ religious convictions

Algeria: laws to prevent ‘alteration’ of citizens’ religious convictions

Algiers – Algerian Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments Mohammed Eisa warned of sectarian efforts to break the religious principles of Algerian society, pointing out that the government is planning to issue new laws posing penalties on those who try to change Algerians' religious convictions.

Asharq Al-Awsat

Federal judge in Hawaii blocks Trump's third Muslim travel ban

Federal judge in Hawaii blocks Trump's third Muslim travel ban

President Trump's third attempt to ban travel from several predominantly Muslim nations met the same fate Tuesday as the first two: It was blocked nationwide by a federal judge in Hawaii.

USA Today

Donald Trump joked Mike Pence wants to ‘hang all gay people’

Donald Trump joked Mike Pence wants to ‘hang all gay people’

Donald Trump regularly mocks his Vice-President's religious beliefs according to in in-depth profile published this week and once told a legal scholar during a discussion on gay rights that he wants to "hang them all".

The Huffington Post

USA: Why courts’ use of religious work camps could be ‘patently illegal’

USA: Why courts’ use of religious work camps could be ‘patently illegal’

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters to 24 courts in Oklahoma on Monday demanding they stop sending defendants to a drug rehabilitation center that forces them to attend church and work for free in chicken plants.

The Center for Investigative Reporting

Jihadi John-linked speaker dropped from Stand Up to Racism event with Diane Abbott

Jihadi John-linked speaker dropped from Stand Up to Racism event with Diane Abbott

An anti-racism conference headlined by Diane Abbott has dropped a speaker with links to Islamic State terrorist 'Jihadi John', the Citizen can reveal.

Hackney Citizen

Rise in hate crime in England and Wales

Rise in hate crime in England and Wales

The number of hate crimes in England and Wales has increased by 29%, according to Home Office statistics. There were 80,393 offences in 2016-17, compared with 62,518 in 2015-16 - the largest increase since the Home Office began recording figures in 2011-12.

BBC News

Black and Muslim prisoners treated worse

Black and Muslim prisoners treated worse

The race equality thinktank, the Runnymede Trust, and the University of Greenwich, investigated the treatment of male ethnic minority prisoners

The Voice

Plan for Islamic centre in largely Jewish London area sparks anger and 'Islamophobia' allegations

Plan for Islamic centre in largely Jewish London area sparks anger and 'Islamophobia' allegations

Plans for an Islamic centre in the heart of a traditionally Jewish London community have sparked a dispute so bitter that some opponents have been accused of vitriolic 'Islamophobia', while the scheme's Jewish defenders have been compared to Nazi concentration camp 'Kapos'.

The Independent

Singaporean newspaper under fire over Muslim cleric's column that suggested beating 'stubborn wives'

Singaporean newspaper under fire over Muslim cleric's column that suggested beating 'stubborn wives'

One of Singapore's mainstream newspapers has come under fire for running a column by a conservative Muslim cleric that advises men on how to deal with a stubborn wife by beating her.

The Telegraph

Newspoll shows yes vote has firm lead in marriage equality survey

Newspoll shows yes vote has firm lead in marriage equality survey

The yes vote has a commanding lead among people who have already voted in the marriage law postal survey, leading 59% to 38.. The poll shows the no campaign has slightly narrowed the gap with supporters of same-sex marriage but the yes campaign is on track to record a win in the survey, which will conclude on 7 November.

The Guardian

UK facing most severe terror threat ever, warns MI5 chief

UK facing most severe terror threat ever, warns MI5 chief

Britain is facing its most severe ever terrorist threat and fresh attacks in the country are inevitable, according to the head of Britain's normally secretive domestic intelligence service in a rare public speech.

The Guardian

Quebec to vote on law forcing Muslim women to remove face veils on public transport

Quebec to vote on law forcing Muslim women to remove face veils on public transport

Muslim women who wear a burka or niqab in the Canadian province of Quebec, could soon be forced to remove them when using public transport. A new law proposed by the local government would ban any form of face covering for people offering and receiving public services in the province.

The Independent

The facts about the Al-Hijrah gender segregation judgement

The facts about the Al-Hijrah gender segregation judgement

On Friday, in a landmark judgement, the Court of Appeal ruled – as Asian and Muslim feminists have long argued – that gender segregation in co-ed schools is unlawful sex discrimination and is a violation of the Equality Act 2010.

Inspire

Tue, 17 Oct 2017

Disestablish and be damned – by NSS council member

Disestablish and be damned – by NSS council member

Richard Scorer says the Church of England continues to hold incredible constitutional power, to the detriment of the UK. Ultimately, he adds, the continuance of an established Church must be unsustainable.

New Humanist

Corbyn urges Twitter and Facebook to tackle religious hatred

Corbyn urges Twitter and Facebook to tackle religious hatred

The Labour leader has told a meeting at Finsbury Park mosque that social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook must "shape up" to tackle racism and abuse. He also criticised media reporting of Islam and hate crime against Muslims.

The Guardian

Ofsted: No evidence Al-Hijrah ruling will affect ‘diamond’ schools

Ofsted: No evidence Al-Hijrah ruling will affect ‘diamond’ schools

The head of the Independent Schools Association has claimed girls may have to play rugby alongside boys in some co-educational schools following Friday's court ruling on gender segregation. An Ofsted spokesman responded by saying the affected school operated "in very specific circumstances".

The Telegraph

‘Islamists want babies, not bombs, from women’

‘Islamists want babies, not bombs, from women’

Gavin Mortimer says ISIS fighter Sally Jones was a "waste of space" whose role has been overhyped – but she did have one thing that Isis wanted: her young son.

The Spectator

Income from C of E parishes tops £1 billion for the first time

Income from C of E parishes tops £1 billion for the first time

The Church of England's income from parishes topped £1 billion for the first time in 2015, despite an apparently ongoing decline in church attendance.

Christian Today

‘The Christian right ditches values and hooks up with Trump’

‘The Christian right ditches values and hooks up with Trump’

Michael Tomasky says those who gave President Trump a rapturous reception at the Values Voter Summit look "cheap, debauched and hypocritical".

The Daily Beast

‘Trump panders — and delivers — to the extremist Christian right’

‘Trump panders — and delivers — to the extremist Christian right’

Annie Laurie Gaylor says Trump's speech to the summit on Friday "was pure pandering".

Patheos

Catholic Church banishes human rights festival over LGBT performance

Catholic Church banishes human rights festival over LGBT performance

A human rights arts festival was forced to move venues less than 72 hours before the premiere due to a complaint about LGBT performances.

Pink News

Mon, 16 Oct 2017

Justin Welby apologises to sexual abuse survivor for C of E failings

Justin Welby apologises to sexual abuse survivor for C of E failings

Three bishops have urged the Church of England's insurance company to review its settlement with a sexual abuse survivor, saying they are "very concerned about the way in which the claim was handled at the time".

The Guardian

Doubts grow over Archbishop’s account of when he knew of abuse

Doubts grow over Archbishop’s account of when he knew of abuse

In 1982 an internal investigation by an influential Christian charity supported allegations of sadistic practices by John Smyth. Although no one has produced proof that Archbishop Welby knew about the alleged abuse at the time, his account has been contested by several victims.

The New York Times

Single-sex schools help to tackle stereotypes, says Ofsted chief

Single-sex schools help to tackle stereotypes, says Ofsted chief

Amanda Spielman has made a robust defence of single-sex schools after Ofsted won a lengthy court battle over gender segregation at the Islamic Al-Hijrah school in Birmingham. She said the purpose of gender segregation at Al-Hijrah was an important factor in Ofsted's approach to the school.

The Times (£)

Court ruling on gender segregation throws question over Jewish schools

Court ruling on gender segregation throws question over Jewish schools

Schools such as the Hasmonean High in London could have to change their policies after Friday's ruling at the High Court.

The Jewish Chronicle

Government watchdog pushes for new British 'right to equality'

Government watchdog pushes for new British 'right to equality'

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is pushing ministers to enshrine a new "constitutional right to equality" in British statute to ensure anti-discrimination laws are not weakened after Brexit.

The Independent

Christian ducks out of ‘trans’ work

Christian ducks out of ‘trans’ work

A Christian printer has refused to produce the business cards of a transgender diversity consultant because he did not want to promote a cause that he felt might harm fellow believers. Nigel Williams is being backed by the Christian Institute.

The Sunday Times (£)

Police officers sanctioned over handling of 'Nazi' fancy dress competition at Orange Order hall

Police officers sanctioned over handling of 'Nazi' fancy dress competition at Orange Order hall

Complaints about how Police Scotland handled a probe into people dressing as Nazis and Catholic clergy at a loyalist flute band fancy dress party in an Orange Order hall have been upheld following an internal investigation.

The Sunday Herald

Somalia: At least 230 dead in Mogadishu blast

Somalia: At least 230 dead in Mogadishu blast

A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday is now known to have killed at least 230 people, police say. It is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency in 2007.

BBC

Inside the sprawling, controversial $500m Museum of the Bible

Inside the sprawling, controversial $500m Museum of the Bible

David Smith says the Washington museum conceived by the billionaire president of Hobby Lobby and set to open next month has attracted scepticism over its ideological mission.

The Guardian

In Belgium, arguments about Islam grow louder

In Belgium, arguments about Islam grow louder

A parliamentary commission wants to remove the Great Mosque in Brussels from Saudi oversight.

The Economist

The Hindu-Muslim marriage stuck in India's Supreme Court

The Hindu-Muslim marriage stuck in India's Supreme Court

An Indian court's decision in May to annul the marriage of a Hindu woman who converted to Islam and married a Muslim man has grabbed headlines in the country.

BBC

Hospital cash spent doing up Vatican cardinal’s flat

Hospital cash spent doing up Vatican cardinal’s flat

The former president of a Vatican-owned children's hospital has been given a suspended one-year prison sentence after €422,000 of donations was spent renovating a cardinal's retirement flat.

The Times (£)

Sat, 14 Oct 2017

Islamic school's gender segregation is unlawful, court of appeal rules – NSS quoted

Islamic school's gender segregation is unlawful, court of appeal rules – NSS quoted

Schools in Britain will no longer be able to substantially segregate boys and girls, after the court of appeal ruled that a co-educational faith school in Birmingham had caused unlawful discrimination by separating the two sexes.

The Guardian

Muslim school's policy of segregating boys from girls is unlawful sex discrimination – NSS quoted

Muslim school's policy of segregating boys from girls is unlawful sex discrimination – NSS quoted

An Islamic faith school's policy of segregating boys from girls is unlawful sex discrimination, Court of Appeal judges have today ruled.

Daily Mail

National Secular Society states opposition to faith school merger

National Secular Society states opposition to faith school merger

The National Secular Society (NSS) has said it is against a merger of two schools in Great Yarmouth arguing it equates to a non-religious school closing in order to expand a religious school.

Eastern Daily Press

The Guardian view on school segregation: the origins of inequality

The Guardian view on school segregation: the origins of inequality

The Guardian argues that UK judges were right to outlaw separating boys and girls at school but wrong to deny it hurts girls more.

The Guardian

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