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Thu, 09 Nov 2017

Australian state may stop religious schools from anti-gay discrimination

Australian state may stop religious schools from anti-gay discrimination

Western Australia is considering whether to stop religious schools from being able to discriminate against LGBT+ people.

Pink News

India set to require Uttar Pradesh Muslim schools to modernise

India set to require Uttar Pradesh Muslim schools to modernise

Muslim faith schools in Uttar Pradesh will be required to teach English, maths and science subjects to secondary-school level in an attempt to equip students more effectively for the modern world, the Indian government has said.

The Guardian

Court recognises Indonesian native faiths

Court recognises Indonesian native faiths

Indonesia's Constitutional Court has ruled it discriminatory to require native-faith followers to leave the religion field blank on their national identification cards.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Wed, 08 Nov 2017

Oxford don allowed to keep teaching despite rape claims – NSS quoted

Oxford don allowed to keep teaching despite rape claims – NSS quoted

Oxford University has been condemned for allowing a professor to carry on teaching after being accused of rape. The NSS has voiced concern after a fellow tutor said the response was justified by Tariq Ramadan's status as a "prominent Muslim". Ramadan is now taking a leave of absence.

The Times (£)

Legal bid over Islamic faith school's segregation policy rejected by judges

Legal bid over Islamic faith school's segregation policy rejected by judges

The Association of Muslim Schools has failed in a bid to take a legal case on an Islamic faith school's policy of segregating boys and girls to the Supreme Court.

ITV

Some Islamic schools in England still segregating children

Some Islamic schools in England still segregating children

At least 10 Islamic schools in England are still segregating boys and girls in co-educational schools and others are likely to be separating the genders for certain activities, despite a recent court ruling outlawing the practice.

The Guardian

Nicola Sturgeon makes gay convictions apology

Nicola Sturgeon makes gay convictions apology

Scotland's first minister has offered an unequivocal apology to gay men convicted of sexual offences that are no longer illegal. Her apology coincided with new legislation that will automatically pardon gay and bisexual men convicted under historical laws.

BBC

Honour crime victims 'being told to go home', campaigners say

Honour crime victims 'being told to go home', campaigners say

Only 5% of 'honour crime' cases reported to police forces are referred to the Crown Prosecution Service, according to statistics.

Sky News

Judge spares mother-of-five from jail after she encouraged UK terror attacks on pro-ISIS Facebook group

Judge spares mother-of-five from jail after she encouraged UK terror attacks on pro-ISIS Facebook group

A mother who urged others to launch terror attacks in Britain was spared jail yesterday after a judge took pity on her five children.

Daily Mail

Significant increase in prisoners caught with radical Islamic books

Significant increase in prisoners caught with radical Islamic books

A significant increase in the number of prisoners caught in possession of radical Islamist books is fuelling concerns that jails are becoming hotbeds of extremism.

The Telegraph

‘France seeks to deny its Islamists the oxygen of outrage’

‘France seeks to deny its Islamists the oxygen of outrage’

Gavin Mortimer says France is demonstrating to Muslims that laïcité isn't there to victimise them. He calls this "a small but significant step in depriving the demagogues of the energy of outrage".

The Spectator

Meet Faithleaks, ‘religion’s Wikileaks’

Meet Faithleaks, ‘religion’s Wikileaks’

A self-styled muckraking site that uncovered shady financial dealings and enemy lists inside the Mormon church now says it is coming for all organised religions.

Newsweek

Religious schools could influence Irish sex education changes, says Department for Education

Religious schools could influence Irish sex education changes, says Department for Education

Moves to improve sex education could be influenced by the ethos of religious schools, Ireland's Department of Education has told a committee.

The Times (£)

‘“Judeo-Christian values” are a dog-whistle myth peddled by the far right’

‘“Judeo-Christian values” are a dog-whistle myth peddled by the far right’

M J C Warren says the term "Judeo-Christian values" is being used to describe a particular type of right-wing Christian values, and is exclusionary to Jews and Muslims.

The Conversation

Tue, 07 Nov 2017

‘I was raped by a C of E priest and I know the system's broken’

‘I was raped by a C of E priest and I know the system's broken’

Jayne Ozanne says the Church of England "appears to be very good" at adopting a "Keep Calm and Carry On" strategy to allegations of sexual abuse.

Christian Today

Should prayers at council meetings be replaced by ‘silent reflection’?

Should prayers at council meetings be replaced by ‘silent reflection’?

A councillor in Ards and North Down, in Northern Ireland, has proposed replacing official prayers with a moment of silent reflection.

Belfast Live

Charlie Hebdo gets death threats over Tariq Ramadan cartoon

Charlie Hebdo gets death threats over Tariq Ramadan cartoon

A French satirical newspaper that was attacked by Islamic terrorists in 2015 is receiving new death threats after depicting a Muslim scholar accused of rape with a prominent erection and the caption: "I am the sixth pillar of Islam."

Newsweek

Church of Scotland criticises plans to repeal behaviour at football Act

Church of Scotland criticises plans to repeal behaviour at football Act

Rev Dr Richard Frazer, convener of the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland, said "the wider implications" of repealing an Act concerning behaviour at football should be taken into account. Critics say the legislation is an unworkable attack on free speech.

The Herald

Finsbury mosque leader Mohammed Sawalha part of Hamas politburo

Finsbury mosque leader Mohammed Sawalha part of Hamas politburo

Mohammed Sawalha, a trustee of the Finsbury Park mosque in north London, has been appointed a member of the political bureau of Hamas.

The Times (£)

Channel 4’s My Week as a Muslim received 152 complaints – but won’t be investigated by Ofcom

Channel 4’s My Week as a Muslim received 152 complaints – but won’t be investigated by Ofcom

Ofcom will not investigate the documentary, which saw a woman who had expressed anti-Muslim views don prosthetics and become part of the Pakistani Muslim community in Manchester.

Radio Times

Catholic school defends poster condemning homosexuality

Catholic school defends poster condemning homosexuality

St Bede's Catholic School, in County Durham, has defended putting up a sign that said gay people were "disordered". The school said the poster was revision material designed to help students understand different religious worldviews.

Daily Mirror

Staff members speaks of abuse at Kent children's home

Staff members speaks of abuse at Kent children's home

New details have emerged of the horrific abuse inflicted upon young girls at a Church of England children's home during a callous regime lasting more than three decades.

Kent Online

Racist Britain sent me to Isis, claims jihadist bride Tania Georgelas

Racist Britain sent me to Isis, claims jihadist bride Tania Georgelas

A British jihadist bride who married America's most senior Islamic State member claims she was radicalised by racism in the UK.

The Times (£)

Faith leaders condemn 'racist' objections to Golders Green mosque

Faith leaders condemn 'racist' objections to Golders Green mosque

Almost 30 faith leaders in north London have condemned objections made by some residents to a new Islamic centre based in the former Hippodrome in Golders Green.

The Guardian

‘Alt-right or jihad?’

‘Alt-right or jihad?’

Scott Atran says both radical Islam and the alt-right have been unleashed by "the dark side of globalisation" and share "a common cause".

Aeon

Mon, 06 Nov 2017

'Boycott school meals' call in Lancashire halal meat row

'Boycott school meals' call in Lancashire halal meat row

A prominent Muslim group in Lancashire has called for a boycott of school meals after councillors voted to ban un-stunned halal meat from its kitchens.

BBC

Bishops in House of Lords should be cut in line with ordinary peers, chairman of reform panel says

Bishops in House of Lords should be cut in line with ordinary peers, chairman of reform panel says

The number of bishops in the House of Lords should be cut in line with reductions proposed for ordinary peers, the chairman of the upper chamber's official reform panel has said. Lord Burns said his committee excluded the proposal from their report last week as it would have been a "distraction" and the panel decided to address the numbers of bishops "at a later point".

The Sunday Telegraph (£)

Courts protecting dozens of girls from extremism

Courts protecting dozens of girls from extremism

About 50 children have been taken into care because their parents travelled to the Islamic State warzone or were stopped on their way to Syria.

The Times (£)

Muslim Oxford don to continue teaching amid rape allegations

Muslim Oxford don to continue teaching amid rape allegations

The Oxford Middle East Centre will allow Tariq Ramadan to continue teaching despite the fact he has been accused of rape. The centre's director, Eugene Rogan, said: "We must protect Muslim students who believe and trust in him, and protect that trust."

Cherwell Online

Jewish anger at Harriet Harman joke

Jewish anger at Harriet Harman joke

A leading Jewish charity has demanded an apology from Labour's former deputy leader after she repeated a joke about the Holocaust on television. Harman told the joke as an example of the kind of material she objected to.

BBC

Welby forges closer links with Russian Orthodox Church

Welby forges closer links with Russian Orthodox Church

The Archbishop of Canterbury is scheduled to pay a groundbreaking official visit to Moscow this month for talks with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, and he will be received by senior politicians.

The Times (£)

Church of Scotland criticised over plans for rural Dumfries and Galloway kirk

Church of Scotland criticised over plans for rural Dumfries and Galloway kirk

Angry residents of Stewartry have hit out at the Church of Scotland over plans to turn a disused kirk into a house. They say a bid that met the asking price was made to buy the church and its hall to keep them as community assets.

Daily Record

‘Why are we creating educational ghettoes in 2017?’

‘Why are we creating educational ghettoes in 2017?’

Guardian readers say the campaign against faith schools is based on the belief that a tolerant, inclusive society needs a tolerant, inclusive education system.

The Guardian

BJP cooks up row over Bollywood film romance ahead of key poll

BJP cooks up row over Bollywood film romance ahead of key poll

India's ruling party has demanded that the release of a Bollywood blockbuster is delayed, arguing that it could inflame religious tensions before elections next month.

The Times (£)

Stephen Fry weighs in on Irish blasphemy laws

Stephen Fry weighs in on Irish blasphemy laws

Comedian Stephen Fry has said he was "enchanted" by the furore that followed a complaint to gardaí that comments he made on RTE were contrary to Ireland's blasphemy laws.

The Independent (Ireland)

Irish FGM activist ready for biopic

Irish FGM activist ready for biopic

An Irish citizen who arrived in the country as a 17-year-old asylum seeker and became a leading campaigner against female genital mutilation is the subject of an international film.

The Times (£)

Brooklyn education activist fears for his life after threat

Brooklyn education activist fears for his life after threat

Naftuli Moster is watching his back since an Orthodox Jewish newspaper last month called him a "rodef" — Hebrew for a dangerous "pursuer" who must be stopped or killed. Moster is the executive director of Yaffed, which campaigns to push religious schools to teach English, math and other secular subjects, as required by state law.

New York Post

‘The US Supreme Court must tell anti-gay baker his cakes aren’t art’

‘The US Supreme Court must tell anti-gay baker his cakes aren’t art’

If a conservative Christian baker is allowed to discriminate against gay couples, Scott Lemieux argues, it will unleash a widespread assault on civil rights protections.

Reuters

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

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