Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Western Australia is considering whether to stop religious schools from being able to discriminate against LGBT+ people.
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.
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 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 (£)
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.
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.
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.
Only 5% of 'honour crime' cases reported to police forces are referred to the Crown Prosecution Service, according to statistics.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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 (£)
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.
Tue, 07 Nov 2017
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.
A councillor in Ards and North Down, in Northern Ireland, has proposed replacing official prayers with a moment of silent reflection.
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."
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.
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 (£)
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.
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.
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.
A British jihadist bride who married America's most senior Islamic State member claims she was radicalised by racism in the UK.
The Times (£)
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.
Scott Atran says both radical Islam and the alt-right have been unleashed by "the dark side of globalisation" and share "a common cause".
Mon, 06 Nov 2017
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.
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 (£)
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 (£)
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."
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.
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 (£)
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.
Guardian readers say the campaign against faith schools is based on the belief that a tolerant, inclusive society needs a tolerant, inclusive education system.
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 (£)
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)
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 (£)
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
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.
Fri, 03 Nov 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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".
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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