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Mon, 23 Oct 2017

British IS fighters 'must be killed', minister says

British IS fighters 'must be killed', minister says

Rory Stewart said converts to so-called Islamic State believed in an "extremely hateful doctrine" and had moved away from any allegiance to Britain.

BBC

Muslim students protest over Newcastle University's plans to limit their prayer space

Muslim students protest over Newcastle University's plans to limit their prayer space

Muslim students took part in a peaceful protest against a university's plans to limit their prayer space.

Chronicle Live

Oxford don who advised Government on religion denies raping French author and threatens to sue after she named him on Facebook

Oxford don who advised Government on religion denies raping French author and threatens to sue after she named him on Facebook

Professor Tariq Ramadan, 55, who regularly appears on the BBC and Channel 4 as an expert commentator on Islam, strenuously denies the claim lodged by Henda Ayari, 41, with the French prosecutor.

Daily Mail

Scots Muslim writer who lives under fatwa calls for burka ban

Scots Muslim writer who lives under fatwa calls for burka ban

Paigham Mustafa, who claims to be living under a fatwa issued in 2001 by Glasgow imams after he published articles questioning mosque teachings, made the controversial comments after Austria became the latest European country to prohibit face veils in public.

Herald Scotland

Appeals court finds Bladensburg 'Peace Cross' violates Constitution

Appeals court finds Bladensburg 'Peace Cross' violates Constitution

A federal appeals court has found that a towering cross on a Maryland state highway median just outside Washington violates the U.S. Constitution.

Fox 5

BBC sparks outrage after asking: 'Should gay conversion therapy be banned?'

BBC sparks outrage after asking: 'Should gay conversion therapy be banned?'

The BBC has sparked outrage after it asked in a poll whether the widely discredited and hugely controversial practice of gay "conversion therapy" should be banned.

The Independent

Rise and fall of Isis: its dream of a caliphate is over, so what now?

Rise and fall of Isis: its dream of a caliphate is over, so what now?

Islamic State's last stronghold, Raqqa, has fallen. But the world's attention must now focus on what it or other Islamist groups will plot next

The Guardian

Hackney roots of a true radical

Hackney roots of a true radical

Local history piece celebrating the life of Charles Bradlaugh, reformist, republican and MP.

Hackney Today

Fri, 20 Oct 2017

Police heavily criticised on social media after posting video on better understanding of British Muslims

Police heavily criticised on social media after posting video on better understanding of British Muslims

A social media backlash has been launched at Lincolnshire Police after they posted a video on better understanding British Muslims.

Lincolnshire Live

Race hate bigot left fake bomb at mosque after watching TV reports of London Bridge terror attack

Race hate bigot left fake bomb at mosque after watching TV reports of London Bridge terror attack

A bigoted thug planted a hoax bomb outside a mosque hours after seeing TV reports of the London Bridge terrorist attack.

Daily Record

Former soldier posted hate speech on Facebook about hanging Muslims

Former soldier posted hate speech on Facebook about hanging Muslims

A former soldier who posted hate speech on Facebook about hanging Muslims and slaughtering refugees was today spared jail.

Liverpool Echo

In wake of terror attacks, France introduces religious education in schools

In wake of terror attacks, France introduces religious education in schools

In a secular state bruised by a string of jihadist attacks, religious education is a sensitive subject. But in recent years, France has cautiously begun developing religious education in schools.

Hindustan Times

Burqa Bans: Which Countries Outlaw Face Coverings?

Burqa Bans: Which Countries Outlaw Face Coverings?

The Canadian province of Quebec is the latest place to make it a crime to wear a face-covering garment in public, a move that critics derided as discriminatory against Muslim women.

New York Times

North America's First 'Burka Ban' Passed by Quebec Liberals in Name of 'Religious Neutrality'

North America's First 'Burka Ban' Passed by Quebec Liberals in Name of 'Religious Neutrality'

This week, Quebec banned people working in public service or using public services from wearing veils or any sort of facial covering, the first such ban in North America, one echoing "burqa ban" policies passed across Europe.

Reason

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom condemns death sentence for Ahmadis

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom condemns death sentence for Ahmadis

The Ahmadis who were arrested in 2014 after they were accused of committing blasphemy by tearing down posters against them.

Rabwah Times

Nazi website Daily Stormer urged followers to target black and Jewish centres during Richard Spencer's speech

Nazi website Daily Stormer urged followers to target black and Jewish centres during Richard Spencer's speech

The Daily Stormer posted a "Stormer Plan for Richard Spencer's Florida Gig" on the morning of Mr Spencer's speech at the University of Florida.

The Independent

Witches are still hunted in India—and blinded and beaten and killed

Witches are still hunted in India—and blinded and beaten and killed

Most at risk are those who are low-caste or own land that others covet

The Economist

Russian poet faces criminal charges for calling atheists 'despicable' in alleged hate-speech

Russian poet faces criminal charges for calling atheists 'despicable' in alleged hate-speech

Amateur poet Maksim Drozdov, of Russia's southern Krasnodar Region, said he hoped for a return to the Holy Inquisition – the medieval Catholic practice associated with the torture of heretics – in poems published on social media in May, that have since been removed.

Christian Today

Protests close roads in Israel after ultra-Orthodox Jews who refuse to join army arrested as deserters

Protests close roads in Israel after ultra-Orthodox Jews who refuse to join army arrested as deserters

The demonstrations are part of an ongoing row between the ultra-Orthodox community and the government, which wants to make them serve in the Israeli army.

The Times (£)

Muslim beauty queen comes out for equal marriage

Muslim beauty queen comes out for equal marriage

Ms Voloder has made headlines in the country for her Muslim faith, hitting back at xenophobes who have claimed that she should not be allowed to represent Australia because she's a Muslim.

Pink News

Thu, 19 Oct 2017

Church of England service attendance reaches new low

Church of England service attendance reaches new low

The Church of England now reaches more people on social media than in services, new figures reveal. The Church's average Sunday attendance has fallen to just 780,000 people.

The Telegraph

Universities told to guarantee free speech

Universities told to guarantee free speech

Universities must pledge to uphold free speech on campus or face being blacklisted by the new higher education regulator, the Government will announce today.

The Times (£)

‘Modesty culture' is harming British Muslim women

‘Modesty culture' is harming British Muslim women

Khadija Khan says 'modesty' clothing and culture within British Muslim communities prevents Muslim women from fully participating in 21st century society.

Conatus News

Irish parliamentary committee recommends reform to abortion law

Irish parliamentary committee recommends reform to abortion law

A historic vote of Ireland's parliamentary committee on abortion moved to recommend "not to retain the Eight Amendment in Full". The eighth amendment gives equal right to the life of the mother and the child.

The Independent (Ireland)

Islamists are still plotting another 9/11, says America

Islamists are still plotting another 9/11, says America

Islamic State and al-Qaeda are still plotting to bring down an aircraft and carry out an atrocity on the scale of 9/11 even though their recent focus has been on smaller crude attacks, a US official said yesterday.

The Times (£)

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

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