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Fri, 13 Oct 2017

‘The effect of neoliberal policies on the place of religion in England’s schools’

‘The effect of neoliberal policies on the place of religion in England’s schools’

Nigel Fancourt says the role of economics in perpetuating faith-based education has been understated.

LSE blog

Donald Trump to become first president to speak at anti-LGBT+ group's annual summit

Donald Trump to become first president to speak at anti-LGBT+ group's annual summit

The US president will become the first sitting president to address activists and elected officials at the Value Voters Summit in Washington DC on Friday.

The Independent

It’s not illegal to be gay in Indonesia, but police are cracking down anyway

It’s not illegal to be gay in Indonesia, but police are cracking down anyway

In Indonesia, homosexuality is legal and the state largely stays out of issues of private morality. But as conservative religious groups become more prominent in political life, police are increasingly finding other ways to crack down on LGBT+ communities.

The Washington Post

International groups join campaign to stop gay marriage in Romania

International groups join campaign to stop gay marriage in Romania

A referendum on banning same-sex marriage has drawn international anti-gay marriage campaigners to Romania including Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk briefly jailed for refusing to issue marriage licences to gay couples.

The Guardian

Number of Catholics living in Ireland falling, Census data reveals

Number of Catholics living in Ireland falling, Census data reveals

More than 3.7 million Catholics made up just over 78.3% of the population in April 2016, compared to 84.2% in 2011 - a drop of 132,220. Meanwhile the number of people to declare no religion, including atheists and agnostics, increased by more than 70% over the same five year period.

The Belfast Telegraph

Canada suspends questionnaire for asylum seekers

Canada suspends questionnaire for asylum seekers

Canada has suspended the use of a questionnaire for asylum seekers which asked questions about the refugee claimant's opinion on Islamic State and the Taliban and how they feel about women who do not wear religious head-coverings like the hijab and niqab.

BBC

Collective consciousness could replace God, says author Dan Brown

Collective consciousness could replace God, says author Dan Brown

Humanity no longer needs God but may with the help of artificial intelligence develop a new form of collective consciousness that fulfills the role of religion, US author Dan Brown said on Thursday.

Reuters

‘White nationalism is destroying the West – not Islam’

‘White nationalism is destroying the West – not Islam’

Sasha Polakow-Suransky argues that Islamists are not the primary threat to western democracies.

The New York Times

Thu, 12 Oct 2017

Britain is only society with no shared beliefs, says former British Museum chief

Britain is only society with no shared beliefs, says former British Museum chief

Britain is the first society to operate without shared religious beliefs and rituals at its heart, according to the former director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor. MacGregor, who says it is "impossible" to separate religion from politics, is to host a 30-part series on BBC Radio 4.

The Times (£)

Tougher penalties proposed for unsophisticated terror plots

Tougher penalties proposed for unsophisticated terror plots

New, tougher penalties are being proposed to deal with the "less sophisticated" but "equally as deadly" terror plots seen in recent years.

BBC

British Isis member Sally Jones 'killed in airstrike along with son'

British Isis member Sally Jones 'killed in airstrike along with son'

The British member of Islamic State Sally Jones is believed to have been killed, along with her 12-year-old son Jojo, in a US airstrike.

The Guardian

UKIP leadership runner-up Anne Marie Waters will start new party

UKIP leadership runner-up Anne Marie Waters will start new party

Anne Marie Waters, the anti-Islam candidate who won one-fifth of the vote in the Ukip leadership election, is to start a new party called For Britain. She has won support from members of the British National Party and English Defence League.

The Times (£)

‘A new street was meant to bridge Belfast’s sectarian divide. Then the doorbell rang’

‘A new street was meant to bridge Belfast’s sectarian divide. Then the doorbell rang’

Patrick Kingsley says recent events in Cantrell Close have raised doubts over the potential for integration and a post-sectarian society in Belfast.

The New York Times

Algerian Christian on hunger strike after being jailed for blasphemy

Algerian Christian on hunger strike after being jailed for blasphemy

An Algerian Christian has gone on hunger strike in prison after being accused of blasphemy. Slimane Bouhafs was sentenced to five years in prison last August for a post on Facebook that was considered insulting to Islam.

Christian Today

‘Evangelical conservatives are proving their harshest critics right’

‘Evangelical conservatives are proving their harshest critics right’

Jennifer Rubin says the evangelical defence of President Trump has taken on a religious fervour immune to reason.

The Washington Post

US Attorney General says Christians have a ‘fundamental right’ to discriminate against gays

US Attorney General says Christians have a ‘fundamental right’ to discriminate against gays

Jeff Sessions has claimed that Christians have a "fundamental right" to discriminate against gay people in the US.

Pink News

Child marriage is the same as rape, says India’s highest court

Child marriage is the same as rape, says India’s highest court

In a landmark case that will affect millions of child brides, India's Supreme Court ruled yesterday that sex with a minor amounts to rape, even if the couple are married.

The Times (£)

Wed, 11 Oct 2017

Ealing Council makes landmark move in fight to stop campaigners harassing women outside abortion clinic

Ealing Council makes landmark move in fight to stop campaigners harassing women outside abortion clinic

A west London council has passed a landmark decision to find ways to ban pro-life campaigners from harassing women attending an abortion clinic.

Evening Standard

‘There may finally be a way to stop abuse by anti-abortion protesters’

‘There may finally be a way to stop abuse by anti-abortion protesters’

Rupa Huq MP addresses Ealing's decision, and says it could be replicated nationwide.

The Guardian

Oxford University students reprimanded after banning Christian Union from freshers' fair

Oxford University students reprimanded after banning Christian Union from freshers' fair

A prestigious Oxford college has voted to strip student leaders of powers after they banned the Christian Union from a freshers' fair.

Evening Standard

‘Balliol blacklisters are only following Christian tradition’

‘Balliol blacklisters are only following Christian tradition’

Catherine Nixey argues that the censorious approach of Balliol College's JCR reflects that many Christians have used to silence their opponents throughout history.

The Times (£)

‘College professors aren’t killing religion’

‘College professors aren’t killing religion’

Daniel Cox responds to Donald Trump Jr's claims that college campuses in America teach students to "hate their religion". He says surveys suggest there are many other reasons for graduates' declining religiosity.

FiveThirtyEight

Do abortion rules violate Satanists’ religious freedom? Missouri court to decide

Do abortion rules violate Satanists’ religious freedom? Missouri court to decide

A member of the Satanic Temple has brought a case to the Missouri Supreme Court. It challenges an "informed consent" law requiring a 72-hour waiting period, an ultrasound, and support for statements like "life...begins at conception" before a woman can get an abortion.

Reason

Discriminatory ‘religious freedom’ law comes into force in Mississippi

Discriminatory ‘religious freedom’ law comes into force in Mississippi

A Mississippi law that makes it legal for religious people to discriminate against gay people has come into effect.

Pink News

Tue, 10 Oct 2017

Church 'failed' over Sussex abuse priest Jonathan Graves

Church 'failed' over Sussex abuse priest Jonathan Graves

Concerns about a former Church of England priest who tortured and sexually abused two boys in Sussex were first raised two decades ago, a BBC investigation has revealed.

BBC

Oxford college bans Christian group from freshers' fair

Oxford college bans Christian group from freshers' fair

Balliol College reportedly banned Christian Union representatives from attending its freshers' fair over concerns at the "potential for harm to freshers".

The Guardian

Woman convicted of assisting jihadis made 'poster girl' for Southwark Council

Woman convicted of assisting jihadis made 'poster girl' for Southwark Council

A woman jailed for helping the London transport bombers of 21 July 2005 rose through the ranks to become a systems and performance analyst in the council's housing team.

The Sun

Police bid to grab Private Eye subscribers list over terror joke is thrown out of court

Police bid to grab Private Eye subscribers list over terror joke is thrown out of court

Hertfordshire Police have failed in a bid to force Private Eye to reveal its subscriber list after a Muslim police employee was sent a cut-out of a joke about terrorists from the magazine.

Press Gazette

Revd Susan Brown named Moderator of Church of Scotland

Revd Susan Brown named Moderator of Church of Scotland

The Reverend will take up the year-long role at the General Assembly in Edinburgh next May.

Daily Record

‘Marrying a non-Muslim man as a Muslim woman poses daily challenges’

‘Marrying a non-Muslim man as a Muslim woman poses daily challenges’

Two weeks ago Tunisia allowed Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men. Nervana Mahmoud looks at the outrage that decision caused in some other parts of the Muslim world.

iNews

Northern Territory considers rolling back religious exemptions to anti-discrimination laws

Northern Territory considers rolling back religious exemptions to anti-discrimination laws

Faith-based schools in Australia's Northern Territory could be stripped of their ability to hire teachers who adhere to their beliefs and banned from excluding prospective students who are not of a particular religion.

The Australian

A Turkish writer’s detention in Malaysia sends a sombre message about Islam

A Turkish writer’s detention in Malaysia sends a sombre message about Islam

Mr Akyol was detained at the behest of Malaysia's religious-affairs authority and interrogated after giving a lecture to a reform-minded Muslim group.

The Economist

Federal judge strikes down housing allowance for US clergy

Federal judge strikes down housing allowance for US clergy

A housing benefit that saves clergy $800 million a year in taxes has been deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge.

Crux

US Supreme Court will hear gay wedding cake case on 5 December

US Supreme Court will hear gay wedding cake case on 5 December

The U.S. Supreme Court has set 5 December as the day it will hear oral arguments on whether a Denver baker has a first amendment right to refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple on the grounds it goes against his religious beliefs.

Gay Star News

Mon, 09 Oct 2017

Equality loophole ‘allows culture of abuse’ at church

Equality loophole ‘allows culture of abuse’ at church

The Church of England should be stripped of its exemptions under the Equality Act to help it to stamp out a culture of abuse, homophobia and sexism, the Bishop of Buckingham has said.

The Times (£)

Radio 4's Today editor says religion will play bigger role in show

Radio 4's Today editor says religion will play bigger role in show

Sarah Sands has hit back at accusations she has dumbed down the programme, and said: "I think the role of religion in society is really interesting, rather undervalued. So we will be looking at that later in the year."

The Telegraph

'Can you imagine Scotland without its Kirk?'

'Can you imagine Scotland without its Kirk?'

Dani Garavelli says Christianity is in a state of crisis in Scotland - and the Catholic Church's schools give it an advantage over the Church of Scotland.

Scotland on Sunday

Church of England bishop accused of child abuse in 1940s and 1950s 'will have his reputation restored' by inquiry

Church of England bishop accused of child abuse in 1940s and 1950s 'will have his reputation restored' by inquiry

An official review of the handling of abuse allegations against the late Bishop George Bell will criticise the original Church investigation as flawed and unfair, according to the Mail on Sunday.

The Mail on Sunday

Grooming gangs 'are abusing girls across the country', victims and investigators warn

Grooming gangs 'are abusing girls across the country', victims and investigators warn

Grooming gangs across the country are repeating the abuse exposed in Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford and most recently Newcastle, victims and investigators have warned. There is some debate over the extent to which Islam plays a role in their actions.

The Independent

Hate crimes against mosques double in a year, figures show

Hate crimes against mosques double in a year, figures show

The level of hate crime directed at mosques has more than doubled in a year, according to analysis of police figures.

The Independent

‘Dear religious anti-abortionists, stop intimidating women outside hospitals’

‘Dear religious anti-abortionists, stop intimidating women outside hospitals’

Sarah Cheverton appeals to anti-abortion activists to reconsider their tactics in an open letter.

The Huffington Post

Annie Besant: An inconvenient woman – refers to NSS history

Annie Besant: An inconvenient woman – refers to NSS history

A profile of Annie Besant, a key figure in the early days of the NSS.

LiveMint

Trump administration rolls back Obama rules on birth control and transgender employees

Trump administration rolls back Obama rules on birth control and transgender employees

Under the rule announced on Friday, employers who have religious or moral objections to contraception may refuse to provide the coverage for their female employees.

The Los Angeles Times

LGBT+ people in Egypt targeted in wave of arrests and violence

LGBT+ people in Egypt targeted in wave of arrests and violence

Members of the LGBT+ community in Egypt are living in fear following a wave of arrests and violence.

The Guardian

‘It is essential for Muslim countries to espouse secularism’

‘It is essential for Muslim countries to espouse secularism’

Raza Habib Raja argues that much of the Islamic world has severe misconceptions about secularism.

The Huffington Post

Court ruling ends five-year nativity row in France

Court ruling ends five-year nativity row in France

A court ruling that allows a Christmas nativity scene to go on display in the building of the conseil général in Nantes has brought an end to a five-year legal battle.

The Connexion

Former Muslim cleric appeals child wedding conviction in Australia

Former Muslim cleric appeals child wedding conviction in Australia

Ibrahim Omerdic, a former cleric found guilty of marrying an underage girl to a 34-year-old man, wants his conviction overturned because it was a religious marriage.

Herald Sun

Fri, 06 Oct 2017

Make access to abortion easier, UK's top gynaecologist demands

Make access to abortion easier, UK's top gynaecologist demands

Professor Lesley Regan wants nurses and midwives to be allowed to administer abortion pills, and only one doctor's approval to be required, as part of a relaxation of abortion laws.

The Guardian

Man guilty of showing beheading video to child

Man guilty of showing beheading video to child

A man who showed a beheading video to a child has been convicted of disseminating "terrorist propaganda".

BBC

Sex abuse survivors demand answers at Canterbury Cathedral protest

Sex abuse survivors demand answers at Canterbury Cathedral protest

There will be a protest against child abuse in the Church of England tomorrow. One of the organisers says the event has caused panic in the organisation.

Kent Live

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