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Thu, 04 Jan 2018

Germany’s Catholic Church collected record €6 billion in taxes last year

Germany’s Catholic Church collected record €6 billion in taxes last year

Germany's Catholic Church received a record £5.3 billion in tax money last year, a newspaper investigation has found. The country's 27 dioceses have a fortune of at least €26 billion.

Catholic Herald

Thousands of Dalits protest at discrimination and violence in India

Thousands of Dalits protest at discrimination and violence in India

Rioting in western India brought major cities to a standstill yesterday amid anger at discrimination and violence suffered by 'low-caste' communities. On Monday right-wing Hindu groups raided Dalit celebrations of the 200th anniversary of a battle when Dalit soldiers defeated a 'high-caste' ruler's forces, sparking days of clashes.

The Times (£)

‘Shrinking space for freedom of thought in 2017’

‘Shrinking space for freedom of thought in 2017’

Bob Churchill of The International Humanist and Ethical Union speaks about the 2017 Freedom of Thought Report.

Conatus News

Jewish holidays prompt US state to change primary date

Jewish holidays prompt US state to change primary date

A primary election in Massachusetts looks set to be moved to avoid a clash with Yom Kippur or Rosh Hashanah.

Gloucester Times

Wed, 03 Jan 2018

Government re-states interest in labelling halal and kosher meat by slaughter method

Government re-states interest in labelling halal and kosher meat by slaughter method

The Government has re-stated its interest in labelling halal and kosher meat to indicate the method of slaughter after Brexit. Farming minister George Eustice said the Government will consider the move so shoppers can make an "informed choice". His words back up a similar statement from Lord Gardiner of Kimble to the NSS in November.

Daily Mail

Corbyn urged to break his silence about Iran protests

Corbyn urged to break his silence about Iran protests

Jeremy Corbyn is under pressure to speak out about the unrest in Iran. The Labour leader has a longstanding interest in the country but has yet to comment on the protests there, which are partly motivated by opposition to theocracy.

The Times (£)

‘Extra religion coverage risks BBC appearing out of touch’

‘Extra religion coverage risks BBC appearing out of touch’

Brian McClinton says the BBC's plan to devote more time to religious issues appears to be "a retrograde step".

Belfast News Letter

Jewish group threatens to take coroner to court in row over priority for religious burials

Jewish group threatens to take coroner to court in row over priority for religious burials

A Jewish group in North London says it will lodge a judicial review against a coroner's decision to withdraw a special arrangement on burials. The arrangement meant most Jewish people who died at home in north London could be immediately sent to a funeral home instead of going to a public mortuary, as is standard.

Ham & High

Abortion clinics to be given star ratings by Care Quality Commission

Abortion clinics to be given star ratings by Care Quality Commission

Abortion clinics are among a new group of healthcare services which will have to publicly display official ratings from the CQC.

BBC

BBC to screen reality TV show about vicar in Shropshire

BBC to screen reality TV show about vicar in Shropshire

A new fly-on-the-wall documentary about the life of a priest in a rural community will begin on BBC Two next week.

Shropshire Star

‘Muslim women speaking up against violence are silenced’

‘Muslim women speaking up against violence are silenced’

Maliha Aqueel says Muslim women who speak out about violence in their own communities are often silenced by accusations that they are helping anti-Muslim bigots.

The Guardian

Catholic groups warn of legal action over ‘baptism barrier’ removal in Ireland

Catholic groups warn of legal action over ‘baptism barrier’ removal in Ireland

Catholic groups are threatening a series of legal actions against the Irish Government over plans to prohibit primary schools from giving priority to baptised children when they are over-subscribed.

The Irish Times

Muslim anti-vaxxers partly to blame for Indonesia’s fatal diphtheria crisis

Muslim anti-vaxxers partly to blame for Indonesia’s fatal diphtheria crisis

At least 38 people — most of them children — have died from diphtheria in the last year in Indonesia. There are several contributing factors but one is that some fundamentalist Muslims think vaccines violate Islamic law.

Patheos

British Columbia to pay for abortion pill

British Columbia to pay for abortion pill

British Columbia has announced it will pay for a pill which terminates pregnancies within the first nine weeks. It will become the sixth Canadian province to provide free access to the drug.

The Star

Ohio clinic displays abortion messages on billboards

Ohio clinic displays abortion messages on billboards

Ohio's largest abortion clinic has launched an advertising campaign aimed at challenging the stigma around abortion.

CT Post

Tue, 02 Jan 2018

Anglican services to mark centenary of WWI’s end

Anglican services to mark centenary of WWI’s end

The Government has announced plans for Britain to mark this year's 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war. Events on 11 November will conclude with a service at Westminster Abbey in London along with services in Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast.

The Telegraph

London Catholic school abuse survivor speaks of “constant violence”

London Catholic school abuse survivor speaks of “constant violence”

A man who was abused as a child at a Catholic school in London has spoken of a "culture of violence" at the institution, where a former headmaster was jailed just before Christmas for rape and other sexual offences.

The Guardian

Catholic Church in Scotland accused of “astonishing” delay in abuse response

Catholic Church in Scotland accused of “astonishing” delay in abuse response

The Catholic Church has been accused of failing to establish contact with victims of historic child abuse as it pledged to do in response to an independent review.

The Herald

Mothers’ details likely to be included on marriage certificates

Mothers’ details likely to be included on marriage certificates

Mothers' names could be included on marriage certificates under proposed reforms to the way unions are registered. The reforms have cross-party support.

The Times (£)

Iran protests latest: ‘nine killed’ overnight

Iran protests latest: ‘nine killed’ overnight

Nine more people have been killed overnight as clashes between protesters and security forces continue in Iran for a sixth day, according to state media.

BBC

Protesters defy theocratic laws during Iran protests

Protesters defy theocratic laws during Iran protests

Demonstrators in multiple Iranian cities have defied restrictions on free speech in the Islamic republic. Some have torn down pictures of Iran's leaders, and some women have removed their headscarves.

Los Angeles Times

German MP investigated by police over anti-Muslim post

German MP investigated by police over anti-Muslim post

Beatrix von Storch, deputy leader of the AfD, accused Cologne police of appeasing "barbaric, gang-raping Muslim hordes of men" after the force tweeted a new year message in Arabic. Her Twitter account was suspended for 12 hours and the authorities are considering whether she should be charged with incitement to hatred, a criminal offence.

The Guardian

Germany’s new law against ‘hate speech’ on social media is being enforced

Germany’s new law against ‘hate speech’ on social media is being enforced

Last year Germany passed a sweeping anti-hate speech law requiring websites to promptly investigate reports of posts illegal under German law and delete them. The grace period before the law would begin being enforced expired yesterday.

Gizmodo

Court backs French hospital which asked trainee to trim ‘religious’ beard

Court backs French hospital which asked trainee to trim ‘religious’ beard

A Paris hospital's decision to reject a trainee doctor because of his beard has been backed by a court, which agreed that patients may have seen it as a religious symbol.

The Telegraph

Ireland’s abortion referendum will not be delayed, says minister

Ireland’s abortion referendum will not be delayed, says minister

Ireland's Minister for Health has insisted the Government is committed to holding a referendum on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution this summer.

The Irish Times

Gunman shoots two Christians dead in Egypt

Gunman shoots two Christians dead in Egypt

A masked gunman shot dead two Christian brothers at their alcohol shop south of Cairo yesterday, security sources said. The incident took place just days after attacks on a Coptic church and another Christian-owned shop also south of the Egyptian capital that killed more than 10 people.

Reuters

US journalists tag Trump 'Religion Newsmaker of the Year'

US journalists tag Trump 'Religion Newsmaker of the Year'

President Trump and his conservative evangelical supporters topped the list of the 10 most important religion news stories of the year, compiled by America's largest organisation of religion journalists.

Houston Chronicle

Fri, 22 Dec 2017

Secularists make official complaint over BBC's 'PR exercise for C of E' - NSS featured

Secularists make official complaint over BBC's 'PR exercise for C of E' - NSS featured

The National Secular Society (NSS) has written a formal complaint to the BBC over an episode of Radio 4's Today programme.

Premier

Amazon removes DIY home circumcision kits from sale over fears of botched attempts - NSS featured

Amazon removes DIY home circumcision kits from sale over fears of botched attempts - NSS featured

The online retailer took the product - which sold for up to £456 - offline after a complaint from the National Secular Society complained that the product normalised an unnecessary and risky practice.

Evening Standard

Ex-priest Laurence Soper jailed for sexually abusing boys

Ex-priest Laurence Soper jailed for sexually abusing boys

Laurence Soper, 74, fled to Kosovo with £182,000 from the Vatican bank in a bid to avoid prosecution for abusing boys at the independent St Benedict's School, in Ealing, where he taught.

BBC

EU laws do not cover Sharia divorce, says ECJ

EU laws do not cover Sharia divorce, says ECJ

The European Court of Justice said member states must decide for themselves whether to recognise "private divorces", such as those performed in Sharia courts.

BBC

"In Defence Of Prevent"

"In Defence Of Prevent"

Stephen Lambert: "The stark reality is that Prevent, despite its imperfections, has helped to thwart the level of violent terrorism."

FE News

Liverpool-born Muslim convert jailed after being caught trying to join Islamic State

Liverpool-born Muslim convert jailed after being caught trying to join Islamic State

A Liverpool-born Muslim convert was caught trying to join IS after his pregnant wife "snitched" on him - and has been jailed for five years.

Liverpool Echo

Couple in court charged with female genital mutilation

Couple in court charged with female genital mutilation

The couple, who are from an east African country, listened to the proceedings via an interpreter and swore on the Koran that they would not to apply for travel documents after they were ordered to surrender their passports.

Irish Times

Pope's role in disgraced cardinal's funeral draws outrage

Pope's role in disgraced cardinal's funeral draws outrage

Pope Francis offered a short benediction at the funeral Thursday of Cardinal Bernard Law, a move that disappointed some sex-abuse survivors who said the pontiff should not dignify the former Boston archbishop who resigned in disgrace over the Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal.

CNN

Melbourne driver relates attack to mistreatment of Muslims say Australia police

Melbourne driver relates attack to mistreatment of Muslims say Australia police

An Afghan-Australian refugee who plowed a car through a teeming intersection in the heart of Australia's second-largest city made rambling references to God, the mistreatment of Muslims and Australia's domestic security service after he was arrested, officials said Friday.

Washington Post

An employer? No, we have a master': the Sikhs secretly exploited in Italy

An employer? No, we have a master': the Sikhs secretly exploited in Italy

Daniela Sala: "After years of arduous, badly paid work in the fields of southern Italy, Singh reported his employer to the police. But in a country where justice moves at a glacial pace, abused migrant workers have scant incentive to come forward"

The Guardian

Second federal judge blocks Trump contraception rule

Second federal judge blocks Trump contraception rule

A second federal court Thursday blocked the Trump administration from letting employers with religious or moral objections deny women insurance coverage for contraceptives.

USA Today

Delhi police raid 'spiritual university' and find women behind locked doors

Delhi police raid 'spiritual university' and find women behind locked doors

Women held at compound run by guru appear drugged, with city's commissioner for women fearful it is a site for sexual exploitation.

The Guardian

Islamists threaten to crack down on Muslims wearing Santa hats in fatwa against Christmas

Islamists threaten to crack down on Muslims wearing Santa hats in fatwa against Christmas

The Indonesian police have appealed to Islamic hardliners not to raid businesses to check whether Muslim employees were being forced to wear Santa Claus hats or other Christmas outfits over the festive season.

The Telegraph

Thu, 21 Dec 2017

BBC announces plans to boost coverage of religion across TV and radio – NSS quoted

BBC announces plans to boost coverage of religion across TV and radio – NSS quoted

NSS chief executive Stephen Evans called the BBC's religion and ethics review "a missed opportunity". He added that the personal views of the man heading it were an irrelevance.

Daily Mail

Amazon removes circumcision training kits from sale – NSS extensively quoted

Amazon removes circumcision training kits from sale – NSS extensively quoted

Amazon has removed circumcision training kits from its UK website after the NSS complained that they normalised unnecessary and risky practice.

The Guardian

Amazon pulls do-it-yourself circumcision kit from sale – NSS extensively quoted

Amazon pulls do-it-yourself circumcision kit from sale – NSS extensively quoted

The NSS's complaints led to Amazon pulling the kits and practice dummies for sale from its UK site.

The Sun

‘The BBC must not give religion an easy ride’

‘The BBC must not give religion an easy ride’

David Aaronovitch says that if the corporation insists on more coverage of faith, we have the right to criticise and question, not simply venerate.

The Times (£)

Catholic Church urges BBC Scotland to appoint its own religious affairs editor

Catholic Church urges BBC Scotland to appoint its own religious affairs editor

Amid the fallout from the BBC's review, the Catholic Church is pressurising BBC Scotland to appoint its own religious affairs editor.

The Herald

Transgender Jewish woman wins review of child contact case

Transgender Jewish woman wins review of child contact case

The court of appeal has said a ruling that stopped a transgender woman seeing her five children did not address issues of human rights and discrimination. The original ruling came after the woman was shunned by the orthodox Jewish community.

The Guardian

Government review calls for advisers to help churches stay open

Government review calls for advisers to help churches stay open

A Government review said a network of community support advisers should be created to give advice to churches. The advisers would help churches talk to local councils about how their buildings can be better used in the community, to make sure they get enough funds to stay open.

The Telegraph

Dentistry student jailed for slingshot terrorism plot

Dentistry student jailed for slingshot terrorism plot

A student whose brother was a suicide bomber in Iraq has been jailed for ten years after plotting a terrorist attack using a slingshot and ball bearings that he had bought on eBay. Officers found that he had an Islamic State guide for using "primitive" weapons.

The Times (£)

Jewish leaders “troubled” by Lancashire council’s ban on non-stunned meat in schools

Jewish leaders “troubled” by Lancashire council’s ban on non-stunned meat in schools

Jewish 'representatives' in London and Manchester have accused Lancashire County Council of having a "dismissive attitude" following its recent decision to ban non-stunned meat from schools.

Jewish News

Amir Khan and wife receive death threats for putting up a Christmas tree

Amir Khan and wife receive death threats for putting up a Christmas tree

Boxer Amir Khan received abuse and threats after posting a picture of his Christmas tree on social media. Some Muslims accused him of "betraying" his religion.

Manchester Evening News

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