Fri, 10 Jul 2020

Campaigners welcome government commitment to allow religious same-sex marriage in NI

Campaigners welcome government commitment to allow religious same-sex marriage in NI

Marriage equality campaigners have welcomed an announcement by the UK Government that it will introduce law changes next week to allow same-sex couples in Northern Ireland to have religious wedding ceremonies.

Belfast Telegraph

Christian group kicked out of village after trying to recruit Pride goers into 'conversion therapy'

Christian group kicked out of village after trying to recruit Pride goers into 'conversion therapy'

The Bethel Christian Assembly, an independent church, had been based at Shalford Village Hall near Guildford in Surrey, south England.

Pink News

Council set to pay out over £1m to ensure 'troubled' Catholic school can join academy

Council set to pay out over £1m to ensure 'troubled' Catholic school can join academy

Warwickshire County Council is set to pay out more than £1m to ensure that a troubled Catholic school in Leamington can become part of an academy run by the Birmingham Archdiocese.

The Courier

Islamist lockdown plot foiled by police in joint armed raids

Islamist lockdown plot foiled by police in joint armed raids

Armed police have foiled an lslamist lockdown terror plot after carrying out raids on addresses in east London and Leicester.

The Telegraph

Bishop of Truro to chair new Freedom of Religion and Belief Forum

Bishop of Truro to chair new Freedom of Religion and Belief Forum

The Forum, which is still gathering representation from civil-society organisations, NGOs, academic organisations, and the Government, will be launched in September.

Church Times

US imposes sanctions on senior Chinese officials over Uighur abuses

US imposes sanctions on senior Chinese officials over Uighur abuses

The United States has imposed sanctions on three senior officials of the Chinese Communist party, including a member of the ruling politburo, for alleged human rights abuses targeting ethnic and religious minorities in the western part of the country.

The Guardian

US: Supreme Court ruling on birth control has some 'terrified' about potential harm to women

US: Supreme Court ruling on birth control has some 'terrified' about potential harm to women

Reproductive rights advocates fear the ruling will disproportionately impact marginalized students who already have trouble obtaining contraceptive care.

NBC News

'Supreme Court hands victory to school voucher lobby – will religious minorities, nonbelievers and state autonomy lose out?'

'Supreme Court hands victory to school voucher lobby – will religious minorities, nonbelievers and state autonomy lose out?'

The Supreme Court's recent decision that Montana cannot exclude donations that go to religious schools from a small tax credit program could have consequences felt far beyond the state.

The Conversation

Instagram to block LGBT 'conversion therapy' services

Instagram to block LGBT 'conversion therapy' services

Instagram will block the promotion of "conversion therapy", which tries to change a person's sexuality or gender identity.

BBC

Thai cabinet backs bill allowing same-sex unions

Thai cabinet backs bill allowing same-sex unions

Thailand's cabinet approved a civil partnership bill on Wednesday that would recognise same-sex unions with almost the same legal rights as married couples.

Reuters

Thu, 09 Jul 2020

Scottish Hate Crime Bill is 'threat to free speech'

Scottish Hate Crime Bill is 'threat to free speech'

An editorial in the Scottish Daily Mail says the proposed Hate Crime Bill risks endangering the fundamental principles of free speech.

Scottish Daily Mail (via PressReader)

Widow loses benefits claims case over Islamic 'marriage'

Widow loses benefits claims case over Islamic 'marriage'

Law lords have ruled a 2010 nikah (Islamic 'marriage') ceremony between parties at Oldham Register Office did not qualify under English law.

The Oldham Times

Neo-Nazis telling followers to ‘deliberately infect’ Jews and Muslims with coronavirus, report warns

Neo-Nazis telling followers to ‘deliberately infect’ Jews and Muslims with coronavirus, report warns

Research by the Commission for Countering Extremism said groups of all kinds had been seeking to "breed hate" and spread conspiracy theories feeding into their worldview.

The Independent

Church of England awards major grants to spread Christianity in towns and cities

Church of England awards major grants to spread Christianity in towns and cities

A funding package worth £24 million has been announced by the Church of England to help spread Christianity in urban and deprived areas.

Episcopal News Service

Religious leaders press equalities minister to ban conversion therapy

Religious leaders press equalities minister to ban conversion therapy

Religious leaders have written to the equalities minister calling for the government to deliver its promised ban on so-called gay 'conversion therapy'.

ITV

LGBT asylum seekers routinely see claims rejected in Europe and UK

LGBT asylum seekers routinely see claims rejected in Europe and UK

People seeking asylum in the UK and Europe on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity are routinely seeing their claims rejected because of a widespread "culture of disbelief" and an "impossible burden of proof", researchers have said.

The Guardian

US: Supreme Court rules job discrimination laws don’t protect church-school teachers

US: Supreme Court rules job discrimination laws don’t protect church-school teachers

The Supreme Court on Wednesday barred teachers who work at church-run schools from filing discrimination lawsuits against their employers, ruling that the Constitution's protection for religious liberty exempts church schools from state and federal anti-discrimination laws.

Los Angeles Times

US anti-abortion groups received millions in federal Covid-19 aid

US anti-abortion groups received millions in federal Covid-19 aid

Christian anti-abortion lobbying organisations received millions in taxpayer-backed forgivable loans from the US government's coronavirus aid program, even as lawmakers demanded the nation's largest abortion provider return federal loans.

The Guardian

'Churches were eager to reopen. Now they are a major source of coronavirus cases.'

'Churches were eager to reopen. Now they are a major source of coronavirus cases.'

More than 650 cases have been linked to reopened religious facilities.

The New York Times (£)

 Islamic activists halt construction of first Hindu temple in Islamabad

Islamic activists halt construction of first Hindu temple in Islamabad

The controversial construction of the first Hindu temple in Pakistan's capital has been halted after it was challenged in the courts.

The Guardian

Wed, 08 Jul 2020

Sunderland Christian foster service 'must allow gay carers'

Sunderland Christian foster service 'must allow gay carers'

An evangelical Christian fostering service must allow gay parents to sign up as carers, a judge has ruled.

BBC

Only 1 in 5 Christian parents think church should have big role in children's mental wellbeing

Only 1 in 5 Christian parents think church should have big role in children's mental wellbeing

A new study has found that only one in five Christian parents believe churches have a major responsibility to protect the mental health and wellbeing of their children.

Premier Christian News

Religious leaders issue joint statement ahead of hearing into Belgian non-stun slaughter ban

Religious leaders issue joint statement ahead of hearing into Belgian non-stun slaughter ban

Senior Jewish and Muslim leaders this week issued a joint plea ahead of a European Court of Justice hearing into the legality of a Belgian ban on religious slaughter.

Jewish News

Catholic Church donations in Ireland plummet by 80 per cent during pandemic

Catholic Church donations in Ireland plummet by 80 per cent during pandemic

The Archdiocese of Dublin recently announced that church donations have fallen by up to 80 per cent during the coronavirus pandemic and that priests have had to agree a 25 per cent cut in their personal allowance.

Catholic Herald (£)

Church Of England should join reparation talks, says Caribbean Reparations Commission

Church Of England should join reparation talks, says Caribbean Reparations Commission

A representative from the Caribbean Reparations Commission said it is time for the Church of England to join the discussion on reparations.

Tribune 242

New Zealand: Movement against bible study in schools ramps up with court action and petition

New Zealand: Movement against bible study in schools ramps up with court action and petition

A new petition calling for an end to religious instruction in primary schools is part of a renewed campaign to make state schooling truly secular.

The Spinoff

India: Secularism chapter scrapped from political science curriculum

India: Secularism chapter scrapped from political science curriculum

India's Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has "completely deleted" a chapter on secularism from the political science curriculum of Class 11 for the academic year 2020-21.

The Indian Express

'Islamic State terrorist propaganda is going viral on Facebook'

'Islamic State terrorist propaganda is going viral on Facebook'

'A small army of pro-terrorism accounts has polluted Facebook with dangerous propaganda'.

Wired

'How the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster became "world's fastest growing religion"'

'How the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster became "world's fastest growing religion"'

While other filmmakers may have been tempted to approach Pastafarianism through a quirkier lens, Michael Arthur offers a more serious look.

Yahoo! Movies

Tue, 07 Jul 2020

Religious services ban in England may have been illegal, judge rules

Religious services ban in England may have been illegal, judge rules

Banning religious services may have been illegal but other restrictions imposed by the government in England during the coronavirus lockdown were legitimate, a high court judge has ruled.

The Guardian

Home abortion rules relaxed during pandemic could be made permanent, minister says

Home abortion rules relaxed during pandemic could be made permanent, minister says

An emergency relaxation of abortion rules to allow women to take pills at home during the coronavirus pandemic could be made permanent, according to the Government.

Evening Standard

Former senior PSNI officer to lead working group on clerical child abuse

Former senior PSNI officer to lead working group on clerical child abuse

A former senior Police Service of Northern Ireland officer is to lead a Stormont-ordered investigation into clerical child abuse and mother and baby homes.

Belfast Telegraph

Aldershot vicar 'devastated' by bishop's racial stereotypes

Aldershot vicar 'devastated' by bishop's racial stereotypes

The Reverend Alwyn Pereira, vicar of Aldershot Parish Church, Hampshire, found comments by the former Bishop of Bristol Mike Hill in a church file.

BBC

'It is possible to be a secular Muslim'

'It is possible to be a secular Muslim'

"I personally know dozens of Muslims who exist in this in-between space, but don't publicly acknowledge it for fear of reprisal from their family or community."

iNews

Faith leaders call to keep EU's religious freedom envoy

Faith leaders call to keep EU's religious freedom envoy

Christian, Jewish and Muslim representatives have criticised the European Union's decision to drop its special envoy for religious freedom.

Deutsche Welle

Uighur exiles push for court case accusing China of genocide

Uighur exiles push for court case accusing China of genocide

The complaint at the International Criminal Court is the first of its kind to challenge Beijing on its crackdown on Muslims, but China does not accept the court's jurisdiction.

The New York Times (£)

Philippine president signs widely opposed anti-terror law

Philippine president signs widely opposed anti-terror law

The Philippine president on Friday signed a widely opposed anti-terror law which critics fear could be used against human rights defenders and to muzzle dissent.

AP News

Shein apologises for selling Muslim prayer mats as 'Greek carpets'

Shein apologises for selling Muslim prayer mats as 'Greek carpets'

The mats sold were labelled as "frilled Greek carpets" and had pictures of the Kabaa on them.

BBC

'A difficult conversation with her family led to a better death for my patient'

'A difficult conversation with her family led to a better death for my patient'

"Helping grieving relatives reach a difficult decision without hectoring or judging is a fine art".

The Guardian

Mon, 06 Jul 2020

Progress made on new Catholic school despite opposition from locals

Progress made on new Catholic school despite opposition from locals

The school at Hampton Water was given the go ahead by the city council in January despite vocal opposition from local residents who described it as "discriminatory" for being able to prioritise pupils on faith over location.

Peterborough Telegraph

'Forbidding dissenting speech against religion only serves to promote religious intolerance'

'Forbidding dissenting speech against religion only serves to promote religious intolerance'

"The right to express dissent from religion, including criticising, ridiculing, or parodying religious beliefs, is a central tenet of both the right to freedom of religion or belief and the right to freedom of expression."

The Herald

Manchester University Press criticised for publishing book linked to Islamist advocacy group

Manchester University Press criticised for publishing book linked to Islamist advocacy group

A university publisher has been criticised for printing book edited by a leading member of Cage, a group said to be 'apologists for terror'.

The Telegraph

Priti Patel accused of 'shameful' bid to deport girl at risk of FGM

Priti Patel accused of 'shameful' bid to deport girl at risk of FGM

Human rights lawyers have launched a scathing attack on the Home Office for failing to grant asylum to an 11-year-old girl found by judges to be at high risk of female genital mutilation if removed from Britain.

The Guardian

Muslim convert who wanted to 'kill as many as possible' in suicide bomb attack on St Paul's Cathedral jailed for life

Muslim convert who wanted to 'kill as many as possible' in suicide bomb attack on St Paul's Cathedral jailed for life

A female extremist who was determined to "kill as many as possible" in a suicide bomb attack on St Paul's Cathedral has been jailed for life.

The Independent

'When to say "goodbye" should be our choice'

'When to say "goodbye" should be our choice'

Incurably ill individuals should be free to discuss openly their wishes about dying, writes Rabbi Danny Rich.

The JC

'Why do Muslim states stay silent over China’s abuse of the Uighurs?'

'Why do Muslim states stay silent over China’s abuse of the Uighurs?'

Nations that claim to be defenders of the faith offer no protest to the concentration camps, says Nick Cohen.

The Guardian

Polish president proposes constitutional ban on same-sex couples adopting

Polish president proposes constitutional ban on same-sex couples adopting

Polish president Andrzej Duda has proposed a constitutional ban on same-sex couples adopting children and plans to introduce this in an amendment today.

Gay Times

Australia: Catholic school systems to face more funding transparency

Australia: Catholic school systems to face more funding transparency

School systems will be forced to disclose more information about how they allocate public funding to their students amid ongoing sensitivity over the way Catholic authorities distribute their resources.

The Sydney Morning Herald

'Inside the Syrian camp for women and children'

'Inside the Syrian camp for women and children'

It can be hard to determine the role these women played in Isis. To some they are active members, to others it is less clear and a presumption of guilt is a human rights abuse, writes Louisa Loveluck.

The Independent

Fri, 03 Jul 2020

Lawyer who defended Pakistani Christian in 'blasphemy' case up for human rights award - NSS mentioned

Lawyer who defended Pakistani Christian in 'blasphemy' case up for human rights award - NSS mentioned

Saif ul Malook, the lawyer who represented a Christian woman in a high-profile blasphemy case, has been nominated by the International Observatory for Lawyers in Danger (OIAD) for the American Bar Association Human Rights Award. He was also awarded Secularist of the Year by the NSS in 2019.

The Express Tribune

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