Wed, 02 Dec 2020

Catholic priest Patrick Smythe charged with historic sex offences

Catholic priest Patrick Smythe charged with historic sex offences

A Catholic priest has been charged with sexual offences against boys dating back more than 40 years.

BBC

Woman accused of sending Islamic State video to cop appears in court

Woman accused of sending Islamic State video to cop appears in court

Aaminah Amatullah, who used to be called Alison Clare Beech, pleaded not guilty to both charges she faced.

Birmingham Mail

Attack on Sikh schoolboy being treated as a hate crime

Attack on Sikh schoolboy being treated as a hate crime

An attack on a Sikh schoolboy which was filmed by witnesses is being treated as a hate crime, police have said.

Asian Image

Keir Starmer urged to return donations from 'Islamophobic' property developer

Keir Starmer urged to return donations from 'Islamophobic' property developer

Keir Starmer has been urged to return donations to Labour made by a property developer whose tweets have been condemned by Muslim groups as 'Islamophobic'.

The Guardian

‘The Scottish Government has made the Hate Crime Bill controversial’ – NSS mentioned

‘The Scottish Government has made the Hate Crime Bill controversial’ – NSS mentioned

It's been clear throughout that insufficient preparation has gone into the bill before it was published, says Jenni Davidson

Holyrood

Hungary MEP quits after allegedly fleeing gay orgy

Hungary MEP quits after allegedly fleeing gay orgy

An MEP from Hungary's ruling party, which is hostile to LGBT rights, has quit after he was caught attending what Belgian media describe as a gay sex party in Brussels on Friday.

BBC

Five protesters killed in clashes with supporters of radical Iraqi cleric

Five protesters killed in clashes with supporters of radical Iraqi cleric

Anti-government demonstrators attempted to block the path of a rally supporting Shiite Muslim leader Moqtada al-Sadr.

Express and Star

‘France is standing up against extremism, without compromising its values’

‘France is standing up against extremism, without compromising its values’

We are combating radicalisation in our country — never a religion or a community, says the ambassador of France to the United States.

The Washington Post

‘When one parent leaves a Hasidic Jewish community, what happens to the kids?’

‘When one parent leaves a Hasidic Jewish community, what happens to the kids?’

The irreconcilable differences between Orthodoxy and secularism increasingly end up in court, says Larissa MacFarquhar.

The New Yorker

‘Women's movement sweeps Latin America to loosen abortion restrictions’

‘Women's movement sweeps Latin America to loosen abortion restrictions’

Several out of more than 20 Latin American nations ban abortion outright, including El Salvador, which has sentenced some women to up to 40 years in prison.

Reuters

Tue, 01 Dec 2020

Pair deny child cruelty charges over alleged botched circumcision procedure

Pair deny child cruelty charges over alleged botched circumcision procedure

A man and woman have denied two charges of child cruelty following an alleged botched circumcision procedure in Co Fermanagh.

Belfast Telegraph

NI: Hate crime judge recommends abolishing free speech protections in private dwellings on issues including religion

NI: Hate crime judge recommends abolishing free speech protections in private dwellings on issues including religion

The judge leading Northern Ireland's hate crime review has recommended abolishing 'protected speech' in private houses on issues such as race, sexual orientation, transgenderism and religion.

News Letter

Street names are offensive to Catholics, campaigners claim

Street names are offensive to Catholics, campaigners claim

Campaigners are demanding that two streets named after a popular former councillor be renamed because they are said to be offensive to Catholics.

The Times (£)

Transgender CofE minister reports conservative Christian to police for branding his marriage 'evil and wicked'

Transgender CofE minister reports conservative Christian to police for branding his marriage 'evil and wicked'

A transgender Christian minister who appeared in a film promoting more LGBTQ tolerance in the church has reported an evangelical Christian over an alleged hate crime.

Mail Online

Jewish mayor sues two councillors over homophobia accusation

Jewish mayor sues two councillors over homophobia accusation

Rabbi councillor Alan Plancey is taking legal action against Christian Gray and Chris Myers after they opposed his appointment as mayor, calling him "prejudiced".

Jewish News

Paris imam who denounced terrorism in hiding after death threats

Paris imam who denounced terrorism in hiding after death threats

A moderate imam has been forced into hiding after receiving a deluge of death threats for advocating religious tolerance and denouncing Islamist terrorism in France.

The Times (£)

France’s top court orders review of Covid-19 restrictions on church attendance

France’s top court orders review of Covid-19 restrictions on church attendance

France's State Council, the country's highest court, has ordered the government to review a rule limiting the number of people in churches during religious services to 30.

France 24

At least 110 dead in Nigeria after suspected Boko Haram attack

At least 110 dead in Nigeria after suspected Boko Haram attack

At least 110 people have been killed in an attack on a village in north-east Nigeria blamed on the Boko Haram jihadist group, according to the UN humanitarian coordinator in the country.

The Guardian

Thousands in Argentina march against new move to legalise abortion

Thousands in Argentina march against new move to legalise abortion

Thousands of anti-abortion protesters, many of them mobilised by Catholic or evangelical groups, demonstrated on Saturday across Argentina against a government-backed new bill to legalise abortion.

IB Times

‘How forced conversion turned this Christian girl’s life upside down’

‘How forced conversion turned this Christian girl’s life upside down’

In Pakistan, more than 20 girls from minority communities are kidnapped and converted every month on the pretext of marriage, according to civil rights groups.

Vice

Mon, 30 Nov 2020

New pupils barred from top Catholic school after abuse scandal

New pupils barred from top Catholic school after abuse scandal

Scandal has surrounded the private school in recent years and an independent inquiry into child sexual abuse published a highly critical report in August 2018 that said "appalling sexual abuse [was] inflicted over decades on children as young as seven".

The Guardian

DUP MLA says all schools should be integrated

DUP MLA says all schools should be integrated

All schools in Northern Ireland should be integrated, according to a DUP member of Stormont's Education Committee.

BBC

New mosque in Birmingham set to feature all-girls school

New mosque in Birmingham set to feature all-girls school

An all-girls school could form part of a huge new development set to feature a mosque described as a potential 'tourist attraction', it has been revealed.

Birmingham Live

Survivors receive apology from Cardinal Nichols after IICSA report

Survivors receive apology from Cardinal Nichols after IICSA report

The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has apologised to victims and survivors of abuse inflicted over 50 years in the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales.

Church Times

Tequila bar owner registers it as a religion in bid to legally open during Tier 3 lockdown

Tequila bar owner registers it as a religion in bid to legally open during Tier 3 lockdown

400 Rabbits Tequila and Mezcal Cocktail Bar has registered to become 'The Church of The Four Hundred Rabbits'.

Nottingham Post

Ebbw Vale man charged with threatening to kill Muslims

Ebbw Vale man charged with threatening to kill Muslims

A man was remanded in custody after being charged with threatening to kill Muslims, burn down a mosque and blow up council buildings.

South Wales Argus

Islamist referrals to counter-extremism scheme rise for first time since 2016

Islamist referrals to counter-extremism scheme rise for first time since 2016

In the year to March, almost 1,500 people were considered by the Prevent programme over concerns linked to Islamist extremism, up 6 per cent on the previous year.

The Independent

‘We must not allow woke activists to stop us confronting Islamist extremism’

‘We must not allow woke activists to stop us confronting Islamist extremism’

President Macron is right – this is an intellectual battle to confront a grotesque form of separatism in our midst, says Sajid Javid.

The Telegraph (£)

‘Islam is not at odds with secular government - it celebrates it’

‘Islam is not at odds with secular government - it celebrates it’

Some are claiming that secularism is against religion, and even tantamount to atheism. They are wrong, says Ed Husain.

The National News

‘Deportation threat against woman facing forced marriage and FGM’

‘Deportation threat against woman facing forced marriage and FGM’

The treatment of those facing deportation to countries where they are at risk of FGM exposes a gaping flaw at the heart of policies to tackle gender-based violence, says Sian Norris.

Politics.co.uk

Sudan says it will stamp out child marriage and enforce ban on FGM

Sudan says it will stamp out child marriage and enforce ban on FGM

Sudanese authorities have announced they will end child marriage and enforce the country's ban on female genital mutilation (FGM), in a major step forward for the rights of women and girls.

The Guardian

Zimbabwe: Churches demand seat in Parliament

Zimbabwe: Churches demand seat in Parliament

Churches have started lobbying for a parliamentary seat to have issues affecting their constituency debated.

The Zimbabwe Daily

Fri, 27 Nov 2020

Church of England warned religious selection of pupils can be racially discriminatory

Church of England warned religious selection of pupils can be racially discriminatory

The Church of England's new Anti-Racism Taskforce has been advised that religious selection of pupils by some Church schools is dividing and privileging families on the grounds of race.

Ekklesia

Controversial 'virginity tests' sold by UK clinics

Controversial 'virginity tests' sold by UK clinics

Women are being offered controversial "virginity tests" at British medical clinics, an investigation has found. The intrusive tests are considered a violation of human rights by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations.

BBC

Paralysed former builder calls for public inquiry into assisted dying

Paralysed former builder calls for public inquiry into assisted dying

Paul Lamb said he was 'devastated' the Court of Appeal has refused him permission to bring a legal challenge over assisted dying laws.

Shropshire Star

Work starts on £65M schools project including two faith schools

Work starts on £65M schools project including two faith schools

Work has started to build three new schools in Leicester and Derby, two of which are faith schools.

Insider Media

Anger after new Hertsmere mayor refuses to retract comments on homosexuality

Anger after new Hertsmere mayor refuses to retract comments on homosexuality

Rabbi Alan Plancey told the BBC there was 'nothing controversial' about remarks made in 2014 that homosexuality was 'against Jewish law'.

The JC

Campaign warns over ‘spiritual abuse’ in the home

Campaign warns over ‘spiritual abuse’ in the home

An interfaith campaign against domestic abuse launched this week is sounding the alarm over "spiritual abuse" within religious communities.

The JC

‘Legal sophistry pivots on semantics’

‘Legal sophistry pivots on semantics’

The Scottish Government continues to amend its controversial Hate Crime Bill. But the fearful prospect of a court case may still limit artistic expression, says Edinburgh Secular Society' Neil Barber in a letter to The Courier (scroll down).

The Courier

European Parliament expresses solidarity with Poland abortion protests

European Parliament expresses solidarity with Poland abortion protests

The European Parliament on Thursday accused Poland's nationalist government of improperly influencing a court that imposed a near total ban on abortion, which it said showed that the rule of law had collapsed in Poland.

Reuters

Model Halima Aden is quitting fashion unless brands present her hijab properly

Model Halima Aden is quitting fashion unless brands present her hijab properly

Fashion model Halima Aden has revealed on her Instagram that she is quitting runway shows due to her religious beliefs.

Metro

Nigeria: Court begins appeal hearing of singer sentenced to death for blasphemy

Nigeria: Court begins appeal hearing of singer sentenced to death for blasphemy

The hearing of an appeal against the death sentence passed on Sheriff Yahaya, 30, a popular entertainer by Kano Sharia court has began.

TheGuardian.ng

Rights groups decry attacks on Pakistan’s minority Ahmadis

Rights groups decry attacks on Pakistan’s minority Ahmadis

Three international human rights groups on Thursday denounced recent attacks on Pakistan's minority Ahmadi community and asked Islamabad to "urgently and impartially investigate a surge" in violence.

Associated Press

China mulls new rules on foreigners to 'prohibit religious extremism'

China mulls new rules on foreigners to 'prohibit religious extremism'

Foreign religious groups and worshipers could be the latest targets of a growing crackdown on organised religion in China under President Xi Jinping.

CNN

Thu, 26 Nov 2020

Theatre critic and theologian cannot be used as expert evidence in Christian actress's discrimination case

Theatre critic and theologian cannot be used as expert evidence in Christian actress's discrimination case

A judge's decision on expert evidence in the case of a Christian actress sacked over her views on homosexuality has been upheld by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in London.

Christian Today

Family who fled 'threat of violence' in Pakistan can stay in UK

Family who fled 'threat of violence' in Pakistan can stay in UK

A family who faced a "very real threat of violence" over a "false blasphemy charge" and attitudes to epilepsy and learning difficulties have won a fight to stay in the UK, an MP has said.

BBC

Churches must never be shut again, says Christian Institute

Churches must never be shut again, says Christian Institute

The Christian Institute is asking the government for assurance that it will never again force churches to close.

Christian Today

C of E synod votes unanimously to accept IICSA recommendations

C of E synod votes unanimously to accept IICSA recommendations

The Church of England's General Synod has voted unanimously to accept all six recommendations made by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse to the Church of England in October.

Church Times

Archbishop of Canterbury denounces foreign aid cut

Archbishop of Canterbury denounces foreign aid cut

A £4bn cut to foreign aid spending to help pay for the cost of coronavirus was denounced on Wednesday as "shameful and wrong" by the archbishop of Canterbury.

The Telegraph

US Supreme Court blocks New York from enforcing Covid limits on churches

US Supreme Court blocks New York from enforcing Covid limits on churches

The US Supreme Court issued an injunction late yesterday blocking New York's governor from enforcing 10- and 25-person occupancy limits on religious institutions.

NBC News

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