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Fri, 22 Jan 2021

‘Religious groups with vested interests have too much control of RE’ – NSS quoted

‘Religious groups with vested interests have too much control of RE’ – NSS quoted

Recent research published by the NSS illustrates the way a lack of government leadership has left RE vulnerable to vested interests.

Mirror

Parliament rejects trade bill amendment aimed at protecting persecuted religious minorities from genocide

Parliament rejects trade bill amendment aimed at protecting persecuted religious minorities from genocide

The UK parliament has rejected an amendment which would have required the government to reconsider trade deals with countries deemed by British High Court judges to be committing genocide.

Premier Christian News

Judge refuses to bar children from becoming Catholics

Judge refuses to bar children from becoming Catholics

A judge has refused to make an order barring five children from formally becoming Catholics.

Premier Christian News

Nigeria blasphemy: Jailed 13-year-old boy wins Kano appeal

Nigeria blasphemy: Jailed 13-year-old boy wins Kano appeal

A 13-year-old boy who was handed a decade-long jail sentence for blasphemy last year will now walk free.

BBC

Brother of Christian imprisoned in Pakistan on blasphemy charge pleads for Biden to help

Brother of Christian imprisoned in Pakistan on blasphemy charge pleads for Biden to help

A US citizen whose brother is facing the possibility of being sentenced to death in Pakistan on trumped-up blasphemy charges is asking the Biden administration to put pressure on Pakistan to release his brother.

Christian Post

Covid is worsening persecution of Christians, reports charity

Covid is worsening persecution of Christians, reports charity

Christians around the world have faced increased persecution as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, including the refusal of access to emergency aid and increased surveillance and violence, a watchdog has reported.

Church Times

‘For President Biden, an inauguration filled with faith’

‘For President Biden, an inauguration filled with faith’

The inauguration of the new US president was "a faith-infused day" and Joe Biden's term of office is shaping up to be "unapologetically religious".

Religion News Service

Jesuit order in Spain apologises for decades of sexual abuse by members

Jesuit order in Spain apologises for decades of sexual abuse by members

The Jesuit order in Spain has admitted that 81 children and 21 adults have been sexually abused by 96 of its members since 1927, and has apologised for the "painful, shameful and sorrowful" crimes.

The Guardian

Backlash against decision to honour former tennis player Margaret Court in Australia

Backlash against decision to honour former tennis player Margaret Court in Australia

Margaret Court, the former Australian tennis player and now a Pentecostal minister, will be recognised with Australia's highest honour. The decision has sparked a backlash from critics of her views on LGBTQ+ issues.

The Guardian

Thu, 21 Jan 2021

President Biden reverses Trump’s travel ban targeting Muslim-majority countries

President Biden reverses Trump’s travel ban targeting Muslim-majority countries

President Biden, in one of his first moves in office, reversed the immigration restriction put in place by the Trump administration covering five Muslim-majority nations.

Los Angeles Times

Head of US bishops' conference warns Biden's pro-abortion policies 'will advance moral evils’

Head of US bishops' conference warns Biden's pro-abortion policies 'will advance moral evils’

President Joe Biden became just the second Catholic to take the oath of office on Wednesday, but the nation's top bishop is warning that his pro-choice policies will 'advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity.'

Mail Online

‘Militant Christian nationalists remain a potent force’

‘Militant Christian nationalists remain a potent force’

The post-election expressions of right wing Christian protest suggest that Christian militancy on occasion can lead to political extremism, says Tom Gjelten.

NPR

Abortion: Westminster warns it is ready to intervene again over access in NI

Abortion: Westminster warns it is ready to intervene again over access in NI

The government has warned that it may intervene directly if abortions are not made more freely available in Northern Ireland soon.

News Letter

Religious institutions ‘willing to engage’ on payments to abuse victims

Religious institutions ‘willing to engage’ on payments to abuse victims

Religious institutions have been willing to come forward to discuss compensating abuse victims, Stormont officials said.

Belfast Telegraph

Polish clinic wants to care for man in life-support dispute

Polish clinic wants to care for man in life-support dispute

A specialist clinic in Poland said Tuesday it is ready to admit and treat a Pole who is at the centre of a life-support dispute in Britain.

The Associated Press

‘Britain’s prisons are a breeding ground for Islamist terror’

‘Britain’s prisons are a breeding ground for Islamist terror’

Britain's prisons, perhaps as never before, are well evidenced incubators and accelerators of violent extremism, says former prison governor Ian Acheson.

The Spectator*

Amazon Prime drama agrees to changes after Hindu nationalist pressure

Amazon Prime drama agrees to changes after Hindu nationalist pressure

An Indian political drama on Amazon Prime has been forced to edit out scenes that were accused of being an "insult to Hindu gods", the first time that streaming platforms have been subjected to Indian government censorship.

The Guardian

Hungary's government orders disclaimers on books with gay content

Hungary's government orders disclaimers on books with gay content

Hungary's government ordered a publisher on Tuesday to print disclaimers identifying books containing "behaviour inconsistent with traditional gender roles".

Reuters

‘From the hijab to freedom’

‘From the hijab to freedom’

A new documentary "Women Leaving Islam", by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, tells the story of six women escaping the violence of Islam's modesty culture.

New Humanist

Wed, 20 Jan 2021

US: China 'committed genocide against Uighurs'

US: China 'committed genocide against Uighurs'

China has committed genocide in its repression of the Uighurs and other mainly Muslim peoples, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday.

BBC

UK free to make trade deals with genocidal regimes after Commons vote

UK free to make trade deals with genocidal regimes after Commons vote

The government has narrowly defeated a move requiring the government to reconsider any trade deal with a country found by the high court to be committing genocide.

The Guardian

‘The Guardian view on Xinjiang and crimes against humanity: speaking and acting’

‘The Guardian view on Xinjiang and crimes against humanity: speaking and acting’

The US has accused China of genocide against the Uighurs, while British MPs are pressing the government to take a tougher stand.

The Guardian

Police ponder £10,000 fine for organiser of 'large party' at synagogue

Police ponder £10,000 fine for organiser of 'large party' at synagogue

Police say they found evidence of "a large party" after visiting a place of worship in Stamford Hill twice on Saturday.

The JC

‘My mum was born into one of Ireland’s mother and baby homes – this is why everyone should know her story’

‘My mum was born into one of Ireland’s mother and baby homes – this is why everyone should know her story’

"Now that the mother and baby homes report has been published, I want everyone to know what happened to thousands of Irish women and children, in dark, patriarchal Ireland."

The Independent

Swiss government urges voters to reject burqa ban in March referendum

Swiss government urges voters to reject burqa ban in March referendum

The Swiss government recommended on Tuesday that voters reject a proposal in a planned March 7 referendum to ban full facial coverings such as burqas and niqabs worn by some Muslim women, saying the move would hurt tourism.

Reuters

Egyptian woman arrested for baking 'indecent' cakes

Egyptian woman arrested for baking 'indecent' cakes

A woman in Egypt was briefly detained after being accused of baking "indecent" cakes, local media say. A religious body warned that such baked goods were forbidden by Islam.

BBC

US woman who tweeted about dream gay lifestyle in Bali to be deported

US woman who tweeted about dream gay lifestyle in Bali to be deported

An American woman is being deported from Bali over suspected immigration violations after her tweets that celebrated the Indonesian resort island as a low-cost, LGBT-friendly place for foreigners to live went viral.

The Guardian

Actors scramble to apologise amid backlash against Amazon show for ‘insulting Hindu deities’

Actors scramble to apologise amid backlash against Amazon show for ‘insulting Hindu deities’

The stars and makers of a new Amazon Prime TV series in India have had to issue an "unconditional" apology after politicians called for the show to be banned following an uproar over alleged insults to Hindu gods.

The Independent

‘Mahatma Gandhi's killer venerated as Hindu nationalism resurges in India’

‘Mahatma Gandhi's killer venerated as Hindu nationalism resurges in India’

Gandhi's vision of a secular India with equal rights for all religions has been eroded and subjugated since the BJP came to power in 2014, says Hannah Ellis-Petersen.

The Guardian

Tue, 19 Jan 2021

Uighurs: Rebels aim to insert genocide amendment in UK-China trade bill

Uighurs: Rebels aim to insert genocide amendment in UK-China trade bill

The amendment has been devised specifically in relation to allegations that China is committing genocide against Uighur people in Xinjiang province.

The Guardian

Half of British Jews will not display public sign of Judaism

Half of British Jews will not display public sign of Judaism

Almost half of British Jews avoid showing visible signs of their Judaism in public, such as a Star of David or a kippah (skullcap), because of antisemitism, a new survey has found.

The Observer

Canvey Island Jewish leader suggests most members of community have had Covid

Canvey Island Jewish leader suggests most members of community have had Covid

A local Jewish leader in Canvey Island has suggested that 'herd immunity' may now apply to the 250-strong strictly Orthodox community there because almost all its members have already had Covid-19.

Jewish News

Paul McKenna says seeing 'immense cruelty' while attending a Catholic school gave him a 'taste for compassion'

Paul McKenna says seeing 'immense cruelty' while attending a Catholic school gave him a 'taste for compassion'

The hypnotist described his stint at the Catholic voluntary aided secondary school - for boys aged 11–18 - as a 'very unhappy experience', calling it 'a relentless, brainwashing process' which instilled 'guilt'.

Mail Online

‘British campuses have an Islamism problem’

‘British campuses have an Islamism problem’

Britain has not yet woken up to the magnitude of Islamic radicalisation in our universities, says Rohan Gupta.

Spiked

Bangladesh: Female officials barred from registering Islamic marriages

Bangladesh: Female officials barred from registering Islamic marriages

A court in Bangladesh has banned women from registering nikahs, or Islamic weddings, because of their menstruation cycles.

Deutsche Welle

Ugandan president says LGBT+ people are ‘deviants’ while falsely claiming ‘they are not persecuted’

Ugandan president says LGBT+ people are ‘deviants’ while falsely claiming ‘they are not persecuted’

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has said gay people are "deviants" and the movement for LGBT+ rights is a form of "social imperialism".

Pink News

Greatest religious gathering on Earth goes ahead in India with 700,000 attending despite pandemic

Greatest religious gathering on Earth goes ahead in India with 700,000 attending despite pandemic

Up to 700,000 Hindu devotees gathered along the banks of the River Ganges at Haridwar in India, marking the beginning of world's largest religious congregation – the Kumbh Mela – amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Independent

‘Are we witnessing the birth of an African Islamic State?’

‘Are we witnessing the birth of an African Islamic State?’

With the Middle Eastern Islamic State's 'defeat' in 2019, the world has largely ignored the precipitous rise of West Africa as the new epicentre of jihadist terror, says Kunwar Khuldune Shahid.

The Spectator*

‘How come churches don’t have to pay any tax?’

‘How come churches don’t have to pay any tax?’

New Zealand is a secular society, but "advancement of religion" is still one of the main things that define a charity. That charitable status means that churches don't have to pay any tax. Alice Snedden questions this arrangement.

The Spinoff

Mon, 18 Jan 2021

Jewish private school hit by government action for teaching creationism in science – NSS quoted

Jewish private school hit by government action for teaching creationism in science – NSS quoted

Bnois Jerusalem Girls School in Stamford Hill, north London, was rated "inadequate" by Ofsted last year after it was discovered to be teaching creationism in geography and science and not letting students take GCSEs. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans is quoted.

iNews

Church of England services hit by pandemic – NSS quoted

Church of England services hit by pandemic – NSS quoted

More than half of the Church of England's 14,000 parishes did not open for Sunday services. NSS's opposition to religious exemptions from lockdown rules is quoted.

BBC

‘Who are the people trying to stop relationships and sex education in our schools?’ – NSS referenced

‘Who are the people trying to stop relationships and sex education in our schools?’ – NSS referenced

Psychologist David Morrison references NSS's work drawing attention to Dr. Kate Godfrey-Faussett's anti-LGBT+ 'Stop RSE' campaign, which aims to undermine the teaching of inclusive relationships and sex education in schools.

Feminist Dissent

Rejection of Covid jab by ethnic minorities ‘could fan flames of Islamophobia’

Rejection of Covid jab by ethnic minorities ‘could fan flames of Islamophobia’

Leeds-based Imam Qari Asim is running a campaign to encourage Muslim communities to take the coronavirus vaccine and dispel some of the myths around the procedure.

Central Fife Times

Women in mother and baby homes in NI 'experienced the same treatment as those in the Republic'

Women in mother and baby homes in NI 'experienced the same treatment as those in the Republic'

Women in mother and baby homes in Northern Ireland experienced the same treatment as those in the Republic, deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill has said.

The Irish News*

Mother-and-baby homes: Archbishop 'disappointed' if churches 'scapegoated'

Mother-and-baby homes: Archbishop 'disappointed' if churches 'scapegoated'

The leader of the Irish Catholic Church has said he would be disappointed if religious congregations were to carry all the blame for the country's mother-and-baby homes.

BBC

‘Is it time to end the Catholic Church's dominance in Ireland's school system?’

‘Is it time to end the Catholic Church's dominance in Ireland's school system?’

The Mother and Baby homes report has highlighted the need to end the dominance of the Catholic Church over Ireland's education system, according to the Labour Party.

NewsTalk

‘Our lost children don’t need apologies from the church, only answers’

‘Our lost children don’t need apologies from the church, only answers’

For decades a deeply conservative Ireland put unmarried mothers in the care of the Catholic Church, a brutal 'shadow state' in which thousands of children died or were forcibly adopted. It claims to be sorry — so why won't it open up its archives, asks Colm Tóibín.

The Sunday Times*

Church of Ireland stamps its mark on 150th anniversary of disestablishment

Church of Ireland stamps its mark on 150th anniversary of disestablishment

An Post has issued a €1 stamp to mark the 150th anniversary of the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland.

The Irish News*

France: Muslim leaders accept France’s secular values

France: Muslim leaders accept France’s secular values

French Muslim leaders have approved a charter rejecting radicalism and accepting equality between the sexes as part of President Macron's plan to promote an "enlightened Islam".

The Times*

Latvia votes to define family as “a union of a male and female person”

Latvia votes to define family as “a union of a male and female person”

The Republic of Latvia has voted to define family solely as "a union of a male and female person", excluding the country's countless LGBT+ families.

Pink News

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