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

‘Religious festivals have taken a backseat in Europe during Covid-19. Now leaders are prioritising Christmas’

‘Religious festivals have taken a backseat in Europe during Covid-19. Now leaders are prioritising Christmas’

2020 has been far from festive, but as the year comes to an end, many of Europe's governments are scrambling to avoid stringent lockdowns over the Christmas holidays.

CNN

‘Religious labels do not tell full story of people’s identities in NI’

‘Religious labels do not tell full story of people’s identities in NI’

If you were to do a survey amongst those nominally considered Catholics, how many of them could be really classified as Catholics?

News Letter

‘Is the Anglican Church about to split?’

‘Is the Anglican Church about to split?’

Almost three years on from same-sex marriage becoming legal in Australia, the issue is threatening to break up the Anglican Church there.

The Conversation

Wed, 25 Nov 2020

SNP announce further changes to controversial Hate Crime Bill

SNP announce further changes to controversial Hate Crime Bill

Controversial hate crime legislation will be further watered down to address widespread concerns over its impact, the Justice Secretary has confirmed.

The Herald

Javid advised of 'hostile public sentiment' to Shamima Begum, court told

Javid advised of 'hostile public sentiment' to Shamima Begum, court told

Home Office officials declared "public sentiment is overwhelmingly hostile" to Shamima Begum and argued removing her British citizenship would not affect community relations when they advised Sajid Javid to act against her last year.

The Guardian

Man jailed over Islamist beheading images and terror magazines

Man jailed over Islamist beheading images and terror magazines

A man who downloaded instructions on how to carry out terror attacks, and images of beheadings, has been jailed for 32 months.

BBC

Huge rise in Islamist and far-right propaganda during lockdown

Huge rise in Islamist and far-right propaganda during lockdown

Experts have seen a huge increase in Islamist and far-right propaganda on social media as extremists try to exploit a captive audience during lockdown.

Evening Express

MP speaks of 'bondage of tyranny and the fear of persecution' faced by Ahmadi Muslims

MP speaks of 'bondage of tyranny and the fear of persecution' faced by Ahmadi Muslims

A Yorkshire MP has spoken about the attacks levelled at him and his family due to being members of a particular sect of Islam.

The Yorkshire Post

Catholic and Evangelical churches join court case to stop Dominica making gay sex legal

Catholic and Evangelical churches join court case to stop Dominica making gay sex legal

The law currently punishes homosexuality with up to 10 years in prison.

Gay Star News

Australia: Victoria to ban 'abhorrent' practice of gay or gender conversion therapy

Australia: Victoria to ban 'abhorrent' practice of gay or gender conversion therapy

Government says legislation being introduced on Wednesday sends clear message that no one is 'broken' because of their sexuality or gender identity.

The Guardian

Indian state outlaws religious conversion by marriage

Indian state outlaws religious conversion by marriage

The decree for the state of Uttar Pradesh was passed Tuesday and follows a campaign by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party against interfaith marriages.

The Independent

"Netflix's 'A Suitable Boy' hurt Hindu sentiments", says BJP youth wing leader

"Netflix's 'A Suitable Boy' hurt Hindu sentiments", says BJP youth wing leader

The National Secretary of the youth wing of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded an apology and the removal of "objectionable scenes" showing a man and a woman kissing inside in a temple.

NDTV

Russia police carry out mass raids on Jehovah's Witnesses across the country in new crackdown

Russia police carry out mass raids on Jehovah's Witnesses across the country in new crackdown

Authorities carried out the raids today and made arrests as part of a new criminal case against the group, the Investigative Committee said.

Mail Online

Tue, 24 Nov 2020

Islamic hardliner invited to address civil servants

Islamic hardliner invited to address civil servants

The founder of a hardline Islamic lobbying group that has been accused of sowing division and hate has been invited to address civil servants, an investigation by The Times has discovered.

The Times (£)

Cardinal Nichols criticised for 'Mafia-esque' question-blocking during apology to abuse victims

Cardinal Nichols criticised for 'Mafia-esque' question-blocking during apology to abuse victims

Earlier this month the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse concluded that Cardinal Vincent Nichols, who acts as the Pope's representative in England and Wales, failed to show "personal responsibility and compassion" for victims, and instead prioritised Church reputation.

The Telegraph

‘Cardinal Vincent Nichols has failed victims of abuse and must step down’

‘Cardinal Vincent Nichols has failed victims of abuse and must step down’

An independent inquiry has criticised the Catholic leader's handling of sexual allegations. Those who have suffered for years say he must go.

The Times (£)

Public worship can restart in all tiers once lockdown ends

Public worship can restart in all tiers once lockdown ends

Places of worship are to reopen for public worship when the lockdown ends on 2 December, the Prime Minister has confirmed.

Church Times

Churches defy lockdown with secret meetings

Churches defy lockdown with secret meetings

According to church leaders, an increasing number of congregations are breaking the law in order to worship together, an activity banned under current restrictions.

The Guardian

Campaign to ban protesters outside Scottish abortion clinics goes national

Campaign to ban protesters outside Scottish abortion clinics goes national

Campaigners are calling for a ban on pro-life groups protesting outside all abortion clinics in Scotland, after setting up a petition to prevent women in Edinburgh being targeted.

Edinburgh Evening News

France demands withdrawal of "Nazi" comments by Pakistan minister Shireen Mazari

France demands withdrawal of "Nazi" comments by Pakistan minister Shireen Mazari

The French foreign ministry has demanded the withdrawal of comments made by Pakistan's Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari on Saturday in which she accused President Emmanuel Macon of treating Muslims the way Nazis had treated Jews in the Second World War.

EU Today

Teen shoots and kills Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan

Teen shoots and kills Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan

A sixteen-year-old Muslim youth opened fire on Friday and killed a member of Pakistan's minority Ahmadi Muslim community in eastern Punjab province, police and the community's spokesman said.

Associated Press

Hindu cleric asks Brazilian clothes brand to remove image of Ganesh

Hindu cleric asks Brazilian clothes brand to remove image of Ganesh

Hindu cleric Rajan Zed demanded that clothes maker Jon Cotre offer an apology for "deeply trivializing" a Hindu deity.

Reuters

Australia: Christian couple who thought they could make an LGBT+ child ‘overcome’ their sexuality sue foster agency that rejected them

Australia: Christian couple who thought they could make an LGBT+ child ‘overcome’ their sexuality sue foster agency that rejected them

A couple are suing a foster agency in Australia after they were turned away because of their belief that they could change an LGBT+ child's identity.

Pink News

Mon, 23 Nov 2020

Faith schools waive church attendance requirements – NSS quoted

Faith schools waive church attendance requirements – NSS quoted

Faith schools are amending requirements for prospective pupils to have attended places of worship in the wake of Covid-19 disruption. NSS head of education Alastair Lichten is quoted.

Schools Week

Catholic bishops admit safeguarding ‘not fit for purpose’

Catholic bishops admit safeguarding ‘not fit for purpose’

Catholic bishops of England and Wales have admitted that their safeguarding work must change and have outlined how this will happen.

The Tablet

‘Make reporting church abuse law’ – NSS letter

‘Make reporting church abuse law’ – NSS letter

A mandatory reporting law would be a way of protecting children within religious settings, says NSS chief executive Stephen Evans (letter is towards the bottom of the page).

The Times (£)

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf ready to make U-turn on Hate Crime Bill

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf ready to make U-turn on Hate Crime Bill

Humza Yousaf is expected to perform a second U-turn on the controversial Hate Crime Bill when he appears before the Justice Committee on Tuesday.

The Scotsman

NI: Pre-schools are 'highly segregated', report finds

NI: Pre-schools are 'highly segregated', report finds

Pre-schools in Northern Ireland are "highly segregated" despite perceptions they are generally mixed, according to a new study.

The Irish News

Muslim parents urged to give children nasal flu vaccine

Muslim parents urged to give children nasal flu vaccine

Some Muslim families say they are unsure whether to let their children get the latest flu vaccine due to its gelatine contents.

Asian Image

Jehovah’s Witness girl, 15, fights blood transfusions

Jehovah’s Witness girl, 15, fights blood transfusions

A teenage Jehovah's Witness should be allowed to refuse lifesaving blood transfusions, the High Court has been told in the latest medical clash over law and religion.

The Times (£)

Trustees of charity founded by disgraced Buddhist guru failed to act on abuse claims, watchdog rules

Trustees of charity founded by disgraced Buddhist guru failed to act on abuse claims, watchdog rules

Students were put at risk of harm as a result of serious safeguarding failures.

The Telegraph

NI pastor vows to keep church open despite Covid lockdown

NI pastor vows to keep church open despite Covid lockdown

An evangelical pastor in Belfast has vowed to keep his church doors open despite the coronavirus lockdown.

News Letter

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