Fri, 18 Sep 2020

Ofsted will mark down schools that don't teach pupils about LGBT relationships - NSS quoted

Ofsted will mark down schools that don't teach pupils about LGBT relationships - NSS quoted

Schools that fail to teach about same-sex relationships risk being marked down by inspectors, according to new guidance. The NSS has criticised the guidance for seemingly permitting faith schools to teach that being LGBT is morally wrong.

Mail Online

Circumcision practitioner charged with assaulting children

Circumcision practitioner charged with assaulting children

A man has been charged with assaulting children while performing circumcisions in several English counties.

BBC

Justice Secretary given deadline to announce Hate Crime changes to MSPs

Justice Secretary given deadline to announce Hate Crime changes to MSPs

Humza Yousaf has been given a deadline to notify Holyrood of changes to the SNP's controversial Hate Crime Bill.

The Herald

Unicef condemns jailing of teen for 'blasphemy' in Nigeria

Unicef condemns jailing of teen for 'blasphemy' in Nigeria

The UN children's agency Unicef has called on the Nigerian authorities to urgently review an Islamic court's decision to sentence a 13-year-old boy to 10 years in prison for 'blasphemy'.

BBC

'Britain needs to confront the question of blasphemy'

'Britain needs to confront the question of blasphemy'

The level of infiltration of Pakistani politics surrounding 'blasphemy' into the British diaspora is dangerous, says Charlotte Littlewood.

The Article

Former Attorney General to lead review into vetting of trustees at Islamic Relief Worldwide

Former Attorney General to lead review into vetting of trustees at Islamic Relief Worldwide

Dominic Grieve will conduct the exercise after two of the charity's trustees stepped down because of antisemitic comments they had made on social media.

Third Sector

Poland: Legislation banning halal and kosher meat exports tabled

Poland: Legislation banning halal and kosher meat exports tabled

Kosher meat producers protested in Warsaw on Wednesday against new legislation going through parliament with the support of animal rights groups.

France 24

Clues to scale of Xinjiang labour operation emerge as China defends Uighur camps

Clues to scale of Xinjiang labour operation emerge as China defends Uighur camps

The Chinese Communist party government has defended its system of internment camps for Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, in a white paper that also revealed some details of the breadth of its labour program.

The Guardian

Myanmar army probes 'wider patterns' of abuse against Rohingya Muslims

Myanmar army probes 'wider patterns' of abuse against Rohingya Muslims

The Myanmar military has said it is investigating "possible wider patterns of violations" before and during a 2017 crackdown in Rakhine State that the United Nations has said was executed with genocidal intent against Rohingya Muslims.

Reuters

Hindu man jailed in Bangladesh for 'insulting' Islamic Prophet Mohammed

Hindu man jailed in Bangladesh for 'insulting' Islamic Prophet Mohammed

A Hindu has been jailed for seven years in Muslim-majority Bangladesh for 'insulting' the Islamic Prophet Mohammed on Facebook, a prosecutor said on Thursday.

Eastern Eye

Tel Aviv bars rebrand as synagogues to protest virus lockdown rules

Tel Aviv bars rebrand as synagogues to protest virus lockdown rules

The owners of a number of Tel Aviv bars have declared their businesses to be synagogues, in protest of government lockdown plans that on the one hand will prevent all bars and restaurants from operating during the closure, while on the other allow dozens to take part in prayers at houses of worship throughout the country.

The Times of Israel

'Trial of Catholic lay leader highlights gaps in church’s sex abuse oversight'

'Trial of Catholic lay leader highlights gaps in church’s sex abuse oversight'

Piero Alfio Capuana, the lay leader of the 5,000-member Catholic Culture and Environment Association, is accused of delegating his associates to select and organise his targets, some as young as 11 years old.

Religion News Service

Thu, 17 Sep 2020

Yousaf promises Holyrood statement on Hate Crime Bill amid signs of retreat

Yousaf promises Holyrood statement on Hate Crime Bill amid signs of retreat

Humza Yousaf has signalled a retreat on the SNP's Hate Crime Bill, saying he plans to update Holyrood through a special ministerial statement.

The Herald

'Is the Scottish Parliament out of touch with public opinion?'

'Is the Scottish Parliament out of touch with public opinion?'

"If you think freedom of speech is an 'important right' you are in the majority. A poll, published in the same week the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill was discussed in Holyrood, revealed that 87% share that view."

Evening Telegraph

Christian charity which focuses on 'unwanted gay desires' gets backing from online petition

Christian charity which focuses on 'unwanted gay desires' gets backing from online petition

More than 66,000 online signatures have been added to a petition defending the charity Core Issues Trust, amid a campaign by activists opposed to "gay conversion therapy".

News Letter

Religious leaders plead with PM to ban 'conversion therapy'

Religious leaders plead with PM to ban 'conversion therapy'

Religious leaders in the UK and Ireland have called on Boris Johnson to "urgently" ban 'conversion therapy' in an open letter.

Pink News

US: Federal court injunction prohibits Tennessee school district from pushing religion on students

US: Federal court injunction prohibits Tennessee school district from pushing religion on students

A federal court has filed an injunction prohibiting a Tennessee school district from imposing religion on students.

FOX 17

US: State House votes to bar shutting down churches in disasters

US: State House votes to bar shutting down churches in disasters

The Pennsylvania House on Tuesday passed a bill that would prevent governors from applying their disease control powers to shut down gatherings at churches or other houses of worship.

Associated Press

Circumcision is a racist experiment on black boys, says study

Circumcision is a racist experiment on black boys, says study

A study has dismissed World Health Organisation-recommended campaigns to circumcise millions of African boys and men to reduce HIV transmission as systemic racism and 'neo-colonialism' rather than sound scientific research.

Bulawayo24

Vatican extends deal with China on bishop appointments despite religious freedom concerns

Vatican extends deal with China on bishop appointments despite religious freedom concerns

The Vatican has signed off on a two-year extension to a deal made with Beijing on the appointment of bishops.

Premier Christian News

Barbados pledges same-sex marriage vote, but supporters doubt reform

Barbados pledges same-sex marriage vote, but supporters doubt reform

The island nation of Barbados has pledged to put same-sex marriage to a public vote, but campaigners said on Wednesday they were wary about any hope of major reform in a nation that still has laws punishing sex between men on its books.

Reuters

'Je Suis Charlie and the legacy of jihadism'

'Je Suis Charlie and the legacy of jihadism'

Jihadism is not leaving anytime soon, and we need to understand it so we can better fight it, says David Patrikarakos.

The Spectator

Wed, 16 Sep 2020

Ireland: High-profile campaigners back assisted dying bill

Ireland: High-profile campaigners back assisted dying bill

The bill would give a legal and medical right to authorise voluntary assisted dying when a person is suffering a terminal illness.

Belfast Telegraph

Lisa Smith: Trial of IS accused former soldier set for 2022

Lisa Smith: Trial of IS accused former soldier set for 2022

A former Irish soldier charged with membership of terrorist group Islamic State and funding terrorism will go on trial in 2022.

BBC

Poland's anti-LGBT+ tirade similar to pre-war 'dehumanising' of Jews, MEP says

Poland's anti-LGBT+ tirade similar to pre-war 'dehumanising' of Jews, MEP says

A prominent gay politician in Poland has compared the government's repeated attacks on the LGBT+ community to the way Jewish people were "dehumanised" in the run-up to the Second World War.

Reuters

EU lawmakers suspend Myanmar's Suu Kyi from rights prize events

EU lawmakers suspend Myanmar's Suu Kyi from rights prize events

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will no longer be invited to events of the European Parliament's human rights prize, EU lawmakers have said in a protest over accusations of genocide of Rohingya Muslims in her country.

Reuters

'For survivors at Charlie Hebdo trial, wounds are still raw'

'For survivors at Charlie Hebdo trial, wounds are still raw'

Victims of the 2015 attack on the satirical weekly took the stand with vivid accounts of how their colleagues were killed — and how their own lives were suddenly overturned.

The New York Times

Canada: Mouvement laïque québécois turns to crowdfunding to defend secularism law

Canada: Mouvement laïque québécois turns to crowdfunding to defend secularism law

The Mouvement laïque québécois is seeking financial help from the public to support Quebec's secularism law and avoid a "mismatched" court battle.

Montreal Gazette

Xinjiang: US to block some exports citing China's human rights abuses

Xinjiang: US to block some exports citing China's human rights abuses

The US will block some exports from China's Xinjiang region, over alleged human rights abuses against the mostly Muslim Uighur minority.

BBC

US: 'The pandemic created a surge in homeschooling—and concerns about the movement’s Christian culture'

US: 'The pandemic created a surge in homeschooling—and concerns about the movement’s Christian culture'

Many Christian homeschooling advocates have decried public schools as "values-indoctrination centres." The reality is that much of the most popular homeschooling materials—which many of these new homeschoolers are certain to find—are their own form of indoctrination, says Elena Trueba.

Religion and Politics

Academics says space for democratic dissent shrinking in India

Academics says space for democratic dissent shrinking in India

About 2,000 academics from top institutions in India and abroad have signed petitions demanding federal authorities stop targeting people critical of the government as part of a widening investigation into caste clashes two years ago.

Reuters

'The Nigerian filmmakers risking jail with lesbian movie'

'The Nigerian filmmakers risking jail with lesbian movie'

Two Nigerian filmmakers face the prospect of imprisonment if they ignore the stern warning of the authorities and proceed with the release of a movie about a lesbian relationship.

BBC

Tue, 15 Sep 2020

Assisted dying proposal could ‘exclude’ religious people from SNP, says councillor

Assisted dying proposal could ‘exclude’ religious people from SNP, says councillor

An SNP councillor has hit out at a party attempt to restart the debate around Scotland's assisted dying laws.

The National

Ruling that Bible ‘is incompatible with human dignity’ sparks concern from NI Christian quarters

Ruling that Bible ‘is incompatible with human dignity’ sparks concern from NI Christian quarters

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland and the Evangelical Alliance have both voiced unease about a ruling handed down in an employment tribunal, which appears effectively to condemn belief in the Bible.

News Letter

Prime minister's freedom of religion or belief envoy resigns

Prime minister's freedom of religion or belief envoy resigns

Rehman Chishti, the prime minister's special envoy on freedom of religion or belief, has resigned in protest at the Internal Market Bill and its implications for the backstop.

The Tablet

Councillors add voices to concerns over Scots hate crime laws

Councillors add voices to concerns over Scots hate crime laws

Town hall leaders in Scotland fear that controversial new hate crime laws could threaten free speech, a survey has found.

The Scotsman

‘Eternal Wall of Prayer’ outside Birmingham gets go-ahead

‘Eternal Wall of Prayer’ outside Birmingham gets go-ahead

An enormous Christian monument, more than twice the size of the Angel of the North, is to be built on the outskirts of Birmingham, fulfilling a vision its instigator says came from God.

The Guardian

'Mandatory sex education gives certainty at a difficult time for children'

'Mandatory sex education gives certainty at a difficult time for children'

Much of the evidence demonstrates that good-quality sex education has a range of positive outcomes, says Lisa Hallgarten.

The Times (£)

Christian man appeals death sentence in Pakistan

Christian man appeals death sentence in Pakistan

A Christian man who was sentenced to die under Pakistan's blasphemy laws has filed an appeal in an attempt to have his conviction overturned.

UCA News

US: Three families sue for tuition for religious schools

US: Three families sue for tuition for religious schools

Three families are suing Vermont's education secretary and certain school districts, saying that denying them a state tuition benefit to send their children to religious schools is unconstitutional.

Associated Press

Indian state uses draconian law to detain those accused of killing cows

Indian state uses draconian law to detain those accused of killing cows

More than half the arrests this year under a tough national security law in India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh have involved suspects in cases of cow slaughter, data showed. Vigilante attacks on those accused of killing the animal for meat, often people belonging to the Muslim minority, are common.

Reuters

'When Covid's in the congregation, it's a more than a church concern'

'When Covid's in the congregation, it's a more than a church concern'

All our rights and freedoms are qualified or constrained to some degree by secular law which is superior to religious law, says Tom O'Connor.

Stuff

Mon, 14 Sep 2020

Islamists are 'calling critics Islamophobic', counter-extremism expert warns

Islamists are 'calling critics Islamophobic', counter-extremism expert warns

Sara Khan, who leads the Commission for Countering Extremism, said "extremists are exploiting both the anti racism agenda and free speech cause, weaponising them to further their own extremist propaganda."

The Telegraph

Young people more likely to agree with extremist statements if they do not mix with people from different religions, poll shows

Young people more likely to agree with extremist statements if they do not mix with people from different religions, poll shows

Experts said the research, which compared beliefs held by British Muslims and white non-Muslims, showed that "Islamist and far-right ideas are resonating with young people in the UK".

The Independent

'Why do churches have a right to run our schools?'

'Why do churches have a right to run our schools?'

Almost all schools in Northern Ireland are paid for by the state. So why should churches, as of right, have an automatic role in the education of our children, asks Fionola Meredith.

Belfast Telegraph (via PressReader)

Concerns about hate crime bill from across civic Scotland have to be addressed, says MSP - NSS mentioned

Concerns about hate crime bill from across civic Scotland have to be addressed, says MSP - NSS mentioned

Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Alex Rowley has urged the Justice Secretary to go back to the drawing board to address fundamental problems with the Scottish Government's proposed Hate Crime Bill.

Central Fife Times

'SNP Hate Crime Bill is attempt to criminalise our democratic values' - NSS mentioned

'SNP Hate Crime Bill is attempt to criminalise our democratic values' - NSS mentioned

The Hate Crime Bill represents a serious risk to the democratic freedoms we all cherish, says Thomas Kerr.

Glasgow Times

London Lib Dems suspend mayoral race hopeful over past ‘Don’t vote for a Jew’ campaigning

London Lib Dems suspend mayoral race hopeful over past ‘Don’t vote for a Jew’ campaigning

Geeta Sidhu-Robb used the tactic to try to woo Muslim voters when seeking to be election as a Conservative MP in 1997.

On London

Bereaved SNP activist in new bid for assisted dying law

Bereaved SNP activist in new bid for assisted dying law

Josh Aaron-Mennie is to put proposals to the SNP annual conference next month which could lead to new assisted dying legislation being published in Holyrood after the election next May.

The National

Danish PM opposes bill banning circumcision

Danish PM opposes bill banning circumcision

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Frederiksen on Saturday for opposing the bill, according to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office.

The Jerusalem Post

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