Wed, 22 Aug 2018

China’s problem with the Uighurs

China’s problem with the Uighurs

Beijing is using a law against extremism to hold an estimated one million Uighurs in camps as it attempts to "purify radical religious views".

The Times (£)

Abortion reform laws introduced in Queensland

Abortion reform laws introduced in Queensland

The Queensland government has introduced laws to decriminalise abortion in the state.

SBS News

Democrats in US sceptical over Kavanaugh stance on abortion

Democrats in US sceptical over Kavanaugh stance on abortion

A Republican senator who backs abortion rights has said Brett Kavanaugh, the nominee for the vacancy on the US Supreme Court, believes the Roe v Wade ruling is "settled law". But some Democrats are concerned that Kavanaugh may still be keen to overturn the ruling.

Reuters

Woman who complained about noisy mosque jailed for blasphemy in Indonesia

Woman who complained about noisy mosque jailed for blasphemy in Indonesia

An Indonesian court has sentenced a Buddhist woman to 18 months in prison for blasphemy after she was accused of insulting Islam. The woman had complained that the Muslim call to prayer was played too loudly near her home.

The Independent

Tue, 21 Aug 2018

Woman who suffered sex attack to sue Church of Scotland

Woman who suffered sex attack to sue Church of Scotland

A woman forced to undergo an abortion after being raped by a notorious care home paedophile is suing the Church of Scotland in a joint action with her two brothers.

The Herald

Pope Francis condemns child sexual abuse and church cover-ups

Pope Francis condemns child sexual abuse and church cover-ups

The pope has condemned the "atrocities" of child sex abuse and clerical cover-ups in a letter to the world's 1.2bn Roman Catholics.

BBC

Irish clerical abuse survivors lambast Pope Francis’s letter

Irish clerical abuse survivors lambast Pope Francis’s letter

The pope's letter has been criticised for not adequately addressing the issues of accountability for abuse or for the cover up of crimes.

The Irish Times

‘Is Baba Ramdev India’s answer to Donald Trump?’

‘Is Baba Ramdev India’s answer to Donald Trump?’

A profile of Baba Ramdev, a prominent billionaire with support from Hindu nationalists who may run to become prime minister of India.

The Times (£)

Advocacy group in New York calls for end to circumcision of infant boys

Advocacy group in New York calls for end to circumcision of infant boys

An advocacy group is protesting male circumcision on the streets of New York City in the hope that the common procedure will no longer be carried out on infants.

The Independent

‘Argentina’s women will prevail in the struggle for abortion rights’

‘Argentina’s women will prevail in the struggle for abortion rights’

Jon O'Brien says the recent vote which prevented the legalisation of abortion in Argentina was "one step in an inevitable march for progress".

The Hill

‘LGBT rights are progressing in the Czech Republic despite opposition from the Catholic Church’

‘LGBT rights are progressing in the Czech Republic despite opposition from the Catholic Church’

Philip Baldwin says LGBTQ people are allowed to live freely and openly in the Czech Republic, but their rights have come despite persistent resistance from the Catholic Church.

Gay Times

Saudi feminists launch online radio

Saudi feminists launch online radio

Operating out of a small room in an unknown country, a new internet radio station broadcasts a programme aimed at campaigning for greater women's rights in Saudi Arabia.

BBC

Brazil is world’s top exporter of halal meat

Brazil is world’s top exporter of halal meat

Far from the Middle East and any majority-Muslim country, Brazil tops the list of nations exporting food to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

Newsweek

Mon, 20 Aug 2018

Former bishop knew about child abuser 20 years before he was brought to justice

Former bishop knew about child abuser 20 years before he was brought to justice

The former bishop of Liverpool knew about an abusive priest 20 years before he was brought to justice, it has emerged, as a judge criticised the church for threatening a complainant with prison unless he withdrew his allegation.

The Telegraph

Government accused of inaction as number of British girls forced into marriages abroad soars

Government accused of inaction as number of British girls forced into marriages abroad soars

The number of girls being forced into marriage ahead of the summer holiday period has increased by more than a third in recent years, according to a leading charity which has accused the government of an abject failure to get to grips with the problem.

The Independent

Worker who sued BA over cross at work sues airline again

Worker who sued BA over cross at work sues airline again

A Christian British Airways employee who took the airline to court over its uniform restrictions is returning to court to launch fresh legal action against BA. Nadia Eweida claims she has been mistreated since returning to work.

The Telegraph

Campaign asks parents to support non-religious schooling in Scotland

Campaign asks parents to support non-religious schooling in Scotland

A new campaign has been launched to end the effective "ban" on non-religious state schools in Scotland.

The National

Manchester mosque denies 'military jihad' support, but some Muslim scholars challenge denial

Manchester mosque denies 'military jihad' support, but some Muslim scholars challenge denial

A mosque where the Manchester Arena bomber worshipped has denied encouraging people to "fight in any military struggle" following a BBC report over calls for support for fighters in Syria. Some Muslim scholars have said a recording of a 2016 sermon "clearly" showed preachers calling for "armed jihad".

BBC

‘Let’s end non-therapeutic childhood circumcision’ – by chair of NSS’s Secular Medical Forum

‘Let’s end non-therapeutic childhood circumcision’ – by chair of NSS’s Secular Medical Forum

Dr Antony Lempert corrects the record on a previous article which misrepresented his views on circumcision in places.

East London & West Essex Guardian

London couple in court on FGM charge

London couple in court on FGM charge

A London couple appeared in court on Friday accused of carrying out FGM on a three-year-old girl. The court heard that the girl needed emergency surgery and the FGM allegedly left her severely wounded.

Evening Standard

Pope putting defence of church ahead of abuse victims – McAleese

Pope putting defence of church ahead of abuse victims – McAleese

Ireland's former president Mary McAleese has accused Pope Francis of putting the defence of the Catholic Church as an institution ahead of the interests of victims of clerical child sexual abuse. Her words come as Ireland prepares for the pope's visit this weekend.

RTE

‘A too-narrow vision of religious freedom’

‘A too-narrow vision of religious freedom’

If the Trump administration aspires to truly advance religious freedom, it will need to embrace a far broader vision of human rights.

The New York Times

Muslim couple denied Swiss citizenship over handshake refusal

Muslim couple denied Swiss citizenship over handshake refusal

Two Muslims have been denied Swiss citizenship after they refused to shake hands with, and showed "great difficulty" answering questions posed by, members of the opposite sex.

The Washington Post

15 ultra-orthodox Jewish schools in New York ‘refused entry to city investigators’

15 ultra-orthodox Jewish schools in New York ‘refused entry to city investigators’

New York City education officials were denied entry into half of the ultra-orthodox Jewish schools under investigation over allegations of not providing state-mandated secular education, according to a letter sent to state authorities.

The Washington Post

‘Under Trump and DeVos, trans students face spiritual abuse at religious schools’

‘Under Trump and DeVos, trans students face spiritual abuse at religious schools’

Samantha Allen says transgender and gender non-conforming students at US religious colleges and universities live in hiding, afraid to come out for fear of discrimination or disciplinary action.

The Daily Beast

Fri, 17 Aug 2018

Vatican voices 'shame and sorrow' over damning sex abuse report

Vatican voices 'shame and sorrow' over damning sex abuse report

The Vatican has expressed "shame and sorrow" over revelations that Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania sexually abused about 1,000 people over seven decades.

Reuters

Change sexuality teaching, former Irish President urges Pope

Change sexuality teaching, former Irish President urges Pope

The former Irish President Mary McAleese has called on Pope Francis to use his presence at the World Meeting of Families to change the Roman Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality and include LGBT families at the meeting.

Church Times

Muslim job applicant who refused handshake wins discrimination case in Sweden

Muslim job applicant who refused handshake wins discrimination case in Sweden

A Muslim woman in Sweden who said she was discriminated against in a job interview for refusing to shake hands on religious grounds has been awarded financial compensation by a labor court.

New York Times

Manchester imam 'called for armed jihad' at mosque where Arena bomber prayed

Manchester imam 'called for armed jihad' at mosque where Arena bomber prayed

A recording that has been found purporting to be of an imam at a Manchester mosque calling for jihad 10 days before the Manchester Arena bomber bought his ticket.

Telegraph

Muslim woman removes hijab after cleric tells her to dress more modestly

Muslim woman removes hijab after cleric tells her to dress more modestly

Footage has emerged of the moment a Muslim woman appears to challenge a cleric who ordered her to dress more modestly despite the fact already she's wearing a veil.

Metro

Boris Johnson and the burqa both causing concern

Boris Johnson and the burqa both causing concern

Guardian readers respond to recent articles on burqa bans and Boris Johnson.

Guardian

‘Successive policy decisions’ blamed for significant drop in students taking A-levels in religious studies

‘Successive policy decisions’ blamed for significant drop in students taking A-levels in religious studies

Religious education bodies have expressed deep concern over a 20 per cent drop in the number of students taking A-levels in religious studies in the UK.

Church Times

British parents want RE removed from curriculum to be replaced by lessons in finance and healthy living

British parents want RE removed from curriculum to be replaced by lessons in finance and healthy living

A new poll suggests that parents think financial literacy is more important to their children than religious literacy.

FE News

Pastafarianism is not a religion, Dutch court rules

Pastafarianism is not a religion, Dutch court rules

The Dutch council of state has ruled that Pastafarianism is not a religion, denying a follower of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster the right to wear a colander on her head in her passport and driving licence photo.

Guardian

Canada: Christian law school drops gay sex ban after Supreme Court ruling

Canada: Christian law school drops gay sex ban after Supreme Court ruling

A Christian university in Canada has abandoned a rule forcing all law students to agree not to have gay sex after the Supreme Court ruled against the school.

Pink News

Chinese churches resolute in face of state interference

Chinese churches resolute in face of state interference

Churches in China have said that they are "willing to attach any price to the Christian faith", in a joint declaration following a recent crackdown on Christianity in Communist China.

Church Times

Thu, 16 Aug 2018

Judge throws out challenge to Scots abortion pill move

Judge throws out challenge to Scots abortion pill move

Scottish women will still be allowed to take abortion pills at home after a legal challenge against the move was thrown out.

BBC

Charles will take defender of the faith and supreme governor titles, suggests former royal spokesperson

Charles will take defender of the faith and supreme governor titles, suggests former royal spokesperson

The queen's former spokesperson Dickie Arbiter has suggested Prince Charles may not take the title 'King Charles' when he ascends to the throne. Arbiter appeared to suggest Charles would take the titles 'defender of the faith' and 'supreme governor of the Church of England'.

Hello!

Secularism is the best approach for society, says Ian McEwan

Secularism is the best approach for society, says Ian McEwan

One of Britain's top authors has suggested "political motivations" are fuelling the debate over the burka and said "the courts and the state should take no views on the existence of God".

Express

North London hospital apologises for selling non-halal chicken in canteen

North London hospital apologises for selling non-halal chicken in canteen

The Whittington Hospital in north London has apologised for selling non-halal chicken in its canteen.

Camden New Journal

Fatwa-hit scholar calls for more tolerant Islam in the UK

Fatwa-hit scholar calls for more tolerant Islam in the UK

A Scottish scholar has set up a new think tank in an attempt to reverse "Muslim social self-exclusion" and ensure greater integration for the community in the UK.

Evening Times

Catholic priests abused 1,000 children in Pennsylvania, report says

Catholic priests abused 1,000 children in Pennsylvania, report says

Bishops and other leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania covered up child sexual abuse by more than 300 priests over a period of 70 years, persuading victims not to report the abuse and law enforcement not to investigate it, according to a grand jury in the US.

The New York Times

Critics slam Vatican's 'disturbing' silence on abuse cover-ups

Critics slam Vatican's 'disturbing' silence on abuse cover-ups

The Vatican has declined to respond to an explosive grand jury report detailing decades of sexual abuse and cover-ups by priests and bishops in Pennsylvania, refusing even to say whether church officials in Rome have read the damaging documents.

CNN

UN torture group ‘to reject’ Ireland’s Magdalene investigation refusal

UN torture group ‘to reject’ Ireland’s Magdalene investigation refusal

A UN committee scrutinising Ireland's record on torture is unlikely to accept the state's refusal of a fresh inquiry into abuse at Catholic-run Magdalene laundries.

The Times (£)

'Has Ireland lost faith in its church?'

'Has Ireland lost faith in its church?'

As Ireland prepares for a papal visit, Arthur Beesley reports on a Catholic Church in crisis.

Financial Times

Outcry in Malaysia over two women sentenced to caning for lesbian sex

Outcry in Malaysia over two women sentenced to caning for lesbian sex

Human rights activists have called on Malaysian authorities to review a religious court decision sentencing two women to six strokes for having sex.

Reuters

Jailed for abortion: the 15-year-old girl failed by Indonesia

Jailed for abortion: the 15-year-old girl failed by Indonesia

A teenager who was raped by her brother received a six-month prison sentence in Indonesia. In response teachers say they prefer to turn to Islam for guidance than to introduce sex education.

The Guardian

Wed, 15 Aug 2018

John Smyth survivors attack Christian children’s trust

John Smyth survivors attack Christian children’s trust

Survivors of abuse perpetrated by the former Christian charity leader John Smyth have criticised Christian group the Titus Trust for failing to help bring him to justice.

Christian Today

Westminster attack suspect named

Westminster attack suspect named

The man being held on suspicion of terrorism after the Westminster car crash has been named as Salih Khater by government sources.

BBC

Photo emerges of Corbyn giving Muslim Brotherhood’s salute

Photo emerges of Corbyn giving Muslim Brotherhood’s salute

A photo has emerged of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn apparently making a salute popularised by the Muslim Brotherhood. Corbyn's spokesperson said the salute was a gesture of solidarity with victims of a 2013 massacre in Egypt.

Mail Online

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