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Fri, 22 Apr 2022

Nicola Sturgeon says 'complex legal issues' around anti-abortion buffer zones in Scotland remain

Nicola Sturgeon says 'complex legal issues' around anti-abortion buffer zones in Scotland remain

The First Minister said she condemns any attempts to intimidate women accessing abortion services as anti-abortion buffer zones are not yet implemented in Scotland.

The Scotsman*

Scottish Conservatives candidate dropped after branding Catholic school a 'bigot factory'

Scottish Conservatives candidate dropped after branding Catholic school a 'bigot factory'

Greg Turner, who is standing to become a councillor for the Barrhead ward on East Renfrewshire Council, referred to a local Catholic high school as a "bigot factory" in a discussion about catchment areas.

Daily Record

Ireland: LGBTQ and atheist teachers live in fear of being themselves in Catholic schools

Ireland: LGBTQ and atheist teachers live in fear of being themselves in Catholic schools

Almost 90% of Irish schools remain under Catholic patronage. Conference delegates said this still creates issues for teachers whose beliefs and sexuality do not align with Catholic values.

The Irish Examiner

Tensions over race, religion in France’s presidential race

Tensions over race, religion in France’s presidential race

French voters head to polls on Sunday in a runoff vote between centrist incumbent Emmanuel Macron and nationalist rival Marine Le Pen, wrapping up a campaign that experts have seen as unusually dominated by discriminatory discourse and proposals targeting immigration and Islam.

The Associated Press

Sweden: Far-right anti-Islam politician taps into backlash against immigration

Sweden: Far-right anti-Islam politician taps into backlash against immigration

A recent outbreak of violence in Sweden has drawn attention to a little-known politician who stages offensive provocations against Muslims. Experts say his rise comes amid a hardening of attitudes towards immigrants.

Deutsche Welle

Archbishop resigns from Anglican Church of Canada over sexual misconduct

Archbishop resigns from Anglican Church of Canada over sexual misconduct

An archbishop in the Anglican Church of Canada has resigned due to "acknowledged sexual misconduct," according to a letter from the denomination's top official.

Religion News Service

US: Doctors facing challenges to provide abortion access "even when Roe is still the law of the land"

US: Doctors facing challenges to provide abortion access "even when Roe is still the law of the land"

Nearly two dozen states have severely restricted access to abortions. The new laws come as the Supreme Court decides on a Mississippi abortion law that could overturn Roe v. Wade.

CBS News

US: Abortion training under threat for med students, residents

US: Abortion training under threat for med students, residents

For many US medical students and residents seeking abortion training, options are scant and under threat.

The Independent*

‘Russian Orthodox Church lends legitimacy to Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine’

‘Russian Orthodox Church lends legitimacy to Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine’

Many in Ukraine outraged over Moscow church's silence about fate of its parishioners there.

The Irish Times*

Thu, 21 Apr 2022

Higher suicide rates in seriously ill ‘prove law must change’

Higher suicide rates in seriously ill ‘prove law must change’

Assisted dying campaigners have called for a change in the law after statistics showed that those with severe and terminal health conditions were twice as likely to take their own lives.

The Times*

‘I found out I have terminal cancer on the day doctors told my daughter she had months to live’

‘I found out I have terminal cancer on the day doctors told my daughter she had months to live’

"I realised during her final excruciating days before her passing in July 2021 – when she was just 46 years old – that terminally-ill people deserve the choice to access assisted dying."

Metro

No 10 goes into battle with archbishops over Rwanda asylum plan

No 10 goes into battle with archbishops over Rwanda asylum plan

Downing Street has gone into open battle with the Church of England over its condemnation of the Rwanda deportation scheme, with No 10 officials doubling down on Boris Johnson's claim that archbishops were being unfairly critical.

The Guardian

Muslim worshippers attacked outside East Ham mosque

Muslim worshippers attacked outside East Ham mosque

Police are investigating allegations of a racially aggravated assault after a group of worshippers were injured in an attack outside a mosque in East Ham.

BBC

NI police conducted twice as many stop and searches on Catholics as Protestants

NI police conducted twice as many stop and searches on Catholics as Protestants

Police officers conducted close to double the number of security-based stop and searches on Catholics as Protestants in one year, new research shows.

The Detail

Islamic veil ban in schools saw Muslim girls get better grades, French study finds

Islamic veil ban in schools saw Muslim girls get better grades, French study finds

A ban on Islamic veils in French schools saw Muslim girls get better grades and increased the likelihood they would marry someone outside of their religion, a study from the country has found.

Mail Online

US: New Jersey Diocese settles with abuse victims for $87.5m

US: New Jersey Diocese settles with abuse victims for $87.5m

The Catholic Diocese in New Jersey has agreed to pay $87.5m (£67.04m) to hundreds of people sexually abused by the church.

BBC

US: One year into clergy investigation, Wisconsin has received more than 200 reports of abuse

US: One year into clergy investigation, Wisconsin has received more than 200 reports of abuse

A year after Attorney General Josh Kaul announced a formal investigation into abuse by members of the clergy in Wisconsin, more than 200 reports have been made to the Department of Justice.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Bangladesh: Teacher arrested for ‘hurting religious feelings’ back at school after release on bail

Bangladesh: Teacher arrested for ‘hurting religious feelings’ back at school after release on bail

Teacher Hriday Chandra Mondal, who was arrested on charges of 'hurting religious feelings' of students, has returned to the classroom after being released on bail.

bdnews24.com

‘Religion and the decline of freethought in South Asia’

‘Religion and the decline of freethought in South Asia’

Religious supremacism is a common ailment in South Asia and often manifests itself in similar ways, says Kunwar Khuldune Shahid.

The Freethinker

Wed, 20 Apr 2022

Jailed businessman was not a religious divorce refuser, Jewish court said

Jailed businessman was not a religious divorce refuser, Jewish court said

The case of Alan Moher, convicted of coercive behaviour earlier this month, reveals differences between secular courts and Orthodox authorities over divorce.

The Jewish Chronicle

Union takes legal action against Uber over lack of sharia pension provision

Union takes legal action against Uber over lack of sharia pension provision

The App Drivers and Couriers Union (ADCU) has taken legal action against Uber in light of ongoing concerns that the pension provision for drivers has not been made sharia compliant, demanding that corrective action be taken within 14 days.

Pensions Age

Boris Johnson hits back at archbishop for criticism of Rwanda asylum plan

Boris Johnson hits back at archbishop for criticism of Rwanda asylum plan

Sources close to the prime minister said he accused the senior clergyman of being "less vociferous" in condemning Vladimir Putin than on the policy – which could see thousands of asylum seekers flown to east Africa.

The Independent

‘Rethink Thought for the Day’

‘Rethink Thought for the Day’

In a letter, Revd Stephen John Terry says Radio 4's Thought for the Day should be opened up to contributions from those who espouse a non-religious approach.

The Observer

Pregnant Ukrainian refugees struggle to access abortion after escaping war for Poland

Pregnant Ukrainian refugees struggle to access abortion after escaping war for Poland

Abortion and rights groups have said Ukrainian women raped during the war have been unable to access terminations.

iNews*

Cologne Catholic Church funds paid for priest's gambling debts

Cologne Catholic Church funds paid for priest's gambling debts

The revelation that a priest's debts were repaid from a fund to compensate sex abuse victims has prompted outrage in Cologne's Catholic community.

Deutsche Welle

Isis urges jihadists to strike Europe and Israel while West is distracted by Ukraine

Isis urges jihadists to strike Europe and Israel while West is distracted by Ukraine

The Islamic State terror network has declared a new "global offensive" against Europe and Israel in a bid to avenge the death of its leader in a US special forces raid earlier this year.

The Times*

US: Texas advocates file new legal challenge to near-total abortion ban

US: Texas advocates file new legal challenge to near-total abortion ban

Reproductive rights advocates in Texas have filed a new legal challenge to halt a near-total abortion ban that has been in effect for more than half a year.

The Guardian

‘A plane full of singing Christians, a viral critique — and a very revealing backlash’

‘A plane full of singing Christians, a viral critique — and a very revealing backlash’

Religious minorities are told — implicitly or explicitly — that they aren't entirely American and that America isn't for them, says Noah Berlatsky.

NBC

‘Pentecostalism is becoming the new religion of the global poor’

‘Pentecostalism is becoming the new religion of the global poor’

People around the world are flocking to the Pentecostal church, which offers not just spiritual guidance but material support. That's bad news, as the rise of Pentecostalism is tied to the global surge of right-wing populism, says Elle Hardy.

Jacobin

Tue, 19 Apr 2022

El Shafee Elsheikh: Guilty verdict for Islamic State jihadist

El Shafee Elsheikh: Guilty verdict for Islamic State jihadist

A US federal jury in Virginia has convicted an ex-British jihadist over his involvement with a notorious Islamic State terror cell.

BBC

Priti Patel vows to overhaul Prevent in wake of David Amess murder

Priti Patel vows to overhaul Prevent in wake of David Amess murder

Priti Patel has vowed to overhaul Prevent in the wake of David Amess' murder amid concern the flagship anti-terror strategy focuses too much on right-wing extremism instead of its more dangerous Islamist equivalent.

Mail Online

Glasgow doctors demand abortion clinic protest action from SNP minister

Glasgow doctors demand abortion clinic protest action from SNP minister

A group of 76 Glasgow doctors have demanded action following a 100-person anti-abortion protest held this week outside of the Maternity Unit at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

The Herald*

Conversion therapy: Barnado's to review Sheffield gay exorcism claim

Conversion therapy: Barnado's to review Sheffield gay exorcism claim

Children's charity Barnado's is to conduct a review into claims conversion therapy was performed at a church.

BBC

Rev Richard Coles: Church of England increasingly 'excluding' gay couples

Rev Richard Coles: Church of England increasingly 'excluding' gay couples

The Rev Richard Coles has said he is retiring from parish duties because the Church of England increasingly "excludes" gay couples.

The Telegraph*

LGBT+ asylum seekers at particular risk under government's Rwanda plan, organisations say

LGBT+ asylum seekers at particular risk under government's Rwanda plan, organisations say

The government's plan to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda for processing is "shameful" and "concerning", given the country's treatment of LGBT+ people, prominent organisations have said.

ITV

‘The Rwanda plan for refugees is shocking, but we don’t need to bring God into it’

‘The Rwanda plan for refugees is shocking, but we don’t need to bring God into it’

'When a state-established church summons God to condemn an evil policy it merely confuses the forces that need mustering against it'.

The Guardian

Police probe alleged sectarian and anti-Catholic singing by Rangers fans

Police probe alleged sectarian and anti-Catholic singing by Rangers fans

Police Scotland are investigating alleged sectarian and anti-Catholic singing by a group of Rangers fans being escorted to Hampden Park on Sunday.

Sky Sports

‘Does Scotland still need religious schools?’

‘Does Scotland still need religious schools?’

In a small nation which still has large pockets of religious intolerance, do we actually need to still have separate denominational schools, asks Cameron Wyllie.

The Scotsman*

‘I grew up in a hyper-evangelical church in Britain. Here’s why I left’

‘I grew up in a hyper-evangelical church in Britain. Here’s why I left’

Unlike in the US, the conversation surrounding the effects of purity culture has only recently gained momentum in the UK, says Sarah Green.

Refinery29

Dozens arrested at Sweden riots sparked by planned Quran burnings

Dozens arrested at Sweden riots sparked by planned Quran burnings

More than 40 people have been arrested during four days of violent clashes in cities in Sweden between police and people angry at plans by a far-right group to burn copies of the Quran.

BBC

India: Shock and anger in Delhi after religious violence

India: Shock and anger in Delhi after religious violence

Around nine people - including seven police personnel - were injured in the violence, which broke out on Saturday.

BBC

US: Kentucky lawmakers block abortion access with new law

US: Kentucky lawmakers block abortion access with new law

Kentucky effectively suspended legal abortion access on Wednesday as the legislature enacted a sweeping anti-abortion law that took effect right away and forces providers to stop offering abortions until they can meet certain requirements.

Reuters*

Abortion ban after 15 weeks signed into law in Florida

Abortion ban after 15 weeks signed into law in Florida

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a 15-week abortion ban into law Thursday as the state joined a growing conservative push to restrict access to the procedure ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could roll back abortion rights in America.

The Associated Press

‘How the Right is bringing Christian prayer back into public schools’

‘How the Right is bringing Christian prayer back into public schools’

Conservative judges and lawmakers have recast religious neutrality as anti-Christian bigotry, say Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern.

Slate

Thu, 14 Apr 2022

Teachers to go on strike at Catholic state school where gay author was banned

Teachers to go on strike at Catholic state school where gay author was banned

Teachers at a Catholic state school in south London have voted to go on strike to protest against the banning of a visit by a gay author.

iNews*

Sir David Amess murder: Ali Harbi Ali given whole life order

Sir David Amess murder: Ali Harbi Ali given whole life order

IS fanatic Ali Harbi Ali has been given a whole-life jail sentence for murdering MP Sir David Amess.

BBC

‘The radicalisation of young Muslims in the UK: an ongoing problem?’

‘The radicalisation of young Muslims in the UK: an ongoing problem?’

The propagation of Salafi jihadist ideology continues to be rife in Britain. This means that the threat of radicalisation in certain sections of society is still present, says Khadija Khan.

The Freethinker

Doctor backs call for assisted dying after HIV campaigner dies from cancer

Doctor backs call for assisted dying after HIV campaigner dies from cancer

The partner of renowned HIV campaigner Tom Matthews - one of the first men in Britain to be diagnosed with the disease - has slammed laws that prevented the pensioner from fulfilling his wish to die with dignity.

Birmingham Live

‘Bunny old world’

‘Bunny old world’

The ancient dispute about Easter's liturgical date should not be privileged at the expense of working families, says Neil Barber in a letter.

The Scotsman*

US: Catholic church asks to intervene in Idaho abortion lawsuit

US: Catholic church asks to intervene in Idaho abortion lawsuit

The Roman Catholic Church is asking the Idaho Supreme Court to let it intervene in a lawsuit over a new law banning nearly all abortions.

The Associated Press

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