Thu, 18 Oct 2018

NSS gives view on halal meat row in Lancashire

NSS gives view on halal meat row in Lancashire

The NSS has written to all councillors in Lancashire urging them to end the supply of meat from un-stunned animals to 27 schools. Lancashire County Council will take a final vote on the issue today.

Lancashire Telegraph

Sharia ‘law’ academic defends M&S over £6 hijabs for four-year-old girls – NSS extensively quoted

Sharia ‘law’ academic defends M&S over £6 hijabs for four-year-old girls – NSS extensively quoted

A Sharia 'law'academic has appeared on Good Morning Britain to defend a high street retailer's decision to stock hijabs for sale to very young children. NSS research shows that more than two in five Islamic schools in England that accept girls require them to wear a hijab as school uniform.

Birmingham Live

Officials in Scotland consider exempting church from gender shake-up

Officials in Scotland consider exempting church from gender shake-up

SNP ministers are considering proposals to allow people to self-declare their gender. Officials say equality laws may be changed to give churches an opt-out from the plans.

The Herald

Aid standards body suspends Catholic charity’s membership

Aid standards body suspends Catholic charity’s membership

Cafod, Britain's largest Catholic aid charity, has had its membership suspended from an international aid standard body.

Premier Christian Radio

Council in London takes down orthodox Jewish ‘eruv’ boundary line

Council in London takes down orthodox Jewish ‘eruv’ boundary line

Hackney Council has removed a boundary line put up by Orthodox Jewish rabbis after some people in the street it was in threatened to cut it down themselves. No planning consent was obtained and residents were not consulted before the eruv – a very thin wire or string – was strung from the lamp posts there last month.

Hackney Gazette

Muslim campaigner against anti-semitism pulls out of event after hardliners campaign against it

Muslim campaigner against anti-semitism pulls out of event after hardliners campaign against it

A London event involving the group Muslims Against Antisemitism planned for tomorrow has been targeted by supporters of the hardline Muslim group MEND.

Jewish News

C of E school in Essex may close

C of E school in Essex may close

Parents and residents are meeting with Essex County Council (ECC) to discuss its plans to close a Church of England primary school on the outskirts of Chelmsford. The council has cited low numbers attending the school and financial pressure as reasons for its decision.

Essex Live

Jamal Khashoggi: ‘What the Arab world needs most is free expression’

Jamal Khashoggi: ‘What the Arab world needs most is free expression’

The Washington Post has published the final column from Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident who appears to have been killed by the Saudi regime. Khashoggi calls for free speech in the Arab world.

The Washington Post

Mobs attack women near India Hindu temple

Mobs attack women near India Hindu temple

Crowds of angry Hindu devotees have prevented women from entering one of Hinduism's holiest temples despite a historic Supreme Court ruling.

BBC

Queensland decriminalises abortion

Queensland decriminalises abortion

Queensland has become Australia's latest state to decriminalise abortion, repealing a century-old law that made the practice punishable with prison time.

Time

Brazil far-right candidate backs Catholic Church’s anti-abortion stance

Brazil far-right candidate backs Catholic Church’s anti-abortion stance

The favourite to be Brazil's next president, far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro, has signed a commitment to keep abortion illegal if he wins power, backing the influential Catholic Church's stance.

France 24

Wed, 17 Oct 2018

Religious hate crimes: Rise in offences recorded by police

Religious hate crimes: Rise in offences recorded by police

Police have recorded a surge in hate crime directed at people in England and Wales because of their religious beliefs. The separate Crime Survey of England and Wales, which is a broader measure of people's experience of crime, showed no rise.

BBC

Humanist leader to join faith leaders at Cenotaph for Armistice Day

Humanist leader to join faith leaders at Cenotaph for Armistice Day

Humanist, spiritualist, Mormon and Zoroastrian representatives will stand alongside leaders from the main religions at the Cenotaph at next month's Remembrance Sunday commemorations.

The Times (£)

‘We need to know more about spread of Islam in prisons’

‘We need to know more about spread of Islam in prisons’

Jawad Iqbal says the Ministry of Justice is wrong to block academics who want to study why prisoners convert to Islam and how it can lead to radicalisation.

The Times (£)

Muslim preacher who runs Britain's biggest sharia court questioned over historic rape claims

Muslim preacher who runs Britain's biggest sharia court questioned over historic rape claims

A Muslim cleric who has worked towards opening sharia law courts in the UK has been questioned over historic rape claims.

Mail Online

Charity Commission hands back control of private Christian school after governance investigation

Charity Commission hands back control of private Christian school after governance investigation

Control of the organisation which runs the Grangewood Independent Primary School in east London has been handed over to new trustees following a Charity Commission investigation.

Schools Week

Church of Scotland to close two thirds of Shetland’s churches – and more could follow

Church of Scotland to close two thirds of Shetland’s churches – and more could follow

The Church of Scotland's decision to close two thirds of its churches on Shetland is likely to be replicated across the country in the future, according to one of the ministers in charge.

iNews

‘The problem with hate crime’

‘The problem with hate crime’

Brendan O'Neill says hate crime legislation should be repealed, not extended.

The Spectator

‘We all have a part to play in ending hate crime’

‘We all have a part to play in ending hate crime’

Rabina Khan says religious minorities can be both victims and perpetrators of religious hate crime – and everyone has a responsibility to help to end it.

The Independent

Washington Catholic archdiocese names 31 priests ‘credibly accused’ of sexual abuse

Washington Catholic archdiocese names 31 priests ‘credibly accused’ of sexual abuse

The Catholic archdiocese of Washington, D.C., has released a list of 31 clergymen who have been "credibly accused" of abusing children over a decades-long period.

NPR

Taliban surge ends schooling for girls in parts of northern Afghanistan

Taliban surge ends schooling for girls in parts of northern Afghanistan

The Taliban has taken over every school in a district of northern Afghanistan, imposing a hardline Islamist curriculum and curbing education for girls.

The Times (£)

Hindu nationalists change Islamic name of Indian city Allahabad

Hindu nationalists change Islamic name of Indian city Allahabad

A north Indian city is to have its Islamic name changed to one with Hindu associations following demands from Hindu nationalists.

The Independent

Pope should have done more to address abuse, say Irish

Pope should have done more to address abuse, say Irish

Most Irish people believe that the Pope did not do enough during his visit to address the Catholic Church's record of abuse, a poll suggests.

The Times (£)

Tue, 16 Oct 2018

‘When theology cannot be seen as charitable’

‘When theology cannot be seen as charitable’

Andrew Brown says Amazon's relationship with a charity promoting extreme views should bring lessons for the state.

Church Times

‘Does the UK counter-terrorism bill threaten free speech?’

‘Does the UK counter-terrorism bill threaten free speech?’

The government's new counter-terrorism bill crosses the line on human rights and could restrict free speech and curb access to information, MPs and rights group have claimed.

The Week

Evangelical bishops warn the Church of England over changing stance on sexuality

Evangelical bishops warn the Church of England over changing stance on sexuality

Eleven leading evangelical bishops have warned the Church of England not to change its stance on sexuality.

Premier Christian Radio

‘Ireland’s blasphemy referendum offers chance to remove dangerous law’

‘Ireland’s blasphemy referendum offers chance to remove dangerous law’

Ivana Bacik says anti-blasphemy laws have typically been used by members of one religion against adherents of other faiths, and people in Ireland should vote to remove them.

The Irish Times

‘Hate preacher’ Anjem Choudary will be sent to hostel and given web ban

‘Hate preacher’ Anjem Choudary will be sent to hostel and given web ban

Anjem Choudary, who was convicted of inviting support for terrorism, will be required to live in a probation hostel for up to six months after his release from prison this Friday.

The Times (£)

Hate crime definition could be broadened to include more categories

Hate crime definition could be broadened to include more categories

Crimes motivated by misogyny, a loathing for men, ageism and a loathing of goths could all be classed as hate crimes as the Law Commission reviews the law.

Sky News

Abortion laws that once led to police raids and arrests may be scrapped in Queensland

Abortion laws that once led to police raids and arrests may be scrapped in Queensland

Queensland's abortion laws have not changed for more than 100 years, but this week MPs will be asked to make abortion legal.

ABC News (Australia)

Australia’s opposition plans to force vote on teacher discrimination

Australia’s opposition plans to force vote on teacher discrimination

The leader of the opposition in Australia is escalating a political row over discrimination laws with a plan to force a vote in parliament to protect gay students and teachers. Bill Shorten's move comes amid signs of a split on the issue within the ruling coalition.

The Sydney Morning Herald

‘Australia’s religious freedom row is not just about gay teachers’

‘Australia’s religious freedom row is not just about gay teachers’

David Marr says the Ruddock proposals to entrench discrimination against gays and the unchaste in Australia reveal the churches' attempts to cling to outdated powers.

The Guardian

Majority of Catholics want more positive approaches towards LGBT+ community

Majority of Catholics want more positive approaches towards LGBT+ community

A majority of Catholics want more positive approaches towards the LGBT+ community within the Catholic Church, poll figures show.

Pink News

Finnish hospitals see more babies born to mothers with FGM

Finnish hospitals see more babies born to mothers with FGM

Leading Finnish obstetricians are calling on doctors to become more knowledgeable of female genital mutilation, as more women who have undergone FGM give birth in Finland.

YLE

New Syria law expands state regulation of religious affairs

New Syria law expands state regulation of religious affairs

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has signed into law a new bill expanding the powers of a government ministry overseeing religious affairs and limiting the term of the country's top Muslim cleric.

Mail Online

Mon, 15 Oct 2018

Church accused over failure to quiz Amazon and Google – NSS quoted

Church accused over failure to quiz Amazon and Google – NSS quoted

The Church of England has been absent at Amazon and Google annual shareholders' meetings for at least three years, despite insisting that its investments meant that it was "in the room" to raise concerns over their tax affairs. NSS CEO Stephen Evans said it appeared the C of E had been disingenuous.

The Times (£)

‘Are faith schools better? An issue of correlation vs causation’ – NSS mentioned

‘Are faith schools better? An issue of correlation vs causation’ – NSS mentioned

Jonathan MS Pearce tackles some common myths put out by the pro-faith school lobby and encourages people to support the NSS's No More Faith Schools campaign.

Patheos

Scottish children's home abuse survivors suing nuns over physical and sexual abuse

Scottish children's home abuse survivors suing nuns over physical and sexual abuse

Survivors of physical and sexual abuse at two children's homes are suing the religious order which ran them.

Daily Record

Scottish health boards ‘dragging their feet’ on offering take-home abortion pill a year after law change

Scottish health boards ‘dragging their feet’ on offering take-home abortion pill a year after law change

Women cannot get hold of the take-home abortion pill in swathes of Scotland a year after the Scottish government announced its introduction.

The Courier

‘Yes, praying with debt victims makes us queasy – but it’s the state that’s failing them’ - NSS quoted

‘Yes, praying with debt victims makes us queasy – but it’s the state that’s failing them’ - NSS quoted

Anoosh Chakelian says the dubious ethics of debt advice given out by charities with a religious ethos is part of a broader problem. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans is quoted.

New Statesman

Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans cases cost NHS half a million in legal fees after lengthy court battles

Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans cases cost NHS half a million in legal fees after lengthy court battles

Two high-profile legal battles involving parents who wanted doctors to keep treating their severely-ill children have left the taxpayer with lawyers' bills in the region of £500,000, figures show. In both cases Christian groups supported the parents' cases.

The Independent

Lincoln council worker admits sending 'Punish a Muslim day' letters

Lincoln council worker admits sending 'Punish a Muslim day' letters

A Lincoln man has pleaded guilty to sending 'Punish a Muslim day' letters which were sent out to a large number of people to encourage violence.

Lincolnshire Live

Firm wins right to kill animals again at site of halal horror abattoir in Norfolk

Firm wins right to kill animals again at site of halal horror abattoir in Norfolk

Animals will be killed again at the site of a halal abattoir in southern Norfolk where secret cameras exposed a string of offences.

Eastern Daily Press

Bakers in gay cake case urge other Christians to ‘take their stand’

Bakers in gay cake case urge other Christians to ‘take their stand’

The Northern Irish bakers who claimed a legal victory in the 'gay marriage cake' case have urged fellow Christians to "take their stand" on religious issues.

The Independent

Islamists in Pakistan stir up protests in bid to secure execution for blasphemy

Islamists in Pakistan stir up protests in bid to secure execution for blasphemy

Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), a hardline religious-turned-political party, called for countrywide protests after Pakistan's Supreme Court delayed a final judgment on the fate of Asia Bibi, who was sentenced to death in 2010 for committing blasphemy.

Voice of America

Huge majority of Australians oppose allowing expulsion of gay students and teachers

Huge majority of Australians oppose allowing expulsion of gay students and teachers

Australian voters have strongly rejected laws to allow religious schools to discriminate against gay students and teachers.

Sydney Morning Herald

Quebec’s new premier says crucifix ‘not a religious symbol’

Quebec’s new premier says crucifix ‘not a religious symbol’

The newly-elected premier of Quebec in Canada has raised eyebrows by saying a crucifix hanging in the provincial legislature is not a religious symbol.

BBC

Fri, 12 Oct 2018

Child abuse inquiry says Catholic orphanages were places of 'threat and abuse'

Child abuse inquiry says Catholic orphanages were places of 'threat and abuse'

Children at a Catholic-run orphanage in Lanarkshire were sexually abused and beaten with leather straps, hairbrushes and crucifixes, the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has found.

BBC

Marks & Spencer criticised for selling hijabs for three-year-old girls

Marks & Spencer criticised for selling hijabs for three-year-old girls

NSS honorary associate Maajid Nawaz has criticised Marks and Spencer for selling school uniform hijabs for children as young as three.

LBC

Jewish school warned for solely teaching RE in Year 8

Jewish school warned for solely teaching RE in Year 8

Twelve independent schools have been issued with warning notices by Department for Education. One Jewish independent school received a notice after Ofsted found it was only teaching pupils religion in Year 8.

Tes

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