Mon, 24 Aug 2020

'Religious zealots only show why abortion should be legal'

'Religious zealots only show why abortion should be legal'

It's time to make abortion free, safe and legal in every single situation, says Suzanne McLaughlin.

The National

Oxford University coronavirus vaccine has 'ethical concerns', Sydney Catholic Archbishop warns followers

Oxford University coronavirus vaccine has 'ethical concerns', Sydney Catholic Archbishop warns followers

Australia's most powerful Archbishop has warned Catholics will have "ethical concerns" about the coronavirus vaccine.

ABC News

After Hagia Sophia, Turkey's historic Chora church also switched to mosque

After Hagia Sophia, Turkey's historic Chora church also switched to mosque

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan reconverted the historic Chora church, one of Istanbul's most celebrated Byzantine buildings, into a mosque on Friday, a month after opening the famed Hagia Sophia to Muslim worship.

Reuters

France: Girl beaten and has hair shaved off by Muslim family for 'loving a Christian boy'

France: Girl beaten and has hair shaved off by Muslim family for 'loving a Christian boy'

A teenage girl was beaten and had her 2ft long hair shaved off by her Muslim parents for "being in love with a Christian boy."

Mirror

Kenya: Two children aged 5 and 7 years die in circumcision

Kenya: Two children aged 5 and 7 years die in circumcision

The two boys aged 7 and 5 were circumcised on Wednesday night with reports saying they bled profusely without any help.

Citizen TV

'Dalits have been denied freedom of religion – through a presidential order'

'Dalits have been denied freedom of religion – through a presidential order'

Dalits (those perceived to be 'low caste') who converted to Islam and Christianity continue to be outside the fold of affirmative action benefits. This needs to change, says Tehmina Arora.

Scroll.in

First International Apostasy Day launched

First International Apostasy Day launched

22 August has been established as the first Apostasy Day by an international coalition of ex-Muslim organisations.

The Freethinker (Patheos)

Fri, 21 Aug 2020

Muslim MSP adds voice to criticism of hate crime bill - NSS mentioned

Muslim MSP adds voice to criticism of hate crime bill - NSS mentioned

Anas Sarwar, the Labour MSP, said that the level of criticism about the proposed law was undermining attempts to bring communities together to tackle bigotry.

The Times (£)

Housing estate exclusively for Orthodox Jewish families set to be built despite objections

Housing estate exclusively for Orthodox Jewish families set to be built despite objections

A planned housing estate, which would be exclusively for Orthodox Jewish families, is set to be built despite some objections that the homes should be available for everyone to live in.

Chronicle Live

Manchester Arena bombing: Hashem Abedi sentenced to at least 55 years in prison

Manchester Arena bombing: Hashem Abedi sentenced to at least 55 years in prison

The brother of Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi has been sentenced to at least 55 years in prison for his part in the atrocity.

Sky News

'Cow yoga' cancelled and farm apologises for offending Hindus

'Cow yoga' cancelled and farm apologises for offending Hindus

Free-range yogurt brand, Lancashire Farm Dairies, invited yoga enthusiasts to their first ever cow yoga session at Paradise Farm in Leyland last week but has now said they will no longer hold the sessions following criticism from the Hindu community.

LancsLive

Witchcraft related child abuse increases in Bolton

Witchcraft related child abuse increases in Bolton

Abuse of children based on faith or belief ­— which includes witchcraft, spirit possession and black magic ­— increased from eight in 2017/18 to 38 in 2018/19.

The Bolton News

Plan launched to open Muslim girls' school in Burton

Plan launched to open Muslim girls' school in Burton

Plans have been launched to open Burton's first independent Muslim girls school.

Derbyshire Live

Hungary's Orban calls for central Europe to unite around 'Christian roots'

Hungary's Orban calls for central Europe to unite around 'Christian roots'

Central European nations should unite to preserve their 'Christian roots' as western Europe 'experiments' with same-sex families, immigration and atheism, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Thursday.

Reuters

Mexico-based church leader ordered to stand trial on sex crime charges

Mexico-based church leader ordered to stand trial on sex crime charges

The head of a Mexico-based evangelical church that claims more than 1 million followers worldwide was ordered on Tuesday to remain in jail and stand trial on charges of rape, human trafficking and child pornography.

Reuters

Fundraiser launched for ‘vindicated’ George Pell’s legal expenses

Fundraiser launched for ‘vindicated’ George Pell’s legal expenses

The head of a Catholic publishing house has launched a fundraiser for Cardinal George Pell. Pell was convicted on charges of sexual offences but his conviction was overturned by the High Court of Australia earlier this year.

The Freethinker (Patheos)

Jihadists take hundreds hostage during raid in north-east Nigeria

Jihadists take hundreds hostage during raid in north-east Nigeria

Jihadists in the restive north-east of Nigeria have taken hundreds of people hostage who had only recently returned home from refugee camps, after local government officials claimed their town was safe.

The Guardian

'Her American father was shot in a blasphemy trial in Pakistan. Now she’s fighting for justice.'

'Her American father was shot in a blasphemy trial in Pakistan. Now she’s fighting for justice.'

On July 29, Mashal Naseem's father, 57-year-old Tahir Ahmad Naseem, was killed in cold blood — in the very courtroom where he was being tried for claiming to be a prophet.

Religion News Service

'S. Korea's latest church-linked coronavirus outbreak is turning into a battle over religious freedom'

'S. Korea's latest church-linked coronavirus outbreak is turning into a battle over religious freedom'

A South Korean religious group at the center of a new coronavirus outbreak has been accused by the government of withholding key information and obstructing public health authorities in their fight against the pandemic.

CNN

Thu, 20 Aug 2020

'Is Scotland’s Hate Speech Bill so bad?'

'Is Scotland’s Hate Speech Bill so bad?'

In this podcast The Critic's Deputy Political Editor discusses the new hate crime legislation with Jamie Gillies of the Free to Disagree Campaign, and political campaigner Brian Monteith.

The Critic

'Humza Yousaf must wake up to the risks of his hate crime bill'

'Humza Yousaf must wake up to the risks of his hate crime bill'

"Mr Yousaf insists his legislation will not harm freedom of expression. I wish I believed him."

The Times (£)

'Nobody should need "consent" to seek support after sexual abuse'

'Nobody should need "consent" to seek support after sexual abuse'

Criticism of failed practices in religious communities should be regarded as both healthy and necessary to protect children, says Yehudis Fletcher.

Jewish News

'We need reform for more effective child protection'

'We need reform for more effective child protection'

Safeguarding standards need to be externally regulated to ensure we don't prioritise an institution over its members, says Yehudis Goldsobel.

Jewish News

'Church of England safeguarding concerns'

'Church of England safeguarding concerns'

The Church of England's governing body, the Archbishops' Council, has been reported to the head of the Charity Commission for its failure 'to devise a safe, consistent and fair system of redress for victims of abuse.' Donna Birrell reports on the letter and hears from two of the signatories. (From 31:17)

BBC Radio 4

Pressure on Bishop of Huddersfield over lack of action on church sex abuse

Pressure on Bishop of Huddersfield over lack of action on church sex abuse

The CofE's lead safeguarding bishop has acknowledged that the Church has failed victims and survivors of abuse in the past and needs to take responsibility for that.

Yorkshire Live

Germany: Series of crashes on major Berlin road an 'Islamist extremist attack'

Germany: Series of crashes on major Berlin road an 'Islamist extremist attack'

A series of crashes caused by a 30-year-old Iraqi man on a major road in Berlin was an Islamist extremist attack, German prosecutors have said.

Sky News

Nigeria: Wife of atheist arrested four months ago for 'blasphemy' speaks out

Nigeria: Wife of atheist arrested four months ago for 'blasphemy' speaks out

In this interview the wife of Mubarak Bala tells of how the police in Kano State have detained her husband for four months without revealing his location.

Punch

Millions of women lose access to contraception and abortions amid coronavirus crisis

Millions of women lose access to contraception and abortions amid coronavirus crisis

Millions of women and girls around the world have been left unable to access contraception and abortions amid the coronavirus crisis, a new report has found.

The Independent

Celebrities sign letter supporting Poland's LGBT+ rights

Celebrities sign letter supporting Poland's LGBT+ rights

Dozens of celebrities including Pedro Almodovar, Margaret Atwood and Isabelle Huppert have signed an open letter expressing outrage at the Polish government's "repressions" against the LGBT+ community.

Euronews

Wed, 19 Aug 2020

'We must be sure of the terms if we are to police the language' - NSS mentioned

'We must be sure of the terms if we are to police the language' - NSS mentioned

Andrew Mckie says Scotland's "carelessly worded" hate crime bill should prompt serious discussion about the degree to which we can and should "modernise".

Herald Scotland

'Educational inequality begins with schools admissions, not A-level results'

'Educational inequality begins with schools admissions, not A-level results'

A powerful motor of social class segregation is the extraordinary dominance of faith schools, says NSS honorary associate Polly Toynbee.

The Guardian

United Synagogue backs independent regulator to monitor safeguarding against sex abuse

United Synagogue backs independent regulator to monitor safeguarding against sex abuse

Jewish groups call for more oversight of religious organisations at Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

The JC

'This is the horrific, traumatising reality of Muslim conversion therapy'

'This is the horrific, traumatising reality of Muslim conversion therapy'

As the government considers a ban on conversion therapy, Fiyaz Mughal, founder of Faith Matters and Muslims Against Antisemitism, urges the prime minister to consider the harm of Muslim therapies in any measures.

Pink News

Trump admits moving US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was ‘for the evangelicals’

Trump admits moving US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was ‘for the evangelicals’

Donald Trump admitted his decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was made largely for Evangelical Christians, a community staunchly supportive of his presidency.

The Independent

'With Biden, advocates sense momentum for lifting abortion funding ban'

'With Biden, advocates sense momentum for lifting abortion funding ban'

Abortion rights advocates are pinning their hopes on presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to help end a longstanding ban on the use of federal funds for abortion — a policy he supported for more than 40 years.

The Hill

Polish 'LGBT-free' town gets state financing after EU funds cut

Polish 'LGBT-free' town gets state financing after EU funds cut

A Polish town that lost European Union funding after it set up a zone free of "LGBT ideology" will receive government financial support, Poland's justice minister said on Tuesday.

Reuters

Angola orders Brazil evangelical churches to close

Angola orders Brazil evangelical churches to close

At least seven buildings belonging to the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) have been seized in the capital, Luanda.

BBC

Nigeria: Sharia court sentences 13 year old boy to 10 years in prison for 'blasphemy'

Nigeria: Sharia court sentences 13 year old boy to 10 years in prison for 'blasphemy'

An Upper Sharia Court in Kano state has sentenced a 13-year-old boy, Umar Farouq to 10 years in prison labour for blasphemy.

Legit

'The grave legacy of Mali’s cruel Islamist law'

'The grave legacy of Mali’s cruel Islamist law'

As the head of Timbuktu's religious police goes on trial for war crimes, Kim Sengupta retraces his own steps in the west African nation, where a new Islamist resurgence is beginning to take hold.

The Independent

Tue, 18 Aug 2020

Brazil: outcry as religious extremists harass child seeking abortion

Brazil: outcry as religious extremists harass child seeking abortion

Scores of Brazilian women have taken to the streets to protect a 10-year-old child who was being persecuted by religious extremists for trying to legally undergo an abortion after allegedly being raped by her uncle.

The Guardian

Religious leaders call for Online Harms Bill to be passed

Religious leaders call for Online Harms Bill to be passed

Faith leaders from across the country have called on the government to bring forward legislation to hold internet giants to account over abusive speech online.

Glasgow Evening Times

Humza Yousaf says J. K. Rowling would not be prosecuted under Scotland’s new hate crime bill

Humza Yousaf says J. K. Rowling would not be prosecuted under Scotland’s new hate crime bill

J. K. Rowling would not be prosecuted under the new hate crime bill for her comments about biological sex, justice secretary Humza Yousaf has said in an interview.

Holyrood

Safeguarding bishop sides with critics of the Church of England’s policy

Safeguarding bishop sides with critics of the Church of England’s policy

The lead bishop on safeguarding, Dr Jonathan Gibbs, has agreed that the C of E's system needs "root-and-branch change" in order to improve its response to survivors.

Church Times

Man arrested after arson attack at Norwich mosque

Man arrested after arson attack at Norwich mosque

Police have arrested a 54-year-old man on suspicion of arson after an attack on Norwich mosque.

ITV

Schools have ‘no legal basis’ to force students to attend religion classes in Ireland

Schools have ‘no legal basis’ to force students to attend religion classes in Ireland

Schools in Ireland have no legal basis to compel students to attend religious instruction classes, according to a report to be published this week.

The Irish Times

China defends detention of Uighur model in Xinjiang

China defends detention of Uighur model in Xinjiang

A Uighur fashion model who filmed himself handcuffed to a bed in an epidemic prevention centre in Xinjiang was lawfully detained, Chinese officials have said.

BBC

More US churches sue to challenge COVID-19 restrictions

More US churches sue to challenge COVID-19 restrictions

Churches in California and Minnesota, backed by a conservative legal group, have filed lawsuits against the governors of their states challenging restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus outbreak that they contend are violations of religious liberty.

AP News

Anti-blasphemy protests in Kashmir

Anti-blasphemy protests in Kashmir

Protests were held in parts of Kashmir on Monday after a video featuring a person making supposedly blasphemous remarks went viral.

The Times of India

Mon, 17 Aug 2020

'Hate speech in Scotland: cry freedom to jest, or laugh no more' - NSS mentioned

'Hate speech in Scotland: cry freedom to jest, or laugh no more' - NSS mentioned

A proposed SNP bill on hate crime represents a sinister threat to free speech — and everything it means to be Scottish, says Neil Oliver.

The Times (£)

Scotland’s religious, humanist and secular leaders explain concerns about proposed hate crime bill

Scotland’s religious, humanist and secular leaders explain concerns about proposed hate crime bill

The Scottish Government's proposed laws to curb hate crime have come under sustained scrutiny in recent weeks, suggesting the legislation which attempts to define hateful language is ill-considered, unnecessary and counter-productive.

The Sunday Post

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