Mon, 02 Sep 2019

‘Significant spike’ in reported anti-Muslim incidents following Boris Johnson burka comments

‘Significant spike’ in reported anti-Muslim incidents following Boris Johnson burka comments

An anti-racism group says there was a "significant spike" in recorded anti-Muslim incidents following Boris Johnson's comparison between women in burkas and letterboxes.

Sky News

British ‘cover-up’ of Buddhist guru’s sexual abuse

British ‘cover-up’ of Buddhist guru’s sexual abuse

The death of a disgraced Buddhist guru accused of using devotees as his sexual playthings has highlighted the scandal that has engulfed his British followers.

The Times (£)

‘When religious ideology drives abortion policy, poor women suffer the consequences’

‘When religious ideology drives abortion policy, poor women suffer the consequences’

Gretchen Ely says evidence shows that religion can be a burden, not a blessing, when it comes to reproductive health.

The Conversation

‘Raped, miscarried, arrested: Inside El Salvador’s state-sponsored persecution of vulnerable women’

‘Raped, miscarried, arrested: Inside El Salvador’s state-sponsored persecution of vulnerable women’

Dozens of women are serving decades-long sentences in traditionally Catholic El Salvador for miscarriages and stillbirths, often as a result of rape, with some handcuffed to a bed while they are still haemorrhaging.

The Independent

Fri, 30 Aug 2019

Anti-RSE protesters accused of "misinformation" in leaflets

Anti-RSE protesters accused of "misinformation" in leaflets

Leaflets claiming that new relationship education lessons will encourage primary school children to masturbate have been handed out in east London. Labour councillor Rohit Dasgupta said local officials had a "duty" to counter the "misinformation".

BBC News

Man found guilty of stirring up religious and racial hatred in anti-Muslim messages

Man found guilty of stirring up religious and racial hatred in anti-Muslim messages

A man who shared photos of himself with a gun alongside anti-Muslim messages has been found guilty of stirring up religious and racial hatred.

BBC News

CofE evangelism team to spend £100,000 on 'messy church' study

CofE evangelism team to spend £100,000 on 'messy church' study

A grant of £100,000 has been awarded to the Church of England's Evangelism and Discipleship Team to study Messy Church groups.

Church Times

Fermanagh child abuse: Orange Order 'did nothing' over claims

Fermanagh child abuse: Orange Order 'did nothing' over claims

Two women who have said they were abused by Orangemen as children claim the Orange Order "did nothing" when it was made aware of the allegations.

BBC News

Australia: Religious discrimination bill criticised as 'extraordinary foray in the culture wars'

Australia: Religious discrimination bill criticised as 'extraordinary foray in the culture wars'

The former Tasmanian anti-discrimination commissioner, Robin Banks, has branded the religious discrimination bill "an extraordinary foray in the culture wars" which would license offensive views about women, racial minorities and disabled people.

The Guardian

'Why you can still be fired in US for being gay'

'Why you can still be fired in US for being gay'

In May the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed sweeping new civil rights protections for LGBT Americans. But the Republican-controlled Senate has yet to act.

BBC News

'Why renouncing your religion in Saudi Arabia can be deadly'

'Why renouncing your religion in Saudi Arabia can be deadly'

For Rana Ahmad, doubting the existence of God meant leaving her family behind – and becoming a refugee.

New Statesman

Thu, 29 Aug 2019

‘Don’t expect the Church of England to unify the country’

‘Don’t expect the Church of England to unify the country’

Chris Sloggett says asking the archbishop of Canterbury to chair a forum on Brexit is a mistake.

Uncommon Ground Media

Welsh council criticised for having prayers before meetings – NSS quoted

Welsh council criticised for having prayers before meetings – NSS quoted

The NSS has criticised Denbighshire County Council for its practice of holding prayers before full council meetings.

Wales Online

Watchdog on terror legislation urges caution over call to ban far-right hate groups

Watchdog on terror legislation urges caution over call to ban far-right hate groups

The watchdog on terror legislation has urged caution over proposals to ban far-right hate groups before they turn to violence, warning that doing so could glamorise designated organisations.

The Guardian

Rotherham child sexual abuse: six more men convicted

Rotherham child sexual abuse: six more men convicted

Six more men from Rotherham have been convicted of grooming and abusing vulnerable girls in the South Yorkshire town as part of the largest child sexual exploitation and abuse inquiry in the UK.

The Guardian

India: 10 men convicted over murder of Dalit Christian man who married 'high-caste' woman

India: 10 men convicted over murder of Dalit Christian man who married 'high-caste' woman

A court in India's southern Kerala state has sentenced 10 men to life imprisonment for killing a low caste Dalit Christian for marrying a higher caste woman.

The Telegraph

Review 'could see anti-radicalisation scheme scrapped' says man leading it

Review 'could see anti-radicalisation scheme scrapped' says man leading it

A peer tasked with reviewing the government's anti-radicalisation programme Prevent has said "everything is up for discussion", including scrapping the scheme.

Powys County Times

Funerals in churches at all time low, study suggests

Funerals in churches at all time low, study suggests

Only a minority of people now want a traditional religious funeral, with most preferring friends and family to have a get-together, or not wanting a fuss made at all, a new study suggests.

Premier Christian Radio

Jehovah’s Witness and son standing trial over claims they abused girls in 1970s and 80s

Jehovah’s Witness and son standing trial over claims they abused girls in 1970s and 80s

A Jehovah's Witness stands accused of sexually abusing his daughter when she was aged just four years old.

Swindon Advertiser

Australia unveils religious freedom bill after rugby star sacked for 'hell awaits homosexuals' post

Australia unveils religious freedom bill after rugby star sacked for 'hell awaits homosexuals' post

Australia has proposed legislation which ministers say is designed to protect people who express their religious faith outside of the workplace.

Reuters

Sacked Australian player argues social media posts 'substantially unrelated' to rugby

Sacked Australian player argues social media posts 'substantially unrelated' to rugby

The former Australia rugby player Israel Folau has said the controversial social media posts that led to his sacking were "substantially unrelated" to rugby.

The Guardian

Wed, 28 Aug 2019

Brexit: archbishop of Canterbury asked to chair forum

Brexit: archbishop of Canterbury asked to chair forum

The archbishop of Canterbury has said he could consider chairing a proposed citizens' forum on Brexit after a group of MPs asked him to do so.

BBC

Three Irish schools to become first to abandon Catholic ethos

Three Irish schools to become first to abandon Catholic ethos

Three schools in Ireland will make history this week by becoming the first to abandon their Catholic ethos and become multi-denominational state-run schools.

The Guardian

Victorian parliament set to pass laws forcing priests to report child abuse

Victorian parliament set to pass laws forcing priests to report child abuse

New legislation forcing priests to report child abuse to authorities even if disclosed in confession now has enough support to pass through both houses of parliament in the Australian state of Victoria.

The Age

Missouri's eight-week abortion ban put on hold by federal judge in US

Missouri's eight-week abortion ban put on hold by federal judge in US

A US federal judge on Tuesday put the brakes on a new Missouri law banning most abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy.

USA Today

US court approves banning atheists from reciting opening prayers at state legislature

US court approves banning atheists from reciting opening prayers at state legislature

An appeals court in the US has decided that atheists, Humanists and other non-theists can be barred from giving opening invocations before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

HuffPost

Church under fire for £116m property deal

Church under fire for £116m property deal

Local campaigners say that they are fighting a "David and Goliath" battle against the Church of England and a council to prevent more than 1,500 homes from being built on former greenbelt land in West Yorkshire.

The Times (£)

‘Seismic shift changed our Sundays for ever’

‘Seismic shift changed our Sundays for ever’

A feature on the 25th anniversary of the legalisation of Sunday trading.

Express

‘Prayers, starvation and rape: Mexico’s ultra-conservative war to “cure” LGBTIQ people’

‘Prayers, starvation and rape: Mexico’s ultra-conservative war to “cure” LGBTIQ people’

Survivors describe a range of 'conversion therapy' tactics and groups targeting LGBTIQ people in Mexico – and how they're fighting back.

openDemocracy

US body voices concern on India registry of Muslims

US body voices concern on India registry of Muslims

The head of a US government advisory board on Tuesday voiced concern over India's drive to register citizens in the northeastern state of Assam, amid fears it could disenfranchise millions, most of them Muslims.

Mail Online

Americans less likely to value religion than parents

Americans less likely to value religion than parents

A survey by the Wall Street Journal and NBC news has suggested that young Americans are significantly less pious than their predecessors.

Premier Christian Radio

Tue, 27 Aug 2019

Justin Welby could head citizens’ assembly over Brexit

Justin Welby could head citizens’ assembly over Brexit

It's been reported that plans are in the works for the archbishop of Canterbury to chair a citizens' assembly in efforts to stop a no-deal Brexit.

Premier Christian Radio

‘Blasphemy laws are quietly vanishing in liberal democracies’ – NSS quoted

‘Blasphemy laws are quietly vanishing in liberal democracies’ – NSS quoted

There is a general liberalising trend on blasphemy laws in liberal democracies. But despite the abolition of outdated laws, a culture of freedom is failing to take hold.

The Economist

Humanist weddings on the rise in Northern Ireland

Humanist weddings on the rise in Northern Ireland

Demand for Humanist wedding ceremonies has risen dramatically since they were legally recognised in Northern Ireland a year ago.

BBC

Anti-LGBT+ ‘conversion therapy’ occurs worldwide, new study reveals

Anti-LGBT+ ‘conversion therapy’ occurs worldwide, new study reveals

A new report paints a chilling picture of how 'conversion therapy' – attempts to change someone's sexual orientation or gender identity – occurs in at least 80 countries worldwide.

openDemocracy

‘We must not introduce new blasphemy laws’

‘We must not introduce new blasphemy laws’

Emma Webb says the clampdown on 'Islamophobia' poses a grave threat to free speech.

Spiked Online

FGM advertised on social media for as little as US$10 in Indonesia

FGM advertised on social media for as little as US$10 in Indonesia

A Facebook advertisement in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province is encouraging people to bring their daughters to "mass circumcision" for $10.

ABC News

Judge expected to rule on Missouri’s strict new abortion law today

Judge expected to rule on Missouri’s strict new abortion law today

A federal judge will today issue a ruling to determine whether the US state of Missouri's new law banning abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy would take effect as scheduled this week.

Los Angeles Times

Bangladesh rules women need not say if virgins on marriage certificates

Bangladesh rules women need not say if virgins on marriage certificates

Bangladesh's top court has ruled that women need no longer declare if they are virgins on marriage certificates after a five-year legal battle by women's rights groups trying to protect women's privacy and potential humiliation.

Reuters

Antisemitic beliefs spreading among evangelical Christians in America

Antisemitic beliefs spreading among evangelical Christians in America

With a president who levels accusations about Jews and who encourages his fans to mistrust the mainstream media, a growing number of US evangelicals are finding anti-Jewish beliefs online.

The Independent

Israel’s Supreme Court bars two ‘far-right’ candidates from running for Knesset

Israel’s Supreme Court bars two ‘far-right’ candidates from running for Knesset

Two top candidates of the far-right Jewish Power party cannot run in Israel's national elections next month, the nation's Supreme Court has ruled.

Jewish News

New Zealand’s PM dons hijab as she fronts Islamic Women's Council national conference

New Zealand’s PM dons hijab as she fronts Islamic Women's Council national conference

Jacinda Ardern wore a hijab as she addressed involving Muslim women in politics at a conference.

NZ Herald

Fri, 23 Aug 2019

PM pledges to implement findings of religious freedom review by bishop

PM pledges to implement findings of religious freedom review by bishop

Boris Johnson says the UK will do "everything possible" to champion religious freedom, including implementing the findings of a review by the bishop of Truro.

Premier Christian Radio

Edinburgh Council delays decision on stripping religious leaders of voting rights

Edinburgh Council delays decision on stripping religious leaders of voting rights

Councillors in Edinburgh say they will consult with faith leaders before deciding whether to strip "completely outdated and undemocratic" voting rights for unelected religious representatives.

Edinburgh Evening News

Charedi Jewish community to be targeted in new Government measles jab push

Charedi Jewish community to be targeted in new Government measles jab push

The UK's Charedim will be among the "under-vaccinated communities" targeted by a new Government drive to boost rates of "life-saving" MMR vaccinations.

The Jewish Chronicle

Abortion buffer zone case heads to Supreme Court

Abortion buffer zone case heads to Supreme Court

A Christian mother has decided once again to challenge a court decision that restricted prayer vigils outside an abortion clinic.

Premier Christian Radio

US Christian group sends anti-LGBT leaflets to UK homes

US Christian group sends anti-LGBT leaflets to UK homes

An American Christian fundamentalist group has targeted a UK town by mailing and distributing anti-LGBT+ leaflets.

Pink News

Leaked emails show Ukip leader comparing Muslims to Nazis

Leaked emails show Ukip leader comparing Muslims to Nazis

Richard Braine, the new Ukip leader, has been accused of whipping up religious tensions and anti-Muslim prejudice after leaked emails showed he argued that people should no more want Muslims to settle in their country than Nazis.

The Guardian

GCSE student who criticised halal meat in RS exam given lowest mark possible

GCSE student who criticised halal meat in RS exam given lowest mark possible

A girl who was initially disqualified from her RS exam for calling halal meat "absolutely disgusting" has been given a 1, the lowest grade possible, after her disqualification was overturned. Her mother says this is a very surprising result when compared with her other grades.

The Sun

‘Hail Satan?: The Satanists battling for religious freedom’

‘Hail Satan?: The Satanists battling for religious freedom’

Everything you know about Satanism is wrong. At least that's what a new documentary about the Satanic Temple could be about to prove.

BBC

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