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Thu, 21 Apr 2022

‘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

US: Twin Cities mosque bombers get more than 14 years in prison

US: Twin Cities mosque bombers get more than 14 years in prison

Two Illinois men received federal prison sentences Tuesday for their roles in the 2017 firebombing of a Twin Cities mosque.

Minnesota Public Radio

‘The supreme court and the strange politics of the “sincere believer”’

‘The supreme court and the strange politics of the “sincere believer”’

If conservatives were to double down on a more sceptical stance toward sincere beliefs, it could undermine a thriving part of their movement, says Charles McCrary.

Religion & Politics

‘Latin America is becoming more secular’

‘Latin America is becoming more secular’

Latin America holds more than a third of the world's Catholics, but their numbers are shrinking.

The Economist*

Australia: Christian lobby groups push major parties to support unamended religious discrimination bill

Australia: Christian lobby groups push major parties to support unamended religious discrimination bill

Christian lobby groups are pressing both major parties to recommit to the unamended religious discrimination bill as Labor guarantees to extend the chaplaincy program with a secular choice for schools.

The Guardian

Bangladesh: Hindu man in custody after alleged Facebook post about Islam spurs violence

Bangladesh: Hindu man in custody after alleged Facebook post about Islam spurs violence

The house of a Hindu man in Bagerhat has been attacked and vandalised over an alleged Facebook post that criticised Islam. The 23-year-old was reportedly taken into police custody after the incident.

bdnews24.com

‘The girls I taught in Kabul were Afghanistan’s future. The Taliban has taken that away’

‘The girls I taught in Kabul were Afghanistan’s future. The Taliban has taken that away’

"The school I worked in has been forced to close. Our dreams are shattered and we urge you, people of the west, to help."

The Guardian

Wed, 13 Apr 2022

Replacing Human Rights Act will weaken protections, say peers and MPs

Replacing Human Rights Act will weaken protections, say peers and MPs

Dominic Raab's proposal to replace the Human Rights Act with a British bill of rights is not evidence-based and will diminish protections for individuals, MPs and peers have said.

The Guardian

Catholics rage over ‘blasphemous’ lesbian nun film

Catholics rage over ‘blasphemous’ lesbian nun film

Catholic activists have condemned a Northern Irish cinema in Belfast for showing a film about lesbian nuns on Good Friday.

Daily Star

‘We can't keep turning a blind eye to Islamist extremism’

‘We can't keep turning a blind eye to Islamist extremism’

The Government needs to stop worrying about appearances and ensure its Prevent programme has the right focus, says Robert Jenrick.

The Telegraph*

‘It’s refreshing that no religion is acknowledged on the Irish census’

‘It’s refreshing that no religion is acknowledged on the Irish census’

"Is it fair and equal for one religion – in Ireland's case, Catholicism – to be served up as part of the school curriculum, to be baked into the school day?"

Irish Examiner

Portugal probe: 290 church sex abuse claims in 90 days work

Portugal probe: 290 church sex abuse claims in 90 days work

A lay committee looking into historic child sex abuse in the Portuguese Catholic Church said Tuesday it received witness statements from 290 alleged victims in its first three months of work, with cases involving children as young as two years old.

The Associated Press

Compulsory religion class violates human rights, Turkey’s constitutional court rules

Compulsory religion class violates human rights, Turkey’s constitutional court rules

Turkey's compulsory religion classes violated the European Convention on Human Rights, the Constitutional Court has ruled.

Bianet

Atheist expelled by Christian college wins discrimination case at Polish Supreme Court

Atheist expelled by Christian college wins discrimination case at Polish Supreme Court

An atheist who was expelled from a private Catholic college founded after failing to produce a letter from his parish priest has won a long-running discrimination case.

Notes From Poland

Ban on abortions from conception in Oklahoma

Ban on abortions from conception in Oklahoma

A near total ban on abortion backed up with a penalty of up to ten years in prison for practitioners has been signed into law in Oklahoma.

The Times*

‘Where will abortion still be legal in the US after Roe v. Wade is overruled?’

‘Where will abortion still be legal in the US after Roe v. Wade is overruled?’

The Supreme Court is probably going to overrule Roe v. Wade this June. Here's what happens next, says Ian Millhiser.

Vox

Hindu-Muslim clashes prompt Indian police to ban gatherings in affected areas

Hindu-Muslim clashes prompt Indian police to ban gatherings in affected areas

Clashes between Hindus and Muslims during a religious festival prompted police in India to impose a curfew in one town and ban gatherings of more than four people in affected parts of Gujarat and two other states on Monday.

Reuters*

Tue, 12 Apr 2022

Sir David Amess: ‘How MP's killer was a textbook radicalisation’

Sir David Amess: ‘How MP's killer was a textbook radicalisation’

Now convicted of the murder of Sir David, Harbi Ali's motives - made clear during police interviews and his trial - reveal a textbook study of radicalisation.

BBC

‘Islamism, not social media, killed David Amess’

‘Islamism, not social media, killed David Amess’

Why won't MPs and ministers speak frankly about the motives for his murder, asks Stephen Daisley.

The Critic

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