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Tue, 17 Aug 2021

Ireland: Religious education should not be compulsory, say third of RE teachers

Ireland: Religious education should not be compulsory, say third of RE teachers

One third of religious education teachers do not think the subject should be compulsory in post-primary schools, a report has found.

The Times*

Christian belief ‘vanished' in Ireland, Archbishop says

Christian belief ‘vanished' in Ireland, Archbishop says

A leading member of the Irish clergy has said that evidence of Christian belief in Ireland "has for all intents and purposes vanished".

The Irish News*

Mon, 16 Aug 2021

Afghanistan conflict: Kabul falls to Taliban as president flees

Afghanistan conflict: Kabul falls to Taliban as president flees

The Taliban has claimed victory in Afghanistan after taking over the capital Kabul, bringing to a swift end almost 20 years of a US-led coalition's presence in the country.

BBC

Afghans living under Taliban lament loss of freedoms

Afghans living under Taliban lament loss of freedoms

"There are a lot of restrictions now. When I go out, I have to wear a burka as the Taliban orders us, and a male has to accompany me."

BBC

Landmark UK court ruling due in ‘bride price’ dispute

Landmark UK court ruling due in ‘bride price’ dispute

A landmark judgment that could bring part of UK law into line with sharia law's position on "bride price" payments is to be announced this week in the central London county court, in a case backed by a women's charity.

The Guardian

Law to legalise assisted dying has enough votes to pass, claims peer

Law to legalise assisted dying has enough votes to pass, claims peer

The law to legalise assisted dying has the votes to pass, the peer pushing the legislation has claimed, as opposition to the Bill mobilises ahead of its second reading.

The Telegraph*

Peter Tatchell rejects arrest of preacher on anti-gay ‘hate speech’ allegation

Peter Tatchell rejects arrest of preacher on anti-gay ‘hate speech’ allegation

Leading gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said he can see "no justification" for the arrest of an NI evangelist while preaching on the street.

News Letter*

Anjem Choudary using encrypted phone app Telegram to spread extremism online

Anjem Choudary using encrypted phone app Telegram to spread extremism online

Anjem Choudary is secretly posting extremist messages to his followers on an encrypted smartphone app favoured by Islamic State terrorists.

Mail Online

Church abuse victims: The Pope should meet us in Scotland to explain and to apologise

Church abuse victims: The Pope should meet us in Scotland to explain and to apologise

Scots abused in institutions run by the Catholic church have urged the Pope to meet them when he visits Scotland later this year.

The Sunday Post

 Ireland: Man loses claim over removal of offensive messages from shop noticeboard

Ireland: Man loses claim over removal of offensive messages from shop noticeboard

An evangelical Christian who was not allowed place notices in a supermarket falsely describing a prominent national politician as "a gay pervert" has lost his claim that he was discriminated against on grounds of his religious beliefs.

The Irish Times

Pakistani Christian couple released from death row granted asylum in Europe

Pakistani Christian couple released from death row granted asylum in Europe

Two months after being acquitted by a high court and surviving death threats, a Pakistani Catholic mother and her partially paralyzed husband, who were on death row for seven years on false blasphemy charges, have arrived in Europe.

The Christian Post

Detainee says China has secret jail in Dubai, holds Uyghurs

Detainee says China has secret jail in Dubai, holds Uyghurs

A young Chinese woman says she was held for eight days at a Chinese-run secret detention facility in Dubai along with at least two Uyghurs, in what may be the first evidence that China is operating a so-called "black site" beyond its borders.

The Associated Press

Nigeria's Kano state moves to ban mannequin heads on Islamic grounds

Nigeria's Kano state moves to ban mannequin heads on Islamic grounds

The Islamic police force in Kano, a Muslim-majority state in Nigeria, has raised eyebrows after it ordered shops to only use headless mannequins to advertise clothing.

BBC

'Rainbow' mosque in new banknotes riles Egyptians

'Rainbow' mosque in new banknotes riles Egyptians

The Central Bank of Egypt shared its initial designs for the new Egyptian banknotes, but was heavily criticized when many Egyptians took the reflective watermark for an LGBT pride flag.

Al-Monitor

Fri, 13 Aug 2021

Number of students taking GCSE Religious Studies declines

Number of students taking GCSE Religious Studies declines

The number of pupils taking GCSE Religious Studies in England and Wales has fallen slightly overall in 2021.

Premier Christian News

Conspiracy theory vicar’s new charity receives £6,600 from Surrey church

Conspiracy theory vicar’s new charity receives £6,600 from Surrey church

The former church of a vicar who promoted a Holocaust denial website and supports conspiracy theories about Israel is funding and supporting his charity work, new research reveals.

The Jewish Chronicle

Jewish organisation investigated by Charity Commission over ‘financial concerns’

Jewish organisation investigated by Charity Commission over ‘financial concerns’

M B Foundation reportedly failed to submit documentation in relation to four loans totalling over £1.7 million

The Jewish Chronicle

Muslim cab driver loses case against firm that banned him from wearing traditional dress

Muslim cab driver loses case against firm that banned him from wearing traditional dress

A Muslim cab driver tried to sue a taxi company after he was banned from wearing traditional garments and had to wear 'smart western' clothing under its dress code.

Mail Online

Archbishop of York calls for Wales to sing God Save the Queen before sports matches

Archbishop of York calls for Wales to sing God Save the Queen before sports matches

The Archbishop of York has called for Wales to sing God Save the Queen before international sports games.

Wales Online

Afghanistan: UK troops sent to get Britons out as Taliban advances

Afghanistan: UK troops sent to get Britons out as Taliban advances

About 600 UK troops are to be sent to Afghanistan to assist British nationals to leave, the government has announced.

BBC

Pakistan police drop blasphemy charges against eight-year-old

Pakistan police drop blasphemy charges against eight-year-old

Police in Pakistan have dropped blasphemy charges against an eight-year-old Hindu boy after media and government pressure over his arrest.

The Guardian

Guyana parliament removes legislation outlawing cross-dressing

Guyana parliament removes legislation outlawing cross-dressing

Guyana's parliament has agreed to remove a law which makes it a criminal offence for a man or a woman to appear in a public place while dressed in clothing of the opposite sex for an "improper purpose".

Jamaica Observer

Ghana finally drops charges against 21 LGBT+ people arrested for meeting in hotel

Ghana finally drops charges against 21 LGBT+ people arrested for meeting in hotel

A Ghana court has dismissed the case against 21 LGBT+ people who were arrested in May, ruling there is not enough evidence to prove they gathered unlawfully.

Pink News

Australia: Satanists take their classroom push to court

Australia: Satanists take their classroom push to court

The debate about religious instruction in schools has emerged in court with a bid to have Satanism classes taught at some Queensland education institutions.

The New Daily

‘Will Romania step up anti-LGBTQ legislation like Hungary?’

‘Will Romania step up anti-LGBTQ legislation like Hungary?’

Inspired by Hungary's increasingly homophobic laws, an unholy alliance of nationalist and far-right politicians is trying to push anti-LGBTQ legislation in Romania too, says Keno Verseck.

Deutsche Welle

‘What and how much do US religious organisations not pay the taxman?’

‘What and how much do US religious organisations not pay the taxman?’

The hashtag #TaxTheChurches began trending on Twitter in mid-July. But it wasn't the first time that "tax the churches" has circulated.

The Conversation

Thu, 12 Aug 2021

Catholic school was 'haven for paedophiles'

Catholic school was 'haven for paedophiles'

A Catholic boarding school in the Highlands was a "haven for paedophiles", a report from the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has said.

BBC

Radio station could face sanctions after broadcasting 'jihadi lyrics'

Radio station could face sanctions after broadcasting 'jihadi lyrics'

A Sheffield radio station could face sanctions after it broadcast a chant containing "jihadi lyrics", according to the broadcast regulator Ofcom.

LBC

Manchester cousin of 'terror twins' denied parole over behaviour

Manchester cousin of 'terror twins' denied parole over behaviour

A convicted terrorist who created a UK "hub of communication" for like-minded extremists has been denied parole because of "behavioural concerns".

BBC

‘Why changes to abortion laws during the pandemic should remain’

‘Why changes to abortion laws during the pandemic should remain’

"Statistics show that one in three women in England and Wales will have an abortion in their lifetime. Remote consultation is unlikely to lessen the quality of care for some and there are substantial benefits for the majority."

The Conversation

Iran: Hit and run driver ran over two women for not wearing full hijab

Iran: Hit and run driver ran over two women for not wearing full hijab

Two women are in critical condition after an angry driver targeted them on a busy street in northwestern Iran because they were not wearing full hijab head coverings, according to Iran's Labor News Agency Ilna.

The Daily Beast

US: Parole can’t be revoked for refusing faith-based rehab, federal court rules

US: Parole can’t be revoked for refusing faith-based rehab, federal court rules

A federal appeals court has ruled that parole cannot be revoked for a Colorado felon who refused to participate in a rehabilitation program that has a religious component.

The Washington Times

New documentary tackles debate over secular education in New York City yeshivas

New documentary tackles debate over secular education in New York City yeshivas

Joe Kolman's 'An Unorthodox Education' airs complaints by former students who claim they weren't given the tools to succeed in non-Orthodox society.

The Times of Israel

India: Congress to hold protest against Modi government over ‘atrocities’ against Dalits

India: Congress to hold protest against Modi government over ‘atrocities’ against Dalits

The Scheduled Caste department of the Congress will hold a protest on Thursday over the alleged rise in "atrocities" against Dalits and non-implementation of measures to protect them by the BJP-led central government.

Kashmir Reader

Sikhs worldwide to take part in referendum on Punjab independence

Sikhs worldwide to take part in referendum on Punjab independence

The first ever non-governmental global referendum will be held from October 31. It will involve Sikhs worldwide voting on whether they want an independent Sikh homeland to be located in the Punjab in India.

The National*

‘Afghanistan war: Taliban back brutal rule as they strike for power’

‘Afghanistan war: Taliban back brutal rule as they strike for power’

The insurgents have been capturing new territory on what seems like a daily basis as international troops have all but withdrawn. Caught in the middle is a terrified population.

BBC

Wed, 11 Aug 2021

Religious weddings fell to record low in 2018, data shows

Religious weddings fell to record low in 2018, data shows

Religious weddings hit a record low in England and Wales in 2018 amid a general fall in the number of couples getting married, new figures reveal today.

Mail Online

Nigerian atheist charged with ‘blasphemy’ 17 months after his arrest - NSS quoted

Nigerian atheist charged with ‘blasphemy’ 17 months after his arrest - NSS quoted

Mubarak Bala, president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, faces an array of formal charges.

The Freethinker

‘Pakistan’s profane blasphemy laws’

‘Pakistan’s profane blasphemy laws’

Islamists are using the country's sharia laws to persecute minorities.

The Spectator

PM under pressure to take a stand against human rights abuses in China with huge majority backing action

PM under pressure to take a stand against human rights abuses in China with huge majority backing action

Most Britons, and a huge majority of Tory voters, have told pollsters they want the government to unite with the international community and take a stand to end human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.

iNews

Upset Hindu urges Nottingham brewery to remove sacred image from beer cans

Upset Hindu urges Nottingham brewery to remove sacred image from beer cans

A brewery has said it will "work with" a Hindu man who has taken offence to the artwork on a beer can, to ensure it's more "appropriate".

Nottinghamshire Live

‘It's high time schools reflected our new more tolerant Ireland’

‘It's high time schools reflected our new more tolerant Ireland’

Bishops shouldn't influence sex education.

Echo Live

Ireland: abused sisters say church still protecting institution

Ireland: abused sisters say church still protecting institution

Two sisters who were sexually abused by disgraced former cleric Con Cunningham say the church focused on protecting the institution rather than victims.

Donegal News

Argentine prelate, friend of Pope Francis faces trial for sexual abuse

Argentine prelate, friend of Pope Francis faces trial for sexual abuse

Argentine bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, a veteran prelate who once boasted of his friendship with the pope, will be tried criminally in October in his former diocese on allegations of sexual abuse against seminarians.

Crux

‘Ex-Muslims in India find solidarity online as they face social and familial rejection’

‘Ex-Muslims in India find solidarity online as they face social and familial rejection’

Ex-Muslims are driven by a particular need to articulate their disentanglement from their religion and not simply turn atheist.

Religion News Service

Judge strikes down several Indiana abortion provisions

Judge strikes down several Indiana abortion provisions

A federal judge in the US on Tuesday struck down a number of Indiana's laws restricting abortion, ruling that they are unconstitutional, while keeping others in place.

The Hill

Tue, 10 Aug 2021

Woman who survived Manchester Arena bombing found dead in bedroom

Woman who survived Manchester Arena bombing found dead in bedroom

An Ariana Grande fan who attended the Manchester Arena concert in 2017 has been found dead in her bedroom after experiencing depression and PTSD following the bombing.

The Guardian

Christian preacher to sue Met Police after hate speech case thrown out

Christian preacher to sue Met Police after hate speech case thrown out

A Christian preacher is set to sue the Metropolitan Police after being dragged through the courts despite officers acknowledging that her accuser had "goaded" her and she "refused to take the bait".

The Telegraph*

Beer company ‘apologises for any offence’ over artwork featuring Hindu goddess

Beer company ‘apologises for any offence’ over artwork featuring Hindu goddess

A beer company has said it will look at possible alternatives in the future after artwork depicting the Hindu goddess Kali featured on one of their branded cans.

Asian Image

1,000 Christians sign re-launched letter to Prime Minister against Covid passports in all scenarios

1,000 Christians sign re-launched letter to Prime Minister against Covid passports in all scenarios

The signatories include church leaders from the Church of England, FIEC, Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Baptist and Methodist churches, Free Church of Scotland and many independent congregations.

Premier Christian News

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