Tue, 14 Jan 2020

Isle of Man to debate assisted dying in January 2020

Isle of Man to debate assisted dying in January 2020

The parliament of the Isle of Man, Tynwald, has announced that it will debate assisted dying at its January sitting, which begins next week.

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Trump criticised for retweeting image of Democratic leaders in Muslim attire

Trump criticised for retweeting image of Democratic leaders in Muslim attire

The White House on Monday defended President Trump retweeting an image that showed two Democratic leaders edited into Muslim clothing with a backdrop of an Iranian flag.

The Hill

Mon, 13 Jan 2020

British doctors earning thousands from 'virgin repair' ops on young, mostly Muslim women

British doctors earning thousands from 'virgin repair' ops on young, mostly Muslim women

British doctors are earning thousands of pounds a time performing 'revirginisation' surgery on young women forced to prove they are 'pure' to their families.

Mirror

Same-sex marriage now legal in Northern Ireland

Same-sex marriage now legal in Northern Ireland

Same-sex marriage is now legally recognised in Northern Ireland. From Monday, same-sex couples will be able to register to marry, meaning the first ceremonies will take place in February.

BBC

‘The church and politics don’t mix’ – NSS letter

‘The church and politics don’t mix’ – NSS letter

NSS spokesperson Chris Sloggett says politicians in Scotland shouldn't pander to the Scottish Catholic Church's efforts to advance its ethical and moral positions through the ballot box.

The Sunday Times (£)

Defence minister apologises for Catholic military priests who outed gay soldiers

Defence minister apologises for Catholic military priests who outed gay soldiers

A defence minister has apologised after it emerged Catholic chaplains in the armed forces 'outed' gay personnel to military bosses in the 1990s.

Mail Online

Proposed change for pupils choosing Catholic secondary school in Inverclyde

Proposed change for pupils choosing Catholic secondary school in Inverclyde

Only pupils with a certificate of baptism into the Roman Catholic faith before entry to primary school will automatically be able to transfer from Inverclyde's village schools to their local Roman Catholic secondary, under a plan by education chiefs.

Inverclyde Now

Government to boost support for persecuted Christians abroad

Government to boost support for persecuted Christians abroad

The UK government has committed to increase protections for Christians who are having their right to freedom of religion violated abroad.

Premier Christian Radio

Most women do not regret having an abortion, study finds

Most women do not regret having an abortion, study finds

An overwhelming majority of women who get an abortion do not regret the decision to undergo the procedure, according to a new study published in an academic journal. Researchers surveyed women across 21 US states.

The Guardian

UK Somalis 'racially profiled' over FGM

UK Somalis 'racially profiled' over FGM

Parents are wrongly being arrested and having their children taken into care due to the stigma around female genital mutilation, members of the UK Somali community have told the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

BBC

‘Whatever happened to “Je Suis Charlie”?’

‘Whatever happened to “Je Suis Charlie”?’

Gavin Mortimer says the pen has not proved mightier than the sword in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack.

The Spectator

Rebecca Long-Bailey vows to abolish House of Lords

Rebecca Long-Bailey vows to abolish House of Lords

Labour leadership hopeful Rebecca Long-Bailey has promised to abolish the House of Lords if she is elected to be prime minister.

LBC

Clive Lewis calls for referendum on royal family and elected second chamber

Clive Lewis calls for referendum on royal family and elected second chamber

Labour leadership hopeful Clive Lewis's plans could potentially have implications for the ties between the monarchy and the Church of England and the seats granted to Church of England representatives in the Lords.

The Guardian

Victims to sue over abuse at Sailors' Society home

Victims to sue over abuse at Sailors' Society home

Former residents of a children's home in Argyll are suing the Christian charity which ran it over claims of physical and sexual abuse.

BBC

Fri, 10 Jan 2020

Brazil: Netflix 'gay Jesus' parody film ban overturned

Brazil: Netflix 'gay Jesus' parody film ban overturned

Brazil's Supreme Court has overturned a ruling that TV streaming service Netflix must remove a film depicting Jesus as gay.

BBC

Motion in Dundee would see church reps and others lose right to vote on education issues

Motion in Dundee would see church reps and others lose right to vote on education issues

Unelected members of Dundee's education committee, including its religious representatives, could be stripped of their right to vote if plans brought forward by a city councillor are successful.

The Courier

Birmingham Sikh Channel charity probed by Charity Commission

Birmingham Sikh Channel charity probed by Charity Commission

A Sikh broadcasting charity is being investigated over "serious regulatory concerns".

BBC

Church-run charity makes bid to open children's home

Church-run charity makes bid to open children's home

A church-run charity has made an official planning bid to open a children's home in Dumbarton in western Scotland after previously trying to open it without permission.

Daily Record

‘The death of Indian democracy’

‘The death of Indian democracy’

India's Jawaharlal Nehru University is famous for its liberal environment and critical ethos. Debarati Guha says an attack by masked assailants on its students is an attempt to silence India's secular forces.

DW

‘India is a Hindu state now — we are second-class citizens’

‘India is a Hindu state now — we are second-class citizens’

A discriminatory new citizenship law rammed through parliament last month has prompted huge protests by Muslims.

The Times (£)

Christians targeted in new recruitment drive for school governors

Christians targeted in new recruitment drive for school governors

The Church of England in Exeter has launched a new year recruitment drive to encourage more Christians to become school governors.

Premier Christian News

Christian teacher in 'misgendering' row settles with school

Christian teacher in 'misgendering' row settles with school

A Christian pastor and teacher who faced action after he referred to a transgender pupil as a girl has reached an "amicable resolution" with his former school.

BBC

Catholic school with 24 pupils could close amid plummeting numbers and financial woes

Catholic school with 24 pupils could close amid plummeting numbers and financial woes

A voluntary aided Catholic primary school in Yorkshire could be set to close at the end of the academic year due to plummeting numbers and "financial challenges".

Teesside Live

MP calls for assisted dying law inquiry

MP calls for assisted dying law inquiry

There should be an inquiry into the law on assisted dying, according to a Shropshire MP who has backed changes to legalise it.

Shropshire Star

Inmate who planned to behead soldier suspected of attacking prison officer while wearing fake suicide vest

Inmate who planned to behead soldier suspected of attacking prison officer while wearing fake suicide vest

An inmate suspected of attacking an officer at a maximum security prison was jailed for planning to behead a soldier.

BBC

Complaint over Tory councillor who tweeted “domination not integration” about Islam

Complaint over Tory councillor who tweeted “domination not integration” about Islam

There have been calls for a councillor on Dudley Council who tweeted "domination not integration" in reference to Islam to resign.

Express & Star

Thu, 09 Jan 2020

Independent Islamic school is 'unlawfully' segregating boys and girls in separate buildings, reveals Ofsted – NSS quoted

Independent Islamic school is 'unlawfully' segregating boys and girls in separate buildings, reveals Ofsted – NSS quoted

An Islamic faith private school 'unlawfully' segregates its pupils according to their sex, an emergency Ofsted inspection has revealed.

Mail Online

Hate crime review judge challenges Northern Ireland Office over freedoms to criticise same sex marriage

Hate crime review judge challenges Northern Ireland Office over freedoms to criticise same sex marriage

The judge reviewing NI hate crime legislation has queried with government whether freedom of speech should be protected regarding criticism of same sex marriage.

News Letter

Man 'plotted terror attacks on London tourist hot spots', court hears

Man 'plotted terror attacks on London tourist hot spots', court hears

A man who was cleared over a sword attack on police outside Buckingham Palace went on to plan a series of terror attacks, a court has heard.

BBC

Brazil: Netflix told to remove film depicting Jesus as gay

Brazil: Netflix told to remove film depicting Jesus as gay

A judge in Brazil has ruled that a film depicting Jesus as gay must be removed from the TV streaming service Netflix.

BBC

Trump ‘religious freedom’ commissioner praises decision to oust ambassador who criticised anti-gay law

Trump ‘religious freedom’ commissioner praises decision to oust ambassador who criticised anti-gay law

Donald Trump's faith adviser Tony Perkins has praised the decision to oust a US ambassador who condemned an anti-gay law in Zambia.

Pink News

Nebraska bill seeking to ban abortions introduced

Nebraska bill seeking to ban abortions introduced

A bill seeking to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure was introduced by a Republican state senator in the US state of Nebraska on Wednesday, the first day of this year's legislative session.

The Hill

Guam's Catholic Church facing at least 280 child sex abuse lawsuits

Guam's Catholic Church facing at least 280 child sex abuse lawsuits

The Catholic Church on Guam is now facing more than 280 child sex abuse lawsuits, as attempts to settle them get underway.

RNZ

Trump envoy calls on social media companies to target anti-semitism

Trump envoy calls on social media companies to target anti-semitism

The Trump administration's envoy for combating anti-semitism on Wednesday called on social media companies to enforce their own terms of use more stringently to weed out anti-semitic content online.

The Times of Israel

Wed, 08 Jan 2020

Blackburn Islamic school segregating children by sex – NSS quoted

Blackburn Islamic school segregating children by sex – NSS quoted

An independent faith school has been "unlawfully" segregating pupils by sex, an unannounced emergency school inspection has found.

Lancashire Telegraph

Muslim school told girls that university was 'not for them', Ofsted report finds

Muslim school told girls that university was 'not for them', Ofsted report finds

A private Islamic school in Birmingham told girls university was "not for them", while boys were given first choice on work experience placements, an Ofsted report has found.

The Telegraph

Police forces record thousands of hate incidents each year even though they accept they are not crimes

Police forces record thousands of hate incidents each year even though they accept they are not crimes

Police forces are recording thousands of 'hate incidents', including those perceived to be religiously motivated, every year – even though they accept that they are not crimes.

The Telegraph

Charlie Hebdo: France marks five years since Paris massacre

Charlie Hebdo: France marks five years since Paris massacre

France has marked the fifth anniversary of a deadly attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo with street ceremonies and social media tributes.

BBC

Religious intolerance still ‘shackles’ press freedoms, warns Reporters Without Borders

Religious intolerance still ‘shackles’ press freedoms, warns Reporters Without Borders

Governments must do more to protect freedom of expression against religious intolerance five years after the terror attack against French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, press liberties advocates have said.

The Brussels Times

‘Five years on from the Charlie Hebdo attack, “Je suis Charlie” rings hollow'

‘Five years on from the Charlie Hebdo attack, “Je suis Charlie” rings hollow'

Jonathan Ervine says France seems much less keen to embrace biting satirical humour than it initially appeared back in 2015.

The Conversation

‘Je suis Charlie’

‘Je suis Charlie’

Brendan O'Neill reflects on the fifth anniversary of the attack on Charlie Hebdo.

Spiked Online

Company removes sale of leggings carrying image of Hindu deity after complaint

Company removes sale of leggings carrying image of Hindu deity after complaint

A company has removed legging carrying image of Hindu deity Lord Ganesha after a 'Hindu statesman' complained.

Asian Image

Attacks on Christians and other civilians in Burkina Faso are 'war crimes'

Attacks on Christians and other civilians in Burkina Faso are 'war crimes'

Attacks in Burkina Faso against Christians and other civilians are "war crimes" that the government must do more to stop, Human Rights Watch has said.

Christian Today

Tue, 07 Jan 2020

British Islamic charity is investigated after praising assassinated Iranian general Qassem Soleimani

British Islamic charity is investigated after praising assassinated Iranian general Qassem Soleimani

A British charity is being investigated after it praised assassinated Iranian general Qassem Soleimani as a martyr.

Mail Online

Boys and girls 'unlawfully segregated' at Islamic school, as head says it's what parents of faith want

Boys and girls 'unlawfully segregated' at Islamic school, as head says it's what parents of faith want

An Islamic school in Birmingham is unlawfully segregating boys and girls – with boys given privileges and treated more favourably than girls, according to a critical Ofsted report.

Birmingham Live

Kent GP Dr Richard Scott faces fresh GMC probe – NSS quoted

Kent GP Dr Richard Scott faces fresh GMC probe – NSS quoted

The General Medical Council is reviewing a decision not to investigate a Kent GP accused of raising religion during appointments after the NSS challenged it.

Kent Online

Charlie Hebdo targets 'new censorship', five years after terror attacks

Charlie Hebdo targets 'new censorship', five years after terror attacks

Five years ago to the day, the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were the target of a jihadist attack that claimed the lives of 12 people. Today a special issue of Charlie targets a new form of censorship imposed by the "gurus of political correctness".

RFI

Students in India protest after university attacked by masked assailants

Students in India protest after university attacked by masked assailants

A fresh wave of protests spread across India's biggest cities on Monday, hours after masked assailants invaded dormitories on an elite university campus in the capital New Delhi and beat up students and faculty.

NPR

‘Is India still a democracy?’

‘Is India still a democracy?’

Kapil Komireddi says Narendra Modi has bullied critics and suffocated the press into endorsing his Hindu nationalist version of modern India.

New Statesman

US TV star reveals her upset at sons’ circumcision

US TV star reveals her upset at sons’ circumcision

Meghan King Edmonds, a former star of the show Real Housewives of Orange County, revealed that she was 'really upset' that she and her husband decided to circumcise their twin sons.

DailyMail.com

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