Mon, 10 Aug 2020

Salman Rushdie appeals to Twitter over fake anti-Muslim tweet

Salman Rushdie appeals to Twitter over fake anti-Muslim tweet

Salman Rushdie has asked Twitter to remove a post with an anti-Muslim quote that he claims has been falsely attributed to him, after it circulated alongside a photo of the author's face this week.

MSN

'How a primary headteacher faced down anti-LGBT protesters outside the school gates'

'How a primary headteacher faced down anti-LGBT protesters outside the school gates'

Anderton Park Primary in Birmingham was targeted by protesters, angry at the message of equality and tolerance that was being taught to pupils.

The Mirror

Italy approves outpatient use for abortion pill

Italy approves outpatient use for abortion pill

Women in Italy can now use the abortion pill on an outpatient basis rather than be hospitalised to terminate a pregnancy.

Yahoo!/Associated Press

Protesters decry government's anti-LGBT attitudes in Poland

Protesters decry government's anti-LGBT attitudes in Poland

Demonstrators turned out in Warsaw and other Polish cities Saturday to protest anti-LGBT attitudes promoted by the government as well as the detention of pro-LGBT protesters.

Yahoo! News

Arizona prisons are replacing kosher and halal meals with vegan food

Arizona prisons are replacing kosher and halal meals with vegan food

Jewish and Muslim prisoners who'd previously been receiving special diets to accommodate their religious needs are being served a meatless dish starting this month that one prisoner says violates his constitutional rights.

Phoenix New Times

'A true secular government'

'A true secular government'

"Thomas Jefferson believed that the First Amendment should build a wall of separation between church and state, but voters generally consider a person of faith to be more trustworthy and morally superior. In other words, we are secretly giving the church and its followers the power to influence our secular government."

Daily Nexus

Koranic rock song ignites debate over secularism in Azerbaijan

Koranic rock song ignites debate over secularism in Azerbaijan

The song used verses from the Koran, resulting in death threats from some religious Azerbaijanis.

Eurasianet

Fri, 07 Aug 2020

Veteran councillor calls for Hate Crime Bill to be scrapped

Veteran councillor calls for Hate Crime Bill to be scrapped

A veteran councillor has joined colleagues in voicing his opposition to the Scottish Government's proposed Hate Crime Bill, insisting it is a major threat to free speech.

The Gazette

'The risk to authors under new Scottish hate crime law'

'The risk to authors under new Scottish hate crime law'

The use of the criminal law to control the expression of views involves a delicate balance if the law is not to become repressive, says Alexander McCall Smith.

The Scotsman

Shamima Begum school brings in ‘robust’ measures to spot radicalisation in pupils

Shamima Begum school brings in ‘robust’ measures to spot radicalisation in pupils

The school that Shamima Begum and two other schoolgirls attended before they left the UK to become Islamic State brides today said it had introduced "robust" initiatives to prevent pupils being radicalised.

Evening Standard

Teacher says he was fired for calling Muhammad a 'false prophet'

Teacher says he was fired for calling Muhammad a 'false prophet'

Joshua Sutcliffe claims he was "constructively dismissed" from a Catholic school in London for making the statement on one of his YouTube videos.

Premier Christian News

Alliance for Independence chief says he was wrong on gay marriage

Alliance for Independence chief says he was wrong on gay marriage

Alliance for Independence chief Dave Thompson has said he was wrong to have voted against gay marriage.

The National

Mosque bomber admits to making explosives in prison

Mosque bomber admits to making explosives in prison

Black Country mosque bomber Pavlo Lapshyn has admitted making an explosive substance in his cell at a maximum-security jail.

Express and Star

Author Salman Rushdie warns 'cancel culture' is a threat to freedom of speech

Author Salman Rushdie warns 'cancel culture' is a threat to freedom of speech

The Anglo-Indian author has long been a staunch defender of free speech and his own life was under threat for many years after Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against him in 1989, following the publication of his novel The Satanic Verses.

Mail Online

'It’s time to call out the antisemitism within Britain’s Muslim communities'

'It’s time to call out the antisemitism within Britain’s Muslim communities'

Social integration appears to hold the key to reducing antisemitic prejudice within British Muslim communities, says Rakib Ehsan.

The JC

'LGBT people leaving Poland as post-vote mood grows hostile'

'LGBT people leaving Poland as post-vote mood grows hostile'

"While gays and lesbians have never had the legal right to marry or to form civil unions in Poland, as they can in much of Europe, many felt confident until not long ago that Polish society was becoming more accepting and that those rights would one day come. They have instead faced a furious backlash from the Catholic Church and the government."

The Associated Press

'Preserve our traditions of religious freedom and church-state separation'

'Preserve our traditions of religious freedom and church-state separation'

America's legal framework has produced remarkable religious freedom for people of all faiths and none, says Melissa Rogers.

Newsweek

'Has India closed the door on secularism?'

'Has India closed the door on secularism?'

"The space to debate, dissent, question and demand a separation of the Church and the State, as laid down in the Indian constitution, has been given a quiet burial."

Kaleej Times

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

'SNP’s hate crime bill would outlaw all controversial debate' - NSS mentioned

'SNP’s hate crime bill would outlaw all controversial debate' - NSS mentioned

"The SNP's Hate Crime Bill seems to have created a rare consensus in Scotland, with just about everybody agreeing that it is at best naïve and at worst plain dangerous."

The Courier

Comedy at Edinburgh Fringe 'could fall foul of new hate crime legislation'

Comedy at Edinburgh Fringe 'could fall foul of new hate crime legislation'

Comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe could fall foul of new hate crime legislation, the Faculty of Advocates has warned.

Herald Scotland

New primary school in Wokingham to be managed by Church of England trust

New primary school in Wokingham to be managed by Church of England trust

The secretary of state for education has appointed The Keys Academy Trust to run a new school in Embrook. The Keys Academy Trust, which already runs nine other primaries in the borough, is a Church of England multi-academy trust.

Wokingham Today

Polish police arrest three for ‘offending religious feelings’ for hanging Pride flag on Jesus statue

Polish police arrest three for ‘offending religious feelings’ for hanging Pride flag on Jesus statue

Three people accused of hanging LGBT rainbow flags off statues in Warsaw have been arrested and charged. Polish police charged them with desecrating monuments and 'offending religious feelings'.

BBC

Wole Soyinka protests imprisonment of Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala

Wole Soyinka protests imprisonment of Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala

Nobel literature laureate writes letter of solidarity marking Bala's 100th day in detention, saying his supporters 'will not rest until you are free and safe'.

The Guardian

Indian PM lays foundation for Hindu temple on site of mosque destroyed by mobs

Indian PM lays foundation for Hindu temple on site of mosque destroyed by mobs

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone for the Ram temple to be built in Ayodhya in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Sky News

Hindu temple ad runs in Times Square despite opposition

Hindu temple ad runs in Times Square despite opposition

A large digital billboard in Times Square is displaying images of a Hindu deity and a temple being built on disputed ground in India, despite calls from a coalition of advocacy organisations asking advertisers not to show the images.

Yahoo! News

'Poor and desperate, Pakistani Hindus accept Islam to get by'

'Poor and desperate, Pakistani Hindus accept Islam to get by'

Drawn by jobs or land offered by Muslim groups, some Hindus, facing discrimination and a virus-ravaged economy, are essentially converting to survive.

The New York Times

'China Uighurs: A model's video gives a rare glimpse inside internment'

'China Uighurs: A model's video gives a rare glimpse inside internment'

The video a detained model, along with a number of accompanying text messages, together provide a chilling and extremely rare first-hand account of China's highly secure and secretive detention system - sent directly from the inside.

BBC

'Crises reveal the illegitimacy of Iranian theocracy'

'Crises reveal the illegitimacy of Iranian theocracy'

"Perhaps now more than ever, the conditions are ripe for Iran's silent majority to move beyond the endless squabbles of warring opposition camps in exile and—for the first time since the 1979 revolution—unite against the ruling theocracy."

Newsweek

Wed, 05 Aug 2020

Jesus Army abuse 'covered-up by church leaders', report claims

Jesus Army abuse 'covered-up by church leaders', report claims

Abuse of women and children was covered-up by senior members of a disgraced religious sect, according to a leaked report.

BBC

Integration could reduce tensions between Muslim and Jewish communities, study shows

Integration could reduce tensions between Muslim and Jewish communities, study shows

Nearly half of British Muslims harbour antisemitic sentiments towards Jewish people, a poll has found, but the numbers plummet if there is integration between the two communities.

The Telegraph

Man admits possessing terrorist documents and Islamic State propaganda

Man admits possessing terrorist documents and Islamic State propaganda

A Wigan man has admitted possessing terrorist documents including instructional videos on 'how to construct a suicide vest'.

Manchester Evening News

Mosque refused planning permission amid complaints from church over the road

Mosque refused planning permission amid complaints from church over the road

A community centre in Liverpool has been refused permission to operate as a mosque amid complaints from the church across the road.

Liverpool Echo

After lawyers, Pakistan elite police squad poses for selfie with killer of blasphemy accused

After lawyers, Pakistan elite police squad poses for selfie with killer of blasphemy accused

An image of the Peshawar elite police squad posing for a group selfie with Faisal alias Khalid, who last week killed American citizen Tahir Ahmad Naseem inside a courtroom, has been doing the rounds on social media.

The Print

Islamic State claims deadly attack on Afghanistan prison

Islamic State claims deadly attack on Afghanistan prison

At least 29 people have been killed in an attack on a prison in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad which saw more than 1,000 inmates try to flee.

BBC

India's Modi to launch construction of Hindu temple on site of razed mosque

India's Modi to launch construction of Hindu temple on site of razed mosque

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil a plaque on Wednesday to kick off the construction of a Hindu temple in the northern city of Ayodhya on a spot where a mosque was demolished nearly three decades ago to spark deadly riots nationwide.

Reuters

Donald Trump says Democrats can't win Texas claiming the party is 'against religion, oil and guns'

Donald Trump says Democrats can't win Texas claiming the party is 'against religion, oil and guns'

Donald Trump has claimed his Democratic opponents won't win the state of Texas because, among other things, they are "against God". Polls suggest Trump and Joe Biden are running each other close in Texas.

DailyMail.com

Liberals and Islamic fundamentalists battle over Sudan's future as reforms begin after bloody revolution

Liberals and Islamic fundamentalists battle over Sudan's future as reforms begin after bloody revolution

Last month the government outlawed FGM, said that children could no longer be executed and repealed the death penalty for apostasy.

The Telegraph

Tue, 04 Aug 2020

'Authoritarian bill is no way to battle hate' - NSS mentioned

'Authoritarian bill is no way to battle hate' - NSS mentioned

"The alarm is being raised in all quarters: from the Catholic church to the National Secular Society, from the Scottish Police federation to the Law Society of Scotland."

Scottish Daily Mail (via PressReader)

MP defends saying some Muslims not taking covid seriously

MP defends saying some Muslims not taking covid seriously

A Tory MP has defended his claim that some Muslims in West Yorkshire are not taking the pandemic seriously.

BBC

Ian Paisley paid £200 to write an article praising pro-life Catholics

Ian Paisley paid £200 to write an article praising pro-life Catholics

Ian Paisley has said a £200 payment that he received from a religious publication to write a platform piece praising pro-life Catholics is a "standard fee".

Belfast Telegraph

Pub landlord who shared Facebook post mocking Muslims suspended

Pub landlord who shared Facebook post mocking Muslims suspended

The post made reference to opposition to the building of a mosque in an unnamed town.

North Wales Live

‘Dying people cannot be ignored for any longer’

‘Dying people cannot be ignored for any longer’

A woman dying from terminal cancer in Whitehill has reignited calls for an inquiry into assisted dying legislation.

Bordon Herald

Sectarian attack on house condemned

Sectarian attack on house condemned

Graffiti stating KAT (Kill all Taigs) was painted on the front window of a house in the Kilcoole area.

Irish News

US adds sanctions over internment of Muslims in China

US adds sanctions over internment of Muslims in China

The Treasury Department imposed sanctions on a powerful government entity that runs companies and farms in the Xinjiang region, where officials carry out the mass internment of Muslims.

The New York Times

'Uyghur women shine a light on a campaign of abuse and control by Beijing'

'Uyghur women shine a light on a campaign of abuse and control by Beijing'

For years, Uyghur women both inside Xinjiang and around the world have accused the Chinese government of a campaign of abuse, including forced sterilization, cultural indoctrination and incidents of sexual violence.

CNN

Australia: School teaching pupils that ‘God hates homosexuals’ awarded millions in taxpayers’ money

Australia: School teaching pupils that ‘God hates homosexuals’ awarded millions in taxpayers’ money

Moreton Bay Boys' College in Brisbane teaches children from a controversial sex education booklet that discusses how LGBT+ people can "successfully" become heterosexual and describes those with ambiguous genitalia as "freaks".

Pink News

Iranian metal band arrested for "playing Satanic music"

Iranian metal band arrested for "playing Satanic music"

The band Arsames was arrested and charged with 15 years in jail for "being in satanic metal band and being against the Islamic government."

Metal Injection

Mon, 03 Aug 2020

Catholic bishops raise concerns over Scotland's new hate crime laws - NSS mentioned

Catholic bishops raise concerns over Scotland's new hate crime laws - NSS mentioned

The Scottish Bishops conference has raised concerns over the Scottish Government's new Hate Crime Bill, which they claim could have serious implications for religious freedom.

The Tablet

SNP MPs 'voted against Westminster hate crime wording' amid calls to overhaul Holyrood proposals

SNP MPs 'voted against Westminster hate crime wording' amid calls to overhaul Holyrood proposals

The Scottish Government has been told to look to the example of a string of SNP politicians who voted against elements of hate crime legislation at Westminster – amid opposition calls to redraw similar proposals being drawn up at Holyrood.

The Herald

Consultation on Scottish hate crime bill ‘a sham’

Consultation on Scottish hate crime bill ‘a sham’

A consultation on new hate crime laws has been branded a "sham" after all contributors were emailed a "myth-busting" blog designed to bolster support for the controversial policy.

The Times (£)

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