Fri, 23 Aug 2019

‘A man threatened to “slaughter” abortion doctors. It’s part of a disturbing trend in the US’

‘A man threatened to “slaughter” abortion doctors. It’s part of a disturbing trend in the US’

Advocates for reproductive rights say President Trump's rhetoric is helping fuel a spike in threats against abortion clinics across the US.

Vox

Rights groups say Saudi reforms on women’s rights are much less extensive than they appeared

Rights groups say Saudi reforms on women’s rights are much less extensive than they appeared

Campaigners have warned that Saudi Arabia's reforms on women's rights are radically less extensive than they initially appeared.

The Independent

Religious practice linked to anti-LGBT discrimination in US

Religious practice linked to anti-LGBT discrimination in US

A study from the US shows that higher rates of religious practice by residents of a state decreased the likelihood of that state adopting legislation that protected LGBT+ employees from discrimination.

The Conversation

Thu, 22 Aug 2019

Islamophobia definition will prevent criticism of Islam, say writers

Islamophobia definition will prevent criticism of Islam, say writers

A proposed definition of Islamophobia risks curtailing freedom of speech and work to expose extremism, a new collection of essays has warned.

The Telegraph

Anti-abortion protesters lose appeal over clinic buffer zone

Anti-abortion protesters lose appeal over clinic buffer zone

Anti-abortion protesters have lost their legal challenge against the UK's first buffer zone around an abortion clinic.

BBC

Councillor in Denbighshire calls for end of prayers before meetings – NSS mentioned

Councillor in Denbighshire calls for end of prayers before meetings – NSS mentioned

A councillor is calling for the end of the practice of holding prayers before council meetings in Denbighshire.

North Wales Live

Fewer students taking Religious Studies GCSE

Fewer students taking Religious Studies GCSE

The number of young people taking Religious Studies has fallen, a report has found.

The Irish News

Belfast school won’t have priest on staff for first time

Belfast school won’t have priest on staff for first time

St Malachy's College in north Belfast will be without a full-time clergyman among its teaching staff for the first time in September.

Belfast Live

New Muslim burial site allocated in Lancashire

New Muslim burial site allocated in Lancashire

Extra space has been allocated within a cemetery in Burnley to accommodate Muslim burials for the foreseeable future.

Lancashire Telegraph

Catholic priest survivors’ group says it’s cowardly that convicted cardinal hasn’t been defrocked

Catholic priest survivors’ group says it’s cowardly that convicted cardinal hasn’t been defrocked

An Australian appeals court has upheld the conviction of Cardinal George Pell, who was found guilty earlier this year of molesting two 13-year-old choir boys in the 1990s. And yet Pell still retains his title in the Catholic Church.

Time

Trump says Jews who vote for Democrats lack knowledge or are disloyal

Trump says Jews who vote for Democrats lack knowledge or are disloyal

US president Donald Trump has criticised Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats, saying "it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty", sparking criticism.

CNN

Trump abortion ‘gag rule’ leaves poor patients ‘with nowhere to go’ in US

Trump abortion ‘gag rule’ leaves poor patients ‘with nowhere to go’ in US

Subsidised family planning is at risk in the US after the group Planned Parenthood withdrew from a programme which distributes grants to clinics. The withdrawal came after a new Trump administration rule banned clinics from referring patients for abortions.

The Guardian

The Jehovah’s Witnesses want the US Supreme Court to help them cover up sex abuse

The Jehovah’s Witnesses want the US Supreme Court to help them cover up sex abuse

The organisation that oversees the Jehovah's Witnesses is currently embroiled in a major legal battle in the US that involves child molestation, religious secrecy, and (possibly) the Supreme Court.

The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)

Wed, 21 Aug 2019

Diocese of Chichester: Abuse victims welcome 'powerful report'

Diocese of Chichester: Abuse victims welcome 'powerful report'

Victims of sexual abuse by clergy in the Church of England's Diocese of Chichester have welcomed a "powerful report" that exposes the "devious" methods used by offenders.

BBC

Cardinal George Pell loses appeal against sexual abuse convictions

Cardinal George Pell loses appeal against sexual abuse convictions

Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric to be convicted of sexual abuse, has failed in a legal bid to quash his convictions in Australia.

BBC

‘Sikhs and vegetarians who criticise halal meat are not Islamophobic’ – NSS quoted

‘Sikhs and vegetarians who criticise halal meat are not Islamophobic’ – NSS quoted

Hardeep Singh says a decision to disqualify a GCSE student who criticised halal slaughter was absurd.

The Article

Man charged with religiously aggravated damage over Birmingham mosque attacks

Man charged with religiously aggravated damage over Birmingham mosque attacks

A man has been charged with religiously aggravated criminal damage after five mosques were vandalised in Birmingham.

BBC

More than 3,000 Croydon women may be victims of female genital mutilation

More than 3,000 Croydon women may be victims of female genital mutilation

It is thought that more than 3,000 women in Croydon in south London have been affected by FGM.

MyLondon

Call for more FGM awareness in Redbridge as dozens of victims come forward

Call for more FGM awareness in Redbridge as dozens of victims come forward

Dozens of victims of FGM in the London borough of Redbridge were seen for the first time by health services last year, figures show.

Ilford Recorder

‘Edinburgh should remove religious reps’ voting rights’ – NSS mentioned

‘Edinburgh should remove religious reps’ voting rights’ – NSS mentioned

A letter from Neil Barber says religious representatives' role on council education committees in Scotland is an affront to democracy.

The National

Almost 450 attacks on churches and religious buildings in Northern Ireland over past three years

Almost 450 attacks on churches and religious buildings in Northern Ireland over past three years

Almost 450 churches and religious buildings in Northern Ireland have been attacked over the past three years, new figures reveal.

The Irish News

Homophobia seen rising in European countries without gay marriage

Homophobia seen rising in European countries without gay marriage

Homophobia has risen in European countries that do not legally recognize same-sex relationships, while acceptance of gay and lesbian people has jumped in states where they can marry, research released on Wednesday showed.

Reuters

Trump steadily fulfills goals on religious right wish list

Trump steadily fulfills goals on religious right wish list

With a flurry of recent actions, the Trump administration is now winning conservative religious leaders' praise for aggressively fulfilling many of their goals.

The Washington Post

Tue, 20 Aug 2019

Edinburgh education chief criticises claims of plot against Catholic Church ahead of voting rights debate

Edinburgh education chief criticises claims of plot against Catholic Church ahead of voting rights debate

Edinburgh City Council's education committee convener has hit back at misinformation and claims of a "secret plot" against the Catholic Church. His comments come as the council prepares to decide whether to strip religious representatives of their voting rights on the committee.

Edinburgh Evening News

‘Let’s replace religious assembly in schools with a “thought for the day”’

‘Let’s replace religious assembly in schools with a “thought for the day”’

Compulsory Christian worship is divisive and excludes many children, says Laura McInerney. Why not teach them all to think about religions and philosophies instead?

The Guardian

‘Don’t shoot the messenger, your eminence’

‘Don’t shoot the messenger, your eminence’

This editorial says the gross evil of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy would have gone unexposed had it not been for three principal agencies, all secular.

The Tablet (£)

Number of victims of FGM in the Lancaster and Morecambe district on the rise

Number of victims of FGM in the Lancaster and Morecambe district on the rise

More victims of female genital mutilation in Morecambe Bay were seen for the first time by health services last year, figures show.

Lancashire Post

‘Why was a GCSE student disqualified for criticising halal meat?’

‘Why was a GCSE student disqualified for criticising halal meat?’

Brendan O'Neill says we have to distinguish between genuine anti-Muslim bigotry and perfectly legitimate questioning or ridicule of Islam.

The Spectator

MMR vaccine: one in seven five-year-olds in England may not be immunised

MMR vaccine: one in seven five-year-olds in England may not be immunised

One in seven five-year-olds may not be up to date with their MMR immunisation, Public Health England has warned, rising to one in four in London.

The Guardian

El Salvador rape victim acquitted over stillbirth murder charge

El Salvador rape victim acquitted over stillbirth murder charge

A young rape victim who was suspected of having an abortion and charged with homicide after having a stillborn child has been acquitted by a judge at a retrial in El Salvador.

The Guardian

Belgium tests EU rules on halal and kosher slaughter

Belgium tests EU rules on halal and kosher slaughter

From 1 September the French-speaking region of Wallonia will be the second Belgian authority to prohibit killing animals without prior stunning.

Politico

‘India is committing human rights abuses in Kashmir - Boris Johnson has a duty to act’

‘India is committing human rights abuses in Kashmir - Boris Johnson has a duty to act’

Khalid Mahmood MP says proposals to sell land which has been held for generations by Kashmiri Muslim farmers, in order to settle Hindu nationalists loyal to the current Indian government, is ethnic cleansing.

Politics Home

Questions over Germany’s church taxes as Catholic Church reports growing income

Questions over Germany’s church taxes as Catholic Church reports growing income

The German Catholic Church's income has risen as questions are being asked over the country's compulsory church tax.

The Tablet (£)

Mon, 19 Aug 2019

RS A-level student numbers fall again

RS A-level student numbers fall again

The number of students sitting A-levels in religious studies in the UK has dropped again.

Church Times

Revealed: The 'blasphemous' scenes from Life of Brian that even the Pythons were too afraid to show

Revealed: The 'blasphemous' scenes from Life of Brian that even the Pythons were too afraid to show

Monty Python's Life of Brian, which was released 40 years ago, would have offended even more people if the original version of the script had been filmed.

The Mail on Sunday

GCSE student disqualified after criticising halal meat in RS exam

GCSE student disqualified after criticising halal meat in RS exam

A vegetarian GCSE pupil was disqualified after criticising halal meat in a Religious Studies exam, it has today emerged.

Mirror

Conservative councillors in Edinburgh to vote against removing voting rights from religious reps

Conservative councillors in Edinburgh to vote against removing voting rights from religious reps

Conservatives on Edinburgh City Council are set to vote against a motion to remove voting rights for church representatives on education committees.

Scottish Catholic Observer

‘Brace yourself for more lies about Prevent’

‘Brace yourself for more lies about Prevent’

David Toube says a spectacular level of disinformation has been disseminated about the government's counter-terrorism programme.

The Jewish Chronicle

Christian Legal Centre stands up for man who refused to drive bus with rainbow logo on it

Christian Legal Centre stands up for man who refused to drive bus with rainbow logo on it

Earlier this month a bus driver in Norwich was suspended for refusing to drive a bus that 'promotes homosexuality' by having its service number displayed in rainbow colours. Now the chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre has defended him.

The Freethinker (Patheos)

US: Two sentenced to prison for foiled terrorist plot on Muslims

US: Two sentenced to prison for foiled terrorist plot on Muslims

Two men were sentenced to between four and 12 years in prison on Friday after threatening to bomb a Muslim community area in the United States.

DW

US man arrested for threatening to shoot up a Jewish community centre

US man arrested for threatening to shoot up a Jewish community centre

An avowed anti-semite who attended a deadly white nationalist rally has been arrested for making threats toward a Jewish community centre in Ohio.

DailyMail.com

Mum sues doctor after 'baby’s penis severed by intern in circumcision’

Mum sues doctor after 'baby’s penis severed by intern in circumcision’

A doctor is being sued by a mother who claims her newborn baby's penis was severed by an intern in a circumcision.

Mirror

Leader of Poland’s ruling party condemns gay pride marches as election nears

Leader of Poland’s ruling party condemns gay pride marches as election nears

Poland must resist the "travelling theatre" of gay pride marches, the leader of its conservative ruling party has said, as the staunchly Roman Catholic country gears up for a parliamentary election on 13 October.

Reuters

Google loophole allows anti-abortion clinics to post deceptive ads

Google loophole allows anti-abortion clinics to post deceptive ads

A Google policy designed to rein in deceptive advertising by 'crisis pregnancy centres' has a loophole which allows the centres to keep posting misleading ads in the US, UK and Ireland.

The Guardian

‘The archbishop and the BBC’

‘The archbishop and the BBC’

The English Catholic Church continues to be unrepentant in its scathing criticism of the messengers who exposed sexual abuse in the archdiocese of Birmingham in a BBC documentary 15 years ago. Now one of the original journalists has made public their side of the story behind the scenes.

The Tablet (£)

Fri, 16 Aug 2019

Religious influence in Scottish schools 'waning' - NSS quoted

Religious influence in Scottish schools 'waning' - NSS quoted

Nearly a third of councils are considering stripping church leaders of their right to vote on education boards.

The Times (£)

'Should all faith schools be banned?'

'Should all faith schools be banned?'

Author and a former parish priest GP Taylor says religion has no place in running a modern school.

The Telegraph (£)

Cricket club alleges discrimination over Muslim festival

Cricket club alleges discrimination over Muslim festival

A cricket club claims it has been discriminated against for not playing a match during a religious festival.

BBC News

'Hong Kong crisis reflects religious freedom struggle in mainland China'

'Hong Kong crisis reflects religious freedom struggle in mainland China'

A Christian organisation is calling on China to grant freedom of religion to Christians in the mainland who are experiencing increasing persecution.

Christian Today

Israel bans two US Muslim congresswomen after Trump tweet

Israel bans two US Muslim congresswomen after Trump tweet

Israel barred two American Muslim congresswomen from a planned visit yesterday within an hour of President Trump tweeting that "it would show great weakness" to let them in.

The Times (£)

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