Thu, 05 Mar 2020

‘Shameful scenes in India must spark action in UK’

‘Shameful scenes in India must spark action in UK’

Alyn Smith MP explains why he asked the UK government about the terrible sectarian situation that has erupted in India over the last two weeks.

The National

Former Irish president threatens to leave Catholic Church over sexual abuse

Former Irish president threatens to leave Catholic Church over sexual abuse

Mary McAleese has written to Pope Francis saying she will leave the Catholic Church if it emerges the Holy See did not protect the members of an organisation for people with disabilities.

The Irish News

Call to ban neo-Nazi group in UK

Call to ban neo-Nazi group in UK

The UK government is being urged to ban a neo-Nazi Satanist group which backs murder and sexual violence.

Metro

Wed, 04 Mar 2020

Catholic RE certificate "disproportionately affects" women teachers in NI

Catholic RE certificate "disproportionately affects" women teachers in NI

A Religious Education certificate needed to get a job in Catholic schools in Northern Ireland "disproportionately affects" the job prospects of women teachers.

BBC

London religious groups ‘to relax burial requirements in coronavirus pandemic’

London religious groups ‘to relax burial requirements in coronavirus pandemic’

Faith groups in London will be asked to relax requirements for funerals and burials if a coronavirus pandemic leads to a steep increase in deaths.

Evening Standard

Delhi riots: How Muslims' homes were targeted and burnt

Delhi riots: How Muslims' homes were targeted and burnt

Three days of fire and fury in north-east Delhi last week consumed more than 40 lives, leaving hundreds wounded and many missing.

BBC

‘What next for India's Muslims? More suffering and a further crackdown on their rights’

‘What next for India's Muslims? More suffering and a further crackdown on their rights’

If identity documents are lost – including in attacks such as those seen in Delhi – it is not difficult to envisage a scenario in which a proportion of the country's Muslims are moved to detention centres.

The Independent

Russia's Putin wants traditional marriage and God in constitution

Russia's Putin wants traditional marriage and God in constitution

Russian President Vladimir Putin wants marriage to be defined as the union of a man and woman in a revised constitution, ruling out gay marriage.

BBC

Madrid court acquits Spanish actor of blasphemy complaint

Madrid court acquits Spanish actor of blasphemy complaint

A Madrid court has acquitted Spanish actor Willy Toledo in a blasphemy case after he was accused of making comments offensive to religious sentiment, according to court documents.

The Local (Spain)

Newly conservative supreme court to hear arguments in US abortion rights case

Newly conservative supreme court to hear arguments in US abortion rights case

A remade conservative majority on the US supreme court will hear oral arguments in a case this week that could result in grave new restrictions on abortion access.

The Guardian

Christian youth tortured to death for ‘polluting’ tube-well water in Pakistan

Christian youth tortured to death for ‘polluting’ tube-well water in Pakistan

A Christian labourer, who was brutally tortured by local landowners in Kasur three days ago on accusations that he had 'polluted' their tube-well water by bathing in it, succumbed to his injuries on Friday.

Pakistan Today

Pakistan court gives green light to women's march – with conditions

Pakistan court gives green light to women's march – with conditions

A Pakistani court on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to the country's largest women's rights event but told organizers to ensure participants adhere to "decency and moral values".

The New York Times

Colombia court upholds law restricting access to abortion

Colombia court upholds law restricting access to abortion

Colombia's Constitutional Court has voted in favour of upholding the nation's restrictive abortion law in a ruling that had been closely watched around Latin America.

AP News

New archbishop makes attacking same-sex marriage his first act

New archbishop makes attacking same-sex marriage his first act

The new head of the Anglican Church in Uganda, Stephen Kazimba Mugalu, has spoken out against same-sex couples at his enthronement.

Gay Star News

Conversion therapy for minors to be banned in Virginia

Conversion therapy for minors to be banned in Virginia

The Democratic governor of the US state of Virginia has signed a bill banning conversion therapy for minors, the first LGBT rights measure to reach his desk this year.

The Washington Post

Tue, 03 Mar 2020

Indian lawmakers scuffle over violence which killed 41

Indian lawmakers scuffle over violence which killed 41

Indian lawmakers pushed and shoved each other in parliament on Monday after opposition parties demanded the resignation of interior minister Amit Shah over the handling of violence triggered by a citizenship law that excludes Muslims.

Reuters

‘The violence in Delhi is not a “riot”. It is targeted anti-Muslim brutality’

‘The violence in Delhi is not a “riot”. It is targeted anti-Muslim brutality’

Blame the poisonous ideology of the Hindu nationalist BJP for the blood on India's streets, says Kenan Malik.

The Observer

Activists voice concern over sex education guidance for schools in England

Activists voice concern over sex education guidance for schools in England

New guidance will leave many children in England ignorant about consent, forced marriage and LGBTQ+ issues, say young activists.

The Guardian

‘Don’t assume what British Muslims think — ask us’

‘Don’t assume what British Muslims think — ask us’

Akeela Ahmed says British Muslims want to help counter and prevent Islamist extremism but also want to be treated as equal citizens.

The Times (£)

Councillors want rethink on decision to turn open space into mosque car park

Councillors want rethink on decision to turn open space into mosque car park

Councillors in Stoke-on-Trent are calling for a rethink on plans to turn council-owned open space into a mosque car park.

Stoke Sentinel

Plans submitted for a symbolic Jewish boundary in parts of Stockport

Plans submitted for a symbolic Jewish boundary in parts of Stockport

Plans have been submitted to erect an eruv - a symbolic Jewish boundary - in parts of Stockport.

Manchester Evening News

‘Christian domination of NHS pastoral care must end’

‘Christian domination of NHS pastoral care must end’

Andrew Copson says NHS managers should ensure that public services, including pastoral, spiritual, and religious services, are inclusive for all.

Health Service Journal

Secularist leader remains kingmaker by slim margin after latest Israeli election

Secularist leader remains kingmaker by slim margin after latest Israeli election

Yisrael Beytenu head Avigdor Liberman remains kingmaker of the next government by a very slim margin, exit polls suggest, despite not making a major breakthrough during the latest Israeli election.

The Jerusalem Post

Christian couple sentenced to death for blasphemy will get final verdict in April

Christian couple sentenced to death for blasphemy will get final verdict in April

A pair of Christians who are on death row for blasphemy in Pakistan are soon to receive a verdict on their appeal.

Premier Christian News

Vatican opens secret files on pope accused of failing to help Jews during Second World War

Vatican opens secret files on pope accused of failing to help Jews during Second World War

The Vatican has opened the Holy See's archives to shed light on the papacy of Pius XII, whose files were kept secret for decades due to accusations he failed to help save Jews during the Holocaust.

The Independent

Mon, 02 Mar 2020

State-funded Catholic faith school plans given go-ahead despite opposition

State-funded Catholic faith school plans given go-ahead despite opposition

Some parents who oppose the plans say the school should be about local children and not what faith they follow.

Sky News

Prevent: Muslim support for anti-extremism scheme

Prevent: Muslim support for anti-extremism scheme

The principles behind the anti-extremism scheme Prevent may not be as controversial among British Muslims as thought, a survey suggests.

BBC News

Most Anglicans believe gay couples have right to marry, poll suggests

Most Anglicans believe gay couples have right to marry, poll suggests

The number of Anglicans who believe that gay couples have a right to marry "are now clearly in the majority", according to a new YouGov poll.

The Telegraph

Yeshivah closures could lead to more home-schooling

Yeshivah closures could lead to more home-schooling

Proposals to regulate unregistered yeshivot for young teenagers could leave some of them no better off, the government has acknowledged.

The JC

NHS urges staff to shave beards - but gives 'religious exemptions'

NHS urges staff to shave beards - but gives 'religious exemptions'

NHS staff have been asked to shave their beards to allow masks to fit more securely in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus. However, the advice suggest those who "do not have a strong cultural or religious reason for a beard" are exempt.

ITV

Controversial plan for Muslim cemetery on farmland set to return

Controversial plan for Muslim cemetery on farmland set to return

The plans to build a burial ground on the outskirts of Solihull where ceremonies could be conducted under Sharia law - a religious law forming part of the Islamic tradition - were first thrown out back in 2015.

Coventry Telegraph

'Bibi case proves blasphemy law reform is overdue'

'Bibi case proves blasphemy law reform is overdue'

"Reading her story this week made me think about Scotland's own chequered history on questions of religious freedom, and the unfinished work of freeing this country from the kind of restrictive laws which dragged Asia Bibi before the courts and exposed her life to legal jeopardy."

The National

'Resolving the conflict between medicine and religious beliefs'

'Resolving the conflict between medicine and religious beliefs'

Dr Miriam Stoppard explores the tensions between various religious beliefs and medical science and touches on the issue of withdrawing life-support.

The Mirror

Argentina set to become first major Latin American country to legalise abortion

Argentina set to become first major Latin American country to legalise abortion

Its president, Alberto Fernández, said on Sunday that he intends to send a legal abortion bill to congress in the next 10 days.

The Guardian

'Inside Delhi: beaten, lynched and burnt alive'

'Inside Delhi: beaten, lynched and burnt alive'

Violence in India's capital has left more than 40 dead and hundreds injured after a Hindu nationalist rampage, stoked by the rhetoric of Narendra Modi's populist government.

The Guardian

Fri, 28 Feb 2020

CofE refuses to endorse report that highlights ‘damning inequality’ of healthcare chaplaincy

CofE refuses to endorse report that highlights ‘damning inequality’ of healthcare chaplaincy

The Church of England has criticised a new report suggesting that the pastoral and spiritual needs of patients who identify as having no religion are not being met because almost all health-care chaplains in the UK are Christian.

Church Times

Ireland: Education Authority will not support plan for Catholic school to become integrated

Ireland: Education Authority will not support plan for Catholic school to become integrated

St Mary's High in Brollagh Co Fermanagh wants to `transform' this year, but education officials disagree with the plan.

Irish News

Orthodox Jewish charity is put into liquidation

Orthodox Jewish charity is put into liquidation

An HM Revenue and Customs investigation into Ezer V'Hatzalah is at "an early stage". According to its 2018 accounts, the trustees became aware of "weaknesses in their accounting and internal control procedures and the potential for the misallocation of funds".

The JC

Lincoln diocese ‘living beyond its means’

Lincoln diocese ‘living beyond its means’

The diocese of Lincoln — the wealthiest in the Church of Eng­­­­land, with the lowest level of giving — has warned that it cannot continue to sell its assets to balance the books.

Church Times

Ex-religious teacher to stand trial for alleged sexual assault of children

Ex-religious teacher to stand trial for alleged sexual assault of children

A former religious teacher is set to stand trial later this year accused of sexually assaulting two boys, aged eight and 11.

Lancashire Telegraph

'The strange ancient law that could see you paying £100,000 to fix your local church'

'The strange ancient law that could see you paying £100,000 to fix your local church'

Called chancel repair liability, it's an ancient law that means homeowners living within the parishes of churches built before 1536 can be held liable for costs - and although claims are rare they can be devastating.

MyLondon

'LGBT people must be visible in the curriculum'

'LGBT people must be visible in the curriculum'

Creating LGBT-inclusive environments in the classroom can help students feel included and accepted.

TES

'School admissions: Don't just rearrange the deckchairs'

'School admissions: Don't just rearrange the deckchairs'

''But this engagement is frustrated when popular schools are oversubscribed and it is schools that choose pupils – often by proximity, sometimes by faith criteria – rather than the other way around.'

TES

'How did British Indians become so prominent in the Conservative party?'

'How did British Indians become so prominent in the Conservative party?'

'Supported by the Indian government and its far-right ruling party, the BJP, the Conservatives have exploited a sharp rise in Hindu nationalism within the British Indian community to play Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Muslim communities off against one another.'

The Guardian

Legion of Christ vows better abuse response amid new scandal

Legion of Christ vows better abuse response amid new scandal

The Legion of Christ religious order is promising accountability and transparency following damaging new revelations of sex abuse and cover-up that have undermined its credibility, a decade after revelations of its pedophile founder disgraced the order.

Mail Online

Thu, 27 Feb 2020

School trust's sex education policy "explicitly homophobic"

School trust's sex education policy "explicitly homophobic"

A sex education policy which appeared on an academy trust's website has been criticised as "explicitly homophobic".

BBC News

Nonreligious people 'less likely' to be satisfied with their health - NSS quoted

Nonreligious people 'less likely' to be satisfied with their health - NSS quoted

The Office for National Statistics has published data linking religion and health in a bid "to understand the circumstances of people of different religious identities". The NSS has cautioned against oversimplifying "a much more complex and nuanced picture".

The Telegraph (£)

State school segregation ‘rife’ as middle classes play system

State school segregation ‘rife’ as middle classes play system

A report from the Sutton Trust has considered 'simplifying' faith school admissions in order to tackle socio-economic segregation.

The Times (£)

DUP calls for 'extra protection' for Christians who do not want to be involved in gay weddings

DUP calls for 'extra protection' for Christians who do not want to be involved in gay weddings

The DUP has declared current plans for protecting people from being coerced into participating in gay weddings "do not go far enough".

News Letter

Priest who compared LGBT-inclusive education to Nazism invited to speak in UK parliament

Priest who compared LGBT-inclusive education to Nazism invited to speak in UK parliament

An anti-abortion Anglican priest who said LGBT-inclusive education is "state-sponsored abuse" and comparable to Nazism has been invited to speak in UK parliament.

Pink News

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