Tue, 29 Oct 2019

Christian group protests against mandatory LGBT-inclusive curriculum

Christian group protests against mandatory LGBT-inclusive curriculum

A Christian group is objecting to the mandatory LGBT-inclusive curriculum that will be rolled out to students across England next year.

Premier Christian Radio

DUP MLA calls for referenda on abortion and gay marriage changes in NI

DUP MLA calls for referenda on abortion and gay marriage changes in NI

DUP MLA Jim Wells has been slammed as "highly insensitive" after calling for referenda to be held on the two significant changes to the law on social issues in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph

France mosque shootings: Two injured in Bayonne attack

France mosque shootings: Two injured in Bayonne attack

An elderly man suspected of firing shots outside a mosque in the south-western city of Bayonne has been arrested, French police say.

BBC

Italian doctors on trial for manslaughter after refusing abortion

Italian doctors on trial for manslaughter after refusing abortion

Seven Italian doctors who refused to perform a potentially life-saving abortion are fighting accusations of manslaughter in a trial that is expected to set a precedent for Italy's medical attitude towards the procedure.

Financial Times (£)

Toddler has penis cut off in circumcision in Brazil

Toddler has penis cut off in circumcision in Brazil

A three-year-old boy's penis has been cut off during a circumcision in Brazil.

The Sun

‘More ritual, less circumcision’

‘More ritual, less circumcision’

Carolina Landsmann says it would be a relief for many Jews if circumcision became a metaphorical ritual rather than a literal one.

Haaretz

‘The terrifying reaction to a panel debate on Islamophobia’

‘The terrifying reaction to a panel debate on Islamophobia’

Qanta Ahmed says the reaction to an event at the recent Conservative party conference shows why so few moderate Muslims are heard in public debate.

The Spectator

Man who uttered ‘religious offending phrases’ is banned from football matches

Man who uttered ‘religious offending phrases’ is banned from football matches

A Kirkcaldy man who admitted behaving in a threatening manner by repeatedly uttering 'religious offending' phrases and comments has been banned from attending football matches for 12 months.

Fife Today

Backlash as chicken chain which funds religious anti-LGBT charities opens second branch in Britain

Backlash as chicken chain which funds religious anti-LGBT charities opens second branch in Britain

US food chain Chick-fil-A, which funds several Christian anti-LGBT organisations and causes, has opened a branch in the Highlands, shortly after opening one in Berkshire.

The Scotsman

Mon, 28 Oct 2019

Campaign launched to decriminalise abortion in Great Britain

Campaign launched to decriminalise abortion in Great Britain

A campaign has been launched to abolish an old law which means abortion is still technically illegal in England, Scotland and Wales.

Evening Standard

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: IS leader 'dead after US raid' in Syria

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: IS leader 'dead after US raid' in Syria

The fugitive leader of the Islamic State group killed himself during a US military operation in north-west Syria, President Donald Trump has said.

BBC

Woman acquitted of buying abortion pills for her daughter after landmark law change in NI

Woman acquitted of buying abortion pills for her daughter after landmark law change in NI

A woman acquitted of buying abortion pills for her daughter after a landmark law change said she is relieved to move on with her life.

Irish Mirror

Father launches bid for school evolution lessons in Scotland

Father launches bid for school evolution lessons in Scotland

A bid to have evolution taught in primary schools in Scotland has been launched amid concerns that pupils with no religious beliefs are "not represented" in the classroom.

The Scotsman

Archbishop of Canterbury weighs in on Brexit again

Archbishop of Canterbury weighs in on Brexit again

Justin Welby has spoken out about the use of language in the Brexit debate.

The Independent

Cheshire priest Matthew Jolley jailed for child abuse plan

Cheshire priest Matthew Jolley jailed for child abuse plan

A priest has been jailed for attempting to meet a two-year-old boy he wanted to abuse, police have said.

BBC

‘By the Grace of God eviscerates paedophile priests and Vatican evasion’

‘By the Grace of God eviscerates paedophile priests and Vatican evasion’

This review gives a new film about the cover-up of child abuse in the Catholic Church four stars and describes it as "compassionate but forensic".

Time Out

PCCs call for reassessment of law on assisted dying

PCCs call for reassessment of law on assisted dying

Eighteen police and crime commissioners have signed an open letter to the Ministry of Justice asking for the government to reassess the law on assisted dying.

Dorset Echo

‘We should allow assisted dying in the UK’

‘We should allow assisted dying in the UK’

A letter says it is so sad we have to flee to a foreign land to do what is logical.

The Guardian

Founding principal of Christian colleges charged with historic sex abuse in Australia

Founding principal of Christian colleges charged with historic sex abuse in Australia

The founding principal of two Christian colleges is facing historical child sex abuse allegations that date back to his time at the schools, in the 1970s and '80s.

The Age

Jordan urged to stop imprisoning women for defying the wishes of men

Jordan urged to stop imprisoning women for defying the wishes of men

Amnesty International has called on Jordan to end what it has described as an abusive system that jails women if they disobey their male "guardians" or have relationships deemed inappropriate.

The Guardian

Fri, 25 Oct 2019

'Inadequate' Islamic school secretly stayed open after telling government it had closed – NSS quoted

'Inadequate' Islamic school secretly stayed open after telling government it had closed – NSS quoted

A private Islamic school which had been rated "inadequate" secretly stayed open after telling the Department for Education it had closed, and repeatedly blocked inspectors from carrying out checks, it has emerged.

iNews

Ofsted inspector 'denied access' to inadequate Islamic school – NSS quoted

Ofsted inspector 'denied access' to inadequate Islamic school – NSS quoted

The head teacher of an Islamic school set up next to a mosque in Wolverhampton "denied access" to an Ofsted inspector, claiming she had no right to enter.

Birmingham Live

Children abused for decades at 'sadistic' London Catholic school, inquiry finds

Children abused for decades at 'sadistic' London Catholic school, inquiry finds

A "sadistic and predatory" atmosphere and a culture of cover-up and denial in a Catholic school allowed sexual abusers to commit crimes against children for decades, an independent inquiry has found.

The Guardian

Paedophile priests acted ‘like mafia’ abusing schoolboys, as Vatican refused to give crucial evidence

Paedophile priests acted ‘like mafia’ abusing schoolboys, as Vatican refused to give crucial evidence

Paedophile priests acted "like the mafia" while abusing boys at an abbey school, while the pope's representative stands accused of using diplomatic immunity to avoid giving evidence about a fugitive monk.

The Telegraph

‘Naz Shah and Salma Yaqoob: what you need to know about the row gripping Labour’

‘Naz Shah and Salma Yaqoob: what you need to know about the row gripping Labour’

Accusations of abuse and homophobia have been made against a former Respect Party leader who is running as a Labour candidate in the West Midlands mayoral race.

HuffPost

Cleric accused of abusing boys at Catholic boarding school says he doesn’t respect complaints system

Cleric accused of abusing boys at Catholic boarding school says he doesn’t respect complaints system

A cleric accused of abusing boys at a Catholic boarding school has said he has "no great respect for the system" when dealing with the evidence of alleged victims.

The Scotsman

‘By the Grace of God review’

‘By the Grace of God review’

Steven Sheehan recommends a newly released film about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, which is out in the UK today.

The Digital Fix

Italian who compared Catholic Church to masochism club convicted of blasphemy

Italian who compared Catholic Church to masochism club convicted of blasphemy

A man who criticised the Catholic Church during a radio interview in Italy has been convicted of blasphemy and fined.

The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)

‘Pakistan’s persecuted minorities’

‘Pakistan’s persecuted minorities’

Hardeep Singh says girls from religious minorities are under constant threat of forced marriage and conversion.

Spiked Online

Anglican leadership complicit in oppression of LGBT people, says Peter Tatchell

Anglican leadership complicit in oppression of LGBT people, says Peter Tatchell

Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said religious leaders have "been the single greatest cause of LGBT+ oppression throughout the centuries" and the current Anglican leadership is "active or complicit" in its continuing.

Church Times

Thu, 24 Oct 2019

Proportion of Brits saying abortion and gay relationships are morally wrong has fallen significantly in last 30 years

Proportion of Brits saying abortion and gay relationships are morally wrong has fallen significantly in last 30 years

Britain has seen a liberalisation of attitudes on issues including abortion, gay relationships and euthanasia, a survey suggests.

The Independent

Two far-right extremists jailed for encouraging copycat terror attacks after Christchurch

Two far-right extremists jailed for encouraging copycat terror attacks after Christchurch

Two far-right extremists who encouraged copycat terror attacks in the aftermath of the New Zealand mosque shootings have been jailed.

Chronicle Live

MP takes mosque petition to parliament amid 'serious allegations of improper conduct'

MP takes mosque petition to parliament amid 'serious allegations of improper conduct'

The management of the largest mosque in High Wycombe in Bucks has been called into question by MP Steve Baker amid "serious allegations of improper conduct".

Bucks Free Press

Nationalist parties in NI face criticism from bishops after not standing in the way of abortion liberalisation

Nationalist parties in NI face criticism from bishops after not standing in the way of abortion liberalisation

Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland have criticised Sinn Fein and the SDLP for not preventing the liberalisation of the abortion laws this week.

The Irish Catholic

Anti-abortion protester handed a restraining order after incident outside Marie Stopes clinic

Anti-abortion protester handed a restraining order after incident outside Marie Stopes clinic

An anti-abortion campaigner has been handed a restraining order after protesting outside a south Manchester abortion clinic.

Manchester Evening News

‘Our assisted dying laws are cruel and must be changed’

‘Our assisted dying laws are cruel and must be changed’

Ron Hogg says the assisted dying laws are outdated, unsafe and downright cruel.

The Times (£)

16 sentenced to death over murder of woman who accused Islamic school head of sexual assault in Bangladesh

16 sentenced to death over murder of woman who accused Islamic school head of sexual assault in Bangladesh

Sixteen people have been sentenced to death in Bangladesh for the murder of a schoolgirl who was burned alive after she accused the headmaster of her Islamic school of sexually abusing her.

Mail Online

Iran parades Instagram star jailed for blasphemy on TV

Iran parades Instagram star jailed for blasphemy on TV

Iranian TV has broadcast an interview with an Instagram star who was reportedly jailed for blasphemy in October.

BBC

US secretary of state says advancing religious freedom and restricting abortion are priorities

US secretary of state says advancing religious freedom and restricting abortion are priorities

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo listed promoting international religious freedom and fighting abortion as among US foreign policy priorities in a speech on diplomacy on Tuesday.

Catholic Herald

‘Argentina and Uruguay voters face surge of religious and conservative candidates in weekend elections’

‘Argentina and Uruguay voters face surge of religious and conservative candidates in weekend elections’

Both countries head to the polls this Sunday, where unprecedented numbers of candidates oppose sexual and reproductive rights.

openDemocracy

Wed, 23 Oct 2019

DUP wants religious protections over same sex marriage written into law

DUP wants religious protections over same sex marriage written into law

The DUP has announced it will be seeking legal protections for churches following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph

‘We have taken the first steps in Northern Ireland to equal rights for all’

‘We have taken the first steps in Northern Ireland to equal rights for all’

Stella Creasy says for too long it has been accepted wisdom that the basic rights of the people of Northern Ireland should come second to the needs of their political parties.

The Times (£)

Sexual abuse “was just part of life” at Catholic boarding school

Sexual abuse “was just part of life” at Catholic boarding school

An Irvine pupil says sexual abuse was "just part of life" at a North Ayrshire Catholic boarding school.

Irvine Times

Monk admits Catholic school failings over child sex abuse

Monk admits Catholic school failings over child sex abuse

A monk at a Catholic boarding school has told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry that failings allowed the sexual abuse of children to take place.

The Times (£)

Terminally ill man challenges assisted dying law in high court

Terminally ill man challenges assisted dying law in high court

A terminally ill man challenging the law on assisted dying has to wait to learn if his high court case can go ahead.

BBC

Church warden jailed for life for murder of university lecturer

Church warden jailed for life for murder of university lecturer

A church warden has been jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering a university lecturer following a sustained campaign of physical and mental abuse.

The Guardian

Child abuse connected to faith or belief soars in Blackburn and Darwen in Lancs

Child abuse connected to faith or belief soars in Blackburn and Darwen in Lancs

Child abuse linked to faith or belief has soared in Blackburn with Darwen, in Lancashire.

Lancashire Telegraph

Federal court blocks Trump birth control exemptions

Federal court blocks Trump birth control exemptions

A three-judge panel has blocked the Trump administration from letting employers with moral or religious objections opt out of providing coverage that pays for birth control.

Washington Examiner

Louisiana could become the first US state without abortion access as soon as next year

Louisiana could become the first US state without abortion access as soon as next year

Louisiana could become the first US state not to have legal abortion access since the procedure was legalised in 1973, depending on the outcome of an upcoming court case.

CBS News

New Zealand wants “more information” on gay ‘conversion’ therapy before looking at ban

New Zealand wants “more information” on gay ‘conversion’ therapy before looking at ban

New Zealand's justice committee has responded to two petitions, signed by over 20,000 people, that called for the discredited practice of gay 'conversion' therapy to be banned in the country.

Gay Times

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