Mon, 10 Aug 2020
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.
Anderton Park Primary in Birmingham was targeted by protesters, angry at the message of equality and tolerance that was being taught to pupils.
Women in Italy can now use the abortion pill on an outpatient basis rather than be hospitalised to terminate a pregnancy.
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.
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
"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."
The song used verses from the Koran, resulting in death threats from some religious Azerbaijanis.
Fri, 07 Aug 2020
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 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 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.
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 Dave Thompson has said he was wrong to have voted against gay marriage.
Black Country mosque bomber Pavlo Lapshyn has admitted making an explosive substance in his cell at a maximum-security jail.
Express and Star
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.
Social integration appears to hold the key to reducing antisemitic prejudice within British Muslim communities, says Rakib Ehsan.
"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
America's legal framework has produced remarkable religious freedom for people of all faiths and none, says Melissa Rogers.
"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."
Thu, 06 Aug 2020
"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."
Comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe could fall foul of new hate crime legislation, the Faculty of Advocates has warned.
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.
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'.
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'.
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.
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.
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
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.
"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."
Wed, 05 Aug 2020
Abuse of women and children was covered-up by senior members of a disgraced religious sect, according to a leaked report.
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.
A Wigan man has admitted possessing terrorist documents including instructional videos on 'how to construct a suicide vest'.
Manchester Evening News
A community centre in Liverpool has been refused permission to operate as a mosque amid complaints from the church across the road.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tue, 04 Aug 2020
"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)
A Tory MP has defended his claim that some Muslims in West Yorkshire are not taking the pandemic seriously.
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".
The post made reference to opposition to the building of a mosque in an unnamed town.
North Wales Live
A woman dying from terminal cancer in Whitehill has reignited calls for an inquiry into assisted dying legislation.
Graffiti stating KAT (Kill all Taigs) was painted on the front window of a house in the Kilcoole area.
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
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.
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".
The band Arsames was arrested and charged with 15 years in jail for "being in satanic metal band and being against the Islamic government."
Mon, 03 Aug 2020
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 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.
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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