Wed, 20 May 2020

Orthodox Jewish rabbis tell Boris Johnson ‘no room for compromise’ in rejection of LGBT-inclusive education

Orthodox Jewish rabbis tell Boris Johnson ‘no room for compromise’ in rejection of LGBT-inclusive education

A group of 17 Orthodox rabbis have written to Boris Johnson declaring that they will refuse to compromise on LGBT-inclusive education in Jewish schools.

Pink News

UK government hasn't banned gay conversion therapy two years after pledge to end practice

UK government hasn't banned gay conversion therapy two years after pledge to end practice

The government has made no moves to ban gay conversion therapy in the UK – almost two years after pledging to "eradicate" it.

The Independent

Coronavirus: Christian group challenges changes to abortion laws during pandemic

Coronavirus: Christian group challenges changes to abortion laws during pandemic

Christian Concern says the temporary change to UK abortion policy is unlawful and "unsafe for pregnant women".

Sky News

Roe v Wade: Woman behind US abortion ruling was paid to recant

Roe v Wade: Woman behind US abortion ruling was paid to recant

Norma McCorvey, known as Jane Roe in the US Supreme Court's decision on Roe v Wade, shocked the country in 1995 when she came out against abortion.

BBC

US foreign aid agency accuses UN of ‘promoting abortion’

US foreign aid agency accuses UN of ‘promoting abortion’

The US government's foreign aid agency on Monday warned the United Nations to stop "promoting abortion" in its response to the coronavirus pandemic — invoking billions of dollars in US donations.

New York Post

Worshippers breaking Ramadan fast killed in Afghanistan mosque attack

Worshippers breaking Ramadan fast killed in Afghanistan mosque attack

At least eight people are dead after gunmen waged a shooting spree at a mosque in central Afghanistan.

The New Daily

U.S. Senate approves bill to pressure China over Uighur rights

U.S. Senate approves bill to pressure China over Uighur rights

The U.S. Senate approved legislation on Thursday calling on President Donald Trump's administration to toughen its response to China's crackdown on its Uighur Muslim minority.

Reuters

Two Sikh doctors shaved their beards, a pillar of their religion, to treat Covid-19 patients.

Two Sikh doctors shaved their beards, a pillar of their religion, to treat Covid-19 patients.

Their decision has sparked a conversation among Sikhs, especially health care workers, who say there are alternatives to shaving.

CNN

From TikTok to Jail: Popular Egyptian Influencer Arrested for ‘Violating Family Values’

From TikTok to Jail: Popular Egyptian Influencer Arrested for ‘Violating Family Values’

Egypt's Ministry of Interior announced on Friday evening that popular TikTok star Mawada Eladhm had been arrested a day earlier on charges of "violating family principles and values in Egyptian society" and "establishing, managing and using [websites and social media accounts] with the aim of committing those crimes".

Egyptian Streets

Every adult automatically an organ donor by law

Every adult automatically an organ donor by law

Patients waiting for life-saving transplants have welcomed a "game- changer" law which means that from today people are automatically enrolled as organ donors.

The Times

Tue, 19 May 2020

Regulator opens inquiry into Islamic charity after National Secular Society criticism

Regulator opens inquiry into Islamic charity after National Secular Society criticism

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a charity that funded a TV station that promoted extremist views. We're quoted.

Third Sector

'Harmful ‘gay cure’ outfit furious at being labelled harmful by NSS'

'Harmful ‘gay cure’ outfit furious at being labelled harmful by NSS'

The Core Issues Trust, headed by "ex-gay" Mike Davidson, came out fighting after the NSS last week wrote to Northern Ireland's Chief Charity Commissioner Nicole Lappin, Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey and Health Minister Robin Swann to point out the inappropriateness of CIT's status. We're quoted.

The Freethinker

Christian TV channel sanctioned by Ofcom after falsely linking 5G to pandemic

Christian TV channel sanctioned by Ofcom after falsely linking 5G to pandemic

Ofcom said the Christian news channel Loveworld made a range of false claims about the pandemic, including touting a conspiracy theory it was being caused by 5G technology.

The Independent

Presbyterian Church calls for guarantee that quoting the Bible will not be illegal

Presbyterian Church calls for guarantee that quoting the Bible will not be illegal

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has said freedom of speech must be protected under any government overhaul of "hate crime" laws.

News Letter

'Mubarak Bala: Why they hate him'

'Mubarak Bala: Why they hate him'

Mubarak Bala points out those teachings of Islam which he finds mistaken and incompatible with human rights, science, and critical thinking, says Leo Igwe.

Sahara Reporters

Albania has banned gay ‘conversion’ therapy for minors

Albania has banned gay ‘conversion’ therapy for minors

Just weeks after Germany issued a nationwide ban on gay 'conversion' therapy for minors, Albania has followed suit and issued its own ban.

Gay Times

India: student’s suicide puts focus on dubious ‘conversion therapy’

India: student’s suicide puts focus on dubious ‘conversion therapy’

The suicide of a woman who claimed that she had been taken to multiple de-addiction centres over three months against her will in an effort to cure her of her non-heterosexual orientation has drawn attention to 'conversion therapy' in India.

Hindustan Times

DeVos funnels coronavirus relief funds to favoured religious schools

DeVos funnels coronavirus relief funds to favoured religious schools

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is using the $2 trillion coronavirus stabilization law to throw a lifeline to education sectors she has long championed, directing millions of federal dollars intended primarily for public schools and colleges to private and religious schools.

The New York Times

'The kind of evangelicals who support Trump are changing. And that could be a big problem'

'The kind of evangelicals who support Trump are changing. And that could be a big problem'

Even the President's musings about injecting bleach to cure coronavirus can, it seems, be traced back to the prosperity-gospel televangelists he has pivoted toward, says Patrick Geddis.

The Independent

Young Tunisians eat in secret despite Ramadan and lockdown

Young Tunisians eat in secret despite Ramadan and lockdown

A Facebook group for Tunisians seeking to circumvent social pressures and eat during the day has attracted some 12,000 members.

Mail Online

Mon, 18 May 2020

Child sex abuse victims 'married off' to abusers with help of religious leaders, inquiry hears

Child sex abuse victims 'married off' to abusers with help of religious leaders, inquiry hears

Religious leaders in South Asian communities are failing child sexual abuse victims as their cultures are 'shrouded in secrecy, shame and denial', the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has heard.

Mail Online

Catholic churches 'should be allowed to reopen before others', says head

Catholic churches 'should be allowed to reopen before others', says head

Catholic churches should be allowed to reopen before Pentecostal churches, or mosques owing to their different styles of worship, the leader of the Catholic church in England and Wales has said.

The Guardian

Deceased Jewish man’s body released after Jewish leaders' intervention with coroner

Deceased Jewish man’s body released after Jewish leaders' intervention with coroner

The body of an Orthodox Jewish man who died on Monday has been released for burial after community leaders and lawyers appeared to renew hostilities with Inner North London Coroner Mary Hassell.

Jewish News

Church of England puts pressure on unions threatening to block government plans to reopen schools

Church of England puts pressure on unions threatening to block government plans to reopen schools

The Church of England has waded into the row over whether schools should re-open on June 1st.

Mail Online

Just 20% of Conwy ceremonies  were religious

Just 20% of Conwy ceremonies were religious

A record low proportion of couples in Conwy are choosing to get married in a religious venue, new figures reveal.

North Wales Pioneer

Police investigate paint attack on church in Ahoghill

Police investigate paint attack on church in Ahoghill

Police in Ballymena are investigating an attack on a Catholic church in Ahogill, County Antrim.

ITV

'Church in Wales: Separated, but not cut off from old privileges'

'Church in Wales: Separated, but not cut off from old privileges'

Norman Doe assesses a century's 'non-established' Anglican life in Wales.

Church Times

'Arrest non-Muslims who criticise Islam': Zakir Naik to Islamic countries

'Arrest non-Muslims who criticise Islam': Zakir Naik to Islamic countries

A video of the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik is doing the rounds on social media that shows him urging all the Islamic nations to gather the data of non-Muslims living in India who have criticised Islam, so that they can be arrested if and when they land in their country. The Charity Commission have recently opened an inquiry into a charity of which Naik is a trustee, following complaints from the NSS.

Yahoo News

Polish clerical child abuse documentary casts shadow on John Paul II centenary

Polish clerical child abuse documentary casts shadow on John Paul II centenary

After the film Hide and Seek was seen by almost 80,000 people on YouTube, Polish archbishop Wojciech Polak called on the Vatican to "launch proceedings" into the cases in question.

The Guardian

'Distorting religious freedom will put people in danger'

'Distorting religious freedom will put people in danger'

"Religious freedom is not a license to spread the coronavirus, and this is not the first time it has been exploited to pursue a conservative agenda."

CNN

Fri, 15 May 2020

‘Imagining a school assembly for the 21st century’ – NSS quoted

‘Imagining a school assembly for the 21st century’ – NSS quoted

There is a widening gulf between the law and schools on collective worship.

PA Diploma News

NSS urges end of charitable status for ‘conversion therapy’ group

NSS urges end of charitable status for ‘conversion therapy’ group

The NSS has challenged the charitable status of a Christian organisation which promotes 'conversion therapy'.

The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)

‘Hate speech: blasphemy for the 21st century’ – NSS quoted

‘Hate speech: blasphemy for the 21st century’ – NSS quoted

We must never give the state the power to criminalise speech, says Emma Webb.

Spiked Online

Education minister sparks serious concerns after suggesting LGBT+ lessons in primary schools could be derailed by religion

Education minister sparks serious concerns after suggesting LGBT+ lessons in primary schools could be derailed by religion

A government minister has said teaching about LGBT+ people during relationship education lessons in primary schools should "take into account" the religion of pupils.

Pink News

Greville Janner’s daughter accused of using role as rabbi to clear his name

Greville Janner’s daughter accused of using role as rabbi to clear his name

Greville Janner's daughter has been accused at a public inquiry of misusing her position as a prominent rabbi to discredit child abuse allegations against the former Labour MP.

The Times (£)

Jewish group complains over coroner’s handling of rabbi’s death

Jewish group complains over coroner’s handling of rabbi’s death

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has complained about the conduct of a coroner in north London over the release of a rabbi's body.

Jewish News

Record low proportion of Cornwall weddings held in religious venues

Record low proportion of Cornwall weddings held in religious venues

A record low proportion of couples in Cornwall are choosing to get married in a religious venue, new figures reveal.

The Packet (Falmouth)

Catholic churches 'should be allowed to reopen before others', says archbishop of Westminster

Catholic churches 'should be allowed to reopen before others', says archbishop of Westminster

Catholic churches should be allowed to reopen before Pentecostal churches or mosques owing to their different styles of worship, the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has said.

The Guardian

Jewish weddings remain under lockdown, despite Jewish Community Council claims

Jewish weddings remain under lockdown, despite Jewish Community Council claims

The government has flatly rejected claims of "success" made on Monday morning by an Orthodox Jewish group that ministers had "agreed" to its proposals to allow small Jewish religious weddings.

Jewish News

LGBT+ people detained under coronavirus laws in Uganda finally allowed access to lawyers after six weeks

LGBT+ people detained under coronavirus laws in Uganda finally allowed access to lawyers after six weeks

Nineteen LGBT+ people who were detained, whipped and interrogated in Uganda under the guise of coronavirus laws have finally been allowed access to lawyers, after being imprisoned for six weeks.

Pink News

Ukraine police probe senior officer's request for Jews' personal info

Ukraine police probe senior officer's request for Jews' personal info

A police department in Ukraine has been embroiled in an antisemitism scandal after requesting the names and personal details of local Jewish community members.

CBS News

Thu, 14 May 2020

NSS challenges charity status of Northern Irish group Core Issues Trust over promotion of 'conversion therapy'

NSS challenges charity status of Northern Irish group Core Issues Trust over promotion of 'conversion therapy'

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has been called on to reassess the charitable status of the Christian organisation, Core Issues Trust, following multiple complaints that the group promotes 'conversion therapy' for LGBT+ people.

GCN (Gay Community News)

Anti-LGBT+ Christian group accused of ‘actively promoting gay conversion therapy’ while masquerading as a charity

Anti-LGBT+ Christian group accused of ‘actively promoting gay conversion therapy’ while masquerading as a charity

A Christian non-profit has been accused of promoting gay conversion therapy by campaigners, who are calling for its charitable status to be reevaluated.

Pink News

When can churches and religious buildings reopen?

When can churches and religious buildings reopen?

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced the government is working on plans for reopening places of worship across the country.

Express

‘Who does the Muslim Council of Britain speak for?’

‘Who does the Muslim Council of Britain speak for?’

This illiberal organisation is determined to chill critical discussion of Islam.

Spiked Online

France passes bill forcing web giants to delete hate speech

France passes bill forcing web giants to delete hate speech

Social networks and other online content providers will have to remove paedophile and terrorism-related content from their platforms within the hour or face a fine of up to four percent of their global revenue under a French law voted in on Wednesday.

France 24

Costa Rica lawmakers criticise efforts to delay gay marriage

Costa Rica lawmakers criticise efforts to delay gay marriage

Lawmakers and government officials in Costa Rica on Wednesday chided fellow politicians trying to delay a landmark gay marriage ruling from taking effect, an effort which ended in a punch-up between members of a leading political party.

Reuters

‘Labour is stirring up Sikh identity politics’

‘Labour is stirring up Sikh identity politics’

While Labour MPs may claim to speak for the Sikh community, they need to wise up to the fact that not all Sikhs speak with one voice.

The Spectator

Islamic authorities say child sexual abuse in Muslim communities is 'underreported' because young victims are too scared to tell anyone about it

Islamic authorities say child sexual abuse in Muslim communities is 'underreported' because young victims are too scared to tell anyone about it

Britain's biggest Islamic authorities believe that child sexual abuse within the Muslim community is 'underreported' because it is a 'taboo subject'.

Mail Online

Wed, 13 May 2020

NSS questions charitable status of 'gay conversion' group Core Issues Trust in Northern Ireland

NSS questions charitable status of 'gay conversion' group Core Issues Trust in Northern Ireland

The NSS has urged the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland to review the charitable status of Core Issues Trust, a Christian organisation which promotes 'conversion therapy' for gay people.

Belfast Telegraph

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