Fri, 16 Aug 2019

'Three books on abuse and safeguarding in the Church'

'Three books on abuse and safeguarding in the Church'

Robin Gill reviews new titles that address the C of E's abuse scandal. NSS vice president Richard Scorer is quoted.

Church Times

'Peterloo 200 years on'

'Peterloo 200 years on'

On August 16, 1819, a cavalry made up of volunteer troops rode past the church and into St Peter's Field, where up to 60,000 peaceful working people had met to demand representation in Parliament and the right to vote.

Manchester Evening News

Thu, 15 Aug 2019

Public Health England stops telling people to seek faith leaders’ advice over vaccines – NSS quoted

Public Health England stops telling people to seek faith leaders’ advice over vaccines – NSS quoted

Health officials have backtracked over guidance encouraging parents to seek advice from "faith or community leaders" before deciding whether to vaccinate their children after the NSS questioned it.

The Times (£)

Gay marriage cake: customer takes case to European court

Gay marriage cake: customer takes case to European court

Lawyers representing a man from Northern Ireland who sued a bakery for refusing to make a cake with pro-gay marriage message are going to Europe to challenge a supreme court ruling that its evangelical Christian owners had a right to refuse to bake it.

The Guardian

Fewer people getting married in Scotland, with small proportion choosing religious ceremonies

Fewer people getting married in Scotland, with small proportion choosing religious ceremonies

The number of people getting married in Scotland continued to fall last year, new figures show. Almost half of marriages were civil ceremonies and nearly a quarter were humanist ceremonies.

The Scotsman

‘The doctors and parents arguing for FGM in the US’

‘The doctors and parents arguing for FGM in the US’

Suman Naishadham says some in the US are arguing that some forms of FGM should be acceptable, and drawing on the perceived acceptability of male circumcision to back them up.

Vice

Trump rule to protect contractors who discriminate against LGBT workers

Trump rule to protect contractors who discriminate against LGBT workers

The Trump administration has opened the door to permitting government contractors to discriminate against LGBT employees with a proposed rule that frames the issue as protecting companies' religious beliefs.

Politico

Indian court acquits six of killing Muslim dairy farmer in cow vigilante case

Indian court acquits six of killing Muslim dairy farmer in cow vigilante case

An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted six men of the killing of a 55-year-old Muslim dairy farmer, citing lack of evidence, raising questions over the prosecution's failure to make its case despite videos of a crowd beating him in the street.

Reuters

Town fights link to abortion ban city

Town fights link to abortion ban city

A twinning ceremony between a city in Alabama where abortion has been almost completely banned and an Aberdeenshire town has collapsed amid tensions over right-wing and white supremacist politics.

The Times (£)

Wed, 14 Aug 2019

Church of England's handling of John Smyth abuse allegations to be probed

Church of England's handling of John Smyth abuse allegations to be probed

An independent inquiry is being launched into the Church of England's handling of allegations against a barrister who led Christian camps and allegedly violently beat boys.

BBC

Children in Scotland miss out on chosen schools due to rules on religion

Children in Scotland miss out on chosen schools due to rules on religion

Hundreds of children have been turned away from their chosen schools due to strict rules on residence and religion. Some have been turned away from Catholic schools because children from Catholic families are given first preference.

The Times (£)

University of St Andrews criticised over religious grant – NSS quoted

University of St Andrews criticised over religious grant – NSS quoted

The University of St Andrews has accepted a £2.3m grant from a US religious organisation to teach 'science-engaged theology'. The NSS has warned that accepting money from groups who promote a pro-religious agenda could undermine universities' credibility.

The Times (£)

C of E general synod member links change in marriage rules to potential disestablishment

C of E general synod member links change in marriage rules to potential disestablishment

Changes to the way marriages are registered could lead to a devaluing of the Church of England's relationship with the state, according to a member of its general synod.

Premier Christian Radio

US Republican lawmaker aided group training young men for 'biblical warfare'

US Republican lawmaker aided group training young men for 'biblical warfare'

US Republican politician Matt Shea connected close allies with a group offering training to young men in "biblical warfare" that includes how to use knives, pistols and rifles, with lessons based in part on the teachings of a Georgia-based neo-Confederate pastor.

The Guardian

Catholic Church digs in as Victoria forces disclosure of abuse revealed in confession

Catholic Church digs in as Victoria forces disclosure of abuse revealed in confession

The Catholic Church is set to defy new laws that would punish priests with jail time if they refuse to report sexual abuse revealed during confession in the Australian state of Victoria.

Brisbane Times

‘How an abortion in the US south can push one over the financial edge’

‘How an abortion in the US south can push one over the financial edge’

Khushbu Shah says in a poor, rural corner of Louisiana, getting an abortion is not only logistically and emotionally difficult, but a battle against poverty.

The Guardian

Liberal Democrat peer calls protester in Tommy Robinson shirt a ‘Nazi’ over mosque row

Liberal Democrat peer calls protester in Tommy Robinson shirt a ‘Nazi’ over mosque row

A Liberal Democrat peer described a protester as "a Nazi" during a council meeting, leading demonstrators angry over a local mosque to disrupt the session.

The Independent

Far-right anti-gay Israel party likens LGBT activists and reform Jews to Nazis and suicide bombers

Far-right anti-gay Israel party likens LGBT activists and reform Jews to Nazis and suicide bombers

A new campaign video by the Noam party, which went viral on Tuesday evening among Hebrew-speaking social media users, compares Reform Jews, left-wing activists and gay rights advocates to Nazis and Palestinian suicide bombers, saying all of them "want to destroy us".

The Times of Israel

'Whenever you have sex, it’s on your mind': comedian speaks out on show about circumcision

'Whenever you have sex, it’s on your mind': comedian speaks out on show about circumcision

Circumcision left comedian Tom Rosenthal with sexual anxiety – and a tell-all show at the Edinburgh festival.

The Guardian

'Several lives lost': note reveals early details of Peterloo massacre

'Several lives lost': note reveals early details of Peterloo massacre

Almost 200 years on from the Peterloo massacre in which peaceful protesters were cut down by sabre-wielding cavalry, a hastily scribbled note has been unearthed to reveal what could be the first account of the bloodshed.

The Guardian

Tue, 13 Aug 2019

New Ukip leader criticised for comments on Islam and Muslims

New Ukip leader criticised for comments on Islam and Muslims

The newly-elected leader of Ukip has been criticised after footage emerged of him arguing it should be illegal to publicly distribute the Qur'an in the UK and that some British towns are no-go areas for non-Muslims.

The Guardian

Norway mosque attack suspect appears in court

Norway mosque attack suspect appears in court

The man suspected of shooting at people inside a Norwegian mosque on Saturday, and of killing his stepsister, has appeared in court with black eyes and wounds on his face and neck.

The Guardian

Female genital mutilation: Wigan victim numbers on the rise

Female genital mutilation: Wigan victim numbers on the rise

A growing number of female genital mutilation victims in Wigan in Greater Manchester have been seen by doctors, shock new figures reveal.

Wigan Today

A fifth of Scots say they don’t accept LGBT people

A fifth of Scots say they don’t accept LGBT people

Twenty-one per cent of Scots have told a pollster that they are either not at all or are not completely open-minded and accepting of LGBT people.

The Times (£)

Israel Folau case set for trial in early 2020

Israel Folau case set for trial in early 2020

The Australian rugby player Israel Folau's unfair dismissal case against Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Waratahs will head to trial in February 2020 if no settlement is reached beforehand.

Reuters

Indians mobilise for 'resettlement' amid warnings over Hindu nationalist occupation of Kashmir

Indians mobilise for 'resettlement' amid warnings over Hindu nationalist occupation of Kashmir

Many Pandit Hindus are now mobilising for their perceived 'rightful' return home after Narendra Modi revoked Kashmir's special status.

The Sunday Telegraph

European civil society organisations urge Pakistan’s PM to end blasphemy laws

European civil society organisations urge Pakistan’s PM to end blasphemy laws

A group of civil society organisations based in Brussels has written to Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan to express concern over the country's blasphemy laws.

New Europe

Documentary series examines secretive Christian power brokers in the US

Documentary series examines secretive Christian power brokers in the US

The new docuseries The Family looks at the role of The Fellowship Foundation, the Evangelical group behind the US's national prayer breakfast, and its ability to broker power.

Salon

‘How a culture of sexual abuse took hold in heavily Catholic Guam’

‘How a culture of sexual abuse took hold in heavily Catholic Guam’

More than 220 former altar boys, students and Boy Scouts are suing the US territory of Guam's Catholic archdiocese over sexual assaults by 35 clergy, teachers and scoutmasters, hoping to finally see justice.

Brisbane Times

Mon, 12 Aug 2019

Abusive church leaders are 'above the law', victims claim, as MPs prepare legal challenge

Abusive church leaders are 'above the law', victims claim, as MPs prepare legal challenge

Church leaders and sports coaches must be subject to the same laws as teachers to protect those who have been abused, victims have said. MPs are preparing a review which could lead to religious figures being considered 'positions of trust'.

The Telegraph (£)

Reverend calls to remove compulsory worship from UK schools

Reverend calls to remove compulsory worship from UK schools

A reverend is urging the government to change the law that obligates schools to provide an act of daily Christian worship to its pupils.

Premier Christian Radio

Worship not appropriate in state school assemblies, say parents

Worship not appropriate in state school assemblies, say parents

Religious worship is the least appropriate activity for school assemblies in a ranking of 13 possible topics or activities, according to a poll commissioned by Humanists UK.

Education Business

Boris Johnson says Muslims make ‘huge contribution to British life’ as millions celebrate Eid

Boris Johnson says Muslims make ‘huge contribution to British life’ as millions celebrate Eid

The prime minister has praised Muslims for "making Britain a success" in a message marking one of Islam's holiest festivals.

The Independent

Norway mosque shooting probed as terror act

Norway mosque shooting probed as terror act

A shooting at a mosque in Norway is being investigated as a possible act of terrorism, police say.

BBC

Neo-Nazis at the National Trust: How far-right religious groups are trying to 'take back' ancient sites

Neo-Nazis at the National Trust: How far-right religious groups are trying to 'take back' ancient sites

A far-right group which promises its followers reward in the afterlife if they die in the "struggle for the freedom" has vowed to "take back" ancient locations across England.

The Telegraph

Reported anti-gay hate crimes double in Birmingham amid school protests

Reported anti-gay hate crimes double in Birmingham amid school protests

Reports of homophobic hate crimes have more than doubled around Birmingham, as the city continues to face protests over LGBT+ education.

Pink News

Church of England school rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted

Church of England school rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted

A primary school in Dorset has been branded 'Inadequate' following an Ofsted inspection.

Dorset Echo

One hundred and five new cases of FGM in the north east, reveal shock figures

One hundred and five new cases of FGM in the north east, reveal shock figures

More than two new victims of female genital mutilation are being identified each week in the north east.

Chronicle Live

Over 2,000 Orange walks in Scotland over the last three years

Over 2,000 Orange walks in Scotland over the last three years

There have been at least 2,079 Orange marches in Scotland in the last three years, with a decline year on year since 2017, research has revealed.

Scottish Catholic Observer

Indians mobilise for 'resettlement' amid warnings over Hindu nationalist occupation of Kashmir

Indians mobilise for 'resettlement' amid warnings over Hindu nationalist occupation of Kashmir

Rohit Kachroo can still remember flinging open his backdoor and playing on the banks of the vast River Jhelum dissecting the city of Srinagar, the capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

The Telegraph

Liberal groups charge Orthodox ‘indoctrination’ in Israel’s secular schools

Liberal groups charge Orthodox ‘indoctrination’ in Israel’s secular schools

Israeli liberals have said the country's education ministry has changed guidelines to favour Orthodox religious outreach over pluralistic Jewish studies and is hiding the activities from parents.

The Times of Israel

Eid in Kashmir muted as India bans large congregations

Eid in Kashmir muted as India bans large congregations

Large congregations have been banned for the major Islamic festival of Eid in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The Guardian

Fri, 09 Aug 2019

Dozens of FGM victims came forward in London borough of Newham last year, new figures show

Dozens of FGM victims came forward in London borough of Newham last year, new figures show

Dozens of women suffering from female genital mutilation were seen for the first time by Newham doctors last year, new NHS figures show.

Newham Recorder

Sikh man is 'detained by police in Birmingham for openly carrying a kirpan dagger in public'

Sikh man is 'detained by police in Birmingham for openly carrying a kirpan dagger in public'

A video purporting to show a Sikh man being detained by a police officer for openly carrying a ceremonial dagger in public has been circulated on social media. Sikhs are currently legally allowed to carry daggers for religious reasons.

Mail Online

St Albans parents debate Christian focus in school education

St Albans parents debate Christian focus in school education

Parents from St Albans in Hertfordshire debate whether collective worship is appropriate in modern Britain.

Herts Advertiser

‘Modi's vision of a Hindu India advances with move to absorb Kashmir’

‘Modi's vision of a Hindu India advances with move to absorb Kashmir’

Amrit Dillon says Narendra Modi's vision of a Hindu India has leaped forward with his government's decision to eliminate the special status of Muslim-majority Kashmir.

The Japan Times

Concert in Lebanon cancelled after church pressure

Concert in Lebanon cancelled after church pressure

A festival in Lebanon has cancelled a concert by an indie rock band "to prevent bloodshed" after calls from church leaders accusing the band of blasphemy and death threats on social media.

Reuters

‘Lebanon’s blasphemy wars strike a popular rock band’

‘Lebanon’s blasphemy wars strike a popular rock band’

Kim Ghattas says a decision to cancel a concert by Mashrou' Leila is jolting the Lebanese out of their complacency about the withering of their country's freedoms.

The New York Times

Thu, 08 Aug 2019

‘Orthodox Jewish protests against LGBT-inclusive education will only cause more pain’

‘Orthodox Jewish protests against LGBT-inclusive education will only cause more pain’

Daniel Sugarman says anti-LGBT protests from Orthodox Jews will only make already hidden LGBT people feel more helpless.

The JC

Sikh charity urges journalists to stop referring to ‘Asian’ grooming gangs

Sikh charity urges journalists to stop referring to ‘Asian’ grooming gangs

A Sikh charity has called on journalists to stop using the term "Asian" in their coverage of sexual grooming gang cases.

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