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Fri, 02 Jul 2021
The Jewish community may have initially been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic because it did not lock down early enough, new data suggests
The Jewish Chronicle
A street preacher has reportedly been awarded £3,250, plus legal costs, in compensation from the police after being arrested and then released without charge.
Premier Christian News
The Royal Institute of British Architects has expelled Peter Kellow, nine months after he was removed from the Architects Registration Board register for saying in an online post that Jews and Muslims are "cult members".
The Online Harms Bill and the Policing Bill will set up Britain to become the safest place in the world for the status quo to go unchallenged, says Timandra Harkness.
The New Statesman*
Religious lobbies' arguments against assisted dying must be heard but it's hard to shake the feeling that their position is underpinned by a religious belief that only their god can give and take life, says Neil Barber (scroll down to see the letter).
Edinburgh Evening News*
Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef described the school core curriculum studies program as "nonsense" and said pupils should study in yeshivot instead where only religious studies are taught.
The Jerusalem post
Iran's supreme leader promoted a hardline cleric to serve as head of the judiciary on Thursday, amid international calls for investigations into allegations of abuses.
Malta is the only EU country with a total ban on abortion, with abortion laws dating back to the 1800s.
Pew surveys 30,000 Indians across 6 faiths and 17 languages and finds support for tolerance yet also segregation.
Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala is accused of blasphemy and has been detained for more than a year, since April 2020, without any formal charge. When will he be freed from unlawful detention, asks Femi Macaulay.
Thu, 01 Jul 2021
The Methodist Church has become the largest religious denomination in Britain to permit same-sex marriages.
The women, who write anonymously citing safety fears, say that a "loud minority" of Muslim men have been "endlessly heard" during the tense byelection campaign, described as "the same faces that have plagued our area as 'community leaders' for many years" but do not represent them.
An independent report highlights concerns about potential inequality for minority faith schools in the UK and has concluded that Roman Catholic and Church of England schools seem to enjoy additional protection via a Memoranda of Understanding agreed with the Department for Education and benefit from an extra level of support that is not available to other faith schools and academies.
A former council public health and equalities chief resigned his post after a tweet about 'Abrahamic religion' which led to complaints, it has emerged.
The 'Flourish' relationships and sexuality education programme, developed by the Irish Bishops' Conference for children from junior infants to sixth class, seeks to indoctrinate rather than educate, says David Graham.
Canadian experience suggests a referendum may be only way to resolve the issue, says Gerry NcNamara.
The Irish Times*
The European Union's executive is considering legal action against Poland over "LGBT-free" zones set up by some local authorities there, two officials have said.
A Catholic school in New Jersey will argue that it had the right to fire an unmarried teacher who became pregnant when it presents its case to the state's highest court.
After the discovery of 751 unmarked graves at the site of a former school for Native children in Canada, it is time to investigate similar abuses in the US, says Nick Estes.
Having a dual public/Catholic school board system reeks of elitism and is a clear waste of public funds, says Philip White.
The Hamilton Spectator
Wed, 30 Jun 2021
An evangelical Christian fostering agency that lost a part of a High Court case over its policy of only placing children with heterosexual married couples has made a bid to overturn the decision at the Court of Appeal.
Premier Christian News
The Edinburgh International Festival has been urged to withdraw a play because of 'alleged sacrilege', where it shows rebirth of Hindu gods as Dundee wideboys.
The British Embassy in the United Arab Emirates has been met with a backlash online after it hoisted a rainbow flag at its Abu Dhabi residence and spoke out in favour of Pride Month.
An organisation accused of endangering the safety of a teacher who showed a cartoon of Mohammed to his class in Batley received a donation from the Jo Cox Foundation.
The Jewish Chronicle
‘Symphysiotomy, the “mass medical experiment” that butchered young women “in the name of Catholic doctrine”’
A "mass medical experiment" that butchered young women, permanently maiming them in the name of Catholic doctrine, the surgical procedure of symphysiotomy was practised in Ireland from 1944-1984, Liz Dunphy writes.
German investigators said Tuesday they suspected an Islamic extremist motive behind a knife attack last week by a Somali man that left three women dead in the southern city of Würzburg.
Abdel-Hakim Ourghi has written books including "You Don't Have to Wear a Headscarf" and "Reform Islam: 40 Theses." His application to train other Islamic teachers was turned down for vague reasons.
A memorial honouring veterans in a cemetery in Monument, Colorado, has attracted national attention due to its reference to Jesus Christ.
The Washington Post*
Republicans may benefit from the weaponizing of Christianity, but the religion itself is the big loser, says Tom Mockaitis.
For the first time in the history of the Islamic Republic, the leading institutions of power are at a crossroads between improving citizens' conditions or being eliminated, says Hamid Enayat.
Tue, 29 Jun 2021
Contrary to popular belief, RE teachers are less likely to be religious than your average adult, research shows. Additionally, in the face of the pressure for RE to develop social cohesion and foster tolerance, RE teachers often "sanitise" and essentialise religions.
Childline has recorded a more than 10 per cent increase in Scottish children saying they are worried about coming out, compared to last year.
Everyday racism in the form of verbal and physical abuse is a fact of life for Muslims in Scotland and attacks on mosques and other religious buildings are increasing, according to a new report.
A monthly record number of reports of anti-Semitic incidents were recorded following the 11-day conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in May, a charity says.
A series of sectarian hate advertisements were approved by Facebook shortly before rioting in Northern Ireland, it has been claimed.
The Irish News*
Thousands of people attended a rally outside Leinster House on Saturday afternoon to protest against 'Church ownership' of the site of the proposed new National Maternity Hospital.
European Union countries should ensure that women are offered "high quality, comprehensive and accessible sexual and reproductive health and rights" – including access to safe abortion care and modern contraception – says a 'historic' new report adopted by the European Parliament.
Women's health is being placed at risk around the world due to Google's algorithm blocking critical online information about abortions, campaigners have warned.
In its latest report on the sexual abuse of minors, Poland's Catholic Church says 292 clergymen allegedly abused 368 boys and girls from 2018 through 2020.
The Associated Press
Two more Catholic churches on First Nations reserves in western Canada have been destroyed by fires that investigators are once again treating as suspicious. The fires come nearly a week after two other churches were destroyed, and amid growing anger over the church's role in Canada's campaign to forcibly assimilate Indigenous people.
Mon, 28 Jun 2021
The Labour candidate in the Batley and Spen by-election has been left "intimidated" by an anti-LGBT protester who pursued her outside a mosque. The protester previously played a major role in protests against inclusive teaching at schools in Birmingham.
‘Why won't either the Labour or Tory candidates in Batley stand up for the teacher robbed of his home, his career and his identity?’
With the by-election in Batley and Spen approaching, politicians seem uninterested in defending the teacher who has been hounded and threatened over a lesson he taught on blasphemy.
Mail on Sunday
The chief inspector of Ofsted has said it is wrong that teachers are being 'policed by self-appointed moral guardians' and 'harried on social media into apologising for what they've said'.
The Church of England is being urged to abolish the title of reverend as part of efforts to tackle a culture of deference.
A consultation analysis has said more research is needed on continuing virtual appointments for abortion care post-Covid in Scotland. A campaign from the anti-abortion group Right to Life drew so many responses that it was found to skew the data in the consultation.
The pandemic and economic uncertainty has fuelled an increase in terminations in England and Wales, especially among older groups.
The Sunday Times*
European Championship organisers have agreed not to place bottles of alcohol-free Heineken in front of Muslim players. But Uefa won't make similar accommodations for players who object on the grounds that drinks are unhealthy.
A senior bishop has said the Church of England should recognise marriage between people of the same sex and allow such ceremonies in church.
When Germany played Hungary in a fiercely competitive Euro 2020 match Wednesday night, the two countries' sporting contest mirrored a much wider clash happening off the field.
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