Wed, 23 Oct 2019

Thousands of girls in Ireland 'at risk of female genital mutilation'

Thousands of girls in Ireland 'at risk of female genital mutilation'

Thousands of girls in Ireland are at risk of undergoing FGM and many families are pressured by relatives to subject their daughters to the practice, experts have warned.

TheJournal.ie

Tue, 22 Oct 2019

Northern Ireland abortion and same-sex marriage laws change

Northern Ireland abortion and same-sex marriage laws change

Abortion has been decriminalised and same-sex marriage is to be legalised in Northern Ireland.

BBC

‘The end to Northern Ireland’s abortion ban is a triumph for grassroots activism’

‘The end to Northern Ireland’s abortion ban is a triumph for grassroots activism’

Anna Cafolla says decriminalisation puts an end to years of the persecution of women by a monstrous religious culture.

The Guardian

‘In an age of extremism, this government report is a tonic’

‘In an age of extremism, this government report is a tonic’

David Toube welcomes an official survey of the activities of the far left, far right and Islamists in Britain today, which puts 'hate' at the heart of its definition of extremism.

The Jewish Chronicle

'A threat to democracy': William Barr's speech on religious freedom alarms liberal US Catholics

'A threat to democracy': William Barr's speech on religious freedom alarms liberal US Catholics

Prominent liberal Catholics have warned the US attorney general's devout Catholic faith poses a threat to the separation of church and state.

The Guardian

Bangladesh: Muslim group seeks death for Hindu man over Facebook post

Bangladesh: Muslim group seeks death for Hindu man over Facebook post

A Muslim outfit in Bangladesh on Monday demanded the death penalty for a Hindu man over a Facebook post after describing it as blasphemous.

The Week

Indonesia: woman with schizophrenia to be tried for blasphemy after bringing dog to mosque

Indonesia: woman with schizophrenia to be tried for blasphemy after bringing dog to mosque

A Christian woman in Bogor, Indonesia, who suffers from schizophrenia, will be tried for blasphemy after bringing her dog to a mosque.

Christian Post

‘Why should parents be allowed to indoctrinate their children into a religion?’

‘Why should parents be allowed to indoctrinate their children into a religion?’

Rick Snedeker says children have the right to their own beliefs, separate from their parents'.

Patheos

Mon, 21 Oct 2019

Northern Ireland prepares for momentous abortion & same-sex marriage changes

Northern Ireland prepares for momentous abortion & same-sex marriage changes

Campaigners who fought for decades to end Northern Ireland's same sex-marriage ban and restrictions on abortion prepare on Monday for a momentous change to the laws on both at the stroke of midnight.

Reuters

DUP to return to Stormont to protest against abortion rights

DUP to return to Stormont to protest against abortion rights

Members of Northern Ireland's assembly are due to return to the mothballed chamber on Monday for the first time in almost three years to protest against the extension of abortion rights to Northern Ireland.

The Guardian

Labour politicians in outcry over government policy advisor sharing cartoons from ‘Jesus & Mo’

Labour politicians in outcry over government policy advisor sharing cartoons from ‘Jesus & Mo’

A government policy advisor has been accused of 'Islamophobia' and may face investigation after sharing Facebook posts which mock the Islamic prophet Muhammad, from the cartoon 'Jesus & Mo'.

Mail Online

Council asks judge to extend ban on anti-LGBT protesters near Birmingham primary school

Council asks judge to extend ban on anti-LGBT protesters near Birmingham primary school

Anti-LGBT protesters in Birmingham could face a widened exclusion zone, after the city council asked a judge to extend a pre-existing ban.

iNews

Gavin Williamson defends LGBT rights lessons

Gavin Williamson defends LGBT rights lessons

Protests outside primary schools over the teaching of LGBT equality have been condemned as "disgusting" by the education secretary in his first intervention on the row.

The Times (£)

Westminster rough sleepers evicted after complaint by Commons chaplain

Westminster rough sleepers evicted after complaint by Commons chaplain

A group of homeless people who bed down in a tube tunnel near parliament have accused the chaplain to the speaker of the House of Commons of driving them out of their only home.

The Guardian

Four killed as anti-blasphemy protesters clash with police in Bangladesh

Four killed as anti-blasphemy protesters clash with police in Bangladesh

At least four people were killed and 50 others injured on Sunday as Bangladesh police opened fire on hundreds of Muslims protesting against a Facebook post.

The Hindu

‘A million people are jailed in China’s gulags. I managed to escape. Here’s what really goes on inside’

‘A million people are jailed in China’s gulags. I managed to escape. Here’s what really goes on inside’

David Stavrou speaks to Sayragul Sauytbay, a teacher who escaped from China and was granted asylum in Sweden, about camps housing mainly Uighur Muslims in China.

Haaretz

‘Blasphemy laws coddle the faithful by killing religious debate’

‘Blasphemy laws coddle the faithful by killing religious debate’

Rick Snedeker criticises laws against blasphemy in some US states.

Patheos

‘Book review: inside the Westboro Baptist Church’

‘Book review: inside the Westboro Baptist Church’

Grace McCleen says Unfollow, Megan Phelps-Roper's account of leaving the Westboro Baptist Church, is an exceptional book.

The Times (£)

Urgent meeting demanded over plans to shut Cardiff Catholic school

Urgent meeting demanded over plans to shut Cardiff Catholic school

The leader of Cardiff Council is seeking an "urgent meeting" with the Catholic archdiocese of Cardiff's education director over plans to close a city primary school.

Wales Online

Labour politicians in outcry over government policy adviser sharing cartoons from ‘Jesus & Mo’

Labour politicians in outcry over government policy adviser sharing cartoons from ‘Jesus & Mo’

A government policy adviser has been accused of 'Islamophobia' and may face investigation after sharing Facebook posts which mock the Islamic prophet Muhammad, from the cartoon 'Jesus & Mo'.

Metro

Fri, 18 Oct 2019

Typical church now has just 27 people turning up to worship as congregation numbers fall by 15%

Typical church now has just 27 people turning up to worship as congregation numbers fall by 15%

A typical Anglican congregation numbered just 27 worshippers last year and just 1.2% of the population across England attends church on Sundays regularly, figures revealed yesterday.

Daily Mail

Former Catholic school pupil tells inquiry of rape by monk who he suspects is his father

Former Catholic school pupil tells inquiry of rape by monk who he suspects is his father

A former pupil at a Catholic boarding school has told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry how he was raped by a monk who he suspects to be his father.

Evening Times

Teacher behind ‘No Outsiders’ programme says government should do more on inclusive education

Teacher behind ‘No Outsiders’ programme says government should do more on inclusive education

Andrew Moffat, the creator of the LGBT-inclusive No Outsiders programme, has said the government should "get off the fence" over inclusive education.

Pink News

Alleged Isis supporter accused of St Paul's Cathedral bomb plot

Alleged Isis supporter accused of St Paul's Cathedral bomb plot

An alleged supporter of the Islamic State terror group has appeared in court accused of a plot to bomb St Paul's Cathedral and a hotel.

The Guardian

One in five people in UK think being LGBT is immoral

One in five people in UK think being LGBT is immoral

A poll has found that around 20% of people in the UK think being LGBT+ is immoral or goes against their beliefs, while one in 10 think LGBT people can be cured.

The Gay UK

Americans becoming less Christian as over a quarter follow no religion

Americans becoming less Christian as over a quarter follow no religion

The United States is becoming a less Christian country, and the decline in religious affiliation is particularly rapid among younger Americans, new figures show.

The Guardian

Maldives investigates activist group for 'slandering Islam'

Maldives investigates activist group for 'slandering Islam'

The head of a Maldivian activist group said Thursday police contacted her as part of an investigation into a report published by her organization that has been accused of slandering Islam.

Mail Online

US women are going online for abortion pills, especially in states with more restrictions

US women are going online for abortion pills, especially in states with more restrictions

Women living in states with more restrictive policies on abortion are turning to online sources for medications that can be used to induce the procedure, a study published Thursday found.

NBC News

Malaysian Islamic party demands Oktoberfest events be shut down

Malaysian Islamic party demands Oktoberfest events be shut down

Malaysia's largest Islamic party is pushing for Oktoberfest events across the country to be banned, renewing a familiar culture war in the Muslim-majority country.

ABC News (Australia)

Director of film about paedophile priest speaks out

Director of film about paedophile priest speaks out

François Ozon, whose new film tells the story of a paedophile priest, says the victims' stories unlocked his own painful memory.

The Observer

Thu, 17 Oct 2019

Prosecuted head vows to keep unregistered religious school open

Prosecuted head vows to keep unregistered religious school open

The head teacher of an unregistered school who was prosecuted for operating it illegally has said it has a "unique" approach and will remain open.

BBC

Abortion rights used to get DUP to back Brexit deal, says Stella Creasy

Abortion rights used to get DUP to back Brexit deal, says Stella Creasy

Labour MP Stella Creasy has accused the government of preparing to hand back control of abortion rights to Stormont to help curry favour with the DUP at a critical moment in the Brexit talks.

The Guardian

Tensions build over landmark legal change on abortion in NI

Tensions build over landmark legal change on abortion in NI

Anti-abortion campaigners are working to obstruct the liberalisation of Northern Ireland's abortion laws, which will go ahead from Monday if the Stormont assembly is not restored.

The Irish News

Anti-LGBT protester 'inflamed tensions' by inviting imam to school demo, court hears

Anti-LGBT protester 'inflamed tensions' by inviting imam to school demo, court hears

The lead protester in the row over LGBT-inclusive teaching has been accused of "inflaming tensions" by inviting a controversial imam who claimed anal sex, paedophilia and transgenderism were being taught in schools to a demonstration.

The Guardian

Vaginal surgery and piercings are not FGM, says CPS guideline

Vaginal surgery and piercings are not FGM, says CPS guideline

Increasingly popular vaginal cosmetic surgery and genital piercing should in most cases not be prosecuted as female genital mutilation, according to fresh guidance issued by the Crown Prosecution Service.

The Guardian

Labour’s Diane Abbott says people use religion as an “excuse” for homophobia

Labour’s Diane Abbott says people use religion as an “excuse” for homophobia

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has hit out at people who use religion as an "excuse" for homophobia in a speech at the PinkNews Awards.

Pink News

PM says UK will “stand up for religious freedom”

PM says UK will “stand up for religious freedom”

The prime minister has said the government will "stand up for religious freedom in all our doings and in all our foreign policy" in response to a question in parliament.

Premier Christian Radio

Morocco pardons journalist jailed on abortion charges

Morocco pardons journalist jailed on abortion charges

A Moroccan journalist sentenced to a year in jail for premarital sex and having an abortion has been pardoned by King Mohammed VI, officials say.

BBC

Polish lawmakers vote for bill criminalising 'promoting underage sex', in apparent attack on sex ed

Polish lawmakers vote for bill criminalising 'promoting underage sex', in apparent attack on sex ed

Polish lawmakers have voted in favour of a bill to criminalise "the promotion of underage sexual activity". Liberals say the bill aims to ban sex education.

Reuters

French government resists calls for school trip headscarf ban

French government resists calls for school trip headscarf ban

The French government has said it will not seek to ban Muslim women who wear headscarves from volunteering to help on school trips amid an escalating row.

The Guardian

Wed, 16 Oct 2019

Dean of Westminster Abbey calls for more state-funded Muslim schools

Dean of Westminster Abbey calls for more state-funded Muslim schools

The outgoing dean of Westminster Abbey has called for "a substantial number of state-funded Muslim schools" in a service attended by the queen.

Church Times

Petitioners demand BBC removes expose on how Iraqi Muslim clerics sell young girls for sex

Petitioners demand BBC removes expose on how Iraqi Muslim clerics sell young girls for sex

More than 17,000 people have demanded the BBC take down a documentary about young Iraqi girls being sold for sex - calling it 'disrespectful' to law-abiding Shia Muslims.

Mail Online

Gay men pardoned as new law comes into force in Scotland

Gay men pardoned as new law comes into force in Scotland

Gay men prosecuted under outdated laws can apply to have their convictions erased as new legislation comes into force in Scotland.

The Herald

Petition asks Lancashire school to end religious selection of pupils

Petition asks Lancashire school to end religious selection of pupils

A petition has been launched calling on a Lancaster school to end religious selection.

Lancaster Guardian

Hate crimes recorded by police up 10%

Hate crimes recorded by police up 10%

There has been a 10% rise in hate crimes recorded by police in England and Wales.

BBC

'Rise in homophobic attacks' in Birmingham after anti-LGBT teaching protests, says head

'Rise in homophobic attacks' in Birmingham after anti-LGBT teaching protests, says head

The headteacher at the centre of a row over inclusive teaching told a court there had been 333% rise in homophobic attacks in a part of Birmingham, blaming the surge on protests outside her school.

The Guardian

Scottish government chief launches hate crime crackdown

Scottish government chief launches hate crime crackdown

Scotland's communities secretary has laid out a plan to combat racism , sectarianism and bigotry.

Daily Record

Uganda denies plans to impose death penalty for gay sex amid global concern

Uganda denies plans to impose death penalty for gay sex amid global concern

Uganda will not impose the death penalty for gay sex, a presidential spokesman said on Monday, after major aid donors said they were monitoring a plan by the African nation to reintroduce a bill colloquially known as 'Kill the Gays'.

Reuters

300 young men are freed from another Nigerian Islamic boarding school where they were chained up and raped

300 young men are freed from another Nigerian Islamic boarding school where they were chained up and raped

More than 300 young men have been freed from a second Nigerian Islamic boarding school where they were chained up and raped, following a similar raid last month.

Mail Online

Australia’s high court rules female genital mutilation illegal in all forms

Australia’s high court rules female genital mutilation illegal in all forms

Three people charged with FGM offences against two primary school-aged sisters could face further punishment after Australia's high court ruled a New South Wales court had erred in quashing their convictions.

ABC News (Australia)

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