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Fri, 02 Jul 2021

Entire Jewish community 'did not lock down early enough'

Entire Jewish community 'did not lock down early enough'

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

Street preacher wins compensation for wrongful arrest

Street preacher wins compensation for wrongful arrest

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

Professional body expels architect who called Judaism and Islam ‘cults’

Professional body expels architect who called Judaism and Islam ‘cults’

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".

Architects' Journal

‘How the UK government is launching an attack on freedom of speech’

‘How the UK government is launching an attack on freedom of speech’

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*

‘More than one voice on assisted dying’

‘More than one voice on assisted dying’

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*

Israel: Chief Rabbi says science, math are nonsense, study in yeshiva instead

Israel: Chief Rabbi says science, math are nonsense, study in yeshiva instead

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 names hardline cleric as top judge amid calls for probe into past abuses

Iran names hardline cleric as top judge amid calls for probe into past abuses

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.

Reuters*

‘Why it is vital to decriminalise abortion: the case of Malta’

‘Why it is vital to decriminalise abortion: the case of Malta’

Malta is the only EU country with a total ban on abortion, with abortion laws dating back to the 1800s.

The Conversation

‘What India’s Christians, Hindus, Muslims and more think about religion’

‘What India’s Christians, Hindus, Muslims and more think about religion’

Pew surveys 30,000 Indians across 6 faiths and 17 languages and finds support for tolerance yet also segregation.

Christianity Today

‘Uncage Mubarak Bala’

‘Uncage Mubarak Bala’

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.

The Nation

Thu, 01 Jul 2021

Methodist Church allows same-sex marriage in 'momentous' vote

Methodist Church allows same-sex marriage in 'momentous' vote

The Methodist Church has become the largest religious denomination in Britain to permit same-sex marriages.

BBC

Muslim women in Batley and Spen call out actions of ‘loud minority’ of men

Muslim women in Batley and Spen call out actions of ‘loud minority’ of men

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.

The Guardian

University report highlights inequalities amongst UK faith schools

University report highlights inequalities amongst UK faith schools

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.

FE News

Council public health and equalities chief resigned over 'Abrahamic religion' tweet

Council public health and equalities chief resigned over 'Abrahamic religion' tweet

A former council public health and equalities chief resigned his post after a tweet about 'Abrahamic religion' which led to complaints, it has emerged.

Oxford Mail

Ireland: ‘Religious ethos should no longer be allowed flourish in our schools’

Ireland: ‘Religious ethos should no longer be allowed flourish in our schools’

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.

Irish Examiner

Ireland: ‘Ending church control of State-funded hospitals may need vote’

Ireland: ‘Ending church control of State-funded hospitals may need vote’

Canadian experience suggests a referendum may be only way to resolve the issue, says Gerry NcNamara.

The Irish Times*

EU considers legal action against Poland over "LGBT-free" zones - officials

EU considers legal action against Poland over "LGBT-free" zones - officials

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.

Reuters*

US: Catholic school that fired pregnant teacher gets hearing in highest court

US: Catholic school that fired pregnant teacher gets hearing in highest court

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.

The Times*

US: ‘My relatives went to a Catholic school for Native children. It was a place of horrors’

US: ‘My relatives went to a Catholic school for Native children. It was a place of horrors’

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.

The Guardian

Canada: ‘It is time to end public funding of Catholic schools’

Canada: ‘It is time to end public funding of Catholic schools’

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

Christian fostering agency bids to overturn ‘heterosexual couples’ policy ruling

Christian fostering agency bids to overturn ‘heterosexual couples’ policy ruling

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

Call to withdraw Hindu play from Edinburgh International Festival

Call to withdraw Hindu play from Edinburgh International Festival

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.

Eastern Eye

British Embassy in UAE faces backlash after flying rainbow flag for Pride

British Embassy in UAE faces backlash after flying rainbow flag for Pride

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.

The Independent

Charity that accused Mohammed cartoon teacher of ‘terrorism’ got donation from Jo Cox Foundation

Charity that accused Mohammed cartoon teacher of ‘terrorism’ got donation from Jo Cox Foundation

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”’

‘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.

Irish Examiner

Islamist motive ‘likely’ in deadly knife attack in Germany

Islamist motive ‘likely’ in deadly knife attack in Germany

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.

TheLocal.de

German Islamic teacher's license revoked for being too liberal

German Islamic teacher's license revoked for being too liberal

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.

Deutsche Welle

Colorado memorial draws religious freedom concerns

Colorado memorial draws religious freedom concerns

A memorial honouring veterans in a cemetery in Monument, Colorado, has attracted national attention due to its reference to Jesus Christ.

The Washington Post*

‘The unholy alliance of religion and politics’

‘The unholy alliance of religion and politics’

Republicans may benefit from the weaponizing of Christianity, but the religion itself is the big loser, says Tom Mockaitis.

The Hill

'Iran: A big “no” to theocracy and a big “yes” to secularism'

'Iran: A big “no” to theocracy and a big “yes” to secularism'

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.

Eurasia Review

Tue, 29 Jun 2021

‘Are RE teachers losing their religion?’

‘Are RE teachers losing their religion?’

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.

TES

More than 10% increase in children worried about coming out as LGBT, says Childline

More than 10% increase in children worried about coming out as LGBT, says Childline

Childline has recorded a more than 10 per cent increase in Scottish children saying they are worried about coming out, compared to last year.

The Scotsman*

Increasing anti-Muslim bigotry should shame us all, says Scottish Labour leader

Increasing anti-Muslim bigotry should shame us all, says Scottish Labour leader

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.

The Times*

‘British Jews' fear and defiance amid record monthly anti-Semitism reports’

‘British Jews' fear and defiance amid record monthly anti-Semitism reports’

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.

BBC

Call for legislation overhaul as sectarian hate ads 'approved by Facebook'

Call for legislation overhaul as sectarian hate ads 'approved by Facebook'

A series of sectarian hate advertisements were approved by Facebook shortly before rioting in Northern Ireland, it has been claimed.

The Irish News*

Ireland: Thousands attend protest rally against ‘Church ownership’ of National Maternity Hospital

Ireland: Thousands attend protest rally against ‘Church ownership’ of National Maternity Hospital

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.

Independent.ie

European Parliament adopts ‘historic’ report on abortion, women’s rights

European Parliament adopts ‘historic’ report on abortion, women’s rights

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.

OpenDemocracy

Women’s health around world put at risk due to Google’s algorithm ‘blocking abortion services’

Women’s health around world put at risk due to Google’s algorithm ‘blocking abortion services’

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.

The Independent

Polish church reports recent clergy abuse of 368 children

Polish church reports recent clergy abuse of 368 children

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

Canada: two more Catholic churches on First Nations reserves destroyed by fire

Canada: two more Catholic churches on First Nations reserves destroyed by fire

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.

The Guardian

Mon, 28 Jun 2021

Labour candidate in Batley and Spen by-election left ‘intimidated’ by anti-LGBT protester

Labour candidate in Batley and Spen by-election left ‘intimidated’ by anti-LGBT protester

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.

The Telegraph

‘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?’

‘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

‘Militant activism’ is disrupting the work of schools, says Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman

‘Militant activism’ is disrupting the work of schools, says Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman

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'.

iNews

Church of England urged to drop the Revs to tackle deference problem

Church of England urged to drop the Revs to tackle deference problem

The Church of England is being urged to abolish the title of reverend as part of efforts to tackle a culture of deference.

The Guardian

‘The right to a good death is perhaps the most basic human right of all’

‘The right to a good death is perhaps the most basic human right of all’

A response to a new bill in the Scottish parliament which would legalise assisted dying.

The Scotsman

Consultation says more research needed into virtual abortion care in Scotland

Consultation says more research needed into virtual abortion care in Scotland

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 National

Abortions by women in 30s push numbers to record high

Abortions by women in 30s push numbers to record high

The pandemic and economic uncertainty has fuelled an increase in terminations in England and Wales, especially among older groups.

The Sunday Times*

Euro 2020 officials agree not to place Heineken in front of Muslim players after Paul Pogba snub

Euro 2020 officials agree not to place Heineken in front of Muslim players after Paul Pogba snub

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.

The Telegraph

Church of England should recognise same-sex weddings, says bishop

Church of England should recognise same-sex weddings, says bishop

A senior bishop has said the Church of England should recognise marriage between people of the same sex and allow such ceremonies in church.

The Observer

Identity politics take to the football field as Germany stands up to Hungary's anti-LGBT laws

Identity politics take to the football field as Germany stands up to Hungary's anti-LGBT laws

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.

NBC News

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