Wed, 13 May 2020

‘Scotland’s chilling new blasphemy law’ – NSS quoted

‘Scotland’s chilling new blasphemy law’ – NSS quoted

Stephen Daisley argues that the new hate crime bill proposed by the Scottish government is a sweeping threat to freedom of speech and conscience, particularly on religion.

The Spectator

‘Consensus in some Jewish communities not to tackle child sex abuse’

‘Consensus in some Jewish communities not to tackle child sex abuse’

A top campaigner for Jewish child sexual abuse victims has told a national inquiry of a "consensus among Jewish leaders not to tackle it".

Jewish News

Newborns among 40 killed in attacks on hospital and funeral in Afghanistan

Newborns among 40 killed in attacks on hospital and funeral in Afghanistan

Gunmen attacked a hospital that houses a maternity clinic in Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least 16 people including two newborn babies. Meanwhile a suicide bomber killed at least 24 others at a funeral in eastern Afghanistan.

The Guardian

Abuser’s victims had been ‘additionally vulnerable due to Charedi upbringing’

Abuser’s victims had been ‘additionally vulnerable due to Charedi upbringing’

A judge has said two teen victims of convicted abuser Todros Grynhaus were at greater risk, as they had been "insulated against any form of sex education or exposure to sexual images".

Jewish News

Hundreds of Hasidic Jews gather to mark festival despite coronavirus restrictions

Hundreds of Hasidic Jews gather to mark festival despite coronavirus restrictions

Hasidic Jews ignored social distancing rules during the coronavirus lockdown as hundreds gathered in north London to celebrate a sacred festival in their religious calendar.

Mail Online

Equalities watchdog drops probe into Tory ‘Islamophobia’ after party sets out plans for independent investigation

Equalities watchdog drops probe into Tory ‘Islamophobia’ after party sets out plans for independent investigation

The UK's equality watchdog has dropped plans to launch a probe into Tory anti-Muslim discrimination after the party set out new details on its independent investigation.

PoliticsHome

Israeli police arrest 320 over coronavirus breach at Jewish festival

Israeli police arrest 320 over coronavirus breach at Jewish festival

Israeli police arrested 320 people at a Jewish bonfire festival celebrating an ancient sage, after worshippers rioted over coronavirus restrictions that denied them access to his tomb, officers said on Wednesday.

Reuters

Tue, 12 May 2020

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools glue biology pages together and redact Childline number, inquiry hears

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools glue biology pages together and redact Childline number, inquiry hears

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools are gluing together human biology pages and redacting the Childline number from educational materials, a government-ordered inquiry has heard.

The Telegraph

Cultural barriers stop Orthodox Jews reporting child abuse, inquiry hears

Cultural barriers stop Orthodox Jews reporting child abuse, inquiry hears

Child sexual abuse is going widely unreported among the UK's Charedi Jewish community because victims need the permission of a rabbi before they can go to the police, an inquiry has heard.

Belfast Telegraph

Far-right posing as journalists to spread fake news about Muslims, government Islamophobia advisor warns

Far-right posing as journalists to spread fake news about Muslims, government Islamophobia advisor warns

Far-right activists are posing as journalists in a "deplorable" bid to spread fake news about Muslims breaking lockdown, a government advisor has warned.

The Telegraph

'Portable priest' leads mobile services as churches close

'Portable priest' leads mobile services as churches close

A priest has taken to the streets to carry out mobile church services and sermons via loudspeaker, despite admitting he risks breaching social distancing regulations.

The Telegraph

Clergy to start streaming services from churches this week, archbishop designate confirms

Clergy to start streaming services from churches this week, archbishop designate confirms

Clergy will begin streaming services from their churches this week, the archbishop of York's successor has confirmed.

The Telegraph

Sikhs to take legal action over Scottish census claim

Sikhs to take legal action over Scottish census claim

The Sikh Federation has said legal action is inevitable after the Scottish government confirmed it had no plans to include a separate tick box for Sikhs in the ethnicity section of its 2021 census.

The Times (£)

Lancashire college moving away from Catholic sixth form status

Lancashire college moving away from Catholic sixth form status

St Mary's College looks set to move away from being a Catholic sixth form due to a fall in numbers of students from the faith attending.

Lancashire Telegraph

Ukrainian police official requests list of Jews in western city of Kolomyya

Ukrainian police official requests list of Jews in western city of Kolomyya

A Ukrainian Jewish group accused the nation's police force of "open anti-Semitism" after a high-ranking police official requested a list of all Jews in the western city of Kolomyya as part of an inquiry into organised crime.

The Times of Israel

‘Religious freedom’ part of the reason why Trump administration rejected public health guidelines, says report

‘Religious freedom’ part of the reason why Trump administration rejected public health guidelines, says report

The Trump administration reportedly rejected proposed guidelines on how to take public health precautions to safely reopen the economy partly on the grounds that guidance in churches would restrict religious freedom.

The Hill

US Supreme Court sounds split in case on rights for Catholic school teachers

US Supreme Court sounds split in case on rights for Catholic school teachers

The US's Supreme Court justices sounded split on Monday on whether to broadly deny civil rights protections to hundreds of thousands of teachers in religious schools.

Los Angeles Times

‘Pandemic corrodes church-state ties in Russia’

‘Pandemic corrodes church-state ties in Russia’

Even as the monasteries of the Orthodox Church are besieged by the coronavirus, apocalyptic-minded priests balk at state restrictions on public worship.

The New York Times (£)

Mon, 11 May 2020

Christian foster agency challenges Ofsted’s censure on equality in court

Christian foster agency challenges Ofsted’s censure on equality in court

A Christian fostering agency has told a court that Ofsted "came in on a white charger" and went beyond its powers in censuring it for not accepting same-sex couples as foster carers.

The Times (£)

Coronavirus: Churches may not be back to normal by end of year

Coronavirus: Churches may not be back to normal by end of year

Social distancing will be impossible in some places of worship if government ministers allow them to reopen, religious leaders have said.

BBC

Abortion regulations remain in place, says NI Office

Abortion regulations remain in place, says NI Office

Abortion regulations introduced in Northern Ireland remain in place despite a delay to a Westminster vote, the UK government has said.

The Irish News

Doubts cast over claim that people are turning to prayer during pandemic

Doubts cast over claim that people are turning to prayer during pandemic

This report says a survey which purported to show Britons turning to prayer during the coronavirus pandemic also found that slightly more people have stopped praying.

Church Times

Archbishop of Canterbury gives address during VE Day commemorations

Archbishop of Canterbury gives address during VE Day commemorations

Justin Welby was among those who addressed the nation during the VE Day commemorations.

BBC

Trump commemorates National Day of Prayer amid pandemic

Trump commemorates National Day of Prayer amid pandemic

A ceremony at the White House on Thursday was dominated by prayers from religious leaders for an end to the coronavirus.

CNN

Uganda using coronavirus laws to target marginalised LGBT groups

Uganda using coronavirus laws to target marginalised LGBT groups

Video footage shows a town mayor and other officials interrogating people at a shelter about their families and sex lives.

Sky News

Germany passes law banning 'gay conversion therapy' for minors

Germany passes law banning 'gay conversion therapy' for minors

Germany's parliament has passed a law banning so-called 'gay conversion therapy' for young people nationwide.

BBC

Pakistan excludes religious sect from minority commission

Pakistan excludes religious sect from minority commission

Pakistan's cabinet has declined to include a religious sect that rights groups say suffers widespread persecution in a newly formed commission for minorities, after opposition from conservatives in the government, officials said on Thursday.

Reuters

Coronavirus has unleashed ‘tsunami of hate and xenophobia’ across the world, says UN chief

Coronavirus has unleashed ‘tsunami of hate and xenophobia’ across the world, says UN chief

The coronavirus pandemic has brought on a "tsunami of hate and xenophobia" internationally, according to the United Nations secretary general.

The Independent

Sikh doctors in Canada take ‘extremely difficult decision’ to shave beards amid Covid-19

Sikh doctors in Canada take ‘extremely difficult decision’ to shave beards amid Covid-19

Two Sikh doctor brothers in Canada have made an "extremely difficult decision" to shave off their beards so they can wear the masks necessary to treat patients suffering from coronavirus.

The Tribune

Thu, 07 May 2020

Cardinal Pell 'knew of' clergy abuse, says Australian royal commission

Cardinal Pell 'knew of' clergy abuse, says Australian royal commission

Cardinal George Pell knew of child sexual abuse by priests in Australia as early as the 1970s but failed to take action, a landmark inquiry has found.

BBC

Court upholds ban on anti-abortion poster targeting Stella Creasy

Court upholds ban on anti-abortion poster targeting Stella Creasy

An anti-abortion campaigner who is banned from displaying a poster featuring an image of a dead foetus alongside a picture of the Labour MP Stella Creasy has failed to overturn a council order against him.

The Guardian

Far-right extremist who had Christchurch terror attack manifesto was collecting bomb components

Far-right extremist who had Christchurch terror attack manifesto was collecting bomb components

A far-right extremist who called police support for LGBT Pride events the "death of European culture" has admitted terror and explosives offences.

The Independent

Alleged Iwerne abuser now under police investigation

Alleged Iwerne abuser now under police investigation

Two alleged abusers from Iwerne Christian camps are currently being investigated, including one by the police, according to a spokesperson for the victims.

Anglican Ink

‘Abortion rules in chaos as Northern Ireland struggles to cope with new rules imposed by travel restrictions’

‘Abortion rules in chaos as Northern Ireland struggles to cope with new rules imposed by travel restrictions’

In a cruel twist, women were faced with the worst access to abortion services in more than 50 years in early April.

SW Londoner

Mother desperate for help after 14-year-old Christian girl abducted by Islamic gang in Pakistan

Mother desperate for help after 14-year-old Christian girl abducted by Islamic gang in Pakistan

A 14-year-old Christian girl has been abducted by an Islamic gang in Pakistan. Her mother has said she is terrified her daughter will be raped, forcefully converted to Islam or even executed.

Premier Christian News

US Supreme Court hears case on "Obamacare" birth control coverage changes

US Supreme Court hears case on "Obamacare" birth control coverage changes

The US Supreme Court justices seemed concerned Wednesday about the scope of Trump administration rules that would allow more employers who cite a religious or moral objection to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women.

CBS News

Coronavirus: Texas banned abortions - how did that affect women?

Coronavirus: Texas banned abortions - how did that affect women?

Texas was one of a handful of states to deem abortions non-essential procedures during the pandemic. But what impact has that decision had?

BBC

‘Virus misinformation fuels hatred against India's Muslims’

‘Virus misinformation fuels hatred against India's Muslims’

As the misinformation has exploded, so too has real-world violence and anger against Muslims.

Mail Online

Wed, 06 May 2020

Atheists launch #FreeMubarakBala to help Nigerian activist accused of blasphemy

Atheists launch #FreeMubarakBala to help Nigerian activist accused of blasphemy

There's been a remarkable show of support for endangered Nigerian Humanist Mubarak Bala online, with people asking where they can make donations and how they can help.

The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)

Alliance criticises religious background question in 2021 census in NI

Alliance criticises religious background question in 2021 census in NI

Next year's census unnecessarily entails a "ridiculous" headcount of Protestants and Catholics, Alliance has said, as it objected to proposals set out yesterday.

News Letter

Ofsted head answers criticism over handling of censorious Orthodox Jewish school

Ofsted head answers criticism over handling of censorious Orthodox Jewish school

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has written to the Jewish Chronicle to deny that she publicly humiliated a strictly Orthodox school.

The Jewish Chronicle

MSP criticises Scottish hate crime bill

MSP criticises Scottish hate crime bill

Hate crime laws being proposed in Scotland would trigger a "full-frontal assault on free speech", a senior politician has claimed.

The Times (£)

‘It’s always worse than you realised’

‘It’s always worse than you realised’

A woman who was driven out of a Chasidic Jewish community for going against its rules reflects on the Netfix series Unorthodox.

Jewish News

Scottish anti-abortion student group investigated, but no action taken

Scottish anti-abortion student group investigated, but no action taken

After complaints that a pro-life event held by the Aberdeen Life Ethics Society violated a 'safe space policy', an investigation has resulted in no action being taken against the 'pro-life' group.

Catholic News Agency

Australian 'healing church' defends bleach sales after US coronavirus cure claims

Australian 'healing church' defends bleach sales after US coronavirus cure claims

Representatives of an international group that calls itself a "healing church" and promotes industrial bleach as a cure for coronavirus say they should be allowed to continue selling the potentially toxic "miracle" solution in Australia on religious freedom grounds.

The Guardian

Report finds nonreligious people face stigma and discrimination in the US

Report finds nonreligious people face stigma and discrimination in the US

A new study has found that nonreligious people in the US face discrimination and stigma, conceal their nonreligious identities, and largely see themselves as atheists and humanists.

Religion News Service

‘Files suggest wartime pope was more sinner than saint’

‘Files suggest wartime pope was more sinner than saint’

Who knows how many Jews could have been saved had the pope made a public intervention?

Jewish News

Former Canberra journalist who threatened to behead Christians walks free

Former Canberra journalist who threatened to behead Christians walks free

A man who threatened to behead Christians on his front lawn in retaliation for the Christchurch massacre has walked free from court with a suspended sentence.

ABC News Australia

Tue, 05 May 2020

Yeshivas could face inspections for first time following schools consultation

Yeshivas could face inspections for first time following schools consultation

A government consultation on the definition of schools could lead to more settings, including some religious educational institutions, being classed as 'independent schools' and subject to inspection.

Jewish News

NHS says “reasonable adjustments” should be made for religious beards during coronavirus outbreak

NHS says “reasonable adjustments” should be made for religious beards during coronavirus outbreak

A Sikh doctors' group and the Sikh Council have complained after a doctor who refused to shave his beard was moved to a different role because his mask would not fit. In response the national medical director has said "reasonable adjustments should be made by providers in this area".

The Telegraph

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