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Fri, 25 Jun 2021

Conversion therapy legislation won’t exempt religious groups, MP vows

Conversion therapy legislation won’t exempt religious groups, MP vows

The Conservative MP leading the campaign to ban conversion therapy has vowed the proposed legislation will protect LGBT people from those "perverting religious scripture" to try to "cure" them — despite calls from religious groups to be exempt from the ban.

iNews

‘Forced marriage is an "evil" form of conversion therapy – and it’s still happening today’

‘Forced marriage is an "evil" form of conversion therapy – and it’s still happening today’

Eve Sacks says although forced marriage can be under physical threat, it can also be forced by social coercion.

Pink News

Man jailed for sharing extremist videos, including Christchurch mosque attack

Man jailed for sharing extremist videos, including Christchurch mosque attack

A British man has been jailed for terrorism offences after sharing explosives manuals and extremist videos, including one apparently celebrating the New Zealand mosque massacres, on rightwing chat groups.

The Guardian

Mosque leader arrested as part of fraud investigation

Mosque leader arrested as part of fraud investigation

A Burton mosque leader has been arrested as part of a fraud investigation - and he "strongly denies" any wrongdoing.

Staffordshire Live

Jewish faith school rated inadequate amid 'deep-rooted' failings at safeguarding pupils

Jewish faith school rated inadequate amid 'deep-rooted' failings at safeguarding pupils

JFS was downgraded by Ofsted after inspectors found leaders did "not ensure all pupils are safe from harm" and that "many pupils report sexual bullying, including via social media".

Brent & Kilburn Times

‘Bishops in the Lords – an unholy row’

‘Bishops in the Lords – an unholy row’

Lord Taverne argues that Church of England bishops do not deserve a special place in Parliament.

Politics Home

‘Why I have a right-to-die pact with two of my best friends’

‘Why I have a right-to-die pact with two of my best friends’

I should be able to have a humane death at home, in the company of my supportive family and friends and at a time of my choosing, says Jenni Murray.

Mail Online

Gibraltar votes to ease tough abortion laws

Gibraltar votes to ease tough abortion laws

Gibraltar voted to relax its tough anti-abortion laws in a referendum on Thursday.

BBC

Voluntary assisted dying to become law in South Australia as euthanasia bill passes Parliament

Voluntary assisted dying to become law in South Australia as euthanasia bill passes Parliament

After a three-decade long battle by voluntary euthanasia campaigners, South Australia has become the fourth state in the nation to pass legislation on voluntary assisted dying.

ABC News

Malaysia seeks stricter sharia laws for ‘insulting Islam’ and ‘promoting LGBT lifestyle’

Malaysia seeks stricter sharia laws for ‘insulting Islam’ and ‘promoting LGBT lifestyle’

A Malaysian government taskforce on Friday proposed amendments to sharia law that would allow action to be taken against social media users for insulting Islam and "promoting the LGBT+ lifestyle".

The Independent

Australia: Anglican school asked boys to use rating system on girls, female students taught to keep virginity

Australia: Anglican school asked boys to use rating system on girls, female students taught to keep virginity

Boys at a northern beaches Anglican school were told to choose the qualities they looked for in a girl from a list that allocated more points for virginity, looks, and strong Christian values than for generosity and adventurousness.

The Sydney Morning Herald

‘Why are Canadian provinces still funding religion-based institutions?’

‘Why are Canadian provinces still funding religion-based institutions?’

The Catholic Church's blasé reaction to the discovery of 215 unmarked children's graves at the former site of a residential school in Kamloops earlier this month has prompted many to take a hard look at where Canada's tax dollars go — chiefly, whether the country and its provinces should continue to fund religion-specific schools and hospitals.

Yahoo! News

Thu, 24 Jun 2021

Gibraltar holds referendum to ease strict abortion ban

Gibraltar holds referendum to ease strict abortion ban

About 23,000 Gibraltarians are called to vote in a referendum to ease one of the strictest abortion bans in the region.

Reuters*

Forced marriage advice to be translated into Yiddish for Charedi women

Forced marriage advice to be translated into Yiddish for Charedi women

Government advice on forced marriage will be translated in Yiddish to help at-risk Charedi women and men following a campaign by activists.

Jewish News

Papal ambassador meets abuse survivors in first for UK

Papal ambassador meets abuse survivors in first for UK

The papal nuncio to Great Britain has met survivors of child sexual abuse and promised to raise their treatment by the Catholic Church directly with Pope Francis.

The Tablet*

Batley and Spen residents won’t vote Labour because of ‘lesbianism’

Batley and Spen residents won’t vote Labour because of ‘lesbianism’

Residents in Batley and Spen have said "lesbianism" and the "Zionist lobby" are reasons why they will abandon Labour at the constituency's upcoming by-election.

The Jewish Chronicle

Ed Husain: “Neglect by left and right makes the challenge of Islamism worse”

Ed Husain: “Neglect by left and right makes the challenge of Islamism worse”

The author reflects on his journey across Muslim Britain.

The New Statesman

‘Start building communities in schools’

‘Start building communities in schools’

In a letter, Alf Dubs recommends bringing Northern Ireland's young people together in integrated education.

The Guardian

EU to take steps against Hungary over anti-LGBT bill

EU to take steps against Hungary over anti-LGBT bill

The European Commission will take action against Hungary over planned new restrictions on LGBT rights, the head of the bloc's executive announced on Wednesday, saying they violated fundamental EU values.

Reuters*

Vatican comes under fire for raising objection to Italy’s draft LGBT law criminalising hate speech

Vatican comes under fire for raising objection to Italy’s draft LGBT law criminalising hate speech

Politicians and activists condemned the intrusion as unjustified 'interference' into another country's internal affairs.

The Independent

Canadian lawmakers pass bill criminalising LGBT conversion therapy

Canadian lawmakers pass bill criminalising LGBT conversion therapy

Canada's House of Commons on Tuesday passed a bill criminalising LGBT conversion therapy 263 to 63, handing a win to the minority ruling Liberal party which promised to ban the practice during an unveiling of its election platform in 2019.

Reuters*

Atheist and humanist groups sue Mississippi over state’s ‘In God We Trust’ license plate

Atheist and humanist groups sue Mississippi over state’s ‘In God We Trust’ license plate

Atheist and humanist groups are suing Mississippi over the state's "In God We Trust" license plate, calling it unconstitutional and seeking alternatives that don't require additional fees for Mississippi drivers.

Religion News Service

Wed, 23 Jun 2021

‘Lessons from Britain's first atheist MP’ – NSS mentioned

‘Lessons from Britain's first atheist MP’ – NSS mentioned

Emma Park says that with our tradition of liberty under threat, modern Britain has much to learn from the legacy of Charles Bradlaugh, the "bellowing blasphemer" and founder of the National Secular Society.

New Humanist

Northern Ireland abortion service facing axe if funding not secured

Northern Ireland abortion service facing axe if funding not secured

Early medical abortions look set to be axed in Northern Ireland, meaning women will have to travel to England, pay for the service, or access the treatment over the internet.

Belfast Telegraph

Faith leaders support fur ban with religious exemptions

Faith leaders support fur ban with religious exemptions

Thirty faith leaders said in a letter to environment minister Lord Zac Goldsmith that restrictions on the fur trade as endorsed by campaigners would include exemptions for the traditional hats worn by Charedi Jews.

The Jewish Chronicle

MPs: Britain must stop taxpayer cash funding hatred in Palestinian schools

MPs: Britain must stop taxpayer cash funding hatred in Palestinian schools

Britain needs to act to make sure taxpayer money does not fund anti-Jewish hatred in Palestinian textbooks, MPs and communal figures have said.

Jewish News

Vatican urges Italy to stop proposed anti-homophobia law

Vatican urges Italy to stop proposed anti-homophobia law

The Vatican has made an unprecedented intervention urging the Italian government to change a proposed law that would criminalise homophobia over concerns it will infringe upon the Catholic church's "freedom of thought".

The Guardian

Landmark trial in France over avalanche of threats against teen critic of Islam

Landmark trial in France over avalanche of threats against teen critic of Islam

A landmark cyberbullying trial in Paris – over thousands of threats against a teenager who strongly criticised Islam in online posts – is blazing a trail in efforts to punish and prevent online abuse.

France24

Canada: Fire destroys two Catholic churches on indigenous land

Canada: Fire destroys two Catholic churches on indigenous land

Police in Canada say they are treating fires that destroyed two Catholic churches on indigenous community land in British Columbia as suspicious.

BBC

South Carolina considers extending religious objections to therapists

South Carolina considers extending religious objections to therapists

South Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill to let mental health professionals refuse to provide care that violates their religious beliefs in response to an ordinance banning conversion therapy for minors in the state's capital city.

The Associated Press

Pakistan PM Imran Khan refuses to condemn China's Uyghur Muslim crackdown

Pakistan PM Imran Khan refuses to condemn China's Uyghur Muslim crackdown

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan refused to condemn the Chinese government's alleged human rights abuses against the Muslim-majority Uyghur people in Xinjiang in an interview on Sunday.

CNN

In Indonesian banking, rise in religious conservatism ripples across sector

In Indonesian banking, rise in religious conservatism ripples across sector

A rise in religious conservatism in Indonesia is drawing talent away from what some view as un-Islamic jobs in banking, industry professionals say, creating hiring woes for conventional banks but a boon for the country's fledgling sharia finance sector.

Reuters

Tue, 22 Jun 2021

UN experts call on Vatican to do more against child abuse

UN experts call on Vatican to do more against child abuse

Independent human rights experts working with the United Nations have urged the Vatican to do more to stop and prevent violence and sexual abuse against children, citing "persistent allegations of obstruction and lack of cooperation" from the Catholic Church, the UN human rights office said.

Mail Online

Clerical abuse survivor Tony Gribben gets six-figure settlement

Clerical abuse survivor Tony Gribben gets six-figure settlement

A man abused for years by a paedophile priest at a County Down school is to receive a six-figure sum in damages, the High Court has been told.

BBC

Shamima Begum and classmates who joined Isis ‘tried to rope in other pupils’

Shamima Begum and classmates who joined Isis ‘tried to rope in other pupils’

A classmate of girls who travelled to Syria to join Islamic State said they tried to convince pupils that it was the perfect society.

The Times*

UK to boycott UN ‘festival of Jew-hate’

UK to boycott UN ‘festival of Jew-hate’

The UK will join Australia, Canada, Israel and the US in not attending the United Nations conference, which purports to focus on tackling racism across the globe.

The Jewish Chronicle

Citizens' Jury votes overwhelmingly in favour of legalising assisted dying in Jersey

Citizens' Jury votes overwhelmingly in favour of legalising assisted dying in Jersey

78.3% of the Citizens' Panel on Assisted Dying agreed that assisted dying should be permitted where a Jersey resident, aged 18 and over, has a terminal illness or is experiencing unbearable suffering and wishes to end their life.

ITV

Ireland: Former National Maternity Hospital master raises concern over clinical independence at new Catholic hospital

Ireland: Former National Maternity Hospital master raises concern over clinical independence at new Catholic hospital

The Sisters of Charity transferred land ownership of the site to a new charity that will operate the hospital and lease it to the state. The religious order's accounts last year stated directors at this charity would be obliged to uphold the values of the Sisters - meaning the hospital would be run with a Catholic ethos.

News Talk

Taliban say 'Islamic system' only way to Afghan peace, women's rights

Taliban say 'Islamic system' only way to Afghan peace, women's rights

The Taliban said Sunday they remain committed to peace talks but insisted a "genuine Islamic system" in Afghanistan was the only way to end the war and ensure rights -- including for women.

France24

Nigerian security agency releases singer detained for ‘blasphemy’

Nigerian security agency releases singer detained for ‘blasphemy’

Nigeria's Department of State Services has released an Islamic singer, Ahmad Abdul, arrested for releasing a 'blasphemous' song.

Daily Trust

Australia: Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster loses bid for legal recognition as incorporated entity

Australia: Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster loses bid for legal recognition as incorporated entity

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster will remain in the realms of satire, after an attempt to have its Australian wing formally recognised was rejected by a South Australian legal authority on the grounds that the purported religion is nothing more than a "hoax".

ABC News

'Saudi seeks religious reset as clerical power wanes’

'Saudi seeks religious reset as clerical power wanes’

The role of religion in Saudi Arabia faces the biggest reset in modern times as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, spurred by the need to diversify the oil-reliant economy, pursues a liberalisation drive in parallel with a vigorous crackdown on dissent.

France24

Mon, 21 Jun 2021

Secular Education Forum: ‘The Church of England offensive in FE colleges must be resisted’

Secular Education Forum: ‘The Church of England offensive in FE colleges must be resisted’

The Church's proposals have little to do with education and more to do with reversing its declining numbers among young people, write Chris Higgins and Keith Sharpe of the National Secular Society's Secular Education Forum.

FE Week

Batley Grammar teacher who showed Muhammad picture refuses to return to work over fears for his life

Batley Grammar teacher who showed Muhammad picture refuses to return to work over fears for his life

A teacher who was suspended after showing a cartoon of Islam's prophet Muhammad to pupils during an RE lesson has refused to return to work over fears for his life - despite being cleared of causing deliberate offence and told that he could have his job back.

Mail Online

Outdoor civil weddings and partnerships get the go ahead

Outdoor civil weddings and partnerships get the go ahead

Civil weddings will be permitted to take place outdoors for the first time in England and Wales from next month.

BBC

New Peterborough Catholic school unanimously approved

New Peterborough Catholic school unanimously approved

A new Catholic school in Peterborough has been unanimously approved by members of Peterborough City Council's Planning and Environmental Protection Committee.

Peterborough Telegraph

UK government will force NI to implement abortion services "sooner rather than later"

UK government will force NI to implement abortion services "sooner rather than later"

Brandon Lewis has warned Stormont he is running out patience over its failure to implement abortion services in Northern Ireland and will not wait much longer to intervene.

Politics Home

Third Holyrood attempt for new assisted dying bill

Third Holyrood attempt for new assisted dying bill

Terminally ill people who have lived in Scotland for more than a year would have the right to access assisted dying under a new bill being lodged at Holyrood.

Daily Record

Legal age to marry in England set to be raised to 18

Legal age to marry in England set to be raised to 18

Robert Buckland says he believes the move would prevent misuse of parental consent and crack down on forced marriages.

The Telegraph*

Rutland Showground apologises over Christian festival disruption

Rutland Showground apologises over Christian festival disruption

The owners of a showground have apologised over reports of anti-social behaviour from attendees of a Christian festival being held on its site.

BBC

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