Thu, 02 Apr 2020

Orthodox Jewish leader branded ‘dangerous amateur’ for promoting risky anti-virus drug

Orthodox Jewish leader branded ‘dangerous amateur’ for promoting risky anti-virus drug

A top medical expert has sharply criticised the founder of the Jewish Community Council of North London for urging the government to back a high-risk drug to treat coronavirus.

Jewish News

Royal College of GPs’ assisted dying survey reveals even greater shift in opinion

Royal College of GPs’ assisted dying survey reveals even greater shift in opinion

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has released the full, weighted results of its 2019 membership survey on assisted dying, revealing an even greater shift in opinion from its 2013 poll.

Politics Home

Bishops 'dismayed' at decision to allow home abortion

Bishops 'dismayed' at decision to allow home abortion

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales have expressed their shock at an emergency policy to allow "do-it-yourself abortions" during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Tablet

Church minister sues Belfast hotel after it 'calls a halt' to religious event

Church minister sues Belfast hotel after it 'calls a halt' to religious event

A minister is taking legal action against a Belfast hotel after claiming he was told by staff to stop a religious event promoting marriage.

Belfast Telegraph

Polish Catholic Church liable for sex abuse compensation claims

Polish Catholic Church liable for sex abuse compensation claims

Poland's Catholic Church is facing a tidal wave of compensation bills after the country's highest court ruled it is liable for damages for people abused by its priests and religious.

The Irish Times

Radical evangelist who says gays will burn in 'flames of hell' builds Covid-19 hospital in Central Park

Radical evangelist who says gays will burn in 'flames of hell' builds Covid-19 hospital in Central Park

An anti-gay evangelist who spearheads Samaritan's Purse has erected a 68-bed hospital in New York City's Central Park to assist with an influx of Covid-19 patients — while calling for "Christian" volunteers to join his crusade.

The Independent

Wed, 01 Apr 2020

Police called to stop outdoor prayer meetings in north London

Police called to stop outdoor prayer meetings in north London

Police have been called to the Stamford Hill area to try to stop a small number of people within the Charedi Jewish community continuing to meet to pray.

The Jewish Chronicle

‘Religious extremists are making the coronavirus pandemic even worse’

‘Religious extremists are making the coronavirus pandemic even worse’

Whether in the Iranian shrine city of Qom or the Bible Belt of the United States, the zealots are even claiming they hold the cure to the pandemic, writes Borzou Daragahi.

The Independent (£)

Government policy change on abortion could face judicial review

Government policy change on abortion could face judicial review

A change which allows women to have home abortions during the coronavirus outbreak could face a judicial review.

The Telegraph

‘Accidental pregnancy is more likely in lockdown - so all women must be able to get abortion pills in the post’

‘Accidental pregnancy is more likely in lockdown - so all women must be able to get abortion pills in the post’

Ann Furedi says women need care during the coronavirus crisis.

The Telegraph (£)

Scott Morrison prays for Australia and commits nation to God amid coronavirus crisis

Scott Morrison prays for Australia and commits nation to God amid coronavirus crisis

Australia's prime minister has offered a prayer for the national cabinet to stay "strong and united" and committed the nation to God during times of "great need and suffering" as it responds to Covid-19.

The Guardian

Government in Israel bans outdoor prayers but allows restricted circumcision ceremonies during Covid-19 outbreak

Government in Israel bans outdoor prayers but allows restricted circumcision ceremonies during Covid-19 outbreak

Israel's cabinet has approved a set of new measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, including a ban on prayer quorums and limits on funerals and Jewish circumcision ceremonies.

The Times of Israel

Israeli police raid synagogues to enforce coronavirus lockdown

Israeli police raid synagogues to enforce coronavirus lockdown

Israeli police wearing masks raided synagogues in Jerusalem and other ultra-Orthodox areas yesterday which have flouted social distancing rules and become coronavirus hotspots.

The Times (£)

Appeals court temporarily reinstates Texas order limiting abortion access over coronavirus

Appeals court temporarily reinstates Texas order limiting abortion access over coronavirus

An appeals court in the US is allowing an executive order that blocks elective abortions in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic to remain in effect for now.

CNN

Judge temporarily blocks Alabama’s ban on abortions during coronavirus outbreak

Judge temporarily blocks Alabama’s ban on abortions during coronavirus outbreak

A judge in the US has temporarily blocked an effort that would have banned abortions in Alabama amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Waff 48

India and Pakistan crack down on Muslim group emerging as COVID-19 cluster

India and Pakistan crack down on Muslim group emerging as COVID-19 cluster

India and Pakistan sealed off centres belonging to a Muslim missionary group on Tuesday and began investigating how many coronavirus cases were linked to its activities.

Reuters

Canada considering loosening euthanasia restrictions

Canada considering loosening euthanasia restrictions

Canada is considering loosening its laws on euthanasia to make it them among the most relaxed restrictions in the world.

The Telegraph

Tue, 31 Mar 2020

Home abortions approved during coronavirus outbreak

Home abortions approved during coronavirus outbreak

Patients in England can now have home abortions during the Covid-19 outbreak, the government in England has said.

BBC

Jehovah's Witness sexually abused children he met at Kingdom Hall

Jehovah's Witness sexually abused children he met at Kingdom Hall

A Jehovah's Witness sexually abused two young girls he met at their place of worship when he was a teenager.

Yorkshire Live

Scottish abuse inquiry appeals for victims to continue to contact it

Scottish abuse inquiry appeals for victims to continue to contact it

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has appealed for victims to continue to contact it despite the coronavirus outbreak halting public hearings for the time being.

The Tablet

Police say film of people visiting mosque in Birmingham was taken before lockdown

Police say film of people visiting mosque in Birmingham was taken before lockdown

Police have said that videos being circulated of people allegedly attending a mosque during the lockdown were taken before the measures were introduced.

Birmingham Live

Coronavirus cases spike in ultra-Orthodox Jewish Israeli neighbourhoods

Coronavirus cases spike in ultra-Orthodox Jewish Israeli neighbourhoods

Hundreds of new cases of the coronavirus appeared in ultra-Orthodox enclaves in Israel over a short period of time, figures show, revealing a growth rate that far exceeds the national average.

Haaretz

‘Sectarianism will not defeat coronavirus: no one is immune’

‘Sectarianism will not defeat coronavirus: no one is immune’

Are religious ideologues on coronavirus threatening to tear apart the much needed human solidarity to overcome the pandemic?

openDemocracy

Iraqis accuse religious leader of ‘weaponising’ coronavirus by blaming the pandemic on same-sex marriage

Iraqis accuse religious leader of ‘weaponising’ coronavirus by blaming the pandemic on same-sex marriage

Iraqi Shia political leader Muqtada al-Sadr has been widely criticised online for claiming that the coronavirus pandemic was caused by same-sex marriage.

Pink News

Cremation of first Jewish virus victim in Argentina stirs debate

Cremation of first Jewish virus victim in Argentina stirs debate

The first Jewish victim of the coronavirus in Argentina was cremated by local authorities, sparking a debate over respect for religious rituals during the outbreak.

Jewish News

Mon, 30 Mar 2020

Churchgoers in various parts of world ignore physical distancing advice

Churchgoers in various parts of world ignore physical distancing advice

Millions of people across the world tuned into online church services on Sunday as their usual places of worship were closed, but in some places clerics insisted on their doors remaining open.

The Guardian

Couple sentenced over running of secret illegal Muslim school

Couple sentenced over running of secret illegal Muslim school

A couple have been given suspended custodial sentences after being convicted of running an unregistered Muslim school.

Mail Online

Scottish church sues Edinburgh council over right to host American preacher who labelled homosexuality 'not normal behaviour'

Scottish church sues Edinburgh council over right to host American preacher who labelled homosexuality 'not normal behaviour'

A Scottish church has launched legal action against Edinburgh City Council over its right to host an American pastor who labelled homosexuality "not normal behaviour".

Edinburgh Evening News

Former president of Leicester Secular Society dies of coronavirus

Former president of Leicester Secular Society dies of coronavirus

Michael Gerard, who organised the programme of speakers that appeared every Sunday at Secular Hall in Leicester, has died.

Leicester Mercury

Court in Singapore dismisses challenge to anti-gay laws

Court in Singapore dismisses challenge to anti-gay laws

Three constitutional challenges to a section of Singapore's penal code which criminalises sex between men have been dismissed.

Yahoo News

‘Coronavirus: Trump and religious right rely on faith, not science’

‘Coronavirus: Trump and religious right rely on faith, not science’

This month in the United States, several neo-charismatic preachers decided not to cancel their church meetings and events – though some have since said they would move their meetings online.

The Conversation

Pakistan struggles to limit Islamic prayers to stem coronavirus

Pakistan struggles to limit Islamic prayers to stem coronavirus

Pakistani authorities struggled to limit congregational prayers on Friday with devout Muslims defying government orders to stay home, threatening efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Reuters

Messiah: Netflix series cancelled after allegations of anti-Islamic sentiment

Messiah: Netflix series cancelled after allegations of anti-Islamic sentiment

TV thriller Messiah has been cancelled by Netflix after just one season amid allegations of religious insensitivity, although the coronavirus pandemic may also have played a part in the decision.

The Independent

Unorthodox on Netflix: The true story of Deborah Feldman, who fled the Hasidic Jewish community

Unorthodox on Netflix: The true story of Deborah Feldman, who fled the Hasidic Jewish community

Netflix's Unorthodox tells the harrowing story of a nineteen-year-old woman named Esty Shapiro, who flees her life in New York, and the Hasidic Jewish community in which she grew up.

Evening Standard

Fri, 27 Mar 2020

Three schools in Northern Ireland hoping to join integrated sector

Three schools in Northern Ireland hoping to join integrated sector

Proposals have been re-published this week on behalf of three schools who are seeking to transform to controlled integrated status. But delays are expected in the development proposal process due to Department of Education staff tackling coronavirus.

The Irish News

Jewish groups make changes to circumcision ceremonies during coronavirus outbreak

Jewish groups make changes to circumcision ceremonies during coronavirus outbreak

Progressive Jewish movements have suspended circumcision ceremonies during the coronavirus outbreak, but Orthodox ceremonies are set to continue with reduced attendance.

The Jewish Chronicle

Lambeth Conference among Christian events hit by coronavirus lockdown

Lambeth Conference among Christian events hit by coronavirus lockdown

The coronavirus outbreak has led to the postponement of the Lambeth Conference, which would have gathered Anglican bishops from around the world, and the cancellation of several other events.

Church Times

Prayer groups defy coronavirus lockdown restrictions in Australia

Prayer groups defy coronavirus lockdown restrictions in Australia

Groups of ultra-Orthodox Jews have held prayer meetings in Melbourne this week in defiance of strict social-distancing rules designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

WA Today

Pub in Bolton flattened to make way for mosque

Pub in Bolton flattened to make way for mosque

An historic pub which has been demolished, with a mosque now expected to be built on the site.

The Bolton News

Islamic charity plans to turn former pub into religious education centre in Glasgow

Islamic charity plans to turn former pub into religious education centre in Glasgow

A charity is bidding to turn a former pub into a religious education centre and community hall.

Glasgow Evening Times

Thu, 26 Mar 2020

Christchurch shootings: Brenton Tarrant pleads guilty to 51 murders

Christchurch shootings: Brenton Tarrant pleads guilty to 51 murders

A man accused of deadly attacks on mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch a year ago has pleaded guilty to 51 charges of murder.

BBC

NI to offer unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks

NI to offer unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks

Abortions in Northern Ireland can take place in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy "without conditionality", under new laws soon to be in force.

BBC

Coronavirus: Abortion services at risk of collapse with women denied procedures after government U-turn

Coronavirus: Abortion services at risk of collapse with women denied procedures after government U-turn

Abortion services are at risk of collapse during the coronavirus crisis, with women already being denied terminations after a government U-turn on allowing home procedures was branded "cruel and reckless".

The Independent

22 UK Jews have died after contracting coronavirus, figures show

22 UK Jews have died after contracting coronavirus, figures show

Jewish fatalities account for nearly 5% of the confirmed national death toll, data shows, despite the fact Jews make up just 0.5% of the British population.

Jewish News

All Church of England buildings closed to stop spread of coronavirus

All Church of England buildings closed to stop spread of coronavirus

The Church of England has closed all of its buildings with immediate effect after a UK-wide lockdown was imposed to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Metro

Trump seeks to reopen 'large sections' of US by Easter, clashing with experts

Trump seeks to reopen 'large sections' of US by Easter, clashing with experts

Donald Trump is aiming to reopen "large sections of the country" by Easter, he told reporters on Tuesday. The US president said he picked Easter because "I just thought it was a beautiful time, a beautiful timeline, it's a great day".

The Guardian

US states differ on exempting worship from coronavirus closures

US states differ on exempting worship from coronavirus closures

As multiple governors issue orders to curb large gatherings and implore residents to stay home in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, at least a half-dozen states have exempted some level of religious activity.

AP News

Abortion providers sue Texas over ‘nonessential’ label in order

Abortion providers sue Texas over ‘nonessential’ label in order

Planned Parenthood and other American health-care clinics sued Texas over an executive order that classifies abortion as "nonessential" and thus banned as part of the state's emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bloomberg Law

Vatican employees balk at lack of full shutdown amid virus

Vatican employees balk at lack of full shutdown amid virus

The Vatican's offices remain open two weeks after the Italian government ordered Italians home and shut down all non-essential businesses in an urgent attempt to contain the coronavirus.

AP News

Andorra set to become latest nation to legalise gay marriage

Andorra set to become latest nation to legalise gay marriage

Andorra, one of Europe's smallest countries, is set to legalise gay marriage.

Reuters

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