Tue, 27 Mar 2018
A senior coroner in North London is facing a landmark legal challenge over her decision not to prioritise work for religious reasons. The NSS has written to the chief coroner and a justice minister to urge that the independence of the judiciary be upheld in the case.
The Times Brief (£)
The Church of England "must not simply say sorry" to survivors of clerical sex abuse, but "demonstrate clearly" that lessons have been learnt from the past, the archbishops of Canterbury and York have said.
Chichester child abuse: How did one small Church of England diocese produce so many paedophile reverends?
Andreas Whittam-Smith takes a detailed look at child abuse and cover-ups in the Chichester diocese. He says the IICSA inquiry has shown the abuse was "normalised" and one member of the clergy engaged in abuse because he thought God had forgiven him for previous behaviour.
Free speech in university is under threat from "intolerant attitudes", says a report from MPs and peers.
Prominent Labour figures have called on Jeremy Corbyn to do more to "root out" anti-Semitism from within the party.
The Morning Star claims that accusations of anti-Semitism in Labour are "preposterous posturing" and a "cynical ploy aimed at undermining Labour's performance".
Politicians in Scotland say they will consider further action to tackle an "abhorrent" anti-Muslim campaign.
A Conservative MP has been accused of giving a platform to bigots by sharing a story from an anti-Muslim website on his Facebook page.
The Times (£)
As Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom and Gizem Arikan write, there is evidence that restrictions on religious freedom have increased globally in recent decades. Using data from a recent study, they highlight the role that processes of globalisation have had on this trend.
A mass for the late Cardinal Keith O'Brien is to be held in Edinburgh's St Mary's Cathedral one month after his funeral, it has emerged.
Letter writers consider the implications of enforcing the Easter Act, which would mean a bank holiday would always fall between 9 April and 15 April. (Scroll down to read.)
The Times (£)
A group of Catholic clergymen including a bishop have been arrested in Brazil, accused of embezzling £426,000 of church donations, funeral fees and fundraising cash found hidden behind a false wall. The Bishop of Formosa, Jose Ribeiro, alongside five priests and three lay people were detained in prison in Goiás charged with stealing over 2 million reais (£426,000) from church funds.
Both the Liberals and New Democrats have recently been forced to deal with an issue that usually isn't part of the political agenda in Canada – Sikh extremism.
A Canadian man accused of killing six Muslim worshippers at a mosque in Quebec City in 2017 has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Last year, 61.6% of Australians voted in favour of marriage equality, leading to the passage of legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry.
Film fans will be greeted by more protesters on the Isle of Lewis as its final Sunday movie is screened tomorrow. There are only 12 of the 183 seats left for Black Panther Sunday screening which is set – like the other two Sabbath-busting films – to be a sell-out.
The Scottish Sun
Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Graham Sawyer and Phil Johnson won the National Secular Society's Secularist of the Year award after campaigning to expose sexual abuse in the Church of England.
NSS chief executive Stephen Evans praised Johnson and Sawyer for their "courageous efforts to break the silence that has allowed an epidemic of abuse to take place in the Church of England".
The Church of England's treatment of abuse victims is more "malign" than the Catholic Church because it "required a conscious effort to treat survivors badly", the IICSA inquiry heard on Friday.
The judge in the trial of the Parsons Green terrorist has said Ahmed Hassan "will have plenty of time to study the Koran in Prison". He also told him "the Koran is a book of peace", "Islam forbids breaking the law of the land" and "Islam forbids terror".
A letter from the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council has accused Jeremy Corbyn of being unable to "seriously contemplate anti-Semitism" because of his "far-left worldview". The groups are to hold a protest outside parliament tonight, and some Labour MPs are expected to join them.
Reports suggest that only one in ten chocolate eggs will use the word 'Easter' on the front of its packaging this year. But the figures don't appear to buck a trend or show a particular shift from manufacturers.
The new anti-extremism tsar was described as an "oreo" by a senior member of the Muslim advocacy group Mend, according to a Channel 4 Dispatches investigation. The investigation will be broadcast tonight.
The Times (£)
Some areas have seen an alarming increase in racial segregation in schools this century. William Stewart looks at the origins of the problem, including criticism of government policies which have promoted faith schools.
Sabbatarian protesters met fans who visited a screening of Black Panther on the Isle of Lewis yesterday.
The Scottish Sun
Jill Filipovic says the chief lesson of a new report is that making abortion illegal or hard to get doesn't end abortion – it just makes it less safe.
In the wake of the 'Nazi pug' case, Kenan Malik writes that those fighting injustice should be the last to demand censorship and the first to oppose it.
A group of men are traveling North Carolina with red stained crotches as part of a protest against infant circumcision. The group is called Bloodstained Men & Their Friends.
Fri, 23 Mar 2018
A hospital chaplain who was effectively sacked after getting married has lost an appeal. In response NSS CEO Stephen Evans has criticised the Church of England's veto over the appointment of NHS hospital chaplains.
A bill aimed at legalising same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland is set to go before the House of Commons next week.
Charedi schools are taking legal advice over their response to draft government guidelines on independent schools. The guidelines require schools to tell pupils about same-sex relationships.
Events have been held to remember 14 people killed in four London terror attacks in 2017, on yesterday's first anniversary of the attack in Westminster.
Specialists in dealing with radicalisation did not meet the Parsons Green bomber in the months before the attack despite separate referrals by a teacher and an immigration worker.
The Times (£)
A Guardian editorial argues that the evidence that has emerged of the Church of England's attitude towards abusive clergy has gravely damaged its moral authority. It adds that "mandatory reporting to the civil authorities of any suspicion of child abuse is the very least of the measures that need be taken".
Rosemary Goring says that throughout Keith O'Brien's career he was "cocooned, chastised and cared for by the institution in which he had flourished".
A Catholic grammar school is facing a complaint after pupils were given promotional material advertising a gay youth forum aimed at 12-25 year olds.
Peter Gunning writes that being an atheist principal and managing a Catholic school was a difficult balance to maintain in Ireland.
The Journal (Ireland)
Poland has some of the most restrictive laws in Europe when it comes to abortion. Now, the government is pushing through a new bill targeting abortions where the foetus is damaged. Some women are responding by heading to Germany for the procedure.
Intelligence officials believe political forces are behind what they describe as a shadowy "black campaign" in Indonesia. The campaign, they say, is designed to whip up fear that Islam itself is under siege under the leadership of President Joko Widodo.
A Nigerian schoolgirl remains in Boko Haram's captivity after she refused to convert to Islam, her mother has said. Her 104 classmates were released.
The Independent (Ireland)
Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The archbishop of Canterbury has said how "ashamed" he is of the Church of England in evidence to the IICSA child sex abuse inquiry.
Witnesses to the IICSA inquiry have given evidence on the mishandling of safeguarding in Chichester Cathedral.
The education secretary appeared before the parliamentary education committee yesterday. He did not rule out including home schooled children in a review of exclusions practices and said councils have "more power than is sometimes supposed" over illegal schools.
Jewish 'community representatives' have told justice minister Phillip Lee that a senior London coroner who does not prioritise treating bodies for religious reasons "must be made accountable for her actions".
A top judge has slammed the Catholic Church for being in "denial" over sexual abuse problems within the priesthood.
A charity launched by senior SNP activist Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh with £16,000 worth of taxpayer support is being wound up amid a misconduct probe. The Scottish Asian Women's Association's stated aim was to "promote religious and racial harmony".
The pope has announced that he will make the first papal trip to Ireland in nearly 40 years in August. There had been speculation that he would also visit Northern Ireland, but he said his visit would be limited to Dublin.
Andrew Copson writes that the support of successive governments for faith schools has encouraged religious groups to believe they have total control over children's education.
Boko Haram has released more than 100 of the schoolgirls it abducted last month, returning them to their village in north-east Nigeria. It has told the girls they will abduct them again permanently if they do not give up going to school.
A serial bomber has blown himself up as authorities closed in on him in Texas. A portrait has emerged of him as an "introverted Christian conservative" who wrote about his opposition to gay marriage and abortion. But officials say they still don't know how or why he chose his targets.
Los Angeles Times
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