Wed, 25 Mar 2020

UK abortion law briefly changes during Covid-19 outbreak

UK abortion law briefly changes during Covid-19 outbreak

The UK government published then deleted changes to abortion law that would have allowed women to access medical terminations without travelling to a clinic, leaving women's health charities "staggered".

The Guardian

Coronavirus: Angry MPs demand to know why home abortions switch was 'mysteriously' withdrawn

Coronavirus: Angry MPs demand to know why home abortions switch was 'mysteriously' withdrawn

Angry MPs are demanding to know why changes to make it easier for women to have an abortion safely during the coronavirus crisis were "mysteriously" withdrawn.

The Independent

Boko Haram kills 92 Chadian soldiers in seven-hour attack

Boko Haram kills 92 Chadian soldiers in seven-hour attack

Ninety-two Chadian soldiers have been killed in the deadliest attack ever by Boko Haram jihadists on armed forces in the country, President Idriss Déby Itno said on Tuesday.

The Guardian

Afghanistan conflict: Militants storm Sikh temple in Kabul

Afghanistan conflict: Militants storm Sikh temple in Kabul

Afghan security forces are battling militants who stormed a temple belonging to the Sikh religious minority in central Kabul.

BBC

Coronavirus: Texas says abortions 'non-essential' amid pandemic

Coronavirus: Texas says abortions 'non-essential' amid pandemic

As US states ramp up restrictions to contain the coronavirus, Texas has joined Ohio in deeming nearly all abortions as non-essential procedures that must be delayed.

BBC

Mississippi governor vows to stop abortions during coronavirus outbreak

Mississippi governor vows to stop abortions during coronavirus outbreak

The governor of Mississippi has vowed he would take action against his state's sole remaining abortion clinic if it provides abortions during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Hill

Tue, 24 Mar 2020

MSP criticises churches for stopping Sunday services due to coronavirus

MSP criticises churches for stopping Sunday services due to coronavirus

The member for the SNP suggested that parishioners should "take risks and trust in Jesus".

Premier Christian News

Coronavirus legislation altered after religious communities raise concern over cremation

Coronavirus legislation altered after religious communities raise concern over cremation

The change came amid a mounting backlash among MPs and religious leaders.

The Telegraph

Free Presbyterian Church in U-turn over public services during coronavirus crisis

Free Presbyterian Church in U-turn over public services during coronavirus crisis

The Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland has performed a U-turn over holding public services during the escalating coronavirus crisis, having initially they would continue indefinitely throughout the pandemic.

The Scotsman

Two members of ultra-Orthodox Jewish community die of coronavirus

Two members of ultra-Orthodox Jewish community die of coronavirus

Two members of London's ultra-Orthodox community died of coronavirus at the weekend, the Board of Deputies of British Jews said. But in Stamford Hill, an area of north-east London with a large Haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, population, some synagogues are still open.

The Guardian

Coronavirus: Muslims repeat calls for mosque closures

Coronavirus: Muslims repeat calls for mosque closures

Muslim groups have repeated calls for mosques to close during the coronavirus crisis after some held Friday prayers.

BBC News

Religious group ignore social distancing rules claiming they're immune

Religious group ignore social distancing rules claiming they're immune

Followers are flouting social distancing rules and have held an 11-day meeting, at the Best Western Bell Hotel in Driffield, East Yorkshire.

The Mirror

Mon, 23 Mar 2020

Religious workers can continue to send their children to school

Religious workers can continue to send their children to school

"Religious staff" are included in a new list of "key workers" who are exempt from the nationwide closure of schools in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Christian Today

Amendment to emergency coronavirus legislation would prioritise religious treatment of dead

Amendment to emergency coronavirus legislation would prioritise religious treatment of dead

A proposed amendment, backed by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, would require local authorities to consult families or faith groups before cremating people from religious backgrounds during the coronavirus outbreak. This follows the proposal of emergency measures which would enable councils to direct cremations if necessary.

The Jewish Chronicle

Government must intervene to close Stamford Hill synagogues, health worker urges

Government must intervene to close Stamford Hill synagogues, health worker urges

The worker, who has family in Stamford Hill, urged the authorities to act after reports that some among the Charedi community were not observing the recommended practices of social distancing.

The Jewish Chronicle

Ohio orders abortion clinics to stop 'nonessential abortions' because of coronavirus

Ohio orders abortion clinics to stop 'nonessential abortions' because of coronavirus

The Ohio Attorney General's office ordered abortion clinics in the state to stop performing "nonessential" abortions and surgeries amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to letters the AG's office sent.

CNN

Brazilian church wins court battle to remain open despite coronavirus

Brazilian church wins court battle to remain open despite coronavirus

A major evangelical church in Brazil has won a court battle to remain open despite warnings that large gatherings will help spread the coronavirus.

The Guardian

'The isolated tribes at risk of illness from Amazon missionaries'

'The isolated tribes at risk of illness from Amazon missionaries'

As evangelical Christians use their influence with Brazil's government to cast their net ever wider, indigenous people vulnerable to common diseases face a growing threat.

The Guardian

Ultra-Orthodox in Israel ignoring social distancing: ‘We’re not scared'

Ultra-Orthodox in Israel ignoring social distancing: ‘We’re not scared'

Earlier this week, several prominent rabbinic leaders in Israel announced that they would not comply with government directives, stating that their schools and yeshivas would remain open.

The Jerusalem Post

Fri, 20 Mar 2020

Holyrood passes new law against female genital mutilation

Holyrood passes new law against female genital mutilation

New legislation passed by Holyrood takes Scotland a step closer to the goal of eradicating the practice of female genital mutilation, MSPs have been told.

STV News

Coronavirus UK: How will Covid-19 affect church weddings and civil ceremonies?

Coronavirus UK: How will Covid-19 affect church weddings and civil ceremonies?

The Church of England has imposed new measures saying weddings held in its churches can only include the legal minimum amount of people. Meanwhile civil ceremonies will be judged on a case by case basis.

Metro

Coronavirus: Bangladesh mass prayer event prompts alarm

Coronavirus: Bangladesh mass prayer event prompts alarm

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Bangladesh for a mass prayer session on Wednesday, despite fears it posed a risk of spreading the new coronavirus.

BBC

‘Close the churches in the US’

‘Close the churches in the US’

State and local shutdown orders shouldn't exempt religious gatherings, and those communities should comply, says John Inazu.

The Atlantic

Muslim charity pays its own chairman £25k a year in rent

Muslim charity pays its own chairman £25k a year in rent

Bolton Council of Mosques has paid £25,000 a year to lease a building owned by its chairman Asif Patel and his family for more than a decade. It has spoken out to defend the arrangement.

Manchester Evening News

Government adviser wins damages over false accusation he supported hanging of Christian woman in Pakistan

Government adviser wins damages over false accusation he supported hanging of Christian woman in Pakistan

Leeds imam and government adviser Qari Asim has been awarded damages and a full apology after the Mail on Sunday and Mail Online falsely accused him of supporting the hanging of a Christian woman in Pakistan.

The Yorkshire Post

Primary teacher banned from schools after he described Islam as ‘cancer of the world’

Primary teacher banned from schools after he described Islam as ‘cancer of the world’

A primary school teacher in Somerset has been banned from profession after anti-Islamic comments were found on his Facebook page and he shared "unacceptable" and "inappropriate" views in the classroom.

The Independent

‘This week we brought New Zealand's abortion laws into the 21st century’

‘This week we brought New Zealand's abortion laws into the 21st century’

Seeking an abortion was a crime until now, but new legislation has removed the stigma and given women a choice, says justice minister Andrew Little.

The Guardian

‘Research finds gender bias in textbooks of Indonesia and other Muslim majority countries’

‘Research finds gender bias in textbooks of Indonesia and other Muslim majority countries’

Indonesia's education system – while accessible for all – employs teaching curriculum and learning materials that fail in challenging traditional roles and changing social attitudes towards women.

The Conversation

Pastor says only “sissies” & “pansies” wash their hands to prevent coronavirus

Pastor says only “sissies” & “pansies” wash their hands to prevent coronavirus

A conservative Christian pastor issued an angry rebuke of churches taking measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, calling them "sissies" and "pansies" who have been "neutered."

LGBTQ Nation

Thu, 19 Mar 2020

End safeguarding self-regulation in churches, IICSA urged - NSS vice president quoted

End safeguarding self-regulation in churches, IICSA urged - NSS vice president quoted

"No current Catholic or Anglican leader would come before this inquiry now and seriously try to maintain that clerical sex abuse scandals had never happened," says Richard Scorer, NSS vice president who is representing core participants in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

The Tablet

Charity watchdog looks at reclaiming millions laundered through Orthodox Jewish group

Charity watchdog looks at reclaiming millions laundered through Orthodox Jewish group

Commission 'still considering its options' at getting back cash after Edward Cohen, 67, was jailed for nine years for laundering more than £10m through a Jewish charity.

The JC

Funerals to ban over 70s, Church of England announces

Funerals to ban over 70s, Church of England announces

The Church of England announced the latest measures on how to tackle mass public gatherings in keeping with the Government's guidance.

The Telegraph

New York Chasidic Jews under fire for not cancelling large events during coronavirus outbreak

New York Chasidic Jews under fire for not cancelling large events during coronavirus outbreak

New York's Chasidic communities have been accused of not taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously enough, with firefighters breaking up packed events across the city.

The JC

'Coronavirus is spreading at religious gatherings, ricocheting across nations'

'Coronavirus is spreading at religious gatherings, ricocheting across nations'

Religious gatherings, closely-knit faith groups and pilgrims have emerged as major spreaders of the coronavirus, transmitting the disease in ways that are proving difficult to trace and contain.

The Wall Street Journal

Dress codes and dancing: Sudan sees culture thaw after Bashir

Dress codes and dancing: Sudan sees culture thaw after Bashir

The overthrow of Omar al-Bashir's Islamist regime last April and the melting away of its morality police have led to an easing of onerous social constraints, allowing women to dress more freely and opening up more space for cultural activities.

Reuters

 New Zealand: MP praised for abortion speech calling out intolerance from religious groups

New Zealand: MP praised for abortion speech calling out intolerance from religious groups

National MP Amy Adams has been praised for her speech during the abortion law debate in which she called out intolerance from religious groups and urged church leaders to stop teaching "contraception is a sin".

News Hub

'How strong a role does religion play in US elections?'

'How strong a role does religion play in US elections?'

Americans are still far more religious than people in any other wealthy nation.

The Conversation

Wed, 18 Mar 2020

Most NHS specialists in NI would take part in abortions: survey

Most NHS specialists in NI would take part in abortions: survey

A significant majority of NHS obstetricians and gynaecologists have indicated their support for delivering abortion services in Northern Ireland, according to an Ulster University survey.

Belfast Telegraph

Coronavirus social distancing guidance applies to religious gatherings, says Matt Hancock

Coronavirus social distancing guidance applies to religious gatherings, says Matt Hancock

UK health secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed that the government's new social distancing guidelines apply to places of worship.

Christian Today

Religious organisations 'lack external oversight for safeguarding of children'

Religious organisations 'lack external oversight for safeguarding of children'

Religious organisations are subject to "little to none external oversight" of how they ensure children are protected from sexual abuse, an inquiry has heard.

Premier Christian News

Manchester Arena bombing: Hashem Abedi guilty of 22 murders

Manchester Arena bombing: Hashem Abedi guilty of 22 murders

The brother of Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi has been found guilty of murdering 22 people.

BBC

Islamic preacher Khandaker Rahman accused of mosque rape

Islamic preacher Khandaker Rahman accused of mosque rape

An Islamic preacher has gone on trial accused of raping a schoolgirl at his mosque 15 years ago.

BBC

Church wants to teach ‘Biblical world view’ at new Aberdeen school

Church wants to teach ‘Biblical world view’ at new Aberdeen school

A church wants to open the first independent religious school in Aberdeen to teach children a "Biblical world view".

Evening Express

Muslim students less likely to be awarded top class degrees

Muslim students less likely to be awarded top class degrees

Students from Muslim families are less likely to be awarded top class degrees than students from other religions or beliefs, according to research.

The Guardian

Decision 'imminent' on whether last abortion clinic can stay open in Missouri

Decision 'imminent' on whether last abortion clinic can stay open in Missouri

A decision about whether the last abortion clinic in the US state of Missouri can remain open is "imminent", advocates involved in the case have said.

The Guardian

‘We can’t ignore Turkey’s war on free speech’

‘We can’t ignore Turkey’s war on free speech’

European and British leaders should resolve to stop President Erdogan undermining his country's rule of law any further.

The Times (£)

Tue, 17 Mar 2020

Plan to merge church school with community school faces local opposition – NSS quoted

Plan to merge church school with community school faces local opposition – NSS quoted

Plans to shut two village schools and create a new church school are being pushed forward despite opposition from many parents.

Surrey Live

Church of England accused of 'marking own homework' after dean returns to work following safeguarding scandal

Church of England accused of 'marking own homework' after dean returns to work following safeguarding scandal

The Church of England has been accused of "marking its own homework" after a cathedral dean left her post amid an abuse scandal – but was allowed to return to work following extra training.

The Telegraph

True numbers of FGM victims globally could be far higher as countries fail to record cases

True numbers of FGM victims globally could be far higher as countries fail to record cases

The number of women and girls who have undergone female genital mutilation could be much higher than previously estimated, as a new report shows the practice is carried out in more than 90 countries around the world.

The Guardian

Faith groups warned over burial backlog if coronavirus kills large numbers

Faith groups warned over burial backlog if coronavirus kills large numbers

Religious groups' wishes to bury their dead as soon as possible may have to be denied if the steep rise in deaths under a coronavirus pandemic leads to a severe backlog of funerals, government guidance has warned.

The Telegraph

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