Tue, 17 Mar 2020

Coronavirus: possible religious exemption from facial hair ban in ambulance service

Coronavirus: possible religious exemption from facial hair ban in ambulance service

NHS officials have considered telling paramedics they must be clean shaven to protect themselves from coronavirus. But a memo suggests staff with religious beliefs could be exempt.

BBC

Defrocked French priest jailed for abusing scouts over 20-year period

Defrocked French priest jailed for abusing scouts over 20-year period

A defrocked French Catholic priest has been sentenced to five years in jail for sexually abusing scouts in his care several decades ago, ending a case in which it was claimed his superiors shielded him from prosecution.

The Guardian

Charedi school which did not teach about homophobic bullying still earns good Ofsted

Charedi school which did not teach about homophobic bullying still earns good Ofsted

A Charedi girls' primary school in Stamford Hill has won a good rating from Ofsted despite inspectors noting it did not teach about homophobic bullying.

The Jewish Chronicle

Kenya split over campaign to give women the right to safe abortions

Kenya split over campaign to give women the right to safe abortions

A campaign for reproductive rights has provoked a backlash from conservative groups in Kenya, where 85% of the population is Christian.

The Guardian

‘Trevor Phillips, Islamophobia and the death of free speech’

‘Trevor Phillips, Islamophobia and the death of free speech’

Stuart Walton says Trevor Phillips's suspension from Labour has shown there is little or no space in British society to have a mature, nuanced debate about culture and religion without being denounced as a racist heretic.

The Herald

Mon, 16 Mar 2020

Church of England primary school in Lancashire to expand

Church of England primary school in Lancashire to expand

St Peter's Church of England Primary School in Blackburn with Darwen will almost double in size from 295 pupils to more than 500.

This is Lancashire

Merger between church school and community school set to proceed despite local opposition – NSS quoted

Merger between church school and community school set to proceed despite local opposition – NSS quoted

Feedback from local residents in Surrey shows that most disagree with a plan to close a Church of England school and a community school and open a new church school on the site of the latter.

Eagle Radio

Assisted dying law 'lacks compassion', says former lord chancellor

Assisted dying law 'lacks compassion', says former lord chancellor

A terminally ill man who campaigned to change the law on assisted dying has won the support of the former head of the judiciary.

BBC

Sweden abortion: Nurses fail in European court case

Sweden abortion: Nurses fail in European court case

Two nurses denied jobs as midwives in Sweden because of their refusal to perform abortions have lost their legal action against Sweden at the European Court of Human Rights.

BBC

FGM survivors recount horror of practice: 'I was sobbing, it was brutal'

FGM survivors recount horror of practice: 'I was sobbing, it was brutal'

A report has found that official data on the global prevalence of FGM "woefully" underestimates the nature and scale of the problem.

The Independent

Jewish school ‘inadequate’ over science and geography lessons – NSS quoted

Jewish school ‘inadequate’ over science and geography lessons – NSS quoted

Bnois Jerusalem Girls School in Hackney in north London has been slammed by education watchdog Oftsted for teaching creationism as science in geography and science lessons.

The Freethinker (Patheos)

More anti-Muslim hate crimes reported in wake of Christchurch attacks

More anti-Muslim hate crimes reported in wake of Christchurch attacks

More incidents were reported to Tell MAMA in the wake of the Christchurch mosque killings last March.

Manchester Evening News

Met police says forcing woman to remove hijab at airport was wrong

Met police says forcing woman to remove hijab at airport was wrong

Police have said requiring Muslim women to remove their headscarves at UK airports could be unlawful.

The Observer

A British court ruling may change laws for LGBT+ people around the world

A British court ruling may change laws for LGBT+ people around the world

Through a quirk of history and law, a court in London could help end sodomy laws and bring in same-sex marriage in dozens of countries.

Gay Star News

‘The betrayal felt in the still-recovering areas hit by the Delhi riots makes coronavirus more of a threat’

‘The betrayal felt in the still-recovering areas hit by the Delhi riots makes coronavirus more of a threat’

At a time when citizens need to be listening to the advice given by the government, trust in politicians is at a new low. That could have consequences.

The Independent

Hindu group offers cow urine in a bid to ward off coronavirus

Hindu group offers cow urine in a bid to ward off coronavirus

A Hindu group hosted a cow urine drinking party in India on Saturday as they believe it wards off the coronavirus.

Reuters

Fri, 13 Mar 2020

House of Commons to begin serving halal and kosher food following MPs' appeal

House of Commons to begin serving halal and kosher food following MPs' appeal

The House of Commons has announced it will start serving halal and kosher food following an appeal from MPs.

PoliticsHome

Trevor Phillips: Islamophobia has been warped by ‘orcs’

Trevor Phillips: Islamophobia has been warped by ‘orcs’

Trevor Phillips appeared at an event run by the Quilliam Foundation after his suspension from the Labour party this week.

UnHerd

‘Religious belief is a choice’

‘Religious belief is a choice’

A letter from Neil Barber of Edinburgh Secular Society in response to the Trevor Phillips row (scroll down).

The Courier

Christchurch mosque attacks: NZ has 'fundamentally changed' says PM

Christchurch mosque attacks: NZ has 'fundamentally changed' says PM

New Zealand has "fundamentally changed" since the Christchurch mosque attacks one year ago, its prime minister Jacinda Ardern has said.

BBC

‘The GP's View: Let's ask the public about changing the laws on assisted dying’

‘The GP's View: Let's ask the public about changing the laws on assisted dying’

We are at a pivotal moment in the discussion on whether the UK should legalise medically assisted dying.

The Irish News

Fears for uncontacted tribes as evangelical missionaries plan helicopter drops into Amazon

Fears for uncontacted tribes as evangelical missionaries plan helicopter drops into Amazon

Evangelical Christians are preparing helicopter missions to remote parts of the Amazon, prompting fears for the future of uncontacted tribes under Brazil's ultra conservative president.

The Telegraph

Thu, 12 Mar 2020

Anti-choice ‘bullies’ face ban from abortion clinic buffer zones

Anti-choice ‘bullies’ face ban from abortion clinic buffer zones

An MP is calling for buffer zones around abortion clinics to stop "bullying" protesters picketing them.

Evening Standard

‘Anti-abortion protesters harass women – I’m proposing to stop them protesting outside clinics’

‘Anti-abortion protesters harass women – I’m proposing to stop them protesting outside clinics’

Sarah Olney MP explains why she's proposing a new law to prohibit anti-abortion protests within 150 metres of all abortion clinics in the UK.

The Independent

George Pell: high court reserves decision on granting special leave for an appeal

George Pell: high court reserves decision on granting special leave for an appeal

The full bench of the high court in Canberra has reserved its decision about whether to grant Cardinal George Pell special leave to appeal his case for a final time, after listening to two days of arguments from his barrister and the prosecution.

The Guardian

‘Islamophobia, Trevor Phillips, and free speech’

‘Islamophobia, Trevor Phillips, and free speech’

A range of responses to the recent row over Trevor Phillips's suspension from the Labour party, from Guardian readers.

The Guardian

Peer Eileen Paisley condemns sale of ‘blasphemous’ Derry Girls T-shirt

Peer Eileen Paisley condemns sale of ‘blasphemous’ Derry Girls T-shirt

Eileen Paisley, a life peer and the widow of Ian Paisley, has condemned a Belfast sports shop's decision to sell a Derry Girls-themed shirt which she describes as "blasphemous".

The Irish Post

Wed, 11 Mar 2020

Jewish private school in London rapped by Ofsted for teaching creationism and not letting students take GCSEs – NSS quoted

Jewish private school in London rapped by Ofsted for teaching creationism and not letting students take GCSEs – NSS quoted

Inspectors rated Bnois Jerusalem Girls School 'inadequate' after they discovered it was teaching creationism in geography and science.

iNews

Failing Jewish school doesn't let pupils take GCSEs because teachers 'can't censor the exam papers' – NSS quoted

Failing Jewish school doesn't let pupils take GCSEs because teachers 'can't censor the exam papers' – NSS quoted

Pupils at a failing Jewish school in north London are never entered for GCSEs, because its leaders 'cannot censor the exam papers'.

Hackney Gazette

George Pell: Court hears cardinal's final bid to quash sexual abuse verdict

George Pell: Court hears cardinal's final bid to quash sexual abuse verdict

The former Vatican treasurer George Pell's final bid to overturn his convictions for child sexual abuse has begun hearings in Australia's top court.

BBC

Lisa Nandy says she's 'troubled' by Trevor Phillips's comments on Islam

Lisa Nandy says she's 'troubled' by Trevor Phillips's comments on Islam

Appearing on ITV's Good Morning Britain, the Wigan MP has become the first of the three Labour leadership candidates to comment publically on the row over Trevor Phillips's suspension.

Mirror

Jewish women want equality and opportunities, research finds

Jewish women want equality and opportunities, research finds

Seventy-seven per cent of Jewish women feel the community has not reached gender equality, according to a study.

The Jewish Chronicle

Witchcraft beliefs blamed for halting drive to end FGM in Guinea

Witchcraft beliefs blamed for halting drive to end FGM in Guinea

Belief in witchcraft is hampering efforts to eradicate female genital mutilation in Guinea where almost all girls are cut, campaigners said on Tuesday.

Reuters

Islamists disrupt International Women’s Day rally in Pakistan

Islamists disrupt International Women’s Day rally in Pakistan

Demonstrators belonging to Islamist groups attacked an International Women's Day rally in the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Sunday, hurling rocks, chunks of mud and even their shoes.

NPR

‘Far-right extremists still threaten New Zealand, a year on from the Christchurch attacks’

‘Far-right extremists still threaten New Zealand, a year on from the Christchurch attacks’

There is a tendency to see the Christchurch attacks, which killed 51 people, as a one-off or an aberration – rather than something we still need to guard against.

The Conversation

Canada seeks to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy

Canada seeks to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy

The Canadian federal government introduced new legislation on Monday to criminalise LGBTQ conversion therapy, as Justin Trudeau's Liberal government moves to fulfil one of its 2019 election promises.

Reuters

‘Outrageous’ – UK taxpayers are to fund a new Catholic school – NSS quoted

‘Outrageous’ – UK taxpayers are to fund a new Catholic school – NSS quoted

Campaigners including the NSS have criticised the fact the first new Roman Catholic state school in England for more than a decade is to be established in Peterborough without the church contributing a penny to its costs.

The Freethinker (Patheos)

‘Tom Rosenthal stand-up comedy review – circumcision made funny’

‘Tom Rosenthal stand-up comedy review – circumcision made funny’

Veronica Lee says stand-up comic Tom Rosenthal's new show is frank about the effects circumcision had on him as an awkward teenager.

The Arts Desk

Finnish MP now facing four investigations after speaking about Christian beliefs

Finnish MP now facing four investigations after speaking about Christian beliefs

A member of the Finnish Parliament and former minister of the interior, Päivi Räsänen, faces four police investigations after expressing anti-gay sentiments.

Premier Christian News

Tue, 10 Mar 2020

‘Our approach to tackling anti-Muslim prejudice must be reconsidered’ – NSS letter

‘Our approach to tackling anti-Muslim prejudice must be reconsidered’ – NSS letter

NSS chief executive Stephen Evans responds to the Labour party's decision to suspend Trevor Phillips.

The Times (£)

Jewish school rapped for issuing own-brand qualifications instead of ‘uncensored’ GCSEs – NSS quoted

Jewish school rapped for issuing own-brand qualifications instead of ‘uncensored’ GCSEs – NSS quoted

An Orthodox Jewish independent school has been rapped for making pupils sit qualifications of "no value" which result in the school issuing its own certificate – because leaders would have to break exam rules and "censor" GCSEs.

Schools Week

Calls for 'buffer zones' around abortion clinics in Birmingham after protests

Calls for 'buffer zones' around abortion clinics in Birmingham after protests

The government is being urged to implement a buffer zone to protect staff and patients at abortion clinics in Birmingham from being targeted by protesters.

Birmingham Live

Labour leadership candidates silent over Trevor Phillips suspension

Labour leadership candidates silent over Trevor Phillips suspension

Trevor Phillips has called on the three Labour leadership candidates to pick a side as senior party figures on Monday condemned the decision to suspend him over alleged Islamophobia.

The Telegraph

‘Trevor Phillips’s suspension shows how far Labour has fallen’

‘Trevor Phillips’s suspension shows how far Labour has fallen’

James Bloodworth says Labour MP Khalid Mahmood is right to call Trevor Phillips' suspension "outlandish".

CapX

‘Trevor Phillips’s fate should scare us all’

‘Trevor Phillips’s fate should scare us all’

Hardeep Singh says the suspension of Phillips shows that those who criticised the APPG definition of 'Islamophobia' were right.

The Spectator

‘We won’t eradicate FGM if we keep misunderstanding its history’

‘We won’t eradicate FGM if we keep misunderstanding its history’

With a proper understanding of the history behind FGM, it need not take another century to finally eradicate this global problem.

The Guardian

‘Why we didn’t circumcise our second son’

‘Why we didn’t circumcise our second son’

Yagi Morris, a secular Israeli Jew, reflects on her and her husband's decision not to circumcise their second son.

Tablet

UN rapporteur blasts Iran’s execution of gays based on Islamic morality

UN rapporteur blasts Iran’s execution of gays based on Islamic morality

The newly released UN report of the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran has condemned Iran's lethal homophobia.

The Jerusalem Post

Ministers preparing new law on free speech in universities

Ministers preparing new law on free speech in universities

Ministers are preparing a new law on freedom of speech in universities.

HuffPost

Mon, 09 Mar 2020

Concerns raised over Catholic Church’s lack of financial contribution towards new faith school

Concerns raised over Catholic Church’s lack of financial contribution towards new faith school

The first new Roman Catholic state school in England for more than a decade is to go ahead without the church contributing anything to its costs.

iNews

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