Mon, 24 Feb 2020

Group behind an event run by preacher Franklin Graham begins legal proceedings against SEC Hydro

Group behind an event run by preacher Franklin Graham begins legal proceedings against SEC Hydro

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has asked Glasgow Sheriff Court to grant an interim order requiring the venue to hold the event – after it axed the plans last month.

Herald Scotland

Majority of Brits believe 'Political Literacy' should replace Religious Education at secondary schools

Majority of Brits believe 'Political Literacy' should replace Religious Education at secondary schools

Sixty-nine per cent of people surveyed said they think Religious Education should be replaced by Political Literacy in secondary schools – a 12% increase since 2017.

Open Access Government

St Paul's bomb plot: IS supporter Safiyya Shaikh pleads guilty

St Paul's bomb plot: IS supporter Safiyya Shaikh pleads guilty

A supporter of the banned Islamic State terror group has admitted plotting to blow herself up in a bomb attack on St Paul's Cathedral.

BBC News

Christian man who was deported to Pakistan living ‘in hiding’ due to death threats

Christian man who was deported to Pakistan living ‘in hiding’ due to death threats

A Christian man who was deported from the UK despite claims he had been threatened with execution by Islamic extremists in Pakistan has said he is living in hiding and in fear for his life.

The Independent

Fri, 21 Feb 2020

Council slammed over plans to change school intake process - NSS quoted

Council slammed over plans to change school intake process - NSS quoted

The council has launched a consultation on its proposals, which would require parents to submit their child's Roman Catholic baptism certificate before primary places are allocated.

Daily Record

Knifeman stabs prayer leader at London Central Mosque

Knifeman stabs prayer leader at London Central Mosque

A revered figure at one of the country's best known mosques was allegedly stabbed in the neck by a man he had been teaching about Islam.

The Times

Church of England bids to evict 8,000-patient GP practice to build luxury home

Church of England bids to evict 8,000-patient GP practice to build luxury home

The Church of England's property arm has applied to evict a GP practice in order to convert its premises into a luxury home.

Pulse Today

Thousands of women rally for legal abortion in Argentina

Thousands of women rally for legal abortion in Argentina

Thousands congregated outside the National Congress on Wednesday to demand for the government to legalise abortion in Argentina.

Latino USA

Australia: Children stage mass-walkout after teachers were forced to quit for being gay

Australia: Children stage mass-walkout after teachers were forced to quit for being gay

Students at a Catholic school have walked out in protest at the resignations of two teachers who allegedly resigned because they were gay.

Metro

Women approve of FGM more than men in Egypt, survey reveals

Women approve of FGM more than men in Egypt, survey reveals

Even though the country first outlawed FGM in 2008 and further deemed it a felony in 2016, 51 percent of Egyptian women still approve of the procedure.

Step Feed

'I loosened my hijab at a chess championship. Now I’m afraid to return to Iran.'

'I loosened my hijab at a chess championship. Now I’m afraid to return to Iran.'

"Even if my faith was fading, as a woman in Iran I had no choice but to tolerate the hijab — the Islamic emblem of constant, misogynistic oppression."

The Washington Post

'Secular Israelis on buses strike a blow for religious freedom'

'Secular Israelis on buses strike a blow for religious freedom'

Transport on the Sabbath could have implications for Israel's election.

The Economist

Thu, 20 Feb 2020

Illegal Orthodox Jewish schools held council to ransom over child safety

Illegal Orthodox Jewish schools held council to ransom over child safety

A council's efforts to safeguard 1,500 Jewish boys attending illegal yeshivas were "frustrated" after Orthodox Jewish leaders warned they would only co-operate on a "quid pro quo" basis.

Jewish News

Victims of church-related abuse asked to come forward

Victims of church-related abuse asked to come forward

Victims and survivors of church-related abuse are being asked to come forward as part of a safeguarding review across all 42 dioceses in the Church of England.

ITV News

Rebecca Long-Bailey vows to make it Labour policy to scrap Prevent

Rebecca Long-Bailey vows to make it Labour policy to scrap Prevent

Rebecca Long-Bailey has vowed to make it Labour policy to scrap the anti-extremism programme Prevent if she is elected to replace Jeremy Corbyn as party leader.

The Guardian

Nine dead after two attacks on shisha bars in Germany

Nine dead after two attacks on shisha bars in Germany

A gunman opened fire on two shisha bars in the western German city of Hanau, killing at least eight people and injuring several others, police say. The motive for the attack is currently unclear.

BBC

‘How Hindu supremacists are tearing India apart’

‘How Hindu supremacists are tearing India apart’

For seven decades, India has been held together by its constitution, which promises equality to all. But Narendra Modi's BJP is remaking the nation into one where some people count as more Indian than others.

The Guardian

France to end imam and teacher deals to counter extremism

France to end imam and teacher deals to counter extremism

French president Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday announced measures intended to counter Islamic extremism in France by giving the government more authority over the schooling of children, the financing of mosques and the training of imams.

Yahoo! News

Jägermeister logo does not offend Christians, Swiss court rules

Jägermeister logo does not offend Christians, Swiss court rules

A Swiss court has ruled that Jägermeister may expand its trademark amid claims its logo was offensive to Christians.

BBC

Children stage mass-walkout after teachers were forced to quit for being gay at Catholic school in US

Children stage mass-walkout after teachers were forced to quit for being gay at Catholic school in US

Students at a Catholic school in Seattle have walked out in protest at the resignations of two teachers who allegedly resigned because they were gay.

Metro

Offended Christian group tries to shut down Disney cartoon

Offended Christian group tries to shut down Disney cartoon

A Christian group has branded new Disney cartoon The Owl House 'demonic' for depicting a child wanting to learn to become a witch. A petition calling for the cartoon's removal has generated 16,000 signatures.

Metro

Wed, 19 Feb 2020

Fears over jihadist attacks in jail

Fears over jihadist attacks in jail

A convicted killer with no history of extremism launched a copycat jihadist attack on jail staff last week.

The Times (£)

Same-sex marriage: new law has no opt out for Northern Irish florists, photographers and hotels

Same-sex marriage: new law has no opt out for Northern Irish florists, photographers and hotels

Hoteliers, florists and wedding photographers will be unable to refuse to cater to same-sex weddings under plans being drawn up by the government. The plans will also see registrars given no religious opt-out from marrying couples.

News Letter

Offensive jokes logged in ‘non-crime’ databases in Scotland

Offensive jokes logged in ‘non-crime’ databases in Scotland

Hundreds of people in Scotland are being recorded on police databases every year for committing "non-crimes" such as telling offensive jokes.

The Times (£)

Jersey to form ‘citizens’ jury’ on assisted dying

Jersey to form ‘citizens’ jury’ on assisted dying

Campaign group Dignity in Dying has praised the announcement by Jersey's health minister that the government will form a 'citizens' jury' to discuss assisted dying.

ITV News

‘Fringe religious party gains seats in crisis-stricken Peru’

‘Fringe religious party gains seats in crisis-stricken Peru’

A messianic religious group called the Israelites of the New Universal Pact is the third-largest legislative bloc in Peru's new parliament.

The Conversation

‘Conservative Islamic views are gaining ground in secular Bangladesh and curbing freedom of expression’

‘Conservative Islamic views are gaining ground in secular Bangladesh and curbing freedom of expression’

There has been a long-term shift in Islam's role in politics in Bangladesh.

The Conversation

‘The idea of secularism is indispensable in India’

‘The idea of secularism is indispensable in India’

Rajeev Bhargava says the term 'secularism' enables a focus on religion-based discrimination and misrecognition.

The Hindu

Known sex abuse priest was appointed headmaster of Catholic junior school in Australia

Known sex abuse priest was appointed headmaster of Catholic junior school in Australia

A Christian Brother convicted twice for sexually assaulting boys was appointed headmaster of a Melbourne Catholic boys' school a few years after the religious order became aware of his abuse.

Brisbane Times

Couple who filmed X-rated video at holy site in Burma charged with blasphemy

Couple who filmed X-rated video at holy site in Burma charged with blasphemy

A couple who filmed themselves having sex at an ancient temple and posted the clip online have been charged with blasphemy.

Daily Star

Tue, 18 Feb 2020

Burkina Faso church attack leaves 24 dead

Burkina Faso church attack leaves 24 dead

Gunmen have killed 24 people and wounded 18 in an attack on a Protestant church in a village in northern Burkina Faso, the regional governor has said.

The Guardian

China’s Uighur Muslims detained for growing beards and having too many babies, leaked document reveals

China’s Uighur Muslims detained for growing beards and having too many babies, leaked document reveals

Chinese authorities are monitoring the Uighur Muslim population's everyday movements and behaviour and sending people to internment camps over facial hair and having too many babies, leaked documents have revealed.

The Independent

Christians urged to push doctors’ body to keep opposing assisted dying

Christians urged to push doctors’ body to keep opposing assisted dying

Care Not Killing, an alliance of organisations opposed to assisted suicide, is asking Christians to contact their doctors to encourage them to support continued opposition.

Christian Today

Attack on Catholic church in NI a sectarian hate crime, say police

Attack on Catholic church in NI a sectarian hate crime, say police

Criminal damage caused to a Catholic Church in Co Antrim is being investigated as a sectarian hate crime, police have confirmed.

4NI

Germany's Muslims call for protection after 'far-right terror plot' arrests

Germany's Muslims call for protection after 'far-right terror plot' arrests

Muslim groups in Germany have called for more police protection after the arrest of members of a rightwing extremist group that is believed to have been plotting large-scale attacks on mosques around the country.

The Guardian

Mon, 17 Feb 2020

Ofsted could be given powers to seize evidence when inspecting illegal schools amid crackdown

Ofsted could be given powers to seize evidence when inspecting illegal schools amid crackdown

Ofsted could be given greater powers to seize evidence when inspecting illegal schools, as the Education Secretary pledges a crackdown.

The Telegraph

Appeal Court rules Islamic marriages invalid in UK

Appeal Court rules Islamic marriages invalid in UK

A court has reversed a judgment from two years ago which found that a couple who had an Islamic wedding ceremony could legally divorce.

BBC

Charedi Jewish rabbis say their schools cannot talk about same-sex relations in class

Charedi Jewish rabbis say their schools cannot talk about same-sex relations in class

Rabbis representing Britain's main Strictly Orthodox Jewish communities have issued a defiant challenge to the government by insisting their schools cannot discuss LGBT-related issues with pupils.

The Jewish Chronicle

Islamist terror website editors jailed

Islamist terror website editors jailed

Two web managers who ran a website glorifying Islamist terror groups and encouraging attacks have been jailed.

BBC

Government minister warns venues over cancelling Franklin Graham

Government minister warns venues over cancelling Franklin Graham

The leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, has called on the owners of venues who cancelled the booking of American preacher Franklin Graham to ensure they are not unlawfully discriminating on grounds of religion and belief.

Premier Christian News

German far-right group 'planned attacks on mosques'

German far-right group 'planned attacks on mosques'

Members of a far-right group arrested in Germany were planning attacks on mosques, politicians and asylums seekers, local media report.

BBC

Christian convert says he ‘would risk death’ if deported to Iran

Christian convert says he ‘would risk death’ if deported to Iran

A Christian convert who says his life will be at risk if he is deported to Iran had his appeal rejected because he was unable to name Judas as the betrayer of Jesus.

The Sunday Times (£)

Legislation planned to protect religious buildings in NI

Legislation planned to protect religious buildings in NI

Justice Minister Naomi Long is planning to bring in legislation to help protect Northern Ireland's religious buildings from attacks.

Belfast Telegraph

Fri, 14 Feb 2020

Peterborough Roman Catholic primary gets green light

Peterborough Roman Catholic primary gets green light

A council has approved the first state-funded Catholic school to be built in England for more than a decade.

BBC

Church of England education leaders are urged to work together with ‘honesty and prayer’

Church of England education leaders are urged to work together with ‘honesty and prayer’

Educational leaders should "work together with honesty and prayer", the archbishop of Canterbury has said, as the C of E launched a new resource at its national education conference.

Church Times

New food minister has previously challenged non-stun slaughter

New food minister has previously challenged non-stun slaughter

Environment secretary George Eustice has suggested there should be improvements to the kosher method of animal slaughter.

The Jewish Chronicle

A look at the new 1,400 place Hindu free school planned in Leicester

A look at the new 1,400 place Hindu free school planned in Leicester

A new 1,372-pupil Hindu faith school could be built in Leicester.

Leicester Mercury

Catholic monk who abused three boys jailed for 20 years

Catholic monk who abused three boys jailed for 20 years

A former monk at a Catholic boarding school who admitted abusing three boys has been jailed for more than 20 years.

Metro

Privacy groups warn of threat to free speech from online harms regulation

Privacy groups warn of threat to free speech from online harms regulation

Privacy campaigners have labelled the government's planned online harms regulation a threat to free speech.

Evening Express

Campaigner urging council to stop using faith-based organisation to provide youth services

Campaigner urging council to stop using faith-based organisation to provide youth services

Youth services in Woodley in Reading could be overhauled for the first time in almost 20 years, with one councillor urging the town council to stop using a Christian faith-based organisation to provide services.

Reading Chronicle

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