Mon, 05 Mar 2018

Education minister warns Charedi leaders over failing schools

The minister responsible for faith schools has urged Charedi leaders in Hackney to act over the failings of local Jewish independent schools.

The Jewish Chronicle

C of E discusses finance training in submission on sex education

In a submission to the Government's review of PSHE and sex education in schools, the Church of England said it was "concerned" that "the strong focus on Sex and Relationships Education… risks overlooking the other components of PSHE".

The Telegraph

BBC criticised as Antiques Roadshow heads for Buckfast Abbey

Plans to film an episode of Antiques Roadshow from Buckfast Abbey have been criticised over fears it will promote the drink. The monks' 'tonic wine' has been linked to 43.4 per cent of offences committed by Scottish prisoners.

Daily Record

Catholic-raised Meghan Markle will be baptised into C of E this month

Meghan Markle is set to be baptised as an Anglican by the archbishop of Canterbury this month before she joins the royal family, according to a report.

Mail Online

Bishop of Oxford issues ‘ten commandments for robots’

A Church of England bishop who sits on the House of Lords select committee on AI has issued a set of ten commandments to govern artificial intelligence.

The Times (£)

Belfast council may back calls for abortion in Northern Ireland to be decriminalised

Belfast City Council looks on course to pass a resolution tonight calling for the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph

Teenager locked up for planned Islamic State-inspired Justin Bieber gig attack

A 17-year-old boy who was "hours away from committing an act of atrocity" in Cardiff has been detained indefinitely and must serve at least 11 years.

BBC

No jail for slaughtermen who admitted cruelty to sheep at halal abattoir

Two slaughtermen responsible for the "extreme" suffering of sheep have received suspended prison sentences at Leeds Magistrates Court.

Telegraph & Argus

Protests in Pakistan for Christians on blasphemy charges

Christians and Muslims protested yesterday in Lahore against the blasphemy laws in Pakistan.

Premier Christian Radio

Fri, 02 Mar 2018

Unregistered faith schools: how big is the problem? - NSS mentioned

Disturbing undercover footage has heightened concerns about child safety at unregistered religious schools, leading to renewed calls for a government crackdown.

The Week

Town council prayers to continue despite objections

Lampeter town councillors will continue to observe their traditional Christian prayer at the start of meetings – despite complaints.

Cambrian News

Hackney Council adopts controversial new anti-Semitism definition

A new definition of anti-Semitism that some critics say opposes free speech has been adopted by Hackney Council following a rise in anti-Semitic crime in the borough, which has the second largest Jewish population in London.

East London Lines

"Church has to stop covering up abuse"

Belfast Telegraph Editor comment following the resignation of Bishop McAreavy's resignation over abuse scandal

Belfast Telegraph

C of E opposes Bill to allow non-Anglican marriages to be solemnised in its buildings

The House of Lords debated Lord Deben's Ecumenical Marriage Bill at its second reading, last Friday. It is a Private Member's Bill that seeks to allow C of E churches and chapels to host marriages accord­ing to the rites and cere­mon­ies of other Christian denominations.

Church Times

Call to smash Sussex 'abuse' clergyman's headstone

A relative of a clergyman accused of abusing an 11-year-old boy has called for his headstone to be destroyed.

BBC

The child abuse scandal of the British children sent abroad

"The children were recruited by religious institutions from both the Anglican and Catholic churches, or well-meaning charities including Barnardo's and the Fairbridge Society... But for too many, the dream became a nightmare. Hundreds of migrant children have given accounts of poor education, hard labour, physical beatings and sexual abuse."

BBC

Rabbi calls for national body to monitor circumcision

Jonathan Romain claims criticisms of circumcision were reaching "greater levels of intensity than ever before"

Jewish Chronicle

Far-right extremists preparing for 'war against Islam', report warns after terror plots exposed

Hope Not Hate's annual report forecast further violence emanating from various factions following the Finsbury Park terror attack on Muslims and neo-Nazi murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.

The Independent

Washington state passes ban on gay ‘cure’ therapy for minors

The US state could become the latest to outlaw the use of so-called 'conversion therapy' to attempt to change the sexuality of minors.

Pink News

Religious male soldiers refuse to attend course alongside women

Israel: Several religious soldiers have reportedly refused to join a tank commanders course scheduled to begin this month because they objected to the presence of women in the course.

The Jerusalem Post

Satanic Temple suing municipal authorities for religious discrimination

A Satanic Temple chapter in Arizona is suing municipal authorities in Scottsdale after the city barred the group from delivering an invocation at a city council meeting.

Newsweek

Thu, 01 Mar 2018

Religious Freedom Isn't A License To Violate Others’ Rights - by NSS CEO

Religious liberty is too important to leave to zealots to defend, says Stephen Evans.

The Huffington Post

Man tells of childhood abuse by priest

The man, now aged 46, claimed that Fr Paul Moore kissed and sexually abused him on various occasions between January 1977 and August 1978.

BBC

Backlash over Belfast church that denies it's running 'gay cure' event

An east Belfast church has denied suggestions it is hosting an event next week aimed at "curing" gay people, saying it just wants to help them remain celibate and Christian.

Belfast Telegraph

Bangor Cathedral choir 'snubbed' by Songs of Praise

Singers in Bangor Cathedral choir claim they have been "snubbed" after they were not asked to perform on BBC TV programme Songs of Praise. One child and two parents have written to the cathedral's governing body to complain.

BBC

Muslim women win payout after New York police forced them to remove headscarves

The city of New York on Wednesday agreed to pay $180,000 to three Muslim women forced by police to remove their headscarves to have mugshots taken, officials said.

SBS News

Atheist Fights Court-Ordered Alcoholics Anonymous Treatment

An Ohio atheist convicted of drug charges claims in court that a state judge and treatment providers forced him to participate in Alcoholics Anonymous, which he says is rooted in monotheistic spirituality.

Courthouse News Service

Scottish Episcopal Church consecrates first female Bishop

The Rev Canon Anne Dyer will be consecrated as Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney at a special service in St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen.

The Herald

Facebook to target people with adverts based on their religion

The move could raise concerns that radical groups may be able to pay to target certain political groups with recruitment propaganda, perpetuating extremism on the website.

The Telegraph

Murder of Jewish woman in Paris reclassified as anti-semitic attack

Kobili Traore, 28, is accused of murdering his neighbour Lucette Attal-Halimi, 65, an Orthodox Jewish woman known by her Hebrew name, Sarah Halimi, after breaking into her council flat in eastern Paris on the night of April 3.

The Telegraph

Pastafarian student blocked from wearing a colander on his head

A 15-year-old Auckland student who was asked to remove a colander on his head for a school photo believes he is being discriminated against. The teenager claims he is a part of the Pastafarian religion.

Daily Mail

Wed, 28 Feb 2018

‘Iceland gets my vote for banning male circumcision’ – NSS mentioned

Katie Law says discussions about ritual male genital cutting are not about relative pain, but whether you believe your right to impose your religious beliefs on your child trumps the rights of the child.

Evening Standard

Is there a problem with unregistered schools?

School inspectors have warned that there are hundreds of unregistered schools but that they have few powers to investigate or shut them down.

BBC

‘Take home schooling out of the shadows’

Alice Thomson says the state must be able to ensure home educated children are safe.

The Times (£)

Muslim radio station fined for broadcasting 'hate speech'

Ofcom has fined a radio station broadcasting to Muslims in Nottingham £2,000 after a talk it played was found to constitute 'hate speech'. The talk suggested that violent acts against non-Muslims would "bring honour to Islam".

Nottingham Post

MPs say some extremists should be spared from prison

Some extremists convicted of 'low-level terrorism crimes' should be spared jail if there are concerns about the success of deradicalisation programmes in prisons, MPs recommended yesterday.

The Times (£)

Jail term cut for father who showed beheadings to son

A Muslim convert who showed his son videos of beheadings has received a lesser jail term for spreading terrorist propaganda after a judge cited the impact of the sentence on his children.

The Times (£)

National Trust puts word ‘Easter’ back in title of its egg hunt

The National Trust has called this year's hunt for Easter eggs the 'Cadbury Easter Egg hunt'. Last year the prime minister was among those who complained that the word 'Easter' had been removed from the title – even though the word dominated the marketing for the event.

The Telegraph

Driver 'hit Somali woman in anti-Muslim attack'

A motorist deliberately drove into a Somali woman twice in an anti-Muslim attack days after a bomb blast in London, a court has heard. The driver is accused of attempted murder and the trial continues.

BBC

Far-right posts “largely” drove Finsbury Park attacker to target Muslims, says police chief

There is "no doubt" that far-right material posted online by the likes of Tommy Robinson and Britain First drove the Finsbury Park terror attacker to target Muslims, the UK's most senior counter-terror officer has said.

The Independent

Pence: legal abortion could end “in our time”

US vice-president Mike Pence has told a group of anti-abortion activists: "I know in my heart of hearts this will be the generation that restores life in America".

US News & World Report

‘What life is like for French women after removing their veils’

A feature on French women from Muslim backgrounds who have chosen to stop wearing the veil.

iNews

Tue, 27 Feb 2018

Abuse concerns over unregistered schools

Concerns have been raised about child safety in unregistered schools, after a BBC investigation filmed a teacher appearing to strike a pupil's head.

BBC

Second proposal to bypass Stormont to legalise gay marriage in Northern Ireland

A second Westminster attempt to legislate for marriage equality in Northern Ireland is under way, it has emerged. Supporters of bringing Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the UK and Ireland are putting pressure on MPs to go over Stormont's head and change the law.

iNews

Gay couple seeking recognition of their marriage in NI

A gay couple whose marriage in England is only recognised as a civil partnership in their native Northern Ireland are suffering unlawful discrimination, the Court of Appeal heard on Monday.

Belfast Telegraph

Jewish parents shun circumcision

Jews are increasingly choosing not to circumcise their sons and to hold a naming ceremony instead, a rabbi has said.

The Times (£)

‘It’s hard for circumcised men to speak up about their objections to the practice’

Richard Duncker says society should stop treating men who complain about ritual genital cutting as if there is something wrong with them, and start protecting children from what is manifestly a harmful practice.

iNews

Authorities should take children away from terrorists, top police officer suggests

Britain's leading counter-terrorism police officer, Mark Rowley, has said convicted terrorists should have their children taken away from them.

The Telegraph

White far right terror threat 'growing' in UK as four plots foiled

Mark Rowley has warned of the growing threat of terrorism from the white far right.

BBC

Three London primaries to form Jewish schools academy trust

Three Jewish primary schools teaching almost 1,000 children across north London are to link up in a new Jewish schools multi-academy trust.

Jewish News

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