Mon, 30 Mar 2020

‘Coronavirus: Trump and religious right rely on faith, not science’

‘Coronavirus: Trump and religious right rely on faith, not science’

This month in the United States, several neo-charismatic preachers decided not to cancel their church meetings and events – though some have since said they would move their meetings online.

The Conversation

Pakistan struggles to limit Islamic prayers to stem coronavirus

Pakistan struggles to limit Islamic prayers to stem coronavirus

Pakistani authorities struggled to limit congregational prayers on Friday with devout Muslims defying government orders to stay home, threatening efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Reuters

Messiah: Netflix series cancelled after allegations of anti-Islamic sentiment

Messiah: Netflix series cancelled after allegations of anti-Islamic sentiment

TV thriller Messiah has been cancelled by Netflix after just one season amid allegations of religious insensitivity, although the coronavirus pandemic may also have played a part in the decision.

The Independent

Unorthodox on Netflix: The true story of Deborah Feldman, who fled the Hasidic Jewish community

Unorthodox on Netflix: The true story of Deborah Feldman, who fled the Hasidic Jewish community

Netflix's Unorthodox tells the harrowing story of a nineteen-year-old woman named Esty Shapiro, who flees her life in New York, and the Hasidic Jewish community in which she grew up.

Evening Standard

Fri, 27 Mar 2020

Three schools in Northern Ireland hoping to join integrated sector

Three schools in Northern Ireland hoping to join integrated sector

Proposals have been re-published this week on behalf of three schools who are seeking to transform to controlled integrated status. But delays are expected in the development proposal process due to Department of Education staff tackling coronavirus.

The Irish News

Jewish groups make changes to circumcision ceremonies during coronavirus outbreak

Jewish groups make changes to circumcision ceremonies during coronavirus outbreak

Progressive Jewish movements have suspended circumcision ceremonies during the coronavirus outbreak, but Orthodox ceremonies are set to continue with reduced attendance.

The Jewish Chronicle

Lambeth Conference among Christian events hit by coronavirus lockdown

Lambeth Conference among Christian events hit by coronavirus lockdown

The coronavirus outbreak has led to the postponement of the Lambeth Conference, which would have gathered Anglican bishops from around the world, and the cancellation of several other events.

Church Times

Prayer groups defy coronavirus lockdown restrictions in Australia

Prayer groups defy coronavirus lockdown restrictions in Australia

Groups of ultra-Orthodox Jews have held prayer meetings in Melbourne this week in defiance of strict social-distancing rules designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

WA Today

Pub in Bolton flattened to make way for mosque

Pub in Bolton flattened to make way for mosque

An historic pub which has been demolished, with a mosque now expected to be built on the site.

The Bolton News

Islamic charity plans to turn former pub into religious education centre in Glasgow

Islamic charity plans to turn former pub into religious education centre in Glasgow

A charity is bidding to turn a former pub into a religious education centre and community hall.

Glasgow Evening Times

Thu, 26 Mar 2020

Christchurch shootings: Brenton Tarrant pleads guilty to 51 murders

Christchurch shootings: Brenton Tarrant pleads guilty to 51 murders

A man accused of deadly attacks on mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch a year ago has pleaded guilty to 51 charges of murder.

BBC

NI to offer unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks

NI to offer unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks

Abortions in Northern Ireland can take place in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy "without conditionality", under new laws soon to be in force.

BBC

Coronavirus: Abortion services at risk of collapse with women denied procedures after government U-turn

Coronavirus: Abortion services at risk of collapse with women denied procedures after government U-turn

Abortion services are at risk of collapse during the coronavirus crisis, with women already being denied terminations after a government U-turn on allowing home procedures was branded "cruel and reckless".

The Independent

22 UK Jews have died after contracting coronavirus, figures show

22 UK Jews have died after contracting coronavirus, figures show

Jewish fatalities account for nearly 5% of the confirmed national death toll, data shows, despite the fact Jews make up just 0.5% of the British population.

Jewish News

All Church of England buildings closed to stop spread of coronavirus

All Church of England buildings closed to stop spread of coronavirus

The Church of England has closed all of its buildings with immediate effect after a UK-wide lockdown was imposed to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Metro

Trump seeks to reopen 'large sections' of US by Easter, clashing with experts

Trump seeks to reopen 'large sections' of US by Easter, clashing with experts

Donald Trump is aiming to reopen "large sections of the country" by Easter, he told reporters on Tuesday. The US president said he picked Easter because "I just thought it was a beautiful time, a beautiful timeline, it's a great day".

The Guardian

US states differ on exempting worship from coronavirus closures

US states differ on exempting worship from coronavirus closures

As multiple governors issue orders to curb large gatherings and implore residents to stay home in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, at least a half-dozen states have exempted some level of religious activity.

AP News

Abortion providers sue Texas over ‘nonessential’ label in order

Abortion providers sue Texas over ‘nonessential’ label in order

Planned Parenthood and other American health-care clinics sued Texas over an executive order that classifies abortion as "nonessential" and thus banned as part of the state's emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bloomberg Law

Vatican employees balk at lack of full shutdown amid virus

Vatican employees balk at lack of full shutdown amid virus

The Vatican's offices remain open two weeks after the Italian government ordered Italians home and shut down all non-essential businesses in an urgent attempt to contain the coronavirus.

AP News

Andorra set to become latest nation to legalise gay marriage

Andorra set to become latest nation to legalise gay marriage

Andorra, one of Europe's smallest countries, is set to legalise gay marriage.

Reuters

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

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