Wed, 25 Nov 2020

Indian state outlaws religious conversion by marriage

Indian state outlaws religious conversion by marriage

The decree for the state of Uttar Pradesh was passed Tuesday and follows a campaign by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party against interfaith marriages.

The Independent

"Netflix's 'A Suitable Boy' hurt Hindu sentiments", says BJP youth wing leader

"Netflix's 'A Suitable Boy' hurt Hindu sentiments", says BJP youth wing leader

The National Secretary of the youth wing of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded an apology and the removal of "objectionable scenes" showing a man and a woman kissing inside in a temple.

NDTV

Russia police carry out mass raids on Jehovah's Witnesses across the country in new crackdown

Russia police carry out mass raids on Jehovah's Witnesses across the country in new crackdown

Authorities carried out the raids today and made arrests as part of a new criminal case against the group, the Investigative Committee said.

Mail Online

Tue, 24 Nov 2020

Islamic hardliner invited to address civil servants

Islamic hardliner invited to address civil servants

The founder of a hardline Islamic lobbying group that has been accused of sowing division and hate has been invited to address civil servants, an investigation by The Times has discovered.

The Times (£)

Cardinal Nichols criticised for 'Mafia-esque' question-blocking during apology to abuse victims

Cardinal Nichols criticised for 'Mafia-esque' question-blocking during apology to abuse victims

Earlier this month the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse concluded that Cardinal Vincent Nichols, who acts as the Pope's representative in England and Wales, failed to show "personal responsibility and compassion" for victims, and instead prioritised Church reputation.

The Telegraph

‘Cardinal Vincent Nichols has failed victims of abuse and must step down’

‘Cardinal Vincent Nichols has failed victims of abuse and must step down’

An independent inquiry has criticised the Catholic leader's handling of sexual allegations. Those who have suffered for years say he must go.

The Times (£)

Public worship can restart in all tiers once lockdown ends

Public worship can restart in all tiers once lockdown ends

Places of worship are to reopen for public worship when the lockdown ends on 2 December, the Prime Minister has confirmed.

Church Times

Churches defy lockdown with secret meetings

Churches defy lockdown with secret meetings

According to church leaders, an increasing number of congregations are breaking the law in order to worship together, an activity banned under current restrictions.

The Guardian

Campaign to ban protesters outside Scottish abortion clinics goes national

Campaign to ban protesters outside Scottish abortion clinics goes national

Campaigners are calling for a ban on pro-life groups protesting outside all abortion clinics in Scotland, after setting up a petition to prevent women in Edinburgh being targeted.

Edinburgh Evening News

France demands withdrawal of "Nazi" comments by Pakistan minister Shireen Mazari

France demands withdrawal of "Nazi" comments by Pakistan minister Shireen Mazari

The French foreign ministry has demanded the withdrawal of comments made by Pakistan's Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari on Saturday in which she accused President Emmanuel Macon of treating Muslims the way Nazis had treated Jews in the Second World War.

EU Today

Teen shoots and kills Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan

Teen shoots and kills Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan

A sixteen-year-old Muslim youth opened fire on Friday and killed a member of Pakistan's minority Ahmadi Muslim community in eastern Punjab province, police and the community's spokesman said.

Associated Press

Hindu cleric asks Brazilian clothes brand to remove image of Ganesh

Hindu cleric asks Brazilian clothes brand to remove image of Ganesh

Hindu cleric Rajan Zed demanded that clothes maker Jon Cotre offer an apology for "deeply trivializing" a Hindu deity.

Reuters

Australia: Christian couple who thought they could make an LGBT+ child ‘overcome’ their sexuality sue foster agency that rejected them

Australia: Christian couple who thought they could make an LGBT+ child ‘overcome’ their sexuality sue foster agency that rejected them

A couple are suing a foster agency in Australia after they were turned away because of their belief that they could change an LGBT+ child's identity.

Pink News

Mon, 23 Nov 2020

Faith schools waive church attendance requirements – NSS quoted

Faith schools waive church attendance requirements – NSS quoted

Faith schools are amending requirements for prospective pupils to have attended places of worship in the wake of Covid-19 disruption. NSS head of education Alastair Lichten is quoted.

Schools Week

Catholic bishops admit safeguarding ‘not fit for purpose’

Catholic bishops admit safeguarding ‘not fit for purpose’

Catholic bishops of England and Wales have admitted that their safeguarding work must change and have outlined how this will happen.

The Tablet

‘Make reporting church abuse law’ – NSS letter

‘Make reporting church abuse law’ – NSS letter

A mandatory reporting law would be a way of protecting children within religious settings, says NSS chief executive Stephen Evans (letter is towards the bottom of the page).

The Times (£)

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf ready to make U-turn on Hate Crime Bill

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf ready to make U-turn on Hate Crime Bill

Humza Yousaf is expected to perform a second U-turn on the controversial Hate Crime Bill when he appears before the Justice Committee on Tuesday.

The Scotsman

NI: Pre-schools are 'highly segregated', report finds

NI: Pre-schools are 'highly segregated', report finds

Pre-schools in Northern Ireland are "highly segregated" despite perceptions they are generally mixed, according to a new study.

The Irish News

Muslim parents urged to give children nasal flu vaccine

Muslim parents urged to give children nasal flu vaccine

Some Muslim families say they are unsure whether to let their children get the latest flu vaccine due to its gelatine contents.

Asian Image

Jehovah’s Witness girl, 15, fights blood transfusions

Jehovah’s Witness girl, 15, fights blood transfusions

A teenage Jehovah's Witness should be allowed to refuse lifesaving blood transfusions, the High Court has been told in the latest medical clash over law and religion.

The Times (£)

Trustees of charity founded by disgraced Buddhist guru failed to act on abuse claims, watchdog rules

Trustees of charity founded by disgraced Buddhist guru failed to act on abuse claims, watchdog rules

Students were put at risk of harm as a result of serious safeguarding failures.

The Telegraph

NI pastor vows to keep church open despite Covid lockdown

NI pastor vows to keep church open despite Covid lockdown

An evangelical pastor in Belfast has vowed to keep his church doors open despite the coronavirus lockdown.

News Letter

Poland vows to end street ‘revolution’ as police quash protest

Poland vows to end street ‘revolution’ as police quash protest

Poland won't allow women-led street protests to trigger a "revolution," a senior government official said, after police cracked down on a demonstration for abortion rights.

Bloomberg

Judges in Florida overturn ban on conversion therapy for minors

Judges in Florida overturn ban on conversion therapy for minors

Judges appointed by Donald Trump have ruled to overturn Florida laws banning "conversion therapy" for LGBTQ minors.

The Independent

New internet rules to give Pakistan blanket powers of censorship

New internet rules to give Pakistan blanket powers of censorship

Pakistan is all set to roll out new internet rules that critics say will give the government wide powers of censorship after rejecting requests from social media companies for consultation.

Reuters

Fri, 20 Nov 2020

NSS quoted: Ministers urged to act over private Christian school teaching creationism in science classes

NSS quoted: Ministers urged to act over private Christian school teaching creationism in science classes

The Vine Christian School declares on its website that "science is taught from the Biblical perspective of creation". The National Secular Society has expressed its concerns in a letter to the education minister Baroness Berridge.

iNews

Up to £1.1 billion in government PPE contracts awarded to firms linked to religious sect

Up to £1.1 billion in government PPE contracts awarded to firms linked to religious sect

More than 20 companies with links to an evangelical Christian sect have been awarded central and local government contracts for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) worth up to £1.1 billion since March, an investigation by Byline Times and The Citizens has found.

Byline Times

95% of students in NI’s Holylands are Catholic – with sectarian divide branded ‘depressing’

95% of students in NI’s Holylands are Catholic – with sectarian divide branded ‘depressing’

Fresh figures from NI's universities paint a picture of extreme segregation in Belfast's Holylands district – showing a colossal 95% of the students living there are Catholic.

News Letter

Almost half of LGBT+ children don’t feel safe at school, report finds

Almost half of LGBT+ children don’t feel safe at school, report finds

Almost half (46 per cent) of LGBT+ school students in England do not feel safe to be themselves at school, a study has revealed.

Pink News

‘Will Britain stand up for liberal Muslims?’

‘Will Britain stand up for liberal Muslims?’

Instead of elevating liberal voices in Islam, we see regression, says Seyran Ates.

Unherd

‘We cannot police the minds of individuals in their own homes’

‘We cannot police the minds of individuals in their own homes’

The authoritarianism of Scotland's Hate Crime Bill is a direct threat to the values which it seeks to defend, says Cllr Andy Doig.

The National

Ireland: Trust quiet on safeguarding measures following failed circumcision procedure on twin babies

Ireland: Trust quiet on safeguarding measures following failed circumcision procedure on twin babies

The General Medical Council has confirmed they are aware of an alleged incident involving a doctor employed by the Western Health and Social Care Trust, and assured action will be taken to restrict practice in the event a risk to patient safety is identified.

The Irish News

France's Macron issues 'Republican values' ultimatum to Muslim leaders

France's Macron issues 'Republican values' ultimatum to Muslim leaders

French President Emmanuel Macron has asked Muslim leaders to accept a "charter of Republican values" as part of a broad clampdown on radical Islam.

BBC

‘Moderate Muslims must stand up and speak’

‘Moderate Muslims must stand up and speak’

Following the horrific events in France and Austria, Muslim communities around the world have engaged in debates surrounding freedom of speech and the challenges minorities face in multicultural societies, writes Dr. MJ Khan.

The Parliament Magazine

Strongly religious people less likely to get Covid vaccine – survey

Strongly religious people less likely to get Covid vaccine – survey

People living in disadvantaged areas, people with populist views and people who are more religious are more likely to be hesitant or resistant to being vaccinated against Covid-19, the first nationally representative survey of attitudes towards a virus vaccine has found.

The Guardian

Thu, 19 Nov 2020

Irvine Welsh: Scotland's hate crime bill is open to abuse

Irvine Welsh: Scotland's hate crime bill is open to abuse

The Edinburgh author Irvine Welsh has said he believes the Scottish government's contentious hate crime bill is open to being abused.

BBC

Independent faith school set to close after charity watchdog launches second investigation

Independent faith school set to close after charity watchdog launches second investigation

The Charity Commission is investigating an educational charity in Luton for the second time after it allegedly breached conditions imposed by the Department for Education.

Luton Today

Christian bookshop fined for refusing to close during lockdown

Christian bookshop fined for refusing to close during lockdown

The Mustard Seed Bookshop in Gedling, Nottingham, remained open after the lockdown came into force, resulting in the arrest of two men over the weekend.

Christian Today

Report suggests there is a 'mental health crisis' among young British Muslims

Report suggests there is a 'mental health crisis' among young British Muslims

One of the report's authors says that family pressures may lead to some British Muslims leading "double lives", where they feel compelled to hide things such as relationships, their sexualities or their ways of life from their families.

Telegraph & Argus

‘The terrible history of Margaret Thatcher’s homophobic Section 28’

‘The terrible history of Margaret Thatcher’s homophobic Section 28’

The clause – an amendment to the Local Government Act 1988 – banned local authorities and schools from promoting homosexuality and was brought forward by Thatcher's government.

Pink News

Iran says “insult to a prophet” encourages violence

Iran says “insult to a prophet” encourages violence

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that French President Emmanuel Macron is encouraging violence by defending cartoons of the Islamic prophet Mohammed.

The Washington Newsday

French children could get ID numbers to keep them from 'the clutches of Islamists'

French children could get ID numbers to keep them from 'the clutches of Islamists'

Emmanuel Macron claims children from conservative Muslim families are being taken out of school and are at risk of radicalisation.

The Telegraph

‘The abortion protests in Poland are starting to feel like a revolution’

‘The abortion protests in Poland are starting to feel like a revolution’

Since October 22nd, hundreds of thousands across Poland have been protesting—in five hundred and eighty cities and towns, by one organiser's count.

The New Yorker

‘Why women make way less than men do in more religious places’

‘Why women make way less than men do in more religious places’

New research finds that the wage gap is 8 percentage points wider in the five most religious states than in the five most secular, with women making 18% less than men in the least religious states and 26% less in the most religious.

Live Science

A firebrand cleric’s return boosts Islamist politics

A firebrand cleric’s return boosts Islamist politics

The recurring puzzle as to whether Indonesia's most divisive Muslim cleric, Habib Rizieq Shihab, leader of vigilante group Islam Defenders Front (FPI), would return to the country was solved on Tuesday last week when he finally set foot at home from Saudi Arabia.

The Interpreter

Wed, 18 Nov 2020

Cardinal faces legal action over safeguarding case

Cardinal faces legal action over safeguarding case

An abuse survivor is to sue the Diocese of Westminster, including its archbishop, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, for personal injury because of the way she was treated when she asked to have access to her own safeguarding files.

The Tablet

Jewish charity in Manchester gets official warning from watchdog

Jewish charity in Manchester gets official warning from watchdog

The Charity Commission has issued an official warning against a Jewish charity in Manchester after it paid £250,000 for private medical care for someone linked to a trustee and loaned a business run by another trustee £1 million.

Jewish News

Edinburgh students launch campaign to ban protesters outside abortion clinics

Edinburgh students launch campaign to ban protesters outside abortion clinics

Edinburgh University students have launched a new campaign to ban protesters gathering outside city abortion clinics.

Edinburgh Evening News

Intersex churchgoer told they were possessed by Satan

Intersex churchgoer told they were possessed by Satan

An intersex churchgoer was told they were "possessed by Satan" and subjected to unwanted prayers to be "healed" by parishioners, MSPs have been told.

The Times (£)

Pakistan 'to boycott French products' over cartoons

Pakistan 'to boycott French products' over cartoons

An Islamist group in Pakistan has called off its anti-France protests, saying the Pakistani government has endorsed a boycott of French goods.

BBC

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