Thu, 16 Jan 2020

Birmingham pastor guilty of raping children

Birmingham pastor guilty of raping children

A church pastor repeatedly raped children after "holy baths" he claimed would ward off evil.

BBC

Australian archbishop opposes planned law to compel priests to report child sexual abuse

Australian archbishop opposes planned law to compel priests to report child sexual abuse

Brisbane's Catholic archbishop has claimed a move to compel Queensland priests to report child sexual abuse offences disclosed during confessions would fail to make children safer.

The Guardian

Group challenging extremism inside Jewish community to launch this month

Group challenging extremism inside Jewish community to launch this month

Nahamu seeks to 'ensure harms caused by inward-facing extremism are recognised and addressed, rather than swept under the carpet'.

Jewish News

Catholic Church in US shields $2bn in assets to limit abuse payouts

Catholic Church in US shields $2bn in assets to limit abuse payouts

Dioceses are aggressively moving and reclassifying holdings to shrink the value of their bankruptcy estates.

Bloomberg

Call for a new law to allow assisted dying on the Isle of Man

Call for a new law to allow assisted dying on the Isle of Man

There are calls for a new law to allow voluntary assisted dying on the Isle of Man.

IoM Today

Villagers accuse Catholic Church of breaching planning regulations and council of failing to act

Villagers accuse Catholic Church of breaching planning regulations and council of failing to act

Villagers have slammed the Catholic Church for breaching planning law in Lochwinnoch in the Lowlands, and asked why Renfrewshire Council has not taken action against the Diocese of Paisley over the matter.

The Gazette

‘Historical accuracy matters when talking religion and politics’

‘Historical accuracy matters when talking religion and politics’

A letter says it makes little sense to divide scarce educational resources on a religious basis or to segregate children for that reason.

The National

Donald Trump is promising ‘big action’ on school prayer to rally evangelical voters

Donald Trump is promising ‘big action’ on school prayer to rally evangelical voters

President Donald Trump is promising "big action" to promote school prayer as he seeks to rally the evangelicals who were key to his 2016 election.

Time

French priest recounts how he abused boy scouts over decades

French priest recounts how he abused boy scouts over decades

A former priest detailed Tuesday how he systematically abused boys over two decades as a French scout chaplain, and said his superiors knew about his "abnormal" behaviour as far back as the 1970s.

AP

Human Rights Watch report blasts China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims

Human Rights Watch report blasts China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims

US-based Human Rights Watch has released a scathing review of the Chinese government, including a condemnation of Beijing's treatment of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region.

Reuters

Businesses that serve Muslims in Christchurch closing in wake of massacre

Businesses that serve Muslims in Christchurch closing in wake of massacre

One supermarket has shut and another is struggling to stay viable.

The Guardian

Wed, 15 Jan 2020

'I'm proof of the church's darkest secret'

'I'm proof of the church's darkest secret'

A profile of one of the NSS's 2018 Secularists of the Year, Phil Johnson, highlights the devastating impact of clerical sexual abuse – and how friends in high places can make it harder to hold those responsible to account.

The Telegraph (£)

Exposed: The Church's Darkest Secret – finally giving voice to survivors of clerical abuse

Exposed: The Church's Darkest Secret – finally giving voice to survivors of clerical abuse

This review of the first episode of a BBC documentary on child abuse in the Church of England says it has given voice to survivors.

MSN

Fears over race relations affected police probe into child sex grooming gang, report suggests

Fears over race relations affected police probe into child sex grooming gang, report suggests

Dozens of teenage girls suspected of being groomed and abused in Manchester by gangs of men from Asian backgrounds were failed because police feared upsetting race relations, a new probe has suggested.

The Independent

Dundee council rejects bid to stop unelected members from voting on schools and education

Dundee council rejects bid to stop unelected members from voting on schools and education

Councillors in Dundee have roundly rejected a proposal to remove voting rights from non-elected members on the city's education committee, including religious representatives.

The Courier

Plans for Leeds crazy golf course challenged by nearby church

Plans for Leeds crazy golf course challenged by nearby church

Plans to serve alcohol at an "adventure golf club" in Leeds are being challenged by the congregation of nearby Redeemed Christian Church of God.

Leeds Live

Iran chess ref Shohreh Bayat fears returning home over hijab row

Iran chess ref Shohreh Bayat fears returning home over hijab row

Shohreh Bayat, the Iranian chief arbiter of the Women's World Chess Championship, says she feels unsafe to return to Iran after the circulation of a photograph taken at game in Shanghai that appears to show her without a headscarf.

BBC

Chelmsford leisure centre could become home to a mosque after £2m bid

Chelmsford leisure centre could become home to a mosque after £2m bid

A leisure centre in Chelmsford in Essex could become home to a mosque – raising concerns that its bars will close. Local residents have set up a petition opposing the change.

Essex Live

Unvaccinated children allowed in New Jersey schools because of religious exemption

Unvaccinated children allowed in New Jersey schools because of religious exemption

An effort to end religious exemptions to vaccination requirements has collapsed in the US state of New Jersey.

The Independent

Calls for change to assisted dying law to protect families who help loved ones take their own lives

Calls for change to assisted dying law to protect families who help loved ones take their own lives

Vans featuring adverts calling for a formal inquiry on assisted dying have patrolled Westminster, as campaigners seek a change in the law.

ITV News

Thirteen Christians killed and four seminarians kidnapped in Nigeria

Thirteen Christians killed and four seminarians kidnapped in Nigeria

Armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed 13 Christians in Plateau state, Nigeria on 8 January, the same day four students were kidnapped from a Catholic seminary in Kaduna state.

Christian Today

India: Hindu extremists protest 114 foot tall Jesus statue amid escalating persecution of Christians

India: Hindu extremists protest 114 foot tall Jesus statue amid escalating persecution of Christians

Hundreds of hardline Hindus gathered to protest a planned Jesus statue that will rival Rio de Janeiro's "Christ The Redeemer" for its size, claiming the structure will go "against the spirit of communal harmony".

Christian Post

‘We must be free to call Jesus gay’

‘We must be free to call Jesus gay’

Ben Thompson reflects on outraged Christians' call for a 'blasphemous' comedic film to be banned.

Spiked Online

Tue, 14 Jan 2020

Paedophile bishop Peter Ball mentioned friendship with Prince Charles to seem “impregnable”, victim claims

Paedophile bishop Peter Ball mentioned friendship with Prince Charles to seem “impregnable”, victim claims

The disgraced paedophile bishop Peter Ball repeatedly mentioned his friendship with Prince Charles so he would seem "impregnable", one of his victims has said.

The Telegraph

Church of England priest convicted of sexual offences

Church of England priest convicted of sexual offences

A former priest has been convicted of sexual offences against a woman and a girl.

The Argus

Northern Ireland’s first same-sex weddings may be held from 10 February

Northern Ireland’s first same-sex weddings may be held from 10 February

Same-sex marriage effectively became legal in Northern Ireland on Monday as couples now are entitled to register to marry.

The Irish Times

‘The attacks on two Delhi universities reveal Modi’s targets: Muslims and their allies’

‘The attacks on two Delhi universities reveal Modi’s targets: Muslims and their allies’

Mukul Kesavan says the BJP wants to suppress Indian Muslims and secularists who see them as equal citizens. But police violence has backfired.

The Guardian

Iran's only female Olympic medallist says she has defected

Iran's only female Olympic medallist says she has defected

Iran's only female Olympic medallist has said on social media she had left her homeland because she had had enough of being used by its authorities as a propaganda tool.

Reuters

‘Why protesting Indians are chanting the constitution’

‘Why protesting Indians are chanting the constitution’

Protesters have gathered in large numbers on streets and university campuses across India for more than a month to protest against a new citizenship law which they believe is discriminatory. They have invoked the country's Constitution and chanted its solemn preamble.

BBC

‘A visit to a mass female circumcision ceremony in Indonesia’

‘A visit to a mass female circumcision ceremony in Indonesia’

Adi Renaldi finds parents bringing girls as young as three months old to undergo a procedure that is known to cause sexual dysfunction, cysts, and birthing complications.

Vice

Disgraced paedophile Koran teacher dies in jail and has funeral at mosque where he abused kids

Disgraced paedophile Koran teacher dies in jail and has funeral at mosque where he abused kids

A convicted paedophile who was a trusted Koran teacher has died in prison. His funeral was set to be held at the same mosque where he abused his young victims.

Wales Online

Isle of Man to debate assisted dying in January 2020

Isle of Man to debate assisted dying in January 2020

The parliament of the Isle of Man, Tynwald, has announced that it will debate assisted dying at its January sitting, which begins next week.

Politics Home

Trump criticised for retweeting image of Democratic leaders in Muslim attire

Trump criticised for retweeting image of Democratic leaders in Muslim attire

The White House on Monday defended President Trump retweeting an image that showed two Democratic leaders edited into Muslim clothing with a backdrop of an Iranian flag.

The Hill

Mon, 13 Jan 2020

British doctors earning thousands from 'virgin repair' ops on young, mostly Muslim women

British doctors earning thousands from 'virgin repair' ops on young, mostly Muslim women

British doctors are earning thousands of pounds a time performing 'revirginisation' surgery on young women forced to prove they are 'pure' to their families.

Mirror

Same-sex marriage now legal in Northern Ireland

Same-sex marriage now legal in Northern Ireland

Same-sex marriage is now legally recognised in Northern Ireland. From Monday, same-sex couples will be able to register to marry, meaning the first ceremonies will take place in February.

BBC

‘The church and politics don’t mix’ – NSS letter

‘The church and politics don’t mix’ – NSS letter

NSS spokesperson Chris Sloggett says politicians in Scotland shouldn't pander to the Scottish Catholic Church's efforts to advance its ethical and moral positions through the ballot box.

The Sunday Times (£)

Defence minister apologises for Catholic military priests who outed gay soldiers

Defence minister apologises for Catholic military priests who outed gay soldiers

A defence minister has apologised after it emerged Catholic chaplains in the armed forces 'outed' gay personnel to military bosses in the 1990s.

Mail Online

Proposed change for pupils choosing Catholic secondary school in Inverclyde

Proposed change for pupils choosing Catholic secondary school in Inverclyde

Only pupils with a certificate of baptism into the Roman Catholic faith before entry to primary school will automatically be able to transfer from Inverclyde's village schools to their local Roman Catholic secondary, under a plan by education chiefs.

Inverclyde Now

Government to boost support for persecuted Christians abroad

Government to boost support for persecuted Christians abroad

The UK government has committed to increase protections for Christians who are having their right to freedom of religion violated abroad.

Premier Christian Radio

Most women do not regret having an abortion, study finds

Most women do not regret having an abortion, study finds

An overwhelming majority of women who get an abortion do not regret the decision to undergo the procedure, according to a new study published in an academic journal. Researchers surveyed women across 21 US states.

The Guardian

UK Somalis 'racially profiled' over FGM

UK Somalis 'racially profiled' over FGM

Parents are wrongly being arrested and having their children taken into care due to the stigma around female genital mutilation, members of the UK Somali community have told the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

BBC

‘Whatever happened to “Je Suis Charlie”?’

‘Whatever happened to “Je Suis Charlie”?’

Gavin Mortimer says the pen has not proved mightier than the sword in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack.

The Spectator

Rebecca Long-Bailey vows to abolish House of Lords

Rebecca Long-Bailey vows to abolish House of Lords

Labour leadership hopeful Rebecca Long-Bailey has promised to abolish the House of Lords if she is elected to be prime minister.

LBC

Clive Lewis calls for referendum on royal family and elected second chamber

Clive Lewis calls for referendum on royal family and elected second chamber

Labour leadership hopeful Clive Lewis's plans could potentially have implications for the ties between the monarchy and the Church of England and the seats granted to Church of England representatives in the Lords.

The Guardian

Victims to sue over abuse at Sailors' Society home

Victims to sue over abuse at Sailors' Society home

Former residents of a children's home in Argyll are suing the Christian charity which ran it over claims of physical and sexual abuse.

BBC

Fri, 10 Jan 2020

Brazil: Netflix 'gay Jesus' parody film ban overturned

Brazil: Netflix 'gay Jesus' parody film ban overturned

Brazil's Supreme Court has overturned a ruling that TV streaming service Netflix must remove a film depicting Jesus as gay.

BBC

Motion in Dundee would see church reps and others lose right to vote on education issues

Motion in Dundee would see church reps and others lose right to vote on education issues

Unelected members of Dundee's education committee, including its religious representatives, could be stripped of their right to vote if plans brought forward by a city councillor are successful.

The Courier

Birmingham Sikh Channel charity probed by Charity Commission

Birmingham Sikh Channel charity probed by Charity Commission

A Sikh broadcasting charity is being investigated over "serious regulatory concerns".

BBC

Church-run charity makes bid to open children's home

Church-run charity makes bid to open children's home

A church-run charity has made an official planning bid to open a children's home in Dumbarton in western Scotland after previously trying to open it without permission.

Daily Record

‘The death of Indian democracy’

‘The death of Indian democracy’

India's Jawaharlal Nehru University is famous for its liberal environment and critical ethos. Debarati Guha says an attack by masked assailants on its students is an attempt to silence India's secular forces.

DW

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