Tue, 05 Nov 2019

Telford MP Lucy Allan echoes call to review assisted dying law

Telford MP Lucy Allan echoes call to review assisted dying law

A Shropshire MP has again called for a review into the UK's ban on assisted dying.

Shropshire Star

Germany unveils draft law to ban gay ‘conversion therapy’

Germany unveils draft law to ban gay ‘conversion therapy’

German health minister Jens Spahn has unveiled a draft law that will ban 'conversion therapy'.

Gay Times

Muslim wives in China 'forced to sleep in the same bed as male officials while husbands are indoctrinated in re-education camps'

Muslim wives in China 'forced to sleep in the same bed as male officials while husbands are indoctrinated in re-education camps'

Married Chinese Muslim women are regularly forced to share the same bed as male officials sent by government to monitor them when their husbands are being indoctrinated in internment camps, it has been revealed.

Mail Online

European MP: We need to increase security ‘wherever Jewish life takes place’

European MP: We need to increase security ‘wherever Jewish life takes place’

Europe needs to do much more to protect its Jewish community, including stationing police outside every Jewish institution, according to the new head of the working group on anti-Semitism in the European Parliament.

The Times of Israel

Man tries to break into French Jewish school while shouting antisemitic slurs

Man tries to break into French Jewish school while shouting antisemitic slurs

A man who tried to break into a Jewish school in southern France while shouting insults about Jews was prevented from entering by the guard and arrested after fleeing the scene.

Jewish News

Mon, 04 Nov 2019

UK government to consult over NI’s abortion law as row over ‘conscientious objection’ brews

UK government to consult over NI’s abortion law as row over ‘conscientious objection’ brews

Pro-choice activists in Northern Ireland have said the government must ensure conscientious objection provisions mirror those in the rest of the UK when new abortion laws are introduced, ahead of an upcoming consultation to which churches are expected to contribute.

TheJournal.ie

Tories must include method of slaughter labelling in manifesto, says animal welfare group

Tories must include method of slaughter labelling in manifesto, says animal welfare group

A Conservative group concerned with animal welfare has called on the party to require the labelling of meat to show the method of slaughter, including steps to make clear whether animals have been stunned.

The Telegraph

Social integration has been abandoned, says former government tsar

Social integration has been abandoned, says former government tsar

Louise Casey says her recommendations for community cohesion have been sidelined by ministers.

The Observer

Backlash against Spectator column which said elections should be held on days when Muslims wouldn’t vote

Backlash against Spectator column which said elections should be held on days when Muslims wouldn’t vote

The chancellor Sajid Javid is among those who have condemned a column by Rod Liddle, in The Spectator, that appeared to call for elections to be held on days when Muslims would not vote. Liddle and the magazine have said the comments were a joke.

The Guardian

‘Disturbance: Surviving Charlie Hebdo by Philippe Lançon – review’

‘Disturbance: Surviving Charlie Hebdo by Philippe Lançon – review’

Andrew Anthony says one victim's powerful response to the 2015 massacre favours philosophy and wit over anger and polemic.

The Guardian

Humanists UK launches religious-free assembly materials for schools

Humanists UK launches religious-free assembly materials for schools

A new resource, Assemblies for All, provides secular materials focused on respect and social justice.

The Guardian

Christian and evangelical leaders pray over Donald Trump in the White House

Christian and evangelical leaders pray over Donald Trump in the White House

A group of faith leaders, including a number of Christian and evangelical pastors, have held a meeting with US president Donald Trump at the White House in which they prayed for him and the nation.

Christian Today

Adoption groups could turn away LGBT families under proposed rule in US

Adoption groups could turn away LGBT families under proposed rule in US

A proposed rule by the Trump administration would allow foster care and adoption agencies to deny their services to LGBT families on faith-based grounds.

The New York Times

Isis women driven by more than marriage, research shows

Isis women driven by more than marriage, research shows

Women and girls who attach themselves to Islamic State are driven by a complex combination of factors beyond just love or marriage, according to research by a counter-extremism thinktank. The study identified motivating factors including an apparent desire to live a "true and pure Islamic life".

The Guardian

Fri, 01 Nov 2019

Anti-choice groups target SDLP over abortion move

Anti-choice groups target SDLP over abortion move

Anti-choice groups in Northern Ireland are targeting the SDLP for the party's refusal to prevent the legalisation of abortion in NI.

The Irish Catholic

Warwickshire vicar admits child porn charges

Warwickshire vicar admits child porn charges

A vicar had 400 indecent images of children in a hidden gallery on his mobile phone, a court heard.

BBC

Attempted prosecution over man praying outside abortion clinic collapses

Attempted prosecution over man praying outside abortion clinic collapses

The country's first arrest and prosecution for praying in public has collapsed.

The Telegraph

Senior rabbi urges congregants to vote tactically against Labour

Senior rabbi urges congregants to vote tactically against Labour

Rabbi Jonathan Romain has intervened in the general election campaign.

The Jewish Chronicle

Sectarian chanting could lead to football match abandonments in Scotland

Sectarian chanting could lead to football match abandonments in Scotland

Sectarian and racist chanting at football matches in Scotland could lead to games being abandoned if the game's world governing body gets its way.

BBC

‘The war on African women is supported by foreign activists, with no regard for our lives’

‘The war on African women is supported by foreign activists, with no regard for our lives’

Olutimehin Adegbeye says religious groups are limiting access to sexual and reproductive services – and this needs to end.

openDemocracy

Macron condemns those who use secularism to 'sow hatred and division'

Macron condemns those who use secularism to 'sow hatred and division'

Religion is once again at the forefront of public debate in France.

euronews

Judge suspends publication of book about clerical child abuse in Colombia

Judge suspends publication of book about clerical child abuse in Colombia

Judges in northwest Colombia suspended the pending publication of a book about clerical child abuse in the country and threatened to take legal action against the journalist.

Colombia Reports

Christians want Belgian opera’s naked Joan of Arc banned

Christians want Belgian opera’s naked Joan of Arc banned

A Christian association is trying to prevent a Brussels opera house La Monnaie from staging a production in which the heroine appears dressed in men's clothes and, at one point, naked.

New York Post

Amsterdam refuses mosque’s request for loudspeaker call to prayer

Amsterdam refuses mosque’s request for loudspeaker call to prayer

Amsterdam has rejected a plan by a prominent mosque to become the first in the city to broadcast its call to prayer over loudspeakers, on the grounds that it's unnecessary in a world of mobile apps.

The Irish Times

Thu, 31 Oct 2019

Calls for memorial to Scotland's tortured and executed witches

Calls for memorial to Scotland's tortured and executed witches

Almost 400 years after the last execution of a woman accused of witchcraft in Scotland, calls are growing for a national memorial to the thousands who were tortured and killed for their supposed black magic.

The Guardian

Forced marriage protection orders granted for "several" children at risk in South Yorks

Forced marriage protection orders granted for "several" children at risk in South Yorks

A number of Rotherham children who were at risk of forced marriage have been granted a protection order after a 42 year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of forced marriage offences.

Rotherham Advertiser

Vatican continues to decline IICSA’s invitation to discuss abuse

Vatican continues to decline IICSA’s invitation to discuss abuse

The refusal of the Vatican to provide evidence requested by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is "very disappointing", a lawyer for the inquiry has said.

Church Times

Law banning assisted dying must be reviewed, say MPs

Law banning assisted dying must be reviewed, say MPs

The law banning terminally ill people from being helped to end their lives must be reviewed because it may not be working, a cross party group of MPs has said.

The Guardian

'Assisted dying laws are in need of review’

'Assisted dying laws are in need of review’

A cross-party group of more than 20 MPs calls on the Ministry of Justice to examine the effects of the ban on assisted suicide.

The Guardian

M&S to sell own-brand halal ready meals

M&S to sell own-brand halal ready meals

Marks & Spencer is to become the first mainstream food giant to sell own-label halal ready meals in stores with a large number of Muslim shoppers. The supermarket has said meat used in the meals will be from animals stunned before slaughter.

Daily Mail

Virgin investigating in-flight kosher dining

Virgin investigating in-flight kosher dining

The airline is investigating ways of offering kosher food in flight.

The Jewish Chronicle

Child sex abuse still being hidden, warns watchdog in Australia

Child sex abuse still being hidden, warns watchdog in Australia

Victoria's commission for children fears many cases of abuse are still being kept secret, despite religious groups reporting 88 cases of sexual and physical abuse in the past financial year.

Brisbane Times

US objects to mention of ‘sexual and reproductive health’ in UN resolution

US objects to mention of ‘sexual and reproductive health’ in UN resolution

Shortly after a unanimous vote in the UN Security Council to pass a resolution on women, peace and security, the US mission to the UN released a press statement criticising references to "sexual and reproductive health". The mission said the references promoted abortion.

Newsweek

All the near-total abortion bans passed in the US this year have now been blocked in court

All the near-total abortion bans passed in the US this year have now been blocked in court

Near-total bans on abortion have swept the US this year, with state after state banning the procedure six weeks into pregnancy or even earlier. These laws have been blocked by the courts, but anti-abortion groups now appear to be backing incremental laws that restrict clinic operations or introduce new requirements for getting an abortion.

Vox

Faith leaders sign declaration opposing end-of-life procedures

Faith leaders sign declaration opposing end-of-life procedures

Leaders of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam presented a signed declaration to Pope Francis on Monday expressing their total opposition to euthanasia and any form of physician-assisted suicide.

The Irish Catholic

‘Conscientious objections’ delaying roll-out of abortion services in Ireland

‘Conscientious objections’ delaying roll-out of abortion services in Ireland

The head of Ireland's health service executive has said conscientious objections are delaying the expansion of abortion services.

The Irish Times

Wed, 30 Oct 2019

Private clinic performed circumcisions without getting consent from patients and parents

Private clinic performed circumcisions without getting consent from patients and parents

Inspectors said the practice, which offers faith and non-faith based cultural circumcision services for all age groups, did not have a "robust system" for checking the identity of patients.

MyLondon

Government extends funding for churches

Government extends funding for churches

The UK government has announced it will extend a grant scheme for listed churches in need of repairs.

Premier

Italian footballers Magnanelli and Scozzarella banned for 'blasphemy'

Italian footballers Magnanelli and Scozzarella banned for 'blasphemy'

Parma's Matteo Scozzarella and Sassuolo's Francesco Magnanelli were picked up by TV cameras 'using God's name in vain' during their weekend fixtures.

The Sun

'Missouri could lose its last abortion clinic. Its fate will be decided this week.'

'Missouri could lose its last abortion clinic. Its fate will be decided this week.'

The state could become the first without an abortion clinic since Roe v. Wade.

Vox

Rabbinical court removes children from mother after she 'signs them up for mixed-gender swimming classes'

Rabbinical court removes children from mother after she 'signs them up for mixed-gender swimming classes'

The court in the city of Haifa, Israel has granted the father custody despite the fact he has formerly been convicted of violent crimes.

The Independent

 China warns US: criticism of Uighur detentions is not 'helpful' for trade talks

China warns US: criticism of Uighur detentions is not 'helpful' for trade talks

China's UN envoy has sounded a warning note over trade talks with Washington after the US joined 22 other countries at the UN in criticising Beijing over the detention of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims.

The Guardian

Tue, 29 Oct 2019

Pope criticised by child sex abuse inquiry after Vatican refuses to send crucial evidence

Pope criticised by child sex abuse inquiry after Vatican refuses to send crucial evidence

The pope has been criticised by the government-ordered child sex abuse inquiry after the Vatican refused to provide crucial evidence.

The Telegraph

Faith schools plummet when league tables are made fairer, study finds

Faith schools plummet when league tables are made fairer, study finds

The league table performance of grammar and faith schools drops substantially once "fairer" measures of pupil background are added to progress measures, a new study demonstrates.

Tes

Christian group protests against mandatory LGBT-inclusive curriculum

Christian group protests against mandatory LGBT-inclusive curriculum

A Christian group is objecting to the mandatory LGBT-inclusive curriculum that will be rolled out to students across England next year.

Premier Christian Radio

DUP MLA calls for referenda on abortion and gay marriage changes in NI

DUP MLA calls for referenda on abortion and gay marriage changes in NI

DUP MLA Jim Wells has been slammed as "highly insensitive" after calling for referenda to be held on the two significant changes to the law on social issues in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph

France mosque shootings: Two injured in Bayonne attack

France mosque shootings: Two injured in Bayonne attack

An elderly man suspected of firing shots outside a mosque in the south-western city of Bayonne has been arrested, French police say.

BBC

Italian doctors on trial for manslaughter after refusing abortion

Italian doctors on trial for manslaughter after refusing abortion

Seven Italian doctors who refused to perform a potentially life-saving abortion are fighting accusations of manslaughter in a trial that is expected to set a precedent for Italy's medical attitude towards the procedure.

Financial Times (£)

Toddler has penis cut off in circumcision in Brazil

Toddler has penis cut off in circumcision in Brazil

A three-year-old boy's penis has been cut off during a circumcision in Brazil.

The Sun

‘More ritual, less circumcision’

‘More ritual, less circumcision’

Carolina Landsmann says it would be a relief for many Jews if circumcision became a metaphorical ritual rather than a literal one.

Haaretz

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