Mon, 17 Sep 2018

Use school mosque visits to tackle anti-Muslim sentiment, says faith minister

Use school mosque visits to tackle anti-Muslim sentiment, says faith minister

Schools should take pupils on trips to mosques in an attempt to tackle anti-Muslim sentiment among parents, the faith minister has said. Lord Bourne added that all churches, mosques, synagogues and temples should be twinned with places of worship from other faiths.

The Times (£)

Commons to vote on relaxing abortion law in Northern Ireland next month

Commons to vote on relaxing abortion law in Northern Ireland next month

MPs will vote on whether to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland next month. Labour MP Diana Johnson will introduce a 10-minute rule bill that will seek to decriminalise abortion and pave the way to allow women here to have a termination.

Belfast Telegraph

Survey highlights public attitudes to multiculturalism and Islam

Survey highlights public attitudes to multiculturalism and Islam

A large minority of people in the UK believe multiculturalism has undermined British culture and migrants do not properly integrate, according to research. In particular panel discussions regularly revealed negative views about Islam.

The Guardian

Decades of sex abuse uncovered at Christian-run children's home

Decades of sex abuse uncovered at Christian-run children's home

Decades of physical cruelty and child sexual abuse allegations at a children's home in Argyll have been uncovered by a BBC investigation.

BBC

Academy trust plans to create Leicester's first Sikh faith secondary school

Academy trust plans to create Leicester's first Sikh faith secondary school

An academy trust is applying to create a Sikh secondary school in Leicester under the government's free schools programme.

Leicester Mercury

Aberdeen City Council paid Catholic holy order more than £12m for school buildings

Aberdeen City Council paid Catholic holy order more than £12m for school buildings

Council chiefs in Aberdeen paid a Roman Catholic holy order more than £12 million to buy a school and the bishop's residence in the leafy west end of the city.

Press and Journal

Former MI5 boss says “engaging and meaningful” RE can help tackle extremism

Former MI5 boss says “engaging and meaningful” RE can help tackle extremism

A former top spymaster has called for improved religious education in schools to protect children from becoming radicalised.

Evening Standard

Twitter allows ‘pro-FGM’ account to sponsor a tweet

Twitter allows ‘pro-FGM’ account to sponsor a tweet

Twitter has come under fire for allowing a tweet that activists have said is pro–female genital mutilation to be promoted on its site, meaning it showed up on the timelines of users who didn't follow the poster's account.

BuzzFeed News

Dalai Lama admits he knew about Buddhist teachers' sexual abuse in Europe

Dalai Lama admits he knew about Buddhist teachers' sexual abuse in Europe

The Tibetan spiritual leader told Dutch TV he has known about the sex crimes in Europe since the 1990s. He was presented with written accounts from 12 alleged victims from Belgium and the Netherlands.

DW

Dutch Catholic Church accused of widespread sexual abuse cover-up

Dutch Catholic Church accused of widespread sexual abuse cover-up

More than half of the Netherlands' senior clerics were involved in covering up sexual assault of children between 1945 and 2010, a press report claimed on Saturday, further engulfing the Catholic Church in a global abuse scandal.

The Guardian

Fri, 14 Sep 2018

Church of England holds multi-million pound stake in Amazon despite Welby criticism of its tax practices

Church of England holds multi-million pound stake in Amazon despite Welby criticism of its tax practices

The annual report of the Church Commissioners, the investment arm of the Church of England, shows that Amazon is among its 20 most valuable equity holdings. The revelation follows the archbishop of Canterbury's criticism of the company.

Church Times

Justin Welby under fire over C of E's zero-hours contracts

Justin Welby under fire over C of E's zero-hours contracts

The archbishop of Canterbury has been criticised after it emerged the Church of England uses zero-hours contracts and invests in Amazon, despite his attacks on both during a speech earlier this week.

The Guardian

Faith minister calls for imams and rabbis to get automatic places in the House of Lords

Faith minister calls for imams and rabbis to get automatic places in the House of Lords

The Tory minister for faith has called for imams and rabbis to get automatic places in the House of Lords alongside Church of England bishops.

Mail Online

‘God aside, for whom does Justin Welby speak?’

‘God aside, for whom does Justin Welby speak?’

Simon Jenkins says even if you agree with the archbishop of Canterbury's criticism of the gig economy, he has inappropriate power in a secular country.

The Guardian

Javid rejects calls for abortion clinic buffer zones

Javid rejects calls for abortion clinic buffer zones

Calls for buffer zones to be introduced outside abortion clinics to stop patients being harassed have been rejected by the home secretary.

BBC

Northern Ireland women may not be able to take abortion pills in England

Northern Ireland women may not be able to take abortion pills in England

Women from Northern Ireland who travel to Britain to terminate a pregnancy may not have access to abortion pills following new plans.

Belfast Telegraph

Human rights and equality protections in Northern Ireland `will be weakened by Brexit'

Human rights and equality protections in Northern Ireland `will be weakened by Brexit'

Human rights and equality protections in Northern Ireland will be "weakened" by Brexit, according to a study at Queen's University Belfast.

The Irish News

Same sex marriage ban in Northern Ireland a veil for homophobia, court told

Same sex marriage ban in Northern Ireland a veil for homophobia, court told

Maintaining the ban on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland should not be used as a "veil for homophobia", the Court of Appeal has been told. Two couples are seeking to overturn a ruling that the prohibition does not breach their human rights under European law.

Belfast Telegraph

Lib Dem MSP says secular education is “contrary to our values”

Lib Dem MSP says secular education is “contrary to our values”

A Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP has said his party will not secularise the education system after he fought to defer a motion calling for the end of Catholic schools at the party's conference last weekend.

The Scottish Catholic Observer

Hebrides to hold ‘historic’ gay pride parade for first time

Hebrides to hold ‘historic’ gay pride parade for first time

A "historic" gay pride parade will be held in the Western Isles for the first time on 6 October.

The Scotsman

Fall of a West Virginia bishop widens Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal

Fall of a West Virginia bishop widens Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal

On Thursday an American bishop in West Virginia was brought down by allegations of sexual misconduct, even as a delegation of American church leaders met urgently with the pope over whether the Vatican had ignored past warnings of abuse by a prominent cardinal.

The New York Times

Two sisters die after undergoing FGM in Somalia, campaigner says

Two sisters die after undergoing FGM in Somalia, campaigner says

Two sisters have died in Somalia from complications that arose after undergoing female genital mutilation, according to a campaigner against the procedure.

CNN

Thu, 13 Sep 2018

Parents commonly attend church services to get children into faith schools, says report

Parents commonly attend church services to get children into faith schools, says report

Nearly a third of middle-class, professional parents personally know someone who has used "ethically dubious" tactics to get their children into a good school, a new report has found. Common practices cited by parents include attending church services to get a place in a faith school.

The Independent

‘Desperate parents are bribing priests with muffins – our faith school system must end’

‘Desperate parents are bribing priests with muffins – our faith school system must end’

Zoe Williams says getting into state-funded church schools encourages hypocrisy all round, and we should end faith schooling.

The Guardian

Tony Blair calls for battle of ideas against Islamists

Tony Blair calls for battle of ideas against Islamists

Tony Blair has accused pressure groups such as Cage and Mend of trying to drive a wedge between Muslim communities and the government by portraying the British state as a "hostile" force.

The Times (£)

‘Lucy Powell’s bill is the wrong way to tackle online hate’

‘Lucy Powell’s bill is the wrong way to tackle online hate’

A cross-party group of MPs has proposed a bill to make moderators and administrators responsible for content on their forums and ban large secret Facebook groups. Jamie Bartlett says the bill would undermine groups which have a reason to stay hidden.

The Spectator

‘Outdated’ UK abortion laws hampering care for women, doctors say

‘Outdated’ UK abortion laws hampering care for women, doctors say

Doctors think Britain's "outdated" abortion law hampers their ability to provide the best care for women, a new study has found.

The Independent

Ban on Rastafarian boy’s dreadlocks overturned

Ban on Rastafarian boy’s dreadlocks overturned

Schools may no longer ban pupils from having dreadlocks, after a Rastafarian boy had his hair ban overturned. The Equality and Human Rights Commission, which backed the boy's case, said the dreadlocks were a 'fundamental tenet' of his Rastafarian beliefs.

The Telegraph

Orthodox Jewish leaders distance themselves from chief rabbi’s LGBT guidance

Orthodox Jewish leaders distance themselves from chief rabbi’s LGBT guidance

Strictly orthodox Jewish leaders have distanced themselves from recently-issued guidance for schools from the chief rabbi on including LGBT+ pupils.

The JC

Welby gives major speech on economy to TUC conference

Welby gives major speech on economy to TUC conference

The archbishop of Canterbury has spoken about the economy at the TUC conference, in which he criticised companies such as Amazon for paying too little tax.

ITV

Young children battered by Lanarkshire church workers for failing to get top grades

Young children battered by Lanarkshire church workers for failing to get top grades

Two church workers have been convicted of assaulting young children.

The Scottish Sun

German Catholic priests 'abused thousands of children'

German Catholic priests 'abused thousands of children'

More than 3,600 children in Germany were assaulted by Roman Catholic priests between 1946 and 2014, a leaked report has revealed.

BBC

Spanish actor detained after ridiculing God and Mary

Spanish actor detained after ridiculing God and Mary

A Spanish actor accused of ridiculing God and the Christian virgin Mary has been detained for questioning by a judge, police have said, raising free speech fears.

The Guardian

US court allows restrictive Missouri abortion law to be enforced

US court allows restrictive Missouri abortion law to be enforced

A US appeals court has allowed a stringent state abortion law to move forward, raising the stakes of a coming vote on Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

The Independent

Wed, 12 Sep 2018

Academic advantage of going to a faith school is 'short lived'

Academic advantage of going to a faith school is 'short lived'

The academic advantages of a faith school education are short-lived and can be mainly explained by a pupil's home background, according to research from the UCL Institute of Education.

Tes

‘Hate preacher’ Anjem Choudary to be freed from prison

‘Hate preacher’ Anjem Choudary to be freed from prison

Anjem Choudary, the notorious Islamist hate preacher, will be released from jail next month. The justice minister has warned that he is "genuinely dangerous".

The Telegraph

Labour’s failure on Muslim extremism has ‘pushed supporters to far right’, union boss warns

Labour’s failure on Muslim extremism has ‘pushed supporters to far right’, union boss warns

Labour has pushed thousands of its core supporters to the far right because of its failure to take on Muslim extremism, a union boss has warned.

The Sun

Church leads campaign against gay culture parade in Inverness

Church leads campaign against gay culture parade in Inverness

Hundreds of people have signed a petition opposing a planned parade in Inverness city centre to celebrate gay culture, describing it as unsavoury and deeply offensive. A home mission worker with the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) has gathered about 600 names on a petition opposing the parade and written a letter to Highland Council.

Inverness Courier

Plane 'grope' vicar facing sexual assault retrial

Plane 'grope' vicar facing sexual assault retrial

A vicar accused of groping a student during a trans-Atlantic flight is to face a retrial.

BBC

'They said my twin was a witch and deserved to die': How Britain is tackling FGM of schoolgirls

'They said my twin was a witch and deserved to die': How Britain is tackling FGM of schoolgirls

FGM survivor Lucy Njomo reflects on her experience and a senior police officer discusses attempts to prevent FGM.

The Telegraph

Romania moves closer to ruling out same-sex marriage

Romania moves closer to ruling out same-sex marriage

Romania's senate has overwhelmingly backed a citizens' initiative to change the definition of family in the constitution in a nationwide referendum. The move could make it impossible to legalise same-sex marriage. The initiative has backing from several religious groups.

Reuters

EU court backs German doctor fired by Catholic hospital

EU court backs German doctor fired by Catholic hospital

The EU's top court has said a German Catholic hospital may have unlawfully discriminated against a senior doctor who was dismissed because he divorced and then remarried in a civil ceremony.

Mail Online

China restricts online coverage of burning incense and praying in religious crackdown

China restricts online coverage of burning incense and praying in religious crackdown

Chinese authorities have drafted sweeping new regulations that would severely restrict religious content online, including images or even descriptions of religious activities from praying and chanting to burning incense.

The Telegraph

US considers sanctioning China over Muslim crackdown

US considers sanctioning China over Muslim crackdown

The US has expressed deep concern over China's "worsening crackdown" on minority Muslims in the Xinjiang region and is considering sanctions against senior Chinese officials.

Reuters

Australia’s senate passes motion to tackle ‘conversion therapy’

Australia’s senate passes motion to tackle ‘conversion therapy’

Australia's senate has passed a motion brought by the Greens to tackle the rise in LGBT+ conversion therapy in the country.

Gay Star News

US voters open to candidates who aren’t very religious

US voters open to candidates who aren’t very religious

Relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, a poll has suggested in the run-up to the midterm elections.

AP News

Tue, 11 Sep 2018

Call for mandatory child abuse reporting after Ampleforth cover-up

Call for mandatory child abuse reporting after Ampleforth cover-up

Ministers have been urged to make reporting child abuse mandatory after a major cover-up at two leading Catholic schools.

ITV

Police force mocked for urging people to report “offensive or insulting comments”

Police force mocked for urging people to report “offensive or insulting comments”

South Yorkshire Police has been slated after telling people to report "non-crime hate incidents" in which people use "offensive or insulting words".

Evening Standard

FGM campaigner calls for more support from home secretary

FGM campaigner calls for more support from home secretary

A campaigner from the Royal College of Midwives appealed to Sajid Javid for increased political support in a bid to end FGM.

LBC

Bodyguard creator rejects criticism that show is anti-Muslim

Bodyguard creator rejects criticism that show is anti-Muslim

Some viewers have criticised the popular BBC One drama Bodyguard, claiming it depicts Muslims as terrorists. The show's creator has rejected the criticism.

The Times (£)

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