Mon, 09 Sep 2019

Islamophobia definition shuts down criticism of radical Islam, imam says

Islamophobia definition shuts down criticism of radical Islam, imam says

A female imam has claimed that "reasonable" criticism of Islam would be banned under MPs' proposals for a new definition of Islamophobia.

The Telegraph

DUP leader joins anti-abortion protest at Stormont

DUP leader joins anti-abortion protest at Stormont

DUP leader Arlene Foster was among thousands of people who took part in a silent protest outside the North's Parliament Buildings at Stormont to show their opposition to the planned legalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland.

The Irish Times

Hundreds of clergy facing hardship despite vast C of E wealth

Hundreds of clergy facing hardship despite vast C of E wealth

Hundreds of clergy are in financial hardship, with some resorting to credit cards or even a high-interest payday lender, despite the Church of England sitting on a multibillion-pound investment fund.

The Guardian

Jewish school drops wig rule after complaint to admissions watchdog

Jewish school drops wig rule after complaint to admissions watchdog

A state-aided Charedi girls' high school whose entry requirements were the subject of a complaint to the admissions regulator is dropping a reference to mothers wearing sheitels (wigs).

The JC

Chief Rabbi publishes LGBT guide for orthodox schools

Chief Rabbi publishes LGBT guide for orthodox schools

The UK's Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, has published a guide for orthodox Jewish schools on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pupils.

BBC

24-hours a day Norwich mosque set to be refused

24-hours a day Norwich mosque set to be refused

A proposal to open a city centre mosque for early morning prayers has been recommended for refusal. Findings by the council's planning committee said it was not "appropriate" for the centre to open 24-hour a day, for five daily prayers, as it is "located in a residential area."

BBC

Worcester Muslim Cemetery applies for planning permission 14 years after opening

Worcester Muslim Cemetery applies for planning permission 14 years after opening

A Muslim cemetery has finally asked for planning permission 14 years after opening before asking for a major 785-plot extension.

Kidderminster Shuttle

Man with 'violent' plans to kill Muslims has been jailed

Man with 'violent' plans to kill Muslims has been jailed

A man who built a homemade taser and planned to attack and kill Muslims has been jailed.

Blackpool Gazette

Woman who circumcised baby against parents’ wishes avoids jail - NSS quoted

Woman who circumcised baby against parents’ wishes avoids jail - NSS quoted

"In 2017, Martina Obi-Uzom and her husband took their 11-month-old son to be circumcised. Except she wasn't his mother; she was his babysitter. His 70-year-old babysitter."

Patheos

Bosnians march in first Gay Pride under tight police protection

Bosnians march in first Gay Pride under tight police protection

Several thousand people marched in Bosnia's first Gay Pride on Sunday, protected by a major security operation including anti-sniper units after some conservative Muslim groups organized counter-rallies.

Reuters

Fri, 06 Sep 2019

'For a secular Britain: time to end religious privilege' - NSS referenced

'For a secular Britain: time to end religious privilege' - NSS referenced

Daniel James Sharp encourages readers to join the National Secular Society in support of secular democracy in Britain.

The Broad

Mosque trustees failed to monitor IS sympathiser who groomed boys for terrorism, inquiry finds

Mosque trustees failed to monitor IS sympathiser who groomed boys for terrorism, inquiry finds

The trustees of a mosque where children were groomed for terrorism failed to properly monitor an Islamic State sympathiser then attempted to cover up what happened, the Charity Commission has found.

Newham Recorder

Pair arrested over ‘plot to kill female relative who renounced Islam’

Pair arrested over ‘plot to kill female relative who renounced Islam’

Two men accused of plotting to kill a female relative who left Britain and renounced Islam have been arrested by armed law enforcers.

Evening Standard

Court rejects bid to stop Muslim family representing sick girl

Court rejects bid to stop Muslim family representing sick girl

An NHS trust has been criticised for arguing that the family of a seriously ill five-year-old girl are incapable of acting in her best interests because of their Islamic religious beliefs.

The Guardian

Sex-segregation fears for World Championships

Sex-segregation fears for World Championships

Athletes at this month's World Championships in Doha could have their preparation disrupted by gender-segregated gyms in their official hotels.

The Times (£)

C of E's representative in Parliament to step down at General Election

C of E's representative in Parliament to step down at General Election

Dame Caroline Spelman has said she is ready to support the Archbishop of Canterbury at the citizen's forum.

Premier

Record number of right-wing extremists in custody as Islamic terror total drops

Record number of right-wing extremists in custody as Islamic terror total drops

The rise – to 33 from 28 the previous year – coincides with another decrease in the number of Islamist extremists held, which dropped for the second year running.

Daily Echo

Ex-teacher makes final plea for assisted dying to be legalised in UK

Ex-teacher makes final plea for assisted dying to be legalised in UK

A former teacher who will travel to a Swiss clinic today to end his life has recorded a video calling for politicians to legalise assisted dying.

Yorkshire Coast Radio

'Don’t blame Boris for hate crime'

'Don’t blame Boris for hate crime'

A report on anti-Muslim abuse doesn't tell the whole story, says Tom Chivers.

Unherd

'The woman who dares to run a feminist radio station in Afghanistan'

'The woman who dares to run a feminist radio station in Afghanistan'

The northern Afghan city of Kunduz is not the kind of place you'd expect to find a radio station run by women, promoting women's rights. But this is precisely what Radio Roshani is, and it's broadcasting today despite several attempts by the Taliban to kill its founder and editor, Sediqa Sherzai.

BBC

France's parliament takes aim at 'conversion therapy'

France's parliament takes aim at 'conversion therapy'

France's National Assembly (lower house) began hearings this week on a draft law that would prohibit any practice aimed at "curing" homosexuality. The two MPs behind the project hope to submit a final bill by early 2020.

Yahoo! News

Religious schools should be required to enrol a mix of religions: Hindu Council

Religious schools should be required to enrol a mix of religions: Hindu Council

Australia: Religious schools should be required to admit a certain percentage of teachers and students from other religions so children can learn about other faiths, the peak body representing Hindus has told the Morrison government.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Thu, 05 Sep 2019

‘Revealed: the press regulator’s leaked guidelines on Islamophobia’

‘Revealed: the press regulator’s leaked guidelines on Islamophobia’

Will Heaven says the free press is facing a new threat from Ipso.

The Spectator

‘The press regulator must not turn into a religious thought police’

‘The press regulator must not turn into a religious thought police’

Trevor Phillips says Ipso's new guidelines on Islam will hurt, not help, Muslims.

The Spectator

Scientists want creationism teaching ban in Welsh schools

Scientists want creationism teaching ban in Welsh schools

The teaching of creationism could "creep in" to schools under Wales' new curriculum, scientists have said.

BBC

Majority of British people back teaching about LGBT families in primary school

Majority of British people back teaching about LGBT families in primary school

Sixty per cent of the British public support primary schools teaching about LGBT families, according to a new poll from Stonewall.

iNews

Pharmacist is spared jail after posing as mother of 11-month-old boy so he could be circumcised without parents' consent

Pharmacist is spared jail after posing as mother of 11-month-old boy so he could be circumcised without parents' consent

A pharmacist who posed as the mother of an 11-month-old boy so he could be circumcised without his parents' consent has been spared jail.

Mail Online

MP applauded for challenging PM over burka 'bank robbers' comment

MP applauded for challenging PM over burka 'bank robbers' comment

A Labour MP has received an unusual round of applause after calling for Boris Johnson to apologise for suggesting Muslim women who wear the veil look like "bank robbers" and "letterboxes".

Sky News

Former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron regrets not sharing his Christian faith more

Former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron regrets not sharing his Christian faith more

Tim Farron spoke about his career in politics and his Christian faith at the launch of his book, A Better Ambition, in Westminster on Tuesday night.

Christian Today

Be vigilant over anti-RSE campaigners’ tactics, warns campaign group

Be vigilant over anti-RSE campaigners’ tactics, warns campaign group

The Accord Coalition is urging the government to be vigilant regarding campaigners against inclusive education on relationships and sex.

Education Executive

Gay fathers receive less parental leave than other couples: study

Gay fathers receive less parental leave than other couples: study

Gay men around the world receive less paid parental leave than lesbian or heterosexual couples, researchers said on Thursday.

Reuters

Wed, 04 Sep 2019

Boris Johnson delays proposed snap election by a day because of clash with Jewish holiday

Boris Johnson delays proposed snap election by a day because of clash with Jewish holiday

The prime minister has delayed the proposed date of his snap election by a day because the original 14 October date clashes with a Jewish holiday.

The Sun

Justin Welby makes more comments on Brexit

Justin Welby makes more comments on Brexit

The archbishop of Canterbury has apologised for telling Remainers to "stop whingeing" about the EU referendum result and further outlined his views on Brexit.

The Times (£)

Orthodox Jewish vaccination rates now seven times below average

Orthodox Jewish vaccination rates now seven times below average

Sharp drops in vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella in five-year olds have been recorded in London boroughs with large Orthodox Jewish populations.

Jewish News

No-fault divorce and heterosexual civil partnerships under threat, says senior judge

No-fault divorce and heterosexual civil partnerships under threat, says senior judge

The suspension of parliament could threaten legislation designed to allow divorce without fault and heterosexual couples to enter civil partnerships, a senior family law judge has warned.

The Times (£)

Church of England school opens in Wiltshire

Church of England school opens in Wiltshire

The Deanery Church of England Academy, a secondary school in the Wichelstowe area of Swindon, opens its doors to children today.

Swindon Advertiser

White supremacist behind ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ jailed for 12 years

White supremacist behind ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ jailed for 12 years

A white supremacist behind the "Punish a Muslim Day" campaign has been jailed for 12 and a half years.

The Independent

Council in Birmingham investigates claims that pharmacy was 'being used as a mosque'

Council in Birmingham investigates claims that pharmacy was 'being used as a mosque'

An investigation has been launched after residents in Birmingham claimed a mosque has been operating from their local pharmacy.

Birmingham Live

Harry Potter books banned at US Catholic school after pastor claims they contain ‘real’ curses and spells

Harry Potter books banned at US Catholic school after pastor claims they contain ‘real’ curses and spells

A school in Tennessee has banned the Harry Potter books after its pastor claimed they contain real curses and spells.

The Sun

Tue, 03 Sep 2019

‘Muslim Slayer’ letters caused security alert

‘Muslim Slayer’ letters caused security alert

A self-styled 'Muslim Slayer' prompted a chemical alert by sending fake poison to the queen with a note saying 'The Clowns R Coming 4 You', a court heard yesterday.

Metro

'A critical point in history': how Trump's attack on LGBT rights is escalating

'A critical point in history': how Trump's attack on LGBT rights is escalating

The Trump justice department is pushing to make it legal to fire people for being gay or transgender.

The Guardian

Muslim woman’s niqab is ripped off as she’s ‘beaten in London street in front of her horrified children’

Muslim woman’s niqab is ripped off as she’s ‘beaten in London street in front of her horrified children’

A Muslim woman had her niqab ripped off and was repeatedly punched in the face by a female thug in front of her children on Sunday.

The Sun

Unknown text by John Locke reveals roots of 'foundational democratic ideas'

Unknown text by John Locke reveals roots of 'foundational democratic ideas'

The newly discovered 'Reasons for tolerateing Papists equally with others' shows Enlightenment thinker John Locke expressing unexpected social liberalism.

The Guardian

US federal court to hear arguments over Tennessee's abortion waiting period

US federal court to hear arguments over Tennessee's abortion waiting period

Four years after the US state of Tennessee enacted a law requiring women who want an abortion to undergo a 48-hour "waiting period," a legal challenge to its constitutionality is poised to move forward.

Tennessean (USA Today)

Mon, 02 Sep 2019

Schools will be backed on LGBT-inclusive lessons, says Williamson

Schools will be backed on LGBT-inclusive lessons, says Williamson

Every school will receive backing from the government on teaching pupils about same-sex relationships, the education secretary has said. But Gavin Williamson appears to have stopped short of saying that primaries have to cover same-sex relationships.

Tes

Archbishop of Canterbury tells Remainers to ‘stop whingeing’ and accept Brexit

Archbishop of Canterbury tells Remainers to ‘stop whingeing’ and accept Brexit

The archbishop of Canterbury, who has been approached by some MPs to chair a 'citizens' forum' on Brexit, has urged Remainers to "stop whingeing" and accept the result of the 2016 referendum.

The Sun

‘The Church of England has no moral right to interfere in politics’

‘The Church of England has no moral right to interfere in politics’

NSS honorary associate Maajid Nawaz questions the Church of England's place in the constitution after Justin Welby's comments on Brexit.

LBC

Banning parades after Glasgow violence ‘deeply problematic’

Banning parades after Glasgow violence ‘deeply problematic’

Moves to ban loyalist and republican marches after disorder in the Govan area of Glasgow would erode human rights, an expert on sectarianism has claimed.

The Times (£)

Calls for new assisted dying law after figures show 20 people a day die in pain

Calls for new assisted dying law after figures show 20 people a day die in pain

At least 17 people die in pain every day in Britain despite the best efforts of medical staff. The findings have led to campaigners stepping up calls for assisted dying to be legalised.

Mirror

Asia Bibi pleads for justice for victims of Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws as she plans to settle in Europe

Asia Bibi pleads for justice for victims of Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws as she plans to settle in Europe

Asia Bibi, who spent eight years on death row in Pakistan on a blasphemy charge, has spoken about some of the damage done by Pakistan's blasphemy laws.

The Telegraph

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