Mon, 14 Sep 2020

Israel: Parents flee hospital with seriously hurt baby after circumcision gone wrong

Israel: Parents flee hospital with seriously hurt baby after circumcision gone wrong

Police launched a search Friday afternoon for a couple and their baby, after they fled a hospital in northern Israel with their son who had been seriously injured during his brit milah circumcision ceremony.

The Times of Israel

Taliban renew call for 'Islamic system' during historic talks with Afghan government

Taliban renew call for 'Islamic system' during historic talks with Afghan government

The Taliban's political leader reiterated his group's demand for Afghanistan to adopt an "Islamic system" as peace talks with the Afghan government began in Doha on Saturday.

France 24

'Hindutva backlash against Atheist Republic’s founder echoes Islamist reaction to blasphemy'

'Hindutva backlash against Atheist Republic’s founder echoes Islamist reaction to blasphemy'

The actions of Islamists and Hindu nationalists underline why there must be no free speech exception for religion, says Kunwar Khuldune Shahid.

Newslaundry

'Iran's secular shift: New survey reveals huge changes in religious beliefs'

'Iran's secular shift: New survey reveals huge changes in religious beliefs'

Iran's census claims that 99.5% of the population are Muslim, a figure that hides the state's active hostility toward irreligiosity, conversion and unrecognised religious minorities.

Phys.org

Fri, 11 Sep 2020

EU court adviser backs ritual animal slaughter without stunning

EU court adviser backs ritual animal slaughter without stunning

EU judges should strike down a Belgian law requiring all animals be stunned prior to their death, an EU court adviser said on Thursday.

Reuters

Bishop of Oxford admits failings in clerical abuse case

Bishop of Oxford admits failings in clerical abuse case

The Bishop of Oxford has apologised for "shortcomings" identified by an independent review of his diocese's handling of a case of clerical abuse. These failings "contributed to the distress of the survivors", he said.

Church Times

Tories vow to continue fighting Hate Crime Bill over free speech concerns

Tories vow to continue fighting Hate Crime Bill over free speech concerns

The Tories have vowed to "consider all avenues going forward" in their bid to scrap the Scottish Government's Hate Crime Bill.

The National

Male circumcision campaigns in Africa are a form of cultural imperialism, say researchers

Male circumcision campaigns in Africa are a form of cultural imperialism, say researchers

World Health Organisation-recommended campaigns to circumcise millions of African boys and men to reduce HIV transmission are based more on systemic racism and 'neocolonialism' than sound scientific research, according to a critical appraisal.

EurekAlert

'Why is the Manchester bomber's praying not relevant?'

'Why is the Manchester bomber's praying not relevant?'

This week the Manchester Arena inquiry heard that the bomber was seen "praying" before his attack which claimed 22 innocent lives. Reporting of this detail caused a stir on social media, and some headlines were changed as a result.

The Post

'"Conversion therapy" is nothing more than torture'

'"Conversion therapy" is nothing more than torture'

The sheer notion that being gay is some form of curable pathology is absurd, says Alicia Kearns MP.

Huffington Post

Contraceptive services 'even worse' after coronavirus

Contraceptive services 'even worse' after coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has made a "difficult situation even worse" for women trying to access contraception, a group of MPs and peers has warned.

BBC

Councillor writes to Home Secretary urging her to deport “homophobic” pastor

Councillor writes to Home Secretary urging her to deport “homophobic” pastor

A Labour councillor has written to the Home Secretary urging her to deport a "homophobic" Pastor who said there is "no such thing as a gay Christian."

Deadline

CofE school announces new name that 'strengthens' its religious links

CofE school announces new name that 'strengthens' its religious links

William Gladstone Church of England Primary Academy has changed its name to The King's Church of England Primary Academy. The school said it belonged to Christ the King.

Newark Advertiser

'We must stand up to China’s "repulsive" persecution of the Uyghurs'

'We must stand up to China’s "repulsive" persecution of the Uyghurs'

In China's western region of Xinjiang, a modern-day Holocaust may be unfolding, says Iain Duncan Smith MP.

Politics Home

Cleric says Church of Ireland should allow same-sex marriage ceremonies

Cleric says Church of Ireland should allow same-sex marriage ceremonies

A Church of Ireland cleric says he should be given the choice to officiate marriages for same-sex couples, saying he believes the Church's current stance is "homophobic".

NewsTalk

US: Trump announces new Supreme Court justice options in apparent appeal to religious base

US: Trump announces new Supreme Court justice options in apparent appeal to religious base

President Donald Trump made what appeared to be a targeted appeal to his conservative religious base on Wednesday afternoon, announcing a slate of potential Supreme Court candidates who he suggested would protect religious liberty, oppose abortion and keep "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Religion News Service

Thu, 10 Sep 2020

Stormont ministers vow to ban 'conversion therapy'

Stormont ministers vow to ban 'conversion therapy'

This week Communities Minister Carál Ni Chuilin agreed to lead the push to outlaw the practice, which seeks to "cure" people of their homosexuality.

Belfast Live

MSPs vote down bid to scrap hate crime bill

MSPs vote down bid to scrap hate crime bill

MSPs have rejected a bid by the Scottish Conservatives to bring down the government's controversial hate crime legislation.

BBC

'"Je suis Charlie": Time to start again with the hate crime bill'

'"Je suis Charlie": Time to start again with the hate crime bill'

The Scottish Government's Hate Crime Bill contains some measures that are worthy of support, but others that need to be reconsidered to safeguard free speech, writes Murdo Fraser MSP.

The Scotsman

'Remote access to early abortion medicine is a lifeline for women - it must continue post-Covid'

'Remote access to early abortion medicine is a lifeline for women - it must continue post-Covid'

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic women up to 10 weeks gestation could access abortion services through telemedicine. The case to retain this change is overwhelming, says Diana Johnson MP.

Politics Home

Brits don’t feel safe in their places of worship as crimes rise

Brits don’t feel safe in their places of worship as crimes rise

Churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, gurdwaras, and other places of worship throughout the UK face crime daily, according to a new study.

London Loves Business

Manchester Arena inquiry: Bomber 'seen praying' at venue

Manchester Arena inquiry: Bomber 'seen praying' at venue

The Manchester Arena bomber was spotted "praying" at the venue 50 minutes before he carried out the attack and asked what he had in his rucksack, an inquiry into the terror attack was told.

The Herald

Australia: Queensland passes law to jail priests for not reporting confessions of child sexual abuse

Australia: Queensland passes law to jail priests for not reporting confessions of child sexual abuse

Priests in Queensland will now be compelled to break the seal of confession to report child sexual abuse or face three years in jail.

ABC News

'Nothing to regret' over Mohammed cartoons: Charlie Hebdo chief

'Nothing to regret' over Mohammed cartoons: Charlie Hebdo chief

The current director of France's Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly, the target of a massacre by Islamist gunmen in January 2015, on Wednesday said the magazine had "nothing to regret" for publishing cartoons of the Islamic prophet Mohammed.

International Business Times

'For first time, Myanmar soldiers tell of Rohingya slaughter'

'For first time, Myanmar soldiers tell of Rohingya slaughter'

The soldiers' video testimony, recorded by a rebel militia, is the first time that members of Myanmar's military have openly confessed to taking part in what United Nations officials say was a genocidal campaign against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority.

The New York Times

'Who supports freedom of speech?'

'Who supports freedom of speech?'

One study showed that of all religion/belief groups examined, atheists and agnostics were the most likely to extend rights to the groups they least liked.

Psychology Today

Wed, 09 Sep 2020

Scottish Conservatives launch bid to scrap hate crime bill - NSS mentioned

Scottish Conservatives launch bid to scrap hate crime bill - NSS mentioned

The Scottish Conservatives will attempt to scrap the Scottish Government's controversial hate crime bill when it is debated in parliament.

Holyrood

Free to Disagree campaign: ‘It’s time to end the hate crime bill saga’ - NSS mentioned

Free to Disagree campaign: ‘It’s time to end the hate crime bill saga’ - NSS mentioned

It's hard to think of a policy proposal in recent years that has been met with more criticism than the hate crime bill, says Jamie Gillies.

The Press and Journal

Aberdeen City Council calls for ‘strengthening’ of definitions within controversial hate crime bill - NSS mentioned

Aberdeen City Council calls for ‘strengthening’ of definitions within controversial hate crime bill - NSS mentioned

Aberdeen City Council is among the organisations to have waded into the debate around Scotland's new hate crime bill by suggesting the language is "strengthened" to allow a balance between respecting freedom of speech and tackling hate crime.

Evening Express

NI school governor system reinforces division, says report

NI school governor system reinforces division, says report

Selecting school governors on the basis of their affiliation with a church rather than their management skills reinforces community division, a new report suggests.

BBC

MPs compare China to Nazi Germany as Beijing is accused of ‘systematic ethnic cleansing’ of Uighurs

MPs compare China to Nazi Germany as Beijing is accused of ‘systematic ethnic cleansing’ of Uighurs

A letter signed by more than 120 MPs and peers, including senior Tories and Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey, has accused China of a "systematic and calculated programme of ethnic cleansing" against the country's Uighur Muslim minority.

iNews

Dudley councillor to face standards committee over alleged Islamophobic tweets

Dudley councillor to face standards committee over alleged Islamophobic tweets

Councillor Colin Elcock will answer claims he wrote tweets saying Islam was 'domination not integration', and asking whether people in Iran were 'all on the dole'.

Express and Star

British IS suspects escaping from Syrian detention camps

British IS suspects escaping from Syrian detention camps

British female Islamic State (IS) suspects have been smuggled out of detention camps in northeast Syria, with some raising funds online to pay for further escapes, according to jihadist social media activity.

The Telegraph

Christian sentenced to death in Pakistan after being accused of 'blasphemy'

Christian sentenced to death in Pakistan after being accused of 'blasphemy'

A Christian man has been sentenced to death in Pakistan for sending 'blasphemous' texts to a former supervisor at work.

Mail Online

Instagram apologises for temporarily disabling accounts of Charlie Hebdo staff

Instagram apologises for temporarily disabling accounts of Charlie Hebdo staff

Instagram has apologised for temporarily disabling the accounts of two Charlie Hebdo journalists, who had shared the front page of the magazine with the reproduction of cartoons of the Islamic prophet Mohammad.

Euronews

US: Bishop-elect resigns after being accused of sexually abusing a minor

US: Bishop-elect resigns after being accused of sexually abusing a minor

Pope Francis on Monday accepted the resignation of a priest whom he had chosen to become the bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese in Duluth, Minnesota, after a nearly 40-year-old allegation of sexual abuse of a minor emerged against the clergyman, church officials said.

The New York Times

Tue, 08 Sep 2020

Bishop of Manchester takes seat in House of Lords

Bishop of Manchester takes seat in House of Lords

The bishop of Manchester, the Rt Rev David Walker, has taken his seat in the House of Lords.

ITV News

MSPs call for evidence on incorporating UN rights of the child into Scots law

MSPs call for evidence on incorporating UN rights of the child into Scots law

MSPs have called for evidence on proposals to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots Law.

Holyrood

Girls are marrying early amid coronavirus school closures

Girls are marrying early amid coronavirus school closures

The pandemic's impact is long-term: the UN warns that it could lead to 13 million more child marriages over a decade.

The Guardian

Human rights groups condemn police raid on 'gay party' in Indonesia

Human rights groups condemn police raid on 'gay party' in Indonesia

The Indonesian government has been urged to urgently investigate a police raid on a so-called "gay party" that resulted in the arrests of nine men.

SBS News

Labour throws support behind Dying with Dignity Bill in Ireland

Labour throws support behind Dying with Dignity Bill in Ireland

Ireland's Labour Party has thrown its support behind a bill which seeks to allow terminally ill people to access services to help them die.

Irish Examiner

‘Australia cannot capitulate to Catholic crusade against contraception over Covid-19’

‘Australia cannot capitulate to Catholic crusade against contraception over Covid-19’

The Catholic Church has protested against the Australian government's decision to support Oxford University's coronavirus vaccine development. Governments mustn't capitulate to these demands, says Dana Forrest.

Uncommon Ground Media

Religious leader who blamed gay marriage for coronavirus now has coronavirus

Religious leader who blamed gay marriage for coronavirus now has coronavirus

A Ukrainian church leader who blamed the emergence of coronavirus on same-sex marriage has now contracted the disease.

Metro

Mon, 07 Sep 2020

Sudan ends 30 years of Islamic law by separating religion and state

Sudan ends 30 years of Islamic law by separating religion and state

Sudan's transitional government agreed to separate religion from the state, ending 30 years of Islamic rule in the North African nation.

Bloomberg

Danish lawmakers to mull circumcision ban

Danish lawmakers to mull circumcision ban

The Danish parliament is scheduled to consider a bill proposing a ban on non-medical circumcisions.

The Times of Israel

'Islamophobia' definition adopted by Three Rivers District Council

'Islamophobia' definition adopted by Three Rivers District Council

Three Rivers District Council has agreed a recommendation to pass the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism and the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) definition of Islamophobia.

Watford Observer

Talking can ‘cure’ would-be terrorists, says Muslim author

Talking can ‘cure’ would-be terrorists, says Muslim author

A researcher who convinced Islamic State sympathisers to reject extremism has suggested the "cure" for radicalisation is scrapping the taboo of engaging with jihadists.

The Telegraph

Woman's fears as Jehovah's Witness brother who raped her released early from jail

Woman's fears as Jehovah's Witness brother who raped her released early from jail

Louise Palmer was raped and repeatedly indecently assaulted as a young child by Richard Davenport. But she claimed when she later told her devoutly religious parents and church elders, she was told not to alert police - to avoid bringing shame on the religion.

Birmingham Live

Pakistani cricket captain says he won’t wear logo of alcohol brand

Pakistani cricket captain says he won’t wear logo of alcohol brand

Pakistan's white-ball cricket captain Babar Azam has said that he would not display the logo of any alcohol beverage company on his shirt during the ongoing T20 Blast event in England.

Kashmir Reader

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