Thu, 11 Jul 2019

Acceptance of same-sex relationships in Britain drops for first time in nearly 40 years

Acceptance of same-sex relationships in Britain drops for first time in nearly 40 years

Acceptance of same-sex relationships in Britain has dropped for the first time since the height of the AIDS epidemic amid a 'marked divide' between religious and non-religious people.

Mail Online

'The Birmingham schools gay relationships row: the government must take a stand'

'The Birmingham schools gay relationships row: the government must take a stand'

We must ensure that children raised by same-sex couples are in a safe and supportive environment in state institutions, says Rachel Wolf.

Conservative Home

Archbishop: church 'shabby and shambolic' in abuse case

Archbishop: church 'shabby and shambolic' in abuse case

The archbishop of York has admitted the Church of England's treatment of a vicar who was raped as a teenager by another cleric was "shabby and shambolic" but denied he had made personal mistakes in the case.

The Guardian

Hindu body wins contest to sponsor Bishop's Stortford North's three new schools

Hindu body wins contest to sponsor Bishop's Stortford North's three new schools

A Hindu faith organisation has beaten a bid from the Herts and Essex High School to run the new secondary school and two new primaries at Bishop's Stortford North.

Bishop's Stortford Independent

Top Labour figures 'interfered' in anti-Semitism disputes

Top Labour figures 'interfered' in anti-Semitism disputes

Senior Labour figures have interfered in the disciplinary process of dealing with accusations of anti-Semitism, ex-party officials have told the BBC's Panorama.

BBC News

Pendle Council caught up in trainers 'blasphemy' row

Pendle Council caught up in trainers 'blasphemy' row

A UKIP official has strongly criticised Pendle Council for considering a resolution condemning Nike over its production of trainers that many Muslims have condemned as blasphemous.

Lancashire Telegraph

'Parliament’s challenge to Northern Ireland’s abortion law is long overdue'

'Parliament’s challenge to Northern Ireland’s abortion law is long overdue'

MPs have finally voted to extend abortion rights to women in Northern Ireland. That it has taken so long is shameful, says Zoe Williams.

The Guardian

Ireland: Anti-abortion protest at maternity hospital condemned by Health Minister

Ireland: Anti-abortion protest at maternity hospital condemned by Health Minister

A protest by an anti-abortion group in which three small baby-sized coffins were placed on the ground outside the National Maternity Hospital in Holles St has been condemned as "grossly insensitive" by Health Minister Simon Harris.

Independent.ie

Jai Shri Ram: The Hindu chant that became a murder cry

Jai Shri Ram: The Hindu chant that became a murder cry

In many parts of India, Hindus often invoke the popular god Ram's name as a greeting. But in recent years, Hindu lynch mobs have turned Ram's name into a murder cry, writes the BBC's Geeta Pandey in Delhi.

BBC News

Wed, 10 Jul 2019

Abortion and same-sex marriage moves for Northern Ireland backed by MPs

Abortion and same-sex marriage moves for Northern Ireland backed by MPs

MPs have backed amendments which require the government to liberalise abortion and extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland if devolution is not restored.

BBC

Jeremy Hunt appears to back NI votes while Boris Johnson rejects them

Jeremy Hunt appears to back NI votes while Boris Johnson rejects them

The two contenders to become the next prime minister have revealed whether they back legal marriage equality for same-sex couples and extending abortion rights in Northern Ireland in a TV interview.

Pink News

Anti-LGBT protest parents return to Parkfield Community School gates in Birmingham

Anti-LGBT protest parents return to Parkfield Community School gates in Birmingham

Protests have started up again at the gates of Parkfield School in Birmingham following a decision to reintroduce inclusion lessons.

Birmingham Live

Prime minister will not have choice of archbishop

Prime minister will not have choice of archbishop

The next prime minister will be spared any temptation to interfere in senior church appointments after a change in the rules passed by the C of E's general synod.

The Times (£)

Bishops not qualified to adjudicate on safeguarding cases, says head of safeguarding panel

Bishops not qualified to adjudicate on safeguarding cases, says head of safeguarding panel

The Church of England's diocesan bishops should not be involved in deciding the outcome of individual safeguarding cases, the independent chair of the national safeguarding panel has said.

Church Times

Heterosexual couples may be allowed to convert marriages to civil unions

Heterosexual couples may be allowed to convert marriages to civil unions

All heterosexual couples in England and Wales will be offered the chance to "convert" their marriages to civil partnerships, or vice versa, under plans being considered by ministers.

The Guardian

Doctor to take government to court for being sacked over transgender remarks

Doctor to take government to court for being sacked over transgender remarks

A doctor is taking the government to court claiming he was sacked for refusing to call transgender patients by their preferred gender.

Birmingham Live

Twitter bans dehumanising religious insults from posts

Twitter bans dehumanising religious insults from posts

Twitter is updating its rules against religious hate speech by banning posts that contain dehumanising language.

Evening Standard

Strictly Orthodox Jewish school downgraded to inadequate for not talking about same-sex orientation

Strictly Orthodox Jewish school downgraded to inadequate for not talking about same-sex orientation

An independent strictly Orthodox Jewish school has been downgraded to 'inadequate' after inspectors found that it will not talk about same-sex orientation.

The JC

Brent Council in north London adopts APPG definition of Islamophobia

Brent Council in north London adopts APPG definition of Islamophobia

A council in north-west London has unanimously adopted the definition of Islamophobia proposed by the all-party parliamentary group on British Muslims.

Harrow Times

Two teenagers charged with blasphemy in Pakistan

Two teenagers charged with blasphemy in Pakistan

Two Pakistani Christian teenagers have been arrested on charges of blasphemy.

Faithwire

LGBT+ campaigner bids to become Tunisia's president

LGBT+ campaigner bids to become Tunisia's president

A Tunisian politician vying to become his country's first openly gay president has said he will push to decriminalise gay sex. The law against gay sex is regularly enforced in the overwhelmingly Muslim country.

Reuters

Tue, 09 Jul 2019

Students at Christian college get more funds than state equivalents – NSS quoted

Students at Christian college get more funds than state equivalents – NSS quoted

Divinity students at a private Christian institution receive one third more government money than attendees of state-funded colleges, the Scottish government has revealed. The NSS has described this as poor value for money for the taxpayer.

The Times (£)

LGBT-inclusive teaching row: MPs call for more support for schools

LGBT-inclusive teaching row: MPs call for more support for schools

Over 50 MPs have written to the education secretary, urging the government to give stronger backing to schools on teaching about same-sex relationships.

BBC

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson back report into protection of Christians

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson back report into protection of Christians

Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt and his rival for the Conservative party leadership Boris Johnson have signalled their support for a report calling for the UK to adopt a definition of anti-Christian discrimination.

BBC

Muslim Council of Britain calls for ‘fairer’ media coverage of Muslims and Islam at event in parliament

Muslim Council of Britain calls for ‘fairer’ media coverage of Muslims and Islam at event in parliament

The Muslim Council of Britain has claimed there is "a serious problem" with the way the UK media reports on Islam and Muslims as it prepares to launch a report in parliament.

BBC

‘“Americanised” anti-abortion protests are on the rise in the UK. But a fight back has begun’

‘“Americanised” anti-abortion protests are on the rise in the UK. But a fight back has begun’

Amy Woodyatt looks at the rise of anti-abortion protests in the UK, and the 'Sister Supporter' movement which has formed to resist them.

CNN

Vatican waives immunity for France envoy accused of sexual assault

Vatican waives immunity for France envoy accused of sexual assault

The Vatican has reportedly waived immunity for its envoy to France, who is under investigation for sexual assault.

CNN

Lancashire charity reprimanded over using cash to build mosque

Lancashire charity reprimanded over using cash to build mosque

A charity has been given an official warning by regulators over its financial management including diverting cash to help pay for the building of a new £1.3m mosque.

Lancashire Telegraph

Supermarket sacks man for sharing comic sketch mocking religion – NSS extensively quoted

Supermarket sacks man for sharing comic sketch mocking religion – NSS extensively quoted

The supermarket chain Asda has sacked a man for sharing a sketch of the comedian Billy Connolly mocking religions including Christianity and Islam on social media.

Patheos

Father's High Court campaign to allow him to die at home with dignity

Father's High Court campaign to allow him to die at home with dignity

An interview with Phil Newby, who has launched an attempt to change the law on assisted dying.

Evening Standard

‘Keeping church and state separate does not stifle religious freedom’

‘Keeping church and state separate does not stifle religious freedom’

Ryan Jayne says the current US administration pandering to an ultraconservative evangelical political agenda and it should learn from the more secular approach of the Canadian government.

Patheos

‘The Guardian view on religious liberty: the freedom to be wrong’

‘The Guardian view on religious liberty: the freedom to be wrong’

This editorial says freedom of speech means nothing if it is not also the freedom to be egregiously wrong.

The Guardian

China denies Muslim separation campaign in Xinjiang

China denies Muslim separation campaign in Xinjiang

China's ambassador to the UK has denied that Muslim children in western Xinjiang are being systematically separated from their parents.

BBC

Mon, 08 Jul 2019

Report calls for definition of anti-Christian discrimination

Report calls for definition of anti-Christian discrimination

The UK government should be prepared to impose sanctions against countries that persecute Christians, a report commissioned by the Foreign Office has recommended. The report has also said the government should adopt a definition of anti-Christian discrimination and persecution.

The Guardian

C of E schools mustn’t “undermine” staff and students with Christian views on same-sex relationships, says bishop

C of E schools mustn’t “undermine” staff and students with Christian views on same-sex relationships, says bishop

Staff and students are "not to be undermined" at Church of England schools for their views on gender and sexuality, the chair of the church's educational body said on Friday.

Christian Today

High Court rules baby can be given blood without mother's consent

High Court rules baby can be given blood without mother's consent

A High Court judge has ruled that a "gravely ill" baby should have a blood transfusion, even though his mother does not consent on religious grounds.

BBC

New Bill could change Northern Ireland laws on abortion and same-sex marriage

New Bill could change Northern Ireland laws on abortion and same-sex marriage

MPs will try to change the laws on abortion and same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland today. The Catholic Church has voiced its opposition to to change on abortion.

Belfast Telegraph

Vicar steps down as school governor over LGBT row – NSS quoted

Vicar steps down as school governor over LGBT row – NSS quoted

A vicar has stepped down from his role as a school governor after he said school lessons on same-sex relationships and transgender issues "could open the door to sexual predators".

Rotherham Advertiser

Faith school could be replaced by another faith school if it closes

Faith school could be replaced by another faith school if it closes

Another church school could open up on the site of a Church of England school in south London if it closes completely in 2020.

Sutton & Croydon Guardian

Royal College of GPs endorses chaplains in GP practices

Royal College of GPs endorses chaplains in GP practices

The Royal College of GPs has said GP practices can hire chaplains to provide 'religious support' for patients.

Pulse

Banned ‘Trojan horse’ school governor holding sex education seminars

Banned ‘Trojan horse’ school governor holding sex education seminars

A banned school governor who was found to have undermined British values has relaunched a Muslim parents' group and is holding seminars on sex education.

The Times (£)

Orange Walk Glasgow: eight people arrested at year’s biggest march

Orange Walk Glasgow: eight people arrested at year’s biggest march

Eight people were arrested during a planned Orange Walk in Glasgow, the biggest of the year.

The Scotsman

This year’s Pride biggest yet, claim march organisers

This year’s Pride biggest yet, claim march organisers

About 30,000 people from more than 600 groups took part in the official parade through central London, which was attended by an estimated 1.5m people.

The Observer

Far-right terrorist tried to torch synagogue in Exeter

Far-right terrorist tried to torch synagogue in Exeter

A far-right extremist who laughed as he was engulfed by a fireball while trying to torch an historic synagogue has been locked up in hospital indefinitely.

The Independent

UK urged to take action on 'shocking' persecution against Pakistan's religious minorities

UK urged to take action on 'shocking' persecution against Pakistan's religious minorities

Crossbench peer David Alton has challenged the UK government to put more pressure on Pakistan to stop the persecution of religious minorities.

Christian Today

Fri, 05 Jul 2019

Ecclesiastical lawyer & abuse survivor asks parliament to render seal of confession obsolete at IICSA inquiry

Ecclesiastical lawyer & abuse survivor asks parliament to render seal of confession obsolete at IICSA inquiry

Parliament "must intervene" in the debate on the future of the seal of confession in the Church of England by changing civil law to introduce mandatory reporting, a former diocesan chancellor has said.

Church Times

C of E’s general synod branded ‘lazy and incurious’ about safeguarding scandals

C of E’s general synod branded ‘lazy and incurious’ about safeguarding scandals

The Church of England's General Synod has been "lazy and incurious" despite a wave of safeguarding scandals, a lay member said this week.

Church Times

China Muslims: Xinjiang schools used to separate children from families

China Muslims: Xinjiang schools used to separate children from families

China is deliberately separating Muslim children from their families, faith and language in its far western region of Xinjiang, according to new research.

BBC

Faith schools among schools splitting £22m to boost nursery places

Faith schools among schools splitting £22m to boost nursery places

Some faith schools have been awarded money from the school nurseries capital fund, which creates school-based nursery places for disadvantaged children.

Schools Week

Assisted dying: Paralysed man trying to change law as MPs debate issue

Assisted dying: Paralysed man trying to change law as MPs debate issue

A paralysed man who wants the right to an assisted death has applied to the High Court to try to change UK law. The application comes in the week Parliament debated assisted dying for the first time in four years.

Sky News

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