Mon, 14 Jan 2019

Oxford Union disinvites president of Catholic League from debate

Oxford Union disinvites president of Catholic League from debate

The Oxford Union has been accused of "no platforming" the head of a prominent right-wing Catholic organisation.

The Telegraph

Inquiry opens into Islamic charity over unsubmitted accounts

Inquiry opens into Islamic charity over unsubmitted accounts

The Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into an Islamic charity that has failed to submit any accounts for four consecutive years.

Third Sector

‘A pivotal time for embattled religious minorities in the Middle East’

‘A pivotal time for embattled religious minorities in the Middle East’

The departure of American forces from Syria has prompted fears of religious persecution.

The Economist

Some Republicans in Texas try to oust official because he’s a Muslim

Some Republicans in Texas try to oust official because he’s a Muslim

Republicans in the third-most-populous county in Texas have voted overwhelmingly against the removal of one of their party leaders from his post on the grounds that he is a Muslim.

The New York Times

Judge blocks Trump contraception rule in 13 US states

Judge blocks Trump contraception rule in 13 US states

A federal judge has blocked Trump administration rules that would allow most businesses to opt out of covering contraception for their employees if they have moral or religious objections.

The Hill

Women who defied Indian temple ban unable to return home after threats

Women who defied Indian temple ban unable to return home after threats

Two women who made history by becoming the first in centuries to enter a hill temple in southern India are in hiding after threats by hardline Hindu groups.

Reuters

Woman exposed on Twitter as first abortion takes place in Ireland

Woman exposed on Twitter as first abortion takes place in Ireland

A top academic has been blasted by Ireland's health minister Simon Harris for a Twitter message about a woman believed to be undergoing Ireland's first legal abortion.

Irish Central

Fri, 11 Jan 2019

‘There should be no religious exemption to the law on non-stun slaughter’ – by NSS communications officer

‘There should be no religious exemption to the law on non-stun slaughter’ – by NSS communications officer

Chris Sloggett says maintaining one law for all is the only sustainable way to beat bigots in light of Belgian measures restricting non-stun slaughter.

Conatus News

Orthodox Jewish rabbis set up group to monitor Ofsted inspections

Orthodox Jewish rabbis set up group to monitor Ofsted inspections

Leading Orthodox Jewish rabbis have set up a working group which they claim will scrutinise Ofsted's school inspections for conduct and legality.

Jewish News

‘What's behind the legal challenge to the Department for Education over Charedi schools?’

‘What's behind the legal challenge to the Department for Education over Charedi schools?’

Simon Rocker puts the latest developments in the row between Charedi Jewish leaders and Ofsted education inspectors in context.

The JC

US Christian activist group plans to expand to UK

US Christian activist group plans to expand to UK

A Christian activist group founded in the United States which says it aims to challenge consumerist values is to come to the UK this year.

Church Times

Buckfast sales hit all-time high of £45m

Buckfast sales hit all-time high of £45m

Sales of Buckfast, a caffeine-infused tonic wine which is backed by a registered religious charity, have hit a record high.

The Scottish Sun

Welby speaks out on Brexit in the Lords

Welby speaks out on Brexit in the Lords

The archbishop of Canterbury has used his position in the House of Lords to give his opinion on Brexit.

Christian Today

Inquiry opened after charitable funds were held in bank account of person under terror investigation

Inquiry opened after charitable funds were held in bank account of person under terror investigation

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a charity that supports refugees from the Middle East. The charity's funds were held in the personal bank account of an individual who had been under police investigation for alleged terrorist financing offences.

Third Sector

French court likely to acquit Catholic cardinal of sex abuse cover-up

French court likely to acquit Catholic cardinal of sex abuse cover-up

France's most important church sexual abuse trial to date is likely to end in acquittal for a cardinal and other senior Catholic officials accused of protecting a paedophile priest, despite years of efforts by his victims to seek justice.

CBS News

Man fined for saying “Allahu akbar” in public in Switzerland

Man fined for saying “Allahu akbar” in public in Switzerland

Police in the Swiss city of Schaffhausen have defended their decision to fine a man who used the words "Allahu akbar" in public.

The Local

‘The battle for the meaning of the US’s religious freedom day’

‘The battle for the meaning of the US’s religious freedom day’

Frederick Clarkson says a proposed resolution intended to commemorate perhaps one of the most radical, liberatory, and revolutionary pieces of legislation in the history of the world misses the point – and it's not a mistake.

Rewire.News

Victims of abuse by religious order priests in US say complaints fell through the cracks

Victims of abuse by religious order priests in US say complaints fell through the cracks

Some survivors of clerical abuse say bureaucratic distinctions have turned them into second-class victims who frequently fall between the cracks.

The New York Times

‘Abortion is legal in Ireland—but the fight isn’t over’

‘Abortion is legal in Ireland—but the fight isn’t over’

Anna Carnegie of the Abortion Rights Campaign says there's still a lot to do to secure abortion rights in Ireland.

Prospect

Thu, 10 Jan 2019

Westminster urged to intervene over marriage equality in Northern Ireland

Westminster urged to intervene over marriage equality in Northern Ireland

Amnesty International is among the groups which have urged the Westminster parliament to legislate to allow same sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph

More than 100 Oxford clergy criticise bishops’ relatively tolerant LGBT+ guidance

More than 100 Oxford clergy criticise bishops’ relatively tolerant LGBT+ guidance

More than 100 clerics in the Church of England's diocese of Oxford have signed a letter criticising their bishops' approach to LGBTI+ people, saying they are "disturbed" by its "apparent ambiguity".

Church Times

Church of England gives £5.6m boost to ‘evangelise’ South Yorkshire

Church of England gives £5.6m boost to ‘evangelise’ South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire Christians are set to get a £5.56m boost over the next six years to help 'evangelise and transform society'.

The Star (Sheffield)

New religious curriculum in Essex town to give more 'multicultural' education

New religious curriculum in Essex town to give more 'multicultural' education

A new religious curriculum is set to be given to all schools in Southend in Essex in a bid to give children a more "multicultural" education.

Basildon, Canvey & Southend Echo

BBC Asian Network asks if followers ‘respect’ decision of Saudi atheist who fled the country

BBC Asian Network asks if followers ‘respect’ decision of Saudi atheist who fled the country

The BBC Asian Network has apologised after asking listeners if they 'respected' a teenagers' decision to flee Saudi Arabia amid fears her life was in danger.

Mail Online

‘What do secularists mean by "secularism"?’ - NSS mentioned

‘What do secularists mean by "secularism"?’ - NSS mentioned

Jeremy Rodell identifies three core principles of secularism: institutional separation, freedom of belief and no discrimination on grounds of religion.

LSE Blog

‘The term ‘religious freedom’ is not a licence to torture anything’

‘The term ‘religious freedom’ is not a licence to torture anything’

Rick Snedeker says the term 'religious freedom' has morphed in America, without consensus, to effectively mean for many "the authority to force others to comply with your own personal religious beliefs".

Patheos

Atheism grows in Turkey as Erdogan urges Islam

Atheism grows in Turkey as Erdogan urges Islam

More Turks are turning to atheism. Observers say that may be related to President Erdogan's increasingly theocratic politics.

DW

‘In some cases, it’s our duty to hurt sentiments’

‘In some cases, it’s our duty to hurt sentiments’

Nayantara Sahgal, an Indian writer who defends human rights, had her invite to a literary event cancelled amid threats from Hindu nationalist mobs this week. Here is the text of the speech she planned to deliver.

The Indian Express

Row over US congresswoman’s accusation of ‘religious bigotry’ against fellow Democrats

Row over US congresswoman’s accusation of ‘religious bigotry’ against fellow Democrats

A Democratic congresswoman in the US has accused some of her fellow Democrats of "religious bigotry" in their questioning of one of President Trump's judicial nominees. One of the senators who questioned the nominee has said the criticism mischaracterises her line of questioning.

The Washington Post

New Brazilian law excuses Jewish students on Sabbath and holidays

New Brazilian law excuses Jewish students on Sabbath and holidays

A new law in Brazil allows Jewish and non-Jewish students to skip school exams and classes for religious reasons.

Arutz Sheva

Wed, 09 Jan 2019

Senior vet says Belgian decision shows UK can stop non-stun slaughter – NSS mentioned

Senior vet says Belgian decision shows UK can stop non-stun slaughter – NSS mentioned

A senior representative of the veterinary industry has said a Belgian decision to end non-stun slaughter shows that similar measures are possible in the UK.

Farming UK

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi woman 'given refugee status'

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi woman 'given refugee status'

A Saudi woman who fled her family amid fears they would kill her for renouncing Islam has been declared a legitimate refugee by the UN, the Australian government says.

BBC

Essex RE body calls for investigation as parents withdraw children from lessons about Islam

Essex RE body calls for investigation as parents withdraw children from lessons about Islam

Parents in Essex are withdrawing their children from religious education lessons on Islam and stopping them from visiting mosques on school trips, a report for the council has found. The report from the local SACRE calls for the "nature and extent" of withdrawals to be investigated.

The Independent

C of E representative on commission advising head teachers on ethical behaviour

C of E representative on commission advising head teachers on ethical behaviour

Nigel Genders, director of the National Society of the Church of England, is among the members of a commission which has drawn up a report advising head teachers on how to behave ethically.

Tes

Scottish universities investigate anti-Muslim group’s posters

Scottish universities investigate anti-Muslim group’s posters

Two Scottish universities have launched investigations after posters from a far-right anti-Muslim group were placed on campus.

The Herald

Illegal circumcision doctor has conditions on practising extended for a year

Illegal circumcision doctor has conditions on practising extended for a year

A doctor who illegally circumcised 41 boys in a "non-sterile" clinic has had conditions imposed on him extended for a further 12 months.

Leicester Mercury

‘Blasphemy laws do not have a place in the 21st century’

‘Blasphemy laws do not have a place in the 21st century’

Ewelina Ochab says the right to freedom of religion or belief should be guaranteed for all.

Forbes

‘Charlie Hebdo keeps the lights on’

‘Charlie Hebdo keeps the lights on’

Four years on from the Charlie Hebdo attack, its survivors say French society appears to have turned its back on the Enlightenment values of rationality, debate and the acceptance of differences.

Yahoo News

Why a Saudi woman can be arrested for disobeying her father

Why a Saudi woman can be arrested for disobeying her father

Severe restrictions on women's rights remain the norm in Saudi Arabia.

BBC

‘Two women enter a temple. A country erupts’

‘Two women enter a temple. A country erupts’

Supriya Nair says a debate over whether women of childbearing age can visit a shrine in southern India has become a battle involving caste, gender, party politics and history.

The New York Times

‘The cone of silence around China’s Muslim gulags’

‘The cone of silence around China’s Muslim gulags’

Ishaan Tharoor says it's unclear how many people are living in detention in Xinjiang in China's far west, and the noose is continuing to tighten on the Uighurs.

The Washington Post

Debate on decriminalising abortion begins in Ecuador amid religious opposition

Debate on decriminalising abortion begins in Ecuador amid religious opposition

The Ecuadorian legislature began debate on decriminalizing abortion last week, amid opposition from the Catholic Church and various civil organisations.

Catholic News Agency

Tue, 08 Jan 2019

NSS criticises council for keeping discriminatory faith school transport spending

NSS criticises council for keeping discriminatory faith school transport spending

The NSS has criticised Wrexham Council in North Wales for maintaining discretionary and discriminatory spending on free transport to faith schools, despite making cuts elsewhere.

The Leader

Complaints in US prompt Amazon to remove products that are offensive to Muslims

Complaints in US prompt Amazon to remove products that are offensive to Muslims

Amazon has pulled more than a dozen products off its website after receiving complaints that the items are offensive to Muslims.

CNN

French cardinal denies cover-up of abuse in court

French cardinal denies cover-up of abuse in court

The highest-profile Catholic cleric to be embroiled in a paedophile scandal in France has denied in court that he failed to report a priest who abused Scouts in the 1980s and 90s.

The Guardian

‘Will Charles be the disestablishment king?’

‘Will Charles be the disestablishment king?’

Alexander Lucie-Smith says the prince of Wales is likely to shake up English Christianity when he becomes the English monarch.

Catholic Herald

US ‘gay cake’ baker may bring second lawsuit, court rules

US ‘gay cake’ baker may bring second lawsuit, court rules

A baker in the US may proceed with a second lawsuit claiming the state of Colorado is wrongly prosecuting him for a second time. This time the case relates to his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition.

Catholic News Agency

Activists urge pope to sack some Polish bishops for not reporting sex abuse cases

Activists urge pope to sack some Polish bishops for not reporting sex abuse cases

Some Polish bishops should lose their jobs after Pope Francis receives a report next month that will accuse them of failing in their duty to report paedophile cases inside the country's powerful Catholic Church, activists said on Monday.

Reuters

New York’s governor vows to expand abortion rights

New York’s governor vows to expand abortion rights

Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, has promised to protect women's reproductive rights by expanding the state's abortion laws.

The New York Times

Fundamentalist Protestants under fire over anti-gay rights statement in Netherlands

Fundamentalist Protestants under fire over anti-gay rights statement in Netherlands

Two hundred and fifty Protestant ministers in the Netherlands have signed a Dutch version of the Nashville Statement – an anti-LGBT document originating in the US.

Dutch News

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