Fri, 03 Jul 2020

Schools told to avoid "large gatherings" such as collective worship

Schools told to avoid "large gatherings" such as collective worship

Schools are to avoid large gatherings including collective worship with more than one group when children return for the autumn term, the government has said.

TES

Large Chasidic Jewish wedding in Elstree broken up by police

Large Chasidic Jewish wedding in Elstree broken up by police

Videos of the event showed a large gathering of strictly-Orthodox Jews disobeying social distancing guidelines.

The JC

Council asked to help secure future of struggling faith school

Council asked to help secure future of struggling faith school

Durham County Council has worked closely with St Bede's RC Comprehensive on its financial difficulties due to the "risks of provision of suitable faith school places in the area".

East Durham News & Business

'Humanist marriages go to court'

'Humanist marriages go to court'

Russell Sandberg looks at the forthcoming litigation over the non-recognition of "belief" wedding ceremonies.

Law & Religion UK

US seizes items thought to be made from hair of Muslims in Chinese labor camps

US seizes items thought to be made from hair of Muslims in Chinese labor camps

US federal authorities have seized a shipment of products made from human hair believed to have been taken from Muslims in labour camps in China's western Xinjiang province.

The Guardian

'Sudan's bid to ban genital mutilation sparks hope, caution'

'Sudan's bid to ban genital mutilation sparks hope, caution'

Sudan's transitional authorities are expected to outlaw FGM and set punishments of up to three years in prison and fines for those who carry out the procedure.

Yahoo! News

Furious Christians petition to stop ‘lesbian Jesus’ film

Furious Christians petition to stop ‘lesbian Jesus’ film

Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for a ban on an upcoming film featuring Michael Jackson's daughter Paris Jackson as a female Jesus Christ.

Q News

Turkey defends anti-gay tweet by head of Turkish Red Crescent

Turkey defends anti-gay tweet by head of Turkish Red Crescent

Turkey defended an anti-gay tweet by the head of the Turkish Red Crescent, describing him as a victim of "LGBT propaganda" after his comments were condemned by an international body.

Reuters

LGB emerging adults more likely to disaffiliate from organized religion than their heterosexual peers

LGB emerging adults more likely to disaffiliate from organized religion than their heterosexual peers

In a new study, sociologists found that emerging adults with same-sex attraction are twice as likely to disaffiliate from organised religion than their heterosexual peers.

News Medical

Thu, 02 Jul 2020

Humza Yousaf denies claims over hate crime law threshold after he misspoke in Holyrood

Humza Yousaf denies claims over hate crime law threshold after he misspoke in Holyrood

Scotland's Justice Secretary has been accused of "undermining" free speech after he misspoke when setting out the legal threshold for new hate crime law proposals. The NSS pointed out the misrepresentation and said it highlights the need for the Scottish government to rethink its plans.

The Herald

Supreme Court hears case against Charedi Jewish housing society

Supreme Court hears case against Charedi Jewish housing society

The country's highest court has been asked to decide whether a Charedi Jewish housing group in Stamford Hill has the right to cater only for strictly observant Jews.

The JC

Local representatives condemn ‘homophobic’ Christian literature

Local representatives condemn ‘homophobic’ Christian literature

Two local representatives have condemned recent literature posted through doors in Magherafelt by Mid Ulster Christian Helpline and Publications.

Derry Now

Jewish deaths in UK more than double amid pandemic, data shows

Jewish deaths in UK more than double amid pandemic, data shows

Jewish burials in the UK between March and May were more than double the number recorded in the same period last year, revealing the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on the community.

The Guardian

'Church Commissioners will be praying for retail recovery'

'Church Commissioners will be praying for retail recovery'

Extensive property holdings in Church's £8.7bn investment fund have taken a hit from the pandemic.

The Telegraph

'Bill will criminalise those who challenge the Church of Woke'

'Bill will criminalise those who challenge the Church of Woke'

Lois McLatchie says although the Scottish hate crime bill purports to abolish Scotland's defunct "blasphemy law", it will silence legitimate discussions on other issues.

The Times (£)

California state sues Cisco for caste-based workplace bias

California state sues Cisco for caste-based workplace bias

The US state of California on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Cisco System Inc for alleged caste-based workplace discrimination against an Indian American employee, who was described as a "Dalit" in the filing.

Hindustan Times

US Interfaith group: No Buddhist or Hindu statues in nightclubs

US Interfaith group: No Buddhist or Hindu statues in nightclubs

America´s nightclubs are largely closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, but that isn't stopping an interfaith coalition from launching a campaign to stop what organisers call the "disrespectful" use of sacred Buddhist and Hindu statues as decor.

Mail Online / Associated Press

‘World can’t remain silent in face of unfolding atrocities’ of Uighurs

‘World can’t remain silent in face of unfolding atrocities’ of Uighurs

Politicians around the world have called for a United Nations probe into a Chinese government birth control campaign targeting largely Muslim minorities in the far western region of Xinjiang.

The London Economic

'Conflating face masks with burqas is an an act of cultural assassination'

'Conflating face masks with burqas is an an act of cultural assassination'

Unlike face masks worn to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the niqab and burqa are far from safeguarding women say Marieme Helie Lucas and Maryam Namazie.

sister-hood

Wed, 01 Jul 2020

Landmark High Court challenge to legally recognise Humanist marriages

Landmark High Court challenge to legally recognise Humanist marriages

Six couples are taking a landmark challenge to the High Court next week in a bid to get legal recognition for humanist weddings in England and Wales.

BBC

Controlled schools ‘disappointed’ by lack of funding compared to Catholic maintained schools in NI

Controlled schools ‘disappointed’ by lack of funding compared to Catholic maintained schools in NI

Education Minister Peter Weir announced £156 in capital funding for nine schools last week – eight of which are from the Catholic Maintained schools sector, with only one from the controlled schools sector.

News Letter

PM thanks Christians who prayed for him at National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast

PM thanks Christians who prayed for him at National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast

The Prime Minister has thanked Christians who prayed for him while he was hospitalised with coronavirus earlier this year. Boris Johnson was speaking at the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, which was broadcast live from the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday.

Premier Christian News

Campaigner who exposed abuse in church is awarded for ‘outstanding service’

Campaigner who exposed abuse in church is awarded for ‘outstanding service’

Phil Johnson, who exposed sexual abuse in the Church of England, has been awarded by the church for 'outstanding services' to improving safeguarding.

Eastbourne Herald

'I wish I had been raised without religion'

'I wish I had been raised without religion'

'The older I got, the more I felt like I was being forced to believe and often found myself defending morals that I didn't really believe in.'

Metro

Morning prayer in the Assembly of Ireland - Letter

Morning prayer in the Assembly of Ireland - Letter

A letter calls morning prayers in the Dáil "incongruous" and "embarrassing".

The Irish Times

Former Irish president condemns Catholic Church for 'intrinsically evil' teachings on homosexuality

Former Irish president condemns Catholic Church for 'intrinsically evil' teachings on homosexuality

Former president Mary McAleese has described the Catholic Church's teachings around homosexuality as "intrinsically evil" and amounting to homophobia, suggesting it "empowers the homophobic bully".

The Journal

US: High court sparks new battle over church-state separation

US: High court sparks new battle over church-state separation

The Supreme Court elated religious freedom advocates and alarmed secular groups with its Tuesday ruling on public funding for religious education, a decision whose long-term effect on the separation of church and state remains to be seen.

Mail Online / Associated Press

'SCOTUS just poked another hole in the wall separating church and state; schools will suffer'

'SCOTUS just poked another hole in the wall separating church and state; schools will suffer'

"The Supreme Court has, as expected, poked another hole in the wall between church and state; it will weaken public education and open the door to making taxpayers foot the bill for religious discrimination."

Forbes

Tue, 30 Jun 2020

NSS: Greek mandatory declaration of religion is human rights violation

NSS: Greek mandatory declaration of religion is human rights violation

A mandatory declaration of religion on Greek birth certificates is being challenged by the National Secular Society as a breach of human rights. NSS CEO Stephen Evans is quoted.

News Intervention

Next Archbishop of York apologises over safeguarding lapse

Next Archbishop of York apologises over safeguarding lapse

The next Archbishop of York has apologised for not properly reporting allegations of domestic abuse made against a parish priest a decade ago.

BBC

US: Supreme court strikes down restrictive Louisiana abortion law

US: Supreme court strikes down restrictive Louisiana abortion law

The US supreme court has upheld a woman's constitutional right to obtain an abortion in the most-watched abortion case in decades.

The Guardian

New research calls for relaxation of abortion care laws in Britain and the USA

New research calls for relaxation of abortion care laws in Britain and the USA

Experts from The University of Manchester and The University of Bristol are calling for permanent laws allowing so-called 'pills by post' abortion services to be enacted in Great Britain and the USA, in order to address barriers to care highlighted by the coronavirus crisis.

The University of Manchester

'Reconciliation above all'

'Reconciliation above all'

The former chair of the Community Relations Council calls for integrated education in Northern Ireland.

Slugger O'Toole

US: Judge blocks 25% capacity rule for religious services in NY

US: Judge blocks 25% capacity rule for religious services in NY

A federal judge on Friday blocked New York state from enforcing coronavirus restrictions limiting indoor religious gatherings to 25% capacity when other types of gatherings are limited to 50%.

Yahoo! News/Associated Press

US: Muslim man terminated after asking for prayer breaks, complaint says

US: Muslim man terminated after asking for prayer breaks, complaint says

A Muslim man who says he was terminated from his job in Indianapolis last year after asking his employer to allow him to pray five times a day is accusing two companies of religious discrimination.

Indy Star

'The separation of church and state is breaking down under Trump

'The separation of church and state is breaking down under Trump

"Religious groups are getting special treatment from the government's pandemic-relief efforts."

The Atlantic

Gabon votes to reverse ban on homosexuality

Gabon votes to reverse ban on homosexuality

Gabon's Senate voted on Monday to decriminalise homosexuality, a landmark result that makes the country one of the few in Africa to reverse a ban on same-sex relationships.

Reuters

Pandemic sees rise in attacks against India's lowest caste

Pandemic sees rise in attacks against India's lowest caste

Throughout history, Dalits have been subject to violence from higher-caste Hindus but the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown has seen the number of attacks surge.

The Telegraph

Mon, 29 Jun 2020

Secularist groups hit back at call by Catholic schools for scrapping of RE reform

Secularist groups hit back at call by Catholic schools for scrapping of RE reform

A row has broken out between Catholic schools and secularist groups in Wales about the future of Religious Education.

iNews

Catholic schools demand government support as transport costs soar

Catholic schools demand government support as transport costs soar

The national body representing Catholic schools is lobbying the government for help with school transport, warning that charges could rise by more than £20 a day.

Schools Week

Catholic Church told to shut down gay conversion therapy groups

Catholic Church told to shut down gay conversion therapy groups

The Catholic Church has been told to act swiftly to shut down groups across Scotland accused of promoting gay conversion therapy after local community, school and university priests were linked to an international anti-LGBT organisation.

The National

Chasidic Jewish school told it must teach children about LGBT people

Chasidic Jewish school told it must teach children about LGBT people

Knowing about sexual orientation is part of being prepared for life in modern Britain, Ofsted says.

The JC

US: Group sues for 'religious discrimination' over cockfighting ban - NSS quoted

US: Group sues for 'religious discrimination' over cockfighting ban - NSS quoted

Holy Fight Ministries has launched a religious discrimination lawsuit after its leader was arrested for cockfighting. NSS CEO Stephen Evans is quoted.

The Freethinker (Patheos)

Islamist peril in Nigeria, report warns

Islamist peril in Nigeria, report warns

The rise of Islamic fundamentalism has led to the killing of more than 7000 Christians in Nigeria by religious militants since 2015, according to a new report.

Church Times

Israel: 3-week-old baby hospitalised with brain infection after circumcision

Israel: 3-week-old baby hospitalised with brain infection after circumcision

Laboratory tests found that the infant likely contracted the Type 1 herpes virus during a circumcision, directly from the mohel, who performed the ceremony using the controversial Orthodox method of blood cleaning known as "Metzitzah B'Peh," or oral suction.

The Jerusalem Post

China forces birth control on Muslims to suppress population

China forces birth control on Muslims to suppress population

While individual women have spoken out before about forced birth control, the practice is far more widespread and systematic than previously known, according to an AP investigation.

Mail Online/Associated Press

'How protests over diversity lessons in Birmingham ended in a win for LGBTQ+ people'

'How protests over diversity lessons in Birmingham ended in a win for LGBTQ+ people'

The teacher at the centre of the Parkfield Community School row reveals how the local community healed – and his curriculum became more popular than ever.

Huffington Post

"I grew up feeling sinful and wrong" - Man reveals turmoil which stopped him coming out to family

"I grew up feeling sinful and wrong" - Man reveals turmoil which stopped him coming out to family

A Lincolnshire man who grew up when schools were prohibited from promoting homosexuality by law, has spoken about how it affected his life and stopped him from coming out for decades.

Lincolnshire Live

Fri, 26 Jun 2020

Justice secretary accused of confusion over hate crime bill - NSS quoted

Justice secretary accused of confusion over hate crime bill - NSS quoted

The SNP justice secretary's understanding of his hate crime bill has been questioned after he repeatedly misquoted a core part of the legislation. NSS head of communications Chris Sloggett is quoted.

The Times (£)

Significant number of halal meat-eaters might be persuaded to switch to 'stunned' meat, survey suggests

Significant number of halal meat-eaters might be persuaded to switch to 'stunned' meat, survey suggests

A significant number of British halal meat-eaters might be persuaded to switch to meat from stunned animals, if they were reassured that some forms of stunning are compatible with halal rules, suggest the results.

University of Bristol

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