Fri, 06 Dec 2019

'Shared society still seems a pipe dream'

'Shared society still seems a pipe dream'

Editorial highlights the ongoing sectarian divisions in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph (£)

Islamist extremists begin to remobilise as they finish prison sentences

Islamist extremists begin to remobilise as they finish prison sentences

An extremist network once led by the hate preacher Anjem Choudary has begun to remobilise as waves of former members leave prison or are released from monitoring measures.

The Times (£)

'We cannot afford to be timid about calling out the threat of radical Islam'

'We cannot afford to be timid about calling out the threat of radical Islam'

Only by challenging Islamism with a rigorous and proactive approach to safeguarding, and a renewed focus on real integration, can we guarantee a safer future for all of us, says Alan Mendoza.

City AM

Jewish school network criticises Lib Dem pledge for gender-neutral uniforms

Jewish school network criticises Lib Dem pledge for gender-neutral uniforms

The Jewish Leadership Council's schools network says Lib Dem plans would affect uniform policies requiring girls to wear long skirts and boys to wear kippah.

The JC

Student jailed for Facebook post saying Muslims should be ‘wiped off the earth’

Student jailed for Facebook post saying Muslims should be ‘wiped off the earth’

Louis Duxbury, 22, went on a 17-minute 'call to arms' in which he said that members of the faith 'should be wiped off the face of the earth'.

Metro

Man accused of plotting to attack Scottish Islamic centre to face trial

Man accused of plotting to attack Scottish Islamic centre to face trial

A man accused of preparing to commit acts of terrorism and suggesting online that he planned to attack the Fife Islamic Centre will stand trial next year.

The Scotsman

Bishop of Shrewsbury attacks election pledges to decriminalise abortion

Bishop of Shrewsbury attacks election pledges to decriminalise abortion

The Bishop of Shrewsbury is to warn the Catholics of his diocese about General Election pledges to decriminalise abortion which he says will represent a "radical assault upon the sanctity of human life".

Shropshire Star

'I was told I would be done for murder'

'I was told I would be done for murder'

At 17, Dunne was pregnant with a baby who had a fatal abnormality. She was given a pseudonym and became the focus of a landmark Irish legal case – but now she is reclaiming her story

The Guardian

New Zealand: New parliamentary Bill proposes 'opt-in' religious instruction

New Zealand: New parliamentary Bill proposes 'opt-in' religious instruction

Proposals in the Education and Training Bill 2019 introduced in Parliament yesterday include religious instruction being offered on an opt-in basis.

Education HQ

Canada: Church of Atheism denied charitable status as court finds it isn't a religion

Canada: Church of Atheism denied charitable status as court finds it isn't a religion

A federal court has ruled that the so-called Church of Atheism is not a church at all, and can't be treated like one for tax purposes.

Airdrie Today

'They felt pressured to get circumcised after moving to Israel. They now regret it'

'They felt pressured to get circumcised after moving to Israel. They now regret it'

Tens of thousands of teen boys and men from the former Soviet Union were herded into Israeli operating rooms beginning in the '90s to undergo circumcisions. Years later, they recall the resulting trauma and pain, and the damage wrought on their sex lives.

Haaretz

Thu, 05 Dec 2019

‘The case for and against the Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal’ – NSS quoted

‘The case for and against the Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal’ – NSS quoted

Will Hayward and Lauren Brown say many are sceptical about the methods of evangelical Christian organisation Samaritan's Purse.

Cambridgeshire Live

Church of England diocese to re-examine past child abuse concerns

Church of England diocese to re-examine past child abuse concerns

The C of E's diocese of Rochester has been ordered to look again at cases of concern about the behaviour of clergy and church officers towards children and vulnerable adults.

Kent Online

One in five students concerned about threat to free expression on campus

One in five students concerned about threat to free expression on campus

A survey by King's College London has found that 22% of students think free expression is under threat at their university. That compares with half of students who think freedom of expression is being threatened in the UK overall.

Daily Mail

Committee calls for greater engagement on FGM bill in Scotland

Committee calls for greater engagement on FGM bill in Scotland

A Holyrood committee has said the Scottish government should ensure FGM protection orders "are not something that is 'done to' a woman or community" by better engaging with those affected.

Holyrood

Royal event for Jewish life kept quiet

Royal event for Jewish life kept quiet

The prince of Wales will host a reception at Buckingham Palace tonight to celebrate the role of the Jewish community in British life. The event has been organised without any publicity.

The Times (£)

YouTube still hosting lectures by Islamist hate preacher Anwar al-Awlaki

YouTube still hosting lectures by Islamist hate preacher Anwar al-Awlaki

Lectures by an Islamist preacher whose teachings helped to radicalise the London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan have been found on YouTube years after experts warned of the dangers they present.

The Times (£)

US Catholic bishop resigns amid abuse cover-up accusations

US Catholic bishop resigns amid abuse cover-up accusations

The Vatican has announced the resignation of a US bishop who faced widespread criticism for his handling of sexual abuse claims.

BBC

Schools in Ireland to move away from preparing Catholic children from sacraments

Schools in Ireland to move away from preparing Catholic children from sacraments

Confirmation and communion preparation is to take place outside schools in Ireland's largest Catholic diocese.

The Irish News

Modi’s refugee bill slams the door shut for Muslims in India

Modi’s refugee bill slams the door shut for Muslims in India

Refugees who have faced religious persecution will be given Indian citizenship under a bill backed by Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government — but only if they are not Muslims.

The Times (£)

Video of sobbing boy begging for foreskin back after circumcision goes viral

Video of sobbing boy begging for foreskin back after circumcision goes viral

A sobbing boy has pleaded for his foreskin to be "glued back on" after being circumcised in Malaysia.

7news.com.au

Western Australia likely to pass voluntary assisted dying laws within days

Western Australia likely to pass voluntary assisted dying laws within days

The parliament in Western Australia looks set to legalise voluntary euthanasia within days, with MPs expected to strongly back the bill.

ABC News (Australia)

New Zealand one step closer to banning female genital mutilation

New Zealand one step closer to banning female genital mutilation

A bill banning all forms of female genital mutilation passed its first reading in New Zealand's parliament last night.

Newshub

Wed, 04 Dec 2019

Schools in NI should integrate to survive, says report

Schools in NI should integrate to survive, says report

More mergers between small Catholic and controlled schools in Northern Ireland would save money and benefit pupils and communities, according to newly published research.

BBC

‘Abortion should be a medical matter, not a criminal one. The law needs to change’

‘Abortion should be a medical matter, not a criminal one. The law needs to change’

Hilary Freeman says manifesto promises by Labour and the Liberal Democrats to decriminalise abortion are welcome news for women.

The Guardian

'Multiculturalism is undermining democracy’

'Multiculturalism is undermining democracy’

Rakib Ehsan says faith-based bloc-voting is a threat to our shared values and interests.

Spiked Online

London Bridge: Second terrorist returned to prison in wake of attack

London Bridge: Second terrorist returned to prison in wake of attack

A second convicted terrorist has been returned to police custody after dozens of criminals were vetted in the wake of Friday's London Bridge terror attack.

The Telegraph

Christadelphian charities reported to Charity Commission – NSS extensively mentioned

Christadelphian charities reported to Charity Commission – NSS extensively mentioned

These 'Pagan community notes' highlight the fact the NSS has reported 10 religious charities to a regulator over their promotion of intolerance.

The Wild Hunt

Woman accused of funding terrorism married foreign fighter and 'supported Islamic State', jury hears

Woman accused of funding terrorism married foreign fighter and 'supported Islamic State', jury hears

A Liverpool woman married a foreign Islamist fighter and spoke in support of "violent jihad" and Islamic State terrorists, a jury heard.

Liverpool Echo

US House votes for sanctions on Chinese officials over Uighur treatment

US House votes for sanctions on Chinese officials over Uighur treatment

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to counter what it calls the "arbitrary detention, torture, and harassment" of Uighur Muslims in China.

BBC

Israel Folau reaches settlement with Rugby Australia over anti-gay social media posts

Israel Folau reaches settlement with Rugby Australia over anti-gay social media posts

Rugby player Israel Folau has reached a settlement with Rugby Australia over his controversial sacking for writing anti-gay posts on social media.

BBC

The decriminalisation of abortion is one step closer in Belgium

The decriminalisation of abortion is one step closer in Belgium

A bill to completely decriminalise abortion was discussed in Belgium's parliament last week.

The Brussels Times

Man claiming to be final prophet gets reported for blasphemy in Indonesia

Man claiming to be final prophet gets reported for blasphemy in Indonesia

A police report has been filed for blasphemy against a man in Indonesia who claims to be the final prophet.

The Jakarta Post

Tue, 03 Dec 2019

Jewish schools 'pressurise parents to take children out of sex ed lessons'

Jewish schools 'pressurise parents to take children out of sex ed lessons'

Two Orthodox Jewish secondary schools in London have been accused of pressurising parents into taking their children out of sex education lessons.

BBC

‘LGBT-inclusive education deserves better from the DfE’

‘LGBT-inclusive education deserves better from the DfE’

Ann Mroz says the government shouldn't fudge the issue of LGBT-inclusive education in an attempt to avoid religious groups' disapproval.

Tes

Rabbi thrown to ground and attacked by men shouting 'kill the Jews' in north London

Rabbi thrown to ground and attacked by men shouting 'kill the Jews' in north London

A rabbi was badly beaten by two men who shouted "kill the Jews" in an anti-semitic attack.

Evening Standard

Druids' Stonehenge trespass appeal thrown out by judge

Druids' Stonehenge trespass appeal thrown out by judge

An appeal by druids against a conviction for trespassing at the historic landmark Stonehenge has been thrown out by judges.

Salisbury Journal

Ohio bill orders doctors to ‘reimplant ectopic pregnancy’ or face 'abortion murder' charges

Ohio bill orders doctors to ‘reimplant ectopic pregnancy’ or face 'abortion murder' charges

A bill to ban abortion introduced in the legislature of the US state of Ohio requires doctors to "reimplant an ectopic pregnancy" into a woman's uterus – a procedure that does not exist in medical science – or face charges of "abortion murder".

The Guardian

Jihadis ‘thieving and drug dealing' to 'wage war' on West

Jihadis ‘thieving and drug dealing' to 'wage war' on West

Some jihadis are carrying out robbery, theft, fraud and drug dealing as part of their efforts to "wage war" on Western societies, a report has said.

Evening Standard

China may ban US officials from region with Muslim detainment camps

China may ban US officials from region with Muslim detainment camps

China might ban all US diplomatic passport-holders from entering the country's western Xinjiang autonomous region, according to the editor of an English-language Chinese newspaper.

CNBC

World's 'largest animal sacrifice' starts in Nepal after ban ignored

World's 'largest animal sacrifice' starts in Nepal after ban ignored

Hindu worshippers have begun killing thousands of buffalo in what is reputed to be the world's biggest animal sacrifice, held every five years in a remote corner of Nepal, despite efforts to end the bloodshed.

The Guardian

US anti-abortion groups target Trump ally at Organisation of American States

US anti-abortion groups target Trump ally at Organisation of American States

A coalition of US anti-abortion and Christian conservative groups have targeted the re-election of a Uruguayan diplomat, Luis Almagro, as the leader of the Organisation of American States, partly because of his position on abortion.

openDemocracy

Major medical and legal groups oppose Louisiana abortion law before US Supreme Court

Major medical and legal groups oppose Louisiana abortion law before US Supreme Court

Several major medical groups and the American Bar Association are weighing in against a Louisiana abortion law set to go before the US Supreme Court next year.

NPR

Mon, 02 Dec 2019

What we know about London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan

What we know about London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan

The London Bridge killer, Usman Khan, was a convicted Islamist terrorist who was released from prison less than 12 months ago.

Sky News

Terrorist prisoners turn their backs on deradicalisation scheme

Terrorist prisoners turn their backs on deradicalisation scheme

A growing number of terrorist prisoners are refusing to engage with efforts to deradicalise them, raising questions about the effectiveness of programmes intended to protect the public.

The Times (£)

Anti-LGBT protest school head hopes court victory will help other schools

Anti-LGBT protest school head hopes court victory will help other schools

The headteacher of a school at the centre of fierce protests over LGBT-inclusive lessons hopes her landmark court victory will protect other schools from abuse.

Schools Week

Mixed-sex civil unions to begin today

Mixed-sex civil unions to begin today

From Monday mixed-sex couples in England and Wales can choose to enter into civil partnerships.

The Guardian

Terrorist who stabbed two commuters in lone wolf attack is jailed for life

Terrorist who stabbed two commuters in lone wolf attack is jailed for life

A man who stabbed two commuters and a police officer in a lone wolf terror attack on New Year's Eve last year has been sentenced to life in prison. The judge ruled that the attacker's mental illness probably exacerbated "the seeds of Islamic radicalisation".

Metro

Boris Johnson faces criticism over 2005 comments on Islam

Boris Johnson faces criticism over 2005 comments on Islam

The prime minister has responded to criticism of comments about Islam from a column in 2005 by saying that "people are always going to drag out bits and pieces that I have written over the years".

Business Insider

Sikh Labour candidate reports Tory opponent to police for alleged hate crime

Sikh Labour candidate reports Tory opponent to police for alleged hate crime

A Sikh Labour candidate has reported his Tory opponent to the police after he told him he was "talking through his turban" at an election hustings this week.

BuzzFeed News

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