Thu, 19 Mar 2020

Charity watchdog looks at reclaiming millions laundered through Orthodox Jewish group

Charity watchdog looks at reclaiming millions laundered through Orthodox Jewish group

Commission 'still considering its options' at getting back cash after Edward Cohen, 67, was jailed for nine years for laundering more than £10m through a Jewish charity.

The JC

Funerals to ban over 70s, Church of England announces

Funerals to ban over 70s, Church of England announces

The Church of England announced the latest measures on how to tackle mass public gatherings in keeping with the Government's guidance.

The Telegraph

New York Chasidic Jews under fire for not cancelling large events during coronavirus outbreak

New York Chasidic Jews under fire for not cancelling large events during coronavirus outbreak

New York's Chasidic communities have been accused of not taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously enough, with firefighters breaking up packed events across the city.

The JC

'Coronavirus is spreading at religious gatherings, ricocheting across nations'

'Coronavirus is spreading at religious gatherings, ricocheting across nations'

Religious gatherings, closely-knit faith groups and pilgrims have emerged as major spreaders of the coronavirus, transmitting the disease in ways that are proving difficult to trace and contain.

The Wall Street Journal

Dress codes and dancing: Sudan sees culture thaw after Bashir

Dress codes and dancing: Sudan sees culture thaw after Bashir

The overthrow of Omar al-Bashir's Islamist regime last April and the melting away of its morality police have led to an easing of onerous social constraints, allowing women to dress more freely and opening up more space for cultural activities.

Reuters

 New Zealand: MP praised for abortion speech calling out intolerance from religious groups

New Zealand: MP praised for abortion speech calling out intolerance from religious groups

National MP Amy Adams has been praised for her speech during the abortion law debate in which she called out intolerance from religious groups and urged church leaders to stop teaching "contraception is a sin".

News Hub

'How strong a role does religion play in US elections?'

'How strong a role does religion play in US elections?'

Americans are still far more religious than people in any other wealthy nation.

The Conversation

Wed, 18 Mar 2020

Most NHS specialists in NI would take part in abortions: survey

Most NHS specialists in NI would take part in abortions: survey

A significant majority of NHS obstetricians and gynaecologists have indicated their support for delivering abortion services in Northern Ireland, according to an Ulster University survey.

Belfast Telegraph

Coronavirus social distancing guidance applies to religious gatherings, says Matt Hancock

Coronavirus social distancing guidance applies to religious gatherings, says Matt Hancock

UK health secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed that the government's new social distancing guidelines apply to places of worship.

Christian Today

Religious organisations 'lack external oversight for safeguarding of children'

Religious organisations 'lack external oversight for safeguarding of children'

Religious organisations are subject to "little to none external oversight" of how they ensure children are protected from sexual abuse, an inquiry has heard.

Premier Christian News

Manchester Arena bombing: Hashem Abedi guilty of 22 murders

Manchester Arena bombing: Hashem Abedi guilty of 22 murders

The brother of Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi has been found guilty of murdering 22 people.

BBC

Islamic preacher Khandaker Rahman accused of mosque rape

Islamic preacher Khandaker Rahman accused of mosque rape

An Islamic preacher has gone on trial accused of raping a schoolgirl at his mosque 15 years ago.

BBC

Church wants to teach ‘Biblical world view’ at new Aberdeen school

Church wants to teach ‘Biblical world view’ at new Aberdeen school

A church wants to open the first independent religious school in Aberdeen to teach children a "Biblical world view".

Evening Express

Muslim students less likely to be awarded top class degrees

Muslim students less likely to be awarded top class degrees

Students from Muslim families are less likely to be awarded top class degrees than students from other religions or beliefs, according to research.

The Guardian

Decision 'imminent' on whether last abortion clinic can stay open in Missouri

Decision 'imminent' on whether last abortion clinic can stay open in Missouri

A decision about whether the last abortion clinic in the US state of Missouri can remain open is "imminent", advocates involved in the case have said.

The Guardian

‘We can’t ignore Turkey’s war on free speech’

‘We can’t ignore Turkey’s war on free speech’

European and British leaders should resolve to stop President Erdogan undermining his country's rule of law any further.

The Times (£)

Tue, 17 Mar 2020

Plan to merge church school with community school faces local opposition – NSS quoted

Plan to merge church school with community school faces local opposition – NSS quoted

Plans to shut two village schools and create a new church school are being pushed forward despite opposition from many parents.

Surrey Live

Church of England accused of 'marking own homework' after dean returns to work following safeguarding scandal

Church of England accused of 'marking own homework' after dean returns to work following safeguarding scandal

The Church of England has been accused of "marking its own homework" after a cathedral dean left her post amid an abuse scandal – but was allowed to return to work following extra training.

The Telegraph

True numbers of FGM victims globally could be far higher as countries fail to record cases

True numbers of FGM victims globally could be far higher as countries fail to record cases

The number of women and girls who have undergone female genital mutilation could be much higher than previously estimated, as a new report shows the practice is carried out in more than 90 countries around the world.

The Guardian

Faith groups warned over burial backlog if coronavirus kills large numbers

Faith groups warned over burial backlog if coronavirus kills large numbers

Religious groups' wishes to bury their dead as soon as possible may have to be denied if the steep rise in deaths under a coronavirus pandemic leads to a severe backlog of funerals, government guidance has warned.

The Telegraph

Coronavirus: possible religious exemption from facial hair ban in ambulance service

Coronavirus: possible religious exemption from facial hair ban in ambulance service

NHS officials have considered telling paramedics they must be clean shaven to protect themselves from coronavirus. But a memo suggests staff with religious beliefs could be exempt.

BBC

Defrocked French priest jailed for abusing scouts over 20-year period

Defrocked French priest jailed for abusing scouts over 20-year period

A defrocked French Catholic priest has been sentenced to five years in jail for sexually abusing scouts in his care several decades ago, ending a case in which it was claimed his superiors shielded him from prosecution.

The Guardian

Charedi school which did not teach about homophobic bullying still earns good Ofsted

Charedi school which did not teach about homophobic bullying still earns good Ofsted

A Charedi girls' primary school in Stamford Hill has won a good rating from Ofsted despite inspectors noting it did not teach about homophobic bullying.

The Jewish Chronicle

Kenya split over campaign to give women the right to safe abortions

Kenya split over campaign to give women the right to safe abortions

A campaign for reproductive rights has provoked a backlash from conservative groups in Kenya, where 85% of the population is Christian.

The Guardian

‘Trevor Phillips, Islamophobia and the death of free speech’

‘Trevor Phillips, Islamophobia and the death of free speech’

Stuart Walton says Trevor Phillips's suspension from Labour has shown there is little or no space in British society to have a mature, nuanced debate about culture and religion without being denounced as a racist heretic.

The Herald

Mon, 16 Mar 2020

Church of England primary school in Lancashire to expand

Church of England primary school in Lancashire to expand

St Peter's Church of England Primary School in Blackburn with Darwen will almost double in size from 295 pupils to more than 500.

This is Lancashire

Merger between church school and community school set to proceed despite local opposition – NSS quoted

Merger between church school and community school set to proceed despite local opposition – NSS quoted

Feedback from local residents in Surrey shows that most disagree with a plan to close a Church of England school and a community school and open a new church school on the site of the latter.

Eagle Radio

Assisted dying law 'lacks compassion', says former lord chancellor

Assisted dying law 'lacks compassion', says former lord chancellor

A terminally ill man who campaigned to change the law on assisted dying has won the support of the former head of the judiciary.

BBC

Sweden abortion: Nurses fail in European court case

Sweden abortion: Nurses fail in European court case

Two nurses denied jobs as midwives in Sweden because of their refusal to perform abortions have lost their legal action against Sweden at the European Court of Human Rights.

BBC

FGM survivors recount horror of practice: 'I was sobbing, it was brutal'

FGM survivors recount horror of practice: 'I was sobbing, it was brutal'

A report has found that official data on the global prevalence of FGM "woefully" underestimates the nature and scale of the problem.

The Independent

Jewish school ‘inadequate’ over science and geography lessons – NSS quoted

Jewish school ‘inadequate’ over science and geography lessons – NSS quoted

Bnois Jerusalem Girls School in Hackney in north London has been slammed by education watchdog Oftsted for teaching creationism as science in geography and science lessons.

The Freethinker (Patheos)

More anti-Muslim hate crimes reported in wake of Christchurch attacks

More anti-Muslim hate crimes reported in wake of Christchurch attacks

More incidents were reported to Tell MAMA in the wake of the Christchurch mosque killings last March.

Manchester Evening News

Met police says forcing woman to remove hijab at airport was wrong

Met police says forcing woman to remove hijab at airport was wrong

Police have said requiring Muslim women to remove their headscarves at UK airports could be unlawful.

The Observer

A British court ruling may change laws for LGBT+ people around the world

A British court ruling may change laws for LGBT+ people around the world

Through a quirk of history and law, a court in London could help end sodomy laws and bring in same-sex marriage in dozens of countries.

Gay Star News

‘The betrayal felt in the still-recovering areas hit by the Delhi riots makes coronavirus more of a threat’

‘The betrayal felt in the still-recovering areas hit by the Delhi riots makes coronavirus more of a threat’

At a time when citizens need to be listening to the advice given by the government, trust in politicians is at a new low. That could have consequences.

The Independent

Hindu group offers cow urine in a bid to ward off coronavirus

Hindu group offers cow urine in a bid to ward off coronavirus

A Hindu group hosted a cow urine drinking party in India on Saturday as they believe it wards off the coronavirus.

Reuters

Fri, 13 Mar 2020

House of Commons to begin serving halal and kosher food following MPs' appeal

House of Commons to begin serving halal and kosher food following MPs' appeal

The House of Commons has announced it will start serving halal and kosher food following an appeal from MPs.

PoliticsHome

Trevor Phillips: Islamophobia has been warped by ‘orcs’

Trevor Phillips: Islamophobia has been warped by ‘orcs’

Trevor Phillips appeared at an event run by the Quilliam Foundation after his suspension from the Labour party this week.

UnHerd

‘Religious belief is a choice’

‘Religious belief is a choice’

A letter from Neil Barber of Edinburgh Secular Society in response to the Trevor Phillips row (scroll down).

The Courier

Christchurch mosque attacks: NZ has 'fundamentally changed' says PM

Christchurch mosque attacks: NZ has 'fundamentally changed' says PM

New Zealand has "fundamentally changed" since the Christchurch mosque attacks one year ago, its prime minister Jacinda Ardern has said.

BBC

‘The GP's View: Let's ask the public about changing the laws on assisted dying’

‘The GP's View: Let's ask the public about changing the laws on assisted dying’

We are at a pivotal moment in the discussion on whether the UK should legalise medically assisted dying.

The Irish News

Fears for uncontacted tribes as evangelical missionaries plan helicopter drops into Amazon

Fears for uncontacted tribes as evangelical missionaries plan helicopter drops into Amazon

Evangelical Christians are preparing helicopter missions to remote parts of the Amazon, prompting fears for the future of uncontacted tribes under Brazil's ultra conservative president.

The Telegraph

Thu, 12 Mar 2020

Anti-choice ‘bullies’ face ban from abortion clinic buffer zones

Anti-choice ‘bullies’ face ban from abortion clinic buffer zones

An MP is calling for buffer zones around abortion clinics to stop "bullying" protesters picketing them.

Evening Standard

‘Anti-abortion protesters harass women – I’m proposing to stop them protesting outside clinics’

‘Anti-abortion protesters harass women – I’m proposing to stop them protesting outside clinics’

Sarah Olney MP explains why she's proposing a new law to prohibit anti-abortion protests within 150 metres of all abortion clinics in the UK.

The Independent

George Pell: high court reserves decision on granting special leave for an appeal

George Pell: high court reserves decision on granting special leave for an appeal

The full bench of the high court in Canberra has reserved its decision about whether to grant Cardinal George Pell special leave to appeal his case for a final time, after listening to two days of arguments from his barrister and the prosecution.

The Guardian

‘Islamophobia, Trevor Phillips, and free speech’

‘Islamophobia, Trevor Phillips, and free speech’

A range of responses to the recent row over Trevor Phillips's suspension from the Labour party, from Guardian readers.

The Guardian

Peer Eileen Paisley condemns sale of ‘blasphemous’ Derry Girls T-shirt

Peer Eileen Paisley condemns sale of ‘blasphemous’ Derry Girls T-shirt

Eileen Paisley, a life peer and the widow of Ian Paisley, has condemned a Belfast sports shop's decision to sell a Derry Girls-themed shirt which she describes as "blasphemous".

The Irish Post

Wed, 11 Mar 2020

Jewish private school in London rapped by Ofsted for teaching creationism and not letting students take GCSEs – NSS quoted

Jewish private school in London rapped by Ofsted for teaching creationism and not letting students take GCSEs – NSS quoted

Inspectors rated Bnois Jerusalem Girls School 'inadequate' after they discovered it was teaching creationism in geography and science.

iNews

Failing Jewish school doesn't let pupils take GCSEs because teachers 'can't censor the exam papers' – NSS quoted

Failing Jewish school doesn't let pupils take GCSEs because teachers 'can't censor the exam papers' – NSS quoted

Pupils at a failing Jewish school in north London are never entered for GCSEs, because its leaders 'cannot censor the exam papers'.

Hackney Gazette

George Pell: Court hears cardinal's final bid to quash sexual abuse verdict

George Pell: Court hears cardinal's final bid to quash sexual abuse verdict

The former Vatican treasurer George Pell's final bid to overturn his convictions for child sexual abuse has begun hearings in Australia's top court.

BBC

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