Wed, 11 Mar 2020

Lisa Nandy says she's 'troubled' by Trevor Phillips's comments on Islam

Lisa Nandy says she's 'troubled' by Trevor Phillips's comments on Islam

Appearing on ITV's Good Morning Britain, the Wigan MP has become the first of the three Labour leadership candidates to comment publically on the row over Trevor Phillips's suspension.

Mirror

Jewish women want equality and opportunities, research finds

Jewish women want equality and opportunities, research finds

Seventy-seven per cent of Jewish women feel the community has not reached gender equality, according to a study.

The Jewish Chronicle

Witchcraft beliefs blamed for halting drive to end FGM in Guinea

Witchcraft beliefs blamed for halting drive to end FGM in Guinea

Belief in witchcraft is hampering efforts to eradicate female genital mutilation in Guinea where almost all girls are cut, campaigners said on Tuesday.

Reuters

Islamists disrupt International Women’s Day rally in Pakistan

Islamists disrupt International Women’s Day rally in Pakistan

Demonstrators belonging to Islamist groups attacked an International Women's Day rally in the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Sunday, hurling rocks, chunks of mud and even their shoes.

NPR

‘Far-right extremists still threaten New Zealand, a year on from the Christchurch attacks’

‘Far-right extremists still threaten New Zealand, a year on from the Christchurch attacks’

There is a tendency to see the Christchurch attacks, which killed 51 people, as a one-off or an aberration – rather than something we still need to guard against.

The Conversation

Canada seeks to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy

Canada seeks to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy

The Canadian federal government introduced new legislation on Monday to criminalise LGBTQ conversion therapy, as Justin Trudeau's Liberal government moves to fulfil one of its 2019 election promises.

Reuters

‘Outrageous’ – UK taxpayers are to fund a new Catholic school – NSS quoted

‘Outrageous’ – UK taxpayers are to fund a new Catholic school – NSS quoted

Campaigners including the NSS have criticised the fact the first new Roman Catholic state school in England for more than a decade is to be established in Peterborough without the church contributing a penny to its costs.

The Freethinker (Patheos)

‘Tom Rosenthal stand-up comedy review – circumcision made funny’

‘Tom Rosenthal stand-up comedy review – circumcision made funny’

Veronica Lee says stand-up comic Tom Rosenthal's new show is frank about the effects circumcision had on him as an awkward teenager.

The Arts Desk

Finnish MP now facing four investigations after speaking about Christian beliefs

Finnish MP now facing four investigations after speaking about Christian beliefs

A member of the Finnish Parliament and former minister of the interior, Päivi Räsänen, faces four police investigations after expressing anti-gay sentiments.

Premier Christian News

Tue, 10 Mar 2020

‘Our approach to tackling anti-Muslim prejudice must be reconsidered’ – NSS letter

‘Our approach to tackling anti-Muslim prejudice must be reconsidered’ – NSS letter

NSS chief executive Stephen Evans responds to the Labour party's decision to suspend Trevor Phillips.

The Times (£)

Jewish school rapped for issuing own-brand qualifications instead of ‘uncensored’ GCSEs – NSS quoted

Jewish school rapped for issuing own-brand qualifications instead of ‘uncensored’ GCSEs – NSS quoted

An Orthodox Jewish independent school has been rapped for making pupils sit qualifications of "no value" which result in the school issuing its own certificate – because leaders would have to break exam rules and "censor" GCSEs.

Schools Week

Calls for 'buffer zones' around abortion clinics in Birmingham after protests

Calls for 'buffer zones' around abortion clinics in Birmingham after protests

The government is being urged to implement a buffer zone to protect staff and patients at abortion clinics in Birmingham from being targeted by protesters.

Birmingham Live

Labour leadership candidates silent over Trevor Phillips suspension

Labour leadership candidates silent over Trevor Phillips suspension

Trevor Phillips has called on the three Labour leadership candidates to pick a side as senior party figures on Monday condemned the decision to suspend him over alleged Islamophobia.

The Telegraph

‘Trevor Phillips’s suspension shows how far Labour has fallen’

‘Trevor Phillips’s suspension shows how far Labour has fallen’

James Bloodworth says Labour MP Khalid Mahmood is right to call Trevor Phillips' suspension "outlandish".

CapX

‘Trevor Phillips’s fate should scare us all’

‘Trevor Phillips’s fate should scare us all’

Hardeep Singh says the suspension of Phillips shows that those who criticised the APPG definition of 'Islamophobia' were right.

The Spectator

‘We won’t eradicate FGM if we keep misunderstanding its history’

‘We won’t eradicate FGM if we keep misunderstanding its history’

With a proper understanding of the history behind FGM, it need not take another century to finally eradicate this global problem.

The Guardian

‘Why we didn’t circumcise our second son’

‘Why we didn’t circumcise our second son’

Yagi Morris, a secular Israeli Jew, reflects on her and her husband's decision not to circumcise their second son.

Tablet

UN rapporteur blasts Iran’s execution of gays based on Islamic morality

UN rapporteur blasts Iran’s execution of gays based on Islamic morality

The newly released UN report of the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran has condemned Iran's lethal homophobia.

The Jerusalem Post

Ministers preparing new law on free speech in universities

Ministers preparing new law on free speech in universities

Ministers are preparing a new law on freedom of speech in universities.

HuffPost

Mon, 09 Mar 2020

Concerns raised over Catholic Church’s lack of financial contribution towards new faith school

Concerns raised over Catholic Church’s lack of financial contribution towards new faith school

The first new Roman Catholic state school in England for more than a decade is to go ahead without the church contributing anything to its costs.

iNews

Trevor Phillips suspended from Labour over Islamophobia allegations

Trevor Phillips suspended from Labour over Islamophobia allegations

The former UK equality watchdog chief, Trevor Phillips, has been suspended from the Labour Party over allegations of 'Islamophobia'.

BBC

‘How I fell victim to Labour’s inquisition’

‘How I fell victim to Labour’s inquisition’

Trevor Phillips says the party's investigation of him for alleged Islamophobia shows it's becoming an authoritarian cult.

The Times (£)

Anti-abortion activists ramp up 'intimidating' and 'distressing' protests outside clinics during Lent

Anti-abortion activists ramp up 'intimidating' and 'distressing' protests outside clinics during Lent

Anti-abortion activists have ramped up "distressing" and "intimidating" protests outside clinics during the Christian period of Lent.

HuffPost

Religious leaders compare abortion to Holocaust as row grows over Gibraltar referendum

Religious leaders compare abortion to Holocaust as row grows over Gibraltar referendum

Religious leaders in Gibraltar have grouped together to compare the act of terminating pregnancies to the Holocaust.

The Telegraph

Institution previously run by Church of Scotland to be investigated by Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

Institution previously run by Church of Scotland to be investigated by Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

Langlands Park in Inverclyde, which was run by the Church of Scotland until 1985, is among the premises set to be investigated by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

Daily Record

Two found guilty of running illegal secondary school

Two found guilty of running illegal secondary school

Managers of a private primary school have been found guilty of operating an illegal secondary school for 66 children on the floor above.

Schools Week

Church raises cash to sue over ban on preacher Larry Stockstill at Edinburgh venue

Church raises cash to sue over ban on preacher Larry Stockstill at Edinburgh venue

A Christian group is mulling legal action over a decision to ban an American preacher who described homosexuality as "repulsive" from speaking at one of Scotland's most prestigious venues.

The Times (£)

Marches to demand abortion rights in Latin America on International Women’s Day

Marches to demand abortion rights in Latin America on International Women’s Day

Hundreds of thousands of women across Latin America's biggest cities flocked to the streets for International Women's Day on Sunday, with many demanding legalised access to abortion.

France24

‘Proposed bill will enshrine religion's right to discriminate in Australia’

‘Proposed bill will enshrine religion's right to discriminate in Australia’

This editorial says a proposed 'religious freedom' bill in Australia will entrench divisions based on belief.

The Sydney Morning Herald

‘In defence of the Prevent strategy’

‘In defence of the Prevent strategy’

Ian Acheson argues that the Prevent strategy is a hugely effective exercise in safeguarding people who are vulnerable.

The Spectator

Fri, 06 Mar 2020

Orthodox Jewish independent school fails fifth Ofsted inspection in a row – NSS quoted

Orthodox Jewish independent school fails fifth Ofsted inspection in a row – NSS quoted

An independent Orthodox Jewish school in Stamford Hill in north London has failed its fifth Ofsted inspection in a row.

Hackney Gazette

Muslim parents raise concerns over relationships and sex education at Stoke-on-Trent primary school

Muslim parents raise concerns over relationships and sex education at Stoke-on-Trent primary school

Muslim families are being encouraged to air their views with a Stoke-on-Trent school over relationships and sex education.

Stoke Sentinel

Muslim Council of Britain urges investigation into Conservative Party

Muslim Council of Britain urges investigation into Conservative Party

The Muslim Council of Britain has renewed its call for an independent inquiry into accusations of 'Islamophobia' in the Conservative Party.

BBC

Protesters in Nigeria demand state action against alleged ‘blasphemer’

Protesters in Nigeria demand state action against alleged ‘blasphemer’

Scores of youth demanded the state act against a singer for alleged 'blasphemy' in Nigeria on Wednesday – and in response police said they were making efforts to arrest the singer.

Premium Times

‘What The Satanic Temple is and why it’s opening a debate about religion’

‘What The Satanic Temple is and why it’s opening a debate about religion’

A court case in the US state of Arizona has prompted a judge to ask what a religion is.

The Conversation

‘This gay, atheist, leftist is taking on Poland’s right-wing government — by running for president’

‘This gay, atheist, leftist is taking on Poland’s right-wing government — by running for president’

Robert Biedron has made a string of secularist pledges as he tries to become president of Poland.

Los Angeles Times

Thu, 05 Mar 2020

‘Hey, preacher, leave those kids alone’

‘Hey, preacher, leave those kids alone’

Andrew Penman laments recent religious incursions into state schools in Britain.

Mirror

Freedom of religion 'must be defended', UK tells UN

Freedom of religion 'must be defended', UK tells UN

The UK is urging international cooperation to tackle persecution on the grounds of religion or belief.

Christian Today

Oxford dean accused of failing to report child sexual assault claim

Oxford dean accused of failing to report child sexual assault claim

The dean of Christ Church – who is also the head of its cathedral – has been accused of failing to disclose an allegation of sexual assault of a minor to police or safeguarding officials.

The Guardian

Bishops to visit schools in Devon as part of C of E festival

Bishops to visit schools in Devon as part of C of E festival

Three bishops will visit secondary schools as part of Joy2020, a festival organised by the Church of England in Devon over the next few days.

Devon Live

Abortion rates up in England and Wales

Abortion rates up in England and Wales

Abortion rates have hit a record high in England and Wales.

Mirror

‘Women are leading the fight to protect India's secular constitution’

‘Women are leading the fight to protect India's secular constitution’

The Citizenship Amendment Act is only part of President Modi's assault on the secular underpinnings of the Indian constitution, says Rahila Gupta.

New Humanist

‘Shameful scenes in India must spark action in UK’

‘Shameful scenes in India must spark action in UK’

Alyn Smith MP explains why he asked the UK government about the terrible sectarian situation that has erupted in India over the last two weeks.

The National

Former Irish president threatens to leave Catholic Church over sexual abuse

Former Irish president threatens to leave Catholic Church over sexual abuse

Mary McAleese has written to Pope Francis saying she will leave the Catholic Church if it emerges the Holy See did not protect the members of an organisation for people with disabilities.

The Irish News

Call to ban neo-Nazi group in UK

Call to ban neo-Nazi group in UK

The UK government is being urged to ban a neo-Nazi Satanist group which backs murder and sexual violence.

Metro

Wed, 04 Mar 2020

Catholic RE certificate "disproportionately affects" women teachers in NI

Catholic RE certificate "disproportionately affects" women teachers in NI

A Religious Education certificate needed to get a job in Catholic schools in Northern Ireland "disproportionately affects" the job prospects of women teachers.

BBC

London religious groups ‘to relax burial requirements in coronavirus pandemic’

London religious groups ‘to relax burial requirements in coronavirus pandemic’

Faith groups in London will be asked to relax requirements for funerals and burials if a coronavirus pandemic leads to a steep increase in deaths.

Evening Standard

Delhi riots: How Muslims' homes were targeted and burnt

Delhi riots: How Muslims' homes were targeted and burnt

Three days of fire and fury in north-east Delhi last week consumed more than 40 lives, leaving hundreds wounded and many missing.

BBC

‘What next for India's Muslims? More suffering and a further crackdown on their rights’

‘What next for India's Muslims? More suffering and a further crackdown on their rights’

If identity documents are lost – including in attacks such as those seen in Delhi – it is not difficult to envisage a scenario in which a proportion of the country's Muslims are moved to detention centres.

The Independent

Russia's Putin wants traditional marriage and God in constitution

Russia's Putin wants traditional marriage and God in constitution

Russian President Vladimir Putin wants marriage to be defined as the union of a man and woman in a revised constitution, ruling out gay marriage.

BBC

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