Fri, 19 Jun 2020

US preacher accused of 'repulsive' views about LGBT people threatens to sue Newcastle City Council

US preacher accused of 'repulsive' views about LGBT people threatens to sue Newcastle City Council

An American evangelical Christian group is threatening to sue Newcastle City Council over a cancelled visit from a controversial preacher who called being gay "an abomination".

Chronicle Live

Government criticised for sending pork items to Muslims in food packages

Government criticised for sending pork items to Muslims in food packages

The government has been accused of "cultural and moral insensitivity" for sending pork sausages and bacon to clinically vulnerable Muslim families who are shielding during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Guardian

Brexit revives unionist and nationalist divide in Northern Ireland

Brexit revives unionist and nationalist divide in Northern Ireland

Just under 60% of Catholics in Northern Ireland now categorise themselves as nationalist compared with 50% two years ago. At the same time, the researchers from Queen's University Belfast's Ark project found 67% of Protestants now classified themselves as unionist compared with 55% in 2018.

The Guardian

Abortion debate will go ahead in Guernsey

Abortion debate will go ahead in Guernsey

Guernsey's debate on abortion law changes will not be delayed, after a motion was defeated by just one vote.

ITV

Costa Rica’s bishops defend Catholic Church’s role as state religion

Costa Rica’s bishops defend Catholic Church’s role as state religion

Catholic bishops in Costa Rica, with the backing of the Evangelical Alliance, are against a proposed reform of the constitution removing Catholicism as the official state religion.

Crux

Staff at Canadian human rights museum say they were forced to censor LGBT+ displays for religious visitors

Staff at Canadian human rights museum say they were forced to censor LGBT+ displays for religious visitors

Staff at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights have claimed they were forced to censor LGBT+ content when giving tours to certain groups.

Pink News

Charities report rise in Maltese requests for abortion pills during lockdown

Charities report rise in Maltese requests for abortion pills during lockdown

Women in Malta, where abortion is banned, have been unable to travel abroad for terminations.

The Guardian

'Why is the Catholic Church getting coronavirus financial support from the Australian government?'

'Why is the Catholic Church getting coronavirus financial support from the Australian government?'

"The Catholic Church has an asset base estimated to be worth more than $30 billion in Australia alone. Even if it's legal for them to access JobKeeper, how is it ethical?"

Crikey

Russian monk denying coronavirus takes control of monastery

Russian monk denying coronavirus takes control of monastery

A Russian monk who has denied the coronavirus' existence and urged believers to ignore the Kremlin's lockdown orders has taken control of a monastery in the Ural Mountains.

AP News

Thu, 18 Jun 2020

Charities backing ‘gay conversion therapy’ need to be investigated, say campaigners - NSS quoted

Charities backing ‘gay conversion therapy’ need to be investigated, say campaigners - NSS quoted

Charities that offer "gay conversion therapy" should be investigated and stripped of their charity status if they do not cease the practice, campaigners and politicians have said. We're quoted.

Civil Society

George Carey: Former archbishop suspended over abuse inquiry

George Carey: Former archbishop suspended over abuse inquiry

The Church of England said new evidence linking George Carey to a review into allegations of abuse against the late John Smyth had emerged.

BBC

NI abortion regulations pass final Westminster vote

NI abortion regulations pass final Westminster vote

Abortion regulations which came into effect in Northern Ireland in March have passed their final legislative hurdle in Westminster.

BBC

Fourteen-year-old boy charged with plotting Islamism-related terror attack

Fourteen-year-old boy charged with plotting Islamism-related terror attack

The teenager, from Hampshire, has been charged with one count of preparation of terrorist acts connected to Islamist terrorism.

Sky News

Councillor investigated over alleged anti-Muslim tweets

Councillor investigated over alleged anti-Muslim tweets

Cllr Judith Clementson has been suspended from the Conservative Party after the tweets were exposed by the Hope not Hate group.

Andover Advertiser

At least 3,000 children have been abused by members of French Catholic Church since 1950, commission finds

At least 3,000 children have been abused by members of French Catholic Church since 1950, commission finds

Jean-Marc Sauve, the president of the task force, said 1,500 clergy and church officials are thought to have carried out sexual abuse on minors over the last 70 years.

Mail Online

Gay rights ruling complicates Trump effort to hold evangelical voters

Gay rights ruling complicates Trump effort to hold evangelical voters

A landmark Supreme Court ruling in favour of LGBT workers Monday injected fresh uncertainty into President Trump's aggressive efforts to maintain the support of evangelical voters for his reelection campaign.

The Wall Street Journal (£)

Execution halted by US Supreme Court over religious rights question by Catholic inmate

Execution halted by US Supreme Court over religious rights question by Catholic inmate

A death row inmate has been given a temporary reprieve after arguing his religious rights were being violated as a chaplain could not be in the execution chamber.

Premier Christian News

Egypt mourns exiled gay rights activist Sarah Hegazy

Egypt mourns exiled gay rights activist Sarah Hegazy

The death of an Egyptian gay rights activist who spent three months in jail after raising a Pride flag at a concert has prompted a rare outbreak of sympathy in a country noted for its hostility to "alternative lifestyles".

The Times (£)

Thousands of obscene anti-Jewish posts shared online, report warns

Thousands of obscene anti-Jewish posts shared online, report warns

A new report into online extremism has warned that thousands of pieces of violent antisemitic material are being disseminated on social media.

Jewish News

Wed, 17 Jun 2020

British Muslims held in India accused of 'violating lockdown'

British Muslims held in India accused of 'violating lockdown'

The men allege they are victims of religious persecution by the Indian government, which is led by the rightwing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), known for its anti-Muslim agenda.

The Guardian

Christian charity urges MPs to reject NI abortion rules backed by House of Lords

Christian charity urges MPs to reject NI abortion rules backed by House of Lords

A Christian charity is calling for MP's to reject new abortion regulations for Northern Ireland that "discriminate against people with disabilities" after Members of the House of Lords at Westminster voted to approve them.

Premier Christian News

Sheffield brewery apologises for beer named after Hindu deity

Sheffield brewery apologises for beer named after Hindu deity

A Sheffield beer company has apologised following backlash from the Hindu community over the "highly inappropriate" and "very disrespectful" title of one of its drinks.

The Star

Harrow Central Mosque withdraws call to prayer application

Harrow Central Mosque withdraws call to prayer application

Harrow Central Mosque withdrew its application to modify a planning condition that could have allowed it to play the adhan once a week – on Fridays at 6pm – for a period of three months.

This Is Local London

Church of England embroiled in racism row for turning down black trainee vicar

Church of England embroiled in racism row for turning down black trainee vicar

The Church of England has become embroiled in a racism row for turning down a black trainee vicar because a "monochrome white working class" area might make him feel "uncomfortable".

The Telegraph

NI executive: Abuse victims’ advocate was ‘open’ about Catholic church role

NI executive: Abuse victims’ advocate was ‘open’ about Catholic church role

A number of victims' groups called for Brendan McAllister to stand down, or be removed from his post, after it became apparent he has been officiating at Catholic church services at St Peter's in Warrenpoint.

News Letter

Religious exemptions not clear in SCOTUS civil rights ruling, legal experts say

Religious exemptions not clear in SCOTUS civil rights ruling, legal experts say

The landmark June 15 Supreme Court ruling protecting gay and transgender people from employment discrimination based on sex has raised concern among religious organisations.

Religion Unplugged

Egyptian activist Sara Hegazy who was tortured for flying a Pride flag has died by suicide

Egyptian activist Sara Hegazy who was tortured for flying a Pride flag has died by suicide

After being freed from prison, Hegazy was granted asylum in Canada, but continued to suffer from PTSD and depression caused by her traumatic imprisonment.

Pink News

New Zealand parliamentary committee sanctions religious discrimination in primary schools

New Zealand parliamentary committee sanctions religious discrimination in primary schools

The Education and Workforce Committee's report to the House of Parliament last week on the Education and Training Bill shows that they have failed to listen to much of the feedback they received from the public about the discriminatory practice of allowing religious instruction in schools.

Scoop

'Mubarak Bala: Sharia court trial and punishment'

'Mubarak Bala: Sharia court trial and punishment'

Muslim zealots are using police action as a pretext to severely punish Bala for making blasphemous posts on Facebook, says Leo Igwe.

Sahara Reporters

Tue, 16 Jun 2020

House of Lords backs NI abortion regulations

House of Lords backs NI abortion regulations

The House of Lords has overwhelmingly backed abortion regulations for Northern Ireland despite opposition by the Stormont Assembly.

BBC

Abuse survivors’ advocate has 'conflict of interests’ due to role in Catholic church

Abuse survivors’ advocate has 'conflict of interests’ due to role in Catholic church

Survivors of institutional abuse in Northern Ireland have called for the resignation of their Stormont appointed advocate over his "leadership role" within the Catholic church.

News Letter

US Supreme Court backs protection for LGBT workers

US Supreme Court backs protection for LGBT workers

The top court in the US has ruled that employers who fire workers for being gay or transgender are breaking the country's civil rights laws.

BBC

Next LGBT rights legal battle looms after U.S. Supreme Court victory

Next LGBT rights legal battle looms after U.S. Supreme Court victory

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling protecting LGBT rights in the workplace sets the stage for another major legal fight over the scope of religious-rights exemptions to certain federal laws that could dilute the landmark decision's impact.

Reuters

'How globalisation has transformed the fight for LGBTQ+ rights'

'How globalisation has transformed the fight for LGBTQ+ rights'

Much progress has been made in attitudes towards sexual equality and gender identity – but in many places a dramatic backlash by conservative forces has followed.

The Guardian

Church of England’s all-white leadership is ‘not acceptable’, says Bishop of Dover

Church of England’s all-white leadership is ‘not acceptable’, says Bishop of Dover

The Bishop of Dover has condemned the all-white leadership of the Church of England, calling for bishops to "examine ourselves" and make reforms.

iNews

Iran restricts contraception due to fall in marriages and population growth

Iran restricts contraception due to fall in marriages and population growth

Iran is scaling back access to vasectomies, contraceptives and other family planning services as the regime's leadership launches a campaign to boost the country's population size.

The Telegraph

Nepalese govt forms committee to investigate Dalit killings

Nepalese govt forms committee to investigate Dalit killings

The Nepalese government has formed a high-level independent committee to investigate alleged caste-based killings over an arranged marriage dispute.

WION

'Why coronavirus has placed millions more girls at risk of FGM'

'Why coronavirus has placed millions more girls at risk of FGM'

As lockdowns linger and economies falter, girls who are out of school are at increased risk of being cut.

The Guardian

'The appeal of ISIS fades among Europeans who returned home from Syria'

'The appeal of ISIS fades among Europeans who returned home from Syria'

Despite initial fears, an overwhelming majority of the returnees appear to be shunning extremist causes so far, and many avowedly reject the Islamic State and its violent tactics.

The Washington Post

Mon, 15 Jun 2020

Doctors accused of blocking abortions in NI despite legalisation

Doctors accused of blocking abortions in NI despite legalisation

Women seeking abortions in Northern Ireland are still struggling to access services.

The Observer

Charedi Jewish weddings being held in London despite lockdown

Charedi Jewish weddings being held in London despite lockdown

A senior figure in Stamford Hill has acknowledged that weddings have been taking place within London's Charedi community.

The JC

Government responds positively to conversion therapy petition - NSS campaigning mentioned

Government responds positively to conversion therapy petition - NSS campaigning mentioned

A petition calling on the UK government to make LGBT conversion therapy in the UK illegal has, at the last count, been signed by almost 116,000 people – more than enough to trigger a debate in parliament. Our recent campaigning on this issue is referenced.

The Freethinker

'What is the UK’s stance on gay conversion therapy?' - NSS campaigning mentioned

'What is the UK’s stance on gay conversion therapy?' - NSS campaigning mentioned

NSS research into the role of charities in 'conversion therapy' is referenced in this essay outlining the practice.

The Boar

Brighton primary schools to teach extra LGBT-inclusive sex education

Brighton primary schools to teach extra LGBT-inclusive sex education

Brighton and Hove will encourage primary schools to teach LGBT-inclusive sex education above and beyond what will be required by the government from September 2020.

Pink News

UN ‘appalled’ by twin jihadist attacks in Borno, Nigeria

UN ‘appalled’ by twin jihadist attacks in Borno, Nigeria

Dozens of soldiers and civilians are reported to have been killed in twin attacks by Islamist militants in north-eastern Nigeria's Borno state.

BBC

Australia's first trans-led legal service hit with wave of concern over religious discrimination bill

Australia's first trans-led legal service hit with wave of concern over religious discrimination bill

The first Australian trans-led legal service for trans and gender diverse people has already had an influx of clients seeking advice over the government's proposed religious discrimination legislation, even before the legislation has reached parliament.

The Guardian

'How Javed Akhtar’s atheism navigates India’s cultural waters'

'How Javed Akhtar’s atheism navigates India’s cultural waters'

The recipient of this year's Richard Dawkins Award, Javed Akhtar has been an avowed atheist and an untiring critic of fundamentalism, communalism, and superstition.

Outlook India

'How the Battle of Gallipoli was hijacked by religion'

'How the Battle of Gallipoli was hijacked by religion'

'Angels, Muslim saints, and soldiers disappearing into fluffy white clouds. The tour guides are rewriting history and the secularists are none too happy.'

The Independent (£)

Fri, 12 Jun 2020

No communal worship in England before 4th July, says faith minister

No communal worship in England before 4th July, says faith minister

Faith Minister Stephen Greenhalgh said communal prayer could take place from 4th July at the earliest.

The Catholic Universe

US State Department rebukes China as one of the worst abusers of religious freedom

US State Department rebukes China as one of the worst abusers of religious freedom

A State Department has official singled out China as one of the world's worst offenders of religious freedom, saying it backslid the most last year as thousands more people of faith were subjected to imprisonment and forced labour.

The Washington Post

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