Wed, 07 Mar 2018

Allow abortion pill to be taken at home, says Labour AM

A Labour member of the Welsh assembly has called on ministers to broaden the list of places where an abortion can legally take place to include a woman's home.


‘Respectful debate on belief must go both ways’

Letter writers respond to claims that there should be greater deference to biblical teaching in public life.

The Scotsman (via Press Reader)

‘The US religious right is using the UN to spread hate’

Rashima Kwatra says large well-funded organisations have taken their anti-LGBT+ strategy to the United Nations.

We News

Tue, 06 Mar 2018

Church of England put reputation first, child abuse inquiry told – NSS vice-president extensively quoted

The Church of England prioritised its reputation over the safety of children, born from an "arrogance which equates the church with God", the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse has heard. Richard Scorer said survivors had faced years of institutional cover-up and denial.

The Guardian

Police look at bishops' ‘failure to act' over sex abuse claims

Police are investigating a complaint by a former priest against senior Church of England clergy that they ignored sex abuse claims, the BBC understands.


Clergy resign from Church of England rather than face criminal records checks, abuse inquiry told

Clergy are resigning from the Church of England rather than facing criminal record checks for child abuse, the inquiry into child sexual abuse has heard.

The Telegraph

Don't let faith schools take in more pupils on the basis of religion, leaders warn

Faith schools must not be allowed to admit more children on the basis of religion, leaders have warned.

The Telegraph

Abortion reform bill on Isle of Man faces challenges

A bill to liberalise the Isle of Man's abortion law will be subject to dozens of amendments when it returns to the House of Keys today.

IoM Today

Child marriage numbers falling, says Unicef

There has been a significant drop in the number of child marriages worldwide, the United Nations children's agency says.


‘Male circumcision violates human rights’

Chris Coughran says male circumcision, though less harmful than FGM, still violates the bodily autonomy of children and carries many medical risks. (Note: this story carries a graphic image)

Conatus News

Cardinal George Pell in court over historical sexual abuse charges

The Vatican's third-highest ranking official has appeared in an Australian court for a hearing that will determine whether he will face a full trial by jury.

The Independent

Study reveals extent of FGM among Bohra Muslims in India

Just weeks after the Indian government declared that there was no data to support the existence of female genital mutilation in the country, a small study has shown a 75% incidence across the Bohra Muslim community.

The Guardian

Sri Lanka deploys forces to quell deadly Buddhist-Muslim clash

Sri Lanka has sent troops and elite police to central Kandy to prevent clashes between majority Sinhalese Buddhists and minority Muslims after a mob set fire to a Muslim-owned shop.

The Japan Times

Israeli government under threat over law on ultra-Orthodox draft exemption

Ultra-Orthodox political party leaders in Israel are threatening to vote against the 2019 budget unless the coalition first passes legislation to exempt ultra-Orthodox men from military service.


Mon, 05 Mar 2018

Police and prosecutors consider criminal investigation into George Carey over alleged abuse 'cover up' - NSS quoted

Police and prosecutors are considering a criminal investigation into a former archbishop of Canterbury over an alleged cover-up of sexual abuse.

The Telegraph

Illegal ‘schools’ teach children hatred

Religious extremists are exploiting lax home education laws to expose children to hate-filled material at scores of unregistered "schools" and secret teaching groups.

The Times (£)

How a teacher sought to recruit a terror 'death squad'

A part-time religious teacher who tried to groom children to become future suicide attackers has been convicted of preparing acts of terrorism. Police believe he came into contact with more than 100 children, some of whom have received deradicalisation support.


Education minister warns Charedi leaders over failing schools

The minister responsible for faith schools has urged Charedi leaders in Hackney to act over the failings of local Jewish independent schools.

The Jewish Chronicle

C of E discusses finance training in submission on sex education

In a submission to the Government's review of PSHE and sex education in schools, the Church of England said it was "concerned" that "the strong focus on Sex and Relationships Education… risks overlooking the other components of PSHE".

The Telegraph

BBC criticised as Antiques Roadshow heads for Buckfast Abbey

Plans to film an episode of Antiques Roadshow from Buckfast Abbey have been criticised over fears it will promote the drink. The monks' 'tonic wine' has been linked to 43.4 per cent of offences committed by Scottish prisoners.

Daily Record

Catholic-raised Meghan Markle will be baptised into C of E this month

Meghan Markle is set to be baptised as an Anglican by the archbishop of Canterbury this month before she joins the royal family, according to a report.

Mail Online

Bishop of Oxford issues ‘ten commandments for robots’

A Church of England bishop who sits on the House of Lords select committee on AI has issued a set of ten commandments to govern artificial intelligence.

The Times (£)

Belfast council may back calls for abortion in Northern Ireland to be decriminalised

Belfast City Council looks on course to pass a resolution tonight calling for the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph

Teenager locked up for planned Islamic State-inspired Justin Bieber gig attack

A 17-year-old boy who was "hours away from committing an act of atrocity" in Cardiff has been detained indefinitely and must serve at least 11 years.


No jail for slaughtermen who admitted cruelty to sheep at halal abattoir

Two slaughtermen responsible for the "extreme" suffering of sheep have received suspended prison sentences at Leeds Magistrates Court.

Telegraph & Argus

Protests in Pakistan for Christians on blasphemy charges

Christians and Muslims protested yesterday in Lahore against the blasphemy laws in Pakistan.

Premier Christian Radio

Fri, 02 Mar 2018

Unregistered faith schools: how big is the problem? - NSS mentioned

Disturbing undercover footage has heightened concerns about child safety at unregistered religious schools, leading to renewed calls for a government crackdown.

The Week

Town council prayers to continue despite objections

Lampeter town councillors will continue to observe their traditional Christian prayer at the start of meetings – despite complaints.

Cambrian News

Hackney Council adopts controversial new anti-Semitism definition

A new definition of anti-Semitism that some critics say opposes free speech has been adopted by Hackney Council following a rise in anti-Semitic crime in the borough, which has the second largest Jewish population in London.

East London Lines

"Church has to stop covering up abuse"

Belfast Telegraph Editor comment following the resignation of Bishop McAreavy's resignation over abuse scandal

Belfast Telegraph

C of E opposes Bill to allow non-Anglican marriages to be solemnised in its buildings

The House of Lords debated Lord Deben's Ecumenical Marriage Bill at its second reading, last Friday. It is a Private Member's Bill that seeks to allow C of E churches and chapels to host marriages accord­ing to the rites and cere­mon­ies of other Christian denominations.

Church Times

Call to smash Sussex 'abuse' clergyman's headstone

A relative of a clergyman accused of abusing an 11-year-old boy has called for his headstone to be destroyed.


The child abuse scandal of the British children sent abroad

"The children were recruited by religious institutions from both the Anglican and Catholic churches, or well-meaning charities including Barnardo's and the Fairbridge Society... But for too many, the dream became a nightmare. Hundreds of migrant children have given accounts of poor education, hard labour, physical beatings and sexual abuse."


Rabbi calls for national body to monitor circumcision

Jonathan Romain claims criticisms of circumcision were reaching "greater levels of intensity than ever before"

Jewish Chronicle

Far-right extremists preparing for 'war against Islam', report warns after terror plots exposed

Hope Not Hate's annual report forecast further violence emanating from various factions following the Finsbury Park terror attack on Muslims and neo-Nazi murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.

The Independent

Washington state passes ban on gay ‘cure’ therapy for minors

The US state could become the latest to outlaw the use of so-called 'conversion therapy' to attempt to change the sexuality of minors.

Pink News

Religious male soldiers refuse to attend course alongside women

Israel: Several religious soldiers have reportedly refused to join a tank commanders course scheduled to begin this month because they objected to the presence of women in the course.

The Jerusalem Post

Satanic Temple suing municipal authorities for religious discrimination

A Satanic Temple chapter in Arizona is suing municipal authorities in Scottsdale after the city barred the group from delivering an invocation at a city council meeting.


Thu, 01 Mar 2018

Religious Freedom Isn't A License To Violate Others’ Rights - by NSS CEO

Religious liberty is too important to leave to zealots to defend, says Stephen Evans.

The Huffington Post

Man tells of childhood abuse by priest

The man, now aged 46, claimed that Fr Paul Moore kissed and sexually abused him on various occasions between January 1977 and August 1978.


Backlash over Belfast church that denies it's running 'gay cure' event

An east Belfast church has denied suggestions it is hosting an event next week aimed at "curing" gay people, saying it just wants to help them remain celibate and Christian.

Belfast Telegraph

Bangor Cathedral choir 'snubbed' by Songs of Praise

Singers in Bangor Cathedral choir claim they have been "snubbed" after they were not asked to perform on BBC TV programme Songs of Praise. One child and two parents have written to the cathedral's governing body to complain.


Muslim women win payout after New York police forced them to remove headscarves

The city of New York on Wednesday agreed to pay $180,000 to three Muslim women forced by police to remove their headscarves to have mugshots taken, officials said.

SBS News

Atheist Fights Court-Ordered Alcoholics Anonymous Treatment

An Ohio atheist convicted of drug charges claims in court that a state judge and treatment providers forced him to participate in Alcoholics Anonymous, which he says is rooted in monotheistic spirituality.

Courthouse News Service

Scottish Episcopal Church consecrates first female Bishop

The Rev Canon Anne Dyer will be consecrated as Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney at a special service in St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen.

The Herald

Facebook to target people with adverts based on their religion

The move could raise concerns that radical groups may be able to pay to target certain political groups with recruitment propaganda, perpetuating extremism on the website.

The Telegraph

Murder of Jewish woman in Paris reclassified as anti-semitic attack

Kobili Traore, 28, is accused of murdering his neighbour Lucette Attal-Halimi, 65, an Orthodox Jewish woman known by her Hebrew name, Sarah Halimi, after breaking into her council flat in eastern Paris on the night of April 3.

The Telegraph

Pastafarian student blocked from wearing a colander on his head

A 15-year-old Auckland student who was asked to remove a colander on his head for a school photo believes he is being discriminated against. The teenager claims he is a part of the Pastafarian religion.

Daily Mail

Wed, 28 Feb 2018

‘Iceland gets my vote for banning male circumcision’ – NSS mentioned

Katie Law says discussions about ritual male genital cutting are not about relative pain, but whether you believe your right to impose your religious beliefs on your child trumps the rights of the child.

Evening Standard

Is there a problem with unregistered schools?

School inspectors have warned that there are hundreds of unregistered schools but that they have few powers to investigate or shut them down.


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