Fri, 02 Aug 2019

Schools and religion: ‘Non-believers treated like second-class citizens’

Schools and religion: ‘Non-believers treated like second-class citizens’

Ireland: Many State-run schools ignoring guidelines for accommodating non-religious students.

Irish Times

Terrorists boost fundraising on social media, warns think-tank

Terrorists boost fundraising on social media, warns think-tank

Members of Islamist and white supremacist groups have raised funds via Facebook, GoFundMe and YouTube, and encrypted messengers such as WhatsApp and Telegram are also exposed.

The Times (£)

Netherlands 'burka ban' comes into force in schools, hospitals and on buses

Netherlands 'burka ban' comes into force in schools, hospitals and on buses

The Netherlands has introduced a so-called burka ban which prevents people from wearing face coverings in hospitals, schools and on public transport.

Wessex FM

Saudi Arabia allows women to travel independently

Saudi Arabia allows women to travel independently

Women in Saudi Arabia can now travel abroad without a male guardian's permission, royal decrees say.

BBC News

Thu, 01 Aug 2019

Anti-abortion group to mount legal challenge against planned reforms in NI

Anti-abortion group to mount legal challenge against planned reforms in NI

An anti-abortion group is to mount a legal challenge against plans to decriminalise terminations in Northern Ireland.

The Irish News

‘Forced marriage, murder and miscarriages of justice: 40 years of Southall Black Sisters and the battles ahead’

‘Forced marriage, murder and miscarriages of justice: 40 years of Southall Black Sisters and the battles ahead’

Pragna Patel, founding member of Southall Black Sisters and an NSS honorary associate, discusses past and future battles on gender violence, criminal justice and religious fundamentalism.

The London Economic

Iranian women face 10 years for sharing videos of hijab removal

Iranian women face 10 years for sharing videos of hijab removal

Iranian officials have warned that posting video footage of women removing their mandatory headscarves in public could lead to up 10 years imprisonment, according to media reports yesterday.

The Telegraph

New Jersey to allow assisted dying for terminally ill people

New Jersey to allow assisted dying for terminally ill people

Terminally ill adults in the US state of New Jersey will be able to decide when it's time to die from today, when the state begins allowing patients to self-administer lethal drugs.

New York Post

Irish schools refusing tuition for students who opt out of religion

Irish schools refusing tuition for students who opt out of religion

State secondary schools are refusing to implement a directive which requires them to provide students who opt out of religious instruction with access to another subject.

The Irish Times

Reported antisemitism hit record high in first half of 2019, says report

Reported antisemitism hit record high in first half of 2019, says report

The first six months of the year saw the highest number of antisemitic incidents ever recorded in the UK in the same period of any year, according to a new report by the Community Security Trust.

The JC

China orders Islamic symbols and Arabic language signs be ripped down in Beijing in latest crackdown on Muslims

China orders Islamic symbols and Arabic language signs be ripped down in Beijing in latest crackdown on Muslims

China has ordered the removal of Arabic script and symbols associated with Islam from halal restaurants and food stalls in the latest crackdown on its Muslim population.

The Sun

Catholic diocese criticised over list of priests accused of abuse

Catholic diocese criticised over list of priests accused of abuse

The Roman Catholic diocese of Manchester in the US state of New Hampshire has released a list of priests accused of sexually abusing children. Survivors have criticised the list as it provides no details of the allegations or the dates when the events happened.

Mail Online

President Joko Widodo says Islam in Indonesia is 'tolerant' as rights groups warn of rising fundamentalism

President Joko Widodo says Islam in Indonesia is 'tolerant' as rights groups warn of rising fundamentalism

Indonesian president Joko Widodo has denied being concerned about the rise of fundamentalism in his country, saying that the Islam practiced there is tolerant and progressive.

CNN

Twitter account which protests against same sex education in schools mass blocks LGBT rights advocates

Twitter account which protests against same sex education in schools mass blocks LGBT rights advocates

Advocates for LGBTQ+ rights have found themselves mass-blocked by a Twitter account which protests against same sex education in schools.

ITV News

Wed, 31 Jul 2019

Catholic archbishop urges action to keep school voting privilege- NSS referenced

Catholic archbishop urges action to keep school voting privilege- NSS referenced

Scots law states that there must be three church representatives on council education committees. Secularists say it is undemocratic to give unelected church members a unique legally binding role in education policy.

The Times (£)

Schools offered support for LGBT lessons by Lambeth Council to counter homophobia fears

Schools offered support for LGBT lessons by Lambeth Council to counter homophobia fears

Lambeth Council is writing to schools across the borough in support of LGBT-inclusive sex and relationship education.

SW London

Charedi organisations begin to lobby new Education Secretary

Charedi organisations begin to lobby new Education Secretary

Chinuch UK, the campaign group for strictly orthodox Jewish education, has written to the new minister to request a meeting, while the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations has invited him to visit some of the community's schools.

The JC

Non-stun slaughter critic George Eustice gets ministerial post

Non-stun slaughter critic George Eustice gets ministerial post

George Eustice, who has returned as a minister to the department after resigning earlier this year because of delays over Brexit, is a critic of religious methods of slaughter without stunning.

The JC

Catholic priest who repeatedly raped two schoolboys is jailed for 18 years

Catholic priest who repeatedly raped two schoolboys is jailed for 18 years

Michael Higginbottom was a Catholic priest at St Joseph's College in Lancashire.

Mail Online

UK 'has responsibility' to prosecute IS fighters

UK 'has responsibility' to prosecute IS fighters

The failure to bring Britons who fought for the Islamic State group to justice in the UK is a "dereliction of responsibility", a top US counter-terrorism official says.

BBC News

 'Historic' day as India outlaws 'triple talaq' Islamic instant divorce

'Historic' day as India outlaws 'triple talaq' Islamic instant divorce

Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist administration has been pushing to criminalise "triple talaq", under which a man can divorce by uttering the word "talaq", meaning divorce in Arabic, three times in his wife's presence.

The Guardian

"The False Demonization Of Secularism"

"The False Demonization Of Secularism"

"A desperate, panicked, and openly theocratic evangelical movement is falsely demonizing secularism and those who believe in the separation of church and state as a threat to religion."

Above The Law

Tue, 30 Jul 2019

Muslims join official talks over pork-derived gelatine in flu vaccine

Muslims join official talks over pork-derived gelatine in flu vaccine

Public health chiefs have held talks with Muslim leaders after families raised concerns about allowing their children to have the flu vaccine because it contains pork products.

The Times (£)

No plans to change Catholic representatives’ voting rights, says Glasgow City Council

No plans to change Catholic representatives’ voting rights, says Glasgow City Council

Representatives of Glasgow City Council say they have no plans to change the arrangement allowing two representatives from the Catholic Church to vote on education matters.

Evening Times

Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh urges Catholics to resist removal of church school board voting rights

Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh urges Catholics to resist removal of church school board voting rights

A leading Catholic clergyman has called on parishioners to oppose a move to block voting rights for religious representatives on schooling issues in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Evening News

LGBT people are 'being made homeless due to religion'

LGBT people are 'being made homeless due to religion'

Nearly half of young LGBT people who are left homeless after coming out are from religious backgrounds, according to research by the Albert Kennedy Trust.

BBC

Birmingham has highest female genital mutilation rate in UK

Birmingham has highest female genital mutilation rate in UK

Nearly six new victims of female genital mutilation are being identified in an average week in Birmingham.

Birmingham Live

Raped vicar reveals tragic tale of sexual abuse in the church

Raped vicar reveals tragic tale of sexual abuse in the church

A vicar at the centre of the Anglican Church's sexual abuse scandal has told how the alleged abuse of schoolchildren in his Rotherham parish sparked his battle to get justice for himself and others.

Examiner Live

Woman arrested over shouting “shame on you” during Pride march

Woman arrested over shouting “shame on you” during Pride march

A 38-year-old woman has been arrested after the phrase "shame on you" was shouted at people taking part in a Pride march.

The Guardian

‘MPs can no longer hide from the mass incarceration of Uighur Muslims in China’

‘MPs can no longer hide from the mass incarceration of Uighur Muslims in China’

Yasmin Qureshi and Alistair Carmichael say they aim to initiate a short inquiry into the incarceration of Muslims in China after parliament returns from recess.

New Statesman

Rapist inmate claims he was discriminated against because unit failed to offer Christian worship

Rapist inmate claims he was discriminated against because unit failed to offer Christian worship

A convicted Christian claims he suffered religious discrimination by the NHS as he was denied the right to Sunday worship while Muslim inmates were allowed Friday prayers.

The Telegraph

Muslim teenager set on fire in India ‘after refusing to chant Hindu slogan’

Muslim teenager set on fire in India ‘after refusing to chant Hindu slogan’

A Muslim teenager has claimed he was set on fire by a gang after he refused to chant a Hindu slogan in the Chandauli district of Uttar Pradesh, India.

The Independent

‘Church of Ireland marks 150 years since end of role as state church’

‘Church of Ireland marks 150 years since end of role as state church’

Patsy McGarry considers the legacy of the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland.

The Irish Times

New South Wales abortion decriminalisation delayed after conservatives resist

New South Wales abortion decriminalisation delayed after conservatives resist

A bill to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales has been delayed by a week after resistance from the conservative wing of the coalition government.

The Guardian

Mon, 29 Jul 2019

Parents launch court action over Christian school assemblies

Parents launch court action over Christian school assemblies

A couple who say their children are being religiously indoctrinated during Christian school assemblies are to launch a high court challenge.

The Guardian

Government put ‘extreme pressure’ on primary school to stop giving LGBT-inclusive lessons, says CEO

Government put ‘extreme pressure’ on primary school to stop giving LGBT-inclusive lessons, says CEO

The government put "extreme pressure" on a primary school to stop giving lessons on LGBT relationships after parents staged weekly protests against them, the school's chief executive has said.

The Independent

Government’s minister for faith resigns

Government’s minister for faith resigns

Nick Bourne has resigned as Minister for Faith over the possibility of a no deal Brexit.

Premier Christian Radio

Muslim parents refuse to let their children take part in nationwide flu vaccine drive 'because treatment is not halal'

Muslim parents refuse to let their children take part in nationwide flu vaccine drive 'because treatment is not halal'

Muslim parents are reportedly refusing to allow their children to have a nasal flu vaccine after the Muslim Council of Britain said the treatment was not halal.

Mail Online

Police probe 'homophobic abuse' video from Pride event in north London

Police probe 'homophobic abuse' video from Pride event in north London

Police are investigating suspected homophobic abuse after footage of a woman in a niqab shouting "shame on you" at people on a Pride march was shared online.

BBC

NI Catholic school hopes integrated sector switch can save it from closure

NI Catholic school hopes integrated sector switch can save it from closure

A Catholic primary school in Northern Ireland has backed a plan to transform to integrated status.

The Irish News

Italian town introduces blasphemy law with £360 fines for those who 'offend any faith or religion'

Italian town introduces blasphemy law with £360 fines for those who 'offend any faith or religion'

The Italian town of Saonara is introducing a new law making it illegal to 'blaspheme against any faith or religion'.

Mail Online

‘Circumcision: My penis causes me constant pain’

‘Circumcision: My penis causes me constant pain’

An interview with a man who feels constant pain after being circumcised.

BBC

Charities allowed to promote infant mutilation if it ‘advances religion’ – NSS cited extensively

Charities allowed to promote infant mutilation if it ‘advances religion’ – NSS cited extensively

An opinion piece from the NSS has drawn attention to the fact organisations which carry out medically unnecessary circumcisions can claim charitable status.

The Freethinker (Patheos)

Christian preacher accused of hate speech wins £2,500 payout from Met Police for wrongful arrest

Christian preacher accused of hate speech wins £2,500 payout from Met Police for wrongful arrest

A preacher who was halted from expressing his Christian views and driven four miles away by police in London has been awarded a £2,500 payout for wrongful arrest, according to reports.

Evening Standard

‘The struggle for LGBT equality: Pride meets prejudice in Poland’

‘The struggle for LGBT equality: Pride meets prejudice in Poland’

Two weeks after 1.5m people celebrated gay rights in London, marchers in the Polish city of Białystok met only rage and violence, with Catholic propaganda playing a notable role.

The Observer

Fri, 26 Jul 2019

Inclusive teaching row: Boris Johnson urged to step in

Inclusive teaching row: Boris Johnson urged to step in

The boss of a primary school which faced protests over LGBT teaching has urged the new prime minister to step in or risk further divisions in communities.

BBC

Cabinet's voting record shows lack of support for abortion and gay rights

Cabinet's voting record shows lack of support for abortion and gay rights

A significant number of ministers in Boris Johnson's new government have been either hostile to or ambivalent about abortion and gay rights, according to their voting records.

The Guardian

Government reveals what grants it gives to faith and interfaith projects

Government reveals what grants it gives to faith and interfaith projects

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has revealed what grants it gives to Jewish, Christian, Muslim and inter-faith projects.

Jewish News

‘Critiquing Islamist fundamentalist practice is not an “attack on Muslim women”’

‘Critiquing Islamist fundamentalist practice is not an “attack on Muslim women”’

Munira Mirza critiques the hysteria created by Boris Johnson's comments about the burka last year.

Conservative Home

Court in Poland bans 'LGBT-free zone' sticker from sale

Court in Poland bans 'LGBT-free zone' sticker from sale

A Polish court has ordered a conservative newspaper to halt the distribution of "LGBT-free zone" stickers it included in this week's issue.

BBC

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