Mon, 08 Apr 2019
‘In Indonesia, LGBT people are viewed as a moral threat – condemned by religion and, increasingly, by law’
Muslim-majority Indonesia is using a pornography law to target LGBT people, with public humiliation a ritual punishment.
South China Morning Post
Brunei's new law punishing homosexual sex with death by stoning has sent a wave of fear across the LGBT population in neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia.
Church authorities have halted consultations to divest Catholic patronage at a number of schools after 'confusion and misinformation' had spread over the process.
Rachel Harris says the levelling of ancient sites in Xinjiang, alongside mass detention, is part of an attempt to destroy an entire society.
Fri, 05 Apr 2019
In a release last Friday, the ASA said: "Given the sensitivities surrounding people's religious beliefs, marketers must take care not to cause serious or widespread offence when using religious references in their campaigns in or around Easter."
Stephen Evans of the National Secular Society branded the letter "out of step", and said: "Dogmatic directives like this explain why people are turning away from religious ceremonies."
Abuse in the Church of England is so widespread all parishes should print the safeguarding hotline number on service sheets, an independent report has concluded.
"The definition, rather than focusing on protecting Muslims, conflates criticism of beliefs and practices with racism, treating Islam as a race and privileging "expressions of Muslimness" over guarding the rights of individuals who happen to be Muslims."
A formal complaint of serious misconduct could be made against a Church of England bishop over his response to a case of child sex abuse involving a vicar. The Church's interim safeguarding director has began a complaint process against Dr Peter Forster under the Clergy Discipline Measure (CDM).
Premier Christian Radio
Belgium's ban on non-stun slaughter is set to be tested in the European Union's highest court after a judge delayed a decision on the legality of restrictions in Flanders.
Parents and pupils stage protest outside Parkfield community school Saltley, Birmingham, demanding LGBT lessons are banned. March 7, 2019. See SWNS story SWMDprotest. A school which has suspended lessons about LGBT rights and homophobia following protests from parents has denied the move is a U-turn.
Gay Muslims have told the BBC the No Outsiders books would have helped their mental health growing up.
International legal bodies have condemned the Sultanate of Brunei's adoption of a new sharia-based penal code which includes punishment by amputation and stoning. The Commonwealth Lawyers Association said it is appalled by reports of the decision to implement the death penalty by stoning for adultery and homosexual acts by consenting adults.
Virgin Australia has cancelled a staff travel agreement with Brunei's national airline in response to the country's adoption of sharia law, including the death penalty for gay sex.
Priest says the public destruction of 'evil' items, including JK Rowling's books and Buddhist figurines, was not intended to condemn specific authors or religions
In late November the German Islam Conference was held in Berlin. The project triggered many controversies and heating debates in Germany and beyond.
The Texas prison system has banned religious chaplains from execution chambers after a Supreme Court ruling. America's highest court last week said the state must grant a condemned prisoner's request for a Buddhist monk. Texas officials said it refused Patrick Murphy as the state only employs Christian and Muslim clerics.
One of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's signature policies has been protecting cows, but for Raghuvir Singh Meena -- a Hindu farmer struggling to protect his crop of chickpeas from roaming cattle -- it has gone too far.
A Christian fellowship was attacked by a mob of Hindu radicals in Chapar village, located in India's Uttar Pradesh state, religion watchdog International Christian Concern (ICC) reports. The incident happened on February 7, but has only come to light recently, with the perpetrators threatening to kill the victims if they reported the incident to police.
This morning, the Qianyang (Shaanxi) government in northwest China, razed the only parish in the city to the ground. A bulldozer reduced the two-story building to rubble under the supervision of a group of policemen. Bernardo Cervellera writes for AsiaNews.
The Mormon church has pledged to roll back a series of anti-LGBT policies introduced four years ago. In a surprise move, the Utah-based religious group said it would no longer ban the children of gay parents from being baptised.
USA: 'Death sentence for women': Alabama proposes law to make abortion punishable by up to 99 years in prison
Alabama is proposing a law that would make carrying out an abortion at any stage of the pregnancy punishable by 10 to 99 years in jail. The strict abortion ban, which has been branded a "death sentence for women", would even criminalise performing abortions in cases of rape and incest.
At least nine states have laws allowing for religious exemptions in the foster and adoption process, and several others are considering similar measures. "Once considered fringe policy in just a couple states, the push behind child welfare religious exemption bills has picked up alarming speed and momentum."
Shoppers should not be "duped" into believing criticism that marketing and packaging for chocolate Easter eggs do not go far enough to promote the season's Christian elements, humanists have said. Richy Thompson added: "The farce which targeted Cadbury and the National Trust in 2017 was an overstated, ridiculous attempt to promote Christianity with chocolate Easter eggs and we hope there is no such 'eggsaggeration' this year."
Premier Christian Radio
Thu, 04 Apr 2019
A prominent campaigner against relationship and sex education lessons is being investigated by her professional body after the NSS raised concerns about anti-LGBT comments she had made.
A newborn boy has died after a ritual genital cutting in Italy.
Ministers in Scotland are being urged to provide funding to save a charity that helps to tackle homophobic bullying.
A killjoy church minister has criticised Cadbury's Easter bunny TV advert, insisting chocolate has nothing to do with the holiday.
The Scottish Sun
The rector of Aberdeen University has joined the growing chorus of voices calling for the Sultan of Brunei to be stripped of his honorary degree after he decreed that sex between men will be punishable by stoning to death.
The Times (£)
Rakib Ehsan says we cannot let the anti-Muslim outrage in Christchurch be used to silence debate.
Catholic schools in Ireland erroneously claim Christmas will be cancelled if the schools change hands
Ireland's education minister has said he is open to the idea of writing to schools who claimed this week that Christmas would be cancelled if their school was removed from Catholic control.
A Roman Catholic diocese near Madrid is being investigated after a newspaper reported that it was running courses to "cure" gay men of homosexuality.
Pope Francis has said the Catholic Church has to acknowledge a history of male domination and sexual abuse of women and children, but added that the church "could not agree with everything some feminist groups propose".
ABC News (Australia)
Emily Shugerman says the idea of 'heartbeat' abortion bans used to be viewed as ridiculous, but is now mainstream among US Republicans.
The Daily Beast
Texas prisons will no longer allow clergy in the death chamber after the US Supreme Court blocked the scheduled execution of a man who argued his religious freedom would be violated if his Buddhist spiritual adviser couldn't accompany him.
US News & World Report
Wed, 03 Apr 2019
Home secretary orders 'urgent investigation' into asylum rejection letter with theological justification
The home secretary Sajid Javid has ordered an "urgent investigation" into a letter sent to an Iranian Christian asylum seeker explaining that his application had been turned down because Christianity was not the peaceful religion he claimed it to be.
Brunei's strict new Islamic laws that make gay sex an offence punishable by stoning to death come into force today.
The University of Oxford, King's College London and the University of Aberdeen have all awarded the sultan with nominal degrees. Only Aberdeen is considering rescinding the degree over Brunei's decision to introduce the death penalty for gay sex.
Gay Star News
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is to attend a meeting organised by a Charedi activist who has strongly opposed the government's plans to make teaching about LGBT people compulsory.
An Islamic State fighter held in Syria has told the BBC he was one of at least seven students and ex-students from University of Westminster to join IS.
The largest poll ever conducted on assisted dying has found that 84 per cent of people in Great Britain support a change in the law.
Nearly nine in 10 people in Scotland support legalising assisted dying, according to a new poll.
Ofsted has found homophobic and misogynistic books at an independent primary school in east London.
A charity tasked with making LGBT issues "visible" in Scottish classrooms is facing collapse.
The Times (£)
Justin Lehmiller says contentious arguments that circumcision brings 'health benefits' may not be a good basis for deciding to alter children's genitals.
A case of female genital mutilation is either discovered or treated at a medical appointment in England every hour, a charity has said.
Jefferson Business Journal
President Trump has reportedly told confidants he is "saving" Amy Coney Barrett, a Catholic judge seen as open to overturning the landmark Roe v Wade decision, for the next vacancy on the US Supreme Court.
Tue, 02 Apr 2019
A home education register will enable councils to identify children receiving a "solely religious education" at unregistered faith schools such as Jewish Orthdox yeshivas or Islamic madrasas.
The head of Ofsted has called on campaigners to halt protests outside the gates of schools that teach pupils about LGBT issues, claiming it "serves no one well to intimidate teachers".
Head teachers involved in a row over primary school diversity classes say they "feel alone" and unsupported.
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