Wed, 13 May 2020
Equalities watchdog drops probe into Tory ‘Islamophobia’ after party sets out plans for independent investigation
The UK's equality watchdog has dropped plans to launch a probe into Tory anti-Muslim discrimination after the party set out new details on its independent investigation.
Israeli police arrested 320 people at a Jewish bonfire festival celebrating an ancient sage, after worshippers rioted over coronavirus restrictions that denied them access to his tomb, officers said on Wednesday.
Tue, 12 May 2020
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools glue biology pages together and redact Childline number, inquiry hears
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools are gluing together human biology pages and redacting the Childline number from educational materials, a government-ordered inquiry has heard.
Child sexual abuse is going widely unreported among the UK's Charedi Jewish community because victims need the permission of a rabbi before they can go to the police, an inquiry has heard.
Far-right posing as journalists to spread fake news about Muslims, government Islamophobia advisor warns
Far-right activists are posing as journalists in a "deplorable" bid to spread fake news about Muslims breaking lockdown, a government advisor has warned.
A priest has taken to the streets to carry out mobile church services and sermons via loudspeaker, despite admitting he risks breaching social distancing regulations.
Clergy will begin streaming services from their churches this week, the archbishop of York's successor has confirmed.
The Sikh Federation has said legal action is inevitable after the Scottish government confirmed it had no plans to include a separate tick box for Sikhs in the ethnicity section of its 2021 census.
The Times (£)
St Mary's College looks set to move away from being a Catholic sixth form due to a fall in numbers of students from the faith attending.
A Ukrainian Jewish group accused the nation's police force of "open anti-Semitism" after a high-ranking police official requested a list of all Jews in the western city of Kolomyya as part of an inquiry into organised crime.
The Times of Israel
‘Religious freedom’ part of the reason why Trump administration rejected public health guidelines, says report
The Trump administration reportedly rejected proposed guidelines on how to take public health precautions to safely reopen the economy partly on the grounds that guidance in churches would restrict religious freedom.
The US's Supreme Court justices sounded split on Monday on whether to broadly deny civil rights protections to hundreds of thousands of teachers in religious schools.
Los Angeles Times
Even as the monasteries of the Orthodox Church are besieged by the coronavirus, apocalyptic-minded priests balk at state restrictions on public worship.
The New York Times (£)
Mon, 11 May 2020
A Christian fostering agency has told a court that Ofsted "came in on a white charger" and went beyond its powers in censuring it for not accepting same-sex couples as foster carers.
The Times (£)
Social distancing will be impossible in some places of worship if government ministers allow them to reopen, religious leaders have said.
Abortion regulations introduced in Northern Ireland remain in place despite a delay to a Westminster vote, the UK government has said.
The Irish News
This report says a survey which purported to show Britons turning to prayer during the coronavirus pandemic also found that slightly more people have stopped praying.
Justin Welby was among those who addressed the nation during the VE Day commemorations.
A ceremony at the White House on Thursday was dominated by prayers from religious leaders for an end to the coronavirus.
Video footage shows a town mayor and other officials interrogating people at a shelter about their families and sex lives.
Germany's parliament has passed a law banning so-called 'gay conversion therapy' for young people nationwide.
Pakistan's cabinet has declined to include a religious sect that rights groups say suffers widespread persecution in a newly formed commission for minorities, after opposition from conservatives in the government, officials said on Thursday.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought on a "tsunami of hate and xenophobia" internationally, according to the United Nations secretary general.
Two Sikh doctor brothers in Canada have made an "extremely difficult decision" to shave off their beards so they can wear the masks necessary to treat patients suffering from coronavirus.
Thu, 07 May 2020
Cardinal George Pell knew of child sexual abuse by priests in Australia as early as the 1970s but failed to take action, a landmark inquiry has found.
An anti-abortion campaigner who is banned from displaying a poster featuring an image of a dead foetus alongside a picture of the Labour MP Stella Creasy has failed to overturn a council order against him.
A far-right extremist who called police support for LGBT Pride events the "death of European culture" has admitted terror and explosives offences.
Two alleged abusers from Iwerne Christian camps are currently being investigated, including one by the police, according to a spokesperson for the victims.
‘Abortion rules in chaos as Northern Ireland struggles to cope with new rules imposed by travel restrictions’
In a cruel twist, women were faced with the worst access to abortion services in more than 50 years in early April.
A 14-year-old Christian girl has been abducted by an Islamic gang in Pakistan. Her mother has said she is terrified her daughter will be raped, forcefully converted to Islam or even executed.
Premier Christian News
The US Supreme Court justices seemed concerned Wednesday about the scope of Trump administration rules that would allow more employers who cite a religious or moral objection to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women.
Texas was one of a handful of states to deem abortions non-essential procedures during the pandemic. But what impact has that decision had?
As the misinformation has exploded, so too has real-world violence and anger against Muslims.
Wed, 06 May 2020
There's been a remarkable show of support for endangered Nigerian Humanist Mubarak Bala online, with people asking where they can make donations and how they can help.
The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)
Next year's census unnecessarily entails a "ridiculous" headcount of Protestants and Catholics, Alliance has said, as it objected to proposals set out yesterday.
Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has written to the Jewish Chronicle to deny that she publicly humiliated a strictly Orthodox school.
The Jewish Chronicle
Hate crime laws being proposed in Scotland would trigger a "full-frontal assault on free speech", a senior politician has claimed.
The Times (£)
A woman who was driven out of a Chasidic Jewish community for going against its rules reflects on the Netfix series Unorthodox.
After complaints that a pro-life event held by the Aberdeen Life Ethics Society violated a 'safe space policy', an investigation has resulted in no action being taken against the 'pro-life' group.
Catholic News Agency
Representatives of an international group that calls itself a "healing church" and promotes industrial bleach as a cure for coronavirus say they should be allowed to continue selling the potentially toxic "miracle" solution in Australia on religious freedom grounds.
A new study has found that nonreligious people in the US face discrimination and stigma, conceal their nonreligious identities, and largely see themselves as atheists and humanists.
Religion News Service
Who knows how many Jews could have been saved had the pope made a public intervention?
A man who threatened to behead Christians on his front lawn in retaliation for the Christchurch massacre has walked free from court with a suspended sentence.
ABC News Australia
Tue, 05 May 2020
A government consultation on the definition of schools could lead to more settings, including some religious educational institutions, being classed as 'independent schools' and subject to inspection.
A Sikh doctors' group and the Sikh Council have complained after a doctor who refused to shave his beard was moved to a different role because his mask would not fit. In response the national medical director has said "reasonable adjustments should be made by providers in this area".
The former pope has vented about subjects including gay marriage and society's treatment of homophobes.
A group of Tory MPs are calling on the Church of England to ease restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak to allow small-scale funerals in churches.
An annual human rights report released this week gives Pakistan a failing grade. It cites failings including unabated honour killings, forced conversions of minority Hindu under-age girls and continued use of a blasphemy law that carries the death penalty.
The New York Times (£)
The two countries have very different national attitudes about individual and collective responsibility for public health – and very different histories of using religious freedom as a rallying cry.
France's prime minister has said the country might allow religious services to resume before the end of May, depending on the impact of a gradual easing of lockdown rules.
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