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Thu, 23 Dec 2021

Australian faith school teacher shares gay students’ struggles with vile bullying

Australian faith school teacher shares gay students’ struggles with vile bullying

A former teacher at an Australian Christian school became emotional while recalling how horrific bullying of a 12-year-old gay student twice drove them to attempt suicide.

Q News

Saudi Arabia's top religious body declares homosexuality 'one of the most heinous crimes' and gay people 'a disgrace in this world and the next'

Saudi Arabia's top religious body declares homosexuality 'one of the most heinous crimes' and gay people 'a disgrace in this world and the next'

In a statement released today, Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al-Sheikh said the kingdom, which hosts Islam's two holiest sites, categorically rejects homosexuality, even as Riyadh seeks to transform its ultraconservative image amid a modernisation drive.

Daily Mail

Wed, 22 Dec 2021

The Battle Over Bacon

The Battle Over Bacon

Article on ethical farming mentions recent NSS research on labelling meat produced by non-stun slaughter.

Forbes

Ali Harbi Ali pleads not guilty to murder of MP David Amess

Ali Harbi Ali pleads not guilty to murder of MP David Amess

The man accused of stabbing to death the Conservative MP Sir David Amess has pleaded not guilty to his murder and planning a terrorist attack for more than two years.

Guardian

Defending Dissent

Defending Dissent

It is compassionate to sympathise with someone who is upset but this should never be a matter for the police. This principle was affirmed on Monday in a wise judgment by the Court of Appeal.

The Times*

Scots white nationalist who idolised mass killers appealing conviction for terrorist offences

Scots white nationalist who idolised mass killers appealing conviction for terrorist offences

A Scots white nationalist who idolised mass killers and spouted vile hatred of Muslims is appealing against his conviction for terrorist offences.

Daily Record

Murder charges urged over South African circumcision deaths

Murder charges urged over South African circumcision deaths

The deaths of at least 30 teenagers from botched circumcisions and dehydration in a secretive South African rite of passage have prompted calls for murder charges to be brought against those responsible.

The Times*

Catholic diocese liable for priest's abuse

Catholic diocese liable for priest's abuse

Ballarat's Catholic diocese has been found liable for the sexual abuse of a young boy by one of its priests.

Canberra Times

A new case for Christianity is rising from New Atheism’s ashes

A new case for Christianity is rising from New Atheism’s ashes

"I considered this last week, on the 10th anniversary of the death of the writer Christopher Hitchens. Not all his ideological positions have stood the test of time, but his witty, barbed and gloriously versatile writing – on everything from Harry Potter to Hillary Clinton – certainly has."

The Telegraph*

Muslim families like mine aren’t ‘hijacking’ Christmas. We’re celebrating it our way

Muslim families like mine aren’t ‘hijacking’ Christmas. We’re celebrating it our way

"Like everyone else, I'm looking forward to Christmas Day. Though I was brought up in a Muslim household, we still get together as a family and celebrate. Of course, it doesn't have the same significance for us as the two Islamic festivals of Eid, which require weeks of planning, hours of cooking – and new outfits."

Mail Online

Tue, 21 Dec 2021

Man who wore Palestine terror group clothing in Golders Green avoids jail

Man who wore Palestine terror group clothing in Golders Green avoids jail

A man who wore T-shirts supporting banned Palestinian groups among Jewish communities in north London has been handed a suspended jail sentence.

Jewish News

Court of Appeal rules police's definition of a 'hate incident' is unlawful and had 'chilling effect' on freedom of expression

Court of Appeal rules police's definition of a 'hate incident' is unlawful and had 'chilling effect' on freedom of expression

A former police officer has won a Court of Appeal challenge over police guidance on 'hate incidents' after claiming it unlawfully interferes with the right to freedom of expression.

Daily Mail

Persecution folly

Persecution folly

Letter from Neil Barber of the Edinburgh Secular Society.

The Scotsman*

ISIS-linked extremists decapitate Christian pastor before handing his severed head to his wife to show authorities in Mozambique

ISIS-linked extremists decapitate Christian pastor before handing his severed head to his wife to show authorities in Mozambique

Suspected ISIS-linked extremists have decapitated a Christian pastor before handing his severed head to his wife to show authorities in Mozambique.

Daily Mail

Mother and baby home survivors want redress scheme scrapped after High Court victory

Mother and baby home survivors want redress scheme scrapped after High Court victory

In a hugely significant victory for campaigners, the High Court has declared that the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation treated survivors unlawfully.

Irish Examiner

Islamic extremists sidestep Facebook’s content police

Islamic extremists sidestep Facebook’s content police

Photos of beheadings, extremist propaganda and violent hate speech related to Islamic State and the Taliban were shared for months within Facebook groups over the past year despite the social networking giant's claims it had increased efforts to remove such content.

Politico

Troops find religious exemption for vaccines unattainable

Troops find religious exemption for vaccines unattainable

More than 12,000 military service members refusing the COVID-19 vaccine are seeking religious exemptions, and so far they are having zero success.

The Associated Press

Christian schools defend right to discipline divorced or gay staff

Christian schools defend right to discipline divorced or gay staff

Two Christian education groups say the ability to discipline a teacher who becomes divorced, is unfaithful to their partner, or enters a same-sex relationship is an example of how faith schools could exercise their right to employ staff who reflect their religious values.

WA Today

United Arab Emirates to end censorship of cinematic releases

United Arab Emirates to end censorship of cinematic releases

The United Arab Emirates announced on Sunday that it will no longer censor films released in cinemas, the country's latest effort to boost its brand as a liberal hub attractive to foreigners.

The Associated Press

Satanic Temple’s holiday display coming back to Illinois Capitol Rotunda

Satanic Temple’s holiday display coming back to Illinois Capitol Rotunda

The Illinois state Capitol Rotunda will feature a controversial holiday art display from the Satanic Temple that will stand alongside other religious exhibits.

The New York Post

Mon, 20 Dec 2021

Closure of Wigan primary school may break the law, council is cautioned – NSS quoted

Closure of Wigan primary school may break the law, council is cautioned – NSS quoted

The closure of a community school in Wigan may be unlawful, the National Secular Society has warned.

Wigan Today

Religious weddings to be allowed outdoors

Religious weddings to be allowed outdoors

Religious weddings will take place outdoors for the first time under plans to be published by ministers today.

The Times*

Board of Deputies protests to Archbishop of Canterbury over comments about Christians in Israel

Board of Deputies protests to Archbishop of Canterbury over comments about Christians in Israel

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has called for a meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, to discuss "deeply troubling" passages in an article on Christians in Israel he co-wrote for this week's Sunday Times.

The Jewish Chronicle

Ireland: Hospital accused of ignoring calls over anti-abortion group’s protests

Ireland: Hospital accused of ignoring calls over anti-abortion group’s protests

The UL Hospitals Group has been accused of not taking complaints about anti-abortion protests outside the gates of Limerick Maternity Hospital seriously.

Limerick Post

Austria's parliament legalises assisted suicide

Austria's parliament legalises assisted suicide

Austrian lawmakers have approved a law that legalises assisted suicide for seriously ill people, subject to tight rules.

Deutsche Welle

US: Christian photographer told she can’t refuse gay weddings

US: Christian photographer told she can’t refuse gay weddings

A Christian wedding photographer who sued the state of New York rather than take photos at gay weddings has lost her case.

Pink News

NYC’s next comptroller says he will push Haredi Jewish schools to teach secular subjects

NYC’s next comptroller says he will push Haredi Jewish schools to teach secular subjects

Brad Lander vows to do everything in his power; law says ultra-Orthodox kids have a right to a secular education, but opponents say it infringes on religious freedom.

The Times of Israel

Man beaten to death for 'sacrilege' attempt at Sikh Golden Temple in India

Man beaten to death for 'sacrilege' attempt at Sikh Golden Temple in India

Police in the Indian city of Amritsar say a man suspected of trying to commit a sacrilegious act at Sikhism's holiest shrine has been beaten to death.

BBC

Outraged Iranian pet owners kick back against new proposal to ban all pets

Outraged Iranian pet owners kick back against new proposal to ban all pets

Iranian animal lovers have ridiculed a new law that could ban people from owning pets after the country's government floated legislation aimed at protecting the country from "unclean" animals.

The Telegraph*

‘Selfies with the Taliban? Come on, let’s never forget their repression of women’

‘Selfies with the Taliban? Come on, let’s never forget their repression of women’

Girls are barred from school, women can't work. But too much reporting and diplomacy fails to note their absence, says Emma Graham-Harrison.

The Guardian

Nigerian lawmakers reject bill seeking gender equality

Nigerian lawmakers reject bill seeking gender equality

Nigerian senators have for the third time in five years rejected a bill that sought to promote gender equality, citing "socio-cultural and Islamic concerns."

The Associated Press

‘Nonbelievers across Africa risk freedom and family support’

‘Nonbelievers across Africa risk freedom and family support’

According to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, 25 African nations — nearly half the continent's sovereign states — have statutes outlawing blasphemy.

The Associated Press

Fri, 17 Dec 2021

Christians close to falling below 50pc in England for first time

Christians close to falling below 50pc in England for first time

The number of Christians in England is close to falling below 50 per cent for the first time, as atheists now account for more than a third of "faith" groups.

The Telegraph*

ISIS terror mum who ran away to Syria 'regrets every last thing' after prison

ISIS terror mum who ran away to Syria 'regrets every last thing' after prison

Runaway Jihadi bride Tareena Shakil and her son were seen posing with guns after being smuggled across desert land into Syria.

Birmingham Live

Warning over ‘mini-caliphate’ jihadist camps in Syria

Warning over ‘mini-caliphate’ jihadist camps in Syria

Britain and other nations face an increasing security threat from foreign fighters held in "insecure" Syrian camps that amount to a "mini-caliphate" for jihadists, security experts have warned.

The Times*

Terminally-ill gran wants to choose how she dies and dreams of peaceful cancer death

Terminally-ill gran wants to choose how she dies and dreams of peaceful cancer death

Norma Rivers, 69, is urging ministers to back the Assisted Dying Bill in Scotland as she fears she will die in agony from her blood cancer.

Daily Record

Barrister urges Prime Minister to resettle 200 Afghan Christians under 'death threat'

Barrister urges Prime Minister to resettle 200 Afghan Christians under 'death threat'

A Cambridge barrister is urging the Prime Minister to create a clear pathway for 200 Christians to flee Afghanistan, and the death threat hanging over them, four months after the Taliban takeover.

Ely Standard

Welby: Go to church for Christmas, unless guidance changes

Welby: Go to church for Christmas, unless guidance changes

Worship of God is a necessity, says Archbishop.

Church Times*

French parliament bans LGBT+ conversion therapy

French parliament bans LGBT+ conversion therapy

France's parliament voted on Tuesday to ban so-called conversion therapy, joining a handful of countries that have taken steps to outlaw practices that seek to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Thomson Reuters Foundation

US FDA permanently allows mail-order abortion pills

US FDA permanently allows mail-order abortion pills

US drug regulators have approved mail-order abortion pills, making permanent a temporary rule change that was approved this year during the pandemic.

BBC

US hits China with new trade curbs and sanctions over forced Uyghur labour

US hits China with new trade curbs and sanctions over forced Uyghur labour

The United States has unleashed a volley of actions to censure China's treatment of the Uyghur minority, with lawmakers voting to curb trade and issuing new sanctions on Beijing.

The Guardian

Pope’s missing apology adds to ‘lack of trust’ from Indigenous people in Canada

Pope’s missing apology adds to ‘lack of trust’ from Indigenous people in Canada

Suspicion and lack of trust mark the relationship between the Catholic Church and Indigenous peoples in Canada as Pope Francis considers visiting the country.

The Associated Press

‘How the West enables Islamism’

‘How the West enables Islamism’

Progressives condone blasphemy laws that get people lynched in Pakistan, says Kunwar Khuldune Shahid.

Unherd

Thu, 16 Dec 2021

Full inquiry launched into charity running mosque over safeguarding concerns

Full inquiry launched into charity running mosque over safeguarding concerns

Regulators have opened a full inquiry into the charity running a Birmingham mosque amid a flurry of complaints and fears about child safeguarding.

Birmingham Live

Widower of Britain’s Got Talent star backs assisted dying law

Widower of Britain’s Got Talent star backs assisted dying law

The widower of a Britain's Got Talent finalist has spoken out in favour of legislation allowing assisted dying.

Nation Cymru

Terminally-ill Brit dies at Dignitas after 'nightmare' few days with trip in doubt

Terminally-ill Brit dies at Dignitas after 'nightmare' few days with trip in doubt

A terminally-ill British man has been assisted to die at Dignitas in Switzerland at his request, after Swiss Covid-19 quarantine rules almost jeopardised his plans.

Mirror

‘Abortion rights are being denied in Northern Ireland - progress on services is long overdue’

‘Abortion rights are being denied in Northern Ireland - progress on services is long overdue’

There are women and girls in Northern Ireland who are still, despite a change in the law, facing barriers to accessing abortion services, says Alex Davies-Jones MP.

Politics Home

France targets mosque for closure after ‘unacceptable’ preaching

France targets mosque for closure after ‘unacceptable’ preaching

The French Interior Ministry claimed the imam at the mosque of Beauvais has been inciting hatred against Christians, Jews and homosexuals.

TheLocal.fr

Abortion rights: US restrictions buck the global trend in 2021

Abortion rights: US restrictions buck the global trend in 2021

A record number of US states have sought to restrict access to abortion this year, but countries including Argentina, Mexico and Thailand have moved in the opposite direction - easing their strict laws on the procedure.

Reuters*

US: Judge says school can refuse to display menorah symbol at tree-lighting ceremony

US: Judge says school can refuse to display menorah symbol at tree-lighting ceremony

When a woman in Carmel sought to add an inflatable balloon decorated like a menorah to the tree-lighting ceremony at the school her third-grader attended, the school turned her down — and had a basis for its refusal, a federal judge says.

San Francisco Chronicle

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