Mon, 07 Sep 2020

Danish lawmakers to mull circumcision ban

Danish lawmakers to mull circumcision ban

The Danish parliament is scheduled to consider a bill proposing a ban on non-medical circumcisions.

The Times of Israel

'Islamophobia' definition adopted by Three Rivers District Council

'Islamophobia' definition adopted by Three Rivers District Council

Three Rivers District Council has agreed a recommendation to pass the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism and the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) definition of Islamophobia.

Watford Observer

Talking can ‘cure’ would-be terrorists, says Muslim author

Talking can ‘cure’ would-be terrorists, says Muslim author

A researcher who convinced Islamic State sympathisers to reject extremism has suggested the "cure" for radicalisation is scrapping the taboo of engaging with jihadists.

The Telegraph

Woman's fears as Jehovah's Witness brother who raped her released early from jail

Woman's fears as Jehovah's Witness brother who raped her released early from jail

Louise Palmer was raped and repeatedly indecently assaulted as a young child by Richard Davenport. But she claimed when she later told her devoutly religious parents and church elders, she was told not to alert police - to avoid bringing shame on the religion.

Birmingham Live

Pakistani cricket captain says he won’t wear logo of alcohol brand

Pakistani cricket captain says he won’t wear logo of alcohol brand

Pakistan's white-ball cricket captain Babar Azam has said that he would not display the logo of any alcohol beverage company on his shirt during the ongoing T20 Blast event in England.

Kashmir Reader

Scotland's Hate Crime Bill garners large consultation - NSS mentioned

Scotland's Hate Crime Bill garners large consultation - NSS mentioned

Nearly 2,000 submissions have been made to the Scottish Parliament in the course of a 12-week public consultation on a hate crime bill proposed by the government.

Catholic News Agency

Manchester Arena Inquiry: Terror attack investigation opens

Manchester Arena Inquiry: Terror attack investigation opens

The hearing comes more than three years after Salman Abedi set off a bomb as people left a concert on 22 May 2017, killing himself and 22 others.

BBC

'Putting children’s rights into law is a special moment'

'Putting children’s rights into law is a special moment'

The new bill incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scots law is momentous, says Bruce Adamson.

The Times (£)

Macron decries ‘Islamic separatism,’ defends blasphemy

Macron decries ‘Islamic separatism,’ defends blasphemy

French President Emmanuel Macron criticised Friday what he called "Islamic separatism" in his country and those who seek French citizenship without accepting France's "right to commit blasphemy."

Associated Press

Thousands of women in Belarus protest against Lukashenko

Thousands of women in Belarus protest against Lukashenko

For the first time in the demonstrations, supporters of LGBT rights appeared with rainbow flags in the women's march in Minsk, an indication that opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko are becoming bolder.

Yahoo! News

'Vatican is shamed by its silence over Chinese atrocities'

'Vatican is shamed by its silence over Chinese atrocities'

"Until now the low point in the Church's modern history is taken to be its failure to stand up to Hitler. But its appeasement of the Chinese Communist Party is coming close."

The Times (£)

Fri, 04 Sep 2020

SNP Hate Crime Bill deluged with almost 2,000 responses - NSS mentioned

SNP Hate Crime Bill deluged with almost 2,000 responses - NSS mentioned

MSPs have received almost 2,000 submissions on the SNP Government's Hate Crime Bill in an "unprecedented" response to a piece of legislation.

The Herald

Scots MP criticises the Bishops' Bench in petition to abolish the House of Lords

Scots MP criticises the Bishops' Bench in petition to abolish the House of Lords

A Scots MP has petitioned the House of Commons to abolish the unelected House of Lords - warning that it is one of only two parliamentary bodies in the world that reserves places for the clergy.

The Herald

UK public tribunal to probe Uighur genocide allegations

UK public tribunal to probe Uighur genocide allegations

A prominent British human rights lawyer is convening an independent tribunal in London to investigate whether the Chinese government's alleged rights abuses against Uighur Muslims constitute genocide or crimes against humanity.

Associated Press

'Islamophobia' complaint against Haringey council sent to Labour London board

'Islamophobia' complaint against Haringey council sent to Labour London board

Councillor Pat Berryman allegedly accused a member of "weaponising your religion" when they asked for arrangements to be made in meetings for those fasting during Ramadan.

Labour List

'Could Scotland’s hate crime bill make depictions of Mohammed illegal?'

'Could Scotland’s hate crime bill make depictions of Mohammed illegal?'

It is hardly a stretch to suppose that someone out there might consider a satirical or derogatory depiction of the Islamic prophet Mohammed offensive and report it to police, says Stephen Daisley.

The Spectator

Nigeria: Musician sentenced to death for blasphemy appeals judgment

Nigeria: Musician sentenced to death for blasphemy appeals judgment

Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, a musician sentenced to death for blasphemy against the Islamic prophet Muhammad by a sharia court, has appealed the judgment.

Sahara Reporters

US: Republican senators ask the FDA to classify the abortion pill as 'dangerous'

US: Republican senators ask the FDA to classify the abortion pill as 'dangerous'

Twenty Republican senators sent a letter to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asking that the abortion pill be deemed dangerous.

Mail Online

US: Research shows how public schools discriminate against atheist and Muslim families

US: Research shows how public schools discriminate against atheist and Muslim families

A group of researchers have said that public school principals in the US discriminate against atheist and Muslim families.

Friendly Atheist (Patheos)

US: The Democrats are 'opposed to faith', says charity trustee Franklin Graham

US: The Democrats are 'opposed to faith', says charity trustee Franklin Graham

The Samaritan's Purse charity CEO has said the Democrats are "opposed to faith" and that God 'has put Trump in this position'.

Christian Today

Facebook bans Indian politician over alleged hate speech

Facebook bans Indian politician over alleged hate speech

Facebook has banned a politician from India's ruling party over alleged hate speech on the social media service after facing strong condemnation over its inaction and handling of similar posts.

The Telegraph

Islamic State: Giant library of group's online propaganda discovered

Islamic State: Giant library of group's online propaganda discovered

One of the largest collections of online material belonging to Islamic State has been discovered by researchers at the Institute of Strategic Dialogue.

BBC

Archbishop Paglia: Catholic politicians cannot protect or promote abortion

Archbishop Paglia: Catholic politicians cannot protect or promote abortion

A Catholic archbishop has said Catholic politicians should not promote or endorse legal protections of any kind for abortion.

Catholic Herald

Thu, 03 Sep 2020

Outdated weddings laws of England and Wales face overhaul

Outdated weddings laws of England and Wales face overhaul

Couples could soon be free to get married on the beach, in a private garden or at sea, according to proposed changes to outdated wedding laws.

The Guardian

Nicola Sturgeon open to amending hate crime proposals to tackle freedom of speech criticism

Nicola Sturgeon open to amending hate crime proposals to tackle freedom of speech criticism

Nicola Sturgeon has suggested controversial hate crime proposals could be overhauled to "listen to concerns" that new laws may threaten freedom of speech.

The Herald

Cost of hate crime bill has been grossly underestimated, police say

Cost of hate crime bill has been grossly underestimated, police say

Ministers have grossly underestimated policing costs associated with the hate crime bill, according to a union representing frontline officers.

The Times (£)

Sturgeon announces bill to enshrine UN convention on child rights in Scots law

Sturgeon announces bill to enshrine UN convention on child rights in Scots law

Nicola Sturgeon announced that a Bill will soon be introduced to enshrine the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), describing the Bill as "one of the most ambitious pieces of legislation in the 20- year history of devolution".

Express and Star

Emmanuel Macron refuses to condemn Charlie Hebdo cartoons of Muhammad

Emmanuel Macron refuses to condemn Charlie Hebdo cartoons of Muhammad

The French president defended citizens' right to freedom of speech, saying "there is in France a freedom to blaspheme."

Deutsche Welle

Texas officials want to cut funding for women's health services while preserving an anti-abortion program

Texas officials want to cut funding for women's health services while preserving an anti-abortion program

An August budget document shows funding for the anti-abortion program would be maintained, but reduced for doctors and clinics that provide reduced-cost contraception and health screenings.

Texas Tribune

Atheists persuade Puerto Rico educators to end mandatory school prayers

Atheists persuade Puerto Rico educators to end mandatory school prayers

A district court challenge in Puerto Rico filed by two atheist organisations has convinced educators to drop mandatory prayer from at least one school's daily agenda.

Friendly Atheist (Patheos)

Uighur doctor tells of disturbing testimonies of 'forced abortions and removal of wombs' in China

Uighur doctor tells of disturbing testimonies of 'forced abortions and removal of wombs' in China

An Uighur doctor says that for much of her career she worked for the Chinese government as part of what she describes as its population control plan to curtail the growth of the Uighur population.

ITV

'Tense wedding for woman rejected by parents for refusing FGM procedure'

'Tense wedding for woman rejected by parents for refusing FGM procedure'

Mary Nchagwa pleaded with her parents to let her avoid Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and bless her marriage. Her parents staunchly refused.

The Standard

Lord O’Neill of Clackmannan – obituary

Lord O’Neill of Clackmannan – obituary

National Secular Society honorary associate Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan has died aged 75.

The Telegraph

Wed, 02 Sep 2020

Charlie Hebdo: Magazine republishes Mohammed cartoons

Charlie Hebdo: Magazine republishes Mohammed cartoons

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has republished cartoons of the Islamic prophet Mohammed that made them the target of a deadly terror attack in 2015.

BBC

Same-sex religious weddings allowed in Northern Ireland

Same-sex religious weddings allowed in Northern Ireland

LGBTQ+ couples can now tie the knot in religious ceremonies across Northern Ireland.

Belfast Live

MLA says "LGBT militants" will force clergymen on same-sex marriage

MLA says "LGBT militants" will force clergymen on same-sex marriage

A DUP MLA and prominent opponent of same-sex marriage has said that "LGBT militants" could try and force clergy to carry out or facilitate same-sex marriages.

News Letter

Charitable trust accuses CofE of withholding information over sale of school

Charitable trust accuses CofE of withholding information over sale of school

The Church of England has been accused of withholding vital information which could have paved the way for affordable homes being built in a rural community.

The Northern Echo

Falun Gong practitioner loses appeal against immigration decision

Falun Gong practitioner loses appeal against immigration decision

A Chinese citizen who claimed to be at risk of persecution in China because of his practise of the banned Falun Gong religion has lost his appeal against a decision by the Home Secretary to treat his further submissions as a fresh claim.

Scottish Legal News

Author Val McDermid on why she is worried about Scottish Government’s new hate crime plan

Author Val McDermid on why she is worried about Scottish Government’s new hate crime plan

One of Scotland's best-selling crime authors fears the Scottish Government's proposed hate crime legislation could see her books in the dock.

The Sunday Post

Polish bishops call for opening of 'conversion therapy' camps for LGBT+ people

Polish bishops call for opening of 'conversion therapy' camps for LGBT+ people

Bishops in Poland are calling for the opening of conversion therapy "clinics" to make LGBT+ people "regain their natural sexual orientation".

Pink News

Vatican ‘urged Pope Pius XII not to protest Nazi deportation of Jews’

Vatican ‘urged Pope Pius XII not to protest Nazi deportation of Jews’

The Vatican both fought efforts to reunite two Holocaust orphans with their relatives and urged Pope Pius XII not to protest the Nazi deportation of Italian Jews, Brown University historian David I. Kertzer has found.

Jewish News

Australia: Imam urges Muslims not to take coronavirus vaccine

Australia: Imam urges Muslims not to take coronavirus vaccine

A controversial Imam has spoken out urging Muslims not to take a potential coronavirus vaccine, claiming it is forbidden.

Mail Online

Kenya: Female genital cutting keeping girls out of school, officials warn

Kenya: Female genital cutting keeping girls out of school, officials warn

Hundreds of women and girls in North Rift continue to be subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) despite the practice being outlawed. This has in turn negatively affected education of girls in the region, with reports indicating that less than 50 per cent of cut girls continue with the learning; the rest are married off after being subjected to FGM.

The Standard

Pakistan tells YouTube to block 'objectionable' content

Pakistan tells YouTube to block 'objectionable' content

There are already fears about creeping censorship and muzzling of the press and activists in Pakistan, with existing or proposed restrictions limiting free speech, usually in the name of Islam or national security.

Channel News Asia

'Religious freedom is not a license to ignore civil-rights laws'

'Religious freedom is not a license to ignore civil-rights laws'

The Supreme Court will hear a case this term on whether a Catholic foster-care agency can get a city contract and exclude gay couples.

Los Angeles Times

Tue, 01 Sep 2020

More than 130,000 children assigned to faith schools despite parents wanting a non-religious school - NSS quoted

More than 130,000 children assigned to faith schools despite parents wanting a non-religious school - NSS quoted

Research by the National Secular Society found that 132,216 children were assigned to faith schools in England between 2014 and 2020 despite their families listing a non-faith school as their first preference.

iNews

Swale's new mayor axes council chaplain role

Swale's new mayor axes council chaplain role

Paul Stephen, the Independents Alliance councillor for Woodstock, has decreed that politics and religion no longer mix in the council chamber at Sittingbourne and has refused to appoint a new civic chaplain.

Kent Online

County Council defers plans to withdraw free public transport for faith schools

County Council defers plans to withdraw free public transport for faith schools

Cumbria County Council has made the decision to defer withdrawal of free public transport for children at faith schools until next year.

NW Mail

Switzerland quarantine rule ‘could stop terminally ill accessing assisted death’

Switzerland quarantine rule ‘could stop terminally ill accessing assisted death’

Dignity in Dying said the rule change, announced late on Thursday for England, has made it "impossible to plan" for terminally ill patients hoping to travel to the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland.

Shropshire Star

Monks to leave abuse associated Downside Abbey

Monks to leave abuse associated Downside Abbey

The abbey was affiliated with Downside School, which was highlighted in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). The review found "appalling abuse" was inflicted on pupils and the institution tried to cover it up.

BBC

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