Fri, 20 Dec 2019
Jewish charity linked with organisation named in fraud allegations documentary goes into administration
Insolvency experts were hired on Tuesday after the Society of Friends of the Torah (SOFT) went administration. SOFT was part of an umbrella group of charities that included Agudas Israel Community Services, which was named by a BBC documentary last year which alleged involvement in widespread fraud in the Orthodox Jewish community.
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has been removed from the Chinese version of eFootball PES 2020 following criticism of the country's treatment of Uighur Muslims
Video Games Chronicle
A recent article in the Jewish Chronicle emboldens the very people we are all meant to be fighting against which are racists and bigots, says a piece published by Faith Matters.
Infant male circumcision is "standing on thin and slippery (and rapidly melting) ethical ice", says Noam Shpancer.
Thu, 19 Dec 2019
The Church of England has said Stephen Cottrell, the new archbishop of York, "upholds the teaching of the Church of England that recognises marriage as being between one man and one woman" in response to criticism from some evangelicals.
Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland have outlined their opposition to allowing any abortion provisions to be made available in schools in a move which has been backed by the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools.
The rapper Stormzy is to close BBC One's Christmas Day coverage with a Bible reading.
David Toube calls for a proper understanding of the nature and the shape of anti-Muslim bigotry and conspiracism, rather than dismissal of it, in response to a recent column by Melanie Phillips.
The Jewish Chronicle
The Conservative LGBT+ group has apologised after a new MP was "incorrectly" named as the UK's first openly gay elected Muslim.
A hospital trust has introduced disposable sterile headscarves for staff to use in operating theatres.
Indian police have detained hundreds who defied a ban on protests against a controversial new citizenship law.
Zeinab Mohammed Salih looks at a growing phenomenon of "re-circumcision" in Sudan.
US Supreme Court will hear church-state separation case brought by religious schools that fired teachers
The US Supreme Court has agreed to consider the separation of church and state in a case testing the right of religious schools to fire teachers despite job discrimination claims.
The German cabinet has approved a bill to ban the advertising or offering of "conversion therapy" to transgender and gay people. The proposed legislation was expanded to include 16- to 18-year-olds.
Jewish groups have welcomed the decision to formally remove a Belgian street carnival depicting big-nosed Charedi Jews from a United Nations list of "intangible cultural heritage".
The Jewish Chronicle
Wed, 18 Dec 2019
New archbishop tells PM it is job of Church of England to ‘hold politicians to account’ – NSS quoted
The incoming archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, has told Boris Johnson that it is the Church of England's job to "hold the politicians to account" on their promises. The NSS has said the appointment illustrates the need for separation of church and state.
Two documents issued by the pope have brought changes to the way the Catholic Church handles child sexual abuse. They include allowing suspicion of sexual abuse to be reported to civil authorities where required by law.
Residents living near the site of a proposed new Roman Catholic school have started a petition against the plans.
The Conservative Party has launched an independent review into its handling of complaints of discrimination and prejudice, including 'Islamophobia'.
A school has apologised after children were set homework asking them to imagine they were the parent of a victim of the Manchester Arena bombing. According to some parents, the homework also asked Year 8 pupils to "write a response to the point of view that 'all terrorists should be forgiven'".
The Jewish Chronicle has come under criticism from Jewish groups and others after it published an article by Melanie Phillips claiming that Islamophobia is a bogus term that provides cover for antisemites.
Shikha Dalmia says that for Hindu nationalists, India is meant only for indigenous faiths whose holy places reside on the Indian subcontinent, not in Mecca or Bethlehem.
Critics say a new citizenship law in India discriminates against Muslims, who make up 14% of India's 1.3 billion people, the largest religious minority in a country that is 80% Hindu.
Los Angeles Times
Peter Gunning says a bishop in Ireland's request that prayers be taught is fair but asking more of teachers who don't believe is not.
The Irish Times
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Tuesday came out in support of Arsenal footballer Mesut Özil for his criticism of China's treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims, saying Beijing can censor the team's football games but cannot hide human rights violations.
Christian activists (elected and unelected) are not only working feverishly to insert more and more of their religious dogma into American government but also to keep non-theism out.
Tue, 17 Dec 2019
Regulator criticised for not opening inquiry into charity chaired by man barred from UK – NSS extensively quoted
The NSS has criticised the Charity Commission for not opening a statutory inquiry into a charity that promotes extremist views.
An evangelical church praised for helping ex-gang members has been accused of financially exploiting young people from its congregation.
Supreme Court to hear appeal over arrangements by housing association to allocate properties only to members of religious community
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal over whether a charitable housing association's arrangements for allocating housing, which amount to direct discrimination on the ground of religion, were lawful.
Local Government Lawyer
An Islamic school has removed 'extremist' books from its library which promoted ISIS and warned against befriending Jews and Christians.
A voluntary aided school in Hartlepool has been branded "inadequate" by education watchdogs amid concerns over both attainment and bullying.
China's foreign ministry has said Arsenal's Mesut Ozil was "deceived by fake news" after he criticised the country's treatment of Uighur Muslims. Beijing had already decided not to show a game he played in on Sunday on TV in response to his criticism.
Intense protests against a divisive Indian citizenship law that excludes Muslims have spread to university campuses across the country, fuelled by a brutal police crackdown on a demonstration in Delhi at the weekend.
An explanatory memo from the Australian government outlines how a new bill's far-reaching effects will change public life dramatically – in medical services, schools, offices and hospitals.
A handful of people have gone public as survivors of Catholic clerical sexual abuse in Japan, where values of conformity and harmony have resulted in a strong code of silence.
Mon, 16 Dec 2019
NSS CEO Stephen Evans says it is alarming that the General Medical Council has taken no action against a doctor who openly stated that he initiates conversations about faith with patients. (Scroll down to read.)
The Sunday Times (£)
The number of warning notices issued to underperforming private schools has risen, with 40% going to faith schools.
The Sikh Federation has confirmed it will be taking its census battle on to the Court of Appeal. The federation wants a tick box included in the 2021 UK census for Sikhs to record themselves as an ethnic group, not just as a religion.
The archbishop of Canterbury has said he is concerned about the direction the UK is travelling in. But during an interview he refused to comment directly on allegations against Prince Andrew.
Some Christian parents and a former bishop have criticised a school which has told children to sing "baby boy Jesus" rather than "Lord Jesus" in a Christmas carol so children of all beliefs can join in.
Pro-choice MP Stella Creasy used her acceptance speech as an MP in Walthamstow in east London to take aim at Christian Peoples Alliance for disseminating 'deeply distressing' leaflets.
East London & West Essex Guardian
Protests over a new law which entitles non-Muslim migrants from three Muslim-majority countries to citizenship if they are facing religious persecution are raging across several Indian cities.
Some Christians in Brazil have asked Netflix to ban a show which depicts Jesus as gay.
US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at combating anti-semitism on college campuses. But the way it's written opens the possibility for misuse.
Fri, 13 Dec 2019
Sunny Hundal says the manner in which faith groups have been set against each other is unprecedented and dangerous.
A bid for Sikhs to be included as an ethnic group in the UK census has been rejected by a High Court judge.
A faith school has apologised after its deputy head told pupils "there is no Father Christmas".
At least three new victims of female genital mutilation have been seen by NHS services in Oxfordshire so far this year.
The Herald (Oxfordshire)
Violent mobs in India's northeastern state of Assam torched buildings and clashed with police on Thursday, leaving two dead and 11 with bullet wounds, as protests grew over a new citizenship law for non-Muslim minorities from some neighbouring countries.
Costa Rica's president Carlos Alvarado on Thursday issued a technical decree that will allow for therapeutic abortions in the Central American nation, despite opposition from religious and conservative political groups.
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