Tue, 05 Feb 2019

MP quizzes government 50 times in one day over its response to persecution of Christians

MP quizzes government 50 times in one day over its response to persecution of Christians

An MP asked the government 50 times during one day what it is doing to tackle persecution against Christians around the world, it has emerged.

Premier Christian Radio

European and Muslim-majority countries urged to act over China’s persecution of Uighurs

European and Muslim-majority countries urged to act over China’s persecution of Uighurs

European and Muslim-majority nations should take the lead in setting up a UN investigation into the detention of up to one million ethnic Uighurs in China, say campaigners.

The Independent

New party launched in Poland to challenge influence of Catholic Church

New party launched in Poland to challenge influence of Catholic Church

A former MP has launched a new political party in Poland which will challenge the governing Law and Justice Party's close links with the Catholic Church.

Premier Christian Radio

‘An old culture war on Bible reading in US public schools is emerging again’

‘An old culture war on Bible reading in US public schools is emerging again’

David Mislin charts the history of rows over Bible reading in US public schools, and says it is unsurprising that the issue is rearing its head again.

The Conversation

Mon, 04 Feb 2019

"Why free speech, hate speech and radicalisation are hard to define" - NSS quoted

"Why free speech, hate speech and radicalisation are hard to define" - NSS quoted

In Britain, words like extremism and Islamophobia are furiously contested

The Economist

Mother guilty of genital mutilation of daughter

Mother guilty of genital mutilation of daughter

A woman who mutilated her three-year-old daughter has become the first person in the UK to be found guilty of female genital mutilation (FGM).

BBC

FGM 'increasingly performed on UK babies'

FGM 'increasingly performed on UK babies'

FGM expert and barrister Dr Charlotte Proudman said it was "almost impossible to detect" as the girls were not in school or old enough to report it.

BBC

DfE could lose ‘millions’ under faith academies plan

DfE could lose ‘millions’ under faith academies plan

The government could lose millions in contributions towards capital funding if religious groups convert their schools into academies en-masse.

Schools Week

Call to register home-schooled children

Call to register home-schooled children

Children taught at home should be recorded on a compulsory register, England's children's commissioner has said.

BBC

"The groups lining up to undermine UK’s successful counter-terror strategy"

"The groups lining up to undermine UK’s successful counter-terror strategy"

Islamist bodies, NGOs and some on the left are seeking to use an upcoming government review to discredit the Prevent progamme

The JC

"Demonisation of Dina Torkia proves that hijab is hardly a free choice"

"Demonisation of Dina Torkia proves that hijab is hardly a free choice"

World Hijab Day is held on February 1st, however the case of Dina Torkia proves that even in the West the hijab is hardly a free choice.

Conatus News

Sikh man held for carrying kirpan wants more 'education'

Sikh man held for carrying kirpan wants more 'education'

The airport said decisions on carrying a kirpan and blades up to 6cm (2.36in) were at managers' discretion.

BBC

University speakers should not be banned just because they 'offend, shock or disturb' students

University speakers should not be banned just because they 'offend, shock or disturb' students

University speakers should not be banned from campus just because they "offend, shock or disturb" students, the Government's first "safe spaces" guidance says.

The Telegraph

Many people in mostly Christian countries believe values clash with Islam

Many people in mostly Christian countries believe values clash with Islam

Almost one-third in UK see rift, finds survey

The Guardian

Fri, 01 Feb 2019

"Why I'm starting a global campaign to remove religion from politics"

"Why I'm starting a global campaign to remove religion from politics"

The world's leading powers have made grave mistakes when dealing with ideological conflicts, playing into the hands of extremists, says Salam Sarhan.

Independent

Orthodox Jewish educational charity investigated over 'financial discrepancies'

Orthodox Jewish educational charity investigated over 'financial discrepancies'

A Charedi education charity is being investigated over potential financial "misconduct and mismanagement", authorities have said.

The JC

"If we’re defended against bigotry, so must the LGBT+ community"

"If we’re defended against bigotry, so must the LGBT+ community"

A mother in Birmingham objected to her child's school hosting a course that tackles homophobia, but shouldn't every community in our society deserve protection, says Fiyaz Mughal

Independent

Almost equal numbers of Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland of working age

Almost equal numbers of Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland of working age

The number of Catholics and Protestants of working age is almost the same for the first time as Northern Ireland's population changes continue.

Irish News

Catholic bishop who denied the Nazis used gas chambers loses hate speech conviction appeal

Catholic bishop who denied the Nazis used gas chambers loses hate speech conviction appeal

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled Germany was within its rights to convict British bishop Richard Williamson of Holocaust denial.

Mail Online

Catholic Church in Texas Names Nearly 300 Priests Accused of Sex Abuse

Catholic Church in Texas Names Nearly 300 Priests Accused of Sex Abuse

The Roman Catholic Church in Texas on Thursday released the names of almost 300 priests who it said had been credibly accused of child sex abuse over nearly eight decades.

The New York Times

Sarah Sanders says 'God wanted Trump to be president'

Sarah Sanders says 'God wanted Trump to be president'

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has told a religious television network that God "wanted Donald Trump to become president".

BBC News

Muslim inmate scheduled for execution says Alabama violating his religious rights

Muslim inmate scheduled for execution says Alabama violating his religious rights

Attorneys for Dominique Ray, convicted of killing a 15-year-old, say the warden refused to allow an imam in the execution chamber instead of a chaplain.

NBC News

Lawsuit challenges school's policy about passing out Bibles

Lawsuit challenges school's policy about passing out Bibles

A Pennsylvania district faces a federal lawsuit claiming officials improperly prevented a high school Christians in Action Club from passing out Bibles on school property during the school day.

Mail Online

Thu, 31 Jan 2019

Muslim school will not allow girls to eat lunch until after boys have finished, Ofsted chief says

Muslim school will not allow girls to eat lunch until after boys have finished, Ofsted chief says

Al-Hijrah school in Birmingham, which was at the centre of a High Court case over gender segregation in 2017, is still segregating boys and girls, according to an Ofsted chief.

The Telegraph

Christian group tells pupils abortion is like crimes of Nazis

Christian group tells pupils abortion is like crimes of Nazis

Pupils in hundreds of schools are being told that abortions are like the crimes of the Nazis by speakers said to be "peddling junk science".

The Times (£)

Leading Charedi Jewish figure protests at 'aggressive' Ofsted inspections

Leading Charedi Jewish figure protests at 'aggressive' Ofsted inspections

A leading figure in the Charedi Jewish community has protested to education secretary Damian Hinds at the "aggressive" attitude of Ofsted inspectors.

The JC

Independent school heads warned after Charedi parents refuse to allow inspectors to speak to their children

Independent school heads warned after Charedi parents refuse to allow inspectors to speak to their children

Heads of independent schools have been warned by the Department for Education that they could be in breach of educational standards if inspectors are unable to speak to pupils.

The JC

Postcolonial guilt hindering fight against Christian persecution, claims Hunt

Postcolonial guilt hindering fight against Christian persecution, claims Hunt

Postcolonial guilt about Britain's imperial past has held the country back from addressing the deepening persecution of Christians across the world, the foreign secretary has said.

The Guardian

Northern Ireland abortion case hears traumatic experience

Northern Ireland abortion case hears traumatic experience

A court in Belfast has heard one woman's traumatic experience of seeking an abortion after receiving a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality. Sarah Ewart hopes to secure a formal declaration that Northern Ireland's abortion laws violate the European convention on human rights.

The Guardian

Designer apologises after Hindu leader takes offence at her use of goddess on swimsuits

Designer apologises after Hindu leader takes offence at her use of goddess on swimsuits

A London fashion designer has apologised to "the Hindu community" after a cleric objected to her use of prints featuring a Hindu goddess.

Evening Standard

‘Should religion play a role in politics?’

‘Should religion play a role in politics?’

A debate between Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Dawn Foster on the role of religion in politics.

New Internationalist

‘How the religious right gained unprecedented access to Trump’

‘How the religious right gained unprecedented access to Trump’

As the US president offers a sympathetic ear to the religious right, critics see a de facto advisory committee which violates federal law.

The Guardian

‘US Christian right groups roll out their radical anti-woman campaign — overseas’

‘US Christian right groups roll out their radical anti-woman campaign — overseas’

Anti-choice US groups say they don't aim to punish women or end birth control. Their work overseas tells a different story.

Salon

Islamists in Pakistan to rally against blasphemy acquittal

Islamists in Pakistan to rally against blasphemy acquittal

An Islamist party in Pakistan says it has called on its followers to hold nationwide protests over the weekend against the acquittal of Asia Bibi, who spent eight years on death row after being convicted for blasphemy.

VoA News

Modi politicises Kumbh Mela religious festival to rally faithful

Modi politicises Kumbh Mela religious festival to rally faithful

India's prime minister Narendra Modi has been accused of exploiting a religious festival to engage in electioneering.

The Times (£)

Wed, 30 Jan 2019

Damian Hinds meets with faith leaders to push academisation

Damian Hinds meets with faith leaders to push academisation

The education secretary has met with representatives of all major religions in a new push to encourage them to convert their schools into academies.

Schools Week

Asia Bibi blasphemy acquittal upheld by Pakistan court

Asia Bibi blasphemy acquittal upheld by Pakistan court

Pakistan's top court has rejected a challenge to the acquittal of a Christian woman on blasphemy charges.

BBC

Birmingham councillor reported to committee over support for anti-gay parents

Birmingham councillor reported to committee over support for anti-gay parents

A councillor in Birmingham who said primary school pupils are too young to be taught about homosexuality has been accused of breaching the code of conduct for endorsing 'homophobic views'.

Birmingham Live

FGM bill due before parliament on Friday

FGM bill due before parliament on Friday

A bill on female genital mutilation is due before parliament on Friday. A crossbench peer who is trying to amend the existing law has said the MP Christopher Chope, who previously blocked a similar bill, should not stand in its way.

Metro

C of E school’s Ofsted grade goes from ‘outstanding’ to ‘inadequate’

C of E school’s Ofsted grade goes from ‘outstanding’ to ‘inadequate’

A Church of England school has lost its 'outstanding' Ofsted grade and is now deemed 'inadequate'.

Manchester Evening News

Northern Irish rape victim, 12, forced to travel to England under police escort for abortion

Northern Irish rape victim, 12, forced to travel to England under police escort for abortion

A 12-year-old rape victim in Northern Ireland has been forced to travel to England under police escort for an abortion, MPs have been told.

The Independent

BBC to shine light on Judaism in series examining faith in modern Britain

BBC to shine light on Judaism in series examining faith in modern Britain

The BBC has announced it will shine a light on Judaism as part of a year-long series of programmes examining faith in modern Britain across TV, radio and online.

Jewish News

Bristol C of E school doubles in size after £2m expansion

Bristol C of E school doubles in size after £2m expansion

A Church of England primary school in Bristol has doubled its number of places after undergoing a £2million expansion.

North Somerset Times

Police probe into ‘military jihad’ sermon at mosque where Manchester bomber worshipped ends

Police probe into ‘military jihad’ sermon at mosque where Manchester bomber worshipped ends

An investigation into a sermon at a mosque where the Manchester Arena bomber worshipped has found no offences were committed.

BBC

Man arrested over video showing harassment of girls wearing headscarves

Man arrested over video showing harassment of girls wearing headscarves

Police have arrested a man after a "disturbing" racist video of young Muslim girls in east London was shared on social media.

iNews

‘Readers share their stories of Christian educations in the US’

‘Readers share their stories of Christian educations in the US’

The New York Times asked people on Twitter to share their experiences of Christian schools after the hashtag #ExposeChristianSchools went viral on social media. The responses were both positive and negative.

The New York Times

Call to end prayers in House of Commons – NSS mentioned

Call to end prayers in House of Commons – NSS mentioned

MPs are calling for the practice of saying prayers at the beginning of parliamentary business to be abolished.

Vision Christian Radio

Tue, 29 Jan 2019

More details released on BBC’s ‘year of beliefs’

More details released on BBC’s ‘year of beliefs’

The BBC is launching a year-long series of programmes examining faith, belief and values in modern Britain.

The Guardian

Tory peer launches fresh attempt to legalise same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland

Tory peer launches fresh attempt to legalise same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland

The House of Lords is to debate an amendment to the Civil Partnerships Bill on Friday that could lead to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

Christian Today

Just one in ten babies in England is baptised into the Church of England

Just one in ten babies in England is baptised into the Church of England

Only one in ten babies is baptised into the Church of England, a national breakdown of the C of E's strength has revealed.

Daily Mail

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