Fri, 12 Jun 2020

India denies visas to US panel on religious freedom

India denies visas to US panel on religious freedom

India has turned down a travel request for members of a U.S. government panel seeking to review its religious freedom, saying such foreign agencies had no standing to assess the constitutional rights of citizens.

Reuters

Ohio Senate unanimously passes student religious expression bill

Ohio Senate unanimously passes student religious expression bill

Despite concerns about separation of church and state, the Ohio Senate passed a bill that would allow public school students to pray, attend religious clubs and "See You at the Pole" gatherings, distribute religious material, wear religious clothing and turn in work expressing their faith beliefs.

Cleveland.com

"Finally" say activists as Swiss same-sex marriage bill advances

"Finally" say activists as Swiss same-sex marriage bill advances

Switzerland's lower house of parliament approved draft legislation on Thursday to let same-sex couples marry in a country that has lagged other parts of western Europe in gay rights.

Reuters

Norway mosque attacker gets 21-year sentence

Norway mosque attacker gets 21-year sentence

Philip Manshaus admitted to killing his stepsister and storming a mosque near Oslo last year, saying he was inspired by other far-right attacks.

The New York Times

'Malta's abortion taboo leaves women in despair'

'Malta's abortion taboo leaves women in despair'

Border closures have trapped women seeking safe terminations and exposed the plight of those who cannot afford to travel.

The Guardian

 Outrage as Guatemalan Maya spiritual guide is tortured and burned alive

Outrage as Guatemalan Maya spiritual guide is tortured and burned alive

Police in Guatemala have arrested two men and two women on suspicion of murder after a respected indigenous Maya spiritual guide was tortured, doused in gasoline and burned to death after being accused of witchcraft.

The Guardian

The Family: 'Raised in a doomsday cult, I entered the real world at 15'

The Family: 'Raised in a doomsday cult, I entered the real world at 15'

For the first 15 years of his life, Ben Shenton lived in a doomsday cult that thought the world would soon end. Instead the police arrived one day and plunged him into a new and unfamiliar world: the real one.

BBC

Thu, 11 Jun 2020

Life-support patient who refused stoma allowed to die

Life-support patient who refused stoma allowed to die

An ill man who did not want to live with a stoma has died after a judged ruled life-support treatment could end. Christian Concern had called for a review of the High Court decision to allow him to die.

BBC

Shamima Begum to launch High Court appeal over UK ban and citizenship

Shamima Begum to launch High Court appeal over UK ban and citizenship

'Isis bride' Shamima Begum is set to appeal against a ruling that she cannot return to the UK to challenge the removal of her British citizenship.

LBC

Relaxing of lockdown for places of worship only helps Christians, prominent Muslims and Jews claim

Relaxing of lockdown for places of worship only helps Christians, prominent Muslims and Jews claim

Relaxing of lockdown for places of worship only helps Christians, prominent Muslims and Jews have said, claiming that the new rules bring more challenges than they solve.

The Telegraph

Saudi authorities beat blogger, subject him to anal exam and demand he ‘confess’ being gay

Saudi authorities beat blogger, subject him to anal exam and demand he ‘confess’ being gay

Human rights campaigners have called on Saudi Arabia to release blogger Mohamad al-Bokari, who was detained after stating his support for LGBT+ rights.

Pink News

India: Dalit man 'beaten to death' over inter-caste relationship with woman

India: Dalit man 'beaten to death' over inter-caste relationship with woman

A 20-year old Dalit man was allegedly chased and beaten to death in Pimple Saudagar suburb of Pune, reportedly over an inter-caste relationship with a woman belonging to an "upper caste".

Indian Express

Black Lives Matter protests spur calls for India to wake up to Dalit discrimination

Black Lives Matter protests spur calls for India to wake up to Dalit discrimination

Spurred on by US.anti-racism protests, Dalit campaigners have called on India to acknowledge centuries of oppression they have endured.

The Hindu

God has ‘removed’ coronavirus, Tanzania’s president claims

God has ‘removed’ coronavirus, Tanzania’s president claims

Tanzania's president is claiming the country is free of the coronavirus because of the power of prayer, six weeks after his government stopped publicly updating virus data.

AP News

US: Lawsuit says atheist parolee spent 5 months in jail for not going to Bible study

US: Lawsuit says atheist parolee spent 5 months in jail for not going to Bible study

An atheist was jailed for an additional five months for refusing to live in a Christian homeless shelter requiring residents to study the Bible and attend worship services.

Patheos (The Friendly Atheist)

'My friend chose an assisted death in Switzerland. Her dying wish was to tell you why'

'My friend chose an assisted death in Switzerland. Her dying wish was to tell you why'

Cindy had been forced to give up a high-powered corporate career at age 35 and struggled for decades with a handful of painful diseases. When it finally became clear that no drug could relieve her intense suffering, she chose voluntary assisted death, a procedure that's not legal in her home state.

CNN

Wed, 10 Jun 2020

Sikh academy trust could take legal action over rebrokering

Sikh academy trust could take legal action over rebrokering

Academy bosses running a Sikh free school have said they will look at mounting a legal challenge against a decision to hand the school to another trust following a damning Ofsted verdict.

TES

Extremism body examines banning 'behaviour that leads people to hate'

Extremism body examines banning 'behaviour that leads people to hate'

The government's adviser on extremism is investigating whether it's possible to ban behaviour that leads people to hate each other.

BBC

C of E accused of ‘utter hypocrisy’ over backing for Black Lives Matter

C of E accused of ‘utter hypocrisy’ over backing for Black Lives Matter

Church of England bishops have been accused of "utter hypocrisy" for publicly supporting the Black Lives Matter movement while failing to address racism in their dioceses.

The Guardian

Circumcision ceremonies resume in Jewish communities

Circumcision ceremonies resume in Jewish communities

Circumcision ceremonies have resumed after circumcisers in some communities suspended them for two months because of the threat of coronavirus.

The JC

Anger at attacks by released terrorists ‘must not distort lessons’, government warned

Anger at attacks by released terrorists ‘must not distort lessons’, government warned

Anger at the Fishmongers' Hall and Streatham terror attacks must not "distort the lessons" of what took place, the government has been warned. The stabbings, which were both committed by Islamist extremists who had been released from prison, sparked proposed new laws to keep terrorists in jail for longer.

The Independent

Trump plans to sign bill pressuring China over Uighur Muslim crackdown

Trump plans to sign bill pressuring China over Uighur Muslim crackdown

U.S. President Donald Trump plans to sign legislation calling for sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for oppressing Uighur Muslims, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday without offering a time frame for the signing.

Reuters

'Show no mercy: The tragedy in Xinjiang'

'Show no mercy: The tragedy in Xinjiang'

In 2014, after undertaking a brief tour of Xinjiang, Xi instructed the cadres of the Communist Party of China to "show absolutely no mercy" to its Uighur Muslim population.

The Critic

'The women travelling across Europe to escape Poland's restrictive abortion laws'

'The women travelling across Europe to escape Poland's restrictive abortion laws'

Thousands of women have contacted a hotline in just three months as the coronavirus lockdown complicates access.

The Telegraph

Islamic State-linked jihadists 'kill 59' in Nigeria village attack

Islamic State-linked jihadists 'kill 59' in Nigeria village attack

Fighters from Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) drove into Felo village before shooting and crushing residents under their vehicles.

The Telegraph

'Blasphemy is a right, not a crime'

'Blasphemy is a right, not a crime'

Blaspheming is a part of everyday religious and philosophical discourse and practice, says Leo Igwe.

Sahara Reporters

Tue, 09 Jun 2020

Boris Johnson 'planning to relax rules on outdoor weddings' to ease lockdown

Boris Johnson 'planning to relax rules on outdoor weddings' to ease lockdown

The Prime Minister is set to unveil a range of measures to ease the lockdown and restart the economy from June 15, including holding weddings outdoors, sources say. It is not currently legally possible to marry outside in England or Wales without a fixed shelter.

Mirror

UK universities advertised as exam centres for online college set up by banned 'hate preacher'

UK universities advertised as exam centres for online college set up by banned 'hate preacher'

Four British universities have distanced themselves from a radical Islamic preacher - who was banned from the UK for his extremist views - after they were listed as 'approved exam centres' for an online college he runs.

Mail Online

Priest says he was 'pressured' into holding church wedding during lockdown

Priest says he was 'pressured' into holding church wedding during lockdown

Archbishop of Cardiff George Stack confirmed that a wedding service involving a young couple took place at St Alban-on-the-Moors in Splott, Cardiff, on Tuesday May 12 after pictures appeared on Facebook.

ITV

Religious leaders split over reopening places of worship in England

Religious leaders split over reopening places of worship in England

Christian leaders have welcomed the government's announcement that places of worship in England will be allowed to reopen for individual prayer from 15 June, but Muslim and Jewish leaders said the move was not appropriate for the way they practise their faith.

The Guardian

Church at centre of Gaelic gravestone inscription controversy regrets offence caused

Church at centre of Gaelic gravestone inscription controversy regrets offence caused

The Parish Church of St Giles, Exhall (Coventry) has issued a statement regarding their decision which saw Margaret Keane's family barred from inscribing their mother's gravestone with a phrase in Gaelic.

The Irish Post

Bishop urges Catholics to reject changes to Guernsey abortion law

Bishop urges Catholics to reject changes to Guernsey abortion law

A bishop has urged Catholics to resist efforts to liberalise abortion laws on Guernsey.

Catholic News Agency

'The quiet demise of the separation of church and state'

'The quiet demise of the separation of church and state'

The government is allowing federal pandemic aid to pay for clergy salaries, something that once would have been unthinkable.

The New York Times (£)

Greek Orthodox Church rejects yoga recommendation for keeping healthy in quarantine

Greek Orthodox Church rejects yoga recommendation for keeping healthy in quarantine

Yoga has no place "in the life of Christians," the governing body of the Church has ruled. It said it intervened after Greek media recommended yoga as a way to combat stress during coronavirus quarantine.

BBC

'Mubarak Bala/Nigeria: Free Thyself'

'Mubarak Bala/Nigeria: Free Thyself'

The arrest and incarceration of Mubarak Bala has compelled a review of the role of religion in Nigeria's nation building and development, says Leo Igwe

The Nigerian Voice

Mon, 08 Jun 2020

Calls to ban LGBT 'conversion therapy' in UK

Calls to ban LGBT 'conversion therapy' in UK

An online petition signed by more than 100,000 people to ban 'conversion therapy' will now be considered for a debate in Parliament.

BBC

Christians fight judge's ruling  man with stoma has right to die

Christians fight judge's ruling man with stoma has right to die

A judge last week ruled that the man, who is sedated on an intensive care ward, should be allowed to die because he had previously made it clear he did not want to live with a permanent stoma, a surgical hole in the stomach to which a colostomy bag is attached to collect digestive waste.

Mail Online

Brandon Lewis 'will not change' NI abortion regulations

Brandon Lewis 'will not change' NI abortion regulations

The government will not change the regulations governing abortions in Northern Ireland in response to an assembly vote, Brandon Lewis has said.

BBC

England could suspend Sunday trading laws in push to boost economy

England could suspend Sunday trading laws in push to boost economy

Sunday trading laws could be suspended for a year in a move the government hopes will stimulate the economy.

The Guardian

Scotland to become first nation in the world to put LGBTQ history on curriculum

Scotland to become first nation in the world to put LGBTQ history on curriculum

By 2021, schools across the country are expected to include lessons about LGBTQ equality and history in their educational plans.

Edinburgh Live

Muslim group call for council to increase funeral sizes to 30 mourners

Muslim group call for council to increase funeral sizes to 30 mourners

Writing to the council, Jawad Khan, chairman of the Birmingham Council of Mosques, says that an increase is necessary to allow friends and family the chance to read the Salat ul Janazah prayer before laying their loved ones to rest.

Express & Star

Reform Judaism to commission independent review into safeguarding culture

Reform Judaism to commission independent review into safeguarding culture

Reform Judaism is set to commission an independent review into its safeguarding culture.

Jewish News

'Pro Life groups are just as active in the UK'

'Pro Life groups are just as active in the UK'

You'd be forgiven for missing the news that a Conservative MP is attempting to restrict our abortion laws, says Vicky Spratt.

Refinery 29

Court in Crimea jails Jehovah's Witness for six years in 'extremism' case

Court in Crimea jails Jehovah's Witness for six years in 'extremism' case

A court in Russian-controlled Crimea jailed a Jehovah's Witness for six years on Thursday after finding him guilty of organizing the activities of a banned extremist organization, part of a crackdown rights activists say violates religious freedom.

Reuters

Facebook, Instagram unblock #Sikh hashtag amid 1984 massacre remembrance

Facebook, Instagram unblock #Sikh hashtag amid 1984 massacre remembrance

After nearly three months, Facebook and Instagram have unblocked the #Sikh hashtag, saying the block occurred "mistakenly" after a user reported the hashtag in March.

Religion News Service

Fri, 05 Jun 2020

Churches to reopen in June but mass congregations banned - NSS quoted

Churches to reopen in June but mass congregations banned - NSS quoted

Churches will be allowed to reopen for individual prayers from mid-June, though singing and mass gatherings will remain banned to stop the spread of coronavirus. We're quoted.

Mail Online

CofE Bishop faces disciplinary proceedings over child safeguarding failures

CofE Bishop faces disciplinary proceedings over child safeguarding failures

Christopher Lowson, the Bishop of Lincoln, was suspended over allegations he "failed to respond appropriately to safeguarding disclosures".

The Telegraph

Home Office probe into child abuse in Charedi Jewish communities revealed

Home Office probe into child abuse in Charedi Jewish communities revealed

The government has been investigating child abuse within the UK's strictly Orthodox Jewish communities as part of a wider Home Office report into group-based offending, aimed at safeguarding vulnerable children.

The JC

Government delays introduction of relationships and sex education

Government delays introduction of relationships and sex education

The new relationships and sex education curriculum, which has aroused deep concern within the Charedi community, is to be delayed by the government because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The JC

BBC to host farewell radio service for retiring Archbishop of York

BBC to host farewell radio service for retiring Archbishop of York

The service will be broadcast across the BBC local radio network on Sunday.

BBC

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