Tue, 02 Oct 2018

Judge’s ruling allows Kentucky’s last abortion clinic to stay open

Judge’s ruling allows Kentucky’s last abortion clinic to stay open

A federal judge in the US has struck down a Kentucky law that had put the state's last abortion clinic at risk of closing.

CBS News

Jehovah’s Witnesses must pay $34m to US abuse survivor

Jehovah’s Witnesses must pay $34m to US abuse survivor

A jury in Montana has ruled the Jehovah's Witnesses organisation must pay $34m to a woman who says the church covered up her sexual abuse as a child at the hands of a congregation member.

US News & World Report

Mon, 01 Oct 2018

C of E wants £30m a year for church maintenance

C of E wants £30m a year for church maintenance

The outgoing head of the Church of England's buildings division has called on the government to provide unconditional financial support amounting to at least £30m a year to maintain church buildings.

Church Times

NSS says judges should keep theology out of the courtroom

NSS says judges should keep theology out of the courtroom

Following a judge's remarks about the peaceful nature of Islam, the NSS has asked the justice secretary to ensure judges keep theology out of their courtrooms.

The Freethinker

FGM cutters 'being flown into UK to mutilate girls to order', survivor warns

FGM cutters 'being flown into UK to mutilate girls to order', survivor warns

So-called cutters are being flown into the UK to perform female genital mutilation (FGM) on young girls, a campaigner has warned.

The Independent

FGM survivor describes what she went through

FGM survivor describes what she went through

Campaigner Hoda Ali has described what happened to her when she underwent FGM as a child and explained why she fights to end the practice.

The Independent

‘Which vision do C of E schools follow?’

‘Which vision do C of E schools follow?’

Tim Wyatt looks at the arguments behind church schools' purpose and admissions criteria.

Church Times

Independent Jewish school is inadequate in all areas, says Ofsted

Independent Jewish school is inadequate in all areas, says Ofsted

An independent Jewish boys' school in Golders Green has been rated inadequate in all areas in its first inspection as a registered institution.

The JC

Sikh protesters claim heavy-handed police treatment

Sikh protesters claim heavy-handed police treatment

Hundreds of British Sikhs have gathered outside the Conservative Party conference to protest against anti-terror police raids on activists campaigning for a Sikh homeland in India.

Huffington Post

Irish voters urged to remove ‘medieval’ blasphemy offence from constitution

Irish voters urged to remove ‘medieval’ blasphemy offence from constitution

Atheist Ireland has urged voters to remove the "medieval" offence of blasphemy from the Irish constitution in next month's referendum as it launched its campaign.

The Irish Times

International Blasphemy Rights Day marked

International Blasphemy Rights Day marked

The annual International Blasphemy Day was marked yesterday. Multiple countries continue to dole out convictions for free speech on religious issues.

Newsweek

India's top court revokes ban on women 'of menstruating age' entering Hindu temple

India's top court revokes ban on women 'of menstruating age' entering Hindu temple

India's Supreme Court has ruled that one of the country's holiest Hindu temples must open its doors to women.

The Telegraph

‘Religious freedom for me, but not for thee’

‘Religious freedom for me, but not for thee’

Katherine Franke says the Trump administration is not defending a neutral constitutional principle — religious liberty — for all people, but rather only for those who share its political perspective.

The Washington Post

Religious freedom must not allow discrimination, says top Australian judge

Religious freedom must not allow discrimination, says top Australian judge

One of Australia's former top judges says there must be no laws that pave the way for discrimination of minorities on the grounds of religious freedom.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Fri, 28 Sep 2018

FGM in England and Wales 'not being properly investigated' due to lack of data

FGM in England and Wales 'not being properly investigated' due to lack of data

The scale of female genital mutilation in England and Wales is not being properly investigated due to a lack of consistent high-quality data, according to new research.

The Independent

Council gives London eruvs the go-ahead

Council gives London eruvs the go-ahead

Plans for eruvs – areas which symbolically extend the boundaries of Jewish homes into public spaces – have been given the green light by a council in north London.

The JC

Tory MPs join campaign to ease abortion laws in Northern Ireland

Tory MPs join campaign to ease abortion laws in Northern Ireland

Three Conservative MPs who back abortion reform in Northern Ireland will be in Belfast later to hear experiences of women impacted by the region's restrictive laws.

Aberdeen Evening Express

Jewish education chiefs suggest ‘minimal impact’ of Labour free schools policy

Jewish education chiefs suggest ‘minimal impact’ of Labour free schools policy

Jewish school leaders have suggested the Labour Party's new policy of bringing free schools and academies back under local authority control will change little.

Jewish News

‘It’s time to debunk the nonsense about Prevent’

‘It’s time to debunk the nonsense about Prevent’

Claims that the UK's counterterrorism strategy targets Muslims and harms free speech are 'nonsense', says Prevent coordinator Chris Sybenga.

Times Higher Education

Judge to prosecute actor for insulting God and Mary in Spain

Judge to prosecute actor for insulting God and Mary in Spain

A Madrid judge has decided to press ahead with a court case involving Spanish actor and activist Willy Toledo, in which he is accused of offending religious sentiments by insulting God and the Christian virgin Mary on Facebook.

El Pais (in English)

Bill banning conversion therapy in Nova Scotia passes

Bill banning conversion therapy in Nova Scotia passes

Politicians in Nova Scotia have unanimously passed a bill which makes the province the third in Canada to introduce a ban on conversion therapy.

CBC News

Danish parliament to consider ban on infant circumcision in October, says pressure group

Danish parliament to consider ban on infant circumcision in October, says pressure group

Intact Danmark, a lobby group opposed to circumcision of healthy children, has said it expects the Danish parliament to vote on whether to ban the circumcision of children under 18 in October.

The Local (Denmark)

Netherlands police arrests foil 'major terrorist attack'

Netherlands police arrests foil 'major terrorist attack'

Police in the Netherlands have arrested seven men over an alleged plot to carry out what they describe as a major terrorist attack involving guns and explosives.

BBC

Anger at Dutch plan to ask race, religion and political views of gun licence applicants

Anger at Dutch plan to ask race, religion and political views of gun licence applicants

The Dutch government is facing criticism over plans to register the race and religion of people seeking a firearms licence. The plans would also require the state to compile information on an applicant's political and philosophical views.

The Guardian

Malaysian to be caned for prostitution under Islamic law

Malaysian to be caned for prostitution under Islamic law

A Malaysian woman has been sentenced to be caned and jailed for six months for prostitution in violation of Islamic laws, weeks after the flogging of two lesbians sparked outrage.

Mail Online

‘China and its war on Christianity’

‘China and its war on Christianity’

Benjamin Haas says China is cracking down on unofficial churches just as the Vatican and Beijing sign a deal on appointment of bishops.

The Guardian

Thu, 27 Sep 2018

Trustees of Islamic charity replaced after terrorism convictions

Trustees of Islamic charity replaced after terrorism convictions

The Charity Commission has appointed an interim manager to Fazal Ellahi Charitable Trust, a mosque charity which is under investigation after an imam was convicted of six counts of encouraging terrorism in sermons and classes to children.

Civil Society

Heterosexual divorce in England and Wales is at lowest level since 1973

Heterosexual divorce in England and Wales is at lowest level since 1973

The number of heterosexual couples getting divorced in England and Wales is at its lowest since 1973.

The Guardian

Pope claims Catholic Church being judged unfairly on sexual abuse

Pope claims Catholic Church being judged unfairly on sexual abuse

Pope Francis has claimed the Catholic Church is being singled out for special treatment on sexual abuse.

Business Insider

Scotland’s hate crime campaign erasing sectarianism, says Catholic Church

Scotland’s hate crime campaign erasing sectarianism, says Catholic Church

The Catholic Church has said a hate crime campaign in Scotland has "glaringly missed an opportunity to highlight anti-Catholicism".

The Times (£)

Jewish groups accuse Corbyn of failing to tackle anti-semitism in conference speech

Jewish groups accuse Corbyn of failing to tackle anti-semitism in conference speech

Jewish groups have accused Jeremy Corbyn of failing to tackle anti-semitism in Labour adequately in his keynote party conference address. In his speech Corbyn said he wanted to "draw a line under" the issue.

Politics Home

UKIP MEP quits over party’s lurch to the anti-Muslim right

UKIP MEP quits over party’s lurch to the anti-Muslim right

A UKIP MEP has quit the party, accusing leader Gerard Batten of "hijacking" the party to "campaign against Islam as a religion" and associating himself with "outlandish people and extreme right-wing groups". Lord Dartmouth also said UKIP was "widely perceived" as homophobic.

Sky News

Germany’s hard-right AfD introduces Jewish section

Germany’s hard-right AfD introduces Jewish section

Germany's AfD party is introducing a group known as 'Jews in the AfD'.

DW

Muslim mob ‘stones Christians to death in Kenya’

Muslim mob ‘stones Christians to death in Kenya’

Three Christians in western Kenya have been stoned to death by a Muslim mob, according to International Christian Concern.

Christian Post

Former Indian PM calls on judiciary to ‘save secular spirit of the constitution’

Former Indian PM calls on judiciary to ‘save secular spirit of the constitution’

Former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh has said the country's judiciary should never lose sight of its "primary duty to protect the secular spirit of the Constitution".

The Indian Express

Wed, 26 Sep 2018

Government mustn’t neglect LGBT+ issues in sex education, say campaigners

Government mustn’t neglect LGBT+ issues in sex education, say campaigners

Campaigners are urging the government not to let "another generation of LGBT students slip through the cracks" by failing to include relevant information to them in an updated Relationships and Sex Education curriculum.

iNews

‘A survivor’s story of grooming gangs in Newcastle’

‘A survivor’s story of grooming gangs in Newcastle’

A year on from the jailing of 18 people as part of Operation Sanctuary in Newcastle, an abuse survivor tells her story. She says she believes the authorities missed "warning signs".

BBC

Religious group accused of distributing anti-Pride leaflets could be banned from council premises

Religious group accused of distributing anti-Pride leaflets could be banned from council premises

A religious group accused of distributing homophobic leaflets has been told it may not be allowed to use Aberdeen City Council's premises in the future.

Aberdeen Evening Express

Gay pride march to go ahead in Inverness despite protests

Gay pride march to go ahead in Inverness despite protests

A gay pride march through the centre of Inverness has been given the go-ahead.

The Inverness Courier

Corbyn backs Christian group’s guidelines for Labour

Corbyn backs Christian group’s guidelines for Labour

Jeremy Corbyn has backed a campaign by Christians on the Left, a group with a presence at the Labour party conference.

Premier Christian Radio

Rastafarian bus driver’s case on religious headscarf resolved

Rastafarian bus driver’s case on religious headscarf resolved

London bus company Metroline has resolved a case involving a Rastafarian driver who it asked not to wear a colourful headscarf at work. The driver objected to the request. The union Unite says Metroline has backed down, which the company disputes.

Huffington Post

Christian couple accused of flouting planning rules ‘quoted Bible at council’

Christian couple accused of flouting planning rules ‘quoted Bible at council’

A Christian couple are on trial accused of flouting planning rules by running their Devon farm as a campsite. The court heard that they told their local council the only authority they recognised was God.

Mail Online

Jehovah’s Witnesses subject to EU data protection laws

Jehovah’s Witnesses subject to EU data protection laws

Members of a religious community who collected personal information about people they contacted when engaged in door-to-door preaching were subject to European Union data protection laws.

The Times (£)

Armed police in Maldives destroy sculpture of teenager because it ‘undermined Islam’

Armed police in Maldives destroy sculpture of teenager because it ‘undermined Islam’

A sculpture of a Bolton-born teenager has been destroyed by police in the Maldives armed with axes, concrete saws and ropes.

This is Lancashire

Germany’s Catholic bishops apologise for abuse

Germany’s Catholic bishops apologise for abuse

The head of the German Bishops' Conference apologised on Tuesday for the "pain and suffering" caused by the Catholic Church's decades-long failure to take abuse of children at the hands of clergy members seriously enough.

The New York Times

Tue, 25 Sep 2018

Labour promises no new free schools or academies

Labour promises no new free schools or academies

Labour would "immediately" end the government's academy and free schools programme in England, the shadow education secretary has said. Religious groups are among those who have set up state-funded free schools.

BBC

Five Whitehall buildings held by wealthy businessmen now operating under sharia rules

Five Whitehall buildings held by wealthy businessmen now operating under sharia rules

The historic Admiralty House and four other Whitehall buildings are now operating in accordance with some sharia rules – including a ban on alcohol – after they were used as part of an Islamic bond scheme.

The Independent

DUP expresses reservations over Westminster abortion inquiry

DUP expresses reservations over Westminster abortion inquiry

The DUP has expressed reservations about a Westminster inquiry into Northern Ireland's abortion ban.

The Times (£)

Modern marriage only for the rich, says former judge

Modern marriage only for the rich, says former judge

Marriage rates have halved in 50 years and the institution is now only for the rich, a former High Court judge said last night. Sir Paul Coleridge, chairman of the Marriage Foundation, called for marriage to be made modern and relevant at an event hosted by The Times.

The Times (£)

NI boxer settles discrimination case over Commonwealth Games non-selection

NI boxer settles discrimination case over Commonwealth Games non-selection

A Belfast boxer has settled his discrimination case against the Ulster Boxing Council over his claim that he wasn't selected for Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games in 2015 because he is Protestant.

ITV

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