Mon, 21 Oct 2019

‘Book review: inside the Westboro Baptist Church’

‘Book review: inside the Westboro Baptist Church’

Grace McCleen says Unfollow, Megan Phelps-Roper's account of leaving the Westboro Baptist Church, is an exceptional book.

The Times (£)

Urgent meeting demanded over plans to shut Cardiff Catholic school

Urgent meeting demanded over plans to shut Cardiff Catholic school

The leader of Cardiff Council is seeking an "urgent meeting" with the Catholic archdiocese of Cardiff's education director over plans to close a city primary school.

Wales Online

Labour politicians in outcry over government policy adviser sharing cartoons from ‘Jesus & Mo’

Labour politicians in outcry over government policy adviser sharing cartoons from ‘Jesus & Mo’

A government policy adviser has been accused of 'Islamophobia' and may face investigation after sharing Facebook posts which mock the Islamic prophet Muhammad, from the cartoon 'Jesus & Mo'.

Metro

Fri, 18 Oct 2019

Typical church now has just 27 people turning up to worship as congregation numbers fall by 15%

Typical church now has just 27 people turning up to worship as congregation numbers fall by 15%

A typical Anglican congregation numbered just 27 worshippers last year and just 1.2% of the population across England attends church on Sundays regularly, figures revealed yesterday.

Daily Mail

Former Catholic school pupil tells inquiry of rape by monk who he suspects is his father

Former Catholic school pupil tells inquiry of rape by monk who he suspects is his father

A former pupil at a Catholic boarding school has told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry how he was raped by a monk who he suspects to be his father.

Evening Times

Teacher behind ‘No Outsiders’ programme says government should do more on inclusive education

Teacher behind ‘No Outsiders’ programme says government should do more on inclusive education

Andrew Moffat, the creator of the LGBT-inclusive No Outsiders programme, has said the government should "get off the fence" over inclusive education.

Pink News

Alleged Isis supporter accused of St Paul's Cathedral bomb plot

Alleged Isis supporter accused of St Paul's Cathedral bomb plot

An alleged supporter of the Islamic State terror group has appeared in court accused of a plot to bomb St Paul's Cathedral and a hotel.

The Guardian

One in five people in UK think being LGBT is immoral

One in five people in UK think being LGBT is immoral

A poll has found that around 20% of people in the UK think being LGBT+ is immoral or goes against their beliefs, while one in 10 think LGBT people can be cured.

The Gay UK

Americans becoming less Christian as over a quarter follow no religion

Americans becoming less Christian as over a quarter follow no religion

The United States is becoming a less Christian country, and the decline in religious affiliation is particularly rapid among younger Americans, new figures show.

The Guardian

Maldives investigates activist group for 'slandering Islam'

Maldives investigates activist group for 'slandering Islam'

The head of a Maldivian activist group said Thursday police contacted her as part of an investigation into a report published by her organization that has been accused of slandering Islam.

Mail Online

US women are going online for abortion pills, especially in states with more restrictions

US women are going online for abortion pills, especially in states with more restrictions

Women living in states with more restrictive policies on abortion are turning to online sources for medications that can be used to induce the procedure, a study published Thursday found.

NBC News

Malaysian Islamic party demands Oktoberfest events be shut down

Malaysian Islamic party demands Oktoberfest events be shut down

Malaysia's largest Islamic party is pushing for Oktoberfest events across the country to be banned, renewing a familiar culture war in the Muslim-majority country.

ABC News (Australia)

Director of film about paedophile priest speaks out

Director of film about paedophile priest speaks out

François Ozon, whose new film tells the story of a paedophile priest, says the victims' stories unlocked his own painful memory.

The Observer

Thu, 17 Oct 2019

Prosecuted head vows to keep unregistered religious school open

Prosecuted head vows to keep unregistered religious school open

The head teacher of an unregistered school who was prosecuted for operating it illegally has said it has a "unique" approach and will remain open.

BBC

Abortion rights used to get DUP to back Brexit deal, says Stella Creasy

Abortion rights used to get DUP to back Brexit deal, says Stella Creasy

Labour MP Stella Creasy has accused the government of preparing to hand back control of abortion rights to Stormont to help curry favour with the DUP at a critical moment in the Brexit talks.

The Guardian

Tensions build over landmark legal change on abortion in NI

Tensions build over landmark legal change on abortion in NI

Anti-abortion campaigners are working to obstruct the liberalisation of Northern Ireland's abortion laws, which will go ahead from Monday if the Stormont assembly is not restored.

The Irish News

Anti-LGBT protester 'inflamed tensions' by inviting imam to school demo, court hears

Anti-LGBT protester 'inflamed tensions' by inviting imam to school demo, court hears

The lead protester in the row over LGBT-inclusive teaching has been accused of "inflaming tensions" by inviting a controversial imam who claimed anal sex, paedophilia and transgenderism were being taught in schools to a demonstration.

The Guardian

Vaginal surgery and piercings are not FGM, says CPS guideline

Vaginal surgery and piercings are not FGM, says CPS guideline

Increasingly popular vaginal cosmetic surgery and genital piercing should in most cases not be prosecuted as female genital mutilation, according to fresh guidance issued by the Crown Prosecution Service.

The Guardian

Labour’s Diane Abbott says people use religion as an “excuse” for homophobia

Labour’s Diane Abbott says people use religion as an “excuse” for homophobia

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has hit out at people who use religion as an "excuse" for homophobia in a speech at the PinkNews Awards.

Pink News

PM says UK will “stand up for religious freedom”

PM says UK will “stand up for religious freedom”

The prime minister has said the government will "stand up for religious freedom in all our doings and in all our foreign policy" in response to a question in parliament.

Premier Christian Radio

Morocco pardons journalist jailed on abortion charges

Morocco pardons journalist jailed on abortion charges

A Moroccan journalist sentenced to a year in jail for premarital sex and having an abortion has been pardoned by King Mohammed VI, officials say.

BBC

Polish lawmakers vote for bill criminalising 'promoting underage sex', in apparent attack on sex ed

Polish lawmakers vote for bill criminalising 'promoting underage sex', in apparent attack on sex ed

Polish lawmakers have voted in favour of a bill to criminalise "the promotion of underage sexual activity". Liberals say the bill aims to ban sex education.

Reuters

French government resists calls for school trip headscarf ban

French government resists calls for school trip headscarf ban

The French government has said it will not seek to ban Muslim women who wear headscarves from volunteering to help on school trips amid an escalating row.

The Guardian

Wed, 16 Oct 2019

Dean of Westminster Abbey calls for more state-funded Muslim schools

Dean of Westminster Abbey calls for more state-funded Muslim schools

The outgoing dean of Westminster Abbey has called for "a substantial number of state-funded Muslim schools" in a service attended by the queen.

Church Times

Petitioners demand BBC removes expose on how Iraqi Muslim clerics sell young girls for sex

Petitioners demand BBC removes expose on how Iraqi Muslim clerics sell young girls for sex

More than 17,000 people have demanded the BBC take down a documentary about young Iraqi girls being sold for sex - calling it 'disrespectful' to law-abiding Shia Muslims.

Mail Online

Gay men pardoned as new law comes into force in Scotland

Gay men pardoned as new law comes into force in Scotland

Gay men prosecuted under outdated laws can apply to have their convictions erased as new legislation comes into force in Scotland.

The Herald

Petition asks Lancashire school to end religious selection of pupils

Petition asks Lancashire school to end religious selection of pupils

A petition has been launched calling on a Lancaster school to end religious selection.

Lancaster Guardian

Hate crimes recorded by police up 10%

Hate crimes recorded by police up 10%

There has been a 10% rise in hate crimes recorded by police in England and Wales.

BBC

'Rise in homophobic attacks' in Birmingham after anti-LGBT teaching protests, says head

'Rise in homophobic attacks' in Birmingham after anti-LGBT teaching protests, says head

The headteacher at the centre of a row over inclusive teaching told a court there had been 333% rise in homophobic attacks in a part of Birmingham, blaming the surge on protests outside her school.

The Guardian

Scottish government chief launches hate crime crackdown

Scottish government chief launches hate crime crackdown

Scotland's communities secretary has laid out a plan to combat racism , sectarianism and bigotry.

Daily Record

Uganda denies plans to impose death penalty for gay sex amid global concern

Uganda denies plans to impose death penalty for gay sex amid global concern

Uganda will not impose the death penalty for gay sex, a presidential spokesman said on Monday, after major aid donors said they were monitoring a plan by the African nation to reintroduce a bill colloquially known as 'Kill the Gays'.

Reuters

300 young men are freed from another Nigerian Islamic boarding school where they were chained up and raped

300 young men are freed from another Nigerian Islamic boarding school where they were chained up and raped

More than 300 young men have been freed from a second Nigerian Islamic boarding school where they were chained up and raped, following a similar raid last month.

Mail Online

Australia’s high court rules female genital mutilation illegal in all forms

Australia’s high court rules female genital mutilation illegal in all forms

Three people charged with FGM offences against two primary school-aged sisters could face further punishment after Australia's high court ruled a New South Wales court had erred in quashing their convictions.

ABC News (Australia)

US right reacts badly after Democratic presidential candidate proposes revoking anti-LGBT churches’ tax status

US right reacts badly after Democratic presidential candidate proposes revoking anti-LGBT churches’ tax status

Republicans in the US have reacted badly after Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke proposed ending the tax-exempt status of anti-LGBTQ churches and nonprofits.

LGBTQ Nation

Tue, 15 Oct 2019

Court bid to stop anti-LGBT protests at Birmingham school starts

Court bid to stop anti-LGBT protests at Birmingham school starts

Protests were held outside the high court on Monday over a bid to permanently ban activists against equality lessons from demonstrating outside a Birmingham primary school.

The Guardian

Parents’ evening cancelled ‘over concern for teachers’ at school affected by protests

Parents’ evening cancelled ‘over concern for teachers’ at school affected by protests

A head teacher whose primary school has been targeted by protests over LGBT equality lessons had to cancel a parents' evening because she feared for teachers' safety, a court has heard.

The Times (£)

‘Behind the gates of Anderton Park - the Birmingham school at the centre of national debate’

‘Behind the gates of Anderton Park - the Birmingham school at the centre of national debate’

On the eve of a high court battle seeking to curb protests at the gates of Anderton Park School for good, Jane Haynes went inside to find out more about the school's ethos.

Birmingham Live

Atheist woman wins right to exhume cremated remains of baby boy

Atheist woman wins right to exhume cremated remains of baby boy

An atheist mother has won a rare court case to exhume the ashes of her two-year-old son after they were buried in consecrated land by mistake 15 years ago.

Mail Online

Schools in NI should `adapt' to meet needs of increasingly diverse classes

Schools in NI should `adapt' to meet needs of increasingly diverse classes

Schools in Northern Ireland need to adapt to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population, it has been urged.

The Irish News

‘Teachers are losing their religion and breaking the rules’

‘Teachers are losing their religion and breaking the rules’

Eve Debbage of TeacherTapp says teachers are less religious today than they were 50 years ago.

Schools Week

Sinn Féin supports abortions in certain circumstances and within a 'limited gestational period'

Sinn Féin supports abortions in certain circumstances and within a 'limited gestational period'

Sinn Féin will tell a consultation on Northern Ireland's new abortion laws that it only supports terminations in certain circumstances and within a "limited gestational period".

The Irish News

‘Former Islamist and far-right extremists unite to fight rising hate’

‘Former Islamist and far-right extremists unite to fight rising hate’

A decade ago, Jesse Morton and Ivan Humble were on opposite sides of an ideological battle. Now, they are fighting extremism together, Lizzie Dearden writes.

The Independent

Civic leaders in attendance as religious service celebrates life in Leicestershire

Civic leaders in attendance as religious service celebrates life in Leicestershire

Leicestershire's top civic and religious leaders converged on Melton Mowbray on Sunday to attend a special service to celebrate life in the county.

Melton Times

Bangladeshi court indicts eight men over murder of man who published atheist books

Bangladeshi court indicts eight men over murder of man who published atheist books

On Sunday, a Bangladeshi court indicted eight men, all part of a radical Islamic terrorist organisation, for the murder of Faisal Abedin Deepan, who published the works of a murdered atheist author.

The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)

Mon, 14 Oct 2019

'No consent' circumcision doctor suspended for a month

'No consent' circumcision doctor suspended for a month

A mother whose son was circumcised without her consent said she was "furious" the doctor has only been suspended for a month.

BBC

'Consider religion when teaching LGBT+ issues', says government

'Consider religion when teaching LGBT+ issues', says government

The government has published advice for primary school teachers on how to implement a new LGBT-inclusive curriculum next year, urging respect for "sensitivities" among some religious communities.

Tes

‘Victims must despair of the Vatican’s handling of abuse’ – NSS letter

‘Victims must despair of the Vatican’s handling of abuse’ – NSS letter

NSS president Keith Porteous Wood highlights the Vatican's failure to cooperate with the public inquiry on child abuse or the UN (scroll down to read).

The Tablet (£)

MP wants change to marriage age to stop forced nuptials

MP wants change to marriage age to stop forced nuptials

Sarah Champion, the MP for Rotherham in south Yorkshire, wants a change in the legal marriage age to stop teenagers being forced into it against their will.

Planet Radio

Ofsted ‘considers’ approach to gender segregation after quashing ‘inadequate’ inspection of Jewish school

Ofsted ‘considers’ approach to gender segregation after quashing ‘inadequate’ inspection of Jewish school

Ofsted is considering whether to change its approach to gender segregation after quashing the 'inadequate' rating of a Jewish school it accused of breaking equalities laws.

Schools Week

Academy trust in plea for cash as Hindu school bid remains ‘on hold’

Academy trust in plea for cash as Hindu school bid remains ‘on hold’

An academy trust struggling to open a new voluntary-aided Hindu school is offering "naming rights" to prospective parents who pledge large enough donations.

Schools Week

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