Fri, 23 Nov 2018

Saudi Arabia ‘teaches kids gay sex causes natural disasters’

Saudi Arabia ‘teaches kids gay sex causes natural disasters’

Saudi Arabia's textbooks for the current academic year promote violence against those who engage in gay sex, as well as women, Jews, Christians and Shia Muslims, according to a new report by the monitoring group Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

Pink News

Woman jailed for blasphemy in Indonesia files appeal to Supreme Court

Woman jailed for blasphemy in Indonesia files appeal to Supreme Court

A woman found guilty of blasphemy for complaining about the volume of her neighborhood's mosque loudspeaker in Indonesia has appealed to the country's highest court.

Coconuts

Survey finds religion is becoming less meaningful in Americans’ lives

Survey finds religion is becoming less meaningful in Americans’ lives

A study by the Pew Research Center suggests religion is becoming less of a motivator for many Americans.

Patheos

Thu, 22 Nov 2018

Thousands sign unstunned meat petition over schools in Kirklees in West Yorks – NSS prominently mentioned

Thousands sign unstunned meat petition over schools in Kirklees in West Yorks – NSS prominently mentioned

More than 3,000 people have signed a petition asking a West Yorkshire council to stop "unstunned halal meat" being served in schools. This comes after NSS research revealed Kirklees Council supplied the meat to at least 40 schools.

BBC

Campaign to end supply of non-stun halal meat to schools – NSS prominently mentioned

Campaign to end supply of non-stun halal meat to schools – NSS prominently mentioned

The campaign to stop non-stun halal meat being served to schoolchildren in Kirklees is gathering traction and could be rolled out nationally.

Farmers Guardian

Thousands sign petition calling on council to stop supplying non-stun meat in schools – NSS mentioned

Thousands sign petition calling on council to stop supplying non-stun meat in schools – NSS mentioned

More than 3,500 people have signed a petition calling on a council to stop serving non-stun halal meat in local schools.

Farming UK

Ofsted slams independent Jewish school in Manchester

Ofsted slams independent Jewish school in Manchester

A failing school where pupils are not taught in English, leave with no recognised qualifications and are not prepared for "life in modern Britain" has been slammed by the education watchdog.

Manchester Evening News

Christian group complains over school’s LGBT Pride event

Christian group complains over school’s LGBT Pride event

A school may face legal action after parents backed by a Christian legal group complained to governors about a 'Pride' event it put on for pupils.

BBC

Celebrities back decriminalisation of abortion in NI

Celebrities back decriminalisation of abortion in NI

More than 60 celebrities have written an open letter to the prime minister calling for the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland.

The Irish News

Asia Bibi's family hunted 'house to house' as mobs continue to react badly to blasphemy acquittal

Asia Bibi's family hunted 'house to house' as mobs continue to react badly to blasphemy acquittal

The family of a Pakistani woman acquitted of blasphemy charges last month have reportedly been driven into hiding by hardline religious groups trying to hunt them down.

Time

Campaigners say tens of thousands of girls at risk after US ruling on FGM

Campaigners say tens of thousands of girls at risk after US ruling on FGM

Campaigners have said a court ruling on female genital mutilation in the US will have an impact on tens of thousands of girls who are at risk of the practice across the country.

The Independent

Islamic militants four times stronger than during 9/11 terrorist attacks, study says

Islamic militants four times stronger than during 9/11 terrorist attacks, study says

There are today almost four times as many Sunni Islamic militants around the world as on 9/11, a new study from a US think tank says.

9News

Jailed Saudi women’s rights activists said to face electric shocks, beatings and other abuse

Jailed Saudi women’s rights activists said to face electric shocks, beatings and other abuse

Several women's rights activists who have been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for more than six months have reportedly been subjected to psychological or physical abuse while in custody, including sleep deprivation and beatings.

The Washington Post

Ireland plans to make abortion services available in January

Ireland plans to make abortion services available in January

Irish health minister Simon Harris has said his government's timeline for abortion services to be available in Ireland by January next year remains unchanged.

The Journal

Rights group: Christian religious freedoms decline in Egypt

Rights group: Christian religious freedoms decline in Egypt

An Egyptian rights group says the country's Christians are suffering increased discrimination despite official efforts to address their grievances.

The Washington Post

Wed, 21 Nov 2018

‘The government should stop funding faith schools’ – NSS research cited

‘The government should stop funding faith schools’ – NSS research cited

GP Taylor, a priest, says all educational establishments should be run on strict secular lines. He cites NSS research which found 18,000 families were assigned faith schools for their children against their preferences in 2017.

The Yorkshire Post

C of E pays women £10,000 a year less on average than men despite Welby criticism of gender pay gap

C of E pays women £10,000 a year less on average than men despite Welby criticism of gender pay gap

Women working for the Church of England are paid on average over £10,000 a year less than men, the CoE acknowledged yesterday. The archbishop of Canterbury has previously condemned the gender pay gap as unjust.

Daily Mail

Preacher who praised Osama bin Laden broadcasts to Britain

Preacher who praised Osama bin Laden broadcasts to Britain

The "personal television station" of an Islamic preacher who was banned from entering Britain is being broadcast to millions of homes despite concerns about extremist content, an investigation has found.

The Times (£)

Peers put pressure on ministers over Asia Bibi

Peers put pressure on ministers over Asia Bibi

Peers have stepped up pressure on the Government to offer asylum to Asia Bibi, who faces the threat of lynch mobs after her acquittal on blasphemy charges in Pakistan.

Premier Christian Radio

Evangelical preacher complains to council in Lincolnshire over ‘Mary Christmas’ sign

Evangelical preacher complains to council in Lincolnshire over ‘Mary Christmas’ sign

An evangelical preacher has branded a billboard advertising Grimsby's Christmas lights switch-on as "religious blasphemy". North East Lincolnshire Council said it had received a complaint about the message and passed it to the organisers of the event.

Grimsby Telegraph

US judge dismisses FGM charges in historic case

US judge dismisses FGM charges in historic case

A judge in Detroit has declared America's female genital mutilation law unconstitutional. Key charges against eight people accused of subjecting girls to the cutting procedure have been dropped. The judge said FGM was for local states to ban.

Detroit Free Press

US judge blocks Mississippi 15-week abortion ban

US judge blocks Mississippi 15-week abortion ban

A US judge in the state of Mississippi has overturned an abortion ban that would have prevented women from getting abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

BBC

Muslim leaders reject meeting with Australian PM

Muslim leaders reject meeting with Australian PM

Muslim leaders are refusing to meet Scott Morrison after "strongly" taking offence to the Australian prime minister's suggestion that they should do more to combat extremism. Morrison's comments came in the wake of the recent Melbourne terror attack.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Kabul suicide bomber kills dozens

Kabul suicide bomber kills dozens

A suicide bomb attack on a gathering of religious scholars in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has killed at least 50 people.

BBC

Hindus take offence as Twitter boss criticises Hindu ‘caste’

Hindus take offence as Twitter boss criticises Hindu ‘caste’

Some Hindus have reacted badly after Twitter boss Jack Dorsey was photographed holding a picture of a woman waving a banner which read "smash the Brahminical patriarchy" during a trip to India.

The Telegraph

Catholic school in Italy teaches homosexuality is curable ‘deformity’

Catholic school in Italy teaches homosexuality is curable ‘deformity’

A Catholic school in Italy has taught its students that homosexuality is a "psychological deformity" which can be cured.

Pink News

Tue, 20 Nov 2018

Hundreds sign petition for ban on non-stunned halal meat in Kirklees schools – follows NSS research

Hundreds sign petition for ban on non-stunned halal meat in Kirklees schools – follows NSS research

Hundreds of people have signed a petition calling on a council in West Yorkshire to stop serving schoolchildren halal meat from animals which were not stunned before slaughter. The petition, which now has over 2,700 signatures, comes after NSS research uncovered the practice.

Examiner Live

Government minister says Christians have “special role” in dealing with prisoners

Government minister says Christians have “special role” in dealing with prisoners

Prisons minister Rory Stewart has claimed Christians are in a prime position to contribute to the rehabilitation of prisoners.

Premier Christian Radio

The scandal of FGM in the Black Country revealed

The scandal of FGM in the Black Country revealed

Doctors in the Black Country are recording an average of nearly 12 cases of female genital mutilation every month.

Birmingham Live

C of E school in Yorkshire Dales to close after pupil numbers dwindle to eight

C of E school in Yorkshire Dales to close after pupil numbers dwindle to eight

A Church of England school in the Yorkshire Dales is set to close after pupil numbers fell to just eight.

Yorkshire Post

Bishop who sits in Lords claims another referendum on Brexit would 'make things worse'

Bishop who sits in Lords claims another referendum on Brexit would 'make things worse'

The bishop of Oxford, who sits in the House of Lords, has said another referendum on Brexit would deepen divisions in the country.

Premier Christian Radio

North Wales council considers removing free travel to faith schools

North Wales council considers removing free travel to faith schools

Wrexham Council is consulting on whether to remove free travel for youngsters living further than two or three miles away from religious schools.

The Leader

Australian archbishop: Gay teachers tolerated if they live far away from their schools

Australian archbishop: Gay teachers tolerated if they live far away from their schools

The Catholic archbishop of Melbourne has suggested religious schools in Australia are accepting of gay teachers if they keep their relationships hidden.

Gay Star News

Swedish council to take religiously slaughtered meat off school menus

Swedish council to take religiously slaughtered meat off school menus

A municipality in Sweden has said it will remove religiously slaughtered meat from school menus.

The Local (Sweden)

Half of reproductive-age women in US want easier access to abortion pills

Half of reproductive-age women in US want easier access to abortion pills

A new survey has revealed that half of reproductive-age women in the United States want easier access to abortion pills.

Gay Star News

Mon, 19 Nov 2018

Schools not telling parents about non-stun halal meat – NSS research extensively cited

Schools not telling parents about non-stun halal meat – NSS research extensively cited

Schools are feeding children halal meat but not telling parents that it comes from animals that had their throats cut while they were still conscious. The NSS recently revealed that at least 17 councils are supplying non-stun halal meat to schools.

The Times (£)

BBC sticks to atheist and humanist ban on Thought for the Day

BBC sticks to atheist and humanist ban on Thought for the Day

The BBC has refused to broaden its longstanding Radio 4 Thought for the Day slot to include contributions from the non-religious.

The Telegraph

Faith schools ‘owe success to wealthy pupils’

Faith schools ‘owe success to wealthy pupils’

Campaigners have questioned the predominance of religious primary schools at the top of a new performance league table, saying that many socially select their pupils.

The Times (£)

Gay ‘conversion therapy’ associated with suicide risk, study finds

Gay ‘conversion therapy’ associated with suicide risk, study finds

A new study provides concrete evidence that gay conversion therapy is dangerous.

Psychology Today

All Catholic schools in part of east London could become academies

All Catholic schools in part of east London could become academies

The diocese of Brentwood has announced plans to academise all Roman Catholic schools in Barking and Dagenham.

Barking and Dagenham Post

US Democrats want to change rules on religious headwear in House of Representatives

US Democrats want to change rules on religious headwear in House of Representatives

Democrats have proposed a clarification to a 181-year-old rule banning representatives from wearing hats on the floor of the US House of Representatives after two Muslim women were elected in the recent midterm elections.

Time

Politicians withdraw support from Danish proposal to end child genital cutting

Politicians withdraw support from Danish proposal to end child genital cutting

Several politicians are withdrawing their support from a proposal to introduce a gender-neutral age of consent for genital cutting in Denmark.

The Local (Denmark)

Baby 'lucky to be alive' after genital cutting in Ireland, court hears

Baby 'lucky to be alive' after genital cutting in Ireland, court hears

A man has been accused of carrying out a "crude" circumcision on a 10-month-old baby boy who had to be hospitalised and was "lucky to be alive".

The Independent (Ireland)

Norwegians protest against proposals to restrict abortion

Norwegians protest against proposals to restrict abortion

Thousands in cities across Norway have been protesting against proposals to restrict women's access to abortion. Critics say Norway's prime minister is planning the restrictions in an attempt to appease a Christian party and cling to power.

Euro News

Israeli airline diverts flight after religious passengers cause uproar

Israeli airline diverts flight after religious passengers cause uproar

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish passengers on board a pair of Israel-bound El Al planes that took off from New York on Thursday caused an uproar, with some reportedly becoming violent. The passengers were reportedly angry that they would arrive in Israel after sundown on Friday.

The Times of Israel

Fri, 16 Nov 2018

NSS criticises use of non-stunned meat in Bradford schools

NSS criticises use of non-stunned meat in Bradford schools

The NSS, and other groups, have criticised the serving of non-stunned halal meat in schools run by Bradford's local council.

Telegraph & Argus

DfE announces funding for fully religiously selective schools

DfE announces funding for fully religiously selective schools

The Department for Education is backing the creation of new VA schools, which can select all pupils on the basis of faith, with money diverted from the free-schools budget.

Tes

Charity Commission to review 'gay conversion' allegations into two charities

Charity Commission to review 'gay conversion' allegations into two charities

The Charity Commission is looking into two charitable organisations, exposed by ITV News this week, which claim people can change their sexuality.

ITV News

Government considers mandatory reporting duty over forced marriage

Government considers mandatory reporting duty over forced marriage

The government is consulting over plans to create a mandatory reporting duty for teachers, doctors, nurses and social workers in relation to forced marriage.

Tes

Three in 10 teachers deliver RSE with no training

Three in 10 teachers deliver RSE with no training

Three in ten teachers deliver relationships and sex education classes with no training, a survey has found. It also found that 21% lacked confidence in making the curriculum LGBT inclusive.

Tes

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