Fri, 25 May 2018

‘After Ireland’s abortion debate, we should consider liberalising Britain’s laws’

Gaby Hinsliff hopes for a Yes vote in today's referendum on repealing the eighth amendment in Ireland, and says a debate on changing the law in Britain could be healthy.

The Guardian

‘Freedom of speech and religion is not a licence to discriminate in the US’

As the US Supreme Court considers the case of a same-sex couple who were turned away by a cake shop, Ria Tabacco Mar of the ACLU writes that businesses should not be allowed to refuse to serve minority groups and gay couples.

The Economist

Thu, 24 May 2018

What was Section 28? The history of the homophobic legislation 30 years on

It's 30 years to the day since the Thatcher government introduced the intensely contentious Section 28. Three decades on, the history of the homophobic legislation and its "very long shadow" still looms over schools and local authorities in the UK today.

Pink News

Corbyn expects new peers to vote to scrap the Lords

Jeremy Corbyn will not appoint any Labour peers that do not support abolishing the House of Lords, his spokesman has said. The move will have implications for the bishops' bench.


Nottinghamshire imam guilty of sexually assaulting boy

A spiritual leader has been found guilty of three counts of indecently assaulting a boy in a mosque's attic.


NSS criticises Surrey Police over accepting bibles

Surrey Police has defended a decision to accept 1,000 Bibles for its workers following criticism from the NSS.

Premier Christian Radio

‘Humanist marriages should be legally recognised’

Louise Ridley reflects on the inequality facing those who want humanist weddings.


Shrewsbury MP still asking prime minister to lift faith-based admissions cap

Daniel Kawczynski, MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, has claimed schools which can practice 50% religious discrimination in admissions are "not really faith schools at all".

Shropshire Star

Concerns over Northern Ireland church handling of 'safeguarding' claim

Concerns have been raised over how a Catholic diocese handled a "historic safeguarding allegation" made against one of its senior clerics.

Belfast Telegraph

Attempt to build Muslim school in Derby set to fail

An attempt to convert a building into a Muslim school in Derby is set to be rejected by council planning officials.

Derby Telegraph

Hindu nationalists damaging India's secular constitution, warns archbishop

The Catholic archbishop of Delhi has warned India's secular constitution was under threat, sparking an angry rebuke from the ruling Hindu nationalist party.

Christian Today

Approval of same-sex marriage in US reaches new high, says poll

More than two-thirds of Americans say they support same-sex marriage, according to a new Gallup poll published on Wednesday.

USA Today

Wed, 23 May 2018

Dilute C of E’s role in Prince Charles’s coronation, says UCL report

A report by University College London's Constitution Unit has said Prince Charles should make an 'oath to the people', as opposed to making three oaths to uphold Christianity, when he becomes King. It also suggests holding a civil ceremony alongside the traditional Anglican one.

Daily Mail

First successful forced marriage prosecution in England

A mother who forced her daughter to marry a relative almost twice her age has been convicted in the first successful prosecution in England.


Memorial service held to mark Manchester attack anniversary

A memorial service marking the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack has been held at Manchester Cathedral.


Welsh faith schools will still be allowed special treatment on sex education

Religious schools in Wales will continue to be allowed to deliver RSE classes consistent with their ethos, ministers have said, despite a broader overhaul in the teaching of the subject.


Ethnically diverse schools ‘promote social cohesion’

Ethnic diversity at secondary schools helps pupils develop positive feelings towards other races, according to new research with implications for the segregation caused by faith-based schooling.

Schools Week

Merger between Great Yarmouth schools is confirmed

A merger between a Christian school and a non-religious one has been given the go-ahead. The move effectively closes the non-religious Trafalgar College and expands the Christian Great Yarmouth Charter Academy.

Great Yarmouth Mercury

Attempt to stall school co-location plan on Isle of Man fails

An attempt to block education chiefs' plan to operate two Isle of Man schools separately at the same site has failed. The plan would mean a faith school sharing the site with a non-faith school while retaining a faith ethos.

IoM Today

Claims of 'illegal' adoption at home run by Catholic nuns in NI

A BBC investigation has uncovered allegations of 'illegal' cross-border adoptions at a home run by Catholic nuns in Northern Ireland.


Belarus slams UK embassy over rainbow flag on day against homophobia

Belarus has criticised the UK embassy in Minsk for flying a rainbow flag on the International Day Against Homophobia, calling LGBT relationships "fake".


Trump rule would bar abortion advice at some federally-funded US clinics

President Trump hailed a proposal which would impose new abortion restrictions on federally funded family planning programmes last night. The move would bar doctors from advising women considering abortions about where they could receive them.

The New York Times

Chilean Catholic Church suspends 14 priests over 'improper conduct'

Catholic Church authorities in the Chilean city of Rancagua on Tuesday suspended 14 priests while they are investigated for "improper conduct", a development that could deepen the crisis the church is facing over sexual abuse charges.


‘Being a progressive Christian shouldn’t be an oxymoron in Canada’

Galen Watts says any revival of the once harmonious relationship between the labels 'progressive' and 'Christian' will require serious work on the part of liberal Christians in Canada.

The Conversation

Tue, 22 May 2018

Cathedral services among events to mark Manchester bomb anniversary

Today's first anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing will be marked with events around the country. The prime minister and Prince William will attend a service at Manchester Cathedral.


Australian archbishop Philip Wilson guilty of concealing child sex abuses

An Australian court has found a Catholic archbishop guilty of concealing child sexual abuse in the 1970s.


DfE asked to clarify whether it assessed equalities impact of VA schools plan

Campaigners are calling on the government to reveal whether it assessed if its plans for new voluntary-aided schools will discriminate against certain pupils.


Sex education given LGBT-inclusive overhaul in Wales

Wales could soon be "leading the way" in relationship and sex education in schools, according to its government, which has announced an overhaul of its curriculum.

The Guardian

Charedi schools in north London graded inadequate by Ofsted

Two orthodox Jewish boys' schools in Stamford Hill have received highly critical Ofsted inspections.

The JC

Acas launches new guidance on discrimination at work

The workplace arbitrator Acas has published new guidance on religion and belief for businesses and employees.

Facilities Management Journal

Ex-CofE priest admits historical child sex offences

A former Church of England priest has been jailed after pleading guilty to sex offences against a young girl.


‘Muslims should stop pushing this victimhood culture’

A study suggests Muslims are no more likely than the rest of the population to be stopped on suspicion of committing a crime. Jawad Iqbal criticises campaigners who "push a culture of victimhood and accuse forces of having an anti-Muslim agenda".

The Times (£)

‘Ireland’s abortion campaign has been revolutionary’

Lizzie O'Shea says the campaign to repeal the eighth amendment, which effectively bans abortion in Ireland, has been inspiring.

The Guardian

Danish minister questions whether Muslims should work during Ramadan

Denmark's minister of integration has suggested those fasting for Ramadan should take time off work "to avoid negative consequences for the rest of Danish society".

Sydney Morning Herald

Swedish girls fearing forced marriage or FGM told to hide spoon in underwear

A Swedish city is advising girls who fear being taken abroad for forced marriage or female genital mutilation to tuck a spoon in their underwear to set off airport metal detectors.


Mon, 21 May 2018

Welby: separation of church and state not a disaster

The archbishop of Canterbury has said disestablishment of the Church of England would not be a disaster, and removal of the church's privileges should be "a decision for parliament and people". Justin Welby was speaking as he prepared to preside over the royal wedding which took place on Saturday.

The Guardian

Lack of FGM convictions ‘shows UK law is flawed’

Britain is one of the only countries in Europe where nobody has been convicted of female genital mutilation, a report from the think tank Quilliam reveals today.

The Sunday Times (£)

Guernsey's parliament votes against proposal to legalise assisted dying

Guernsey's parliament has voted against a proposal to legalise assisted dying for some terminally ill people.

The Independent

Surrey Police and PCC double down and miss point on distribution of bibles – NSS mentioned

Surrey Police and its crime commissioner have defended distributing 1,000 bibles among its workforce after the NSS criticised the move. A Surrey Police spokesman said the force has recently launched a multi-faith chaplaincy business plan.

Get Surrey

C of E school set to close after diocese blocks secular trust’s potential takeover

A secular multi-academy trust has been blocked by a local diocese from taking over two Church of England primary schools in Surrey, one of which is now set to close.

Schools Week

‘Buffer zones around Glasgow abortion clinics are the right move’

Catriona Stewart says Glasgow City Council should create enforceable buffer zones around abortion clinics in the city.

Evening Times

Church of Scotland votes to allow ministers to conduct same-sex marriages

The Church of Scotland has moved a step closer to allowing same-sex marriage after it voted in favour of drafting new protocols.


SDLP gives members free vote on abortion

SDLP members have been allowed the freedom to vote as they see fit on abortion matters - even if it goes against the party's stated anti-choice position.

Belfast Telegraph

Ireland abortion referendum goes down to the wire

Polls for this Friday's referendum on legalising abortion in Ireland show support for the No campaign gaining ground, with the one in five voters still undecided holding the key to which side will win out.

The Week

DeVos wants taxpayer money for US religious schools

US secretary of education Betsy DeVos wants to lift constitutional restrictions on taxpayer money being used for religious education.


Fri, 18 May 2018

C of E urges government not to scrap civil partnerships

The Church of England is lobbying the government not to scrap civil partnerships. The church is concerned that the move would throw its stance on sexuality into disarray.

Christian Today

Deputy first minister praises Scotland’s Catholic schools

John Swinney, Scotland's cabinet secretary for education and deputy first minister, has praised Catholic schools in a speech to the Catholic Headteachers Association Scotland conference.

Scottish Catholic Observer

Archbishop of Canterbury presides over unveiling of terrorism memorial

Justin Welby has presided over a service where a memorial to British victims of terrorism overseas was unveiled. Politicians including Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn were in attendance.

Mail Online

Conservatives in Birmingham criticise Islamic school that warned girls not to use tampons

Birmingham's shadow education chief has called for an Islamic faith school to be shut down following a catalogue of failure and negative headlines.

Birmingham Live

British Muslims write Telegraph letter opposing anti-Semitism

Prominent British Muslims have published an open letter in a full-page advert in The Telegraph urging other Muslims to call out anti-Semitism when they see it.

Jewish News

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