Mon, 09 Nov 2020

Emirates lift Sharia to allow alcohol and ban honour killings

Emirates lift Sharia to allow alcohol and ban honour killings

Drinking alcohol and cohabiting outside marriage are to be allowed in the United Arab Emirates after the state announced a relaxation of its strict Islamic laws.

The Times (£)

Fri, 06 Nov 2020

Assisted dying travel allowed during lockdown, says Hancock

Assisted dying travel allowed during lockdown, says Hancock

People travelling abroad for the purpose of assisted dying will not be breaking coronavirus travel rules, the health secretary has said.

BBC

Leader of Catholic church in England and Wales expects government U-turn on lockdown services ban

Leader of Catholic church in England and Wales expects government U-turn on lockdown services ban

The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has predicted the government will shortly abandon the ban on church services during the new lockdown.

The Independent

Church pastor exposed as a career con artist

Church pastor exposed as a career con artist

SPAC Nation claims it is helping disadvantaged young people – but former members say that its leaders encourage young congregants to take out loans and give huge sums to the church.

BBC

Boohoo, Nike and H&M deny Uighur forced labour in supply chains

Boohoo, Nike and H&M deny Uighur forced labour in supply chains

Fashion brands including Boohoo and Nike have denied the use of suppliers or manufacturing in the Xinjiang region of China as they expressed "shock" surrounding allegations regarding the forced labour of Uighur Muslims.

Shropshire Star

Dutch teacher goes into hiding after cartoon mocking jihadists prompts online threats

Dutch teacher goes into hiding after cartoon mocking jihadists prompts online threats

Police are investigating online threats against the unnamed teacher - who works at the Emmauscollege high school in Rotterdam - after they were accused of blasphemy by some Muslim students over a cartoon in support of the controversial French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Mail Online

Macron clarifies French fight against Islamist extremism, not Islam

Macron clarifies French fight against Islamist extremism, not Islam

French President Emmanuel Macron has said his country is fighting "Islamist separatism, never Islam", responding to a Financial Times article that he claimed misquoted him and has since been removed from the newspaper's website.

RFI/Yahoo

Man sentenced to life after failed French church bombing

Man sentenced to life after failed French church bombing

A Paris criminal court sentenced a 29-year-old Algerian man Thursday to life in prison for killing a woman and trying to bomb a church near the French capital in a failed 2015 attack that investigators said was plotted by Islamic State group extremists in Syria.

The Independent

'Attacks on Christians show hypocrisy of "blasphemy" controversy'

'Attacks on Christians show hypocrisy of "blasphemy" controversy'

Why would being offended by a cartoon lead a man to attack a church, asks Seth J. Frantzman.

The Jerusalem Post

UN investigator: Rights of minorities to worship undermined

UN investigator: Rights of minorities to worship undermined

The UN special investigator on religious freedom urged countries to repeal laws undermining the right of minorities to worship and hold beliefs, pointing as examples to China's detention of Uighurs, 21 countries that criminalize apostasy, and sweeping surveillance of Christians in North Korea and Muslims in Thailand.

Associated Press

Pakistan: Bank manager shot dead by security guard over ‘blasphemy’

Pakistan: Bank manager shot dead by security guard over ‘blasphemy’

A senior manager of the National Bank of Pakistan was killed by the bank's security guard over the allegation of blasphemy, police said on Thursday. The deceased's family said that it was a murder by the accused over a personal grudge, claiming that the guard took the cover of blasphemy to save himself.

Kashmir Reader

Egypt university professor suspended for ‘insulting the Qur’an’

Egypt university professor suspended for ‘insulting the Qur’an’

Egypt's minister of higher education has suspended a university professor following claims that he 'insulted the Qur'an'.

Middle East Monitor

Caste discrimination taints corporate India

Caste discrimination taints corporate India

A sixth of India's 1.3-billion population are Dalits, whose low status in Hinduism's hereditary social hierarchy exposes them to daily violence and abuse.

Yahoo!/APF

Thu, 05 Nov 2020

Magistrate struck off for ‘prejudice’ against same-sex parents tells court he was the one discriminated against - NSS quoted

Magistrate struck off for ‘prejudice’ against same-sex parents tells court he was the one discriminated against - NSS quoted

A former family court magistrate who was sacked after he claimed in an adoption case that a child should be placed "with a mother and a father" is taking his case to the Court of Appeal. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans is quoted.

Pink News

Hate Crime Bill: Concerns raised over vague wording and cost to police

Hate Crime Bill: Concerns raised over vague wording and cost to police

Serving police officers and legal experts have highlighted concerns with the Scottish Government's embattled Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill.

The National

Extremist who laughed about Manchester Arena attack jailed after downloading video showing how to build a bomb

Extremist who laughed about Manchester Arena attack jailed after downloading video showing how to build a bomb

Ataubaq Taj, from Salford, was said to be a supporter of Islamic State.

Manchester Evening News

Sebastian Kurz and Emmanuel Macron unite to challenge Islamism

Sebastian Kurz and Emmanuel Macron unite to challenge Islamism

Austria's chancellor has joined President Macron of France in declaring a common European front in a "war on Islamism" after four people were killed in a terror attack in central Vienna.

The Times (£)

'A united front against Islamist terror is sorely needed'

'A united front against Islamist terror is sorely needed'

The attack in Vienna may be a sign that the incitement against Western democracies is spreading.

The Telegraph

'Nothing. Justifies. Violence. Period.'

'Nothing. Justifies. Violence. Period.'

France has refused to restrict its freedom of expression standards, in a way that Indian free speech advocates can only envy, says Mitali Saran.

Deccan Herald

Three women face jail in Poland for sharing posters of Virgin Mary with an rainbow halo

Three women face jail in Poland for sharing posters of Virgin Mary with an rainbow halo

Human rights groups are calling on Poland to drop charges against three women who face jail for sharing posters of the Virgin Mary with a rainbow-coloured halo.

Pink News

Italy's lower house of parliament approves bill protecting LGBT+ community

Italy's lower house of parliament approves bill protecting LGBT+ community

Italy's lower house of parliament on Wednesday passed an anti-discrimination bill that makes violence against women and LGBT+ people a hate crime, with those found guilty of such attacks risking longer prison terms.

Reuters

'What’s in Malta's Equality Bill?'

'What’s in Malta's Equality Bill?'

In the world of Malta's Christian organisations and faith schools, a cultural war is being waged against the Equality Bill, a new set of rules that places a renewed onus on employers to curb discriminatory practices.

Malta Today

Conservative US Supreme Court justices lean toward Catholic agency in LGBT dispute

Conservative US Supreme Court justices lean toward Catholic agency in LGBT dispute

Conservative US Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared sympathetic to religious rights claims against Philadelphia brought by a Catholic Church-affiliated agency after the city refused to use the group in its foster care program because it would not accept same-sex couples as prospective foster parents.

Reuters

Wed, 04 Nov 2020

UK terrorism threat level raised to 'severe' following Vienna shooting

UK terrorism threat level raised to 'severe' following Vienna shooting

The move means security chiefs believe that an attack is highly likely but there is no specific intelligence of an imminent incident.

BBC

A call from Muslim intellectuals: 'The boycott of France must stop'

A call from Muslim intellectuals: 'The boycott of France must stop'

The French model respects the universality of values without pitting communities against each other, says a collective of Muslim intellectuals.

Le Monde

'The West can’t ignore Macron’s call to action'

'The West can’t ignore Macron’s call to action'

French president's defence of European values in the face of extremism must be supported, says Roger Boyes.

The Times (£)

'We Muslims in the West must stand with Emmanuel Macron — Islam and secularism aren’t mutually exclusive'

'We Muslims in the West must stand with Emmanuel Macron — Islam and secularism aren’t mutually exclusive'

European Muslims must honour the victims of jihadism and affirm our allegiance to religiously neutral governance, says Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

iNews

Pressure grows on Prime Minister to allow public worship

Pressure grows on Prime Minister to allow public worship

Members of the government-appointed 'Places of Worship Taskforce' have released a letter sent to the Prime Minister strongly disagreeing with the decision to suspend public worship for the duration of the month-long lockdown.

Church Times

Islam Channel fined £20,000 after broadcasting show that contained ‘antisemitic hate speech’

Islam Channel fined £20,000 after broadcasting show that contained ‘antisemitic hate speech’

The watchdog ruled that one episode of a religious education series contained three breaches of the Broadcasting Code.

The JC

Calls for safe zone outside abortion clinic before prayer vigil returns

Calls for safe zone outside abortion clinic before prayer vigil returns

A '40 Days For Life' vigil was staged every day outside a British Pregnancy Advisory Service clinic in York.

The Press

Poland delays abortion ban as nationwide protests continue

Poland delays abortion ban as nationwide protests continue

Poland's rightwing government has delayed implementation of a controversial court ruling that would outlaw almost all abortion in the country, after it prompted the largest protests since the fall of communism.

The Guardian

Police in Pakistan recover teen girl after alleged forced conversion and marriage

Police in Pakistan recover teen girl after alleged forced conversion and marriage

A 13-year-old Christian girl in Pakistan who was allegedly abducted and forced to convert and marry a Muslim man has been rescued, officials said.

BBC

Afghans mourn those killed in horrific IS university attack

Afghans mourn those killed in horrific IS university attack

Afghans are mourning the 22 mostly students killed in a horrific attack a day earlier on Kabul University, an attack claimed by the Islamic State.

The Independent

Tue, 03 Nov 2020

Islamist terrorist responsible for Vienna shooting, say authorities

Islamist terrorist responsible for Vienna shooting, say authorities

An Islamic State sympathiser led a terrorist shooting attack on Vienna on Monday night, killing at least three people, authorities have said, as Austrian police searched for accomplices that might still be at large.

The Guardian

Bangladesh Islamists give government 24-hour ultimatum to sever diplomatic ties with France

Bangladesh Islamists give government 24-hour ultimatum to sever diplomatic ties with France

An Islamist group in Bangladesh, Hefazat-e-Islam, has given the country's government a 24-hour ultimatum to cut diplomatic ties with France, as thousands of protesters marched towards the French embassy in Dhaka on Monday.

The Independent

100 Indian personalities condemn France attacks, remarks by Muslim leaders

100 Indian personalities condemn France attacks, remarks by Muslim leaders

Over 100 prominent Indian personalities said they were disturbed by the 'convoluted logic of some self-appointed guardians of Indian Muslims in rationalising cold-blooded murder'.

Scroll.in

'France’s secularism means freedom and protection for all'

'France’s secularism means freedom and protection for all'

To defend the right of freedom of expression is the only way to keep debate and democracy alive, says French government spokesperson Gabriel Attal.

Politico

Christian MPs call for national day of prayer amid pandemic

Christian MPs call for national day of prayer amid pandemic

DUP MPs Jim Shannon and Ian Paisley called on the Prime Minister to "initiate a national day of prayer to enable those to seek God" to help people deal with the greater coronavirus restrictions.

Premier Christian News

Religious leaders not consulted over provisions for second national lockdown

Religious leaders not consulted over provisions for second national lockdown

Senior clergy members say they were not consulted over provisions for a second national lockdown and will write to the Government to question why "certain exemptions" have not been made.

Yahoo News

Vatican says Church does not support same-sex civil unions despite Pope comments

Vatican says Church does not support same-sex civil unions despite Pope comments

The Vatican has said comments by Pope Francis on civil union laws in a documentary last month were taken out of context and did not signal a change in Church doctrine on homosexuals or support for same-sex marriage.

The Independent

European Parliament political group presidents decry ‘barbaric’ Polish abortion ruling

European Parliament political group presidents decry ‘barbaric’ Polish abortion ruling

The leaders of five of Parliament's political groups have written to the Polish Prime Minister to denounce the ruling by Poland's Constitutional Tribunal which imposes a near-total ban on abortion in the country.

The Parliament Magazine

'Why so many Poles are breaking with the Catholic Church'

'Why so many Poles are breaking with the Catholic Church'

The court's abortion ruling has brought to a head a growing sense of alienation from the church, says Magdalena Moskalewicz.

The Washington Post

Non-stun export ban sparks mass farmer protests across Poland

Non-stun export ban sparks mass farmer protests across Poland

Thousands of farmers are taking part in ongoing mass protests across Poland after their country's government voted to ban the £1.4 billion industry of non-stun kosher and halal meat for export in an animal rights Bill.

Farmers Guardian

Mon, 02 Nov 2020

Assisted dying poll shows political divide of support in Scotland

Assisted dying poll shows political divide of support in Scotland

Support for assisted dying in Scotland has strengthened, five years on from Margo MacDonald's attempt to change the law, with the majority in favour describing themselves as SNP voters, a poll suggests.

The Herald

'Scotland must legalise assisted dying, and not repeat the mistakes of 2015'

'Scotland must legalise assisted dying, and not repeat the mistakes of 2015'

If there were ever a time for this law to pass, it is now, says Amanda Ward.

The National

Catholic church leader criticises Covid worship restrictions in England

Catholic church leader criticises Covid worship restrictions in England

Cardinal Vincent Nichols says he has seen no evidence to justify ban on services.

The Guardian

Yousaf: Poking fun at Islam ‘wouldn’t be illegal under new hate law’

Yousaf: Poking fun at Islam ‘wouldn’t be illegal under new hate law’

Scotland's proposed hate crime legislation would not prevent satirical magazines like Charlie Hebdo poking fun at Islam, the justice secretary has insisted.

The Times (£)

Alf Dubs launches fundraising drive to challenge faith school discrimination

Alf Dubs launches fundraising drive to challenge faith school discrimination

Labour peer Lord Alf Dubs has appealed for donations to fund the salary of a campaigner against faith schools.

The JC

Alleged IS member from Leicester charged with terror offences

Alleged IS member from Leicester charged with terror offences

An alleged member of the group calling itself Islamic State has been charged with a series of terror offences.

BBC

Buddhist monk jailed for sexual abuse of girl in Brighton

Buddhist monk jailed for sexual abuse of girl in Brighton

A meditation guru who led sessions in people's homes admitted abusing a young girl in the 1970s and 80s.

The Argus

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