Mon, 18 Nov 2019

Charity watchdog condemns evangelical church

Charity watchdog condemns evangelical church

The Christ Embassy, which has 90 branches in the UK, has faced a damning report from the charity watchdog which found "serious misconduct" following a six-year investigation.

The Times (£)

Seven local authorities in Scotland say they won’t change church reps’ role on education committees – NSS mentioned

Seven local authorities in Scotland say they won’t change church reps’ role on education committees – NSS mentioned

The Scottish Catholic Education Service has revealed seven local authorities will not change the current role of Church representatives on education committees.

Scottish Catholic Observer

Church leader voluntarily steps down after concerns raised about what he knew about 'sexual abuse' of a teenager by a priest

Church leader voluntarily steps down after concerns raised about what he knew about 'sexual abuse' of a teenager by a priest

A prominent member of a Catholic religious order in Salford has voluntarily stepped down from his duties after concerns about what he knew about a colleague's 'grooming and sexual abuse' of a young woman.

Manchester Evening News

Altar boys say they were abused by priests at the Vatican

Altar boys say they were abused by priests at the Vatican

Former altar boys have claimed they were molested by priests inside the Vatican, as a lingering scandal surrounding widespread abuse in the Catholic Church erupts at its headquarters once again.

The Independent

Social services to monitor children of Muslim couple facing terror-related charges, says High Court judge

Social services to monitor children of Muslim couple facing terror-related charges, says High Court judge

A Muslim couple facing allegations of "terror-related offences" can care for three children - but must be monitored by council social services staff, a High Court judge says.

Asian Image

Plaid Cymru suspends member in niqab over anti-semitism claims after she appeared in election broadcast

Plaid Cymru suspends member in niqab over anti-semitism claims after she appeared in election broadcast

Plaid Cymru has suspended a party member included in its party election broadcast over allegations of anti-semitism. The party had earlier criticised "abusive Islamophobic responses" to the broadcast, in which the member wears a niqab.

BBC

China's work to create Muslim minority mass detention camps reportedly revealed in leaked documents

China's work to create Muslim minority mass detention camps reportedly revealed in leaked documents

A leaked 400-page document released by the New York Times reveals new details about how the Chinese have organised the mass detention of more than 1m people from its Muslim minorities, including the Uyghurs and Kazakhs.

ABC News (Australia)

Daughter of Indonesia’s first president accused of blasphemy

Daughter of Indonesia’s first president accused of blasphemy

Sukmawati Soekarnoputri, the daughter of Indonesia's first president Sukarno, has been accused of blasphemy after purportedly comparing her father to the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

The Jakarta Post

Fri, 15 Nov 2019

Thousands of children abused over witchcraft beliefs as number of known victims rockets by a third

Thousands of children abused over witchcraft beliefs as number of known victims rockets by a third

The number of children known to have been abused in England over beliefs in witchcraft and possession has risen by a third in two years, figures show.

The Independent

General election 2019: Lib Dems 'to protect worshippers from attacks'

General election 2019: Lib Dems 'to protect worshippers from attacks'

The Liberal Democrats have said they provide more money for security for places of worship and tougher sentences for hate crime if they win the general election.

BBC

Couples to sue over Northern Ireland same-sex marriage delays

Couples to sue over Northern Ireland same-sex marriage delays

Campaigners for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland are planning legal action over government delays in converting civil partnerships into marriages.

The Guardian

‘The war against the non-religious: Blasphemy laws on the rise’

‘The war against the non-religious: Blasphemy laws on the rise’

Andrew Copson says more people than ever live in countries with severely limited freedom of thought, expression and association, where criticising a religion, or simply being non-religious, can result in serious persecution.

Politics.co.uk

‘A test for the conscience of Cardinal Nichols’

‘A test for the conscience of Cardinal Nichols’

This editorial highlights failings in safeguarding in the Catholic Church, backs mandatory reporting of abuse and says the Vatican's refusal to cooperate with the public child abuse inquiry is scandalous.

The Tablet (£)

Ohio lawmakers propose total ban on abortion

Ohio lawmakers propose total ban on abortion

A new bill sponsored by two Republican lawmakers in Ohio would completely end the practice of abortion in the US state – although judges have blocked similar laws.

The Washington Post

Pakistan leads in number of censorship requests sent to Facebook

Pakistan leads in number of censorship requests sent to Facebook

Facebook made almost 18,000 content restrictions globally between January and July 2019, with 31% of requests coming from Pakistan.

Dawn

‘Years after her death, my wife may yet change New Zealand's law on euthanasia’

‘Years after her death, my wife may yet change New Zealand's law on euthanasia’

In 2015 Lecretia Seales fought in vain for the right to have a say in her death, but her husband Matt Vickers says she blazed a trail.

The Guardian

Thu, 14 Nov 2019

Millions 'persecuted and executed for having no religious belief' worldwide, says report

Millions 'persecuted and executed for having no religious belief' worldwide, says report

People without religious belief continue to be persecuted and in some cases executed in countries around the world, says a new study.

iNews

‘The anti-Labour plot to polarise Hindus over Kashmir’

‘The anti-Labour plot to polarise Hindus over Kashmir’

Sunny Hundal says a campaign for the hearts and minds of British Hindus is pushing them to the Tories – and it's dividing British Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims.

openDemocracy

Saudi Arabia deems feminism and homosexuality forms of 'extremism' in government video

Saudi Arabia deems feminism and homosexuality forms of 'extremism' in government video

Saudi Arabia's state security agency has performed an apparent U-turn after it released a video which classified feminism, homosexuality and atheism as extremism and cautioned citizens in the kingdom to be on guard.

The Independent

Sabarimala temple: India court to review ruling on women's entry

Sabarimala temple: India court to review ruling on women's entry

India's Supreme Court has agreed to review its landmark judgement allowing women of menstruating age to enter a Hindu shrine.

BBC

Met police examine fraud allegations at Spac Nation church

Met police examine fraud allegations at Spac Nation church

Police are reviewing allegations of fraud and other potential offences relating to an evangelical church that claims to turn around the lives of troubled young people, but which has been accused of pressing its young members to hand over thousands in donations.

The Guardian

Terror expert warns far-right extremists are 'clear and present threat' in Scotland

Terror expert warns far-right extremists are 'clear and present threat' in Scotland

Far-right extremists are becoming a clear and present danger to Scotland, according to two of the world's leading terrorism experts.

Daily Record

Man choked sister to death because he was 'told to by Satan'

Man choked sister to death because he was 'told to by Satan'

A man from Tower Hamlets in London who choked his sister to death while suffering paranoid delusions has been indefinitely committed to a mental health hospital.

MyLondon

New Zealand to vote in referendum on euthanasia

New Zealand to vote in referendum on euthanasia

New Zealand is to become the first country in the world to put euthanasia to a binding public vote after its lawmakers passed a bill laying out what the country's assisted dying regime would be.

The Guardian

Bishop who investigated sexual abuse accused of sexual abuse

Bishop who investigated sexual abuse accused of sexual abuse

A Roman Catholic bishop named by Pope Francis to investigate the church's response to clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo, New York, has himself been accused of sexual abuse of a child, an attorney for the alleged victim notified the church this week.

AP News

‘What has happened with Cardinal George Pell's appeal against child sex abuse conviction?’

‘What has happened with Cardinal George Pell's appeal against child sex abuse conviction?’

One of the Vatican's most senior officials will get his day in the high court in Australia to argue against his conviction on historical child sexual abuse offences. Paul Karp looks at the ruling which enabled this.

The Guardian

Suicides fall with gay marriage in Sweden and Denmark as stigma fades

Suicides fall with gay marriage in Sweden and Denmark as stigma fades

The advent of gay marriage has cut suicide rates among lesbians and gay men in Sweden and Denmark - but, divorced, widowed or married, homosexuals are still more prone to suicide than their straight peers, according to a study released on Thursday.

Reuters

Politician deselected by Lib Dems over views on abortion and gay marriage claims discrimination

Politician deselected by Lib Dems over views on abortion and gay marriage claims discrimination

A Lib Dem candidate who was due to stand in the upcoming election has been deselected reportedly after the party learnt about his views on gay marriage and abortion. He now claims this is "blatant discrimination on the grounds of my religious beliefs".

Premier Christian Radio

Wed, 13 Nov 2019

Ministers challenge ruling that English law recognises Islamic marriage

Ministers challenge ruling that English law recognises Islamic marriage

Ministers will today challenge a ruling that a couple's Islamic marriage came within the scope of English law in a case that could have wide implications for Muslims in Britain.

The Times (£)

New C of E primary school to open in Somerset in 2020

New C of E primary school to open in Somerset in 2020

A new primary school in Keynsham in Somerset will admit its first pupils in to reception class next September.

Somerset Live

Consultation on closure of Church of England school with 10 pupils

Consultation on closure of Church of England school with 10 pupils

A consultation will be held next year on whether to close a North Yorkshire Church of England school which has only ten pupils.

Stray FM

Major consultation launched on future of Catholic education in Inverclyde in western Scotland

Major consultation launched on future of Catholic education in Inverclyde in western Scotland

A council has launched a major consultation on the future of Catholic education in the Inverclyde area.

Greenock Telegraph

Orthodox Jewish school in north London shut down

Orthodox Jewish school in north London shut down

Hackney Council has said that it has been "forced" to shut down an Orthodox Jewish faith school, citing a lack of planning permission or compliance with building regulations.

Hackney Citizen

Catholic cardinal Pell gets last chance to overturn Australia sex offences conviction

Catholic cardinal Pell gets last chance to overturn Australia sex offences conviction

Catholic cardinal George Pell will have one last chance to overturn his conviction for sexually assaulting two teenaged choirboys after the Australian High Court on Wednesday agreed to hear the former Vatican treasurer's appeal.

Reuters

Head of Oxford college tries to abolish saying grace before meals

Head of Oxford college tries to abolish saying grace before meals

The head of an Oxford college is facing a backlash after attempting to abolish the tradition of saying grace before meals.

The Telegraph (£)

Conservatives suspend members over anti-Muslim social media posts

Conservatives suspend members over anti-Muslim social media posts

The Conservatives have suspended a number of members over claims of anti-Muslim social media posts.

BBC

Kenya pledges to end FGM by 2022, but campaigners say it’s “unrealistic”

Kenya pledges to end FGM by 2022, but campaigners say it’s “unrealistic”

Kenya's president on Tuesday promised to end female genital mutilation by 2022, a goal women's rights campaigners said was unrealistic due to insecurity and high prevalence rates in some parts of the east African nation.

Reuters

School chaplain quits after saying LGBT people should remain ‘single and celibate’

School chaplain quits after saying LGBT people should remain ‘single and celibate’

A chaplain of a top UK school created by the founder of the Methodist church has stepped down after saying that LGBT+ people should stay "single and celibate."

Pink News

Greek government drops plan to criminalise blasphemy

Greek government drops plan to criminalise blasphemy

Greek officials on Tuesday scrapped plans to criminalise blasphemy as a law-and-order debate intensified between the country's new conservative government and the left-wing opposition.

The Washington Post

Iran's contribution to human rights praised at UN

Iran's contribution to human rights praised at UN

The United Nations Human Rights Council has commended Iran for its human rights record.

Arutz Sheva

Tue, 12 Nov 2019

Calls for most senior Catholic cleric in England & Wales to resign over safeguarding failures

Calls for most senior Catholic cleric in England & Wales to resign over safeguarding failures

Lawyers acting for dozens of victims of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests have called for Vincent Nichols, the most senior Catholic cleric in England and Wales, to resign. Those making the call include Richard Scorer, an NSS vice-president, acting in his role as a lawyer.

The Tablet

Labour distances itself from Kashmir motion in bid to win over Hindu voters

Labour distances itself from Kashmir motion in bid to win over Hindu voters

The Labour Party is attempting to defuse a row that has seen British Hindus urged not to vote for it at the general election.

BBC

British Indians warn Hindu nationalist party not to meddle in UK elections

British Indians warn Hindu nationalist party not to meddle in UK elections

British Indians in one of the country's most diverse boroughs have warned against attempts to divide voters in the general election along ethnic or religious lines.

The Guardian

Sikhs sue government over decision not to treat them as ethnic group in census

Sikhs sue government over decision not to treat them as ethnic group in census

Some British Sikhs are taking the government to the high court on Tuesday over its decision not to treat them as an ethnic group in the 2021 census.

The Telegraph

Anti-LGBT protest leader backs sympathetic candidate for MP after Labour axing

Anti-LGBT protest leader backs sympathetic candidate for MP after Labour axing

Leading anti-LGBT protester Shakeel Afsar has urged religious people across Birmingham's Hall Green constituency to back former MP Roger Godsiff, who was axed by Labour over his support for protesters.

Birmingham Live

Student convicted under terrorism laws after refusing to give border control officials access to his phone

Student convicted under terrorism laws after refusing to give border control officials access to his phone

A student from Afghanistan has been convicted under terrorism laws after refusing to give border control officials access to his phone at Edinburgh airport.

The Times (£)

Emergency services called to 'suspicious fire' at Muslim family centre in Cambridgeshire

Emergency services called to 'suspicious fire' at Muslim family centre in Cambridgeshire

Police are appealing for witnesses or information after a 'suspicious' incident of arson in Haverhill in Cambridgeshire.

Cambridgeshire Live

Former religious 'court' head says Charedi Jews should 'give up' their lives rather than agree to school LGBT requirements

Former religious 'court' head says Charedi Jews should 'give up' their lives rather than agree to school LGBT requirements

The former head of the Manchester Beth Din has said members of the strictly Orthodox Jewish community should rather "give up one's life" than comply with the government's demands on religious and sex education.

The Jewish Chronicle

Greek government plans to re-introduce blasphemy law

Greek government plans to re-introduce blasphemy law

The Greek government is seeking to reinstate the country's blasphemy law - with a possible punishment of up to 2 years in prison.

Greek Reporter

‘In China, every day is Kristallnacht’

‘In China, every day is Kristallnacht’

Fred Hiatt says in western China, the demolition of mosques and bulldozing of cemeteries is a continuing, relentless process.

The Washington Post

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