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Fri, 09 Apr 2021

C of E and the Catholic Church to provide school leadership qualifications

C of E and the Catholic Church to provide school leadership qualifications

The Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church have been named as a joint provider of the new school-leadership qualifications for teachers.

Church Times*

Justin Welby says he was 'too risk-averse' on church closures in first Covid lockdown

Justin Welby says he was 'too risk-averse' on church closures in first Covid lockdown

The archbishop of Canterbury says he 'didn't push hard enough to keep churches available for at least individual prayer'.

The Telegraph*

Council motion wants ‘conversion therapy’ ban and recognition of ‘harm it causes’

Council motion wants ‘conversion therapy’ ban and recognition of ‘harm it causes’

A motion before Newry Council also seeks 'a programme of work to help tackle these practices in all their forms'.

Armagh i

‘No religion deserves freedom from ridicule’

‘No religion deserves freedom from ridicule’

Freedom of speech can only exist if we are able to accept the risk of offence that inevitably accompanies the discussion of controversial subjects, says Oliver Buckingham.

The Oxford Blue

Photo of beheaded French teacher found at home of terror suspect

Photo of beheaded French teacher found at home of terror suspect

A photo of murdered French teacher Samuel Paty has been found in the home of the main suspect behind a recent terror plot on the city of Montpellier, the anti-terrorism prosecutor's office said.

The Independent

‘French secularism isn’t illiberal’

‘French secularism isn’t illiberal’

Letting culture wars drive debate about "laïcité" obscures similarities between France and the United States, says Nicolas Cadène.

Foreign Policy*

Panel advances bill to let Arkansas teachers talk creationism

Panel advances bill to let Arkansas teachers talk creationism

A House committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that would allow teachers to discuss religious beliefs of creationism along with instruction about scientific theories in public schools in Arkansas, over objectors who said the bill puts matters of faith in schools and doesn't match up with the state's curriculum-forming process.

Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Malaysia pushes for sharia law to be tougher on LGBT+ Muslims

Malaysia pushes for sharia law to be tougher on LGBT+ Muslims

Malaysia is pushing for sharia law to be tougher against LGBT+ Muslims even as it makes a bid for a spot on the UN Human Rights Council.

Pink News

Former Orthodox Jewish school principal in Australian court on sex abuse charges

Former Orthodox Jewish school principal in Australian court on sex abuse charges

A former principal of an ultra-orthodox Jewish school accused of child sexual abuse will remain in custody ahead of her pre-trial hearing in September after appearing in an Australian court Friday.

Mail Online

‘Imran Khan’s cowardly response to Pakistan’s rape crisis’

‘Imran Khan’s cowardly response to Pakistan’s rape crisis’

Imran Khan is now upholding a merger of his personal chauvinism and the wider Islamist marginalisation of women in Pakistan, says Kunwar Khuldune Shahid.

The Spectator*

‘A fierce election tests Modi’s campaign to remake India’

‘A fierce election tests Modi’s campaign to remake India’

The prime minister's party is vying to dethrone a powerful politician in West Bengal. Even a close race could demonstrate the growing reach of his Hindu nationalist movement.

The New York Times*

Thu, 08 Apr 2021

Council threatened with legal action for blocking humanist from RE committee

Council threatened with legal action for blocking humanist from RE committee

Mary Wallbank applied to be a voting member of Southampton's Standing Advisory Council on RE (SACRE) – the body that oversees RE in local authority funded schools. However, following consultation with religious members of the committee, the council voted not to admit her.

iNews

Obeying religious leaders can fuel ‘abuse of power’

Obeying religious leaders can fuel ‘abuse of power’

Deference to religious leaders can fuel abuse and misuse of power within churches, an academic has warned, adding that obedience towards clergy should no longer be considered a virtue.

The Times*

Jesus House claims it doesn’t ‘engage in conversion therapy’

Jesus House claims it doesn’t ‘engage in conversion therapy’

The evangelical ministry became caught in the crosshairs after Keir Starmer attended the church to promote its pop-up NHS vaccination centre. Years-old accusations that the church carries out conversion therapy quickly resurfaced.

Pink News

‘Gay conversion therapy is still happening in the UK’

‘Gay conversion therapy is still happening in the UK’

Why is this dangerous practice still wreaking havoc on the lives of LGBTQ+ people, asks Molly Greeves.

Cosmopolitan

Convicted terrorist shared extremist videos on social media

Convicted terrorist shared extremist videos on social media

A Muslim convert from Luton has admitted sharing extremist videos on social media while subject to a terrorism notification order.

ITV

Alabama revises voter form with religious oath

Alabama revises voter form with religious oath

An atheist group asked a judge Wednesday to end its federal lawsuit against the state of Alabama since officials have revised its voter registration forms, which required an oath to God.

Mail Online

US considering China Winter Olympics boycott, State Dept. says

US considering China Winter Olympics boycott, State Dept. says

In the Biden administration's most direct comments yet connecting human rights abuses in China to the upcoming Beijing Games, State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters Tuesday that a boycott is "something that we certainly wish to discuss" in coordination with US allies.

Sportico

Designer 'sorry' for showing mosque on T-shirt

Designer 'sorry' for showing mosque on T-shirt

A US-based designer has apologised for using a portrait of a historic mosque in Kenya's island of Lamu on a T-shirt worn by celebrity Jay-Z, an official in charge of the site has said.

BBC

‘My son’s Yeshiva is breaking the law’

‘My son’s Yeshiva is breaking the law’

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools must provide a proper education, but US politicians aren't holding them accountable, say Beatrice Weber and Chaim Levin.

The New York Times*

‘I tried to quit the Catholic church, but the Catholic church wouldn't quit me.’

‘I tried to quit the Catholic church, but the Catholic church wouldn't quit me.’

Excommunication is harder than it seems. But if you don't go to church, does it matter if the church still thinks you're part of the flock?

The Guardian

Wed, 07 Apr 2021

Italy ends censorship of films on moral and religious grounds

Italy ends censorship of films on moral and religious grounds

Hundreds of films have been censored in Italy over the past century, primarily for political, moral and religious reasons.

The Guardian

New survey reveals 67 per cent of religious people have questioned their beliefs

New survey reveals 67 per cent of religious people have questioned their beliefs

A survey found found 67 per cent of those who call themselves religious have questioned their belief during the pandemic.

Premier Christian News

'Unfair and unjustified': A Jersey man's call for an assisted dying law

'Unfair and unjustified': A Jersey man's call for an assisted dying law

A terminally ill islander says Jersey's law on assisted dying is "unfair" and "unjustified" and he is calling for it to be changed.

ITV

'Allergic reaction to US religious right' fuelling decline of religion, experts say

'Allergic reaction to US religious right' fuelling decline of religion, experts say

The percentage of churchgoing Americans is steadily falling, and the swirl of rightwing politics and Christianity is playing a key role.

The Guardian

US: ‘Are LGBTQ students at Christian schools discriminated against?’

US: ‘Are LGBTQ students at Christian schools discriminated against?’

A new lawsuit backs up what scholars have been saying: LGBTQ students at Christian schools experience higher rates of bullying and harassment as well as clinical depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation in comparison with students at non-religious schools.

Religion News Service

New research documents the severity of LGBT+ conversion practices

New research documents the severity of LGBT+ conversion practices

New research reveals the harms of religion-based LGBTQA+ conversion practices are more severe than previously thought.

The Conversation

Australia: Push for investigation into Scientology’s charity status

Australia: Push for investigation into Scientology’s charity status

Australia's charity regulator has been called on to investigate Scientology amid concerns it is abusing its not-for-profit status.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Mozambique town Palma 'retaken' from militant Islamists

Mozambique town Palma 'retaken' from militant Islamists

Mozambique's military says it has regained full control of the coastal town of Palma, more than a week after it was raided by militant Islamists.

BBC

Hindu nationalists tear down Delhi temple statue of Indian spiritual teacher

Hindu nationalists tear down Delhi temple statue of Indian spiritual teacher

Delhi Police are investigating the removal of a statue depicting the spiritual leader Sai Baba from a temple in the city's south, after several videos emerged online showing a group of men demolishing the idol and declaring him a "Muslim".

The Art Newspaper

'Every year we dig mass graves': the slaughter of Pakistan’s Hazara Shia Muslims

'Every year we dig mass graves': the slaughter of Pakistan’s Hazara Shia Muslims

Decades of persecution has left the Shia minority with little space left in its graveyards but prime minister Imran Khan is in no hurry to listen.

The Guardian

Tue, 06 Apr 2021

NI laws that allow schools to discriminate on religious grounds 'must be scrapped'

NI laws that allow schools to discriminate on religious grounds 'must be scrapped'

Laws that allow schools to discriminate on the grounds of religion when appointing teachers must be scrapped, a conference will hear.

The Irish Times

Franklin Graham: Blackpool bus ad ban 'breached human rights'

Franklin Graham: Blackpool bus ad ban 'breached human rights'

A council breached human rights when it banned adverts for an evangelical Christian event, a court has ruled.

BBC

Controversial issues must not be 'closed down', says union in wake of Muhammad row

Controversial issues must not be 'closed down', says union in wake of Muhammad row

Dr Patrick Roach, general secretary of NASUWT, added that teachers should not be subject to threats for doing their jobs.

The Telegraph*

Sara Khan: ‘There is no right not to be offended’

Sara Khan: ‘There is no right not to be offended’

The PM's new adviser is a Muslim determined to fight intolerance.

The Times*

Keir Starmer apologises for visit to church criticised for LGBT stance

Keir Starmer apologises for visit to church criticised for LGBT stance

The Labour leader visited Jesus House in London on Good Friday and later shared a video from his visit online.

BBC

‘Pray-away-the-gay’ outfit gets to keep its charitable status – NSS quoted

‘Pray-away-the-gay’ outfit gets to keep its charitable status – NSS quoted

The Charity Commission told the NSS of its decision in a letter back in January.

The Freethinker (Patheos)

‘I thought I was over my Catholic guilt about being gay. Maybe I was wrong?’

‘I thought I was over my Catholic guilt about being gay. Maybe I was wrong?’

An adolescence of shame about being LGBTQ+ can have lingering effects on our behaviour that stretch well into adulthood, says Antoun Issa.

The Guardian

SNP say annual Citizens' Assemblies could look at assisted dying

SNP say annual Citizens' Assemblies could look at assisted dying

The SNP has pledged to hold annual Citizens' Assemblies if the party is re-elected – with the panels potentially looking at assisted dying.

The Herald*

Police break up Good Friday church service over apparent Covid rule breaches

Police break up Good Friday church service over apparent Covid rule breaches

Footage uploaded on YouTube showed Metropolitan police officers addressing worshippers at the Christ the King Polish Catholic church in Balham, south London, late on Friday afternoon.

The Guardian

‘Why I had to choose my own family over being a Jehovah’s Witness’

‘Why I had to choose my own family over being a Jehovah’s Witness’

Her childhood had no birthdays, no parties, no Easter, but Jodie Chapman didn't want her children to have that life. The decision meant she risked being cut off by everyone she loved.

Mail Online

US: ‘An extraordinary winning streak for religion at the Supreme Court’

US: ‘An extraordinary winning streak for religion at the Supreme Court’

The Supreme Court has become far more likely to rule in favour of religious rights in recent years, according to a new study that considered 70 years of data.

The New York Times*

Thu, 01 Apr 2021

Christian group promoting conversion therapy won’t be stripped of charitable status – NSS quoted

Christian group promoting conversion therapy won’t be stripped of charitable status – NSS quoted

Northern Ireland's charity regulator has said it will not take action against an organisation that claims to help people "change" their "sexual preference", in response to a letter from the NSS.

Pink News

How conversion therapy impacts trans people

How conversion therapy impacts trans people

Transgender and non-binary people who are subjected to conversion therapy experience an increase in suicidal ideation, a first-of-its-kind report has warned. The vast majority of those subjected to the conversion therapy grew up in religious households, while religious leaders were those most likely to direct people to the practice.

iNews

Christian broadcaster fined £125,000 for Covid-19 conspiracies

Christian broadcaster fined £125,000 for Covid-19 conspiracies

Ofcom has fined a Christian broadcaster £125,000 after it breached the rules by airing "inaccurate and potentially harmful claims about coronavirus".

The Independent

New taskforce calls on NI Executive to urgently improve sex education services

New taskforce calls on NI Executive to urgently improve sex education services

The Northern Ireland Abortion and Contraception Taskgroup has published a report containing 38 recommendations centring on a "new approach to relationships and sex education (RSE), contraception and abortion care".

The Irish News

Batley teacher’s union donated money to charity that accused him of ‘terrorism’

Batley teacher’s union donated money to charity that accused him of ‘terrorism’

The Kirklees branch of the National Education Union (NEU) gave £3,000 to Purpose of Life, a charity based in west Yorkshire, which has been accused of leaving the teacher, who showed a cartoon of Muhammad to his class last week, in danger of "physical harm" by publishing his name online.

The Telegraph*

‘Lessons to learn’

‘Lessons to learn’

Courageous educators are being left at the mercy of religious fanatics, says Khadija Khan.

Sister-Hood

BBC to broadcast Archbishop of Canterbury's Easter Sunday service

BBC to broadcast Archbishop of Canterbury's Easter Sunday service

Justin Welby's service will be broadcast across BBC television and local and national radio.

The Irish News

‘Which social contact is most worthy?’

‘Which social contact is most worthy?’

In a letter, Edinburgh Secular Society's Neil Barber criticises the judicial review that ruled in favour of some Scottish churches' demand uniquely to be allowed to open for communal worship.

Edinburgh Evening News

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