Wed, 25 Jul 2018

Service at Westminster Abbey will mark 100th anniversary of end of WWI

Service at Westminster Abbey will mark 100th anniversary of end of WWI

A service is due to be held at Westminster Abbey on 11 November to mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice which ended the first world war.

The Times (£)

MPs and academics call for revival of treason law to prosecute jihadists

MPs and academics call for revival of treason law to prosecute jihadists

A report has called for Britain's ancient treason laws to be revived to allow terrorists to be jailed for life.

The Times (£)

Ireland to end ‘baptism barrier’ but continue to allow minority faith schools to discriminate on religious grounds

Ireland to end ‘baptism barrier’ but continue to allow minority faith schools to discriminate on religious grounds

Minority faith schools will continue to be permitted to give priority enrolment to children on the basis of religion under new admission laws in Ireland. But these schools will not be allowed to rank students "on the basis of the extent to which the child or his or her family are involved in local religious activities".

The Irish Times

Polish MPs to withdraw non-stun slaughter ban bill

Polish MPs to withdraw non-stun slaughter ban bill

Polish lawmakers will withdraw a draft bill to ban non-stun slaughter from the country's parliament in its current version.

Global Meat News

Austria’s vice chancellor calls for ban on non-stun slaughter

Austria’s vice chancellor calls for ban on non-stun slaughter

Austria's vice chancellor has called for a ban on non-stun slaughter in the country.

JTA

Mob lynches Muslim man over cow smuggling charges in India

Mob lynches Muslim man over cow smuggling charges in India

A Muslim man has been beaten to death by a mob in western India over allegations of smuggling cows, police have said, despite calls by the country's highest court for immediate steps to stop deadly mob violence across the country.

AP News

Lawsuit accuses New York of failing to act on ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools’ failings

Lawsuit accuses New York of failing to act on ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools’ failings

A lawsuit filed on Monday argues that New York is illegally looking the other way when it comes to ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools, loosening restrictions that will ultimately leave students without a basic knowledge of English, maths and science.

The New York Times

‘Religion does not determine your morality’

‘Religion does not determine your morality’

Jim Davies says whether you're religious or not, morality comes from the same place.

The Conversation (US)

Tue, 24 Jul 2018

Powerful figures rallied to help bishop before he was jailed for abuse

Powerful figures rallied to help bishop before he was jailed for abuse

The heir to the throne, the then archbishop of Canterbury and a senior member of the judiciary were among those who rallied to the support of a Church of England bishop accused of sexual abuse, an independent inquiry has heard.

The Guardian

Prince Charles ‘being treated differently from other witnesses’ on child abuse

Prince Charles ‘being treated differently from other witnesses’ on child abuse

A lawyer who represents victims of clerical child sexual abuse has voiced concern that the prince of Wales is being treated differently from other witnesses.

BBC

UK backs off anti-caste discrimination legislation – NSS quoted

UK backs off anti-caste discrimination legislation – NSS quoted

The British government has decided that it will not recognise caste as an aspect of race in anti-discrimination legislation. NSS president Keith Porteous Wood is among those to condemn the move.

The Hindu

Campaigners triumph in High Court battle to save west London town hall

Campaigners triumph in High Court battle to save west London town hall

Campaigners are celebrating after winning a High Court battle to stop Southall Town Hall in west London being rented out to a Hindu temple next door for 250 years.

Get West London

Lawmakers urge reform in Northern Ireland as more women seek abortions abroad

Lawmakers urge reform in Northern Ireland as more women seek abortions abroad

British and Irish parliamentarians have called for "urgent" reform to Northern Ireland's highly restrictive abortion law after a surge in the number of women going abroad for abortions.

Reuters

Concerns raised over crosses at funerals in Scotland

Concerns raised over crosses at funerals in Scotland

Crematoria have been warned that they could breach equality laws if they do not respect requests to remove or cover up crosses in Scotland.

The Times (£)

Number of women and children who joined Isis 'significantly underestimated'

Number of women and children who joined Isis 'significantly underestimated'

Experts have warned of the growing threat of women and minors linked to Islamic State, suggesting that the number returning to Britain from Syria and Iraq has been significantly underestimated.

The Guardian

UK may count Sikhs as separate ethnic group in its 2021 census

UK may count Sikhs as separate ethnic group in its 2021 census

British Sikhs are "very close" to being considered a separate ethnic group in the UK's 2021 census.

The Times of India

Welsh town considers merging Catholic schools

Welsh town considers merging Catholic schools

Merthyr Tydfil could have one Catholic school for children aged 3-16 from September 2019 if plans to go out to consultation are given the green light this week.

Wales Online

Rare secular candidate in Pakistan hounded by angry mobs

Rare secular candidate in Pakistan hounded by angry mobs

In the past week three of Jibran Nasir's public meetings in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, have been disrupted by religious hardliners who have shouted out and shoved his supporters.

Reuters

Chile announces wide probe into Catholic Church sexual abuse

Chile announces wide probe into Catholic Church sexual abuse

Chile has investigated 158 members of the country's Roman Catholic Church for committing or covering up sexual abuse against minors and adults, the national prosecutor's office said on Monday.

ABC News

Cuba set to legalise gay marriage

Cuba set to legalise gay marriage

The Cuban government has approved changes to the constitution that would allow gay couples to be married.

El Pais (in English)

Mon, 23 Jul 2018

'A cacophony of views on what to teach children about God' - NSS mentioned

'A cacophony of views on what to teach children about God' - NSS mentioned

'A Babel-like array of introverted faith groups and a secular majority struggle to co-exist, without knowing or even wanting to know much about one another.'

The Economist (£)

'In a world of choice, do we really need chaplains?'

'In a world of choice, do we really need chaplains?'

"Up until Monday were those in charge of the university – who it's safe to assume are a clever and thoughtful bunch – naive enough to imagine the views of this priest aligned with those of the university? And if not, where should the line be drawn when it comes to educational institutions promoting religious views?"

The National

Religious organisations and charities still refusing to admit past crimes

Religious organisations and charities still refusing to admit past crimes

Scotland must move more swiftly to deliver justice to victims of historic abuse, a leading lawyer argues.

Sunday Post

Muslim faith school academy trust re-brands as it expands into non-faith provision

Muslim faith school academy trust re-brands as it expands into non-faith provision

Tauheedul Education Trust has changed its name to Star Academies from this month, almost six years since its first school opened in September 2012.

Schools Week

'The Church of England makes more money than McDonald’s. So why is it struggling financially?'

'The Church of England makes more money than McDonald’s. So why is it struggling financially?'

"All these earnings are enough to make the CofE by far the UK's biggest charity, with an income more than three times that of Oxfam. So, how is it that the underlying finances of the Church of England are ringing alarm bells?"

iNews

Labour facing showdown over anti-Semitism policy

Labour facing showdown over anti-Semitism policy

Jewish Labour MPs will urge the rest of the Parliamentary Labour Party to accept a more thorough definition of anti-Semitism.

BBC

Programme to tackle Islamic extremism launched in north east

Programme to tackle Islamic extremism launched in north east

An educational programme tackling Islamic extremism in the North-East has been officially launched.

Northern Echo

Theresa May says her faith gives her confidence she is 'doing the right thing'

Theresa May says her faith gives her confidence she is 'doing the right thing'

Theresa May has described how her faith in God makes her convinced she is "doing the right thing" as Prime Minister.

The Independent

10-year-old girl bleeds to death after undergoing FGM in Somalia

10-year-old girl bleeds to death after undergoing FGM in Somalia

Campaigners condemn FGM as 'human lives issue' after young girl Deeqa Dahir Nuur passes away after suffering severe bleeding following botched operation

The Independent

Study finds widespread history of sexual abuse among formerly Orthodox

Study finds widespread history of sexual abuse among formerly Orthodox

Individuals who have left the Orthodox Jewish community are more than four times as likely to have been molested as children than the general population, a new study has found.

Jewish Telegraph Agency

Questioning real-world learning at ultra-Orthodox schools

Questioning real-world learning at ultra-Orthodox schools

Complaints that schools run by New York's strictly observant Hasidic Jews barely teach English, math, science or social studies have fueled a movement to demand stricter oversight by state and local educational authorities.

Mail Online

Return our boys’ foreskin and pay, NGO told after ‘secret’ cut

Return our boys’ foreskin and pay, NGO told after ‘secret’ cut

An NGO in Kenya has been criticised for circumcising boys without their parents' consent.

The Star

Fri, 20 Jul 2018

'How do bishops vote and why?'

'How do bishops vote and why?'

Ed Moore asks what the 26 bishops in the House of Lords vote for, and why.

Medium

I didn’t know bishop was a paedophile, Prince Charles protests

I didn’t know bishop was a paedophile, Prince Charles protests

Prince Charles said that he maintained contact with Peter Ball for more than 20 years until his conviction in 2015 for sexually abusing more than a dozen victims.

The Times

LGBT sex ed to be taught in England, including in faith schools

LGBT sex ed to be taught in England, including in faith schools

The Department of Education has confirmed that LGBT education will be 'mandatory' – with no opt-out for faith schools.

Gay Star News

'Bring religious education up to date'

'Bring religious education up to date'

'In a diverse and multi-faith country, schools need to become places where values are both lived and examined.'

The Guardian

DfE signals amendments to independent school guidelines after meeting Charedi campaigners

DfE signals amendments to independent school guidelines after meeting Charedi campaigners

The government is ready to amend proposals to tighten the inspection of independent schools which have 'alarmed' the Charedi community, strictly Orthodox sources have said.

The JC

CofE hits back at call to end faith-based admissions

CofE hits back at call to end faith-based admissions

The Clarke Woodhead report calls on the Church of England to remove all faith-based criteria from its schools, and suggests many Anglicans would support this.

TES

Justice Minister publishes legislation for repeal of constitutional ban on blasphemy

Justice Minister publishes legislation for repeal of constitutional ban on blasphemy

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has published legislation to repeal the offence of publication or utterance of blasphemous matter from Article 40 of the Constitution.

Irish Legal

Jail for Nazi-obsessed teenager who wanted to murder Jewish MP

Jail for Nazi-obsessed teenager who wanted to murder Jewish MP

Jack Coulson, 19, who dressed in Nazi uniform and filled his home in Mexborough with Nazi memorabilia, boasted he wanted to murder Labour MP Lucian Berger, who is Jewish, by shooting her in the head.

ITV

EU leads criticism after Israel passes Jewish 'nation state' law

EU leads criticism after Israel passes Jewish 'nation state' law

The European Union has led a chorus of criticism after Israel passed a controversial law declaring that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country.

The Guardian

Health Ministry Warns Against Forced Circumcision of Babies

Health Ministry Warns Against Forced Circumcision of Babies

The Ministry of Health has threatened to take action against medical officers that are allegedly involved in forced circumcision of babies in Uganda.

Chimpreports

Malcolm Turnbull tells Pope to sack archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson

Malcolm Turnbull tells Pope to sack archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson

The prime minister of Australia has called on the Pope to sack the archbishop of Adelaide, who has refused to resign after concealing the sexual abuse of children.

The Times

Hindu Group Urges Chicago’s Field Museum To Withdraw Lord Shiva Plush Doll From Sale

Hindu Group Urges Chicago’s Field Museum To Withdraw Lord Shiva Plush Doll From Sale

Hindu campaigners are urging one of the world's largest natural history museum, The Field Museum in Chicago, to immediately withdraw Lord Shiva stuffed plush doll from sale, calling it highly inappropriate.

Eurasia Review

Thu, 19 Jul 2018

Church of England schools face calls to end faith-based admissions

Church of England schools face calls to end faith-based admissions

Church leaders urged to phase out religious selection of pupils in schools, in a report from former education secretary

TES

Ireland: Hold referendum to end religious control of schools, says Labour

Ireland: Hold referendum to end religious control of schools, says Labour

Labour senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin began a petition to support this approach on Tuesday, saying a referendum could "end the influence of religion over education in Ireland."

The Irish Times

University 'sacks' priest who held service for the 'gross offence' of Pride Glasgow

University 'sacks' priest who held service for the 'gross offence' of Pride Glasgow

A university has said a Catholic Chaplin won't be returning to his role in September after holding a service to atone for the "gross offence" of Pride Glasgow.

Herald Scotland

Islamic school investigated after firearm incident

Islamic school investigated after firearm incident

Charity Commission launches inquiry into independent boarding school after two arrests were made.

TES

Londoners least liberal on homosexuality and pre-marital sex

Londoners least liberal on homosexuality and pre-marital sex

Researchers said the regional variations were down to "religious differences" between different areas of the country and Londoners' social conservatism was "largely driven by religious factors".

The Telegraph

Islamic State terrorist guilty of plotting to behead Theresa May in Downing Street

Islamic State terrorist guilty of plotting to behead Theresa May in Downing Street

Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman told undercover officers he wanted to "do a suicide bomb on parliament", but was given dummy explosives.

Sky News

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