Mon, 27 Apr 2020

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish wedding shut down by Met police

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish wedding shut down by Met police

Police shut down an ultra-Orthodox Jewish wedding after officers were called twice to celebrations flouting the lockdown ban.

The Telegraph

Scottish Catholic bishops criticise abortion law change

Scottish Catholic bishops criticise abortion law change

Scotland's Catholic bishops have criticised health secretary Jeane Freeman after the government lifted restrictions on allowing early medical abortions at home during the coronavirus.

The National

Revealed: 'former Vodafone executive' in 5G conspiracy video is UK pastor

Revealed: 'former Vodafone executive' in 5G conspiracy video is UK pastor

An evangelical pastor from Luton is the voice on a recording which has spread around the world and claims the coronavirus pandemic is cover for a global plot to install 5G mobile phone masts and destroy human society as we know it.

The Guardian

Social media backlash after actor asks if Islam is anti-homosexuality and anti-woman

Social media backlash after actor asks if Islam is anti-homosexuality and anti-woman

Jeff Goldblum has come under fire on social media for asking if Islam was "anti-homosexuality" and "anti-woman" during Friday night's episode of RuPaul's Drag Race.

The Hollywood Reporter

Fri, 24 Apr 2020

Health secretary thanks Muslims for staying at home during Ramadan

Health secretary thanks Muslims for staying at home during Ramadan

Health secretary Matt Hancock has thanked Muslims across the UK for their "sacrifice" as they mark Ramadan amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Belfast Telegraph

Jewish Chronicle saved by consortium after messy takeover battle

Jewish Chronicle saved by consortium after messy takeover battle

The Jewish Chronicle has been sold to a consortium fronted by Theresa May's former director of communications, saving the historic newspaper following a brief but messy takeover battle.

The Guardian

‘As the world looks for coronavirus scapegoats, Muslims are blamed in India’

‘As the world looks for coronavirus scapegoats, Muslims are blamed in India’

Some reactions to the pandemic are bringing out one of the oldest — and ugliest — human impulses: the desire to blame calamity on those who are different.

The Washington Post (£)

Women resist Poland’s attempt to restrict abortion rights

Women resist Poland’s attempt to restrict abortion rights

Campaigners and academics say the country's ruling party is using the current pandemic to restrict women's reproductive rights and continue chipping away at democracy.

CNN

Christian group says coronavirus restrictions on religious freedom mustn’t endure

Christian group says coronavirus restrictions on religious freedom mustn’t endure

The campaign group, which supports persecuted Christians, is concerned that legitimate restrictions on assembly will remain in place even once the pandemic has started to recede.

Christian Today

‘The fine line between criticising Islam and demonising Muslims’

‘The fine line between criticising Islam and demonising Muslims’

It is possible to attack Islam, the religion, the scripture, the culture surrounding it, and the actions of some Muslims without being bigoted and unfairly throwing the rest of them under the bus, argues Abdullah Sameer.

Medium

Thu, 23 Apr 2020

‘How the pandemic forced long-overdue abortion law reform’

‘How the pandemic forced long-overdue abortion law reform’

Sensible policy changes may leave women wondering: why wasn't it like this before?

Prospect

Catholic Church lobbies MLAs for review of NI’s new abortion laws

Catholic Church lobbies MLAs for review of NI’s new abortion laws

The Catholic Church has asked lawmakers at Stormont to debate the liberalisation of abortion laws in Northern Ireland.

News Letter

Fears of rise in UK terrorist recruits as anti-radicalisation referrals collapse

Fears of rise in UK terrorist recruits as anti-radicalisation referrals collapse

Counter-terrorism officials fear a rise in terrorist recruits after a collapse in referrals to the UK's main anti-radicalisation scheme during the lockdown, as extremists pump out propaganda urging British attacks.

The Guardian

Two Muslim students face 'bogus' charges of inciting Delhi riots

Two Muslim students face 'bogus' charges of inciting Delhi riots

Delhi police have been accused of slapping two Muslim student activists with "bogus" charges of conspiring to incite the recent riots, the worst religious violence in India's capital for decades, and in which the police were accused of being complicit.

The Guardian

India’s Hindu nationalists denounce Muslims as ‘human virus bombs’

India’s Hindu nationalists denounce Muslims as ‘human virus bombs’

With a fearful public eager for a scapegoat, Hindu zealots and an obedient right-wing press have fanned the flames, leading to a surge in hate crimes.

The Times (£)

UK government urged to ban import of Chinese cotton ‘made using Uighur Muslim forced labour'

UK government urged to ban import of Chinese cotton ‘made using Uighur Muslim forced labour'

The UK government is being urged to ban the import of cotton sourced from the Chinese province of Xinjiang, a region where Uighur Muslims are being put to work in factories in conditions that amount to forced labour.

The Independent

Wed, 22 Apr 2020

Government has no plans to change assisted dying law, says justice secretary

Government has no plans to change assisted dying law, says justice secretary

Robert Buckland has told a parliamentary committee the government has no plans to change the law on assisted dying.

The Telegraph

UK rapper arrested on suspicion of fighting for Islamic State

UK rapper arrested on suspicion of fighting for Islamic State

A former London rapper has been arrested on suspicion of joining Islamic State fighters in Syria.

Sky News

Islamist group kills 52 in 'cruel and diabolical' Mozambique massacre

Islamist group kills 52 in 'cruel and diabolical' Mozambique massacre

An Islamist group terrorising northern Mozambique has killed 52 villagers after locals refused to be recruited to their ranks, according to police cited by local media.

The Guardian

London paramedic who told colleagues ‘I don’t like Muslims’ and accused one of ‘looking like Bin Laden’ is struck off

London paramedic who told colleagues ‘I don’t like Muslims’ and accused one of ‘looking like Bin Laden’ is struck off

A paramedic was struck off after telling colleagues 'I don't like Muslims' and accusing another of 'dressing like a bomber'.

Mail Online

Huge number of Sikh deaths due to coronavirus, community groups claim

Huge number of Sikh deaths due to coronavirus, community groups claim

Community groups say almost half of Sikh deaths in the West Midlands over a fortnight have been victims of Covid-19.

Coventry Live

MI5's spy chief expresses 'regret and shame' for the way the service treated gay men and women

MI5's spy chief expresses 'regret and shame' for the way the service treated gay men and women

Sir Andrew Parker has become the first head of the security service to express "regret and shame" for the way MI5 treated gay men and women in the past.

The Telegraph

Kenyan chiefs go door-to-door to stop female genital cutting amid coronavirus

Kenyan chiefs go door-to-door to stop female genital cutting amid coronavirus

Village chiefs in Kenya will make house-to-house checks after reports some rural communities were taking advantage of school closures due to the coronavirus to perform FGM on girls, officials and campaigners said.

Thomson Reuters Foundation News

Dutch court approves euthanasia in cases of advanced dementia

Dutch court approves euthanasia in cases of advanced dementia

Doctors in the Netherlands are able to carry out euthanasia on patients with severe dementia without fear of prosecution even if the patient no longer expresses an explicit wish to die, the country's highest court has ruled.

The Guardian

Tue, 21 Apr 2020

Jihadist released early from prison despite government objections

Jihadist released early from prison despite government objections

A jihadist who wanted to carry out suicide missions for Islamic State was released early from prison, despite the government's objections to the "irrational" decision.

The Times (£)

Muslim hairdresser wins £20,000 from boss who forced her to pick up dog mess

Muslim hairdresser wins £20,000 from boss who forced her to pick up dog mess

A hairdresser has been awarded £20,000 in damages from her former boss after she was subjected to degrading treatment because she is Muslim.

Metro

Priest holds Eucharist inside London church after archbishop's clarification on building closures

Priest holds Eucharist inside London church after archbishop's clarification on building closures

A London priest has resumed Eucharists in person inside his historic church after the archbishop of Canterbury said that the Church of England's position on building closures was "guidance, not instruction".

Christian Today

'Abusive' vicar who continued to practice after ban keeps holy orders despite addition to infamous 'Lambeth list'

'Abusive' vicar who continued to practice after ban keeps holy orders despite addition to infamous 'Lambeth list'

An 'abusive' vicar who was banned from preaching - yet continued to hold religious ceremonies – has been added to an unpublished Church of England list but will be allowed to keep his Holy Orders.

The Telegraph

US federal judge blocks Kansas limits on religious gatherings

US federal judge blocks Kansas limits on religious gatherings

A federal judge in the US has blocked Kansas from limiting attendance at in-person religious worship services or activities to 10 people or fewer to check the spread of the coronavirus.

Politico

Coronavirus conspiracy theories putting Christian minorities at risk, says charity

Coronavirus conspiracy theories putting Christian minorities at risk, says charity

Christian persecution watchdog Open Doors has said Christians around the world are being put at risk due to a wave of conspiracy theories blaming believers for the spread of Covid-19.

Premier Christian News

Samaritan's Purse criticised for having New York hospital employees sign Christian 'Statement of Faith'

Samaritan's Purse criticised for having New York hospital employees sign Christian 'Statement of Faith'

The humanitarian relief organisation behind a sprawling field hospital erected in New York's Central Park has been criticised for making employees sign a "Statement of Faith" that outlines their views on marriage.

Premier Christian News

Indonesia bans traditional Ramadan exodus to rein in coronavirus

Indonesia bans traditional Ramadan exodus to rein in coronavirus

Indonesia will ban its traditional annual exodus by people streaming out of cities at the end of the Muslim fasting month in May.

Reuters

Rights groups seek LGBT+ protection in US coronavirus response

Rights groups seek LGBT+ protection in US coronavirus response

More than 180 rights groups on Monday asked the U.S. Congress to take steps to protect LGBT+ people from discrimination in the coronavirus pandemic.

Reuters

Mon, 20 Apr 2020

Faith school supporter Nick Timothy appointed to Department for Education

Faith school supporter Nick Timothy appointed to Department for Education

A former adviser to Theresa May who is a vocal champion of faith schools has been given a role in the Department for Education. During his time in Downing Street Nick Timothy unsuccessfully attempted to abolish the cap which means free schools with a religious character can only select 50 per cent of their pupils on the basis of religion.

iNews

Police issued penalty notices to Jewish ritual bath users

Police issued penalty notices to Jewish ritual bath users

Police have fined men for using a mikveh (Jewish ritual bath) in Stamford Hill during Pesach in contravention of social distancing rules.

The Jewish Chronicle

Muslims targeted with 'dangerous' conspiracy theories during lockdown

Muslims targeted with 'dangerous' conspiracy theories during lockdown

Far-right extremists have been circulating old footage to claim that mosques are still open, causing police to be inundated with complaints by duped members of the public.

The Independent

Church insurer does not cover COVID-19, says parishioner

Church insurer does not cover COVID-19, says parishioner

Ecclesiastical Insurance covers losses resulting from infectious diseases, but while the policy document's list of "acceptable" diseases includes smallpox and leprosy, it does not include Covid-19, according to a letter to The Times.

The Times (£)

Poland votes against quashing bill that jails sex education teachers

Poland votes against quashing bill that jails sex education teachers

MPs in Poland have voted not to kill a controversial bill that would criminalise sex education and denounce those who teach it as paedophiles and LGBT+ activists.

Pink News

Tennessee can’t stop abortions during coronavirus pandemic, judge argues

Tennessee can’t stop abortions during coronavirus pandemic, judge argues

Tennessee must continue to allow abortions despite a temporary ban on non-essential medical procedures designed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, the Associated Press reported Saturday.

New York Post

'Activists are using Covid-19 to set limits on abortion around the world'

'Activists are using Covid-19 to set limits on abortion around the world'

The spread of the novel coronavirus has helped anti-abortion activists in the US win victories—at least for now—that they have sought ever since the US Supreme Court ruled in 1973 that women have a constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy.

Quartz

Trump consults faith leaders on phased-in reopening

Trump consults faith leaders on phased-in reopening

President Donald Trump held a call with faith leaders on Friday that included discussion about a phased-in return to broader in-person worship after weeks of religious services largely shifting online in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mail Online

Questions mount over Christian group behind Central Park Covid-19 hospital

Questions mount over Christian group behind Central Park Covid-19 hospital

Facility run by Trump ally Franklin Graham's organisation requires staff to sign statement opposing gay marriage.

The Guardian

India coronavirus: Officials suspended over large crowds at Hindu festival

India coronavirus: Officials suspended over large crowds at Hindu festival

Indian officials have suspended a local magistrate and a police official for allowing large crowds to attend a chariot-pulling festival at a Hindu temple on Thursday morning.

BBC News

Fri, 17 Apr 2020

Poland lawmakers defer final vote on divisive abortion bill

Poland lawmakers defer final vote on divisive abortion bill

Polish lawmakers on Thursday postponed a final decision on controversial proposals to impose a near-total ban on abortion and criminalize school sex education in the predominantly Catholic country.

Mail Online

German bishops criticise decision to maintain church service ban

German bishops criticise decision to maintain church service ban

Germany's Catholic bishops' have voiced disappointment at Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision not to lift the ban on public church services.

Catholic Herald

Half of Americans say Bible should influence U.S. laws

Half of Americans say Bible should influence U.S. laws

Today, about half of Americans (49%) say the Bible should have at least "some" influence on U.S. laws, including nearly a quarter (23%) who say it should have "a great deal" of influence.

Pew Research Center

Netflix slammed as ‘Islam’s enemy’ over rumours of gay character in Turkish teen drama

Netflix slammed as ‘Islam’s enemy’ over rumours of gay character in Turkish teen drama

New Turkish drama Love 101 unleashed a torrent of fury over unconfirmed rumours that it will feature a gay character.

Pink News

Jewish News and Jewish Chronicle merger planned

Jewish News and Jewish Chronicle merger planned

The Kessler Foundation, owner of the Jewish Chronicle, has submitted an offer to the proposed liquidators of both the Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News for the assets of both titles.

Jewish News

Opportunity or threat? How Islamic extremists are reacting to coronavirus

Opportunity or threat? How Islamic extremists are reacting to coronavirus

Groups such as Isis plan to exploit pandemic, but even it has acknowledged danger posed by virus.

The Guardian

'As coronavirus spreads around the world, so too do the quack cures'

'As coronavirus spreads around the world, so too do the quack cures'

Politicians, faith leaders and other authority figures have been touting dubious remedies.

The Guardian

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