Mon, 14 Oct 2019

Woman describes 'awful' journey to husband's assisted death

Woman describes 'awful' journey to husband's assisted death

The wife of a former teacher who ended his life at a Swiss euthanasia clinic last month has said having to travel abroad made it much harder to bear.

BBC

Man reported to police for discussing assisted suicide with terminally ill father

Man reported to police for discussing assisted suicide with terminally ill father

A man caring for his terminally ill father was reported to police for discussing assisted suicide.

Wales Online

Poland election: Ruling Law and Justice party claims victory

Poland election: Ruling Law and Justice party claims victory

Poland's governing Law and Justice party, which has a strong relationship with the Catholic Church, has claimed victory in Sunday's general election.

BBC

Uganda announces ‘Kill the Gays’ law imposing death penalty on homosexuals

Uganda announces ‘Kill the Gays’ law imposing death penalty on homosexuals

Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals.

The Independent

US attorney general warns of 'militant' secularism in speech about declining religious values

US attorney general warns of 'militant' secularism in speech about declining religious values

US attorney general William Barr has said declining religious values and the loss of the "traditional moral order" is causing many of society's ills.

Washington Examiner

Prince Charles attends sainthood ceremony at Vatican

Prince Charles attends sainthood ceremony at Vatican

The prince of Wales has attended a ceremony at the Vatican where the pope declared John Henry Newman a saint.

The Telegraph

Fri, 11 Oct 2019

Government signals it will maintain cap on religious discrimination in admissions

Government signals it will maintain cap on religious discrimination in admissions

The government has said it is not planning to scrap its 50% cap on religious discrimination in pupil admissions to new academy faith schools.

Education Executive

Man tells of being ‘beaten and raped’ at Catholic school in 1970s

Man tells of being ‘beaten and raped’ at Catholic school in 1970s

The nephew of the Irish writer Brendan Behan has said that he was repeatedly raped by a member of staff at a Catholic boarding school in Scotland in the 1970s.

The Times (£)

Children at Edinburgh Catholic school stopped from celebrating Halloween

Children at Edinburgh Catholic school stopped from celebrating Halloween

Parents of children at St David's RC Primary School in Edinburgh say their children have been stopped from having a Halloween dress up party at school due to 'religious matters'.

Edinburgh Evening News

'Parliament is out of step': Telford MP calls for assisted dying to be made legal

'Parliament is out of step': Telford MP calls for assisted dying to be made legal

A Shropshire MP has called for assisted dying to be made legal, accusing fellow politicians of being 'out of step' with the public mood.

Shropshire Star

Women face jail for marching with massive vagina ‘mocking’ religious parade in Spain

Women face jail for marching with massive vagina ‘mocking’ religious parade in Spain

A group of feminists could be facing jail time and a hefty fine for parading a huge plastic vagina in the streets of a Spanish city during a procession.

Metro

‘Horror of Jews targeted in Halle attack’

‘Horror of Jews targeted in Halle attack’

Jenny Hill reports from Halle in the wake of this week's shooting which targeted a synagogue, and hears evidence of rising anti-semitism.

BBC

‘Fifa must sustain pressure on Iran to ensure its courageous female fans are not forgotten’

‘Fifa must sustain pressure on Iran to ensure its courageous female fans are not forgotten’

Oliver Brown says football's governing body must ensure Iranian women no longer have freedom in name only.

The Telegraph (£)

Iranian women out in force after 40-year ban from football stadiums ends

Iranian women out in force after 40-year ban from football stadiums ends

Four thousand female fans have entered Tehran stadium for the first time in decades.

The Times (£)

Author of evangelical relationships guide says he's getting divorced and is no longer Christian

Author of evangelical relationships guide says he's getting divorced and is no longer Christian

The American author of a million-selling Christian guide to relationships for young people has announced his marriage is over and he has lost his faith.

iNews

Thu, 10 Oct 2019

£1m charity cash for group linked to Iran

£1m charity cash for group linked to Iran

A group called the Islamic Human Rights Commission has received more than £1m in charity cash despite being run by self-declared Islamist revolutionaries closely aligned to Iran who say that the West is "the enemy" and Britain a "Stasi state".

The Telegraph

‘The Times view on the Islamic Human Rights Commission: Organised hypocrisy’

‘The Times view on the Islamic Human Rights Commission: Organised hypocrisy’

This editorial says a human rights group benefiting from charity laws ignores repression in Iran.

The Times (£)

Integrated schools in NI 'humbled' by Nobel Peace Prize nomination

Integrated schools in NI 'humbled' by Nobel Peace Prize nomination

A group of schools in Northern Ireland has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for working to educate children from different religious backgrounds together.

Tes

Church of Ireland leader calls on Christians to work to prevent NI abortion reform

Church of Ireland leader calls on Christians to work to prevent NI abortion reform

The leader of the Church of Ireland has said it is a "duty" of Christians to approach their representatives in an attempt to stop Northern Ireland's abortion laws from being liberalised.

Belfast Telegraph

Germany shooting: Gunman kills two after attacking synagogue

Germany shooting: Gunman kills two after attacking synagogue

A gunman has killed two people in eastern Germany after attempting to enter a synagogue where dozens were observing a Jewish holiday. Prosecutors say there are indications of a possible right-wing extremist motive.

BBC

Macron vows ‘unrelenting fight’ against Islamist terror after Paris knife attack

Macron vows ‘unrelenting fight’ against Islamist terror after Paris knife attack

French president Emmanuel Macron vowed an "unrelenting fight" against Islamist terror on Tuesday as he paid tribute to the four Paris police staff stabbed to death last week by a radicalised colleague.

The Times of Israel

Irish education minister says faith ethos can’t hinder sex ed classes

Irish education minister says faith ethos can’t hinder sex ed classes

Religious ethos cannot be allowed to interfere with the teaching of Relationships and Sexuality Education in schools, Ireland's education minister Joe McHugh has said.

The Irish Catholic

China destroys dozens of Uighur cemeteries in drive to 'eradicate' cultural history of Muslims

China destroys dozens of Uighur cemeteries in drive to 'eradicate' cultural history of Muslims

Even in death there is no respite for the Uighurs, one of the world's most persecuted minorities, according to a new investigation that has revealed China is destroying burial grounds where generations of families have been interred.

The Telegraph

Judge overturns ban on gay ‘conversion therapy’ in Florida city

Judge overturns ban on gay ‘conversion therapy’ in Florida city

A US federal judge has overturned a ban on conversion therapy in the Florida city of Tampa, saying the health care regulation is the prerogative of the state, not the city.

Newsweek

Wed, 09 Oct 2019

Government issues advice on handling school protests against LGBT-inclusive education

Government issues advice on handling school protests against LGBT-inclusive education

The government has issued advice to local authorities on dealing with protests outside schools over LGBT-inclusive teaching.

BBC

Boy of seven died after beating from staff member at celebrated Scottish Catholic school, inquiry hears

Boy of seven died after beating from staff member at celebrated Scottish Catholic school, inquiry hears

A boy of seven at a highly-rated Catholic school died after being given a 'vicious' beating by a member of staff, an inquiry heard yesterday.

Scottish Daily Mail

Calls for review of rejected ‘buffer zones’ plan outside abortion clinics

Calls for review of rejected ‘buffer zones’ plan outside abortion clinics

Charities and medical bodies have called on the Home Secretary to bring in buffer zones outside abortion clinics.

ITV News

‘The BBC’s paranoia about causing offence has reached a new high’

‘The BBC’s paranoia about causing offence has reached a new high’

Hardeep Singh says BBC paranoia over giving offence has caused a Sikh contributor to Thought for the Day to quit the slot.

The Spectator

Anti-abortion activists offer financial support to pregnant students

Anti-abortion activists offer financial support to pregnant students

Anti-abortion campaigners are offering to help fund pregnant students in Scotland to discourage them from having terminations.

The Times (£)

Parliament’s chaplain complained about “stench” and security risk of Westminster Tube’s homeless

Parliament’s chaplain complained about “stench” and security risk of Westminster Tube’s homeless

The chaplain to the speaker of the House of Commons complained to parliamentary authorities about the "ongoing stench" and "unsanitary state" created by rough sleepers in an underground entrance used to access parliament.

New Statesman

German lorry attack in Limburg seen as 'act of terrorism'

German lorry attack in Limburg seen as 'act of terrorism'

An attack on motorists in the western town of Limburg is being investigated as terrorism, security sources have told German media.

BBC

US blacklists dozens of Chinese tech companies and agencies over ‘brutal oppression’ of Uighurs

US blacklists dozens of Chinese tech companies and agencies over ‘brutal oppression’ of Uighurs

The US has blacklisted 28 Chinese companies and government agencies over what it called the "brutal" treatment of Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic minority groups in Xinjiang province.

The Independent

Iranian women allowed to watch football at stadium for first time in decades

Iranian women allowed to watch football at stadium for first time in decades

Iranian women will be able to enter a football stadium on Thursday for the first time in decades, after Fifa threatened to suspend the Islamic republic over its controversial male-only policy.

The Guardian

Junaid Hafeez: Why is Pakistani scholar's blasphemy case receiving scant attention?

Junaid Hafeez: Why is Pakistani scholar's blasphemy case receiving scant attention?

Human rights organizations are demanding the release of a 33-year-old university lecturer who has been in solitary confinement on blasphemy charges in Pakistan since 2014. His family discusses his case.

DW

‘As a doctor, vaccination column shook me to my core’

‘As a doctor, vaccination column shook me to my core’

Avi Korman responds to a previous column on vaccinations in Jewish News, saying it distorted the facts. He adds that recognised doctors would strongly and firmly advise people to vaccinate their children.

Jewish News

Tue, 08 Oct 2019

Nobel peace prize nomination for schools breaking Northern Ireland’s barriers

Nobel peace prize nomination for schools breaking Northern Ireland’s barriers

The Integrated Schools Movement, which argues for educating children from different religious backgrounds together in NI, has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize.

The Guardian

Social media firms let off Islamist extremists for fear of being accused of human rights breaches, report finds

Social media firms let off Islamist extremists for fear of being accused of human rights breaches, report finds

Social media firms are failing to crackdown on Islamist extremists because of fears of being accused of breaching their human rights, an 18-month investigation into extremism has found.

The Telegraph

NI abortion: Guidelines issued as October deadline looms

NI abortion: Guidelines issued as October deadline looms

The government has published guidance for healthcare professionals on abortion law in Northern Ireland.

BBC

‘The doctors in Northern Ireland knew my baby would die. But I was refused an abortion’

‘The doctors in Northern Ireland knew my baby would die. But I was refused an abortion’

One grieving woman tells of the suffering the current ban on abortion caused her.

The Observer

More Northern Ireland teachers working across religious divide than ever before, says report

More Northern Ireland teachers working across religious divide than ever before, says report

More permanent and temporary teachers in Northern Ireland are working across the religious divide than ever before, according to a new study.

Belfast Telegraph

Nursery forced to return government counter-extremism funding following backlash

Nursery forced to return government counter-extremism funding following backlash

A nursery was forced to hand back government funding for tackling radicalisation following a backlash from local Muslim groups, a report has revealed.

The Telegraph

‘Thought for the Day is now a recital of religious platitudes’

‘Thought for the Day is now a recital of religious platitudes’

Indarjit Singh explains his decision to stop contributing to BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day slot.

The Mail on Sunday

Police investigate targeting of Stella Creasy by anti-abortion group

Police investigate targeting of Stella Creasy by anti-abortion group

Scotland Yard is investigating the intimidation and harassment of Stella Creasy following the "extremist" targeting of the Labour MP by anti-abortion protesters over the past week.

The Observer

Polish election: Leader targets gay rights as threat to society

Polish election: Leader targets gay rights as threat to society

The Law and Justice party, which is closely aligned with the Catholic Church on social issues, is seeking to win a second term in Poland. If it does there seems little chance that homosexual couples will enjoy the same rights as their heterosexual neighbours any time soon.

BBC

First abortion case for Trump's Supreme Court to be heard next year

First abortion case for Trump's Supreme Court to be heard next year

The US Supreme Court will hear its first abortion case since Donald Trump installed two justices who are both expected to vote in an anti-abortion way.

The Independent

US Supreme Court takes up cases over LGBT rights

US Supreme Court takes up cases over LGBT rights

The US Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in two of the term's most closely watched cases over whether federal civil rights law protects LGBT people from job discrimination.

The Washington Post

Islamist extremists exploited tensions over LGBT-inclusive teaching to fuel hate, says report

Islamist extremists exploited tensions over LGBT-inclusive teaching to fuel hate, says report

Islamist extremists exploited tensions over equality teaching in Birmingham schools to amplify hate against LGBT+ people, a hard hitting report claims.

Birmingham Live

Mon, 07 Oct 2019

Efforts to combat extremism failing because of way government has defined it, commissioner says

Efforts to combat extremism failing because of way government has defined it, commissioner says

Efforts to combat extremism are failing because the government's definition of it is so broad that it is hampering free speech, the counter-extremism commissioner has said.

The Telegraph (£)

‘We must defend our right to be offensive - but hateful extremism demands a brave response’

‘We must defend our right to be offensive - but hateful extremism demands a brave response’

Sara Khan says tackling extremism requires brave, bold and consistent leadership both from government and across civil society.

The Telegraph (£)

More schools opting out of Christian worship for ‘multi-faith’ alternatives – NSS quoted

More schools opting out of Christian worship for ‘multi-faith’ alternatives – NSS quoted

The number of schools asking to opt out of legal requirements to provide a daily act of Christian worship appears to be slowing, but more are choosing to run "multi-faith" alternatives instead.

Schools Week

Disclaimer: Links are provided to external websites for information and in the interests of free exchange. We do not accept any responsibility for the content of those sites, nor does a link indicate approval or imply endorsement of those sites.