Thu, 04 Jun 2020

Trump allocates $50m to programs supporting international 'religious freedom'

Trump allocates $50m to programs supporting international 'religious freedom'

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order allocating $50 million to the State Department for causes related to 'the advancement of international religious freedom'.

Premier Christian News

Swiss same-sex couples hope for marriage equality ahead of parliamentary vote

Swiss same-sex couples hope for marriage equality ahead of parliamentary vote

Conservative Switzerland lags many countries in Western Europe on gay rights and is slowly catching up.

Reuters

'The inconceivable strangeness of Trump’s bible photo-op'

'The inconceivable strangeness of Trump’s bible photo-op'

Police dispersed peaceful protesters outside the White House with tear gas on Monday so the president could have his photograph taken with a Bible in front of a church.

Slate

Wed, 03 Jun 2020

NSS CEO: Will Wales lead the way in reforming Religious Education?

NSS CEO: Will Wales lead the way in reforming Religious Education?

The Welsh government's plans to reform RE risk being a missed opportunity for more radical reform of the way we approach religion in schools, argues NSS chief executive Stephen Evans.

Medium

NI assembly rejects recent changes to abortion laws

NI assembly rejects recent changes to abortion laws

The NI Assembly has voted to pass a motion to reject recent changes to abortion laws in Northern Ireland.

BBC

Bishop asks MPs to lobby for reopening of church buildings

Bishop asks MPs to lobby for reopening of church buildings

Bishop of Chichester Martin Warner has written to all Members of Parliament whose constituencies are in his Diocese about the continued closure of churches.

Chichester Observer

Church minister wins religious discrimination claim after remarks about homosexuality

Church minister wins religious discrimination claim after remarks about homosexuality

A church minister has won a religious discrimination claim after stating that people who said homosexuals were born that way were making the same argument as paedophiles.

The Telegraph

'Hypocritical Church leaders should stay out of politics and Twitter'

'Hypocritical Church leaders should stay out of politics and Twitter'

The Church of England is moribund and it is the greatest arrogance on the behalf of Church leaders to believe anything other, says NSS honorary associate GP Taylor.

The Yorkshire Post

Billy Connolly: 'Why I'll never apologise over religion routine that caused uproar'

Billy Connolly: 'Why I'll never apologise over religion routine that caused uproar'

Half a century on from being denounced in the pulpits and pilloried for being a "blasphemous buffoon", Billy Connolly remains unrepentant over his routines lampooning religion.

The Herald

Trump's photo-op church visit slammed by religious leaders amid George Floyd protests

Trump's photo-op church visit slammed by religious leaders amid George Floyd protests

Religious leaders have accused Donald Trump of using the church as "prop" after he posed for photos with a bible, moments after police used tear gas to disperse peaceful protesters from near the White House.

The Evening Standard

Buddhist monks oppose new Burmese sex education curriculum

Buddhist monks oppose new Burmese sex education curriculum

An updated curriculum featuring gay sex and prostitutes has put monks and nationalists up in arms, but women's groups and young people support it

The Times (£)

'The Somali atheist activists who get death threats'

'The Somali atheist activists who get death threats'

Somali atheists in the diaspora are running a Facebook group to challenge their community's Islamic beliefs, but they often receive death threats, writes journalist Layla Mahmood.

BBC

Tue, 02 Jun 2020

Church of England reinstates bishop accused of defending genocide

Church of England reinstates bishop accused of defending genocide

The Church of England has reinstated a Rwandan bishop who left his role as a parish priest in Worcestershire after he was accused of complicity in the 1994 genocide of hundreds of thousands of Tutsis.

The Guardian

Abortion: Assembly to debate recent changes to NI laws

Abortion: Assembly to debate recent changes to NI laws

The assembly will debate a motion later that seeks to reject recent changes to Northern Ireland's abortion laws.

BBC

US: Protesters dispersed with tear gas so Trump could pose at church

US: Protesters dispersed with tear gas so Trump could pose at church

Police fired tear gas canisters and flash grenades on Monday to clear out protesters so President Trump could visit St. John's Church and pose with a bible.

The New York Times

UN expert calls for global ban on 'cruel' conversion therapy

UN expert calls for global ban on 'cruel' conversion therapy

A top UN expert urged global governments on Monday to ban the "degrading" practise known as conversion therapy, which aims to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Reuters

'Hate-speech laws are no friend of minorities'

'Hate-speech laws are no friend of minorities'

Scotland's Hate Crime Bill is well-intentioned. But history shows us that censorship is no way to fight hate, say Jacob Mchangama and Nadine Strossen.

Spiked

'Mubarak Bala: Facebook posts and limits of religious freedom'

'Mubarak Bala: Facebook posts and limits of religious freedom'

To locate Bala's alleged Facebook posts beyond the limits of religious freedom shows poor judgement and understanding of religious diversity and the constitutional provision on freedom of religion or belief, says Leo Igwe.

Sahara Reporters

Pakistan: High Court to hear appeal of Christians convicted of 'blasphemy'

Pakistan: High Court to hear appeal of Christians convicted of 'blasphemy'

The Lahore High Court will hear the appeal of a Christian couple convicted for blasphemy who have been languishing in prison for the last six years.

The Express Tribune

Mon, 01 Jun 2020

Church leaders threaten legal action over coronavirus church closures - NSS quoted

Church leaders threaten legal action over coronavirus church closures - NSS quoted

A coalition of Christian bishops and reverends has urged the government to prioritise churches in its exit strategy from the coronavirus lockdown.

Mail Online

Clergy criticise Church of England using faith school admissions to 'artificially boost church attendance'

Clergy criticise Church of England using faith school admissions to 'artificially boost church attendance'

A group of senior Anglicans have written to the Church of England urging it "to abandon admission policies that discriminate against people by faith" in its schools.

iNews

Fundraisers who made 'misogynistic comments' on Muslim TV channel apologise

Fundraisers who made 'misogynistic comments' on Muslim TV channel apologise

Two fundraisers who appeared on the channel British Muslim TV have apologised for sexist comments they made live on the channel.

Asian Image

Singing in religious buildings a 'problem' for spread of coronavirus, warns communities secretary

Singing in religious buildings a 'problem' for spread of coronavirus, warns communities secretary

Singing in religious buildings should not yet be allowed, the communities secretary has said.

Huffington Post

‘Doctor’ jailed for performing botched circumcision on baby did 12 more say gardai

‘Doctor’ jailed for performing botched circumcision on baby did 12 more say gardai

A man jailed over the 'barbaric' circumcision, without any anaesthetic, of a baby boy is under investigation for 12 other illegal circumcisions.

Extra.ie

US: Supreme court rejects church’s challenge to shutdown order

US: Supreme court rejects church’s challenge to shutdown order

The Supreme Court on Friday turned away a request from a church in California to block enforcement of state restrictions on attendance at religious services.

The New York Times

Catholic diocese in Minnesota to pay sexual abuse victims $22.5m

Catholic diocese in Minnesota to pay sexual abuse victims $22.5m

Some 70 people say they were abused by 41 priests in cases that date back to the 1950s.

The Guardian

'India’s anti-Muslim fake news factories are following the anti-Semitic playbook'

'India’s anti-Muslim fake news factories are following the anti-Semitic playbook'

"Take any crime, add a false Muslim angle to show Muslims as perpetrators. This is exactly what Christians did to Jews in Europe for centuries."

The Print

Fri, 29 May 2020

Coronavirus: Blackburn Eid street prayers a 'serious lockdown breach'

Coronavirus: Blackburn Eid street prayers a 'serious lockdown breach'

A gathering of worshippers on a street to observe prayers during Eid was a "serious breach" of lockdown measures, a council has said.

BBC News

Reported cull of bishops, cathedrals, and dioceses is misleading, says senior bishop

Reported cull of bishops, cathedrals, and dioceses is misleading, says senior bishop

The archbishop-designate of York, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, has dismissed a Sunday-newspaper report that he was to lead a review involving "massive shrinkage" in the number of cathedrals, dioceses, and parish churches.

Church Times

'A very narrow escape from "conversion therapy"' - NSS quoted

'A very narrow escape from "conversion therapy"' - NSS quoted

Barry Duke nearly underwent 'gay conversion therapy'. He now calls for the practice to end; we're quoted.

Euro Weekly News

MPs bring bill to ban late abortions for minor physical abnormalities

MPs bring bill to ban late abortions for minor physical abnormalities

The abortion (cleft lip, cleft palate and clubfoot) bill, which is led by the Conservative MP Fiona Bruce and supported by 13 MPs, will be presented in parliament on 3 June.

The Guardian

'Muslims are frightened of calling out Jew-hate within their own community'

'Muslims are frightened of calling out Jew-hate within their own community'

Antisemitism within some small sections of Muslims and which remains stubbornly entrenched needs to be taken on and called out repeatedly, says Fiyaz Mughal.

The JC

Archbishop issues statement after public Mass in Dublin

Archbishop issues statement after public Mass in Dublin

A senior Catholic bishop in Ireland has urged churches to continuing applying lockdown restrictions after it emerged that a church reopened for public Mass in Co Dublin.

Irish News

US: House passes Uighur human rights bill

US: House passes Uighur human rights bill

The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to pass a measure that would punish top Chinese officials for detaining more than one million Muslims in internment camps, sending President Trump a bill intended to force him to take a more aggressive stand on human rights abuses in China.

The New York Times

Malaysia’s religious ban on gay sex is to be challenged

Malaysia’s religious ban on gay sex is to be challenged

A man in Malaysia has won the right to challenge a religious state law banning gay sex.

Pink News

Christian fundamentalists petition Disney to drop film about gay couple

Christian fundamentalists petition Disney to drop film about gay couple

To One Million Moms, a wing of the Christian fundamentalist group American Family Association, Out is "promoting sin to children" and are petitioning Disney leaders to drop the film entirely.

Pink News

"Now even secularism is ‘Islamophobic'"

"Now even secularism is ‘Islamophobic'"

Quebec's ban on public-sector employees in positions of authority wearing religious symbols is neither exceptional nor unreasonable, says David Rand.

Spiked

Thu, 28 May 2020

Sikh temple attack and stabbing being treated as hate crimes

Sikh temple attack and stabbing being treated as hate crimes

A 31-year-old Derby man has appeared in court after following a stabbing in Normanton which police are treating as a hate crime. He has also been charged with burglary in connection with an earlier incident which saw a Sikh temple attacked.

Derbyshire Live

Harrow mosque responds to Covid-19 call to prayer petition

Harrow mosque responds to Covid-19 call to prayer petition

A mosque that wants to play the 'call to prayer' during the Covid-19 pandemic said it has "no intention of disturbing the community". It applied for permission for an initial three months, but representatives said they could look to extend this if measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic continued.

This Is Local London

Police issue further warning to hotel over Jewish prayer gathering

Police issue further warning to hotel over Jewish prayer gathering

Police have attended the Normandie Hotel in Bournemouth for the third time in two weekends following reports of an alleged minyan (Jewish prayer gathering) being held on the site.

The JC

Gin bar given licence despite concerns from nearby mosque

Gin bar given licence despite concerns from nearby mosque

A gin bar and distillery has been given a licence despite concerns from members of a neighbouring mosque that worshippers will 'experience increased Islamophobia'.

Essex Live

Over 100 mosques sign letter demanding UK watchdog investigate Conservative Party for 'Islamophobia'

Over 100 mosques sign letter demanding UK watchdog investigate Conservative Party for 'Islamophobia'

Over a hundred mosques and 40 Islamic organisations have signed a letter demanding that the UK's equalities watchdog investigate the Conservative Party over allegations of 'Islamophobia'.

Newsweek

'Malta looks to Ireland in campaign for legal abortion'

'Malta looks to Ireland in campaign for legal abortion'

"If the pandemic arrived prior to 2019, women would have been unable to travel for abortions, resulting in an increase in the number seeking abortion pills online. The island of Malta, which prohibits abortion, is currently in that situation."

RTE

'Nothing divides America more than tossing politics into a heated religious debate'

'Nothing divides America more than tossing politics into a heated religious debate'

"Since the founding of America, religion has been at the center of many of the most contentious conflicts our nation has encountered. We should have known it would be only a matter of time before the church was inserted into the coronavirus pandemic."

Chicago Tribune

Wed, 27 May 2020

Church of England bishops receive death threats over Dominic Cummings comments

Church of England bishops receive death threats over Dominic Cummings comments

Several British bishops have received death threats after they criticised the government on Twitter for its handling of the Dominic Cummings debacle.

The Independent

‘The established status of the church is long overdue a review’

‘The established status of the church is long overdue a review’

A church treasurer calls for a review of the Church of England's status in light of bishops' interventions in the Dominic Cummings saga (scroll down to read).

The Times (£)

Mosque's plan to broadcast call to prayer faces 18,000-strong petition

Mosque's plan to broadcast call to prayer faces 18,000-strong petition

Harrow's main mosque wants to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer across town from loudspeakers on its roof, but the plan is already dividing opinions.

MyLondon

Muslim group Cage’s apocalyptic online ads are banned

Muslim group Cage’s apocalyptic online ads are banned

A Muslim campaign group that describes coronavirus as a punishment from god has been banned from running its advertisements on Facebook.

The Times (£)

‘Police: charge or release Mubarak Bala’

‘Police: charge or release Mubarak Bala’

Justice is not served when the Nigerian police hold Mubarak Bala – who faces possible punishment for blasphemy – incommunicado, says Leo Igwe.

Sahara Reporters

Brother-in-law of blasphemy accused Asia Bibi murdered in Pakistan

Brother-in-law of blasphemy accused Asia Bibi murdered in Pakistan

The brother-in-law of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who spent years in jail on blasphemy charges, was killed in Sheikhupura city of Punjab province in Pakistan on Monday.

NDTV

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