Mon, 17 Aug 2020

'Hate speech in Scotland: cry freedom to jest, or laugh no more' - NSS mentioned

'Hate speech in Scotland: cry freedom to jest, or laugh no more' - NSS mentioned

A proposed SNP bill on hate crime represents a sinister threat to free speech — and everything it means to be Scottish, says Neil Oliver.

The Times (£)

Scotland’s religious, humanist and secular leaders explain concerns about proposed hate crime bill

Scotland’s religious, humanist and secular leaders explain concerns about proposed hate crime bill

The Scottish Government's proposed laws to curb hate crime have come under sustained scrutiny in recent weeks, suggesting the legislation which attempts to define hateful language is ill-considered, unnecessary and counter-productive.

The Sunday Post

Terror accused Hisham Muhammad 'believed IS was US creation'

Terror accused Hisham Muhammad 'believed IS was US creation'

A man accused of planning a terror attack has told a court he researched the Islamic State group because he believed it was "created by America".

BBC

Victims of child abuse speaking about their experiences for the first time, says IICSA

Victims of child abuse speaking about their experiences for the first time, says IICSA

More than one in ten of the almost 5000 victims and survivors of child sexual abuse who have made disclosures to the Truth Project were speaking about their experiences for the first time, new research by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has found.

Church Times

'Voice of the Jewish News: Enforce compliance'

'Voice of the Jewish News: Enforce compliance'

Jewish News' editorial says safeguarding for all young people is paramount, in wake of comments a Charedi leader at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Jewish News

Trump claims Christianity a 'big part' of Israel's deal with UAE

Trump claims Christianity a 'big part' of Israel's deal with UAE

Donald Trump has attempted to use the signing of Israel's historic deal with the United Arab Emirates to bolster support amongst his Evangelical base at home.

The JC

Heavy metal band flee Iran after being sentenced to prison for 'blasphemy'

Heavy metal band flee Iran after being sentenced to prison for 'blasphemy'

The Iranian heavy metal band Arsames have fled their home country after they were sentenced to 15 years in prison for playing their music.

NME

South Korea accuses church pastor as COVID-19 cases surge

South Korea accuses church pastor as COVID-19 cases surge

South Korea accused a conservative pastor on Sunday of violating self-isolation rules and obstructing contact tracing at a church where 240 infections have fuelled the country's worst outbreak in over five months.

Reuters

'India's temple is its secular constitution'

'India's temple is its secular constitution'

India's composite and secular credentials, which were born out of processes that took four millennia to unfold, are being burned down within a few years in our times, says E.T. Mohammed Basheer.

The Wire

'Missionaries gain access to Amazon’s Indigenous peoples, despite pandemic'

'Missionaries gain access to Amazon’s Indigenous peoples, despite pandemic'

When the first COVID-19 cases hit Brazil in March, the National Indigenous Foundation ordered all civilians to leave the Indigenous reservations. But a new law has made an exception for one group: Christian missionaries.

Religion News Service

Fri, 14 Aug 2020

Money for C of E abuse survivors is dwarfed by legal and admin bill

Money for C of E abuse survivors is dwarfed by legal and admin bill

Independent research suggests the Church of England spends £55,000 towards the costs of counselling or therapy for survivors of clerical abuse, out of an estimated annual spend on safeguarding of £20 million. This is less than the cost of supporting a single alleged clerical perpetrator who has been suspended.

Church Times

Charedi Jewish leader: No call for rabbis to be trained in child protection

Charedi Jewish leader: No call for rabbis to be trained in child protection

A senior Charedi leader has told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse that Jewish sexual abuse victims are not ostracised, directly contradicting the statements from Jewish victims and victim support groups.

Jewish News

Warwickshire's last VA Catholic secondary school to become academy

Warwickshire's last VA Catholic secondary school to become academy

A Catholic secondary school in Warwickshire has been given the green light to convert to an academy.

Coventry Telegraph

Number of pupils studying Religious Studies A-level continues to fall

Number of pupils studying Religious Studies A-level continues to fall

There were 11.5 per cent fewer students studying Religious Studies at A-level this year compared to 2019.

Premier Christian News

Queensland has become the first Australian state to ban 'gay conversion therapy'

Queensland has become the first Australian state to ban 'gay conversion therapy'

Health practitioners face up to 18 months in jail if found guilty of using LGBTIQ+ conversion practices.

SBS News

Outcry in Somalia as new bill would allow child marriage

Outcry in Somalia as new bill would allow child marriage

An outcry is rising in Somalia as parliament considers a bill that would allow child marriage once a girl's sexual organs mature and would allow forced marriage as long as the family gives their consent.

Yahoo! News

Two mosques in Xinjiang village razed amid campaign targeting Muslim holy sites

Two mosques in Xinjiang village razed amid campaign targeting Muslim holy sites

Authorities in Atush city in Xinjiang have reportedly razed two of three mosques in the village of Suntagh, amid a campaign that has seen thousands of Muslim sites destroyed in recent years.

Radio Free Asia

Isis seizes key Mozambique port city after six-day battle

Isis seizes key Mozambique port city after six-day battle

Islamic State militants have overrun government forces and their South African mercenary allies to capture a strategic city in Mozambique.

The Times (£)

Leading Mormon says sorry for anti-LGBT+ activism

Leading Mormon says sorry for anti-LGBT+ activism

Dr. Allen Bergin, psychologist and former member of the Mormon's Sunday School General Board, has apologised for "being part of a professional, religious, and public culture that marginalised, pathologised, and excluded LGBT persons."

Daily.LGBT

'The end of the secular republic'

'The end of the secular republic'

India's and Turkey's leaders are turning religious buildings into battlegrounds for nationalists, says Yasmeen Serhan.

The Atlantic

Thu, 13 Aug 2020

'Why new Scottish hate crime laws can’t be allowed to stifle free speech'

'Why new Scottish hate crime laws can’t be allowed to stifle free speech'

Fraser Sutherland argues that a new "stirring up" law is a dangerous road to go down.

The Scottish Sun

County Derry man fighting to ban 'conversion therapy'

County Derry man fighting to ban 'conversion therapy'

The co-founder of the Ban Conversion Therapy organisation, Matthew Hyndman, says the practice is harmful because it 'doesn't work'.

Derry Now

'Will segregation come to King’s College London?'

'Will segregation come to King’s College London?'

A new report entitled 'Inclusivity at University: Muslim Student Experiences' suggests students should be allowed to pick the race, gender and religion of their tutors.

Spiked

Irish Court of Appeal: Order dismissing application for family reunification in polygamous marriage affirmed

Irish Court of Appeal: Order dismissing application for family reunification in polygamous marriage affirmed

The Court of Appeal has affirmed the judgment of the High Court refusing family reunification where the applicant's marriage was, at the time of contracting, actually polygamous.

Irish Legal News

Georgia appeals ruling that blocked restrictive abortion law

Georgia appeals ruling that blocked restrictive abortion law

Georgia is appealing a federal judge's ruling that permanently blocked the restrictive abortion measure lawmakers passed last year.

Yahoo! News

India's Supreme Court bolsters inheritance rights for Hindu women

India's Supreme Court bolsters inheritance rights for Hindu women

India's top court has ruled that daughters have equal rights to Hindu family property.

DW

Myanmar bars Rohingya Muslim candidate from election

Myanmar bars Rohingya Muslim candidate from election

A Rohingya Muslim has been barred from standing in Myanmar's upcoming election, in a decision decried by rights groups as discriminatory and a symptom of the "ongoing genocide" against the persecuted minority.

Kashmir Reader

'Vatican’s China deal may protect Chinese Catholics, keep Pope Francis silent'

'Vatican’s China deal may protect Chinese Catholics, keep Pope Francis silent'

Vatican officials believe a deal with China could improve the lives of Chinese Catholics, especially those in the underground church. But critics fear the deal is already keeping Pope Francis silent on human rights abuses by the Chinese government, including its crackdown on Muslim Uighurs.

Religion News Service

'The Dalit rapper who said no to Bollywood'

'The Dalit rapper who said no to Bollywood'

Dule, from the Dalit community, formerly known as "untouchables" and considered at the bottom of India's caste hierarchy, says he has finally found his calling in rap music.

BBC

Wed, 12 Aug 2020

'The SNP’s hate crime bill is turning the law into a culture war' - NSS mentioned

'The SNP’s hate crime bill is turning the law into a culture war' - NSS mentioned

There will be no need to beat your opponents in debate or at the ballot box when you can simply seek criminal sanction against them and anyone else who espouses their views, says Stephen Daisley.

The Spectator

Actors join chorus against hate bill - NSS mentioned

Actors join chorus against hate bill - NSS mentioned

More than 20 artists, authors and campaigners including leading nationalists and allies of Nicola Sturgeon have joined calls for the proposals to be altered.

The Times (£)

Humza Yousaf to give hate crime bill letter 'serious consideration'

Humza Yousaf to give hate crime bill letter 'serious consideration'

Humza Yousaf has said he plans to give an open letter about the hate crime bill "serious consideration".

The National

Commissioner: Engaging with yeshivas on safeguarding is ‘like playing whack-a-mole’

Commissioner: Engaging with yeshivas on safeguarding is ‘like playing whack-a-mole’

The commissioner charged with engaging unregistered yeshivas (Jewish faith schools) on child safeguarding has said it is "like playing whack-a-mole" because they up sticks and move once detected.

Jewish News

Non-stun halal charity wins UK case after feud with butchers

Non-stun halal charity wins UK case after feud with butchers

The Halal Monitoring Committee persuaded a judge to throw out the case brought by a group of butchers and wholesalers who said it was unreasonable for the charity to withdraw its approval from companies that sold the meat of animals that were stunned before killing.

The National

Islamic faith school charity's unfiled accounts investigated

Islamic faith school charity's unfiled accounts investigated

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into the Birmingham Education Trust, which is based at the Al-Huda Girls' School in Saltley. The trust funds and operates an independent school which promotes the teaching of Islam to Muslim girls.

BBC

Businesses run by a UK cult get a massive COVID-19 cash bonanza - No More Faith Schools campaign quoted

Businesses run by a UK cult get a massive COVID-19 cash bonanza - No More Faith Schools campaign quoted

The government have reportedly paid companies connected to the Exclusive Brethren hundred of millions of pounds to provide ventilators and PPE equipment during the pandemic.

The Freethinker (Patheos)

Charity Commission asked to tackle C of E safeguarding ‘failings’

Charity Commission asked to tackle C of E safeguarding ‘failings’

The Charity Commission has been urged to intervene to address "the failures of the Archbishops' Council of the Church of England to devise a safe consistent and fair system of redress" for victims and survivors of abuse.

Church Times

Three killed in Bangalore clashes over post about Islamic prophet Muhammad

Three killed in Bangalore clashes over post about Islamic prophet Muhammad

Crowds gathered outside the house of a local politician whose relative was accused of making an "offensive" post about the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

BBC

'Nigeria's blasphemy cases in focus'

'Nigeria's blasphemy cases in focus'

Two young men have landed on the wrong side of Islamic law via social media.

DW

Tue, 11 Aug 2020

Former Jehovah's Witness elders call for mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse

Former Jehovah's Witness elders call for mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse

Two former Jehovah's Witness elders have called for mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse, saying the organisation believes it is "answerable only to God".

The Guardian

All religious marriages must be registered to protect women, report says

All religious marriages must be registered to protect women, report says

The government must make the registration of all religious marriages compulsory to stop women suffering abuse and discrimination, a new report has said.

The Independent

Coalition of 20 warns Scotland's hate crime bill threatens free speech - NSS mentioned

Coalition of 20 warns Scotland's hate crime bill threatens free speech - NSS mentioned

A coalition of 20 artists, authors, journalists and campaigners including a friend of the First Minister are claiming a threat to free speech over Scotland's hate crime bill.

The Herald

‘SNP’s Hate Crime Bill has united coalition of opponents’ - NSS mentioned

‘SNP’s Hate Crime Bill has united coalition of opponents’ - NSS mentioned

Ewan Gurr reports on the Free to Disagree campaign against the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill.

Evening Telegraph

'Will Hate Crime Bill follow the path of its predecessor?'

'Will Hate Crime Bill follow the path of its predecessor?'

New hate crime legislation may cause people to refrain from debate for fear of being reported to the police, says Dr Kath Murray.

Herald Scotland

British 'Jihadi bride' returns to the UK

British 'Jihadi bride' returns to the UK

A British 'Jihadi bride' who denies leading an all-female Islamic State unit in Syria is now back in the UK and claiming Universal Credit.

Mail Online

Six French aid workers killed by Islamist gunmen in Niger

Six French aid workers killed by Islamist gunmen in Niger

Six French aid workers and their guide and driver were killed by gunmen Sunday morning in Niger, where French and international forces are fighting Islamist groups.

The Times (£)

Nigerian singer sentenced to death for blasphemy in Kano state

Nigerian singer sentenced to death for blasphemy in Kano state

A musician in Nigeria's northern state of Kano has been sentenced to death by hanging for blaspheming against the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

BBC

New Zealand: Former Exclusive Brethren members hit with legal suits after speaking out against sect

New Zealand: Former Exclusive Brethren members hit with legal suits after speaking out against sect

A former Exclusive Brethren who was once told to drink rat poison by the church's Supreme Leader is one of several former members fighting legal action after speaking out against the church.

Stuff

Mon, 10 Aug 2020

'Overhaul of hate crime legislation is a threat to freedom of expression in Scotland' - NSS quoted

'Overhaul of hate crime legislation is a threat to freedom of expression in Scotland' - NSS quoted

The hate crime bill risks creating a situation in which offending becomes an offence, says James Somerville-Meikle. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans is quoted.

Conservative Home

Religious cult member jailed for raping two girls

Religious cult member jailed for raping two girls

A member of a religious cult has been jailed for 11-and-a-half years after admitting repeatedly raping two girls almost three decades ago.

STV News

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