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Wed, 03 Feb 2021

‘The United States still needs the Equality Act’

‘The United States still needs the Equality Act’

The public supports it, LGBT people need it, and it advances the civil rights promise that people should not be treated as inferior solely because of who they are.

The Hill

‘As Poland's church embraces politics, Catholics depart’

‘As Poland's church embraces politics, Catholics depart’

Many Poles have drifted away from the Catholic Church as a political statement.

Reuters

Polish town declares it is no longer an ‘LGBT+ free zone’

Polish town declares it is no longer an ‘LGBT+ free zone’

A town in Poland has become the first in the country to reverse a decision to become an "LGBT+ free zone", amid international outcry at the nearly 100 municipalities in the country that have issued such resolutions.

The Independent

Tue, 02 Feb 2021

Illegal religious schools exploiting ‘loopholes’ to teach full classes during lockdown

Illegal religious schools exploiting ‘loopholes’ to teach full classes during lockdown

Unregistered illegal religious schools are continuing to operate during lockdown, sparking concerns about the health of pupils and the wider community.

iNews

Charedi Jewish school in Gateshead says pupils’ ‘weekend off’ in London was Covid-19 compliant

Charedi Jewish school in Gateshead says pupils’ ‘weekend off’ in London was Covid-19 compliant

Pupils at a Jewish faith school in Gateshead went on a break to London this weekend - but the school has insisted it was Covid-19 compliant.

The JC

Two thirds of London Charedi Jews had Covid last year

Two thirds of London Charedi Jews had Covid last year

Up to two thirds of London's strictly Orthodox Jews had Covid-19 last year – one of the highest rates in the world and more than nine times higher than the national average.

Jewish News

Non-stunned halal and kosher meat must be clearly labelled, vets say

Non-stunned halal and kosher meat must be clearly labelled, vets say

Non-stunned halal and kosher meat must be clearly labelled to give consumers the choice to boycott it, the British Veterinary Association has said.

The Telegraph*

TFL allows controversial bishop who sold coronavirus ‘cures’ to advertise on London buses

TFL allows controversial bishop who sold coronavirus ‘cures’ to advertise on London buses

A controversial Camberwell pastor who sold coronavirus 'cures' made of just oil and string is being allowed to advertise on London buses.

Southwark News

Only one in 10 Brits think Covid-19 has strengthened their religious faith

Only one in 10 Brits think Covid-19 has strengthened their religious faith

Only one in 10 people in Britain report that the pandemic has made their personal religious faith stronger, according to new data from Pew Research.

Christian Today

Catholic order allows accused child abuser to live by school because of 'locked gate'

Catholic order allows accused child abuser to live by school because of 'locked gate'

The man, a member of French Catholic order the Brothers of Christian Instruction, had been living in accommodation adjoining the grounds of St Francis Xavier's College without the knowledge of the head teacher or governors.

Liverpool Echo

‘My school’s lack of sex education left me clueless’

‘My school’s lack of sex education left me clueless’

"Our sex education was religion in action – we were shown a cartoon of a man and a woman doing the deed but the video made clear the couple were married and only having sex to have a baby."

Metro

Arrests in Turkey over Mecca poster with LGBT flags

Arrests in Turkey over Mecca poster with LGBT flags

Two students have been arrested in Turkey on charges of inciting hatred and insulting religious values for a poster depicting the Kaaba in Mecca with LGBT flags.

The Associated Press

Bermuda: Take mandatory prayer out of school assemblies, campaigners say

Bermuda: Take mandatory prayer out of school assemblies, campaigners say

A pressure group is calling for religion to be banned from public school assemblies, claiming it is a coercive form of oppression that breaches the rights of children.

The Royal Gazette

Mon, 01 Feb 2021

Church leaders launch legal proceedings over lockdown in Scotland

Church leaders launch legal proceedings over lockdown in Scotland

Religious leaders in Scotland have started legal proceedings against the Scottish government over the closure of churches.

STV News

Christian leaders withdraw legal action against government after being allowed to keep churches open in England and Wales

Christian leaders withdraw legal action against government after being allowed to keep churches open in England and Wales

More than 100 church leaders across England and Wales have withdrawn their legal action against the government after they were allowed to stay open for public worship during the latest national lockdown.

Christian Today

Paedophile priest Joseph Quigley jailed for more than 10 years

Paedophile priest Joseph Quigley jailed for more than 10 years

A paedophile Catholic priest who was sent to the US for "therapy" before being reinstated as a minister on Cardinal Nichols' watch will spend more than a decade in prison.

The Telegraph

Covid crisis to bring 'radical changes' to Church of England

Covid crisis to bring 'radical changes' to Church of England

A leaked internal document has warned that up to 20% of the C of E's regular worshippers may never return and questioned the "sustainability of many local churches".

The Telegraph

Campaign to boycott Jewish News for exposing lockdown criminality

Campaign to boycott Jewish News for exposing lockdown criminality

Sections of the strictly-Orthodox Jewish community in Stamford Hill in north London have launched a campaign to boycott the newspaper for exposing extensive and potentially deadly lockdown breaches.

Jewish News

Local parents raise concerns over new Catholic school in Peterborough

Local parents raise concerns over new Catholic school in Peterborough

A mother who moved into a new development in Peterborough has said she is "disappointed" that she faces a long trip to send her son to school despite a new primary opening across the road.

Peterborough Telegraph

Pandemic 'has highlighted archaic wedding laws'

Pandemic 'has highlighted archaic wedding laws'

Restrictions forcing couples to cancel weddings during the coronavirus pandemic have highlighted "archaic" marriage laws, a legal body has said.

BBC

‘The SNP may never recover from its bungled Hate Crime Bill’ – NSS mentioned

‘The SNP may never recover from its bungled Hate Crime Bill’ – NSS mentioned

When the Scottish government published its proposals on hate crime last year, they attracted almost universal condemnation. It takes quite something to persuade the Catholic Church to make common cause with the NSS.

The Spectator

President Macron gets tough with radical Islam after death of Samuel Paty

President Macron gets tough with radical Islam after death of Samuel Paty

President Macron's crackdown on radical Islam reaches parliament today as a wide-ranging bill proposes to curtail cultural practices.

The Times (£)

Portuguese parliament approves law to legalise euthanasia despite Catholic opposition

Portuguese parliament approves law to legalise euthanasia despite Catholic opposition

Portugal could become the fourth country in Europe to legalise euthanasia after its parliament yesterday passed a vote despite Catholic opposition.

Mail Online

Pakistan: Christian woman denounced for blasphemy

Pakistan: Christian woman denounced for blasphemy

Police in Pakistan arrested a Christian woman for blasphemy, found no charge against her, freed her, and then arrested her again. She was beaten and tortured by hospital staff and visitors after the initial accusation last week.

Independent Catholic News

Denmark sermons law could stifle free worship, warns C of E bishop

Denmark sermons law could stifle free worship, warns C of E bishop

The liberties of the centuries-old community of Anglicans in Denmark are being threatened by a draft law requiring all sermons to be translated and submitted to the state, the Church of England's bishop in Europe has said.

The Guardian

Fri, 29 Jan 2021

Religious settings second most common place for child abuse among institutions

Religious settings second most common place for child abuse among institutions

More than 5,400 survivors of child sexual abuse have shared their experience and 5,104 personal accounts have been analysed for research purposes. Fifteen per cent said their abuse was in a school setting and six per cent said it was in a religious setting.

Premier Christian News

Government gives final warning over illegal Jewish weddings

Government gives final warning over illegal Jewish weddings

Stamford Hill weddings during lockdown must halt immediately or face government intervention, the faith minister has warned Orthodox Jewish leaders.

Jewish News

‘For months they’ve broken every rule in the book’

‘For months they’ve broken every rule in the book’

Orthodox Jewish weddings with more than 300 guests have continued apace throughout lockdown, including one that took place this week, an investigation has found.

Jewish News

‘The lifestyle of many Charedim has become incompatible with Judaism’

‘The lifestyle of many Charedim has become incompatible with Judaism’

Those who have attended illicit weddings under lockdown represent a self-indulgent sect that should be disowned by the rest of the Jewish world, says Daniel Greenberg.

The JC

Forced child marriage: Charities sound alarm over abuse during lockdown

Forced child marriage: Charities sound alarm over abuse during lockdown

Vulnerable children could be at risk of forced marriage after being "imprisoned at home" during the third national lockdown, charities have warned.

Evening Standard

Lord Carey’s permission to officiate reinstated

Lord Carey’s permission to officiate reinstated

Lord Carey, a former Archbishop of Canterbury, has had his Permission to Officiate (PTO) restored, the diocese of Oxford has announced. His PTO was withdrawn in June last year over an allegation that emerged from the inquiry into how the late John Smyth had been able to abuse boys and young men without being exposed.

Church Times*

‘The man behind Justin Welby’

‘The man behind Justin Welby’

As well as being Welby's physical protector, Canon Porter has taken on the role of his bureaucratic gatekeeper, says Ysenda Maxtone-Graham.

The Spectator*

Polish abortion ruling ‘condemns women to torture’, claims human rights chief

Polish abortion ruling ‘condemns women to torture’, claims human rights chief

After a court ruling in Poland led to a near total ban on abortion, a top human rights official has denounced the ruling, saying it imposes a severe limitation of women's rights and "condemns them to torture".

The Scotsman*

Fresh cover-up claims against former Papal secretary

Fresh cover-up claims against former Papal secretary

A group of Polish politicians has pledged to press new accusations against Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, former secretary of St John Paul II, after prosecutors refused to investigate TV documentary claims that he ignored and covered up abuse by priests in his Krakow archdiocese.

The Tablet*

US: Eight-year-old girl is expelled by Christian school after telling another girl she had crush on her

US: Eight-year-old girl is expelled by Christian school after telling another girl she had crush on her

An eight-year-old girl has been expelled from her school in Oklahoma school after telling another girl that she had a crush on her.

Mail Online

Two men caned 77 times for having sex in Indonesia’s Aceh

Two men caned 77 times for having sex in Indonesia’s Aceh

Two men in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province were publicly caned each 77 times Thursday after neighbours reported them to Islamic religious police for having sex.

The Associated Press

India: Supreme Court refuses Tandav team protection from arrest for “hurting religious sentiments”

India: Supreme Court refuses Tandav team protection from arrest for “hurting religious sentiments”

The makers and an actor of Amazon Prime web series "Tandav", who appealed for protection against arrest, have failed to get protection from the Supreme Court. The makers have been accused of "hurting religious sentiments", "promoting religious enmity" and "defiling a place of worship".

NDTV

Thu, 28 Jan 2021

Poland enforces controversial near-total abortion ban

Poland enforces controversial near-total abortion ban

A controversial near-total ban on abortion in Poland has taken effect, the government announced, with enforcement from midnight on Wednesday.

BBC

Former minister leads call for Domestic Abuse bill to protect women refused Jewish religious ‘divorce’

Former minister leads call for Domestic Abuse bill to protect women refused Jewish religious ‘divorce’

The proposals to protect victims of Get refusal – where one party refuses to grant a divorce to another under Orthodox Jewish rules – were put forward by members of the House of Lords.

Jewish News

Catholic bishop: I wasn’t aware of what was going on in mother and baby homes

Catholic bishop: I wasn’t aware of what was going on in mother and baby homes

A Catholic bishop in Northern Ireland has said he was not aware of "what was going on" in homes for unmarried mothers.

Belfast Telegraph

Ian Paisley's 'Catholic IRA' remark criticised by MPs

Ian Paisley's 'Catholic IRA' remark criticised by MPs

Democratic Unionist Party MP Ian Paisley has been criticised by the chair of a Westminster committee for referring to "the Catholic IRA".

BBC

Peterborough mosque's call to prayer loudspeakers plan rejected

Peterborough mosque's call to prayer loudspeakers plan rejected

Plans to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer through loudspeakers three times a day to a city neighbourhood have been rejected.

BBC

Scot 'forced to sign blank confession' in India

Scot 'forced to sign blank confession' in India

A Scottish man who has been held in an Indian jail without conviction for three years has said he was tortured to sign a blank confession. His brother says he is convinced he was arrested because he had written about historical human rights violations against Sikhs in India.

BBC

“The Indian comic in jail for jokes he didn't crack”

“The Indian comic in jail for jokes he didn't crack”

Mr Faruqui has spent 25 days in prison for jokes he evidently "didn't make".

BBC

Wed, 27 Jan 2021

NI: Integrated schooling option 'illusory' for many parents

NI: Integrated schooling option 'illusory' for many parents

Having the option to send their children to an integrated school is "illusory" for many parents, a study has found. Of Northern Ireland's school-aged population, only 7 per cent attend the integrated sector.

The Irish News

No date set for introduction of Northern Ireland-wide abortion services

No date set for introduction of Northern Ireland-wide abortion services

No date has been set for the introduction of Northern Ireland-wide abortion services because the issue is still being considered by the Executive, the Department of Health has said.

The Irish News

Conservative Party illegally collected voter religion data, MPs told

Conservative Party illegally collected voter religion data, MPs told

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham told MPs the data collected on 10 million voters about their religion and ethnic origin was unacceptable.

Express and Star

Ofsted keeps up pressure on Charedi Jewish schools to teach about same-sex relationships

Ofsted keeps up pressure on Charedi Jewish schools to teach about same-sex relationships

Two independent Strictly Orthodox boys' schools have been pulled up by Ofsted for continuing to refuse to discuss LGBT relationships.

The JC

Northern Ireland’s mother and baby homes traumatised rape and incest victims, says Arlene Foster

Northern Ireland’s mother and baby homes traumatised rape and incest victims, says Arlene Foster

Victims of rape and incest were put in homes for unmarried mothers and their children in Northern Ireland and victimised again, the first minister has said.

The Times*

DUP education official faces backlash for claim Jesus turned a gay man straight

DUP education official faces backlash for claim Jesus turned a gay man straight

Nelson McCausland, former DUP minister and current Education Authority board member, has been accused of endorsing conversion therapy after he shared a story of a gay man who "met Jesus" and turned straight.

Pink News

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