Mon, 17 Aug 2020
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 (£)
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
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".
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.
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.
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 Iranian heavy metal band Arsames have fled their home country after they were sentenced to 15 years in prison for playing their music.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
A Catholic secondary school in Warwickshire has been given the green light to convert to an academy.
There were 11.5 per cent fewer students studying Religious Studies at A-level this year compared to 2019.
Premier Christian News
Health practitioners face up to 18 months in jail if found guilty of using LGBTIQ+ conversion practices.
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.
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
Islamic State militants have overrun government forces and their South African mercenary allies to capture a strategic city in Mozambique.
The Times (£)
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."
India's and Turkey's leaders are turning religious buildings into battlegrounds for nationalists, says Yasmeen Serhan.
Thu, 13 Aug 2020
Fraser Sutherland argues that a new "stirring up" law is a dangerous road to go down.
The Scottish Sun
The co-founder of the Ban Conversion Therapy organisation, Matthew Hyndman, says the practice is harmful because it 'doesn't work'.
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.
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 is appealing a federal judge's ruling that permanently blocked the restrictive abortion measure lawmakers passed last year.
India's top court has ruled that daughters have equal rights to Hindu family property.
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.
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
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.
Wed, 12 Aug 2020
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.
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 has said he plans to give an open letter about the hate crime bill "serious consideration".
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.
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 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.
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)
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.
Crowds gathered outside the house of a local politician whose relative was accused of making an "offensive" post about the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
Two young men have landed on the wrong side of Islamic law via social media.
Tue, 11 Aug 2020
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 government must make the registration of all religious marriages compulsory to stop women suffering abuse and discrimination, a new report has said.
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.
Ewan Gurr reports on the Free to Disagree campaign against the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill.
New hate crime legislation may cause people to refrain from debate for fear of being reported to the police, says Dr Kath Murray.
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.
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 (£)
A musician in Nigeria's northern state of Kano has been sentenced to death by hanging for blaspheming against the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
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.
Mon, 10 Aug 2020
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.
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.
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