Thu, 12 Dec 2019

Indian citizenship law discriminatory to Muslims passed

Indian citizenship law discriminatory to Muslims passed

Indian lawmakers have approved legislation granting citizenship to migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan – but not if they are Muslim.

The Guardian

‘The chilling stories from inside China’s Muslim internment camps’

‘The chilling stories from inside China’s Muslim internment camps’

Harald Maass says the crackdown on a religious minority is unparalleled even in the history of communist China, and it's happening in plain sight.

The Spectator USA

Calls to ban film about female surfer in Bangladesh to protect religious sentiment

Calls to ban film about female surfer in Bangladesh to protect religious sentiment

A film based on the life of Bangladesh's first popular female surfer is facing calls to be banned, accused of "hurting" religious sentiments in the conservative Muslim nation.

Reuters

LGBT+ relationships should be on sex education curriculum in Ireland, review says

LGBT+ relationships should be on sex education curriculum in Ireland, review says

A review of Ireland's sex education programme has said that teaching about LGBTQ+ relationships and consent should be included in any new curriculum.

Belfast Telegraph

Wed, 11 Dec 2019

‘The campaigns trying to turn British Indians against each other’

‘The campaigns trying to turn British Indians against each other’

Sunny Hundal says this election is turning Britain's minority religious communities against each other – and the tensions could reverberate for years.

openDemocracy

No action taken against Kent GP who introduces his faith during appointments – NSS quoted

No action taken against Kent GP who introduces his faith during appointments – NSS quoted

Action will not be taken against a GP who was investigated over his use of prayer with patients.

Kent Online

Over half of young people don't get proper sex education at home or in school

Over half of young people don't get proper sex education at home or in school

A new study by the Sex Education Forum has revealed that many 16 to 17 year olds do not get a proper sex education from their parents or at school.

OK!

Boris Johnson says he’s ‘inspired’ by work of Hindu ‘community’ during visit to temple

Boris Johnson says he’s ‘inspired’ by work of Hindu ‘community’ during visit to temple

The prime minister visited a Hindu temple in Hertfordshire on Sunday.

Borehamwood & Elstree Times

Protests grow as Indian parliament debates exclusionary citizenship bill

Protests grow as Indian parliament debates exclusionary citizenship bill

India's upper house of parliament is debating a controversial citizenship bill that offers amnesty to non-Muslim illegal immigrants from three neighbouring countries.

BBC

US state can continue to force abortion patients to listen to foetal heartbeat and look at ultrasound scan

US state can continue to force abortion patients to listen to foetal heartbeat and look at ultrasound scan

US Supreme Court justices say the state of Kentucky can continue to force abortion patients to listen to the foetal heartbeat and look at ultrasound scans.

Metro

Prominent US anti-abortion chief warned of Muslims 'replacing' Christian Europeans

Prominent US anti-abortion chief warned of Muslims 'replacing' Christian Europeans

The chief executive of an anti-choice and anti-contraception organisation that has been awarded millions of dollars in grants by the Trump administration once said Christianity was dying out thanks to contraception and abortion, leading Europeans to be "replaced" by immigrant Muslims.

The Guardian

Tue, 10 Dec 2019

Jews who consent to organ donation may have views overridden by religious relatives

Jews who consent to organ donation may have views overridden by religious relatives

It has emerged that friends and relatives will be able to override presumed or express consent of Jews who opted in to organ donation after a new law takes effect in the spring.

Jewish News

'Why some people are being put off food banks’

'Why some people are being put off food banks’

Maddy Power and Katie Pybus say a failure to discuss the religious identity of Trussell Trust food banks and the religious affiliation of clients disregards a key element of food banking in the UK.

The Conversation

‘Britain’s blasphemy problem’

‘Britain’s blasphemy problem’

Charlotte Littlewood says Britain needs to confront the question of blasphemy, and fast.

The Article

Protestants in demand at Northern Ireland’s civil service

Protestants in demand at Northern Ireland’s civil service

Protestants and men are being encouraged to apply for 300 Civil Service jobs in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph

India's new 'anti-Muslim' law on immigration causes uproar

India's new 'anti-Muslim' law on immigration causes uproar

India's lower house of parliament has passed a bill which offers amnesty to non-Muslim illegal immigrants from three neighbouring countries.

BBC

‘Is it fair to deny an atheist church charitable tax status?’

‘Is it fair to deny an atheist church charitable tax status?’

Canada's Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed the case of an atheist organisation seeking the same status (and tax breaks) churches receive as charitable organizations.

The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)

Trump criticised for using anti-semitic tropes in speech to US Jews

Trump criticised for using anti-semitic tropes in speech to US Jews

US president Donald Trump said there are some Jewish people in America who don't love Israel enough during a speech on Saturday.

Haaretz

Doctors in Israel accused of giving drugs to yeshiva students to curb their sexual desires

Doctors in Israel accused of giving drugs to yeshiva students to curb their sexual desires

Israel's health ministry will reportedly investigate four psychiatrists after a television report said they had prescribed drugs to ultra-Orthodox students, including minors, to inhibit their sexual desires.

The Times of Israel

Blasphemy laws continuing cause for concern for Christians and freethinkers in Pakistan

Blasphemy laws continuing cause for concern for Christians and freethinkers in Pakistan

Six months since Christian Asia Bibi fled Pakistan, after being imprisoned for 10 years on blasphemy charges, reports highlight the plight of others accused of blasphemy in the country.

Premier Christian Radio

Saudi Arabia ends gender segregation in restaurants

Saudi Arabia ends gender segregation in restaurants

Saudi Arabia will no longer require restaurants to have separate entrances segregated by sex, the government says.

BBC

Mon, 09 Dec 2019

Parent protests outside mosque after former trustee convicted of assaulting child

Parent protests outside mosque after former trustee convicted of assaulting child

Protests have been staged outside a Birmingham mosque after a former trustee who still volunteers there was convicted of physically assaulting an eight-year-old child.

Birmingham Live

Dozens of FGM victims seen by NHS in Bradford

Dozens of FGM victims seen by NHS in Bradford

Dozens of new victims of female genital mutilation have been seen by NHS services in Bradford so far this year.

Telegraph & Argus

Victims of FGM seen by NHS in Lancashire

Victims of FGM seen by NHS in Lancashire

At least three new victims of female genital mutilation have been seen by NHS services in Lancashire so far this year.

Lancashire Post

At least one new FGM victim seen by NHS in Buckinghamshire this year

At least one new FGM victim seen by NHS in Buckinghamshire this year

At least one new victim of female genital mutilation has been seen by NHS services in Buckinghamshire so far this year.

Bucks Free Press

Thousands rally against antisemitism in Parliament Square

Thousands rally against antisemitism in Parliament Square

More than 3,000 people gathered in Parliament Square on Sunday to stand against antisemitism.

The JC

Tory chairman 'sorry' for ‘Islamophobia’ in party

Tory chairman 'sorry' for ‘Islamophobia’ in party

Conservative chairman James Cleverly has apologised over instances when Tory members and candidates "do or say things that are wrong".

BBC

‘British Hindus voting for Labour are not “traitors” to India’

‘British Hindus voting for Labour are not “traitors” to India’

Shami Chakrabarti says there's no room in UK politics for the hatred being promoted by a group tied to the BJP, India's ruling party.

The Guardian

Christians call for ‘offensive’ Christmas cards to be banned

Christians call for ‘offensive’ Christmas cards to be banned

Some Christians on social media have branded a new range of "humorous" Christmas cards featuring Mary, Joseph and Jesus "deeply offensive".

Leeds Live

Western Australia assisted dying laws pass through upper house

Western Australia assisted dying laws pass through upper house

The Western Australian government is set to end the year with legislative victory after its euthanasia laws passed the upper house.

WA Today

Anti-headscarf law activist sues Iran in US over harassment

Anti-headscarf law activist sues Iran in US over harassment

An Iranian-American activist famous for her campaign against the Islamic Republic's mandatory headscarf for women has sued Iran in US federal court, alleging a government-led harassment campaign targets her and her family.

AP

American Airlines forces woman to change ‘Hail Satan’ T-shirt

American Airlines forces woman to change ‘Hail Satan’ T-shirt

A woman on an American Airlines flight has been told she had to either change her shirt or get kicked off the plane — all because the one she was wearing said "Hail Satan".

BuzzFeed News

Fri, 06 Dec 2019

'Sectarian hate attacks' on North Belfast homes investigated

'Sectarian hate attacks' on North Belfast homes investigated

Three Catholic families have been prevented from moving into properties in north Belfast because of sectarian attacks.

BBC News

'Shared society still seems a pipe dream'

'Shared society still seems a pipe dream'

Editorial highlights the ongoing sectarian divisions in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph (£)

Islamist extremists begin to remobilise as they finish prison sentences

Islamist extremists begin to remobilise as they finish prison sentences

An extremist network once led by the hate preacher Anjem Choudary has begun to remobilise as waves of former members leave prison or are released from monitoring measures.

The Times (£)

'We cannot afford to be timid about calling out the threat of radical Islam'

'We cannot afford to be timid about calling out the threat of radical Islam'

Only by challenging Islamism with a rigorous and proactive approach to safeguarding, and a renewed focus on real integration, can we guarantee a safer future for all of us, says Alan Mendoza.

City AM

Jewish school network criticises Lib Dem pledge for gender-neutral uniforms

Jewish school network criticises Lib Dem pledge for gender-neutral uniforms

The Jewish Leadership Council's schools network says Lib Dem plans would affect uniform policies requiring girls to wear long skirts and boys to wear kippah.

The JC

Student jailed for Facebook post saying Muslims should be ‘wiped off the earth’

Student jailed for Facebook post saying Muslims should be ‘wiped off the earth’

Louis Duxbury, 22, went on a 17-minute 'call to arms' in which he said that members of the faith 'should be wiped off the face of the earth'.

Metro

Man accused of plotting to attack Scottish Islamic centre to face trial

Man accused of plotting to attack Scottish Islamic centre to face trial

A man accused of preparing to commit acts of terrorism and suggesting online that he planned to attack the Fife Islamic Centre will stand trial next year.

The Scotsman

Bishop of Shrewsbury attacks election pledges to decriminalise abortion

Bishop of Shrewsbury attacks election pledges to decriminalise abortion

The Bishop of Shrewsbury is to warn the Catholics of his diocese about General Election pledges to decriminalise abortion which he says will represent a "radical assault upon the sanctity of human life".

Shropshire Star

'I was told I would be done for murder'

'I was told I would be done for murder'

At 17, Dunne was pregnant with a baby who had a fatal abnormality. She was given a pseudonym and became the focus of a landmark Irish legal case – but now she is reclaiming her story

The Guardian

New Zealand: New parliamentary Bill proposes 'opt-in' religious instruction

New Zealand: New parliamentary Bill proposes 'opt-in' religious instruction

Proposals in the Education and Training Bill 2019 introduced in Parliament yesterday include religious instruction being offered on an opt-in basis.

Education HQ

Canada: Church of Atheism denied charitable status as court finds it isn't a religion

Canada: Church of Atheism denied charitable status as court finds it isn't a religion

A federal court has ruled that the so-called Church of Atheism is not a church at all, and can't be treated like one for tax purposes.

Airdrie Today

'They felt pressured to get circumcised after moving to Israel. They now regret it'

'They felt pressured to get circumcised after moving to Israel. They now regret it'

Tens of thousands of teen boys and men from the former Soviet Union were herded into Israeli operating rooms beginning in the '90s to undergo circumcisions. Years later, they recall the resulting trauma and pain, and the damage wrought on their sex lives.

Haaretz

Thu, 05 Dec 2019

‘The case for and against the Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal’ – NSS quoted

‘The case for and against the Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal’ – NSS quoted

Will Hayward and Lauren Brown say many are sceptical about the methods of evangelical Christian organisation Samaritan's Purse.

Cambridgeshire Live

Church of England diocese to re-examine past child abuse concerns

Church of England diocese to re-examine past child abuse concerns

The C of E's diocese of Rochester has been ordered to look again at cases of concern about the behaviour of clergy and church officers towards children and vulnerable adults.

Kent Online

One in five students concerned about threat to free expression on campus

One in five students concerned about threat to free expression on campus

A survey by King's College London has found that 22% of students think free expression is under threat at their university. That compares with half of students who think freedom of expression is being threatened in the UK overall.

Daily Mail

Committee calls for greater engagement on FGM bill in Scotland

Committee calls for greater engagement on FGM bill in Scotland

A Holyrood committee has said the Scottish government should ensure FGM protection orders "are not something that is 'done to' a woman or community" by better engaging with those affected.

Holyrood

Royal event for Jewish life kept quiet

Royal event for Jewish life kept quiet

The prince of Wales will host a reception at Buckingham Palace tonight to celebrate the role of the Jewish community in British life. The event has been organised without any publicity.

The Times (£)

YouTube still hosting lectures by Islamist hate preacher Anwar al-Awlaki

YouTube still hosting lectures by Islamist hate preacher Anwar al-Awlaki

Lectures by an Islamist preacher whose teachings helped to radicalise the London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan have been found on YouTube years after experts warned of the dangers they present.

The Times (£)

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