Thu, 21 Mar 2019

Mayor of London to face questions over arrest of street preacher

Mayor of London to face questions over arrest of street preacher

Questions over how police treated a street preacher arrested in Southgate last month will be put to the Mayor of London on Thursday.

Premier Christian Radio

Majority of Muslim women in Scotland have been the victims of hate crime, survey finds

Majority of Muslim women in Scotland have been the victims of hate crime, survey finds

Nearly two-thirds of Muslim women in Scotland have witnessed or experienced a hate incident or crime, according to a new survey.

The Scotsman

‘What happens when lawmakers run out of abortion restrictions to pass in the US’

‘What happens when lawmakers run out of abortion restrictions to pass in the US’

This editorial says many US states are suddenly considering heartbeat bills, which would make it virtually impossible to get an abortion – and that's no accident.

The New York Times

Democratic US presidential candidate to have public debate with talk show host on circumcision

Democratic US presidential candidate to have public debate with talk show host on circumcision

Democratic US presidential contender Andrew Yang has agreed to have a debate with conservative radio host Ben Shapiro on the issue of circumcision.

Daily Mail

Crumbling hall in Pakistan named after Charles Bradlaugh ordered to be preserved

Crumbling hall in Pakistan named after Charles Bradlaugh ordered to be preserved

Pakistani authorities have been ordered to preserve a dilapidated hall in Lahore named after former Northampton MP and NSS founder Charles Bradlaugh.

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Wed, 20 Mar 2019

More Birmingham schools stop classes on diversity amid Muslim backlash

More Birmingham schools stop classes on diversity amid Muslim backlash

Four more schools in Birmingham have stopped teaching about LGBT rights until after the Islamic month of Ramadan following complaints by parents.

BBC

Parents complain to Manchester schools about relationships and sex education

Parents complain to Manchester schools about relationships and sex education

Primary schools in Manchester have been contacted by mainly Muslim parents unhappy over sex and relationships lessons that teach children about LGBT rights.

The Guardian

UK to start issuing far-right terrorism alerts

UK to start issuing far-right terrorism alerts

The UK is to start issuing official threat-level warnings for white far-right terrorism amid rising concerns about white supremacist murder attempts.

The Guardian

‘The New Zealand mosque massacre blame game is out of control’

‘The New Zealand mosque massacre blame game is out of control’

Maajid Nawaz says radical Islamists and radical leftists have seized on the Christchurch tragedy to push their own hateful agendas.

The Daily Beast

Justin Welby: hatred of Muslims is blasphemy

Justin Welby: hatred of Muslims is blasphemy

The archbishop of Canterbury has said people who twist Christian language and history to incite hatred against Muslims commit "blasphemy".

Premier Christian Radio

MSPs told smacking ban is ‘attack on authority of God'

MSPs told smacking ban is ‘attack on authority of God'

A smacking ban would be an "open attack on the authority of God and smash the very foundation of Scottish society," a church leader has told MSPs.

The Herald

Thousands of Brits are signing up for assisted suicide in Switzerland

Thousands of Brits are signing up for assisted suicide in Switzerland

Nearly 1,500 Brits have signed up to assisted suicide clinics in Switzerland to end their own lives.

Mirror

Row over plans for Protestant march past Catholic church in Glasgow

Row over plans for Protestant march past Catholic church in Glasgow

A Protestant Loyal Order group has been allowed to march past a Catholic church in Glasgow's East End.

Evening Times

US State Department holds press briefing for ‘faith-based media’ only

US State Department holds press briefing for ‘faith-based media’ only

The US State Department has said it will not distribute a transcript or list of attendees from a press briefing call with secretary of state Mike Pompeo earlier this week. The department's press corps was excluded from the call and only 'faith-based media' allowed.

CNN

More than 100 Catholic primary schools have closed in Ireland over past decade

More than 100 Catholic primary schools have closed in Ireland over past decade

More than 100 Catholic primary schools have closed over the past decade in Ireland while the number of multidenominational primary schools has jumped by almost 50 over the same period.

The Irish Times

‘Catholic sex abuse victims deserve justice. They’re now getting more time to seek it in the US’

‘Catholic sex abuse victims deserve justice. They’re now getting more time to seek it in the US’

This editorial says the all-but-impregnable wall of power and influence that for decades blocked victims of child sex abuse from seeking justice and compensation from paedophiles and their enablers has started to crumble — and not a moment too soon.

The Washington Post

Israel’s Supreme Court bans Jewish extremist from election

Israel’s Supreme Court bans Jewish extremist from election

Israel's Supreme Court has banned the leader of a Jewish ultranationalist party from running in the country's April elections.

The Washington Post

Tue, 19 Mar 2019

Scrap advancement of religion as a charitable purpose, says NSS

Scrap advancement of religion as a charitable purpose, says NSS

The advancement of religion should be scrapped as a charitable purpose, the National Secular Society has argued.

Third Sector

Advancement of religion should not be a charitable purpose, says NSS

Advancement of religion should not be a charitable purpose, says NSS

The NSS has published a report arguing that "the advancement of religion" should no longer be a charitable purpose and that scrapping it could help to restore trust in charities and relieve pressure on the Charity Commission.

Civil Society

Over 12,000 charities exist only to promote religion, says NSS

Over 12,000 charities exist only to promote religion, says NSS

A new National Secular Society report has found that over 12,000 charities exist solely to promote religion, with some using public money to "promote extremism and harmful practices".

Charity Update

‘“Kill the Gays” ministry in the UK still enjoys charitable status. Why?’ – NSS quoted

‘“Kill the Gays” ministry in the UK still enjoys charitable status. Why?’ – NSS quoted

The NSS wants organisations which exist solely to promote religion to be stripped of their charitable status. Barry Duke reflects on an encounter with Passion for Souls, which has been given charitable status to set up churches.

The Freethinker (Patheos)

NSS criticises Catholic Church's 'meaningless words' after priest is convicted of child abuse

NSS criticises Catholic Church's 'meaningless words' after priest is convicted of child abuse

A former Catholic priest from Buckinghamshire has been sent to prison for almost 10 years for sexually abusing six children in the 1970s. The NSS has said addressing child abuse requires action to bring the guilty to secular justice.

Buckingham and Winslow Advertiser

Islamic school rated inadequate amid ‘community’ pressure to stop girls scuba diving

Islamic school rated inadequate amid ‘community’ pressure to stop girls scuba diving

A private Muslim school in London has come under pressure from its community to stop girls doing scuba diving, Ofsted has reported.

Tes

Prominent QC says legal challenge to Ofsted on LGBT education would fail

Prominent QC says legal challenge to Ofsted on LGBT education would fail

A leading Jewish barrister has told Charedi Jewish community leaders that any legal challenge to Ofsted's requirement for schools to teach respect for LGBT orientation in schools is "very likely to lose".

The JC

Game of Thrones star wants same-sex marriage legalised in Northern Ireland

Game of Thrones star wants same-sex marriage legalised in Northern Ireland

Game of Thrones star Kristian Nairn has thrown his weight behind calls for same-sex marriage to be made legal in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph

‘Far-right and Islamists have the same delusions’

‘Far-right and Islamists have the same delusions’

Hugo Rifkind says white supremacists and western jihadis are sustained by online fantasies and a refusal to accept the world as it is.

The Times (£)

Man charged over threatening call to mosque in Essex in wake of NZ massacre

Man charged over threatening call to mosque in Essex in wake of NZ massacre

A man has been charged with malicious communications after a threatening phone call was made to a mosque in Essex. There are calls for greater security around mosques in the wake of the atrocity in Christchurch last week.

BBC

Trump response to New Zealand massacre highlights his combative history with Muslims

Trump response to New Zealand massacre highlights his combative history with Muslims

After a gunman left 50 dead in an anti-Muslim massacre at two mosques in New Zealand, President Trump did not condemn the white supremacy extolled by the alleged shooter, nor did he express explicit sympathy with Muslims around the globe.

The Washington Post

US presidential candidate says he is “highly aligned” to those who oppose circumcision

US presidential candidate says he is “highly aligned” to those who oppose circumcision

Andrew Yang, an outside bet for the Democratic party nomination for the US presidency, has taken a strong public stance against circumcision.

The Daily Beast

Mon, 18 Mar 2019

NSS Report: Some of UK's religious charities promote harmful views, claims report

NSS Report: Some of UK's religious charities promote harmful views, claims report

Religious charities benefiting from generous tax breaks are promoting beliefs and activities which run counter to British values and opinion, according to new analysis.

Guardian

Secularists attack charity status for faith activities

Secularists attack charity status for faith activities

More than 12,000 organisations in the UK should lose their charitable status because they exist solely to promote religion, secularists have claimed.

Premier Christian Radio

NSS letter: Overhaul school admissions

NSS letter: Overhaul school admissions

An open letter coordinated by the NSS and Comprehensive Future: School admissions lie at the very heart of our school system and how fair such a system is perceived to be. Arrangements should be transparent, just and easily understandable to all families. We therefore call upon the education select committee, as a matter of urgency, to set up an inquiry into school admissions.

Guardian

'I survived 7/7 extremists 'from my religion' and experienced far-right hate'

'I survived 7/7 extremists 'from my religion' and experienced far-right hate'

By Sajda Mughal OBE, 7/7 survivor and extremism expert. "I woke up to the news that people had been killed in New Zealand in the middle of Friday Prayers..."

White supremacist terror and Islamist terror are conservative cousins

White supremacist terror and Islamist terror are conservative cousins

For a long time, it was a truth spoken only quietly and on the fringes of the blogosphere: the difference between far-right Christian extremism and Islamist extremism is a very thin line drenched in conservative violence. Both despise modernity, feminism, LGBTQ rights, secularism, urbanity, and education. Both love guns, militarism, theocracy, expansionism, and a return to the "good old days." They're essentially two sides of the same hyper-conservative coin.

Washington Monthly

No matter what terrorists say, Islam and the West are not at war

No matter what terrorists say, Islam and the West are not at war

Islam and the West are not enemies. The Ottoman Empire is no longer, Muslims are not sending armies of occupation, and the crusades ended centuries ago. Thirty million Muslims are now citizens of the modern West, a historically unprecedented development. We should be proud of the achievements of the European Enlightenment, the birth of secular Europe, which has helped humanity thrive regardless of skin colour, faith, gender, or sexual inclination. It is this achievement that Islamists and Nazis wish to undo.

Spectator (£)

A law against Islamophobia is a terrible idea

A law against Islamophobia is a terrible idea

It is only natural that some reacting to the appalling massacres in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, have called for a law against "Islamophobia". It is important to explain immediately why such a law would be a disaster.

Telegraph

Anti-LGBTI pastor who endorses conversion therapy given MBE at Buckingham Palace

Anti-LGBTI pastor who endorses conversion therapy given MBE at Buckingham Palace

An anti-LGBTI pastor who openly lobbies for conversion therapy has received an MBE from the British Royal Family. Pastor Ade Omooba co-founded Christian Concern, a lobby group which seeks 'to speak of Jesus Christ in public life – especially in the arenas of politics, law and the media.'

Gay Star News

Educating students on homosexuality - NSS quoted

Educating students on homosexuality - NSS quoted

While homosexuality has been legal in the U.K. since 1967, homophobia has persisted, with the government and campaigners seeing work in schools as key to tackling bias. Inevitably, programmes such as Mr. Moffat's have formed an important part of this.

The Hindu

USA: Most Evangelical Christians support the measures in the Equality Act

USA: Most Evangelical Christians support the measures in the Equality Act

The Equality Act aims to give protections to people based on their sexual or gender identity in the fields of housing and employment. This means that it would be illegal to evict or fire someone because of their sexual or gender identity. Evangelical Christians are considered to be the most conservative group in the United States when it comes to supporting LGBTQ rights, and yet the figures show that they support the Act by a 16-point margin.

Gay Times

China says 13,000 'terrorists' arrested in Xinjiang since 2014

China says 13,000 'terrorists' arrested in Xinjiang since 2014

Authorities in China have arrested almost 13,000 "terrorists" in Xinjiang since 2014, the government said on Monday, in a policy paper defending its controversial de-radicalisation measures for Muslims in the restive far western region.

Reuters

Lesbians are also being killed in Chechnya and no-one seems to care

Lesbians are also being killed in Chechnya and no-one seems to care

A lesbian who escaped the 'gay purge' in Chechnya has bravely shared her story, even though it could get her killed. The woman – who remains anonymous for her safety – shared the horrors of growing up LGBTI in Chechnya and how she wasn't even safe from her own family.

Gay Star News

Nike condemned for putting hijab on Iranian mathematician who chose not to wear one

Nike condemned for putting hijab on Iranian mathematician who chose not to wear one

Nike has been condemned for depicting a celebrated mathematician in a hijab, despite the fact she chose not wear the garment while she was alive. Maryam Mirzakhani, who died of breast cancer in 2017, was the only woman to date to have won the Fields Medal, one of the highest awards in the field of mathematics.

The Independent

Indian High Court: ‘Right to Freedom of Religion must give way to demands of public order’

Indian High Court: ‘Right to Freedom of Religion must give way to demands of public order’

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has ruled that the Right to Freedom of Religion will have to give way to the demands of public order while dismissing a plea which sought a direction to quash a restraint order against taking out funeral processions on a particular route during a temple festival.

The Hindu

Scotland stalls on appointment of first gay bishop

Scotland stalls on appointment of first gay bishop

The possible election of Scotland's first openly gay bishop has been put on hold after church members "felt unable" to elect a candidate.

The Times

Fri, 15 Mar 2019

Dozens killed after gunman opens fire in two Christchurch mosques

Dozens killed after gunman opens fire in two Christchurch mosques

Forty nine people have been shot dead and 20 injured in attacks at two mosques during Friday afternoon prayers in Christchurch in what is the worst mass shooting in New Zealand's history.

The Guardian

Jacinda Ardern says Christchurch mosque shooting marks 'one of New Zealand's darkest days'

Jacinda Ardern says Christchurch mosque shooting marks 'one of New Zealand's darkest days'

The mass mosque shootings in New Zealand marked one of the country's "darkest days", the nation's Prime Minister said. In an emotionally charged press conference Jacinda Ardern confirmed 40 people had been killed in the massacres at two mosques in Christchurch with one of the attacks live-streamed online.

Evening Standard

Parkfield Community School: We are gay Muslims and our voices need to be heard

Parkfield Community School: We are gay Muslims and our voices need to be heard

Ezra Stripe, 27, is a transgender lesbian Muslim living in England. They are one of six volunteers at Hidayah, a UK organisation for LGBTQI+ Muslims which campaigns against stigma, taboo and discrimination within the community.

iNews

Charity Commission contacts London shul over invitation to Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi

Charity Commission contacts London shul over invitation to Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi

Watchdog says it's 'engaging with the trustees of Beth Hamdedrash Knesset Yehezkel' after the synagogue agreed to host controversial Israeli figure.

Jewish News

People of all faiths urged to apply for public posts

People of all faiths urged to apply for public posts

The Minister for Implementation for the Cabinet Office, Oliver Dowden, has pledged to increase the representation of religious groups on public bodies.

Church Times

Discrimination: An employer does not directly discriminate by treating an employee less favourably because of the employer's rather than the employee's religion or belief

Discrimination: An employer does not directly discriminate by treating an employee less favourably because of the employer's rather than the employee's religion or belief

The dismissal of a nursery teacher for co-habiting with her boyfriend, contrary to her employer's religious beliefs, and refusing to lie about it, had not suffered direct discrimination on the grounds of her religion.

Lexology

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