Tue, 22 Jan 2019

‘Rahaf al-Qunun has raised a major taboo: that some Muslims reject their faith’

‘Rahaf al-Qunun has raised a major taboo: that some Muslims reject their faith’

Fiyaz Mughal says many ex-Muslims feel isolated when they openly come out as atheists.

Metro

Essex mosque holds exhibition on heroes of the Holocaust, defying calls for boycott

Essex mosque holds exhibition on heroes of the Holocaust, defying calls for boycott

A mosque in Essex has held an exhibition on Muslim heroes of the Holocaust which was at the centre of calls for a boycott.

Jewish News

Council leader dismisses opposition to non-stun halal in school meals as ‘racial hatred’ – NSS quoted

Council leader dismisses opposition to non-stun halal in school meals as ‘racial hatred’ – NSS quoted

The leader of a Yorkshire council that provides non-stunned halal meat products in its schools has slammed efforts to stop the practice.

The Freethinker (Patheos)

Chief rabbi says Labour not doing enough about anti-semitism

Chief rabbi says Labour not doing enough about anti-semitism

The chief rabbi has accused the Labour Party of still failing to take antisemitism among its members seriously enough.

The Times (£)

‘How one Kenyan woman escaped FGM and saved thousands more girls from the cut’

‘How one Kenyan woman escaped FGM and saved thousands more girls from the cut’

Lucy Anna Gray speaks to Nice Nailantei Leng'ete, who was shunned from her village for avoiding FGM and now campaigns to end the practice.

The Independent

Egyptian TV host jailed for interviewing gay man

Egyptian TV host jailed for interviewing gay man

An Egyptian TV presenter has been sentenced to one year of hard labour for interviewing a gay man last year.

BBC

US Senate passes ‘religious test’ resolution after questioning of judicial nominee’s membership of Catholic order

US Senate passes ‘religious test’ resolution after questioning of judicial nominee’s membership of Catholic order

The US Senate has passed a resolution saying it would be "unconstitutional" to consider membership in the Knights of Columbus order a disqualifying criterion for public office.

Catholic Herald

Iranian court asks Christian pair to renounce faith

Iranian court asks Christian pair to renounce faith

A Christian man and woman appealing against jail sentences for "spreading propaganda against the regime" have refused during a court appearance to renounce their faith.

Premier Christian Radio

In two weeks, five US states advance LGBT+ rights

In two weeks, five US states advance LGBT+ rights

Through executive orders and state legislatures, five states across the US have increased discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

NBC News

Spanish judge rejects complaint over Satan statue

Spanish judge rejects complaint over Satan statue

A judge has rejected complaints that a proposed statue of the devil was an affront to religious sensibilities that could make the Spanish city of Segovia a focus of satanic worship.

The Guardian

Mon, 21 Jan 2019

MPs move to scrap parliamentary prayers – NSS quoted

MPs move to scrap parliamentary prayers – NSS quoted

A group of MPs has moved a motion to stop the practice of starting the day in parliament with Anglican prayers on the grounds that they are incompatible with the principle of freedom of and from religion.

Hindustan Times

MPs call for end of parliamentary prayers

MPs call for end of parliamentary prayers

A cross-party group of MPs has called for an end to the 460-year-old practice of reading prayers in parliament in a motion which the NSS has backed.

The Times (£)

Contraceptive pill can be taken every day of the month after scientists dismiss 'pope rule'

Contraceptive pill can be taken every day of the month after scientists dismiss 'pope rule'

New NHS guidance says the contraceptive pill can be taken every day of the month after scientists dismissed a seven-day break which was introduced so "the pope would accept it" as natural.

The Telegraph

Charedi Jewish parents and teachers threaten to home school to avoid sex education requirements

Charedi Jewish parents and teachers threaten to home school to avoid sex education requirements

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish parents and teachers have said schools may go underground and children be educated at home if the government presses ahead with guidance on teaching about same-sex relationships and gender reassignment.

The Observer

Universities double invitations to extremists, says think tank

Universities double invitations to extremists, says think tank

Universities and student societies organised at least 200 events with extremist speakers last year, according to the Henry Jackson Society.

The Sunday Times (£)

‘A new definition of Islamophobia could be a recipe for trouble’

‘A new definition of Islamophobia could be a recipe for trouble’

David Green says there is a looming risk the government will soon subscribe to a definition of 'Islamophobia' that will function as a backdoor blasphemy law.

The Spectator

‘The hidden torment of British men forced into arranged marriages’

‘The hidden torment of British men forced into arranged marriages’

The government's forced marriage unit saw 1,200 forced marriage cases in 2017. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown speaks to some of the men affected.

The Mail on Sunday

Aberdeenshire church to break away amid gay marriage row

Aberdeenshire church to break away amid gay marriage row

An Aberdeenshire church has voted to quit the Scottish Episcopal Church over its acceptance of gay marriage.

The Press and Journal

Pakistani Christian woman still effectively a prisoner despite being freed by the courts

Pakistani Christian woman still effectively a prisoner despite being freed by the courts

Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian acquitted of blasphemy, still lives the life of a prisoner, nearly three months after her release from death row, awaiting a final ruling on her fate.

ABC News

Mike Pence says criticism of wife's job at school that bans LGBT+ students is 'deeply offensive'

Mike Pence says criticism of wife's job at school that bans LGBT+ students is 'deeply offensive'

The US vice-president has defended his wife's decision to take on a new job teaching art classes at a Christian school that bans LGBT+ employees and students, as well as the children of gay parents.

The Independent

French far-right author sentenced to jail for inciting anti-semitism

French far-right author sentenced to jail for inciting anti-semitism

A French court sentenced far-right author Alain Soral to one year in prison for insulting a judge and making antisemitic comments.

Jewish News

Facebook bringing in new rules to govern how employees can talk about religion

Facebook bringing in new rules to govern how employees can talk about religion

A new rulebook is reportedly coming into force at Facebook to govern the way workers at the company can discuss religion and politics.

Christian Today

Fri, 18 Jan 2019

Council leader accuses critics of non-stun halal in schools of stirring up “hatred” – NSS quoted

Council leader accuses critics of non-stun halal in schools of stirring up “hatred” – NSS quoted

Kirklees Council in West Yorkshire has rejected calls for a review of its policy of supplying non-stun halal meat to schools. Its leader has accused those campaigning for the policy to be reversed of using animal welfare as a tool to stir up racial hatred.

Examiner Live

Jewish school pupil numbers in UK rise by nearly 12% in three years

Jewish school pupil numbers in UK rise by nearly 12% in three years

The number of Jewish children in Jewish schools in the UK has soared by nearly 12% over the past three years, rising both in the Charedi and mainstream sectors.

The JC

Parents on trial for FGM in London

Parents on trial for FGM in London

The Old Bailey has heard details of the injuries caused by two parents who allegedly cut their daughter's genitals, and of attempts by the girl's mother to silence the police using witchcraft.

Reuters

Level of Christian persecution in the world is 'extraordinary', says foreign secretary

Level of Christian persecution in the world is 'extraordinary', says foreign secretary

Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has promised to use the Commonwealth and Britain's ties with Europe and the US to tackle the persecution of Christians around the world. In a speech on the subject he also described Britain as a "Christian country".

Christian Today

Government tsar says extremists are recruiting primary school children

Government tsar says extremists are recruiting primary school children

The government's lead commissioner for countering extremism has said young children are being targeted by far-right and Islamist extremists.

LBC

Row over whether Tory council’s decision on education centre is anti-Muslim

Row over whether Tory council’s decision on education centre is anti-Muslim

A Labour councillor has accused Conservatives in East Renfrewshire of anti-Muslim bias over its handling of the building of an education centre.

Barrhead News

Rise in child abuse linked to witchcraft, demons and religious beliefs in Plymouth

Rise in child abuse linked to witchcraft, demons and religious beliefs in Plymouth

Child abuse connected with religious beliefs such as witchcraft and demonic possession is on the rise in Plymouth, figures reveal.

Plymouth Herald

Hamas leader quits Finsbury Park mosque board after watchdog inquiry

Hamas leader quits Finsbury Park mosque board after watchdog inquiry

A ruling member of Hamas has stood down as a trustee of one of Britain's most prominent mosques after an inquiry by the charity regulator.

The Times (£)

‘Can US progressives reclaim "religious freedom" from Trump and the evangelical right?’

‘Can US progressives reclaim "religious freedom" from Trump and the evangelical right?’

Activists are resisting President Trump's embrace of Christian nationalism.

Salon

Israeli museum to drop 'McJesus' sculpture after protests

Israeli museum to drop 'McJesus' sculpture after protests

An Israeli museum plans to withdraw a sculpture depicting the McDonald's mascot as the crucified Jesus following protests.

Reuters

Thousands flee north-east Nigeria after devastating Boko Haram attack

Thousands flee north-east Nigeria after devastating Boko Haram attack

Thousands of people have fled into Cameroon from north-east Nigeria following violent attacks by a faction of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

The Guardian

Malaysia to revise school textbook telling girls to cover up

Malaysia to revise school textbook telling girls to cover up

Malaysia has said it will revise a national school textbook after a section suggested girls should cover up to avoid sexual assault.

Reuters

Thu, 17 Jan 2019

‘Why the time has come to scrap prayers in parliament’ – NSS mentioned

‘Why the time has come to scrap prayers in parliament’ – NSS mentioned

Crispin Blunt MP explains why he's backing early day motion 1967, which calls for the end of the practice of starting the parliamentary day with prayers. The NSS has backed the motion.

The Times (£)

Islamist group kills 21 in Kenya attack

Islamist group kills 21 in Kenya attack

At least 21 people were killed when Somali militants stormed a luxury hotel compound in Nairobi, Kenya's government has confirmed.

BBC

Google under fire for 'pray away the gay' app

Google under fire for 'pray away the gay' app

Google has come under fire for featuring an app that encourages gay people to seek 'conversion therapy' in its online store.

The Telegraph

‘Rahaf Mohammad and the need for universal rights’

‘Rahaf Mohammad and the need for universal rights’

Khadija Khan says Rahaf Mohammed's epic escape from Saudi Arabia has demonstrated the pressing need for humanity to join together to protect human rights irrespective of caste, color or creed.

Areo

‘Criminalising imams will not solve the problem of unregistered marriages’

‘Criminalising imams will not solve the problem of unregistered marriages’

Russell Sandberg says concerns about unregistered religious marriages are a reminder of the need for comprehensive reform.

Family Law

Donald Trump says religious freedom is 'under attack'

Donald Trump says religious freedom is 'under attack'

The US president has issued a statement to mark the US's Religious Freedom Day.

Christian Today

‘Americans often have double standards on religious freedom’

‘Americans often have double standards on religious freedom’

Kelsey Dallas says polls show Americans' commitment to religious freedom depends on how warmly they feel to the religious group affected.

Deseret News

Catholic League president continues attack on Oxford Union

Catholic League president continues attack on Oxford Union

The president of the Catholic League has continued to attack the Oxford Union after his invitation to speak at an event was withdrawn.

Oxford Mail

Challenge to abortion laws in US state of Winsconsin

Challenge to abortion laws in US state of Winsconsin

Planned Parenthood, a group which defends reproductive rights in the US, has asked a judge to repeal state laws that make it more difficult for women, particularly in rural areas, to receive abortions.

The Washington Post

Ex-Muslim activist says renouncing Islam more difficult for women

Ex-Muslim activist says renouncing Islam more difficult for women

Ex-Muslim activist Zara Kay says renouncing her religion invited "constant" targeting and sexual harassment and she fears for other women.

News.com.au

Wed, 16 Jan 2019

MPs call for end of daily prayers in parliament – NSS quoted

MPs call for end of daily prayers in parliament – NSS quoted

A group of MPs are calling for the practice of saying prayers at the beginning of parliamentary business to be abolished. The NSS has backed their decision to sign an early day motion.

Premier Christian Radio

Isle of Man becomes first place in British Isles to decriminalise abortion

Isle of Man becomes first place in British Isles to decriminalise abortion

The Isle of Man has become the first place in the British Isles to decriminalise abortion.

The Telegraph

East London school ‘in trouble’ since joining Catholic academy

East London school ‘in trouble’ since joining Catholic academy

A primary school in the Ilford area of east London has "been in trouble" since joining a Catholic academy, according to a local councillor.

Ilford Recorder

‘Inside the hidden world of Britain's Hasidic ultra-Orthodox Jews’

‘Inside the hidden world of Britain's Hasidic ultra-Orthodox Jews’

Izzy Posen, a Hasidic ultra-Orthodox Jew, tells the BBC World Service how his life has changed as a result of leaving his isolated religious community.

BBC

New York bans gay conversion therapy

New York bans gay conversion therapy

The state of New York has passed bills banning gay 'conversion therapy' and adding gender identity to its anti-discrimination legislation.

Pink News

One in three Christians face persecution in Asia, report finds

One in three Christians face persecution in Asia, report finds

The crackdown on religion in China is part of a pattern of increasing Christian persecution across Asia over the past five years, according to the charity Open Doors.

The Guardian

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