Fri, 30 Oct 2020

Turkey threatens legal action over Charlie Hebdo's caricature of president

Turkey threatens legal action over Charlie Hebdo's caricature of president

Turkey has threatened "legal and diplomatic" action against the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo after it published a caricature of president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on its latest front page.

The Guardian

Former Malaysian PM says ‘Muslims have right to kill millions of French people’

Former Malaysian PM says ‘Muslims have right to kill millions of French people’

The former prime minister of Malaysia has sparked fury after saying Muslims 'have a right to kill millions of French people' in the wake of three knife attacks.

Metro

Coronavirus pandemic leads to rise in FGM across Africa

Coronavirus pandemic leads to rise in FGM across Africa

Campaigners against female genital mutilation say the coronavirus pandemic has had a negative impact on efforts to curb the practice.

DW

'Abortion ban inflames Poland’s toxic culture war'

'Abortion ban inflames Poland’s toxic culture war'

Protests over a court ruling last week are morphing into wider anger against the government as the coronavirus pandemic escalates.

Bloomberg

'How the pandemic is making extremism worse'

'How the pandemic is making extremism worse'

More time spent locked down and online is allowing people to seek out chilling ideas—and act violently on them.

Prospect

Labour suspends Jeremy Corbyn over reaction to antisemitism report

Labour suspends Jeremy Corbyn over reaction to antisemitism report

Labour has suspended Jeremy Corbyn from the party over his reaction to a highly critical report on antisemitism.

BBC

Anglican priest dubbed ‘vicar of Baghdad’ barred from being a charity trustee charity for 12 years

Anglican priest dubbed ‘vicar of Baghdad’ barred from being a charity trustee charity for 12 years

Canon Andrew White has been disqualified from being a charity trustee for 12 years.

Christian Today

Thu, 29 Oct 2020

UK calls on NATO allies to defend free speech

UK calls on NATO allies to defend free speech

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called on NATO allies to stand shoulder-to-shoulder on values of tolerance and free speech, in a veiled rebuke to NATO member Turkey which has been calling for a boycott of French goods.

Reuters

Egypt says freedom of expression 'stops' when Muslims offended

Egypt says freedom of expression 'stops' when Muslims offended

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Wednesday freedom of expression should stop if it offends more than 1.5 billion people.

Reuters

Malaysia summons French diplomat over Macron's speech

Malaysia summons French diplomat over Macron's speech

Malaysia's foreign ministry said it had summoned France's charges d'affaires in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday to express concern over alleged 'defamation of Islam'.

Reuters

'Imran Khan and Erdoğan have no right to give Macron lessons on secularism'

'Imran Khan and Erdoğan have no right to give Macron lessons on secularism'

"Erdoğan is Imran Khan's closest buddy among global leaders. Both leaders should perhaps take a harder look at what's happening at home before targeting Macron."

Times Now News

'Hate crime law risks creating an informants' charter'

'Hate crime law risks creating an informants' charter'

As the old saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions and it's never been better illustrated than the Hate Crime Bill now making its way through the Scottish Parliament, says John McLellan.

Edinburgh Evening News

'The problem with sex education in Catholic schools'

'The problem with sex education in Catholic schools'

The encouraged method of "abstinence until marriage," stands at the focal point of any teaching done on the topic, giving students very little resources for safe sex practices or contraception.

This Is Local London

Poland abortion ruling sparks 'women's strike'

Poland abortion ruling sparks 'women's strike'

A strike is under way in Poland by women opposed to a court ruling that introduced a near-total ban on abortion.

BBC

'Poland's abortion ban is a cynical attempt to exploit religion by a failing leader'

'Poland's abortion ban is a cynical attempt to exploit religion by a failing leader'

Kaczyński's populist move aims to keep the Catholic church on side, but mass protests suggest he's gone too far, say Karolina Wigura and Jarosław Kuisz.

The Guardian

Pakistan high court upholds forced marriage of abducted Catholic minor

Pakistan high court upholds forced marriage of abducted Catholic minor

The Sindh High Court in Karachi, Pakistan, has validated the marriage of a 13-year-old Catholic girl to a Muslim man who abducted her.

Catholic Herald

US official says UN has 'lack of curiosity' on Xinjiang

US official says UN has 'lack of curiosity' on Xinjiang

The U.S. envoy for women's issues says the United Nations is not doing enough to investigate reported abuses in China's Xinjiang region against members of Muslim minority groups.

The Independent

Wed, 28 Oct 2020

Humza Yousaf ‘very open’ to changing hate crime bill

Humza Yousaf ‘very open’ to changing hate crime bill

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has revealed he is open to extending the "breadth and depth" of freedom of expression clauses contained in Scotland's draft hate crime laws.

The Press and Journal

US evangelical group takes legal action against UK venues

US evangelical group takes legal action against UK venues

Action comes after appearances by Franklin Graham were cancelled amid protests from LGBT rights campaigners.

The Guardian

 Manchester Arena Inquiry: Security 'did not approach bomber over racism fears'

Manchester Arena Inquiry: Security 'did not approach bomber over racism fears'

A security guard had a "bad feeling" about suicide bomber Salman Abedi but did not approach him for fear of being branded a racist, an inquiry has heard.

BBC

France warns citizens to be cautious as anger seethes in Muslim world over cartoons

France warns citizens to be cautious as anger seethes in Muslim world over cartoons

France warned its citizens living or travelling in several Muslim-majority countries to take extra security precautions on Tuesday as anger surged over cartoons of the Islamic prophet Mohammad.

Reuters

Huge Bangladesh rally calls for boycott of French products

Huge Bangladesh rally calls for boycott of French products

Tens of thousands of people have marched through the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, demanding a boycott of French goods amid a row over France's tougher stance on radical Islam.

BBC

Vatican court hears unprecedented sexual abuse criminal trial

Vatican court hears unprecedented sexual abuse criminal trial

A young priest is charged with sexually abusing an altar boy over a five-year period inside Vatican City walls. An older priest is charged with covering up the abuse.

NPR

'Gay marriage and the Vatican’s secretive China deal'

'Gay marriage and the Vatican’s secretive China deal'

The Pope's statements on same-sex civil unions has distracted from the extension of a mysterious deal with the Chinese government, says James Somerville-Meikle.

CapX

'Viktor Orbán’s use of religion serves as a warning to Western democracies'

'Viktor Orbán’s use of religion serves as a warning to Western democracies'

Garret Martin and Carolyn Gallaher argue that Orbán's embrace of religion has served to consolidate his power, "other" his opponents and shield Hungary from EU criticism of its attacks on the rule of law.

The Conversation

$280m ‘dark money’ spent by US Christian right groups globally

$280m ‘dark money’ spent by US Christian right groups globally

US Christian right groups, many with close links to the Trump administration, have spent at least $280m in 'dark money' fuelling campaigns against the rights of women and LGBTIQ people across five continents, researchers say.

openDemocracy

'Amy Coney Barrett has joined the Supreme Court. The consequences will be dire'

'Amy Coney Barrett has joined the Supreme Court. The consequences will be dire'

The Justices of the Supreme Court have a view that, in reality, privileges religion above virtually any other Constitutional right, says Eric Lewis.

The Independent

Tue, 27 Oct 2020

Faith school ordered to revise admission criteria which ‘discriminates against siblings’

Faith school ordered to revise admission criteria which ‘discriminates against siblings’

A Brondesbury Park faith school has been told by education chiefs to revise its admission requirements which "discriminates" against large families.

Brent & Kilburn Times

Police called to church in Wales going ahead with service despite ban

Police called to church in Wales going ahead with service despite ban

Police were called to a church holding a religious service on Sunday evening despite them being not permitted in Wales under coronavirus restrictions.

Wales Online

Police called to Luton mosque after row erupts involving up to 300 worshippers

Police called to Luton mosque after row erupts involving up to 300 worshippers

A huge row involving up to 300 worshippers at a Luton mosque had to be broken up by police.

Mail Online

Hancock added to anti-Muslim hate with distancing claims, says government adviser

Hancock added to anti-Muslim hate with distancing claims, says government adviser

Qari Asim, the deputy chair of a government taskforce on anti-Muslim hatred, said the health secretary's claim on Twitter added to "hateful narratives" and "gave the impression that Muslim communities were not social distancing and were ignoring the government guidelines".

The Guardian

London School of Jewish Studies ‘disappointed’ by cuts to teacher training funds

London School of Jewish Studies ‘disappointed’ by cuts to teacher training funds

LSJS says it is "very disappointed" by cuts removing bursaries to train religious studies teachers under school direct employment, which provides a salary while training.

Jewish News

Luton man in court over Islamic State social media posts

Luton man in court over Islamic State social media posts

Ibrahim Anderson has been charged with 10 counts of disseminating terrorist publications.

BBC

Pakistan's PM takes aim at Macron; asks Facebook to ban 'Islamophobic' content

Pakistan's PM takes aim at Macron; asks Facebook to ban 'Islamophobic' content

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan called on Facebook FB.O to ban Islamophobic content on its platform, warning of a spike in radicalisation amongst Muslims, hours after he hit out at the French president for "attacking Islam".

Reuters

Turkey calls for France boycott as Islamic world backlash grows

Turkey calls for France boycott as Islamic world backlash grows

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday joined calls for a boycott of French goods, ramping up a standoff between France and Muslim countries over Islam and freedom of speech.

International Business Times

Muslims 'not persecuted' in France, says country's Muslim council

Muslims 'not persecuted' in France, says country's Muslim council

Muslims are "not persecuted" in France, the French Council of the Muslim Faith said Monday.

France 24

Europe's Jewish population has dropped 60% in last 50 years

Europe's Jewish population has dropped 60% in last 50 years

Europe has lost almost 60% of its Jewish population over the past 50 years, mainly as a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union after which many Jews left eastern Europe as borders opened, a study shows.

The Guardian

Mon, 26 Oct 2020

Meat from animals not stunned before slaughter must be labelled, vet association says

Meat from animals not stunned before slaughter must be labelled, vet association says

Meat that comes from animals which are not stunned before they are killed must be labelled, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has said.

The Telegraph

Church leaders threaten legal action over Welsh firebreak

Church leaders threaten legal action over Welsh firebreak

Christian leaders have urged the Welsh Government to not close churches during the firebreak lockdown.

Largs & Milport Weekly News

New move to introduce assisted dying in Scotland

New move to introduce assisted dying in Scotland

Proposed new laws to introduce assisted dying in Scotland will come before MSPs in the next Scottish Parliament after May's election, campaigners have said.

The Scotsman

Women forced to risk health and confidentiality when getting emergency contraception amid coronavirus crisis

Women forced to risk health and confidentiality when getting emergency contraception amid coronavirus crisis

Women are being pushed into putting their health and confidentiality at risk when seeking emergency contraception due to being forced to answer highly personal questions in front of other customers in the wake of the pandemic.

The Independent

Gay teacher murdered by churchwarden was ‘put at risk’ by Church of England’s anti-LGBT+ stance

Gay teacher murdered by churchwarden was ‘put at risk’ by Church of England’s anti-LGBT+ stance

A gay retired teacher who was abused and murdered by a churchwarden was "vulnerable to exploitation" because of the church's anti-gay policies, an independent investigation found.

Pink News

'Pope Francis’ blessing of same-sex couples won’t change the treatment of LGBTQ+ people by the church'

'Pope Francis’ blessing of same-sex couples won’t change the treatment of LGBTQ+ people by the church'

Same-sex relationships are still considered 'deviant behaviour' under the current Catholic doctrine, says Grace Walsh.

iNews

Pope Francis’ views on same-sex civil unions were cut from a 2019 Vatican interview

Pope Francis’ views on same-sex civil unions were cut from a 2019 Vatican interview

A Mexican broadcast company says Francis made the comments to its correspondent more than a year ago, and people close to the company say the Vatican then edited them out.

The New York Times

France recalls envoy after Turkey scolds Macron over Muslims

France recalls envoy after Turkey scolds Macron over Muslims

France recalled its ambassador on Saturday after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said his counterpart Emmanuel Macron needed mental help over his attitude towards Muslims.

Reuters

France urges Arab nations to prevent boycotts over Macron's cartoons defence

France urges Arab nations to prevent boycotts over Macron's cartoons defence

France has urged Middle Eastern countries to end calls for a boycott of its goods in protest at President Emmanuel Macron's defence of the right to show cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

BBC

'Samuel Paty and free speech'

'Samuel Paty and free speech'

In a secular society, no faith can or should be immunised from criticism, satire or mockery, says a letter to the editor

Jewish News

Polish protesters disrupt church services over near-total abortion ban

Polish protesters disrupt church services over near-total abortion ban

Thousands of activists disrupted church services across Poland on Sunday, chanting during mass and spraying slogans on walls to protest against a court ruling that amounts to a near-total ban on abortion.

Reuters

US, Saudi Arabia and Uganda join forces to declare women have no intrinsic right to abortion

US, Saudi Arabia and Uganda join forces to declare women have no intrinsic right to abortion

Ten of world's 20 worst countries for women sign declaration organised by Trump administration.

The Independent

Fri, 23 Oct 2020

Humza Yousaf confirms Hate Crime Bill amendments

Humza Yousaf confirms Hate Crime Bill amendments

Scotland's justice secretary Humza Yousaf has confirmed his U-turn on the controversial Hate Crime Bill by outlining changes he wants to make to the proposed legislation.

The Scotsman

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