Fri, 20 Jul 2018

Justice Minister publishes legislation for repeal of constitutional ban on blasphemy

Justice Minister publishes legislation for repeal of constitutional ban on blasphemy

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has published legislation to repeal the offence of publication or utterance of blasphemous matter from Article 40 of the Constitution.

Irish Legal

Jail for Nazi-obsessed teenager who wanted to murder Jewish MP

Jail for Nazi-obsessed teenager who wanted to murder Jewish MP

Jack Coulson, 19, who dressed in Nazi uniform and filled his home in Mexborough with Nazi memorabilia, boasted he wanted to murder Labour MP Lucian Berger, who is Jewish, by shooting her in the head.

ITV

EU leads criticism after Israel passes Jewish 'nation state' law

EU leads criticism after Israel passes Jewish 'nation state' law

The European Union has led a chorus of criticism after Israel passed a controversial law declaring that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country.

The Guardian

Health Ministry Warns Against Forced Circumcision of Babies

Health Ministry Warns Against Forced Circumcision of Babies

The Ministry of Health has threatened to take action against medical officers that are allegedly involved in forced circumcision of babies in Uganda.

Chimpreports

Malcolm Turnbull tells Pope to sack archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson

Malcolm Turnbull tells Pope to sack archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson

The prime minister of Australia has called on the Pope to sack the archbishop of Adelaide, who has refused to resign after concealing the sexual abuse of children.

The Times

Hindu Group Urges Chicago’s Field Museum To Withdraw Lord Shiva Plush Doll From Sale

Hindu Group Urges Chicago’s Field Museum To Withdraw Lord Shiva Plush Doll From Sale

Hindu campaigners are urging one of the world's largest natural history museum, The Field Museum in Chicago, to immediately withdraw Lord Shiva stuffed plush doll from sale, calling it highly inappropriate.

Eurasia Review

Thu, 19 Jul 2018

Church of England schools face calls to end faith-based admissions

Church of England schools face calls to end faith-based admissions

Church leaders urged to phase out religious selection of pupils in schools, in a report from former education secretary

TES

Ireland: Hold referendum to end religious control of schools, says Labour

Ireland: Hold referendum to end religious control of schools, says Labour

Labour senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin began a petition to support this approach on Tuesday, saying a referendum could "end the influence of religion over education in Ireland."

The Irish Times

University 'sacks' priest who held service for the 'gross offence' of Pride Glasgow

University 'sacks' priest who held service for the 'gross offence' of Pride Glasgow

A university has said a Catholic Chaplin won't be returning to his role in September after holding a service to atone for the "gross offence" of Pride Glasgow.

Herald Scotland

Islamic school investigated after firearm incident

Islamic school investigated after firearm incident

Charity Commission launches inquiry into independent boarding school after two arrests were made.

TES

Londoners least liberal on homosexuality and pre-marital sex

Londoners least liberal on homosexuality and pre-marital sex

Researchers said the regional variations were down to "religious differences" between different areas of the country and Londoners' social conservatism was "largely driven by religious factors".

The Telegraph

Islamic State terrorist guilty of plotting to behead Theresa May in Downing Street

Islamic State terrorist guilty of plotting to behead Theresa May in Downing Street

Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman told undercover officers he wanted to "do a suicide bomb on parliament", but was given dummy explosives.

Sky News

Jewish nation state: Israel approves controversial bill

Jewish nation state: Israel approves controversial bill

Israel's parliament has passed into law a controversial bill that defines the country as an exclusively Jewish state.

BBC

Austrian ambassador downplays reports of kosher-halal meat register

Austrian ambassador downplays reports of kosher-halal meat register

The state's environment minister said he wanted to curb animal slaughter without the use of stunning.

BBC

New Zealand: Legal case over removing religion from high schools heads to High Court

New Zealand: Legal case over removing religion from high schools heads to High Court

In a rare move, the case is being transferred from the Human Rights Tribunal to the High Court.

Newstalk ZB

Catholic Education Service "not happy" with report on religion in schools

Catholic Education Service "not happy" with report on religion in schools

"It will also strip the Bishops of their right to set the curriculum – it's incredibly misguided", said a CES spokesperson.

The Tablet

Man found guilty of hate crime in burning down Texas mosque

Man found guilty of hate crime in burning down Texas mosque

A man has been found guilty of committing a hate crime after burning down a mosque in Texas.

The Independent

Nations become richer after becoming more secular, study finds

Nations become richer after becoming more secular, study finds

An increase in secularisation by one unit corresponded to an average £800 increase in GDP per capita within a decade, a £2,000 increase within 20 years and a £4,000 increase within 30.

The Times (£)

Wed, 18 Jul 2018

Better religion and belief education needed in schools, says report – NSS quoted

Better religion and belief education needed in schools, says report – NSS quoted

The report argues that assemblies should no longer be expected to have a "broadly Christian" character.

BBC

Parents should not be allowed to opt children out of RE classes, former Education Secretary says – NSS quoted

Parents should not be allowed to opt children out of RE classes, former Education Secretary says – NSS quoted

In a new policy pamphlet, Mr Clarke, alongside Lancaster University professor Linda Woodhead, calls for RE to be treated as a "normal academic subject" like History and English.

The Telegraph

Religious education needs overhaul to reflect UK, says report

Religious education needs overhaul to reflect UK, says report

Religious education in schools is outdated and should be replaced with a new subject: religion, belief and values, and the right of parents to withdraw their children from classes should be scrapped, according to the former Labour education secretary Charles Clark.

The Guardian

Religious Education teachers are trying to force schools to teach RE

Religious Education teachers are trying to force schools to teach RE

Religious Education teachers are trying to force schools to teach the subject by complaining to the education secretary about those that flout the law by not doing so.

The Times (£)

Chasidic Jewish school rated inadequate over lack of 'well-rounded education'

Chasidic Jewish school rated inadequate over lack of 'well-rounded education'

Apart from religious studies, teaching was weak and in year eight, boys were taught only in Yiddish and Hebrew, Ofsted found.

The JC

High Court dismisses school religious designation order review

High Court dismisses school religious designation order review

The case brought by Ms Falconer contested the minister's approval for the religious re-designation which was said to be legally flawed.

BBC

Pupils opting out of religion must not get extra tuition, say bishops

Pupils opting out of religion must not get extra tuition, say bishops

Catholics bishops have called on the Minister for Education to withdraw a directive which allows students who opt out of religious instruction in State-run secondary schools to be timetabled for other subjects.

Irish Times

Catholic school child abuse survivors could lose €7m grants

Catholic school child abuse survivors could lose €7m grants

It has emerged that religious orders have still not paid all of the money owed to a fund for survivors of institutional abuse at Catholic schools, even though the fund is due to be wound down.

The Times (£)

Chief rabbi: Labour should toughen up anti-Semitism code

Chief rabbi: Labour should toughen up anti-Semitism code

Ephraim Mirvis said Labour's anti-Semitism definition sent "an unprecedented message of contempt to the Jewish community".

BBC

Sikh leaders demand apology and threaten to protest over actress Sunny Leone’s biopic

Sikh leaders demand apology and threaten to protest over actress Sunny Leone’s biopic

Sikh leaders in India have threatened to protest over the title of a biopic because it uses the name Kaur.

BBC

Catholic order reaches $1M settlement over sexual abuse

Catholic order reaches $1M settlement over sexual abuse

A Roman Catholic order has agreed to pay $1 million to eight people who say they were sexually abused by two priests in Massachusetts.

Mail Online

Children wearing Muslim clothing asked to leave swimming pool due to safety risk

Children wearing Muslim clothing asked to leave swimming pool due to safety risk

Glenda Pinkett, a seasonal city employee in the city of Wilmington, says she was following 'well-known guidance' that cotton clogs pool filters, even though there may not be an explicit no-cotton policy.

Mail Online

Tue, 17 Jul 2018

Pagans demand slot on 'Today' programme's Thought for the Day

Pagans demand slot on 'Today' programme's Thought for the Day

A druid is calling on BBC bosses to give pagans the chance to contribute to Thought for the Day on Radio 4's Today programme.

The Independent

Students discuss religious education in schools at Parliament

Students discuss religious education in schools at Parliament

Students from The Thomas Hardye School were among 80 students from across England who attended Parliament for the second Youth Debate - which discusses the role of religious education (RE) in schools.

Dorset Echo

More than 43,000 sign petition to save teenage brothers from deportation

More than 43,000 sign petition to save teenage brothers from deportation

More than 43,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Home Office not to deport two teenage brothers from Scotland. Areeb Umeed Bakhsh, 13, and his brother Somer, 15, fear Islamist extremists will kill them if they return to Pakistan.

Lancashire Telegraph

50 MPs call for women in England to be able to take abortion pills at home

50 MPs call for women in England to be able to take abortion pills at home

MPs are calling on the new health and social care secretary to allow women in England to take the second pill required for an abortion at home.

Huffington Post

Arrests and prosecutions alone will not end the problem of FGM

Arrests and prosecutions alone will not end the problem of FGM

Arrests and prosecutions alone will not end the problem of FGM, said a police inspector speaking at the National FGM Centre's annual conference, this week.

Charity Today

Northern Ireland a place apart when it comes to LGBT rights

Northern Ireland a place apart when it comes to LGBT rights

To play politics with the rights of LGBT people in Northern Ireland is disgraceful. A British government survey of 108,000 LGBT individuals has affirmed that discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity is still alive and kicking across the UK.

Irish News

Priest claims Ireland is 'least Christian' part of English-speaking world and slams colleagues for 'duplicity' on abortion and homosexuality

Priest claims Ireland is 'least Christian' part of English-speaking world and slams colleagues for 'duplicity' on abortion and homosexuality

Church of Ireland rector Rev Trevor Johnson accused "at least one" unnamed Church of Ireland bishop in the Republic of "duplicity" on same-sex issues and claimed "several Irish bishops have not spoken unambiguously" on abortion.

Irish Post

Ripley Primary School parents 'in the dark' over September school places

Ripley Primary School parents 'in the dark' over September school places

Parents are worried their children may not be able to attend the same school after the Church of England is forcing a village school to close rather than lose any religious control.

Surrey Live

Police are reportedly cutting too-long dresses off ethnic minority women in the middle of streets in China

Police are reportedly cutting too-long dresses off ethnic minority women in the middle of streets in China

Women in China's Xinjiang province have reportedly had their long tops and dresses cut by police in a continued campaign targeting ethnic Uighurs. In an attempt to crack down on religious extremism, authorities in Xinjiang have targeted almost any form of religious expression by Uighur Muslims.

Business Insider UK

Opposing segregation

Opposing segregation

Struggling against segregation is not just about one law. It is about the larger struggle for coexistence and having more contact between Israel's numerous diverse communities.

J Post

“I don’t believe that Hindutva is Hinduism” – Dr Shashi Tharoor

“I don’t believe that Hindutva is Hinduism” – Dr Shashi Tharoor

Dr Shashi Tharoor was recently in the UK to promote his new book Why I am a Hindu. With a general election coming up in India, the battle between Tharoor's Congress Party and the current government, the Bharatiya Janata Party, provides an interesting backdrop for the release of Tharoor's new book. Anishka Gheewala Lohiya had the opportunity to talk to Dr Tharoor at LSE about the relationship between politics and religion in India.

LSE Blogs

Sikh leaders want porn star's biopic to change its name

Sikh leaders want porn star's biopic to change its name

Protest has been threatened if "Kaur" is not removed from the title.

Vice

Australia: Forcing priests to report abuse not a breach of human rights

Australia: Forcing priests to report abuse not a breach of human rights

New laws that will force priests to break the seal of confession to report child abuse are not in breach of the ACT's human right laws, despite concerns about the impact on religious freedoms, the ACT's Human Rights Commissioner says.

Sydney Morning Herald

Mon, 16 Jul 2018

George Carey allowed church role despite part in abuse cover-up

George Carey allowed church role despite part in abuse cover-up

George Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury who was heavily criticised in an independent report for his part in the cover-up of sexual abuse carried out by a bishop, has been allowed to resume an official role in the Church of England.

The Guardian

Glasgow city council leader vows to reroute orange walks from Catholic church

Glasgow city council leader vows to reroute orange walks from Catholic church

The leader of Glasgow City Council has said Orange Order parades will be re-routed away from the site of a sectarian attack on a priest

The Scotsman

Ex-Tory Party consultant fined £6,000 for protesting against male circumcision

Ex-Tory Party consultant fined £6,000 for protesting against male circumcision

A former Tory Party consultant has been fined £6,000 for protesting against male circumcision after he blocked traffic in Parliament Square.

Metro

School’s new tactic to foil forced marriages

School’s new tactic to foil forced marriages

Metal hidden in underwear will be detected by airport scanners – and stop children being flown abroad

The Guardian

Church considers psychometric tests as experts raise fears about clergy narcissism

Church considers psychometric tests as experts raise fears about clergy narcissism

The Church is examining ways to analyse the personalities of new priests to in an effort to understand the types of people it is attracting.

The Telegraph

Jehovah's Witnesses must ask permission before collecting personal data on the doorstep

Jehovah's Witnesses must ask permission before collecting personal data on the doorstep

Religious groups must comply with data protection laws, the European Court has warned, as it rules that Jehovah's Witnesses must ask permission before collecting personal data on the doorstep.

The Telegraph

Butaleja Health Workers Subject Patients to Forced Circumcision

Butaleja Health Workers Subject Patients to Forced Circumcision

Patients in Butaleja and other neighbouring districts are distressed after health workers subjected them to forced circumcision in exchange for medical care.

Kampala Post

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