Wed, 19 Sep 2018

‘Australia doesn’t need laws protecting religious freedom’

‘Australia doesn’t need laws protecting religious freedom’

Brian Morris says Australia has already been described as a 'soft theocracy', and the initial signs suggest new prime minister Scott Morrison is trying to subvert the country's secular values.

Herald Sun

Romania sets date for referendum to block gay marriage

Romania sets date for referendum to block gay marriage

Romania will hold a referendum to change the constitutional definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman on 6-7 October. The vote is aimed at preventing same sex partnerships from ever being legal in one of the few EU states to still ban them.

NBC News

Campaigners demand anti-FGM law as girls bleed to death in Somalia

Campaigners demand anti-FGM law as girls bleed to death in Somalia

A spate of deaths of young girls from female genital mutilation has renewed calls for Somalia to outlaw the tradition. Somalia is one of six FGM-practising nations in Africa yet to criminalise it.

Reuters

Abortion rights groups see protests paying off as Kavanaugh confirmation hits snag

Abortion rights groups see protests paying off as Kavanaugh confirmation hits snag

A claim of sexual assault has put the confirmation of US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in doubt, but abortion rights activists say they laid the groundwork.

Time

Tue, 18 Sep 2018

C of E appoints first independent chair of safeguarding

C of E appoints first independent chair of safeguarding

The Church of England has appointed a former government minister as its first independent chair of safeguarding.

The Guardian

Inner north London coroner reveals new protocol on prioritising deaths

Inner north London coroner reveals new protocol on prioritising deaths

Mary Hassell, the senior coroner in inner north London, has revealed the new policy that will dictate how her office decides which deaths to deal with first. Hassell was at the centre of a legal case earlier this year after she refused to prioritise her work on religious grounds.

Islington Gazette

May speaks out on anti-semitism at Jewish group dinner

May speaks out on anti-semitism at Jewish group dinner

Theresa May has said reports that 40% of British Jews would consider leaving the country if Jeremy Corbyn became prime minister "sicken" her.

The JC

MPs to address ‘community consultation’ aiming to ‘define Islamophobia’

MPs to address ‘community consultation’ aiming to ‘define Islamophobia’

The All Party-Parliamentary Group on British Muslims will hold a 'community consultation' in east London tonight as it works to find a definition of 'Islamophobia'.

East London & West Essex Guardian

Violence erupts at rally against Muslim grooming gangs

Violence erupts at rally against Muslim grooming gangs

A Democratic Football Lads Alliance protest in Sunderland against Muslim grooming gangs has turned violent.

Sky News

Labour calls for ban on early foetus sex test

Labour calls for ban on early foetus sex test

Labour is calling for a ban on parents-to-be being told the sex of their baby after early blood tests, amid fears it may lead to abortions of girls.

BBC

‘Why can’t England and Wales have humanist weddings, as Scotland has?’

‘Why can’t England and Wales have humanist weddings, as Scotland has?’

Joan Bakewell says humanist marriages should be recognised in England and Wales.

The Guardian

Tim Farron hijacked Lib Dems with his beliefs, book claims

Tim Farron hijacked Lib Dems with his beliefs, book claims

A book about last year's general election will suggest senior Liberal Democrats became exasperated with their leader Tim Farron over his handling of questions about homosexuality and abortion.

The Guardian

Anti-abortion charity banned from Warwick freshers fair

Anti-abortion charity banned from Warwick freshers fair

Warwick Students' Union has refused to let an anti-abortion charity have a stand at its freshers fair.

Coventry Live

FGM leaves 50 girls in hospital in Burkina Faso

FGM leaves 50 girls in hospital in Burkina Faso

Around 50 girls are being treated in hospital in Burkina Faso after their genitals were mutilated, a minister says.

BBC

Pennsylvania Catholic Church sued for names of priests in abuse report

Pennsylvania Catholic Church sued for names of priests in abuse report

People claiming they were sexually abused by priests filed a class action lawsuit on Monday against eight dioceses in Pennsylvania seeking to compel them to divulge the names of priests accused of such actions over the past 70 years.

US News & World Report

Trinidad and Tobago’s government challenges the decriminalisation of gay sex

Trinidad and Tobago’s government challenges the decriminalisation of gay sex

The government of Trinidad and Tobago will begin a legal case in the UK this week in an attempt to keep laws against gay sex.

Gay Times

Mon, 17 Sep 2018

Lib Dem peer calls for labelling of non-stun halal and kosher meat

Lib Dem peer calls for labelling of non-stun halal and kosher meat

Meat taken from animals that are slaughtered without pre-stunning "should be labelled in shops", a Lib Dem peer has said as the party's conference opened in Brighton.

Blackpool Gazette

Church of England defends its investment in ‘evil’ tech firms

Church of England defends its investment in ‘evil’ tech firms

The Church of England has defended its investment in tech companies. It has said it has no plans to sell its shares in Amazon, despite the archbishop of Canterbury's criticism of the company.

iNews

Use school mosque visits to tackle anti-Muslim sentiment, says faith minister

Use school mosque visits to tackle anti-Muslim sentiment, says faith minister

Schools should take pupils on trips to mosques in an attempt to tackle anti-Muslim sentiment among parents, the faith minister has said. Lord Bourne added that all churches, mosques, synagogues and temples should be twinned with places of worship from other faiths.

The Times (£)

Commons to vote on relaxing abortion law in Northern Ireland next month

Commons to vote on relaxing abortion law in Northern Ireland next month

MPs will vote on whether to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland next month. Labour MP Diana Johnson will introduce a 10-minute rule bill that will seek to decriminalise abortion and pave the way to allow women here to have a termination.

Belfast Telegraph

Survey highlights public attitudes to multiculturalism and Islam

Survey highlights public attitudes to multiculturalism and Islam

A large minority of people in the UK believe multiculturalism has undermined British culture and migrants do not properly integrate, according to research. In particular panel discussions regularly revealed negative views about Islam.

The Guardian

Decades of sex abuse uncovered at Christian-run children's home

Decades of sex abuse uncovered at Christian-run children's home

Decades of physical cruelty and child sexual abuse allegations at a children's home in Argyll have been uncovered by a BBC investigation.

BBC

Academy trust plans to create Leicester's first Sikh faith secondary school

Academy trust plans to create Leicester's first Sikh faith secondary school

An academy trust is applying to create a Sikh secondary school in Leicester under the government's free schools programme.

Leicester Mercury

Aberdeen City Council paid Catholic holy order more than £12m for school buildings

Aberdeen City Council paid Catholic holy order more than £12m for school buildings

Council chiefs in Aberdeen paid a Roman Catholic holy order more than £12 million to buy a school and the bishop's residence in the leafy west end of the city.

Press and Journal

Former MI5 boss says “engaging and meaningful” RE can help tackle extremism

Former MI5 boss says “engaging and meaningful” RE can help tackle extremism

A former top spymaster has called for improved religious education in schools to protect children from becoming radicalised.

Evening Standard

Twitter allows ‘pro-FGM’ account to sponsor a tweet

Twitter allows ‘pro-FGM’ account to sponsor a tweet

Twitter has come under fire for allowing a tweet that activists have said is pro–female genital mutilation to be promoted on its site, meaning it showed up on the timelines of users who didn't follow the poster's account.

BuzzFeed News

Dalai Lama admits he knew about Buddhist teachers' sexual abuse in Europe

Dalai Lama admits he knew about Buddhist teachers' sexual abuse in Europe

The Tibetan spiritual leader told Dutch TV he has known about the sex crimes in Europe since the 1990s. He was presented with written accounts from 12 alleged victims from Belgium and the Netherlands.

DW

Dutch Catholic Church accused of widespread sexual abuse cover-up

Dutch Catholic Church accused of widespread sexual abuse cover-up

More than half of the Netherlands' senior clerics were involved in covering up sexual assault of children between 1945 and 2010, a press report claimed on Saturday, further engulfing the Catholic Church in a global abuse scandal.

The Guardian

Fri, 14 Sep 2018

Church of England holds multi-million pound stake in Amazon despite Welby criticism of its tax practices

Church of England holds multi-million pound stake in Amazon despite Welby criticism of its tax practices

The annual report of the Church Commissioners, the investment arm of the Church of England, shows that Amazon is among its 20 most valuable equity holdings. The revelation follows the archbishop of Canterbury's criticism of the company.

Church Times

Justin Welby under fire over C of E's zero-hours contracts

Justin Welby under fire over C of E's zero-hours contracts

The archbishop of Canterbury has been criticised after it emerged the Church of England uses zero-hours contracts and invests in Amazon, despite his attacks on both during a speech earlier this week.

The Guardian

Faith minister calls for imams and rabbis to get automatic places in the House of Lords

Faith minister calls for imams and rabbis to get automatic places in the House of Lords

The Tory minister for faith has called for imams and rabbis to get automatic places in the House of Lords alongside Church of England bishops.

Mail Online

‘God aside, for whom does Justin Welby speak?’

‘God aside, for whom does Justin Welby speak?’

Simon Jenkins says even if you agree with the archbishop of Canterbury's criticism of the gig economy, he has inappropriate power in a secular country.

The Guardian

Javid rejects calls for abortion clinic buffer zones

Javid rejects calls for abortion clinic buffer zones

Calls for buffer zones to be introduced outside abortion clinics to stop patients being harassed have been rejected by the home secretary.

BBC

Northern Ireland women may not be able to take abortion pills in England

Northern Ireland women may not be able to take abortion pills in England

Women from Northern Ireland who travel to Britain to terminate a pregnancy may not have access to abortion pills following new plans.

Belfast Telegraph

Human rights and equality protections in Northern Ireland `will be weakened by Brexit'

Human rights and equality protections in Northern Ireland `will be weakened by Brexit'

Human rights and equality protections in Northern Ireland will be "weakened" by Brexit, according to a study at Queen's University Belfast.

The Irish News

Same sex marriage ban in Northern Ireland a veil for homophobia, court told

Same sex marriage ban in Northern Ireland a veil for homophobia, court told

Maintaining the ban on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland should not be used as a "veil for homophobia", the Court of Appeal has been told. Two couples are seeking to overturn a ruling that the prohibition does not breach their human rights under European law.

Belfast Telegraph

Lib Dem MSP says secular education is “contrary to our values”

Lib Dem MSP says secular education is “contrary to our values”

A Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP has said his party will not secularise the education system after he fought to defer a motion calling for the end of Catholic schools at the party's conference last weekend.

The Scottish Catholic Observer

Hebrides to hold ‘historic’ gay pride parade for first time

Hebrides to hold ‘historic’ gay pride parade for first time

A "historic" gay pride parade will be held in the Western Isles for the first time on 6 October.

The Scotsman

Fall of a West Virginia bishop widens Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal

Fall of a West Virginia bishop widens Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal

On Thursday an American bishop in West Virginia was brought down by allegations of sexual misconduct, even as a delegation of American church leaders met urgently with the pope over whether the Vatican had ignored past warnings of abuse by a prominent cardinal.

The New York Times

Two sisters die after undergoing FGM in Somalia, campaigner says

Two sisters die after undergoing FGM in Somalia, campaigner says

Two sisters have died in Somalia from complications that arose after undergoing female genital mutilation, according to a campaigner against the procedure.

CNN

Thu, 13 Sep 2018

Parents commonly attend church services to get children into faith schools, says report

Parents commonly attend church services to get children into faith schools, says report

Nearly a third of middle-class, professional parents personally know someone who has used "ethically dubious" tactics to get their children into a good school, a new report has found. Common practices cited by parents include attending church services to get a place in a faith school.

The Independent

‘Desperate parents are bribing priests with muffins – our faith school system must end’

‘Desperate parents are bribing priests with muffins – our faith school system must end’

Zoe Williams says getting into state-funded church schools encourages hypocrisy all round, and we should end faith schooling.

The Guardian

Tony Blair calls for battle of ideas against Islamists

Tony Blair calls for battle of ideas against Islamists

Tony Blair has accused pressure groups such as Cage and Mend of trying to drive a wedge between Muslim communities and the government by portraying the British state as a "hostile" force.

The Times (£)

‘Lucy Powell’s bill is the wrong way to tackle online hate’

‘Lucy Powell’s bill is the wrong way to tackle online hate’

A cross-party group of MPs has proposed a bill to make moderators and administrators responsible for content on their forums and ban large secret Facebook groups. Jamie Bartlett says the bill would undermine groups which have a reason to stay hidden.

The Spectator

‘Outdated’ UK abortion laws hampering care for women, doctors say

‘Outdated’ UK abortion laws hampering care for women, doctors say

Doctors think Britain's "outdated" abortion law hampers their ability to provide the best care for women, a new study has found.

The Independent

Ban on Rastafarian boy’s dreadlocks overturned

Ban on Rastafarian boy’s dreadlocks overturned

Schools may no longer ban pupils from having dreadlocks, after a Rastafarian boy had his hair ban overturned. The Equality and Human Rights Commission, which backed the boy's case, said the dreadlocks were a 'fundamental tenet' of his Rastafarian beliefs.

The Telegraph

Orthodox Jewish leaders distance themselves from chief rabbi’s LGBT guidance

Orthodox Jewish leaders distance themselves from chief rabbi’s LGBT guidance

Strictly orthodox Jewish leaders have distanced themselves from recently-issued guidance for schools from the chief rabbi on including LGBT+ pupils.

The JC

Welby gives major speech on economy to TUC conference

Welby gives major speech on economy to TUC conference

The archbishop of Canterbury has spoken about the economy at the TUC conference, in which he criticised companies such as Amazon for paying too little tax.

ITV

Young children battered by Lanarkshire church workers for failing to get top grades

Young children battered by Lanarkshire church workers for failing to get top grades

Two church workers have been convicted of assaulting young children.

The Scottish Sun

German Catholic priests 'abused thousands of children'

German Catholic priests 'abused thousands of children'

More than 3,600 children in Germany were assaulted by Roman Catholic priests between 1946 and 2014, a leaked report has revealed.

BBC

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