Tue, 14 May 2019

Former lecturer faces huge bill after settling legal battle with Christian sect

Former lecturer faces huge bill after settling legal battle with Christian sect

A retired academic is facing a huge legal bill after attempting to publicise the membership, activities and rules of the Exclusive Brethren.

The Sunday Post

US Catholic abuse victims to sue Vatican

US Catholic abuse victims to sue Vatican

Five US men who say they were sexually abused by Catholic priests plan to sue the Vatican in an effort to get the Holy See to release the names of thousands of priests involved in abuse cases.

DW

‘Asia Bibi's escape to Canada shines light on Pakistan's blasphemy laws’

‘Asia Bibi's escape to Canada shines light on Pakistan's blasphemy laws’

Last week, as Asia Bibi began to settle into her new life in Canada, her lawyer turned his focus to his next court battle against Pakistan's blasphemy laws.

CBC News

MSP calls for end to Orange marches past Catholic churches in Glasgow

MSP calls for end to Orange marches past Catholic churches in Glasgow

A Glasgow politician has said loyalist organisations being allowed to march past Catholic churches has "gone on too long".

Evening Times

TV Choice awards moved from Dorchester Hotel over Brunei’s discriminatory laws

TV Choice awards moved from Dorchester Hotel over Brunei’s discriminatory laws

The TV Choice awards will take place at The Hilton in London after organisers boycotted The Dorchester Hotel over Brunei's anti-LGBT laws.

Lancashire Telegraph

Sri Lanka riots: One dead as anti-Muslim violence spreads in wake of Easter massacre

Sri Lanka riots: One dead as anti-Muslim violence spreads in wake of Easter massacre

At least one person has died after anti-Muslim rioting in Sri Lanka continued for a second day.

The Independent

Anti-gay preacher is first-ever banned from Ireland under exclusion powers

Anti-gay preacher is first-ever banned from Ireland under exclusion powers

An American preacher with extreme anti-gay and anti-semitic views has become the first person ever banned from Ireland by exclusion powers dating from 1999.

The Irish Times

Divorce referendum 'reflects changing face of Ireland'

Divorce referendum 'reflects changing face of Ireland'

There is a mainstream party consensus in favour of proposals to liberalise Ireland's abortion laws, which the country is due to vote on later this month.

BBC

Detained Polish activist speaks out on LGBT Virgin Mary posters

Detained Polish activist speaks out on LGBT Virgin Mary posters

The Polish civil rights activist who put up images of the Christian virgin Mary with a rainbow halo said she did so to protest against what she calls the "exclusion of LGBT people from society" by the country's Catholic Church.

BBC

Mon, 13 May 2019

Scottish primary school recruiting new boss but only Catholics can be called head teacher

Scottish primary school recruiting new boss but only Catholics can be called head teacher

A Catholic primary school looking for a headteacher has widened its search to non-Catholics - but will only give the full job title to those baptised in the faith.

Daily Record

Catholic Church marking its own homework with internal abuse reporting, says campaigner

Catholic Church marking its own homework with internal abuse reporting, says campaigner

A child protection campaigner has said the pope's announcement of internally reporting child abuse in the Catholic Church will not help to prevent the crimes.

talkRADIO

Six killed in Burkina Faso church attack

Six killed in Burkina Faso church attack

Gunmen have killed six people including a priest as Mass was being celebrated in a church in Dablo in northern Burkina Faso, officials say. Jihadist violence has flared in Burkina Faso since 2016, and this is the third attack on a church in five weeks.

BBC

Integrated and Catholic schools over-subscribed in south Belfast, report says

Integrated and Catholic schools over-subscribed in south Belfast, report says

Researchers from Ulster University have found that integrated and Catholic schools are over-subscribed in south Belfast.

The Irish News

Eight members of Islamist group charged over murders of LGBT rights activists in Bangladesh

Eight members of Islamist group charged over murders of LGBT rights activists in Bangladesh

Bangladesh police have charged eight members of an extremist group with the brutal murders of two LGBT activists. The eight men were reportedly members of banned extremist group Ansar al Islam.

Gay Star News

‘Extreme abortion laws shine light on Trump's courting of religious right’

‘Extreme abortion laws shine light on Trump's courting of religious right’

David Smith says on abortion, the supreme court and more, the president keeps delivering what evangelicals want.

The Guardian

Men ordered not to look at women during Ramadan in Iran

Men ordered not to look at women during Ramadan in Iran

Men in Iran have been ordered not to look at women during Ramadan as part of a round of draconian restrictions imposed by the increasingly isolated regime.

The Telegraph

‘The Vatican editor who exposed the sexual abuse of nuns – and took on the pope’

‘The Vatican editor who exposed the sexual abuse of nuns – and took on the pope’

An interview with Lucetta Scaraffia, who exposed rape and secret abortions in the Catholic Church before quitting.

The Guardian

Four victims of ‘gay purge’ in Chechnya reveal the horrific torture they endured

Four victims of ‘gay purge’ in Chechnya reveal the horrific torture they endured

A report from the Human Rights Watch has detailed the torture that four men, who were detained between December 2018 and February 2019, went through in Chechnya.

Gay Times

LGBT people in Brunei living in fear despite sultan's death penalty reprieve

LGBT people in Brunei living in fear despite sultan's death penalty reprieve

When the sultan of Brunei last week announced a moratorium on the much-condemned death penalty for gay sex, some hailed the move as a major advance. But inside the tiny South-East Asian nation, LGBT people say there is little reason to celebrate - and much still to fear.

The Telegraph

Sri Lanka blocks social media after worst anti-Muslim unrest since Easter bombings

Sri Lanka blocks social media after worst anti-Muslim unrest since Easter bombings

Sri Lanka on Monday temporarily blocked some social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, after attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses in the worst unrest since Easter bombings by Islamist militants.

Reuters

Cuba gay rights activists arrested at pride march in Havana

Cuba gay rights activists arrested at pride march in Havana

A number of gay rights activists have been arrested after clashing with police at an unauthorised pride march in Cuba's capital, Havana.

BBC

Fri, 10 May 2019

Church of England put reputation above abuse victims' needs, inquiry finds

Church of England put reputation above abuse victims' needs, inquiry finds

The Church of England put its own reputation above the needs of victims of sexual abuse in its handling of the case of a bishop who eventually went to prison, an official inquiry has concluded.

The Guardian

‘Paedophile priest was called a saint by the establishment and victim by Prince Charles’

‘Paedophile priest was called a saint by the establishment and victim by Prince Charles’

Tom Kelly says predatory paedophile bishop Peter Ball enjoyed the patronage and protection of the establishment for decades.

Daily Mail

Pope requires bishops to report abuse to church superiors but not secular authorities

Pope requires bishops to report abuse to church superiors but not secular authorities

Pope Francis has issued new global rules on reporting sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The rules cover internal Catholic Church procedure, but do not refer to the need to report abuse or cover-up to civil authorities.

CNN

Downing Street confirms appointment of three C of E bishops

Downing Street confirms appointment of three C of E bishops

Downing Street has confirmed the appointments of three new bishops in the Church of England after the queen accepted their nominations.

Premier Christian Radio

Video of man mocking Muslim prayer room in Bolton Hospital being investigated as hate crime – with man now arrested

Video of man mocking Muslim prayer room in Bolton Hospital being investigated as hate crime – with man now arrested

Two videos being shared on Facebook of a man pretending to pray to 'Aladdin' in a Muslim prayer room are being investigated as a hate crime. According to separate reports a man has now been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.

The Bolton News

Foreign secretary says persecution of Christians is 'close to our hearts' after meeting with faith leaders

Foreign secretary says persecution of Christians is 'close to our hearts' after meeting with faith leaders

The foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has affirmed the UK's commitment to addressing the persecution of Christians following a meeting of faith leaders at the official residence of the archbishop of Canterbury on Wednesday.

Christian Today

Labour party condemns local Scottish group over Facebook post questioning term ‘Islamophobia’

Labour party condemns local Scottish group over Facebook post questioning term ‘Islamophobia’

The Labour party and its former deputy leader in Scotland have condemned a social media post from the Argyll and Bute Labour Facebook account which said "there is no such thing as Islamophobia".

Daily Record

Christian in plea to stay in UK as he could face death penalty if deported to Pakistan

Christian in plea to stay in UK as he could face death penalty if deported to Pakistan

A Christian facing deportation to Pakistan where his family says he could be sentenced to the death penalty may have been offered a lifeline after a bail hearing was reportedly granted.

Sky News

DUP councillor criticises party for fielding gay candidate

DUP councillor criticises party for fielding gay candidate

A prominent DUP councillor has written to the party's officers to say its founder, Ian Paisley, "must be turning in his grave" at the DUP's first openly gay councillor.

News Letter

Revealed: new evidence of China's mission to raze the mosques of Xinjiang

Revealed: new evidence of China's mission to raze the mosques of Xinjiang

An investigation finds more than two dozen Islamic religious sites have been partly or completely demolished since 2016.

The Guardian

Victoria is set to become the first state in Australia to legalise assisted dying

Victoria is set to become the first state in Australia to legalise assisted dying

Victoria's voluntary assisted dying laws come into effect next month, allowing terminally ill patients the right to request a lethal drug to end their lives.

Daily Mail Australia

Christian lobby targets key conservative seats in Australia

Christian lobby targets key conservative seats in Australia

The Australian Christian Lobby is gearing up to bolster its influence on Australian politics, using next week's election to road test new campaign tactics targeting gender fluidity, abortion and education.

The Guardian

Thu, 09 May 2019

C of E won't require priests to report child abuse to the police when they hear about it in the confessional

C of E won't require priests to report child abuse to the police when they hear about it in the confessional

The Church of England is ignoring abuse victims, survivors say, after it rejected a report saying that clergy should report sex abuse confessions to police.

The Telegraph

‘Crushing dissent is a clear sign of weakness’

‘Crushing dissent is a clear sign of weakness’

David Aaronovitch says if religious zealots and the Chinese communist party really believed their teachings they wouldn't need to be ruthless.

The Times (£)

‘School worship rule is now unwanted’

‘School worship rule is now unwanted’

Paul Kaufman says the non-religious are the largest growing group in England according to new government statistics – and it's time the government caught up with this social revolution.

Barking and Dagenham Post

London council says legal change needed to tackle unregistered religious schools

London council says legal change needed to tackle unregistered religious schools

Hackney Council says it has held a "constructive" meeting with representatives of the local Strictly Orthodox community to improve safeguarding within unregistered Jewish educational institutions. But the council added that legislation was necessary to tackle the schools.

The JC

Local MP supports plans for new Jewish primary school in Hertfordshire

Local MP supports plans for new Jewish primary school in Hertfordshire

Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden has offered his support to a project which could see a new Jewish primary school built in the Hertfordshire town of Borehamwood.

Borehamwood & Elstree Times

Lyra McKee's partner asks Theresa May to legalise same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland

Lyra McKee's partner asks Theresa May to legalise same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland

The partner of the murdered journalist Lyra McKee urged Theresa May to legalise same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland when she met her at the funeral in Belfast last month.

The Guardian

Woman who added LGBT+ rainbow halos to picture of Mary and Jesus in Poland could be jailed

Woman who added LGBT+ rainbow halos to picture of Mary and Jesus in Poland could be jailed

A woman in Poland could face two years in prison for putting up posters with the LGBT+ rainbow on the halos of the Christian virgin Mary and baby Jesus.

The Independent

Iran summons Christians to explain why they converted from Islam

Iran summons Christians to explain why they converted from Islam

Iran's intelligence minister has said some converts to Christianity have been "summoned" to explain why they have converted from Islam.

Christian Today

Asia Bibi: Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy in Pakistan is now in Canada

Asia Bibi: Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy in Pakistan is now in Canada

A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan has landed in Canada to be reunited with her daughters, her lawyer has said.

Sky News

Trump administration tracking teenage girls who want an abortion

Trump administration tracking teenage girls who want an abortion

A Trump administration agency has been tracking migrant teenage girls who want an abortion after facing fierce criticism and a court order not to interfere with their access to abortions.

The Independent

Taiwan parliament to vote on same-sex marriage law next week

Taiwan parliament to vote on same-sex marriage law next week

Taiwan's parliament will vote on a same-sex marriage bill next Friday.

Gay Star News

Wed, 08 May 2019

Asia Bibi: woman who spent years on death row leaves Pakistan after blasphemy acquittal

Asia Bibi: woman who spent years on death row leaves Pakistan after blasphemy acquittal

Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who spent years on death row after being convicted of blasphemy, has left the country, officials have confirmed.

BBC

New Charedi Jewish school which refuses to talk about LGBT issues is ranked inadequate by Ofsted

New Charedi Jewish school which refuses to talk about LGBT issues is ranked inadequate by Ofsted

A new strictly Orthodox secondary school for girls in north-west London which refuses to talk about LGBT people has been rated inadequate in its first inspection.

The JC

Man paralysed for almost 30 years renews right to die claim

Man paralysed for almost 30 years renews right to die claim

A man who was paralysed from the neck down almost 30 years ago is bringing a fresh challenge to the law on assisted dying.

The Times (£)

UK government has pledged to pass NI same-sex marriage legislation if Stormont doesn’t, claims Sinn Fein

UK government has pledged to pass NI same-sex marriage legislation if Stormont doesn’t, claims Sinn Fein

A Sinn Fein MLA has claimed the government has promised his party that if a restored Northern Ireland assembly fails to approve legislation on same sex marriage, it will be passed by Westminster. Amnesty International has said it is unaware of any such assurances.

Belfast Telegraph

Church of Scotland membership in sharp decline

Church of Scotland membership in sharp decline

The Church of Scotland's membership is expected to halve in two decades if the present rate of decline continues.

The Times (£)

Acclaimed novel, branded ‘Islamophobic’ and ‘racist’, is withdrawn

Acclaimed novel, branded ‘Islamophobic’ and ‘racist’, is withdrawn

A book has been pulled by its independent publisher after "Twitteridiots" castigated the publication's "Islamophobia" and "racism".

The Freethinker (Patheos)

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