Thu, 10 Oct 2019

£1m charity cash for group linked to Iran

£1m charity cash for group linked to Iran

A group called the Islamic Human Rights Commission has received more than £1m in charity cash despite being run by self-declared Islamist revolutionaries closely aligned to Iran who say that the West is "the enemy" and Britain a "Stasi state".

The Telegraph

‘The Times view on the Islamic Human Rights Commission: Organised hypocrisy’

‘The Times view on the Islamic Human Rights Commission: Organised hypocrisy’

This editorial says a human rights group benefiting from charity laws ignores repression in Iran.

The Times (£)

Integrated schools in NI 'humbled' by Nobel Peace Prize nomination

Integrated schools in NI 'humbled' by Nobel Peace Prize nomination

A group of schools in Northern Ireland has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for working to educate children from different religious backgrounds together.

Tes

Church of Ireland leader calls on Christians to work to prevent NI abortion reform

Church of Ireland leader calls on Christians to work to prevent NI abortion reform

The leader of the Church of Ireland has said it is a "duty" of Christians to approach their representatives in an attempt to stop Northern Ireland's abortion laws from being liberalised.

Belfast Telegraph

Germany shooting: Gunman kills two after attacking synagogue

Germany shooting: Gunman kills two after attacking synagogue

A gunman has killed two people in eastern Germany after attempting to enter a synagogue where dozens were observing a Jewish holiday. Prosecutors say there are indications of a possible right-wing extremist motive.

BBC

Macron vows ‘unrelenting fight’ against Islamist terror after Paris knife attack

Macron vows ‘unrelenting fight’ against Islamist terror after Paris knife attack

French president Emmanuel Macron vowed an "unrelenting fight" against Islamist terror on Tuesday as he paid tribute to the four Paris police staff stabbed to death last week by a radicalised colleague.

The Times of Israel

Irish education minister says faith ethos can’t hinder sex ed classes

Irish education minister says faith ethos can’t hinder sex ed classes

Religious ethos cannot be allowed to interfere with the teaching of Relationships and Sexuality Education in schools, Ireland's education minister Joe McHugh has said.

The Irish Catholic

China destroys dozens of Uighur cemeteries in drive to 'eradicate' cultural history of Muslims

China destroys dozens of Uighur cemeteries in drive to 'eradicate' cultural history of Muslims

Even in death there is no respite for the Uighurs, one of the world's most persecuted minorities, according to a new investigation that has revealed China is destroying burial grounds where generations of families have been interred.

The Telegraph

Judge overturns ban on gay ‘conversion therapy’ in Florida city

Judge overturns ban on gay ‘conversion therapy’ in Florida city

A US federal judge has overturned a ban on conversion therapy in the Florida city of Tampa, saying the health care regulation is the prerogative of the state, not the city.

Newsweek

Wed, 09 Oct 2019

Government issues advice on handling school protests against LGBT-inclusive education

Government issues advice on handling school protests against LGBT-inclusive education

The government has issued advice to local authorities on dealing with protests outside schools over LGBT-inclusive teaching.

BBC

Boy of seven died after beating from staff member at celebrated Scottish Catholic school, inquiry hears

Boy of seven died after beating from staff member at celebrated Scottish Catholic school, inquiry hears

A boy of seven at a highly-rated Catholic school died after being given a 'vicious' beating by a member of staff, an inquiry heard yesterday.

Scottish Daily Mail

Calls for review of rejected ‘buffer zones’ plan outside abortion clinics

Calls for review of rejected ‘buffer zones’ plan outside abortion clinics

Charities and medical bodies have called on the Home Secretary to bring in buffer zones outside abortion clinics.

ITV News

‘The BBC’s paranoia about causing offence has reached a new high’

‘The BBC’s paranoia about causing offence has reached a new high’

Hardeep Singh says BBC paranoia over giving offence has caused a Sikh contributor to Thought for the Day to quit the slot.

The Spectator

Anti-abortion activists offer financial support to pregnant students

Anti-abortion activists offer financial support to pregnant students

Anti-abortion campaigners are offering to help fund pregnant students in Scotland to discourage them from having terminations.

The Times (£)

Parliament’s chaplain complained about “stench” and security risk of Westminster Tube’s homeless

Parliament’s chaplain complained about “stench” and security risk of Westminster Tube’s homeless

The chaplain to the speaker of the House of Commons complained to parliamentary authorities about the "ongoing stench" and "unsanitary state" created by rough sleepers in an underground entrance used to access parliament.

New Statesman

German lorry attack in Limburg seen as 'act of terrorism'

German lorry attack in Limburg seen as 'act of terrorism'

An attack on motorists in the western town of Limburg is being investigated as terrorism, security sources have told German media.

BBC

US blacklists dozens of Chinese tech companies and agencies over ‘brutal oppression’ of Uighurs

US blacklists dozens of Chinese tech companies and agencies over ‘brutal oppression’ of Uighurs

The US has blacklisted 28 Chinese companies and government agencies over what it called the "brutal" treatment of Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic minority groups in Xinjiang province.

The Independent

Iranian women allowed to watch football at stadium for first time in decades

Iranian women allowed to watch football at stadium for first time in decades

Iranian women will be able to enter a football stadium on Thursday for the first time in decades, after Fifa threatened to suspend the Islamic republic over its controversial male-only policy.

The Guardian

Junaid Hafeez: Why is Pakistani scholar's blasphemy case receiving scant attention?

Junaid Hafeez: Why is Pakistani scholar's blasphemy case receiving scant attention?

Human rights organizations are demanding the release of a 33-year-old university lecturer who has been in solitary confinement on blasphemy charges in Pakistan since 2014. His family discusses his case.

DW

‘As a doctor, vaccination column shook me to my core’

‘As a doctor, vaccination column shook me to my core’

Avi Korman responds to a previous column on vaccinations in Jewish News, saying it distorted the facts. He adds that recognised doctors would strongly and firmly advise people to vaccinate their children.

Jewish News

Tue, 08 Oct 2019

Nobel peace prize nomination for schools breaking Northern Ireland’s barriers

Nobel peace prize nomination for schools breaking Northern Ireland’s barriers

The Integrated Schools Movement, which argues for educating children from different religious backgrounds together in NI, has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize.

The Guardian

Social media firms let off Islamist extremists for fear of being accused of human rights breaches, report finds

Social media firms let off Islamist extremists for fear of being accused of human rights breaches, report finds

Social media firms are failing to crackdown on Islamist extremists because of fears of being accused of breaching their human rights, an 18-month investigation into extremism has found.

The Telegraph

NI abortion: Guidelines issued as October deadline looms

NI abortion: Guidelines issued as October deadline looms

The government has published guidance for healthcare professionals on abortion law in Northern Ireland.

BBC

‘The doctors in Northern Ireland knew my baby would die. But I was refused an abortion’

‘The doctors in Northern Ireland knew my baby would die. But I was refused an abortion’

One grieving woman tells of the suffering the current ban on abortion caused her.

The Observer

More Northern Ireland teachers working across religious divide than ever before, says report

More Northern Ireland teachers working across religious divide than ever before, says report

More permanent and temporary teachers in Northern Ireland are working across the religious divide than ever before, according to a new study.

Belfast Telegraph

Nursery forced to return government counter-extremism funding following backlash

Nursery forced to return government counter-extremism funding following backlash

A nursery was forced to hand back government funding for tackling radicalisation following a backlash from local Muslim groups, a report has revealed.

The Telegraph

‘Thought for the Day is now a recital of religious platitudes’

‘Thought for the Day is now a recital of religious platitudes’

Indarjit Singh explains his decision to stop contributing to BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day slot.

The Mail on Sunday

Police investigate targeting of Stella Creasy by anti-abortion group

Police investigate targeting of Stella Creasy by anti-abortion group

Scotland Yard is investigating the intimidation and harassment of Stella Creasy following the "extremist" targeting of the Labour MP by anti-abortion protesters over the past week.

The Observer

Polish election: Leader targets gay rights as threat to society

Polish election: Leader targets gay rights as threat to society

The Law and Justice party, which is closely aligned with the Catholic Church on social issues, is seeking to win a second term in Poland. If it does there seems little chance that homosexual couples will enjoy the same rights as their heterosexual neighbours any time soon.

BBC

First abortion case for Trump's Supreme Court to be heard next year

First abortion case for Trump's Supreme Court to be heard next year

The US Supreme Court will hear its first abortion case since Donald Trump installed two justices who are both expected to vote in an anti-abortion way.

The Independent

US Supreme Court takes up cases over LGBT rights

US Supreme Court takes up cases over LGBT rights

The US Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in two of the term's most closely watched cases over whether federal civil rights law protects LGBT people from job discrimination.

The Washington Post

Islamist extremists exploited tensions over LGBT-inclusive teaching to fuel hate, says report

Islamist extremists exploited tensions over LGBT-inclusive teaching to fuel hate, says report

Islamist extremists exploited tensions over equality teaching in Birmingham schools to amplify hate against LGBT+ people, a hard hitting report claims.

Birmingham Live

Mon, 07 Oct 2019

Efforts to combat extremism failing because of way government has defined it, commissioner says

Efforts to combat extremism failing because of way government has defined it, commissioner says

Efforts to combat extremism are failing because the government's definition of it is so broad that it is hampering free speech, the counter-extremism commissioner has said.

The Telegraph (£)

‘We must defend our right to be offensive - but hateful extremism demands a brave response’

‘We must defend our right to be offensive - but hateful extremism demands a brave response’

Sara Khan says tackling extremism requires brave, bold and consistent leadership both from government and across civil society.

The Telegraph (£)

More schools opting out of Christian worship for ‘multi-faith’ alternatives – NSS quoted

More schools opting out of Christian worship for ‘multi-faith’ alternatives – NSS quoted

The number of schools asking to opt out of legal requirements to provide a daily act of Christian worship appears to be slowing, but more are choosing to run "multi-faith" alternatives instead.

Schools Week

Ofsted quashes critical inspection report on Jewish school which separates boys and girls

Ofsted quashes critical inspection report on Jewish school which separates boys and girls

Education inspectors have quashed a report which found a Jewish school in Manchester inadequate because it segregated boys and girls.

Jewish News

‘How your title deeds could make you liable for repairs to the local church’

‘How your title deeds could make you liable for repairs to the local church’

Anna Tims says homeowners unaware of restrictive covenants can become liable for life-changing sums out of the blue, as a result of the law on chancel repair liability.

The Observer

Charity Commission chief questions if it should be able to refuse to register controversial organisations

Charity Commission chief questions if it should be able to refuse to register controversial organisations

The Charity Commission should consider whether it needs more powers to allow it to refuse to register organisations which cover areas including religion as charities, its chief executive has suggested.

Third Sector

Paris police attacker followed a 'radical vision of Islam,' prosecutor says

Paris police attacker followed a 'radical vision of Islam,' prosecutor says

The perpetrator of a knife attack that left four people dead at a Paris police headquarters had recently adhered to a "radical vision of Islam," according to witnesses.

CNN

Catholic bishops in call for action against abortion law changes in NI

Catholic bishops in call for action against abortion law changes in NI

The Catholic Church has voiced "grave concern" at imminent changes to abortion legislation in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph

Sark could soon become the last of the Channel Islands to legalise same-sex marriage

Sark could soon become the last of the Channel Islands to legalise same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage could soon be legal across the whole of the Channel Islands.

Gay Times

In Iraq, religious ‘pleasure marriages’ are a front for child prostitution

In Iraq, religious ‘pleasure marriages’ are a front for child prostitution

A BBC investigation exposes Shia clerics in Baghdad advising men on how to abuse girls.

The Observer

Iranian Instagram star 'arrested for blasphemy'

Iranian Instagram star 'arrested for blasphemy'

An Iranian Instagram star has been arrested for crimes including blasphemy and instigating violence, according to reports.

BBC

Fri, 04 Oct 2019

Northern Ireland abortion law found to breach human rights

Northern Ireland abortion law found to breach human rights

Northern Ireland's abortion law breaches the UK's human rights commitments, the High Court ruled.

BBC

Christian prayer 'divisive' at Bucks County Council meeting – NSS extensively quoted

Christian prayer 'divisive' at Bucks County Council meeting – NSS extensively quoted

The NSS has called Bucks County Council's practice of beginning its meetings with a Christian prayer "alienating," "exclusionary," and "divisive."

The Bucks Herald

Hallmarks of grooming ‘overlooked’ by staff at cathedral school

Hallmarks of grooming ‘overlooked’ by staff at cathedral school

Wells Cathedral School in Somerset failed to recognise "all the hallmarks of grooming" among music staff who were later convicted of child sexual abuse, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has heard.

Church Times

Brain-damaged girl from Muslim family can go abroad for treatment, court rules

Brain-damaged girl from Muslim family can go abroad for treatment, court rules

The parents of a brain-damaged girl will be allowed to take her abroad to continue her treatment, the High Court has ruled. Her parents argued in court that argued that the girl was from a Muslim family and Islamic law said only God could take the decision to end her life.

BBC

Christian doctor loses trans beliefs case

Christian doctor loses trans beliefs case

A doctor who refused to use transgender pronouns as people's chosen sex as it went against his Christian faith has lost his tribunal.

BBC

What are the UK's laws on abortion?

What are the UK's laws on abortion?

Abortion laws in Northern Ireland breach the UK's human rights commitments, the High Court has ruled. So what are the laws on abortion in the UK?

BBC

Peer quits Thought for the Day and blasts BBC for trying to censor his address in case it offended Muslims

Peer quits Thought for the Day and blasts BBC for trying to censor his address in case it offended Muslims

Sikh peer Indarjit Singh has quit BBC Radio Four's Thought for the Day after more than three decades and criticised the over-sensitivity of the corporation's bosses.

Daily Mail

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