Wed, 08 May 2019

‘We must have the right to blaspheme against Islam’

‘We must have the right to blaspheme against Islam’

Brendan O'Neill says the Saatchi Gallery's covering up of two paintings after complaints from Muslim visitors is an outrage.

Spiked Online

US states seek to cut off religious exemptions for vaccination

US states seek to cut off religious exemptions for vaccination

The US state of Connecticut is to pursue legislation that would prevent parents from exempting their children from vaccinations for religious reasons, a move that several states are considering amid a significant measles outbreak.

AP News

‘We're taking religious freedom too far in the US’

‘We're taking religious freedom too far in the US’

Margaret Renkl says Americans have a right to practice their beliefs, but they don't have the right to discriminate against others or endanger their lives.

The New York Times

Poles stage protest rally in support of arrested LGBT activist

Poles stage protest rally in support of arrested LGBT activist

Hundreds of Polish gay rights activists staged a protest rally on Tuesday evening over the brief detention of a woman who posted images near a church of the Christian virgin Mary with a halo resembling a rainbow flag.

Reuters

California set to change sex education guidance for teachers

California set to change sex education guidance for teachers

The US state of California is close to overhauling its guidance for teaching sex education in public schools.

The Washington Post

Cuba cancels its annual gay rights parade

Cuba cancels its annual gay rights parade

The Cuban government announced on Tuesday that it has cancelled this year's edition of a parade widely seen as a sign of progress on gay rights on the island.

Los Angeles Times

Tue, 07 May 2019

Teaching guidance on LGBT relationships too unclear, say heads

Teaching guidance on LGBT relationships too unclear, say heads

Head teachers have challenged ministers to deliver better support for schools facing criticism from parents over lessons on same-sex relationships.

BBC

More dialogue needed to resolve clash over religious and LGBT rights in schools, says Ofsted chief

More dialogue needed to resolve clash over religious and LGBT rights in schools, says Ofsted chief

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has said it would be a "huge step backwards" if schools become reluctant to teach relationships lessons because of opposition from parents of faith.

Christian Today

Mediator brought in to resolve Birmingham equality teaching dispute

Mediator brought in to resolve Birmingham equality teaching dispute

A former leading prosecutor has been drafted in to mediate in a dispute over teaching which mentions LGBT people in Birmingham schools.

The Guardian

Council strips church representatives of voting rights on education issues – NSS quoted

Council strips church representatives of voting rights on education issues – NSS quoted

Church representatives have lost their right to make decisions on education at Perth and Kinross Council amid a row over a school closure.

The Times (£)

Saatchi Gallery covers up artworks after Muslim visitors' complaints

Saatchi Gallery covers up artworks after Muslim visitors' complaints

A leading contemporary art gallery covered up works featuring an Islamic declaration of faith after complaints from Muslim visitors who said the artworks were blasphemous.

The Guardian

Brunei says it won't enforce death penalty for gay sex or adultery

Brunei says it won't enforce death penalty for gay sex or adultery

Brunei has backtracked on enforcing laws introduced last month that would have made sex between men and adultery punishable by stoning to death.

BBC

New royal baby expected to be christened

New royal baby expected to be christened

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's new baby is likely to be christened to reflect the close ties between the royal family and the Church of England.

Express

Charity running Stoke-on-Trent mosque dissolved for 'facilitating terrorism'

Charity running Stoke-on-Trent mosque dissolved for 'facilitating terrorism'

A charity running a Stoke-on-Trent mosque has been dissolved - for 'facilitating terrorism'.

Stoke-on-Trent Live

Secret government report warns over 48 British Islamic schools are teaching intolerance and misogyny to future imams

Secret government report warns over 48 British Islamic schools are teaching intolerance and misogyny to future imams

Young imams are being trained in a network of Islamic schools across the UK that have been accused of promoting intolerance and misogyny, a secret government report has warned.

The Mail on Sunday

C of E primary school to expand and move as another closes on Isle of Wight

C of E primary school to expand and move as another closes on Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Council intends to close one Church of England school and expand and move another.

Isle of Wight County Press

Indian 'hate preacher' Zakir Naik charged with money laundering

Indian 'hate preacher' Zakir Naik charged with money laundering

Indian prosecutors have charged Islamic preacher Zakir Naik with money laundering. The NSS has previously written to the Charity Commission to question why Naik, who is banned from the UK, is the trustee of a registered charity.

BBC

Woman arrested in Poland over posters of Christian virgin Mary with rainbow halo

Woman arrested in Poland over posters of Christian virgin Mary with rainbow halo

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of offending religious sentiment, after posters bearing an image of the Christian virgin Mary with her halo painted in the colours of the rainbow flag appeared in the city of Płock in central Poland.

The Guardian

Fri, 03 May 2019

Child abuse inquiry to look into wider range of religious organisations

Child abuse inquiry to look into wider range of religious organisations

Child sexual abuse in a wide range of religious organisations and settings, including Jehovah's Witnesses and Buddhists, is to be scrutinised in an official inquiry.

The Guardian

Child abuse survivors ‘can still seek damages after redress payouts’ in Scotland

Child abuse survivors ‘can still seek damages after redress payouts’ in Scotland

Survivors of historical child abuse will not be prevented from seeking further damages should they apply to a national redress scheme, the Scottish government has said.

The Scotsman

Persecution driving Christians out of Middle East, says government-commissioned report

Persecution driving Christians out of Middle East, says government-commissioned report

Pervasive persecution of Christians, sometimes amounting to genocide, is ongoing in parts of the Middle East, and has prompted an exodus in the past two decades, according to a report commissioned by the British foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

The Guardian

Anti-Semitic attacks spike, killing most Jews in decades, says research

Anti-Semitic attacks spike, killing most Jews in decades, says research

Israeli researchers have reported that violent attacks against Jews spiked significantly last year, with the largest reported number of Jews killed in anti-Semitic acts in decades.

AP News

BBC’s new fervour for religious characters on primetime shows

BBC’s new fervour for religious characters on primetime shows

The BBC is placing more religious characters in EastEnders and primetime drama series as part of a drive to present belief in a more "subtle and pleasurable" way.

The Times (£)

Anti-Catholic discrimination ‘a scourge on society’, says Scottish first minister

Anti-Catholic discrimination ‘a scourge on society’, says Scottish first minister

Discrimination against Catholics in Scotland is a scourge on society and must be eradicated, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The Courier

Trump announces new rules allowing religious health workers to discriminate

Trump announces new rules allowing religious health workers to discriminate

The US president has announced the finalisation of a rule that would allow doctors, nurses, insurance providers, and employers to refuse service if it violates their religious beliefs.

Patheos

Equality Act approved by US House committee, without single Republican vote

Equality Act approved by US House committee, without single Republican vote

A bill which would outlaw anti-LGBT discrimination across the US has been signed off by a US congressional committee, with all Democratic members voting in favour and all Republicans voting against.

Pink News

‘The sanctification of Donald Trump’

‘The sanctification of Donald Trump’

Andrew Restuccia analyses the apparent belief among the US president's aides and supporters that he is literally a godsend.

Politico

‘Poland’s ruling party says it is confronting the “LGBT dictatorship”’

‘Poland’s ruling party says it is confronting the “LGBT dictatorship”’

Poland's Law and Justice party hopes to gin up its base by dividing society.

The Economist (£)

Thu, 02 May 2019

MI5 boss warns of 'startling' IS terror threat to Britain

MI5 boss warns of 'startling' IS terror threat to Britain

Home-grown extremists inspired by the "startling pull" of Islamic State propaganda online were behind four out of five terror plots in Britain and the West last year and continue to be the most potent threat the country faces, the head of MI5 has warned.

Evening Standard

Spike in recorded hate crime in London after Christchurch attack

Spike in recorded hate crime in London after Christchurch attack

Racist and religious hate crimes in London hit their highest levels in a year following the Christchurch mosque shootings, according to police data.

BBC

Hymns drop out of funeral song charts for the first time

Hymns drop out of funeral song charts for the first time

The Co-Op has revealed that there are no hymns in this year's top 10 most popular list of songs at its funerals for the first time. It comes as religious funeral services are declining, with more people choosing non-religious services for their loved ones.

The Telegraph

Candidate for Commons speaker hints at reform of bishops’ bench

Candidate for Commons speaker hints at reform of bishops’ bench

SNP MP Pete Wishart has said he is standing as House of Commons speaker to pursue a "reforming" agenda and has mentioned the place of Church of England bishops in the Lords as an issue to be addressed.

STV News

Man jailed over anti-Muslim abuse during far right protest

Man jailed over anti-Muslim abuse during far right protest

A 33-year-old man has been jailed for 15 months after he helped organise an anti-Muslim demonstration in a town centre.

Stoke-on-Trent Live

Indian Hindu nationalist group seeks ban on Muslim face coverings

Indian Hindu nationalist group seeks ban on Muslim face coverings

A right-wing Hindu group allied to the ruling party of India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, has called for the country to outlaw the face veil worn by some Muslim women.

The Times (£)

Human Rights Watch report reveals how China spies on Muslim minority

Human Rights Watch report reveals how China spies on Muslim minority

Using too much electricity or having acquaintances abroad are among a list of reasons that prompt authorities in China's western Xinjiang region to investigate Uighurs and other Muslims who might be deemed "untrustworthy" and sent to internment camps, according to a report.

The Guardian

‘China’s war on Islam’

‘China’s war on Islam’

Michael Auslin says Beijing has been ruthlessly willing to use technology and force against the Uighurs.

The Spectator

Alabama lawmakers move to outlaw abortion

Alabama lawmakers move to outlaw abortion

The House of Representatives in the US state of Alabama has passed a bill that would make it a crime for doctors to perform abortions at any stage of a pregnancy, unless a woman's life is threatened.

NPR

Bolsonaro says gay tourists welcome in Brazil if they “have sex with a woman”

Bolsonaro says gay tourists welcome in Brazil if they “have sex with a woman”

Brazil's president has said LGBTQ+ tourists should keep out of the South American country.

Out

US Christian school censors art textbook by drawing clothes on nude portraits

US Christian school censors art textbook by drawing clothes on nude portraits

Pensacola Christian College in Florida, which offers courses in the arts, covered old nude portraits using black permanent marker.

indy100

Council halts process of closure for North Yorkshire C of E primary school

Council halts process of closure for North Yorkshire C of E primary school

North Yorkshire County Council has agreed a recovery plan for a Church of England school amid plans to close it as pupils numbers dwindle.

The Yorkshire Post

Wed, 01 May 2019

Independent faith schools may escape sanctions over failures to teach respect for LGBT people

Independent faith schools may escape sanctions over failures to teach respect for LGBT people

Strictly Orthodox Jewish independent schools may escape sanctions if their only failing is not explicitly teaching respect for LGBT people, as a result of new advice issued on Tuesday by the Department for Education.

The JC

All of Scotland's political parties adopt formal definition of Islamophobia

All of Scotland's political parties adopt formal definition of Islamophobia

All of Scotland's political parties have agreed to adopt a formal definition of Islamophobia from the all-party parliamentary group on British Muslims.

Holyrood

RS and RSE remain statutory in new Welsh curriculum

RS and RSE remain statutory in new Welsh curriculum

Religious Studies and Relationships and Sexuality Education will remain statutory subjects in a new curriculum for schools in Wales. The curriculum will scrap the boundaries between traditional subjects and replace them with six areas of learning and experience.

Tes

Jeremy Corbyn criticised for endorsing book which claimed Jews control banks and the press

Jeremy Corbyn criticised for endorsing book which claimed Jews control banks and the press

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn heaped praise on a book which suggested banks and the media were controlled by Jews, it has emerged.

Politics Home

Religious freedom report offers grim review of attacks on faith groups

Religious freedom report offers grim review of attacks on faith groups

A report from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom has identified 16 countries that engaged in or tolerated egregious violations.

NPR

‘Fanatics are trying to destroy a critic of Islam who expressed legitimate points of view’

‘Fanatics are trying to destroy a critic of Islam who expressed legitimate points of view’

James Bloodworth says the attacks on Nora Mulready, the European elections candidate accused of 'Islamophobia', stink of whataboutery.

UnHerd

Circumcision clinic in Northampton criticised for lack of follow-up care

Circumcision clinic in Northampton criticised for lack of follow-up care

An inspection has found that a circumcision clinic did not follow all the rules when it came to aftercare.

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

‘After Sri Lanka, Bangladesh could see the next round of Islamist-inspired bloodshed’

‘After Sri Lanka, Bangladesh could see the next round of Islamist-inspired bloodshed’

Taslima Nasreen says a country that had been built upon the promise of secularism has now closely and fatally embraced religion.

The Print

Thirty-seven US states teach abstinence-only sex education

Thirty-seven US states teach abstinence-only sex education

A report has revealed that 37 US states shared $90m in federal funding for abstinence only education in 2017.

DailyMail.com

Tunisian authorities cite Sharia law to clamp down on LGBTI rights activists

Tunisian authorities cite Sharia law to clamp down on LGBTI rights activists

Association Shams, a notable LGBTI rights group in Tunisia, is facing closure after a legal challenge by the government which invokes sharia law.

Gay Star News

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