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Tue, 12 Apr 2022

MP Halfon refers NUS to the Charity Commission over antisemitism concerns

MP Halfon refers NUS to the Charity Commission over antisemitism concerns

The National Union of Students has been referred to the Charity Commission by a senior Jewish MP who has accused the organisation of fostering a "culture of discrimination" against Jewish students.

The Jewish Chronicle

C of E procedures on racial injustice ‘inadequate’, says Cambridge college

C of E procedures on racial injustice ‘inadequate’, says Cambridge college

The Church of England's procedures for addressing issues of racial injustice and contested heritage are "inadequate" and "not fit for purpose", according to the head of Jesus College at the University of Cambridge.

The Guardian

‘I pray in vain for wisdom amid the platitudes of Thought for the Day’

‘I pray in vain for wisdom amid the platitudes of Thought for the Day’

How can such stuff still be broadcast to the educated audience of a news programme, asks Catherine Bennett.

The Guardian

‘To achieve equal education in Ireland, we must remove religious instruction from school hours’

‘To achieve equal education in Ireland, we must remove religious instruction from school hours’

Paddy Monahan of Education Equality says it's time to separate religion and education, once and for all.

TheJournal.ie

Schools in Alabama county agree to stop prayers over PA at football games after complaints

Schools in Alabama county agree to stop prayers over PA at football games after complaints

Jefferson County Schools have agreed to stop opening high school football games with prayers broadcast over the public address loudspeakers, according to the Freedom From Religion Foundation which complained about the practice.

Al.com

‘Islamic State morphs and grows in Pakistan, Afghanistan’

‘Islamic State morphs and grows in Pakistan, Afghanistan’

Analysts say IS has morphed into a borderless terrorist group, one of the deadliest in a region that has spawned many violent, radical organisations.

The Associated Press

Mon, 11 Apr 2022

Ofsted to be given powers to clamp down on 'tens of thousands' of illegal schools

Ofsted to be given powers to clamp down on 'tens of thousands' of illegal schools

Education watchdog Ofsted is set to be given powers that will allow inspectors to enter and close illegal schools after it warned that children are being educated in garages and being exposed to extremist materials.

Mail Online

Almost half of LGBTQ+ psychiatrists report hostility at work, finds survey

Almost half of LGBTQ+ psychiatrists report hostility at work, finds survey

Nearly half of LGBTQ+ psychiatrists have experienced hostility at work because of their identity, according to a survey.

The Guardian

Teenage neo-Nazi who encouraged far-right terrorism locked up for two years

Teenage neo-Nazi who encouraged far-right terrorism locked up for two years

A teenage neo-Nazi who glorified and encouraged far-right terrorism against Jews and Muslims has been locked up for two years.

Jewish News

BBC hand police footage of retired Catholic priest admitting role in IRA bomb attacks

BBC hand police footage of retired Catholic priest admitting role in IRA bomb attacks

The BBC has agreed to hand over footage to police of an IRA suspect confessing to his role in the Hyde Park and Brighton bomb attacks.

Mail Online

Murder charges dropped against Texas woman for ‘self-induced abortion’

Murder charges dropped against Texas woman for ‘self-induced abortion’

Lizelle Herrera has been released after being thrown in jail last week, while district attorney says this is 'not a criminal matter'.

The Guardian

‘Rape exceptions to abortion bans were once widely accepted. No more.’

‘Rape exceptions to abortion bans were once widely accepted. No more.’

Just as states may be on the verge of regaining expansive authority to outlaw abortion, eliminating rape and incest exceptions has moved from the fringe to the centre of the antiabortion movement, says Jennifer Haberkorn.

Los Angeles Times*

US: LGBTQ college students allege discriminatory treatment at Christian schools

US: LGBTQ college students allege discriminatory treatment at Christian schools

There are more than 100,000 LGBTQ students at U.S. religious schools.

ABC News

‘The case for secular education in Hasidic schools’

‘The case for secular education in Hasidic schools’

The Jewish community is not served by depriving people of the right to their own history, says Naftuli Moster.

Religion News Service

Australia: Schools chaplaincy provider bans cohabitation and ‘sexually intrusive’ behaviour in staff’s private life

Australia: Schools chaplaincy provider bans cohabitation and ‘sexually intrusive’ behaviour in staff’s private life

Australia's second biggest schools chaplaincy provider imposes a code that discriminates against staff based on relationship status and sexual conduct, a whistleblower has alleged.

The Guardian

‘Why do some prominent leftists ignore the Uyghur genocide?’

‘Why do some prominent leftists ignore the Uyghur genocide?’

This erasure and denial has been happening under the radar for years, says Jaya Pathak.

The Independent*

‘I can’t eat, sleep since my husband was jailed for blasphemy’ – Wife of Mubarak Bala

‘I can’t eat, sleep since my husband was jailed for blasphemy’ – Wife of Mubarak Bala

Amina, wife of the Nigerian atheist, Mubarak Bala, jailed for 24 years for blasphemy has said she has not been able to eat or sleep since her husband was sent to prison.

Punch

‘The dangerous rise of Islamic blasphemy laws’

‘The dangerous rise of Islamic blasphemy laws’

All around the world, critics of Islam are facing severe punishment, says Wasiq Wasiq.

Spiked

Fri, 08 Apr 2022

Ali Harbi Ali tells court he did not feel shame after killing David Amess

Ali Harbi Ali tells court he did not feel shame after killing David Amess

The man accused of murdering Conservative MP Sir David Amess has told a court he did not have "any shame" as he admitted to killing the Conservative MP because he had voted seven years ago in support of a military campaign in Syria.

The Guardian

Catholic priest who preyed on schoolboys branded a 'beast' as he is jailed for historic sex offences in Leeds

Catholic priest who preyed on schoolboys branded a 'beast' as he is jailed for historic sex offences in Leeds

A Catholic priest has been locked up after being found guilty of sexually abusing six boys in his care.

Yorkshire Evening Post*

Labour suspends Newcastle's Joyce McCarty over Islamic plot claim

Labour suspends Newcastle's Joyce McCarty over Islamic plot claim

A city councillor who claimed a "Muslim plot" ousted her leader has been suspended by the Labour party.

BBC

‘C of E is paralysed by its privilege in society’

‘C of E is paralysed by its privilege in society’

Parish ministry will thrive once again only if the Church faces up to issues of class and wealth, argues David Ford.

Church Times*

Le Pen vows headscarf fines in tight French election battle

Le Pen vows headscarf fines in tight French election battle

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen vowed Thursday to issue fines to Muslims who wear headscarves in public, as candidates made a final push for votes three days ahead of an election seen as increasingly close.

France24

Bangladesh: School teacher under fire for comments on Islam

Bangladesh: School teacher under fire for comments on Islam

Police are investigating an allegation against a school teacher in Narayanganj of 'defaming' the prophet Muhammad and the Quran during a class.

Dhaka Tribune

‘In India, Muslim hawkers attacked at Hindu temple fairs’

‘In India, Muslim hawkers attacked at Hindu temple fairs’

Experts call it social apartheid to instil mob fear among Muslims.

Religion News Service

Kenya: Police probe parents, FGM ring leaders colluding to cut girls

Kenya: Police probe parents, FGM ring leaders colluding to cut girls

Fears of a thriving underground female genital cutting ring are rife in Central Kenya following the arrest of seven suspects.

The Star

Australia: Anglican Church shifts $40m child sex bill onto taxpayers

Australia: Anglican Church shifts $40m child sex bill onto taxpayers

The Anglican Church is using tens of millions of dollars it receives from taxpayers for aged care services to instead cover the church's historic child sexual abuse claims.

The Klaxon

Australian convicted in Singapore for killing man in act of ‘religious hostility towards Muslims’

Australian convicted in Singapore for killing man in act of ‘religious hostility towards Muslims’

An Australian man has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison for killing an elderly Singaporean man and hurting his wife with a thrown wine bottle, in what a judge called an act of religious hostility toward Muslims.

The Guardian

‘Brand or church? How Hillsong is facing a day of reckoning’

‘Brand or church? How Hillsong is facing a day of reckoning’

Several years of scandals and a culture of secrecy has led to calls for an overhaul of the global Pentecostal megachurch.

The Guardian

Thu, 07 Apr 2022

NSS mentioned: ‘BBC's bite-size religious broadcasting can do more harm than good’

NSS mentioned: ‘BBC's bite-size religious broadcasting can do more harm than good’

Isn't it right and fair that our national broadcaster becomes truly secular and impartial, asks GP Taylor.

The Yorkshire Post*

Catholic Church ‘acted unlawfully’ in trying to impose executive team on school where gay author was banned

Catholic Church ‘acted unlawfully’ in trying to impose executive team on school where gay author was banned

The Catholic Church acted unlawfully when it tried to impose a new management team on a school at the centre of a controversy over the banning of a gay author.

iNews*

Boris Johnson 'sad' LGBT+ conference boycotted but defends conversion therapy plan

Boris Johnson 'sad' LGBT+ conference boycotted but defends conversion therapy plan

Boris Johnson has said he's "sad" his LGBT+ conference was boycotted over plans to drop a ban on trans conversion therapy, but defended his decision to exempt transgender people from new legislation.

ITV

Boris Johnson urged to shun NUS over antisemitism concerns

Boris Johnson urged to shun NUS over antisemitism concerns

Boris Johnson should refuse to recognise the National Union of Students as the "legitimate voice of students" unless it ceases its "poor treatment of Jewish students", the government's antisemitism adviser has said.

The Times*

Spain bans harassment of women having abortions

Spain bans harassment of women having abortions

Spain has criminalised the harassment or intimidation of women going for an abortion under new legislation approved by the Senate on Wednesday.

The Guardian

Oregon braces for abortion ban in neighbouring Idaho

Oregon braces for abortion ban in neighbouring Idaho

In the wake of Idaho's recent ban on nearly all abortions, Oregon is investing millions in its abortion infrastructure as it prepares to receive an influx of patients seeking the procedure.

NPR

‘A covert network of activists is preparing for the end of Roe’

‘A covert network of activists is preparing for the end of Roe’

What will the future of abortion in America look like, asks Jessica Bruder.

The Atlantic*

Israel government loses majority as religious lawmaker quits

Israel government loses majority as religious lawmaker quits

A lawmaker quit Israel's ruling coalition on Wednesday after a dispute over religious observance during the Passover holiday, throwing the fragile alliance into disarray without a majority in parliament and raising the prospect of a new round of elections.

The Associated Press

India: University professor suspended for "mythical reference of rape"

India: University professor suspended for "mythical reference of rape"

Police on Wednesday registered a first issue report against an Aligarh Muslim University professor who referred to examples of "rape" in Hindu mythology during a forensic science class, provoking accusations of hurting religious sentiments.

NDTV

Suspected Islamists kill 21 civilians in eastern Congo

Suspected Islamists kill 21 civilians in eastern Congo

Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 21 civilians in an overnight attack on a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a local human rights group and a witness said on Monday.

Reuters*

Wed, 06 Apr 2022

NSS chief exec: ‘Secularism and the struggle for free speech’

NSS chief exec: ‘Secularism and the struggle for free speech’

Stephen Evans, chief executive of the National Secular Society, argues for the vital importance of free speech in a liberal democracy, and considers the place of this fundamental right in the secularist tradition from the nineteenth century to the present.

The Freethinker

Nigeria atheist Mubarak Bala jailed for ‘blaspheming Islam’

Nigeria atheist Mubarak Bala jailed for ‘blaspheming Islam’

A Nigerian atheist has been sentenced to 24 years in prison by a high court in the northern state of Kano after being convicted of 'blaspheming Islam'.

BBC

Catholic priest tells sex abuse trial how he carried out exorcism for one of his alleged victims

Catholic priest tells sex abuse trial how he carried out exorcism for one of his alleged victims

A Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing boys told a jury he had carried out an exorcism for one of his alleged victims.

Yorkshire Evening Post*

'Safe To Be Me' LGBT conference cancelled after boycott

'Safe To Be Me' LGBT conference cancelled after boycott

The UK has cancelled its first-ever international LGBT+ conference after a boycott by more than 100 organisations.

BBC

Oklahoma lawmakers pass near-total ban on abortion

Oklahoma lawmakers pass near-total ban on abortion

The bill would criminalise performing an abortion in almost all cases, except where it could "save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency".

BBC

Colorado signs abortion and contraception access into state law

Colorado signs abortion and contraception access into state law

Colorado joins 15 other states and the District of Columbia that have recently codified abortion in law.

The Independent*

‘The antisocial strain of sincere religious beliefs is on the rise in the US’

‘The antisocial strain of sincere religious beliefs is on the rise in the US’

Conservatives are increasingly embracing a version of religious freedom that's designed to sow unnecessary divisions in society, says Charles McCrary.

The New Republic

Australia: Diocese accused of using school funds to buy church properties

Australia: Diocese accused of using school funds to buy church properties

The Parramatta Catholic diocese is under investigation by the New South Wales government over allegations it used school funds to buy parish properties, a parliamentary hearing has been told.

The Sydney Morning Herald*

Hunt for the ‘Butcher of Bucha’, a commander blessed by the Orthodox Church

Hunt for the ‘Butcher of Bucha’, a commander blessed by the Orthodox Church

The Russian commander suspected of committing "utterly inhuman" war crimes in Bucha has been named as a veteran soldier who was recently blessed by the Orthodox Church.

The Times*

Men are less religious in more gender-equal countries

Men are less religious in more gender-equal countries

A new study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society suggests that men are less religious in countries with higher levels of gender equality.

PsyPost

Tue, 05 Apr 2022

Ireland: ‘New census religion question offers scope for change’

Ireland: ‘New census religion question offers scope for change’

Religious influence on our publicly funded schools and hospitals is often defended because of the high numbers who declare they are Catholics in our population survey, says Colm O'Connor.

Irish Examiner

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