Mon, 08 Jul 2019

This year’s Pride biggest yet, claim march organisers

This year’s Pride biggest yet, claim march organisers

About 30,000 people from more than 600 groups took part in the official parade through central London, which was attended by an estimated 1.5m people.

The Observer

Far-right terrorist tried to torch synagogue in Exeter

Far-right terrorist tried to torch synagogue in Exeter

A far-right extremist who laughed as he was engulfed by a fireball while trying to torch an historic synagogue has been locked up in hospital indefinitely.

The Independent

UK urged to take action on 'shocking' persecution against Pakistan's religious minorities

UK urged to take action on 'shocking' persecution against Pakistan's religious minorities

Crossbench peer David Alton has challenged the UK government to put more pressure on Pakistan to stop the persecution of religious minorities.

Christian Today

Fri, 05 Jul 2019

Ecclesiastical lawyer & abuse survivor asks parliament to render seal of confession obsolete at IICSA inquiry

Ecclesiastical lawyer & abuse survivor asks parliament to render seal of confession obsolete at IICSA inquiry

Parliament "must intervene" in the debate on the future of the seal of confession in the Church of England by changing civil law to introduce mandatory reporting, a former diocesan chancellor has said.

Church Times

C of E’s general synod branded ‘lazy and incurious’ about safeguarding scandals

C of E’s general synod branded ‘lazy and incurious’ about safeguarding scandals

The Church of England's General Synod has been "lazy and incurious" despite a wave of safeguarding scandals, a lay member said this week.

Church Times

China Muslims: Xinjiang schools used to separate children from families

China Muslims: Xinjiang schools used to separate children from families

China is deliberately separating Muslim children from their families, faith and language in its far western region of Xinjiang, according to new research.

BBC

Faith schools among schools splitting £22m to boost nursery places

Faith schools among schools splitting £22m to boost nursery places

Some faith schools have been awarded money from the school nurseries capital fund, which creates school-based nursery places for disadvantaged children.

Schools Week

Assisted dying: Paralysed man trying to change law as MPs debate issue

Assisted dying: Paralysed man trying to change law as MPs debate issue

A paralysed man who wants the right to an assisted death has applied to the High Court to try to change UK law. The application comes in the week Parliament debated assisted dying for the first time in four years.

Sky News

‘MPs must find a way out of the moral maze of assisted dying’

‘MPs must find a way out of the moral maze of assisted dying’

The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable MP, says it is time to update the law on assisted dying, with great care to ensure that there are safeguards to prevent abuse.

Evening Standard

Dying man campaigns to make assisted dying legal in Scotland

Dying man campaigns to make assisted dying legal in Scotland

A dying man from Perth has said he will spend his remaining weeks campaigning to make assisted dying legal in Scotland. Local politicians have not backed his campaign.

The Courier

C of E will allow husbands and wives to stay married after one changes gender

C of E will allow husbands and wives to stay married after one changes gender

The Church of England is to tell husbands and wives they are free to change gender and stay married. But the established church still does not allow same-sex marriage.

Daily Mail

Equalities chief says anti-abortion and Christian societies mustn’t be blocked on campus due to 'hypersensitivity'

Equalities chief says anti-abortion and Christian societies mustn’t be blocked on campus due to 'hypersensitivity'

Universities must not allow students to block anti-abortion or Christian societies due to "hypersensitivity", equalities chief David Isaac has said.

The Telegraph

Australians told to fight 'religious freedom' laws

Australians told to fight 'religious freedom' laws

LGBT rights advocates are urging people to resist the Australian government's plan to change laws in the name of 'religious freedom'.

Gay Star News

‘Trump's pick for US representative to the UN is a dangerous anti-abortion fanatic’

‘Trump's pick for US representative to the UN is a dangerous anti-abortion fanatic’

Bergen Cooper and Beirne Roose-Snyder say Andrew Bremberg is proud of his work expanding the US 'gag rule' that hurts women across the world.

The Guardian

Thu, 04 Jul 2019

Birmingham school to resume modified version of equality lessons ‘for a faith community’

Birmingham school to resume modified version of equality lessons ‘for a faith community’

A primary school in Birmingham that suspended lessons about LGBT equality following protests by parents is to resume a modified version of the programme in September. Its new version of 'No outsiders' will be called 'No outsiders for a faith community'.

The Guardian

Bishop accepts he failed to pass on vicar's abuse confession letter to safeguarding adviser or police

Bishop accepts he failed to pass on vicar's abuse confession letter to safeguarding adviser or police

The bishop of Chester has admitted that he allowed a vicar to continue working despite having read a letter from him alluding to child abuse.

Chester Standard

Ministers accused of blocking law change on Northern Ireland gay marriage

Ministers accused of blocking law change on Northern Ireland gay marriage

The government will attempt to pass a Northern Ireland devolution bill in a single day on Monday – a move that could frustrate a cross-party amendment to legalise equal marriage.

New Statesman

Bishop criticises ‘unhealthy’ level of bishops’ power at child abuse inquiry

Bishop criticises ‘unhealthy’ level of bishops’ power at child abuse inquiry

The bishop of Buckingham has criticised the "unhealthy and excessive" centralisation of power in bishops in the Church of England and called for an independent safeguarding body to hold bishops and dioceses to account.

Church Times

Christian wins appeal after being thrown off social work course

Christian wins appeal after being thrown off social work course

A devout Christian thrown off a university social work course after being accused of posting derogatory comments about gay and bisexual people on Facebook has won the latest round of a legal battle.

The Guardian

Public backs education which includes gay relationships in schools, poll suggests

Public backs education which includes gay relationships in schools, poll suggests

The majority of people approve of schoolchildren being educated about gay relationships, despite some public protests, according to a survey.

ITV News

Archbishop of Canterbury to christen royal baby Archie on Saturday

Archbishop of Canterbury to christen royal baby Archie on Saturday

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the duke and duchess of Sussex's son Archie will be christened on Saturday. The archbishop of Canterbury will perform the ceremony.

Sky News

Parents to launch legal action against Catholic body over ‘forced’ academisation of primary school

Parents to launch legal action against Catholic body over ‘forced’ academisation of primary school

Parents at a primary school due to be turned into an academy are planning launch legal proceedings against the Catholic body in charge of the school.

East London & West Essex Guardian

‘How secular feminists are caught in the middle’

‘How secular feminists are caught in the middle’

Rahila Gupta says religious fundamentalists and anti-Muslim bigots alike eroded vital breathing space for secular feminists in Pakistan.

New Humanist

Fears for press freedom under internet abuse law

Fears for press freedom under internet abuse law

Government plans to regulate social media pose a danger to press freedom, the newspaper industry has warned.

The Times (£)

Indonesian woman faces five years in jail for ‘blasphemy’

Indonesian woman faces five years in jail for ‘blasphemy’

A woman in Indonesia faces up to five years in jail after she was accused of blasphemy for taking a dog into a mosque.

Yahoo News

Wed, 03 Jul 2019

Hunt and Johnson rule out abortion reform in Northern Ireland

Hunt and Johnson rule out abortion reform in Northern Ireland

Pro-choice campaigners in Northern Ireland have accused Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt of pandering to religious fundamentalists in the Democratic Unionist party by ruling out any abortion reform for the country.

The Guardian

Theresa May defends LGBT-inclusive education for primary children despite parent protests

Theresa May defends LGBT-inclusive education for primary children despite parent protests

The prime minister has said "teaching all children about respect for difference is a core British value" which every government should support.

PoliticsHome

Collective worship in schools likely to continue, committee in Lancashire told

Collective worship in schools likely to continue, committee in Lancashire told

The requirement for schools to provide a daily act of collective worship was not raised at a recent meeting of groups which oversee religious education around the country, according to a representative from Lancashire.

Blackpool Gazette

Head of prestigious Catholic school stands down after damning report

Head of prestigious Catholic school stands down after damning report

England's most prestigious Catholic school, Ampleforth college, is facing a new leadership crisis after an inspection found it was failing to meet child protection standards.

The Guardian

‘The UK is being left behind by other developed nations on religious slaughter’

‘The UK is being left behind by other developed nations on religious slaughter’

Former Defra minister George Eustice MP writes on a debate on the religious slaughter of farm animals which he led in Westminster Hall yesterday.

PoliticsHome

MP in push for law change on assisted dying

MP in push for law change on assisted dying

Nick Boles, the MP for Grantham and Stamford in Lincolnshire, is leading a push to change the law on assisted dying.

Stamford Mercury

Is Australia about to take a step backwards on LGBTI equality?

Is Australia about to take a step backwards on LGBTI equality?

The Australian government announced its intention to amend existing marriage, charities and discrimination laws for 'religious freedom' reasons, sparking concerns from LGBT activists.

Gay Star News

Pakistani man's blasphemy appeal postponed for seventh time

Pakistani man's blasphemy appeal postponed for seventh time

A man who has been imprisoned in Pakistan since July 2012 over sending 'blasphemous' text messages has had his hearing adjourned for the seventh time.

Premier

American Medical Association sues North Dakota over proposed anti-abortion laws

American Medical Association sues North Dakota over proposed anti-abortion laws

The American Medical Association has filed a lawsuit against the state of North Dakota, attempting to block two laws that it says would be harmful to patients seeking abortion care.

USA Today

US federal court delays adoption of healthcare rule on abortion

US federal court delays adoption of healthcare rule on abortion

The US Department of Health and Human Services and its opponents in a California lawsuit have agreed to delay implementing a rule that would allow medical workers to decline performing abortions or other treatments on moral or religious grounds, according to a federal court filing.

Reuters

Investigation finds sex abuse at Washington National Cathedral schools

Investigation finds sex abuse at Washington National Cathedral schools

An investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct at a group of schools associated with the Washington National Cathedral in the US has found that 16 adults formerly connected to the schools or the cathedral had committed sexual misconduct against students.

CNN

Tue, 02 Jul 2019

Education secretary ‘leaves heads hung out to dry’ on LGBT-inclusive teaching

Education secretary ‘leaves heads hung out to dry’ on LGBT-inclusive teaching

Damian Hinds has been accused of leaving headteachers "hung out to dry" after repeatedly avoiding saying that primary schools must cover same-sex relationships.

Tes

Vatican says priests may not report abuse which they learn about in confessional to the authorities

Vatican says priests may not report abuse which they learn about in confessional to the authorities

The Vatican on Monday reaffirmed Catholic teaching that priests cannot reveal what they learn in confession, in an apparent response to moves in Australia and elsewhere to force them to do so in cases of sexual abuse.

Reuters

Almost 400 people in 'positions of trust' with the C of E have been convicted of child sex offences, inquiry hears

Almost 400 people in 'positions of trust' with the C of E have been convicted of child sex offences, inquiry hears

Almost 400 clergy and volunteers from the Church of England have been convicted of child sex offences in recent years, it was revealed yesterday.

Daily Mail

Survivor tells IICSA inquiry of ‘vacuum of leadership’ in C of E

Survivor tells IICSA inquiry of ‘vacuum of leadership’ in C of E

A survivor of clerical abuse has described a "vacuum of leadership" at the top of the Church of England, which, he said, had repeatedly allowed survivors to be "re-abused" in the process of disclosing and seeking remediation.

Church Times

Dozens of faith schools are downgraded by Ofsted

Dozens of faith schools are downgraded by Ofsted

Dozens of Church of England primaries have fallen from 'outstanding' to the bottom two Ofsted grades, while 16 schools also downgraded had not been inspected for a decade or more.

Schools Week

Vicar who described LGBT-inclusive education as “child abuse” steps down as school governor – NSS quoted

Vicar who described LGBT-inclusive education as “child abuse” steps down as school governor – NSS quoted

A vicar who caused outrage by describing classes on LGBT relationships as "state-sponsored child abuse" has resigned from his role as a school governor.

Rotherham Advertiser

'Companies that police their workers' opinions are a danger to democracy'

'Companies that police their workers' opinions are a danger to democracy'

In light of Asda's sacking of a man who shared a Billy Connolly clip on social media, Jodie Ginsberg says employers should stop policing employees' opinions.

The Telegraph

Christian charity wins contract to run new secure school in Kent

Christian charity wins contract to run new secure school in Kent

A Christian youth charity has won a multimillion pound government contract to run the UK's first secure school from late 2020.

Children & Young People Now

‘The BBC erases the murderous Rushdie fatwa’

‘The BBC erases the murderous Rushdie fatwa’

Craig Byers says a BBC One News at Ten report highlighted the anniversary of the Satanic Verses affair without mentioning the fatwa against Salman Rushdie or the deaths that followed it.

The Conservative Woman

Influential evangelical faces allegations of naked beatings

Influential evangelical faces allegations of naked beatings

Details have emerged of the allegations against the Revd Jonathan Fletcher, who was previously minister of Emmanuel Ridgway Proprietary Chapel in Wimbledon and an influential figure among evangelicals in the Church of England.

Church Times

‘Mentally ill’ woman charged with blasphemy in Indonesia

‘Mentally ill’ woman charged with blasphemy in Indonesia

Police have detained a woman who entered a mosque in Indonesia on Sunday with a dog and her shoes on, and charged her with blasphemy.

The Jakarta Post

Democrat US presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg hires faith engagement director

Democrat US presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg hires faith engagement director

One of the candidates competing to be the Democrats' US presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg, is increasingly trying to embrace the 'religious left'.

Premier

Mon, 01 Jul 2019

Rules banning outdoor weddings face shake-up, May announces

Rules banning outdoor weddings face shake-up, May announces

Couples in England and Wales may be given the option of tying the knot at sea, in the woods or even at home after a review of outdated marriage laws was kicked off by the prime minister. The NSS suggested allowing couples to marry anywhere when it wrote to the government on this subject in 2018.

The Guardian

Vicar quits as school governor after calling LGBTI-inclusive lessons 'state-sponsored child abuse'

Vicar quits as school governor after calling LGBTI-inclusive lessons 'state-sponsored child abuse'

A vicar in Rotherham in South Yorkshire has resigned as a primary school's 'anti-bullying' governor after describing classes teaching children about LGBTI relationships as "state-sponsored child abuse".

The Yorkshire Post

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