Thu, 13 Sep 2018

Spanish actor detained after ridiculing God and Mary

Spanish actor detained after ridiculing God and Mary

A Spanish actor accused of ridiculing God and the Christian virgin Mary has been detained for questioning by a judge, police have said, raising free speech fears.

The Guardian

US court allows restrictive Missouri abortion law to be enforced

US court allows restrictive Missouri abortion law to be enforced

A US appeals court has allowed a stringent state abortion law to move forward, raising the stakes of a coming vote on Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

The Independent

Wed, 12 Sep 2018

Academic advantage of going to a faith school is 'short lived'

Academic advantage of going to a faith school is 'short lived'

The academic advantages of a faith school education are short-lived and can be mainly explained by a pupil's home background, according to research from the UCL Institute of Education.

Tes

‘Hate preacher’ Anjem Choudary to be freed from prison

‘Hate preacher’ Anjem Choudary to be freed from prison

Anjem Choudary, the notorious Islamist hate preacher, will be released from jail next month. The justice minister has warned that he is "genuinely dangerous".

The Telegraph

Labour’s failure on Muslim extremism has ‘pushed supporters to far right’, union boss warns

Labour’s failure on Muslim extremism has ‘pushed supporters to far right’, union boss warns

Labour has pushed thousands of its core supporters to the far right because of its failure to take on Muslim extremism, a union boss has warned.

The Sun

Church leads campaign against gay culture parade in Inverness

Church leads campaign against gay culture parade in Inverness

Hundreds of people have signed a petition opposing a planned parade in Inverness city centre to celebrate gay culture, describing it as unsavoury and deeply offensive. A home mission worker with the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) has gathered about 600 names on a petition opposing the parade and written a letter to Highland Council.

Inverness Courier

Plane 'grope' vicar facing sexual assault retrial

Plane 'grope' vicar facing sexual assault retrial

A vicar accused of groping a student during a trans-Atlantic flight is to face a retrial.

BBC

'They said my twin was a witch and deserved to die': How Britain is tackling FGM of schoolgirls

'They said my twin was a witch and deserved to die': How Britain is tackling FGM of schoolgirls

FGM survivor Lucy Njomo reflects on her experience and a senior police officer discusses attempts to prevent FGM.

The Telegraph

Romania moves closer to ruling out same-sex marriage

Romania moves closer to ruling out same-sex marriage

Romania's senate has overwhelmingly backed a citizens' initiative to change the definition of family in the constitution in a nationwide referendum. The move could make it impossible to legalise same-sex marriage. The initiative has backing from several religious groups.

Reuters

EU court backs German doctor fired by Catholic hospital

EU court backs German doctor fired by Catholic hospital

The EU's top court has said a German Catholic hospital may have unlawfully discriminated against a senior doctor who was dismissed because he divorced and then remarried in a civil ceremony.

Mail Online

China restricts online coverage of burning incense and praying in religious crackdown

China restricts online coverage of burning incense and praying in religious crackdown

Chinese authorities have drafted sweeping new regulations that would severely restrict religious content online, including images or even descriptions of religious activities from praying and chanting to burning incense.

The Telegraph

US considers sanctioning China over Muslim crackdown

US considers sanctioning China over Muslim crackdown

The US has expressed deep concern over China's "worsening crackdown" on minority Muslims in the Xinjiang region and is considering sanctions against senior Chinese officials.

Reuters

Australia’s senate passes motion to tackle ‘conversion therapy’

Australia’s senate passes motion to tackle ‘conversion therapy’

Australia's senate has passed a motion brought by the Greens to tackle the rise in LGBT+ conversion therapy in the country.

Gay Star News

US voters open to candidates who aren’t very religious

US voters open to candidates who aren’t very religious

Relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, a poll has suggested in the run-up to the midterm elections.

AP News

Tue, 11 Sep 2018

Call for mandatory child abuse reporting after Ampleforth cover-up

Call for mandatory child abuse reporting after Ampleforth cover-up

Ministers have been urged to make reporting child abuse mandatory after a major cover-up at two leading Catholic schools.

ITV

Police force mocked for urging people to report “offensive or insulting comments”

Police force mocked for urging people to report “offensive or insulting comments”

South Yorkshire Police has been slated after telling people to report "non-crime hate incidents" in which people use "offensive or insulting words".

Evening Standard

FGM campaigner calls for more support from home secretary

FGM campaigner calls for more support from home secretary

A campaigner from the Royal College of Midwives appealed to Sajid Javid for increased political support in a bid to end FGM.

LBC

Bodyguard creator rejects criticism that show is anti-Muslim

Bodyguard creator rejects criticism that show is anti-Muslim

Some viewers have criticised the popular BBC One drama Bodyguard, claiming it depicts Muslims as terrorists. The show's creator has rejected the criticism.

The Times (£)

Major support to change Guernsey's marriage law

Major support to change Guernsey's marriage law

Plans to update Guernsey's Marriage law has received huge support from islanders. A public consultation has shown that a majority of the public want how and where people get married to be simplified.

ITV

Muslim group calls for preacher linked to Trump to be denied UK visa

Muslim group calls for preacher linked to Trump to be denied UK visa

Britain's biggest Muslim organisation has called on the Home Office to refuse a UK visa to a prominent US evangelical preacher with links to Donald Trump.

The Guardian

‘Please explain: How is “religious freedom” under threat in Australia?’

‘Please explain: How is “religious freedom” under threat in Australia?’

This editorial says Australia's new prime minister Scott Morrison is whipping up fears among conservative Christian groups and would do better to spread a positive message about Australia's strong record of religious tolerance.

Sydney Morning Herald

Taxpayer funding restored at Australia’s largest Muslim school

Taxpayer funding restored at Australia’s largest Muslim school

Australia's largest Muslim school has had $19 million in taxpayer funding reinstated - two years after it was found to have been run for profit.

Daily Mail Australia

‘The shadowy extremist sect accused of plotting to kill intellectuals in India’

‘The shadowy extremist sect accused of plotting to kill intellectuals in India’

Annie Gowen looks at the activities of and fear caused by Sanatan Sanstha, a shadowy extremist religious sect that has been accused of inciting its followers to kill those they consider enemies of Hinduism.

The Washington Post

Muslim minority in China's Xinjiang face 'political indoctrination', says human rights group

Muslim minority in China's Xinjiang face 'political indoctrination', says human rights group

The Turkic mostly Muslim Uighur minority in China's Xinjiang region face arbitrary detentions, daily restrictions on religious practice and "forced political indoctrination" in a mass security crackdown, Human Rights Watch has said.

Reuters

Argentinians formally leave Catholic Church over stance on abortion

Argentinians formally leave Catholic Church over stance on abortion

Thousands of Argentinians – most of them women – have started formal proceedings to abandon the Catholic Church, in protest against the church's campaign against efforts to legalise abortion in the country.

The Guardian

Kentucky attorney general wants to investigate state Catholic dioceses over sexual abuse

Kentucky attorney general wants to investigate state Catholic dioceses over sexual abuse

Kentucky's attorney general will seek the legislature's permission to form a statewide grand jury to investigate Kentucky's Catholic dioceses in line with last month's damning report on Pennsylvania Catholic churches.

USA Today

Mon, 10 Sep 2018

'Teach religion and worldviews instead of RE' – NSS quoted

'Teach religion and worldviews instead of RE' – NSS quoted

Religious education in England's schools should be renamed Religion and Worldviews, according to a report from the Commission on Religious Education. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans said the results represented "significant progress" but were "an inevitable fudge".

BBC

RE should be branded ‘Religion and Worldviews’, says report – NSS quoted

RE should be branded ‘Religion and Worldviews’, says report – NSS quoted

Religious Education (RE) should be rebranded as "Religion and Worldviews" in schools to ensure its survival as a subject, a new report has said. The NSS has said the report has the potential to be a game-changer for the way we teach about religion if the government is prepared to listen.

The Telegraph

Church of England numbers at record low, survey finds – NSS quoted

Church of England numbers at record low, survey finds – NSS quoted

The number of people who describe themselves as belonging to the Church of England is at a record low, a survey has found. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans said the UK's constitutional settlement is "embarrassingly out of step with the nation's secular outlook".

Premier Christian Radio

‘A very long wait for disestablishment’

‘A very long wait for disestablishment’

A letter writer calls for the C of E to lose its privileges in response to the latest British Social Attitudes survey.

The Guardian

‘It’s not the archbishop of Canterbury’s job to get involved with politics’

‘It’s not the archbishop of Canterbury’s job to get involved with politics’

Karren Brady says the archbishop of Canterbury should not get involved in politics and his calls for higher taxes are hypocritical considering the Church of England's assets.

The Sun on Sunday

‘Should the Archbishop of Canterbury be a quasi-socialist political campaigner?’

‘Should the Archbishop of Canterbury be a quasi-socialist political campaigner?’

Mark Littlewood criticises Justin Welby's intervention on the economy last week and notes that the Church of England benefits from considerable tax relief.

The Times (£)

Payout for ex-scout leader after niqab Darth Vader row

Payout for ex-scout leader after niqab Darth Vader row

A scout leader who was expelled from the movement for comparing a colleague canoeing in a niqab to Darth Vader has accepted an out-of-court settlement.

BBC

Abortion rights backers send US senator 3,000 coat hangers ahead of Kavanaugh vote

Abortion rights backers send US senator 3,000 coat hangers ahead of Kavanaugh vote

People from across the US have mailed about 3,000 coat hangers to the office of a pro-choice Republican whose vote could determine the fate of Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Activists fear Kavanaugh's appointment will place in jeopardy Roe v Wade, the 1973 ruling that guarantees abortion rights.

The Guardian

Australian PM promises new laws to ‘protect religious freedom’

Australian PM promises new laws to ‘protect religious freedom’

Australia's prime minister Scott Morrison has claimed new 'religious freedom' laws are needed to safeguard personal liberty in a changing society. His explanation appeared to suggest the new laws would give special privileges to the religious without protecting the non-religious.

Brisbane Times

Letter confirms Vatican officials knew of McCarrick allegations in 2000

Letter confirms Vatican officials knew of McCarrick allegations in 2000

A top official from the Vatican Secretariat of State acknowledged allegations made by a New York priest in 2000 concerning archbishop Theodore McCarrick, according to a letter obtained by Catholic News Service. McCarrick was elevated to the position of cardinal in 2001 and only resigned this year.

Catholic Herald

Muslim groups in Sri Lanka oppose ban on doctors performing FGM

Muslim groups in Sri Lanka oppose ban on doctors performing FGM

A number of Sri Lankan Muslim groups have called on the government to withdraw a recent circular prohibiting medical professionals from performing female genital mutilation.

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

‘How Israeli ultra-Orthodox are being drawn into work’

‘How Israeli ultra-Orthodox are being drawn into work’

Harriet Sherwood says Haredi men have not traditionally joined Israel's labour force – but that is starting to change.

The Guardian

Fri, 07 Sep 2018

Church of England numbers at record low – NSS quoted

Church of England numbers at record low – NSS quoted

The number of people who describe themselves as belonging to the Church of England is at a record low, according to the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey. NSS CEO Stephen Evans has said the figures call into question the UK's constitutional settlement.

Daily Express

Researchers say people will no longer become religious in old age – NSS quoted

Researchers say people will no longer become religious in old age – NSS quoted

NatCen's researchers, who carried out the BSA survey, have said people will no longer become religious in old age. Stephen Evans said the C of E's teaching and attitudes have diverged from those of ordinary Britons for some time.

The Telegraph

British and US agencies sign agreement to tackle FGM

British and US agencies sign agreement to tackle FGM

British schoolgirls have been pressured by their fellow students into having female genital mutilation, a campaigner against the practice has said. Leyla Hussein's warning came as British and US agencies signed an agreement to step up co-operation in tackling FGM.

BBC

Lib Dems to consider adopting policy to end Catholic education in Scotland

Lib Dems to consider adopting policy to end Catholic education in Scotland

The Scottish Liberal Democrats will discuss adopting a policy to end Catholic education in Scotland at their conference this Saturday—though some in the party will seek to defeat the proposal.

Scottish Catholic Observer

‘Allowing children to marry brings shame on Britain’

‘Allowing children to marry brings shame on Britain’

Sarah Champion says the failure to raise the legal marriage age to 18 is allowing forced marriage to exist.

The Times (£)

Protestant group scraps Glasgow march

Protestant group scraps Glasgow march

A Protestant group has scrapped plans to hold a parade due to pass a church where a priest was allegedly attacked during an Orange Order march.

The Herald

Kavanaugh calls contraceptives “abortion-inducing drugs” during confirmation hearing

Kavanaugh calls contraceptives “abortion-inducing drugs” during confirmation hearing

During the third day of his confirmation hearings for the US Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh referred to contraception as "abortion-inducing drugs". Kavanaugh was describing his decision to side with a religious organisation that objected to providing contraception for employees with health insurance.

Time

Trump defends Pope Francis’s handling of the abuse crisis

Trump defends Pope Francis’s handling of the abuse crisis

Donald Trump has defended Pope Francis's handling of the abuse crisis, claiming that the pontiff is handling the situation "the best anyone can handle it".

Catholic Herald

New York Catholic dioceses subpoenaed in sex abuse probe

New York Catholic dioceses subpoenaed in sex abuse probe

New York and New Jersey launched new investigations into the Roman Catholic Church's handling of clergy sex abuse allegations on Thursday as the number of similar inquiries around the country continues to grow.

AP News

Israeli schools roll back science and English in favour of Jewish studies

Israeli schools roll back science and English in favour of Jewish studies

Figures reveal an increase in the time given to Jewish studies and a cut in the number of hours allocated to English, maths and science under Israel's current education minister.

Haaretz

Modi government silent on court’s gay sex ruling

Modi government silent on court’s gay sex ruling

Indian media has hailed a Supreme Court ruling to decriminalise gay sex whilst highlighting a "deafening" silence from Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government.

Mail Online

Australia’s new prime minister says gay ‘cure’ therapy isn’t his ‘issue’

Australia’s new prime minister says gay ‘cure’ therapy isn’t his ‘issue’

Australia's new prime minister is "not planning to get engaged" in the issue of gay 'conversion' therapy.

Pink News

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