Fri, 15 Mar 2019

Is legislation enough? The battle against Female Genital Mutilation

Is legislation enough? The battle against Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation has been illegal in the UK for 34 years, so why has it taken until 2019 for the first conviction to take place, and what can the Government do to stop it? Dods Monitoring's Sophie-Rose Feary explains.

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White British people 'twice as likely to hold extremist views as people of Pakistani descent'

White British people 'twice as likely to hold extremist views as people of Pakistani descent'

When asked whether they supported actions including suicide bombings and terror attacks as a "form of political protest" or to "fight injustices", 15 per cent of white Britons were classed as sympathisers, compared with 8 per cent of Pakistani-origin respondents.

The Independent

China ‘trying to erase Muslim culture and religion’, warns US

China ‘trying to erase Muslim culture and religion’, warns US

China is "in a league of its own when it comes to human rights violations" and is trying to "erase" Islamic culture and religion, the US government has said. The treatment of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang province is worse than anything seen "since the 1930s," said a Trump administration official at the launch of a State Department report on global abuses.

The Independent

 Irish PM brings partner to meet Mike Pence and delivers pointed remarks on sexuality

Irish PM brings partner to meet Mike Pence and delivers pointed remarks on sexuality

The Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, who is gay, brought his partner to a meeting on Thursday with the US vice-president, Mike Pence, a conservative Christian once dubbed "the face of anti-LGBTQ hate in America".

Polish newspaper runs front page list on ‘how to spot a Jew

Polish newspaper runs front page list on ‘how to spot a Jew

The Tylko Polska, or "Only Poland", ran a list of "names, anthropological features, expressions, appearances, character traits, methods of operation" and "disinformation activities" which it said could be used to identify Jewish people

The Independent

Thu, 14 Mar 2019

Longest serving Church of England bishop knew about paedophile priest and did nothing, court hears

Longest serving Church of England bishop knew about paedophile priest and did nothing, court hears

The longest-serving bishop in the Church of England is facing calls to resign after it emerged he knew about a paedophile priest in his diocese and did nothing.

The Telegraph

Parents criticise admissions process after missing out on secular school places

Parents criticise admissions process after missing out on secular school places

Parents of children who have missed out on places at a new secondary school in Glossop in Derbyshire say they have been let down by the admissions process. The children will be sent to one of two schools, one of which is a Catholic school, after their town was left without its non-denominational high school.

Manchester Evening News

Hearing into Christian dismissed from university course for anti-gay comments wraps up

Hearing into Christian dismissed from university course for anti-gay comments wraps up

A judgement is due soon in the case of a Christian thrown off a University of Sheffield course after being accused of posting derogatory comments about homosexuals and bisexuals online.

The Star (Sheffield)

Study shows ‘dramatic’ shift in religious identity among educated Jews

Study shows ‘dramatic’ shift in religious identity among educated Jews

A study has found that well-educated Jewish people in the UK have weaker attachment to Jewish identity, religious behaviour, marriage choices and perceptions of Israel than the less well educated.

Jewish News

Parents to write to pope protesting academisation of primary school

Parents to write to pope protesting academisation of primary school

Parents at a Catholic primary school have written to the pope in protest against a plan to make their school an academy within a Catholic diocese.

East London & West Essex Guardian

Leeds students vote down motion to combat anti-semitism

Leeds students vote down motion to combat anti-semitism

A panel of students from Leeds University Union has voted down a motion to combat anti-semitism.

Jewish News

US left looking to introduce federal equality act

US left looking to introduce federal equality act

LGBT+ advocates and leaders of the Democratic party have launched a campaign to add sexual orientation and gender identity protections to US federal non-discrimination laws. Some religious leaders have claimed the plans will infringe 'religious freedom'.

Deseret News

‘Religious fundamentalism threatens gender equality at UN summit’

‘Religious fundamentalism threatens gender equality at UN summit’

More than 10,000 people are meeting at an annual UN gathering to discuss women's access to social security, social services and infrastructure. Religious fundamentalism is one of the key barriers to efforts to extend social protections to women.

openDemocracy

‘Has the Catholic Church committed the worst crime in US history?’

‘Has the Catholic Church committed the worst crime in US history?’

George Will speaks to Josh Shapiro, the attorney general of the US state of Pennsylvania, about the Catholic Church's handling of sexual abuse.

The Washington Post

Section 28 LGBT teachers remain less likely to be out at school

Section 28 LGBT teachers remain less likely to be out at school

LGBT+ teachers who were working at the time of Section 28 are still feeling the repercussions of the climate of homophobia, new research indicates.

Pink News

US says China's treatment of Muslim minority worst abuses 'since the 1930s'

US says China's treatment of Muslim minority worst abuses 'since the 1930s'

The US State Department has slammed human rights violations in China, saying the sort of abuses it had inflicted on its Muslim minorities had not been seen "since the 1930s."

Reuters

Iranian couple arrested after public marriage proposal

Iranian couple arrested after public marriage proposal

A man and a woman have been arrested in Iran after a video clip of their public marriage proposal went viral. Local authorities said the display went against the country's religious and cultural values.

The Week

Wed, 13 Mar 2019

Ofsted clears Birmingham primary school in row over parents’ objections to LGBT equality teaching

Ofsted clears Birmingham primary school in row over parents’ objections to LGBT equality teaching

A Birmingham primary school at the centre of a dispute with parents over lessons about LGBT rights has been cleared of any wrongdoing by education inspectors.

The Guardian

George Pell: Cardinal jailed for child sexual abuse in Australia

George Pell: Cardinal jailed for child sexual abuse in Australia

George Pell, the former Vatican treasurer, has been jailed for six years after being convicted of sexually abusing two boys in Australia.

BBC

‘George Pell's jailing defies the might of Rome but his fall is too appalling for celebration’

‘George Pell's jailing defies the might of Rome but his fall is too appalling for celebration’

David Marr says Pell's sentencing showed he was accountable to the law, and the bravery of his accuser must be acknowledged.

The Guardian

Rabbi could be barred from Britain over ‘extremist’ statements

Rabbi could be barred from Britain over ‘extremist’ statements

A hardline rabbi faces being banned from entering Britain today over his rhetoric against disabled people, Holocaust victims and homosexuals.

The Times (£)

FGM bill set to become law

FGM bill set to become law

A bill designed to protect girls from female genital mutilation now just needs the Queen to sign it into law.

Metro

Private Jewish nursery accused of 'reinforcing gender stereotypes' by segregating boys and girls

Private Jewish nursery accused of 'reinforcing gender stereotypes' by segregating boys and girls

A religious nursery school in Gateshead in Tyneside which split children by sex has been criticised by Ofsted for "reinforcing gender stereotypes".

Chronicle Live

Iran sentences human rights lawyer to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes

Iran sentences human rights lawyer to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes

A prominent Iranian lawyer who defended women arrested for protesting the country's mandatory head scarf law has been sentenced to a total of 38 years in prison and 148 lashes, according to her husband.

Los Angeles Times

‘Don’t let bigots win the sex education battle’

‘Don’t let bigots win the sex education battle’

Alice Thomson says a primary school head teacher deserves our support in his clash with religious prejudice that harms all children.

The Times (£)

Church leaders cite Bible in opposition to Scotland’s smacking ban

Church leaders cite Bible in opposition to Scotland’s smacking ban

Leaders of a Presbyterian congregation have cited Bible passages as they spelt out their opposition to a proposed Holyrood bill that will outlaw smacking children.

The Scotsman

Non-stun halal meat firm fined after workers failed to wear 'beard snoods'

Non-stun halal meat firm fined after workers failed to wear 'beard snoods'

A non-stun halal meat firm has been fined after an employee was spotted cutting and packing meat without a 'beard snood'.

Birmingham Live

Catholic Church demands apology from US sketch show over joke about its record on abuse

Catholic Church demands apology from US sketch show over joke about its record on abuse

Catholic officials are demanding an apology from US sketch show Saturday Night Live after a comedian compared the church's sex abuse scandals to the allegations against the singer R. Kelly.

CBS News

Erdogan accuses women's march of disrespecting Islam

Erdogan accuses women's march of disrespecting Islam

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has accused a women's march in central Istanbul of disrespecting Islam by booing the Islamic call to prayer.

Reuters

Tue, 12 Mar 2019

Islamic school rated 'inadequate' over offensive library books

Islamic school rated 'inadequate' over offensive library books

An independent Islamic girls' school has been judged "inadequate" after inspectors found books in its library that could expose pupils to "sexist and racist ideas".

Tes

Westminster should end Northern Ireland abortion ban, says UN committee

Westminster should end Northern Ireland abortion ban, says UN committee

The British government should end Northern Ireland's ban on abortion because it violates the UK's obligations on human rights, a United Nations report has said.

The Times (£)

Muslim parents and children chant along with hate-filled rant during protest against lessons on diversity

Muslim parents and children chant along with hate-filled rant during protest against lessons on diversity

Children from Muslim families were encouraged to chant "shame, shame, shame" towards their headteacher who told them it was okay to be gay during a protest last week.

Mail Online

PM delivers Bible reading at Commonwealth Day service

PM delivers Bible reading at Commonwealth Day service

The prime minister has delivered a Bible reading at a service to mark Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey.

The Sun

West Midlands Police to review viral video of Muslim man being beaten by officer

West Midlands Police to review viral video of Muslim man being beaten by officer

West Midlands Police has reviewed viral footage of an officer beating a Muslim man over the head.

HuffPost

Former Vatican treasurer faces sentencing in Australia for abusing two choir boys

Former Vatican treasurer faces sentencing in Australia for abusing two choir boys

Former Vatican treasurer George Pell will be sentenced on Wednesday after his conviction for sexually abusing two choir boys in Melbourne in the 1990s, with the judge expected to impose a prison term on the Catholic cardinal.

Reuters

‘The backlash to George Pell’s child sexual abuse conviction’

‘The backlash to George Pell’s child sexual abuse conviction’

Some of George Pell's most prominent supporters have reacted by criticising Australia's legal system. Critics of the backlash have raised concerns about its broader impact on abuse victims.

BBC

Netanyahu criticised for saying Israel ‘not a country of all citizens’

Netanyahu criticised for saying Israel ‘not a country of all citizens’

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been criticised by the head of state after saying that Israel is "not a country of all its citizens," but rather "the nation-state of the Jewish people".

Jewish News

Ex-jihadist jailed for murders in Jewish museum in Brussels

Ex-jihadist jailed for murders in Jewish museum in Brussels

A French citizen who fought with Islamist factions in Syria has been jailed for killing four people in a Jewish museum in Brussels.

Sky News

DeVos allows religious groups to provide taxpayer-funded services in private schools in US

DeVos allows religious groups to provide taxpayer-funded services in private schools in US

The US education secretary has said she will no longer enforce a rule that bars religious institutions from providing certain taxpayer-funded services in private schools.

The Washington Post

Georgia and Tennessee Republican lawmakers approve 'heartbeat' abortion bans

Georgia and Tennessee Republican lawmakers approve 'heartbeat' abortion bans

Georgia and Tennessee joined a string of US states moving to enact tough abortion restrictions when Republican House lawmakers passed bans on most abortions after a foetal heartbeat can be detected.

Time

Thousands of Charedi Jews try to stop progressive women praying at Jerusalem holy site

Thousands of Charedi Jews try to stop progressive women praying at Jerusalem holy site

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews have attempted to prevent a liberal Jewish women's group from praying at a major holy site in Jerusalem, leading to a tense confrontation between protesters and police.

Jewish News

Mon, 11 Mar 2019

Education secretary backs headteachers over LGBT education

Education secretary backs headteachers over LGBT education

The education secretary Damian Hinds has backed headteachers who teach pupils about LGBT relationships following protests by parents against the curriculum of a Birmingham school.

Schools Week

Birmingham school LGBT lessons protest investigated

Birmingham school LGBT lessons protest investigated

Protesters branding school lessons about LGBT rights as "toxic" and "disgusting" have been accused of using "appalling" and "incendiary" language.

BBC

‘Bigotry dressed as victimhood’

‘Bigotry dressed as victimhood’

James Bloodworth says liberals must stand firm against bigotry and insist that people are free to live out their lives as they wish in response to the row in Birmingham.

UnHerd

‘The shame of the Parkfield school protesters’

‘The shame of the Parkfield school protesters’

Iram Ramzan says Muslim parents' response to teaching about inclusion in Birmingham suggests we have learnt nothing from the 'Trojan Horse' affair five years ago.

The Spectator

‘How parents spent five weeks protesting against LGBT+ sex education in Birmingham’

‘How parents spent five weeks protesting against LGBT+ sex education in Birmingham’

Jasmine Andersson speaks to a range of people with an interest in events at Parkfield Community School in this long read.

iNews

Mother jailed for female genital mutilation on three-year-old

Mother jailed for female genital mutilation on three-year-old

A 37-year-old mother has been jailed after becoming the first person in the UK to be convicted of FGM.

BBC

Women call for abortion rights at Belfast rally

Women call for abortion rights at Belfast rally

Belfast city centre came to a standstill on Saturday as hundreds marched to mark the previous day's International Women's Day and call for abortion rights to be extended to Northern Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph

Judge upholds ruling on SNP councillor's pro-independence stance being similar to religion

Judge upholds ruling on SNP councillor's pro-independence stance being similar to religion

An employment judge has upheld a ruling that an SNP councillor's belief in independence is similar to a religion.

The Herald on Sunday

Christian student to challenge university expulsion in Court of Appeal

Christian student to challenge university expulsion in Court of Appeal

A student is to challenge the University of Sheffield's decision to expel him for Facebook comments about same sex marriage at the Court of Appeal next week.

Premier Christian Radio

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