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Wed, 23 Jun 2021

South Carolina considers extending religious objections to therapists

South Carolina considers extending religious objections to therapists

South Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill to let mental health professionals refuse to provide care that violates their religious beliefs in response to an ordinance banning conversion therapy for minors in the state's capital city.

The Associated Press

Pakistan PM Imran Khan refuses to condemn China's Uyghur Muslim crackdown

Pakistan PM Imran Khan refuses to condemn China's Uyghur Muslim crackdown

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan refused to condemn the Chinese government's alleged human rights abuses against the Muslim-majority Uyghur people in Xinjiang in an interview on Sunday.

CNN

In Indonesian banking, rise in religious conservatism ripples across sector

In Indonesian banking, rise in religious conservatism ripples across sector

A rise in religious conservatism in Indonesia is drawing talent away from what some view as un-Islamic jobs in banking, industry professionals say, creating hiring woes for conventional banks but a boon for the country's fledgling sharia finance sector.

Reuters

Tue, 22 Jun 2021

UN experts call on Vatican to do more against child abuse

UN experts call on Vatican to do more against child abuse

Independent human rights experts working with the United Nations have urged the Vatican to do more to stop and prevent violence and sexual abuse against children, citing "persistent allegations of obstruction and lack of cooperation" from the Catholic Church, the UN human rights office said.

Mail Online

Clerical abuse survivor Tony Gribben gets six-figure settlement

Clerical abuse survivor Tony Gribben gets six-figure settlement

A man abused for years by a paedophile priest at a County Down school is to receive a six-figure sum in damages, the High Court has been told.

BBC

Shamima Begum and classmates who joined Isis ‘tried to rope in other pupils’

Shamima Begum and classmates who joined Isis ‘tried to rope in other pupils’

A classmate of girls who travelled to Syria to join Islamic State said they tried to convince pupils that it was the perfect society.

The Times*

UK to boycott UN ‘festival of Jew-hate’

UK to boycott UN ‘festival of Jew-hate’

The UK will join Australia, Canada, Israel and the US in not attending the United Nations conference, which purports to focus on tackling racism across the globe.

The Jewish Chronicle

Citizens' Jury votes overwhelmingly in favour of legalising assisted dying in Jersey

Citizens' Jury votes overwhelmingly in favour of legalising assisted dying in Jersey

78.3% of the Citizens' Panel on Assisted Dying agreed that assisted dying should be permitted where a Jersey resident, aged 18 and over, has a terminal illness or is experiencing unbearable suffering and wishes to end their life.

ITV

Ireland: Former National Maternity Hospital master raises concern over clinical independence at new Catholic hospital

Ireland: Former National Maternity Hospital master raises concern over clinical independence at new Catholic hospital

The Sisters of Charity transferred land ownership of the site to a new charity that will operate the hospital and lease it to the state. The religious order's accounts last year stated directors at this charity would be obliged to uphold the values of the Sisters - meaning the hospital would be run with a Catholic ethos.

News Talk

Taliban say 'Islamic system' only way to Afghan peace, women's rights

Taliban say 'Islamic system' only way to Afghan peace, women's rights

The Taliban said Sunday they remain committed to peace talks but insisted a "genuine Islamic system" in Afghanistan was the only way to end the war and ensure rights -- including for women.

France24

Nigerian security agency releases singer detained for ‘blasphemy’

Nigerian security agency releases singer detained for ‘blasphemy’

Nigeria's Department of State Services has released an Islamic singer, Ahmad Abdul, arrested for releasing a 'blasphemous' song.

Daily Trust

Australia: Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster loses bid for legal recognition as incorporated entity

Australia: Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster loses bid for legal recognition as incorporated entity

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster will remain in the realms of satire, after an attempt to have its Australian wing formally recognised was rejected by a South Australian legal authority on the grounds that the purported religion is nothing more than a "hoax".

ABC News

'Saudi seeks religious reset as clerical power wanes’

'Saudi seeks religious reset as clerical power wanes’

The role of religion in Saudi Arabia faces the biggest reset in modern times as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, spurred by the need to diversify the oil-reliant economy, pursues a liberalisation drive in parallel with a vigorous crackdown on dissent.

France24

Mon, 21 Jun 2021

Secular Education Forum: ‘The Church of England offensive in FE colleges must be resisted’

Secular Education Forum: ‘The Church of England offensive in FE colleges must be resisted’

The Church's proposals have little to do with education and more to do with reversing its declining numbers among young people, write Chris Higgins and Keith Sharpe of the National Secular Society's Secular Education Forum.

FE Week

Batley Grammar teacher who showed Muhammad picture refuses to return to work over fears for his life

Batley Grammar teacher who showed Muhammad picture refuses to return to work over fears for his life

A teacher who was suspended after showing a cartoon of Islam's prophet Muhammad to pupils during an RE lesson has refused to return to work over fears for his life - despite being cleared of causing deliberate offence and told that he could have his job back.

Mail Online

Outdoor civil weddings and partnerships get the go ahead

Outdoor civil weddings and partnerships get the go ahead

Civil weddings will be permitted to take place outdoors for the first time in England and Wales from next month.

BBC

New Peterborough Catholic school unanimously approved

New Peterborough Catholic school unanimously approved

A new Catholic school in Peterborough has been unanimously approved by members of Peterborough City Council's Planning and Environmental Protection Committee.

Peterborough Telegraph

UK government will force NI to implement abortion services "sooner rather than later"

UK government will force NI to implement abortion services "sooner rather than later"

Brandon Lewis has warned Stormont he is running out patience over its failure to implement abortion services in Northern Ireland and will not wait much longer to intervene.

Politics Home

Third Holyrood attempt for new assisted dying bill

Third Holyrood attempt for new assisted dying bill

Terminally ill people who have lived in Scotland for more than a year would have the right to access assisted dying under a new bill being lodged at Holyrood.

Daily Record

Legal age to marry in England set to be raised to 18

Legal age to marry in England set to be raised to 18

Robert Buckland says he believes the move would prevent misuse of parental consent and crack down on forced marriages.

The Telegraph*

Rutland Showground apologises over Christian festival disruption

Rutland Showground apologises over Christian festival disruption

The owners of a showground have apologised over reports of anti-social behaviour from attendees of a Christian festival being held on its site.

BBC

Supporter of Islamist extremist group investigated by police over 'jihad' call

Supporter of Islamist extremist group investigated by police over 'jihad' call

West Midlands force confirms that a speech made by a follower of Hizb ut-Tahrir at a pro-Palestine rally has been recorded as a hate crime.

The Telegraph*

Ultraconservative Ebrahim Raisi succeeds Rouhani as Iran's president

Ultraconservative Ebrahim Raisi succeeds Rouhani as Iran's president

Ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi has been elected Iran's new president with more than 61.95 percent of the vote, Interior Minister Aboldreza Rahmani Fazli announced on Saturday.

France24

Global study finds when religion seeks political dominance, the faith suffers

Global study finds when religion seeks political dominance, the faith suffers

Christians intent on preserving the faith in the United States should abandon efforts to achieve political dominance and instead embrace pluralism to halt the church's numerical and reputational freefall, said the co-author of a study published recently in the journal Sociology of Religion.

Baptist News Global

Global study claims atheists are just as happy as those with a faith

Global study claims atheists are just as happy as those with a faith

Academics said the importance of Christianity to happiness has been exaggerated because the evidence is often drawn from America and its large 'Bible Belt' population of believers.

Mail Online

Fri, 18 Jun 2021

‘Why do religious groups that spout vile views while doing no public good get charitable status?’ – NSS quoted

‘Why do religious groups that spout vile views while doing no public good get charitable status?’ – NSS quoted

Andrew Penman questions why a religious organisation with "barking" and "repugnant" views has become a registered charity. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans is quoted.

Daily Mirror

Manchester Arena Inquiry: Bomber 'should have been identified as a threat'

Manchester Arena Inquiry: Bomber 'should have been identified as a threat'

Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi should have been identified as a threat on the night of the atrocity by those in charge of security, a public inquiry into the 2017 attack has found.

BBC

Inner House refuses asylum appeal by Pakistani student who claimed to be at risk because of his homosexuality

Inner House refuses asylum appeal by Pakistani student who claimed to be at risk because of his homosexuality

A Pakistani man who claimed he was at risk of persecution for being gay if he was deported has lost his appeal against a Lord Ordinary's decision not to allow him an appeal against the decision of an immigration tribunal.

Scottish Legal News

EU to investigate Hungary over sex education law

EU to investigate Hungary over sex education law

The EU has opened an investigation into whether Hungary's new law banning the "promotion" of homosexuality in schools breaches European law.

The Times*

Poland told to ‘annul’ abhorrent ‘LGBT-free’ zones by Council of Europe

Poland told to ‘annul’ abhorrent ‘LGBT-free’ zones by Council of Europe

The council's Congress of Local and Regional Authorities gathered on Wednesday to adopt a resolution condemning the "rising anti-LGBTI hate speech and discrimination" sweeping across Poland.

Pink News

US: Supreme Court siding with anti-LGBT+ foster agency is actually ‘good news’, experts say

US: Supreme Court siding with anti-LGBT+ foster agency is actually ‘good news’, experts say

The Supreme Court Fulton v Philadelphia ruling, which found that a Catholic foster agency can legally turn away same-sex couples, "does not create a license to discriminate", according to rights organisations.

Pink News

North Carolina’s 20-week abortion ban is unconstitutional, court affirms

North Carolina’s 20-week abortion ban is unconstitutional, court affirms

North Carolina's decades-old ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional and poses a credible threat of prosecution to abortion providers, a federal appeals court unanimously affirmed Wednesday.

The Washington Post*

Baker fined for refusing to make transgender transition cake

Baker fined for refusing to make transgender transition cake

A Colorado baker who won a partial victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple violated the state's anti-discrimination law by refusing to make a birthday cake for a transgender woman, a state judge has ruled.

The Associated Press

Saudi man accused of participating in Shia Muslim rebellion executed

Saudi man accused of participating in Shia Muslim rebellion executed

Saudi Arabia executed a young man Tuesday who was convicted on charges stemming from his alleged participation in an anti-government rebellion by minority Shiites.

The Associated Press

Thu, 17 Jun 2021

‘Church charity is mass of malignance’ – NSS quoted

‘Church charity is mass of malignance’ – NSS quoted

A religious organisation has managed to become a registered charity despite preaching some repugnant views. One of its publications implies women who dress in a way that is "pleasing to the eyes of men" are to blame if they are raped. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans is quoted.

Daily Mirror (via PressReader)

Matt Hancock calls for more data on end-of-life care and assisted dying

Matt Hancock calls for more data on end-of-life care and assisted dying

The health secretary has endorsed the idea of setting up a "What Works" centre to gather evidence on the quality of palliative care in the UK and inform debate around assisted dying.

Express and Star

C of E investigates possible slave trade origins of £9.2bn fund

C of E investigates possible slave trade origins of £9.2bn fund

The Church of England is to investigate possible slave trade links to an 18th-century endowment that has grown into a £9.2bn investment fund supporting parishes and cathedrals across the country.

The Guardian

Two pupils suspended after ‘ripping up Quran’ in front of classmates

Two pupils suspended after ‘ripping up Quran’ in front of classmates

Anti-terrorism police are now investigating after the two separate incidents at Fulwood Academy in Preston last week.

The Sun

‘I’m not dying without a fight’: Nigerian man who fled home because being gay is a crime

‘I’m not dying without a fight’: Nigerian man who fled home because being gay is a crime

Victor Iringere endured conversion therapy, exorcisms, and a brush with death before he sought UK asylum in 2017 with the hope of living life freely as a gay man.

Metro

Ireland: Former Belvedere College pupils claim priest assaulted them

Ireland: Former Belvedere College pupils claim priest assaulted them

A number of former pupils of Belvedere College in Dublin have alleged that a priest who taught at the fee-paying secondary school assaulted them in the late 1970s and 1980s.

TheJournal.ie

French teachers to get training on religion after Paty beheading

French teachers to get training on religion after Paty beheading

French education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer is to introduce training for teachers and principals on the place of religion in schools after a new report revealed confusion and fear among teachers, exacerbated by the beheading of school teacher Samuel Paty in October 2020.

RFI

China ‘alters census data to show Uighurs thriving’

China ‘alters census data to show Uighurs thriving’

Beijing has sought to rebut allegations of genocide against the country's Uighur population by issuing new census numbers that claim its Muslim minority has grown by 16 per cent over the past decade.

The Times*

‘Why the Supreme Court may be poised to deliver the religious right a big victory’

‘Why the Supreme Court may be poised to deliver the religious right a big victory’

A case on whether a Catholic-run foster care services provider can turn away same-sex couples under the First Amendment's guarantee of the free exercise of religion could deliver a major victory for the religious right, says Kimberly Winston.

FiveThirtyEight

‘Catholic Church response to sexual abuse must centre on survivor well-being, not defensiveness’

‘Catholic Church response to sexual abuse must centre on survivor well-being, not defensiveness’

In light of the recent discovery of 215 Indigenous children in unmarked graves at a former Catholic-run residential school in British Columbia and investigations at other former residential schools, there have been renewed calls for the Pope to apologise for residential schools and for the Catholic Church to release its records.

The Conversation

Wed, 16 Jun 2021

Government delays over whether to continue at home early abortions ‘making women confused and fearful’

Government delays over whether to continue at home early abortions ‘making women confused and fearful’

Leading healthcare providers have repeatedly called for the option to have at home early abortions, which were rolled out in the wake of lockdown measures in spring 2020, to be made permanent.

The Independent

Primary school pupils should learn about white privilege, says RE teachers' organisation

Primary school pupils should learn about white privilege, says RE teachers' organisation

Lessons should introduce children aged 8-11 to the "key concept" of white privilege, described as invisible benefits that society affords to people "because of their whiteness", according to the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE).

The Telegraph*

‘Canon law misfiring’

‘Canon law misfiring’

In a letter, Neil Barber criticises the Vatican's "revision" of canon law which says that penalties for child sexual abuse must be reduced if the perpetrator was drunk, acting in the heat of passion, or was "gravely and unjustly" provoked.

Edinburgh Evening News*

Ireland: Wicklow school not alone in rejecting Catholic sex education programme campaigners say

Ireland: Wicklow school not alone in rejecting Catholic sex education programme campaigners say

At least three Catholic ethos primary schools are said to have 'rejected' a controversial new sex education programme.

NewsTalk

Religion in Ireland’s schools: 'My son was upset - a friend told him he wasn't going to heaven'

Religion in Ireland’s schools: 'My son was upset - a friend told him he wasn't going to heaven'

The lack of choice in Ireland's public primary education system is having a profound impact on many families, religious or not, according to parents and educators.

The Journal

Ireland: Retired member of religious order seeks to block his trial on child sex abuse charges

Ireland: Retired member of religious order seeks to block his trial on child sex abuse charges

A retired member of a Catholic religious order is seeking a High Court order preventing his trial on charges of child sexual abuse dating back to the 1960s from going ahead.

The Journal

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