Mon, 26 Oct 2020

Women forced to risk health and confidentiality when getting emergency contraception amid coronavirus crisis

Women forced to risk health and confidentiality when getting emergency contraception amid coronavirus crisis

Women are being pushed into putting their health and confidentiality at risk when seeking emergency contraception due to being forced to answer highly personal questions in front of other customers in the wake of the pandemic.

The Independent

Gay teacher murdered by churchwarden was ‘put at risk’ by Church of England’s anti-LGBT+ stance

Gay teacher murdered by churchwarden was ‘put at risk’ by Church of England’s anti-LGBT+ stance

A gay retired teacher who was abused and murdered by a churchwarden was "vulnerable to exploitation" because of the church's anti-gay policies, an independent investigation found.

Pink News

'Pope Francis’ blessing of same-sex couples won’t change the treatment of LGBTQ+ people by the church'

'Pope Francis’ blessing of same-sex couples won’t change the treatment of LGBTQ+ people by the church'

Same-sex relationships are still considered 'deviant behaviour' under the current Catholic doctrine, says Grace Walsh.

iNews

Pope Francis’ views on same-sex civil unions were cut from a 2019 Vatican interview

Pope Francis’ views on same-sex civil unions were cut from a 2019 Vatican interview

A Mexican broadcast company says Francis made the comments to its correspondent more than a year ago, and people close to the company say the Vatican then edited them out.

The New York Times

France recalls envoy after Turkey scolds Macron over Muslims

France recalls envoy after Turkey scolds Macron over Muslims

France recalled its ambassador on Saturday after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said his counterpart Emmanuel Macron needed mental help over his attitude towards Muslims.

Reuters

France urges Arab nations to prevent boycotts over Macron's cartoons defence

France urges Arab nations to prevent boycotts over Macron's cartoons defence

France has urged Middle Eastern countries to end calls for a boycott of its goods in protest at President Emmanuel Macron's defence of the right to show cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

BBC

'Samuel Paty and free speech'

'Samuel Paty and free speech'

In a secular society, no faith can or should be immunised from criticism, satire or mockery, says a letter to the editor

Jewish News

Polish protesters disrupt church services over near-total abortion ban

Polish protesters disrupt church services over near-total abortion ban

Thousands of activists disrupted church services across Poland on Sunday, chanting during mass and spraying slogans on walls to protest against a court ruling that amounts to a near-total ban on abortion.

Reuters

US, Saudi Arabia and Uganda join forces to declare women have no intrinsic right to abortion

US, Saudi Arabia and Uganda join forces to declare women have no intrinsic right to abortion

Ten of world's 20 worst countries for women sign declaration organised by Trump administration.

The Independent

Fri, 23 Oct 2020

Humza Yousaf confirms Hate Crime Bill amendments

Humza Yousaf confirms Hate Crime Bill amendments

Scotland's justice secretary Humza Yousaf has confirmed his U-turn on the controversial Hate Crime Bill by outlining changes he wants to make to the proposed legislation.

The Scotsman

Church of England bishop sexually abused children and adults for 15 years, report finds

Church of England bishop sexually abused children and adults for 15 years, report finds

Church officials mishandled allegations from late 1970s until 2012, says report.

The Independent

‘Postcode lottery’ preventing women in Northern Ireland accessing abortion services

‘Postcode lottery’ preventing women in Northern Ireland accessing abortion services

A third of women in Northern Ireland have no access to abortion services amid a postcode lottery, human rights campaigners have warned.

The Independent

NI: Same-sex couples can convert civil partnership to marriage

NI: Same-sex couples can convert civil partnership to marriage

More than 1,000 same-sex couples will be able to convert their civil partnerships to marriage.

The Irish News

Minister denies linking spread of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland to religion

Minister denies linking spread of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland to religion

Stormont minister Edwin Poots has denied linking the spread of Covid-19 to religion, accusing rivals of "twisting and distorting" his comments on infection rates in nationalist areas.

Shropshire Star

Islamist extremist who made Festival Hall ‘attack’ video found guilty of terrorism

Islamist extremist who made Festival Hall ‘attack’ video found guilty of terrorism

An extremist who made a "chilling" video of London's Royal Festival Hall with the message "Attack, attack" has been found guilty of encouraging terrorism.

Ilford Recorder

France: Charlie Hebdo Muhammad cartoons projected onto government buildings in defiance of Islamists

France: Charlie Hebdo Muhammad cartoons projected onto government buildings in defiance of Islamists

Cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad were projected onto government buildings in France as part of a tribute to history teacher Samuel Paty, who was murdered by an Islamist terrorist last week.

The Independent

'The importance of blasphemy'

'The importance of blasphemy'

The brazen intimidation of free expression and the innocent blood being shed is evidence of a severe problem within the Islamic faith that requires criticism, says Brian Stewart.

Quillette

Polish court ruling amounts to almost total ban on abortion

Polish court ruling amounts to almost total ban on abortion

Protests gathered across Poland after the Constitutional Tribunal ruled on Thursday that abortion due to foetal defects was unconstitutional, banning the most common of the few legal grounds for ending a pregnancy in the largely Catholic country.

Reuters

Venezuela's Maduro, citing Pope, asks congress to consider same-sex marriage

Venezuela's Maduro, citing Pope, asks congress to consider same-sex marriage

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday asked the country's National Assembly to discuss same-sex marriage during its next term beginning in January, citing Pope Francis' comments this week supporting civil unions for same-sex couples.

Reuters

Indonesian president warns not to rush vaccines amid halal concern

Indonesian president warns not to rush vaccines amid halal concern

The president of the world's largest Muslim-majority nation, Joko Widodo, has called for Indonesia not to rush the rollout of vaccines, citing concerns over public awareness about whether they were halal.

Reuters

Kenyan efforts to end FGM suffer blow with victims paraded in 'open defiance'

Kenyan efforts to end FGM suffer blow with victims paraded in 'open defiance'

Almost 3,000 girls from the Kuria community have undergone female genital mutilation in recent weeks, despite crackdown

The Guardian

Thu, 22 Oct 2020

China's 'underground' Catholics wary of Vatican deal

China's 'underground' Catholics wary of Vatican deal

A secretive 2018 agreement between Beijing and the Vatican is on the brink of renewal, despite strident US condemnation and warnings from underground Chinese priests loyal to Rome that they have only become more marginalised since it was signed.

AFP

China stepping up its control over religion

China stepping up its control over religion

A Christian NGO says China appears to be strengthening its censorship controls over Christian religious publications that are approved for distribution by the state.

Voice of America

Pope backs same-sex civil unions

Pope backs same-sex civil unions

Pope Francis has given his most explicit support to same-sex civil unions in a move that is likely to further enrage his conservative opponents in the Catholic church.

Guardian

US: Christian school fires teacher for being a gay dad

US: Christian school fires teacher for being a gay dad

A Florida teacher has been fired from his job at a Christian school after speaking publicly about his experiences as a gay foster carer.

Pink News

Poll: Young adults more likely than older Catholics to accept all of Church teaching

Poll: Young adults more likely than older Catholics to accept all of Church teaching

A new survey has found that 1 in 5 Catholic likely voters say they accept everything the Church teaches, with young adults being more likely than older generations to say they agree with Catholic doctrine.

Catholic Herald

We can’t rest in our support for the Rohingya Muslims

We can’t rest in our support for the Rohingya Muslims

Conservative peer Lord Sarfraz calls on the UK to redouble its humanitarian support for the Rohingyas – who have been described by the UN "as the most persecuted minority in the world."

The Times (£)

New bill seeks to extend legal recognition to humanist marriages

New bill seeks to extend legal recognition to humanist marriages

Conservative MP Rehman Chishti will introduce a Bill to the House of Commons today to bring about legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales.

Humanists UK

Wed, 21 Oct 2020

PM should consider disestablishment if bishops' intervention continues, says MP

PM should consider disestablishment if bishops' intervention continues, says MP

Boris Johnson should move to disestablish the Church of England if controversy over its clergy's political interventions continues, a leading Conservative MP has said.

The Times (£)

Churches to close in Wales in new Covid 'firebreak'

Churches to close in Wales in new Covid 'firebreak'

The Archbishop of Cardiff has expressed his "disappointment" that churches in Wales will have to close for three weekends under the coronavirus "circuit break" lockdown.

The Tablet

Beheaded teacher to get France's highest honour, says minister

Beheaded teacher to get France's highest honour, says minister

Samuel Paty, the 47-year old history teacher beheaded last week by a suspected Islamist, will be posthumously given France's highest award, the Legion d'Honneur, the education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, has said.

The Guardian

'Samuel Paty and the world’s forgotten blasphemy laws'

'Samuel Paty and the world’s forgotten blasphemy laws'

It is impossible to separate the killing of Samuel Paty with the Islamic blasphemy laws that are in place around the world, says Kunwar Khuldune Shahid.

The Spectator

'The Times view on the murder of Samuel Paty'

'The Times view on the murder of Samuel Paty'

France deserves unqualified support in confronting Islamist terrorism.

The Times (£)

Two Muslim women stabbed under the Eiffel Tower

Two Muslim women stabbed under the Eiffel Tower

Two Muslim women were 'stabbed repeatedly' under the Eiffel Tower amid rising tensions in Paris after the beheading of a teacher last week.

Mail Online

Ireland: Archbishops protest over suspension of public worship

Ireland: Archbishops protest over suspension of public worship

Ireland's four Catholic archbishops have jointly written to the Taoiseach Micheál Martin requesting a "constructive discussion" over the suspension of public worship under new restrictions aimed at curbing the rise in Covid-19 cases.

The Tablet

Polish gym declares itself a church to avoid coronavirus restrictions

Polish gym declares itself a church to avoid coronavirus restrictions

The move comes after Poland shuttered most gyms and pools in an effort to curb a recent surge in COVID-19 infections. Church services are still allowed.

New York Post

Iranian woman arrested for 'cycling without hijab'

Iranian woman arrested for 'cycling without hijab'

A young woman has been arrested in central Iran for "insulting the Islamic hijab", state media said on Tuesday, after a video appeared to show her cycling without a veil.

The Guardian

'Pakistani Shias live in terror as sectarian violence increases'

'Pakistani Shias live in terror as sectarian violence increases'

The Sunni majority is using blasphemy laws to target and murder those they call 'heretics'.

The Guardian

Tue, 20 Oct 2020

Ofsted: Strictly-Orthodox Jewish community want ‘group opt-out from the law’

Ofsted: Strictly-Orthodox Jewish community want ‘group opt-out from the law’

The head of the national schools inspectorate has told Britain's strictly Orthodox Jewish community that there is nothing more she can do to be flexible, in an interview about sex and relationship education.

Jewish News

Catholics waiting much longer than Protestants to be housed across NI

Catholics waiting much longer than Protestants to be housed across NI

Catholics wait nearly twice as long to be housed than their Protestant counterparts in Northern Ireland, according to official statistics.

Belfast Telegraph

Manchester Arena Inquiry: Senior police officer was on 'unacceptable' two-hour break

Manchester Arena Inquiry: Senior police officer was on 'unacceptable' two-hour break

The most senior police officer on duty before the Manchester Arena attack had taken an "unacceptable" two-hour break before the bombing, the inquiry heard.

BBC

Man 'shared ISIS propaganda videos of beheadings' before he was arrested on terror offences, court hears

Man 'shared ISIS propaganda videos of beheadings' before he was arrested on terror offences, court hears

A German man who came to the UK in search of work was found sharing ISIS propaganda videos of horrific beheadings, a court heard.

Mail Online

France: Police raid homes of suspected Islamic radicals

France: Police raid homes of suspected Islamic radicals

French police have raided the homes of dozens of suspected Islamic radicals following the beheading of a teacher who showed cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad to his pupils.

BBC

Beheaded French teacher was target of angry social media campaign

Beheaded French teacher was target of angry social media campaign

Prosecutors said they detained two men, one the father of a pupil at the school and another on the radar of intelligence services, who they said had used social media to turn a dispute over the civics class into a campaign against the teacher.

Reuters

'Is France’s secularism worth dying for?'

'Is France’s secularism worth dying for?'

Samuel Paty, slaughtered for a lesson in tolerance, has become a martyr for the Republic, says John Lichfield

Unherd

Man denied German citizenship for refusing to shake woman's hand at naturalisation ceremony

Man denied German citizenship for refusing to shake woman's hand at naturalisation ceremony

The 40-year-old doctor, who left Lebanon for Germany in 2002, said he had promised his wife he would not shake another woman's hand, and that he was prevented from doing so for religious reasons.

The Independent

Australia: Churches knew of allegations against notorious paedophile priests, royal commission says

Australia: Churches knew of allegations against notorious paedophile priests, royal commission says

The Anglican and Catholic churches knew about allegations against notorious paedophile priests years before they were convicted and jailed for child sexual abuse, missing crucial opportunities to stop them from abusing other children.

The Guardian

Self-censorship a growing threat to publishing freedom, warns publishers association

Self-censorship a growing threat to publishing freedom, warns publishers association

Self-censorship on issues such as religion and sexuality is a growing threat to the freedom to publish, the International Publishers Association has said.

The Bookseller

Mon, 19 Oct 2020

France: Rallies held to honour beheaded Samuel Paty

France: Rallies held to honour beheaded Samuel Paty

Thousands have attended rallies across France in honour of Samuel Paty, the teacher beheaded after showing cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad to his pupils.

BBC

'The freedom to offend is a priceless commodity'

'The freedom to offend is a priceless commodity'

The murder of a Parisian teacher underlines the need to stand up for free speech, says Kenan Malik.

The Guardian

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