Tue, 10 Sep 2019

Hospital breaching parents' religious rights in life-support row, court told

Hospital breaching parents' religious rights in life-support row, court told

An NHS hospital's refusal to allow the parents of a seriously ill five-year-old girl to fly her to Italy for treatment is in breach of her and her parents' rights to religious beliefs and EU free movement law, a court has heard.

The Guardian

Muslim woman claims discrimination after being rejected as hotel waitress

Muslim woman claims discrimination after being rejected as hotel waitress

A luxury hotel has been accused of discrimination after it denied a Muslim woman a job as a waitress because her faith stops her handling pork or alcohol.

The Times

Welsh council defends prayers before meetings

Welsh council defends prayers before meetings

The NSS's 2012 High Court case against prayers at Bideford Town Council is referenced.

Premier

Jehovah's Witness hall plans withdrawn after council rejection

Jehovah's Witness hall plans withdrawn after council rejection

Plans to build a new base for Jehovah's Witnesses in Alexandria town centre have been withdrawn after being rejected by council chiefs. Several residents, as well as the Vale of Leven Trust, objected to the proposal said the development would not economically benefit the town.

Daily Record

Bristol lecturer taught students ‘parts of Zionist lobby’ bankroll Islamophobia

Bristol lecturer taught students ‘parts of Zionist lobby’ bankroll Islamophobia

Bristol University is not currently taking action against a professor for teaching students that "parts of the Zionist lobby" are bankrolling hatred of Muslims.

Jewish News

Denbighshire's new £23m Catholic 'through school' opens

Denbighshire's new £23m Catholic 'through school' opens

Denbighshire's new £23m Catholic through school opened to pupils for the first time.

North Wales Live

Stamford Hill Charedi Jews targeted by 'antisemitic preachers'

Stamford Hill Charedi Jews targeted by 'antisemitic preachers'

Police officers attended but made no arrests as '20-30 men' gathered with a loudspeaker outside a supermarket in Stamford Hill.

The JC

Woman charged with homophobic hate crime after abuse was shouted at Pride event

Woman charged with homophobic hate crime after abuse was shouted at Pride event

Jamila Choudhury, from Walthamstow, east London, is accused of haranguing people as they passed her during the event on July 27. Footage posted on social media showed a woman wearing a black niqab repeatedly shouting "shame on you" at people as they moved along Hoe Street, Walthamstow, one of whom was wearing a rainbow LGBT flag.

ITV

MSP's concern over increase in anti-Muslim hate

MSP's concern over increase in anti-Muslim hate

There has been a recent rise in the number of religiously aggravated charges related to Islam in North Ayrshire, new figures have revealed.

Largs & Millport Weekly News

Mon, 09 Sep 2019

Islamophobia definition shuts down criticism of radical Islam, imam says

Islamophobia definition shuts down criticism of radical Islam, imam says

A female imam has claimed that "reasonable" criticism of Islam would be banned under MPs' proposals for a new definition of Islamophobia.

The Telegraph

DUP leader joins anti-abortion protest at Stormont

DUP leader joins anti-abortion protest at Stormont

DUP leader Arlene Foster was among thousands of people who took part in a silent protest outside the North's Parliament Buildings at Stormont to show their opposition to the planned legalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland.

The Irish Times

Hundreds of clergy facing hardship despite vast C of E wealth

Hundreds of clergy facing hardship despite vast C of E wealth

Hundreds of clergy are in financial hardship, with some resorting to credit cards or even a high-interest payday lender, despite the Church of England sitting on a multibillion-pound investment fund.

The Guardian

Jewish school drops wig rule after complaint to admissions watchdog

Jewish school drops wig rule after complaint to admissions watchdog

A state-aided Charedi girls' high school whose entry requirements were the subject of a complaint to the admissions regulator is dropping a reference to mothers wearing sheitels (wigs).

The JC

Chief Rabbi publishes LGBT guide for orthodox schools

Chief Rabbi publishes LGBT guide for orthodox schools

The UK's Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, has published a guide for orthodox Jewish schools on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pupils.

BBC

24-hours a day Norwich mosque set to be refused

24-hours a day Norwich mosque set to be refused

A proposal to open a city centre mosque for early morning prayers has been recommended for refusal. Findings by the council's planning committee said it was not "appropriate" for the centre to open 24-hour a day, for five daily prayers, as it is "located in a residential area."

BBC

Worcester Muslim Cemetery applies for planning permission 14 years after opening

Worcester Muslim Cemetery applies for planning permission 14 years after opening

A Muslim cemetery has finally asked for planning permission 14 years after opening before asking for a major 785-plot extension.

Kidderminster Shuttle

Man with 'violent' plans to kill Muslims has been jailed

Man with 'violent' plans to kill Muslims has been jailed

A man who built a homemade taser and planned to attack and kill Muslims has been jailed.

Blackpool Gazette

Woman who circumcised baby against parents’ wishes avoids jail - NSS quoted

Woman who circumcised baby against parents’ wishes avoids jail - NSS quoted

"In 2017, Martina Obi-Uzom and her husband took their 11-month-old son to be circumcised. Except she wasn't his mother; she was his babysitter. His 70-year-old babysitter."

Patheos

Bosnians march in first Gay Pride under tight police protection

Bosnians march in first Gay Pride under tight police protection

Several thousand people marched in Bosnia's first Gay Pride on Sunday, protected by a major security operation including anti-sniper units after some conservative Muslim groups organized counter-rallies.

Reuters

Fri, 06 Sep 2019

'For a secular Britain: time to end religious privilege' - NSS referenced

'For a secular Britain: time to end religious privilege' - NSS referenced

Daniel James Sharp encourages readers to join the National Secular Society in support of secular democracy in Britain.

The Broad

Mosque trustees failed to monitor IS sympathiser who groomed boys for terrorism, inquiry finds

Mosque trustees failed to monitor IS sympathiser who groomed boys for terrorism, inquiry finds

The trustees of a mosque where children were groomed for terrorism failed to properly monitor an Islamic State sympathiser then attempted to cover up what happened, the Charity Commission has found.

Newham Recorder

Pair arrested over ‘plot to kill female relative who renounced Islam’

Pair arrested over ‘plot to kill female relative who renounced Islam’

Two men accused of plotting to kill a female relative who left Britain and renounced Islam have been arrested by armed law enforcers.

Evening Standard

Court rejects bid to stop Muslim family representing sick girl

Court rejects bid to stop Muslim family representing sick girl

An NHS trust has been criticised for arguing that the family of a seriously ill five-year-old girl are incapable of acting in her best interests because of their Islamic religious beliefs.

The Guardian

Sex-segregation fears for World Championships

Sex-segregation fears for World Championships

Athletes at this month's World Championships in Doha could have their preparation disrupted by gender-segregated gyms in their official hotels.

The Times (£)

C of E's representative in Parliament to step down at General Election

C of E's representative in Parliament to step down at General Election

Dame Caroline Spelman has said she is ready to support the Archbishop of Canterbury at the citizen's forum.

Premier

Record number of right-wing extremists in custody as Islamic terror total drops

Record number of right-wing extremists in custody as Islamic terror total drops

The rise – to 33 from 28 the previous year – coincides with another decrease in the number of Islamist extremists held, which dropped for the second year running.

Daily Echo

Ex-teacher makes final plea for assisted dying to be legalised in UK

Ex-teacher makes final plea for assisted dying to be legalised in UK

A former teacher who will travel to a Swiss clinic today to end his life has recorded a video calling for politicians to legalise assisted dying.

Yorkshire Coast Radio

'Don’t blame Boris for hate crime'

'Don’t blame Boris for hate crime'

A report on anti-Muslim abuse doesn't tell the whole story, says Tom Chivers.

Unherd

'The woman who dares to run a feminist radio station in Afghanistan'

'The woman who dares to run a feminist radio station in Afghanistan'

The northern Afghan city of Kunduz is not the kind of place you'd expect to find a radio station run by women, promoting women's rights. But this is precisely what Radio Roshani is, and it's broadcasting today despite several attempts by the Taliban to kill its founder and editor, Sediqa Sherzai.

BBC

France's parliament takes aim at 'conversion therapy'

France's parliament takes aim at 'conversion therapy'

France's National Assembly (lower house) began hearings this week on a draft law that would prohibit any practice aimed at "curing" homosexuality. The two MPs behind the project hope to submit a final bill by early 2020.

Yahoo! News

Religious schools should be required to enrol a mix of religions: Hindu Council

Religious schools should be required to enrol a mix of religions: Hindu Council

Australia: Religious schools should be required to admit a certain percentage of teachers and students from other religions so children can learn about other faiths, the peak body representing Hindus has told the Morrison government.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Thu, 05 Sep 2019

‘Revealed: the press regulator’s leaked guidelines on Islamophobia’

‘Revealed: the press regulator’s leaked guidelines on Islamophobia’

Will Heaven says the free press is facing a new threat from Ipso.

The Spectator

‘The press regulator must not turn into a religious thought police’

‘The press regulator must not turn into a religious thought police’

Trevor Phillips says Ipso's new guidelines on Islam will hurt, not help, Muslims.

The Spectator

Scientists want creationism teaching ban in Welsh schools

Scientists want creationism teaching ban in Welsh schools

The teaching of creationism could "creep in" to schools under Wales' new curriculum, scientists have said.

BBC

Majority of British people back teaching about LGBT families in primary school

Majority of British people back teaching about LGBT families in primary school

Sixty per cent of the British public support primary schools teaching about LGBT families, according to a new poll from Stonewall.

iNews

Pharmacist is spared jail after posing as mother of 11-month-old boy so he could be circumcised without parents' consent

Pharmacist is spared jail after posing as mother of 11-month-old boy so he could be circumcised without parents' consent

A pharmacist who posed as the mother of an 11-month-old boy so he could be circumcised without his parents' consent has been spared jail.

Mail Online

MP applauded for challenging PM over burka 'bank robbers' comment

MP applauded for challenging PM over burka 'bank robbers' comment

A Labour MP has received an unusual round of applause after calling for Boris Johnson to apologise for suggesting Muslim women who wear the veil look like "bank robbers" and "letterboxes".

Sky News

Former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron regrets not sharing his Christian faith more

Former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron regrets not sharing his Christian faith more

Tim Farron spoke about his career in politics and his Christian faith at the launch of his book, A Better Ambition, in Westminster on Tuesday night.

Christian Today

Be vigilant over anti-RSE campaigners’ tactics, warns campaign group

Be vigilant over anti-RSE campaigners’ tactics, warns campaign group

The Accord Coalition is urging the government to be vigilant regarding campaigners against inclusive education on relationships and sex.

Education Executive

Gay fathers receive less parental leave than other couples: study

Gay fathers receive less parental leave than other couples: study

Gay men around the world receive less paid parental leave than lesbian or heterosexual couples, researchers said on Thursday.

Reuters

Wed, 04 Sep 2019

Boris Johnson delays proposed snap election by a day because of clash with Jewish holiday

Boris Johnson delays proposed snap election by a day because of clash with Jewish holiday

The prime minister has delayed the proposed date of his snap election by a day because the original 14 October date clashes with a Jewish holiday.

The Sun

Justin Welby makes more comments on Brexit

Justin Welby makes more comments on Brexit

The archbishop of Canterbury has apologised for telling Remainers to "stop whingeing" about the EU referendum result and further outlined his views on Brexit.

The Times (£)

Orthodox Jewish vaccination rates now seven times below average

Orthodox Jewish vaccination rates now seven times below average

Sharp drops in vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella in five-year olds have been recorded in London boroughs with large Orthodox Jewish populations.

Jewish News

No-fault divorce and heterosexual civil partnerships under threat, says senior judge

No-fault divorce and heterosexual civil partnerships under threat, says senior judge

The suspension of parliament could threaten legislation designed to allow divorce without fault and heterosexual couples to enter civil partnerships, a senior family law judge has warned.

The Times (£)

Church of England school opens in Wiltshire

Church of England school opens in Wiltshire

The Deanery Church of England Academy, a secondary school in the Wichelstowe area of Swindon, opens its doors to children today.

Swindon Advertiser

White supremacist behind ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ jailed for 12 years

White supremacist behind ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ jailed for 12 years

A white supremacist behind the "Punish a Muslim Day" campaign has been jailed for 12 and a half years.

The Independent

Council in Birmingham investigates claims that pharmacy was 'being used as a mosque'

Council in Birmingham investigates claims that pharmacy was 'being used as a mosque'

An investigation has been launched after residents in Birmingham claimed a mosque has been operating from their local pharmacy.

Birmingham Live

Harry Potter books banned at US Catholic school after pastor claims they contain ‘real’ curses and spells

Harry Potter books banned at US Catholic school after pastor claims they contain ‘real’ curses and spells

A school in Tennessee has banned the Harry Potter books after its pastor claimed they contain real curses and spells.

The Sun

Tue, 03 Sep 2019

‘Muslim Slayer’ letters caused security alert

‘Muslim Slayer’ letters caused security alert

A self-styled 'Muslim Slayer' prompted a chemical alert by sending fake poison to the queen with a note saying 'The Clowns R Coming 4 You', a court heard yesterday.

Metro

'A critical point in history': how Trump's attack on LGBT rights is escalating

'A critical point in history': how Trump's attack on LGBT rights is escalating

The Trump justice department is pushing to make it legal to fire people for being gay or transgender.

The Guardian

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