Wed, 16 Jan 2019

US Democrats vow to lift ban on federal funds for abortions

US Democrats vow to lift ban on federal funds for abortions

Democrats in the US House of Representatives have vowed to repeal a ban on the use of federal funds for abortions.

The Hill

Canada refugee agency hires guard for escaped Saudi teenager

Canada refugee agency hires guard for escaped Saudi teenager

Amid threats to the safety of Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed, who was granted asylum in Canada, an agency helping her has hired a security guard to ensure "she is never alone" as she starts a normal life.

Reuters

Brussels Jewish museum shooting suspect refuses to testify

Brussels Jewish museum shooting suspect refuses to testify

A Frenchman accused of killing four people at a Jewish museum in Brussels refused to answer questions in court on Tuesday, his lawyer said. His trial is regarded by prosecutors as the first over an attack by a European former fighter in Syria.

Reuters

Woman who made history by entering Indian temple ‘beaten up by mother-in-law’

Woman who made history by entering Indian temple ‘beaten up by mother-in-law’

An Indian woman who made history by entering an ancient Hindu temple has allegedly been beaten with a wooden plank by relatives in response.

The Independent

Petition against Spanish city’s ‘friendly’ devil

Petition against Spanish city’s ‘friendly’ devil

Some Catholics in the Spanish town of Segovia have claimed a smiling statue of the devil "exalts evil" and should have no place in the city.

The Guardian

Tue, 15 Jan 2019

Inquiry as Islamic TV station says fathers should 'push' daughters into marriage

Inquiry as Islamic TV station says fathers should 'push' daughters into marriage

A TV station founded by an Islamic preacher banned from the UK is under investigation after a guest claimed fathers should 'push' their daughters into marriage.

Mail Online

‘Britain’s honour crime shame’

‘Britain’s honour crime shame’

Julie Bindel says cultural sensitivity has no place in the fight against honour-based violence.

UnHerd

London mosque to show Holocaust exhibition after previous cancellation

London mosque to show Holocaust exhibition after previous cancellation

A London mosque is to host an exhibition on Muslim heroes of the Holocaust after another mosque cancelled it amid security threats and a boycott campaign.

Jewish News

Catholic Church in Scotland calls for ban on ‘sectarian’ numberplates

Catholic Church in Scotland calls for ban on ‘sectarian’ numberplates

The Catholic Church has called for a ban on "sectarian" numberplates following the sale of a registration based on a derogatory reference to the pope.

The Times (£)

Board of Deputies of British Jews ‘nearly backed’ Islamophobia definition

Board of Deputies of British Jews ‘nearly backed’ Islamophobia definition

The Board of Deputies of British Jews was reportedly on the verge of backing a proposed working definition of 'Islamophobia' which has been influenced by the Muslim advocacy group Mend.

The JC

Christians call for removal of ‘McJesus’ artwork in Israel

Christians call for removal of ‘McJesus’ artwork in Israel

Hundreds of Christians have called for the removal of an art exhibit in Israel featuring a crucified Ronald McDonald, with some reacting by throwing firebombs and stones.

ITV

Dozens 'detained in new gay purge' in Chechnya

Dozens 'detained in new gay purge' in Chechnya

Activists in Russia say there has been a new crackdown against LGBT people in Chechnya. The Russian LGBT network has been monitoring alleged abuses in the mainly Muslim Russian republic since 2017.

BBC

Amazon removes 'offensive' images on products after Sikh community campaign

Amazon removes 'offensive' images on products after Sikh community campaign

Amazon has reportedly removed products showing "offensive" images after Sikh groups complained.

SBS News

Saudi teen says fleeing was 'worth the risk'

Saudi teen says fleeing was 'worth the risk'

A Saudi teenager who fled her family and claimed asylum in Canada has said the journey was "worth the risk" so she could live a more independent life.

BBC

‘Inside China's war on Islam’

‘Inside China's war on Islam’

In Hotan, a town in the Xinjiang province of China, documents show officials are expanding detention camps and increasing surveillance.

The Guardian

Man charged with endangerment of life after 'crude circumcision' on baby in Ireland

Man charged with endangerment of life after 'crude circumcision' on baby in Ireland

A man has been charged with endangerment of life and impersonating a doctor in connection with a circumcision carried out on a 10-month old baby boy.

The Independent (Ireland)

Evangelical group wants gays removed from US anti-lynching bill

Evangelical group wants gays removed from US anti-lynching bill

An evangelical non-profit group that opposes gay rights in the US is taking issue with an anti-lynching bill's inclusion of LGBTQ people.

NBC News

Mon, 14 Jan 2019

Doctors to be asked for their stance on assisted dying law change

Doctors to be asked for their stance on assisted dying law change

The Royal College of Physicians will ask doctors if they would help a terminally ill patient to die and whether the law on assisted dying should be changed.

The Yorkshire Post

Neonatal circumcision could increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome in babies, research finds

Neonatal circumcision could increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome in babies, research finds

Eran Elhaik's research shows a strong correlation between early circumcision and cot death.

The Conversation

‘“Unconstitutional” US anti-FGM law exposes hypocrisy in child protection’

‘“Unconstitutional” US anti-FGM law exposes hypocrisy in child protection’

Brian Earp says a recent US ruling on genital cutting was disturbing but not surprising.

The Conversation

‘Women from Muslim backgrounds have the right to individual freedom’

‘Women from Muslim backgrounds have the right to individual freedom’

Amina Lone says the case of 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun is just part of a larger problem.

The Times (£)

Charedi Jewish children suffer tooth decay crisis

Charedi Jewish children suffer tooth decay crisis

Ultra-Orthodox Haredi Jewish children are suffering a dental crisis that threatens the wellbeing of one of the least understood groups in Britain, according to Public Health England.

The Sunday Times (£)

Oxford Union disinvites president of Catholic League from debate

Oxford Union disinvites president of Catholic League from debate

The Oxford Union has been accused of "no platforming" the head of a prominent right-wing Catholic organisation.

The Telegraph

Inquiry opens into Islamic charity over unsubmitted accounts

Inquiry opens into Islamic charity over unsubmitted accounts

The Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into an Islamic charity that has failed to submit any accounts for four consecutive years.

Third Sector

‘A pivotal time for embattled religious minorities in the Middle East’

‘A pivotal time for embattled religious minorities in the Middle East’

The departure of American forces from Syria has prompted fears of religious persecution.

The Economist

Some Republicans in Texas try to oust official because he’s a Muslim

Some Republicans in Texas try to oust official because he’s a Muslim

Republicans in the third-most-populous county in Texas have voted overwhelmingly against the removal of one of their party leaders from his post on the grounds that he is a Muslim.

The New York Times

Judge blocks Trump contraception rule in 13 US states

Judge blocks Trump contraception rule in 13 US states

A federal judge has blocked Trump administration rules that would allow most businesses to opt out of covering contraception for their employees if they have moral or religious objections.

The Hill

Women who defied Indian temple ban unable to return home after threats

Women who defied Indian temple ban unable to return home after threats

Two women who made history by becoming the first in centuries to enter a hill temple in southern India are in hiding after threats by hardline Hindu groups.

Reuters

Woman exposed on Twitter as first abortion takes place in Ireland

Woman exposed on Twitter as first abortion takes place in Ireland

A top academic has been blasted by Ireland's health minister Simon Harris for a Twitter message about a woman believed to be undergoing Ireland's first legal abortion.

Irish Central

Fri, 11 Jan 2019

‘There should be no religious exemption to the law on non-stun slaughter’ – by NSS communications officer

‘There should be no religious exemption to the law on non-stun slaughter’ – by NSS communications officer

Chris Sloggett says maintaining one law for all is the only sustainable way to beat bigots in light of Belgian measures restricting non-stun slaughter.

Conatus News

Orthodox Jewish rabbis set up group to monitor Ofsted inspections

Orthodox Jewish rabbis set up group to monitor Ofsted inspections

Leading Orthodox Jewish rabbis have set up a working group which they claim will scrutinise Ofsted's school inspections for conduct and legality.

Jewish News

‘What's behind the legal challenge to the Department for Education over Charedi schools?’

‘What's behind the legal challenge to the Department for Education over Charedi schools?’

Simon Rocker puts the latest developments in the row between Charedi Jewish leaders and Ofsted education inspectors in context.

The JC

US Christian activist group plans to expand to UK

US Christian activist group plans to expand to UK

A Christian activist group founded in the United States which says it aims to challenge consumerist values is to come to the UK this year.

Church Times

Buckfast sales hit all-time high of £45m

Buckfast sales hit all-time high of £45m

Sales of Buckfast, a caffeine-infused tonic wine which is backed by a registered religious charity, have hit a record high.

The Scottish Sun

Welby speaks out on Brexit in the Lords

Welby speaks out on Brexit in the Lords

The archbishop of Canterbury has used his position in the House of Lords to give his opinion on Brexit.

Christian Today

Inquiry opened after charitable funds were held in bank account of person under terror investigation

Inquiry opened after charitable funds were held in bank account of person under terror investigation

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a charity that supports refugees from the Middle East. The charity's funds were held in the personal bank account of an individual who had been under police investigation for alleged terrorist financing offences.

Third Sector

French court likely to acquit Catholic cardinal of sex abuse cover-up

French court likely to acquit Catholic cardinal of sex abuse cover-up

France's most important church sexual abuse trial to date is likely to end in acquittal for a cardinal and other senior Catholic officials accused of protecting a paedophile priest, despite years of efforts by his victims to seek justice.

CBS News

Man fined for saying “Allahu akbar” in public in Switzerland

Man fined for saying “Allahu akbar” in public in Switzerland

Police in the Swiss city of Schaffhausen have defended their decision to fine a man who used the words "Allahu akbar" in public.

The Local

‘The battle for the meaning of the US’s religious freedom day’

‘The battle for the meaning of the US’s religious freedom day’

Frederick Clarkson says a proposed resolution intended to commemorate perhaps one of the most radical, liberatory, and revolutionary pieces of legislation in the history of the world misses the point – and it's not a mistake.

Rewire.News

Victims of abuse by religious order priests in US say complaints fell through the cracks

Victims of abuse by religious order priests in US say complaints fell through the cracks

Some survivors of clerical abuse say bureaucratic distinctions have turned them into second-class victims who frequently fall between the cracks.

The New York Times

‘Abortion is legal in Ireland—but the fight isn’t over’

‘Abortion is legal in Ireland—but the fight isn’t over’

Anna Carnegie of the Abortion Rights Campaign says there's still a lot to do to secure abortion rights in Ireland.

Prospect

Thu, 10 Jan 2019

Westminster urged to intervene over marriage equality in Northern Ireland

Westminster urged to intervene over marriage equality in Northern Ireland

Amnesty International is among the groups which have urged the Westminster parliament to legislate to allow same sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph

More than 100 Oxford clergy criticise bishops’ relatively tolerant LGBT+ guidance

More than 100 Oxford clergy criticise bishops’ relatively tolerant LGBT+ guidance

More than 100 clerics in the Church of England's diocese of Oxford have signed a letter criticising their bishops' approach to LGBTI+ people, saying they are "disturbed" by its "apparent ambiguity".

Church Times

Church of England gives £5.6m boost to ‘evangelise’ South Yorkshire

Church of England gives £5.6m boost to ‘evangelise’ South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire Christians are set to get a £5.56m boost over the next six years to help 'evangelise and transform society'.

The Star (Sheffield)

New religious curriculum in Essex town to give more 'multicultural' education

New religious curriculum in Essex town to give more 'multicultural' education

A new religious curriculum is set to be given to all schools in Southend in Essex in a bid to give children a more "multicultural" education.

Basildon, Canvey & Southend Echo

BBC Asian Network asks if followers ‘respect’ decision of Saudi atheist who fled the country

BBC Asian Network asks if followers ‘respect’ decision of Saudi atheist who fled the country

The BBC Asian Network has apologised after asking listeners if they 'respected' a teenagers' decision to flee Saudi Arabia amid fears her life was in danger.

Mail Online

‘What do secularists mean by "secularism"?’ - NSS mentioned

‘What do secularists mean by "secularism"?’ - NSS mentioned

Jeremy Rodell identifies three core principles of secularism: institutional separation, freedom of belief and no discrimination on grounds of religion.

LSE Blog

‘The term ‘religious freedom’ is not a licence to torture anything’

‘The term ‘religious freedom’ is not a licence to torture anything’

Rick Snedeker says the term 'religious freedom' has morphed in America, without consensus, to effectively mean for many "the authority to force others to comply with your own personal religious beliefs".

Patheos

Atheism grows in Turkey as Erdogan urges Islam

Atheism grows in Turkey as Erdogan urges Islam

More Turks are turning to atheism. Observers say that may be related to President Erdogan's increasingly theocratic politics.

DW

‘In some cases, it’s our duty to hurt sentiments’

‘In some cases, it’s our duty to hurt sentiments’

Nayantara Sahgal, an Indian writer who defends human rights, had her invite to a literary event cancelled amid threats from Hindu nationalist mobs this week. Here is the text of the speech she planned to deliver.

The Indian Express

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