Mon, 03 Aug 2020
The Scottish Bishops conference has raised concerns over the Scottish Government's new Hate Crime Bill, which they claim could have serious implications for religious freedom.
The Scottish Government has been told to look to the example of a string of SNP politicians who voted against elements of hate crime legislation at Westminster – amid opposition calls to redraw similar proposals being drawn up at Holyrood.
A consultation on new hate crime laws has been branded a "sham" after all contributors were emailed a "myth-busting" blog designed to bolster support for the controversial policy.
The Times (£)
When the Scottish Police, the Catholic Church and the Law Society of Scotland get together to condemn the Scottish Government's Hate Crime Bill for endangering freedom of speech, you would think that ministers might be tempted to listen, says Iain Macwhirter.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews is launching revised guidelines for schools' Jewish Studies inspections aiming to tackle "complete disinterest" in the subject.
Authorities are searching for victims of a multi-millionaire paedophile priest who may be entitled to part of his estate.
The Catholic Church has denied support for conversion therapy as campaigners call on the Scottish Parliament to outlaw the practice.
Thousands of radical Islamists rallied on Friday in northwestern Pakistan in support of a man who earlier this week walked into a courtroom in the city of Peshawar and gunned down a U.S. citizen on trial for blasphemy.
A campaign for painless killing is starting to win favour with slaughterhouses and religious leaders.
The notion that the United States observes a separation of church and state is a lie, according to President Donald Trump's senior campaign legal adviser.
The Daily Beast
EU defends decision to reject Polish town twinning grant applications after cities declare themselves LGBTI-free zones
The European Commission has defended its decision to reject town twinning grant applications from six Polish cities after they declared themselves "LGBTI-free" zones."
The Parliament Magazine
Polish prosecutors have sued Ikea of Sweden AB after its local unit fired a man over his actions during a gay-pride corporate event, saying the furniture retailer infringed on the employee's 'religious rights'.
Fri, 31 Jul 2020
The effect of Liverpool's schools admissions processes on Muslim children and those from ethnic minority backgrounds is set to be examined by councillors. It comes after a meeting earlier this year, when a group of Muslim parents said admissions criteria for faith schools and academies nearby meant their children often ended up being placed in schools on the other side of the city.
The Chief Rabbi has published new guidelines for entry into Jewish schools under his authority in September 2021 because of the pandemic. If schools are oversubscribed, priority goes to children who have attained a certain number of points on a religious practice certificate.
Mid Ulster District Council have temporarily suspended their directory function after a listed organisation was linked to controversial 'conversion therapy' tactics some organisations claim can 'cure' homosexuality.
An alleged supporter of so-called Islamic State researched modifying a drone to be used in a terrorist attack, possibly targeting the British Army or police, a court has heard.
Lewis Marshall, 27, died after he hanged himself at St James Park in Bristol. His mother said he was "disowned" by his Jehovah Witness fellowship due to his smoking and drinking and erratic behaviour.
The Bill erodes one of the key fundamentals of our hard-earned rights, namely freedom of speech, says Alan Simpson.
The case revolved around an injunction granted in the eastern state of Veracruz, which would have effectively decriminalised termination in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
The spiritual group was banned in mainland China in 1999 but its members have been allowed to practice in Hong Kong freely, even though the group urges people to renounce the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
The fight over limits on church attendance divides the justices, says Linda Greenhouse.
The New York Times (£)
The latent danger posed by thousands of defeated and captured fighters who joined the Islamic State group is festering and growing in the squalid, overcrowded prison camps of north-east Syria, where riots and attempted breakouts are becoming commonplace.
Thu, 30 Jul 2020
The Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney has joined a chorus of voices in recent days expressing their views on the controversial Hate Crime Bill, which was introduced to the Scottish Parliament in April.
The Press and Journal
"Supporters of free speech and those opposed to bigotry both have justice on their side and there must be a way to amend the Hate Crime Bill to ensure its good intentions do not have unintended consequences."
Zealots who have turned the murderer of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah into a "hero" pose an urgent threat to the UK, a report has warned.
The decision by the health secretary to allow women to carry out medical abortions at home during the coronavirus crisis is being challenged in the court of appeal by the evangelical advocacy group Christian Concern.
Yorkshire Coast Radio
Plans for an 800-pupil Islamic faith school on Thornton Road have been approved by Bradford Council.
LGBT+ people with religious or 'conservative' parents are 2.5 times more likely to face rejection when they come out.
Gay Star News
Wiley has been permanently suspended from Twitter, five days after he used the site to publish antisemitism and conspiracy theories.
A plea has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking to remove from the constitution's preamble the words 'socialist' and 'secular' which were added through 42nd constitutional amendment.
Bukusu elders have vowed to go ahead with this year's circumcision ceremony despite the prevailing ban on public gatherings.
Amnesty International says children of the Yazidi religious and ethnic minority who survived brutal captivity at the hands of the Islamic State group in Iraq are suffering severe physical and mental health problems.
Wed, 29 Jul 2020
Federation warns hate crime bill could ‘devastate’ relationship between police and public - NSS mentioned
The Scottish Police Federation has warned of the "devastating" impact the new hate crime bill could have on trust between officers and the public.
"The proposed hate crime bill carries greater threats to society than benefits."
The Times (£)
Christians risk being criminalised for quoting passages of the Bible if new proposed hate crime legislation is passed, the Scottish Catholic Church has warned.
The Times (£)
The Scottish Government needs to listen to critics of the Hate Crime Bill and withdraw parts of the proposed law that raise fears about freedom of speech, writes Murdo Fraser MSP.
The backlash against the SNP's hate crime bill has picked up momentum as a host of voices joined the campaign to protect free speech. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans is quoted.
Scottish Daily Mail (via PressReader)
The SNP's hate crime legislation is falling apart, says Scottish Conservatives' justice spokesman Liam Kerr.
Scottish Daily Mail (via PressReader)
"It's rare for a piece of legislation to unite disparate groups and individuals in mutual concern, but we've seen exactly this with the Hate Crime bill."
Free to Disagree
Suggestion comes because families have not been able to attend a place of worship to 'demonstrate membership or practice of a faith'
A Roman Catholic priest who sexually abused young boys has been jailed again for crimes which came to light following his original trial.
We now have overwhelming proof that we are witnessing the largest mass-internment of an ethnic group since the atrocities of the 1940s, says Yasmin Qureshi.
For years Mohamed's family tried to make him more like other boys - tougher, more "masculine". They even sent him to have a female spirit driven out with hallucinogenic drugs. Eventually, writes Layla Mahmood, they decided to kill him.
Tue, 28 Jul 2020
The Scottish Newspaper Society has joined a growing backlash against new Scottish Government legislation making its way through Holyrood, which critics fear will have a chilling impact on freedom of speech and lead to prosecutions for expressing what are seen as controversial views.
There are major flaws in proposed hate crime legislation, according to the Law Society of Scotland.
Scottish Legal News
Groups ranging from the Catholic Church to the National Secular Society have expressed concern over the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill.
UK Human Rights Blog
Barclays Bank has closed the account of Core Issues Trust (CIT), a charity that supports 'change oriented therapies' for 'those who want to move away from homosexual feelings'.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
The Church of England is investigating how the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby dealt with complaints of serial abuse of young men at Christian holiday camps.
The wife of a prominent Nigerian humanist accused of blasphemy has pleaded for information about his wellbeing on the eve of the three-month anniversary of his detention.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for a grand Hindu temple in a highly anticipated ceremony at a holy site that was bitterly contested by Muslims, officials said Sunday.
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