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Mon, 22 Nov 2021

‘Is the Church of England complicit in the rise of “pray to stay”?’

‘Is the Church of England complicit in the rise of “pray to stay”?’

Churches and faith groups have, often innocently, aided some asylum seekers who falsely claim to be Christian converts in order to remain in the UK, says Sian Boyle.

Mail Online

‘It's time to think about how we will implement assisted dying in Scotland’

‘It's time to think about how we will implement assisted dying in Scotland’

The Scottish parliament is in the midst of debating legislative changes that could allow Scots to choose to die for the first time.

The Scotsman*

‘We cannot pretend that religion has nothing to do with conflict which has caused so much suffering’

‘We cannot pretend that religion has nothing to do with conflict which has caused so much suffering’

Participants in wars across the world are often convinced their purpose is holy so God is with them, yet the brutality they justify seems far from the sacred respect for life they should hold, says Denzil McDaniel.

The Impartial Reporter

Nigeria: Group faults US as atheist Mubarak Bala spends 19th month in detention

Nigeria: Group faults US as atheist Mubarak Bala spends 19th month in detention

The Humanist Association of Nigeria has criticised the United States government for removing Nigeria from the list of countries violating religious freedom even as its president, Mubarak Bala, has remained in detention for the last 19 months without trial for blasphemy.

Punch

Humanists group: Remove references to God from law books in Barbados

Humanists group: Remove references to God from law books in Barbados

Humanists Barbados has called for removal of all references to God in the local law books, the elimination of 'blasphemy' as an offence, and the scrapping of all forms of prayer in public schools as the country prepares to transition from a constitutional monarchy to a parliamentary republic.

Barbados Today

Afghanistan: Taliban issue guidelines against women actors

Afghanistan: Taliban issue guidelines against women actors

The ultra-conservative Taliban authorities issued a series of "religious guidelines" on Sunday which, among other things, called on Afghanistan's television networks to not broadcast soap operas or dramas featuring women actors.

Deutsche Welle

‘Some US Christian schools believe religious freedom means they can fire gay teachers’

‘Some US Christian schools believe religious freedom means they can fire gay teachers’

Ever since the 1964 Civil Rights Act threatened the tax-exempt status of Christian schools who refused to racially integrate, religious schools in the US have tangled with social justice activists seeking equal protections for minority students and employees.

The Guardian

Fri, 19 Nov 2021

Priti Patel to announce plan to make support for Hamas illegal

Priti Patel to announce plan to make support for Hamas illegal

Supporters of Hamas could face up to 10 years in jail under plans to be announced on Friday by Priti Patel.

The Guardian

More people referred to Prevent for extreme far-right views than Islamist radicalisation

More people referred to Prevent for extreme far-right views than Islamist radicalisation

More people are being referred to Prevent for far-right views than Islamist ones for the first time, new figures showed today.

Mail Online

Activist who praised Isis killer Jihadi John has book promoted by National Lottery-funded group

Activist who praised Isis killer Jihadi John has book promoted by National Lottery-funded group

A campaigner who praised Hezbollah and Isis killer Jihadi John has had his book promoted by a group that received more than £500,000 in public money, angering MPs.

The Jewish Chronicle

Man returning from Dignitas in Switzerland 'lived in constant fear' following mum's death

Man returning from Dignitas in Switzerland 'lived in constant fear' following mum's death

Tom Beagley-Spicer is campaigning for change in the law on assisted dying so other families don't go through what his did.

Hampshire Live

Children as young as seven at risk of child marriage in UK, campaigners warn

Children as young as seven at risk of child marriage in UK, campaigners warn

There are fears that children as young as seven are at risk of child marriage, including religious marriage ceremonies, according to a leading charity.

Sky News

Questions over anti-abortion group gaining charity status in Scotland – NSS quoted

Questions over anti-abortion group gaining charity status in Scotland – NSS quoted

An anti-abortion organisation which promoted a lie that terminations cause cancer has had a new Scottish branch approved as a charity.

Third Force News

‘Abortion pills have changed the moral debate’

‘Abortion pills have changed the moral debate’

Trend towards early termination without surgery is good news for everyone bar religious hardliners, says Emma Duncan.

The Times*

‘Islamophobia Awareness Month isn’t for every Muslim’

‘Islamophobia Awareness Month isn’t for every Muslim’

Dedicating a month to challenging negative stereotypes of Islam and Muslims may seem a well-intentioned idea, but not when it is co-founded by an organisation that attacks fellow Muslims, says Wasiq Wasiq.

Jewish News

Italy sees a surge of people demanding to be de-baptised – NSS mentioned

Italy sees a surge of people demanding to be de-baptised – NSS mentioned

Around ten years ago a campaign by the Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics made it possible for Italians to get 'de-baptised'. The National Secular Society's former de-baptism initiative is mentioned.

The Freethinker (Patheos)

US archdiocese made false claims in the wake of hurricane damage

US archdiocese made false claims in the wake of hurricane damage

The Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans made false claims regarding damage allegedly done to its properties by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

The Freethinker (Patheos)

University of California, Davis adds caste to its anti-discrimination policy

University of California, Davis adds caste to its anti-discrimination policy

The University of California, Davis has added caste to its anti-discrimination policy after students said they have seen discrimination take place at the university based on the South Asian practice of assigning people their social status at birth.

The Independent

‘The radicals behind Pakistan's anti-France protests’

‘The radicals behind Pakistan's anti-France protests’

In just five years the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan party has seen its reach explode in Pakistan, opening a new chapter in the country's deadly confrontation with extremism.

France24

Thu, 18 Nov 2021

Archbishop: If church is to die, let it be ‘operatic death’

Archbishop: If church is to die, let it be ‘operatic death’

The Church of England is "not on the way out", the Archbishop of Canterbury has declared, but conceded that next year will mark 70 unbroken years of annual decline in the number of churchgoers.

The Times*

Welby sorry for abuse-accused bishop comment

Welby sorry for abuse-accused bishop comment

The Archbishop of Canterbury has apologised for saying a "significant cloud" hung over the name of the late Bishop of Chichester George Bell.

BBC

Child abuse in Charedi world rife, says Orthodox Jewish policeman

Child abuse in Charedi world rife, says Orthodox Jewish policeman

A senior Jewish policeman who has deep connections to Manchester's Charedi community has said child sex crimes and domestic abuse are "rife" within the Orthodox Jewish world.

The Jewish Chronicle

Public urged to report illegal schools as pupils taught in ‘squalid’ settings

Public urged to report illegal schools as pupils taught in ‘squalid’ settings

Ofsted warns parents and councils are paying thousands for 'woeful' education in 'squalid' conditions at unregistered schools.

Schools Week

Church disputes claims large numbers of asylum seekers ‘abuse’ system by converting to Christianity

Church disputes claims large numbers of asylum seekers ‘abuse’ system by converting to Christianity

No evidence to suggest widespread correlation between conversion to Christianity and abuse of asylum system, says Church of England.

The Independent

Baroness Blood criticises church leaders over integrated education

Baroness Blood criticises church leaders over integrated education

Baroness May Blood, the campaign chair of the Integrated Education Fund, hit out at Northern Ireland's church leaders in an open letter following recent comments at Stormont's Education Committee by Bishop of Derry, Donal McKeown, that Catholic schools were being blamed for preventing progress on integration.

The Irish News*

Franklin Graham announces UK tour after ‘promising venues not to discriminate’

Franklin Graham announces UK tour after ‘promising venues not to discriminate’

The son of late preacher Billy Graham sees marriage equality as a sin and has previously blamed gay people for a "moral 9/11".

Pink News

Experts to advise on LGBT conversion therapy ban in Scotland

Experts to advise on LGBT conversion therapy ban in Scotland

An expert group will be set up to advise the Scottish government on how to ban conversion therapy.

BBC

Contraceptive pill to be available without prescription in Scotland

Contraceptive pill to be available without prescription in Scotland

A three-month supply of the progestogen-only pill, known as the mini pill, will be given out for free by community pharmacies.

BBC

Ireland: More charges brought against alleged fake medic accused of performing home circumcisions

Ireland: More charges brought against alleged fake medic accused of performing home circumcisions

Philip Ogbewe was already alleged to have created a risk of death or serious harm to seven young boys in unlawful procedures over a 21-month period.

Sunday World

Wed, 17 Nov 2021

Regulator questioned over charity status of anti-abortion group Stanton Healthcare – NSS quoted

Regulator questioned over charity status of anti-abortion group Stanton Healthcare – NSS quoted

An anti-abortion charity which promoted the falsehood that terminations cause cancer has had a new Scottish branch registered as a charity, raising "serious questions".

The Times*

NI: Belief marriages to be put on same legal basis as religious marriages

NI: Belief marriages to be put on same legal basis as religious marriages

Belief marriages overseen by humanist celebrants would have equal legal status with religious marriage under plans put out to consultation in Northern Ireland.

Irish Legal News

Liverpool attack: Christian who took in bomber expressed concerns about asylum seekers ‘pretending to convert’

Liverpool attack: Christian who took in bomber expressed concerns about asylum seekers ‘pretending to convert’

Malcolm Hitchcott, who hosted Emad Al Swealmeen for eight months, had previously said he believed some asylum seekers might pretend to become Christian, and he was experienced at spotting such cases.

iNews

LGBT+ campaigners criticise religious groups who claim conversion therapy ban breaches their human rights

LGBT+ campaigners criticise religious groups who claim conversion therapy ban breaches their human rights

LGBT+ campaigners have criticised suggestions a ban on conversion therapy could be a breach of people's rights to religious freedom.

The Courier*

‘The role of religion in the segregation of schools’

‘The role of religion in the segregation of schools’

In spite of Londonderry's aspirations, the churches ensured that the structure of the educational system would be segregated along the national-political-religious axis between Protestants and Catholics, says Dr Matthew Milliken.

Slugger O'Toole

German train attack on Nov. 6 may have had Islamist motive, say prosecutors

German train attack on Nov. 6 may have had Islamist motive, say prosecutors

A knife attack on a train in Bavaria on Nov. 6 which left several people injured is being investigated as terrorism related, prosecutors in Munich said on Tuesday.

Reuters*

Americans broadly support Supreme Court upholding Roe v. Wade and oppose Texas abortion law, poll finds

Americans broadly support Supreme Court upholding Roe v. Wade and oppose Texas abortion law, poll finds

Americans say by a roughly 2-to-1 margin that the Supreme Court should uphold its landmark abortion decision in Roe v. Wade, and by a similar margin the public opposes a Texas law banning most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, according to a poll.

The Washington Post*

‘If you’re a patient who needs an abortion, a hospital’s chaplain might help decide whether you can get one’

‘If you’re a patient who needs an abortion, a hospital’s chaplain might help decide whether you can get one’

Many Protestant and secular hospitals in the south of the USA impose harsh restrictions on abortion care, according to a new study.

The Lily

Australia: Doctors call to stop religious freedom law over health concerns

Australia: Doctors call to stop religious freedom law over health concerns

Doctors have called for a halt to draft federal laws to enshrine religious freedom out of concern the changes would curb access to health services for women and compound discrimination against gay and lesbian Australians.

The Sydney Morning Herald*

India’s Hindu hardliners attack Muslim ex-foreign minister’s home

India’s Hindu hardliners attack Muslim ex-foreign minister’s home

Hindu hardliners have attacked and set fire to the home of a former Indian foreign minister, police say, in the latest incident of religious violence that critics say has been inflamed under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Al Jazeera

Tue, 16 Nov 2021

Liverpool attack suspect reported to be Christian convert

Liverpool attack suspect reported to be Christian convert

Emad al-Swealmeen is said to have converted from Islam to Christianity after moving to the UK from the Middle East.

The Guardian

Mother-and-baby homes inquiry to be set up in Northern Ireland

Mother-and-baby homes inquiry to be set up in Northern Ireland

The Stormont executive has agreed to set up a public inquiry into institutions for unmarried mothers in Northern Ireland.

BBC

La Bayadere ballet pulled from theatre for ‘trivialising Hinduism’

La Bayadere ballet pulled from theatre for ‘trivialising Hinduism’

A ballet accused of 'trivialising the Hindu religion and traditions' has been pulled from a council-run venue.

Kent Online

Transgender teen 'outed' at church and accused of 'sin'

Transgender teen 'outed' at church and accused of 'sin'

A transgender teenager claims he was shunned at his Christian church after being 'outed' against his will.

Hull Live

Pagans want support to end abuse of believers

Pagans want support to end abuse of believers

A number of teenage Pagans in Scotland have reported being bullied over their religion by teachers as well as by classmates.

The Times*

Women in Argentina claim labour exploitation by Opus Dei

Women in Argentina claim labour exploitation by Opus Dei

Lucía Giménez and 41 other women have filed a complaint against conservative Catholic group Opus Dei to the Vatican for alleged labour exploitation, as well as abuse of power and of conscience.

The Associated Press

Australia: Coalition waters down religious discrimination bill by scrapping Folau clause

Australia: Coalition waters down religious discrimination bill by scrapping Folau clause

The Coalition has radically revised its proposed religious discrimination bill, scrapping the so-called Folau clause and removing the ability for health providers to refuse treatment on the basis of "conscientious objection".

The Guardian

Mon, 15 Nov 2021

Public does not think much of C of E, Church’s lead on evangelism reports

Public does not think much of C of E, Church’s lead on evangelism reports

"Benign indifference" is the commonest attitude that the general public has towards the Church of England, the Church's national lead on evangelism suggests in a new book published this month.

Church Times*

Welby apologises for Ghana LGBTQ+ pronouncement

Welby apologises for Ghana LGBTQ+ pronouncement

The Archbishop of Canterbury has apologised for not speaking directly to the Ghanaian bishops before issuing his statement last month expressing "grave concern" about their reported support of a bill that proposes to criminalise LGBTQ+ people.

Church Times*

Gay couple receive landmark Church in Wales blessing

Gay couple receive landmark Church in Wales blessing

Father Lee and his partner Fabiano Da Silva Duarte have become what is thought to be the first same-sex couple to be officially blessed by the Church in Wales.

BBC

Buffer zones at abortion clinics cannot be enforced by councils say legal experts

Buffer zones at abortion clinics cannot be enforced by councils say legal experts

The Scottish Government has previously said local authorities would be best placed to bring in measures to prevent anti-abortion campaigners from gathering outside clinics.

The National*

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