Thu, 28 Nov 2019

Justin Welby speaks out on election campaign during BBC interview

Justin Welby speaks out on election campaign during BBC interview

The archbishop of Canterbury has told the BBC he is "very concerned" about the manipulation of truth in the current "febrile and excitable" political climate.

BBC

Muslim group objects to move to make Glasgow school co-educational

Muslim group objects to move to make Glasgow school co-educational

The Muslim Council of Scotland has accused Glasgow City Council of "complete disregard for the voice of BME communities" during a consultation on the future of a local girls' school.

Evening Times

Jonathan Miller, writer and director, dies aged 85 – NSS quoted

Jonathan Miller, writer and director, dies aged 85 – NSS quoted

Sir Jonathan Miller, the writer, theatre and opera director and an NSS honorary associate, has died at the age of 85.

The Guardian

Most people support age-appropriate education which refers to LGBT people

Most people support age-appropriate education which refers to LGBT people

New research indicates that 25% of people say relationships & sex education should not include LGBT issues, while 59% support including topics such as gender identity and sexuality at an age-appropriate level.

The Independent

Western Australia set for marathon assisted dying debate

Western Australia set for marathon assisted dying debate

Western Australian MPs look set to endure marathon sittings as the government pushes to finally pass voluntary assisted dying laws.

Yahoo News

UN investigators eye 160 Islamic State militants over Yazidi massacres

UN investigators eye 160 Islamic State militants over Yazidi massacres

United Nations investigators have so far identified 160 Islamic State militants accused of massacres of Yazidis in northern Iraq in 2014 and are building legal cases against them, the head of the team told the UN Security Council on Tuesday.

Reuters

Hungary pulls out of Eurovision amid rise in anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric

Hungary pulls out of Eurovision amid rise in anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric

Hungary will not participate in next year's Eurovision song contest, amid speculation the decision was taken because the competition is "too gay" for the taste of the country's far-right government and public media bosses.

The Guardian

Catholic Church’s opposition to faith-based admissions cap called “specious” after it accepts restrictions at new school in Peterborough

Catholic Church’s opposition to faith-based admissions cap called “specious” after it accepts restrictions at new school in Peterborough

A Catholic diocese preparing to open a new voluntary-aided school has accepted that 20% of pupils will initially be admitted based on where they live. This has led to accusations that its opposition to a 50% cap on faith-based admissions was "specious".

Schools Week

'These Sikh and Hindu "leaders" who compete over racism don't speak for us – they're an embarrassment'

'These Sikh and Hindu "leaders" who compete over racism don't speak for us – they're an embarrassment'

Sunny Hundal says Britain has created an awful dynamic where self-appointed figures who claim to speak on behalf of minorities instead use them like pawns in a game for power and influence.

The Independent

Wed, 27 Nov 2019

Anti-LGBT primary school protests permanently banned from outside school in Birmingham

Anti-LGBT primary school protests permanently banned from outside school in Birmingham

Demonstrations against LGBT inclusive education have been permanently banned outside a primary school.

BBC

Evangelical church plans grammar school in NI

Evangelical church plans grammar school in NI

An evangelical church schools' network plans to open a voluntary grammar school in Northern Ireland.

BBC

British Muslims are getting WhatsApps urging them to vote out 14 "pro-Israel" Tory MPs

British Muslims are getting WhatsApps urging them to vote out 14 "pro-Israel" Tory MPs

British Muslims are being targeted with WhatsApp messages from a group urging them to vote out 14 Conservative candidates accused of "supporting Israel" and being 'Islamophobes'.

BuzzFeed

UK public buildings to be lit red in honour of religious freedom

UK public buildings to be lit red in honour of religious freedom

More than 120 public building across the UK will be lit red on Wednesday to recognise the importance of religious freedom.

Premier Christian Radio

Fears rise for Christian freedoms in China as BBC Panorama reveals "re-education camps" for Muslims

Fears rise for Christian freedoms in China as BBC Panorama reveals "re-education camps" for Muslims

Concerns have risen for the religious freedoms of Christians in China following a BBC Panorama programme on the oppressive treatment towards minority Muslims.

Premier Christian Radio

Call to scrap blasphemy laws in Australian state of Victoria

Call to scrap blasphemy laws in Australian state of Victoria

An MP will table a bill in Victoria's parliament on Wednesday to abolish the state's blasphemy laws.

Nine.com.au

Egypt court sides with woman against unequal inheritance law

Egypt court sides with woman against unequal inheritance law

An Egyptian woman says she's scored an important legal victory against her country's inheritance laws, which grant female heirs half of what they grant men.

AP News

Man arrested over FGM in Kenya

Man arrested over FGM in Kenya

Police in Riaranga village, Nyamira County, are holding a 70-year-old man suspected to have been involved in the circumcision of his two granddaughters.

Citizen Digital

Tue, 26 Nov 2019

D-day on bid to keep anti-LGBT protesters away from Birmingham school

D-day on bid to keep anti-LGBT protesters away from Birmingham school

A judge will today rule on whether to extend a protest exclusion zone around a Birmingham primary school targeted by demonstrations against LGBT equality teaching.

Birmingham Live

Labour to launch race and faith manifesto

Labour to launch race and faith manifesto

The Labour party is to unveil a specific 'race and faith manifesto' today.

The Guardian

Vatican accused of harbouring bishop wanted for alleged sexual abuse of young priests

Vatican accused of harbouring bishop wanted for alleged sexual abuse of young priests

The Vatican has been accused of harbouring a bishop wanted for alleged sex abuse offences.

The Telegraph

Child abuse survivor challenges C of E review process

Child abuse survivor challenges C of E review process

The Church of England's national safeguarding team has commissioned a former director of adult's and children's services to review its handling of allegations relating to an abusive bishop. But a survivor of the bishop, who previously called the review process "worse than useless", says his position hasn't changed.

Church Times

Chief rabbi attacks Labour antisemitism record

Chief rabbi attacks Labour antisemitism record

The chief rabbi has said the Labour party is not doing enough to root out anti-Jewish racism.

BBC

‘The need to talk openly about assisted dying’

‘The need to talk openly about assisted dying’

Family members, care professionals and a police and crime commissioner call for a change in UK law on assisted dying in this letter.

The Guardian

Ex-CoE prep school teacher jailed for abusing boys in cupboard

Ex-CoE prep school teacher jailed for abusing boys in cupboard

A former geography teacher at a private Church of England prep school who sexually abused a string of pupils he lured into his storage cupboard has been jailed for more than five years.

Evening Standard

An Argentine court has convicted two priests of abusing deaf children at a Catholic-run school

An Argentine court has convicted two priests of abusing deaf children at a Catholic-run school

An Argentine court has convicted two priests of abusing deaf children at a Catholic-run school.

The Washington Post

Mon, 25 Nov 2019

‘Parents hope secular education victory leads to repeal of law’

‘Parents hope secular education victory leads to repeal of law’

There are calls for an end to compulsory collective, broadly Christian worship in non-religious state schools after a Church of England academy trust agreed to provide an alternative in one school.

The Observer

'Allow no escapes': leak exposes reality of China's vast prison camp network

'Allow no escapes': leak exposes reality of China's vast prison camp network

The internal workings of a vast chain of Chinese internment camps used to detain at least a million people from the nation's Muslim minorities are laid out in leaked Communist Party documents published on Sunday.

The Guardian

Labour vows to rip up Victorian-era abortion laws in manifesto

Labour vows to rip up Victorian-era abortion laws in manifesto

Labour has vowed to rip up Victorian abortion laws by overhauling historic legislation which contains criminal sanctions for women and doctors.

The Independent

Chickens facing slaughter in pain and fear, partly to meet halal demand

Chickens facing slaughter in pain and fear, partly to meet halal demand

About 250m chickens slaughtered annually in the UK are placed in electric water baths, despite the availability of more humane methods of slaughter. This is partly to meet demand among Muslims for chicken slaughtered according to halal principles. Millions of these chickens end up being eaten by non-Muslims.

The Times (£)

Anti-abortion group working with religious group to target pro-choice MP Stella Creasy

Anti-abortion group working with religious group to target pro-choice MP Stella Creasy

An anti-abortion group under investigation by the police has been accused of trying to interfere in the general election by working with a religious organisation to target a prominent Labour figure.

The Observer

Pakistan summons Norway’s ambassador over burning of Quran

Pakistan summons Norway’s ambassador over burning of Quran

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry says it has summoned Norway's ambassador to convey concern over the fact that a man burned Islam's holy book and was caught on video. The man who burnt the Quran in the video was physically attacked.

The Washington Post

Church of England reviews its handling of sexual abuse case

Church of England reviews its handling of sexual abuse case

The Church of England has ordered an independent review into its handling of a sexual abuse case that resulted in four bishops and an archbishop being accused of failing to respond properly to a victim's disclosures.

The Guardian

British roofer fined after calling New Zealand mosque shootings suspect a 'hero' on Facebook

British roofer fined after calling New Zealand mosque shootings suspect a 'hero' on Facebook

A British roofer has been convicted of a hate crime after hailing the suspect accused of the New Zealand mosque shootings as a 'hero' on Facebook.

Mail Online

British women ‘being forced into polygamous relationships’ because law lets them down, campaigners say

British women ‘being forced into polygamous relationships’ because law lets them down, campaigners say

British women are increasingly being pressured into polygamous relationships or left without child support when relationships break up because UK law does not offer adequate protection to spouses in religious marriages, campaigners have warned.

The Independent

Man arrested after hurling antisemitic abuse at Jewish children on London Underground

Man arrested after hurling antisemitic abuse at Jewish children on London Underground

A man has been arrested after antisemitic abuse was directed towards Jewish children on the London Underground.

Jewish News

‘We need to categorise FGM as child abuse so millions of girls will have a brighter future’

‘We need to categorise FGM as child abuse so millions of girls will have a brighter future’

Nimco Ali says this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women we need to make sure that life will be better for a new generation.

iNews

Brazil's Bolsonaro launches political party emphasising 'respect for God and religion'

Brazil's Bolsonaro launches political party emphasising 'respect for God and religion'

Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday launched a new political party called the Alliance for Brazil, which will put an emphasis on God, family and homeland, as he tries to win back evangelical voters.

France24

Fri, 22 Nov 2019

‘FGM survivors more visible in UK statistics and activism’

‘FGM survivors more visible in UK statistics and activism’

More than 22,000 FGM survivors have been identified by UK public health providers since 2015 – though newly-recorded cases are declining. Most cases involve women and girls born outside the UK.

openDemocracy

‘There is a serious problem with Wales's religious school system’

‘There is a serious problem with Wales's religious school system’

Will Hayward says the state shouldn't fund religious schools – and as long as it does, religious institutions shouldn't be able to select who has the right to benefit from taxpayers' money.

Wales Online

Elect the leaders who reflect your beliefs, Catholic voters told

Elect the leaders who reflect your beliefs, Catholic voters told

Catholic bishops in Scotland are to tell their parishioners to elect the individuals who reflect their beliefs in the upcoming general election.

Christian Today

Hate crime rules challenged as man takes policing body to court

Hate crime rules challenged as man takes policing body to court

A landmark challenge to police guidance on "hate incidents" was heard by the High Court on Wednesday, after a man was placed under criminal investigation for comments he made on social media.

Premier Christian Radio

FGM trial in Ireland hearing evidence

FGM trial in Ireland hearing evidence

Blood found on the carpet in the Dublin home of a couple accused of carrying out FGM on their daughter matched the DNA of the child, a court has been told.

TheJournal.ie

Outcry as conservative South Korean MPs seek to curtail LGBT rights

Outcry as conservative South Korean MPs seek to curtail LGBT rights

Campaigners have condemned an attempt, backed by South Korea's powerful Christian lobby, to remove protection for 'sexual orientation' from new legislation.

The Guardian

Asia Bibi lawyer vows to keep working in Pakistan despite risks

Asia Bibi lawyer vows to keep working in Pakistan despite risks

A lawyer who represented a Christian woman given a death sentence in Pakistan after being convicted of blasphemy says he aims to keep working despite risks to his life.

Premier Christian Radio

American Medical Association announces support for US ban on ‘conversion therapy’

American Medical Association announces support for US ban on ‘conversion therapy’

The US physicians' group the American Medical Association has announced that it will begin supporting a ban on so-called conversion therapy.

Reuters

US sexual assault victims say they were pressured into unfair settlement by Catholic Church, says report

US sexual assault victims say they were pressured into unfair settlement by Catholic Church, says report

Two men are reportedly alleging in a New York court that Catholic officials pressured them to sign unfair settlements after they were sexually assaulted.

The Hill

Italy falls in love with civil marriage

Italy falls in love with civil marriage

The traditions of a church wedding with bells, choristers and relatives packed into pews are fading in Italy, where civil ceremonies have overtaken religious marriages for the first time.

The Times (£)

Thu, 21 Nov 2019

School agrees to provide alternative to Christian assembly after parents’ legal challenge

School agrees to provide alternative to Christian assembly after parents’ legal challenge

A couple who threatened to take a school to the High Court over its religious assemblies have won their fight for alternative activities for their children.

BBC

Plan to open new Roman Catholic school in Peterborough submitted to council – NSS mentioned

Plan to open new Roman Catholic school in Peterborough submitted to council – NSS mentioned

A submission has formally been made to open a new Roman Catholic school in Peterborough in Cambridgeshire. The NSS's No More Faith Schools campaign is opposing the plans.

Peterborough Telegraph

Northern Ireland Office will consult on religious protections over same-sex marriage after threat by Ashers campaigners

Northern Ireland Office will consult on religious protections over same-sex marriage after threat by Ashers campaigners

The Northern Ireland Office has promised to consult the public on religious protections in relation to same sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

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