Thu, 04 Apr 2019

Catholic schools in Ireland erroneously claim Christmas will be cancelled if the schools change hands

Catholic schools in Ireland erroneously claim Christmas will be cancelled if the schools change hands

Ireland's education minister has said he is open to the idea of writing to schools who claimed this week that Christmas would be cancelled if their school was removed from Catholic control.

Irish Examiner

Spanish Catholic Church probed over 'gay conversion' courses

Spanish Catholic Church probed over 'gay conversion' courses

A Roman Catholic diocese near Madrid is being investigated after a newspaper reported that it was running courses to "cure" gay men of homosexuality.

BBC

Pope recognises Catholic 'male authoritarianism', but refuses women priests

Pope recognises Catholic 'male authoritarianism', but refuses women priests

Pope Francis has said the Catholic Church has to acknowledge a history of male domination and sexual abuse of women and children, but added that the church "could not agree with everything some feminist groups propose".

ABC News (Australia)

‘Heartbeat abortion bills were once a fringe idea in the US. Could they now overturn Roe v Wade?’

‘Heartbeat abortion bills were once a fringe idea in the US. Could they now overturn Roe v Wade?’

Emily Shugerman says the idea of 'heartbeat' abortion bans used to be viewed as ridiculous, but is now mainstream among US Republicans.

The Daily Beast

Texas bans clergy from executions after US Supreme Court ruling

Texas bans clergy from executions after US Supreme Court ruling

Texas prisons will no longer allow clergy in the death chamber after the US Supreme Court blocked the scheduled execution of a man who argued his religious freedom would be violated if his Buddhist spiritual adviser couldn't accompany him.

US News & World Report

Wed, 03 Apr 2019

Home secretary orders 'urgent investigation' into asylum rejection letter with theological justification

Home secretary orders 'urgent investigation' into asylum rejection letter with theological justification

The home secretary Sajid Javid has ordered an "urgent investigation" into a letter sent to an Iranian Christian asylum seeker explaining that his application had been turned down because Christianity was not the peaceful religion he claimed it to be.

Christian Today

Brunei implements stoning to death under new anti-LGBT laws

Brunei implements stoning to death under new anti-LGBT laws

Brunei's strict new Islamic laws that make gay sex an offence punishable by stoning to death come into force today.

BBC

UK universities under pressure to rescind sultan of Brunei’s honorary degrees

UK universities under pressure to rescind sultan of Brunei’s honorary degrees

The University of Oxford, King's College London and the University of Aberdeen have all awarded the sultan with nominal degrees. Only Aberdeen is considering rescinding the degree over Brunei's decision to introduce the death penalty for gay sex.

Gay Star News

Jeremy Corbyn to meet anti-Ofsted Charedi Jewish activist

Jeremy Corbyn to meet anti-Ofsted Charedi Jewish activist

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is to attend a meeting organised by a Charedi activist who has strongly opposed the government's plans to make teaching about LGBT people compulsory.

The JC

At least seven from my university joined IS, says captured fighter

At least seven from my university joined IS, says captured fighter

An Islamic State fighter held in Syria has told the BBC he was one of at least seven students and ex-students from University of Westminster to join IS.

BBC

Poll finds 84% of Brits support change in assisted dying law

Poll finds 84% of Brits support change in assisted dying law

The largest poll ever conducted on assisted dying has found that 84 per cent of people in Great Britain support a change in the law.

Shropshire Star

Majority of Scots back assisted dying, poll finds

Majority of Scots back assisted dying, poll finds

Nearly nine in 10 people in Scotland support legalising assisted dying, according to a new poll.

The Scotsman

Homophobic and misogynistic books found in library at Islamic primary school

Homophobic and misogynistic books found in library at Islamic primary school

Ofsted has found homophobic and misogynistic books at an independent primary school in east London.

Newham Recorder

Charity behind LGBT-inclusive Scottish curriculum faces collapse

Charity behind LGBT-inclusive Scottish curriculum faces collapse

A charity tasked with making LGBT issues "visible" in Scottish classrooms is facing collapse.

The Times (£)

‘Shouldn’t we consider consent when altering children’s genitals?’

‘Shouldn’t we consider consent when altering children’s genitals?’

Justin Lehmiller says contentious arguments that circumcision brings 'health benefits' may not be a good basis for deciding to alter children's genitals.

Men's Health

FGM victims discovered or treated every hour in England, says charity

FGM victims discovered or treated every hour in England, says charity

A case of female genital mutilation is either discovered or treated at a medical appointment in England every hour, a charity has said.

Jefferson Business Journal

Trump ‘saving’ anti-abortion judge for US Supreme Court seat

Trump ‘saving’ anti-abortion judge for US Supreme Court seat

President Trump has reportedly told confidants he is "saving" Amy Coney Barrett, a Catholic judge seen as open to overturning the landmark Roe v Wade decision, for the next vacancy on the US Supreme Court.

Axios

Tue, 02 Apr 2019

Children educated at home to be registered, education secretary announces

Children educated at home to be registered, education secretary announces

A home education register will enable councils to identify children receiving a "solely religious education" at unregistered faith schools such as Jewish Orthdox yeshivas or Islamic madrasas.

The Telegraph

Amanda Spielman: LGBT protests ‘setting terrible example for children’

Amanda Spielman: LGBT protests ‘setting terrible example for children’

The head of Ofsted has called on campaigners to halt protests outside the gates of schools that teach pupils about LGBT issues, claiming it "serves no one well to intimidate teachers".

Schools Week

Head teachers 'feel alone' and unsupported over teaching about LGBT rights

Head teachers 'feel alone' and unsupported over teaching about LGBT rights

Head teachers involved in a row over primary school diversity classes say they "feel alone" and unsupported.

BBC

‘Parkfield LGBT protest: Why has the school’s top teacher been silenced?’

‘Parkfield LGBT protest: Why has the school’s top teacher been silenced?’

Liz Lightfoot says Andrew Moffatt, who drew up an award-winning lesson programme for equality and diversity, has been targeted and effectively silenced.

The Guardian

‘Progressive Muslims can’t stay silent about homophobia in Islam’

‘Progressive Muslims can’t stay silent about homophobia in Islam’

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown says it is hard to be a progressive Muslim in today's riven, regressive, fanatical and tribalised world.

iNews

‘Islamic bigotry has been fuelled by the left’

‘Islamic bigotry has been fuelled by the left’

Janice Turner says religious conservatives have been emboldened to reject gay rights by the stay-in-your-lane creed of identity politics.

The Times (£)

Respect Christians at Easter, advertisers warned

Respect Christians at Easter, advertisers warned

The advertising watchdog has asked companies to avoid causing "serious or widespread offence" to Christians at Easter.

The Times (£)

Labour MP says voting against LGBTI-inclusive lessons was a 'mistake'

Labour MP says voting against LGBTI-inclusive lessons was a 'mistake'

A Labour MP who opposed LGBTI-inclusive education because "there were concerns from the faith community" has said it was a "mistake".

Gay Star News

Google removes ‘gay conversion therapy' app

Google removes ‘gay conversion therapy' app

Google has bowed to pressure to remove an app accused of promoting gay conversion therapy.

The Irish News

After court battle, Cayman Islands legalises same-sex marriage

After court battle, Cayman Islands legalises same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage has become legal in the Cayman Islands following a landmark court case brought by a lesbian couple which their lawyers said on Monday could have implications in the wider Caribbean region and beyond.

Reuters

Iranian women's rights activist condemns Western feminists for wearing the hijab when visiting Iran

Iranian women's rights activist condemns Western feminists for wearing the hijab when visiting Iran

Masih Alinejad, who has spearheaded Iranian women's struggle against the head covering, said female dignitaries from Europe had left her fellow campaigners "on their own" by choosing to wear the hijab when they visited Iran.

Mail Online

Muslims 'will get protection they deserve' amid security threats, says home secretary

Muslims 'will get protection they deserve' amid security threats, says home secretary

Muslims in Britain "will get the protection that they deserve", the Home Secretary has said, in the wake of the Christchurch massacre and subsequent attacks on mosques in Birmingham.

Birmingham Mail

Mon, 01 Apr 2019

Psychologist anti-RSE campaigner to be investigated over position on homosexuality – NSS quoted

Psychologist anti-RSE campaigner to be investigated over position on homosexuality – NSS quoted

A psychologist who has played a key role in opposing the introduction of relationship and sex education lessons in schools is being investigated by her profession's governing body over her fitness to practise.

The Observer

Head of LGBT protest school urges government to act and says: 'We feel under siege'

Head of LGBT protest school urges government to act and says: 'We feel under siege'

The head at a Birmingham primary school has called for the government to reject attempts to dilute messages of equality around LGBT issues - or risk a "bleak future".

Birmingham Live

Angry mums challenge LGBT protesters outside Birmingham school

Angry mums challenge LGBT protesters outside Birmingham school

Two angry mums have challenged protesters waging a daily campaign to try to force a city primary school to suspend equality teaching.

Birmingham Live

‘Inside the Muslim protests over lessons about LGBT relationships in Birmingham primary schools’

‘Inside the Muslim protests over lessons about LGBT relationships in Birmingham primary schools’

Oliver Harvey says angry demonstrations over lessons about LGBT relationships have spread from Parkfield Community School to Anderton Park School in Birmingham.

The Sun

‘Don’t let homophobes reverse 20 years of progress’

‘Don’t let homophobes reverse 20 years of progress’

Luke Tryl says children learning about same-sex relationships needn't be contentious.

The Guardian

‘How Wales can avoid England's turmoil over LGBT-inclusive education’

‘How Wales can avoid England's turmoil over LGBT-inclusive education’

Laura McAllister says publicly-funded, free and secular schools should reflect and champion shared values.

Wales Online

Pope defends decision to reject French cardinal's resignation

Pope defends decision to reject French cardinal's resignation

Pope Francis has defended his decision to reject the resignation of Philippe Barbarin, the French Roman Catholic cardinal convicted on charges of failing to report sexual abuse.

Reuters

MSPs join together to call for assisted suicide law

MSPs join together to call for assisted suicide law

Senior politicians from across the political divide have joined together in an effort to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland.

Mail Online

Question Time criticised over LGBT debate

Question Time criticised over LGBT debate

BBC political show Question Time has been criticised for airing a debate over whether it is "morally right" to teach children about LGBTQ+ "issues".

Belfast Telegraph

Hard-hitting film on anti-Muslim attacks ‘promotes fear’

Hard-hitting film on anti-Muslim attacks ‘promotes fear’

Muslim groups have said a hard-hitting short film made to help tackle anti-Muslim hate crimes should be withdrawn, arguing that it promotes violence and fear.

The Observer

‘Heartbeat' abortion ban heads to Georgia governor's desk

‘Heartbeat' abortion ban heads to Georgia governor's desk

The US state of Georgia's legislature has passed legislation outlawing abortions after a foetal heartbeat can be detected, sending the bill to the state's Republican, anti-choice governor Brian Kemp.

ABC News

Fascists and Christian extremists unite for World Congress of Families meeting

Fascists and Christian extremists unite for World Congress of Families meeting

The World Congress of Families, a coalition of far-right politicians, conservative activists and religious leaders, was staged this weekend in the Italian city of Verona.

The Freethinker (Patheos)

Fri, 29 Mar 2019

Protests over LGBT+ classes ramp up at Birmingham school as MPs back more inclusive curriculum

Protests over LGBT+ classes ramp up at Birmingham school as MPs back more inclusive curriculum

Protests over lessons on same-sex relationships continued into their ninth day at a Birmingham primary school just hours after MPs voted in favour of a compulsory LGBT+ inclusive curriculum in schools.

The Independent

Marriage is becoming ‘more social and less sacred’ as church ceremonies hit a record low

Marriage is becoming ‘more social and less sacred’ as church ceremonies hit a record low

Fewer than a quarter of all marriage ceremonies are held in places of worship, new figures reveal.

iNews

Primary school to close in Perthshire after deciding votes fall to church representatives

Primary school to close in Perthshire after deciding votes fall to church representatives

A Perthshire primary school has been shut after the casting votes at a meeting of a council education committee fell to unelected church representatives.

The Courier

‘Sex and relationship education is about consent’

‘Sex and relationship education is about consent’

Yehudis Fletcher says an interfaith coalition protesting against new sex and relationship education guidance is trying to undermine vital education.

Jewish News

‘MPs have just passed a law which will save thousands of LGBT+ kids’ lives’

‘MPs have just passed a law which will save thousands of LGBT+ kids’ lives’

Douglas Robertson welcomes a vote to make LGBT-inclusive relationships and sex education compulsory.

The Independent

Private Islamic school rated inadequate over gender segregation plans separate schools for boys and girls

Private Islamic school rated inadequate over gender segregation plans separate schools for boys and girls

A private religious school in south London which unlawfully segregated girls and boys has been rated inadequate by Ofsted. But the school has now been given approval from the Department of Education to register for a separate girls' school.

Sutton & Croydon Guardian

Muslim charity repays cash to council after concerns raised about how it was spent

Muslim charity repays cash to council after concerns raised about how it was spent

A Muslim charity has repaid £2,300 of taxpayers' money to a council after worshippers raised concerns about how the money had been spent.

Kidderminster Shuttle

Church of England continues to oppose assisted dying

Church of England continues to oppose assisted dying

The Royal College of Physicians has adopted a neutral position on assisted dying. The Church of England has responded by reaffirming its opposition to the legalisation of assisted dying.

Church Times

‘We need a modern alternative to our patriarchal wedding system’

‘We need a modern alternative to our patriarchal wedding system’

Peter Tatchell says the one-size-fits-all model of relationship recognition epitomised by marriage and civil partnerships is no longer appropriate.

The Huffington Post

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