Wed, 08 Aug 2018

Town mayor wants to hold prayers just before meetings – NSS quoted

Town mayor wants to hold prayers just before meetings – NSS quoted

The mayor of Barry in south Wales has been criticised for introducing prayers five minutes before council meetings in the council chamber. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans is quoted arguing for a genuine separation between prayers and council business.

Wales Online

Women from Northern Ireland will be allowed access abortion in Republic, says Irish minister

Women from Northern Ireland will be allowed access abortion in Republic, says Irish minister

Women from Northern Ireland will be able to access abortion services in the Republic of Ireland, the Irish government has pledged.

The Irish Times

Calls for Boris Johnson to lose Tory whip over burka comments

Calls for Boris Johnson to lose Tory whip over burka comments

A peer has said Boris Johnson should be kicked out of the Conservative Party for his remarks about the burka. Meanwhile senior Conservatives have asked him to apologise.

BBC

Johnson criticises ‘attack on free speech’

Johnson criticises ‘attack on free speech’

The former foreign secretary has branded calls for an apology "ridiculous".

The Sun

‘Boris Johnson and the liberal criticism of Islam’

‘Boris Johnson and the liberal criticism of Islam’

Brendan O'Neill says the liberal backlash to Boris Johnson's comments is a sign of "the return of blasphemy laws by the backdoor".

The Spectator

‘Tories should ignore self-appointed Muslim leaders’

‘Tories should ignore self-appointed Muslim leaders’

Jawad Iqbal says the Conservatives have a problem with Muslim voters and ethnic minorities generally, but they should not pander to reactionaries who wish to act as the official voice of Muslims.

The Times (£)

Vatican ‘sought deal’ with Irish state to bury church documents

Vatican ‘sought deal’ with Irish state to bury church documents

Former Irish president Mary McAleese says the Vatican tried to secure an agreement with Ireland that it would not access church documents in 2003.

The Irish Times

‘The Vatican has never co-operated with Irish inquiries into clerical child sex abuse’

‘The Vatican has never co-operated with Irish inquiries into clerical child sex abuse’

Patsy McGarry says the Catholic Church has pattern of withholding relevant documents from Irish state abuse inquiries.

The Irish Times

Solicitor suspended for Twitter rants on religions

Solicitor suspended for Twitter rants on religions

A law firm partner who sent a series of hostile messages about Islam, Judaism and Catholicism has been suspended from practising for 18 months.

Law Gazette

Argentina braces for abortion vote in Pope's homeland

Argentina braces for abortion vote in Pope's homeland

Argentina's Senate is set to vote on a bill that would legalise elective abortion in the predominantly Catholic country, homeland of Pope Francis, today.

CNN

New law will protect children from forced marriage in New Zealand

New law will protect children from forced marriage in New Zealand

A law that gives children more protection against forced marriage is expected to pass with unanimous support in New Zealand's parliament today.

NZ Herald

Canada pledges to stand up for human rights amid Saudi sanctions

Canada pledges to stand up for human rights amid Saudi sanctions

Canada's foreign affairs minister has defended the country's position and pledged to stand for human rights after Saudi Arabia placed sanctions on it. The sanctions ostensibly came in response to a Canadian expression of concern about the arrests of activists in Saudi.

Calgary Herald

Tue, 07 Aug 2018

‘The burka is oppressive but Denmark is wrong to ban it’

‘The burka is oppressive but Denmark is wrong to ban it’

Boris Johnson criticises the burka but argues that a ban goes against Denmark's "spirit of Viking individualism" and recommends the UK does not follow suit. This article has generated a strong backlash from Johnson's opponents.

The Telegraph (£)

Boris Johnson faces criticism over burka 'letter box' jibe

Boris Johnson faces criticism over burka 'letter box' jibe

Some MPs and lobbying groups have criticised the former foreign secretary's article, particularly his phrase that women who wear burkas "look like letter boxes".

BBC

North London Jewish leaders want apology from High Court QC over comments on fraud and tax evasion

North London Jewish leaders want apology from High Court QC over comments on fraud and tax evasion

Jewish leaders have asked a High Court QC to withdraw comments about the extent of benefit fraud and tax evasion within the Charedi community in the Stamford Hill area of north London.

Hackney Gazette

‘Immigration will not spark a British religious revival’

‘Immigration will not spark a British religious revival’

Graham Davidson argues that the decline of religion in Britain is unlikely to stop in the short term.

Areo

Imam hailed for heroism during Finsbury Park attack says government in denial on anti-Muslim hate

Imam hailed for heroism during Finsbury Park attack says government in denial on anti-Muslim hate

An imam who was praised for his actions during the attack on Finsbury Park mosque has accused the government of "lacklustre" efforts to tackle anti-Muslim hatred.

Evening Standard

‘A High Court judgement offers one way forward on Muslim marriage’

‘A High Court judgement offers one way forward on Muslim marriage’

This editorial argues that a decision on Muslim marriage last week "recognises, and to some extent nullifies, the influence of sharia law on some English lives without extending any recognition to the judgment of sharia tribunals".

The Guardian

Labour party won’t take further action against MP who accused Corbyn of anti-Semitism

Labour party won’t take further action against MP who accused Corbyn of anti-Semitism

The Labour Party has said it will take no action against an MP who called party leader Jeremy Corbyn an "anti-Semite and a racist," amid an ongoing row over the subject.

The Times of Israel

‘Argentina’s abortion vote reveals the Catholic Church’s deep fear of female desire’

‘Argentina’s abortion vote reveals the Catholic Church’s deep fear of female desire’

Claudia Piñeiro says campaigners should not be afraid of the Catholic Church's bullying as Argentina's Senate prepares to vote on abortion tomorrow.

Time

‘Why Uighur Muslims across China are living in fear’

‘Why Uighur Muslims across China are living in fear’

Gene Bunin spent 18 months talking to Uighur restaurant workers all over China. His long read reveals a minority fearing the daily threat of arrest, detention and 're-education'.

The Guardian

‘A slow decline of Catholicism in the classroom in Ireland’

‘A slow decline of Catholicism in the classroom in Ireland’

Katherine Donnelly says the educational landscape in Ireland has changed since the last papal visit to the country in 1979.

The Independent (Ireland)

Gay 'conversion therapy' ban found to be LGBTIQ Australians' top priority

Gay 'conversion therapy' ban found to be LGBTIQ Australians' top priority

Banning gay 'conversion therapy' has topped a list of LGBTIQ people's priorities for Australia's federal government going into the next election.

The Guardian

Mon, 06 Aug 2018

Leeds case ‘a milestone’ in battle to halt forced marriages

Leeds case ‘a milestone’ in battle to halt forced marriages

A national charity based in Leeds has said a conviction for forced marriage is a significant milestone in the fight against it, but has also shown how much more needs to be done.

The Yorkshire Post

‘Why those campaigning to categorise “Sikh” as an ethnicity are wrong’

‘Why those campaigning to categorise “Sikh” as an ethnicity are wrong’

Hardeep Singh says the Office for National Statistics should resist pressure from some Sikh groups to classify Sikhs as an ethnicity.

The Spectator

‘We must fight for gay marriage in Northern Ireland’

‘We must fight for gay marriage in Northern Ireland’

Labour MP Ged Killen says legal recognition of same-sex marriage is an important part of a country's social progress.

The Times (£)

SNP MP calls for debate over role of Catholic schools in Scotland

SNP MP calls for debate over role of Catholic schools in Scotland

A debate should take place on the future of state-funded Catholic education in Scotland, SNP MP Mhairi Black has said. Her words appear to challenge the stance of Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon, who has praised Catholic schools.

Daily Record

'Denial is not the solution on caste discrimination’

'Denial is not the solution on caste discrimination’

Ashwini Deshpande says there is plenty of evidence that caste-based discrimination exists within Indian diasporic communities. She adds that recognising and engaging with this discrimination is crucial instead of attempting to sweep it under the carpet.

The Wire

Church of England accused of creating wealth 'postcode lottery'

Church of England accused of creating wealth 'postcode lottery'

The Church of England has become embroiled in a row over a "postcode lottery" as critics say there is a significant north-south wealth divide between its dioceses.

The Telegraph

Edinburgh church votes to split from the Scottish Episcopal Church over gay marriage stance

Edinburgh church votes to split from the Scottish Episcopal Church over gay marriage stance

One of the largest churches in Edinburgh has voted to split from the Scottish Episcopal Church in reaction to its decision to back gay marriage.

The Telegraph

New rules on donating organs could save 700 lives a year

New rules on donating organs could save 700 lives a year

Ministers are to go ahead with an overhaul of organ donation rules in a reform they believe could save as many as 700 lives every year.

The Guardian

Man threatens ‘ungodly’ Brighton Pride attendees

Man threatens ‘ungodly’ Brighton Pride attendees

A man has been arrested after unleashing a horrifying stream of abuse at people coming back from Brighton and Hove Pride.

Pink News

Irish minister says religion will not determine government health policy

Irish minister says religion will not determine government health policy

Ireland's minister for health has said increasing access to contraception will remain public health policy in the country. His comments come in response to a bishop's claim that the Catholic Church's position on contraception had been "ignored for too long".

The Irish Times

Brazil’s top court debates decriminalising abortion

Brazil’s top court debates decriminalising abortion

Brazil's Supreme Court has begun public hearings on scrapping highly restrictive abortion laws that have pushed large numbers of women to seek clandestine procedures.

Manila Bulletin

Petition says Israel’s Jewish nation state law is illegal

Petition says Israel’s Jewish nation state law is illegal

Petitioners have demanded that Israel's law on being a Jewish nation state should be annulled or changed to apply equally to all Israeli citizens.

The Times of Israel

Fri, 03 Aug 2018

'Do Burqa Bans Do More Harm Than Good?' - NSS Chief Executive

'Do Burqa Bans Do More Harm Than Good?' - NSS Chief Executive

In the wake of Denmark's face covering ban, NSS Chief Executive Stephen Evans asks if burqa bans risk further alienating women already on the margins of mainstream society.

Huffington Post

Forced marriage: Beaten and raped after wedding to cousin

Forced marriage: Beaten and raped after wedding to cousin

A Muslim woman with a "very significant degree of learning disability" was beaten and raped after she was forced to marry a cousin in Bangladesh and he was given a visa, court records show.

The Times (£)

"How conservatives have changed the meaning of ‘religious liberty’"

"How conservatives have changed the meaning of ‘religious liberty’"

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday the creation of a religious liberty task force to help protect the right of every American "to believe, worship and exercise their faith in the public square." At first glance, such an effort sounds innocuous, even laudable. But as with much that this administration does, a closer look reveals a different story."

The Washington Post

'Life of Brian' ending was changed to avoid 'blasphemous libel'

'Life of Brian' ending was changed to avoid 'blasphemous libel'

Early drafts of sketches for the film reveal material that had been dropped due to fears of breaking blasphemy laws.

The Times (£)

Arrest after claims of rape at Christian worship festival

Arrest after claims of rape at Christian worship festival

A man in his fifties has been arrested after a 21-year-old woman was allegedly raped at a Christian gathering.

The Times (£)

Lawyer Asama Javed is ‘fixer for forced marriage’

Lawyer Asama Javed is ‘fixer for forced marriage’

The Times sent an undercover reporter to meet Asama Javed after a well-placed source said they believed that she helped families to get visas after forced marriages.

The Times (£)

Pope faces gargantuan challenge on abuse crisis: McAleese

Pope faces gargantuan challenge on abuse crisis: McAleese

The clerical abuse crisis in the Catholic Church is entering an "even more disturbing and disruptive chapter", former Irish president Mary McAleese has warned.

Belfast Telegraph

Australia: Military chaplains could be atheists if discrimination complaint upheld

Australia: Military chaplains could be atheists if discrimination complaint upheld

The requirement for military chaplains to belong to a recognised religious denomination is discriminatory, according to a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission brought by a humanist chaplain.

The Guardian

50 Years Later, Many U.S. Catholic Women Still Ignore Vatican’s Contraception Ban

50 Years Later, Many U.S. Catholic Women Still Ignore Vatican’s Contraception Ban

"Humanae Vitae" continues to have little real impact on the choices of American Catholic women.

Huffington Post

Thu, 02 Aug 2018

English law applies to Islamic marriage, judge rules in divorce case

English law applies to Islamic marriage, judge rules in divorce case

A high court judge has decided that a couple's Islamic marriage falls within the scope of English matrimonial law.

The Guardian

Campaigners plot judicial review over closure of abandoned church school

Campaigners plot judicial review over closure of abandoned church school

Staff and parents will seek a judicial review of a decision to close down a Church of England school in Surrey after the local diocese refused to take it on.

Schools Week

Visas for men who force teenagers into marriage

Visas for men who force teenagers into marriage

British teenagers are being forced to marry abroad and are raped and impregnated while the Home Office "turns a blind eye" by handing visas to their husbands, The Times has found.

The Times (£)

‘It’s perfectly safe – so why can’t women take abortion pills at home?’

‘It’s perfectly safe – so why can’t women take abortion pills at home?’

Claudia Craig reflects on changes to the law which have allowed women in Wales and Scotland to take the abortion pill at home and the campaign to secure the same change in England.

The Guardian

More humanist weddings in Scotland than Church of Scotland ones last year

More humanist weddings in Scotland than Church of Scotland ones last year

Weddings staged by Scotland's leading humanist body have overtaken Church of Scotland ceremonies north of the border for the first time as Scots turn away from a more formal religious approach to trying the knot.

The Scotsman

Catholics in Northern Ireland urged to stop legalisation of abortion

Catholics in Northern Ireland urged to stop legalisation of abortion

The president of an international anti-abortion organisation has called on Catholics in Northern Ireland to "keep the wolf out of the field" and prevent the legalisation of abortion there.

The Irish Times

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