Fri, 08 Feb 2019

Retired accountant who took his own life at Dignitas urges MPs to change the law on assisted dying

Retired accountant who took his own life at Dignitas urges MPs to change the law on assisted dying

A retired accountant suffering from motor neurone disease who ended his own life yesterday penned an open letter to MPs imploring them to change the assisted dying law after it "robbed him of control over his death".

The Telegraph

‘Geoffrey Whalley’s story is a reminder of the cruelty inflicted by the UK’s assisted dying law’

‘Geoffrey Whalley’s story is a reminder of the cruelty inflicted by the UK’s assisted dying law’

Sarah Wootton says it is high time MPs looked at assisted dying again.

HuffPost

Commons speaker’s chaplain says she doesn’t “get anxious” over NSS prayers campaign – NSS repeatedly mentioned

Commons speaker’s chaplain says she doesn’t “get anxious” over NSS prayers campaign – NSS repeatedly mentioned

The chaplain to the speaker of the House of Commons has said she is not "anxious" about calls from MPs and the NSS for the end of parliamentary prayers.

Church Times

Inquiry launched into charity running Birmingham Muslim School after 'serious incident not reported'

Inquiry launched into charity running Birmingham Muslim School after 'serious incident not reported'

An inquiry has been launched into a charity running a Muslim school in Birmingham where pupils were once said to be at risk of radicalisation.

Birmingham Mail

Government to consider labelling non-stun meat, minister tells vets’ conference

Government to consider labelling non-stun meat, minister tells vets’ conference

Labels could be placed on meat from animals not stunned before slaughter under government plans to help shoppers to avoid buying it.

The Times (£)

‘Why is Britain still tiptoeing around the evil crime of FGM?’

‘Why is Britain still tiptoeing around the evil crime of FGM?’

Rohan Silva says the abuse of girls should not be accepted in the name of multiculturalism.

Evening Standard

Trump expresses support for faith groups in National Prayer Breakfast speech

Trump expresses support for faith groups in National Prayer Breakfast speech

President Trump has expressed support for faith groups' ability to discriminate in a major speech and told a mostly Christian audience: "I will never let you down".

Deseret News

US judge sides with Christian group in religious freedom case

US judge sides with Christian group in religious freedom case

A federal judge has ruled that the University of Iowa was wrong to strip a Christian student group of its registered status after the organisation barred a gay student from a leadership position.

The Washington Post

‘A flurry of abortion legislation across the US’

‘A flurry of abortion legislation across the US’

The US Supreme Court has blocked a Louisiana law that its opponents say would leave the state with a single doctor authorised to perform abortion. This is the latest development in the national legal fight over the fate of abortion law under a conservative-leaning court.

The New York Times

Muslim inmate executed in Alabama after legal battle over imam's presence

Muslim inmate executed in Alabama after legal battle over imam's presence

A Muslim inmate who argued his religious rights were violated because the US state of Alabama would not allow his imam by his side at his execution was put to death on Thursday night.

CNN

Thu, 07 Feb 2019

‘The Times view on assisted dying: Death and Dignity’

‘The Times view on assisted dying: Death and Dignity’

This editorial says legislation forbidding assisted dying mandates suffering and potentially criminalises compassion, and MPs should look again at the issue.

The Times (£)

Animal welfare groups raise non-stun slaughter with government, drawing backlash

Animal welfare groups raise non-stun slaughter with government, drawing backlash

Animal welfare organisations have urged the government to label meat from animals which undergo non-stun slaughter. The kosher slaughter group Shechita UK has reacted angrily.

Jewish News

Anti-semitic incidents in UK at record high for third year in a row, says monitoring group

Anti-semitic incidents in UK at record high for third year in a row, says monitoring group

Anti-semitic incidents have risen 16% in the UK since 2017, according to the Community Security Trust.

The Guardian

Universities are allowing free speech to be curtailed in favour of 'rule of the mob', former equalities chief warns

Universities are allowing free speech to be curtailed in favour of 'rule of the mob', former equalities chief warns

Universities are allowing free speech to be curtailed on campuses in favour of "rule of the mob", former equalities chief Trevor Phillips has warned.

The Telegraph

Official figures suggest there will be more ‘Catholics’ than ‘Protestants’ in NI workforce by 2020

Official figures suggest there will be more ‘Catholics’ than ‘Protestants’ in NI workforce by 2020

New figures suggest the number of workers considered 'Catholic' in Northern Ireland will overtake the number considered 'Protestant' for the first time next year.

Belfast Telegraph

‘At the National Prayer Breakfast, Trump is likely to play on white evangelicals’ fears’

‘At the National Prayer Breakfast, Trump is likely to play on white evangelicals’ fears’

President Trump will address the National Prayer Breakfast today and speak to conservative evangelical leaders from all over the globe.

The Washington Post

Let women enter Hindu temple, Indian religious board says, in reversal

Let women enter Hindu temple, Indian religious board says, in reversal

An Indian government board that had opposed allowing women to enter a Hindu temple changed its position on Wednesday, saying that women had the right to pray in the shrine.

The New York Times

Muslim headscarf a symbol of oppression, says Quebec's minister for status of women

Muslim headscarf a symbol of oppression, says Quebec's minister for status of women

Quebec's newly appointed minister responsible for the status of women is standing by her position that the Muslim hijab is a symbol of oppression. Quebec's government is preparing to introduce legislation preventing public workers in positions of authority from wearing visible religious symbols, including the hijab.

CBC News

Sexual abuse of nuns: a long-standing church scandal emerges from the shadows

Sexual abuse of nuns: a long-standing church scandal emerges from the shadows

The sexual abuse of nuns and religious women by Catholic priests and bishops — and the abortions that have sometimes resulted — has for years been overshadowed by other scandals in the Roman Catholic Church. That seemed to change this week.

The New York Times

US Muslim inmate’s execution postponed over denial of request for imam

US Muslim inmate’s execution postponed over denial of request for imam

A court in the US state of Alabama has delayed the execution of a Muslim inmate who said the prison was violating his religious rights by barring an imam from being present during the lethal injection.

The New York Times

Anti-LGBT hysteria in Indonesia delays sexual violence bill

Anti-LGBT hysteria in Indonesia delays sexual violence bill

Conservative Muslim lawmakers in Indonesia are delaying a bill to protect against sexual violence amid claims it is "pro-adultery" and "pro-LGBT".

Gay Star News

Russian court sentences Danish Jehovah’s Witness to six years in prison

Russian court sentences Danish Jehovah’s Witness to six years in prison

Denmark has called on Russia to respect freedom of religion after a Russian court sentenced a Danish adherent of the Jehovah's Witnesses to six years in jail.

Reuters

Wed, 06 Feb 2019

Ofsted chief denies pursuing 'anti-faith agenda'

Ofsted chief denies pursuing 'anti-faith agenda'

Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools in England, has rejected claims that Ofsted is pursuing an "anti-faith" agenda in its inspection of religious schools.

Tes

Pope admits clerical abuse of nuns including sexual slavery

Pope admits clerical abuse of nuns including sexual slavery

Pope Francis has admitted that clerics have sexually abused nuns, and in one case they were kept as sex slaves.

BBC

A dozen Charedi Jewish schools warned about 'serious' regulatory failings in 2018, figures show

A dozen Charedi Jewish schools warned about 'serious' regulatory failings in 2018, figures show

Education authorities issued warnings to a dozen Charedi independent schools about "serious" failings in 2018, figures have revealed.

The JC

Judges reject bias claim against Jewish housing association

Judges reject bias claim against Jewish housing association

A row about allocation of scarce housing could be heading for the court of appeal after judges rejected a claim that a housing association broke equality laws with its policy of providing homes only to Orthodox Jews.

The Guardian

‘Men’s rights activists have a point on circumcision’

‘Men’s rights activists have a point on circumcision’

Eleanor Margolis questions the ethics of infant genital cutting, despite an upbringing which encouraged her to embrace male circumcision.

New Statesman

Catholic priest accused of string of sex crimes against children was 'sex mad', alleged victim tells court

Catholic priest accused of string of sex crimes against children was 'sex mad', alleged victim tells court

A Roman Catholic priest accused of sex crimes against six girls and boys in Buckinghamshire was "sex mad", a jury has heard.

Bucks Free Press

Muslim man jailed for four years after attacks on Christian volunteers

Muslim man jailed for four years after attacks on Christian volunteers

A Muslim man has been handed a four-year prison sentence after targeting Christian volunteers.

Christian Today

‘At an Islamic school, girls may eat when boys have had their fill’ – NSS quoted

‘At an Islamic school, girls may eat when boys have had their fill’ – NSS quoted

An Islamic school in Birmingham, England has come under fire for a remarkable act of gender segregation.

Patheos

Trump asks US Congress to prohibit late-term abortion

Trump asks US Congress to prohibit late-term abortion

US president Donald Trump called for curbs on late-term abortion in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, citing controversies over the issue in New York and Virginia.

Reuters

Abstinence-only sex education increases teen pregnancy in conservative US states, study finds

Abstinence-only sex education increases teen pregnancy in conservative US states, study finds

Teaching an abstinence-only approach to sex education in the US has a perverse effect, according to a new meta-analysis.

The Independent

Pakistani PM orders probe into attack on Hindu temple

Pakistani PM orders probe into attack on Hindu temple

Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan has ordered an investigation into this week's attack on a Hindu temple in the southern town of Kumb, where assailants set fire to statues and holy books of the Hindu minority before fleeing.

The Washington Post

Estimated 53,000 Australians have had FGM, report says

Estimated 53,000 Australians have had FGM, report says

An estimated 53,000 women and girls born overseas and now living in Australia have undergone female genital mutilation in their lifetime, according to data released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

The Guardian

Tue, 05 Feb 2019

Pope's envoy criticised for not giving evidence to child abuse inquiry

Pope's envoy criticised for not giving evidence to child abuse inquiry

The pope's representative in Britain has been accused of "cowering behind his diplomatic immunity" for not providing crucial evidence to the child sexual abuse inquiry.

The Guardian

‘It is time to abandon the word “Islamophobia”’

‘It is time to abandon the word “Islamophobia”’

Mohammed Amin says any word to describe anti-Muslim hatred must escape the baggage which the proponents of the word 'Islamophobia' have allowed to build up around it.

Conservative Home

‘Faith should be no barrier to schools teaching respect for LGBT rights’

‘Faith should be no barrier to schools teaching respect for LGBT rights’

Masuma Rahim says programmes like No Outsiders, which promotes inclusive education about sex and relationships, are important and should be expanded.

The Guardian

Person attempts to burn down Exeter Synagogue in shock attack

Person attempts to burn down Exeter Synagogue in shock attack

There has been an arson attempt against a synagogue in Exeter.

Devon Live

Church of England lay minister steps back from role after comments about Jews

Church of England lay minister steps back from role after comments about Jews

A Church of England lay minister has stood down from his role after writing on Facebook that "Jews" want to keep Labour out of office because it "may not kowtow to their every wish".

The JC

Church minister warns school lessons on mindfulness should be fully secular

Church minister warns school lessons on mindfulness should be fully secular

A Baptist minister has welcomed plans for pupils in 370 schools to be taught mindfulness but has warned that the teaching should be fully secular.

Premier Christian Radio

Family of 'charismatic Christians' killed son during attempted exorcism, court hears

Family of 'charismatic Christians' killed son during attempted exorcism, court hears

A family of "charismatic Christians" killed their marketing executive son during an attempted exorcism at their home, a court has heard.

The Telegraph

MP quizzes government 50 times in one day over its response to persecution of Christians

MP quizzes government 50 times in one day over its response to persecution of Christians

An MP asked the government 50 times during one day what it is doing to tackle persecution against Christians around the world, it has emerged.

Premier Christian Radio

European and Muslim-majority countries urged to act over China’s persecution of Uighurs

European and Muslim-majority countries urged to act over China’s persecution of Uighurs

European and Muslim-majority nations should take the lead in setting up a UN investigation into the detention of up to one million ethnic Uighurs in China, say campaigners.

The Independent

New party launched in Poland to challenge influence of Catholic Church

New party launched in Poland to challenge influence of Catholic Church

A former MP has launched a new political party in Poland which will challenge the governing Law and Justice Party's close links with the Catholic Church.

Premier Christian Radio

‘An old culture war on Bible reading in US public schools is emerging again’

‘An old culture war on Bible reading in US public schools is emerging again’

David Mislin charts the history of rows over Bible reading in US public schools, and says it is unsurprising that the issue is rearing its head again.

The Conversation

Mon, 04 Feb 2019

"Why free speech, hate speech and radicalisation are hard to define" - NSS quoted

"Why free speech, hate speech and radicalisation are hard to define" - NSS quoted

In Britain, words like extremism and Islamophobia are furiously contested

The Economist

Mother guilty of genital mutilation of daughter

Mother guilty of genital mutilation of daughter

A woman who mutilated her three-year-old daughter has become the first person in the UK to be found guilty of female genital mutilation (FGM).

BBC

FGM 'increasingly performed on UK babies'

FGM 'increasingly performed on UK babies'

FGM expert and barrister Dr Charlotte Proudman said it was "almost impossible to detect" as the girls were not in school or old enough to report it.

BBC

DfE could lose ‘millions’ under faith academies plan

DfE could lose ‘millions’ under faith academies plan

The government could lose millions in contributions towards capital funding if religious groups convert their schools into academies en-masse.

Schools Week

Call to register home-schooled children

Call to register home-schooled children

Children taught at home should be recorded on a compulsory register, England's children's commissioner has said.

BBC

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