Tue, 19 May 2020

'The kind of evangelicals who support Trump are changing. And that could be a big problem'

'The kind of evangelicals who support Trump are changing. And that could be a big problem'

Even the President's musings about injecting bleach to cure coronavirus can, it seems, be traced back to the prosperity-gospel televangelists he has pivoted toward, says Patrick Geddis.

The Independent

Young Tunisians eat in secret despite Ramadan and lockdown

Young Tunisians eat in secret despite Ramadan and lockdown

A Facebook group for Tunisians seeking to circumvent social pressures and eat during the day has attracted some 12,000 members.

Mail Online

Mon, 18 May 2020

Child sex abuse victims 'married off' to abusers with help of religious leaders, inquiry hears

Child sex abuse victims 'married off' to abusers with help of religious leaders, inquiry hears

Religious leaders in South Asian communities are failing child sexual abuse victims as their cultures are 'shrouded in secrecy, shame and denial', the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has heard.

Mail Online

Catholic churches 'should be allowed to reopen before others', says head

Catholic churches 'should be allowed to reopen before others', says head

Catholic churches should be allowed to reopen before Pentecostal churches, or mosques owing to their different styles of worship, the leader of the Catholic church in England and Wales has said.

The Guardian

Deceased Jewish man’s body released after Jewish leaders' intervention with coroner

Deceased Jewish man’s body released after Jewish leaders' intervention with coroner

The body of an Orthodox Jewish man who died on Monday has been released for burial after community leaders and lawyers appeared to renew hostilities with Inner North London Coroner Mary Hassell.

Jewish News

Church of England puts pressure on unions threatening to block government plans to reopen schools

Church of England puts pressure on unions threatening to block government plans to reopen schools

The Church of England has waded into the row over whether schools should re-open on June 1st.

Mail Online

Just 20% of Conwy ceremonies  were religious

Just 20% of Conwy ceremonies were religious

A record low proportion of couples in Conwy are choosing to get married in a religious venue, new figures reveal.

North Wales Pioneer

Police investigate paint attack on church in Ahoghill

Police investigate paint attack on church in Ahoghill

Police in Ballymena are investigating an attack on a Catholic church in Ahogill, County Antrim.

ITV

'Church in Wales: Separated, but not cut off from old privileges'

'Church in Wales: Separated, but not cut off from old privileges'

Norman Doe assesses a century's 'non-established' Anglican life in Wales.

Church Times

'Arrest non-Muslims who criticise Islam': Zakir Naik to Islamic countries

'Arrest non-Muslims who criticise Islam': Zakir Naik to Islamic countries

A video of the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik is doing the rounds on social media that shows him urging all the Islamic nations to gather the data of non-Muslims living in India who have criticised Islam, so that they can be arrested if and when they land in their country. The Charity Commission have recently opened an inquiry into a charity of which Naik is a trustee, following complaints from the NSS.

Yahoo News

Polish clerical child abuse documentary casts shadow on John Paul II centenary

Polish clerical child abuse documentary casts shadow on John Paul II centenary

After the film Hide and Seek was seen by almost 80,000 people on YouTube, Polish archbishop Wojciech Polak called on the Vatican to "launch proceedings" into the cases in question.

The Guardian

'Distorting religious freedom will put people in danger'

'Distorting religious freedom will put people in danger'

"Religious freedom is not a license to spread the coronavirus, and this is not the first time it has been exploited to pursue a conservative agenda."

CNN

Fri, 15 May 2020

‘Imagining a school assembly for the 21st century’ – NSS quoted

‘Imagining a school assembly for the 21st century’ – NSS quoted

There is a widening gulf between the law and schools on collective worship.

PA Diploma News

NSS urges end of charitable status for ‘conversion therapy’ group

NSS urges end of charitable status for ‘conversion therapy’ group

The NSS has challenged the charitable status of a Christian organisation which promotes 'conversion therapy'.

The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)

‘Hate speech: blasphemy for the 21st century’ – NSS quoted

‘Hate speech: blasphemy for the 21st century’ – NSS quoted

We must never give the state the power to criminalise speech, says Emma Webb.

Spiked Online

Education minister sparks serious concerns after suggesting LGBT+ lessons in primary schools could be derailed by religion

Education minister sparks serious concerns after suggesting LGBT+ lessons in primary schools could be derailed by religion

A government minister has said teaching about LGBT+ people during relationship education lessons in primary schools should "take into account" the religion of pupils.

Pink News

Greville Janner’s daughter accused of using role as rabbi to clear his name

Greville Janner’s daughter accused of using role as rabbi to clear his name

Greville Janner's daughter has been accused at a public inquiry of misusing her position as a prominent rabbi to discredit child abuse allegations against the former Labour MP.

The Times (£)

Jewish group complains over coroner’s handling of rabbi’s death

Jewish group complains over coroner’s handling of rabbi’s death

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has complained about the conduct of a coroner in north London over the release of a rabbi's body.

Jewish News

Record low proportion of Cornwall weddings held in religious venues

Record low proportion of Cornwall weddings held in religious venues

A record low proportion of couples in Cornwall are choosing to get married in a religious venue, new figures reveal.

The Packet (Falmouth)

Catholic churches 'should be allowed to reopen before others', says archbishop of Westminster

Catholic churches 'should be allowed to reopen before others', says archbishop of Westminster

Catholic churches should be allowed to reopen before Pentecostal churches or mosques owing to their different styles of worship, the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has said.

The Guardian

Jewish weddings remain under lockdown, despite Jewish Community Council claims

Jewish weddings remain under lockdown, despite Jewish Community Council claims

The government has flatly rejected claims of "success" made on Monday morning by an Orthodox Jewish group that ministers had "agreed" to its proposals to allow small Jewish religious weddings.

Jewish News

LGBT+ people detained under coronavirus laws in Uganda finally allowed access to lawyers after six weeks

LGBT+ people detained under coronavirus laws in Uganda finally allowed access to lawyers after six weeks

Nineteen LGBT+ people who were detained, whipped and interrogated in Uganda under the guise of coronavirus laws have finally been allowed access to lawyers, after being imprisoned for six weeks.

Pink News

Ukraine police probe senior officer's request for Jews' personal info

Ukraine police probe senior officer's request for Jews' personal info

A police department in Ukraine has been embroiled in an antisemitism scandal after requesting the names and personal details of local Jewish community members.

CBS News

Thu, 14 May 2020

NSS challenges charity status of Northern Irish group Core Issues Trust over promotion of 'conversion therapy'

NSS challenges charity status of Northern Irish group Core Issues Trust over promotion of 'conversion therapy'

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has been called on to reassess the charitable status of the Christian organisation, Core Issues Trust, following multiple complaints that the group promotes 'conversion therapy' for LGBT+ people.

GCN (Gay Community News)

Anti-LGBT+ Christian group accused of ‘actively promoting gay conversion therapy’ while masquerading as a charity

Anti-LGBT+ Christian group accused of ‘actively promoting gay conversion therapy’ while masquerading as a charity

A Christian non-profit has been accused of promoting gay conversion therapy by campaigners, who are calling for its charitable status to be reevaluated.

Pink News

When can churches and religious buildings reopen?

When can churches and religious buildings reopen?

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced the government is working on plans for reopening places of worship across the country.

Express

‘Who does the Muslim Council of Britain speak for?’

‘Who does the Muslim Council of Britain speak for?’

This illiberal organisation is determined to chill critical discussion of Islam.

Spiked Online

France passes bill forcing web giants to delete hate speech

France passes bill forcing web giants to delete hate speech

Social networks and other online content providers will have to remove paedophile and terrorism-related content from their platforms within the hour or face a fine of up to four percent of their global revenue under a French law voted in on Wednesday.

France 24

Costa Rica lawmakers criticise efforts to delay gay marriage

Costa Rica lawmakers criticise efforts to delay gay marriage

Lawmakers and government officials in Costa Rica on Wednesday chided fellow politicians trying to delay a landmark gay marriage ruling from taking effect, an effort which ended in a punch-up between members of a leading political party.

Reuters

‘Labour is stirring up Sikh identity politics’

‘Labour is stirring up Sikh identity politics’

While Labour MPs may claim to speak for the Sikh community, they need to wise up to the fact that not all Sikhs speak with one voice.

The Spectator

Islamic authorities say child sexual abuse in Muslim communities is 'underreported' because young victims are too scared to tell anyone about it

Islamic authorities say child sexual abuse in Muslim communities is 'underreported' because young victims are too scared to tell anyone about it

Britain's biggest Islamic authorities believe that child sexual abuse within the Muslim community is 'underreported' because it is a 'taboo subject'.

Mail Online

Wed, 13 May 2020

NSS questions charitable status of 'gay conversion' group Core Issues Trust in Northern Ireland

NSS questions charitable status of 'gay conversion' group Core Issues Trust in Northern Ireland

The NSS has urged the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland to review the charitable status of Core Issues Trust, a Christian organisation which promotes 'conversion therapy' for gay people.

Belfast Telegraph

‘Scotland’s chilling new blasphemy law’ – NSS quoted

‘Scotland’s chilling new blasphemy law’ – NSS quoted

Stephen Daisley argues that the new hate crime bill proposed by the Scottish government is a sweeping threat to freedom of speech and conscience, particularly on religion.

The Spectator

‘Consensus in some Jewish communities not to tackle child sex abuse’

‘Consensus in some Jewish communities not to tackle child sex abuse’

A top campaigner for Jewish child sexual abuse victims has told a national inquiry of a "consensus among Jewish leaders not to tackle it".

Jewish News

Newborns among 40 killed in attacks on hospital and funeral in Afghanistan

Newborns among 40 killed in attacks on hospital and funeral in Afghanistan

Gunmen attacked a hospital that houses a maternity clinic in Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least 16 people including two newborn babies. Meanwhile a suicide bomber killed at least 24 others at a funeral in eastern Afghanistan.

The Guardian

Abuser’s victims had been ‘additionally vulnerable due to Charedi upbringing’

Abuser’s victims had been ‘additionally vulnerable due to Charedi upbringing’

A judge has said two teen victims of convicted abuser Todros Grynhaus were at greater risk, as they had been "insulated against any form of sex education or exposure to sexual images".

Jewish News

Hundreds of Hasidic Jews gather to mark festival despite coronavirus restrictions

Hundreds of Hasidic Jews gather to mark festival despite coronavirus restrictions

Hasidic Jews ignored social distancing rules during the coronavirus lockdown as hundreds gathered in north London to celebrate a sacred festival in their religious calendar.

Mail Online

Equalities watchdog drops probe into Tory ‘Islamophobia’ after party sets out plans for independent investigation

Equalities watchdog drops probe into Tory ‘Islamophobia’ after party sets out plans for independent investigation

The UK's equality watchdog has dropped plans to launch a probe into Tory anti-Muslim discrimination after the party set out new details on its independent investigation.

PoliticsHome

Israeli police arrest 320 over coronavirus breach at Jewish festival

Israeli police arrest 320 over coronavirus breach at Jewish festival

Israeli police arrested 320 people at a Jewish bonfire festival celebrating an ancient sage, after worshippers rioted over coronavirus restrictions that denied them access to his tomb, officers said on Wednesday.

Reuters

Tue, 12 May 2020

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools glue biology pages together and redact Childline number, inquiry hears

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools glue biology pages together and redact Childline number, inquiry hears

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools are gluing together human biology pages and redacting the Childline number from educational materials, a government-ordered inquiry has heard.

The Telegraph

Cultural barriers stop Orthodox Jews reporting child abuse, inquiry hears

Cultural barriers stop Orthodox Jews reporting child abuse, inquiry hears

Child sexual abuse is going widely unreported among the UK's Charedi Jewish community because victims need the permission of a rabbi before they can go to the police, an inquiry has heard.

Belfast Telegraph

Far-right posing as journalists to spread fake news about Muslims, government Islamophobia advisor warns

Far-right posing as journalists to spread fake news about Muslims, government Islamophobia advisor warns

Far-right activists are posing as journalists in a "deplorable" bid to spread fake news about Muslims breaking lockdown, a government advisor has warned.

The Telegraph

'Portable priest' leads mobile services as churches close

'Portable priest' leads mobile services as churches close

A priest has taken to the streets to carry out mobile church services and sermons via loudspeaker, despite admitting he risks breaching social distancing regulations.

The Telegraph

Clergy to start streaming services from churches this week, archbishop designate confirms

Clergy to start streaming services from churches this week, archbishop designate confirms

Clergy will begin streaming services from their churches this week, the archbishop of York's successor has confirmed.

The Telegraph

Sikhs to take legal action over Scottish census claim

Sikhs to take legal action over Scottish census claim

The Sikh Federation has said legal action is inevitable after the Scottish government confirmed it had no plans to include a separate tick box for Sikhs in the ethnicity section of its 2021 census.

The Times (£)

Lancashire college moving away from Catholic sixth form status

Lancashire college moving away from Catholic sixth form status

St Mary's College looks set to move away from being a Catholic sixth form due to a fall in numbers of students from the faith attending.

Lancashire Telegraph

Ukrainian police official requests list of Jews in western city of Kolomyya

Ukrainian police official requests list of Jews in western city of Kolomyya

A Ukrainian Jewish group accused the nation's police force of "open anti-Semitism" after a high-ranking police official requested a list of all Jews in the western city of Kolomyya as part of an inquiry into organised crime.

The Times of Israel

‘Religious freedom’ part of the reason why Trump administration rejected public health guidelines, says report

‘Religious freedom’ part of the reason why Trump administration rejected public health guidelines, says report

The Trump administration reportedly rejected proposed guidelines on how to take public health precautions to safely reopen the economy partly on the grounds that guidance in churches would restrict religious freedom.

The Hill

US Supreme Court sounds split in case on rights for Catholic school teachers

US Supreme Court sounds split in case on rights for Catholic school teachers

The US's Supreme Court justices sounded split on Monday on whether to broadly deny civil rights protections to hundreds of thousands of teachers in religious schools.

Los Angeles Times

‘Pandemic corrodes church-state ties in Russia’

‘Pandemic corrodes church-state ties in Russia’

Even as the monasteries of the Orthodox Church are besieged by the coronavirus, apocalyptic-minded priests balk at state restrictions on public worship.

The New York Times (£)

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