Wed, 28 Nov 2018

Catholic Church sexual abuse: Cardinal blames ‘moral depravity’ of gays

Catholic Church sexual abuse: Cardinal blames ‘moral depravity’ of gays

A cardinal has blamed the child sex abuse scandal that has engulfed the Catholic Church on the "moral depravity" of gay people.

Pink News

Two women jailed for FGM in Kenya

Two women jailed for FGM in Kenya

Two women who admitted forcing their daughters to undergo female genital mutilation in Kenya have been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Daily Nation

‘Annie Besant, the first woman to endorse birth control’ – NSS mentioned

‘Annie Besant, the first woman to endorse birth control’ – NSS mentioned

A feature on Annie Besant, who helped to found the NSS in the 19th century.

The Irish Times

‘Why you shouldn’t choose Operation Christmas Child’

‘Why you shouldn’t choose Operation Christmas Child’

Libby Anne says giving to charity at Christmas is an excellent idea, but parents and children should research the impact of the charities they give to.

Patheos

Tue, 27 Nov 2018

‘Why religious rules on butchering beasts make many people see red’ – NSS cited

‘Why religious rules on butchering beasts make many people see red’ – NSS cited

In Britain and Belgium the clash between religion and animal rights is heating up, partly as a response to the NSS's recent findings on non-stun meat in schools.

The Economist

Graphic novel about suicide bomber pulled from publication amid mob outrage

Graphic novel about suicide bomber pulled from publication amid mob outrage

A book called A Suicide Bomber Sits in the Library, in which going to a library persuades a suicide bomber to change his mind, has been pulled from publication amid accusations of 'Islamophobia'.

The Guardian

Asia Bibi lawyer tells London conference: I have no regrets

Asia Bibi lawyer tells London conference: I have no regrets

The lawyer for a woman who faced a death sentence for eight years after being convicted of blasphemy in Pakistan says he has no regrets about defending her - despite facing death threats himself.

Law Gazette

Theresa May accused of blocking Asia Bibi asylum application

Theresa May accused of blocking Asia Bibi asylum application

Theresa May has been accused of refusing asylum to a mother who is being hunted by lynch mobs in Pakistan.

The Mail on Sunday

Jewish wife who fled orthodox life wins home in court battle with ex-husband

Jewish wife who fled orthodox life wins home in court battle with ex-husband

A Jewish woman who rebelled against her ultra-orthodox upbringing has won a "hugely acrimonious" court battle against her strictly religious ex-husband. Miriam Kliers has spoken out about the restrictions placed on women, her difficulties getting an education and the "sinister" balance of power in relationships in the community.

Evening Standard

Hardline group calls on C of E to refuse to report crimes when revealed in the confessional

Hardline group calls on C of E to refuse to report crimes when revealed in the confessional

The 'traditionalist' group Forward in Faith has called on priests to maintain the absolute confidentiality of the seal of the confessional under all circumstances.

Church Times

Property management agent withdraws request to Jews to take down prayer outside houses

Property management agent withdraws request to Jews to take down prayer outside houses

Some Jewish residents of the Stamford Hill area of north London have said a request to take down a religious prayer was discriminatory. The property management agent which made the request initially said it had done so for health and safety reasons, but has now withdrawn it.

ITV

Anti-abortion student group banned at Aberdeen University

Anti-abortion student group banned at Aberdeen University

An anti-abortion group has been banned from becoming an official club at one of Scotland's oldest universities.

The Herald

‘Secularism creates safe place for world’s religions to co-exist’

‘Secularism creates safe place for world’s religions to co-exist’

Andrew Fiala says the virtue of secular governments is that they don't pick sides in religious disputes.

The Fresno Bee

Hard-line Hindus pressure Modi over temple at disputed site

Hard-line Hindus pressure Modi over temple at disputed site

Tens of thousands of hard-line Hindus have rallied to demand a Hindu temple be built on a site in northern India where hard-liners sparked deadly Hindu-Muslim violence in 1992.

Mail Online

‘Hijabs and yarmulkes will be allowed in the US Congress. What about colanders?’

‘Hijabs and yarmulkes will be allowed in the US Congress. What about colanders?’

David Gee says moves to repeal a ban on head coverings in the US Congress should extend to all coverings, not just religious ones.

Patheos

Mon, 26 Nov 2018

Pressure growing on Kirklees to reveal schools serving non-stunned halal meat

Pressure growing on Kirklees to reveal schools serving non-stunned halal meat

Pressure is growing on Kirklees Council in West Yorkshire to reveal which of its schools are serving meat from animals that are not pre-stunned before slaughter. The local MP has called for the meat to be labelled and parents informed. The NSS recently revealed that the council was supplying the meat to schools.

Examiner Live

Scotland’s deputy first minister praises Christian teaching in schools

Scotland’s deputy first minister praises Christian teaching in schools

John Swinney has claimed Catholic schools are "an essential part" of Scotland's education system and praised education based on "the teaching of Jesus". He was speaking at an event to mark the 100th anniversary of Catholic state schools in Scotland.

Scottish Catholic Observer

NSS questions Muslim hate preacher’s role in a UK charity

NSS questions Muslim hate preacher’s role in a UK charity

The NSS is asking why Zakir Naik is a trustee of a registered charity.

The Freethinker (Patheos)

Scotland’s ancient blasphemy law branded a ‘stain’ on rights

Scotland’s ancient blasphemy law branded a ‘stain’ on rights

Scotland's centuries-old law on blasphemy should be axed amid concerns the country is being left behind by the rest of the world on human rights, according to campaigners.

The Scotsman

MP stops private members' bill on FGM from passing quickly

MP stops private members' bill on FGM from passing quickly

A parliamentary bill to help protect children from female genital mutilation has been blocked by a Conservative MP shouting "object".

The Independent

Sexual exploitation of British Sikh girls by Muslim men has been ignored by police due to political correctness, says report

Sexual exploitation of British Sikh girls by Muslim men has been ignored by police due to political correctness, says report

A report backed by Labour MP Sarah Champion has said police have ignored concerns about the sexual exploitation of Sikh girls by Muslim men.

The Sun

Paedophile priest was paid by church after he was jailed for his sexual abuse

Paedophile priest was paid by church after he was jailed for his sexual abuse

The Catholic Church in Birmingham gave money for years to a priest after he was released from prison for abusing children.

Birmingham Live

Forced marriage victim felt 'trapped like a sparrow in a cage' by husband

Forced marriage victim felt 'trapped like a sparrow in a cage' by husband

A victim of forced marriage from Newcastle has said that she felt "trapped like a sparrow in a cage" after her family beat her into marrying a husband who locked her up and abused her.

Chronicle Live

Taiwan voters reject same-sex marriage in referendums

Taiwan voters reject same-sex marriage in referendums

Voters in Taiwan have rejected legalising same-sex marriages in a series of referendums.

BBC

Pakistan blasphemy case: Supporters of hard-line cleric detained

Pakistan blasphemy case: Supporters of hard-line cleric detained

Pakistan's authorities have held dozens of supporters of a hard-line Islamic cleric whose party led mass protests last month over the acquittal of Asia Bibi, who was accused of blasphemy.

BBC

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools in New York ‘deny entry to city investigators’

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools in New York ‘deny entry to city investigators’

New York City education officials were denied entry into half of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools under investigation over allegations of not providing state-mandated secular education, according to a letter the city schools chancellor sent to state authorities.

The Washington Post

Fri, 23 Nov 2018

UK pledges £50m to help end FGM in Africa

UK pledges £50m to help end FGM in Africa

The UK is to give £50m in aid money to help stop female genital mutilation in Africa.

BBC

Let terminally ill man choose when he dies, Supreme Court told

Let terminally ill man choose when he dies, Supreme Court told

A retired lecturer who is paralysed from the neck down by progressive motor neurone disease should be able to preserve his dignity by choosing the time of his death, the Supreme Court has been told.

The Guardian

‘If we value life, we’ll allow assisted dying’

‘If we value life, we’ll allow assisted dying’

Philip Collins says when we are confronted with the suffering of the terminally ill, the law must allow us to do everything possible to alleviate it.

The Times (£)

Jewish group calls for ‘trigger warnings’ on Bible and Koran

Jewish group calls for ‘trigger warnings’ on Bible and Koran

A group of Jewish leaders has said new editions of the New Testament and the Koran should have 'trigger warnings' added in the margins to highlight "antisemitic passages".

The Times (£)

‘Bible Bashing’

‘Bible Bashing’

This editorial says if readers are to be warned about all the Bible verses they may find upsetting, new Bibles will need very wide margins indeed.

The Times (£)

Bristol authorities soften approach to FGM

Bristol authorities soften approach to FGM

Bristol authorities have softened their approach to protecting girls against female genital mutilation leading to a 94% drop in referrals. The city's FGM safeguarding group changed its guidelines for referring girls suspected of being at risk after the collapse of a high-profile trial.

Bristol Live

Western countries not doing enough to stop global surge in violence against religious minorities – report

Western countries not doing enough to stop global surge in violence against religious minorities – report

Western nations are failing to help the world's religious minorities as they grapple with a surge in violent attacks and intimidation, a new report has said.

Christian Today

‘The West begins to stir over China’s massive abuse of Muslims’

‘The West begins to stir over China’s massive abuse of Muslims’

At least 14 ambassadors from Western countries have come together to confront China over its mass detentions of Muslims in the far-western region of Xinjiang.

The Economist

‘Pro-life’ students banned from becoming an official club at Glasgow University

‘Pro-life’ students banned from becoming an official club at Glasgow University

A pro-life group has been banned from membership of a student union at a leading Scottish university sparking a row over freedom of speech.

The Herald

Saudi Arabia ‘teaches kids gay sex causes natural disasters’

Saudi Arabia ‘teaches kids gay sex causes natural disasters’

Saudi Arabia's textbooks for the current academic year promote violence against those who engage in gay sex, as well as women, Jews, Christians and Shia Muslims, according to a new report by the monitoring group Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

Pink News

Woman jailed for blasphemy in Indonesia files appeal to Supreme Court

Woman jailed for blasphemy in Indonesia files appeal to Supreme Court

A woman found guilty of blasphemy for complaining about the volume of her neighborhood's mosque loudspeaker in Indonesia has appealed to the country's highest court.

Coconuts

Survey finds religion is becoming less meaningful in Americans’ lives

Survey finds religion is becoming less meaningful in Americans’ lives

A study by the Pew Research Center suggests religion is becoming less of a motivator for many Americans.

Patheos

Thu, 22 Nov 2018

Thousands sign unstunned meat petition over schools in Kirklees in West Yorks – NSS prominently mentioned

Thousands sign unstunned meat petition over schools in Kirklees in West Yorks – NSS prominently mentioned

More than 3,000 people have signed a petition asking a West Yorkshire council to stop "unstunned halal meat" being served in schools. This comes after NSS research revealed Kirklees Council supplied the meat to at least 40 schools.

BBC

Campaign to end supply of non-stun halal meat to schools – NSS prominently mentioned

Campaign to end supply of non-stun halal meat to schools – NSS prominently mentioned

The campaign to stop non-stun halal meat being served to schoolchildren in Kirklees is gathering traction and could be rolled out nationally.

Farmers Guardian

Thousands sign petition calling on council to stop supplying non-stun meat in schools – NSS mentioned

Thousands sign petition calling on council to stop supplying non-stun meat in schools – NSS mentioned

More than 3,500 people have signed a petition calling on a council to stop serving non-stun halal meat in local schools.

Farming UK

Ofsted slams independent Jewish school in Manchester

Ofsted slams independent Jewish school in Manchester

A failing school where pupils are not taught in English, leave with no recognised qualifications and are not prepared for "life in modern Britain" has been slammed by the education watchdog.

Manchester Evening News

Christian group complains over school’s LGBT Pride event

Christian group complains over school’s LGBT Pride event

A school may face legal action after parents backed by a Christian legal group complained to governors about a 'Pride' event it put on for pupils.

BBC

Celebrities back decriminalisation of abortion in NI

Celebrities back decriminalisation of abortion in NI

More than 60 celebrities have written an open letter to the prime minister calling for the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland.

The Irish News

Asia Bibi's family hunted 'house to house' as mobs continue to react badly to blasphemy acquittal

Asia Bibi's family hunted 'house to house' as mobs continue to react badly to blasphemy acquittal

The family of a Pakistani woman acquitted of blasphemy charges last month have reportedly been driven into hiding by hardline religious groups trying to hunt them down.

Time

Campaigners say tens of thousands of girls at risk after US ruling on FGM

Campaigners say tens of thousands of girls at risk after US ruling on FGM

Campaigners have said a court ruling on female genital mutilation in the US will have an impact on tens of thousands of girls who are at risk of the practice across the country.

The Independent

Islamic militants four times stronger than during 9/11 terrorist attacks, study says

Islamic militants four times stronger than during 9/11 terrorist attacks, study says

There are today almost four times as many Sunni Islamic militants around the world as on 9/11, a new study from a US think tank says.

9News

Jailed Saudi women’s rights activists said to face electric shocks, beatings and other abuse

Jailed Saudi women’s rights activists said to face electric shocks, beatings and other abuse

Several women's rights activists who have been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for more than six months have reportedly been subjected to psychological or physical abuse while in custody, including sleep deprivation and beatings.

The Washington Post

Ireland plans to make abortion services available in January

Ireland plans to make abortion services available in January

Irish health minister Simon Harris has said his government's timeline for abortion services to be available in Ireland by January next year remains unchanged.

The Journal

Rights group: Christian religious freedoms decline in Egypt

Rights group: Christian religious freedoms decline in Egypt

An Egyptian rights group says the country's Christians are suffering increased discrimination despite official efforts to address their grievances.

The Washington Post

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