Mon, 17 Feb 2020

Government minister warns venues over cancelling Franklin Graham

Government minister warns venues over cancelling Franklin Graham

The leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, has called on the owners of venues who cancelled the booking of American preacher Franklin Graham to ensure they are not unlawfully discriminating on grounds of religion and belief.

Premier Christian News

German far-right group 'planned attacks on mosques'

German far-right group 'planned attacks on mosques'

Members of a far-right group arrested in Germany were planning attacks on mosques, politicians and asylums seekers, local media report.

BBC

Christian convert says he ‘would risk death’ if deported to Iran

Christian convert says he ‘would risk death’ if deported to Iran

A Christian convert who says his life will be at risk if he is deported to Iran had his appeal rejected because he was unable to name Judas as the betrayer of Jesus.

The Sunday Times (£)

Legislation planned to protect religious buildings in NI

Legislation planned to protect religious buildings in NI

Justice Minister Naomi Long is planning to bring in legislation to help protect Northern Ireland's religious buildings from attacks.

Belfast Telegraph

Fri, 14 Feb 2020

Peterborough Roman Catholic primary gets green light

Peterborough Roman Catholic primary gets green light

A council has approved the first state-funded Catholic school to be built in England for more than a decade.

BBC

Church of England education leaders are urged to work together with ‘honesty and prayer’

Church of England education leaders are urged to work together with ‘honesty and prayer’

Educational leaders should "work together with honesty and prayer", the archbishop of Canterbury has said, as the C of E launched a new resource at its national education conference.

Church Times

New food minister has previously challenged non-stun slaughter

New food minister has previously challenged non-stun slaughter

Environment secretary George Eustice has suggested there should be improvements to the kosher method of animal slaughter.

The Jewish Chronicle

A look at the new 1,400 place Hindu free school planned in Leicester

A look at the new 1,400 place Hindu free school planned in Leicester

A new 1,372-pupil Hindu faith school could be built in Leicester.

Leicester Mercury

Catholic monk who abused three boys jailed for 20 years

Catholic monk who abused three boys jailed for 20 years

A former monk at a Catholic boarding school who admitted abusing three boys has been jailed for more than 20 years.

Metro

Privacy groups warn of threat to free speech from online harms regulation

Privacy groups warn of threat to free speech from online harms regulation

Privacy campaigners have labelled the government's planned online harms regulation a threat to free speech.

Evening Express

Campaigner urging council to stop using faith-based organisation to provide youth services

Campaigner urging council to stop using faith-based organisation to provide youth services

Youth services in Woodley in Reading could be overhauled for the first time in almost 20 years, with one councillor urging the town council to stop using a Christian faith-based organisation to provide services.

Reading Chronicle

MP calls for tougher controls on Muslim schools and security checks on imams

MP calls for tougher controls on Muslim schools and security checks on imams

The number of extremists known to the security forces is only "the tip of the iceberg", Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood has warned.

Birmingham Live

‘Secular Israelis on buses strike a blow for religious freedom’

‘Secular Israelis on buses strike a blow for religious freedom’

Transport on the Jewish sabbath could have implications for Israel's election.

The Economist

Thu, 13 Feb 2020

Cultures that are not governed by religion and are tolerant to all beliefs are more wealthy and have better education, study shows

Cultures that are not governed by religion and are tolerant to all beliefs are more wealthy and have better education, study shows

Positive changes in culture relating to acceptance and tolerance generally come before improvements in these three measures of affluence, not the other way round.

Daily Mail

Church of England may have to pay out millions over child sexual abuse

Church of England may have to pay out millions over child sexual abuse

Synod hears apologies must be followed by concrete action as it backs compensating survivors

Guardian

Former Ampleforth College monk jailed for child abuse

Former Ampleforth College monk jailed for child abuse

A former monk at a Catholic boarding school who sexually abused three boys aged under 13 has been jailed for more than 20 years.

BBC

Blasphemy 'is no crime', says Macron amid French girl's anti-Islam row

Blasphemy 'is no crime', says Macron amid French girl's anti-Islam row

Emmanuel Macron has waded into a row over a schoolgirl whose attack on Islam has divided France, insisting that blasphemy is "no crime".

Guardian

Uighurs in exile fear spread of coronavirus in China's internment camps

Uighurs in exile fear spread of coronavirus in China's internment camps

Relatives of detainees worry that conditions in the camps could spell disaster if the virus takes hold.

Guardian

US white supremacist propaganda incidents 'rose by 120% in 2019'

US white supremacist propaganda incidents 'rose by 120% in 2019'

Incidents of white supremacist material being spread across the US rose by 120% in 2019, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

BBC

Pope Francis rules against ordaining married men in Amazon

Pope Francis rules against ordaining married men in Amazon

Pope Francis has ruled against ordaining married men in the Amazon region as a means of addressing the shortage of Catholic priests.

BBC

Afghan sports coach says she will flee after dog shot dead

Afghan sports coach says she will flee after dog shot dead

The attackers told her a woman could not own a dog. But Sabha fears this may have been something more - that it may have been to do with her teaching girls sport.

BBC

Wed, 12 Feb 2020

Couple tie the knot in NI’s first same-sex marriage

Couple tie the knot in NI’s first same-sex marriage

A couple who tied the knot in Northern Ireland's first same sex marriage have said they are living the dream.

Belfast Telegraph

Church of England is 'deeply institutionally racist', says Welby

Church of England is 'deeply institutionally racist', says Welby

The Church of England is "still deeply institutionally racist", the archbishop of Canterbury has said.

BBC

NI’s first joint faith school: Church of Ireland and Catholic Church silent on lack of progress

NI’s first joint faith school: Church of Ireland and Catholic Church silent on lack of progress

The Church of Ireland and Catholic Church have failed to explain why plans to merge two of their primary schools, announced in 2016, have apparently come to nothing – with one of the schools facing closure instead.

News Letter

UN aims to end female genital mutilation by 2030

UN aims to end female genital mutilation by 2030

UN officials are calling for an end to FGM by the end of the decade.

VoA News

Pakistani court allows marriage of kidnapped Christian girl because she had first period

Pakistani court allows marriage of kidnapped Christian girl because she had first period

A court in Pakistan has ruled against the family of a kidnapped Christian girl who was forced into an Islamic marriage, saying in its decision that no law was broken if the girl had already had her first period.

Christian Post

Spanish government passes first hurdle to legalise euthanasia

Spanish government passes first hurdle to legalise euthanasia

Spain's parliament has endorsed an effort by the new Socialist-led government to legalize euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide.

The New York Times

Canadian government plans to table medically assisted dying changes in next two-and-a-half weeks

Canadian government plans to table medically assisted dying changes in next two-and-a-half weeks

Canada's government is planning to introduce changes to medically-assisted dying laws within the next two-and-a-half weeks, a spokesperson for the minister who is likely to introduce it confirmed on Tuesday.

iPolitics

Tolerance, openness and secularism are keys to economic prosperity, research finds

Tolerance, openness and secularism are keys to economic prosperity, research finds

Tolerance, openness and secularism are the first steps towards economic prosperity, according to new research.

Newsweek

Six in ten Americans could vote for atheist president, poll finds

Six in ten Americans could vote for atheist president, poll finds

Sixty per cent of Americans would be prepared to vote for an atheist as president, a poll has found.

The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)

Tue, 11 Feb 2020

Couple set for first same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland

Couple set for first same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland

A Belfast couple are set to make history as they become the first same-sex pair to get married in Northern Ireland.

Evening Standard

Independent Muslim school shut down after ‘serious incident’

Independent Muslim school shut down after ‘serious incident’

A Birmingham primary school at the centre of a year-long probe has been shut down under government orders.

Birmingham Live

Head of closing primary in NI says school 'let down' by churches

Head of closing primary in NI says school 'let down' by churches

The head of a County Londonderry school has said staff and pupils have been "let down" by NI's four main churches.

BBC

Emergency terror law to be presented to parliament

Emergency terror law to be presented to parliament

Emergency legislation designed to end the release of people convicted of terrorism offences halfway through their sentence will be presented to parliament later.

BBC

Man plotted Madame Tussauds attack after 2018 terror acquittal

Man plotted Madame Tussauds attack after 2018 terror acquittal

A man acquitted of terrorism in 2018 after he was arrested with a metre-long samurai sword outside Buckingham Palace has been convicted of planning an attack at tourist hotspots in London.

The Guardian

Pupil sent home over afro hairstyle wins £8,500 payout from C of E school in race discrimination case

Pupil sent home over afro hairstyle wins £8,500 payout from C of E school in race discrimination case

A pupil has won an £8,500 payout after she was repeatedly sent home from a Church of England school over her afro hair.

iNews

Consultation over closure of small Church of England school

Consultation over closure of small Church of England school

The potential closure of a C of E school which has lost more than 60% of its pupils since the start of the academic year is currently being consulted on.

The Westmorland Gazette

Trump-linked religious ‘extremists’ target women with disinformation over abortion and contraception worldwide

Trump-linked religious ‘extremists’ target women with disinformation over abortion and contraception worldwide

A global network of 'crisis pregnancy centres', backed by US anti-abortion groups linked to the Trump White House, has been condemned by lawmakers, doctors and rights advocates for targeting vulnerable women with "disinformation, emotional manipulation and outright deceit".

openDemocracy

Mila: French teen who criticised Islam on Instagram moves school

Mila: French teen who criticised Islam on Instagram moves school

A French teenager who criticised Islam on Instagram has moved to a new school after receiving death threats.

BBC

Argentinian government confirms it will try to legalise abortion

Argentinian government confirms it will try to legalise abortion

A minister has confirmed Argentina's government is preparing a "project to legalise abortion—and not just decriminalisation".

Buenos Aires Times

Mon, 10 Feb 2020

‘No faith in Peterborough faith school consultation process’ – NSS campaign mentioned

‘No faith in Peterborough faith school consultation process’ – NSS campaign mentioned

Nicola Day, deputy leader of the Green group on Peterborough City Council, explains why she and two other councillors are challenging a decision to open a selective Catholic school in the city. The NSS's No More Faith Schools campaign is mentioned.

Peterborough Telegraph

Compulsory religious education 'may breach human rights'

Compulsory religious education 'may breach human rights'

Making all pupils take part in religious education classes could see the Welsh government taken to court for breaching human rights, a legal expert has warned.

BBC

Calls for exclusion zones outside UK abortion clinics amid protests

Calls for exclusion zones outside UK abortion clinics amid protests

A leading provider of abortion care has criticised the Home Office for refusing to introduce exclusion zones after a group of anti-abortion activists protested outside a north London clinic on Saturday morning.

The Guardian

Settlement reduction ‘unethical and unfair’, says clerical abuse survivor

Settlement reduction ‘unethical and unfair’, says clerical abuse survivor

A survivor of clerical abuse had his settlement reduced by more than one third by the Church of England's insurer, Ecclesiastical, based on the evidence of a psychiatrist who had never met the claimant, his lawyer has confirmed.

Church Times

First same-sex weddings to take place in NI this week

First same-sex weddings to take place in NI this week

Northern Ireland will finally see its first same-sex weddings this week after a historic change - six years after gay marriage became legal in the UK.

Mirror

Preacher who inspired Streatham terror attack peddling jihad from behind bars

Preacher who inspired Streatham terror attack peddling jihad from behind bars

Hundreds of sermons preached by the Islamist cleric who inspired the men who carried out the terrorist attacks in Streatham and on London Bridge in November are available on a website that allows his followers to communicate in private chatrooms.

The Observer

Tory inquiry imam in free speech row

Tory inquiry imam in free speech row

A leading imam appointed by Theresa May to conduct a government inquiry into Islamophobia faced calls to stand down last night after he was accused of questioning free speech.

The Sunday Times (£)

Church of England makes minor change to position on civil partnerships

Church of England makes minor change to position on civil partnerships

The Church of England has quietly conceded that it is "natural justice" for heterosexual couples to be allowed to convert a marriage to a civil partnership.

The Sunday Times (£)

Swiss vote to approve legislation to protect LGBT+ rights

Swiss vote to approve legislation to protect LGBT+ rights

Swiss voters have given their backing in a referendum to extending anti-racism legislation to cover sexual orientation.

The Guardian

Modern-day witches ‘still facing endless abuse’

Modern-day witches ‘still facing endless abuse’

Four hundred years after they were burned at the stake, modern-day witches say they are still facing persecution.

Surrey Comet

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