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Fri, 23 Apr 2021

House of Commons declares Uighur Muslims are being subjected to genocide in China

House of Commons declares Uighur Muslims are being subjected to genocide in China

The House of Commons approves a motion calling on the government to fulfil its obligations under international human rights law.

Sky News

Starmer cancels event after organiser’s support for controversial Islamic groups exposed

Starmer cancels event after organiser’s support for controversial Islamic groups exposed

Keir Starmer cancelled the Ramadan event after the Jewish Chronicle highlighted how its chief executive officer, Omar Salha, had backed controversial groups such as Cage on Twitter. In 2015, Cage's research director hailed Isis terrorist known as Jihadi John as a "beautiful young man".

Jewish Chronicle

Anger as inflammatory graffiti and bacon found at site of proposed Preston mosque

Anger as inflammatory graffiti and bacon found at site of proposed Preston mosque

Authorities have reacted swiftly after 'inflammatory' graffiti was discovered at the site of a proposed mosque in Preston along with a piece of bacon draped over the entry gate.

Lancashire Live

Northern Ireland assembly votes to ban conversion therapy - NSS quoted

Northern Ireland assembly votes to ban conversion therapy - NSS quoted

In a vote held in the Northern Ireland assembly on Tuesday, politicians voted for a motion to ban so-called 'gay conversion therapy'. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans is quoted on the NI Charity Commission's decision not to challenge a charity that advocates 'change oriented therapy' for gay people.

The Freethinker (Patheos)

‘Nottingham residents who have left their religion behind’

‘Nottingham residents who have left their religion behind’

Tony Challis, the President of Nottingham Secular Society, and Amir X, a former Muslim, explain the challenges of leaving religion behind.

LeftLion

Algerian professor gets 3-year jail term for ‘offending Islam’

Algerian professor gets 3-year jail term for ‘offending Islam’

An Algerian court on Thursday convicted a high-profile university professor specialising in Islam of 'offending the Muslim religion', and sentenced him to three years in prison.

The Associated Press

US: A 'troubling rise' in business owners refusing gay couples, advocates say

US: A 'troubling rise' in business owners refusing gay couples, advocates say

There's no federal law that explicitly allows people, based on their personal beliefs, to turn away same-sex couples or other classes of people, but there's also no federal or Kentucky state law that protects LGBTQ people from discrimination in public accommodations, such as businesses.

NBC News

US: State lawmakers, sensing opportunity to undo Roe vs. Wade, propose a flood of abortion bills

US: State lawmakers, sensing opportunity to undo Roe vs. Wade, propose a flood of abortion bills

Energised by the conservative tilt of the U.S. Supreme Court, legislators in Republican-led states have put forward hundreds of abortion restrictions, including near-total bans, eager to offer the vehicle to achieve a longstanding goal: the unwinding of Roe vs. Wade.

Los Angeles Times

Thu, 22 Apr 2021

Christian TV station backed by charity slated for third time over vaccine stories

Christian TV station backed by charity slated for third time over vaccine stories

Last month's ruling from Ofcom came after the station's founder, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of the Christ Embassy church, suggested that vaccines contained nanochips to control people as part of a "New World Order" conspiracy.

Mirror

CofE shortlists for senior posts 'must include ethnic minorities'

CofE shortlists for senior posts 'must include ethnic minorities'

All shortlists for senior Church of England posts must include at least one ethnic minority candidate, a report has said.

BBC

Synagogues and Jewish venues urged to avoid racial profiling in security searches

Synagogues and Jewish venues urged to avoid racial profiling in security searches

Security guards at synagogues and other Jewish venues should search the bags of all visitors in order to avoid racial profiling, says a report on racial inclusivity in the Jewish community.

The Guardian

‘Pills in the post: how Covid reopened the abortion wars’

‘Pills in the post: how Covid reopened the abortion wars’

Lockdown revolutionised women's access to home treatment – and strengthened the anti-abortion backlash.

The Guardian

Oklahoma Senate sends three anti-abortion bills to governor

Oklahoma Senate sends three anti-abortion bills to governor

The Oklahoma Senate voted Tuesday in favour of three anti-abortion bills, including ones that would criminalise the procedure in certain cases and cost providers their medical licenses for performing them, sending the measures to the governor for his expected approval.

The Associated Press

New version of Idaho ‘foetal heartbeat’ abortion ban advances

New version of Idaho ‘foetal heartbeat’ abortion ban advances

A Senate panel on Tuesday advanced a measure that would outlaw nearly all abortions in conservative Idaho by banning them once a foetal heartbeat can be detected.

The Associated Press

US: Feds charge extremist Orthodox Jewish sect with exploiting, kidnapping children

US: Feds charge extremist Orthodox Jewish sect with exploiting, kidnapping children

Federal authorities filed child exploitation and child abduction charges against leaders of an extremist Charedi Jewish sect that has been accused of forcing girls as young as 12 years old into marriages with much older men within the sect.

Jewish Telegraph Agency

Islamists call halt to Pakistan protest after government allows vote on French envoy

Islamists call halt to Pakistan protest after government allows vote on French envoy

A banned Pakistani Islamist group called an end to violent nationwide anti-France protests on Tuesday, after the government called a parliamentary vote on whether to expel the French ambassador and said it would halt criminal cases against the group's members.

Reuters

Sudan permits non-Islamic banking as it rebuilds global ties

Sudan permits non-Islamic banking as it rebuilds global ties

The changes will allow for a dual system of both Islamic and non-Islamic banking, the Sovereign Transitional Council said in a statement.

Bloomberg*

Detained without charges, renowned Nigerian atheist still in prison

Detained without charges, renowned Nigerian atheist still in prison

The Nigerian atheist Mubarak Bala is still in detention after he was arrested by the police and taken to an unknown destination, according to his family and human rights organisations.

Africa News

Wed, 21 Apr 2021

NI: Motion to ban gay conversion therapy passes Assembly vote

NI: Motion to ban gay conversion therapy passes Assembly vote

An Assembly motion tabled by the UUP calling on Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey to introduce a ban before the end of the current mandate passed by 59 votes to 24.

The Irish News*

Justin Welby calls for start to public inquiry into handling of Covid

Justin Welby calls for start to public inquiry into handling of Covid

The archbishop of Canterbury has called on the government to start a public inquiry into the handling of the Covid pandemic in the UK, saying it should call out "reckless error" and have the power to compel witnesses to attend.

The Guardian

MP criticises UK government over failure to gather evidence on assisted dying

MP criticises UK government over failure to gather evidence on assisted dying

Edinburgh West Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine has criticised the UK Government after it emerged it makes no estimate of the number of terminally ill people who end their own lives each year.

Edinburgh Evening News

NI: Carrickfergus primary school to move to integrated status from September

NI: Carrickfergus primary school to move to integrated status from September

Carrickfergus Central Primary School will transform to integrated status from September 2021 after 86 percent of parents voted in favour of the move.

Carrick Times

‘Integrated education is essential to protect our children from the mistakes of our past’

‘Integrated education is essential to protect our children from the mistakes of our past’

It's time for everyone to get behind integrated education so that children will learn early on that they aren't that different from one another, writes Leona O'Neill.

The Irish News*

Canvey Island Charedi community leaders criticised over garden synagogue plan

Canvey Island Charedi community leaders criticised over garden synagogue plan

Leaders of the Canvey Island Jewish community have come under criticism from locals after submitting plans for small synagogue to be built in a garden.

Jewish News

Irish Catholic Church leader meets government over Mass ban

Irish Catholic Church leader meets government over Mass ban

The leader of the Irish Catholic Church has met with the Irish government to discuss what he calls a "draconian" ban on public Mass.

BBC

Connecticut House passes bill ending religious vaccine exemption

Connecticut House passes bill ending religious vaccine exemption

The Connecticut House of Representatives passed a bill early Tuesday that would end the state's long-standing religious exemption from immunisation requirements for schools, beginning with the 2022 school year.

The Associated Press

‘The Supreme Court creates a new religious aristocracy’

‘The Supreme Court creates a new religious aristocracy’

The Court has sometimes been willing to accommodate conscientious objectors, but its earlier decisions were nothing like what it has now done, says Andrew Koppelman.

The Hill

Quebec top court upholds most of religious symbols secularism bill

Quebec top court upholds most of religious symbols secularism bill

A Canadian court has largely upheld a controversial Quebec law barring civil servants in positions of "authority" from wearing religious symbols at work.

BBC

Tue, 20 Apr 2021

Pakistan PM calls for Muslim-majority countries to lobby West to criminalise insulting Muhammad

Pakistan PM calls for Muslim-majority countries to lobby West to criminalise insulting Muhammad

In a televised address on Monday, Imran Khan urged other Muslim-majority countries to lobby Western governments over depictions of the prophet Muhammed.

Mail Online

Irish president calls for end to segregated education in NI after riots

Irish president calls for end to segregated education in NI after riots

Irish president Michael D Higgins has said that segregated education in Northern Ireland can no longer be justified in the wake of disorder involving young people across the region.

Belfast Telegraph

Catholic private school Ampleforth College fails Ofsted report after ministers intervened to save it

Catholic private school Ampleforth College fails Ofsted report after ministers intervened to save it

A top Catholic private school has failed its latest Ofsted report over pupil safeguarding concerns, just days after the government intervened to save it. Ampleforth College was previously banned from taking new pupils after a child sex abuse scandal.

Mail Online

Gay conversion ban to be debated by Stormont politicians

Gay conversion ban to be debated by Stormont politicians

Stormont politicians will debate a motion calling for a ban on gay conversion therapy "in all its forms".

BBC

Arlene Foster 'not holding up' changes to law allowing teachers to be recruited on religious basis

Arlene Foster 'not holding up' changes to law allowing teachers to be recruited on religious basis

Arlene Foster has said she is not standing in the way of changes to laws which still permit schools in Northern Ireland to appoint teaching staff based on their religious background.

Belfast Telegraph

Ireland: 'Screaming fundamentalists' have taken over some church parishes, warns Waterford Dean

Ireland: 'Screaming fundamentalists' have taken over some church parishes, warns Waterford Dean

Reverend Maria Jansson said that "screaming fundamentalists" have taken over some parishes in the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic Church but they will "invariably fail" as followers will inevitably leave.

Irish Examiner

Poland activists urge people to think before ticking Catholic box in census

Poland activists urge people to think before ticking Catholic box in census

Activists in Poland are asking people to consider if they are truly Roman Catholic when filling out a national census, hoping a more accurate picture of the country's makeup will challenge a government narrative of near-universal Catholicism.

The Guardian

Seyran Ateş: ‘I’m not a traitor – I’m fighting for progressive Islam’

Seyran Ateş: ‘I’m not a traitor – I’m fighting for progressive Islam’

A new film documents the life and faith of the Turkish-German human rights lawyer and advocate of liberal Muslim worship.

The Guardian

India's Modi scorned over reckless rallies, religious gathering amid virus mayhem

India's Modi scorned over reckless rallies, religious gathering amid virus mayhem

Many Indians are pillorying Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his response to a scary surge in coronavirus cases, sickened by him addressing tens of thousands of people at state election rallies and letting Hindu devotees congregate for a festival.

Reuters

‘International court could press El Salvador to change abortion ban’

‘International court could press El Salvador to change abortion ban’

El Salvador is among two dozen countries worldwide that enforce total bans on abortion, meaning no exceptions for rape victims or when a mother's life is in danger.

Los Angeles Times*

Mon, 19 Apr 2021

Most primary schools 'don’t offer collective worship'

Most primary schools 'don’t offer collective worship'

In a poll, 1,400 teachers reveal how their schools are in breach of DfE 'duty' to provide daily collective worship.

TES*

NI: Private member’s bill would extend religious discrimination rules to teachers

NI: Private member’s bill would extend religious discrimination rules to teachers

Protections against religious discrimination in employment would be extended to school teachers under a proposed private member's bill.

Irish Legal News

Clergy speak out over 'racism in Church of England'

Clergy speak out over 'racism in Church of England'

Some ethnic minority staff who made complaints of racism within the Church of England have been paid off to "buy their silence", BBC Panorama has been told.

BBC

Former archbishop’s aide faces questions over ‘missing’ £300,000

Former archbishop’s aide faces questions over ‘missing’ £300,000

An aide to the former Archbishop of Canterbury faces questions from the charity watchdog over allegations that proceeds from the sale of a £300,000 church property "disappeared".

The Telegraph*

Proposals to Church of England call for bishops to declare extra income

Proposals to Church of England call for bishops to declare extra income

Church of England bishops should be forced to declare extra earnings and outside interests, according to radical proposals submitted to the church's general assembly.

The Guardian

More than 1,000 vicars vow to defy any vaccine passport plans for churches

More than 1,000 vicars vow to defy any vaccine passport plans for churches

More than 1,000 vicars have indicated they will defy vaccine passport rules if they are implemented in churches, describing them as a "fundamental betrayal" of Christian belief.

The Telegraph*

Nicola Sturgeon pledges action against gay conversion therapy

Nicola Sturgeon pledges action against gay conversion therapy

Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to legislate against gay conversion therapy if the UK Government fails to act on the controversial practice.

The Scotsman*

Nicola Sturgeon in hustings co-hosted by Muslim advocacy group accused of Islamist links

Nicola Sturgeon in hustings co-hosted by Muslim advocacy group accused of Islamist links

The online event, co-staged by the controversial organisation Mend, featured all of Scotland's top political leaders

Jewish Chronicle

University agrees to fund halal food in U-turn following student petition

University agrees to fund halal food in U-turn following student petition

The university originally rejected SU proposals to fund free halal food during Ramadan because it is a 'secular' institution.

Lancashire Post

Coventry cult leader Rajinder Kalia accused of raping devotees

Coventry cult leader Rajinder Kalia accused of raping devotees

A guru who claimed he was God on Earth has been accused of raping four devotees, according to court documents.

The Times*

Mother and baby homes: up to €1bn needed for ‘modest redress’

Mother and baby homes: up to €1bn needed for ‘modest redress’

The preliminary calculation by officials comes as the Irish government sets the ground for what are likely to be difficult and complex talks with Catholic Church and Church of Ireland leaders.

The Irish Times

Ireland: Bishops seek meeting with Republic's health minister over ban on Mass

Ireland: Bishops seek meeting with Republic's health minister over ban on Mass

The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland has accused the Republic's government of operating in a "clandestine manner" by introducing a ban on public Mass.

The Irish News

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