Wed, 20 May 2020
Egypt's Ministry of Interior announced on Friday evening that popular TikTok star Mawada Eladhm had been arrested a day earlier on charges of "violating family principles and values in Egyptian society" and "establishing, managing and using [websites and social media accounts] with the aim of committing those crimes".
Patients waiting for life-saving transplants have welcomed a "game- changer" law which means that from today people are automatically enrolled as organ donors.
Tue, 19 May 2020
The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a charity that funded a TV station that promoted extremist views. We're quoted.
The Core Issues Trust, headed by "ex-gay" Mike Davidson, came out fighting after the NSS last week wrote to Northern Ireland's Chief Charity Commissioner Nicole Lappin, Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey and Health Minister Robin Swann to point out the inappropriateness of CIT's status. We're quoted.
Ofcom said the Christian news channel Loveworld made a range of false claims about the pandemic, including touting a conspiracy theory it was being caused by 5G technology.
The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has said freedom of speech must be protected under any government overhaul of "hate crime" laws.
Mubarak Bala points out those teachings of Islam which he finds mistaken and incompatible with human rights, science, and critical thinking, says Leo Igwe.
Just weeks after Germany issued a nationwide ban on gay 'conversion' therapy for minors, Albania has followed suit and issued its own ban.
The suicide of a woman who claimed that she had been taken to multiple de-addiction centres over three months against her will in an effort to cure her of her non-heterosexual orientation has drawn attention to 'conversion therapy' in India.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is using the $2 trillion coronavirus stabilization law to throw a lifeline to education sectors she has long championed, directing millions of federal dollars intended primarily for public schools and colleges to private and religious schools.
The New York Times
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.
A Facebook group for Tunisians seeking to circumvent social pressures and eat during the day has attracted some 12,000 members.
Mon, 18 May 2020
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.
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 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.
The Church of England has waded into the row over whether schools should re-open on June 1st.
A record low proportion of couples in Conwy are choosing to get married in a religious venue, new figures reveal.
North Wales Pioneer
Police in Ballymena are investigating an attack on a Catholic church in Ahogill, County Antrim.
Norman Doe assesses a century's 'non-established' Anglican life in Wales.
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.
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.
"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."
Fri, 15 May 2020
There is a widening gulf between the law and schools on collective worship.
PA Diploma News
The NSS has challenged the charitable status of a Christian organisation which promotes 'conversion therapy'.
The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)
We must never give the state the power to criminalise speech, says Emma Webb.
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.
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 (£)
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.
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 Pentecostal churches or mosques owing to their different styles of worship, the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has said.
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.
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.
A police department in Ukraine has been embroiled in an antisemitism scandal after requesting the names and personal details of local Jewish community members.
Thu, 14 May 2020
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
A Christian non-profit has been accused of promoting gay conversion therapy by campaigners, who are calling for its charitable status to be reevaluated.
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced the government is working on plans for reopening places of worship across the country.
This illiberal organisation is determined to chill critical discussion of Islam.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
Wed, 13 May 2020
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.
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.
A top campaigner for Jewish child sexual abuse victims has told a national inquiry of a "consensus among Jewish leaders not to tackle it".
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
Tue, 12 May 2020
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.
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