Mon, 28 Oct 2019

PCCs call for reassessment of law on assisted dying

PCCs call for reassessment of law on assisted dying

Eighteen police and crime commissioners have signed an open letter to the Ministry of Justice asking for the government to reassess the law on assisted dying.

Dorset Echo

‘We should allow assisted dying in the UK’

‘We should allow assisted dying in the UK’

A letter says it is so sad we have to flee to a foreign land to do what is logical.

The Guardian

Founding principal of Christian colleges charged with historic sex abuse in Australia

Founding principal of Christian colleges charged with historic sex abuse in Australia

The founding principal of two Christian colleges is facing historical child sex abuse allegations that date back to his time at the schools, in the 1970s and '80s.

The Age

Jordan urged to stop imprisoning women for defying the wishes of men

Jordan urged to stop imprisoning women for defying the wishes of men

Amnesty International has called on Jordan to end what it has described as an abusive system that jails women if they disobey their male "guardians" or have relationships deemed inappropriate.

The Guardian

Fri, 25 Oct 2019

'Inadequate' Islamic school secretly stayed open after telling government it had closed – NSS quoted

'Inadequate' Islamic school secretly stayed open after telling government it had closed – NSS quoted

A private Islamic school which had been rated "inadequate" secretly stayed open after telling the Department for Education it had closed, and repeatedly blocked inspectors from carrying out checks, it has emerged.

iNews

Ofsted inspector 'denied access' to inadequate Islamic school – NSS quoted

Ofsted inspector 'denied access' to inadequate Islamic school – NSS quoted

The head teacher of an Islamic school set up next to a mosque in Wolverhampton "denied access" to an Ofsted inspector, claiming she had no right to enter.

Birmingham Live

Children abused for decades at 'sadistic' London Catholic school, inquiry finds

Children abused for decades at 'sadistic' London Catholic school, inquiry finds

A "sadistic and predatory" atmosphere and a culture of cover-up and denial in a Catholic school allowed sexual abusers to commit crimes against children for decades, an independent inquiry has found.

The Guardian

Paedophile priests acted ‘like mafia’ abusing schoolboys, as Vatican refused to give crucial evidence

Paedophile priests acted ‘like mafia’ abusing schoolboys, as Vatican refused to give crucial evidence

Paedophile priests acted "like the mafia" while abusing boys at an abbey school, while the pope's representative stands accused of using diplomatic immunity to avoid giving evidence about a fugitive monk.

The Telegraph

‘Naz Shah and Salma Yaqoob: what you need to know about the row gripping Labour’

‘Naz Shah and Salma Yaqoob: what you need to know about the row gripping Labour’

Accusations of abuse and homophobia have been made against a former Respect Party leader who is running as a Labour candidate in the West Midlands mayoral race.

HuffPost

Cleric accused of abusing boys at Catholic boarding school says he doesn’t respect complaints system

Cleric accused of abusing boys at Catholic boarding school says he doesn’t respect complaints system

A cleric accused of abusing boys at a Catholic boarding school has said he has "no great respect for the system" when dealing with the evidence of alleged victims.

The Scotsman

‘By the Grace of God review’

‘By the Grace of God review’

Steven Sheehan recommends a newly released film about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, which is out in the UK today.

The Digital Fix

Italian who compared Catholic Church to masochism club convicted of blasphemy

Italian who compared Catholic Church to masochism club convicted of blasphemy

A man who criticised the Catholic Church during a radio interview in Italy has been convicted of blasphemy and fined.

The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)

‘Pakistan’s persecuted minorities’

‘Pakistan’s persecuted minorities’

Hardeep Singh says girls from religious minorities are under constant threat of forced marriage and conversion.

Spiked Online

Anglican leadership complicit in oppression of LGBT people, says Peter Tatchell

Anglican leadership complicit in oppression of LGBT people, says Peter Tatchell

Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said religious leaders have "been the single greatest cause of LGBT+ oppression throughout the centuries" and the current Anglican leadership is "active or complicit" in its continuing.

Church Times

Thu, 24 Oct 2019

Proportion of Brits saying abortion and gay relationships are morally wrong has fallen significantly in last 30 years

Proportion of Brits saying abortion and gay relationships are morally wrong has fallen significantly in last 30 years

Britain has seen a liberalisation of attitudes on issues including abortion, gay relationships and euthanasia, a survey suggests.

The Independent

Two far-right extremists jailed for encouraging copycat terror attacks after Christchurch

Two far-right extremists jailed for encouraging copycat terror attacks after Christchurch

Two far-right extremists who encouraged copycat terror attacks in the aftermath of the New Zealand mosque shootings have been jailed.

Chronicle Live

MP takes mosque petition to parliament amid 'serious allegations of improper conduct'

MP takes mosque petition to parliament amid 'serious allegations of improper conduct'

The management of the largest mosque in High Wycombe in Bucks has been called into question by MP Steve Baker amid "serious allegations of improper conduct".

Bucks Free Press

Nationalist parties in NI face criticism from bishops after not standing in the way of abortion liberalisation

Nationalist parties in NI face criticism from bishops after not standing in the way of abortion liberalisation

Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland have criticised Sinn Fein and the SDLP for not preventing the liberalisation of the abortion laws this week.

The Irish Catholic

Anti-abortion protester handed a restraining order after incident outside Marie Stopes clinic

Anti-abortion protester handed a restraining order after incident outside Marie Stopes clinic

An anti-abortion campaigner has been handed a restraining order after protesting outside a south Manchester abortion clinic.

Manchester Evening News

‘Our assisted dying laws are cruel and must be changed’

‘Our assisted dying laws are cruel and must be changed’

Ron Hogg says the assisted dying laws are outdated, unsafe and downright cruel.

The Times (£)

16 sentenced to death over murder of woman who accused Islamic school head of sexual assault in Bangladesh

16 sentenced to death over murder of woman who accused Islamic school head of sexual assault in Bangladesh

Sixteen people have been sentenced to death in Bangladesh for the murder of a schoolgirl who was burned alive after she accused the headmaster of her Islamic school of sexually abusing her.

Mail Online

Iran parades Instagram star jailed for blasphemy on TV

Iran parades Instagram star jailed for blasphemy on TV

Iranian TV has broadcast an interview with an Instagram star who was reportedly jailed for blasphemy in October.

BBC

US secretary of state says advancing religious freedom and restricting abortion are priorities

US secretary of state says advancing religious freedom and restricting abortion are priorities

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo listed promoting international religious freedom and fighting abortion as among US foreign policy priorities in a speech on diplomacy on Tuesday.

Catholic Herald

‘Argentina and Uruguay voters face surge of religious and conservative candidates in weekend elections’

‘Argentina and Uruguay voters face surge of religious and conservative candidates in weekend elections’

Both countries head to the polls this Sunday, where unprecedented numbers of candidates oppose sexual and reproductive rights.

openDemocracy

Wed, 23 Oct 2019

DUP wants religious protections over same sex marriage written into law

DUP wants religious protections over same sex marriage written into law

The DUP has announced it will be seeking legal protections for churches following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph

‘We have taken the first steps in Northern Ireland to equal rights for all’

‘We have taken the first steps in Northern Ireland to equal rights for all’

Stella Creasy says for too long it has been accepted wisdom that the basic rights of the people of Northern Ireland should come second to the needs of their political parties.

The Times (£)

Sexual abuse “was just part of life” at Catholic boarding school

Sexual abuse “was just part of life” at Catholic boarding school

An Irvine pupil says sexual abuse was "just part of life" at a North Ayrshire Catholic boarding school.

Irvine Times

Monk admits Catholic school failings over child sex abuse

Monk admits Catholic school failings over child sex abuse

A monk at a Catholic boarding school has told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry that failings allowed the sexual abuse of children to take place.

The Times (£)

Terminally ill man challenges assisted dying law in high court

Terminally ill man challenges assisted dying law in high court

A terminally ill man challenging the law on assisted dying has to wait to learn if his high court case can go ahead.

BBC

Church warden jailed for life for murder of university lecturer

Church warden jailed for life for murder of university lecturer

A church warden has been jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering a university lecturer following a sustained campaign of physical and mental abuse.

The Guardian

Child abuse connected to faith or belief soars in Blackburn and Darwen in Lancs

Child abuse connected to faith or belief soars in Blackburn and Darwen in Lancs

Child abuse linked to faith or belief has soared in Blackburn with Darwen, in Lancashire.

Lancashire Telegraph

Federal court blocks Trump birth control exemptions

Federal court blocks Trump birth control exemptions

A three-judge panel has blocked the Trump administration from letting employers with moral or religious objections opt out of providing coverage that pays for birth control.

Washington Examiner

Louisiana could become the first US state without abortion access as soon as next year

Louisiana could become the first US state without abortion access as soon as next year

Louisiana could become the first US state not to have legal abortion access since the procedure was legalised in 1973, depending on the outcome of an upcoming court case.

CBS News

New Zealand wants “more information” on gay ‘conversion’ therapy before looking at ban

New Zealand wants “more information” on gay ‘conversion’ therapy before looking at ban

New Zealand's justice committee has responded to two petitions, signed by over 20,000 people, that called for the discredited practice of gay 'conversion' therapy to be banned in the country.

Gay Times

Thousands of girls in Ireland 'at risk of female genital mutilation'

Thousands of girls in Ireland 'at risk of female genital mutilation'

Thousands of girls in Ireland are at risk of undergoing FGM and many families are pressured by relatives to subject their daughters to the practice, experts have warned.

TheJournal.ie

Tue, 22 Oct 2019

Northern Ireland abortion and same-sex marriage laws change

Northern Ireland abortion and same-sex marriage laws change

Abortion has been decriminalised and same-sex marriage is to be legalised in Northern Ireland.

BBC

‘The end to Northern Ireland’s abortion ban is a triumph for grassroots activism’

‘The end to Northern Ireland’s abortion ban is a triumph for grassroots activism’

Anna Cafolla says decriminalisation puts an end to years of the persecution of women by a monstrous religious culture.

The Guardian

‘In an age of extremism, this government report is a tonic’

‘In an age of extremism, this government report is a tonic’

David Toube welcomes an official survey of the activities of the far left, far right and Islamists in Britain today, which puts 'hate' at the heart of its definition of extremism.

The Jewish Chronicle

'A threat to democracy': William Barr's speech on religious freedom alarms liberal US Catholics

'A threat to democracy': William Barr's speech on religious freedom alarms liberal US Catholics

Prominent liberal Catholics have warned the US attorney general's devout Catholic faith poses a threat to the separation of church and state.

The Guardian

Bangladesh: Muslim group seeks death for Hindu man over Facebook post

Bangladesh: Muslim group seeks death for Hindu man over Facebook post

A Muslim outfit in Bangladesh on Monday demanded the death penalty for a Hindu man over a Facebook post after describing it as blasphemous.

The Week

Indonesia: woman with schizophrenia to be tried for blasphemy after bringing dog to mosque

Indonesia: woman with schizophrenia to be tried for blasphemy after bringing dog to mosque

A Christian woman in Bogor, Indonesia, who suffers from schizophrenia, will be tried for blasphemy after bringing her dog to a mosque.

Christian Post

‘Why should parents be allowed to indoctrinate their children into a religion?’

‘Why should parents be allowed to indoctrinate their children into a religion?’

Rick Snedeker says children have the right to their own beliefs, separate from their parents'.

Patheos

Mon, 21 Oct 2019

Northern Ireland prepares for momentous abortion & same-sex marriage changes

Northern Ireland prepares for momentous abortion & same-sex marriage changes

Campaigners who fought for decades to end Northern Ireland's same sex-marriage ban and restrictions on abortion prepare on Monday for a momentous change to the laws on both at the stroke of midnight.

Reuters

DUP to return to Stormont to protest against abortion rights

DUP to return to Stormont to protest against abortion rights

Members of Northern Ireland's assembly are due to return to the mothballed chamber on Monday for the first time in almost three years to protest against the extension of abortion rights to Northern Ireland.

The Guardian

Labour politicians in outcry over government policy advisor sharing cartoons from ‘Jesus & Mo’

Labour politicians in outcry over government policy advisor sharing cartoons from ‘Jesus & Mo’

A government policy advisor has been accused of 'Islamophobia' and may face investigation after sharing Facebook posts which mock the Islamic prophet Muhammad, from the cartoon 'Jesus & Mo'.

Mail Online

Council asks judge to extend ban on anti-LGBT protesters near Birmingham primary school

Council asks judge to extend ban on anti-LGBT protesters near Birmingham primary school

Anti-LGBT protesters in Birmingham could face a widened exclusion zone, after the city council asked a judge to extend a pre-existing ban.

iNews

Gavin Williamson defends LGBT rights lessons

Gavin Williamson defends LGBT rights lessons

Protests outside primary schools over the teaching of LGBT equality have been condemned as "disgusting" by the education secretary in his first intervention on the row.

The Times (£)

Westminster rough sleepers evicted after complaint by Commons chaplain

Westminster rough sleepers evicted after complaint by Commons chaplain

A group of homeless people who bed down in a tube tunnel near parliament have accused the chaplain to the speaker of the House of Commons of driving them out of their only home.

The Guardian

Four killed as anti-blasphemy protesters clash with police in Bangladesh

Four killed as anti-blasphemy protesters clash with police in Bangladesh

At least four people were killed and 50 others injured on Sunday as Bangladesh police opened fire on hundreds of Muslims protesting against a Facebook post.

The Hindu

‘A million people are jailed in China’s gulags. I managed to escape. Here’s what really goes on inside’

‘A million people are jailed in China’s gulags. I managed to escape. Here’s what really goes on inside’

David Stavrou speaks to Sayragul Sauytbay, a teacher who escaped from China and was granted asylum in Sweden, about camps housing mainly Uighur Muslims in China.

Haaretz

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