Mon, 12 Oct 2020

Half of UK doctors would like to see assisted dying made legal in Britain

Half of UK doctors would like to see assisted dying made legal in Britain

A poll of members of the British Medical Association, which has officially opposed assisted dying since 2006, revealed 50% support a law change with just 39% opposed and 11% undecided.

The Mirror

Change RSE policy or prejudices will take root, says headteacher

Change RSE policy or prejudices will take root, says headteacher

The government's policy on relationships and sex education (RSE) has put schools in an "unnecessary and unforgivable" position, as it allows room for prejudices to "take root and be legitimised", the head who faced down protests against LGBT-inclusive teaching has said.

TES

Keir Starmer vows to end 'totally inappropriate' use of 'Catholic data' for Scottish poll predictions

Keir Starmer vows to end 'totally inappropriate' use of 'Catholic data' for Scottish poll predictions

Keir Starmer has vowed to stop using data on voter religion in Scotland to estimate the success of his party in elections.

The Herald

Boy, 15, cleared of preparing for Isis-inspired terror attack

Boy, 15, cleared of preparing for Isis-inspired terror attack

A 15-year-old boy has been cleared of planning Isis-inspired terror attacks after being radicalised in a matter of months.

The Independent

'The moment my heart stopped fainting'

'The moment my heart stopped fainting'

Julie Macfarlane's decision to pursue justice after sexual abuse by a church minister exposed hypocrisy, she writes.

Church Times

'What to do about adult abuse'

'What to do about adult abuse'

Change is needed to ensure that victims of clerical abuse are taken seriously, says Sarah Lothian

Church Times

Women in Italy find their names on grave markers for aborted foetuses

Women in Italy find their names on grave markers for aborted foetuses

The Italian feminist organization Differenza Donna has filed a formal complaint with the public prosecutor of Rome on behalf of dozens of women who were named on small crosses in an area of the graveyard referred to as the Garden of Angels.

CBC

Hungarian government calls new children's book 'homosexual propaganda'

Hungarian government calls new children's book 'homosexual propaganda'

Hungary's nationalist government on Thursday condemned a book of modern fairy tales for children published by a lesbian group as "homosexual propaganda" and said it should be banned.

Reuters

US: Supreme Court temporarily lets women get abortion pills without doctor visits

US: Supreme Court temporarily lets women get abortion pills without doctor visits

The Supreme Court ruled on a temporary basis Thursday night that women seeking to end their pregnancies with medication do not need to visit a health care provider, given the COVID-19 pandemic.

USA Today

Barrett was member of anti-abortion group that promoted clinic criticised for misleading women

Barrett was member of anti-abortion group that promoted clinic criticised for misleading women

Amy Coney Barrett, the supreme court nominee, was a member of a "right to life" organization in 2016 that promoted a clinic that has been criticised for misleading vulnerable women who were seeking abortions and pressuring them to keep their pregnancies.

The Guardian

US: Student who claimed school gave him 'conversion therapy' forced to pay damages

US: Student who claimed school gave him 'conversion therapy' forced to pay damages

A student who claimed an elite school forced him to undergo conversion therapy after he was caught watching gay porn has been ordered to pay $800 of the school's legal fees.

Pink News

Russia: One Jehovah’s Witness acquitted in Russia as others get months of restrictions

Russia: One Jehovah’s Witness acquitted in Russia as others get months of restrictions

A day after a Jehovah's Witness became the first to be acquitted in Russia since a 2017 ruling declared his faith group "extremist," six Russian members received suspended sentences for gathering for worship.

Religion News Service

Fri, 09 Oct 2020

Abuse victims call for the Archbishop of Canterbury to quit

Abuse victims call for the Archbishop of Canterbury to quit

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has refused calls to resign over a damning Church of England child sex assault inquiry's 'shameful and disgraceful' findings.

Mail Online

Anti-abortion protesters condemned for comparing terminations to Holocaust

Anti-abortion protesters condemned for comparing terminations to Holocaust

40 Days for Life, an American-based anti-abortion group, started demonstrations outside a dozen abortion clinics across England in September.

The Independent

At-home abortions should be 'catalyst' for positive change to remain, experts urge

At-home abortions should be 'catalyst' for positive change to remain, experts urge

Experts hope the relaxation of at-home abortion services amid the coronavirus pandemic will continue in England once the outbreak has passed.

Yahoo! News

Muslims and humanists could be represented on Wrexham religious education advisory body

Muslims and humanists could be represented on Wrexham religious education advisory body

Wrexham Council has outlined proposed changes to the constitution of the county borough's Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) after it was described as being "not fit for purpose". Currently the panel is only made up of figures from Christian denominations.

Wrexham.com

China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims sparks anger near new embassy site in London

China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims sparks anger near new embassy site in London

China plans to establish its biggest diplomatic mission in the world at a site by the residential streets of Tower Hamlets, where four in 10 residents are Muslim. It is already facing opposition from some local councillors and residents.

CNN

Mata Hari of the Vatican ‘used cash for handbags’

Mata Hari of the Vatican ‘used cash for handbags’

The investigation into Vatican finances that led to the abrupt ousting of a cardinal last month has also uncovered payments to a Sardinian woman who is alleged to have used money intended for the rescue of Catholic hostages to buy luxury handbags and clothing.

The Times (£)

US: Orthodox Jewish demonstrators protest COVID-19 restrictions

US: Orthodox Jewish demonstrators protest COVID-19 restrictions

Irate Orthodox Jewish demonstrators stopped traffic, torched face masks and assaulted a reporter as they continued protests against coronavirus restrictions on Brooklyn streets.

Mail Online

'When churches provide public services, they should follow the law'

'When churches provide public services, they should follow the law'

If the court expands its new "religious freedom" exception, local leaders will be forced to choose between funding discrimination against their residents and taking these services back from faith-based organisations at tremendous tax payer expense, says Michael Vargas.

San Jose Spotlight

'Fanning a complaint over church and state'

'Fanning a complaint over church and state'

Our founding fathers knew what they were doing in erecting a wall between church and state, says Ed Palm.

Kitsap Sun

Proposed Sri Lankan charter change raises rights concerns

Proposed Sri Lankan charter change raises rights concerns

A proposed amendment to Sri Lanka's Constitution that would consolidate power in the president's hands has raised concerns about the impact on ethnic minorities who fear their rights could be undermined by a nationalistic Sinhala Buddhist parliamentary majority.

Mail Online

S.Korea proposes compromise abortion law after landmark court ruling

S.Korea proposes compromise abortion law after landmark court ruling

South Korea on Wednesday proposed allowing abortion up until the fourteenth week of pregnancy as part of a new law designed to comply with a landmark ruling by the constitutional court that struck down a decades-long ban.

Reuters

'Circumcision: genital mutilation or simple medical procedure?'

'Circumcision: genital mutilation or simple medical procedure?'

Critics say the procedure is unnecessary and unethical and lowers sexual pleasure.

South China Morning Post

Thu, 08 Oct 2020

Christian school worker loses tribunal over LGBT Facebook posts sacking

Christian school worker loses tribunal over LGBT Facebook posts sacking

A Christian school worker dismissed for comments criticising LGBT lessons was not sacked unlawfully, an employment tribunal has ruled.

BBC

Islamic State 'Beatles' charged in US over hostage deaths

Islamic State 'Beatles' charged in US over hostage deaths

Two ex-British alleged Islamic State militants have been charged in the United States over the killing of four American hostages.

BBC

Welby: C of E must do 'whatever it takes' to redress sexual abuse scandal

Welby: C of E must do 'whatever it takes' to redress sexual abuse scandal

The findings of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) were "shameful and disgraceful" but "didn't come as a surprise", Justin Welby has said.

The Guardian

'We need independent oversight of the Church of England’s own safeguarding'

'We need independent oversight of the Church of England’s own safeguarding'

Two letters in the Independent criticise the Church of England following IICSA's findings.

The Independent

Church warning over sex education in Outer Hebrides

Church warning over sex education in Outer Hebrides

A row over sex education in the Outer Hebrides has prompted church leaders to warn that pupils may be withdrawn from classes.

The Times (£)

Solihull school apologises, removes workbook linking Hinduism to terrorism

Solihull school apologises, removes workbook linking Hinduism to terrorism

A school in the West Midlands has apologised and removed a school workbook from its website following protests over a reference to terrorism and "vexatious" misinformation within a section on Hinduism.

Eastern Eye

Dominic Raab does not rule out Winter Olympics boycott over Uighur Muslims

Dominic Raab does not rule out Winter Olympics boycott over Uighur Muslims

Dominic Raab has not ruled out boycotting the Beijing Winter Olympic Games over the treatment of the Uighur Muslims by the Chinese government.

BBC

Historic break with Jewish tradition for mixed-faith UK weddings

Historic break with Jewish tradition for mixed-faith UK weddings

Liberal Judaism will allow the pioneering mixed-faith ceremonies following unanimous support from its rabbis.

The Guardian

Ireland: Government proposal to block assisted dying Bill voted down

Ireland: Government proposal to block assisted dying Bill voted down

A Government attempt to buy time on assisted suicide has been dramatically voted down in the Dail, bringing its legality closer.

Independent.ie

Israeli police clash with ultra-Orthodox Jews over virus rules

Israeli police clash with ultra-Orthodox Jews over virus rules

Israeli police clashed with hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews overnight as they sought to enforce restrictions on public gatherings during a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, the police said Wednesday.

Associated Press

Wed, 07 Oct 2020

C of E bishops should lose responsibility for safeguarding children, says inquiry

C of E bishops should lose responsibility for safeguarding children, says inquiry

A damning report from the independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), published on Tuesday, said the C of E's culture of deference and "clericalism" meant it was a place where abusers could hide.

The Guardian

Margaret Ferrier MP gave church reading after developing coronavirus symptoms

Margaret Ferrier MP gave church reading after developing coronavirus symptoms

Ferrier attended a public mass at a Catholic church in Glasgow the day after she took a Covid test.

Daily Record

'Buffer zone' banning anti-abortion protests outside clinic approved

'Buffer zone' banning anti-abortion protests outside clinic approved

Plans to ban anti-abortion protests outside a clinic in Fallowfield have moved a step closer after the city council agreed to introduce a 'buffer zone' around the premises.

Manchester Evening News

Anti-abortion preacher must not yell ‘murderer’

Anti-abortion preacher must not yell ‘murderer’

A street preacher is banned from saying 'murderer' within 80 yards of abortion clinics.

Metro

France plans punishment for 'virginity tests'

France plans punishment for 'virginity tests'

The French government plans to introduce jail terms and fines for doctors who provide controversial so-called "virginity certificates" for traditional religious marriages.

BBC

Cardinal Pell accuser denies bribe

Cardinal Pell accuser denies bribe

An Australian man who accused Cardinal George Pell of sexually abusing him denied Monday he was bribed for his testimony, shooting down the latest conspiracy theory to roil the Vatican amid a corruption investigation into its shady finances.

Associated Press

Court acquits Pakistani Christian sentenced to death for blasphemy

Court acquits Pakistani Christian sentenced to death for blasphemy

A Christian man who was sentenced to death on charges of blasphemy has been acquitted by a court in Pakistan.

Premier Christian News

Rihanna apologises after using Islamic scripture in lingerie show

Rihanna apologises after using Islamic scripture in lingerie show

Singer Rihanna has apologised to the Muslim community after a hadith was featured during part of her Savage X Fenty lingerie fashion show.

Metro

Kenya: MP  seeks ban on traditional circumcision methods

Kenya: MP seeks ban on traditional circumcision methods

Traditional methods of circumcision will be outlawed if parliament enacts Kandara MP Alice Wahome's Bill on male genital cutting.

The Star

'Dalit women are among the most oppressed in the world'

'Dalit women are among the most oppressed in the world'

These women, who comprise about 16% of India's female population, face a "triple burden" of gender bias, caste discrimination and economic deprivation.

BBC

Tue, 06 Oct 2020

GP who performed illegal circumcision fined

GP who performed illegal circumcision fined

A Leytonstone GP who performed an illegal circumcision has been fined £4,000 after a four-week-old baby was admitted to hospital following the procedure.

East London & West Essex Guardian

DUP councillor praises UVF member who said Catholics should be burnt to death

DUP councillor praises UVF member who said Catholics should be burnt to death

A DUP councillor has been criticised by his own party after he supported a murdered Ulster Volunteer Force member who described Catholics as "fenian scum" and said they should be incinerated.

Irish News

Police apply for injunction against Christian preacher in Somerset

Police apply for injunction against Christian preacher in Somerset

Avon and Somerset Police have applied to the High Court for an injunction against a Christian preacher, arguing his behaviour could cause "significant risk or harm to others".

Premier Christian News

Brother of Brit killed by ISIS warns radicalisation is rising in lockdown

Brother of Brit killed by ISIS warns radicalisation is rising in lockdown

Mike Haines, brother of aid worker David who was beheaded by Islamic State in 2014, has said online grooming is getting worse since the start of lockdown.

The Mirror

British children groomed by far-right video games showing Muslims being beheaded

British children groomed by far-right video games showing Muslims being beheaded

Recent games distributed across UK include ones that show Muslims being stabbed and decapitated, Jews being gunned down in a synagogue and black people being shot.

The Mirror

Church of Scotland approves growth plan after fears of £20m loss

Church of Scotland approves growth plan after fears of £20m loss

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has approved a growth plan in Edinburgh, amid fears the Kirk's annual income could fall by an estimated £20 million this year.

Edinburgh Evening News

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