Wed, 24 Apr 2019

Sultan of Brunei's honour revoked by University of Aberdeen over anti-LGBT laws

Sultan of Brunei's honour revoked by University of Aberdeen over anti-LGBT laws

An honorary degree awarded by the University of Aberdeen to the sultan of Brunei has been revoked after his country made gay sex an offence punishable by death.

BBC

Evening Standard urged to move event from Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotel

Evening Standard urged to move event from Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotel

The London Evening Standard is facing calls to move an awards ceremony to be held at the Brunei-owned Dorchester after the country imposed new laws punishing gay sex and adultery with death by stoning.

The Guardian

MPs from 14 countries call for inquiry into ‘dark money’ millions spent by US Christian right in Europe

MPs from 14 countries call for inquiry into ‘dark money’ millions spent by US Christian right in Europe

Dozens of members of parliament from 14 European countries have called for an urgent investigation into who is bankrolling US Christian right groups that have spent at least $50m in Europe.

openDemocracy

‘On a day of funerals in Sri Lanka, religious tension builds’

‘On a day of funerals in Sri Lanka, religious tension builds’

Jeffrey Gettleman and Kai Schultz say the mood in Sri Lanka is jittery in the aftermath of Sunday's terrorist attacks.

The New York Times

FA to scrap champagne for winners at its cup final, partly for religious reasons

FA to scrap champagne for winners at its cup final, partly for religious reasons

The Football Association is to end the tradition of awarding a case of champagne to the FA Cup winners, partly out of respect for players' religious beliefs.

Daily Mail

Catholic foster care agency cannot discriminate against LGBT couples, US court says

Catholic foster care agency cannot discriminate against LGBT couples, US court says

A federal appeals court in the US state of Philadelphia has ruled that city contractors must abide by non-discrimination policies in the placement of foster children with same-sex couples.

NPR

Irish lecturer wins unfair dismissal case over FGM comments

Irish lecturer wins unfair dismissal case over FGM comments

A university lecturer at the centre of controversy last year over television comments he made about female genital mutilation has won his unfair dismissal case against Trinity College Dublin.

The Irish Times

Tue, 23 Apr 2019

Sri Lanka attacks: death toll passes 300 as government blames Islamist group

Sri Lanka attacks: death toll passes 300 as government blames Islamist group

The death toll from attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Sunday has increased to 310. Sri Lanka's government has blamed the blasts on local Islamist group National Thowheed Jamath and some reports suggest ISIS was involved, though nobody has yet claimed responsibility.

BBC

‘What we know and don’t know about the Sri Lanka attacks’

‘What we know and don’t know about the Sri Lanka attacks’

Attacks by suicide bombers on Sunday in Sri Lanka killed more than 300 people and wounded about 500.

The New York Times

PM says UK will defend religious freedom in Easter message

PM says UK will defend religious freedom in Easter message

Theresa May has used her Easter message to offer support to Christians around the world who face "huge danger" because of their faith.

Premier Christian Radio

Bishop leading government review into persecution claims UK response hindered by “post-colonial guilt”

Bishop leading government review into persecution claims UK response hindered by “post-colonial guilt”

A feeling of "post-colonial guilt" has hampered the UK in helping persecuted Christians, according to the bishop leading a government review on the subject.

Mail Online

DUP woman is party's first openly gay politician

DUP woman is party's first openly gay politician

A DUP woman has become the party's first openly gay politician. The party has been known for years of hostility towards LGBT people.

The Irish News

Islamic charity trustee disqualified after being found with £12,100 at Heathrow Airport

Islamic charity trustee disqualified after being found with £12,100 at Heathrow Airport

A trustee had £12,100 of charitable funds raised at Regent's Park mosque in London seized by police at Heathrow Airport, a Charity Commission inquiry found.

Third Sector

Bristol student union to investigate officer who told Jewish student 'be like Israel and cease to exist'

Bristol student union to investigate officer who told Jewish student 'be like Israel and cease to exist'

The black and ethnic minorities officer at Bristol university is facing an investigation by the student union after telling a Jewish student on social media that he should "be like Israel and cease to exist".

The JC

US Supreme Court to hear LGBT workplace discrimination cases

US Supreme Court to hear LGBT workplace discrimination cases

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear three cases that ask if existing US job discrimination laws should extend to sexual orientation and gender identity.

BBC

Another US state set to pass draconian abortion restriction

Another US state set to pass draconian abortion restriction

A proposal that would effectively outlaw most abortions in Tennessee if the US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade is heading to the desk of a governor who is expected to support it. Tennessee's effort is part of a national push to enact sweeping abortion bans across the US in the event Roe v. Wade is overturned by the nation's highest court.

The Washington Post

Half of Americans back stronger role for religion in society

Half of Americans back stronger role for religion in society

Around half of Americans favour religion playing a greater role in US society, while 18% oppose that idea, according to a Pew Research Center study published on Monday.

VoA News

In Indonesia's election, the winner is Widodo - and Islam

In Indonesia's election, the winner is Widodo - and Islam

Last week's election in Indonesia has revealed a hardening bloc of conservative Muslims who voted for a challenger to Joko Widodo.

Reuters

Bangladesh actress is forced to apologise after suggesting she might be an atheist

Bangladesh actress is forced to apologise after suggesting she might be an atheist

A Bangladeshi actress has been forced to apologise after remarks construed as admitting atheism in a country where people have been murdered for renouncing religion.

Mail Online

Thu, 18 Apr 2019

Orthodox Jewish charity allegedly used for “money laundering on a gigantic scale”

Orthodox Jewish charity allegedly used for “money laundering on a gigantic scale”

A father and son laundered more than £10 million from the illegal sale of Viagra and slimming pills through charities they set up to 'tackle Jewish poverty', a court heard.

Evening Standard

Lib Dem candidate suspended over comments about Muslims

Lib Dem candidate suspended over comments about Muslims

A Liberal Democrat candidate has been suspended from the party over comments such as: 'There is no such thing as Islamophobia.'

Metro

Assistant head of Catholic school banned for inappropriate relationships with pupils

Assistant head of Catholic school banned for inappropriate relationships with pupils

A former senior leader at a prestigious independent Catholic school has been banned for life from teaching for inappropriate relationships with three male pupils.

TES

Jewish leaders shouldn't have signed​ 'harmful' sex ed letter, says LGBT+ Jewish group

Jewish leaders shouldn't have signed​ 'harmful' sex ed letter, says LGBT+ Jewish group

A Jewish LGBT charity based in West Hampstead has joined voices criticising a "harmful" open letter signed by a number of north London rabbis and community figures.

Ham & High

Britain now has more churches than pubs

Britain now has more churches than pubs

There are 40,300 church buildings compared to just 39,000 boozers in Britain, according to new figures.

Mail Online

Male circumcision could 'arguably be called bodily harm'

Male circumcision could 'arguably be called bodily harm'

An anti-genital mutilation campaigner has claimed there is "no legal basis" for carrying out male circumcision.

Talk Radio

"Whose decision is circumcision?"

"Whose decision is circumcision?"

"I'm on board with the bodily harm view – it is sickening to cut off a piece of a child's body"

NZ Herald

FGM survivor: 'I was held down until I passed - I woke up bleeding. Another girl died'

FGM survivor: 'I was held down until I passed - I woke up bleeding. Another girl died'

Neneh Bojang, a survivor of FGM, wants to speak out to help protect girls in Scotland from suffering as she has

Herald Scotland

"Taxpayers Effectively Completely Fund Faith Schools"

"Taxpayers Effectively Completely Fund Faith Schools"

"These faith schools are big business in the UK. And I mean that in the truest sense of the word."

Patheos

Churches demand help for Christians under attack

Churches demand help for Christians under attack

The Church of England and the Catholic Church have demanded extra training for diplomats and asylum for Christian refugees.

The Times

Wed, 17 Apr 2019

Loyalist Easter march re-routed after 2018 priest attack

Loyalist Easter march re-routed after 2018 priest attack

A Loyalist parade on Easter Sunday has been re-routed as it would pass the spot where a Catholic priest was spat on last year.

BBC News

Man who 'hates Catholics' jailed for trying to burn down church

Man who 'hates Catholics' jailed for trying to burn down church

A Penzance man, who told police he hated Catholics, has been jailed after twice trying to set fire to a church is his hometown.

Cornwall Live

Christian teaching assistant fired after claiming LGBTQ lessons are 'brainwashing' children

Christian teaching assistant fired after claiming LGBTQ lessons are 'brainwashing' children

Kristie Higgs was dismissed from Farmor's School in Gloucestershire on the grounds of illegal discrimination.

Attitude

Primary pupils 'must learn about same-sex relationships'

Primary pupils 'must learn about same-sex relationships'

Teachers are calling for same-sex relationships education to be made compulsory in UK primary schools.

BBC News

'Children get caught in the LGBT crossfire'

'Children get caught in the LGBT crossfire'

Ministers are ducking responsibility as schools are enveloped in protests over LGBT-inclusive education, says Sian Griffiths

The Sunday Times

'Circumcision caused my son’s suicide'

'Circumcision caused my son’s suicide'

A 23 year old man committed suicide after being circumcised, which he regarded as a 'catastrophe'.

BBC News

Chaos could release wave of jihadists on Europe, warns Libya

Chaos could release wave of jihadists on Europe, warns Libya

The battle for Tripoli could lead to hundreds of Islamic State fighters escaping from jails and joining a wave of migrants fleeing the Libyan capital in boats across the Mediterranean, the country's internationally recognised government has warned.

The Times

"Why women are terrorism's secret weapon"

"Why women are terrorism's secret weapon"

When women make the news because of terrorism, the focus has often been on their role as victims or as potential allies in countering the threat.

BBC News

Arizona Teachers Can Now Discuss LGBTQ Issues Without Worrying About The Law

Arizona Teachers Can Now Discuss LGBTQ Issues Without Worrying About The Law

On Thursday, Arizona lawmakers repealed a law that restricted how public school teachers could talk about LGBTQ relationships in health classes.

NPR

Measles Outbreak: Jewish School's Preschool Program Is Closed by New York City Health Officials

Measles Outbreak: Jewish School's Preschool Program Is Closed by New York City Health Officials

New York City closed a preschool program at a yeshiva (Jewish faith school) in Brooklyn on Monday for violating a Health Department order that required it to provide medical and attendance records amid a measles outbreak.

The New York Times

Australia: Secular lobby advocates equality as religious leaders weigh in on election

Australia: Secular lobby advocates equality as religious leaders weigh in on election

The National Secular Lobby is launching a campaign aimed at jolting a complacent secular majority to consider the impact of religious exemptions and privileges that are flying under the radar.

The Guardian

Tue, 16 Apr 2019

Brunei defends gay-stoning laws - NSS quoted

Brunei defends gay-stoning laws - NSS quoted

Brunei is defending its new anti-gay sharia laws, which make sodomy and adultery punishable by death by stoning, claiming there was an international "misconception".

Asean Economist

"Don’t blame the 1960s for clerical sex abuse"

"Don’t blame the 1960s for clerical sex abuse"

"Ex-Pope Benedict's apparent prioritising of church authority over justice for abused children is a worrying step back"

The Times

"The fire at Notre Dame, a Catholic icon, was made even more heartbreaking by the timing"

"The fire at Notre Dame, a Catholic icon, was made even more heartbreaking by the timing"

"A symbol of Paris, a triumph of Gothic architecture and one of the most visited monuments in the world, the Cathedral of Notre Dame is a beloved icon for millions across the globe."

The Washington Post

"The Notre-Dame Cathedral Fire is Tragic No Matter What You Think About Religion"

"The Notre-Dame Cathedral Fire is Tragic No Matter What You Think About Religion"

"It's more than a Catholic institution; it's a landmark of engineering that has survived for hundreds of years, through wars and restorations, through the French Revolution, through natural disasters, and now through a fire."

Patheos

UK-based TV station fined for anti-Ahmadi Muslim hate speech

UK-based TV station fined for anti-Ahmadi Muslim hate speech

A UK-based TV station has been fined £75,000 by Ofcom after broadcasting hate speech about the Ahmadi community, amid growing fears that the religious group is facing persecution.

The Guardian

Orthodox rabbis distance themselves from letter they signed that attacks LGBT issues

Orthodox rabbis distance themselves from letter they signed that attacks LGBT issues

One says the 'tone of the campaign... and the extreme views held by a number of the signatories' led him to remove his signature from open letter.

The JC

Peterborough mosques leader defends sex education talk from anti-LGBT psychologist

Peterborough mosques leader defends sex education talk from anti-LGBT psychologist

The leader of a Peterborough mosques association has defended inviting psychologist Dr Kate Godfrey-Faussett, who is under investigation by her professional body to address parents on sex education.

Peterborough Telegraph

Church of England pressed to end ban on same-sex marriage

Church of England pressed to end ban on same-sex marriage

A new campaign has launched, calling on the Church of England to end its ban on same-sex weddings.

Pink News

Rector: ‘I would marry same-sex couples if I could’

Rector: ‘I would marry same-sex couples if I could’

The new rector of St Mary's Parish Church says he would not hesitate to marry couples from the LGBT community if same-sex marriage was permitted by Canon law.

Jersey Evening Post

Religious weddings drop in Medway while marriage rate remains at historic low

Religious weddings drop in Medway while marriage rate remains at historic low

Fewer couples are choosing to marry in a church, synagogue or other religious venue in the Towns, new figures reveal.

Kent Online

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